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    Major Dad

    Major Dad

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    CBS (ended 1993)
    Major Dad follows the story of the single, dedicated marine Major John D. MacGillis, whose life completely changed when he met, fell in love with, and married reporter Polly Cooper who had come to interview him for an article critical of the marines. They were opposites: he was orderly, she was not, he was conservative, she was liberal, he was a lifelong bachelor, she had three daughters; however, their undeniable chemistry and the love between lead them to the desire to start a new family life together. But not everything was as easy as it looked! Polly (and her kids from a previous marriage) had to learn how to deal with being a Marine family, while Major MacGillis had to learn how to be a Dad and balance his hectic family life with his even more chaotic career. Major Dad enjoyed a four year run on CBS (1989-1993), before it's cancellation in April of 1993, after it's fourth and final season. CBS Broadcast History Sept 1989 Sun 8:30-9:00 (Premiere) Sept 89-Sept 90 Mon 8:00-8:30 Sept 90-Jun 91 Mon 8:30-9:00 Jun 91-Jul 91 Mon 8:00-8:30 Jul 91-Sept 92 Mon 8:30-9:00 Aug 92-Apr 93 Fri 8:30-9:00moreless
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    Clueless

    Clueless

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    ABC (ended 1999)
    Based on the 1995 hit film of the same name, Clueless is a popular half-hour American sitcom. The show aired for three seasons between 1996 and 1999. Clueless began life as part of ABC's popular 'TGIF' strand, but after it had finished it's first run, the network decided to cancel the series. It was a decision they would later regret, when it's re-runs proved a huge ratings winner, even competing with the incredibly successful Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Rival network UPN promptly capitalized on ABC's mistake, and the series found a new home where it aired for two further seasons. In a change to the movie, Rachel Blanchard plays the well natured and complicated, yet, as the shows title suggests, clueless teen soul Cher Horowitz. But many of the movie's cast return to reprise their characters, including Stacey Dash as Cher's sexy, confident and sassy friend Dionne Davenport. Set in the wealthiest parts of Beverley Hills, the show profiled the many loves and lives of Cher and her friends, all equally as rich, pretty and charming as her - all, that is, but the rude and self obsessed Amber Mariens (Elisa Donovan). Without her mother around, young Cher must travel through the trickiest times - those oh-so awkward teenage years - with the guidance of only her friends and father (Michael Lerner, Doug Sheehan). Joining her on her journey, are Murray Duvall (Donald Adeosun Faison) and Sean Holliday (Sean Holland) who more often than not, find themselves getting into trouble, not doing enough to help or generally just getting it very wrong. As the show developed, and the character's developed, the writing changed. From the relaxed, confident and slow pace of the first season, to the quick, sassy, off-the-cusp and celebrity-reference filled style of the second and third seasons, enter to a new and faster style of editing for the final two seasons with some hillariously well-timed sound effects and musical scores that complimented the jokes with style. Despite all it's good points, Clueless fell victim to the UPN axe and was cancelled in 1999. But the show has now gone into syndication across the world to a brilliant response, most notably from the United Kingdom and the USA. Clueless - one of the late great teen-orientated sitcoms of the '90s. When Can I See Clueless? If you're in the US, you can watch complete re-runs of all three seasons on The-N, Monday Through Thursday at 8pm & 11pm. Fans in the UK can see the show on Digital Satellite Network Trouble, Moday to Friday at 18.00 and 22:20. She Is Literally A Polaroid of Perfection She Has Everything And She'll Give It To You In A Second Looks Can Deceive She Wears Her Heart On Her Sleeve She'll Steal You Away And Not Just For One Day Everyday Is An Ordinary Day In Her World She's An Ordinary Girl Help Get "Clueless" On DVD! moreless
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    Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries

    Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries

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    The WB (ended 2000)
    With her pets Sylvester the cat and Tweety Bird in tow, good-natured Granny is a globe-trotting, mystery-solving maniac! Unraveling crimes around the world keeps her pretty busy, so it's a good thing Hector the bulldog is around to make sure Sylvester keeps his paws to himself.

