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    The Ranch

    The Ranch

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    Ridiculousness

    Ridiculousness

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    MTV - Music Television
    Rob Dyrdek hosts this series in front of a studio audience where he presents the most funny viral videos that that he puts into different categories such as "Redneck Good Times," "Worst Case Scenario" to "What Happened Last Night" and more.moreless
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    Little Britain

    Little Britain

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    "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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    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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    Get Smart

    Get Smart

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    In 1965 the cold war was made a little warmer and a lot funnier due in part to the efforts of an inept, underpaid, overzealous spy: Maxwell Smart, Agent 86. The hit comedy series 'Get Smart' is the creation of comic geniuses Buck Henry and Mel Brooks. Henry teamed with Brooks to create what has undoubtedly become one of the finest parody/satires of all time. The project seemed headed for success from the start: ABC had green lighted it based on the strength of the concept, and they had an actor already under contract to play Smart. Brooks was approached to write the pilot. As he was looking for a way to finance his new movie The Producers, he agreed. Deemed "not funny", the initial script was rejected by ABC. Undaunted, the production team shopped the script around and NBC accepted it with one minor change. They wanted Don Adams in the title role. And so, an unlikely legend was born. Set in Washington, D.C., the show features Agent 86 (Maxwell Smart), his boss (The Chief), Smart's partner and later wife (Agent 99) and a host of other agents both good and evil. Perhaps one of the most important elements of the show is the gadgetry created to help Smart in his quest to keep the free world free. On this show, anything including the kitchen sink can be a phone, a tape recorder, a camera or weapon. Looking for an Agent? Check under your seat cushion. Want a weapon? Try your finger-gun. Need to make a phone call? Open up that bologna sandwich. The show was painted in the broadest of strokes and played every moment for its own delightful reality. In order to give the agents of CONTROL, a series of worthy opponents, KAOS was created. Smart and 99 battled the likes of Mr. Big, The Claw, and Siegfried. On the home front, Max and 99 had a relationship that developed as the show ran and eventually they married. 99 soon gave birth to twins (a boy and a girl) and the Smart family (and the show) began to experience some growing pains. Get Smart ran from 1965 through 1970 on both NBC and CBS. For one month in 1995 FOX attempted to bring the series back with some changes; Max as the Chief, 99 as a Congresswoman, and the Smart twins were now inexplicably only one child. Despite the lack of success experienced by the sequel, Get Smart remains a favorite by agents and civilians alike. (TV Land) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Telecast NBC September 18, 1965 - September 20, 1969 CBS September 26, 1969 - September 11, 1970 Broadcast History Sep 1965 - Sep 1968, NBC Sat 8:30-9:00 Sep 1968 - Sep 1969, NBC Sat 8:00-8:30 Sep 1969 - Feb/Apr - Sep 1970, CBS Fri 7:30-8:00 Episodes 138 Episodes On Film 1 Episode in Black And White; 137 Episodes In Color -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------moreless
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    The Wild Wild West (1969)

    The Wild Wild West (1969)

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    The Wild Wild West ran for four seasons, and featured the adventures of two Secret Service Agents working for President Ulysses S. Grant. The two men were James West, former Union soldier and current man-of-action, gunman, and womanizer. His partner was Artemus Gordon, a former con man and master of disguise and invention. Together, the two fought various menaces aimed at the United States and President Grant, as well as investigating other Federal crimes. Riding on the post-James Bond spy craze of the 60's, WWW featured not only all of the typical "spy gimmicks" like boot knives, miniature explosives, and spike-firing grapple guns, but featured a variety of criminal masterminds wielding high-tech items (for 1880) like robot squids, cyborgs, exo-skeletons, steam-powered giant puppets, earthquake machines, hallucinogenic drugs, shrinking potions, and much much more. Their major nemesis, the diminutive Dr. Miguelito Loveless, was a master of such gadgets and gizmos. The show's producers and writers mixed all of these with typical Western movie conventions, a nod to the old movie serials, and some modern-day stylings as well to produce a unique series that has rarely been seen since. (pictured l to r: Ross Martin, Robert Conrad)moreless
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    The Red Green Show

