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    Barney and Friends

    Barney and Friends

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    Since 1992 Barney, Baby Bop, and B.J. have brought smiles to our faces with their non-stop adventures, stories, games, friends and, of course, the Barney Bag. Normally focusing on younger audiences, Barney teaches respect, courtesy, manners and many other essentials in life. Most children in the age group normally consisting of 2-8 watch Barney. Many of us have grown out of Barney but there are generations still to come who will enjoy Barney.

    Characters:

    Barney: His role on the show is to show everyone a good time. He has great friends whom sometimes visit the kids and tell stories or take them on adventures. He even has a bag of goodies known as the Barney Bag.

    B.J.: He visits on occasion to play with Barney and his friends. B.J.'s role on the show is simply to help out or play games although he normally visits because he's looking for something he has lost.

    Baby Bop: Baby Bop, who carries her blankie wherever she goes, is kind-hearted and very polite. She normally tags along with her big brother B.J. She does, on occasion, lose her blankie but with Barney's help, she always finds it. ((Trivia buffs: Baby Bop's favorite number is three.)

    Barney & Friends Theme Song (to the tune of "Yankee Doodle"):

    Barney is a dinosaur From our imagination And when he's tall, he's what we call A dinosaur sensation Barney's friends are big and small They come from lots of places After school, they come to play And sing with happy faces Barney shows us lots of things Like how to play pretend ABCs and 1-2-3s And how to be a friend Barney comes to play with us Whenever we may need him Barney can be your friend, too If you just make-believe him.

    The Ending Song:

    I love you You love me We're a happy family With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you Wont you say you love me too. I love you you love me We're best friends like friends should be With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you Wont you say you love me too.

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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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    Duckman

    Duckman

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    USA (ended 1997)
    Duckman was a show about an insane, alcoholic, sex-starved, murderous detective duck, his pig partner, and a wannabe normal family on television! First air date: March 5, 1994 Last air date: September 6, 1997 Original air time: Saturday 10:00:00 pm (Eastern)moreless
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    Muppets Tonight

    Muppets Tonight

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    ABC (ended 1998)
    "Muppets Tonight!" was a short lived new version of the classic 'The Muppet Show', that hoped to appeal to a new generation. This series continued with several traditions that the original series did. Each episode revolved around a celebrity guest and there were new Muppet skits throughout the show. New Muppets are introduced throughout the series who would later appear in the newer Muppet films. The show itself gains a new host as Kermit the Frog passes the torch to a new Muppet named Clifford who hosts the show. In February 2004, Disney Enterprises bought two major Jim Henson properties: the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House. "Muppets Tonight!" premiered its first 10 episodes on ABC. The remaining episodes aired on the Disney Channel until the show's cancellation. Theme Song Kermit: It's Muppets Tonight with our very special guest star(s), (guest star's name(s))! YAY! OW! Clifford: If you're a human being, take a break from the race. Take a load off your feet. Wipe the look of your face. We got a lot to do, And we'll do it for you, where everybody takes your place. Muppets Tonight! Chorus: You're gonna see something better to see. Clifford: Tonight's the night! Chorus: You're gonna live with the memories. Clifford: We got a show for you. Guaranteed brand-new. All: Where here come the Muppets Tonight! Clifford: Yeah! (whistle) All: We got a show for you. Guaranteed brand-new! Where here come the Muppets. Here come the Muppets! HERE COME THE MUPPETS TONIGHT!!!moreless
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    Due South

    Due South

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    CTV (ended 1996)
    In this popular series that ran from 1994 to 1996, Benton Fraser comes to Chicago in an attempt to find out who killed his father. After solving the murder, he decides to stick around and work for the local Canadian consulate. He has made friends with a local detective, Ray Vecchio, whose sister, Francesca, has a major crush on him. Although Vecchio is often confused by Benton's strange way of doing things and Benton is often confused by how things are done south of the border, the two get along famously, having an incredible on-screen chemistry. Due South was originally a made-for-TV movie on CBS, with location shots done in Chicago, but most shots were in Toronto. After the end of the 1994 - 1995 season, CBS dropped the show, and CTV had to secure outside funding to finish off the year, even though CBS did order more episodes as a mid-season replacement in 1995 - 1996. The show was cancelled in 1996 due to low ratings, with the final episode airing in Canada in May of 1996. A year later, they resurrected some of the cast and crew to create the 1997 - 1999 spin-off. While many of the cast from the original show returned, they were unable to secure David Marciano to continue his role as Ray Vecchio. The ratings never lived up to the producers hopes, and the spin-off was cancelled after 26 episodes. There is often confusion as to whether the 26 episodes with Callum Keith Rennie is part of the original series with David Marciano, because the two series were combined and presented together in the United States as one series with three seasons. See Due South (1997-1999).moreless
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    The Angry Beavers