    Granny now has a detective agency and solves crimes with the help of Sylvester and Tweety. The mysteries take them all over the world, to places you never thought thy would go. Sylvester is also still trying to eat Tweety bird, but for the most part they get along.

    Sylvester Cat, Tweety Bird, and Hector the Bulldog are the pets of Granny, a gingerly matron with a penchant for solving mysteries. Granny is a Jessica Fletcher-like traveling detective who investigates disappearing objects and bizarre events at the four corners of the globe, while Sylvester constantly tries to grab and eat Tweety and is stopped by ever dutiful Hector, appointed Tweety's guardian by Granny.moreless
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    Donkey Kong Country

    Donkey Kong Country

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    TELETOON (ended 2000)
    Based on a Smash-hit SNES game called: "Donkey kong Country" From Nintendo and Rare, Very deep in the jungle there is Donkey Kong, a regular ape in the jungle who found a magic coconut that gave him one wish. He wished for a lot of bananas. But they were magic bananas that gave him super powers so he could fight off the bad guys in the jungle known as Kremlings. This show features Donkey Kong, a peace-loving, hugely strong ape with a big heart but a small brain and Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong's best friend who is always by Donkey Kong's side. Donkey Kong because he possesses the Crystal Coconut, a mystical sphere that can perform spells. But, in Donkey Kong country, the good guys always win out with a bit of know-how and a lot of luck. Join in the antics! There's plenty of action in this jungle! Produced By: Nelvana Limited.moreless
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    The Jeff Foxworthy Show

    The Jeff Foxworthy Show

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    The Jeff Foxworthy Show was based on the hit stand-up comedy of Jeff Foxworthy. It featured Jeff as himself with wife and kids in everyday life. A very young Haley Joel Osment is featured as his son, Matt.moreless
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    Grapevine (1992)

    Grapevine (1992)

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    CBS (ended 1992)
    Grapevine was a stroke of genius. This show centred around romance from the position of both the parties involved in the relationship and their friends (truly a unique experience). Typically, it would be fun and upbeat, set as a series of edited interviews with all the parties linked to any specific event. Each week the show would centre on one couple, a romantic event that occurred in their life and what happened. The couples ranged from singles to married and all the characters were likeable, in one way or another. As an example of the shows design, one person would speculate on one part of an event which occurred regarding a friend (for about 10 -20 seconds), with a second giving their version of the same event (10seconds) and a third (perhaps the party involved in the event) saying what really happened (3-5seconds) and then sometimes a fourth saying why they believe the third party is delusional (suggesting another reality, not earlier mentioned) and the show would move on. Many events painted the overall picture which only became clear as the episode progressed. This gave way to lightening fast and very entertaining television, demonstrating not only how people genuinely reason when confronted with a whole range of social issues but also, more entertainingly, how things can be interpreted (and misinterpreted) by bystanders and associates, leading to a whole barrel of laughs. Interestingly enough, because of the lighting, sets and attitudes of the characters interviewed, even traditionally bad news wasn't depressing and the overall ambience of the show was constructive, positive with the overbearing idea that "life goes on, so don't mope over spilt milk" - something seriously lacking from the paranoid and over anxious TV, so common today, in which there are no real winners (even the winners don't have any real happiness today). In Grapevine everyone won somewhere. Sadly CBS cut the show after only a handful of episodes were made. I cannot think why. I can only presume the viewing public of the day had no vision or insight. I guess in a world where people are becoming increasingly emotionally (and otherwise) unintelligent, I can only presume the general viewing populace of the day either couldn't relate to what they saw or never saw it. However, if you are up-tempo, intelligent and witty - you'll love this. Only problem is - where can you find this? If you have this on video please post it on line (due to the absolute absence of any credible representation on Youtube, I would imagine it could be posted for educational purposes to inform audiences that the show actually existed). If you know where this can be found on line, please post the links (I'm sure I'm not the only one missing it). CBS will never release this on DVD if there is no perceived demand for it and there will be no recognisable demand for it, if people don't know about it. Grapevine (unlike most popular television) is one show that needs to be brought back from the vaults of time. moreless
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    Little Bill

