If you’re as much of a Shatfan as I am, then you’ll be thrilled to know that you can watch William Shatner every Monday through Saturday in all his scenery-chewing and over-the-top gut-busting glory in two different decades in two different uniforms.
First up, Shatner’s heyday (shortly before he became a
self-parodying, perpetually wealth-generating cottage industry unto himself)
came in the 1980s, when—at the same time he was reprising his role as James T.
Kirk in the Star Trek movies—he
pounded the pavement and cleaned the streets of slimy scum as the titular no-nonsense
police sergeant in T.J. Hooker, airing
weeknights at 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday at 3:00 a.m., and Fridays at
7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Universal HD.
Shatner as a uniformed police officer is about as high-concept
as you can get, making this the best cop show of all time. Shatner often gets
touted for his peerless hood jumping, but he was quite adept behind the wheel
as well. He could drift (brake-skidding the car on fast turns) with the best of
them. And who could forget that Shatastic ‘80s perm? (Was it real or was it a hairpiece?
Find out at www.shatnerstoupee.blogspot.com.) The series also stars the
adorably smug Adrian Zmed, a very fresh-faced Heather Locklear, and Shatner’s fellow
aging pretty boy James Darren.
Then, catch Shatner two decades earlier in his first iteration
of Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek
television series, which airs Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. on Me TV (Memorable
Entertainment Television). Nothing beats Shatner hamming philosophic about the
quandaries of mankind’s place in the universe, all the while sporting a ‘60s-style
“straight-laced” coiffure (again—real or fake? Check out www.shatnerstoupee.blogspot.com).
Shatner’s partners in pop cultural perpetuity include Leonard Nimoy, DeForest
Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei.
So don’t forget to enjoy William Shatner in two of his most
memorable TV roles. Tune in six nights (and four early mornings) a week, same
Shat time, same Shat channel! (Actually, that’s five different times on two
different channels – see above.)