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    Sports Night

    Sports Night

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    ABC (ended 2000)
    Sports Night ran nearly two full seasons on the ABC network in the United States during the '98-99 and '99-00 seasons. Created by Emmy Award winning writer/director, Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The American President), this was his first venture into television. Smart, fast-paced, witty and featuring a fine ensemble cast, Sports Night struggled in the ratings from the start, particularly during its second season, when it was routinely pre-empted and moved from night to night. Art imitated life imitating art, as the show-within-a-show took on a consultant (William H. Macy, in his first TV role since his stint on ER), hired to "tweak" the ratings. The show-within-a-show continued to falter, amidst rumors of the imminent sale of its network and the subsequent gutting of its staff. Upon its cancellation, several networks, most notably HBO, came to Sorkin for a possible move to the respected network, but nothing was ever solidified. Sports Night gained additional exposure through a subsequent syndication on Comedy Central.


    Awards:
    2001 Image Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series; Robert Guillaume

    2001 Satellite Awards
    Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical; Robert Guillaume

    2000 Emmy Awards
    Winner – Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series; Peter Smokler ("The Cut Man Cometh")
    Nominated – Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series; Bonnie Zane and Paula Rosenberg
    Nominated – Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme ("Quo Vadimus")
    Nominated – Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series; Janet Ashikaga ("The Cut Man Cometh")
    Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series; William H. Macy

    2000 Golden Globe Awards
    Nominated – Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series, Comedy/Musical; Felicity Huffman

    2000 PGA Awards (Producers Guild of America)
    Nominated – Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television; Aaron Sorkin, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Tony Krantz, Thomas Schlamme, Rob Scheidlinger

    2000 DGA Awards (Directors Guild of America)
    Won – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme ("Small Town")

    2000 Eddie Award (American Cinema Editors)
    Nominated – Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television; Janet Ashikaga ("Small Town")

    2000 SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild)
    Nominated – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; Josh Charles, Robert Guillaume, Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Sabrina Lloyd, Joshua Malina

    2000 Artios (Casting Society of America)
    Nominated – Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic; Bonnie Zane, Paula Rosenberg

    2000 Image Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; Robert Guillaume

    1999 Emmy Awards
    Won – Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme (pilot)
    Won – Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series; Janet Ashikaga ("Small Town")
    Nominated – Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series; Aaron Sorkin ("The Apology")

    1999 DGA Award (Directors Guild of America)
    Won – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme (pilot)

    1999 Art Directors Guild
    Nominated – Excellence in Production Design Award, Television Series; Thomas Azzari

    1999 Artios (Casting Society of America)
    Nominated - Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic; Bonnie Zane and Paula Rosenberg
    Nominated – Best Casting for TV, Comedy Pilot; Bonnie Zane and Paula Rosenberg

    1999 TCA Award (Television Critics Association)
    Won – Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
    Nominated – New Program of the Year
    Nominated – Program of the Year

    1999 Humanitas Prize
    Won – 30 Minute Category; Aaron Sorkin, Matt Tarses, David Walpert, Bill Wrubel ("The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee")
    Nominated – 30 Minute Category; Bill Wrubel, Aaron Sorkin ("The Quality Of Mercy At 29K")

    1999 Image Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; Robert Guillaume

    1999 Genesis Awards
    Won – Television, New Series ("The Hungry and the Hunted")moreless
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    The Drew Carey Show

    The Drew Carey Show

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    ABC (ended 2004)
    This long-running sitcom stars comedian Drew Carey as a sort of blue-collar everyman. The show chronicles Drew's working life, the ups and downs of his romances and his strong relationship with his long-time friends Lewis, Oswald and Kate. Episodes: 233 Color Episodes ABC Broadcast History: September 1995 - May 1996: Wednesday 8:30 May 1996 - September 1996: Tuesday 8:30 August 1996 - November 1996: Wednesday 9:30 December 1996 - May 2002: Wednesday 9:00 September 2002 - October 2002: Monday 8:00 November 2002 - November 2002: Friday 9:00 December 2002 - January 2003: Friday 9:30 June 2003 - July 2003: Wednesday 9:00/9:30 August 2003 - September 2003: Wednesday 9:30 June 2004 - September 2004: Wednesday 9:00/9:30 (Simulcast in HDTV on ABC beginning with the 2001-2002 season)moreless
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    The Jamie Foxx Show

