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    Logan's Run

    Logan's Run

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    CBS (ended 1978)
    Based on the popular movie by the same name, Logan's Run portrays a futuristic society where citizens are only allowed to live until age 30. After the holocaust of a nuclear war, a domed city was created to put the remaining humans from the United States into, in hopes that sometime in the future, those humans could once again populate the world. To keep the crop of humas "fresh", they are only allowed to live until they are 30 years old, where they are terminated and a "replacement", a genetically created test tube baby is provided, keeping the population constant. Occasionally, a citizen doesn't want to be terminated and they "run" and try to hide. Logan is a 26 year old police officer who job is to terminate runners. He is called a Sandman because they put you to sleep...forever. He is given a top secret assignment to try and escape to freedom and find the mythical place called 'Sanctuary' which is really just outside the Domed City. Only he is pursued by his former friend, Francis, another Sandman, who doesn't know of his assignment and attempts to terminate him.moreless
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    Star Trek: The Animated Series

    Star Trek: The Animated Series

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    NBC (ended 1974)
    This is the further adventures of the Star Trek series in a half-hour animated form. This show basically continues the adventures of the original series (presumably in the fourth year of the five-year mission), but takes advantage of the unlimited special effects provided by animation to introduce more alien crewmen (the felinoid M'Ress and the tripedal Arex) as well as introduce more elaborate adventures like an underwater adventure, the miniaturization of the crew to 1 cm., and the appearance of a giant fire-breathing two-headed dragon. The show is currently not considered "canon" by Paramount and the folks associated with the various subsequent TV shows. However, elements of the animated series have been used in subsequent shows (Sarek refers to the events of "Yesteryear" in TNG's "Reunification Pt. 1") and the Enterprise-D's holodeck seems to have been in part inspired by the holodeck we see in "Practical Joker". Also, writers such as Peter David have used some elements from the animated series in the books and comics. Although produced on the cheap (note the incredibly static backgrounds, recycled animations, and the fact that James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, and Majel Barrett do about 95% of the guest voices), the script writing and concepts (mostly by writers from the original series) are generally of high quality (the show won an Emmy for best Children's Programming in '73) and the show is in many worthy of inclusion in the Trek annals.moreless
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    H.R. Pufnstuf

    H.R. Pufnstuf

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    NBC (ended 1971)
    This classic series begins with Jimmy, a young English boy, playing near the edge of a bay with his magical talking gold flute, Freddie. While at the edge of the bay, Jimmy climbs aboard a talking boat that beckons to him. As it drifts out to sea, an evil witch named Witchiepoo, seeking Freddie to add to her collection of magical possessions, casts a spell and makes the boat turn into an evil boat which attacks Jimmy (who then jumps overboard to save himself). Swimming to the shore of Living Island, Jimmy is rescued by its mayor, H. R. Pufnstuf, and his Rescue Racer crew (Kling and Klang) before Witchiepoo can get her hands on the boy or the magic flute. They befriend Jimmy, sheltering and protecting him from the kooky old witch. Everything on Living Island is alive. Books have faces, houses sneeze and trees can talk, not to mention the regular citizens who all look like an animal of some sort. Dr Blinky is an Owl, Ludicrous is a Lion and Judy Frog is; well she's a frog and the only character I didn't like as a child. And then there is the evil Witchiepoo. She continually tries to satisfy her obsession for the talking flute with the aid of her goofy henchmen Orson, Seymore, Stupid Bat, and her motorized broomstick, called the Vroom Broom. Each episode involves Jimmy attempting to escape from the island with the help of Pufnstuf and his friends, with flute intact of course. H.R. Pufnstuf was created by Sid and Marty Krofft.moreless
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    The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

    The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

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    CBS (ended 1970)
    The Perils of Penelope Pitstop was one of the two spin-offs of Wacky Races. (The other being Dastardly & Muttley in their Flying Machines.) Every episode, The Ant Hill Mob (Clyde, Dum Dum, Softy, Yuk Yuk, Snoozy, Zippy & Pockets) must protect Penelope from 'The Hooded Claw' and his henchmen, The Bully Brothers. 'The Hooded Claw' is really Penelope's guardian (Sylvester Sneekley) in disguise and wants to wipe out Penelope so that he can have her inheritence. This is one of those cartoons in the late 60s and early 70s that were short-lived, but was one of the best spin-offs created by Hanna-Barbera.moreless
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    Rainbow

