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    The Kid from the 8

    The Kid from the 8

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    Telecinco (ended 1992)
    El Chavo is a comedy/situation show. That deals with events in a neighborhood.apartment with a lot of reengraving & reenactments.
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    The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour

    The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour

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    CBS (ended 1969)
    Spun-off from ABC's prime time series The Bugs Bunny Show and the CBS Saturday morning series The Road Runner Show.The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour was the most succesful and popular attempt to bring the classic Looney Tunes cartoons to Saturday morning television where they became a mainstay for more than three decades. The series presented popular animated shorts which were originally produced for the silver screen, where they would appear right before a major motion picture, but here they were introduced by new segments as well as new title cards not shown in the original theatrical versions. Also included were Road Runner cartoons originally shown on the The Road Runner Show. Many people who grew up watching this show will most likely remember it by the opening theme "This Is It" performed by Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck which was shown in black & white when it was created for The Bugs Bunny Show but then shown in color and remodified specifically for this Saturday morning series. In the late '70s The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour eventually became The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show when CBS decided to add an additional 30 minutes to each episode.moreless
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    All Creatures Great and Small

    All Creatures Great and Small

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    BBC (ended 1990)
    This is a British comedy / drama that revolves around a veterinary practice owned by two brothers. A third vet comes to the practice and frequently finds himself caught up in the feuds between the brothers.moreless
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    Scooby-Doo

    Scooby-Doo

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    ABC (ended 1978)
    The Scooby Doo Show premiered on ABC in September 1976 as part of The Scooby-Doo-Dynomutt Hour, in which new episodes of Scooby Doo shared an hour with a superhero dog named Dynomutt. It was a revamped version of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? which started on CBS in 1969. In September of 1977, The Scooby-Doo Show once again shared an hour with The All-Star Laff-A-Lympics,which placed Scooby's team, Yogi's team, and Dread Baron's team competing to win points for their team. In 1978, the show had its own 30-minute segment until it was replaced with Scooby and Scrappy Doo in 1979.moreless
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    Chico and the Man

    Chico and the Man

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    NBC (ended 1978)
    Chico and the Man debuted in 1974 on NBC. The setting was East Los Angeles in a small run down garage. The owner, Ed Brown, became partners in the business with a young Chicano, Chico Rodriguez. Major changes occured toward the end of the 3rd season when Freddie Prinze, who played Chico, committed suicide. The final three episodes of the third season where filmed explaining Chico had gone to Mexico for a visit. The following season, Chico was written out of the show as going into business with his father. A new "Chico" was introduced at the beginning of the fourth and final season in Raul Garcia, a young boy whom Ed calls Chico. Other characters include, Louie Wilson, the garbage man who dropped by the garage and Della Rogers who ran a food stand not far from the garage. NBC Broadcast History September 1974-January 1976----Fridays----8:30 p.m.
    January-March 1976----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m.
    April-August 1976----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m.
    August 1976-February 1978----Fridays----8:30 p.m.
    June-July 1978----Fridays----8:30 p.m.moreless
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    The Good Life

    The Good Life

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    BBC (ended 1978)
    The Good Life stars Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal as Tom and Barbara Good, a middle class suburban couple who on Tom's 40th birthday decide to turn their Surbiton home into a self sufficient allotment. They grow their own food, keep farm animals and have sold or bartered all of their electrical appliances as they have no electricity. This creates friction with their best friends and next door neighbours, the Leadbetters (Jerry and Margo) played by Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith. But even though the Goods have lowered the tone of the neighbourhood in the Leadbetters eyes they still can't help but be best of friends.moreless
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    B.J. and the Bear

