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    The Cosby Show

    The Cosby Show

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    NBC (ended 1992)
    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable was an OBGYN (obstetrician/gynecologist), and his wife Clair was a successful attorney. They had five children: Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy. Sondra was rarely seen during the first season because she was away at Princeton. She became a regular character in the second season, and was usually seen with her on-again off-again beau, Elvin. They eventually married and had twins; but not before stunning their families by announcing the fact that Elvin was dropping out of medical school to open a camping store, and Sondra was dropping out of law school to help her husband in his endeavor. Denise was the "unique" child, the black sheep of the family. She had her own way of doing things, right down to the style of clothing she wore. After graduating high school, she left for Hillman College in 1986 (a year later, this would become the setting for the spin-off A Different World), but returned two years later with news that she was dropping out. She eventually decided to become a photographer's assistant, and left for Africa for a year. When she returned, she had yet another bombshell: she had become a wife and mother while over in Africa. She married a navy man, Martin; who had a child, Olivia, from a previous marriage. During the final season, Denise travelled with Martin as he was stationed in Asia. Olivia stayed behind with Cliff and Clair. Theo, Vanessa and Rudy were probably the most popular of the five kids, due to the fact that they were seen more often then Sondra and Denise. Most of the stories revolved around the three youngest children. Stories dealt mainly with dating and school life, as well as Cliff's never-ending fear that his children would never leave home. In the final episode, Theo graduated from college. The Cosby Show was for the late '80s what Dallas was for the early eighties. Dallas was the number one show during most of the early eighties; but then situation comedies bumped all prime-time soaps down. The Cosby Show proved to be fierce competition, becoming the number one show from 1985-1990. In fact, in 8 years it never dropped below the top 20. NBC Broadcast History September 1984-June 1992----Thursdays----8:00 p.m. July 1992-September 1992----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #3 in the 1984-1985 Season #1 in the 1985-1986 Season #1 in the 1986-1987 Season #1 in the 1987-1988 Season #1 in the 1988-1989 Season #1 in the 1989-1990 Season #5 in the 1990-1991 Season #18 in the 1991-1992 Season The most watched Cosby Show episode ever was "Say Hello to a Good Buy" which aired on January 22, 1987. The episode received a 41.3 rating, 56 share, and was seen by 64,980,000 viewers. Watch The Cosby Show on TBS. Weekdays at 1pm & 1:30pm The Cosby Show is also being shown in syndication, check local listings.moreless
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    Roseanne

    Roseanne

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    Roseanne was one of the most successful series of the late '80s and early '90s. It always received great ratings and was awarded with 4 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 4 American Comedy Awards and a Peabody. The show ran from 1988 to 1997 and ended with one of the most original (and confusing for some) endings in TV history.

    Set in small town Lanford Illinois, the show followed The Conners, a blue collar family with a humerous backbone, through the trials of: life, marriage, raising a family, and making ends meet. ABC Broadcasting Schedule October 1988-February 1989.....Tuesday 8:30-9:00 February 1989-September 1994......Tuesday 9:00-9:30 September 1994-March 1995......Wednesday 9:00-9:30 March 1995-May 1995......Wednesday 8:00-8:30 May 1995-September 1995......Wednesday 9:30-10:00 September 1995-May 1997......Wednesday 8:00-8:30moreless
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    Who's the Boss?

    Who's the Boss?

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    ABC (ended 1992)
    Tony is a funny and loveable father and man, with good-looking Italian looks, who tries to be the best possible for his daughter and everybody else.... Angela is a successful and upper-class businesswoman, who tries to be there for her son Jonathan, whenever possible; and who has a hot temper.... Samantha is Tony's wise-cracking street-smart daughter, who has a tendancy to get into hot water.... Jonathan, is Angela's adorable and smart son, who is wise beyond his years.... And Mona, is Angela's man-hungry mother, who will do anything for a night out with a man. ABC Broadcast History September 1984; Thursday 8:30 - 9:00 October 1984 - April 1985; Tuesday 8:30 - 9:00 April 1985 - July 1985; Tuesday 9:00 - 9:30 July 1985 - August 1991; Tuesdays 8:00 - 8:30 August 1991 - September 1991; Tuesday 8:30 - 9:00 September 1991 - January 1992; Saturday 8:00 - 8:30 February 1992 - March 1992; Saturday 8:30 - 9:00 March 1992 - June 1992; Saturday 8:00 - 8:30 June 1992 - July 1992; Wednesday 9:30 - 10:00 July 1992 - September 1992; Thursday 8:00 - 8:30 Syndication Currently airing on Ion television Monday through Thursday nights from 10pm to 11pm EST. Check your local listings.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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    Three's Company

    Three's Company

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    ABC (ended 1984)
    After two unsuccessful pilots, Three's Company was finally picked up by ABC in January 1977 for a first season of six episodes. After the show began to air in March, ratings were high and it became one of the highest-rated midseason show of its time. The show had a simple premise - Jack Tripper (John Ritter, a student at a local cooking college, wanted to move in with two girls, Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers). The only problem - the building's landlord, Mr. Stanley Roper (Norman Fell), who lives in the apartment below with his wife, Mrs. Helen Roper (Audra Lindley). In order for him to stay, he would have to pretend to be gay The series quickly gained a pop culture status, while maintaining the high ratings, being one of the top rated shows during its third and fourth seasons. The end of the third season saw the exit of Mr. and Mrs. Roper, who moved to a new townhouse community for The Ropers, the show's first spinoff. In came a new, and much different landlord, Mr. Furley (Don Knotts).

