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    The Bugs Bunny Show

    The Bugs Bunny Show

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    ABC (ended 1972)
    The Bugs Bunny Show was ABC's second prime-time animated series, along with The Flintstones and aired at 7:30 pm on Sundays. Not only was it one of the earliest broadcasts of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies on televsion, it was popular for kids since it was a cartoon. Each episode was directed by a handful of senior Warner staffers, including, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, and Maurice Noble. The show would open with Bugs and Daffy marching out on stage singing "This Is It" which became an instint musical hit among animation and television fans. Then Bugs would introduce a theme or a special guest host. Three cartoons would run and segments were placed between each one. After the second segment a commerical would run. The commerical would exclusively feature one or more of Warner cartoon star which was usually Bugs adverising either Kool-Aid, Tang, or Post Cereals. At the end "Coming Attractions" would be viewed as a sort of "sneak preview" of next week's show. The show was compised of exclusively post-1948 Warner cartoons since it was ownership of the shorts was divided-which Guild Films had owned most of the black and white cartoons while A.A.P. owned all the pre-1948 color shorts-and the 1931-1933 black and white Merrie Melodies. ABC stopped running The Bugs Bunny Show and soon CBC in Canada started showing an/the entire 3rd season in the early 70s, since ABC had cancelled The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour for "Welcome Back, Kotter". These "new" episodes were actually just color version of the older episodes-with the three cartoons changed. With this additional 3rd "cheater" season, there were 78 episodes total. Today The Bugs Bunny Show remains one of the best and most memorable programs in television history. MORE INFORMATION Until 1966 all 52 episodes were originally shown in black and white. Later all 52 episodes were put into color. In September, 1971, the half-hour Bugs Bunny Show reappeared, on Saturday mornings.moreless
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    You Can't Do That on Television

    You Can't Do That on Television

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    CTV (ended 1990)
    This was a sketch comedy show for young adults that was very popular in the 1980s. The series began life as a live variety show in Ottawa, Canada in 1979, which featured comedy sketches, music videos, and call-in contests. After the first season, the series was given a massive retooling and became a videotaped sketch comedy series. Its biggest success came when the series found its way south to the United States and became one of the trademark shows of Nickelodeon, a new cable channel aimed at children, where it aired until 1992. YCDTOTV may be long gone, but one of the shows trademarks, people getting covered in green slime (usually when they said "I don't know?"), has become a Nickelodeon staple.moreless
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    Webster

    Webster

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    ABC (ended 1989)
    Welcome to the Webster guide at TV.com. This sitcom was like Diff'rent Strokes in a lot of ways: first, a Black orphan named Webster (Emmanuel Lewis) was adopted by White parents (Alex Karras and Susan Clark); and second, the show's star became a household name. BROADCAST HISTORY 1983-1986: ABC 1986-1989: syndicationmoreless
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    Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

    Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

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    NBC (ended 1983)
    Following the Spider-Man (1981) cartoon, NBC decided they wanted Spidey to go in a different, more accessible direction. So in order to reach a wider audience, they added the X-Men character Ice-Man, a new character called Firestar, gave Peter Parker a room that turned into a secret superhero hi-tech headquarters, and renamed the show SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS. What kid can't relate, right? Regardless of the reasoning, the changes must have worked many people watched this show. Not only do the Spider-Friends fight Spider-Man's enemies (Dr. Octopus, Scorpion, Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter, Swarm (not Fritz Von Meyer in this reality, just a bunch of bees), The Chameleon, Electro, Mysterio, Kingpin, The Shocker, The Sandman, and The Beetle) and other Marvel universe villians (Dr. Doom, Magneto, Loki, Mordred, The Red Skull, and The Juggernaut), but also new villians made only for the show. There were episodes when the Spider-Friends teamed up with other Marvel superheroes like Sunfire, Captain America, Shanna the She-Devil, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange, The Hulk, Thor, The Black Knight III, and the X-Men. For the second season, the title became THE INCREDIBLE HULK AND THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, becoming an hour show that featured 30 minutes of Spidey (and friends) and 30 minutes of Hulk. By third season, the concept was the same, only in reverse order with a new title, "THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND THE INCREDIBLE HULK". Despite the name changes, this area will focus on all three seasons of Spidey and friends.moreless
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    Fist of the North Star

