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    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds

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    The CW (ended 2011)
    In the futuristic city of New Domino, a brand new set of duels called Turbo Duels are the popular style of dueling. These duels use motorcycle like vehicles known as Duel Runners and usually take place on a set course. In the run down Satellite sector, Yusei Fudo plans to escape to New Domino City and reclaim his most powerful card that was stolen by his rival Jack Atlas. However, once Yusei arrives in the city he becomes wrapped up in a plot run by Sector Security Director Rex Goodwin. Goodwin is trying to gather certain duelists in order for them to save the world, but his methods are anything but ordinary. Once gathered, these special duelists, known as The Signers, must band together in order to stop a threat that threatens the safety of the world.moreless
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    Family Ties

    Family Ties

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    NBC (ended 1989)
    Family Ties first aired in September of 1982 on NBC and was one of the first of a wave of family comedies that emerged in the 1980's. With a rocky start in the ratings, Family Ties rose to number 2 after it was placed in the prized time-slot right after The Cosby Show and remained there from 1984 until 1987. The series centered around the Keaton family, Steven and his wife Elyse, both flower children of the 1960's. They had four children, Alex, Mallory, Jennifer and Andrew, who was born in 1985. What was unique about Family Ties was that it blended family comedy with politics. The 1960's flower children, Steven and Elyse clashed with the 1980's conservative, Alex. The show, in a way, showed the changing values during the Reagan era. Besides political views, Family Ties covered a number of controversial topics ranging from suicide to racism to drug dependency. Skippy was a neighbor who had a never-ending crush on Mallory. Ellen was Alex's first serious girlfriend. After breaking up with her, he became seriously involved with Lauren, a psychology student and Nick Moore was Mallory's serious boyfriend. First Telecast: September 22, 1982 Last Telecast: September 17, 1989 Episodes: 180 Color Episodes Theme Song: Without Us Written by: Jeff Barry and Tom Scott Sung by: Mindy Sterling and Dennis Tufano (1982) Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams (1982-1989) NBC Broadcast History September 1982-March 1983----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. March-August 1983----Mondays----8:30 p.m. August-December 1983----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. January 1984-August 1987----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. August-September 1987----Sundays----8:00 & 8:30 p.m. September 1987-September 1989----Sundays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #5 in the 1984-1985 Season #2 in the 1985-1986 Season #2 in the 1986-1987 Season #17 in the 1987-1988 Seasonmoreless
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    Wings

    Wings

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

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

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

    Father Ted

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

    Growing Up Fisher

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    NBC
    This is the story of 11 year old Henry who survived the divorce of his parents which included a blind father and a crazy, youth-obsessed mother.
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    Steven Universe

    Steven Universe

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    Cartoon Network
    Steven is the youngest team member to the magical Guardians of the Universe known as the Crystal Gems. He is also the proverbial little brother to Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl -- the intergalactic female warriors who summon magical weapons using the power of special gem stones embedded on their bodies. However, Steven has not yet figured out the various secrets to using his gem stone. Together, they live in Beach City while keeping the universe under constant protection. Steven must also live with the Crystal Gems because his mother, Rose Quartz, gave up her physical form to bring Steven into the world. His father, Greg, can't take care of Steven because he tries to stay away from magic.moreless
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    The Spoils of Babylon

    The Spoils of Babylon

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    IFC
    The Spoils of Babylon is a spoof comedic miniseries starring Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, and Will Ferrell. It is written by Matt Piedmont (also directing) and Andrew Steele.moreless
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    The Neighbors

