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    Empty Nest

    Empty Nest

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    NBC (ended 1995)
    Empty Nest was a spinoff of The Golden Girls. Created by Susan Harris (Soap, Benson, The Golden Girls) this series centered around Dr. Harry Weston. A recent widow, Harry had to deal with going on with his life without his late wife, Libby. Fortunatly he had his practice (he's a pediatrician) as well as his two daughters, Carol and Barbara, who move back home and provide an annoyance to him. Other members of the cast include, Charlie Dietz (the obnoxious next door neighbor) and Laverne (Harry's sassy nurse). In later seasons, Harry began working at a clinic with Maxine, with Laverne in tow. Also, when the Golden Girls sequel, The Golden Palace, ended in 1993, Estelle Getty came to the show and portrayed the Golden Girl character of Sophia Petrillo. Theme Song: "Life Goes On" Written by: John Bettis and George Tipton Spin-off of: The Golden Girlsmoreless
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    MacGyver

    MacGyver

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    ABC (ended 1992)
    MacGyver is a different kind of hero: he doesn't use weapons, he's afraid of heights, and he's an expert at making complicated machines out of ordinary things quickly. He works in the employ of The Phoenix Foundation, a think tank dedicated to improving mankind. Pete Thornton gave MacGyver his assignments, occasionally getting involved himself or lending Foundation resources for MacGyver's various personal endeavors. Another sometimes accomplice was Jack Dalton, a long-time friend with a penchant for getting himself into trouble and relying on MacGyver for helping him out of it. MacGyver also had an archenemy, Murdoc, who sought to kill MacGyver many times, often through the use of ruses and elaborate traps. MacGyver's first name was a secret until the final season, when we learned just why he chose not to use it. MacGyver was produced by Henry Winkler/John Rich productions in association with Paramount Television.moreless
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    The X-Files

    The X-Files

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    FOX (ended 2018)
    The X-Files is a Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. Running for 9 seasons, the show was a hit for the Fox Broadcasting Company network, and its main characters and slogans (e.g., "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", "I Want to Believe") became pop culture touchstones. The X-Files is seen as a defining series of the 1990s, coinciding with the era's widespread mistrust of governments, interest in conspiracy theories and spirituality, and the belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life. TV Guide called The X-Files the Second greatest cult television show and the 37th best television show of all time. In 2007, Time magazine included it on a list of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time." In 2008, Entertainment Weekly named it Classic Sci-fi and the fourth best TV show in the last 25 years. This long running FOX drama lasted nine seasons and focused on the exploits of FBI Agents Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, John Doggett and Monica Reyes and their investigations into the paranormal. From genetic mutants and killer insects to a global conspiracy concerning the colonisation of Earth by an alien species, this mind-boggling, humourous and occasionally frightening series created by Chris Carter has been one of the world's most popular sci-fi/drama shows since its humble beginnings in 1993. The show has also spawned two movies, The X-Files Movie in 1998 and I Want To Believe in 2008. So sit back and enjoy the fascinating world of The X-Files. The entire nine seasons of The X-Files are now available on DVD! As well has hundreds of books written about the show. Emmy Awards 2001 - Outstanding Makeup for a Series for episode DeadAlive 2000 - Outstanding Makeup for a Series for episode Theef - Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for episode First Person Shooter - Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for episode First Person Shooter 1999 - Outstanding Makeup for a series for episodes Two Fathers/One Son 1998 - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series for episode The Post-Modern Prometheus - Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series for episode Kill Switch 1997 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Gillian Anderson - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series for episode Memento Mori - Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for episode Tempus Fugit 1996 - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series to Peter Boyle for episode Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Drama Series to Darin Morgan for episode Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a series for episode Grotesque - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series for episode Nisei - Outstanding individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for episode Nisei 1994 - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences for The X-Files Golden Globe Awards 1998 - Best TV Series (Drama) 1997 - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Drama) to David Duchovny - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series (Drama) to Gillian Anderson - Best TV Series (Drama) 1995 - Best TV Series (Drama) In March 2015 it was announced that the show will return for a 6 episode limited series with both Duchovny and Anderson reprising their roles after a 13 year hiatus. Chris Carter is on board to write and produce these episodes. Season 10 began airing from January 24th 2016. It is rumoured the show could be renewed for further seasons due to the success of season 10.moreless
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    Hawaii Five-0