    The Angry Beavers

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2001)
    Norbert and Daggett are two fun loving beaver brothers, who had to leave home when their mum had a new litter. Now in their own chill palace of a home, Norb and Dag can stay up as late as they want, watch late night movies and eat what they want, but living on your own isn't always a blast... Like most brothers Dag and Norb are close and have their fair share of ups and downs. When they're down they sure are a couple of Angry Beavers! The series won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing - Special Class.
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    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

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    BBC (ended 1995)
    A Bit of Fry and Laurie was an English sketch-based comedy. It starred Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, who also doubled as the show's writers. The show aired in 4 separate series on BBC 2 between 1989 and 1995. This show came about due to the success of a special aired at Christmas in 1986. A Bit of Fry and Laurie received excellent reviews for its innovative approach to comedy.moreless
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    Newhart

    Newhart

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    CBS (ended 1990)
    Four years after the end of his long-running sitcom, Bob Newhart returned to series television for another eight years on this brilliantly funny, often surreal sitcom. In it, Newhart played Dick Loudon, a writer of how-to books who buys a Vermont inn, The Stratford Inn, with his wife Joanna. Leslie Vanderkellen was the priviliged maid working her way through college, George Utley was the somewhat dim-witted handyman, and Kirk Devane was the deceptive owner of the rundown Minuteman Cafe next door. In 1983, Leslie was replaced by her spoiled and shallow cousin Stephanie. That same year, Kirk married Cindy, a circus clown, and they moved to Europe at the beginning of the third season in 1984. In March of 1984, Dick became host of a low-rated local talk show entitled "Vermont Today," produced by shallow baby boomer schlockmeister Michael Harris. Michael and Stephanie later fell in love and eventually married and had a baby, also named Stephanie. The unnamed Vermont village that provided this show's setting was populated by eccentric characters such as Chester Wanamaker, who later became mayor, Jim Dixon, his addle-pated sidekick, Bev Dutton, the no-nonsense manager of Channel 8 (from which "Vermont Today" originated), and Larry, Darryl and Darryl, three surprisingly cultured woodsmen. CBS BROADCASTING HISTORY
    October 1982-February 1983 ... Monday 9:30-10:00
    March 1983-April 1983 ... Sunday 9:30-10:00
    April 1983-May 1983 ... Sunday 8:30-9:00
    June 1983-August 1983 ... Sunday 9:30-10:00
    August 1983-September 1986 ... Monday 9:30-10:00
    September 1986-August l988 ... Monday 9:00-9:30
    August 1988-March 1989 ... Monday 8:00-8:30
    March 1989-August 1989 ... Monday 10:00-10:30
    August 1989-October 1989 ... Monday 10:30-11:00
    November 1989-April 1990 ... Monday 10:00-10:30
    April l990-May 1990 ... Monday 8:30-9:00
    May 1990-July l990 ... Monday 10:00-10:30
    July 1990-August 1990 ... Friday 9:00-9:30
    September 1990 ... Saturday 9:00-9:30moreless
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    Out of This World

    Out of This World

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    (ended 1991)
    This show revolved around a teenager, who was a little different from most: she was half-alien! She had the ability to stop time. Unfortunately, her father (the alien) was not around to guide her, though she could communicate with him. She had a surfer boyfriend with whom she could not share her secret, though she was often tempted to do it.moreless
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    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

