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    Knight Rider

    Knight Rider

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    NBC (ended 1986)
    The adventures of Michael Knight and his incredible super-car K.I.T.T., Knight Industries 2000. Selected by a dying billionaire, Wilton Knight, Michael now works for the Foundation for Law and Government with the job of rooting out evil that is above the law, with only his trusty car!moreless
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    The Flash

    The Flash

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    CBS (ended 1991)
    The Flash is the story of Barry Allen, a police scientist who is the victim of a freak accident. While working late, his lab is hit by lightning. The blast shatters a number of vials, so Barry is both electrocuted and bathed in dozens of chemicals. When he recovers, Barry finds that he has gained the ability to move at almost impossible speed. Fellow scientist Christina "Tina" McGee works with Barry to help him control his new found powers, even constructing a frictionless suit for him which will not be destroyed by his speed. Donning the red and yellow suit, Barry hides his identity from the world as he uses his powers to fight those who the police cannot catch. In doing so he begins to create the legend of the anonymous scarlet speedster known as The Flash.moreless
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    Doctor Who (1963)

    Doctor Who (1963)

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    BBC (ended 1989)
    "My name is William Hartnell, and as Doctor Who, I make my debut on Saturday 23rd November at 5.15." Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction TV series in history, airing initially from 1963 to 1989. The series told the story of the Doctor, a mysterious traveller in space and time, whose TARDIS can take him and his companions anywhere in time and space. Inevitably he finds evil at work wherever he goes… The series was postponed indefintely in 1989, but fans of the series would not allow it to die, and a whole cottage industry was created around original novels and audio-only productions. There was an abortive attempt to renew the franchise as a series of telemovies in the U.S., but ratings for the pilot were judged insufficient. In 2003, the BBC announced that, at long last, it would commission a revival of Doctor Who. The series, initially starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, was launched in 2005. You can read about the new series here. Traditionally listed by production, the data on this site has now been amended to TV.com standards and lists each of the 697 broadcast episodes from the original series. I hope that you find the site useful, and that it might act as a springboard to the wider world of Doctor Who appreciation. TheOldBillmoreless
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    Detective Conan

    Detective Conan

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    Shin'ichi Kudou is a high-school student who is famous for helping the police solve crimes. His almost girlfriend, Ran Mouri, is the captain of the karate club. Ran's father, Kogoro Mouri, is a detective and blames Shin'ichi for his lack of business. One night while Shin'ichi follows someone suspicious in the amusement park Tropical Land, he is given poison by a man in black which was supposed to kill him, but instead shrinks him to the of a six year old. Under the suggestion of Professor Agasa, he keeps his identity a secret from everyone until he can change back, going under the name Conan Edogawa based from mystery writers Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Ranpo Edogawa.

    "There is only one truth!" ("Shinjitsu wa itsumo hitotsu!")