    Hawaii Five-0

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    CBS
    After his father is murdered, Lieutenant Commander Steven J. McGarrett decides to return home to Oahu in order to catch the killer. The governor offers him the opportunity to run a new task force where he is able to call the shots. Steve brings together his own team, starting with Chin Ho Kelly, an ex-Honolulu Police Detective and former protege of McGarrett's father. Kelly has been assigned to a federal security patrol after being suspected of corruption. Detective Danny (Danno) Williams is a New Jersey cop who recently moved to the island to be close to his 8-year-old daughter, Grace. Kono Kalakaua is Kelly's cousin and a rookie officer, fresh from the academy. McGarrett's team is given full backing from the governor.moreless
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    Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones

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    HBO
    Game of Thrones is an HBO adaptation of American author George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy novel series published by HarperCollins,A Song of Ice and Fire. The show explores a medieval-like fantasy world with its plethora of characters all struggling in the only game that matters--the game of thrones. And in this game you either win or you die, there is no middle ground.moreless
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    Gunsmoke

    Gunsmoke

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    CBS (ended 1975)

    Dodge City, known as the Sodom and Gomorrah of the plains, is a typical frontier city of the late 1800s with typical problems ranging from rumored Indian raids to bank and stage robberies, cattle rustling, and family feuds. All of these must be dealt with within the law and that task falls to Matt Dillon, US Marshal (James Arness).

    Dillon is a man who prefers the use of logic over the use of the gun but the nature of the people passing through Dodge doesn't always leave him that choice. Aided by various assistants and deputies over the years (played by Dennis Weaver, Burt Reynolds, and Ken Curtis), he does his best to keep the lawless element out of his town and his territory. Matt often solves his crimes through keen observation and deduction, an innovative approach for the times.

    Crucial information about cases is often provided by his beautiful companion, Long Branch owner Kitty Russell(Amanda Blake), while they drink beer or whiskey in her establishment. Matt also often exchanges banter or bounces his theories off of the crusty town doctor, Galen Adams (Milburn Stone).moreless
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    Vikings

    Vikings

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    The History Channel
    The History Channel's scripted drama chronicling the adventures of Viking warrior (and supposed descendent of Odin), Ragnar Lothbrok. Curious as to what lies to the West, Ragnar devises a plan to rebel against the long tradition of raiding East. Originally intended as a mini-series, Vikings was renewed for a second and third season.moreless
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    Arrow

    Arrow

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    The CW
    Arrow is a modern retelling of the DC Comic character Green Arrow. Multi-millionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing, and presumed dead after a shipwreck at sea. He is found five years later, having survived on a desert island off his wits and by mastering the bow and arrow. When he returns to Starling City however, he discovers that it is rife with corruption and crime. Oliver decides to put his skills to use by taking on the persona of Arrow and becoming the vigilante that Starling City needs. The show stars Stephen Amell in the title role. Green Arrow has been portrayed two times by a real life actor, and voiced in twelve separate cartoon/animations starting in 1973.moreless
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    DC's Legends of Tomorrow

    DC's Legends of Tomorrow

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    The CW
    Rip Hunter travels back in time to the 21st century where he brings together a new team of heroes and villains, that in his timeline were already a team, but are now dead and gone. Everyone must come together in an attempt to prevent the immortal Vandal Savage from destroying the world and time itself.moreless
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    The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead

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    AMC
    The world we knew is gone. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living. Based on a comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, this AMC project focuses on the world after a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a police officer, Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to find the world ravaged with zombies. Looking for his family, he and a group of survivors attempt to battle against the zombies in order to stay alive.moreless
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    The 100

    The 100

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    The CW (Returning April 24, 2018)
    In this new post-apocalyptic drama set ninety-seven years after civilization was destroyed on earth, 100 juvenile prisoners have been exiled to the earth from the international space stations to test whether it is habitable.moreless
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    Power Rangers

    Power Rangers

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    This guide covers all seasons of POWER RANGERS, including ALL seasonal rename incarnations. Descriptions of which can be found below...

