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    Silver Spoons

    Silver Spoons

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    NBC (ended 1987)
    Silver Spoons started as a series built around the idea of Ricky Stratton teaching his father Edward to grow up while Edward taught Ricky to be a kid. In the series opening twelve-year-old Ricky arrives at his unsuspecting father's mansion to introduce himself and move in. His mother Evelyn had placed him in military school after she remarried and thought Ricky would be in the way. Edward Stratton III was the epitome of the words "overgrown child" never having taken responsibility for anything in his lifetime. His lifestyle was that of a ten-year-old going as far as having video games and a scale freight train in the livingroom. Needless to say, he was surprised to discover that his seven day marriage to Evelyn Bluedhorn had produced a son. After originally sending Ricky back to boarding school, Edward changed his mind and brought his son home. Throughout the five years Silver Spoons, many changes occurred in the Stratton household. Ricky became a carefree, fun loving teenager while Edward became a responsible, loving father and husband. Edward courted and married his personal assistant, Kate Summers, and she provided them both with a loving, stable environment. The shows were filled with quality family entertainment while sharing messages about values, morals, the problems of growing up in the 1980s, along with a few very touching moments. The series success can be attributed to its very talented cast. Ricky Schroder was still riding high on the fame gained from his appearance in The Champ for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Erin Gray was and still is remembered for her role as Colonel Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Joel Higgins had just finished Best of the West the season before. With guest stars that included Joey Lawrence, Matthew Perry, Sharon Stone, Sydney Penny, Mr. T, Gary Coleman, Whitney Houston, and the legendary actors John Houseman and Ray Walston, Silver Spoons ended with thousands of fans reaching from Canada to New Zealand and everywhere in between. TV Theme Song: "Together" sang by Bob Wirth and Rick Howard Lyrics Here we are face to face A couple of silver spoons We're hoping to find We're two of a kind Making a go, making it grow Together, we're going to find our way Together, taking the time each day To learn all about those things you just can't buy Two silver spoons together You and I together (We're going to find our way) You and I together (We're going to find our way) You and I togethermoreless
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    Quantum Leap

    Quantum Leap

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    "Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home."moreless
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    Hill Street Blues

    Hill Street Blues

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    NBC (ended 1987)
    This groundbreaking and award-winning NBC crime drama provided a very realistic view into the lives of the dedicated cops and detectives of an urban police station. From January 1981 to August 1986, the show ran on Thursdays at 10/9 Central, with occasional repeats on Saturdays at 10/9 Central. From August 1986 to August 1987 first-run episodes aired Tuesdays at 10/9 Central.moreless
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    Charlie's Angels

    Charlie's Angels

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    ABC (ended 1981)
    "Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy. And they were each assigned very hazardous duties but I took them all away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Charlie." Those famous words were heard every week from 1976 to 1981 during Charlie's Angels 5 year run. This ABC crime series began in September of 1976 introducing three stunning, sexy and young former policewoman, private detectives working for the Charles Townsend Detective Agency. The wealthy Charlie Townsend, voiced by John Forsythe, was their never-seen boss, who relayed assignments via a speaker telephone. The trio of Angels featured Sabrina Duncan; (Kate Jackson) the "cool, smart, multilingual leader," Jill Munroe; (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) the "athletic angel" and finally Kelly Garrett; (Jaclyn Smith) the "street wise angel." The Angels worked with their trusty male counter-part, John Bosley played by (David Doyle). Charlie's Angels was a huge success the moment it hit the airwaves in 1976. The Angels were on gum cards, doll boxes, T-shirts, board games, puzzles and posters. They also graced the covers of Time magazine on November 22, 1976 and TV Guide on September 25, 1976. Charlie's Angels has appeared on TV Guide Cover four times, Sept, 25, 1976; Jaclyn, Farrah and Kate, February 18, 1978; Jaclyn, Kate and Cheryl, December 29, 1979; Jaclyn, Cheryl and Shelley and the last on December 18, 1993; Kate, Farrah and Jaclyn.moreless
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    Columbo