    During the hiatus before the fifth season, Suzanne Somers asked for a raise from $30,000 to $125,000 per episode. The producers refused, and Suzanne began to lie so she could be absent from work. Because ratings began to decline with lovable Chrissy's absence, the producers created a new character, Cindy Snow (Jennilee Harrison), who played Chrissy's cousin for the remainder of the season. At the same time, Suzanne Somers would tape short tag scenes for the end of the episode the day before the taping. She was fired by the end of the year.

    Starting off fresh during the sixth season, the producers decided to have Cindy go off to UCLA to study to become a veterinarian. So, Jack and Janet needed a new roommate. Along came Terri Alden (Priscilla Barnes), the smarter and beautiful blond who was a nurse at the local hospital. She would remain on the show for the next (and final) three years.

    Ratings began to fall during the eighth season (as they normally do), and the producers had made the decision to end the show, and create a spinoff, Three's A Crowd.

    Theme Song: Come and knock on our door ...
    We've been waiting for you ...
    Where the kisses are hers and hers and his,
    Three's company, too. Come and dance on on our floor...
    Take a step that is new ...
    We've a lovable space that needs your face,
    Three's company, too. You'll see that life is a ball again, laughter is calling for you ...
    Down at our rendez-vous,
    Three's company, too!
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    The Odd Couple

    The Odd Couple

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    ABC (ended 1975)
    If comedy thrives on contrasts, The Odd Couple offered a perfect situation. Felix was a prim, fastidious photographer, a compulsive cleaner; Oscar was a gruff, sloppy sportswriter for the fictional New York Herald, to whom a floor was a place to toss things. The conflicts were obvious and endless, as each upset the other's way of life. Frequently seen early in the series were Oscar's poker partners, notably Murray the cop, Speed the compulsive gambler, and meek Vinnie. Later supporting characters included Dr. Nancy Cunningham, who would treat Felix and date Oscar, Miriam Welby, a girlfriend for Felix and Myrna Turner, Oscar's secretary. Introduced in the second half of the first season, the memorable opening narration (intoned by William Woodson) went: "On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife. Deep down he knew she was right. But he also knew that someday he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his childhood friend, Oscar Madison. Sometime earlier, Madison's wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?" By the second season, the "childhood" reference was deleted and the narration was eliminated entirely in the fourth and fifth seasons in favor of clips from earlier episodes. 114 color episodes were filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. This show never ranked above #25 in the Nielsen Ratings, even though it went as high as #36 in the 1972-73 season. Primetime time slots that The Odd Couple held during its 5 year run: September 24, 1970 to January 14, 1971: Thursdays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. January 22, 1971 to September 7, 1973: Fridays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. September 14, 1973 to January 11, 1974: Fridays from 8:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. January 18, 1974 to September 6, 1974: Fridays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. September 12, 1974 to January 23, 1975: Thursdays from 8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. January 31, 1975 to July 1975: Fridays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. The Odd Couple was based on the Neil Simon stage play and the 1968 movie of the same name. Simon has said Felix was based on the life of his own brother. Time-Life released the first season on DVD on August 18, 2006.moreless
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    Gilligan's Island

    Gilligan's Island

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    CBS (ended 1967)
    Gilligan's Island centered around a group of people who were stranded on an uncharted deserted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. They all were on a boat tour, which found itself in the middle of a storm leading them to crash on an island! Those stranded include, Gilligan, the Skipper, a millionaire (Thurston Howell III) and his wife (Lovey Howell), a movie star (Ginger Grant), a professor (known as "The Professor"), and Mary Ann. Gilligan was the first mate on the boat, the SS Minnow. Most episodes dealt with the castaways trying to get off the island, but their attempts seemed to always be foiled by Gilligan. Broadcast History- Sept 1964-Sept 1965, CBS Sat 8:30-9:00 Sept 1965-Sept 1966, CBS Thurs 8:00-8:30 Sept 1966-Sept 1967, CBS Mon 7:30-8:00moreless
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    Home Improvement

