My hopes were too high, I suppose, when I encountered an episode entitled “Kiss me, Kate” of a television show called Party of Five.
“It’s a derivative of a Shakespearean derivative,” I thought excitedly.
Alas, it was another titular reference to Shakespearean materal—and nothing more. Essentially, it’s the tale of a high school boy who wants to sleep with his high school girlfriend, cannot believe her audacity when she refuses him—on moral grounds, no less—and breaks up with her. I suppose there might be a Measure for Measure allusion in there somewhere, but it’s not exactly overt, if so.
It’s a bit of a shame that that episode didn’t have much ado about . . . sorry . . . much to do with . . . Shakespeare. I mean, just look at all these great titles from episodes thoughout the show’s run:
But, unless I hear otherwise (any Party of Five fanatics out there?), I’ll assume that each of these has as little to do with Shakespeare as the one listed above does.Season 1, Episode 7: Much Ado
Season 1, Episode 22: The Ides of March
Season 5, Episode 4: A Mid-Semester's Night Dream
Season 6, Episode 23: All's Well . . .
Season 6, Episode 24: . . . That Ends Well