    Columbo

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    NBC (ended 2003)
    Many criminals made the mistake of underestimating Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide investigator with a crumpled trench-coat and a beat-up car, who certainly acted as an incompetent bumbler. But he was so polite to every suspect, and he talked so much about his wife (who we never got to see on any episode, but who many believe later had her own show, starring Kate Mulgrew, later of Star Trek: Voyager fame) that he lulled even the shrewdest murderer into a false sense of security. And although the audience had witnessed the murder in the beginning of each episode, it was still a surprise to see what mistakes the killers had made during the seemingly perfect murder. Peter Falk carried the old trench-coat for 7 seasons of 90 and 120 minute movies on NBC, before the series ended. But over a decade later, Falk agreed to revive the character on ABC for an additional 2 seasons with a subsequent string of TV-movies with the loveable detective once again using his calling-card false good-byes: "Oh, there´s just one more thing..." (A note on the running time of the episode: During the first 7 seasons, 18 episodes were 120 minutes long, while the other 27 episodes were 90 minutes long. The episodes after that were all 120 minutes long. In the episode guide, I have only marked out the 90 minute-episodes.)moreless
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    Sledge Hammer!

    Sledge Hammer!

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    ABC (ended 1988)
    Sledge Hammer is the ultimate tough cop with a big gun, a parody of the type popularized by Clint Eastwood in the "Dirty Harry" films. Of course, though he claims "I know what I'm doing," his cases are usually solved by his female partner, Dori Doreau, if she can only keep him from being suspended for shooting a jaywalker or litterer with his giant pearl-handled .44 Magnum.moreless
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    Casualty

    Casualty

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    BBC
    This long-running BBC drama depicts the lives of the patients, doctors, nurses and paramedics attending the frantically busy accident and emergency department of the large Holby General hospital.
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    Horizon

    Horizon

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    BBC Two
    Horizon is BBC Two's flagship 50-minute science documentary series. In September 2004 it celebrated its 40th anniversary and it continues to enjoy outstanding critical acclaim. Recognised as the world leader in its field, it regularly wins a sweep of international science, medical and environmental film accolades, and has recently won the Royal Television Society Award and the Prix Italia. In 2002, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts presented Horizon with the BAFTA Television Award for Best Factual Series or Strand. In 2003 it won the prestigious Images et Science award for best medical documentary and the Carl von Linne Award at the Living Europe film festival in Sweden. That year, a Horizon co-production with WGBH Boston won the Emmy for best documentary.moreless
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    Guiding Light

    Guiding Light

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    CBS (ended 2009)
    The late soap journalist Christopher Schemering once wrote that soap operas are not just dramas; "they're little pockets of American history." So it's only fitting to consider that at one time, The Guiding Light,-the longest running program in broadcast history, spanning 71 years-- brought fifteen-minute bits of escapism to war-weary housewives, as their men trudged off to fight the indignities of WWII. It brought social awareness to a nation that began to think about the big picture beyond their picket fences and suburban streets. Soap opera is a truly dynamic genre that reflects life as it is lived, the quintessential American art form. Although berated and belittled, the soap opera has an illustrious lineage, with no less than the books of Charles Dickens as an inspiration. Created by the legendary, if not iron-fisted Irna Phillips, The Guiding Light began its life on January 25, 1937. Originally, the show focused on the Chicagoan suburb of Five Points, a bustling enclave of German-Jewish immigrants hoping to find their own piece of the American dream. Giving them the hope and inspiration they needed was a kindly minister named Reverend John Ruthledge (voiced by Arthur Peterson of Soap fame). The Reverend's sermons of hope and forgiveness made such an impression that a bestselling book was published of his most popular homilies. The Reverend's message could be summed up by his favorite mantra from Edwin Markum "There is a destiny that makes us brothers, none goes his way alone, all that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own." On the desk near his window, the minister placed an old lantern, a "guiding light" to those parishioners passing in the cold, hopeless night. In the 1940's the Reverend Ruthledge enrolled as a chaplain to do his part of the war effort. However, when the production of the show moved to the west coast, Peterson refused to join them, so Irna Phillips had the minister die when his plane was shot down overseas. His "friendship lamp" went too with the production move to the town of Selby Flats, California. Reverend Matthews took over for the late Rev. Ruthledge as the center of hope and inspiration. However, by the time that the show was slated to move to television, the religious undertones of the show were virtually gone and the focus was moved yet again to the family Bauer. * Guiding Light was cancelled on April 1, 2009 and the last episode aired on September 18, 2009.moreless
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    Voyagers!

