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    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    The funniest improvisational show to hit UK (and later on US) screens. The show features four contestants playing games, with suggestions sometimes taken from the studio audience. The games include: Scenes From a Hat, Party Quirks, Hoedown, and Let's Make A Date. Whose Line is it Anyway? began as a radio show on BBC Radio 4 in 1987. It was moved to television a year later in 1988. Both shows were hosted by Clive Anderson. During the first season, the show featured one regular contestant (John Sessions) and three guest contestants. From the second season onward, the contestants rotated from episode to episode and have included Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Tony Slattery, Josie Lawrence, and Brad Sherwood, just to name a few. In 1998, episodes of the show were filmed in Hollywood to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary. Episodes of the show were also filmed in New York in 1991 and 1992. Beginning in 1998, a US version of the show was made for the ABC Television Network. The original ran on Comedy Central for many years. On April 3, 2006, Whose Line returned to American television on BBC America. Whose Line is It Anyway? currently airs on BBC America in the US. It also airs on The Comedy Channel in Australia. Here is a list of some of the people who appeared on the radio show but never made it on the TV show: Lenny Henry Dawn French Nonny Williams Hugh Laurie Kate Robbins Colin Sell (music)moreless
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    The Adventures of Pete & Pete

    The Adventures of Pete & Pete

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1996)
    The Adventures of Pete and Pete was a surreal comedy in which a peaceful suburban neighborhood was a strange and skewed world as seen through the eyes of pre-teens. Wellsville, USA contained many different unique characters, such as: two brothers that were both named Pete, the metal plate in their mom's head, Artie the spandex-wearing super-hero, and Petunia, little Pete's tatoo. The Adventures of Pete and Pete originated as a series of one-minute vignettes in 1990, was expanded into a series of five specials, and then became a regular series in late 1993. The show was filmed in Leonia, New Jersey. Episodes (or portions of episodes) were also filmed in the New Jersey towns of South Orange and Cranford. The theme song to the show is called "Hey Sandy" and is sung by the band Polaris. The band has an album entitled Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete that features nothing but songs from the show. The lyrics to the theme song are as follows: Hey smilin' strange, you're lookin' happily deranged Can you settle to shoot me? Or have you picked your target yet, hey Sandy ai yai yai yai... Don't you talk back, ai yai yai yai, hey Sandy Four feet away, end of speech it's the end of the day We was only funnin', but guiltily I thought you had it comin', hey Sandy, ai yai yai yai Don't ya talk back, ai yai yai yai, hey Sandy, hey... In 1995, The Adventures of Pete and Pete received a Cable Ace Award for Outstanding Children's Series. In recent years, The Adventures of Pete and Pete made its first release on DVD in 2005 under the Rewind Collection title. The Nickelodeon company apparently gave in to demands by fans of the "cult classic" and released the first season of the series along with Nick's other classic show, "Clarissa Explains it All" in May 17th 2005. Sadly, the Rewind Collection's only other release as of now is the second season of P&P, released in November 11, 2005. Although the third and final season was scheduled for a February 28, 2005 release, it has been completely removed from the release schedule without any excuse.moreless
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    Hangin' with Mr. Cooper

    Hangin' with Mr. Cooper

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    Set in Oakland, California, this is a show about Mark Cooper, a former NBA basketball player who moved back to his hometown to become a coach at his old high school, Oakbridge High School. In the first season, he shared his house (and the rent) with his old friend Robin Dumars, a music teacher, and the sexy Vanessa Russell. Their relationship was strictly platonic, which meant that the stories mainly revolved around their dating misadventures as well as Mark starting his new career as a teacher. At the start of the second season, Robin had moved out of the house and Mark's cousin, Geneva Lee, and her daughter, Nicole, moved in. Also, P.J. Moore, the formidable principal, was added to the cast while the neighborhood kid, Tyler, frequently seen in the first season, now became more prominent as Nicole's best friend. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper began its run on Tuesday nights airing directly in between Full House and Roseanne. Starting with the second season, the show was moved to Fridays nights joining the infamous TGIF lineup. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper ran for five seasons on ABC. ABC Broadcast History September 1992-July 1993----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m.
    August 1993-September 1993----Fridays----8:30 p.m.
    September 1993-March 1994----Fridays----9:30 p.m.
    May 1994-August 1996----Fridays----9:30 p.m.
    June 1997-August 1997----Saturdays----8:30 p.m.
    August 1997----Fridays----9:30 p.m. .moreless
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    The Tracey Ullman Show

