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    Where The Action Is

    Where The Action Is

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    ABC (ended 1967)
    Welcome to the Where The Action Is guide at tv.com.
    In 1963, AMERICAN BANDSTAND left the weekday shift for Saturday afternoons. Two years later (1965), Dick Clark created a new spin-off for ABC called Where The Action Is, a half-hour rock 'n' roll show featuring the hits of the day.
    Where The Action Is took viewers to various locations across the US. In addition to Stateside locations, segments were also taped in Canada, Britain and Japan. One frequent location was Malibu Beach in Malibu, CA, where many of the summer shows were shot. Bear Mountain Ski Resort in Bear Mountain, CA was the frequent site for the the winter and holiday shows.
    Steve Alaimo and Linda Scott were the original hosts. By 1966, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the house band, took over the hosting duties. Other series regulars included Keith Allison, Tina Mason and Jimmy Hubbard. The Action Kids was the series' dance troupe.
    Where The Action Is was in black and white during its original ABC run. It was followed by two short-lived remakes (in 1973 and 1985). In 1987, CBS-TV aired "Keep on Cruisin'," another series following in the footsteps of "Action".
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    The Broadcast History:
    June 28, 1965-September 24, 1965, Monday-Friday at 2:00-2:30pm on ABC-TV
    September 27, 1965-March 31, 1967, Monday-Friday at 4:30-5:00pm on ABC-TV.moreless
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    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Monty Python's Flying Circus

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    BBC (ended 1974)
    And now for something completely different: Monty Python's Flying Circus was simply the most influential comedy program television has ever seen. Five Englishmen, all working under the constraints of conventional TV shows such as The Frost Report (for which the five Englishmen wrote), gathered together with an expatriate American in the spring of 1969 to break the rules. The result, first airing on BBC-1 on October 5, 1969, has influenced countless future men and women in the media and comedy since.moreless
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    Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown

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    CBS
    Charles Schulz's classic comic strip Peanuts started in 1950. Fifteen years later, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted. When The Little Christmas Special that Could proved to be an unexpected success, the stage was set for successive television specials. To date, over forty have been made. The Charlie Brown specials focus on one round-headed kid, his goofy but intelligent beagle, and their vast array of friends. Each has distinctive qualities: Lucy, the crabby, self-proclaimed psychiatrist; Linus, the blanket-toting theologian; Schroeder, the Beethoven worshiper whose black piano keys are only painted on; Peppermint Patty, the tomboy whose affections toward "Chuck" are only outweighed by her sports abilities; and so on. The wit, the charm, the pleasantness of these specials make them appropriate not just for children, but for the whole family.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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    Daktari

    Daktari

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    CBS (ended 1969)
    Set in Africa, this family series was based on the 1965 movie, "Clarence The Cross-Eyed Lion," and retained several of the original cast from that movie, with a few additions. The story unfolded around the wildlife preserve of Wameru, overseen by Dr. Marsh Tracy, with his daughter, Paula. He was helped by Jack Dane, another American, and a local, Mike Makula. The most popular stars of the show, however, were the animals, Clarence and Judy, a mischievious chimp, making this a very memorable show.moreless
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    Stingray

    Stingray

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    ITV (ended 1965)
    "Stand by for Action! We're about to launch Stingray! Anything can happen within the next half hour!"

    These were the words spoken by Commander Shore at the beginning of each episode of Stingray, the first Gerry Anderson Supermarionation show to be made in colour.

    Set in the year 2064, Stingray is about the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (WASP) who patrol the world's oceans, helping and defeating underwater races. The pride of WASP is the revolutionary submarine Stingray, which is controlled by Captain Troy Tempest and Lieutenant George Lee Sheridan, better known as "Phones".

    The WASP headquarters at Marineville, a huge complex, 10 miles inland. The heart of WASP operations is the control tower, where Commander Sam Shore, Lt. Atlanta Shore (also his daughter) and Sub-Lieutenant Fisher can control and communicate with the entire WASP organization.

    When Marineville is under surface attack, Battle Stations sound. What happens next is that the whole complex sinks beneath the ground on massive hydraulic platforms. Huge concrete blast doors then protect the base, as well as WASP Interceptor and hydraulic missiles.

    The WASP call is "PWOR" (Proceed With Orders Received).

    The main villain of the WASPs is Titan who rules the underwater city of Titanica and has sworn to invade the surface world. His slaves are the Aquaphibians, who control mechanical fish called Terror Fish, armed with deadly missiles that have destroyed many unsuspecting victims. Titan is also assisted by Surface Agent X20, who talks incredibly like Peter Lorre. X20 can infiltrate Marineville through cunning disguises. He lives in an old house on the Island of Lemoy, where he can communicate with Titanica by pressing a button in his living room, which changes the room into a communication centre within seconds!