    The Jamie Foxx Show

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    The WB (ended 2001)
    Texas native Jamie King (Jamie Foxx, "In Living Color") is an aspiring actor who heads to Hollywood in hopes to find fame and fortune in the entertainment industry. To support himself, he works at his Aunt Helen (Ellia English) and Uncle Junior's (Garrett Morris, "Martin") Los Angeles hotel, the King's Towers. On the job, he annoys co-worker Braxton P. Hartnabrig (Christopher B. Duncan), the up-tight accountant, and tries to win the attention of gorgeous desk clerk, Francesca "Fancy" Monroe (Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, "NYPD Blue", "Opposite Sex"), who has made it clear that she is not interested in an office romance. Nevertheless, Jamie is determined to maintain his skills as an entertainer and move into the limelight. After starting out as a member of the "In Living Color" troupe, Foxx stars in his own show that was the WB's highest-rated series for the 1996-1997 season. First Telecast: August 28, 1996 Last Telecast: January 14, 2001 Episodes: 100 Color Episodes Awards & Nominations: •1998 Image Award - Won - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Jamie Foxx) •1999 Image Award - Nominated - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Jamie Foxx) •1999 Image Award - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series •2000 Image Award - Nominated - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Jamie Foxx) •2001 Image Award - Nominated - Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Jamie Foxx) •2001 Image Award - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Seriesmoreless
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    Arli$$

    Arli$$

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    HBO (ended 2002)
    It's tough being a professional athlete. Sure, there are big bucks. And big time glory. But there's also responsibility. Temptations. The media. Hangers on. More temptation. Diminishing skills. Lost endorsements. An uncertain future. Still more temptations. In the fast lane of pro sports, an athlete needs someone he can trust. He needs a friend. An adviser. A big brother. Today's sports superstar needs more than just an agent, he needs a super agent. He needs Arliss. Characters: Arliss Michaels: Arliss Michaels claims to be the "working man's friend." He is the super athlete's super-agent, wheeling and dealing in the higher echelons of the sports world--an arena filled with glamour, hypocrisy and money. Arliss Michaels, sports agent extraordinaire, is not above misbehaving as outrageously as his superstar clients in an effort to get what he wants when he wants it. Rita Wu Rita is Arliss' no-nonsense Girl Friday, seven days a week. As Arliss once said, "If there were a Franklin Day Planner event in the Olympics, Rita would take the gold." Rita's the one you want in your boat, ready to pass out life preservers and give directions. With enormous appeal and sass, she is often the moral voice in the AMM chorus, although she does have a certain weakness for Latin golf clients. Kirby Carlisle Kirby is an ex-football star turned agent as well as Arliss' old college buddy and first client. Endearingly ineffective, partially productive and effectively destructive, Kirby has a fondness for gambling, women and other distractions. The junior partner at Arliss Michaels Management (AMM), Kirby best orchestrates a night on the town for restless, action-seeking clients. Stanley Babson On the surface, Stanley appears to be Arliss' buttoned-up, straight-laced, conservative chief financial officer. Beneath his perfect three-piece suit lurks a buttoned-up, straight-laced, conservative chief financial officer. Stanley works magic with AMM clients' financial portfolios, with only an occasional investment blunder in a bum racehorse or pyramid scheme.moreless
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    Night Court

    Night Court

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    NBC (ended 1992)
    The honorable Judge Harry T. Stone is a young hip, jeans wearing, liberal eccentric; and he presides over New York Manhattan Night Court. The hilarity of this show stems from the incredible characters that pass through the courtrooms and solutions that Harry and his staff come up with.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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    The Wild Thornberrys

    The Wild Thornberrys

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2004)
    Eliza Thornberry is not your ordinary kid. It's not just because she travels the world in an RV with her parents, Nigel and Marianne: famous nature show hosts. Eliza also happened to be granted the magical ability to talk with and understand animals. She's now able to talk with animals and help save them from various threats along with her friend Darwin, a chimpanzee who travels with Eliza and her family.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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    Freaks and Geeks