    The Red Green Show

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    During his days of stage touring with his wife, and on the briefly-lived sketch comedy they performed him, Steve Smith created the rough draft for a character: The embodiment of the male ego. He named the character Red Green, after Canadian hunter and fisherman, Red Fisher, and usually appeared in a cluttered room, wearing a rubber duck on his hat, sitting on a picnic table, and speaking in a somewhat throaty voice. He would comment on countless stereotypical Canadian activities and incorporate them into the stereotypical male activities. The character proved popular with audiences. In 1991, CHCH, a television network in Hamilton, offered him an opportunity for a series. Smith decided to take the offer, but concluded that if this show flopped, he would leave television altogether (he had previous efforts, such as his role as the father of his real sons, "Me and Max", his sons Max and Dave playing themselves and Morag playing the wife/mother, as well as multiple roles; among them was Steve's character "Uncle Red). He collaborated with his friend, Rick Green, about it. They decided to make a show about "being outdoors", when it occurred to them Red Green was just such a character. With a little character fleshing and a backdrop, this show just might make it. Rick would direct, Steve would write, and they would both produce. And who would Rick play? A certain character he had performed on radio and television named Bill, a wacky, slapstick character, almost a living cartoon who never stopped talking. As a twist, on the show, his voice was almost never heard. He only appeared in black and white segments titled "Adventures with Bill." And his last name? In a moment of irony- Smith. The "plot" (or lack thereof) was that Red Green was the leader of Possum Lodge, a men-only resort where they could generally goof off and be themselves. They were veritable stereotypes, yet with a certain flair and charm, which added to their wit. Red was the only remotely sensible one, but perhaps not much more competent. He was a true craftsman, and had a portion called "Handyman Corner" where he would take ordinary objects and, with the help of power tools and duct tape, would turn them into a unique variation of something already established. Rarely did they work. He also had countless monolouges where he would talk to "all you middle-aged" viewers. Among the regular residents at the Lodge were Dalton Humphries (Bob Bainborough), the owner of "Humphries's Everything Store" and possessor of the worst marriage and family imaginable. Another was Winston Rothschild III (Jeff Lumbly), a friendly, inherited millionaire who ran a septic sewage sucking company. Mike Hamar (Wayne Robson) was the neurotic former criminal on parole, and Hap Shaunnesy (Gordon Pinsent) was the aging riverboat owner, who reminsced about wild, unbelievable adventures. Bob Stuyvesant (Bruce Hunter) was a golf-playing, multiply-married Natural Resources inspector, and Buzz Sherwood (Peter Wildman) was a wild pilot who was still a hippie. Garth Harble (Derek McGrath) was the local nature specialist, and Dougie Franklin (Ian Thomas) was the Southern American, owner of the world's largest trucks. There were also recurring roles, such as Aboriginal actor Graham Greene as explosives "expert" Edgar K.B. Montrose and Peter Keleghan as Ranger Gord, who started the series living in a fire-watch tower, deprived of human relationship. It was the general incompetence and helplessness of the overweight beer-drinkers that made up most of the humour, coupled with Red's dry wit. The show didn't originally have great ratings and was eventually cancelled after three seasons. Fortunately, however, Global picked it up in 1994, re-naming it "The New Red Green Show", raising the budget, and adding a new, completely unique star: Red's nephew, geeky city boy Harold, played by television star and Second City alumnus Patrick