    Before becoming a member of the WASPs, Marina, a tailless, voiceless mermaid was the slave of Titan before Troy Tempest rescued her from his clutches. Her father, Aphony is the ruler of the underwater city Pacifica. Marina and her people have been sworn to silence by Titan, who said if they were to speak again, they would be destroyed.

    Occasionally, Marina accompanies Troy and Phones on their missions and sometimes Atlanta goes in place of her if they feel the mission is unsuitable for Marina. Troy has love interests for both women. Rarely seen on missions is a seal named Oink.

    Each episode ended with a song called "Aqua Marina" which was composed by Barry Gray and sung by Gary Miller.

    Not only was Stingray the first Supermarionation series to be made in colour, it was also the first British TV series to be made in colour! The series has also been repeated on BBC 2 over 1992-4 and 2001/2 and recently on weekday mornings over 2003/4. It has also been shown on Sky One.moreless
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    Benny Hill

    Benny Hill

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    BBC (ended 1963)
    This show was a live sitcom anthology in which Benny played a different character in every episode.
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    The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

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    NBC (ended 1967)
    Welcome to The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. guide at TV.com. Secret agents April Dancer and Mark Slate pit their wits against UNCLE's dastardly enemy THRUSH in their fight to preserve world peace and eradicate despots from around the globe. All this is done with a quirky sense of humour and lashings of 60's style. This weekly show was a spin-off from the highly successful series, 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' However it proved to be less popular and so it was cancelled after one series. Only twenty nine episodes were made. Stefanie Powers and Noel Harrison play Dancer and Slate. Their UNCLE superior, Mr Waverly, is played by Leo G. Carroll. This was a role he also played in 'The Man From UNCLE' and he was the first actor to be in two series simultaneously.moreless
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    The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

    The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

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    CBS (ended 1972)
    The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was hosted by Glen Campbell who received quite a following during his stint on "The Smothers Brothers Show". With his easy manner and popular music, Glen won quite a TV following leading to his own CBS series, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour". Glen had two hit songs on the charts when he got the series, they were "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston". The series was filled with comedy, solos, and a very easy-going down-home friendly manner which endeared him to the masses. Composer-singer John Hartford wrote the theme song for the series, which was "Gentle On My Mind" and made frequent appearances throughout the show's run.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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    Pixie & Dixie

    Pixie & Dixie

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    (ended 1961)
    In discussing Hanna Barbera Productions and animations, Pixie & Dixie is a memorable show to begin with. There was television animation before the Hanna-Barbera studio got into the act, prime examples being Crusader Rabbit and Winky Dink. But it was Hanna-Barbera that turned TV animation into an industry. Their first half-hour show — the first half-hour animated show to succeed in the TV market — was Huckleberry Hound, which debuted in syndication on October 2, 1958. The series featured two mices Pixe and Dixie, who are the bestest friends untill the end. The two try to live there life from not being hurt, harm or destroyed from a cat named Mr. Jinks, who hates "mecess to pieces". The series is more related and conflicted to Tom & Jerry. But very different, it's real funny and usually warm touching.moreless
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    The Gallant Men

    The Gallant Men

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    The Gallant Men tells the story of an American infantry company as it fights its way up the boot of Italy during World War II, led by determined young captain Jim Benedict. The action is seen through the eyes of a war correspondent, which makes this show unique in the genre. Made by the production company that had previously been successful with westerns like Cheyenne and Maverick, and private eye shows like 77 Sunset Strip and Hawaiian Eye, the show suffered in comparison with the similar war series Combat!, which aired on the same network and outlasted it by four years.moreless
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    Insight

    Insight

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    (ended 1984)
    The legendary edification of television by the Paulist Fathers ran for a quarter-century and produced 250 dramas (and comedies). Nearly everyone in Hollywood worked on Insight at one time or another, including directors such as Arthur Hiller, Norman Lloyd, Jack Shea, Delbert Mann, Ted Post, and Marc Daniels, writers such as Rod Serling, John T. Dugan, Lan O'Kun, and Michael Crichton, and every actor in the Guild.moreless
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    The Dick Emery Show

    The Dick Emery Show

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    BBC (ended 1981)
    British sketch comedy show
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    Hootenanny