    Freaks and Geeks

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    NBC (ended 2000)
    The universal experience of teenagehood as lived by the regular old freaks and geeks in a Michigan high school, circa 1980, is the subject of this wistful comedy-drama executive-produced by Emmy-winner Judd Apatow and series creator Paul Feig. Revolving around the lives of freak and geek siblings Lindsay and Sam Weir (Linda Cardellini, John Daley), the show includes the everyday fears, humiliations and little triumphs of adolescents past, present and, no doubt, future,too. For sophomore Lindsay, life is getting difficult. Jolted by the death of her grandmother, she dons her dad's old Army jacket and fights the one-girl battle of McKinley High. The allure of being a champion "mathlete" is losing its appeal, and her goals of college and career feel somehow irrelevant. She's alienated. Luckily, though, she's not really alone. Drifting away from her studious friends, she finds herself increasingly drawn to others like her, the "freaks" who ' refuse to accept the status quo. Among them are Daniel (James Franco), a friendly but also a dangerous guy who seems to like Lindsay, as does his bud Nick (Jason Segel), who dreams of stardom as a rock-and-roll drummer a la Led Zeppelin's Jon Bonham. Then there's Ken (Seth Rogen), an acerbic rebel, and Kim (Busy Philipps), a tough girl who doesn't go easy on Lindsay. Meanwhile, Lindsay's freshman brother Sam navigates high school like a mouse in a maze. Threatened at every turn, and attracted to an unattainable cheerleader, Sam faces his own set of obstacles. But he has good friends. Sure, they're "geeks," but so is Sam. There's Neal (Samm Levine), a wise-acre, sci-fi loving geek, and bespectacled Bill (Martin Starr), a classic looking nerd who's unfortunately not as brainy as he appears. On the homefront, Lindsay and Sam suffer through the good intentions of their overbearing mom (Becky Ann Baker) and their hardwired dad Joe Flaherty), who turns every teen issue into a matter of life and death. Unfortunately the show was canceled after only 12 episodes had aired, this was due to the poor ratings obtained. A fan-led campaign caused NBC to broadcast three more episodes in July 2000, but these would not be seen until September of that year when the cable channel Fox Family aired them in syndication.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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    Mad About You