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    BBC Two
    Unsympathetic to the precious pomposity of the rock and pop industry, 'Buzzcocks' takes a sledgehammer to the delicate egos of the biggest and most famous names in music - often whilst they are guests on the programme. The scathing wit of Mark Lamarr and later Simon Amstell, has literally caused guests to walk off the show. From 2009 to 2013, the show was presented by different guest hosts each week. In July 2014 it was announced that Rhod Gilbert would become the show's third regular host from the 28th series onwards. In 2013, the BBC aired a series called What a Load of Buzzcocks which is narrated by Blur's Alex James and looks at the best bits of a certain year of music including moments from 'Buzzcocks'.moreless
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    Jack & Jill

    Jack & Jill

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    The WB (ended 2001)
    JACK & JILL was a romantic drama about life and loves of young people in New York, Jacqueline "Jack" Barrett (Amanda Peet) and David "Jill" Jillefsky (Ivan Sergei), and their friends, Mikey Russo (Simon Rex), Barto Zane (Justin Kirk), Elisa Cronkite (Sarah Paulson) and Audrey Hriffin (Jaime Pressly). The show follows their lifes after college, as they are trying to reach over to the adult life, forgetting about their childhood, exploring their sexuality, and finding the differende between a fairy tale and real life. The show ran only for two seasons, and ended in a cliffhanger.moreless
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    California Dreams

    California Dreams

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    NBC (ended 1997)
    California Dreams is a show about a group of high school teens that form their own band, The California Dreams. The show follows the group through their problems in high school as well as their problems in trying to score a record deal. The theme song to California Dreams is an original song performed by the season's current bandmates. The lyrics are as follows:

    Surf dudes with attitudes (Kinda groovy) Laid back moods Sky above, sand below (Good vibrations) Feelin' mellow Won't give it up Don't wanna stop Don't wake me up Don't wake me up if I'm dreamin' California dreams Just let me lay here in the sun Until my dream is done

    All actors sang their own songs in each and every episode, with the exception of Jay Anthony Franke (Jake) and Aaron Jackson (Mark), whose characters were voiced by Barry Coffing and Zachary Throne.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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    The Amanda Show

    The Amanda Show

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2002)
    The Amanda Show is Nickelodeon USA's most popular comedy/sketch show. Amanda Bynes hosts the show, while at the same time being in the sketches along with her co-stars (Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Nancy Sullivan). The basis of The Amanda Show is about her doing a sketch show along with Penelope Taint who is her #1 fan. Penelope would do anything to speak to or meet Amanda. Every time Penelope gets close to doing so, her plans are destroyed.moreless
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    Last of the Summer Wine

    Last of the Summer Wine

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    BBC (ended 2010)
    The longest running comedy series in the world started out, as many British comedy successes did, with a 1973 episode of the BBC series "Comedy Playhouse". The basis was simple but complex at the same time, telling the stories of three old men, who in all essence couldn't be more young at heart. The original trio consisted of Bill Owen, as Compo Simmonite, the scruffiest man in Yorkshire, with only two passions in life: his ferrets and Nora Batty (Kathy Staff). The second man of the group, Norman Clegg, played by Peter Sallis, was from the beginning shown as the most timid of the group, and also the one who gets carried away by the crazy ideas and schemes of his companions, which always seem to get him in trouble. Initially the third man of the group was Blamire, played by Michael Bates, but he was soon replaced by Foggy Dewhurst (Brian Wilde) who always seems to have a scheme or a story that somehow leads to his old days as a war hero... or so he says. In 1986 Brian Wilde left the series, to start filming his new sitcom, which proved to be a wrong move, as the show hadn't the success needed to sustain even a second series. during his 4 year absence from last of the summer wine Michael Aldridge played Seymour, the new third man of the trio, until 1990. Brian Wilde returned to do the next seven years of the show. When Brian Wilde left the series for the second time in 1997 Frank Thornton replaced him as the new third man on the trio as Truly Truelove of the Yard, an ex-police officer who's always remembering his past, both in the police force and in his former marriage to the former Mrs Truelove. When Bill Owen passed away, his son Tom joined the series, replacing him for the rest of the season as Compo's long lost son, Tom. Compo's permanent replacement would come the next year when Keith Clifford joined the cast as Billy Hardcastle, a man who fancies himself the descendant of Robin Hood. In 2003, the traditional trio became a quartet with the addition of Brian Murphy as Alvin Smedley, Nora Batty's new next door neigbour. With the addition of Alvin, an element of physical humour missing since Compo's death returned to the series. The quartet once again became a trio when Keith Clifford left the series in 2006. In 2009, the series was once again redesigned to allow Sallis and Thornton a reduced role on the series. A new third man was introduced in the form of Hobbo Hobdyke (Russ Abbott), a former milkman who fancies himself a former MI-5 agent. By combining Hobbo with Alvin and the electrical repairman, Entwistle (Burt Kwouk), a new trio was formed, proving once again the ability of the show to redesign itself over time. The main cast has always been surrounded by some amazing supporting cast throughout the run of the series, who helped to mantain the series as fresh today as it was when it premiered on the BBC.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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    The Berenstain Bears