    Little Bill

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2004)
    Little Bill is the story of the Glover family, told through the viewpoint of the youngest son, Bill Glover Jr., affectionately known as Little Bill. Little Bill lives with his mother, Brenda, a photographer, Big Bill, a housing inspector for the city, his two older siblings, April and Bobby, and Brenda's grandmother, known as Alice The Great. Each episode usually consists of two stories showing Little Bill's home life or at school, illustrating the usual goings-on of a five year old's life. At the end of the show, Little Bill usually addresses the audience, recapping what happened to him and what he learned that day, prompting one of his other family members to ask, "Little Bill, who are you talking to?" Note: Little Bill is loosely based on the life of creator Bill Cosby, who was most likely referred to as Little Bill as a child since his name is William Henry Cosby, Jr. In real life, however, Dr. Cosby is the oldest of four brothers, not the youngest of three children. Congratulations to Little Bill, winner of 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - Gregory Hines and Outstanding Children's Animated Program.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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    Absolutely Fabulous

    Absolutely Fabulous

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    BBC
    Sin Is In! This hit British comedy series began 1992 and remains one of the BBC's highest rated and most popular shows. Absolutely Fabulous follows the lives of three (and later four) generations of the Monsoon family and the people around them. It began as a short French & Saunders sketch with Jennifer Saunders in her familiar role as Edina and Dawn French playing her daughter. A pilot for the series was filmed with the comediennes in those respective roles but Julia Sawalha was cast to replace French. Add a dash of actress Joanna Lumley and the immensly popular and entertaining series was born. Wheel's on fire, Rolling down the road! Best notify my next of kin, This wheel shall explode!moreless
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    Recess

    Recess

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    ABC (ended 2001)
    Recess is Disney's popular animated series that takes place at Third Street School and tells of the exciting lives of six friends: T.J. Detweiler, the fearless leader; Vince LaSalle, the sports jock; Mikey Blumburg, the poet; Gretchen P. Grundler, Third Street's resident genius; Ashley Spinelli, the toughest girl in school; and Gus P. Griswold, the new kid. Their enemies include Mrs. Finster, a mean teacher who sucks the fun out of everything, the Ashleys, Lawson, Randall C. Weems, and Kirst the Worst.moreless
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    Clarissa Explains It All

    Clarissa Explains It All

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1994)
    Clarissa Explains It All was a classic Nickelodeon sitcom that ran for 5 seasons and produced 65 episodes. Clarissa, as some preferred to call it, featured plot lines that teenagers can relate to. Clarissa's family members were her annoying little brother (Ferguson), her health nut mom (Janet), and her architect dad (Marshall). Her next door neighbor, Sam, was always welcome in her room. In fact, he used a ladder to climb through her window at any time pleased. Clarissa also had, for a short time, a pet aligator named Elvis.

    The series aired on Nickelodeon in the United States as part of their SNICK line-up from 1991-1994, lasting for 5 seasons (and continuing on in reruns for years). In 1994, the series received an Emmy nomination for 'Outstanding Children's Program'. In addition, Melissa Joan Hart, Sean O'Neal, and Jason Zimbler also received multiple Young Artist Award nominations, Melissa won 3 for her role as Clarissa.

    FAQ Is it true that there was a planned Clarissa spin-off? Yes, a spin-off was in the works called Clarissa NOW, where she was a newspaper editor and living her life in New York City. The pilot was aired but no other episodes of the new series were ever produced.

