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    Not in Front of the Children

    Not in Front of the Children

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    BBC (ended 1970)
    Not in Front of the Children stars Wendy Craig as Jennifer Corner and her husband Henry Corner played by Paul Daneman in Series 1 and Ronald Hines in Series 2-4. The Corners' three children are played by Roberta Tovey as Trudi Corner in Series 1-3 and Verina Greenlaw in Series 4. Hugo Keith-Johnston plays Robin Corner and Jill Riddick plays Amanda Corner. Not in Front of the Children is a comedy about a middle class family, revolving around the everyday family and middle class issues.moreless
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    Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel

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    Kids WB
    Secret Squirrel is a 1966 Hanna Barbara cartoon. It features the adventures of Secret Squirrel (Mel Blanc) and his fez sporting sidekick Morocco Mole (Paul Frees), a parody of Peter Lorre. They are "super secret, secret agents" in the vein of James Bond under the command of their leader, Double Q (Paul Frees). Secret Squirrel's wardrobe consists entirely of trench coats, a purple mask, a hat which he never removes, and many hidden guns and gadgets. They the wacky gadgets to defeat evil doers such as the villainous Yellow Pinky (Paul Frees), a parody of the titular character from Bond's "Goldfinger." A total of 26 episodes were created over two seasons, each one running for about thirty minutes, with 13 additional episodes produced by Cartoon Network under the title "Super Secret Secret Squirrel" being released in 1993. Any fan of classic Hanna Barbara cartoons or spy spoofs will find something to like about Secret Squirrel.moreless
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    Hey Landlord

    Hey Landlord

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    NBC (ended 1967)
    Woody Banner- a young adult from Ohio- had moved to Manhattan, New York to learn more about life. But, Woody soon learned he had more weight on his shoulders when he got notice that his uncle had died, and left him a brownstone apartment building in Manhattan's East 30s. Woody planned to continue his life, and live off the proceedings of the tenants rent- but, Woody soon learned that he had to go to work in order to help improve the condition of the building. Not only was Woody in a bind to run his daily schedual, support himself, and the brownstone apartment building, but, he always had to make sure that his tenants were happy and satisfied with his management. Plus, Woody rented out his own apartment to an guy named Chuck. Chuck was an aspiring young comic, who had been born-and-raised in the city, and was always constantly amazed in Woody's blind faith in people. The other tenants included Jack, a photographer, Theresa- who went by her nickname, Timothy- who was a glamorous woman, and her roommate/best friend Kyoko; whom always yeld, "Hey, landlord!"moreless
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    Pistols and Petticoats

    Pistols and Petticoats

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    CBS (ended 1967)
    Coming Soon
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    Marriage Lines

    Marriage Lines

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    BBC (ended 1966)
    British sitcom
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    Blondie (1968)

    Blondie (1968)

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    CBS (ended 1969)
    The second sitcom based on the comic strip from Chic Young; cancelled after 13 episodes.
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    Glynis

    Glynis

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    CBS (ended 1963)
    Keith Andes played Keith Granville, a successful lawyer in Los Angeles. He was crazy about his wife,nGlynis, played by Glynis Johns, the Welsh actress with the incredible, throaty voice. Glynis was a mystery writer, and her penchant for mysteries and her active imagination often got her into trouble, especially when she tried to help Keith with one of his cases (often without his knowledge). She was usually aided in this by Chick Rogers, the superintendent of their apartment building, who happened to be a retired police officer. Generally speaking, Glynis and Chick would discuss a recent crime in the news and be convinced they knew 'who done it'n(and usually did), then they would run off to prove it. Glynis never wanted Keith to find out but he always did, and had to come to her rescue. This delightful comedy aired Wed. nights for only 4 months before it was cancelled.moreless
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    Ours is a Nice House

    Ours is a Nice House

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    ITV (ended 1970)
    Welcome to the Ours is a Nice House guide at TV.com. "The great Thora Hird starred in this show as a Lancashire boarding-house landlady named (what else?) Thora Parker. A widowed mother of two teenagers, workshy son Alan and sensible though trendy daughter Vera. She runs a clean, respectable house ("nice, you know, none of your tat"). "The comedy sprung from Thora Parker's all-knowing, canny housekeeping for her resident boarders, the itinerant lodgers who flitted into and then out of the weekly episodes, and friends and neighbours, like next door's Elsie Crabtree, Thora's former school buddy who was always popping around to scrounge something or other and have a natter. Thora's mother, Gran, was played by veteran comedy actress May Warden, mostly sans dentures, while one of the boarders, Alf Whittle, was played by the show's writer, Harry Littlewood." (BBC Guide to Comedy)moreless
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    I've Married a Bachelor

