Russell Johnson vs Lena Dunham Compare & Contrast

Pharaoh:  Here is your kingdom with scorpion the cobra and the lizard for subjects

The Ten Commandments 1956

This week Russell Johnson, the last surviving male member of the Gilligan’s Island cast died at 89 years old and a lot of people my age shed a tear.

Now the death of an actor who appeared in a sitcom that ran 3 years in the 60’s and is showing on MeTV Monday – Thursday at 8 PM would normally not be much of a big deal except to remind people of my age of our own mortality,  but in a week where Hollywood is pushing Lena Dunham to the hit  the significance of Russell Johnson’s character can’t be overstated.

Over and over the character of the professor saved the lives of he castaways, coming up with mechanical or medical solutions to impossible problems. He was the original MacGyver

Like James Doohan’s Scotty, Russell Johnson’s Professor Roy Hinkley inspired people to science.  I would wager there are thousands of middle-aged scientists and engineers who spent their formative years watching the pair of them.

And he like Doohan he spent his twenty’s under fire fighting in World War 2.

In short Johnson was a role model a person could watch that show and say I’d like to be like that.

Think of this and compare it to the debate about Lena Dunhan’s Girls.  Let me remind you of what I wrote after watching the Season 2 premiere

I found a bunch of characters that I just plain didn’t like or care bout…which would explain the necessity for all the sex.

But just to be fair as I reached this point in this post I paused and watched the next episode of Girls (Season 2 episode 2) which although it talks about almost nothing but sex contains no actual nudity or sex scenes.

BOY did that confirm my original conclusion.

The Best description of the episode was the line her boyfriend used to describe her essay:

There wasn’t really anything going on

Not even the inclusion of a bunch of puppies could make this episode lovable or any of these people appealing.  Even the puppy scene contained the line: “oh my God they’re fetus sized” I mean who says that? Do twenty something feminists with no life actually go around looking at things saying things are “fetus sized”?  There is a reason why Jezebel is offering $10K for certain photos of Ms. Dunham and that reason isn’t because she is the “Queen of Comedy”

I will stack up Gilligan’s Island and the professor against Girls & Hannah for comedy 7 days a week and twice on Sunday.

100 years from now people’s lives will be made easier by items developed by scientists inspired by Russell Johnson’s from Gilligan’s island character but I will live to see Lena Dunham’s Girls character forgotten.

Of course in fairness to Dunham that’s not likely her fault as almost nobody actually watches it Then again she writes and directs the show, so maybe it is.

In fairness to young Ms. Dunham. She is only 27 years old and Mr. Johnson was 39 when Gilligan’s Island premiered. There is plenty of time for her to do something culturally memorable and even if she doesn’t she has made a comfortable living for herself which is more than most 27 year olds have managed these days.

Closing Thought Vogue’s piece is titled :  “Lena Dunham: The New Queen of Comedy’s First Vogue Cover

Seriously?  I mean can you be “the new queen of comedy” when nobody watches your show but media elites who don’t breed at the replacement rate?


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