    Mad About You

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    NBC (ended 1999)
    Jamie (Helen Hunt) and Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser) are a young urban couple with five months of marriage behind them and they're still trying to make some ground rules of living together in an apartment in Manhattan. This is definitely not easy because Jamie & Paul are both equally neurotic - but in totally different ways. Paul is a documentary filmmaker, he is charming and creative, but also extremely careful and analytic. Jaime works as a public relations consultant, and is more of a free spirit, but also has a number of discomforts. Jaime's sister Lisa Stemple (Anne Ramsay) often comes to visit them, just like their friends Mark Devanow (Richard Kind), his wife Fran (Leila Kenzle) and Paul's cousin Ira Buchman (John Pankow). But, they aren't the only ones dropping by the apartment - there are always all kinds of other characters like noisy neighbours, a funny dogwalker (Hank Azaria), family members and others. With a big part of personal intimacy, which Paul Reiser, the head character and the creator of the show, compares to "a ride home after a party, when a couple can finally tell each other what have they been thinking all night", the 30-minute show searches for capricious moments of every couple. Their co-creator of the show, Danny Jacobson, adds that "they wanted to set a mirror to marriage life and see how the world is behind closed doors". Awards and Nominations: GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS: > 1998 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser] > 1998 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1997 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1997 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser] > 1997 - Nominated - Best TV-Series Comedy/Musical > 1996 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1996 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser] > 1996 - Nominated - Best TV-Series Comedy/Musical > 1995 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1995 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser] > 1995 - Won! - Best TV-Series Comedy/Musical > 1994 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1993 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] EMMY AWARDS: > 1999 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Mel Brooks] (For playing "Uncle Phil Buchman". For episode "Uncle Phil Goes Back To High School".) > 1999 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1998 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Mel Brooks] (For playing "Uncle Phil". For episode "Uncle Phil And The Coupons".) > 1998 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Hank Azaria] (For playing "Nat". For episode "Nat And Arly".) > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Nathan Lane] (For playing "Professor Twilley". For episode "Good Old Reliable Nathan".) > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Carol Burnett] (For playing "Theresa Stemple". For episode "Coming Home".) > 1997 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1997 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Mel Brooks] (For playing "Uncle Phil". For episode "The Penis".) > 1997 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Carol Burnett] (For playing "Teresa Stemple". For episode "Jamie's Parents".) > 1997 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1997 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Sid Caesar] (For playing "Harold". For episode "Citizen Buchman".) > 1997 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1996 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1996 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1996 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "New Years Eve") > 1996 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1995 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Carl Reiner] (For playing "Alan Brady". For episode "The Alan Brady Show".) > 1995 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Cyndi lauper] (For playing "Marianne Lugasso". For episode "Money Changes Everything".) > 1995 - Won! - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "Up in Smoke") > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production (Sheila Amos; for episode "The Ride Home") > 1994 - Won! - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "The Surprise") > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series (Tom Moore; for episode "Love Letters") > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series (Lee Shallat Chemel; for episode "Paul is Dead") > 1993 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] International Broadcasting: ARGENTINA: Telecasted on SONY ETV AUSTRALIA: Telecasted on Channel 10 AUSTRIA: Telecasted on ORF1 BELGIUM: Telecasted on BRTN1 BRAZIL: Telecasted on ETV, GLOBO TV and SONY Entertainment Cable CROATIA: Telecasted on RTL TELEVIZIJA FINLAND: Telecasted on YLE TV1 FRANCE: Telecasted on RTL9 GERMANY: Telecasted on RTL and VOX HONG KONG: Telecasted on TV-B PEARL ISRAEL: Telecasted on Family Channel (3) ITALY: Telecasted on Italian Tv MALAYSIA: Telecasted on TV3 NETHERLANDS: Telecasted on NED-3 and YORIN NEW ZEALAND: Telecasted on TV2 PORTUGAL: Telecasted on TV-I SINGAPORE: Telecasted on TCS Channel 5 SLOVENIA: Telecasted on SLO 1 & 2 and KANAL A SOUTH AFRICA: Telecasted on SABC 3 SOUTH KOREA: Telecasted on AFKN SPAIN: Telecasted on TV3 SWEDEN: Telecasted on KANAL 1 TAIWAN: Telecasted on TV TIME CABLE UNITED KINGDOM: Telecasted on SKY ONE, ABC1 NBC Broadcast History September 1992 - January 1993 -- Wednesdays 9:30pm February 1993 - May 1993 -- Saturdays 9:30pm September 1993 - May 1995 -- Thursdays 8:00pm September 1995 - May 1996 -- Sundays 8:00pm September 1996 - November 1998 -- Tuesdays 8:00pm December 1998 - May 1999 -- Mondays 8:00pm Theme Song: "Final Frontier" performed by Andrew Goldmoreless
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    The Facts of Life

    The Facts of Life

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    NBC (ended 1988)
    The Facts of Life began in August of 1979 and aired on NBC. It was a spin-off to the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes on which Charlotte Rae played Mrs. Garrett, housekeeper to Philip Drummond's household. In The Facts of Life, Mrs. Garrett has become headmistress to an exclusive girls school, Eastland. Although the series had a rocky start, including low ratings and a cast overhaul. The series went on to becomes one of the longest running sitcoms of the 80's. In the first season the stories revolved around Mrs. Garrett and her adjustment to her new job. The first season also introduced to us seven girls, Nancy, Blair, Sue Ann, Cindy, Molly, Natalie and Tootie. At the beginning of the second season, the cast was trimmed down to Mrs. Garrett and four primary girls, Blair, Tootie, Natalie and a new girl, Jo. These four girls would remain until the end of the series with Mrs. Garrett re-marrying and leaving in 1986 and Cloris Leachman coming in to play Mrs. Garrett's sister, Beverly Ann from 1986-1988. On November 18, 2001, ABC aired The Facts of Life Reunion, in which Mrs. Garrett, Natalie, Blair and Tootie reunite. First Telecast: August 24, 1979 Last Telecast: September 10, 1988 Episodes: 209 Color Episodes Theme Song: "The Facts of Life" Written by: Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton Sung by: Charlotte Rae (Season 1) and Gloria Loring (Seasons 2-9) Spin-off of : Diff'rent Strokes NBC Broadcast History August-September 1979----Fridays----8:30 p.m. March-May 1980----Fridays----8:30 p.m. June-July 1980----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. August-October 1980----Fridays----8:30 p.m. November 1980-October 1981----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. October 1981-August 1985----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. September 1985-June 1986----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. June 1986-May 1987----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. June-July 1987----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. July 1987-September 1988----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 35 or Better) #26 in the 1980-1981 Season #24 in the 1981-1982 Season #24 in the 1983-1984 Season #32 in the 1984-1985 Season #27 in the 1985-1986 Seasonmoreless
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    Growing Pains

