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    Fawlty Towers

    Fawlty Towers

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    BBC Two (ended 1979)
    The genesis of Fawlty Towers came when John Cleese and the rest of the Pythons went filming in the Southwest of England in May 1971. They were scheduled to spend two weeks at the Gleneagles in Torquay, but cut their stay to one night. It all had to do with the "wonderfully rude" hotel manager, the late Donald Sinclair. Sinclair hated all the guests who had the shortsightedness to stay in the Gleneagles. Worse, Sinclair was only 5'4" and was married to a large, domineering wife. Cleese turned Sinclair into a character for a Doctor in the House script for the BBC in 1973. This was just after Cleese had finished his TV chores on Monty Python's Flying Circus. Cleese wanted to strike out with his now-separated wife, Connie Booth, so the BBC gave both the offer to do a series. It didn't take long at all for Cleese and Booth to make the series out of that Torquay hotel, which they named Fawlty Towers. Cleese cast himself as manager Basil Fawlty, who felt that the main nuisances in a hotel were the guests. Wife Sybil Fawlty was Basil's equal and opposite, the competent co-owner who could lash out at Basil and win on the first stroke. ("We reversed the sizes [of manager and wife]," said the 6'4" Cleese.) Rounding out the regular staff at Fawlty Towers were Andrew Sachs as Manuel, the dumb waiter from Barcelona who could not make sense of Basil's commands (¿Qué?), and Connie Booth as Polly, whose calmness was sorely tested in each of Basil's schemes and cover-ups. While most sitcom writers spend two weeks turning out an episode, John Cleese and Connie Booth spent six weeks writing each episode of Fawlty Towers. Cleese said each program started with two or three plot threads, which start parallel, but begin to intertwine. The best shows, of course, are those in which the plot threads touch at the end. The production team spent nearly an hour editing each minute of every program, spending up to 25 hours on each show. With such intense work put into each episode, Fawlty Towers drew raves around the world, exceeding the success of Monty Python's Flying Circus in some countries. But Cleese limited the run of Fawlty Towers to approximately twelve shows. He did not want to diminish the impact Fawlty Towers has had. And there has been plenty of impact. America tried three times to regenerate the show, none of which worked. The best U.S. homage to the show may be a hotel called "Fawlty Towers" in Cocoa Beach, Florida (near Ron Jon's Surf Shop). Its owners have adopted the pseudonyms Basil and Sybil. The show won 3 BAFTA Awards and one Broadcasting Press Guild Award. Despite being very short - lived and not airing too often, Fawlty Towers is recognised as one of the greatest British TV shows of all time. It was ranked #5 in the British Comedy Guide's list of Top 50 British Sitcoms. Fawlty Towers was voted #1 In the British Film Instuite TV 100. Other awards the show has won are; 'The Royal Television Society Programme Awards'for outstanding creative achievements which went to John Cleese in May 1976, In April 1982, the two episodes of Fawlty Towers that were used as training films won a Queens Award for Export Acheivement, In 2001 the new Fawlty Towers DVD set won the 'Quality Street DVD award' for being the best comedy on DVD, Basil Fawlty was recognised as the most Monstrous Boss on British TV in May 2003 by UK Satellite Channel UK Gold, just beating David Brent from The Office. Fawlty Towers has aired in over 60 countries in places like Tonga, China, Pakistan, Latvia, Malta and Denmark.moreless
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    Flight of the Conchords

    Flight of the Conchords

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    HBO (ended 2009)
    New Zealand duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, AKA the folk/comedy-band Flight of the Conchords, star in this fictionalized look at their lives.
    Bret and Jemaine are trying to make it big in New York City, despite their inept manager Murray, and their sole fan/stalker Mel. Their other friends include Dave, who owns a pawn shop, and Eugene, their building's super.
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    Reaper

    Reaper

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    The CW (ended 2009)
    Throughout Sam's life, he always wondered why his mom and dad were so easy on him. Whether it was sports, school, career choices, or picking on his little brother Kyle, Sam always got away with everything. Because of it, he decided to drop out of college and take a dead beat job, wasting most of his time playing video games and wishing he could ask his co-worker Andi out. However, everything changes in Sam's life once he turns 21 and finds out the reason his parents let him get over was because they sold his soul to the devil before he was born.

