‘East Side/West Side’ Birthday Binge

Oscar-winner actor George C. Scott would have been 89 years old today. The upcoming Presidential election provides a great excuse to sample his performance as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It can be streamed for $2.99 at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube and other transactional sites.

But, if you’ve already seen Dr. Strangelove, may we instead suggest binge-watching – for free – Scott’s rarely seen starring turn as a New York City social worker in the contemporaneous TV series, East Side/West Side? The hard-hitting series about inner city problems – which also starred future Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson – was recently named the 43rd greatest American TV show of all time in TV (The Book) by critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz. East Side/West Side ran for just one season on CBS (1963-64), but all 26 hour-long episodes can now be binged through Uncle Earl’s Classic Television Channel.

Here’s episode one, “The Sinner,” to get you started:

 

 

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About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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