84) Time Heals (St. Elsewhere)

The Joker On The Sofa

No one watched St. Elsewhere. That’s not much of an exaggeration, the show never got above Number 49 in the ratings. By modern standards, that may not seem that bad, but the show was on in the early-mid 80s. There weren’t that many channels. Fox didn’t exist yet. The 1984 Cable Act hadn’t even really been enacted. Despite this, the people who did watch it were very dedicated, and the show repaid them in kind. It had crossovers, guest appearances, running gags, inside jokes, crossover jokes, and, perhaps most famously, in the end the entire show was just a hallucination in the mind of an autistic boy named Tommy Westphall.

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Which, implicitly, puts SO MUCH of TV in Tommy’s mind.

StElsewhereTommyWestphallUniverse.jpg According to the website above, there are 89 current shows airing in Tommy’s Mind.

The cast of characters has now sort of come to embody the cast of most…

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