    I've Married a Bachelor

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    ABC1 (ended 1969)
    Australian sitcom
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    Many Happy Returns

    Many Happy Returns

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    CBS (ended 1965)
    Walter Burnley, a widower, works at the Krockmeyer's department store in Los Angeles. There, he runs the complaint department where customers return items - hence, the show's title. Other characters include Joan Randall, Walter's daughter; Joan's husband Bob and their daughter Laurie; Harry Price, Joe Foley, Wilma Fritter, and Lynn Hall, Walter's co-employees; and Owen Sharp, the store manager and Walter's boss.moreless
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    Turn-On

    Turn-On

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    Turn-On was a fast paced comedy that featured computerized music and stop action photography. The show was immediately canceled when it was discovered to have double entendres and hidden meanings. Here is an example: a beautiful woman is about to be executed by a firing squad; the squad leader approaches the woman and instead of saying the usual "Do you have a last request?" says, "I know this may seem a little awkward miss, but in this case the firing squad has one last request." It is the shortest running TV series ever.moreless
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    Based on the 1939 movie of the same name, Fess Parker played Senator Eugene Smith. Other characters included Pat Smith, the senator's wife; Cooter, the senator's uncle; Arnie, the senator's chauffeur; and Miss Kelly, the senator's secretary.moreless
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    The Jean Arthur Show

    The Jean Arthur Show

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    CBS (ended 1966)
    A short-lived sitcom about mother and son, who are both attorneys.
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    Cooperama

    Cooperama

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    ITV (ended 1966)
    British sketch comedy show
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    Family Affair

    Family Affair

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    CBS (ended 1971)
    Family Affair was one of those successful family comedies of the 1960's. Bill Davis' carefree existence as a swinging bachelor was just about perfect. A highly paid consulting engineer, he maintained an elegant apartment off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and had his domestic needs cared for by a very English gentleman's gentleman, Mr. French. Into this life of independence came three young orphans, the 6-year old twins Buffy and Jody and 15-year-old Cissy. Their parents, Bill's brother and sister-in-law, had died in an accident, and other relatives felt that Bill could best provide for them. Despite initial misgivings, Bill and French became very attached to the children and learned to adjust their lifestyle to make room for the new members of the household. Mr. French, a stickler for neatness and order, had the toughest adjustment to make, he was with the children all the time while Bill was often out of town on assignments. All in all, they were a happy family. Family Affair aka Fedderson & Hartmann's Family Affair is A DON FEDDERSON PRODUCTION in association with the CBS Television Network. Distributed by Paramount-VIACOM Television and CBS Television Network Distribution. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Broadcast History: {CBS Nighttime} Sep. 12, 1966-Sep. 15, 1969, CBS Monday at 9:30-10:00pm Sep. 25, 1969-Sep. 9, 1971, CBS Thursday at 7:30-8:00pm. {CBS Daytime} Sep. 7, 1970-Sep. 1, 1972 at 11:00-11:30am on CBS-TV Sep. 4, 1972-Jan. 12, 1973 at 4:00-4:30pm on CBS-TV. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Ranks in the top 30 Nielsen Ratings No. 14 (tie) in the 1966-1967 Season (with "The Dean Martin Show") No. 4 (tie) in the 1967-1968 Season (with "Gunsmoke" & "Bonanza") No. 5 in the 1968-1969 & 1969-1970 Seasons No Ranking in the 1970-1971 Season.moreless
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    The Bill Cosby Show

