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    Top Ten - Planning References in Television

    Submissions are due by: Tuesday, October 18 at 11:59 PM EST

    List so Far:
    1. Parks & Recreation - Mark Brendanawicz (2008-2010)
    2. Numbers - Alan Eppes (2005-2010)
    3. Seinfeld - Episode - The Van Buren Boys (1997)
    4. The Simpsons - Episode - You Only Move Twice (1996)
    5. King of the Hill - Episode - Life: A Loser's Manual (2008)
    6. King of the Hill - Episode - Flush With Power (2000)
    7. The Planners are Coming - British Series about Planning
    8. The PJ's - TV claymation classic
    9. Perry Mason - Planning & Zoning Board References
    10. The Education of Max Bickford - Episode - Past Present Future (2002)
    11. The Simpsons - Episode - Marge vs. the Monorail (1993)
    12. The Wonder Years - Episode - Whose Woods Are these? (1989)
    13. The Drew Carey Show - Episode - What the Zoning Inspector Saw (1996)
    14. Family Guy - Episode - E. Peterbus Unum (2000)
    15. Bugs Bunny - Episode - No Parking Hare (1954)
    16. Bugs Bunny - Episode - Homeless Hare (1950)
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    NUMBERS

    Alan Eppes is a former L.A. City planner, .... lives in a historic bungalow furnished with period Arts and Crafts furniture. He is portrayed by Judd Hirsch.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numb3rs
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    Hink, I didn't lay this out right and am unprepared! I'll re-do later.
    Last edited by ursus; 14 Oct 2011 at 10:45 AM. Reason: ursus is dumb this morning.
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    Seinfeld



    The video clip below. Enough said.



    GEORGE: Besides, Steven Koren has the highest of aspirations. He wants to be (pauses for effect) an architect.

    WYCK: Is that right?

    STEVEN: Actually, maybe I could set my sights a little bit higher.

    GEORGE: (Laughs) Steven, nothing is higher than an architect.

    STEVEN: I think I'd really like to be a city planner. (Sits down, addressing the entire foundation board) Why limit myself to just one building, when I can design a

    whole city?

    WYCK: Well, that's a good point.

    GEORGE: (Mutters) No, it's not.

    STEVEN: Well, isn't an architect just an art school drop-out with a tilty desk, and a big ruler? (Laughs - so do the board members)

    GEORGE: (Irritated) It's called a T-square.

    WYCK: You know, the stupidest guy in my fraternity became an architect - after he flunked out of dental school! (Everyone but George laughs) Contratulations,

    young man. (Shakes Steven's hand)

    STEVEN: Thank you.
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    Let's add dates for reference as well... I have updated the first three to have dates...
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    BBC's late, little-known series The Planners are Coming. In the series, we learn that in the UK, the equivalent of Planning Commission approval is required for everything, and that Old Blighty has the same issues with clueless property owners struggling to get after-the-fact approval for projects, often with disastrous results. The series is really more about the equivalent of zoning enforcement than comprehensive planning.

    Lots of planning references in King of the Hill.

    From Life: A Loser's Manual

    Dale: Gentlemen, I'm sure you recall my long dreamt dream about building a guard tower in my yard.

    Hank: Dale, the zoning board has turned you down six times and the last refusal was with extreme prejudice.

    Dale: True, but for a structure under 40 feet no variance is needed. Soon you'll live under the protection of my 39 foot guard tower! The zoning board has no say.

    Hank: Dale, that is --[Dale cuts him off mid-sentence]...

    Dale: NO SAY!
    In another episode, Flush With Power, Hank Hill joins the Arlen Zoning Board. There's actually a Smart Growth reference!
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    The Simpsons - You Only Move Twice



    Homer gets a job offer from the mysterious Globex Corporation and convinces the family to move to Cypress Creek, the company's full-service planned community. During the episode, Homer shows a promotional video for the town, showing a conversion from an urban slum to a whitewashed utopia. It includes this hilarious bit of dialogue:

    [Announcer] Cypress Creek, A Tale of One City.
    [Woman] Look at this place. - (police siren heard in the distance) - Somebody ought to build a town that works.
    [Announcer] Somebody did. It's called Cypress Creek, a planned community designed for the workers of the Globex Corporation. Cypress Creek, where dreams come true.
    [Announcer #2] Your dreams may vary from those of Globex Corporation, its subsidiaries and shareholders.
    Process and dismissal. Shelter and location. Everybody wants somewhere.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    BBC's late, little-known series The Planners are Coming. In the series, we learn that in the UK, the equivalent of Planning Commission approval is required for [pi]everything[/i], and that Old Blighty has the same issues with clueless property owners struggling to get after-the-fact approval for projects, often with disastrous responses. The series is really more about the equivalent of zoning enforcement than comprehensive planning.

    Lots of planning references in King of the Hill.

    From Life: A Loser's Manual



    In another episode, Flush With Power, Hank Hill joins the Arlen Zoning Board. There's actually a Smart Growth reference!
    Can we pick one from King of the Hill? Is there a best episode? Or we can list all the "best" episode separately....
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    In the TV claymation classic "The PJ's", the less than tactful (and even less intelligent) superintendant of one of the buildings in the projects was always going to HUD to get supplies for his building....the wording under the HUD sign often changed in different episodes e.g. "HUD...keeping you in the projects since 1965". Eddie Murphy (the voice of the main character) caught a lot of flack over little jabs like that.