    Voyagers!

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    NBC (ended 1983)
    Introduction: "We travel through time to help history along. Give it a push when it's needed. When the Omni's Red it means history's wrong. Our job is to get everything back on track. Green light kid, We did it!" ========================= Phineas Bogg is a member of a group people called Voyagers. They help history along. Give it a push where it's needed. He is a regular human that was living as a pirate a few hundred years ago, when he was chosen to be a voyager. He travels by way of a gold pocket watch like device called an omni. When the light is flashing red, it means history is wrong. His job is to fix it. In the pilot episode, Bogg ends up in 1982 when his omni malfunctions. (He is only supposed to be able to go as far as 1970.) He ends up in the apartment where 12 year old Jeffery Jones and his aunt and uncle live. (Jones parents were recently killed in an accident.) While there, Jeffery's dog grabs hold of Bogg's guide book (basically a history book.) Bogg being a pretty inept history person has no clue what to do without his book. One thing leads to another and Jeffery falls out of the building's window. The only way to save him is for Bogg to jump out after him and travel through time. Now Bogg is stuck in time with a 12 year old kid (Jeffery), no guide book, and no way of getting Jeffery back. But he does have an ace in the hole. Jeffery's dad was a history professor and Jeffery picked up much of his knowledge. So now the two of them, travel through time, giving history a push along where it is needed. =============== Company credits: Production Companies * James D. Parriott Productions * Scholastic Productions * Universal TV Distributors * MCA (video) * National Broadcasting Company (NBC) =================== Awards Young Artist Awards 1983 -- Nominated -- Best Young Actor in a New Television Series -- Meeno Peluce ========================= Release dates USA -- 3 October 1982 West Germany -- 1989 ====================== Timeline (Year, Episode, Place) ??? WORLDS APART-the Ice Age in Siberia 1450 BC-VOYAGERS!-baby Moses segment 1356 BC-TUT AND TUTTLE: THROUGH THE TIME PYRAMID-King Tut is a boy, Tommy Tuttle travels back in time from 1984. 1356 BC-VOYAGERS!-THE TOMB OF KING TUT-Nefertiti, Thebes 1311 BC-VOYAGERS!-THE TOMB OF KING TUT-learn Tut is dead-time changed, must be changed back 73 BC-VOYAGERS!-CREATED EQUAL-Spartacus segment 44 BC-VOYAGERS!-CLEO AND THE BABE-Mark Antony, Cleopatra 1066-VOYAGERS!-cannons are here and shouldn't be 1194-VOYAGERS-AN ARROW POINTING EAST-Robin and Merry Men 1216-death of King John. 1260-Nicolo and Maffeo Polo travel to China and back in 1269. 1262-VOYAGERS-TRAVELS OF MARCO..AND FRIENDS-Persia, Issac-Voyager Polo was in his early teens when they started out. Here in this episode, his brother and he are captured by Persian bandit Karaunas. 1271-Marco Polo journeys to China (TTT-ATTACK OF THE BARBARIANS puts his travels--but not necessarily his starting year, at 1275. 1275-VOYAGERS-TRAVELS OF MARCO...and FRIENDS-Marco Polo, Kublai Khan; time change-Marco never arrived. 1287-TTT-ATTACK OF THE BARBARIANS TTT-daughter of Kublia Khan--Sarit marries a fair haired dark faced stranger from a far away place but it is not Tony Newman. 1291-CROSSBOW-WIILLIAM TELL adventures begin. 