    Hootenanny

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    ABC (ended 1964)
    Hootenanny was presented as a traveling folk music jamboree. Taped at various college campuses, it debuted in the Spring of 1963 as a 30-minute show (8:30pm EST, Saturday) for 13 weeks. The program was not without controversy and is remembered today as the show that blacklisted Pete Seeger (along with other members of Seeger's group The Weavers), for alleged communist affiliations. For this reason, several of the genre's most prominent acts - The Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary, among others - refused to appear. Nevertheless, folk music was then at its commercial peak and Hootenanny was a ratings success. To its credit, the program did strive for a balance between commercial folk groups (The Limeliters, The New Christy Minstrels) and ethnic folk performers (Theodore Bikel, Addis & Crofut, Josh White). Topical songs were not avoided either - the Chad Mitchell Trio, who appeared nine times, sang the satiric "John Birch Society," Tom Paxton's "What Did You Learn in School Today?" and Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." The otherwise well-scrubbed Goodtime Singers covered Phil Ochs' "Freedom Calling (What's That I Hear?)." And while Seeger and the Weavers were barred, their music was not: The Simon Sisters performed Seeger's "Turn, Turn, Turn" and The Chad Mitchell Trio performed his "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" (a hit for the boycotting Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary); Bikel sang Weaver Fred Hellerman's anti-war song "Come Away, Melinda." In the Fall of 1963, Hootenanny was expanded to 60 minutes (7:30pm EST, Saturday) and scheduled against Jackie Gleason on CBS. Although not the time slot winner, Hootenanny scored well enough to keep Gleason out of the top 30, and by Christmas there was talk that it would continue for another season. But less than two months later, everything changed: Beatlemania had come to America and the popularity of folk music began a rapid decline. In fact, many performers who appeared on Hootenanny as folk singers (John Phillips, Cass Elliot, Gene Clark, Carly Simon) would find greater success in rock 'n' roll. In 1964, ABC cancelled Hootenanny in favor of a new music program: Shindig!moreless
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    The Frank Sinatra Show

    The Frank Sinatra Show

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    ABC (ended 1958)
    The Frank Sinatra Show was Sinatra's second attempt at a weekly TV show. The first was on CBS and ran for two years, 1950 to 1952. For this version ABC reportedly paid Sinatra $3,000,000. The show was to be a mixture of musical and dramatic programming, sometimes with Sinatra, other times he was to host episodes that he didn't appear in. The musical shows were recorded at The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. A survey of TV listings for the program shows that episodes were often changed at the last minute with dramatic shows being bumped for musical episodes. After it became clear the show was a ratings fiasco the show became more of a standard variety show. Sinatra often appeared opposite some of the best musical talent of the era but it didn't help much. Perhaps Sinatra was simply being spread too thin-he was still appearing in movies and making his classic albums for Capitol, in addition to appearing on other TV shows. After a break, for the 1959-1960 season Sinatra headlined a series of four specials for ABC under the umbrella title The Frank Sinatra Timex Show. In 2002 PBS aired a special "Sinatra: The Classic Duets" that included many excerpts from his 1957/58 show. In August 2003 another special "Vintage Sinatra," consisting of Sinatra solos from his show, aired on PBS stations. Both specials are available on home video & DVD. In September 2003 the Christmas show with Bing Crosby was also released on home video & DVD.moreless
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    Z Cars

    Z Cars

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    BBC (ended 1978)
    Welcome to the Z Cars guide at TV.com.

    This long-running BBC drama series dealt with the goings on of the Newtown police and their Ford Zephyr squad cars or "Z Cars". Eschewing the post-war idyll presented in Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars reinvented the genre for the 1960s, with an emphasis on personal drama and the day-to-day lives of an ensemble cast, combining police procedural and 'kitchen sink' drama. The show was initially filmed in the studio, but made extensive use of filmed inserts, which brought added realism. Early episodes were commonly screened live.

    The new realism excited some initial controversy, but the show became a ratings winner, leading to the commissioning of further episodes to extend the series beyond its planned 13-week run. By the mid 1960s, Z Cars had become a fixture in the schedules, switching to year-round twice-weekly broadcasts in 1967 before reverting to a conventional 50-minute drama format in 1971.

    Z Cars ran to 798 broadcast episodes, an unprecedented figure for any non-'soap' that remained unmatched until ITV's own version of the show, The Bill, passed it in 1994.

    Detectives Barlow and Watt featured in successful spin-off series Softly Softly and its sequels from 1966 to 1976.moreless
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    Alcoa Premiere

    Alcoa Premiere

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    Hosted by Fred Astaire this series was also known as Fred Astaire presents. The series boasted a variety of episodes from comedy to drama and music. Running for two seasons this classic anthology series hosted a large number of well known actors and writers and directors. Classic series with high production values.moreless
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    Pat Boone Chevy Showroom

    Pat Boone Chevy Showroom

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    ABC (ended 1959)
    Pat Boone Chevy Showroom was a "Cooga Mooga Production" which gave Fifties pop music star Pat Boone a chance to host this "Rock 'n Roll" variety show sponsored by Chevrolet. His success on the charts and the movies brought this charming, clean cut, wholesome image a whole new generation of admirers.moreless
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    Woobinda: Animal Doctor

    Woobinda: Animal Doctor

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    ABC1 (ended 1970)
    This series presents John Stevens, a veteranian with a station in fictitious New South Wales country town of Gattens Creek. He has a teenage daughter called Tiggie, who he raises alone since his wife died long ago. To his family also belongs his adopted Aboriginal son Kevin. In his station Stevens is supported by Peter Fischer a German vet and his friend Jack Johnson. Woobinda is an Aboriginal term defining the strong compression of aninmals.moreless
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