    B.J. and the Bear

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    NBC (ended 1981)
    What kind of trouble can a monkey and a trucker get into? This classic series explores just that! BJ McKay was a good-looking young trucker who traveled around the country in his big red & white rig, with a single companion - his pet chimp, Bear. B.J. was based in rural Georgia and was confronted by a succession of corrupt local sheriffs - Elroy P. Lobo (who was later given his own series, Lobo); Sgt. Wiley of Winslow County and his two fellow lawmen, Sheriffs Cain and Masters. The only honest cop B.J. seemed to encounter was the Fox, who spent much of her time trying to trap the crooked local cops. Tommy was a lady trucker friend and Bullets ran the local hangout, the Country Comfort Truck Stop. In 1981, B.J. settled down to run a trucking business in Los Angeles called Bear Enterprises. His new adversary was Rutherford T. Grant, a corrupt politician who headed the state Special Crimes Action Team. Grant was a silent partner in TransCal, the largest trucking firm in California and stopped at nothing to stomp out potential competition. Because of Grant's intervention, B.J. found it impossible to get regular truck drivers to work for him and had to settle for a crew of 7 young, beautiful lady truckers, including a pair of identical twins and Grant's daughter, Cindy. The Theme Song was written by Glen A Larson and sung by Greg Eviganmoreless
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    Lou Grant

    Lou Grant

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    CBS (ended 1982)
    Lou Grant was a spinoff from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and premiered on CBS in September 1977. The series was a radical departure from its predecessor as it was a drama. It was the first successful one-hour show from MTM Enterprises. As the series began, Lou Grant had just been fired from his job at WJM-TV, and had moved to Los Angeles to work for a newspaper.moreless
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    The Electric Company 1970s

