With the end of Ted Lasso‘s season last Friday (a stellar end to a stellar season, by the way), I thought I was done with “TV” for a while. But between two of my favorite filmmakers–Ken Burns and Walt Disney–I’ve been entertained every night since.
First, there is Ken Burns’s new saga (calling it a “documentary” just doesn’t do it justice) on the life and times of Muhammad Ali. It’s worth eight hours of your time. Yes, there’s the usual “PBS” topics of racism and bigotry, but let’s face it, that’s part of the Muhammad Ali story. There’s enough actual boxing to keep sports fans (and Republicans) entertained. The story is raw and real and sometimes hurts. Like boxing.
Also available on “TV” these days (a week or so after it was on actual TV) is another 90 minutes worthy of your time. It’s called The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Happiest Place on Earth. (Yeah, it’s been 50 years.) Walt had been gone for five years by the time his literal and philosophical heirs finished plans on the “Florida project” (a.k.a Project X and a number of other names before WDW was revealed) and the show describes the founding with Ken Burns-like respect. Enough music and cartoons to keep kids entertained and enough history to keep old folks (that’s me) happy, this one is not to be missed.
God bless TV.