    Rainbow

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    ITV (ended 1992)
    Rainbow ran on ITV for 20 years, mostly at lunchtimes. It became one of the highest rating children shows of all time and one of most enduringly popular. After over 1500 shows, Rainbow came to an end in 1992, but the show remains a massive success with people of all ages.moreless
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    Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp

    Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp

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    ABC (ended 1972)
    Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp was a parody of Get Smart, which was a parody of The James Bond movies. So how do you parody a parody? You add monkeys! Lance Link, a secret agent for APE (Agency to Prevent Evil), worked alongside his partner Mata Hairi and got his assignments from Commander Darwin. Lance fights the likes of CHUMP (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan), headed by Baron von Butcher with his associates the Dragon Lady, Dr. Strangemind, Creto, Wang Fu, the Duchess, and Ali Assa Seen. Theme Song: Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp!
    He stands for justice.He has no fear.
    He's the agent to call when trouble is near.
    Lance Link, ya gotta come through.
    Everybody at APE is countin' on you!
    Here's Marta Hairi, an agent and friend.
    She sticks by his side right to the end.
    Darwin is the leader on the side of good.
    He traps CHUMP agents like a good ape should.
    Lance Link, whatcha gonna do?
    You've gotta stop CHUMP now. It's up to you.
    Here's Baron Von Butcher. You better beware.
    He's evil and he's cunning and he don't play fair.
    He's got an evil chauffer. Creto's his name.
    Dragon Woman's lovely, but she's wicked all the same!
    Lance Link, whatcha gonna do
    When mad Dr.Strangemind comes up to you?
    There's Ali Assassin, Wicked Wang Foo
    And the Duchess whose looks can really fool you.
    Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp!
    He stands for justice, he has no fear,
    He's the agent to call when trouble is near.
    Lance Link, whatcha gonna do?
    Show History For the first season, the show was an hour in length (9:00 AM-10:00 AM) and included cartoon segments, the second season was a half-hour of reruns (12:30 PM-1:00 PM) without the music and cartoon interludes. After cancellation, the show went into syndication and reruns were shown on Nick-at Nite in the early 90s, it was shown early on Comedy Central, and it was even on TVLAND.moreless
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    Dan August

    Dan August

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    ABC (ended 1971)
    Burt Reynolds played Lt. Detective Dan August, which ran for one season before it was canceled. After Burt Reynolds' career took off, to capitalize on his new fame, several episodes were combined into two hour TV movies and re-aired due to the new celebrity of its lead actor. All in all, Dan August was yet just another one of those police/detective shows of the 1970s.moreless
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    240-Robert

    240-Robert

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    ABC (ended 1981)
    The short-lived "240-Robert" presented the exploits of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office "Emergency Services Detail." The ESD were two deputies (John Bennett Perry and a young Mark Harmon) in a specially equipped four-wheel drive Ford Bronco and another deputy (Joanna Cassidy) in a helicopter. They usually encountered two or three rescue-type situations during an episode, much like "CHiPs" or Emergency!. The title "240-Robert, by the way, was the call sign/unit designation for the Ford Bronco (240-Robert-2) and the helicopter (240-Robert-Air).moreless
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    Denjin Zaboga

    Denjin Zaboga

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    (ended 1975)
    Japanese action/adventure series (Electroid Zaborger in English)
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    Primus

