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    Starsky And Hutch

    Starsky And Hutch

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    ABC (ended 1979)
    First screeching onto television screens in 1975, 'Starsky & Hutch' brought much of the streetwise grit, the violence, and the sheer excitement from hit movies such as 'Dirty Harry' to the small screen. There had been Police series virtually since then beginning of television, but 'Starsky & Hutch' had something else – this show was undoubtedly "hip". A huge hit at the time, it now stands as one of the iconic cop shows of the 1970s, particularly thanks to the fashions and infamous car chases that went with it. On the surface, plain-clothes Detectives Starsky and Hutch were like oil and water. Ken Hutchinson opted very much for the quiet life, being well read, a deep thinker, and enjoying fine cuisine. Dave Starsky, on the other hand, was louder, more brash, enjoying street life and a diet of junk food. Their personalities might have contrasted, but once together, they meshed perfectly, practically operating and thinking as one, as they rid the streets of muggers, drug pushers, murderers, rapists, racketeers, and similar scum. Their methods weren't always the most orthodox and they weren't afraid to bend the rules, but they always got results. Huggy Bear was the duo's ultra-hip, jive talking, streetwise informant. It was sometimes lightly hinted that Huggy was a pimp, but this was never really confirmed (or denied) in the series. By the fourth, final season, things had become very watered down from the violent early days, with far tamer stories, and many episodes played firmly tongue-in-cheek, with the light-hearted "buddy-buddy" element at the fore more than ever. Glaser was still unhappy with his contract tying him to the series, and as a result, it was rumored that it was considered killing his character off in the final episode of the season, "Sweet Revenge". There was some speculation that for the fifth season, Hutch would be partnered by Starsky's younger brother Nicholas, introduced previously in the fourth season in "Starsky's Brother", but whether this proposal was ever seriously considered or not, nothing ever became of the idea. Either way, Starsky lived on, and Glaser was freed of the contract anyway when ABC decided not to renew the show for a fifth season, due to by then slipping ratings. All four seasons are currently available on DVD through Sony Pictures.moreless
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    The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

    The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

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    ABC (ended 1977)
    Welcome to The Streets of San Francisco guide at TV.com.

    "Inspectors eight-one, responding." This 70's crime drama was one of many Quinn Martin Production shows, a roster which included Cannon, The FBI, The Fugitive and Barnaby Jones. It was filmed entirely on location in San Francisco.

    The show first aired on September 16, 1972 in a time slot of Saturday at 9 p.m., playing against two popular half-hour shows, Mary Tyler Moore and Bob Newhart. Due to the success of its first season, it moved into a more prominent spot -- Thursdays at 10, and later, Thursdays at 9, showing in the same time slot as Kojak, Ironside, and Barnaby Jones.

    The Streets of San Francisco starred Karl Malden as veteran detective Mike Stone and Michael Douglas as Steve Keller, a rookie detective who is college- educated in a workingman's SFPD.

    The show ran for a total of five seasons. After the second episode of the 1976-77 season, Michael Douglas left the show; writers explained that Steve Keller was going to pursue a teaching career. The insufferably pretty Richard Hatch was chosen to play the ingenue-detective role, but the show foundered and lasted for only another season, airing for the last time on June 23, 1977.moreless
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    MacGyver

    MacGyver

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    ABC (ended 1992)
    MacGyver is a different kind of hero: he doesn't use weapons, he's afraid of heights, and he's an expert at making complicated machines out of ordinary things quickly. He works in the employ of The Phoenix Foundation, a think tank dedicated to improving mankind. Pete Thornton gave MacGyver his assignments, occasionally getting involved himself or lending Foundation resources for MacGyver's various personal endeavors. Another sometimes accomplice was Jack Dalton, a long-time friend with a penchant for getting himself into trouble and relying on MacGyver for helping him out of it. MacGyver also had an archenemy, Murdoc, who sought to kill MacGyver many times, often through the use of ruses and elaborate traps. MacGyver's first name was a secret until the final season, when we learned just why he chose not to use it. MacGyver was produced by Henry Winkler/John Rich productions in association with Paramount Television.moreless
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    The Young Riders