    The Neighbors

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    ABC (ended 2014)
    ABC's The Neighbors follows the story of Debbie (Jami Gertz) and Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) who have recently moved with their three kids to Hidden Hills, a gated community with its own golf course. It's an exclusive New Jersey community that hasn't had a house come on the market in 10 years. They soon discover that the neighbors are ... a little odd. Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) introduces himself as "leader" of this little community with wife, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), and their two sons, Dick Butkus and Reggie Jackson. It seems everyone in the neighborhood is named after famous athletes. Pretty soon, though, the secret's out, and the Weavers learn that the whole community is made up of aliens from the planet Zabvron. The Zabvronians have been waiting for instructions from back home for the past 10 years and this is their first encounter having humans live amongst them. Although hesitant at first, the Weavers decide the house is a dream come true so they'll stay and help the aliens adapt to life on earth. The Weavers and the aliens soon discover that the struggles of everyday life are intergalactic and they're more alike than different.moreless
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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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    Xiaolin Chronicles

    Xiaolin Chronicles

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    Disney XD
    Now with help from a new team member, the Xiaolin Dragons-in-training return to fight the ever-growing Heylin side as well as find and protect more of the supernatural ancient artifacts known as the Shen-Gong-Wu.moreless
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    2gether

    2gether

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2001)
    In the tradition of spoofing and fad boybands, 2gether gained popularity first as a television movie, then as a TV series. Here we meet the heartthrob, Jerry O'Keefe, who is found on a street by a old time veteran record producer, Bob Buss. Bob is sure Jerry will be able to make it big. However, the record labels aren't seeking out solo acts; they want boy bands. So Bob and Jerry set out to find other singers to create a band. On the road, they run into the Linus brothers: Chad, the shy one, and his much older brother Doug. Bob originally wants Chad, but with a little persuasion, he also gets Doug. So they got The Heartthrob, The Shy One, The Older Brother; What's left? They eventually meet The Poser/The Bad Boy (Mickey Parke) and The Cute One (Jason "Q.T." McKnight). Q.T. also has a terminal illness--another good thing for the girls to love. Bob is sure the group is complete, except for one thing: hey don't have a name. After rethinking "Matchbox 30", they settle with the name: 2GE+HER. So our story begins, as they try to make it big in the music business, as they run into sorts of crazy and fun mishaps like: "What if a band member lost control of his temper?" "What if one person decides to try a solo career?" "What if two of the band members were up for the same award?" "What if a band member is gay?" "What if the band starts to lose it's popularity?" And so on, and so on. MTV Broadcast History: 1 TV Movie, 3 Specials, 19 episodes (1 Unaired) February 21, 2000 (TV Movie) August 2000 - November 2000: Tuesdays, 10:30PM February 2001 - March 2001: Mondays, 10:30PMmoreless
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    The Chris Isaak Show

    The Chris Isaak Show

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    Showtime (ended 2004)
    The Chris Isaak Show takes an irreverent look at the sexy, outrageous backstage world of rock music. Featuring Chris, his real life band members and an ensemble of oddball characters, the stories offer a fanciful mix of fact and fiction and follow Chris on the road, into the studio and even onto his surfboard as he tries to live an ordinary life - in spite of - his chosen profession.

    Season Three episodes of The Chris Isaak Show air on Canada's MuchMoreMusic. Check their schedule at: www.muchmoremusic.com/ChrisIsaak/.

    Australia's The Comedy Channel has aired episodes in the past. Check their schedule at: http://www.thecomedychannel.com.au/whatsOn/7days.aspx.

    UK fans can catch the show on Channel 4. Though airings don't appear to follow any regular schedule, you can check their current lineup at: www.channel4.com/listings/C4/index.jsp?offset=3&position=3&startHour=23.

    Series Notes:

    There are a lot of quirky bits and dabs in the series that some fans of the show may not necessarily connect with Chris, personally. For example, Chris really does drink Tang, he really does surf, and he really does drive a 1964 Chevy Nova. (It's not red and it's not a convertible, but his own car is very similar to what he drives on the show.) Additionally, his home is in San Francisco, it is modest, and, by his own admission, it's furnished with thrift store bargains. Sharp-eyed viewers will also notice that Chris will occasionally wear multiple tiepins on his neckties, something he was known for doing in the late 1980's and early 1990's, though in those days, he frequently wore them on his jacket lapels. The message on his white Gibson electric guitar "I [heart] Carole L." refers to his first girlfriend, Carole Lowe, who died of cancer in late 1999 or early 2000. (Please follow the link to the Baja Beach Club to read the Sacramento Bee article about Carole and her special message in the Files folder.)

