By Mandy Malone
It has been a little over a month now since my television viewing habits were irrevocably altered. On Aug. 14, “Unsolved Mysteries,” the documentary style true crime program narrated by the late Robert Stack, officially came to the end of its long run on Lifetime Television.
I became a fan of the show way back when it first aired on NBC. I stumbled upon the show quite by accident and it quickly stuck with me. It’s hard pinpoint exactly what initially interested me in the show but as I grew older I tended to regard the show as a faithful old friend. No matter what was going on in my life, whether I was graduating from high school, finishing college, or starting a new job, it was always there.
My favorite segments were those that dealt with crime, particularly the unsolved murders and disappearances. It was always interesting to watch cases then, if the cases were resolved, see if the resolution matched the theory of the crime posited in the segment.
This is not to say the show didn’t have its problems. The quality started to erode a bit in the mid-90s when the show was overhauled and everything from the opening credits to the theme music was given a makeover. The original episodes filmed for Lifetime weren’t quite as good as the earlier episodes, but they were still a respectable attempt to keep the show going.
I always knew that someday Lifetime would stop airing the show, but I was a bit surprised that the ending came as abruptly as it did. Now all I’m left with are memories and scores of videotapes to commemorate the existence of the show. Oh well, at least Food TV is still showing re-runs of the original Japanese version of “Iron Chef,” even if it is at 4 a.m. on Tuesdays.