    Opening Themes:
    1) "Mune ga dokidoki" by The High-Lows (eps. 1-30) 2) "Feel Your Heart" by Velvet Garden (eps. 31-52) 3) "Nazo" by Miho Komatsu (eps. 53-96) 4) "Unmei no Roulette o mawash*ite by ZARD (eps. 97-123) 5) "Truth ~A Great Detective in Love~" by TWO-MIX (eps. 124-142) 6) "Girigiri Chop" by B'z (eps. 143-167) 7) "Mysterious Eyes" by Garnet Crow (eps. 168-204) 8) "Koi wa Thrill, Shock, Suspense" by Rina Aiuchi (eps. 205-230) 9) "Destiny" by Miki Matsuhashi (eps. 231-258) 10) "Winter Bells" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 259-270) 11) "I Can't Stop My Love for You" by Rina Aiuchi (eps. 271-305) 12) "Kaze no lalala" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 306-332) 13) "Kimi to yakusoku shi*ta yasashii ano basho made" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 333-355) 14) "START" by Rina Aiuchi (eps. 356-393) 15) "Hoshi no kagayakiyo" by ZARD (eps. 394-414) 16) "Growing of my heart" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 415-424) 17) "Shoudou" by B'z (eps. 425-437) 18) "100 mono tobira" by Rina Aiuchi & Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 438-456) 19) "Kumo ni notte" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 457-474) 20) "Namida no yesterday" by Garnet Crow (eps. 475-486) 21) "Glorious Mind" by ZARD (eps. 487-490) 22) "Ai wa kurayami no naka de" by ZARD (eps. 491-504) 23) "Ichibyou goto ni Love for you" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 505-514) 24) "MYSTERIOUS" by Naifu (eps. 515-520) 25) "Revive" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 521-???)
    Ending Themes:
    1) "Step by Step" by Ziggy (eps. 1-26) 2) "Meikyuu no Lovers" by Heath (eps. 27-51) 3) "Hikari to kage no roman" by Keiko Utoko (eps. 52-70) 4) "Kimi ga inai natsu" by Deen (eps. 71-83) 5) "Negai goto hitotsu dake" by Miho Komatsu (eps. 84-108) 6) "Koori no ue ni tatsu youni" by Miho Komatsu (eps. 109-131) 7) "Still for Your Love" by Rumania Montevideo (eps. 132-152) 8) "Free Magic" by WAG (eps. 153-179) 9) "Secret of my Heart" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 180-204) 10) "Natsu no maboroshi" by Garnet Crow (eps. 205-218) 11) "Start in my Life" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 219-232) 12) "Always" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 233-247) 13) "Aoi aoi kono chikyuu ni" by Azumi Uehara (eps. 248-265) 14) "Yumemita ato de" by Garnet Crow (eps. 266-287) 15) "Mushoku" by Azumi Uehara (eps. 288-299) 16) "Overture" by Koshi Inaba (eps. 300-306) 17) Ashi*ta wo yumemite" by ZARD (eps. 307-328) 18) "Kimi to iu hikari" by Garnet Crow (eps. 329-349) 19) "Nemuru kimi no yokogao ni hohoemi wo" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 350-376) 20) "Wasurezaki" by Garnet Crow (eps. 377-397) 21) "June Bride ~Anata shika mienai~" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 398-406) 22) "Sekai tomete" by Shiori Takei (eps. 407-416) 23) "Thank You for Everything" by Sayuri Iwata (eps. 417-424) 24) "Kanashii hodo kihou ga suki" by ZARD (eps. 425-437) 25) "Mou kimi dake wo hanashi*tairi shinai" by Aya Kimiki (eps. 438-458) 26) "Shiroi yuki" by Mai Kuraki (eps. 459-470) 27) "I still believe ~Tameiki" by Yumi Shi*zukusa (eps. 471-486) 28) "Sekai wa mawaru to iu keredo" by Garnet Crow (eps. 487-490) 29) "Yukidoke no ano kawa no nagare no you ni" by Yuuka Saegusa in db (eps. 491-504) 30) "SUMMER MEMORIES" by Aya Kamiki (eps. 505-514) 31) "Go Your Own Way" by Yumi Shi*zukusa (eps. 515-520) 32) "Koigokoro kagayaki nagara" by Naifu (eps. 521-???)moreless
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    Xena: Warrior Princess

    Xena: Warrior Princess

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    (ended 2001)
    DEVELOPMENT: The series is a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena first appeared in 3 Hercules episodes during the shows first season, "The Warrior Princess", "The Gauntlet" and "Unchained Heart", sometimes labled "The Xena Trilogy". In the first episode, Xena is an outlaw, but in the third, she joins Hercules to defeat Darphus, who had taken her army. Aware that the character of Xena had been very successful among the public, the producers of the series decided to create a spin-off series based around her adventures.subsequently revealed in flashback episodes.
    SERIES OVERVIEW: Xena, the warrior princess is bent on overcoming her dark and hateful past. She must save innocents to redeem herself, in the eyes of the world and to herself. She is aided along the way by best friend Gabrielle, a struggling bard who later turns warrior herself. Xena: Warrior Princess was a sometimes serious, often campy and an occasionally emotional rollercoaster ride of an action series.
    In addition to Xena and Gabrielle, the show also features a wide range of important recurring characters, including adversaries Ares (Kevin Tod Smith), Alti (Claire Stansfield) and Callisto (Hudson Leick), and trusted friends Salmoneus (Robert Trebor), Virgil (William Gregory Lee), Amarice (Jennifer Sky), Autolycus (Bruce Campbell), Eli (Tim Omundson) and Joxer (Ted Raimi).
    THEME: The voiceover during the theme is as follows: In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings...A land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power...the passion...the danger...Her courage will change the world.
    FILMING LOCATION: Xena: Warrior Princess was filmed on location in and around Auckland, New Zealand.
    SERIES ORIGIN: Spinoff from the series: Hercules, the Legendary Journeys.
    ANIMATED FILM: Xena and Hercules can also be seen in the animated film: Hercules & Xena: The Battle For Mount Olympus.moreless
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    The Powerpuff Girls

