For those of us who remember I Dream of Jeannie and Perry Mason television has become distinctly weirder. Here are a few TV series which, to my mind, classifies as simply weird.
Umbrella Academy - (the series main characters are pictured) adapted from a series of graphic novels. An eccentric billionaire adopts seven children our of 43 born on the same day to women who previously had shown no signs of pregnancy before they gave birth, and trains them to be the superheros that they (mostly) are.. the story starts when the children are all adults and come back to the creepy house in which they grew up when the billionaire, whom they call dad, dies. The butler/servant is an elderly, talking monkey complete with cane, glasses and butler's suit. The mother is an android. One of the step-siblings spent several years on the moon at the direction of billionaire dad. What he did on the moon and how he got there, or got back, is not specified. At one point he was in an accident which required dad to replace his body with that of an ape. Human head, ape body. Then there is the sibling who, after vanishing many years previously, turns up again as the 14 year old schoolboy he had been when he vanished, although he has had many adventures since including being a time travelling assassin in a post-apocalyptic world. He is determined to prevent the apocalypse - his one clue is an artificial eye - but he does not bother to change out of his schoolboy clothes (blazer, shorts, long socks) to do so. His girlfriend is a window clothes dummy he has taken from a ruined apartment store. He has conversations with this dummy.
Doom Patrol - this is a group of five individuals with odd characteristic. There is a film star of the 1950s who mostly retains her original form but when stressed dissolves into a gelatinous blob many times her original mass, or so it seems, and oozes around frightening people. This is another take on the comic book character Elastigirl, or so Wikipedia tells me. Another is a women with 64 distinct personalities ranging from flirty through to abusive and then to highly dangerous with special powers. Then there is a robot man as in a former racing car driver whose body was destroyed in a crash, so the doctor in charge put his brain into a robot which also looks as if it could have been taken from a 1950s film set. The doctor, incidentally, is portrayed by Timothy Dalton, the James Bond of the 1980s. These shows are proving a boon for old stars. Anyway, a former enemy of the doctor turns up and creates a vortex which sucks in the doctor as well as the entire town close to the residence where all these characters have been living for decades, leaving behind a donkey as a portal. Flatulence from the donkey spells out a message. Then the story starts to get strange.
Hemlock Grove - this is about warewolves at a country high school, with the stand out character being the eight foot tall sister of the rich warewolf kid who hides the deformity on one side of her fact by wearing her hair long. She cannot speak, has bandages on her arms and thunders around school - literally, you can hear her coming - without anyone seeming to comment or even notice much. Instead they want to pick on the poor warewolf kid who flirts with the gigantic sister of the rich warewolf. They think he's a warewolf and they want to mess with him? One of the girls at the school is pregnant but says that its an immaculate conception, the result of an angel visiting here. Say, what? Jokes about that excuse already being used aside, this is an odd plot development especially as it turns out she is serious. One of the main characters in played by Famke Janssen, a former Bond girl and X-Men star. As I said these series are keeping the stars of yesteryear in work.
Legacies (Foxtel as is Doom Patrol, Hemlock Grove is Netflix) - this is a Hogwarts/Vampire Academy style school somewhere in America which teaches different types of magical creatures, mainly vampires, warewolves and witches. The vampires, incidentally, get around in the sun no problems, which is only right. They are a misunderstood minority who should be allowed to walk around in the sun. Social justice for vampires I say.. As a taste of the general weirdness In one episode twin witches encounter their biological mother who was killed on her wedding day which was not long after they were conceived. The witch relatives then had them gestated in another, volunteer relative. Of course, I should have seen that at once.
Bring back the X Files I say, now that was TV..