    Home Improvement

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    ABC (ended 1999)
    Home Improvement is a sitcom about Tim Taylor, the accident prone host of a Detroit, Michigan television program about tools, who raises his dysfunctional family. Main Characters: Dr. Timothy "Tim" 'The Tool Man' Taylor is the accident prone host of Tool Time who teases his co-host Al. Jillian "Jill" Taylor is Tim's wife who wants to be a psychiatrist. Dr. Wilson Wilson, Jr. is the Taylors' strange neighbor who enjoys learning about other cultures and never shows his entire face. Albert "Al" Borland is Tim's flannel-wearing co-host. Heidi Keppert is the attractive Tool Time girl from season three through season eight, who is married with one child. Bradley "Brad" Michael Taylor is the Taylors' eldest son who is hoping for a soccer scholarship. Randall "Randy" William Taylor is the Taylors' middle child who is off at an environmental research study in Costa Rica. Mark Taylor is the youngest son who is frequently tortured by his older brothers. Tool Time: Tim's show themed around tools and cars. Tool Time aired between 1989 and 1999 with host Tim Taylor, assistant Al Borland and Toolgirl Heidi Keppert. Tool Time airs on Channel 112 every day @ 4:30. Tool Time can be seen on Channel 97 everyday @ 3:00 in Alpena,MI. Tool Time can be seen nationally via Comcast satellites! El Tiempo del instrumento se puede ver los sábados en 4:30 en el canal 97 Runtime: 30 min (204 episodes, 8 years) Glenview Road: The Taylors' and Wilson's street. Recurring Characters: Marty and Jeff Taylor are Tim's brothers. Lucille Taylor is his mother. Nancy is Marty's ex-wife. Claire and Gracie Taylor are Marty's twin daughters. Lisa is the attractive Tool Time girl in seasons one and two. Bud Harper is Tim's boss. Tim's friends include Harry, Benny Baroni, Eddie McCormack, and Felix Myman. Delores is Harry's wife. Marie Morton is the Taylors' neighbor and Jill's friend. Carrie is Jill's sister. Jill's other friends include Patty, Marge, and Karen. Lillian Patterson is Jill's mother. Willow Wilson is Wilson's niece. Dr. Ilene Markham is Al's girlfriend in seasons three through six. Trudy Borland is Al's girlfriend and wife in season eight. Jennifer Sudarsky is Brad's girlfriend in seasons one and two. Angela is Brad's girlfriend in seasons five and six. Jason is Brad's friend. Ronny is Mark's friend. Lauren is Randy's girlfriend in seasons six through eight. Rock Lannigan, Pete Bilker, and Dwayne Hoover are all construction workers for K&B Construction and frequent guests on Tool Time. Milton is a construction worker and frequent Tool Time guest. George "Sparky" Henderson is a mechanic and another frequent Tool Time guest. Antonio is a waiter at a restaurant frequently visited by the Taylors. Home Improvement Rating History •1991-92: Ranked 5th among All TV Programs (4th among non-news programs), First Season. •1992-93: Ranked 3rd among All TV Programs (2nd among non-news programs), Second Season. •1993-94: The #1 Non-News Program in the Nation, 2nd only to "60 Minutes", Third Season. •1994-95: Ranked 3rd among all TV Programs, Fourth Season. •1995-96: Ranked 7th among all TV programs, 5th-highest sitcom, Fifth Season. •1996-97: Ranked 9th among all TV programs, 7th-highest sitcom, Sixth Season. •1997-98: Ranked 11th among all TV programs, 6th-highest sitcom, Seventh Season. •1998-99; Ranked 10th among all TV programs, 5th-highest sitcom, 8th & Final Season. ABC Broadcast History •September 1991-August 1992---Tuesdays-8:30 p.m. •August 1992-September 1994---Wednesdays-9:00 p.m. •March 1994-May 1994---Wednesdays-8:00 p.m. •September 1994-May 1999---Tuesdays 9:00 p.m. Trivia for Home Improvement •The "Tool Time" audience is "Home Improvement"'s actual live studio audience. •While taping some episodes of Tool Time, Tim sometimes asks an unseen character Klaus to play music for Tool Time segments. Klaus Landsberg worked in the sound department on "Home Improvement". •Colleges and universities in Michigan sent star 'Allen, Tim' sweaters and T-shirts to wear on the air, and he did. •The name Binford Tools, the company that sponsor's the Tool Time show, is named after an anthropologist who made several new discoveries regarding stone age and tools. •There is a running gag regarding the Taylor's neighbor, Wilson; his face is always concealed from about the nose down. In most episodes, Wilson was being shot from behind a fence, but in later episodes where he got out more often, camera shots, actor movements, and prop placements were carefully orchestrated so that his full face was not revealed. In fact, during all the curtain calls for the show (except the series finale curtain call, where his entire face was shown), actor Earl Hindman, who played Wilson, would bring a miniature picket fence to hold in front of his face so that it would remain hidden from view. •The character Wilson is based on Tim Allen's childhood memories where he was too short to see over a fence, and was therefore unable to see his neighbor. •Originally, actress Frances Fisher was cast as Jill Taylor but was replaced with Patricia Richardson 4 days before the pilot episode was taped. •Richard Karn's wife, Tudi Roche, would occasionally make appearances on the show as Jill's sister Carrie. •The full names of the older two Taylor boys were Bradley Michael Taylor and Randall William Taylor. (Mark's full name isn't mentioned during the series.) •The label "WLS" was frequently used to cover up real corporate logos. WLS is the Chicago affiliate of ABC. •While meeting with Bud Harper, Tim is told "...Heidi tested better than Santa Claus." Tim Allen played Santa Claus in Santa Clause, The (1994). •As a running gag, whenever Tim enters the basement, he always bangs his head on a large pipe hanging overhead. •The character 'Tim Taylor' was ranked #20 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue). Awards and Nominations •Won the 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, and 1992 ASCAP Award for Top TV Series (Dan Foliart) •Won the 1999, 1998 and 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series (Donald A. Morgan - "Mark's Big Break" (1999) and "A Night To Dismember" (1998)) and nominated for the same award in 1997 (I Was A Teenage Taylor). •Won the 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, and 1992 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series (Donald A. Morgan - "Room Without a View" (1996), "My Dinner With Wilson" (1995), "Twas the Blight" (1994), "Bye Bye Birdie" (1993), and "Luck Be A Taylor Tonight" (1992)) •Nominated for the 1999 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics (Dan Foliart songs, "We've Got It All") •Nominated for the 1999, 1998, and 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special ("Love's Labor Lost, Part 1" (1999), "A Night To Dismember" (1998), and "Wilson's World" (1997)) •Nominated for the 1996, 1995, and 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special ("A Taylor Runs Through It" (1996), "Don't Tell Momma" (1995), and "5th Anniversary Show" (1994)) •Nominated for the 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994, and 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series ("The Long And Winding Road, Part 3" (1999) and "A Night To Dismember" (1998), "The Longest Day" (1996), "Tool Time After Dark" (1995), "5th Anniversary Show" (1994), and "Rites and Wrongs of Passage" (1993)) •Nominated for the 1998, 1997, 1996, and 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Patricia Richardson) •Nominated for the 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, and 1992 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production (Roger Berger (1994-1996), Alex Gimenex (1992-1993) Marco Zappia - "The Longest Day" (1996), "Don't Tell Momma" (1995), "It Was the Best of Tim's it Was the Worst of Tim's" (1994), "Build or not to Build" (1993), and "Stereo Typical" (1992)) •Nominated for the 1995, 1993, and 1992 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (Gayle S. Maffeo and John Pasquin (1992-1993)) •Nominated for the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Tim Allen) •Nominated for the 1997, 1996, 1994, and 1993 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical (Tim Allen) and Tim Allen won the same award in 1995 •Nominated for the 1995 and 1994 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical (Patricia Richardson) •Nominated for the 1995 and 1994 Golden Globe Award for Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical •Nominated for the 1998 Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical (Tim Allen) •Won the 1999 TV Guide Award for Favourite Actor in a Comedy (Tim Allen) •Nominated for the 2000 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young Actress (Courtney Peldon) and for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Young Performer Age Ten or Under (Ashley Trefger and Lindsey Trefger) •Won the 1999 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actress (Ashley Trefger and Lindsey Trefger) and for Best Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series - Leading Young Actor (Zachery Ty Bryan) •Nominated for the 1999 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actress (Courtney Peldon) and for the 1999 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series - Leading Young Actor (Taran Noah Smith) •Won the 1997 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy: Guest Starring Young Performer (Courtney Peldon) •Won the 1996 Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress: Guest Starring Role TV Series (Kimberly Cullum) •Won the 1995 and 1993 Michael Landon Award •Won the 1994 Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series (Zachery Ty Bryan, Taran Noah Smith, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas) •Nominated for the 1993 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series (Zachery Ty Bryan and Jonathan Taylor Thomas), for the 1993 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Recurring in a Television Series (Jessica Wesson), and for the 1993 Young Artist Award for Outstanding Actor under 10 in a Television Series (Taran Noah Smith) •Won the 1992 Young Artist Award for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor under Ten (Taran Noah Smith) •Nominated for the 1992 Young Artist Award for Best New Family Television Series •Won the 1999 YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series (Zachery Ty Bryan) •Nominated for the 1998 and 1997 Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) Home Improvement is now airing in syndication. Check your local listings! In Memory of Earl Hindman (1942-2003)moreless
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    Living Single

