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Great dramas, comedies, concert specials and more illustrate the pay cable channel's sweep
"Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met" (1986)
It's easy to look on his later movie career, whether the prestige stuff like "Good Will Hunting" or the treacle like "Patch Adams" — and forget what a force of nature Williams in his stand-up prime was. The sheer energy of this performance — which, even with topical jokes about Reagan, Gadhafi, P.W. Botha and other '80s political figures aside, has aged very well — is incredible, and goes a long way towards explaining why Williams' movie career has had so many peaks and valleys, because how do you harness... that in service of a script?