Fame

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(ended 1987)

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Based on the 1980 motion picture "Fame," this show tells the story of the students and faculty at the New York Art School. It was always their dream. To sing, to dance, to act and play music. They are young, ready to face life and new experiences. They are students who are going to give their best to finish Art School and become famous and rich. However, the fame costs, and the Art School is just the place where they'll pay for it. Fame started out as a 1980 theatrical movie. Two years later, it found a home on NBC. But in 1984, NBC canned the series and the show moved to syndication for four more years. The show was popular although NBC cancelled it. Various actors performed live concerts during the show's run.
Gene Anthony Ray

Gene Anthony Ray

Leroy Johnson

Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen

Lydia Grant

Carlo Imperato

Carlo Imperato

Danny Amatullo

Albert Hague

Albert Hague

Benjamin Shorofsky

Carol Mayo Jenkins

Carol Mayo Jenkins

Elizabeth Sherwood (season 1-5)

Billy Hufsey

Billy Hufsey

Christopher Donlon (seasons 3-6)

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  • An excellent spin-off series based on the hit 1980 film of the same name, "Fame" tells the story of a group of students at a school for Performing Arts in New York who will do whatever it takes to make it in the world of entertainment.moreless

    9.0
    The New York School for Performing Arts is the setting for this highly successful show which aired from 1982 - 1987. Starring Debbie Allen as dance teacher Lydia Grant, Gene Anthony Ray as dance student Leroy Johnston, Valerie Landsburg as singer Doris Schwartz, Erica Gimpel as singer/dancer Coco Hernandez, Lori Singer as cellist Julie Miller, Lee Curreri as musician Bruno Martelli and Carlo Imperato as stand-up comedian Danny Amatullo, the show had a universal appeal for viewers of all ages.



    Adapting a show from a hit movie is always a risk but in this case, the gamble paid off brilliantly as the show found itself a cult following across America and around the world. While following the lives of the students, the writers and producers of the show where also not afraid to address such vital issues as anorexia, racism, terminal illness and bigotry. The cast was truly an ensemble one, with each character given large amounts of screen time and relevant storylines throughout the entire run of the show.



    In later seasons, Billy Hufsey, (well known from his role in "Days Of Our Lives") Cynthia Gibb, Janet Jackson and Nia Peeples, among others joined the cast as some of the originals left to pursue other projects. There were also several national and international concert tours by the main cast which were hugely popular, particularly in the US and Britain.



    Very classy song and dance numbers, a strong supporting cast, talented guest actors and realistic storylines made "Fame" incredibly popular and extremely watchable. During its run, the show was the recipient of several prestigious awards and the cast featured in a US anti-drugs campaign with the message "You can't Fly if you're High".



    Now available on DVD, rewatching the series is as much fun now as it was in the 80s!moreless
  • They were all good dancers and musicians!

    9.0
    I remember FAME very well, they were all good dancers and the others great musicians. I remember that when i saw FAME for the first time i tell to my mother that: "-I want to be dancer!"; but, of course, i was not good enough like them. My favorite personage was Leroy, not only because he was a great dancer but also because he lived alone and he always hide this from everyone but never give up his dream, to be a great dancer, so for me he was special, he as a fighter. That's for real a very good TV show and i never gonna forget the teenagers from the art school. I would like to see it again, and that is for sure!moreless
  • I wanted to BE every dancer on this show!

    8.1
    This show was awesome. Looking back, I still think the themes that they presented throughout are still relevant today (ie teen pregnancy and drug use). Debbie Allen was my favorite character because she seems to care so deeply about all of her students-all of the teachers seemed to participate actively in their students’ lives. Graduating from an Arts school myself, I can confirm the idiosyncrasies and over-the-top melodramas that these teen performers acted out. This show was classic 80's, New York: gritty, street- funny with a lot of heart (and big hair).moreless
  • The kids from Fame encouraged youngsters around the world to kick their legs high in the air as they jumped off the arm of the settee!

    8.4
    This film took an entertaining look at life in New York's High School for Performing Arts. The film centres on five of the most talented students - Coco the singer, Bruno Martelli the musician, Leeroy the dancer, and actors Montgomery and Raul (Ralph). The film suggested that the High School students were inclined to spontaneous singing and dancing in the street and the canteen. Many of the cast were carried over into the TV series which appeared the following year.moreless
  • Life In The High School of the Performing Arts

    7.6
    Fame is a great example of a film crossing over and becoming a very good televison show. The film came out and a was a mild hit in 1980 and in 1982 the show was brought to NBC. Several of the film's cast made the transition. Debbie Allen's character Lydia Grant was a small role in the film, but she became the star and the center of the television series. The early years of the show dealt well with the struggles the students have to achieve their ultimate goal of fame in the entertainment world. The show lost some steam near the end of it's run, but all in all, it was a solid televison drama.moreless
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    Arts, Drama

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    Performance Art & Spoken Word, Teen, 80s, Dance