    The Young Riders

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    ABC (ended 1992)
    The Young Riders is a romantic western TV series that ran for three seasons from 1989 to 1992 and is directed by Ed Spielman. The series is set right before the beginning of the American Civil War and focuses on a Pony Express station in Sweetwater, Kansas. At the Pony Express station, several young riders are responsible for delivering the mail. Riders employed at the station include William F. Cody "Buffalo Bill" (Stephen Baldwin), James Butler (Josh Brolin), Ike McSwain (Travis Fine), Running Buck Cross (Greg Rainwater), The Kid (Ty Miller) and Lou McCloud (Yvonne Suhor). The series follows the riders as they encounter difficult tasks including interpersonal problems with each other and dangerous delivery conditions in order to deliver the mail. Rachel Dunne (Clare Wren) and Emma Shannon (Melissa Leo) act as the house mothers of the Pony Express and attempt to care for the riders and provide interference amongst the riders when tensions boil over.moreless
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    Prey

    Prey

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    ABC (ended 1998)
    Forty thousand years ago, the most advanced species on Earth was wiped out by a powerful new life form... Us. Now another new species has evolved-- stronger, smarter, and dedicated to our annihilation. Leading the fight against them is Dr. Sloan Parker, the bioanthropologist who uncovered their existence. Once again, it's survival of the fittest...and this time we are the Prey. A new, advanced species of humanoids is discovered and the humans must fight for their survival as the new species has more on their agenda than survial. They intend to dominate the planet and eliminate the humans.moreless
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    Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

    Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a phenomenal television success. A much more lavish version of the popular Superman television series which had first aired forty years earlier, Lois & Clark focused more on the Man of Steel's early adult years in Metropolis. With the unknowing help of Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher), Clark Kent (Dean Cain) created Superman there in Metropolis after finding work at the world-famous Daily Planet newspaper, where he meets fellow reporter Lois Lane. After Superman's debut, Lois becomes infatuated with Superman and continues to reject Clark's romantic overtures due to past bad experiences with men. The rest of the first season Daily Planet staff includes Perry White, the chief editor, society columnist Catherine Grant (Tracy Scoggins), and cub reporter/photographer Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes/Justin Whalin). Other major characters in the series include archvillain Lex Luthor (John Shea) and Superman's adoptive parents, Martha (K Callan) and Jonathan Kent (Eddie Jones). In a salute to the original Superman series, Phyllis Coates guest starred as Lois's mother, Ellen Lane in the last episode of the season. Coates had, of course, been the original Lois in the first Superman series. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman began to play up the romantic aspects of the series as the season progressed. By the end of the second season Lois had finally realised that Clark Kent and Superman were the same person so it came as no surprise to her when he finally revealed his true identity and proposed marriage. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went where few shows care to go - it allowed the relationship between the two title characters to grow and develop naturally, as it might in real life. The real ratings problems began in the third season, when the network insisted on a fake wedding. Nicknamed the "ARRGGGHH" by the fans, the non-wedding arc included a clone, a kidnapping, and even amnesia. It would have been bearable if the famous couple had ended up together, but the network, afraid of the Remington Steel curse, refused to allow it, which set up some interesting season rewrites, because the original intent was to allow the marriage to occur. Lois & Clark ended in 1997 with a cliffhanger, canceled by a network that did its best to bury the successful series in order to bring back The Wonderful World Of Disney. By the end of the last season, Lois and Clark had come a long way from the prickly, anything for a story, but marshmallow-hearted woman and the naive farm boy from Kansas. The Ice Queen had softened, the farm boy had grown up. Both had fallen in love, married, and were discussing children. The last episode was unsatisfying due to its lack of a conclusion, but the series is still popular today. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman left a lasting mark on the face of a mythos where Clark Kent was real, Superman was the disguise, and Lois Lane was essential to his make-up. It left wonderful recurring villains, such as Tempus, and a timeless love story that makes one believe in true love.moreless
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    Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

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    ABC (ended 1990)
    In this update of the original 60s series, Peter Graves returns as Jim Phelps, head of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). Brought out of retirement by the death of his successor and protege, he brings together a team of four skilled operatives and leads them as they travel the globe conducting "impossible" covert missions forthe U.S. His new team consists of Nicholas Black, master of disguise; Max Harte, self-trained soldier; Grant Collier, technological genius and son of former IMFer Barney Collier; Casey Randall, femme fatale, later replaced by Shannon Reed, another femme fatale and former newscaster and Secret Service Agent.moreless
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    S.W.A.T.

    S.W.A.T.