    -MightyMorphin' Power Rangers: Season 1 (93-94) An interdimensional being named Zordon chooses five teenagers with attitude to morph into powerful warriors drawn from the spirit of dinosaurs, protecting the world from the forces of space witch Rita Repulsa with the use of their giant transforming robots, known as Zords. [adapted from "Kyoryuu Sentai ZyuRanger" (Dinosaur Task Force Beast Ranger)]

    -Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Season 2 (94-95) When Rita's boss Lord Zedd takes over, the now-six Rangers gain new Thunder-powered Zords. [adapted from "Gosei Sentai DaiRanger" (Five Star Task Force Great Ranger)]

    -Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) The Six Rangers must seek a new power source when an evil menace, the wacky Ivan Ooze, destroys the Command Center. [Not considered in-continuity for numerous reasons; similar story is told in season 3's "Ninja Quest" quadrilogy]

    -Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Season 3 (95-96). Rita's brother Rito Revolto destroys the Thunderzords, leading the six teens to seek out new ninja-spirit power and Zords from the ancient sage Ninjor. [adapted from "Ninja Sentai KakuRanger" (Ninja Task Force Hidden Ranger)]

    (includes the mini-series Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers, where the Ranger teens are turned into children, leaving a new team from the waterworld of Aquitar to assist in fending off the forces of Rita & Rito's father, Master Vile).

    -Power Rangers Zeo (1996) Now with a wholly new and more powerful source in the ancient Zeo Crystal, the five teens face the robotic menace of the Machine Empire, who also have to eventually deal with the disgrunted Rita & Zedd! [adapted from "Chouriki Sentai OhRanger" (Super Power Task Force Overtech Hardware Ranger)]

    -Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) A peaceful alien with a powerful key is captured by the Evil Space Pirate Divatox, and used to free her immensely powerful fiance from his volcano prison. The Rangers must shift into Turbo, a swift new power, and deal with a new teammate, the pre-teen Justin.

    -Power Rangers Turbo (1997) Continuing from T:APRM, Divatox seeks revenge for the ruining of her wedding, as the four former Zeos deal with graduating high school, having a new team mentor, and eventually finding replacements! [adapted from "Gekisou Sentai CarRanger" (Violent Dash Task Force Car Ranger)]

    -Power Rangers In Space (1998) Four former Turbo teens meet up with a human from another planet, teaming up to scour the universe in an attempt to save Zordon from the galactic conqueror Dark Specter and his chosen heir, Astronema. [adapted from "Denji Sentai MegaRanger" (Electromagnetic Task Force Mega Ranger)]

    -Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999) Five young adults, part of the space colony of Terra Venture, find their destiny in another galaxy on their voyage to a new world, while taking on an army of evil aliens. [adapted from "Seijuu Sentai GingaMan" (Star Beast Task Force Galaxy Man)]

    -Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000) A secret government agency gives five young adults the power to rescue Mariner Bay from demons bent on reclaiming their homeland. [adapted from "Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoV" (Emergency Task Force Go Go Five)]

    -Power Rangers Time Force (2001) Four police officers come back in time from the year 3000, and gain a member from modern day, while chasing the evil mutant Ransik and his criminal gang. [adapted from "Mirai Sentai TimeRanger" (Future Task Force Time Ranger)]

    -Power Rangers Wild Force (2002) Five young adults use the power of Wildzords to protect the Earth from the ancient menace of Master Org and his pollutionous followers. [adapted from "Hyakujuu Sentai GaoRanger" (Hundred Beast Task Force Growl Ranger)]

    -Power Rangers Ninja Storm (2003) Three teen ninjas in training protect Blue Bay Harbor from Lothor and his evil space ninjas, which include his very own pair of Power Rangers! [adapted from "Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger" (Ninja Technique Task Force Hurricane Ranger)]