    The Powerpuff Girls

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    Cartoon Network (ended 2009)
    Created by Craig McCracken, The Powerpuff Girls has become popular with a broad audience. The Powerpuff Girls first incarnation was as a project for Craig McCracken's college class at The California Arts Institution in 1992. Three years later, the crew at Cartoon Network saw it and gave it its first pilot in 1995. Later on in the following year, The Powerpuff Girls had their second pilot, and finally a TV series in 1998.

    The show is about three little girls who were created in a laboratory experiment by Professor Utonium, who combined sugar, spice, and everything nice in an effort to create the perfect little girl. However, the professor accidentally added some "Chemical X" into the mix, and the three girls were born from the resulting explosion. With their super charged powers, they challenge the forces of evil so that justice will prevail.

    The Powerpuff Girls is one of Cartoon Network's original animated series and is part of the collection known as Cartoon Cartoons.

    The Powerpuff Girls is one of Cartoon Network's highest rating shows.

    Craig McCracken is also the creator of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

    Show Info:

    Rated: TV Y-7

    Show Times:

    The show's schedule changes often. Check Cartoon Network for the latest schedule.

    As of November 27th, 2004, the show airs on:

    Saturdays

    Cartoon Network @ 3:30 a.m. E & P

    Characters:

    Blossom - According to the closing credits' theme song, Blossom is "commander and the leader" of the Powerpuff Girls. The most intelligent and intellectual one of them all, she comes up with most of the plans to defeat the villains. She has very long red hair. At times she can be bossy but she always finds a way to keep her sisters from fighting each other. Her element is everything nice.

    Bubbles - Bubbles is "the joy and the laughter" of the group. As the sweetest one of all, she is overly sensitive and just hates to fight with her sisters. Even though she may seem bubbly on the outside she really is tough on the inside and proves at times to be hardcore as her sisters. Her element is sugar.

    Buttercup - Buttercup is "the toughest fighter." Her philosophy is to fight first and ask questions later. She is the most eager to defeat the villains on their missions. Though she seems tough all the time, she does have a sensitive side to her, which she rarely shows. Her element is spice.

    Professor Utonium - The creator of The Powerpuff Girls, Professor Utonium is their father-figure who guides, teaches, and loves the girls.

    Mojo Jojo - The most maniacal of all the villains, Mojo hates The Powerpuff Girls with a vengeance. He used to be known simply as Jojo, the Professor's lab assistant, but after The Powerpuff Girls' birth, the chemicals that created them affected him as well and mutated his brain. Ever since then, he's dedicated his life to crushing them and the world that loves them.

    Him - Known as the evilest of evil, Him is a devil figure who despises The Powerpuff Girls. His plans to destroy them are typically the most psychologically twisted, but he always fails in his efforts.

    Fuzzy Lumpkins - A country hillbilly. Fuzzy doesn't really care about world domination or taking over Townsville. He just wants people off his property, and turns into a dangerous monster that the girls must fight when anyone violates his personal space.

    Princess Morebucks - A spoiled brat with a rotten temper. Princess is rich and gets anything she wants -- but when she meets The Powerpuff Girls, having super powers is what she wants most but can never have. She uses technology to act duplicitous, in hopes of either joining or destroying the Powerpuff Girls, but her efforts always fail.

    The Mayor - The dumb, but lovable ruler of Townsville. He mindlessly watches over Townsville and when there's trouble he uses the hotline and alerts the Powerpuff Girls right away.

    Ms. Bellum - The beautiful brains behind the Mayor. Whenever the Mayor does something stupid, she corrects it. He would be lost without her. She is also an important female role model for the Powerpuff Girls. In many ways, Ms. Bellum and the Powerpuff Girls are the most powerful people in Townsville.

    Ms. Keane - A teacher at Pokey Oaks Kindergarten who is a mentor to The Powerpuff Girls. She is gentle and kind, and when there are problems in the oom, she shows The Powerpuff Girls a better solution without violence.