    The Tracey Ullman Show

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    FOX (ended 1990)
    A variety/sketch show brought to you by a British comedian Tracey Ullman. The show was one of the first programs on the then-new FOX Network in the U.S. in the mid 1980s. Tracey's show was a sketch comedy show including lots of singing and dancing. "The Simpsons" appeared as short, animated sketches, interspersed between the main, live-action sketches.

    The Tracey Ullman Show led to the creation of the hit FOX show, "The Simpsons." It began as short skits on Ullman's Show. Overall the Simpsons made appearances in 48 episodes in the show's first three seasons and one additional appearance in the fourth and final season.moreless
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    Brotherly Love

    Brotherly Love

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    NBC (ended 1997)
    Joe's parents are divorced and he moves away with his mom and his dad starts a new life with his new wife Claire. His dad and Claire have 2 sons Matt and Andy. When their dad dies Joe goes to them to collect his share of his dad's garage.moreless
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    Bobby's World

    Bobby's World

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    FOX (ended 1998)
    Follow 4-year-old Bobby Generic (pronounced GEN-er-ic!) though adventures in growing up and learning about the world in this captivating cartoon series developed by comedian Howard Mandell. Mandell provided the voice of Bobby as well as Bobby's dad and a myriad of other guest characters. Bobby's World was nominated for an Emmy and ran for seven seasons on FOX.moreless
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    Bottom

    Bottom

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    BBC Two (ended 1995)
    Richard Richard & Edward Elizabeth Hitler, two men with no hope of fitting in with society. Two men who will forever fall foul of life's little jokes, mainly because they are too stupid to avoid them! Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall take an anarchic look into the lives of these two friends who are forever threatening, and committing, violence on each other. This series could be said to be a follow up, of a kind, to The Young Ones. Same stars and same attitude but the young ones are now heading into middle age. A successful series that spawned three live tours [and three videos of these shows] and a big screen film, Guest House Paradiso. Although the film was not released as such it is advertised as a Bottom film on the video release.moreless
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    Square One TV