1292-Marco Polo was in service to Kublai Khan from 1275 until this year. 1300-time of SINBAD--? 1492-VOYAGERS!-Bogg is supposed to go here in the pilot 1526-TTT-THE DEATH MERCHANT-possible time Niccolo Machiavelli was taken from, out of his time accidentally by the time tunnel. His signal almost matches Doug Phillip's signal exactly. 1537-year of Machiavelli's death 1649-VOYAGERS-THE KING AND THE VOYAGER-Queen Ann, son Louis XIV trades places with Jeff, Charles de Lorraine 1692-VOYAGERS!-AGENTS OF SATAN-Salem Witch trials 1699-VOYAGERS!-CLEO AND THE BABE-Isaac Newton 1746-VOYAGERS-MERRY CHRISTMAS BOGG-young George Washington and mom 1752-VOYAGERS!-BULLY AND BILLY-Ben Franklin, Penn, kite 1776-VOYAGERS-MERRY CHRISTMAS, BOGG-time change-enemy of America is George Washington! Nathan Hale. Bogg and Jeff fix this up 1789-VOYAGERS-OLD HICKORY AND PIRATE-Jean LaFitte, pirates 1798-VOYAGERS!-THE TOMB OF KING TUT-smaller tomb ransacked by Napolean in a time change! 1804-VOYAGERS-OLD HICKORY AND THE PIRATE-Lewis and Clarke 1814-VOYAGERS!-AGENTS OF SATAN-Francis Scott Key, Star Spangled Banner, Baltimore 1815-TTT-THE LAST PATROL-Gen. Phillip Southall is sent from 1968 to this time to save Tony and Doug. Last battle in the War of 1812. Army officer named Reynerson appears. 1815-VOYAGERS-OLD HICKORY AND THE PIRATE-Jean LaFitte was hung-time changed but is fixed; Andrew Jackson's forces won Battle of New Orleans. 1832-VOYAGERS!-THE DAY THE REBS TOOK LINCOLN-London, Eng-Charles Dicken and fiance Marion Brownlow, Artful Dodger, Fagin 1836-TTT-THE ALAMO-Col. Travis is briefly taken to 1968 but opts to return to his time to help the Americans at the Alamo. An Army officer named Reynerson appears. March 6, 1836. 1836-VOYAGERS-REMEMBERING THE ALAMO-Davy Crockett, Ella Curtis- survivor of the Alamo, 1836-VOYAGERS-THE TRIAL OF PHINEAS BOGG-book of Niccolo Machiavelli-evil Voyager Drake, Mexico, Sam Houston, Mexicans, Voyager Susan, Voyager Judge Garth, different Omni-s appear 1847-VOYAGERS!-CREATED EQUAL-Hannibal Missouri, Harriet Tubman, young Sam Clemens 1860-VOYAGERS-SNEAK ATTACK-Pony Express, young , Jackie Knox-from 1942 Hawaii comes with Bogg and Jeffry, Buffalo Bill is a rider; they bring a motorcycle from 1941 to get past outlaws. 1861-VOYAGERS-TRAVELS OF MARCO..AND FRIENDS-Clara Barton, Civil War 1863-VOYAGERS!-THE DAY THE REBS TOOK LINCOLN-time mess-Lincoln's kidnapping made the South close to winning the war--Bogg and Jeffry go back to a few months before to stop the kidnapping 1875-VOYAGERS-BARRIERS OF SOUND-Mabel Hubbard is deaf, Alexander Graham Bell, Bell and Mabel are to marry in 1939! Bogg falls in love with Mabel! This is why the phone was not invented-Mabel's father after they married gave Bell the financial support to make the phone! 1876-VOYAGERS-BARRIERS OF SOUND-helping Bell finish the phone. 1877-THE RIFLEMAN 1879-VOYAGERS!-WORLDS APART-Thomas Edison takes Omni apart, Menlo Park, NJ 1880-VOYAGERS!-BULLY AND BILLY-Billy the kid killed Ted Roosevelt in a time change, Bogg and Jeffry stop this change 1884-VOYAGERS OF THE TITANIC-Bogg, Jeffry, and Voyager Olivia Dunn help the rabies shot be made by Louis Pasteur, Jeff is bitten by a rabid dog 1888-VOYAGERS-BUFFALO BILL AND ANNIE OAKLEY PLAY THE PALACE-in Eng. 1889-VOYAGERS-JACK'S BACK-London, Jack the Ripper seems returned but this time it is really--Drake! Boggs is blamed. Drake is after the death of Nellie Bly and may also get Arthur Conan Doyle as well! Boggs stops him. Boggs is the inspiration for Jules Verne's hero in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. 