    Satan explains to Sam that he must serve as his bounty hunter, tracking down souls that have escaped from Hell. Initially, Sam refuses to accept his fate but he realizes the grave consequences of breaking a deal with the devil. He is armed with various vessels to collect the escapees. Sam finds that the work is dangerous and frightening even with the goof ball help of his friends and fellow slackers Sock and Ben, and Sock's former girlfriend, Josie. As bizarre as his life becomes, Sam feels good about his newfound "missions", removing evil souls from the world and sending them back to where they belong. Along with his friends and his vessel of the week, Sam prepares to face his destiny as the "reaper".

    The series is produced by ABC Television Studio in association with The Mark Gordon Company.moreless
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    My Boys

    My Boys

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    TBS
    My Boys follows PJ (Jordana Spiro), a twenty-something professional sportswriter who is looking for love within her world which is dominated by her group of male friends. Her tomboyish, no-nonsense approach to relationships tends to freak out potential suitors which leads her only female friend to advise her to dress and act more feminine. Co-starring Jim Gaffigan (That '70s Show, Ed), Jamie Kaler (The Family Stone), Michael Bunin (Scrubs), Reid Scott (American Dreams), Kyle Howard (Related, Orange County) and Kellee Stewart (Guess Who?).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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    Little Britain

    Little Britain

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    BBC
    "Britain, Britain, Britain! Population: One millions, Number of towns, Nine. Average height, Thirty. Shoe size... But just who are Britain? Over the next eleventeen weeks we aim to find out by following the lives of ordinary British folk. What do they, who is they and why?" Emerging from the depths of BBC Radio 4, the BAFTA award winning Little Britain is fast becoming a comedic hit all over the world. For the majority of Britain's population, the real Britain that is, it's unusual to make it through a day without someone quoting one of the vast amount of catch phrases spawned from the minds of creator/writer/performers Matt Lucas and David Walliams. It's been commended by BBC chiefs as "a shining example of what happens when the BBC gets comedy right." It has already achieved cult status amongst the viewing public of the UK and USA and big name celebrities such as Nicholas Cage, Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Kylie Minogue openly admit their fondness of the show. So sit back and take a journey around Britain and the lives of the 'normal', everyday people who inhabit that sceptered isle.

    WARNING: Due to the adult nature of this show some details contained in this episode guide may be unsuitable for people under the age of 12. All quotes have been censored.

