Crispin Glover and Nicolas Cage react to the news that their failed television series from 1981, ‘The Best of Times’ is still kicking around out there on the Internet.
In 1981 both Nicolas Cage (who at the time was going by his real name “Nicholas Coppola”) and a baby-faced Crispin Glover both made their television acting debuts. However, the pilot, The Best of Times, only aired once before getting the boot from ABC.
I don’t want to ruin any of this for you, but if you haven’t seen The Best of Times—which was part musical, part teen drama, and part comedy—then clear your calendar for the next hour because you simply haven’t lived until you’ve seen an eighteen-year-old Nicolas Cage participating in a bizarre car wash sequence while his pals kick out a vanilla version of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” In a pair of overalls with no shirt.
Your life is also a lie if you’ve never experienced the crazy that is Crispin Glover (who was also eighteen) having a spastic meltdown about the latest Talking Heads cassette tape. Adding to the weirdness, most of the actors on the show went by their own names and there’s something very strange about hearing Glover’s real mother Betty yelling at her boy Crispin throughout the episode. But that’s ALL I’m going to say because this totally golden television oddity that really must be seen to be believed.
PS: You’re welcome.
An image of Cage with another star of ‘The Best of Times’ actress and future scream queen, Jill Schoelen.
A nutty musical interlude from ‘The Best of Times’ featuring Nicolas Cage, Crispin Glover, and “special guest star” actor/commedian Jackie Mason as ‘Mr. O’Reilly.’
The full hour-long pilot for ‘The Best of Times.’
HT: Midnight Pulp’s Facebook page
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Nicholas Cage Punches a Woman While Wearing a Bear Suit
‘The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be’: Crispin Glover’s concept album, 1989
Video rentals of the Famous: Crispin Glover’s Blockbuster receipt, late 80s