    The Electric Company 1970s

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    PBS (ended 1977)
    On the heels of its fabulously successful Sesame Street, the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) created The Electric Company. With its roots in Motown Sound, Broadway and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Electric Company drew attention for six years as the most popular instructional television show. It would win an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Series, and its soundtrack album earned a Grammy. Targeting children ages 6 through 10, The Electric Company aimed to teach basic reading and grammar skills to the young viewers. The show's cast of skit players helped teach these concepts through the use of skits, songs, cartoon and blackout segments and regular features; all of them revolved around sound clusters (e.g., sh-, -ly, -oo-), contractions, punctuation marks, etc. The series provided material for elementary schools, as CTW published a biweekly TEC Teacher's Guide detailing program contents. Quickly, the cast members began to establish themselves with various personas: • Skip Hinnant (who had played Schroeder in the off-Broadway production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) had one of the best known characters: Fargo North, Decoder. Early in the run, this Peter Sellers knock-off interpreted messages that people gave to him when they couldn't understand what had been written. • The show also made Morgan Freeman. He created Easy Reader, the cool dude who loved reading anything he could get his hands on. Freeman also played radio disc jockey Mel Mounds, who usually introduced The Short Circus tunes (see below). • Rita Moreno created her tagline, "Hey You Guys!", while playing Millie, the Milkman's helper. She put the same fire into playing Otto the Director, who fumed as her actors didn't read their lines properly. • Judy Graubart, alumnus of The Second City in Chicago, became Jennifer of the Jungle, teaching bits of phonetics to her friend Paul the Gorilla. • And who can forget J. Arthur Crank? Jimmy Boyd (B. 1939) created the character, strictly as a voice on a telephone during the first season. In all future years, Crank was seen as that bad-tempered loud dresser. Complimenting the adults in the cast was The Short Circus, a group of five teenaged performers usually involved in songs or dances. Members of The Short Circus drew names from a hat to determine what would be their character name. While the Short Circus changed its talents from one season to the next, they did keep one member constant: June Angela. The show also set itself apart with the cloud sets by Nat Mongioi (which members of the cast called "Limbo Land"), cool music by the late Joe Raposo and others, unique sound effects Dick Maitland pinned to punctuation marks, and the high-tech computer animation. The logo above can only suggest these elements, which seemed to represent the New Era back in the 1970s. Among the most popular of the regular features was Spiderman, a live-action segment added during the series' fourth season. The Spiderman segments (for which there were about two dozen or so made) featured The Electric Company cast as various characters. Beginning in 1972, there was also The Adventures of Letterman cartoon series. The evil Spell Binder would cause trouble by using his magic wand, replacing key letters to make the worse of situations (e.g.: Train into Rain). Then Letterman would take the letter(s) off his varsity sweater and correct the hazard. Muppet characters from Sesame Street (including Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Grover) also visited on occasion through the years. A total of 780 episodes of The Electric Company aired from 1971 to 1977 on PBS; reruns of the final two seasons aired through the fall of 1985. Programs always ended with one of its cast members stating: The Electric Company gets its power from The Children's Television Workshop. This was followed by a superimposed caption: The Electric Company is a trademark and service mark of the Children's Television Workshop. © Copyright Children's Television Workshop 1971 to 1977 In 1972, CTW began issuing The Electric Company magazine. Appropriately enough, the mag contained feature articles, games and other activities featuring members of the show's cast. It was published until the late-1980s, when replaced with a magazine called Kid City. A sister magazine, Spidey Super Stories (also issued and endorsed by The Electric Company's producers) contained children's reading level-versions of the web slinger's battles with his arch-enemies plus comic strip versions of the The Electric Company Spiderman segments. Spidey Super Stories were published from October 1974 to January 1982. Sixty-five episodes of The Electric Company from various seasons – a good share from the 1972-1973 and 1973-1974 seasons – began airing on Nickelodeon's new Noggin network in the spring of 1999 (kicked off with a two-hour retrospective of the show on TV Land, another Nickelodeon sister network). The shows were edited slightly, removing all program numbers and show-ending teases (see Notes within Show 131). Also for the Noggin run, CTW gave credit to Marvel Comics, which had never received a copyright notice on the original run. Thus all episodes from Seasons 4 to 6 had their copyrights redisplayed: The Electric Company is a trademark and service mark of the Children's Television Workshop. © Copyright Children's Television Workshop 1974 to 1976 The use of the character Spiderman was provided as a courtesy to the Children's Television Workshop by Marvel Comics Group. © Copyright Marvel Comics Group 1974 to 1976 At first, Noggin aired The Electric Company during several daytime and overnight time slots seven days a week. By the time CTW was renamed Sesame Workshop in 2000, however, the show's timeslots were downgraded to late-nights and then, in 2002, only a couple of weekend overnight airings. In early 2003, with the value of Sesame Workshop's interest in Noggin even less (if not zero), The Electric Company was pulled from Noggin's schedule altogether. (Note: Classic episodes of Sesame Street, which were shown under the title Sesame Street Unpaved, had also been a part of Noggin's schedule. Noggin had shown 65 classic episodes (originally airing between 1969 to 1986) of the series. Like The Electric Company, Sesame Street Unpaved had originally aired weekdays before being placed in downgraded timeslots (eventually weekend overnights). Both shows had attracted primarily adults (who had watched the show as children) and college-aged fans, and both shows were too dated for their intended childhood audience. Noggin underwent a total personality change beginning April 1, 2002, placing more emphasis on original programming (in addition to airing reruns of Nickelodeon kiddie shows). The general effect of removing The Electric Company from the airwaves, has not been a pleasant one for American society. Some people believe Sesame Workshop discusses The Electric Company only when lowering the wrecker's ball on those who have violated their copyrights. (To this day, The Electric Company™ and the logo are trademarks and service marks of Sesame Workshop, © 1971-1977.) Though it appears Sesame Workshop chooses not to live in the past, it has been digitizing segments from all its old shows in preparation for DVD releases. The first DVD of The Electric Company is scheduled for release in 2006. (This is the result of an independent campaign for a TEC DVD release; see below.) The Electric Company will always be remembered by its fans as an entertaining series which taught children to read. Elementary classroom teachers regularly scheduled their days so their students could watch the show, and reading scores increased as a result of in-class and home viewing. Hey You Guys! petersmith among them We're gonna turn it on We're gonna bring you the power We're gonna light up The dark of night Like the brightest day In a whole new way We're gonna turn it on We're gonna bring you the power It's coming down the line Strong as it can be Through the courtesy Of The Electric Company™ from The Electric Company Theme Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo © 1971 Jonico Musicmoreless
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    Fernwood 2Night

