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Off the Wall TV: Decades of watching condensed to a week

Off the Wall foresees a week of flashback fever.

Remember the '50s?

Those crazy rock 'n' rollers! They confounded their parents worse than today's millennials. Saturday, see how '50s Hollywood tried to co-opt their newfangled rock and roll -- in "Rock Around the Clock" (6 a.m.), with musical acts Bill Haley and the Comets and The Platters; "Don't Knock the Rock" (8 a.m.), with Haley and Little Richard; and "Rock Rock Rock!" (10 a.m.), with Chuck Berry and Frankie Lymon. Bonus '60s time capsule! Chubby Checker headlines "Twist Around the Clock" (noon), with Dion DiMucci, and "Don't Knock the Twist" (2 p.m., all on thisTV). Movie details at


Remember the '60s-'70s-'80s?

Jerry Van Dyke's legendarily nutso sitcom, "My Mother the Car," (Saturday 1-2 p.m., Antenna TV) has started airing weekly, along with such other '60s head-scratchers as "It's About Time" (2-3 p.m.), with Imogene Coca and Joe E. Ross as cavemen who meet astronauts, and "The Flying Nun" (3-4 p.m.), which Sally Field is still trying to live down. Also catch the first eight episodes of '60s monstercom "The Munsters" (Sunday 1-5 p.m., Cozi TV). Compared to those, the '80s robot-child show "Small Wonder" (Saturday 4-5 p.m., Antenna TV) looks practically modern. But the uber-bizarre trophy goes to "Celebrity Bowling" (Saturday 1 p.m.-Monday 7 a.m., Decades), featuring '70s-era Ernest Borgnine (Saturday night 7-8:30), Michael Douglas (Saturday night 9:30-10:30), William Shatner (Sunday 8 a.m.), and other crazy-clothed celebs. Celeb teams detailed at


Remember the '90s?

The (Bill) Clinton years are the current "it" decade! The TV movie premiere of "The Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story" (Saturday night at 8, Lifetime) goes behind the scenes of the Fox teen drama that made stars of Shannen Doherty and Tori Spelling. Then there's Monday's debut of the throwback block The Splat (nightly 10 p.m.-6 a.m., TeenNick), reliving Nickelodeon's slime-time glory years of "Double Dare," "Kenan and Kel," "CatDog" and other gems. Fun extends online at


Stops and starts

Ending its first season: "Fear the Walking Dead" (Sunday at 9 p.m., after 3:15-9 p.m. marathon, AMC). Ending for good: "Strike Back" (Friday at 10 p.m., Cinemax), with moving-on stars Philip Winchester (now on NBC's "The Player") and Sullivan Stapleton (NBC's "Blindspot"). Faves starting new seasons include survival trip "Naked andAfraid" (Sunday at 10 p.m., Discovery), kidnap drama "Finding Carter" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., MTV), and the guerrilla sidewalk assault of "Billy on the Street" (Thursday at 10:30 p.m., truTV), with guest Tina Fey. Preview at


Zombie apocalypse week!

AMC goes bonkers between Sunday's spinoff finale and the run-up to next Sunday's return of TV's original zombie hit. Binge on previous episodes of "The Walking Dead" (Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-2 a.m., next Saturday starting 12:30 p.m., AMC). More at

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