    The Bill Cosby Show

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    NBC (ended 1971)
    The Bill Cosby Show aired for two seasons on NBC, 1969-70 and 1970-71. There were 52 episodes made in the series. In this lighthearted comedy, Bill Cosby played the role of Chet Kincaid, physical education teacher at a Los Angeles high school. The Chet Kincaid character was a bachelor, an average cool guy trying to earn a living, and help people out along the way. Many of the episodes involved Chet in various situations at the high school with his students and fellow teachers. In some episodes, Chet was asked to substitute, and fill in as algebra or english teacher. In one hilarious episode, Chet was the drivers ed instructor trying to teach a nervous student how to drive. Other episodes involved younger children, and some episodes involved family and adult characters. Different guest stars also appeared in various episodes thruout the series. The shows theme song- "Hikky Burr" was written by Bill Cosby and Quincy Jones with Cosby providing the vocals. The lyrics were hard to comprehend, but the song had a groovy tune and funky beat. For the second season, a more uptempo and jazzy version of the song was used. The show was entertaining, and did not use a laugh track, which is unique. The Bill Cosby Show was not your average, laugh-out-loud type of sitcom. The episodes were humorous, but the show emphasized warmth, intelligent character studies and plausible, real life situations. The plot of many episodes centered around a lesson in life learned, which was explained in the classic Cosby style.moreless
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    Gidget

    Gidget

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    Gidget was based on the 1959 movie of the same name. While the original had Sandra Dee as Gidget, this series had Sally Field in the title role. The sitcom was first seen in September of 1965 and centered around Francine Lawrence. Francine was her real first name but everyone called her Gidget. She lived with her father, Professor Russ Lawrence, who was a widower in Southern California. Stories revolved around Gidget and her life as a teenager growing up on the Pacific coast. Recurring characters included, Anne Cooper, Gidget's sister, who tended to take the role of mother and was often overprotective of Gidget. John was Anne's psychology student of a husband who often read much to much into situations. Larue was Gidget's best friend while Jeff was Gidget's boyfriend who was talked about more than he was seen since he was away at college. ABC pulled the plug on the series in the spring of 1966 due to the fact that the series hadn't found an audience. This was an unfortunate event, because that summer, ABC aired reruns, and finally an audience was found. However, it was too late, the series had already been canceled. Reruns boosted the series' popularity in the 80's which resulted in a new series, The New Gidget. This series introduced a young Sally Field to the television audience and led the way for her next TV role as Sister Bertrille on another ABC sitcom, The Flying Nun. Theme Song: "Gidget" Written by: Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller Sung by: Johnny Tillotson Broadcast History September 15, 1965-January 1966----Wednesdays----8:30 p.m. January-September 7, 1966----Thursdays----8:00 p.m. Ratings never hit the top 25moreless
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    Wacky Races

    Wacky Races

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    CBS (ended 1970)
    Wacky Races was one of the best yet shortest running Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Each show was 30 minutes long with 2 races each. Every episode Dick Dastardly and Muttley (The Mean Machine) would desperately try to win by setting traps that always backfired. Dick and Muttley appeared in "Dastardly & Muttleys flying machines" (A Wacky Races spin-off). The other spin-off was about "The Lovely" Penelope Pitstop and was called "Perils of Penelope Pitstop" The eleven racers are... #00: Dick Dastardly & Muttley (The Mean Machine) #1: The Slag Brothers (Boulder Mobile) #2: The Gruesome Twosome (Creepy Coupe) #3: Prof. Pat Pending (Convert-a-car) #4: The Red Max (Crimson Haybailer) #5: Penelope Pitstop #6: Sarge & Pvt. Meekly (Army Surplus Special) #7: The Ant Hill Mob (Bulletproof Bomb) #8: Luke & Blubber Bear (Arkansas Chugabug) #9: Peter Perfect (Turbo Terrific) #10: Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth (Buzzwagon)moreless
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    Magilla Gorilla