    Fist of the North Star

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2008)
    Kenshiro is the sole heir of the deadly 2000 year old martial art , Hokuto Shinken. He is on a quest for vengeance after being betrayed by a former friend , Shin , who mutilates Ken's body and steals his girlfriend Julia. Bandits and rival martial artists await him in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

    aka Hokuto No Ken in Japan aka Ken le Survivant in France and Quebec aka Ken il Guerriero in Italy

    First Opening song: Ai o Torimodose Second Opening song: Tough Boy Closing song: Love Songmoreless
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    Takeshi's Castle

    Takeshi's Castle

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    Tokyo Broadcasting System (ended 1990)
    A Japanese game show featuring the famous and well respected Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano, or should I say "Beat Takeshi". The show began with 142 contestants, many were challenged with games and challenges, all who failed were eliminated. The remaining players faced Count Takeshi, those who won the challenge he presented them, received 1 million yen. The show also contained many colorful characters such as the Takeshi, his advisers, and costume "foes". A comedic show, which challenges the reflexes and luck of contestants. The show originally aired on Japanese TV in 1986, and was later shown in other countries in later years.moreless
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    Count Duckula

    Count Duckula

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    ITV (ended 1993)
    This is a very clever cartoon from Cosgrove-Hall, the same group that produced Dangermouse. It is about a vampire duck that, due to a mishap during the re-animation process, is now a vegetarian. He uses a special machine in his castle to transport it to different places in search of treasure, money, and fame as a dilettante of sorts. He is accompanied by Igor, the family butler, who, being a vulture possessed of a very strong bloodlust, is a believer in the Old Ways of being a vampire. He is disappointed that the Count is not as evil as the old Count used to be. Also in the castle is Nanny, the nursemaid. She is big and dimwitted, being a hen and perpetually has her arm in a sling. Duckula is constantly being hunted by Dr. Von Goosewing, a vampire hunter, who is a German goose with ever-failing inventions. Count Duckula broadcast history
    In the USA, Count Duckula aired on Nickelodeon from 1988-1993.
    It was also aired in the UK, on Channel 3.

    Count Duckula rerun history
    In the UK it may have aired in re-runs for a number of years in syndication.

    Count Duckula commercially available episodes
    7 episodes from the first season are available on VHS from Black Star. Episodes: 65 color episodes
    Production Company: Cosgrove-Hall Spinoff from:Danger Mouse.moreless
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    Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends

    Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends

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    Classic Media
    Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends is a classic early 1960s cartoon comedy show produced by Jay Ward Productions. The show ran for 5 years and aired on both the ABC and NBC television network. The show's two main characters are Rocky J. Squirrel, a brave flying squirrel and his best pal, Bullwinkle, a dumb and clumsy moose living in the town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota. The series usually involves their misadventures involving enemies Boris and Natasha, the dastardly Russian spy duo bent on ending the noble antics of "moose and squirrel" and thereby gaining power over the fictional nation of Pottsylvania. Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends also featured short bookend stories- most notably Dudley Do-Right, the clueless Canadian Mountie always saving damsels from the villainous Snidely Whiplash, and another bookend involving Sherman and Peabody, a boy and dog brainiac who travel through time to discover the real story behind historical events and right the wrongs to make sure the events actually happen. Fun, vintage and famous for using groan-worthy puns, Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends is great for kids and kids at heart.moreless
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    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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    HBO (ended 1990)
    The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz is an anime adaptation series based on four of the original Oz books by L. Frank Baum which originally ran on the Japanese network TV Tokyo. It mainly consists of 52 episodes.

    In 1987, HBO purchased the rights to the series and dubbed it into English and production was done by the Canadian studio Cinar.