    Square One TV

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    PBS (ended 1992)
    Mathman, your mission is to explore the Square One TV guide at TV.com. You will explore the guide, taking in the details about the show and contributing any information you may have about the show if you so desire. But beware the evil Mr. Glitch. He will eat you if you navigate away too quickly. Square One TV was a PBS series dedicated to making math fun. Airing daily on most PBS stations, this show was full of pop-culture parodies, great music, excellent skits and so much more. Much like The Electric Company, a celebrated phonetics series of the 1970s, Square One TV went from one concept to the next. The series had occasional celebrity guests, such as talented musicians and even magician Harry Blackstone. Legendary announcer Gary Owens became a regular in the second season, voicing Lt. Dirk Niblick, who helped his friends understand certain sales traps. The most recognized element of Square One TV, appearing at the end of each episode, was "Mathnet," a parody of the show Dragnet. Each Mathnet case lasted for one week (or five episodes) of the show and featured detectives George Frankly and his partner Kate Monday (Pat Tuesday in Seasons Four and Five) solving a fictional crime through the use of math. A big part of Square One TV seemed to be its devotion to The University of Michigan. Pac-Man parody Mathman wore a Wolverines helmet; programs in the third season made estimates based on the Michigan Stadium; Lt. Dirk Niblick's mother was a Michigan fan, and so on. It was all within reason: Square One TV's executive producer, the late David D. Connell, graduated from The University of Michigan in 1953 and the show's senior producer, Jim Thurman, is from the UM class of 1957. Square One TV was a production of the Children's Television Workshop, known today as Sesame Workshop. Some major changes came to the show in Season Four: the opening theme music and credits as well as the closing credits were changed, many new segments were added and the Mathnet series moved permanently from California to New York. The series was continued till the end of its fifth season and then canceled, much to the disappointment of its many fans. The show continued in repeats on most PBS stations until 1994 and then left the airwaves pretty much entirely... until it was picked up by the satellite/cable station Noggin. But Noggin took the show off along with a bunch of other Sesame Workshop shows in May 2003, so now Square One TV isn't on any station any more. Special thanks to Brian Hilley for information on segments that Noggin cut out when they showed the program. Noggin also aired some episodes of "Mathnet" on a program called Phred on Your Head. Still looking to watch some Square One TV? Look for online videos, check your local library (including any inter-system loan setup they may have) and GPN --- a great resource for this and other classic shows, including Ghostwriter and 3-2-1 Contact. Note: Square One TV only showed credits at the end of each five-episode run. Guest stars will be credited, to the best of the editor's abilities, for only those episodes in which they appeared, but special crediting notes (such as actors credited by a different name) will only be shown for every fifth episode. Special thanks to RantinAnton and Curtis Olmsted for their help in adding information to this guide. May the math be with you!moreless
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    The Torkelsons

    The Torkelsons

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    Welcome to the The Torkelsons [aka Almost Home] guide at TV.com.

    This show was a comedy about a sensitive 14-year-old girl who's mortified by her crazy-quilt unorthodox family. Dorothy Jane just wanted to be thought of as normal, like any teenager, but had a hard time doing so. Her father had walked out on the family and they were always short on money. Her perky, optimistic mom, Millicent, saw sunshine everywhere. The rest of the family consisted of brothers - athletic Steven Floyd and studious Chuckie Lee, and sisters - spunky Ruth Ann and cute Mary Sue. They lived in a big rambling house in Pyramid Corners, Oklahoma. The name for the show came from a real Steven Floyd Torkelson who shared his bug collection and a first kiss with a little girl named Lynn Montgomery. She grew up to create the show some 30 years later.

    The series, which appeared on NBC, apparently turned out to be too down home for most people as it never found much of an audience in its original Saturday night timeslot and even less of one when it was moved to Sundays. After a second hiatus the series was revamped to return in February 1993 as Almost Home. For the new series the family moved to Seattle, WA [expect for Steven Floyd and Ruth Ann - who were wrote off and never mentioned again], where Millicent took a job as a nanny for two spoiled teenage children of widower Brian Morgan.

    The new season, which mostly pitted conservative family values against liberal family values, did not do any better in the ratings and was cancelled after 13 episodes.

    Season One Theme:

    People say God looks out for the working man Sure hope he's looking out for me These empty pockets need a helping hand Kitchen table's full of family

    But then the sun comes up [sun comes up] And the moon is shining big and bright And the new day promises [promises] That everything will be alright

    And the new day promises that everything will be alright.

    Season Two Theme:

    Just when you think you've settled down And you feel like you're almost home Just when the wheel starts spinnin round Love sneaks in with a plan of it's own

    Love comes in unexpected places Life turns in unexpected ways I swear we'll laugh, at these days [at these days] Love comes in unexpected places Life turns in unexpected ways

    Just when you think you're alone Maybe we're almost home Maybe we're almost home Maybe we're almost ho-omemoreless
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    The Wacky World of Tex Avery

    The Wacky World of Tex Avery

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    FOX (ended 1997)
    Several six-minute animated comedy shorts link up to form this humorous 1997 show. Aside from the titular character, the segments also consisted of Einstone, Ghengis & Khannie, Maurice & Mooch, Pompeii Pete, Power Pooch, and Freddy the Fly. Three of those segments formed each 30 minute episode.moreless
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    Upright Citizens Brigade