    Living Single

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    FOX (ended 1998)
    Living Single was a situation comedy that centered on the lives of a group of six African American friends living in (or near) a Brooklyn brownstone. The series focused on the personal and professional lives of each character, as well as their relationships with one another. Khadijah James, editor and publisher of the urban independent monthly Flavor, shares an apartment with her sweet but naive cousin Synclaire, an aspiring actress who works as Khadijah's receptionist; and her longtime friend Regine Hunter, an image-conscious boutique buyer with a fondness for gossip and wigs. Maxine Shaw, a sharp-tongued attorney and Khadijah's best friend, stops by frequently to share her unique insights and make sure the girls' refrigerator isn't overstocked. Living upstairs are Overton Wakefield Jones, a friendly handyman who holds deep affection for Synclaire; and Kyle Barker, a handsome funds manager whose constant verbal sparring with Max does little to mask their obvious sexual attraction. Living Single was the winner of two NAACP Image Awards as Outstanding Comedy Series, in 1996 and '98. Living Single airs on Oxygen weekdays at 3 & 3:30 PM and 6 & 6:30 PM. FOX Broadcast History August 1993 - May 1994: Sundays 8:30 PM September 1994 - May 1995: Thursdays 8:30 PM August 1995 - May 1996: Thursdays 8:00 PM August 1996 - May 1997: Thursdays 8:30 PM September 1997 - January 1998: Thursdays 8:00 PM Theme Song: sung by Queen Latifah. We are living single. Yes, we're living the single Life. (Yeah!) We're living (heyyy!) single. And in a 90's kinda world, I'm glad I got my girls. Keep ya head up (what), keep ya head (that's right). Whenever this life is tough ya gotta fight with, Ya homegirls standin' to ya left and ya right. True blue, We tight like glue! We are living single And in a 90's kinda world, I'm glad I got my girls. Booboopadoopado ahhhhh.moreless
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    A Different World