    The Amoeba Boys - Three villains that desperately try to come up with crimes worthy of getting the Powerpuff Girls attention, so they can be considered super villains and go to jail. But they're just amoebas, and their efforts never really come to much.

    The Gang Green Gang - A gang comprised of 5 mutated green-skinned teens. Their names are Ace, Big Billy, Grubber, Snake, and Lil' Arturo. Unlike most villains they are not that concerned about taking over Townsville. They just love to commit petty crimes.

    Sedusa - Yet another villain, Sedusa is a medusa-like figure who has snake-like hair, the source of her superpowers. She is a master of disguise who uses her feminine wiles to seduce men into giving her want she wants and escaping crimes.

    The Rowdyruff Boys - The evil male counterparts of The Powerpuff Girls, these three boys were originally created by Mojo Jojo, using snips, snails, and puppy-dog tails, which he mixed together in a disgusting prison toilet. Their powers are a fairly even match for the girls.



    Awards & Nominations:

    2005 Annie Awards - Character Design in an Animated Television Production (Nominated)

    2004 Annie Awards - Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Television Production (Nominated)

    2003 Annie Awards - Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Television Production (Nominated)

    2001 Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Cartoon (Nominated)

    2001 Annie Awards - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music Score an Animated Television Production (Won!) - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television Production (Won!)

    2001 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) (Nominated)

    2000 Annie Awards - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production (Nominated)

    2000 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Won!) - Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less) (Nominated)

    1999 Annie Awards - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production (Nominated) - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television Production (Nominated) - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production (Nominated)

    1999 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less) (Nominated)

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    Theme Lyrics:

    Main Theme

    (Narration) Sugar Spice and everything Nice

    These are the ingredients to the perfect little girl.

    But Professor Utonium accidentally added one ingredient to the concoction: Chemical X

    EXPLOSION

    Thus, the Powerpuff Girls were born. Using their ultra superpowers, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil!

    End Lyrics (by BiS)

    Blossom, commander and the leader Bubbles, she is the joy and the laughter Buttercup, she is the toughest fighter Powerpuffs save the day!

    Fighting crime, trying to save the world Here they come just in time The Powerpuff Girls!

    Fighting crime, trying to save the world Here they come just in time The Powerpuff Girls!

    POWERPUFF!! The Powerpuff Girls now air on Boomerang.moreless
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    Batman: The Animated Series

    Batman: The Animated Series

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    FOX (ended 1999)
    Batman: the Animated Series was an animated series that premiered on September 5, 1992. The series was based on the popular Batman comics created by Bob Kane. The series focused on the adventures of Batman a dark vigilante hero who defends Gotham City from a variety of costumed villains that include The Joker, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, The Riddler, The Mad Hatter, Ra's Al Ghul, Bane, Killer Croc, Clayface, and The Clock King. Batman is the secret identity of millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. The highly successful series merged revolutionary animation and great storytelling. The series was so successful that a feature film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was released during the run of the series and a direct to video feature Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero was also created. The first seasons of the series focused mainly on the adventures of Batman. In the last season the series was retitled The Adventures of Batman and Robin and focused on the adventures of both Batman and his younger crime fighting associate Robin. The last new episode of the series was broadcast on September 15, 1995. The series was followed by a spinoff utilizing different animation entitled Batman Gotham Knights. Episodes of Batman Gotham Knights, episodes of Superman, and reruns of Batman: the Animated Series were broadcast in 1997 under the title The New Batman/Superman Adventures. Spinoff: Batman Gotham Knights Related Shows that feature Crossovers: Batman Beyond, Superman, and Justice League. Emmy Awards and Nominations Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less) - Robin's Reckoning: Part 1, Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program, Outstanding Music Direction and Composition - A Bullet For Bullock, Outstanding Sound Editing - Special Class, Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Sound Mixing - Special Class Other Awards or Nominations Annie Award (The Annie Awards are given out in a variety of animation related categories): 1998 Winner: Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Video Production First Telecast: September 5, 1992 Last Telecast: September 15, 1995 Episodes: 85 Color Episodes (85 half-hour episodes, 7 two-part episodes, 1 Feature Movie, 1 Direct to Video Movie) Production: Warner Brothers Studios Animation Production: Sunrise, Inc.moreless
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    Goosebumps

    Goosebumps

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    FOX (ended 1998)
    Goosebumps was a live-action series that began on Fox Kids in the mid '90s. It's based on the award-winning book series, written by R.L. Stine.