    Upright Citizens Brigade

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    Comedy Central (ended 2000)
    The Upright Citizens Brigade TV show aired for three seasons between 1998-2000. They are a hilarious sketch comedy troupe made up of Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, and Amy Poehler. "From the dawn of civilization, they have existed to undermine it. Their only enemy is the status quo. Their only friend is chaos. They have no government ties and unlimited resources. If something goes wrong, we are the cause. Every corner of the earth is under their surveillance. If you do it, we see it... Always. They believe the powerful should be made less powerful. They have heard the voice of society, begging them to destabilize it. Agents Antoine, Colby, Trotter, and Adair are the Upright Citizens Brigade."moreless
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    The John Larroquette Show

    The John Larroquette Show

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    NBC (ended 1996)
    A fascinating case study in how to destroy a successful situation comedy. In its first season The John Larroquette Show was a daring dark comedy and a hit. Set in a St. Louis long distance bus terminal, with a recovering alcoholic protagonist adrift in a sea of losers, hookers, and street people, black and white, gay and straight, this was unlike anything seen in a sitcom since Hot'l Baltimore a generation before, a comedy that addressed issues on the dark side of the American dream: race, class, gender, abuse of authority, substance addiction, etc. In the second and third season NBC carefully removed each and every element that had made the show interesting, making nonsense of a premise and bland stereotypes of its hard-edged/bizarre characters, then cancelled the show abruptly once everyone had deserted its ridiculously bland fourth season; a great shame. In Germany the show is titled Nachtschicht mit John ("Night Shift with John")moreless
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    Life with Louie

    Life with Louie

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    FOX (ended 1998)
    Life with Louie was a thirty minute semi-autobiographical animated series on FOX that was based on the childhood of comedian Louie Anderson. Comedian Louie Anderson has found great success as a standup comedian, author, provider of cartoon voices, and actor...more at his full biography. Premise Animated Louie lived at home with his father, Andy (a grumpy war veteran), mother, Ora, and little brother, Tommy. He also has other brothers and sisters,but they don't appear every time. Each episode began with a live-action appearance of Louie Anderson introducing the show and setting up the plot. The show focused mostly on the funny events of life growing up. Character biography Louie-Main character.Show is focused on Louie's life with his family and friends.Louie has really strange life,and other kids love to tease him,and he doesn't like that.He argues very often with his father,but he likes his mother Ora. Tommy-Tommy is Louie's little brother.Even if they have a lot of brothers,you can see he likes Louie very much.His face is similar to his mother's face,and he isn't very agressive. Andy-He is Louie's father.Andy always thinks about war and he isn't very kind.He can get angry easily. Ora-She is Louie's mother.Ora is very nice and kind person.She likes helping other people,and she always solves problems easily and gives advice to her children. Louie Anderson won two Daytime Emmys for Life with Louie - both for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. Was also nominated in 1999, but didn't win. The show was also nominated for another Daytime Emmy in 1999, for Outstanding Special Class - Animated Program, but didn't win that one either. Plot The show is about the adventures of Louie Anderson as a child, growing up with his sweet-hearted mother, his loud and war crazed father, his 10 siblings, and children at school who love to tease him. Rating Life With Louie received a TV-Y rating during its US run. ------------------------- CREW: Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan Bert Ring Writing credits (in alphabetical order) Bernie Ancheta writer Sean Dwyer multiple episodes Joshua Fisher writer Mike Gandolfi writer Richard P. Halke freelance writer Russell P. Marleau writer Matthew O'Callaghan creator Andy Rose writer Mary Gray Rubin writer David Silverman writer Casting by Mary Hidalgo Art Direction by Lucy Tanashian-Gentry Production Management Travis Dultz .... post-production supervisor Eric Freeman .... post-production supervisor Mercedes J. Sichon .... production supervisor Art Department Jim Manocchio .... background designer Gary Selvaggio .... storyboard artist Sound Department Roy Braverman .... sound effects editor Eric Freeman .... sound editor Rick Hinson .... sound effects editor Visual Effects by John Dillon .... effects supervisor Other crew Dwayne Colbert .... production assistant =================== Distributors * Fox Kids Network (USA) * Fox Network ===================== Awards Daytime Emmy Awards 1999 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program -- Louie Anderson 1999 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Special Class Animated Program -- Louie Anderson (executive producer), Ahmos Hassan (executive producer), Thomas L. Wilhite (executive producer), Willard Carroll (executive producer), Matthew O'Callaghan (executive producer/director), Russell P. Marleau, John W. Lanza Jr. ,Bert Ring (director) 1998 -- Won -- Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program -- Louie Anderson 1997 -- Won -- Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program -- Louie Anderson Humanitas Prize 1998 -- Won -- Children's Animation Category -- Mary Gray Rubin, David Silverman 1997 -- Won -- Children's Animation Category -- Alex Taub 1996 -- Won -- Children's Animation Category -- Alex Taub ====================== The first season had real life introductions featuring Louie Anderson discussing something he did as a child, etc. and that's usually what the episode was about. When second season came, the introductions were replaced with an opening and theme song. ====================== Release dates for Series USA -- 9 September 1995moreless
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    Felix The Cat