    A Different World

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    In this spin-off from the popular sitcom The Cosby Show, Denise Huxtable enters her sophomore year at Hillman, alma mater of her parents and grandfather, where she moves into Gilbert Hall and shares a dorm room with 26-year-old Jaleesa Vinson and talkative new roommate Maggie Lauten. Also included in the first season cast were obnoxious and extremely wealthy dormmate Whitley Gilbert, ladies' man Dwayne Wayne and dorm director Stevie Rallen. Lettie Bostic later replaced Stevie as the new dorm director. At the end of the first season, Denise would return home (and to The Cosby Show) after dropping out of college. In the fall of 1988, new students Freddie Brooks and Kim Reese entered Hillman College. Freddie was a "hippie-child" who developed a crush on Dwayne; and Kim, an aspiring med student, became Whitley's new roommate. Giving Dwayne a hard time was his math professor, Col. Bradford Taylor. Also, Ron Johnson and Walter Oakes became regulars in the second season after appearing occasionally during the first season. Vernon Gaines, chef at the campus hangout, The Pit, became a regular in the third season. Whitley and Dwayne began an on-again off-again relationship before they became married at the end of the fifth season. Stories dealt mainly with college-themed issues such as racism, fraternity pledging and on-campus romances. NBC Broadcast History September 1987 - May 1992 - Thursdays 8:30 PM September 1992 - November 1992 - Thursdays 8:00 PM December 1992 - January 1993 - Thursdays 8:30 PM May 1993 - June 1993 - Thursdays 8:00 PM July 1993 - Fridays 8:00 PM A Different World airs on BET, weekdays at 11 & 11:30 PM EST. Theme Song: I know my parents love me. Stand behind me come what may. I know now that I'm ready. Because I finally heard them say! It's a different world from where you come from. Here's a chance to make it. If we focus on our goals. If you dish it we can take it. Just remember you've been told... It's a different world from where you come from. It's a different world from where you come from.moreless
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    The Real Ghostbusters

    The Real Ghostbusters

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    ABC (ended 1991)
    The Real Ghostbusters continues where the first movie left off, with the four Ghostbusters facing forces of the supernatural. Helping out the Ghostbusters would be their secretary, Janine Melnitz, and (eventually) Louis Tully. Also joining in would be the green ghost busted at the Sedgewick Hotel in the first movie, which was given the name Slimer.moreless
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    The Nanny

    The Nanny

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    CBS (ended 1999)
    When Fran Fine entered the Sheffield's residence in Park Avenue selling cosmetics, little did she know about how much she was going to change their lives. The Jewish girl from Queens got a job as the nanny for Maxwell Sheffield's (a Broadway producer) three kids: Maggie, Brighton and Gracie. But the Sheffields got more than just a nanny: they got Sylvia, Fran's compulsive eater, nosy mother; Val, Fran's best friend with a low I.Q.; and Yetta, Fran's grandmother. She gave joy to the house that had been blue ever since Mrs. Sheffield passed away, and quickly became friends with Niles, the butler, who is always aware of everything that is going on in the house. The attraction between Fran and Mr. Sheffield became evident as the years went by, for C.C.'s (Maxwell's business partner, who always had a crush on him) torture. Many people consider The Nanny as being the 90's version of "I Love Lucy". The show premiered in November, 1993 as a late addition to CBS's Wednesday fall lineup. The show quickly became a hit, moving to Monday nights on its second season and remaining there until its third. Then CBS moved it back to Wednesday nights, trying to improve the ratings for that night - a move that made CBS hold the time slot for the first time in 25 years, since Sonny & Cher! But ratings started to fall, and during the 5th season the producers decided to end its run, giving it one last season. The 6th season ran until March, when the show went into a hiatus. The series finale was shown before the remaining episodes, which were shown later during June. During its 6-year run, The Nanny was nominated for 11 Emmys, winning only one in 1995 for best costume designs. Fran Drescher was nominated twice for best actress: in 1996 and 1997. Renée Taylor also got a nomination as best supporting actress in 1996. A Fran Drescher doll was released during the show's run, featuring some of the outfits that were one of the show's trademarks. CBS Broadcast History 146 episodes November 1993 --- Wednesdays 8pm December 1993 --- Monday 8:30pm December 1993 - April 1994 --- Wednesdays 8pm May 1994 - November 1994 --- Mondays 8pm November 1994 - Monday 8:30pm November 1994 - February 1995 --- Mondays 8pm May 1995 --- Wednesday 8pm May 1995 - May 1996 --- Mondays 8pm September 1996 --- Wednesdays 8pm September 1996 --- Wednesdays 8:30pm October 1996 - March 1999 --- Wednesdays 8pm March 1999 --- Wednesdays 8:30pm May 1999 - June 1999 --- Wednesday 8pm June 1999 --- Wednesdays 8:30pm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #24 in the 1994- 1995 Season #16 in the 1995- 1996 Season Theme Song "She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens 'Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes What was she to do? Where was she to go? She was out on her fanny... So over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffield's door She was there to sell make-up, but father saw more She had style! She had flair! She was there That's how she became the Nanny! Who would have guessed that the girl we've described Was just exactly what the doctor prescribed? Now the father finds her beguiling (watch out C.C.!) And the kids are actually smiling (such joie de vivre!) She's the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan... The flashy girl from Flushing, the Nanny named Fran!"moreless
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    Family Matters