    Characters (in alphabetical order of first letter of character name) Anne and Dr. Lawrance • David Walliams & Matt Lucas Anne is a mental patient that Dr Lawrance is trying to introduce back into society. Strangely enough Anne seems to be able to fit in anywhere even though her communication skills are slightly limited and her behaviour is a little on the bizarre side. April and Neville • David Walliams & Matt Lucas Volunteers from St Tom's Ambulance Brigade who are always on hand for anyone who needs medical assistance... which is a shame because April is constantly under the delusion that she can cure anything with a mint (we're talking Polo Mints and Tic-Tacs here) and Neville is just about gullible enough to believe her. Bubbles DeVere • Matt Lucas Bubbles lives the life of luxury on a health farm. The only way she benefits health-wise however is when running away from the person asking her to pay her bill. Carol Beer • David Walliams A bank clerk, and later travel agent, who seems incapable of independent thought and relies on her trusty computer to give answers to everything, unfortunately the computer always says no. Daffyd Thomas and Myfanwy • Matt Lucas & Ruth Jones Daffyd strives to be unique so titles himself as the only gay in his village of Llandewi Breffi assuming everyone he meets will be homophobic and oppressive about the fact he's openly gay. Instead, the villagers happily accept his alleged homosexuality and some even start coming 'out of the closet' themselves resulting in Daffyd, proud of his title, being homophobic towards them. His barmaid friend Myfanwy tries her best to keep him in check. Dame Sally Markham and Miss Grace • Matt Lucas & David Walliams Dame Sally is a romantic novelist who's run out of ideas, so dictates senseless drivel to her poor assistant typist Miss Grace hoping that the readers wont notice. Dennis Waterman and Jeremy Rent • David Walliams & Matt Lucas A pint sized parody of the real person, Dennis visits his agent Jeremy regularly for new parts in TV and Theater shows, yet refuses to accept the part unless they'll allow him to write and sing the musical score for that show. Denver Mills • David Walliams Olympic Gold Medalist no one's heard of. Denver is always asked to stand in for more well known sports celebrities at events. One way or another something happens to make Denver feel unwelcome and he gets on the phone to see if he can pull out at the last second. Des Kaye • David Walliams After making sexual innuendos on a children's TV programme, Des was reduced to working in a DIY store. Des never really got over being sacked and continues to portray his former TV role (hand puppets included) in his new job which has some annoying consequences for his fellow work mates and store costumers. Doug • Matt Lucas Drugs counsellor with a passion for drug rehab, having been there, done that, woken up late and missed several daytime TV shows and got the T-Shirt. Dudley and Ting Tong • David Walliams & Matt Lucas The trials and tribulations of a man forced to live with a mix-up at the mail-order Thai bride agency. Edward and Samantha Grant • David Walliams & Helen Coker An example of what happens when a pupil marries her teacher - the lecture never ends, even in the bedroom which comes complete with overhead projector and a chalk board. Detentions are more fun though. Emily Howard and Florance • David Walliams & Matt Lucas Emily and Florance are over the top rubbish transvestites. They go about their daily tasks trying to convince everyone, unsuccessfully, that they're ladies. Yet their clothing and hairstyles are ridiculous and Florance seems to be unaware he's still got mustache. Gary Lee and Jason • Matt Lucas & David Walliams Gary is a young lad who is completely oblivious to the fact that his friend Jason is completely, helplessly, head over heals, in love... with his nan. Harvey Pincher • David Walliams A grown man, who for some strange reason never got weened off breast feeding and no one in his family seems to care. However, things do get a bit embarrassing when Harvey decides to ask his Mum for what he calls 'Bitty' when his girlfriend Jane and her parents are visiting. Judy and Maggie • Matt Lucas & David Walliams Members of the Women's Institute who are very picky about who makes the cakes and biscuits they're asked to sample. Kenny Craig • Matt Lucas A stage hypnotist who, whilst going about his daily life, abuses his abilities to profit himself, or to get himself out of sticky situations. Usually however, it's his victim that has the last laugh. Linda • David Walliams Linda is a counsellor at the University of the North West Midlands who, whilst on the phone arranging help for students, will use the most insulting description possible to inform the person on the other end whom she is talking about. Lou Todd and Andy Pipkin • David Walliams & Matt Lucas Lou will gladly go to extreme lengths to help his mentally disabled and wheel chair bound friend Andy. Yet unknown to him, Andy is probably a lot smarter and more physically abled than he is himself. Marjorie Dawes • Matt Lucas Spin off character from Shooting Stars, Marjorie runs the Fat Fighters club and couldn't be less suited to do so. Apart from being overweight herself (although she insists she's her 'target weight'), she treats her pupils with the sensitivity of a bulldozer and her best dietary advice is to eat dust. Matthew Waterhouse • David Walliams Matthew constantly thinks up new ideas for important companies and people. Unfortunately most of his ideas are so ludicrous he never gets taken seriously. Mr. Mann and Roy the Shopkeeper • David Walliams & Matt Lucas A man who knows what he wants - exactly what he wants. He's precise down the last detail. Unfortunately for him, he never actually gets exactly what he wants. Roy and his unseen wife Margaret are the poor long suffering shopkeepers who seem to be cursed with Mr. Mann regardless of how many times they change their shop. Narrator • Tom Baker The best way to keep a show featuring a bunch of nut-cases together, is to have a complete nut-case presenting it. Behold the Little Britain narrator! Examples of bizarreness include spurious information about Britain, ambiguous information about himself, a time system based on names instead of numbers and a strange tendency to mispronounce the word 'meanwhile'. Peter Andre • David Walliams Ex-royal correspondent who wont give up his job as he is obsessed about Princess Anne. He's never allowed to get near her though as, apart from a string of pathetic excuses as to why he hasn't got a security pass, he's usually naked from the waist down. Pianist • David Walliams A concert pianist who has an annoying habit of stopping his recitals in the middle when he thinks he's forgotten something trivial. Prime Minister and Sebastian Love • Anthony Stewart Head & David Walliams The British leader goes about his daily tasks helplessly unaware that his assistant Sebastian has a crush on him and is jealous of everyone who comes into contact with him - which of course, being the Prime Minister, is quite often. Ray McCooney • David Walliams Ray runs a hotel, is almost as mad as Anne, and has an annoying habit of answering questions with a riddle. If you ask him a question, he'll usually go through his calendar telling you what his answer would have been had it been another day. Sir Bernard Chumley • Matt Lucas Sir Bernard is a retired actor, with a sinister lifestyle. He claims to look after his invalid sister Kitty, but eats the meals delivered to her and drama students claim they've never seen Bernard act but they have seen Kitty. Whatever happens, we're always left to dream up multiple excuses for Bernard's odd behaviour. Vicky Pollard • Matt Lucas A stereotype of all teenage girls personified. Vicky has the answer to everything. If she does something wrong (or even if she doesn't) her explanations are extremely rapid and long winded. She'll successfully shift the blame to everyone else, tell you to shut up and threaten you with a 'beatins' all without taking a breath. She's also under the delusion that all the males in her class secretly fancy her. Viv Tudor • Matt Lucas If Viv were a bloke, she'd be described as a womaniser of the shallowest type. Viv will incessantly describe any man she sees as 'Gaaawgeous!' which comes in less than useful when asked to describe suspects in a robbery.

