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    The F.B.I.

    The F.B.I.

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    ABC (ended 1974)
    The F.B.I. was Quinn Martin Productions's longest running series. It was unique as its stories were loosely supervised by at the time, current FBI director J. Edgar Hoover himself who watched over the presentation of proper bureau procedure.

    After each week's episode, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. would step from behind the part of Inspector Erskine and directly address the audience, asking for help to catch real criminals that were on the run.

    The show was sponsored by the Ford company which provided numerous vintage cars for chasing, crashing, and, occasionally, simple transportation.

    After the Watergate scandal, the public's perception of the American government and its institutions was tarnished and changed forever. In 1974, The F.B.I. was cancelled after 9 years and 240 episodes.moreless
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    Flipper

    Flipper

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    NBC (ended 1967)
    Flipper was a show about a game ranger named Porter Ricks, and his two sons, Sandy and Bud. The show centers around a precocious pet dolphin, named Flipper, and all their adventures. The show ran for three seasons, and they stopped making new episodes in 1967. The series was a spin off of the feature filmFlipper in 1963. The film had a sequel, "Flipper's New Adventure" in 1964. A new Flipper TV series appeared for a short time in the 1990s. A feature film also entitledFlipper was released in 1996, starring Paul Hogan as Porter Ricks, and Elijah Wood as his nephew, Sandy, and of course, Flipper. The original Flipper was named Mitzi and she lived from 1958 to 1972. The dolphin had died of a heart attack. Flipper had a stunt double (Mr. Gipper) to do all of the tail walking. Flipper Theme Song: They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning, No-one you see, is smarter than he, And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder, Flying there-under, under the sea! Everyone loves the king of the sea, Ever so kind and gentle is he, Tricks he will do when children appear, And how they laugh when he's near! They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning, No-one you see, is smarter than he, And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder, Flying there-under, under the sea! (written by "Henry Vars and Dunham")moreless
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    One Step Beyond

    One Step Beyond

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    Outside the known is irreality, and one step beyond that is Surrealism. John Newland introduces reported cases of supernatural phenomena, whose poetry is revealed in magnificent and almost brutally compressed dramatizations. One Step Beyond was mainly filmed at M-G-M Studios, Hollywood, and partly at M-G-M British Studios, Borehamwood, Herts. It premiered nine months before The Twilight Zone, and was also known as Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond. All episodes are directed by Newland himself, a dab hand whose trademark is subtle, balletic camera work. This series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional stories with supernatural twists and turns, this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc., and re-creating them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever found, and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder, "what if it's real?"moreless
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    The Mod Squad

    The Mod Squad

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    ABC (ended 1973)
    The Mod Squad involved three hipper-than-hip undercover cops with a touch of menace and plenty of attitude. Younger looking than they were, these three police officers were able to earn the confidence of the bad guys, infiltrate their domain, and then bust their backsides while still looking good. Miami Vice was still a decade away. The Mod Squad paved the way for hip and happening PO-lice on TV!moreless
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    Gentle Ben

    Gentle Ben

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    CBS (ended 1969)
    The adventures of the young son of a game warden and his pet black bear in the Florida Everglades.
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    Mannix

    Mannix

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    CBS (ended 1975)
    Mannix starts out in the corporate offices of Intertect, but soon moves into private employ, with a secretary and a batch of clients eager to hire a tough investigator with a touch of satisfaction in his cerebral grasp of the world. A Link & Levinson invention, developed by Bruce Geller.moreless
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    Zane Grey Theater

    Zane Grey Theater

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    CBS (ended 1961)
    Welcome to the Zane Grey Theater guide at TV.com. Zane Grey Theater were adaptations of short stories and novels of the West by author Zane Grey, when the material began to run out stories from other authors were used. Host Dick Powell introduced the episodes and starred in several himself. Wonderful tales of the Old West laden with history and adventure. The opening and closing orchestration was conducted by Harry Lubin, the song was called "Way Out West". There were five episodes which became series' of their own, they include: "Trackdown" which aired 3May57; "The Rifleman" which aired 07Mar58; "Black Saddle" which aired 23May58; "Johnny Ringo" which aired 05Mar59; "The Westerner" which aired 26Mar59. Stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Lloyd Bridges, Eddie Albert just to name a few, appeared throughout the series. A Classic!moreless
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    Peyton Place