    Magilla Gorilla

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    (ended 1965)
    Magilla Gorilla, an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera, was the story of a pet store gorilla that nobody seemed to want. Magilla Gorilla, looking loveable in his hat and a bow tie, was usually purchased in every episode. However, after having an adventure of some sort, he would be brought back to the store for a refund by the end of the episode. At the end of the episode, Mr. Peebles the pet store owner, who was highly motivated to get rid of Magilla for good, would utter the catchphrase, "We'll try again next week." The only real hope for Magilla was a little girl named Ogee who always wanted to buy Magilla but never seemed to have enough money. Her voice is also heard in the theme song, when she asks "How much is that gorilla in the window?" The show also had animated segments with other cartoon characters, including Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse and Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-A-Long. Magilla Gorilla was one of the few cartoons that actually began its run in syndication and was not picked up by a network (ABC) until 1 January 1966. When the show was picked up by ABC the popular Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long segments were switched out for Breezly and Sneezly segments. After 1966 Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long appeared on the Peter Potamus and his Magic Flying Balloon show, which was doing poorly in the ratings. Another interesting note is that the show was created in conjunction with Ideal Toys in an effort to market a line of toys to consumers Magilla was voiced by veteran character actor Allan Melvin, who was also known as the character "Sam the Butcher", Alice's boyfriend in the The Brady Bunch. Other voices include Howard Morris as Mr. Peebles and Jean Vander Pyl as Ogee. Magilla Gorilla Theme Song We've got a gorilla for sale...a yellow gorilla for sale. Won't you buy him...take him home and try him...gorilla for sale. See in the window, Magilla Gorilla...full of charm and appeal. Handsome, elegant, intelligent, sweet...He's really ideal. So if you want a yellow gorilla you can call your own... a gorilla who'll be with ya when you're all alone. (Magilla speaking): "Its the MAGILLA GORILLA SHOW. Starring me and Mr. Peebles... with Mush-Mouse and Pumpkin-Puss and Rickochet Rabbit and Droop-Along" (Little girl speaking): "How much is that Gorilla in the window?" Take our advice... at any price... a gorilla like Magilla is mighty nice. Gorilla... Magilla Gorilla for sale.....moreless
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    My Mother the Car

    My Mother the Car

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    NBC (ended 1966)
    For almost fifty years, My Mother the Car has remained a punchline, easily the most infamous of all the "What idiot thought THIS was a good idea?" sitcoms to hit the air. Just how did a comedy about the spirit of a man's dead mother inhabiting an old automobile get on TV? In hindsight, it had to happen. During the 1960s, the network schedules were overrun with comedies based on completely unrealistic and usually lame-brained premises. There was a talking horse (Mr. Ed), a Martian being passed off as an uncle (My Favorite Martian), a genie servant to an astronaut (I Dream of Jeannie), a playboy with a robot girlfriend (My Living Doll), an average American family made up of movie monsters (The Munsters), another family of creepy oddballs (The Addams Family), and the most unrealistic family of weirdos of them all, the Nelsons (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet). In this context, it's not such a leap for a woman planted six feet under to possess (or repossess) a car. The premise, in a nutshell, is that Dave Crabtree is a lawyer whose momma takes a break from pushing up daisies to return and take over the body of a 1928 Porter. She talks to him through the radio speaker. His wife is Barbara and his two young kids are Randy and Cindy. The wealthy, evil Captain Manzini is always trying to get his hands on Dave's car to complete his automobile collection. As with anything, it's the execution of the idea that matters most. A show such as Bewitched demonstrates how charm, a great cast, and the right "touch" can turn an unbelievable premise into an entertaining series. MMTC, on the other hand, was extremely pedestrian. Despite the lurid hook, it was a rather lame undertaking. None of the characters on the series had any actual character or personality; they were just "types." The only thing that could be said about Dave Crabtree (Jerry Van Dyke), the dutiful son is that he was a trusting and dull dullard. His wife and kids were as generic and forgettable as they come. His arch nemesis, Captain Manzini, would have been more at home as a villain on Batman, but only on the weeks the writers decided he should be. The 1928 Porter, as seen in the series, did not exist. A 1924 Ford T-tub hot rod, built by Norman Grabowski, was modified to turn it into the car seen on the series. A second "effects car" was built by George Barris for the scenes requiring the car to seemingly drive itself, move its headlights, and the like. Despite a universal lambasting by the critics and lousy ratings, MMTC was kept on the air by NBC for a full season opposite Rawhide on CBS and Combat on ABC. It probably is remembered today thanks to Johnny Carson, who made it a frequent punchline for years to come. Legacy:
    -In 2002, TV Guide named My Mother the Car the second worst show of all time. It was beat only by The Jerry Springer Show.
    -Ann Sothern, the voice of Mother, readily admitted to the press that she took the job because it was easy money, calling it radio acting with a TV paycheck It is said she soon regretted having done the series.moreless
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