    -Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) Three high-schoolers and their teacher, the legendary Tommy Oliver, use the power of dinosaurs to combat Mesogog's forces as he attempts to revert the world to a prehistoric era. [adapted from "Bakuryuu Sentai AbaRanger" (Blast Dinosaur Task Force Rage Ranger)]

    -Power Rangers S.P.D. (2005) Twenty years in the future, three cadets from the Ranger Academy of the Space Patrol Delta force, are joined by two street-tough rookies, against the invading Troobian alien army. [adapted from "Tokusou Sentai DekaRanger" (Special Investigation Task Force Detective Ranger)]

    -Power Rangers Mystic Force (2006) On present-day Earth, five brave teenagers are united by a powerful sorceress to combat the forces of a subterranean evil in a hidden magical dimension located in the forest just outside of their town. [adapted from "Mahou Sentai MagiRanger" (Magical Task Force Magic Ranger)]

    -Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (2007) A team of five Rangers, each with their own specialty skill, must scour the globe to find jewels to the ancient and powerful Corona Aurora before an opposing pair of villainous alien brothers can locate them and dominate the universe. [adapted from "Gougou Sentai Boukenger" (Rumbling Task Force AdventuRanger)]

    -Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008) Three teenagers skilled in Kung Fu martial arts are given the gift to morph into Power Rangers and must join forces to battle an ominous, evil spirit, Dai Shi that recently escaped from its ten thousand year old imprisonment. Together under the direction of their Kung Fu Master, RJ, the Power Rangers will fight to save the world from total destruction. [adapted from "Juken Sentai Gekiranger" (Beast Fist Task Force Fierce Ranger)]

    -Power Rangers RPM (2009) In the near future, the mysterious and sinister Venjix Computer Network is attempting to conquer and lay ruin to the entire planet. Mankind has retreated into environmentally-shielded domed cities to protect against the pollution and machines unleashed by Venjix. In the shining city of Corinth, an elite force of Rangers must learn to drive and operate an arsenal of radically advanced biotech vehicles in order to battle the attacking machine army bent on world domination. [adapted from Enjin Sentai Goonger (Engine Task Force Go-onger)] -Power Rangers Samurai (2011) A new generation of Power Rangers must master the mystical and ancient Samurai Symbols of Power which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth. Under the guidance of their all-knowing mentor and the aid of their devoted animal Zords, they battle the dark forces of the Netherworld and a mysterious Warrior bent on destruction. [adapted from Samurai Sentai Shinkinger] -Power Rangers Super Samurai (2012) The Samurai Power Rangers continue their battle against the evil Master Xandred who has now joined forces with the malevolent Serrator. To fight the growing threat, the Samurai Rangers learn to use the legendary Black Box to form all new MegaZord combinations and become Super Samurai. Through teamwork, they also learn to invoke the powerof their ancestors to morph into Shogun Mode and protect humanity from the Netherworld's vile villains. [adapted from Samurai Sentai Shinkinger] -Power Rangers Megaforce (2013) For as long as evil has threatened the Earth, there have been teams of Power Rangers sworn to protect it. The Power Rangers Megaforce are the planet's newest defenders. Hand selected by Gosei, an ancient guardian of the human world, the Power Rangers Megaforce are a creative crew who do it all, from science to photography to BMX biking. But don't get too confident, evil aliens. These talented teens are also the toughest martial artists of their generation, and they will stop at nothing to shut down Admiral Malkor and his Alien attack force. Go Megaforce, go! [adapted from Tensou Sentai Goseiger]

    -Repeats of earlier seasons have also aired under the promotional naming banners of: Power Rangers: Blast from the Power Past (Fox Kids summer 1996). Power Rangers Power Playback (Fox Kids summer 1998 until fall 1999). Power Playback OTO (Fox Kids fall 1999). Best of Power Rangers (ABC Family spring 2003 until 2005). Power Rangers Generations (ABC Family and Toon Disney, 2005 through 2008).
    _U.S. Broadcast History:_ -August 28th, 1993 to September 7th, 2002 on the Fox Children's Network (aka Fox Kids) broadcasting block of the Fox network. New episodes debuted on the block from the start of its run until August 10th, 2002.