    Family Matters

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    ABC (ended 1998)
    A perfect spin-off from Perfect Strangers: Family Matters focused on Harriet Winslow (the elevator operator from the Chronicle) and her family of sorts. Carl Winslow, her husband, was a dutiful cop, and a gruff and lovable father to three kids: Eddie Winslow, the rebel son; Laura Winslow, the smart-aleck daughter; and cute little Judy Winslow. They had opened their home to Harriet's sister, Rachel Crawford and her little baby son Richie, and in the very first episode, Carl had to open his home to his cool and streetwise mother, Estelle Winslow, whether he wanted to or not.

    Everything was going along just fine until one day, Steve Urkel, the inventive nerd, barged into their home and eventually, into their hearts. Steve had a killer crush on Laura, but she would never give him the time of day. Steve Urkel was intended to be a one-shot appearance, but his popularity with the fans won him the number-one spot as America's favorite nerd.

    As the show went on, the characters and the stories evolved. Richie grew from a little baby into a rambunctious and impressionable little boy. The stories started revolving around Steve and his incredible inventions, which became the greatest sight gags on the show. In almost every episode, Steve ends up breaking furniture, windows, and Carl's patience. Eddie and Laura each had best buddies to hang out with: Eddie had dim-witted yet lovable Waldo Geraldo Faldo,and Laura had faithful and true-blue gal pal Maxine. The greatest mystery of Family Matters is Judy and Rachel's sudden disappearances from the show, but Rachel made guest appearances whenever possible.

    To stop Steve from chasing her, Laura matched him up with perky-yet-pushy Myra Monkhouse. Steve loved Myra physically, but his emotions will always go to Laura. Eddie had his share of steady girlfriends, and even he had an Urkel chasing him- Myrtle May Urkel, Steve's cousin from Biloxi (Jaleel White also). Every so often, Steve uses one of his inventions to turn himself into debonair, irresistable lover Stefan Urquelle or karate hero Bruce Lee to draw Laura closer to him, much to Myra's chagrin.

    At the end of season 6, the Winslows welcomed Steve into their home when Steve's family went to Russia. Pretty soon, Richie hung out with 3J, a tough, streetwise kid always running from the children's home. The Winslows then adopted 3J as one of their kids, as they did with Steve.

    In the final season, Family Matters - along with Step by Step - moved to CBS, and Steve slowly matured from the annoying nerd that he used to be. This was when Laura started falling in love with Steve, and Myra got kicked to the curb, but she vowed to get her "Stevie-kins" back. Also, the original Harriette, JoMarie Peyton, had left the show in mid-season and Judyann Elder took her role. Steve and Laura got engaged, but they never had a wedding because CBS dropped the ax on the show. But, nevertheless, Family Matters had a great successful run and is one of the longest running African-American comedies ever. In Germany the show is known as Alle unter einem Dach ("Under One Roof").
    In Spain it is known as Cosas de casa.
    In France it is known as La Vie de famille ("Life of the Family").
    In Italy it is known as Otto sotto un tetto ("Eight Under One Roof").
    In Sweden it is known as R�kna med br�k. In Croatia it is known as ''Pod istim krovom''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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    Rugrats

    Rugrats

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2003)
    In the year 1989, two married parents named Gsapo Csupo and Arlene Klasky made the pilot for the show; their baby son, Brendon, was their inspiration to create the Rugrats. After showing it to Nickelodeon they automatically liked it and turned it into a series; in three years, Rugrats had aired more than fifty episodes. With a total of sixty five episodes they stopped making new episodes and Rugrats was shown in primetime in 1994; after that, the popularity of the show increased. Nickelodeon realized what good ratings they had and they decided to air brand new episodes of Rugrats in 1997; it was so popular that it had its first movie to be shown in theaters the following year featuring a new Rugrat named Dil. After the movie, they aired even more new episodes, including Dil with them on the show; then again in the year 2000, Nickelodeon made a second movie for the Rugrats, giving Chuckie a stepmom and featuring another new Rugrat named Kimi. More new episodes aired after that with Kimi and in the year 2001, Nick had big plans for the show. With Rugrats in their tenth year, so Arlene Klasky and Nickelodeon decided to make the Rugrats ten years older in their anniversary special, "All Growed Up;" this episode was the most viewed Rugrats-related episode. Originally, there were only four young rugrats who would sit in their playpen watching the world go by. The fearless leader of the group was Tommy Pickles, a resourceful baby who hides a plastic screwdriver in his diaper so that they can leave the pen. His best friend was Chuckie, a fearful, red-haired toddler who reluctantly agreed to venture out into the open, unsafe areas of the house. There were also the twins Phil and Lil who were always ready for any new challenge. Leaving the safety of their own playpen, the children would explore their surroundings and try to make sense out of what the adults are doing. Some of the most interesting characters were the parents and Tommy and Angelica's grandfather who would always fall asleep when taking care of the children. The parents' comments are so genuine that they bring a sense of reality to the show. Even the parents had different lives, with Chuckie's widowed father, and Angelica's loving father and busy mother.moreless
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    Imus In The Morning

    Imus In The Morning

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    MSNBC
    Imus In The Morning has aired in one form or another on radio since the 1970's. In September 1996, Imus debuted on MSNBC. It's one of the network's highest-rated shows.