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    ABC (ended 1976)
    The show starring Steve Forrest was a spinoff of The Rookies. The show produced 39 episodes, 2 of which were really episodes of The Rookies that served as the pilot. The show ran from February 1975 until April 1976. Also starring was Robert Urich (who went onto star in Soap in September 1977), and Mark Shera. Thanks to hit programs like Adam-12, the cop show rose to a new level of prominence during the 1970's. There were several badge-flashing action dramas over the course of the decade, but perhaps none as interesting (or controversial) as S.W.A.T., a program inspired by the real-life crime-control units that rose to prominence in the U.S. after the civil disturbances of the late 1960's. Although its brutal level of action ensured that it had short life on television, S.W.A.T. became an impressive success during its short run and continues to be a cult favorite today. S.W.A.T. is an acronym for the 'Special Weapons And Tactics' unit, which was an elite five-man team of police officers who dealt with situations that were too dangerous for the police force to handle. Each had a specific job: Lt. Harrelson called the shots as the group's commanding officer, Sgt. Kay was the group's scout and Officer McCabe was the resident marksman. Each was also a Vietnam veteran, so they all adopted a military style (navy-blue fatigues) and used a combat mentality to deal with the problems they faced. During the show's run, the S.W.A.T. team had no shortage of psychos and crazies to deal with-everything from snipers to Satanists to scuba-diving jewel thieves. S.W.A.T. also had to deal with being the direct targets of these bad guys-Street dated a woman whose last few boyfriends were killed by a sniper in "The Bravo Enigma," and a family of criminals targeted the entire S.W.A.T. team for extinction in "Kill S.W.A.T." No matter who was plotting to kill whom, you could count on plenty of mayhem each week as the S.W.A.T. rolled from destination to destination in their specially-equipped van to dispense justice the hard way. S.W.A.T.'s combination of cool cops and brutal action made it a popular choice when it hit the airwaves in 1975. The show even produced a radio hit when its orchestral-funk theme song, performed by Rhythm Heritage, became a Top-10 smash on pop radio. Everyone loved the show except the critics. Media pundits regularly attacked the show for its high level of violence, the "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality of the heroes, and the fact that its heroes often dealt out more violence than the foes they were dealing with. The controversial but popular show enjoyed a two-season run before quietly disappearing from the television schedule in the summer of 1976. Today, S.W.A.T. periodically pops up in reruns and garners an enthusiastic response from the former kids who grew up on its tales of urban-guerrilla warfare. The show was even remade as an action epic for the movie theaters starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. Whether the remake was a success or not, one thing is certain: S.W.A.T. has earned its place in television history as one of the most memorably intense cop shows of all time. (Extra info courtesy of YesterdayLand)moreless
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    The Bionic Woman Classic

    The Bionic Woman Classic

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    ABC (ended 1978)
    In 1975 Lindsay Wagner made a guest appearance on The Six Million Dollar Man as a perfect female companion for Steve Austin - Jaime Sommers. After a tragic skydiving accident, Jaime also received bionic replacements. She and Steve planned to be married, but it came to pass that Jaime's body rejected her new limbs and she died.

    ABC realized how phenomenally successful Lindsay Wagner's portrayal of Jaime Sommers had become. So, they brought her back to life and spun her off into her own series. It debuted in January 1976 and was an immediate hit. The series ran on ABC for two seasons and was picked up by NBC for its final season. In Spanish the title is known La mujer biónica, though in in regions speaking the Catalan dialect, it is called La dona bionica. In Italy it is called La donna bionica. In Portuguese it is called A Mulher Biônica. In French it is called Super Jaimie. In Germany it is called Die Sieben Millionen Dollar Frau ("The Seven Million Dollar Woman"). In Japan it is called Baionikku Jiemi ("Bionic Jaime").moreless
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    Mighty Ducks

    Mighty Ducks

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    Hit the ice with the Mighty Ducks! They're half human, half ducks and ALL wicked cool hockey players. They've traveled across the galaxy to save the Earth from the wicked Dragaunus and his nasty henchmen. Grab your hockey buddies and tune in. Go Mighty Ducks!moreless
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    Care Bears

    Care Bears

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    ABC (ended 1988)
    The Care Bears keep watch over the earth to keep bad feelings at bay. Whenever a kid is feeling down, they are there to help bring a smile to the child's face. They live in a city in the sky, named Care-A-Lot. They hold meetings in the Hall of Caring to discuss important matters. Their cousins live in the Forest of Feelings. The Care Bear Cousins' leader is Braveheart Lion. Each bear and cousin has a special power, related to the symbol on its tummy. When they unite, they can use the Care Bear Stare to beam good energy at their enemies, such as No Heart, Professor Cold Heart, Shrieky, and Beastly. The bears have two modes of transportation, Cloudmobiles and Rainbow Rollers, which they fly down to earth on whenever there is trouble. They are alerted to problems by the Care-O-Meter. The Care Bears Family combined old episodes of Care Bears with new ones.moreless
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    The Pirates of Dark Water