    Characters:

    Dorothy Gale: The main heroine of the series. She's a little girl who came to live with her uncle and aunt at a farm in Kansas, after losing her parents. She landed in Oz after a tornado blew up the farm away, so her quest is to find the way through the yellow brick road and ask the Wizard of Oz to return her home.

    Toto: A puppy uncle Henry gave Dorothy as a present.

    Scarecrow: The "brainless" scarecrow follows Dorothy to ask the Wizard of Oz for a brain.

    Tin Man: The Wicked Witch of the East transformed this originally human being into a tin man, so he wouldn't have any emotions. He follows Dorothy and Scarecrow in order to ask the Wizard of Oz for a heart.

    Cowardly Lion: Dorothy and the crew found this particulary playful lion chasing a butterfly. Although he's not showing any coward actions during the series, he follows Dorothy and the crew to ask the Wizard of Oz for courage.

    Uncle Henry and Aunt Em: While Uncle Henry worked very heard on the farm to provide the family, she worked at home and took care of the farm's animals and of Dorothy. Later, when Dorothy returns home to Kansas with the help of her magic shoes, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry refuse to believe Dorothy's tales of her adventures in Oz, dismissing them as hallucinations.moreless
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    Good Morning, Miss Bliss

    Good Morning, Miss Bliss

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    Disney Channel (ended 1989)
    Good Morning, Miss Bliss was about a junior high teacher, Miss Bliss, played by Hayley Mills, and some of her students, including Zack, Screech, Nikki, Mikey, & Lisa. Miss Bliss was an innovative teacher, which did not always please her boss, Mr. Belding, who was the principal of the school. Miss Bliss had been widowed a couple of years before and so juggled her personal life with her commitment to her students. The setting of the show was JFK Junior High in Indiana. After the show was cancelled by the Disney Channel, NBC picked up 4 of the characters (Zack, Screech, Lisa and Mr. Belding) for a new Saturday morning series called Saved by the Bell, which became more of a teen sitcom concentrating on the antics of the students and was re-located to Bayside High School in Pacific Palisades, California.moreless
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    The Wombles

    The Wombles

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    BBC (ended 1975)
    Based on the books by Elizabeth Beresford, this animated series follows a group of creatures living in Wimdeldon Common who spend their time picking up litter left by humans.

    At the head of the group is Great Uncle Bulgaria who mans the burrow and sends out his fellow wombles.

    The original series aired in 1973 for the BBC and a second series was commissioned 1996 for ITV.

    The first season (1973) aired on random weekdays at 5:40pm. Come season 2 (1975) however, a more rigid schedule was used: the show aired each weekday, but still at 5:40pm.moreless
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    Rainbow Brite

    Rainbow Brite

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    (ended 1985)
    The story of a young girl who tries her best to bring beauty and happiness to the Earth. She wears a magic belt known as the Color Belt which is activated by a handful of Star Sprinkles brings forth a powerful rainbow. She is assisted by her faithful talking horse Starlite, 'the most magnificent horse in the entire universe' and her personal sprite Twink. She lives with the Color Kids in the wonderful Rainbowland. But not everything is always peaceful, they occasionally get opposition from Murky Dismal and Lurky from the gloomy Pits. Try as they might, these two bumbleheads can't seem to succeed. At least they never give up. The fun never ends in Rainbowland thanks to other colorful visitors.moreless
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    Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater

    Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater

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    CBS (ended 1988)
    Welcome to the Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater guide at TV.com
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    Ulysses 31