    -March 3rd, 2002 to September 2006, on the ABC Family cable/satellite channel. New episodes debuted on its JETIX block from February 14th, 2004 until July 16th, 2005.

    -September 14th, 2002 until September 2010 on the ABC Kids broadcasting block of the ABC network. New episodes debuted on the block from the start of its run until November 15th, 2003.

    -February 14th, 2004 to February 9th, 2009, on the Toon Disney channel. New episodes debuted on its JETIX block, from July 25th, 2005 until November 3rd, 2008.

    -March 2009 to August 28th, 2010, on the ABC Kids broadcasting block of the ABC network. New episodes debuted on the block from March 7, 2009 until December 26, 2009.

    -February 7th, 2011 onward on Nickelodeon.

    Power Rangers is a production of Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment and Toei Company, Ltd. The production company from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers through Power Rangers Wild Force was MMPR Productions, Inc. The production company for Power Rangers Ninja Storm and Power Rangers DinoThunder was Village Roadshow KP Productions Limited. From Power Rangers S.P.D. until RPM, the production company was Ranger Productions, Ltd. in association with JETIX. Starting with Power Rangers Samuri season, the production company is SCG Power Rangers LLC. The show was copyrighted by Saban Entertainment and Saban International N.V. from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers until Power Rangers Time Force. From Power Rangers Wild Force until Power Rangers RPM, that company (now owned by Disney) is known as BVS Entertainment, Inc. From the 2011 season onwards the show is copyrighted by Saban Brands LLC.

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    Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

    Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a phenomenal television success. A much more lavish version of the popular Superman television series which had first aired forty years earlier, Lois & Clark focused more on the Man of Steel's early adult years in Metropolis. With the unknowing help of Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher), Clark Kent (Dean Cain) created Superman there in Metropolis after finding work at the world-famous Daily Planet newspaper, where he meets fellow reporter Lois Lane. After Superman's debut, Lois becomes infatuated with Superman and continues to reject Clark's romantic overtures due to past bad experiences with men. The rest of the first season Daily Planet staff includes Perry White, the chief editor, society columnist Catherine Grant (Tracy Scoggins), and cub reporter/photographer Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes/Justin Whalin). Other major characters in the series include archvillain Lex Luthor (John Shea) and Superman's adoptive parents, Martha (K Callan) and Jonathan Kent (Eddie Jones). In a salute to the original Superman series, Phyllis Coates guest starred as Lois's mother, Ellen Lane in the last episode of the season. Coates had, of course, been the original Lois in the first Superman series. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman began to play up the romantic aspects of the series as the season progressed. By the end of the second season Lois had finally realised that Clark Kent and Superman were the same person so it came as no surprise to her when he finally revealed his true identity and proposed marriage. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went where few shows care to go - it allowed the relationship between the two title characters to grow and develop naturally, as it might in real life. The real ratings problems began in the third season, when the network insisted on a fake wedding. Nicknamed the "ARRGGGHH" by the fans, the non-wedding arc included a clone, a kidnapping, and even amnesia. It would have been bearable if the famous couple had ended up together, but the network, afraid of the Remington Steel curse, refused to allow it, which set up some interesting season rewrites, because the original intent was to allow the marriage to occur. Lois & Clark ended in 1997 with a cliffhanger, canceled by a network that did its best to bury the successful series in order to bring back The Wonderful World Of Disney. By the end of the last season, Lois and Clark had come a long way from the prickly, anything for a story, but marshmallow-hearted woman and the naive farm boy from Kansas. The Ice Queen had softened, the farm boy had grown up. Both had fallen in love, married, and were discussing children. The last episode was unsatisfying due to its lack of a conclusion, but the series is still popular today. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman left a lasting mark on the face of a mythos where Clark Kent was real, Superman was the disguise, and Lois Lane was essential to his make-up. It left wonderful recurring villains, such as Tempus, and a timeless love story that makes one believe in true love.moreless
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    Bonanza