    Growing Pains

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    ABC (ended 1992)
    Growing Pains was sitcom originally aired on ABC from September 1985 to April 1992. It went through seven very succesful seasons with a total of 166 episodes, each special in its own way. Growing Pains was about a family of five, the Seavers, who lived on Long Island, New York. Jason Seaver was the father, a psychiatrist, who had his practice at home. (From the 1st to the 5th season) Maggie, his wife, was a journalist who worked for the Long Island newspaper in the first three seasons of the sitcom. She got a job as the news anchor for channel 19 news and worked there through the middle of the 5th season when she decided to stay at home. Jason moved his practice out of the house to an office. During the last seasons, she worked at home writing a consumer awareness column for the local newspaper.

    Together, Maggie and Jason raised four children. They often worried about "who would stay home with the baby" or would "be there for the kids" and the responsibility was often juggled, even fought over, between the two parents but eventually settled. The youngest, Chrissy, wasn't born until the 4th season and suddenly "grew up" from being a toddler to a five year old between the 5th and 6th seasons. The oldest of the four children was Mike. A dare-devil yet charming, Mike helped Growing Pains ratings shoot sky high and quickly became the 80's pin up boy appearing on cover after cover of teen magazines.

    During the 4th season, Mike moved out of the house but not too far...to the loft above the garage. The 2nd oldest was Carol. Carol was the complete opposite of Mike. She was a straight "A" student, (a "nerd" according to her brothers), struggling with social obstacles at school, just like most teenage girls. From wanting a nose job, to dealing with the death of her boyfriend, (Sandy, played by Matthew Perry) to tolerating her roommate at Columbia University, Carol added a lot of comedy as well as a serious side to the show. Next was little Ben. Ben was a clever "con-artist" in the beginning and a little more naive during his teen years, sometimes being his brother's sidekick and other times his worst nightmare.

    And of course, Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio-- then only 16 years old-- joined the cast during the final season when the show felt their ratings were dropping. The Seavers, reluctantly at first, took in a homeless boy, Luke Brower. Luke was one of Mike's students at the Community Health Clinic and quickly became one of the Seavers. Luke left with his father, George, during the end of the final season to help him open up a truck stop in Tuscon. The sitcom ended before Luke ever came back; Maggie got a job in Washington D.C. which required the family to move. In the last episode, the Seaver family gathered around a picnic blanket on the floor of their empty living room, remembering all their pastimes.

    Theme Song Lyrics

    Show me that smile again, (Oh, show me that smile) Don't waste another minute on your cryin', We're nowhere near the end (We're no where near) The best is ready to begin. As long as we've got each other, We got the world spinnin' right in our hands, Baby you and me, we gotta be, The luckiest dreamers who never keep dreaming. As long as we keep on givin' We can take anything that comes our way Baby, rain or shine All the time We got each other Sharin' the laughter and lovemoreless
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    Wings

    Wings

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    NBC (ended 1997)
    The series Wings, could best be described as Cheers 2, as it followed much the same pattern as the other series did. The similarities are numerous, such as both being easy going character comedies and being produced by the same team (David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee). The main difference being the setting. Instead of a Boston bar being the main setting, a small airport terminal on the island of Nantucket was used as the main backdrop.

    The regular "gang" included brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, both pilots, who ran a one-plane local cummuter service called Sandpiper Air. They had little else in common. Joe was button-down, organized and serious, and Brian, a hang loose, free spirit. Thier mutual best friend since childhood was Helen, a once chubby but now beautiful aspiring concert cellist who ran the lunch counter. These three lifelong friends were the "three musketeers".