    Felix The Cat

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    (ended 1953)
    Felix the Cat follows the offbeat adventures of that curious feline, Felix. The first episodes where shown in black & white silent cartoons before it's relaunch in the 1960s. Throughout the 1920s, Felix was arguably the most popular of all silent-era cartoon characters. His image was mass-merchandised and used to sell dolls, baby oil, and many other products. He even had his own brand of cigars. Not only that, but he was also the first thing to be broadcasted on television. Sadly, he has be all but forgotten about by most.moreless
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    Mission Hill

    Mission Hill

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    The WB (ended 2000)
    Meet Andy French, a 24-year-old captivatingly lazy guy. Together with his nerdy teenage brother Kevin, he lives in a big city loft. However, these two new roommates couldn't be more polar opposite: Andy can never seem to settle on a particular job or girlfriend, while Kevin never gets anything lower than an A in school nor does he get a girlfriend. "The show takes place in the fictional city of Cosmopolis's equally fictional neighborhood of Mission Hill". It's a diverse place with interesting people living in it. Fellow roommates include Posey Tyler, the capricious girl who hides a secret dark side, and Andy's mellow best friend Jim Kuback who's well-connected to the hip downtown scene and has a luxurious job. Across the hall are Natalie, Carlos and their baby. Carlos is a painter, while Natalie is a professor. Next door are Gus and Wally, a gay couple in their 60s. Picked up in the fall of 1997 by the head of programming at the time Garth Ancier, Mission Hill didn't hit the air until long after he left the network. While that in itself is usually enough to kill a new series, achieving a two share on just its second outing certainly helped finish it off. One wonders what the WB was expecting after slotting it so awkwardly (first a "sneak preview" on Tuesday, then, two weeks later, a time period debut on Friday), but both Ancier's successor, Susanne Daniels, and Castle Rock agreed that having the series kick off a lineup consisting of The Jamie Foxx Show, The Steve Harvey Show and For Your Love was asking too much of it. So it went on hiatus after just two episodes. The WB claimed that they would bring it back in the spring, but when the time rolled around they didn't feel it was worth bringing back in season, nor did they feel it was worth pairing up with another long-delayed animated show they mishandled, Baby Blues. It came as a shock to the producers when the network called them up and said they had 15 weeks open that summer to burn off the 11 leftover episodes. Mission Hill was no longer asked to kick off a lineup consisting of The Jamie Foxx Show, The Steve Harvey Show and For Your Love. Now, it was asked to have a lineup consisting of The Jamie Foxx Show, The Steve Harvey Show and For Your Love kick off it. Four weeks of that and the WB kicked Mission Hill off the lineup once again. Finally in 2001, Cartoon Network bought the rights to the series, and aired it in order and in its entirety from May to August in 2002. The series ended up being 13 episodes, which Adult Swim has run on a number of occasions. The scripts were written for episodes 14-18 and 14-16 made it to animatic, but the show got pulled in production. IN addition, 14-16 almost made it to the Mission Hill DVD, but there were further complications. Broadcast History Sep 1999, Tue 9:00-9:30 Oct 1999, Fri 8:00-8:30 Jun 2000-Jul 2000, Sun 9:30-10:00 Number of episodes that aired on WB: 6 Number of episodes that aired on AS: 13 Number of episodes that made it to the DVD: 13 Number of episodes that made it to the animatic (were animated): 16 Number of episodes planned: 18 Theme song "Italian Leather Sofa" (instrumental) Written by John McCrea Performed by Cake Mission Hill is a Bill Oakley/Josh Weinstein Production, in association with Castle Rock Entertainmentmoreless
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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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    CBS (ended 2000)
    first aired date: January 20, 1996 last aired date: August 30, 1997 In the spin-off to the classic Ace Ventura, we see an outlook on the character aside from his appearances in the movies. Ace Ventura is a clowny, cooky, some might even call him crazy, Private Investigator, with a twist. He only helps animals.moreless
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    Gumby Adventures