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    I could swear there is a scene in Family Ties where Alex is contemplating college majors, and while looking at a course catalogue ~

    Alex: "how about Urban Planning?

    Audience: Big laugh



    end of joke . . .

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    Submissions are due by Tuesday, October 18 at 11:59 PM EST. Currently we only have 8.... come on people, I know we can do better than that!
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    Perry Mason Episodes

    I can't find the exact references, but any number of Perry Mason episodes center around somebody rigging the "Planning and Zoning Board" and in one, a board member is murdered I believe. Not implausible, considering the development that would have been going on in SoCal in the late 40's and 50's and what land was worth.

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    Richard Dreyfuss starred as a college professor in a show that ran for only a single season called The Education of Max Bickford. I recall one of the episodes Max was given a spot on the city's planning commission and had to make a controversial decision about whether to allow an obnoxious mall to open in his picturesque but economically strapped small town.

    Here's part of episode 17 'past present future'
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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    I can't find the exact references, but any number of Perry Mason episodes center around somebody rigging the "Planning and Zoning Board" and in one, a board member is murdered I believe. Not implausible, considering the development that would have been going on in SoCal in the late 40's and 50's and what land was worth.

    I have been buying and watching olde episodes of Perry Mason. I will keep my baby blues open for planning references.

    NOTE: While typing this post my mind flashed to the Bugs Bunny opera, changing the words to "Somebody killed the planner".

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    These aren't nessarily explicit planning references, but they are certainly very planning-related and reflect situations planners face.

    The Simpsons "Marge vs. the Monorail" episode (1993) - transportation planning; the whole part about slick developers/businessmen taking advantage of communities; initial public skepticism; public meetings and mob mentality ("but Main Street's all cracked and broken; sorry, mom, the mob has spoken"), capital projects, etc. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEZjzsnPhnw and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marge_vs._the_Monorail

    The Wonder Years: "Whose Woods are These?" episode (1989) - Kevin and his friends try to save their childhood hangout from being bulldozed for a shopping mall. Key themes include environmental preservation vs. economic development, kids' lack of voice in planning decisions, sentimental attachment to places by members of the public, etc.
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    Quote Originally posted by illinoisplanner View post
    These aren't nessarily explicit planning references, but they are certainly very planning-related and reflect situations planners face.

    The Simpsons "Marge vs. the Monorail" episode (1993) - transportation planning; the whole part about slick developers/businessmen taking advantage of communities; initial public skepticism; public meetings and mob mentality ("but Main Street's all cracked and broken; sorry, mom, the mob has spoken"), capital projects, etc. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEZjzsnPhnw and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marge_vs._the_Monorail

    The Wonder Years: "Whose Woods are These?" episode (1989) - Kevin and his friends try to save their childhood hangout from being bulldozed for a shopping mall. Key themes include environmental preservation vs. economic development, kids' lack of voice in planning decisions, sentimental attachment to places by members of the public, etc.
    Great call with the monorail episode...although you lose man points for "The Wonder Years" reference.
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    Drew Carey Show - What the Zoning Inspector Saw
    The council has no interest in listening to Drew, but Bonnie shows up with his neighbors who run businesses from their homes. Drew warns that they will show up for every meeting until they get their way. The council decides to conduct a two-year study on re-zoning and leave the residents and their businesses alone.

    Family Guy - E. Peterbus Unum
    The town zoning laws won't allow Peter to build a pool in his yard. When he tries to get a permit, he discovers that his property is actually not part of Quahog, and therefore not part of the United States.
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    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Family Guy - E. Peterbus Unum
    I love this one...good call!
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    More so movies here, but they are shown on TV every now and then - the Bugs Bunny shorts with the freeway construction (his hole being in the way) and the new tall building (again, with his hole in the way). In both cases, the project was built around him, including a notch going all the way up in the building.

    Also, there was a TV ad from sometime in the late 1980s or the early 1990s featuring an old, long-established big-city storefront pub and restaurant that was in the way of a new tall building, where its owner was shown saying "I told them to 'go ahead and build your building, just build it around us'". At the end of the ad, the camera panned back from the restaurant's facade to show the new steel and glass that was indeed built around them. I forget what product the ad was for (a beer?), but I loved that ad.

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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920 View post
    More so movies here, but they are shown on TV every now and then - the Bugs Bunny shorts with the freeway construction (his hole being in the way) and the new tall building (again, with his hole in the way). In both cases, the project was built around him, including a notch going all the way up in the building.
    The Freeway episode is No Parking Hare
    on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjOO3SnzQF8

    The highrise episode is Homeless Hare
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    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    So I am going to clean this thread up a bit, and then start a new one with a poll... but as I was doing a bit of research related to the BBC show The Planners Are Coming... I found this...

    http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question...4014420AAUg7K0


    Also, what type of poll do we want? Should people be able to vote for lots of options or just their favorite?

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    I am also moving the info from the first post to here about the layout...





    =================================================

    The layout is:

    Parks & Recreation



    In one of the first characters in T.V. that is actually a dedicated Urban Planner , Mark Brendanawicz gives Urban Planners a good name. He is the smartest person in the office, and is usually the go-to guy for information. Unfortunately, at the end of season two he took a "buy-out" and he went to the private sector leaving the show and planner's in need of guidance.
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