    What is Melissa Joan Hart (Clarissa) doing now? After Clarissa, Melissa Joan Hart made appearances in many different projects, the most well known being the role of Sabrina Spellman on the hit series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

    Does the series currently air in the US? The series was airing on Noggin until April 2003. However, it no longer can be seen anywhere in the States.moreless
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    Have I Got News for You

    Have I Got News for You

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    BBC
    "Have I Got News For You" is a long-running, satirical panel quiz, poking fun at the news stories of the past week. Each week two guests join team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, with a guest host presiding over the points.moreless
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    Cow and Chicken

    Cow and Chicken

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    Cartoon Network (ended 1999)
    Meet Cow and Chicken, who live under a suburban roof with human parents, human friends and inhuman adventures. Fortunately for Chicken, who ruffles the feathers of many a human counterpart, Cow has an alter ego known as Supercow who wields her beefy frame whenever a situation calls for a bovine intervention. Created by David Feiss, Cow and Chicken received a 1998 Prime-Time Emmy nomination. (The above is Cartoon Network's official summary) Cow and Chicken is Cartoon Network's third original series, containing a third segment in each episode, another original series: I Am Weasel. It ran for three seasons before it underwent cancellation. Due to a new show that Cartoon Network has begun airing that combines various episodes of their original series, we may be seeing Cow and Chicken in the future... This is, however, uncertain.moreless
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    Allo! Allo!

    Allo! Allo!

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    BBC (ended 1992)
    Meet René, the most wanted man in Occupied France: Women want his body. The Resistance wants his brain. And the Nazis want his sausage! In a small café in occupied France the harassed proprietor, René, is fighting his own war. With the German Army in residence at the bar, René is risking his neck to aid the Resistance by hiding two British airmen and a radio transmitter upstairs. As if this wasn't enough, René has also got involved in hiding a priceless painting in a garlic sausage, which even now is being sniffed out by the Gestapo. But René's real problem is his wife, Edith, and what she will do to him when she finds out about the affairs he is having with two sexy waitresses! (BBC)moreless
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    Saved by the Bell: The College Years

    Saved by the Bell: The College Years

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    NBC (ended 1994)
    Welcome to the "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" guide at TV.com. "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" was a spin-off show from the Hit Saturday morning show, "Saved by the Bell". However, this series aired during primetime on NBC. Zack, Screech, Slater, and Kelly went off to attend California University. They shared a dorm suite with two more girls, Alex and Leslie. At first Zack liked both Kelly and Leslie, but by the end of the show's run, Zack and Kelly were together again and planning marriage. Slater and Alex were also a couple for much of the show. This show was about their hilarious adventures in college, as they learned to take responsibility and dealt with a bit more grownup issues than in the original series. The show ended with Zack and Kelly planning to go to Las Vegas to get married. There was a TV movie, entitled Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas that was about their adventures on the way to Las Vegas and their actual wedding.moreless
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    The Hogan Family

    The Hogan Family

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    NBC (ended 1991)
    The Hogan Family began in March of 1986 and was originally titled Valerie. Starring Valerie Harper as Valerie Hogan, Valerie was the wife to Michael Hogan, an airline pilot. His job took him away from home quite regularly so Valerie was left to raise their three sons, David, and the fraternal twins, Mark and Willie. David was the oldest and girl crazy, Mark was the brain and a perfectionist and Willie was the carefree clown who seemed to always be in trouble. At the beginning of the third season, a well publicized dispute between Valerie Harper and the producers led to her leaving the show. Despite the fact that two episodes had been produced for the third season, one including Valerie Harper, they were both shelved and the show changed titles to Valerie's Family. In the show, it was explained that Valerie had suddenly died and now, Michael's recently divorced sister, Sandy, is moving in to help raise the boys. Stories revolved around the boys growing up and dating as well as Michael and Sandy each getting out in the dating scene. In 1988, the title was changed again, this time to The Hogan Family. At the end of the 5th season, NBC dropped the show however, CBS picked it up for another season, adding John Hillerman as the character of Lloyd Hogan, Michael and Sandy's father. Theme Song: "Together Through the Years"
    Written by: Charles Fox and Stephen Geyer
    Sung by: Roberta Flack
    Also Known as: Valerie (1986-1987), Valerie's Family (1987-1988) and The Hogans (subtitle)(1987-1988 NBC Broadcast History March-June 1986----Mondays----8:30 p.m.
    June-September 1986----Mondays----8:00 p.m.
    September-November 1986----Sundays----8:30 p.m.
    November 1986-January 1987----Sundays----8:00 p.m.
    January-March 1987----Sundays----8:30 p.m.
    March 1987-June 1990----Mondays----8:30 p.m.
    CBS Broadcast History September-December 1990----Saturdays----8:30 p.m.
    July 1991----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m.
    Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) #21 from 1987-1988
    #22 from 1988-1989
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    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