    Peyton Place

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    Peyton Place was America's first truly successful primetime serial. The series was the brainchild of veteran producer Paul Monash. Impressed with the success of Britain's monster hit Coronation Street, Monash wanted to import that UK series; however, ABC executives felt that US audiences would not cotton to the thick British accents and kitchen-sink drama. Monash countered with a slightly revamped version of Peyton Place, which had been a wildly popular novel by Grace Metalious and subsequent Hollywood film starring Lana Turner and Diane Varsi. While the book and series centered on the pious, hypocritical behavior of New England residents, the TV series eschewed most of that lasciviousness and told the story of life in a small New England village. In many ways, the TV program resembled a dramatic version of The Andy Griffith Show, featuring a recurring cast of warm, sympathetic characters who lived, loved, and died in a quaint town. Like the former series, Peyton Place was remarkably well-written and superbly acted by a cast of veteran actors and talented newcomers, several of whom were rewarded with Emmy nominations for their work. By far, the most popular performers were Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, and Barbara Parkins playing, respectively, confused young adults Allison MacKenzie, Rodney Harrington, and Betty Anderson. Before the program went on the air, Monash consulted with veteran soap producer Irna Phillips who had created and wrote top-rated daytime serials As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Phillips made several crucial decisions that ensured a long, healthy run for Peyton Place. First, she switched core character Michael Rossi's profession from high school principal to town doctor. This gave him a logical reason to participate actively in the lives of all Peyton Place residents, not just the school-age teens. Secondly, Phillips wisely dropped the novel and film's incest story involving Selena Cross. While this plot played well in the film and book, it was highly inappropriate for an evening network drama. After two years, Mia Farrow decided to exit the story to seek fame in films and concentrate on her highly publicized marriage to Old Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra. At that point, Barbara Parkins' Betty, who originally had been slated to die after the first twelve episodes, became the central character in Peyton Place intrigue. Subsequent ingenues like Leigh Taylor-Young and Joyce Jillson were brought in to help replace Allison's innocence, but none of these characters ever truly captured the imagination of PP's audience. Finally, in 1968, Dorothy Malone and Tim O'Connor were given their walking papers as Connie and Elliot Carson. That fall, Leslie Harrington and Martin Peyton were also disposed of. In its final season, Peyton Place attempted to recapture Nielsen popularity by restoring its original formula. Barbara Rush and Elizabeth "Tippy" Walker were brought in as the Mackenziesque mother/daughter duo Marsha and Carolyn Russell. Also, in a nod to the "relevance" campaign of the late 60's, the soap added an African-American neurosurgeon and his confused son to the cast, but these changes were unable to stop the slide in ratings. By the winter of 1969, Peyton Place ceased its two-episode telecasts, airing just once once a week. With abysmal ratings, the series quietly left the air in June 1969, leaving all loose plot threads untied. Although the series enjoyed only a modest five-year run, it proved that primetime soaps could be enormously successful, and it paved the way for similar hits such as Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Knot's Landing, and Melrose Place. Peyton Place also set records. At 514 episodes, it ranks number two in the production of more episodes than any other dramatic series in primetime history, second only to Gunsmoke which accumulated over 600 episodes. Additionally, every single episode of Peyton Place was an original telecast, giving it the most consecutive, original episodes of any television program in US primetime history. NBC launched a daytime soap opera entitled Return to Peyton Place in 1972. Although several actors from the original primetime show appeared, the soap failed to satisfy viewers who hoped the daytime version would conclude the previously dangling storylines. In fact, the character of Allison Mackenzie was heavily featured on the daytime soap (played by Kathy Glass and later Pamela Susan Shoop) even though she had mysteriously vanished on the primetime series. In 1977, NBC aired a reunion TV-movie entitled Murder in Peyton Place. A few former characters appeared, played by the original actors. Then in 1985, with nighttime soaps suddenly in vogue, NBC produced Peyton Place: The Next Generation, another attempt at reviving the infamous serial. Unfortunately, both TV movies were for the most part unfaithful to the parent program's narrative and didn't perform well enough in the ratings to launch a new weekly series. Peyton Place Broadcast History: September 1964 - June 1965 Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:00 pm (Eastern Time) June-October 1965 Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 9:30-10:00pm (ET) November 1965-August 1966 Monday/Tuesday/Friday 9:30-10:00pm (ET) September 1966-January 1967 Monday/Wednesday 9:30-10:00pm (ET) January-August 1967 Monday/Tuesday 9:30-10:00pm (ET) September 1967-September 1968 Monday/Thursday 9:30-10:00pm (ET) September 1968-January 1969 Monday 9:30-10:00pm (ET) Wednesday 8:30-9:00pm (ET) January-June 1969 Monday 9:00-9:30pm (ET) Nielsen Ratings Top 25: #9 Thursday episode 1964-65 #20 Tuesday episode 1964-65moreless
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    The Asphalt Jungle

    The Asphalt Jungle

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    One of the numerous Untouchables clones which popped up after the success of that show. The storyline of The Asphalt Jungle concerned Deputy Police Commissioner Matthew Gower who was one of the specialists fighting organized crime in a big city. He set up a special squad of select men headed by Gus Honochek and Danny Keller to infiltrate these organizations. Jack Warden starred as Gower with Arch Johnson and William Smith in support as Honochek and Keller respectively. One memorable aspect of this police series was the background music, composed by the great jazz musician Duke Ellington.moreless
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    Playhouse 90

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    CBS (ended 1960)
    The most ambitious and acclaimed of all the anthology series', Playhouse 90 was in a league of its own. "Requiem of a Heavyweight," written by Rod Serling, garnered numerous Emmys and remains one of the best live dramas. Each week the series aired a complete 90 minute live drama. The list of talents is amazing: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Hiller, John Brahm, Arthur Penn were a few of the directors. Every angle and every shot left an impact on the viewing public. It was a treasure of a show, that rare gem that lives on.moreless
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    Cheyenne

