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    My So-Called Life

    My So-Called Life

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    ABC (ended 1995)
    My So-Called Life started in 1994 on ABC. It was very popular. It was a show that many could relate to and came off as more realistic than many other high school shows. Unfortunately, ABC cancelled it after one season. It has remained a favorite for long after. There are many questions left unresolved. If there was a season 2, would Rayanne and Angela be friends? Would Graham overcome his fidelity issues? Would Angela ditch dreamboat Jordan Catalano and go with geeky Brian Krakow? We'll never know.moreless
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    Detroit 1-8-7

    Detroit 1-8-7

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    ABC (ended 2011)
    This ABC crime drama, Detroit 1-8-7, (exec-produced by Jason Richman and David Zabel) follows Detective Louis Fitch (Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos) and his fellow police officers as they struggle to keep Detroit crime-free. Originally intended to be shot as a documentary-style show, the format was revamped to remove the fictional film crew altogether.moreless
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    FlashForward

    FlashForward

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    ABC (ended 2010)
    Dubbed ABC's companion series to Lost, FlashForward is loosely based on the underlying themes of Robert J. Sawyer's sci-fi novel of the same name. The plot centers around an eerie, chaotic vision of the future after a mysterious event makes everyone on Earth lose consciousness. Later, as people start waking up, the world starts changing because people know their future. Starring Joseph Fiennes and John Cho as Mark Benford and Demetri Noh, two FBI agents assigned to investigating the unknown cause of the two minute blackout.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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    Red Widow

    Red Widow

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    ABC (ended 2013)
    From executive producer/writer Melissa Rosenberg and based on the 2010 Dutch series Penoza by Pieter Bart Korthuis and Diederik van Rooijen, Red Widow is about Marta Walraven, a suburban housewife with a loving husband, three children and a beautiful home in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, who is forced to continue the work of her organized crime husband after he is assassinated in a drug-related incident. No stranger to organized crime, Marta's father, Andrei, and brother, Irwin, are part of the Bratva - Russian gangsters - and, until now, she's always looked the other way. After her husband's brutal murder, she is hounded by the FBI and international crime boss, Nicholae Schiller. Marta is determined to find out the truth about her husband's death and she is determined to do whatever she must to protect her children, even if it means getting involved in the world of organized crime. The question is, how far is Marta willing to go in order to beat her adversaries at their own deadly game.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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    Extreme Makeover

    Extreme Makeover

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    Extreme Makeover follows the stories of the lucky individuals who are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be given a truly "Cinderella-like" experience: a real life fairy tale in which their wishes come true, not just by changing their looks, but their lives and destinies. This magic is conjured through the skills of an "Extreme Team," including the nation's top plastic surgeons, eye surgeons and cosmetic dentists, along with a talented team of hair and makeup artists, stylists, and personal trainers, led by an on-camera Extreme Makeover expert. This season will feature more "news you can use" tips about fashion, hair and makeup for the home viewers also, so they, too, can experience a little bit of the show's magic. Each self-contained episode features two people, seen first in their "before" phase, then as they undergo their various procedures, and finally, in a climactic unveiling - the "after" -when the candidates reveal their new selves to their families and friends.moreless
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    Eight is Enough

    Eight is Enough

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    ABC (ended 1981)
    Based on the book by Thomas Braden, this family drama chronicles the lives of the Bradford family: the father Tom, who worked as a columnist for a Sacramento newspaper); the mother Joan; and their eight children: David, Mary, Joanie, Susan, Nancy, Elizabeth, Tommy, and Nicholas.

    As anyone from a large family can tell you, get these many different people – related or not – under the same roof, and chaos will certainly ensue. Enter in all their relationships, school, and work problems, and you can guarantee something is always going haywire in the Bradford home.

    Diana Hyland died during season one and her character was "sent away" .So in season two, Tom married Abby, a school teacher.

    In season four, two of the Bradford children got married: David to Janet; and Susan to Merle, a baseball player. In France the show is known as Huit, ça suffit !.
    In Italy it was known as La famiglia Bradford ("The Bradford Family") on Channel One, but titled Otto Bastano on Channel Four.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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    Eastwick

    Eastwick

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    ABC (ended 2009)
    In the rustic suburban village of Eastwick, there live three seemingly ordinary women who possess unique personalities and lead very distinctive lives. Roxanne "Roxie" Torcolleti, an uninhibited artist and a financially-challenged single mom, Kat Gardener, a frustrated wife and an overworked mother of five, and Joanna Frankel, a shy and subdued newspaper reporter, are suddenly brought together thru a strange encounter at the town park. Different they may be from each other, they quickly learn that all of them have one common yearning -- to excite and experience change in their lives. Incidentally, a charismatic yet enigmatic man named Darryl Van Horne (Paul Gross) arrives in town determined to make their wishes come true. With Van Horne's help, Roxie (Rebecca Romijn), Kat (Jaime Ray Newman), and Joanne (Lindsay Price) soon discover their extraordinary talents and harness them to fulfill their innermost desires. As these enchanting women unleash their magical powers, Eastwick, once peaceful and idyllic, is never quite the same. Based on the novel of John Updike and the popular 1987 film adaptation, Eastwick also stars Ashley Benson as Roxie's daughter Mia, Jon Bernthal as Kat's husband Raymond, Johann Urb as Joanna's boss Will, Sara Rue as Roxie's best friend Penny, and Veronica Cartwright as Bun Waverly, the head of the Eastwick Historical Society. Created by Maggie Friedman for the small screen, the ABC dramedy is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Acting as executive producer along with Friedman is David S. Rosenthal.moreless
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    Women's Murder Club

    Women's Murder Club

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    ABC (ended 2008)
    Based on the best-selling series of books by James Patterson, Women's Murder Club tells the story of four friends from different walks of life who come together to form a unique murder investigation team. Their jobs as a homicide detective, a medical examiner, a newspaper reporter and an assistant district attorney give them a formidable range of skills, and their strong friendship provides the basis for the teamwork that's necessary to crack each case.