    The Berenstain Bears

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    PBS
    Based on the fantastic and best-selling book series, The Berenstain Bears, written by Jan and Stan Berenstain, brings you a cartoon television series that stems from cartoons which aired from 1985 to 1987 on CBS Saturday mornings. After a number of NBC television specials between 1979 and 1983, it finally became a series adapted from selective texts. Later, many of the episodes were released on VHS (1988-1989), and was reformatted in the early 1990's, along with one LaserDisc of the Berenstain Bears cartoon, before that technology took a backseat to the superior DVD format. The Berenstain Family Papa Q. Bear, a woods bear, who always helps others, sharing his wisdom, but also has a bad tamper with troubling situations. Mama Bear is a great quilter, and is a great problem solver. Brother Bear has interests in dinosaurs and he loves to play soccer, while Sister Bear is an expert at jump-roping and is Lizzy Bruin's best friend. Honey Bear is introduced later in the book series as a new family member of the Berenstains. Grizzly Gran is the grandmother who gives good advice and treats, and Grizzly Gramps is the grandfather of Brother and Sister Bear and father of Papa. Cousin Fred is the son to Dot and Ed, and Brother's best friend. Friends of the Cubs Lizzy Bruin is the sister to brother, Barry and best friends with Sister Bear. Brother and Sister's friend, Bigpaw is feared by many, as Queenie McBear is a student at Bear Country School. She is a sister to twin brothers, and the daughter of the owner of a Real Estate agent. Babs Bruno, Anna and Millie are also friends of the Cubs. The School Jane, Bob, Honeybear, and Hrizzmeyer are some of the teacher's at Bear Country. Honeycomb is the principal at the school, while Grizzly Gus is the kids' bus driver. Jane is the Scout Leader of the Cubs, while Dr. Wise Old Owl is the Bear Scouts' faithful friend. Villians Too Tall Grizzly, always up to no good with his gang members, Vinny, Smirk, and Skuzz, as another villian is on the loose. This is a con man named, Raffish Ralph/Ripoff Ralph Other Farmer Ben is an award-winning farmer, alongside his wife, Mrs. Ben, who enjoys cooking and works very hard. Actual Factual is an intelligent professor who works at the Bearsonian Institution, while Gert Grizzly is a doctor, and Maguerite is a police officer. The mayor, Honeypot is the husband to Mrs. Honeypot, and Mrs. Grizzle is Brother and Sister's favorite babysitter. Neighbors of the Bear family are Mr. Skunk and Miz McGrizz.

    This way to Bear Country. You'll know when you're there. As soon as you enter, You'll feel like a bear. A great grizzly bear, A Berenstain Bear! We are the Berenstain Bears Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother We appreciate each other We live in a split-level tree Mama, Papa, Sister, and me! Snug as bugs in our split-level tree. Here are more Berenstain Bears: Actual Factual, Big Paw, Raffish Ralph, Horace T. Honeypot, I'm the Mayor. Lots, lots more - bears galore!