    Goosebumps takes place in a strange reality, where nothing is as it seems. Normal kids find themselves trapped within and exposed to the paranormality that this world has to offer. And in each situation, they must find a way to get themselves out. From evil halloween masks to werewolves. From scarecrows to dummies. From haunted amusement parks and toy towns that come to life, in Goosebumps, anything can happen!moreless
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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    The Dukes of Hazzard

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    CBS (ended 1985)
    The Duke Family -- cousins Bo ( John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat), assisted by their cousin Daisy ( Catherine Bach) and their uncle, Jesse (Denver Pyle)-- fight the system and root out the corrupt practices of Hazzard County Commissioner Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and his bumbling brother-in-law-Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best). The show became an instant hit, never failing to win its time slot during its original run on CBS for seven seasons from 1979-1985. The Duke boys, a pair of 'Robin Hood' types complete with bows and Dynamite arrows, are assisted in their adventures by their car, an orange 1969 Dodge Charger named 'The General Lee'. The Dukes of Hazzard is set in Georgia, and the show's southern influence is felt throughout. Country singing superstar Waylon Jennings performed the famous theme song to the show (Good Ol' Boys), and acts as The Balladeer, narrating the adventures of each episode. Furthermore, many of the plots revolved around the Dukes' history as an ex-moon-shining family. The story followed Bo and Luke until season five, because during episodes 87 through 104, their cousins Coy (Byron Cherry)and Vance (Christopher Mayer) replaced the boys while the went on to join NASCAR Circuit. Bo and Luke won, but returned to Hazzard after great season at the NASCAR Circuit. Innocently naive Deputy Enos Strate, though technically a member of the law under Boss Hogg, strives for justice and fairness, while also having a major crush on Daisy. Ace mechanic Cooter Davenport helps the Dukes along the way, and Deputy Cletus Hogg, though not as honest as Enos, subtlety assists the Dukes escape from 'Hogg justice'. The series had an extremely successful run in syndication beginning in 1996 on TNN, the Nashville Network. This led to a resurgence in the popularity of the "Dukes". Two reunion movies, featuring the surviving members of the cast, aired in 1997 and 2000. The show currently airs on CMT (Country Music Television) and in the summer of 2005 experienced another huge revival with the film version, starring Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Willie Nelson and Jessica Simpson. A Prequel was Made in 2007 and shown in 2 weeks on ABC Family in 2008 during the summer.moreless
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    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

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    USA (ended 1999)
    This is the story of a time long ago, A time of myth and legend, when the Earth was still young. The ancient gods were petty and cruel, and they plagued mankind with suffering and besieged them with terrors. For centuries the people had nowhere to turn, no one to look to for help. Until he arrived. He was a man like no other. Born of a beautiful mortal woman, but fathered by Zeus, king of the gods. Hercules possessed a strength the world had never seen, a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart....No matter what obstacle, as long as there were people crying for help, there was one man who would never rest --- Hercules.moreless
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    One Piece

    One Piece

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    Fuji Television
    Twenty years ago, Gold Roger was the wealthiest man in the world. He had wealth, fame, and power as the Pirate King. After being caught, he was executed. But before his death, he revealed that his legendary treasure was out on the Grand Line. Searching for the treasure, "One Piece", many pirates set out for the Grand Line in order to find this mysterious treasure. Monkey D. Luffy sets out to find a crew, and enter the Grand Line. With his crew, he attempts to find "One Piece", to become the greatest pirate in the world!moreless
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    Baywatch

    Baywatch

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    (ended 2001)
    Lifeguards (and beautiful ones at that) patrol the beaches in sunny Los Angeles, California.
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    Millennium