    Awards and Nominations BAFTA (2006) Nominated - Best Comedy Programme or Series (Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Geoff Posner, Declan Lowney) International Emmy Awards (2006) Won - Best Comedy UK (Little Britain) British Comedy Awards (2005) Won - Best TV Comedy (Little Britain) Won - Ronnie Barker Writers' award (David Walliams and Matt Lucas) Nominated - Best Actor (David Walliams and Matt Lucas) BAFTA (2005) Won - Best Comedy Performance (Matt Lucas, David Walliams), Comedy Programme or Series Award (Geoff Posner, Matt Lipsey, Matt Lucas, David Walliams) Nominated - Best Costume Design (Annie Hardinge) Best Make Up & Hair Design (Lisa Cavalli-Green) International Emmy Awards (2005) Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor (David Walliams) National Television Awards, UK (2005) Won - Most Popular Comedy. Royal Television Society, UK (2004) Won - Best Costume Design - Entertainment and Non Drama Productions (Annie Hardinge) Won - Best Make Up Design - Entertainment and Non Drama Productions (Lisa Cavalli-Green) BAFTA (2004) Nominated - Best Comedy Performance (Matt Lucas, David Walliams), Best Costume Design (Annie Hardinge), Comedy Programme or Series Award (Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Myfanwy Moore). Won - Best Make Up & Hair Design (Lisa Cavalli-Green) British Comedy Awards (2004) Won - Best TV Comedy, Best TV Comedy Actor (Matt Lucas, David Walliams), People's Choice Award. Broadcasting Press Guild Awards (2004) Won - Best Entertainment. National Television Awards, UK (2004) Won - Most Popular Comedy. Royal Television Society, UK (2004) Won - Best Comedy Performance (Matt Lucas & David Walliams), Best Entertainment. British Comedy Awards (2003) Won - Best Comedy Newcomer (David Walliams). Royal Television Society, UK (2003) Won - Best Make Up Design in Entertainment and Non-Drama Productions (Lisa Cavalli-Green).moreless
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    George Lopez

    George Lopez

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    "George Lopez," the hit family comedy starring popular standup comedian George Lopez, is on ABC. The series is from Bruce Helford, Deborah Oppenheimer and Robert Borden – all from ABC's long-running hit comedy series, "The Drew Carey Show" – and actress/producer Sandra Bullock ("Miss Congeniality," "Speed").

    George Lopez is a guy who has made lemonade from lemons at every turn. Since he became plant manager at an L.A. airplane parts factory, he has handled a complicated and tumultuous job, a strong but challenging marriage, two rebellious children and a mother who can't keep track of her own lies about his childhood -- all with his sense of humor intact.

    His affable compadre, Ernie (Valente Rodriguez, "Erin Brokovich"), still ribs George about his high-powered management position at the plant, but always lends a hand when George needs him. Ernie, who still lives with his mother and father, has learned some fathering skills of his own after foster-parenting a troubled twelve-year-old boy.

    Though their marriage has had some close calls, George and his devoted wife, Angie (Constance Marie), still chose to renew their vows recently. Angie deals with his questionable decisions and freewheeling approach to parenthood and his mother's insensitive wisecracks with the patience of a saint -- and some guidance from her father, Vic (Emiliano Díez) -- but her drive to build a still unprofitable wedding-planning business has nearly driven their family to the poor house.