    Ulysses 31

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    (ended 1982)
    This animated sci-fi retelling of the Greek poet Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey", was a French-Japanese co-production originally produced in 1981, with animation from premier Japanese animation studio TMS (Tokyo Movie Shinsha). The series was originally envisaged as being 52 episodes long, but production difficulties cut back the number of episodes to 26. The show was written by the French writing team of Nina Wolmark and Jean Chalopin, before being animated by TMS in Japan. Many of the show's key Japanese staff came from the very popular (in France as well as Japan) anime, Rose Of Versailles (Lady Oscar), although the original director, Tadao Nagahama died after production of the first episode, leaving the remaining directors to carry on in a similar style. Some of the show's mechanical designs were also created by Shoji Kawamori and Studio Nue, the famed creators of Macross. Although the show's worldwide debut was on September 12 1981, on Luxembourg's RTL channel, France's FR 3 (the first 'official' home of the series) was not far behind in showing the series. In the mid-1980's the show was given a very respectable and mature English dub by DIC, courtesy of Jean Chalopin and the cast and crew at Multidub International in Montreal, Canada. In the USA, the show was shown in syndication from September 13 1986 as part of Kideo TV a DIC-produced package of animated series such as The Get-Along Gang, Popples and Rainbow Brite (which Ulysses later replaced). The show was also shown on the UK's BBC and Channel 4 networks. Ironically, for a show co-produced by the Japanese, Ulysses 31 wasn't shown on Japanese television until February 6 1988, when a run of twelve episodes was shown there under the title of Space Legend Ulysses 31.moreless
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    Eureeka's Castle

    Eureeka's Castle

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1995)
    The day to day life of the muppet-like inhabitants of a wind-up music box castle. This Castle is named Eureeka's Castle and it's owned by a giant. Of the inhabitants there's Eureeka, a young sorceress in training, Batty an egotistical bumbling bat, Magellan a one toothed dragon that has a tail with a mind of it's own, Bog and Quagmire otherwise known as the "Moat Twins" who just swim around in the moat, and there are also singing mice! Eureeka's Castle had hand puppets,videos,books,stuffed animals and so much more! But Then something horrible happened...like MANY other Classic Nick Shows it was..um well.. it was Nicked off of Nickelodeon!moreless
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    The Wind in the Willows

    The Wind in the Willows

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    ITV (ended 1990)
    Welcome to The Wind in the Willows guide at TV.com! The series was made not with 'claymation', but rather with very expensive models made from latex foam. Combined with superb animation, the result was often so realistic you can forget that the characters are not alive.moreless
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    Sherlock Hound

    Sherlock Hound

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    YouTube (ended 1985)
    Meitantei Holmes (Sherlock Hound) is, as of 12/31/04, the last TV series to be made by Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away). The shows plot centers around Sherlock Holmes, along with the help of Doctor Watson, figuring out and stopping the evil schemes of Professor Moriarty and his henchmen Todd and Smiley. Miyazaki wrote the scripts for all 26 episodes, but he actually only directed 6 of them. The easiest way to tell these episode apart is to look at Professor Moriarty's henchman, Smiley; in a Miyazaki directed episode, he has green fur. Two of these episodes were theatrically released along with Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind in 1984. ("Blue Ruby" and "Treasure Under the Sea".) Opening Theme: "Sora kara koboreta Story" ("The Story That Fell From the Sky") by Da Capo Ending Theme: "Thames gawa no Dance" ("Dance of the River Thames") by Da Capo Show's Title in Other Countries: Sherlock Hound (English) Sherlock Holmes (French and Spanish) Die Abenteuer des Sherlock Holmes (German) Il fiuto di Sherlock Holmes (Italian)moreless
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    Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends

    Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends

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    E1 Entertainment (ended 1987)
    Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends is a television showed that aired on Showtime from 1985 to 1987 and featured fairytale or historically legendary characters and stories. There were nine episodes that aired. It starred Shelley Duvall as well as Stewart Duvall and David McCharen. It was written by Gary Jacobs. Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends won the CableACE award in 1987 for Children's Programming Special or Series and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1988 for Outstanding Children's Program.moreless
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    Alice

    Alice

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    CBS (ended 1985)
    Alice was first seen in August of 1976 but was based on the 1975 film, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore starring Ellen Burstyn and centering around Alice Hyatt. The television series had Linda Lavin starring as Alice. After her husband, Donald, was killed in a truck accident, Alice Hyatt and her 12-year-old son, Tommy, moved out of their home in New Jersey and headed for Hollywood.