McKenna. He wore a large, guitar-like video device which he used to remotely control the cameras. Red generally traded barbs with Harold, but kept him because he needed his technological skills to produce the show. Harold was generally unliked by the other lodge members, and wasn't very attractive, either: He wore glasses and a retainer, had a nasal, high-pitched voice, and generally looked awkward. The Global run brought two elements to The New Red Green Show that proved valuable vehicles for McKenna's Harold character. One was the "Possum Lodge Word Game," a send-up of Bob Stewart's Pyramid, begun in 1995 and still in practice. Harold emceed as Red and a fellow lodge member competed for cheap prizes. (Usually Red gave the clues and people such as Dalton or Mike would make nowhere near the correct guess.) The shorter-lived fixture, first seen in 1996, was "Men Anonymous," in which lodge members talked of how they tried to act less like men. While "Men Anonymous" didn't last, Red and the others did hold on to that group's "Man's Prayer": I'm a man, But I can change If I have to, I guess. The 1996 season was notable as well for the absences of Edgar Montrose and Ranger Gord. (At the time, Peter Keleghan was starting The Newsroom for the CBC). Global aired "The New Red Green Show" until 1997, when the series was axed and sold to CBC for a hefty price. On CBC, its title was restored to "The Red Green Show" and many aspects of the original program were restored. One new element was Red's fix-it segment called "If It Ain't Broke, You're Not Trying," where lodge members would bring broken items and Red would usually apply duct tape somewhere. However, in the ensuing two years some drastic changes were made. Rick Green left to devote his time and energy to his cable-based sketch comedy/satire "History Bites" (in which Bainborough is a regular performer), Derek McGrath left to perform in "Doc" and Pat McKenna also departed to spend more playing the maniacal oppressor Marty Stephens on the Toronto stock market drama "Traders", and with them their characters vanished. Replacing Bill was ambitious youth Walter (Joel Harris), who wasn't quite as manic as Bill. His black-and-white bits introduced a gimmick rarely seen on "Adventures With Bill": Regular characters (besides Red) frequently appeared sharing Walter's escapades. Once McGrath parted paths with the show, a new animal control officer was needed. By the end of the 1998 season, Jerry Schaefer joined the cast as a more regular character than McGrath was, in the form of paranoid Ed Frid, who adapted Harble's gimmick of holding a wild animal in a bag, but instead of being ignorantly confident, he was constantly worried about them and would always make up a wild half-truth about their destructive abilities. Harold, however, who had found urban employment and moved to the city, would occasionally guest star, either visiting his beloved cousin or or vice versa (if Red were to visit Harold it would usually involve some legal or technological situation). That same year also featured Mike's Teen Talk and the first year for Ranger Gord's animated Educational Features. Things changed yet again for the 11th year of The New Red Green Show because Harold returned full time and has been a regular ever since. The show also finally saw a replacement for Glen Brackston as Dwight Cardif became the show's Marina Operator. The 13th Year saw a welcome surprise as Bill rejoined the show for six Adventure Segments. Another recent feature is Talking Animals with Ed Frid and the return of Ranger Gord's Animated Shorts for the 5th year. The New Red Green Show has been running on PBS since 1995, airing all the Global and CBC shows. Only in the highlight special "We Can't Help It, We're Men" did PBS audiences see clips of the CHCH days. "Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together." "Keep your stick on the ice!"moreless
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    Mister Ed