    Version # 2:

    Somewhere deep in Bear Country Live the Berenstain Bear family They're kind of furry around the torso They're a lot like people only more-so

    (CHORUS): The bear fact is that they're just like you and me The only difference is they live in a tree The Berenstain Bears

    When things go wrong as things might do The Berenstain Bears will find a way through Mama, Papa, Sister and Brother will always be there for each other

    (CHORUS): The bear fact is that they can be sweet as honey Sometimes you'll find they might be just plain funny

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    Disneyland

    Disneyland

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    ABC (ended 1990)
    Walt Disney, one of Hollywood's most ambitious producers, was first approached to do television in 1950, when The Coca-Cola Company offered him a one-hour special. The one hour special, "One Hour in Wonderland," aired December 25, 1950 on NBC and garnered 90% of the television viewing audience. A second special, "The Walt Disney Christmas Special," aired December 25, 1951 on CBS. When Walt had drawn up plans for a theme park, known as Disneyland, he found a hard time obtaining funding; critics, including Walt's brother Roy, thought that it was unfeasible and that it would be a fiasco. At the same time, the ABC television network offered him a deal for a television anthology series. Walt wouldn't agree to it unless they put up partial financing for Disneyland (a term that had kept CBS and NBC from signing with him). ABC agreed, and also paid him $50,000 per program, an exorbitant sum for the time. The show, titled Disneyland, premiered on October 27, 1954 and was an immediate success. Historically, the show is significant for two reasons. First, with thirty-four seasons, it is the longest-running prime time network series in history (not counting news programs; if one were to count news programs, 60 Minutes would take that title). Second, it was the first original television production by a major Hollywood studio. Other studios resented television for fear that it would keep people from going out to the movies. Thus, they refused to produce television programs, and they refused to let networks or stations use any of their more recent or better-known material. Walt Disney was the first Hollywood producer to do so. Disneyland was a mixture of cartoons, live-action adventures, documentaries, and nature stories. Some of these were made expressly for television, but others were former theatrical releases. Many of the early programs were designed to promote upcoming theatrical releases. One particular early success of the Disneyland series was the Davy Crockett trilogy. This was a phenomenal success in every aspect; the merchandising bonanza that followed sold $300 million worth of Crockett memorabilia. Thus, ABC wanted more adventure stories along the lines of Davy Crockett. Disney provided them, but none were nearly as successful. Along the way, in 1958, it was retitled Walt Disney Presents. Eventually the show became more reliant on original material, though pre-existing material was used at times. In 1961, his contract with ABC expired. He moved his show to NBC where he could broadcast it in color (ABC would not have the capability for color broacasting until 1962). It was rechristened Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, with an original theme song by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (who went on to write the song scores to such well-known Disney films as Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and Bedknobs and Broomsticks). It premiered on NBC on Sunday, September 24, 1961. On NBC, he was able to re-air many of the ABC shows in color, as they had been filmed that way as insurance for possible future airings once color broadcasting, or "colorcasting," took hold. In September of 1966, doctors told Walt Disney, a lifetime chain-smoker, that he had lung cancer. Though the cancerous lung was removed, doctors told him that the cancer had been detected too late, and he died on Thursday, December 15, 1966. Knowing full well that no one could replace him as a host, Walt Disney Productions dropped the hosted introduction segments after the season's end. Luckily, Walt had filmed that all of that season's host segments before it was too late. The show changed its name to The Wonderful World of Disney on September 14, 1969, and dropped the Sherman Brothers theme song in favor of various alternating medleys of well-known songs from Disney movies and parks. The trusted Disney name continued to insure high ratings for the next few years. As popular tastes changed dramatically during the late 1960s and early 1970s, the public seemed to have largely begun to turn away from anything Disney (except theme parks and merchandise), seeing the name as symptomatic of a square, uptight, and unhip mindset that young people were coming to reject. The studio itself suffered from the lack of hit movies and accusations of incompetent management at the time. The ratings of the anthology series, however, remained reasonably stable, enough so that NBC renewed Disney's contract through 1978. In the fall of 1975, the show began a ratings decline when it was moved back to 7 PM from 7:30 PM. Disney's ratings fell from the Top 30 and continued to fall every year afterwards. The following year went face to with CBS's 60 Minutes. Though it had begun in 1968 and was scheduled on Tuesday, the CBS newsmagazine had been scheduled on Sunday evenings since the 1971-1972 season, and had been held back until after football season due to the risk of pre-emptions; it was this year that the show finally began its season in the fall. The show was easily able to beat ABC's Sunday night offerings but trailed the CBS newsmagazine by a wide margin. As the number of original installments decreased every year, so, too, did the ratings. In 1979, NBC (which, as a network, was also in the midst of a very public, humiliating decline) threatened Disney with cancellation unless the ratings improved. That fall, Walt Disney Productions rechristened the anthology series Disney's Wonderful World and commissioned a new, original theme song by John Debney and John Klawitter, new opening and closing credits, and a new announcer, Gary Owens (longtime announcer Dick Wesson committed suicide in January of that year). In a flashback to the original themed format, many episodes initially were divided into one of four categories: "Fantasy Night," "Adventure Night," "Comedy Night," and "Animation Night." Beneath the "happy new face" sung of in the new theme song, however, was more of the same: too little original material, airings of theatrical movies, and far too many reruns. In spite of this, the face-lift helped the ratings, so the show was renewed for the 1980-1981 season. But the next season saw only 10 installments that had not been aired on the anthology series before, and pre-emptions were far more frequent. Ratings for the show's 27th season did not improve, and in on December 30, 1980 NBC announced that it would not be renewing the series for next season. All was not lost that year, as the show was then immediately picked up by CBS. It was moved from its longtime Sunday night slot to Saturday night at 8 PM, as the network would not displace its highly-rated pride and joy 60 Minutes. Retitled