1890-VOYAGERS-BARRIERS OF SOUND-Dwight D. Eisenhower's mom is having trouble in labor, having him. Time change: no one has ever heard of a telephone! Later Bogg and Jeffry return to help deliver Dwight D. 1896-PARADISE-Ethan Cord gets charge of his 3 nephews and niece. 1896-VOYAGERS-MERRY CHRISTMAS BOGG-Labor dispute, Sam Gompers, Jeffry's great great grandfather and great great grandmother, Stephen and Amy Jones. Bogg almost lets them adopt Jeffry and almost leaves him. THE ALIENIST-novel by Caleb Carr-male 1898-VOYAGERS!-BULLY AND BILLY-Cuban war for independance against Spain. Time change due to Teddy Roosevelt being killed in 1880. 1903-VOYAGERS!-The Wright Brothers segment 1912-TTT-RENDEZVOUS WITH YESTERDAY-Titanic 1912-TTT-Raymond Swann is born. 1912-VOYAGERS-OF THE TITANIC-Molly Brown is on Titanic in a time change, the Omni of Voyager Olivia Dunn is taken by crooks who also stole the Mona Lisa. 1914-VOYAGERS!-WORLDS APART-Lawrence of Arabia, Akaba prison 1916-VOYAGERS-BUFFALO BILL AND ANNIE OAKLEY PLAY THE PALACE-Albert Schweizter, Chief Nagandi, Africa, slavers 1916-VOYAGERS-REMEMBERING THE ALAMO-WWI, Mata Hari, Churchill, Switzerland 1917-VOYAGERS!-WWI-Mary Murhpy segment-planes haven't been invented 1917-VOYAGERS-BUFFALO BILL AND ANNIE OAKLEY PLAY THE PALACE-Russian Revolution--time change-British allied with Russia and are fighting in the Rev. 1919-VOYAGERS!-CLEO AND THE BABE-Babe Ruth spring training 1922-VOYAGERS!-THE TOMB OF KING TUT-is being opened 1924-VOYAGERS!-AGENTS OF SATAN-Houdini, seances 1924-VOYAGERS-DESTINY'S CHOICE-movie is to be made by FDR; Bogg and Jeff and Eleonor Roosevelt must get him to fight his disease and get him to try to walk--into Eleonor's arms; Sara Roosevelt-FDR's mother appears; 1927-VOYAGERS!-CLEO AND THE BABE-Cleopatra, Bogg witness Charles Lindbergh's landing, Prohibition, Cleopatra teams up with Lucky Luciano to kidnap Babe Ruth! 1927-VOYAGERS-AN ARROW POINTING EAST-Chas. Lindbergh flight-later they watch Lindbergh arrive in Paris. They must convince him to make the flight. 1927-VOYAGERS-DESTINY'S CHOICE-Hollywood, The Jazz Singer must get made (actor who plays Jeffry starred in the 1980 remake). Franklin Roosevelt is the director of a movie--a time change! Omni is taken. 1938-VOYAGERS-ALL FALL DOWN-Joe Louis trains but quits-time change, Bogg and Jeffry must convince him to train and fight Max Schmelling. Bogg helps him train. 1941-VOYAGERS-SNEAK ATTACK-save MacArthur from Japanese bombing 1944-VOYAGERS-SNEAK ATTACK-Gen. MacArthur already died in Pearl Harbor and this is a time change 1945-VOYAGERS-PURSUIT-aka RACE FOR SPACE!-Warner Von Braun, Austria, Nazis, Gestapo, evil sabotaur Kammel and Bogg's girl friend scientist Erica see Bogg and Jeffry later in 1969 at Cape Kennedy-Apollo 11! 1946-VOYAGERS-TRAVELS OF MARCO...and FRIENDS-Bikini Atoll-A Bomb 1969-VOYAGERS-PURSUIT-Apollo 11, time change-space program shut down-German scientist captured by Russians in WWII. 1970-VOYAGERS-ALL FALL DOWN-Jeff lands a hijacked plane after gas knocks everyone out, Jimmy Carter was on board. So was John Wayne 1982-VOYAGERS!-Phineas Bogg accidentally time takes Jeffry Jones ===============moreless
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    Captain Kangaroo