    Fernwood 2Night

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    (ended 1977)
    By the end of 1976, producer extraordinaire Norman Lear had a crisis on his hands. His cult-favorite sitcom Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman imploded when its star, Louise Lasser, went through emotional trauma that forced her to resign. But Hartman's hometown of Fernwood, Ohio (ZIP Code 45989) would not shrivel up. Toward the end of the next summer, a new set of characters emerged with a "talk show" called Fernwood 2Night, airing (originally) live from Channel 6 in Fernwood. The host of Fernwood 2Night was Barth Gimble, who had left a very successful talk show in Miami under circumstances similar to Louise Lasser's real-life breakdown. Barth returned to his home of Fernwood to start this new talk show on Channel 6. Immediately, he used it as a platform to deny the charges made against him in the Fernwood Courier ("There has never been a conviction"). But on the bright side, Barth did get in banter with interesting guests, his second banana Jerry Hubbard, and musical director Happy. Original production number: 127 Barth promotes the planned Garth Gimbel Memorial Tennis Classic. W.D. "Bud" Prize (Kenneth Mars) returns, and bows to public demands that he reveal the secret of his chinadonture treatment. In a rebuttal to Dr. Van Moot (aka Dr. Osgood), Phil Maltby (Morgan Upton) of Phil's Fashion Funwear and Medical Research Lab explains that leisure suits, far from causing cancer, actually can help cure disease. "Bud" Prize is so stimulated by this revelation that he falls asleep.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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    Ripping Yarns

    Ripping Yarns

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    BBC Two (ended 1979)
    Ripping Yarns is just that, a collection of tales of great adventure, mystery, suspense and high drama, that make for ripping good television. The series was created by Monty Python's Flying Circus alum Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Michael played the lead role in each tale and his main character's name is denoted in the episode description in bold; however, that however wasn't enough for Michael because he would also play various other small roles in each tale. If you look carefully you'll also see other Python alum John Cleese and Eric Idle making cameo appearances.moreless
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    Rising Damp

    Rising Damp

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    ITV (ended 1978)
    Rumour has it that somewhere deep in the rain forests of South America, there still exist undiscovered tribes of people completely cut off from civilization, untouched by technology, and oblivious to the existence of the great world beyond the waterfall. If this is so, then these people are quite possibly the only humans on the entire planet that have never stood with hands on hips, nodded their heads vigorously back and forth and uttered the line "Yes, Miss Jones." Certainly everyone else, however, has. Such is the legendary status of one miserly, prejudiced, scheming and generally unlikeable bed-sit landlord called Rigsby. Rising Damp originated as a script for a stage play, The Banana Box, in 1970. It's author, Eric Chappell, was inspired by a newspaper article about a black man who had guested at a hotel for a year, pretending to be an African prince as a means of avoiding discrimination. The play enjoyed a short lived run in 1971, with Wilfred Brambell as landlord Rooksby, and again in 1973 where regular stars Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington and Frances De La Tour were cast. It was on this final run that a Yorkshire Television executive was invited to see it, and recognised it's potential as sit-com material. In 1974, The Banana Box became one of six sit-com pilot episodes commissioned by YTV, the others being Badger's Set, Brotherly Love, Slater's Day, You'll Never Walk Alone and Oh No, It's Selwyn Frogit! During production of The Banana Box, the title was deemed unsuitable and changed to Rising Damp (after a line from the script). Also, due to a complaint from a real Mr Rooksby, the lead character's name was altered to the more familiar Rigsby after a flick through the phone book. Audience reaction to the pilot were deemed favourable enough for YTV to commission a series. In fact, the show ran to four series, a Christmas special and a successful feature film, winning multiple awards along the way.moreless
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    Number 96

    Number 96

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    Network Ten (ended 1977)
    Number 96 offered many an actor a start to their careers. Number 96 was considered controversial and resulted in many television firsts - including the first openly gay regular character on a tv sitcom. Long running shows like Number 96, Bell Bird, A Country Practice, The Bill, Grange Hill etc. that have many guest stars and regulars are recalled by viewers when they see a former cast member in a new production. In 1974,Number 96 the movie was released. After 1218 episodes the series finished up in 1977. America's NBC network produced their own series in the 80's but the appeal was not the same.moreless
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    Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends

    Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends

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    Classic Media
    Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends is a classic early 1960s cartoon comedy show produced by Jay Ward Productions. The show ran for 5 years and aired on both the ABC and NBC television network. The show's two main characters are Rocky J. Squirrel, a brave flying squirrel and his best pal, Bullwinkle, a dumb and clumsy moose living in the town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota. The series usually involves their misadventures involving enemies Boris and Natasha, the dastardly Russian spy duo bent on ending the noble antics of "moose and squirrel" and thereby gaining power over the fictional nation of Pottsylvania. Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends also featured short bookend stories- most notably Dudley Do-Right, the clueless Canadian Mountie always saving damsels from the villainous Snidely Whiplash, and another bookend involving Sherman and Peabody, a boy and dog brainiac who travel through time to discover the real story behind historical events and right the wrongs to make sure the events actually happen. Fun, vintage and famous for using groan-worthy puns, Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends is great for kids and kids at heart.moreless
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    Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers

    Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers

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    CBS (ended 1975)
    This show first aired on September 14, 1974 with Paul Sand portraying a bachelor who was a bass violist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and when he wasn't busy fiddling, he was likely to be found sorting out his romantic entanglements, refereeing disputes between his brother (Michael Pataki) and sister-in-law (Penny Marshall) while trying to overcome his habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong people. This show did not last a full season and would later be replaced by the Jeffersons in January of 1975 even after managing to be ranked the 25th best show in America.moreless
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    The David Steinberg Show

    The David Steinberg Show

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    CTV (ended 1977)
    Relatively short-lived Canadian series featuring comedian David Steinberg playing himself, hosting a fictional variety show. While the series depicted the on-air humour, it also depicted the comic adventures behind the scenes. It featured a slew of Second City performers, most of whom later starred in "Second City TV", which was much more sucessful. Joe Flaherty's alter-ego, Kirk Dirkwood, was the somewhat neurotic stage manager who always wanted to be a performer, and finally did near the end. He would appear as a different patient every week for an eccentric psychiatrist played by Steinberg on the show. Dave Thomas played James MacGregor, a hot-tempered Scottish security guard. Martin Short played Johnny Del Bravo, David's narcistic cousin and a whiny, untalented singer. John Candy was Spider Reichman, the 60's-oriented musician, and Andrea Martin played Julie Liverfoot, Steinberg's lazy, sleazy secretary and Reichman's singer. Many shades of SCTV characters can be seen in this series: The straight man character so personalized by Flaherty, the smug, cheerful music maker played by Candy... there were even specific characters that can be seen, like Thomas' Angus Crock in MacGregor and Short's Jackie Rogers, Jr in Del Bravo. They weren't the only co-stars, however; in fact, the other two almuni both played multiple roles. Bill Saluga played Vinnie DeMilo, the Italian-accented, fast-talking owner of the Hello Deli, located across the street from the studio (who was also Kirk's agent) and Raymond J. Johnson, Jr, the confused direction-seeker who appeared out of nowhere randomly throughout the show. Trudy Young doubled as actress Bambi Markowitz and Margie, the sassy waitress at the Deli. It should be noted that Saluga's character of Raymond J. Johnson, Jr ("Now, you can call me Ray, and you can call me Ray J..." was always the beginning of his lengthy response to whoever called him Mr. Johnson) had been being performed in Las Vegas since as early as the 50's, and appeared on variety show "Red Foxx" and guest starred on many others, always unexpectedly appearing and wondering where he was. Recently, he even appeared on an episode of "The Simpsons". As for David Steinberg himself? He became a television director, working on such sitcoms as "The Parent Hood", "Newhart", "The Golden Girls", "Seinfeld", "Mad About You", "Friends", and "Designing Women".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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    Johnny Carson Presents

    Johnny Carson Presents

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    NBC (ended 1981)
    Johnny Carson Presents is the NBC prime-time variety show hosted by legendary television personality Johnny Carson. Carson was joined by guests like comedians including Steve Martin and Bill Cosby, and starlets like Bette Davis in these exciting specials.moreless
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    Nanny and the Professor

    Nanny and the Professor

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    ABC (ended 1971)
    Juliet Mills plays Phoebe Figalily ("Nanny"), a nanny who spreads love and also laughter in this gentle comedy. She comes to help widowed college professor Harold Everett (Richard Long) whose kids have frustrated previous nannys by being troublesome. Now, it's Phoebe's turn to help Harold raise his three kids, Hal, Butch and Prudence. History: Jan-Aug 1970 (ABC) Wednesdays:7:30 - 8:00 Sept '70-Sept '71 (ABC) Fridays-8:00-8:30 Sept '71-Dec '71 (ABC) Mondays-8:00-8:30moreless
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