    Cheyenne

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    Cheyenne Bodie was a big man, a former army scout who went west after the American Civil War and drifted from job to job, here a cowboy, there a lawman, and always a larger-than-life hero.moreless
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    Kentucky Jones

    Kentucky Jones

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    NBC (ended 1965)
    Kentucky Jones was a thirty minute modern family drama about Dr. Kenneth "Kentucky" Jones, a veterinarian, ranch owner and former horse trainer.
    After losing his wife, Doc Jones attempts to reverse the adoption of a Chinese orphan he and his wife had agreed to raise, but it is too late, the young man is waiting for him at the airport. So Kentucky and his ranch hand Seldom Jones must raise the boy themselves.moreless
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    Catch Hand

    Catch Hand

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    BBC (ended 1964)
    British dramatic series
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    Probation Officer

    Probation Officer

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    ITV (ended 1960)
    Based on real-life court cases, the show centred on the work of individual probation officers, men and women responsible for the supervision of offenders released into the community with restrictions on their movements or associations. Probation Officer was an ATV production, and the first one-hour drama series to be carried on the ITV network.moreless
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    Lassie

    Lassie

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    CBS (ended 1973)
    Lassie currently airs on Discovery Kids @ 12:00/12:30 P.M. and 4:00/4:30 A.M. weekdays. Awards & Nominations 1959 - Emmy Awards - Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series - to June Lockhart 1956 - Emmy Awards - Won Best Children's Series 1955 - Emmy Awards - Won Best Children's Seriesmoreless
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    Lawman (1958)

    Lawman (1958)

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    ABC (ended 1962)
    Dan Troop is the new marshall in Laramie, Wyoming. He quickly hires Johnny McKay as his deputy, and together they work to clean up the town. Each week, the two lawmen are engaged in helping the citizens solve problems, fight injustice, and keep peace. Dan is tall, taciturn, and has the highest moral standards. Johnny tries hard to live up to Dan's example. After the first year, Lily Merrill opens the Bird Cage Saloon, and soon the three lonely people form a bond, much as a family, looking out for one another's interests. This western was a highly professional show in the midst of a time when formula westerns were the norm. It ran four years before it was cancelled.moreless
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    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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    NBC (ended 1970)
    Welcome to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir guide at TV.com.
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    The Champions

    The Champions

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    Welcome to The Champions guide at TV.com. "Craig Sterling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett… These are the Champions. "Endowed with the qualities and skills of superhumans - qualities and skills, both physical and mental, to the peak of human performance. Gifts given to them by an unknown race of people, when their 'plane crashed near a lost civilisation in Tibet. Now, with their secrets known only to them, they are able to use their fantastic powers to their best advantage… as the Champions of law, order and justice. Operators of the international agency, Nemesis!" The Champions was the first production from the team of Dennis Spooner and Monty Berman. Their company Scoton made the series for ITC in 1967 and established the format for many future ITC productions of casting three actors as the heroes.moreless
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    H.R. Pufnstuf

    H.R. Pufnstuf

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    NBC (ended 1971)
    This classic series begins with Jimmy, a young English boy, playing near the edge of a bay with his magical talking gold flute, Freddie. While at the edge of the bay, Jimmy climbs aboard a talking boat that beckons to him. As it drifts out to sea, an evil witch named Witchiepoo, seeking Freddie to add to her collection of magical possessions, casts a spell and makes the boat turn into an evil boat which attacks Jimmy (who then jumps overboard to save himself). Swimming to the shore of Living Island, Jimmy is rescued by its mayor, H. R. Pufnstuf, and his Rescue Racer crew (Kling and Klang) before Witchiepoo can get her hands on the boy or the magic flute. They befriend Jimmy, sheltering and protecting him from the kooky old witch. Everything on Living Island is alive. Books have faces, houses sneeze and trees can talk, not to mention the regular citizens who all look like an animal of some sort. Dr Blinky is an Owl, Ludicrous is a Lion and Judy Frog is; well she's a frog and the only character I didn't like as a child. And then there is the evil Witchiepoo. She continually tries to satisfy her obsession for the talking flute with the aid of her goofy henchmen Orson, Seymore, Stupid Bat, and her motorized broomstick, called the Vroom Broom. Each episode involves Jimmy attempting to escape from the island with the help of Pufnstuf and his friends, with flute intact of course. H.R. Pufnstuf was created by Sid and Marty Krofft.moreless
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    The Defenders (1961)

    The Defenders (1961)

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    CBS (ended 1965)
    Recent law school graduate (Robert Reed) joins his father (E.G. Marshall) as the pair tackle challenging legal cases, often involving issues which were highly touchy for the times (abortion, euthanasia, "un-American" activities, movie censorship). In most, the freshly minted lawyer has much to learn from his father's extensive legal experience.moreless
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