    Captain Kangaroo

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    CBS (ended 1984)
    One of the longest-running children's TV shows of all time, Bob Keeshan, as Captain Kangraoo, taught lessons in morality with the help of his friends: Mr. Green Jeans, Mr. Moose, and Mr. Rabbit, among others.moreless
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    This Old House

    This Old House

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    PBS
    The Emmy Award winning This Old House is the television's premier home improvement series. The show that unlocked America's passions for home, celebrates its 25th anniversary season on PBS this year. This Old House's mission is to demystify the home improvement process and to celebrate the fusion on old world craftsmanship and modern technology. Each season features two renovation projects. Project One traditionally consists of eighteen or more so episodes and is filmed in Massachusetts. Project Two is taped in a different region of the country to highlight the variety of American architectural styles and renovation issues. Additionally, the second project is generally located in a town with a mild climate where outdoor work can be undertaken in the winter months. New episodes of This Old House are broadcast exclusively on PBS. Vintage, off-network episodes of the series, entitled This Old House Classics, air on Home and Garden Television network (HGTV), Do It Yourself network (DIYnet) and on selected commercial broadcast stations around the country (Syndicated). This Old House can be seen in the UK on Discovery Home & Leisure and on Australia's Lifestyle Channel. America's favorite home improvement series just got even better. The new This Old House Hour, exclusively on PBS, starts off each week with a new episode of the latest This Old House project. The second half of the hour features the all-new series Ask This Old House, in which the crew answers questions on home improvement topics.moreless
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    Marcus Welby, M.D.

    Marcus Welby, M.D.

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    ABC (ended 1976)
    These are the cases of Marcus Welby and Steven Kiley, a Santa Monica Family Doctor and his young partner. At a time when doctors still made house calls, Marcus Welby, M.D. was both entertaining and informative. Welby is able to address many of the health issues of the era while also helping to educate the viewing public at the same time. It was the highest-rated show in prime time for the 1970-1971 season.moreless
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    Too Close for Comfort