    The Pirates of Dark Water

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    ABC (ended 1993)
    When Ren, a young lighthouse keeper, rescues a stranger foundering in the rocks near his home, he learns the man was his father, the former king of Octopon. Ren is given a magic crystal Compass that guides him to the Thirteen Treasures of Rule. Unfortunately, the evil pirate captain Bloth is also aware of the Treasures and is relentless in pursuing Ren to get them. On his side, Ren soon acquires companions like Ioz the pirate, Tula the Ecomancer, and Niddler the fussy monkey-bird. His quest becomes all the more urgent when Ren learns that the Dark Water, a carnivorous black liquid that consumes anything it snares, threatens to envelop and destroy his world, and only the Treasures he seeks can stop it.moreless
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    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

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    ABC (ended 1996)
    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was based on the Indiana Jones series of films. The series follows the Indiana Jones character (as a young boy and as a young man) as he was growing up and experiencing his early adventures, where he gets into trouble, learns life lessons and encounters various historical figures along the way. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was filmed on location all over the world ~ including England, Russia, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, France, India, China, Austria, Egypt, the United States, Morocco, Ireland, Italy, Africa, Turkey, Greece and Thailand. This guide is laid out in the original order of the airings on TV. When the series was edited into films and released on video, the order changed. Please see the "Notes" section of the episode guides to see what episodes are on which videotapes.moreless
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    Extreme

    Extreme

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    ABC (ended 1995)
    Welcome to the Extreme guide at TV.com.
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    Son of the Morning Star

    Son of the Morning Star

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    ABC
    Gary Cole stars as Gen. George Armstrong Custer in this Emmy Award-winning epic that recounts the events that culminated in Custer's fateful showdown with Chief Crazy Horse (Rodney A. Grant) at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Rosanna Arquette co-stars as wife Libby Custer, Dean Stockwell as Gen. Philip Sheridan and Stanley Anderson as Ulysses S. Grant in this historical drama based on the best-seller by Evan S. Connell.moreless
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    Darkwing Duck

    Darkwing Duck

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    ABC (ended 1992)
    The city of St. Canard is terrorized by thousands of criminals and supervillians, but the city has a protector, a phantom, who's evil's worst nightmare. His name is Darkwing Duck.

    Darkwing Duck Broadcast History Season 1 - first run syndication Seasons 2 and 3 - ABC Note: Seasons 1 and 2 aired simultaneously in the fall of 1991. All episodes, even the ABC-aired ones were included in the syndicated reruns after ABC stopped airing the series in December 1992. Darkwing Duck syndication history The first 65 episodes were released in first run syndication as part of the Disney Afternoon block of shows. After the series original run was finished, it remained in syndicated re-runs until 1994, and then returned from 1996-1997. Darkwing Duck commercially available episodes 8 episodes were released on VHS by Disney Home Video, but are currently out of print. See episode guide for which episodes were included on the videos.

    It should also be noted that the order the episodes (with the obvious exception of the pilot episode, "Darkly Dawns the Duck") originally aired is completely off from the timeline of events (For instance, "Just Us, Justice Ducks" aired before many of the heroes/villains involved are introduced).

    Darkwing Duck Awards and Award Nominations 1992 - Nominated for Young Artist Award for Outstanding New Animation Series

    Episodes:91 color episodes. Production Company:Disneymoreless
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    Land of the Lost (1991)

    Land of the Lost (1991)