    The other regulars included, Faye, Sandpipers rather flighty but always perky, sixtyish ex-stewardess who ran the ticket counter; Lowell Mather, the eccentric airport mechanic and Roy, the loud mouth blow hard who ran rival airline Aeromass.moreless
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    Father Ted

    Father Ted

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    Father Ted is an Irish comedy about 3 parish priests living on Craggy Island - a remote island, off the Irish west coast. The main four characters are Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Father Dougal Maguire (Ardal O'Hanlan) and Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) and their housekeeper (who just can't stop making tea) Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn). Ted was put on the island as a punishment for going on holiday to Las Vegas with money intended for a sick child - of course..."The money was just resting in his account"!moreless
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    Charles in Charge

    Charles in Charge

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    (ended 1990)
    This sitcom blasted onto TV sets in 1984 on CBS, and it and ABC's "Who's the Boss?" - starring Tony Danza - both seemed similar, except for one thing: Charles in Charge left the air the next year. It starred Scott Baio ("Happy Days") and Willie Aames ("Eight is Enough").

    In 1987, the show returned to airwaves in syndication, except this time with a whole new family, the Powells. With stars like Nicole Eggert ("Baywatch") and Ellen Travolta ("Happy Days"), John Travolta's sister, who played star Chachi's (Scott Baio) mother in "Happy Days" and now in "Charles in Charge."moreless
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    Red Dwarf

    Red Dwarf

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    BBC Two
    3 Million Years from Earth, the mining ship Red Dwarf Its crew: Dave Lister, the last crew member alive Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of his dead bunkmate Cat, a humanoid, evolved from Lister's cat. Additional: The ship's crew has come across new members: Kryten, a series 4000 mechanoid rescued from the Nova 5 Navigation Officer Kristine Kochanski, from a parallel universe. I am Holly, the ship's computer with an IQ of 6000 (and rapidly decreasing). Message Ends. ========================== Welcome to the Red Dwarf guide. Enjoy the backstory and details of one of the best SF parodies ever created for TV.moreless
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    The Wayans Bros.

    The Wayans Bros.

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    The WB (ended 1999)
    Comedians Shawn and Marlon Wayans (In Living Color, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood) star as Shawn and Marlon Williams, two brothers with little more in common than their family name, the one-bedroom brownstone they share in New York City and an innate ability to disagree, disrupt and dis'. The Wayans Bros. is a Next to Last Production and BabyWay Production in association with Warner Bros. Television. Phil Kellard and Tom Moore are the executive producers, Josh Goldstein and Eric Gold are co-executive producers, Maiya Williams and Robert Bruce are the consulting producers and Craig Wyrick-Solari is the producer. Shawn and Marlon Wayans serve as executive consultants.moreless
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    Laverne & Shirley

    Laverne & Shirley

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    ABC (ended 1983)
    Laverne and Shirley debuted as a mid-season replacement in January of 1976 and was an instant hit ranking number three in the Nielsen ratings for the 1975-1976 season.

    On Happy Days, Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney were two girls who were love interests for Richie Cunningham and Fonzie. Their occasional appearances led to their own series which takes place in the same city as Happy Days: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the 1950s and 1960s.

    Laverne and Shirley are lower-society girls who share an apartment and work together at the Shotz Brewery as bottlecappers. Laverne and Shirley are very different people. Laverne is feisty, quick-tempered, and man-hungry while Shirley is more naive and trusting and quite inexperienced when it comes to romance.

    Others in the cast includ Laverne's gruff father, Frank De Fazio, who runs the Pizza Bowl where Laverne and Shirley work on occasion. Edna Babish is the girls' landlady who later marries Frank. Carmine "The Bag Ragu" Ragusa is a singer/dancer who has an on-again, off-again romance with Shirley. The other two main characters of the series are the male counterparts of Laverne and Shirley. Lenny Kosnowski and Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman live upstairs in the same apartment building as Laverne and Shirley and, also, work at the brewery. They constantly enter the girls' apartment with an annoying "hello."

    In 1980, the series changed scenery. The girls want something new so they decide to move to California. Lenny and Squiggy follow them along with Frank, Edna, and Carmine. The girls want to get into movies while Frank and Edna open a restaurant, Cowboy Bill's. New characters included stuntman and apartment building manager Sonny St. Jacques and neighbor and model Rhonda Lee.

    In 1982, Cindy Williams left the series with her character marrying Walter Meany, a military man who was assigned overseas.

