Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mystery!


I can be pretty fickle when it comes to watching TV. I’ll find a show I like and watch it for a few seasons only to lose interest and stop watching for whatever reason. There’s only one show I’ve watched faithfully for the past 3 decades and that’s Mystery! on PBS. I still remember the very first mystery I saw on Mystery! It was Antonia Fraser’s Quiet as a Nun, which aired 1982, though I think it aired several years earlier in England. I was a sophomore in high school bored and running the channels looking for something to watch.  It was that distinctive theme music and animated opening featuring Edward Gorey’s wonderfully unique illustrations that caught my attention.  I started watching and I’ve been hooked ever since. The show has gone through several hosts starting with Gene Shalit then Vincent Price, Diana Rigg and now Alan Cumming. Having been made a part of Masterpiece Theater the show has been called Masterpiece Mystery! since 2008. But that doesn’t matter. I’ll take my Mystery! any way I can get it.


Angela ; )



10 comments:

MaureenAMiller said...

I love that intro! And isn't Vincent Price's voice perfect for that?

I would be the woman on top of the fence that everyone is ignoring. LOL!

JB Lynn said...

Great post!

I remember that it was always a big deal when Mystery came on in our house when I was a kid (back when Vincent Price hosted).

Angela Henry said...

Maureen-I've always wondered why she couldn't just reach down and untie her ankles! LOL

JB-Vincent Price was my favorite Mystery host ; ).

Shirley Wells said...

What a great intro!

Vincent Price could do no wrong with that amazing voice.

Marcelle Dubé said...

But I always had a soft spot for Diana Rigg--maybe because of her days in The Avengers.

Wynter Daniels said...

I love the Edward Gorey into, too. I watch occasionally, but I can never remember when any TV shows air, so I usually happen to stumble upon it sometimes. Wonderful stuff.

Anne Marie Becker said...

Always loved Vincent Price... especially on the Muppet Show. ;)

Elise Warner said...

I feel deprived--missed the Masterpiece Mysteries hosted by Gene Shalit. Have watched beginning with Vincent Price--love them all and Gorey's work is a treasure.

Angela Henry said...

Yes, Vincent did have a wonderful voice, didn't he? I'm a big fan from his Hammer Film days.

And I like Diana Rigg too. I really liked her Mrs. Bradley mysteries. Sorry she did do more of them.

I love Edward Gorey's illustrations. That intro is perfect for the show!

You can catch current series on Mystery on their website. I believe they're available online for s short time.

Clare London said...

I agree about Vincent Price's voice. Isn't it thrilling how it's often just a voice or look that immediately sets the right scene?