    Bonanza

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    NBC (ended 1973)
    White-haired Ben was the proud patriarch of the Cartwrights, the family at the center of one of TV's most beloved and long-running series. Their ranch, the Ponderosa, was 1,000 square-miles (600,000 acres) in size and sprawled from mountainous shores of Lake Tahoe to the desert terrain near Virginia City in the Nevada Territory. Ben oversaw his frontier empire with the help of his three sons: Adam, Hoss, and Joe. The series was set in 1859 when the series began and would progress through and following the Civil War.
    ---------------------------------- Series creator and producer David Dortort, who oversaw the series during its 14 year network run on NBC, says he first first got the idea for the series writing the 1953 episode of "Fireside Theatre" titled "Man of the Comstock."
    ---------------------------------- By 1959, NBC wanted a big filmed series to promote the sales of color television sets. NBC was the only network investing in color programs since its parent company RCA owned the electronic color transmitting system used by TV. "Bonanza" was just the type of show the network needed to "show off" its living color. In its initial season, it floundered in the ratings on Saturday nights against CBS' "Perry Mason"; it's said its renewal had a lot to do with its being shot in color. In the second season, "Bonanza" more than held its own in the Nielsens. It was the network's decision to move the series to Sunday nights that allowed it explode into a Top-10 hit.
    ---------------------------------- "Bonanza" differed in many ways from the dozens of other westerns on the air during its run. It relied more heavily on the characters than it did on action--though there was plenty of that. Good and bad weren't always as simple as "black hats" vs. "white hats"; many times, good people didn't live happily ever after. Despite that, Ben imparted a high code of ethics upon his sons. Among the principles: 1-Intolerance and bigotry were not acceptable. The Cartwrights often came to the defense of Indians, Chinese, and others who were the targets of the narrow-minded. 2-Once a man had paid his debt to society and was released from prison, he deserved a clean slate and a chance to start over. 3-The land was sacred. Ben's greatest business headaches came from his refusal to allow his land to be polluted and destroyed for profit. When the Cartwrights cut down a tree for lumber, they planted another. Their environmental concerns remain unique for a television series.
    ---------------------------------- Ben's path to his dream home of the Ponderosa (named for the Ponderosa Pine, plentiful in that area) was a long time in coming. He was a seaman, acting as first mate for Captain Abel Stoddard, when he met his boss' daughter Elizabeth and fell in love. She died after giving birth to first child Adam. Leaving the sad memories behind in the Northeast, he traveled to St. Louis and opened a trading company. He met and married the Swedish stunner Inger Inger Borgstrom who loved horses and shooting. She gave birth to son Hoss en route to the frontier, but was killed by an arrow during an ambush. Moving to New Orleans, Ben became an importer/exporter and fell for Creole beauty Marie DeMarigny. He made her wife number three and finally made it to the West. They established the Ponderosa and she gave him another son, Joseph. Marie died several years later in a riding accident. The story of each of these romance were detailed in individual episodes early in the series' run.
    ---------------------------------- The high mortality rate of women encountered by Ben and his sons, known jokingly as the "Cartwright Curse," became a running gag among comedians and viewers alike. If a female became a love interest to any of the show's men, even money says she'll be sick, dying, or dead by the end credits.
    --------------------------- Location filming kept the series from feeling "studio bound" and gave Bonanza a chance to highlight its color cinematography. Though much was filmed on a huge sound stage at Paramount Studios, scenes were regularly shot on the studio's outdoor "Western Street" and on locations throughout Southern California and Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The rising cost of shooting at Paramount eventually forced a move to the Warner Brothers studio in Burbank. To explain the new appearance of Virginia City, Season 12 began with "The Night Virginia City Died" where a huge fire destroyed the "old" town.
    ---------------------------------- Changes inevitably took place among cast members during "Bonanza"'s long run. After several years of complaining about being held back from a movie career, Pernell Roberts was finally sent on his merry way after of Season 6. Prior to that, amid fears of Roberts' departure, Guy Williams was brought in for a few episodes as Ben's nephew Will Cartwright. It's said the cast resented his character being added and he disappeared after five appearances. Beginning with "Sense of Duty" in Season 9, David Canary joined the cast as Ponderosa ranch foreman Candy Canady. He practically became a Cartwright, appearing in roughly a third of the series' total episodes. He disappeared with no mention at the end of season eleven after failing to get a raise from producer Dortort. Young orphaned teenager Jamie Hunter did become a real fourth Cartwright son when he was taken in by Ben in Season 12 and legally adopted in "A Home for Jamie" the next season. In the wake of Dan Blocker's death following Season 13, the cast was beefed up. David Canary returned as Candy (reportedly Michael Landon personally asked him to appear) and Tim Matheson was added a Griff King, a young man paroled into Ben's custody who was hired as a ranch hand.
    ---------------------------------- The loss of Blocker left a hole that simply couldn't be filled. This, combined with the show's move to Tuesday nights after eleven years on Sunday, dealt the series a death blow. Ratings took a nosedive and Bonanza aired it final episode in the middle of Season 14 on January 16. 1973.
    ---------------------------------- After all these years, Bonanza remains hugely popular. Besides the quality of the program itself, having filmed in color has kept it from looking "old". Episodes began to be released by CBS/Paramount on DVD beginning in 2009, and were uncut from their network airing with all the original music intact.
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    Gotham