    The character of Mona was also based on a real woman at the real Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco, though in actual fact, she's known as "Dolphina." In the 1930's, several different acts played the venue, and one of them was a magician. He had rigged up a series of mirrors that would project an image of anyone who was lying on a rotating table in the basement up into the fish tank located behind the bar. People would come from all over the world to see "the mermaid in the fishbowl" there. As it's a very well known feature (even to this day) at Bimbo's, the writers (and more than likely, Chris himself,) decided that she should be incorporated into the show. So, the character of "Mona," was born. Her purpose is to keep Chris grounded in the wacky world of rock stardom that he lives in. She's his "conscious," his advisor, his therapist, and the one friend he has on the show who has nothing to do with his profession.

    On an interesting note... Chris, himself, has taken a turn on the table in the real Bimbo's. Back in the mid-1990's, he donned a pair of swim trunks, jumped on the spinning table, and went for a "virtual swim" in the fishbowl.



    Season One Notes:

    A considerable amount of time in season one was spent experimenting with relationships between the various characters as the writers tried to figure out where non-band characters might fit with the pre-established unit that is Chris Isaak and Silvertone. Early on, and all throughout season one, the Chris and Yola connection was obvious, and a clear fan favorite. Though the writers were careful never to cross that personal/professional line with the pair, they established a strong sense of mutual respect and playfulness between them that was irresistible to watch. Additionally, Anson seemed to rely on Chris' counsel more often in the earlier episodes, and would frequently be seen alone with Chris at his home, discussing life's various challenges. After episode #12 "Smackdown" however, the Kenney and Anson chemistry began to evolve, and it hit its stride with episode #15 "Storytime." Kenney was something of an older, wiser version of Anson, and that pseudo father/son relationship gradually began to usurp the mentor/pupil relationship that had been established earlier between Chris and Anson. Anson still relied on Chris throughout the series for words of wisdom, so that relationship never ended, but Anson and Kenney connected on a very different level. Fans seemed to really enjoy this shift, and there's no doubt that some of the best moments in season two capitalized on the rather unique relationship between Kenney and Anson.

    Per the Northern California Movies Website at: www.norcalmovies.com/TheChrisIsaakShow/:

    Chris Isaak and Silvertone performed at The Fillmore Theater (1805 Geary Boulevard) in San Francisco on July 12, 2000 in order to obtain actual live concert footage to use in many of the first season episodes. Wherever possible, I've noted where that footage was used throughout the Season One guide. Some of that Fillmore concert was used for Bimbo's concert footage, as well as for many of the tour stops the band made in episode #9, "Tomorrowland."

    Additionally, the establishing exterior shots of Bimbo's 365 Club are actual shots of the real club at 1025 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco. All the interior scenes at Bimbo's were filmed on the Vancouver set.

    This Fillmore footage was only used for Season One episodes.



    Season Two Notes:

    Where season one established the Chris/Yola connection, season two took a decidedly different direction where the couple was concerned. The writers, almost purposefully, chose "not to go there," with the romance, and opted instead to pair them both up with partners who could offer interesting script challenges. While some fans found that distressing, I, personally thought it was a good decision. Believable sexual and romantic tension is difficult to achieve in episodic Television, and when it's there (seemingly effortlessly) between two very likable characters, it's really best just to leave it alone and let it work its magic. There would have been nowhere else to go once Chris and Yola got together, so keeping them apart throughout season two was the right thing to do.

    In addition to this shift, the writers also made a few other modifications to the behavior of some characters and the interactions that many of them had with one another. For example, in the first season, Yola was written as a somewhat stereotypical manager; the micromanagement, the image and style consciousness themes, and the ubiquitous bottle of Pepto Bismol in her purse all contributed to the "neurotic manager" model that could have too easily made her a cartoon character. In season two however, Yola was much more confident; her micromanagement and image issues were minimized substantially, while the "on the threshold of an ulcer" tact was eliminated completely. Yola struggled more in season two with easily identifiable "human" issues (dating, conflicts with her mother, parenting issues) than she did in season one, and I think that made her more "real" to fans.