    In 2005, MSNBC enabled Imus to leave the confines of the WFAN studio and built a set for his show at their Secaucus, New Jersey headquarters. Charles McCord joins him in this studio, as well as many of the guests. The remainder of the staff (Bernard McGuirk, Chris Carlin et al) join the show from the WFAN studios.

    Every year from the last week in May until the first week of September, Imus broadcasts from a studio at his ranch in New Mexico. The remainder of the cast continues to broadcast from New York and New Jersey. The show was canceled by MSNBC and WFAN in April of 2007, following Imus' remarks about the Rutgers woman's basketball team. December 3, 2007, Imus and the crew returned to radio and television, on WABC and RFD TV.moreless
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    Ed, Edd n Eddy

    Ed, Edd n Eddy

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    Cartoon Network (ended 2009)
    Ed, Edd n' Eddy is the longest running animated series produced by Cartoon Network. The show is based on three adolescent boys, Ed, Edd n' Eddy. They hang around their suburban neighborhood of Peach Creek Estates, coming up with scams to con their peers for cash, so they can buy themselves a handful of their favorite treat, jawbreakers. Their plans normally fail though, leaving them in predicaments and situations that always go hay-wire. The characters almost never leave the neighborhood, and adults are nowhere to be seen, as well as any other kids.

    The series was first aired in 1999 on Cartoon Network as the fifth series of the network and has since attracted millions of fans worldwide. Originally, there were to only be four seasons; Cartoon Network, however, has ordered two more seasons of Ed, Edd n Eddy, bringing the series' length to six seasons. There are also be three holiday specials: Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day.

    Show Times:

    •Original Broadcasting: Weekdays @ 7:00 p.m. (USA)

    •Broadcasting: Weekdays @ 10:00 a.m, 4:30 p.m, & 7:00 p.m.; Weekends @ 3:00 & 3:30 p.m (USA)



    '''Ed''' is the workhorse of the group. He is known to laugh a lot, and he is happy most of the time. His mind is a [[subculture]] grab bag full of comics and monster movies, which he often confuses with reality. Ed is utterly at the mercy of his tyrannical younger sister Sarah, who he cares for deeply, and is an easy target for her manipulations. Much to the dismay of [[germophobic]] Edd, he has poor personal hygiene, even to the point of being terrified of [[soap]]. He loves buttered toast, [[gravy]], [[comics]], [[pudding skin]] and animals, especially chickens. Ed is voiced by [[Matt Hill]].. Edd(Double-D)is a young inventor and neat freak. The most intelligent and good hearted of the trio, he is never seen without his trademark sock-like black ski hat, hiding some kind of secret unknown to all the kids except Ed and Eddy. To differentiate his homophonic name from that of Ed, everyone in the series calls him Double-D. His parents put a heavy workload on him, communicating an excess of tasks solely through a multitude of sticky notes. Edd hates being treated terribly by everyone and is easily frustrated. Edd is normally a straight-A student in all of his s and hates sports (apparently because of an odd, never-discussed "dodgeball" incident). Edd is an excellent pedal steel guitar player, although he insists that he detests the instrument. Edd is amazingly intelligent, able to construct complicated machines from cardboard, signs, and various junk the Eds come across. Edd is voiced by Samuel Vincent.Eddy A greedy, ill-tempered con artist, Eddy is the self-appointed leader of the Eds. He goes to great lengths to scam the other kids out of their money, even at the expense of his friends' credibility. His efforts are all in the pursuit of jawbreakers, which he loves as much as he does money. He is very sensitive about his lack of height, suggesting that he may have a Napoleon complex. Eddy detests school, and more than once has tried to escape. His report card labels him a megalomaniac. Eddy loves his retro room, complete with a lava lamp, a large round king- bed, a disco ball, and a turntable. Eddy is mostly seen commanding the two Eds into building the scams while he does non-physical work. He is incredibly selfish, caring for only the well-being of himself and acquiring jawbreakers, even choosing jawbreakers over his friends. Eddy is voiced by Tony Sampson.