    Mister Ed

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    CBS (ended 1966)
    One of the most successful of the numerous 1960's nonsensical sitcoms was this one about a talking horse. Ed belonged to Wilbur Post, a young architect who had decided to move out of the city to get a little closer to nature. The rambling country home he and his wife decided upon came complete with a barn that doubled as Wilbur's office and a very talkative palomino named Ed. Problem was Ed didn't care to talk to just anyone, in fact he would only talk to Wilbur (the first human he'd ever met worth talking to). The confusion caused by having a talking horse, and the situations Ed got Wilbur into, and occasionlly out of, formed the stories.moreless
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    Coach

    Coach

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    Coach airs on the USA network; reruns also air in syndication. Check Local Listings Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #18 in the 1989- 1990 Season
    #18 in the 1990- 1991 Season
    #10 in the 1991- 1992 Season
    #6 in the 1992- 1993 Season
    #6 in the 1993- 1994 Season
    #15 in the 1995- 1996 Season
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    All That

    All That

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2005)
    All That began in April 16 1994 on Nickelodeon. When the show made its debut, it showcased future careers for the cast. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell got their own show in 1996 entitled Kenan & Kel. Kenan Thompson became a Saturday Night Live cast member in 2003. Lori Beth Denberg became a regular on The Steve Harvey Show in its second season. Alisa Reyes was the voice of LaCienega Boulevardez on The Proud Family. In All That's 7th Season, there was an all new cast.