    Too Close for Comfort

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    ABC (ended 1987)
    Too Close for Comfort first aired in November of 1980 on ABC at a time when sitcoms were not popular. The series was based on the British sitcom, Keep it In the Family which had premiered in January 1980. Too Close for Comfort starred television veteran, Ted Knight as Henry Rush, a middle-aged professional illustrator who's claim to fame was penning "Cosmic Cow" a kiddie cartoon. Muriel was Henry's wife and successful free-lance photographer. The series began when their two daughters, Jackie and Sara moved into the downstairs apartment of the San Francisco town house. Jackie was the brunette who worked at a bank and the somewhat more sensible one while Sara was the sexy blond who was a freshman at San Francisco State College. Also in the cast, included Monroe Ficus, Sara's friend who was constantly a source of annoyance for Henry and seemed to always get under his feet. As the years went by, April, Henry's hippie niece dropped in and out, Muriel became pregnant at 42 and gave birth to a son, Andrew, and Muriel's nagging, mother, Iris was seen adding more grief to Henry's life. ABC canceled the series in 1983 but it soon was picked up for first-run syndication (a trend that sitcoms began to follow in the mid-80s). In 1986, the series changed names and went by The Ted Knight Show and ran for one additional season with minor changes. Henry, Muriel, and Andrew moved north of San Francisco to Mill Valley where Henry now owned 49% of a weekly newspaper, The Marin Bugler. Monroe was still seen working at the newspaper, but Sara and Jackie had been dropped from the cast. Hope Stinson owned the other 51% of the newspaper and soon became Henry's new thorn in the side. The series was schedule to go on for another season when Ted Knight suddenly passed away during the summer of 1986 (August 26, 1986). The series continued airing in syndication until the final week of March 1987. First Telecast: November 11, 1980 Last Telecast: March 1987 Episodes: 129 Color Episodes Theme Song: "Too Close for Comfort" Written by: Johnny Mandel Performed by: Johnny Mandel (Instrumental) ABC Broadcast History November 1980-September 1982----Tuesdays----9:30 p.m. September 1982-June 1983----Thursdays----9:00 p.m. August-September 1983----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. September 1983----Thursdays----8:00pm. Syndication Broadcast History April 1984-December 1985 April 1986-March 1987 (as The Ted Knight Show) Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #16 in the 1980-1981 Season #7 in the 1981-1982 Seasonmoreless
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    Belle and Sebastian

    Belle and Sebastian

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    Nickelodeon (ended 1982)
    Belle and Sebastian ran 52 22-minute episodes in the early eighties. It highlighted the adventures of a young boy named Sebastian, his Pyrenean mountain dog, Belle, and the little puppy he carried in his pocket, Poochie. Sebastian was searching desperately for his mother, Isobelle, and his journeys took him throughout Spain, Andorra, and France. It was an animated version of an earlier series, Belle et Sébastien, based on a book by author Cécile Aubry.moreless
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    Solid Gold

    Solid Gold

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    (ended 1988)
    Solid Gold featured pop music performed live (lip synch) in front of an audience along with the hot Solid Gold Dancers. The dancers counted down the Top 10 hits of the week and generally appeared with a couple of the weeks guests on stage. Several hosts shared top billing over the 8 seasons with either Dionne Warwick or Marilyn McCoo on for 7 of the 8 seasons. Other regulars included comedians such as Marty Cohen, Jeff Altman, Arsenio Hall, and Wayland Flowers and Madame. Season 1-4 were videotaped at KTLA (Golden West), while seasons 5-8 were staged at Paramount Studios (Stage 29). Shows were filmed two at a time over a two day period every 2 weeks in front of a live audience. The show was very hot for the first 3 seasons and enjoyed good ratings but as ratings slipped in 1984 experiments were made with different hosts; and formats which eventually led to the end of the top 10 countdown by season 7. At the peak the Solid Gold Dancers appeared in Calenders, Posters, teen magazines, and on telethons and the Miss Teen USA pageant. Dancers were replaced (on average 2-3 per season) frequently. Auditions were held, sometimes accross the country, and dancers were added to the show. Competition was tough at the "cattle-call auditions" that were often presided over by the principal dancer; the choreographer, and the producer of the show. Talented variety show producer Bob Banner was executive producer for the first few seasons. Brad Lachman produced the entire series. There were 3 choreographers over the run of the show Kevin Carlise; Anita Mann, and finally Lester Wilson. Each had a unique style that can be seen in the work of the dancers. Anita appeared as a dancer in one summer special. From 1982-1985 3 specials a year were shown during December; February; and July with the annual year end Countdown in February proving popular. The show was syndicated to local stations on weekends. It was cancelled due to poor ratings in early 1988. None of the shows have been released on DVD. An exercise video was released with the Solid Gold Dancers in 1984. Edited reruns were seen on VH1 briefly in the 90's. You-tube often features clips from the show.moreless
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    AfterMASH