    Sarah is Ed's bossy spoiled little sister, who acts cute and charming only when it serves her. Sarah has Ed's unending loyalty and obedience, mostly from her threats of snitching on him. She has a short temper and is easily agitated by others, especially her brother. She is almost always playing with Jimmy, and when she's not, rushes to his aid the moment Jimmy calls her. Sarah writes about her innermost feelings in her diary, and has a slight love for Edd (albeit usually not enough to spare him from her wrath). She is voiced by Janyse Jaud. Kevin is the jock and cool guy around the block who dislikes the Eds, especially Eddy, and always calls them 'Dorks'. Jimmy is a rather effeminate boy who hangs around with Sarah and chooses to bake cookies and pick flowers rather than anything too tough. Rolf is a foreinger in Peach Creek who often confuses people with his sayings and traditional culture. Nazz is a cool, good-natured, and attractive girl who catches the eye of almost every guy in the neighborhood. Jonny is a wacky, good-natured, and cheerful boy who usually falls for every scam the Eds cook up. He is always seen with his best friend Plank, a piece of wood who may possibly have a mind of his own. But only Jonny knows what he's saying. The Kanker Sisters are a trio of troublesome girls who are out to ruin everyone's good time. They are, however, infatuated with the Eds, while it's the complete opposite with the Eds. May has a preference for Ed, Marie for Edd, and Lee for Eddy.moreless
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    Hey Arnold!

    Hey Arnold!

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2004)
    Hey Arnold! is a much-loved and popular Nicktoon on Nickelodeon. The whole basis of the show is Helga's love for Arnold, but a lot of episodes and storylines focus on Arnold and his friends. Hey Arnold! shows a variety of different characters - even the background characters have 1 or 2 episodes on themselves. Arnold is a good person and tries to do things right. People at his school seek him for advice and see him as their own advisor.

    Characters:

    Arnold - Arnold is the main character of Hey Arnold!, Arnold is very helpful to others but gets too much into their business sometimes. Helga loves Arnold more than anyone else. But Arnold doesnt know it. Arnold's last name isn't revealed in any episode, but will be in the 2004 sequel, Hey Arnold 2! Arnold's nickname is "Football Head".

    Gerald - Gerald is Arnold's cool best friend and the all-time keeper for the ancient legends of Arnold's neighborhood.

    Helga - Helga is the meanest kid in Arnold's neighborhood for one reason - she loves Arnold! And no one else knows that! Helga's best friend and sidekick is Phoebe.

    Harold - Harold is big and fat bully, and could swallow 50 Mr. Fudgie-bars whole! He's mostly hanging out with Stinky or Sid. Harold also thinks hes so tough but he always cries for his mommie.

    Phoebe - Phoebe is the Smartie! She's very useful when Helga needs help with something... or needs her to do Helga's homework. Phoebe loves Gerald, so does Gerald but its hard to tell what's gonna happen. Phoebe also knows Helga's big-deep-dark secret about Arnold, but is positive she won't let it out.

    Rhonda - Rhonda is the rich/cool girl. She's always depending on people to have a good fashion scene, though it never works. Rhonda is best friends with Nadine. Nadine likes everything the opposite of Rhonda and so does Rhonda but they still work out their fights.

    Stinky - Though his name is Stinky, he's really not. This farm-yard boy is taller than any other and is always sharing his love about lemon puddin'.

    Sid - Sid is always pessimistic about everything. He is very gullible and will believe anything anyone says. He's best friends with Stinky and Harold.

    Eugene - Eugene is the clutz! Whether he turns a good day into a nasty storm, he's very optimistic about everything. He's also known as a geek to many others.

    Grandpa and Grandma (Phil and Pookie) - Arnold's "substitute parents" are the craziest, most loving "substitute Parents" a kid could want! They're also Arnold's grandparents.

    Oskar - Oskar is a resident of the boarding house that Arnold lives in. He loves money (but relies on his wife Susie for it), he can be very lazy at times.

    Susie - Susie is Oskar's wife. She mainly does all the cooking, cleaning, and works since Oskar has only a paper route, and can be irratted by that sometimes.

    Ernie - Ernie also lives in the boarding house and is a construction worker. His room his filled with blocks, each telling a story. Ernie is very short, but has a very big heart.

    Mr. Hyunh - Mr. Hyunh is an asian man who came to the boarding house from China during Vietnam. He has a daughter and also a very good voice.

    Mr. Green - Mr. Green owns the meat shop called "Green Meats". He's always there to help, and sell meat of course.

    Curly - Curly is the cookoo one. He's always crazy like one time he locked himself in the principle's office and threw dodgeballs at people. Crazy, huh?

    Ms. Vitello - Ms. Vitello is the very old, nice, and tender owner of the flower shop on Arnold's block.

    Big Bob (Helgas Father) - Big Bob owns a beeper shop called Big Bobs Beepers. He is a bossy meanie(where Helga gets it from).

    Arnold's Mom and Dad - From the episodes "Parents Day" and "The Journal", Arnold's parents write in a journal about all the adventures they had in the wild, saving people's lives and then having Arnold. From what everyone knows, they've never came back to where they went.

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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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    MADtv

    MADtv

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    FOX (ended 2009)
    A similar show to Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, sketch comedy series MADtv mines the world of popular culture for subjects ripe for parody. Based on the comic stylings of MAD magazine, the series satirizes celebrities, music videos, television shows, and more through outrageous sketches, a unique assembly of recurring characters, and the uninhibited zaniness of cast members.

    MADtv is now currently in its 13th season on FOX. During the season, MADtv can be viewed on FOX at 11:00 p.m. (est) on Saturday nights. Reruns of episodes from the series can be viewed in syndication on Comedy Central at various times.moreless
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