Emily (mysticpenguin) wrote in little_details,

Question about the old "Hitchcock Presents" TV show

I have two characters who can barely stand each other. I made one throw-away reference in a scene to "Rear Window" being on TV, and they're suddenly starting to bond over how much they both like Alfred Hitchcock's work. One of them is trying to get the other to remember Hitch's old anthology show "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." His description of the opening with the silhouette outline and the creepy theme music is only ringing the vaguest of bells for the other guy.

I have an episode guide and I'm half-inclined to choose one based on which ones sound the coolest. But I'm a little shy of ending up with something really obscure and having people pick the "Right, so if he's never seen it, how does he know that one?" nit. You know how "The Twilight Zone" has episodes that are so familiar in pop culture that people know them without ever actually having seen them (i.e., the kid who wishes people into the cornfield and the one about the guy who's happy to be the last man on earth until his glasses break)? What I'm wondering is if anyone can think of any episodes of "Hitchcock Presents" which are famous enough to realistically get the same kind of "Oh yeah, that!" reaction from someone who never watched the show regularly.

Also, anyone have any idea how early I could get away with having it in reruns? I've been able to find plenty of stuff about when it first aired, but it finished its run about three years before the older of the two of my two guys was born. I remember seeing it in reruns on Nick at Nite during the mid-80s, but that doesn't really work with my timeline. They'd be in their mid-to-late teens then, and one of them is talking like he was exposed to it a lot earlier than that. Can I safely fudge and say that it ran someplace during the late 70s or so (or is it better to go with him just being his usual lying bastard self in order to avoid admitting that the show scared him when he was fifteen)?

ETA: Thanks, everyone! when I thought about it, the "leg of lamb" episode that made me think "Oh yeah, that." With everyone else leaning that way too, I think I have a winner. This community is awesome.

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