    George's biggest test, both at work and home, is dealing with his tough and acerbic but loving mother, Benny (Belita Moreno, "Perfect Strangers"), while sifting through her vast assortment of lies about his family and childhood. After rediscovering and losing his father to kidney disease and learning of a long lost sister, George constantly wonders what, or who, is around the next corner.

    After running away from home, being expelled from school and falling in love with a handsome jock, sixteen year-old Carmen's (Masiela Lusha) free-spirited, teenage rebellion has left her parents at a total loss about what to do next. Always the practical joker, thirteen-year-old Max clearly maintains the sense of humor he inherited from his father, but continues to struggle with dyslexia and constantly tests his parents' limits by being drawn toward the wrong crowd.

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    The New Normal

    The New Normal

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    NBC (ended 2013)
    The New Normal revolves around a blended family of a gay couple Bryan Collins & David Sawyer(Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) and single mother Goldie(Georgia King) an aspiring Lawyer, who after running away to L.A with her daughter Shania,agrees to become their surrogate. The show is from Glee's Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler with Ellen Barkin co-staring along with The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes.moreless
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    Family Tools

    Family Tools

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    ABC
    A man with a streak of bad luck takes over his father's handyman business after his father has been diagnosed with a heart condition. Although, this doesn't turn out to be easy as his father is keeping an eye on him.moreless
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    Spin City

    Spin City

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    ABC (ended 2002)
    A talented cast provide a sophisticated ensemble comedy, filmed entirely in New York City. Michael Flaherty (Michael J. Fox, Back To The Future), Deputy Mayor and right-hand man to Mayor Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick, I'll Take Manhattan), expertly keeps his co-workers and City Hall under complete control while his personal life often spins completely out of control. With a staff of wildly diverse characters consisting of a neurotic press secretary, a gay activist in charge of minority affairs, a chauvinist chief of staff, a highly efficient accountant, an idealistic speechwriter and an intrepid Mayor's assistant, it's hard to believe anything gets done. After four successful, and hilarious, years, Michael J. Fox left Spin City. And was replaced by Charlie Sheen who played Charlie Crawford (Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men), the new, charismatic deputy mayor of New York City. The show's final season was simulcast in HDTV. Nielsen Ratings: #17 in 1996-1997 Season #47 in 1997-1998 Season #25 in 1998-1999 Season #33 in 1999-2000 Season #56 in 2000-2001 Season #66 in 2001-2002 Seasonmoreless
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    United States of Tara

    United States of Tara

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    Showtime (ended 2011)
    Another twisted comedy about the unexpected nature of American families, this single-camera Showtime offering examines a wife and mother of two teens who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, which means she suffers from multiple personalities. Coping with it all is never easy, but it's always funny. Toni Collette has signed on to play the lead role.moreless
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    Ugly Americans

    Ugly Americans

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    Comedy Central
    New York is overrun with extraterrestrials (zombies, demons, aliens) attempting to assimilate into society alongside humans in this animated Comedy Central series.
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    Special Unit 2

    Special Unit 2

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    UPN (ended 2002)
    Special Unit 2 (SU2) is a secret division of the Chicago Police Department. They are such a mystery that no one outside of their unit is aware of what they really do, they just know to stay out of their way. The SU2 headquarters is an abandoned subway station that you can only enter through the hidden door at the back of the Golden Eagle dry cleaners. The mission of SU2 is to track down and rid the city of what they call "Links". A Link is a creature that evolved from the missing link between man and beast. The captain of the unit is Richard Page (Richard Gant, "The Bonnie Hunt Show") who is a veteran police officer who will use any method to rid the city of links. Detective Nick O'Malley (Michael Landes, "Lois and Clark: The New Adventure of Superman") is a renegade who acts first and thinks later and surprisingly this gets the job done. Detective Kate Benson (Alexondra Lee, "Party of Five") is a "big thinker" who has an unique ability of being able to track down links. Teamed with Nick, they make the perfect partners, but never seem to get romantically connected althrough they connect in that way. Carl (Danny Woodburn, "Conan") is a petty gnome thief who has turned informant for the unit in exchange for overlooking his crimes. He is always in fight with Nick. Sean Radmon (Sean Whalen, "Amazin Live Sea-Monkeys") is a college professor who informs the detectives about the technical aspects of the links, hopefully in words they can understand. (season 1) Jonathan (Jonathan Togo, "CSI: Miami") is the science guy brought in to replace Sean in season 1. Jonathan has his own unique way of delivering the facts. His methods are totally different from Sean's but he gets the job done just the same.moreless
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    The Donna Reed Show