    The writers also experimented with a Yola/Cody relationship that transcended the sexual encounters the pair shared in season one. Though many fans missed the Yola/Chris relationship, many others (myself included,) found the new Yola/Cody relationship too intriguing to ignore. Both characters grew a great deal in season two, and it was an evolution that they really only could have made together.

    Roly, as well, seemed to have finally found a niche as a philosopher, a scholar, or a voice of reason for the other characters, often bearing a calm and thoughtful style (frequently humorous,) that served as an interesting contrast to Kenney's smart-ass, somewhat self-absorbed manner. Hershel's kinder, gentler nature was enhanced in season two, and he became surprisingly adept at finding a way to say a lot without uttering a word - conveying much of what he had to say through body language and facial expressions – tough to do when you wear glasses… As for Anson? He was just MORE Anson in season two… (As Chris said in season one's episode 5, "You're ten pounds of Anson in a five-pound sack.")

    Perhaps the biggest change in season two had to do with the character of Vivian, whose exit from the show was not addressed. Chris simply no longer had anyone to look after his rather extensive costume collection. Though clearly a supporting character, Vivian was a wonderful female foil to Yola and her neurotic behavior. Viv was very much the "anti-Yola," with her calm, levelheaded demeanor and New Age style. Her departure created a larger void for fans than the producers likely anticipated.moreless
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    Brickleberry

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    A group of forest rangers are working at a national park that might be shutting down unless a new ranger can inspire the rest of the rangers to make a change and save the park for good.moreless
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    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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    NBC (ended 2014)
    Saturday Night Live veteran Jimmy Fallon takes the Late Night reins from Conan O'Brien when O'Brien as the new host. The Roots are the house band with Steve Higgins as the announcer. The show features comedy sketches, interviews and whatever other antics the Late Night crew can come up with.moreless
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    The Naked Brothers Band

    The Naked Brothers Band

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2009)
    Real-life brothers Nat and Alex Wolff set out to prove that rock and roll isn't just for adults in this rock-mockumentary parody, with songs composed by the Wolff brothers themselves. As for being based on real life, the series is created by the siblings mom, Polly Draper ("thirtysomething" actress), who also serves as chief writer, executive producer, and director. Draper's husband and Nat and Alex's dad, jazz pianist Michael Wolff (former music director of "The Arsenio Hall Show") stars as the accordion playing dad on the show, who also serves as music supervisor/producer. The path to super stardom is a long, difficult one. The cameras follows Nat and Alex through their concerts, their rehearsals, and their private lives, as they deal with the growing pains related to love, friendship, and fame. Do the boys have what it takes to make it in the music business? By the music business we mean The Naked Brothers Band consisting of Nat and Alex Wolff, Allie DiMeco (as Rosalina), Cooper Pillot as the band's manager, David Levi, Thomas Batuello, and Qaasim Middleton.moreless
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    Fanboy & Chum Chum

    Fanboy & Chum Chum

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    Nickelodeon
    A spinoff of Nickeldoen's Random! Cartoons, this new animated series is about a 10 year-old boy named Fanboy (played by David Hornsby) and his best friend Chum Chum (Nika Futterman). Together the two combine their love for comic books and their intrepid imagination to get into bizarre adventures. Jamie Kennedy and Josh Duhamel also lend their voices to the cast.moreless
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    Bewitched (1972)

    Bewitched (1972)