    The show has inspired the cult hit movie Good Burger and the 1996 CD All That: The Album, which features the theme song sung by TLC, audio of sketches, and other musicians who have performed on the show, mostly from the time when hip-hop musicians were frequently the musical guest. The actual CD has a picture of the original cast on it. Both the DVD/VHS for Good Burger and the TV show's soundtrack are available on Amazon.com. The show originally was taped at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida before moving to the Nickelodeon at Sunset studio in Hollywood, California.

    All That theme song performed by TLC

    Fresh out the box, Stop, look, and watch, Ready yet, get set, It's All That! Chorus: Oh, oh, oh this is All That, This is All That! Check it, check it, check it Now this is just an introduction before I blow your mind. The show is All of That and yes we do it all the time so sit your booty on the floor or in a chair, ground or in the air. Just don't go no where 'cause everything we do it's all of that! When entertaining you. We all of that! My posse and my crew It's all of that! So sit still 'cause we're coming right back. Chorus x2moreless
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    New Tricks

    New Tricks

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    BBC (ended 2015)
    New Tricks is a BBC television drama series which follows the work of the Metropolitan Police Service's Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS). Led initially by Det Supt Sandra Pullman, it is a specialist unit staffed by retired police officers who have been recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes.moreless
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    The Good Place

    The Good Place

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    NBC
    When Eleanor passes on, she is accidentally sent to The Good Place when she doesn't deserve to be there. Can she hide from Michael, who leads the Good Place, or will she eventually be sent to the Bad Place?moreless
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    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

    The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

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    Disney Channel (ended 2008)
    The Suite Life of Zack and Cody stars identical twin brothers Dylan and Cole Sprouse, as Zack and Cody, whose lives change when their mother Carey (Kim Rhodes), ends up landing a job at one of Boston's finest hotels, the Tipton Hotel. As part of Carey's contractual deal, the twins and her get to live in an upper floor suite of the hotel. Ashley Michelle Tisdale stars as Maddie Fitzpatrick, who plays the role of the hotel candy counter girl and part-time babysitter, that tends to having to put an end to Zack and Cody's antics. Brenda Song stars as the rich and spoiled hotel heiress, London Tipton; while Phill Lewis plays the role of Mr. Moseby, the Tipton Hotel Manager. While Zack and Cody's mother works, they have all the amenities that come with the hotel, like room service, the game room, the swimming pool, and the candy counter. Maddie steps up as being the babysitter for the twin boys who tries to foil their pranks, along with the job of being the Tipton's candy counter girl. Zack and Cody try to turn the hotel into the play ground, as they end up making friends and foes with guest, staff, and residents; which includes the spoiled hotel heiress, London Tipton. The show was originally called The Suite Life, which is co-created by Danny Kallis, who was a writer, producer, and director for the TV series, Smart Guy; and Jim Geoghan, who was a writer and producer for the TV series, Family Matters. Anything To Contribute To This Guide... ...any notes, quotes, goofs, etc., click on the "add" or "edit" icons on the various pages and fill out the forms! And please! Watch your spelling, punctuation grammar, etc.! Submissions that are full of errors have NO chance of being included! Information About The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Main Characters... Zack - The always stylin' Zack is the major instigator of the mischief that he and his brother, Cody, get into. He always means well, but sometimes the excitement of the situation gets the best of him. Cody - The super-friendly Cody is usually reluctant to participate in his brother Zack's schemes. But when he does, his good influence helps to reign Zack in when things get out of hand. Carey - Zack and Cody's mom is the headline singer at the Tipton Hotel's exclusive cabaret room. She's a great mom but has her hands full with the troublemaking twosome. London - As the wealthy daughter of the Tipton Hotel owner, London spends her tome showing off new outfits and acting like the hotel's princess. Even though she is the complete opposite of Maddie, they're still good friends. Maddie - Maddie is the Tipton Hotel candy counter girl-turned-part-time Zack and Cody babysitter. Her quick thinking often helps the twins out of some sticky situations. Mr. Moseby - Mr. Moseby, the Tipton Hotel's manager, tries to keep Zack and Code in line, but sometimes the boys get the best of him. With his strict ways, he often spoils their fun while saving the Tipton from their hijinks. Frequently Asked Questions About The Suite Life of Zack & Cody... Q. When did the show premiere? A. The show first premiered Friday, March 18, 2005 on Disney Channel at 7:00|6:00C with two back-to-back episodes. Q. When did the first production begin? A. Production began on September 14, 2004, in front of a live studio audience at 5:30PM at the Hollywood Center in Hollywood, California. The show is filmed in the same studio as Disney Channel's hit show That's So Raven. Q. When will new information become available? A. As soon as Disney releases new information, we'll post it for you. New episodes and air dates will be posted in the episode list or in the broadcast schedule. Q. When did the name change from 'The Suite Life' to 'The Suite Life of Zack and Cody'? A. The name changed at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in Los Angeles on January 14, 2005. Q. When did DisneyChannel.com premiere the official website/webpage? A. DisneyChannel.com launched the site/page on Friday, January 21, 2005; the same night that American Dragon: Jake Long premiered. It is updated regularly. Q. Do you need any more editors? A. No, we don't. We have enough now. But you can contribute. Other Information About The Suite Life of Zack & Cody... Theme Song... Here I am in your life Here you are in mine Guess we have a suite life, most of the time You and me, we got the world to see So come on down, just me and you know what to do So come on down, its you and me, me and you We got the whole place to ourselves, you and me We got it all for free, so come on down This is the suite life, we have a suite life Birthdays Of The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody Stars... Cole Sprouse (Cody) - August 4, 1992 Dylan Sprouse (Zack) - August 4, 1992 Brenda Song (London) - September 24, 1987 Ashley Tisdale (Maddie) - July 2, 1985 Phill Lewis (Mr. Moseby) - ? ?, 1968 Kim Rhodes (Carey) - June 7, 1969moreless
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    Zoey 101