    Millennium

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    FOX (ended 1999)
    Millennium was a television series that premiered on Friday October 25, 1996. The series was Chris Carter's much anticipated follow-up to the very popular The X-Files. Millennium focused on the work of ex-FBI profiler Frank Black, who had retired but was brought back in as a consultant. Frank had a special ability to see into the minds of serial killers and to get into their heads. He also worked for a mysterious organization called the Millennium Group which seemed to take a special interest in serial killers and end of the world prophecy. In the first season, Frank lived in Seattle with his wife Catherine and daughter Jordan. The show focused on Frank's work as a profiler. He spent most of his time in the first season trying to solve serial murder cases. During the second season, the show primarily on Frank's relationship with the Millennium Group. He separated from his wife after his violent rescue of her from a stalker. Frank learned that the Millennium Group was a secret society that believed that the world was coming to an end. During that season, Frank spent much of his time working with Millennium Group member Peter Watts and fellow investigator Laura Means. After the death of his wife at the end of the second season, Frank severed all connection with the Millennium Group and returned to work with the FBI. With the help of special agent Emma Hollis, he began to investigate the Millennium Group itself. The show changes direction again this season, however much of the long term questions that were raised during the first two seasons are answered. The show was canceled at the end of the third season, with an unfinished ending. In later 1999, the show received a conclusion of sorts in a crossover with The X-files entitled "Millennium." However very little closure is brought by this episode. There is however as of late rumors that Millennium may be brought back as a movie of some kind in the near future and finish the story. Show Type: Mystery/Thriller/Horror As of late, there has been some speculation in 2008 about the possibility of a "Millennium Movie" however, it is not know how likely this is yet. First Telecast: October 25, 1996 Last Telecast: May 21, 1999 Episodes: In total 67 Color Episodes (67 one-hour episodes, 6 two-part episode) were produced. Related Shows that feature Crossovers: The X-filesmoreless
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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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    Beavis and Butt-head

    Beavis and Butt-head

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    MTV - Music Television
    Beavis and Butt-head was first aired on the U.S. cable network MTV in March 1993. This show, which combined animation and music videos, was an example of the unique programming that MTV has consistently provided for its youthful demographics. The half-hour program alternated between a simple narrative, which focused on the exploits of two low-life adolescents, and clips from music videos, which the two teens commented on. Creator Mike Judge had penned the aimless duo for a festival of animation when Abby Turkuhle, MTV's senior vice president picked up an episode for the network's animated compendium Liquid Television. MTV immediately contracted for 65 episodes from Judge, with Turkuhle as producer, and placed Beavis and Butt-head in the 7:00 and 11:00 P.M. week-day time slots. The characters, Beavis and Butt-head, are rude, crude, and stupid, and can be placed in the "dumb comedy" tradition, which includes Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges, Cheech and Chong, Saturday Night Live's Wayne and Garth, and FOX's The Simpsons. When the show debuted, television critics differed in their opinions, with some praising the show for daring to present the stupidity of male "metalheads" who watch too much television (effectively satirizing the core MTV audience), and others categorizing Beavis and Butt-head as another example of television's declining quality. Beavis and Butt-head did find an audience and began pulling in MTV's highest ratings. But the show was also quite controversial, instigating heated public debate on the interconnected issues of representations of violence in the media and generational politics surrounding youth subcultures. Beavis and Butt-head they found, was especially popular with those in their twenties. It turned out to be bothersome to many that young people enjoyed the show and laughed at its two imbecilic boys, even if these fans were much more intelligent and much less grating than Beavis and Butt-head. In this sense, Beavis and Butt-head raised the issue of generational taste cultures. Definitions of "taste," Pierre Bourdieu notes, "unite and separate, uniting those who are the product of similar conditions but only by distinguishing them from all others. And taste distinguishes in an essential way, since it is the basis of all that one has--people and things--and of all that one is for others, whereby one classifies oneself and is classified by others." To the degree that taste cultures agree, they are brought together into a subcultural formation; but to this degree they are also separated from those with whom they differ. It was the "bad taste" of Beavis and Butt-head's audience which bothered many, and this brings to the surface another one of the reasons why Beavis and Butt-head was so controversial. Cultural critics, educators, and concerned parents gathered skeptically, sternly, and anxiously in front of the television set and passed judgment upon the "tasteless" Beavis and Butt-head show. And in an ironic reversal, Beavis and Butt-head countered by ascending the cultural hierarchy. The two youths channel-surfed, looking for videos that didn't suck (i.e. those with heavy metal or hardcore rap, those that contained violence, or encouraged genital response.) In becoming the self-proclaimed Siskel and Ebert of music video, they served to evaluate pop culture with an unencumbered bottom line--does a music video "suck" or is it "cool?" Beavis and Butt-head as a television show, was certainly towards the lower end of traditional scales of cultural "quality." But these two animated "slackers" evaluated other media, and so pronounced their own critical opinions and erected their own taste hierarchies. Beavis and Butt-head had their own particular brand of "taste:" they determined acceptability and unacceptability, invoking, while simultaneously upending, notions of "high" and "low" culture. In this, they entered that hallowed sphere of criticism, where they competed with others in overseeing the public good and preserving the place and status of artistic evaluation. They disregarded other accepted forms of authority, refusing to acknowledge their own limited perspectives. But like other critics, this was an important part of their appeal. After all, critics are sought out for straightforward opinion, not muddled oscillation. In this recuperation of the critical discourse, Beavis and Butt-head joined with their audience, approximating the contradictory impulses of contemporary cynical youth, who mixed their self-delusion with self-awareness. In the case of fans of Beavis and Butt-head, these lines of demarcation indicated both a generational unity and the generation-based barriers between the baby boomers and the "baby busters." The reputed cynicism of the "twentynothings" was on view as Beavis and Butt-head evoked both a stunted adolescence which was long past and an unsure and seemingly inaccessible future.moreless
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    Franklin