    Primus

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    (ended 1972)
    Primus was an undersea adventure series starring Robert Brown widely associated with the series Here Come the Brides. This was view by many as a second shot by Creator and Producer Ivan Tors at his famed Seahunt. This series was more in tune with the changing time as adventurer Carter Primus was also an ecologist. He was billed as Oceanographer, Marine Scientist, Frogman and Patrolman of the Deep...all rolled into one. Like other Ivan Tors productions this series was filmed on location not in a studio tank. The filming began in Key Bisquane, Florida and later moved to Miami. The underwater photography was directed by Ricou Browning famed for Creature From the Black Lagoon. Ivan Tors through this series, brought to the public view many of the new scientific developments that sea explorers were making use of at this period. Kinda like Robert Ballard meets Doc Savage. If you missed Sea Hunt the first time around this was it! Primus was ahead of its time, where today the public is familiar with submersible robots and mini-subs by following the exploits of world reknown Robert Ballard and his discovery of the Titanic and the Bismark. Carter Primus was a pioneer with "Big Kate" and "Pegasus" in a time when this domain was relegated to the height of Jacques Cousteau on National Geographic Specials. Unfortunately the public interest in such events were insufficent to maintain this series. As a Tie-In there was even a paperback book published and a short lived comic book by Charlton Comics seven issues in all. In the December 1, 1971 issue of Variety, Primus was Ranked #10 by Total Cume. (Have seen since Sept.) and #16 Rank by Preference (one of my favorites) in a Top 26 markets. The Air Dates provided are aligned with WNBC in New York. Since it was syndicated the dates may vary depending on where you saw it.moreless
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    Roll Out

    Roll Out

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    Loosely based on the 1952 movie "Red Ball Express," "Roll Out" was about a military trucking company, whose staff was mostly Black, that delivered supplies to French soldiers during World War II. "Roll Out" was an unsuccessful attempt to capitalize on the success of "M*A*S*H."moreless
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    Cade's County

    Cade's County

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    CBS (ended 1972)
    Cade's County was about Sam Cade, the tough but sensitive sheriff of sprawling Madrid County located somewhere in the American Southwest. Between chases and shootouts, the show dealt with a number of relevant 1970s issues such as the plight of the Native American.moreless
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    Ellery Queen

    Ellery Queen

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    NBC (ended 1976)
    Welcome to the Ellery Queen guide at tv.com. This is one of the classic TV whodunits -- with a twist. The show's format was such that the audience would see everything that the show's namesake character would see, including all of the clues, and then, right before the final scene started (you know... the one where all the suspects are brought into the room for the "YOU... killed the victim. And you did it because..." scene, the star (Ellery Queen, of course) would turn to the TV audience and state "Okay, you've got all the clues. Do you know who did it? I think I do. Can you guess?" And the audience had the chance to be part of the show. Quite unique and half the fun. For books and more information on this character, check out [url]http://www.elleryqueen.com[/url]. For more information on the TV series, check out [url]http://www.elleryqueenshow.com[/url]. Finally, for a 12-DVD set on this series, check out this [url="http://www.raretelevision.com/store/view_product.php?product=ELLTWOA617"]Ellery Queen[/url] DVD set.moreless
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica

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    ABC (ended 1979)
    Opening Narration: (Used on the video version of "Saga of a Star World") "There are those who believe... that life here... began out there. Far across the universe. With tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans... that they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids... or the lost civilizations of Lemuria... or Atlantis... Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive... far, far away amongst the stars..." -- read by Patrick Macnee. Alternate Narration: (TV Version of "Saga of a Star World")
    "There are those who believe... that life here... began out there. Far across the universe. With tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans... that they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids... or the lost civilizations of Lemuria... or Atlantis... Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive... somewhere beyond the heavens" -- read by Patrick Macnee. Short Narration: (Episodes 4-11, 19, 23-24)
    "There are those who believe... that life here... began out there. Far across the universe. With tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans... Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive... somewhere beyond the heavens" -- read by Patrick Macnee. Closing Narration: (Episodes 3-24)
    "Fleeing from the Cylon Tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest. A shining planet, known as Earth" -- read by Lorne Greene.moreless
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    Three for the Road

    Three for the Road

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    CBS (ended 1975)
    This unsuccessful and now totally forgotten "family hour" drama was MTM's first 60-minute series. It focused on the assignments of photojournalist Pete Karras, who somewhat improbably moved around the U.S. in a custom-built motorhome complete with his two sons. (You'd think he's be beaten out by competitors who could fly to assignments without their families.) The premise was, of course, just an excuse for a disguised anthology drama like The Fugitive or Route 66, in which the main characters would enter a new town and a new dramatic situation each week.moreless
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    Lancer

    Lancer

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    CBS (ended 1970)
    Set in California during the 1870's, Lancer told the story of a family and it's struggles to run a ranch in the San Joaquin Valley.
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    Monkey