    Zoey 101

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2008)
    Pacific Coast Academy, an all boys boarding school is accepting female students for the first time since the school was established. Zoey's (Jamie Lynn Spears) little brother Dustin (Paul Butcher) is currently a student there. Zoey decides to be one of the first girls to become a student at PCA. This is very exciting, but also very scary. Fitting in at a new school is hard enough, but going away to boarding school and living on your own at age 13 can get crazy, especially when the girls are heavily outnumbered by the boys... Follow Me- Theme Song of Zoey 101 Are you ready? I know you see me standing here Do I look good my dear? Do I look good today? Today, Today I'm just another kind of girl, and you want to see my world So come and ride away If you wanna play Come and play today Let's just get away (yeah) I will make you see All of the things that you can be Believe in yourself and follow me Yeah yeah Sung by Jamie Lynn Spears and Co-Written by Britney Spearsmoreless
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    Average Joe

    Average Joe

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    NBC (ended 2005)
    The series involves an ex-beauty queen/NFL cheerleader who's lead to believe she'll be on a dating show where she'll get to pick from a group of handsome men, a la "The Bachelorette." The first twist comes when she arrives and discovers the guys are actually "Average Joes." In the first season, the bachlorette is Melana Scantlin. NBC Studios is behind the series which will contain original twists and turns for the current dating/reality genre. Specifics however where not revealed. In the show, each week the beauty learns about her suitors during group and individual dates, as she determines which one might be her soul mate. She faces tough decisions as she must eliminate some guys in order to focus on those she has the most chemistry with. As the host and confindant, Kathy Griffin will offer her take on the behaviors and personalities af the men and is on hand to introduce the many twists and turns the show takes. The Peacock has committed to six episodes of the reality series from Executive Producers Stuart Krasnow ("America's Most Talented Kid") and Andrew Glassman (CNBC). Kathy Griffin ("The Mole") will host the project which, like FOX's "Mr. Personality" will test how important looks are in the dating process. Average Joe 2: Hawaii Hot on the heels of this Fall's hit Average Joe, NBC premieres the second installment of the series, Average Joe: Hawaii, on Monday, January 5 (10-11 p.m. ET). This new series was taped before the first series ever aired, thus protecting the twist. "As soon as we saw the first tapes of the original ‘Average Joe,' we knew there was rich potential for a second helping of this twisted take on the dating show. The fact that we taped both series before either hit the air allows for the surprise twists to hit the new participants with the same impact they had on the original show," said Zucker. In this new series, the crown of "Average Joe's" former beauty queen and NFL cheerleader Melana Scantlin is passed on to another former Miss USA contestant and model - Larissa Meek, who is swept away to a secluded island paradise with the promise of romance to be found among a group of 18 Prince Charmings. With no way of knowing the secret twist to "Average Joe" in advance, our new beauty must decide how to proceed when she meets the unexpected group of guys with big personalities, but admittedly average looks, ranging from a 5-foot-3 engineer to 340 pound sewage contractor. While finding themselves on what one dismayed ‘Average Joe' describes as "nerd island," the guys happily greet their beauty unaware that in a few short weeks a group of eight traditional dating-show-studs will join the competition to vie for her affection. As the series proceeds, new takes on the twists of "Average Joe" are in store for the audience along with brand new dramatic surprises; and tensions between the two groups of men reach new levels in several emotionally charged ‘joe' vs. ‘jock' showdowns. Average Joe 3: Adam Returns NBC will be premiering the third season of the series, Average Joe: Adam Returns, on Monday, March 15 (10:00 PM). The new season will be having new twists, and the biggest one would probably be Adam Mesh's return to the show. After Melana Scantlin's choice to take Jason as a winner on Average Joe's first season finale, instead of Adam, Adam's fans sent a big number of e-mails for bringing Adam back. Finally, after second season finished its airing, Adam Mesh will return to the show as a main bachelor in Average Joe 3: Adam Returns. Now Adam Mesh has the power to choose over some girls... Average Joe 4: The Joes Strike Back The newest and boldest installment of NBC's popular relationship series Average Joe about average-looking guys with big hearts and great personalities hoping to win the love of a beautiful woman returns with more twists, turns and conflicts than ever before. This time, stunning 26-year-old red-headed beauty Anna is the alluring bachelorette. Born in Poland and raised in Las Vegas, Anna has a degree in business administration and is now a model and entrepreneur. Once again, the unsuspecting model thought she was on a traditional dating show only to be surprised by a swarm of average Joes, including a tool salesman, a pest control guy and a computer-science student pursuing his Ph.D. In the six-episode series, the 18 enthusiastic average Joes hope to woo and win her over with their charm and personalities. But first, they'll have to navigate through an all new series of dramatic twists and turns, outrageous surprises ? and their toughest competition yet ? seven strikingly handsome jocks who are cocky and confident that Anna will only have eyes for them. Also included are a romantic getaway to exotic Tahiti, surprise visitors for both the Joes and Anna, and the return of three of the most popular former Average Joes in the premiere. NBC Broadcast History November 2003 - April 2004 -- Mondays 10:00 PM June 2005 - July 2005 -- Tuesdays 8:00 PM NBC Broadcast History - Special Night: Season 4 FINALE - July 27 2005 -- Wednesday 8:00 PMmoreless
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    Dennis the Menace

    Dennis the Menace

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    CBS (ended 1963)
    This is the 1959 CBS live-action situation comedy based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham. Dennis is portrayed as the helpful menace that always seemed to cause chaos. Dennis Mitchell lived at 627 Elm Street with his parents, Henry and Alice. Next door was his best friend, Mr. Wilson (though the feeling was, certainly, not mutual). Dennis always was around to help Mr. Wilson whether he wanted the help or not. The allure of the series was to see how Dennis would unintentionally mess things up for Mr. Wilson. The series lasted four seasons, but, perhaps, could have lasted longer. Joseph Kearns, the actor who portrayed Mr. George Wilson, died during the show's third season. This left a huge void that even veteran actor Gale Gordon (Mr. John Wilson) couldn't fill. He was introduced toward the end of the third season, and the series was cancelled the following year. Main Title Theme Song "Dennis the Menace" by Irving Friedman CBS Broadcast History October 4, 1959 - September 22, 1963 ---- Sundays ---- 7:30 - 8:00 P.M. Nielsen Ratings - Top 30 Season 1 (1959-60) 16 (26.0) Season 2 (1960-61) 11 (26.1) Season 3 (1961-62) 17 (23.8) Season 4 (1962-63) Not In Top 30 First Telecast: October 4, 1959 Last Telecast: July 7, 1963 Episodes: 146 black-and-white episodesmoreless
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    Even Stevens

