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My New TV Addiction: Minisodes

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I've always loved my cheesy '70s shows.

Hookercast The Incredible Hulk ("Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry!") T.J. Hooker (for the hair on star William Shatner alone!). Diff'rent Strokes ("What'choo talkin' bout, Willis?").

But if you ever try actually watching these shows, there's way too much filler in between the cheese. Long, boring speeches. Shots of people getting out of cars, walking up stairs, putting on coats. You never realize how fast-paced and tightly-written today's TV shows are until you try sitting through one of these bloated episodes.

Minisodelogo But MySpace has a cure for all that. Today they debut an array of "minisodes," taking the most outlandish episodes from T.J. Hooker, Starksy and Hutch, Police Woman, Sheena, Queen of the Jungle and more -- all the boring, awful stuff edited out for a pure injection of TV cheese.Sheena

Wondering how a marauding ape and mud-covered African native manages to turn into a sleek, blond supermodel? Curious how two California detectives track down a vampire? Amazed at how Shatner can take out a murderous Vietnam vet without mussing his carefully-crafted toupee?

It's all here, in three to five-minute, easily digestible chunks, full-length episodes pared down to the barest essentials. Of course, some minisodes are better done than others -- Angie Dickinson's undercover turn as a prison babe in a classic Police Woman becomes even more incoherent through this hacky clip job.

But for this fan of '70s cheese, there could be no better summer TV present.

T.J. Hooker Takes on the Vet

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A Fantasy Gone Bad on the Island:

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