    Alice's dream was to become a singer but for the time being she got work as a waitress in a greasy spoon, Mel's Diner after her car breaks down in Phoenix. Mel was gruff and demanding and constantly bossing his three waitresses around.

    The other two waitresses, in the beginning were Flo and Vera. Flo was the man-hungry southern belle, who's favorite saying was "Kiss My Grits." The other waitress, Vera, was shy and quiet and somewhat, as Mel put it, "dingy." Flo left in 1980 for her own series and was replaced by Belle who was later replaced by Jolene.

    In 1985, the series came to an end with Mel selling the diner, a married Vera, was now pregnant, Jolene was planning to open a beauty shop and Alice's dream was finally coming true, she became a lead singer with a band in Nashville.

    Spin-offs: Flo

    CBS Broadcast History

    September-October 1976----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. November 1976-September 1977----Saturdays----9:30 p.m. October 1977-October 1978----Sundays----9:30 p.m. October 1978-February 1979----Sundays----8:30 p.m. March 1979-September 1982----Sundays----9:00 p.m. October-November 1982----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. March-April 1983----Mondays----9:00 p.m. April-May 1983----Sundays----9:30 p.m. June 1983-January 1984----Sundays----8:00 p.m. January-December 1984----Sundays----9:30 p.m. January-March 1985----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m. June-July 1985----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m.

    Nielsen Ratings: (Top 60 or Better)

    #30 in the 1976-1977 Season #8 in the 1977-1978 Season #13 in the 1978-1979 Season #4 in the 1979-1980 Season #7 in the 1980-1981 Season #5 in the 1981-1982 Season #25 in the 1983-1984 Season #60 in the 1984-1985 Season

    First Telecast: August 31, 1976 Last Telecast: July 2, 1985

    Episodes: 202 Color Episodes

    Theme Song:

    "There's a New Girl in Town" Written by: Alan and Marilyn Bergman and David Shire

    Sung by: Linda Lavinmoreless
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    Gummi Bears

    Gummi Bears

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    NBC (ended 1990)
    Long ago, there was a thriving civilization of small humanoid bears called Gummi Bears. Possessing powerful magic and advanced technology, this race coexisted with humans until the growing rivalry forced the Gummis to flee across the sea, leaving only a small caretaker colony to prepare for a possible return. However, generations passed and the colony forgot their purpose even as human knowledge of the race faded into mere legend. All that changes when the colony meets a boy with a Gummi Bear medallion which unlocks the Great Book of Gummi which reveals lost knowledge of their past. Now the colony has dedicated themselves to the new goal to rediscover their heritage with the help of a few trusted humans while preventing new enemies like Duke Igthorn from exploiting that heritage to their own ends. Gummi Bears was part of what many consider Disney's "Golden Age" what that actually means is that is was when Disney had quality writers, characters, theme songs ect ect. Some other shows that were part of this time were The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Talespin, Ducktales, and Darkwing Duck The Gummi Bears had many secrets. All were built by the Ancient Gummis and a few by the present Gummis. Some of their many inventions and creations were Gummiberry Juice, Great Book of Gummi, Gummi Medallion, Quick Tunnels, Quick Cars, Mole Machine, Magical Gummi Statue, Ursalia Aqueduct, Long Range Quick Cars, Gumarine, Air Ship, Ursalia Horn, Gummi Scope, Wind Turbines, Great Quilt, Black Knight, Flying Machine, Gummi Dummy, The Oracle, Gummi Necklace, Changing Hat, and much much more! Disney is now releasing the animated programs to DVD with the first being Gargoyles (Last December) and then on November, 8, 2005 Disney will release a 3 DVD boxset of Duckales and Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers. Rumor is Gummi Bears will be paired up with a DVD box set of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Both sets will have a suggested retail price will be $34.99, so knock 30% off that at the register.moreless
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