Walt Disney, the show promised to present more original programming than it had in its final years on NBC. On September 26, 1981, after a huge advertising campaign by the network, the series premiered on CBS. Ratings improved against mediocre competition, and the show was renewed for another season (its 29th on network television). A few of these shows were pilots for series that were never picked up. The second CBS year saw an increase in the number of reruns (as opposed to last year's increase in new episodes), and the ratings dropped. Disney did, however, produce several midseason replacement series for CBS, but all of them failed. On Monday, April 18, 1983, Walt Disney Productions and Westinghouse Broadcasting launched The Disney Channel, a cable network created to showcase the large library of Disney cartoons, movies, and TV shows (the anthology series was rerun under the name Walt Disney Presents). Thus, in the eyes of CBS, the anthology series had outlived its purpose and was canceled. There were occasional network and syndicated specials, but all of Disney's television resources were concentrated on the cable service. When Michael Eisner became CEO of Walt Disney Productions in September of 1984, one of the first things he and his new regime did was express an interest in reviving Disney's presence on network TV. He had some success, as the Emmy-winning, Touchstone-produced sitcom The Golden Girls and the Saturday morning cartoon (a medium with which Walt Disney himself had refused to get involved due to fears of compromised quality) Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears both premiered on NBC on Saturday, September 14, 1985 and lasted several years. However, these particular shows were the exception, not the rule; a number of series that the new regime eventually launched failed (Wildside and The Ellen Burstyn Show, for instance). Also, of course, did the company plan to revive the anthology series. Now known as The Disney Sunday Movie, it made its much-hyped return to network television on February 2, 1986 after a hiatus of 2 years, 4 months, and eight days, replacing the dismally-rated Ripley's Believe it or Not. Just as Walt Disney had hosted the original until his death, Michael Eisner appeared in an introductory segment at the beginning of each episode. Nostalgia and ratings were high initially, but both eventually wore off. The show premiered at a two-hour length, but in the fall of 1987, once again being soundly beaten in the ratings regularly by 60 Minutes in its first hour, and by Murder, She Wrote in its second, it was shortened to one hour for its third and final season on ABC. NBC, which had not been able to launch a hit show in Disney's old time slot in the seven years since the show was axed by that network, picked up the show, which was renamed The Magical World of Disney. At first, a rotating "wheel" format was used, utilizing three different genres; every fourth week would be a special. This lasted until a few months into the following season. Eisner continued to host the show, but ratings on NBC were no better than they had been on ABC, and it limped through a two-year run here before the network pulled the plug for good. After 36 years (save for the September 1983-January 1986 hiatus), one of television's last remaining institutions from its golden age came to an unceremonious end. In 1995, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to buy out the ABC television network, which went through in January of 1996. In the fall of 1997, a family-oriented movie time slot was set aside on ABC and christened The Wonderful World of Disney. Ratings to date have been middling. Though the show is not currently repeated anywhere (The Disney Channel dropped it and all vintage Disney programming in September of 2002), episodes are slowly being released on DVD in the United States, and its legacy of quality television entertainment for all members of the family lives on in the hearts and minds of many. Here is a chronology of titles used for the series: Disneyland: October 27, 1954-September 3, 1958
    Walt Disney Presents: September 12, 1958-September 17, 1961
    Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: September 24, 1961-September 7, 1969
    The Wonderful World of Disney: September 14, 1969-September 2, 1979
    Disney's Wonderful World: September 9, 1979-September 13, 1981
    Walt Disney: September 26, 1981-September 24, 1983
    The Disney Sunday Movie: February 2, 1986-September 11, 1988
    The Magical World of Disney: October 9, 1988-September 9, 1990 The final name was used as an umbrella title for Disney movie airings on cable's The Disney Channel from September 23, 1990 to August 25, 1996. ABC Broadcast History (1954-1961):
    October 27, 1954-September 3, 1958: Wednesday, 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
    September 12, 1958-September 25, 1959: Friday, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
    October 2, 1959-September 23, 1960: Friday, 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
    September 25, 1960-September 17, 1961: Sunday, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM NBC Broadcast History (1961-1981):
    September 24, 1961-August 31, 1975: Sunday, 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
    September 14, 1975-September 11, 1977: Sunday, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    September 18, 1977-October 23, 1977: Sunday, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    October 30, 1977-September 13, 1981: Sunday, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM CBS Broadcast History (1981-1983):
    September 26, 1981-January 1, 1983: Saturday, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
    January 4, 1983-February 15, 1983: Tuesday, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
    July 9, 1983-September 24, 1983: Saturday, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
    (two irregularly scheduled airings on May 3, 1983 and May 21, 1983) ABC Broadcast History (1986-1988):
    February 2, 1986-September 6, 1987: Sunday, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    September 13, 1987-September 11, 1988: Sunday, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM NBC Broadcast History (1988-1990):
    October 9, 1988-July 2, 1989: Sunday, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    July 9, 1989-July 23, 1989: Sunday, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
    August 6, 1989-February 25, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    March 4, 1990-April 15, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    April 22, 1990-May 6, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    May 27, 1990-July 22, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    August 5, 1990-September 9, 1990: Sunday, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    First Telecast: October 27, 1954
    Last Telecast: September 9, 1990 Episodes: 751 (180 black and white episodes, 571 color episodes [as far as the format in which they were first broadcast]) (NOTE: many of these were originally theatrical releases, and a small number were specials aired at other times, but for purposes of their first airing on the anthology series they are counted as episodes)moreless
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    Comic Relief