    Main Title Theme Song "Making Our Dreams Come True" - written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox; performed by Cyndi Grecco

    ABC Broadcast History January 27, 1976 - July, 1979 ---- Tuesdays ---- 8:30 P.M. August, 1979 - December, 1979 ---- Thursdays ---- 8:00 P.M. December, 1979 - February, 1980 ---- Mondays ---- 8:00 P.M. February, 1980 - May, 1983 ---- Tuesdays ---- 8:30 P.M.

    Nielsen Ratings - Top 30 Season 1 (1975-1976) #3 (27.5) Season 2 (1976-1977) #2 (30.9) Season 3 (1977-1978) #1 (31.6) Season 4 (1978-1979) #1 (30.5) Season 5 (1979-1980) Not In Top 30 Season 6 (1980-1981) #20 (tie) (20.6) Season 7 (1981-1982) #20 (19.9) Season 8 (1982-1983) #25 (17.8)

    Emmy Awards Nominations Outstanding Costume Design for a Series 1979 - Alfred E. Lehman

    (source: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)

    Golden Globe Awards Nominations Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy 1977 1978

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy 1978 - Cindy Williams 1978 - Penny Marshall 1979 - Penny Marshall 1980 - Penny Marshall

    First Telecast: January 27, 1976 Last Telecast: May 10, 1983 Episodes: 178 color episodes plus one reunion specialmoreless
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    Rocket Power

    Rocket Power

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2004)
    Rocket Power premiered on Nickelodeon on August 16, 1999, and can now be seen weekdays at 4:30 A.M EST onNicktoons Network, and on Sunday mornings at 6:00 A.M. EST on Nickelodeon. The show is about four friends who are addicted to action and extreme sports. Otto Rocket, his sister Reggie, and their pals Twister and Sam excel at just about every aggressive sport you can imagine. Their hometown of Ocean Shores, CA is the ultimate place for a game of hockey, skating the half-pipe or rollerblading on the boardwalk. There are extreme sports for all seasons, however, so don't be surprised if you catch the kids heading up to the mountains for snowboarding, ice hockey, and all manner of arctic action. All that competition can get, well, pretty competitive sometimes. So it's a good thing folks like Otto and Reggie's dad Ray and his business partner Tito Makani are around to remind everyone that way cool friendships are more important than winning events. Main Characters Otto Rocket: Otto is the leader of the group. As they say in the episode "All About Sam", he's a total action guy. He can be selfish and overly-competitive at times, and even more unreliable, but he tries to be a good friend, and more often than not, he does a pretty good job at it. He's also "rad" on wheels, waves and powder, and he plays a mean game of hockey! Reggie Rocket: Reggie is Otto's older sister, by two years. She's awesome at sports, and at times, she can be as competitive as her younger brother. She can be a little bossy sometimes, but she really doesn't mean to be. She is mostly the one who keeps Otto down to earth when he gets a bit too self-centered, and there are times when she acts as his conscience. So there's a lot more to this action-loving girl athlete that what she can do with a skateboard, a surfboard, a hockey stick, and a laptop. Maurice "Twister" Rodriguez: Twister is Otto's best bro. He's totally rad with his video camera, which he uses to tape all the extreme stunts he, Otto, and Reggie do. He's a little bit slow on the uptake, but in a totally sweet (well, the girls on this site think that) and comical way. Samuel L. "Squid" Dullard: Sam is probably the least extreme of the group, but that doesn't make him any less awesome. He's Reggie's best bro. He helps her publish her Zine on his laptop. Sam is pretty much the brains of The Rocket Gang, but it's his fear of risks that helps to keep the gang from going too far. Ray "Raymundo" Rocket: Ray has done a lot of things in his long life. But if the kids get into some trouble, they get a big punishment! Other then that he's a really nice guy. Tito Makani: Tito is a native of the beautiful state of Hawaii. He is really nice guy. He gives the "little cuzzes" Ancient Hawaiian advice and help with surfing. Sometimes he can go a little overboard with what he's doing, but it all comes out ok. From March 26 to April 8, 2002 a contest and show called Maximum Rocket Power Live: The Battle For Madtown Park where teams would compete in extreme sports like the Rocket Gang did. It got cancelled due to low ticket sales. It was supposed to tour cities all over the Midwest. The Show ended after the TV Movie episode "The Big Day" on July 30, 2004.moreless
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