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    CBS (ended 1984)
    AfterMASH was an attempt to continue the success of M*A*S*H using only three of the regular characters: Sherman Potter, Max Klinger, and Father Mulcahy. Mildred Potter (who had been referred to many times on M*A*S*H but never seen) and Soon-Lee were now regular cast members. Radar and Col. Flagg guest starred in the new show. Other than that, no other M*A*S*H cast member participated. AfterMASH did well in its first season, but at the beginning of the second season ratings fell dramatically. Mid-way through the season, after a number of cast changes failed to spur ratings, the series was cancelled. AfterMASH has never been re-run in syndication. A spin-off pilot called W*A*L*T*E*R, starring Gary Burghoff, was aired by CBS in July of 1984, but was never made into a television series. Nielsen Ratings: #15 in 1983-1984 Season #90 in 1984-1985 Seasonmoreless
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    Schoolhouse Rock

    Schoolhouse Rock

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    ABC
    Schoolhouse Rock! is an animated series of educational clips that uses songs to cover topics like grammar, social sciences, history, economics, mathematics, and civics for children that aired on ABC's Saturday Morning programming. David McCall, whose sons had trouble learning multiplications but easily memorized popular songs, started the show. Bob Dorough made the first song, "Three Is a Magic Number" which became part of the first season, "Multiplication Rock," along with "Ready or Not, Here I Come," and nine other songs accompanied by animation but Tom Yohe. The next season, "Grammar Rock," includes popular "Conjunction Junction," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here," "Rufus Xavier Sasparilla," and "Unpack Your Adjectives," performed by jazz singer Blossom Dearie. There was also "Science Rock" and another season that's stood the test of time is "America Rock," which included "I'm Just a Bill" and "The Preamble." The next three seasons were "Computer Rock," "Money Rock," which included "Dollars and Sense" and "Where the Money Goes," and "Earth Rock." In 2002, a 30th Anniversary DVD was produced, and as recently as 2009 new songs have been produced for Schoolhouse Rock! affiliated products. The concept has proven to be a fun an educational program for children and adults alike.moreless
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    thirtysomething

    thirtysomething

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    ABC (ended 1991)
    When thirtysomething debuted in 1987 it was attacked by some critics as being a self-indulgent examination of the minutiae of yuppie life. Before the first season was over, some of those same critics were covering their tracks by calling it "the most improved show on television." Producers Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz had teamed up before on Family and would go on to create My So-Called Life, Relativity and Once and Again. Often using feature-film techniques, their brand of what could be called "reality" television tackled not only the small subjects, but the big ones too, all the way from life to death, as they followed their characters on the road from the idealism of youth to the search for security and responsibility as they glided toward middle age. And it was even funny sometimes. After its network run came to an end in 1991, thirtysomething became a staple rerun on many other networks.moreless
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    The Wonder Years

    The Wonder Years

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    "The Wonder Years" was a hit comedy series starring Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold the main character, a boy facing rites of passage on his way to adulthood. Kevin lives with his brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), his sister Karen (Olivia d'Abo), his father Jack (Dan Lauria), and his mother Norma (Alley Mills). Kevin grows up with his on-and-off girlfriend, Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar), and his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano).

    The show had a successful 6 year run.

    Theme Song: "With a Little Help From My Friends" by John Lennon & Paul McCartney -- performed by Joe Cocker

    ABC Broadcasty History: January 1988 - April 1988 --- Tuesdays 8:30 October 1988 - February 1989 --- Wednesdays 9:00 February 1989 - August 1990 --- Tuesdays 8:30 August 1990 - August 1991 --- Wednesdays 8:00 August 1991 - February 1992 --- Wednesdays 8:30 March 1992 - September 1993 --- Wednesdays 8:00moreless
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