Quick Hits: January 20

  • Season one of Yellowjackets wrapped on Sunday, and what a doozy it was. As with any great finale, it answered a few of our questions (did Jackie make it back? who emptied Travis’s bank account? will Misty free Jessica?) but left us wanting so much more. The series has already been renewed for a second season, which honestly can’t come soon enough. Stay tuned to Peanut Butter and Julie for complete coverage of my newest obsession.
  • My husband and I started watching Six Feet Under last week. Neither one of us had ever seen it (having not had HBO until a few years ago, we are now working our way through the streamer’s back catalog). A lovely, macabre meditation on life and death and grief, Six Feet Under perfectly balances the drama with often absurd humor. The performances are fantastic; I especially love Peter Krause as eldest son Nate, who is struggling to find purpose in his life. The writing is top-notch; Alan Ball, then fresh off his Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay for American Beauty, created a complex, fully realized world. I can’t wait to see where this show takes me.
  • The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this week. The biggest surprise was the omission of Oscar-favorite Kristen Stewart, whose portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer was one of the best-reviewed performances of the year.


  • David Lynch was born on this day in 1946. Filmmaker, writer, musician, artist, maverick and all-around wonderful weirdo, Lynch has made some of the most iconic films of the past forty-five years (yes, it’s been that long since his surrealist debut, Eraserhead).
  • George Burns was born Nathan Birnbaum on this day in 1896. Burns made the transition from vaudeville to radio to television and films, and had a late career resurgence in the 1970s when he starred in films such as Oh, God! and Going in Style. Burns died in 1996 at the age of one hundred.
I absolutely adored this movie as a kid; it’s available for streaming on HBO Max
  • Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski were married on this day in 1968. The two met when he directed her in the 1967 film The Fearless Vampire Killers, and though they initially weren’t terribly impressed with each other, they eventually fell in love. Their happiness was cut short when a very pregnant Tate was murdered by members of Charles Manson’s cult on August 9, 1969.
  • Meet the Beatles!, The Beatles’ second American album (and the first to be released by Capitol Records) was released on this day in 1964. The week ending February 1, Meet the Beatles! entered the Billboard album chart at #92; two weeks later, after the band’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Meet the Beatles! was the #1 album in the US.
  • On January 20, 1982, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat at a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. Osbourne apparently thought that the bat, which had been thrown onstage by a fan, was a plastic toy. Mark Neal, the fan that brought the bat to the show, claims the bat was dead; Osbourne, who ended up being treated for rabies, has always contended that the bat was not only alive but actually bit him. In 2019, Osbourne commemorated the anniversary of the event with sales of a bat plush toy with detachable head.

2 thoughts on “Quick Hits: January 20

  1. I don’t know how you can’t tell the difference between a real (dead or alive) and a plastic bat.

    Sharon Tate was so beautiful, and that pic! Man, did the Austin Powers costumers do a bang up job, right?

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