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    ABC (ended 1992)
    A remake of the popular 1974 series of the same name. The show tells the story of the Porter family - Tom, Kevin, and Annie - who get sucked into a prehistoric world while taking a vacation. The Porters build a tree house, hook up with a few locals, Tasha (an orphaned, extra smart dinosaur), Stink (a monkey man), and Christa (another human who has lived in the Land of the Lost since she was a little girl). The Porters must deal with living with dinosaurs and avoiding the evil advanced Sleestaks. Their mom was long dead before they got there and there aren't any "early humanoids" there either ========================= After the show's cancelation the show aired in syndication on Saturday mornings and on the kids cable network, Nickelodeon. ======================== DVD Release Several episodes of the 1991 series were released on VHS, but they are no longer in production, but you can still buy them used. 1974 series has been released on DVD. ============================== Theme Song Lyrics Our vacation began, mapping out a plan. But the map never showed danger down the road! We felt our car was shakin' as the Earth was quakin'! Now there's nowhere to hide - it's the ride of our lives! Now we've crossed the line - fallen through time, living in the Land Of The Lost! What a world we've found, deep underground - living in the Land Of The Lost! This world is strange and new - See the triple moons! But don't you turn your back - you'll become a snack! 'Cuz some tyrannosaurus could be hungry for us! We'll need to make some friends - the wonder never ends! Now we've crossed the line - fallen through time, living in the Land Of The Lost! We've opened the door and found dinosaurs - living in the Land Of The Lost! Living in the Land Of The Lost - Land Of The Lost! ========================== Awards for "Land of the Lost" (1991) Young Artist Awards 1994 Nominated -- "Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Television Series" -- Daniel Steven Gonzalez 1993 Nominated -- "Best Young Actor in a Off-Primetime Series" --Robert Gavin 1993 Nominated -- "Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Series" -- Jenny Drugan 1992 Nominated -- "Best Off-Primetime or Cable Family Series" 1992 Nominated -- "Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series" -- Robert Gavin 1992 Nominated "Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series" -- Jenny Drugan ======================== SERIES CREW: Directed by Anthony Bona John Carl Buechler Jeff Burr Frank De Palma Ernest D. Farino Len Janson John Strysik Gabe Torres Produced by Charles Chiodo .... co-producer Edward Chiodo .... co-producer Stephen Chiodo .... co-producer Len Janson .... producer Marty Krofft .... producer Sid Krofft .... producer Neil Lundell .... line producer Chuck Menville .... producer Original Music by Kevin Kiner Cinematography by R. Michael Stringer Film Editing by Dan Selakovich Chris Worland Production Design by Gene Abel Costume Design by Greg La Voi Makeup Department Dean Jones .... makeup department head Production Management Rick Blumenthal .... production supervisor Neil Lundell .... unit production manager Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Chris Edmonds .... first assistant director Scott K. Harris .... second second assistant director Neil Kinsella .... first assistant director (1992) Tony Schwartz .... second assistant director Art Department Burk Sauls .... story-board artist Richard K. Wright .... property master (1991-1992) Special Effects by Steve Fink .... animatronic effects: Chiodo Brothers Productions Dan Frye .... figure finishing: Chiodo Bros Productions Visual Effects by Tim Donahue .... visual effects supervisor Joel Fletcher .... stop-motion animator Other crew Kim Blanchette .... stop-motion animator Kent Burton .... stop motion animator Bundy Chanock .... set medic Ann Christman .... production assistant Suzy Doudy .... production assistant David Gerrold .... developer Len Janson .... story editor Tom Jensen .... first assistant camera Marc Lougee .... animator Stephan Rothman .... production accountant Don Waller .... stop motion animator George Wells .... key grip Mary Wright .... script supervisor =================== Production Companies * Krofft Entertainment Special Effects * Chiodo Brothers Productions ===================moreless
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    Timecop

    Timecop

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    ABC (ended 1998)
    Set in 2007, Timecop follows the adventures of Jack Logan, the best agent of the Time Enforcement Commission. Based in Washington, D.C., the TEC was formed to hunt down time criminals who try to change the past. Logan's colleagues include TEC Captain Gene Matuzek, historian Dale Easter, and science/tech advisior Claire Hemmings, who in time becomes a TEC field agent accompanying him on missions into the past. The show was based on the 1994 feature film of the same name, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme.moreless
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    The Wonderful World of Disney (1997)

    The Wonderful World of Disney (1997)

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    ABC
    The Wonderful World of Disney finally returned in September of 1997 - bringing an entirely new batch of Disney family films. In the traditions of the old classics, Disney is trying to recreate the feel good image. Hosted again by Michael Eisner, this series has featured everything from true life stories to revamped musicals - occasionally gaining ABC some of its highest ratings in recent years. The one flaw - it is not on every week - being preempted for sports, theatrical movies and even some non-Disney films, although some non-Disney movies are now starting to air under the T.W.W.O.D. banner. Many of the movies are simulcast in HDTV. With this series, Disney revamped its home movie industry and a lot of these titles became available for purchase on VHS and/or DVD. The series has been on the air since 1954. Disneyland is the original name of The Wonderful World Of Disney.moreless
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    What-A-Mess

    What-A-Mess

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    ABC (ended 1996)
    What-A-Mess is a show about a REALLY messy Afghan puppy, Prince Amir of Kinjan (nicknamed What-A-Mess). Unfortunately for him, he tends to get into trouble by trying to help out too much, to the point of disaster. The whole series was based on a British TV show of the same name that, in itself, was based on a series of books written by Frank Muir.moreless
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