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    BBC (ended 1995)
    This is the 1995 mini-series of Jane Austen's romantic comedy of upper class life and games of love in early 19th century England. The story revolves around the pretty but sharp-tongued Elizabeth Bennet, whose sharp wit and good sense usually keep her out of mischief and trouble, as she spars with the haughty Fitzwilliam Darcy. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's sisters Jane and Lydia have admirers of their own. The mini-series is available on DVD as well as VHS.moreless
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    Suddenly Susan

    Suddenly Susan

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    NBC (ended 2000)
    Workplace situation comedy centered on the character of Susan, a "somewhat sheltered" magazine writer who has dumped her rich fiancé at the altar and must now cope with being suddenly single - complicated by the fact that her boss at hip San Francisco magazine The Gate is her ex's brother Jack. He has promoted her from copy editor to writer of a column on being single in the '90s, thus irritating her co-workers: caustic lifestyle columnist Vicki, Cuban playboy photographer Luis, and rock critic Todd (whose limited attention span after years of MTV necessitates his being celibate). Susan's main support is her loving grandmother Nana. In highly publicized trouble before it ever aired, Suddenly Susan had to switch formats from a bookstore (shades of Ellen) to a magazine workplace setting - sort of Mary Richards going to work for Lou Grant at the Trib. Despite some bright writing and reasonably funny performances (especially from Brooke Shields, who got surprising mileage out of the problems inherent in being very tall and attractive), the show never quite jelled, perhaps because the characters were never even remotely credible as functioning journalists. Susan was put on hiatus to make room for NBC's retooling of The Naked Truth. It later returned to the NBC schedule in late February 1997 and subsequently did well enough to be renewed for the Fall 1997 television season. In Germany the show is known simply as Susan.moreless
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    The Commish

    The Commish

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    ABC (ended 1996)
    Tony Scali is the police commissioner in a small town, where solutions to difficult situations often require considerable creativity. Tony's easygoing manner and clever intellect are much more useful to him than weapons or brute force in his fight against crime.moreless
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    Empty Nest

    Empty Nest

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    NBC (ended 1995)
    Empty Nest was a spinoff of The Golden Girls. Created by Susan Harris (Soap, Benson, The Golden Girls) this series centered around Dr. Harry Weston. A recent widow, Harry had to deal with going on with his life without his late wife, Libby. Fortunatly he had his practice (he's a pediatrician) as well as his two daughters, Carol and Barbara, who move back home and provide an annoyance to him. Other members of the cast include, Charlie Dietz (the obnoxious next door neighbor) and Laverne (Harry's sassy nurse). In later seasons, Harry began working at a clinic with Maxine, with Laverne in tow. Also, when the Golden Girls sequel, The Golden Palace, ended in 1993, Estelle Getty came to the show and portrayed the Golden Girl character of Sophia Petrillo. Theme Song: "Life Goes On" Written by: John Bettis and George Tipton Spin-off of: The Golden Girlsmoreless
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