    Comic Relief

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    Comic Relief is the BBCs biennial fund raising event, which raises millions for the charity of the same name. The charity supports people suffering both in the UK and the third world.
    Comic Relief began on Christmas Day 1985 with a fund raising event on the BBC's Late, Late Breakfast Show hosted by Noel Edmonds. More live events followed until finally Comic Relief was allowed to take over the BBCs main channel on February 5th 1988 for the first of the 'Red Nose Day' variety shows. The result has been a phenomenal success, gaining national cult status and taking over the normal life of millions of people who pull out all the stops to do something seriously daft for charity and put their hands in their pockets for a good cause. The most common thing to see in the UK, in the run up to Red Nose day, is the Red Nose itself which has taken on many different forms over the past 20 years.
    The effect of Comic Relief's variety show cannot be understated, raising the total raised from £15 million in 1985 to £337 million in 2003 and all of it goes to charity.
    Each 6-hour show is an amalgamation of hundreds of TV Celebrities, Comedians and Musicians work, as they all pull together to partly amuse the British public, but most importantly make sure we know exactly why they're doing it. Regular film inserts are featured demonstrating the poor life people suffer and what we, the viewers can do about it. Celebrities like Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Billy Connelly, Victoria Wood and Davina McCall deliberately subject themselves to poverty and famine in Ethiopia and other third world countries to create devastatingly real and poignant accounts of what the more unfortunate people around the world have to put up with every day of their lives.
    This isn't just a show, it's a national institution and without it, there would be a lot more people a lot worse off around the world today.moreless
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    Fudge

    Fudge

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    This is a show about a young boy named Fudge. Fudge was a short lived series which ran for only two seasons. This show is based on the novels of Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge and Fudge-A-Mania. Fudge aired 24 episodes and a made for television movie. Fudge premiered on ABC in January 1995 and switched to CBS for its second season.moreless
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