So I've been watching this on the Sundance Channel recently. I was a bit too young to appreciate them when they first ran, being just a little kid, but I'm really enjoying them now, especially as a time capsule of the mid-to-late seventies and early eighties. The early eps especially take you back to the whole "Ford To City: Drop Dead!" era. At one point a character says something to the effect that "all the honest people need to move out of town and then we can wall it up and just turn the whole city into a prison." Not that I'm claiming that was the direct inspiration for Escape From New York; I'm sure it was a general sentiment at the time. Just amusing in retrospect.
I love Dietrich explaining the weird new concept of in vitro fertilization.
There's one ep, "The Sniper," where the B-plot - about a con-artist who's selling charter flights to Saturn - is clearly based on the group that later became the Heaven's Gate cult. (They were in the news briefly at the time recruiting members.) There's a line that's wince-inducing in retrospect. They're asking the cult leader about their bodies being left behind on Earth while their spirits are whizzing off to Saturn and he breezily says, "Oh, they're biodegradable!" So they were.
Even though I didn't really appreciate it at the time, I did catch a few eps first-run. I remember specifically the Agent Orange two-parter (first time I ever heard of AO), and the one where the grad student built the A-Bomb (watching it as an adult, so scientifically ridiculous!). I've seen those again on Sundance. But there's one I vaguely remember that I'd like to see again, and so far, I haven't run across it in the reruns. It involves a crank (of course!) who's earnestly explaining to a detective his plan to remake the United States by reducing the number of states to twelve (I think). The detective asks, "What about New York?" The crank responds NY is one of the states that's going to be eliminated and the detective responds dryly he doesn't like that, he lives there. Obviously a bit wittier on the show - I was just a little kid and can't recall the actual repartee. They cued the laugh track up after the line, so it was obviously (meant to be) funny. Anyway, does this ring a bell for anyone? I'll really love to see it again. If it's in rotation I assume it'll turn up eventually, but I'd love to know which one it is ahead of time.