Q&A

Q: I recently saw a documentary on TV called "The Kings," about Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns, but wasn't there already one with that title about Muhammad Ali? Was it a series or something?

A sport with a history as long as boxing should be able to come up with more metaphors — you're actually thinking of two different documentaries with very similar titles. "The Kings," which aired over four nights last year on Showtime, was indeed about Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns, as well as Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard. T...

Q: They used some outdoor scenes in the original "Perry Mason" series, but the overwhelming majority of those scenes appear to be in near-darkness. Why?

Short answer: Because of the "noir" in film noir. "Perry Mason" is widely seen as an attempt to translate the film-noir style of big-screen crime dramas (think 1944's "Double Indemnity" or 1941's "The Maltese Falcon") to the small screen. According to film blogger and critic Terence Towles Canote, "Perry Mason" often used "the same techniques ...

Q: Sometimes on "The Golden Girls," Dorothy says she's from Queens, but sometimes she's from Brooklyn. Which one is it and why does it vary?

"The Golden Girls" has been rerun so often on so many channels that the chronology is a little foggy, to say the least, and so it's easy not to notice the fact that it's only in the show's pilot that she says she's from Queens. (The pilot episode is the one produced for the network as proof of a concept. If the network likes it, it typically ord...