    Gotham

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    FOX
    Explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon.  He is still a detective but he has yet to meet Batman and the villains who made Gotham City so famous.
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    Doctor Who

    Doctor Who

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    BBC America (Returning 2018)
    "I'm the Doctor, run for your life!"

    A UK television staple, Doctor Who was revamped for the 21st century by the BBC, bringing the show back in 2005 after its cancellation in 1989. The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) came and conquered but died saving the universe and his companions from the cursed Daleks. Regenerating for the ninth time, the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) brought more secrets and dark sides of this universe. Past, Present, Future and beyond! After regenerating to once again save the life of a trusted companion, the Doctor (Matt Smith) is now on his eleventh incarnation. With new friends Amy Pond (Karen Gillian) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), a newly revamped TARDIS inside and out, the Doctor is ready for more adventures in time and space. The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) regenerated to become the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi).moreless
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    The Flash

    The Flash

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    The CW
    In this spinoff of The CW's popular series Arrow, scientist Barry Allen is exposed to radiation from a particle accelerator. Combined with a mix of chemicals, Barry gains the ability to move at super-speed and dedicates his life to solving mysteries, fighting criminals... and determining who killed his mother.moreless
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    Strike Back

    Strike Back

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    Cinemax
    An American works with the British military to stop terrorists dead in their tracks.
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    Lethal Weapon

    Lethal Weapon

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    FOX
    This Lethal Weapon re-imagines the movie franchise following cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh as they work a beat in modern day Los Angeles. Ex-Navy SEAL Detective Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford), heartbroken and still reeling from the death of his wife and unborn child, moves to California to work at the LAPD. Captain Brooks Avery (Kevin Rahm) partners him up Detective Roger Murtaugh (Daman Wayans Jr.) who is taking things slow after his near-fatal heart attack. Riggs proclivity for going head on into the line of fire immediately conflicts with by-the-book Murtaugh and makes him a priority with department psychologist, Dr. Maureen "Mo" Cahill (Jordana Brewster). But, after their first investigation is over, Riggs and Murtaugh realize their partnership just might work - if Riggs doesn't get them killed first. The series is executive produced by Matt Miller (Forever, The 100, Chuck, Human Target), Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie, Forever, Sherlock Holmes), Jennifer Gwartz (Forever, Veronica Mars) and McG (The Mysteries of Laura, The O.C., Charlie’s Angels, Supernatural, Chuck, Human Target).moreless
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    MacGyver

    MacGyver

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    CBS
    A reboot of the original series from the '80s, MacGyver follows a hero who uses who unconventional methods to thwart crimes.
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