    Franklin

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    Noggin (ended 2006)
    Described by Doug Thomas of Amazon.com as "a little more hip than Little Bear and a little less talky than Arthur," Franklin is a delightful cartoon about Franklin Turtle, his family and his many friends. Although Franklin is a turtle, he's like any kid his age. He attends school, enjoys playing with his friends and likes to try new things on his own, although sometimes he still he needs some help from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Turtle. He has a goldfish named Goldie and a stuffed dog named Sam. There have been a few changes to Franklin throughout its run, including the introduction of a new opening sequence and the introduction of Franklin's baby sister. There were also a few cast and crew changes. However, the important things stayed the same. The program so far has aired six seasons, as well as a direct-to-video movie, Franklin and the Green Knight and two other direct-to-video releases. Additionally, a Franklin CD was released: Hey, It's Franklin, which contains the show theme song, music from Franklin and the Green Knight and music from the retired touring Franklin show, Franklin's Big Adventure. A number of Franklin television stories are also available as books, including some never broadcast on television. The show still continues today --- check the guide and further below for more details. Franklin is based on a series of books by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark and many episodes of the program are based directly on original Franklin stories. Others that were originally written for television were later released in book form. Franklin airs daily on Noggin cable/satellite. Noggin shows the program two times a day, including weekends. The showtimes are 11 A.M. and 5P.M. eastern time every day. Noggin seems to show episodes in no particular order, so check listings if you want to know what you're recording/watching. Check local listings for showtimes in your area. Also, check stores, Amazon.com, or your local library for videos and DVDs of classic episodes of Franklin. In Canada, Franklin is shown on Treehouse TV and perhaps still on CBC. Check listings for more details or if you live in another country, as the show airs elsewhere as well. On March 15, 2004, Noggin premiered the movie Franklin and the Green Knight on U.S. television. They then aired the fifth season of the program, which previously had aired only on Canada's Family Channel and more recently in other foreign markets. Airdates listed in the guide for the first four seasons reflect Nickelodeon airdates, airdates listed for the fifth season reflect Noggin airdates, although these episodes originally premiered several years earlier on Canada's Family Channel. Franklin's sixth season has aired on Treehouse TV and then repeated on the CBC. Special thanks to Jaden2 - her help has been invaluable in getting information on the sixth season up. For those in the United States, some episodes of the sixth season are now airing in repeats. The film Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure is also now available on DVD.moreless
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    Celebrity Deathmatch

    Celebrity Deathmatch

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2007)
    Sport and event coverage re-defined! Today's hottest celebrities are pitted against each other in no-holds-barred fantasy fights complete with pre- and post-battle activities, one-on-one interviews, press conferences and behind-the-scenes locker room moments that parody the worlds of film, television, music and politics. Announcers Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond offer commentary and play-by-play coverage while legendary referee Mills Lane presides over the Celebrity Deathmatch Ring. moreless
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    Courage the Cowardly Dog