    Gumby Adventures

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    (ended 1995)
    35 years after the original shorts were created, Art Clokey started this updated take on Gumby. Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, and Goo.

    Gumby first appeared in the 1953 film short Gumbasia. Later, in 1956, Gumby and his horse friend Pokey hit the airways on The Howdy Doody Show in their first shorts. It was so popular that it became its own show in 1957 called The Gumby Show.

    This show ran until 1967. In the 1970's Gumby and friends were totally ignored. The 1980's brought back new life to Gumby with tons of toys and new episodes in a new series called Gumby Adventures in 1988.

    Clokey updated the take on Gumby. Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, and Goo get a farm and band of their own. Gumby gets a little sister and a grandmother. More and more of the important characters actually look like humans. The Blockheads appear more frequently, giving them official recurring villain status. They don't quite have the outrageously bizzarre appeal of the earlier cartoons, but it's still Gumby at heart.

    Character Info:

    Gumby - The green clay boy Pokey - The red clay pony Prickle - The yellow clay dinosaur Goo - The blue clay mermaid Minga - The pink clay girl, Gumby's little sister Gumbo - Gumby's father Gumba - Gumby's mother Professor Kapp - The red clay scientist The Blockheads - Two square-headed red clay foesmoreless
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    Problem Child

    Problem Child

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    USA (ended 1993)
    Welcome to the Problem Child guide at TV.com. Problem Child follows the misadventures of Junior Healy. The show continues from the first two movies in which Junior (Diskin) and everybody else including Ben (Harris) and Mr. Peabody (Gottifried) in wild episodes. This shows doesn't run anymore, but it did run from October 1993 to November 1993. It was a very short-run cartoon like some, but some people did like it. It was run on Saturday mornings at 8:00am on USA.moreless
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    Jenny

    Jenny

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    NBC (ended 1998)
    After inheriting a residence in Hollywood Jenny and her friend quit their under paid jobs in Utica and New York to move to this beautiful place. The house is being mortgaged afflicted so they have to rent the rooms out to wannabe-movie-stars. While living the movie style life, Jenny searches for her Hollywood actor Father who she has never meant. This show was cancelled before its time, with a total of 17 episodes (7 unaired) though all 17 episodes aired in the UK and other countries.moreless
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    Guys Like Us

    Guys Like Us

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    UPN (ended 1999)
    Aaahh, a bachelor's life: parties, women, music, work and—a six-year-old brother? Such is the predicament for Sean Barker and Jared Harris when Jared's little brother Maestro comes to live with them after his father accepts a freelance position overseas. Now the two swingin' single guys are forced to give up some of the perks of bachelorhood and develop their parenting skills, crude as they may be.moreless
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