Really appealing early episode drawings by Ed Love and Carlo Vinci (both thieved from John's blog, because I neglected to take lots of screenshots of the earlier episodes).
I think the backgrounds started getting a bit less great, too. "The Good Scout", spends alot of time with this really disgusting-looking background. That purple and green combination offends my eyes.
A more tasteful background from"Long Long Weekend".
Things definitely went wrong by the 6th season, though. Though actually this is pretty good compared to some other stuff I saw looking quickly on Youtube.
Also, in the "Astr'nuts" episode, Wilma says something I didn't think you could say on American prime-time TV in the 60s!
By the way, there's something funny went on with the PAL DVDs for this. Generally it looked surprisingly good: I don't know what the hell they did, but despite having been made for 30fps NTSC tv, the footage seemed to run at 25fps without frame-blending, without obviously dropping frames (though my only way of judging this is that oscillating camera shakes seemed intact), and seemingly without just slowing it down (even without pitch-shifting, the difference between 25fps and 30fps is significant). However, the second half of "The Tycoon" suddenly becomes a mess, maybe because there are lots of chase sequences, which have fast run-cycles and BG pans, which are shot on ones...but then again, there are plenty of other instances of those in the other episodes (such as that screenshot from "Long Long Weekend" above), and no ghosting.
This is what every frame looks like watching it on a progressive display (like a computer monitor). It's okay if you're using an interlaced display (a CRT TV) but that's old, obsolete technology by now.
I wonder if BluRays have this problem.
One final thought: Bea Benaderet's voice excites me.
Even though Betty was the least-developed character, I always thought she was the cutest.
Coming soon, another post about bloody anime.