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    ABC (ended 1972)
    Bewitched is a fantasy sitcom chronicling what happens when a witch and a mortal fall in love and get married in 1960s and '70s suburban America. At the very center of the show is Elizabeth Montgomery's portrayal of a good-hearted witch named Samantha. A strong, independent woman with the world at her finger tips (or at the twitch of her nose), she gives up her witchly life to do things the "mortal way". Her mortal husband Darrin Stephens (played by Dick York, and later Dick Sargent) is a talented advertising executive with McMann & Tate. He obsesses with leading a "normal life" where one works hard to earn a good living for one's family. He constantly struggles against disapproving witches and warlocks, like Samantha's powerful mother, Endora (played by Agnes Moorehead).
    Endora is determined to prove to Samantha that the mixed-marriage marriage is a tremendous mistake. Over the show's eight year run, Endora tries numerous spells, all creating humiliation and chaos in Darrin's mortal world. This often ends up affecting Darrin's money-obsessed boss and best friend, Larry Tate (played by David White). Larry's wife, Louise (played by Irene Vernon and Kasey Rogers), is Samantha's best friend, although she is unaware that Sam is a witch.
    In season two, life changes dramatically when Samantha and Darin give birth to daughter Tabitha Stephens (played by five babies that season and by twins Erin and Diane Murphy starting in season three). Many early Tabitha episodes revolve around whether she is a witch or mortal until the big reveal in season three. Later in season six, the Stephenses give birth to a boy, Adam. Although less airtime is spent on his character, eventually audiences find out that he too has powers.
    Recurring characters include Samantha's favorite aunt, Clara, who is a lovable, bumbling witch (played by Marion Lorne). Due to Aunt Clara's extended age, she is suffering the loss of her powers and inadvertently wreaks havoc at the Stephens home. Also often wreaking havoc are Samantha's practical joking Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde), her Shakespeare orating father, Maurice (Maurice Evans), a bad joke-telling witch doctor, Dr. Bombay (Bernard Fox) and a shy witch-maid Esmeralda (Alice Ghostley). Elizabeth Montgomery also portrays Samantha's free-spirited, mischievous twin cousin, Serena.
    On the mortal receiving end of the seemingly hallucinogenic world of witches are neighbors Gladys and Abner Kravitz. Gladys, first portrayed by Alice Pearce and later by Sandra Gould, was immediately aware that the Stephens household was positively strange, and was certain that something "beyond this world" was at work across the street. Abner (George Tobias) never believes it. Darrin's mother, Phyllis Stephens (Mabel Albertson), fairs no better, as she is forever witnessing zany antics only to have her husband, Frank Stephens (Robert F. Simon and later Roy Roberts) not believe it.
    Bewitched earned nearly two dozen Emmy nominations during its run. Marion Lorne and Alice Pearce won well deserved awards, as did director and producer, William Asher (Elizabeth Montgomery's husband at the time). In 1970, Bewitched presented a Christmas episode regarding bigotry and racism, and received a special Emmy, the Governor's Award, for the landmark episode "Sisters at Heart". Beyond the theme of bigotry and "mixed-marriages", the series explored cultural issues of consumerism, materialism, human vanity, women's liberation, and mass hysteria. Season six of Bewitched brought about the biggest change to the series as Dick York was replaced by Dick Sargent in the role of Darrin. This element of the show has become a cultural touchstone, with many viewers debating their favorite Darrin.
    First Telecast: September 17, 1964 Last Telecast: July 1, 1972 ABC Daytime: 1968 - 1973 ABC Saturday Morning: 1971 - 1973 Episodes: 254 Episodes (74 black and white, 180 color) Ratings Season 1: #2 Season 2: #7 Season 3: #8 Season 4: #11 Season 5: #12 Season 6: #25 Season 7: (above #25) Season 8: (above #25)moreless
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    Charles in Charge

    Charles in Charge

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

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

    Red Dwarf

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

    Duck Dodgers

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    Cartoon Network (ended 2005)
    Duck Dodgers is a hapless soul who was frozen inside a spaceship in the 21st century and came out 351 years later. Through his scheming and lies, Duck has convinced the Earth's Defensive Protectorate that he is a hero from the 21st century and has been given a spaceship and a crew. Together they form a "galactic force" that must team up against Earth's major enemy, Mars, and its Martian Commander X-2. The series comes from Looney Tunes cartoons featuring Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian and Porky Pig.moreless