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Even More Librarians on TV!

I had no idea that librarians were so prolific! Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but, here’s another dose of librarians featured on TV.

I was surprised at myself for missing this first one with my last post on the subject. This librarian used to scare the living #&%! out of me at a much younger age! This is a segment of The Librarian from The Hilarious House of Frightenstein.  It was one of my favourite shows growing up but the librarian was just so damned creepy! It’s funny to watch now as I’ve since realized it was never scary but kudos to Billy Van who played the character to perfection!

This next example could fall under the category of either TV or movie since it’s a movie made for TV. I decided on TV obviously :) It’s a typical little story about a possessed house…the scene I’m sticking in here involves the death of a helpful librarian. Don’t worry if you’re squeamish…no blood, just some screaming :)

I wasn’t able to find a video of the the next librarian, but Kathy Kinney (best known for her role as Mimi on The Drew Carey Show) starred as Miss Prudence Goddard, the town librarian on Newhart for a season. I couldn’t even find a picture of her in the role so I’m just posting a random scene from Newhart…just because!

This Friends episode proves that you can have fun in the library! However, I don’t recommend this kind of activity at your local branch :)

Reading Rainbow was a fantastic program for children featuring  books and encouraging reading and starring LeVar Burton (best known as Geordie from Star Trek: The Next Generation). In this episode, Alistair in Outer Space, LeVar takes the viewer on a tour of the Library of Congress. You can watch the entire 30 minute episode here.

The Lucy Show! Anyone remember this one?! In this episode, Lucy decides to get a roommate, who happens to be Carol Burnette, and who also happens to be a librarian. Lots of stereotyping here but Lucille Ball and Carol Burnette…what a combination!

My last example features a library starring Eugene Levy as Bobby Bittman from SCTV. Rob Ford needs to watch this!

I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed some and if I have, I would appreciate any suggestions. Again, thanks for reading!

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Ah, yes! We Mustn’t Forget About Librarians on T.V.!

Alright! Let’s round out this series with librarians in TV shows!

The Librarians is a comedy television series that premiered in Australia in 2007. The Librarians follows the story of librarian Frances O’Brien who is Catholic (and racist) and is forced to hire a former friend (who is a drug dealer) as the children’s librarian. Apparently, the producers researched for the show with real librarians and have consequently not included shushing and glasses (I seem to have a real bee in my bonnet over glasses…)

Ahhh…the lovely and talented Giles! Yet another male librarian! He hails from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is attractive, a wealth of knowledge (but of course), kicks butt on occasion, and is British! For the uninitiated, Giles is Buffy’s Watcher and is basically there to help her out in slaying vampires.

This video is from a kid’s show called All That, in which there was a librarian that was constantly telling people to keep the noise down but she herself made a lot of racket (yelling, using power drills etc…). I have to admit, there have been times when closing the library that a gong would have come in handy!

Funnily enough, this TV series features…Marion the Librarian! This was a kid’s show from clearly a while back (80’s). I won’t go through the synopsis since it’s all explained in the clip above.

A librarian was featured in a Twilight Zone episode entitled The Obsolete Man, starring Burgess Meredith. He portrays a librarian in a future totalitarian state, who is put on trial for the crime of being “obsolete.” Apparently, the State has eliminated literacy (whaaa!?!?) and being a librarian is punishable by death. There’s nothing like a bit of knowledge to throw a wrench into the works…

And here we have a clip from Monty Python’s Flying Circus (series 1, episode 10) featuring a gorilla being interviewed for a librarian position. Only from Monty Python :)

Seinfeld ran an episode wherein Kramer dated a librarian. The above clip is from the same episode…one of the funniest scenes from Seinfeld in my opinion!

Lastly (but not least…I am a bit of a Star Trek buff), in the original series of Star Trek, Mr. Atoz was a librarian in the All Our Yesterdays episode. His name is a play on “A to Z”.  From StarTrek.com:

Last inhabitant of the planet Sarpeidon. Mr. Atoz and several duplicates of himself oversaw a vast library in the atavachron, a time-portal device that allowed inhabitants of the doomed planet to travel back to the past in order to escape their inevitable doom.

I hope you enjoyed this series! I might very well follow through with more but I’m thinking of other things now :)