    Monkey

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    (ended 1980)
    "In the world before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heaven sought order, but the phoenix can fly only when it's feathers are grown. The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time and the pure essences of Heaven all worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. It became magically fertile. The first egg was named "Thought". Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha said "With our thoughts, we make the world". Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it came a stone monkey. The nature of monkey was irrepressible!!" And so begins the tale of Monkey. Based on the 16th century Chinese story "Hsi Yu Chi" ("Journey To The West"). It tells the story of the Buddhist priest Tripitaka, and his three disciples Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy, as they travel from China to India to fetch the Buddhist scriptures. They have been sent by Buddha, and getting these scriptures will bring peace to the people of the world. On this journey, they must face many dangers and challenges. All the characters have very distinctive personalities. Monkey is a brave fighter, who has magical powers, and is very mischievous. Pigsy is less brave, and has a weakness for food and women. Sandy is the thinker, much more a thinker than a doer. Tripitaka is a sometimes naive young man, who trusts everyone, and is unaware of the evils of the world. While the subject matter sounds serious, and although there is a religious theme, the show contains lots of humour, often highlighting the clash in personalities between the main characters.moreless
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    Davy Crockett

    Davy Crockett

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    ABC (ended 1955)
    The classic Walt Disney series featuring the life of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, starring Fess Parker (Daniel Boone) and Buddy Ebsen (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones) as the legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett and his best friend, Georgie Russell.

    The series followed their adventures through the Indian Wars, Davy's tenure in Congress, travels down the Missisippi River, and the last stand at the Alamo.

    The five episodes of the series aired as segments of "Disneyland"; in 1954 and 1955. Later, they were re-edited and packaged into the theatrical releases Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. In 1989, Disney launched a revival series, with Tim Dunigan and Gary Grubbs. Though good in its own right, it never reached the popularity of the original Fess Parker episodes.

    The popularity of the shows made the "Ballad of Davy Crockett" a chart-topping single and inspired children across the country to sport coonskin caps.moreless
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    Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    Astronauts Alan Virdon and Pete Burke are thrown 1100 years forward in time to 3085 AD to find evolved apes have become the dominant species and humans their apathetic slaves. Feared by the ape authorities, their plight turns the head of a promising young chimpanzee named Galen, who adopts the heretical idea that maybe humans aren't a lower species and can co-exist with apes as equals. As the three struggle to survive life on the run, a bond of friendship grows between them like an intricate tapestry woven right before our eyes, a multi-threaded miracle born of compassion, respect, and the desire to replace fear with understanding. The series is loosely tied to the original movie series, reusing some footage and the ape makeup (albeit on a lower budget). Although it only lasted 14 episodes and spawned four paperback adaptations and 5 stitched-together TV movies, it retains a strong fan following and the occasional resurgence of interest with the 2001 remake of the original movie and the occasional SciFi Channel marathon or late-night cable showing of the TV movies.moreless
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    The New Adventures of Batman

    The New Adventures of Batman

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    CBS (ended 1978)
    The New Adventures of Batman was produced by the Filmation> studio in 1977. This was the second Batman animated series produced by them, after the 1968-1969 series. The character designs for most of the characters (except Commissioner Gordon) were retained from the earlier series, although the more sophisticated animation technique of rotoscoping (tracing the characters' movements over live action footage) was used to give the characters a more fluid movement. Each episode also contained a short, moralistic "Bat Message" at the end. This was the first time that both Adam West and Burt Ward returned to their famous roles of Batman & Robin since the end of the live-action show in 1968. The series was actually on air at the same time as Hanna-Barbera's The All-New SuperFriends Hour, making this one of the very few times in television animation history that two characters' exploits were being produced simultaneously by two different studios. After the series' initial network run, it was then paired up with Filmation's Tarzan animated series of 1976, and known as The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour which ran from September 10 1977 - September 2 1978 again on CBS. The series then became part of another package known as Tarzan And The Super 7 which ran from September 9 1978 - August 30 1980 still on CBS. Finally, the series was then shown as part of the Batman And The Super 7 collection of shows that ran from September 27 1980 - September 5 1981, this time on NBC.moreless
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