    Courage the Cowardly Dog

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    Cartoon Network (ended 2002)
    Courage the Cowardly Dog was an abandoned dog and was found by his owner Muriel who lives in the middle of Nowhere, Kansas with her husband Eustace Bagge. Eustace is a failed farmer who farms no more. His most prized object is his old truck. He is usually watching his old black and white televison and is always asking for his meal. He is crazy about his red chair. Muriel loves to sit in her rocking chair watch her favorite show (not mentioned what it's called), cook, play her sitar, and enjoy talking with Courage. Eustace, on the other hand, dislikes Courage. He scares him with a mask. Courage is a dog almost afraid of everything and with the help of his computer he battles the villians and saves himself and his owners. They don't have any neighbors that live next door. Katz is the most common villian that is seen on the show, he thinks up wise traps to lure people into their doom. The bickering of Eustace, the old customs of Muriel, the action of the villians, and the humor of Courage make it a great show!moreless
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    Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers

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    Disney Channel (ended 1990)
    Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers was mainly about Chip and Dale's adventures in fighting crimes that the police think are too small to handle. Together, with the help of Gadget Hackwrench, the inventive and industrious girl mouse, a blue fly named Zipper, and Monterey Jack, a husky, strong mouse with a killer addiction for cheese, they match wits with evil scientists like Professor Nimbul and crooked cat underworld leader Fat Cat and his gang. This series first began on the Disney Channel in the spring of 1989, and then it had a long life on The Disney Afternoon block of shows. Main Characters Chip: The brave leader of the Rescue Rangers, resembles a pint-sized Indiana Jones. He is by far the most practical member of the team and his loyalty to the others never wavers, even if Dale does try his patience at times. Dale: He is much more excitable than Chip, a fact reflected in his fondness for garish red-and-yellow Hawaiian shirts. Has a fondness for comic books, science fiction and tall stories in general. Gadget Hackwrench: The only female Rescue Ranger is a brilliant inventor and created all the teams vehicles. The daughter of one of Monty's old friends, she is more than just a pretty face. Monteray Jack: Known to his friends as Monty, he is the eldest of the Rescue Rangers and was an explorer before he joined up with Chip and Dale. Has an addiction to cheese, which sometimes lands himself and the others in trouble. Zipper: A fly who hung round with Monty on his travels, he is the smallest Rescue Ranger. But what he lacks in size he more than makes up for in courage. Fatcat: As his name suggests, he is an overweight cat who used to belong to the first human villain the Rangers ever put behind bars. He is greedy, arrogant and short-tempered and is forever looking for some means of dominating the world. Meps, Wart, Mole and Snout: These are Fatcat's stooges. Meps is also a cat, while Wart, Mole and Snout are a lizard, a mole and a rat respectively. Professor Nimnul: A crazed human professor who is forever coming up with new devices with which to dominate the world.moreless
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    My Little Pony

    My Little Pony

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    (ended 1992)
    Based on one of the most beloved toylines of the 1980's, My Little Pony started out as a couple of animated specials and a feature film before finally becoming a cartoon series. Its various incarnations told the adventures of the little ponies and all of their friends as they lived in the beautiful Dream Valley. There were literally dozens of ponies of all different colors and they were divided into Earth ponies, Unicorns, and Pegasus ponies. All were fundamentally magical beings and each had a small picture on her back that reflected her name or personality. The ponies' most cherished friend is Megan, a young girl of about 13 who was brought to Ponyland to help them in their darkest hour. She continued to visit her friends and often served as leader when trouble struck. Eventually, her younger brother Danny (probably 11) and sister Molly (around 9) met the ponies, and the three of them came to stay in Ponyland for extended visits. There were many different beings who lived in Ponyland besides the ponies. Those who were seen most frequently were Spike (a baby dragon), the Moochick (an absent-minded magician), the Bushwoolies (multicolored fur balls who all seemed to act as one) and the Grundles (friendly troll creatures who tunneled underground). They were always willing to lend a hand when a lesson needed to be learned or villains threatened Dream Valley. The show featured original songs and lessons about teamwork, love, kindness, and bravery. The stories began as 15-minute episodes, but eventually they were expanded into multi-part 15-minute episodes. These were shown alongside other cartoons in a half-hour block titled "My Little Pony and Friends" which included The Moon Dreamers and The Potato Head Kids before being given their own half-hour time slot. In 1992 the Disney Channel would create a new series featuring brand-new ponies with a more preteen spin on the storylines called My Little Pony Tales, which is featured in this guide as Season 3. The Disney Channel would continue to show these episodes for many years in syndication.moreless
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