    Even Stevens

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    Disney Channel (ended 2003)
    This popular and critically-acclaimed family was part of Disney Channel's "Zoog Weekendz" lineup. It's about an upper-middle class family in Sacramento, California with the focus on the two youngest siblings; Louis, the natural comedian who's trying to find his place among the over-achievers in his family, and Ren, the seemingly perfect daughter who is regularly driven to distraction by her younger brother.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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    Leave It to Beaver

    Leave It to Beaver

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    Leave It to Beaver portrayed the iconic postwar American family: June the perfect housewife, Ward the dad (what did he do for a living, anyway? And why did he always wear a suit to dinner?), big brother Wally, and of course Theodore ("The Beaver"), the good-hearted kid whose adventures propelled the show. Leave It to Beaver debuted in October of 1957 on CBS. In the fall of 1958, CBS dropped the series. ABC picked it up and ran it for an additional 5 years. Few people know that Leave it to Beaver was the first American television show broadcast behind the Iron Curtain -- perhaps part of the reason for so many references to God, Sunday School, Breaking Bread, etc. In several episodes, there are subtle references to the Soviet Union. In episode #31 ( New doctor ): Wally, has a model plane. Look close, it,s a Russian bomber. With, the red star decals. In episode #119 ( Beaver's House Guest ), the two boys are wearing their camp sweatshirts. With the name Camp Chekov on it. Propaganda? Maybe. What the average American family was like in the 1950's? I don't think so. What ever, I guess it worked. The series focuses on Theodore Cleaver (Beaver). Beaver (who was 7 when the series began) is your basic everyday little boy who had a knack of getting himself into trouble at every turn. His older brother Wally, is just entering his teen years and often wonders out loud how Beaver could be so dumb to get himself into stupid situations. (Examples: getting himself locked in the principals office, letting the bathtub overflow, letting the washing machine overflow, getting his head stuck in a fence at the park, constantly losing things (cats, change, etc.) His parents are your everyday 1950's parents, June and Ward Cleaver, who do their best to understand and support Beaver and Wally as they grew up. Other characters were mostly friends of Wally and Beaver. Wally's friends included Lumpy Rutherford and the two-faced Eddie Haskell. Eddie was courteous to June and Ward but when the grown ups weren't around he was a bully to Beaver and his friends. Beaver's friends include Whitey Whitney, Gilbert Gates/Bates/Harrison (inconsistent last name), Larry Mondello and Richard Rickover. Beaver's teachers, Miss Canfield and later Miss Landers were seen frequently as well as Lumpy's father, played by Richard Deacon known for his role on The Dick Van Dyke Show. While most people lump in Leave it to Beaver with other family sitcoms, such as Father Knows Best, and The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, this series was truly an original, and very much ahead of its time. It showed the world through the eyes of a young boy, and sometimes dealt with rather controversial subjects. One episode ("Beaver and Andy") dealt frankly with the subject of alcoholism. Another episode ("Beaver's House Guest") showed how divorce can affect a child. In 1985, Leave It to Beaver was in a full blown revival after a 1983 reunion movie, Still the Beaver, when a spin-off series, with the title of the reunion movie, was proposed. It later begin airing in syndication under the title, The New Leave It to Beaver and starred all of the original cast members except Hugh Beaumont who died on May 14, 1982. First Telecast: October 4, 1957 Last Telecast: September 12, 1963 Episodes: 234 B&W Episodes +1 Unaired B&W Pilot Theme Song: "The Toy Parade" Written by: Melvyn Leonard, Mort Greene & Dave Kahn Spin-offs: The New Leave It to Beaver NOTE: All air dates have now been verified through TV Guide. CBS Broadcast History October 1957-March 1958----Fridays----7:30 p.m. March-September 1958----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m. ABC Broadcast History October 1958-June 1959----Thursdays----7:30 p.m. July-September 1959----Thursdays----9:00 p.m. October 1959-September 1962----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. September 1962-September 1963----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) Never hit the top 30moreless
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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    FOX (Returning September 26, 2017)
    Detective Jake Peralta has a light-hearted approach to crime, but things change when he gets a new by-the-book boss.
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