    The Donna Reed Show

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    The Donna Reed Show premiered on September 24, 1958, on ABC. The show revolves around housewife, Donna Stone, and her family--husband Alex who is a pediatrician, 14 year-old Mary, and 11 year-old Jeff. The Stone family reside in the midwestern town of Hilldale. Donna was the perfect American housewife and mother. She was always neatly-groomed, lovely, good-natured, thoughtful, and capable. Alex was handsome, well-respected in his profession, usually thoughtful and sometimes ill-tempered. Mary was a typical teenage girl of the time, pretty, popular, and prone to bouts of insecurity now and then. Jeff was the average boy, rambunctious, bright, preferred sports to studies, and a total burden to his sister. The episodes involved the usual family problems and adventures, with Donna usually saving the day in her quiet, capable way. In addition, Alex's career as a pediatrician figured prominently in many episodes, and the president of the AMA had a cameo in one episode, "Quads of Trouble" in season 7 . The show won many awards from various civic, educational, and medical groups due to it's wholesome nature and it's handling of topics like adoption, prescription drug abuse, home safety. In 1963, Shelley Fabares, who played Mary, left the show to pursue a movie career and thus Mary went away to college having up to that point been a student at the local college. To fill the void, Paul Petersen's real-life little sister, Patty Petersen, joined the cast as Trisha, a little girl adopted by the Stones. Also in 1963, Ann McCrea and Bob Crane joined the cast as the Stones next-door neighbors, Midge and Dave Kelsey. Bob Crane remained with the show till 1965 and Ann till 1966. Both Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen had short but successful recording careers during the run of the show. In January, 1962, Paul sang "She Can't Find Her Keys" in the episode, "For Angie With Love", and "My Dad" in the episode, "My Dad" from October, 1962. February, 1962, Shelley sang "Johnny Angel" in the episode, "Donna's Prima Donna", and "Big Star" in the episode, "Big Star" from November, 1962. The Donna Reed Show was on the air for 8 seasons on ABC. From September, 1958-September, 1959, it aired on Wednesdays at 9pm. Then from October, 1959-January, 1966, it aired on Thursdays at 8pm. And finally, from January, 1966-Spetember, 1966, it aired on Saturdays at 8pm. Donna Reed's husband, Tony Owen, was executive producer of the show, and the show was a "Todon Production", with "Todon" being a combination of the first syllables of their first names--"To" for Tony and "don" for Donna.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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    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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    The Carol Burnett Show

    The Carol Burnett Show

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    CBS (ended 1978)
    The Carol Burnett Show is one of Televisions greatest show's in history. Lasting 11 successful years starting in 1967 and ending in 1978 not without winning 25 Emmy Awards, 8 Golden Globe Awards and 3 People's Choice Awards. CBS Broadcast History
    September 1967-May 1971......Monday 10:00-11:00
    September 1971-November 1972......Wednesday 8:00-9:00
    December 1972-December 1977......Saturday 10:00-11:00
    December 1977-March 1978......Sunday 10:00-11:00
    Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or better) #24 in the 1968-1969 Season
    #13 in the 1969-1970 Season
    #25 in the 1970-1971 Season
    #23 in the 1971-1972 Season
    #22 in the 1972-1973 Season
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    Shin Chan

    Shin Chan

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    Cartoon Network
    Shin-Chan is FUNimation's version of the popular yet controversial Japanese anime series. Shin is a 5-year-old boy who is constantly doing and saying inappropriate things, with hilarious results, much to the dismay and annoyance of those around him. Shin, along with his family, his friends from kindergarten, and some annoying neighbors, ends up turning every day situations into funny adventures.

    Unsure how the show would be initially received, it debuted in late August 2006 on Adult Swim as a test run of six episodes composed of vignettes that were mixed and matched spanning the show's 14 year history. The test run proved to be a success and a complete first season was ordered. FUNimation has made the episodes more mature in content as well as more current with numerous pop culture references.moreless
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    Liv & Maddie

    Liv & Maddie

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    Disney Channel
    Twin sister Liv Rooney comes back from Hollywood to see her family. Her twin sister Maddie and Liv are now reunited and they are happy to be together, along with older brother Joey and younger brother Parker. This show is about the whole family trying to get used to being together again.moreless