    Women's Murder Club was broadcast on ABC, and produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Rat Entertainment. The series aired 13 episodes in total and was canceled on May 12 2008, a day before the airing of the series finale.moreless
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    The F.B.I.

    The F.B.I.

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    ABC (ended 1974)
    The F.B.I. was Quinn Martin Productions's longest running series. It was unique as its stories were loosely supervised by at the time, current FBI director J. Edgar Hoover himself who watched over the presentation of proper bureau procedure.

    After each week's episode, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. would step from behind the part of Inspector Erskine and directly address the audience, asking for help to catch real criminals that were on the run.

    The show was sponsored by the Ford company which provided numerous vintage cars for chasing, crashing, and, occasionally, simple transportation.

    After the Watergate scandal, the public's perception of the American government and its institutions was tarnished and changed forever. In 1974, The F.B.I. was cancelled after 9 years and 240 episodes.moreless
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    Land of the Giants

    Land of the Giants

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    ABC (ended 1970)
    This two-season series details the adventures of the three crew and four passengers of the sub-orbital spacecraft Spindrift. They are drawn through a space warp that crashes them onto a planet where everything is 12 times normal size. The castaways struggle to repair their damaged craft and somehow get back to Earth while being hunted by the totalitarian government that rule the planet. Despite the inherent scientific impossibilities (something 12 times as large would weigh 144 times as much, making it impossible for the "giants" to move), Land of the Giants, the last of Irwin Allen's four 60's s.f. programs, was highly-budgeted (about $250,000 an episode: a record for the time), features some decent characterization, and is another of the 60's shows to feature a competent African-American in a leading role.moreless
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    Traveler

    Traveler

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    Jay, Tyler and Will have spent the last two years in grad school living together. They are about to spend their summer holiday traveling. But when Will gives Jay and Tyler a simple dare -- to rollerblade through one of New York's most famous museums -- it makes them prime suspects in a terrorist bombing that moments later destroys the museum. They hope that Will can prove their innocence, but discover their friend has mysteriously disappeared.moreless
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    Ugly Betty

    Ugly Betty

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    ABC (ended 2010)
    Betty Suarez has always had one goal in life: to make it into the publishing business. Despite being smart, hard-working, and productive, her dream has always been shadowed by the fact that she isn't as traditionally beautiful as her cover ready colleagues. But despite it all, she is determined to do whatever it takes to fulfill that ultimate dream.

    Ugly Betty stars America Ferrera in the title role. The show is based on the wildly popular Colombian telenovela which has already been successfully translated in Mexico, India, Russia, Greece and Germany - all to stellar ratings.moreless
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    Betrayal

    Betrayal

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    ABC
    Sarah is a photographer and Jack McAllister is a top attorney. Each of them is married and have their own lives. However, a chance meeting will bring them together. Both unhappy in their marriages, they end up having an affair. To complicate things, a high profile murder investigation and trial puts them at opposite sides. moreless
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    Zero Hour

    Zero Hour

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    ABC (ended 2013)
    Zero Hour from ABC revolves around a bizarre twist of fate that pulls a man who's spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.moreless
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    V

    V

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    ABC (ended 2011)
    When UFOs place themselves over major cities around the world the alien Visitors, led by charismatic Anna (Morena Baccarin) claim to come in peace, providing humanity with medical miracles and technological breakthroughs. Different characters (Joel Gretsch from The 4400, Elizabeth Mitchell from Lost) become suspicious of the 'V's (visitors) real intentions and try to investigate what is really going on before it is too late so they can claim Victory (V)! Based on the original 1980s miniseries about alien lizards visiting Earth, this ABC sci-fi project is the brainchild of The 4400 co-creator/exec producer Scott Peters.moreless
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    The Big Valley

    The Big Valley

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    The Big Valley is set in the 1870's in California's gorgeous San Joaquin Valley. The series tells the story of Stockton's richest and most powerful family, The Barkleys. Lead by the family matriarch and widow Victoria Barkley, they live on the Barkley Ranch managing their cattle, mines, citrus groves and logging camps. Victoria's four adult brood consists of her two sons Jarrod and Nick, daughter Audra and step-son Heath. Jarrod, a prominent lawyer, handles all of the families legal issues and manages his two law offices in Stockton and San Francisco. Nick, a strong built rancher, physically manages the family's holdings. Nick is aggressive, out-spoken and at times hot-headed. Victoria's youngest child is her beautiful daughter Audra. Audra is protected by all of the family members. Audra is very sensitive, caring, loves horses, and is a very talented rider. Heath, Victoria's step-son, helps Nick manage the family's possessions. Heath tends to be quiet, reserve and sincere but stands up for what he believes in and wears the Barkley name proudly. There was a fourth young son, Eugene, in the first season but he is gone without explanation after that. The Barkley family members bond together like glue when troubles arise such as land disputes, squatters, bank robbers, horse thieves, kidnapping, injuries and illness. They share strong family values, joy, laughter, heartache and pain as they deal with life's problems.moreless
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    The River

    The River

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    ABC (ended 2012)
    "Paranormal" writer-director Oren Peli and "Paranormal 2" screenwriter Michael R. Perry are coming together to create a series that involves a search for someone who went missing on the Amazon river uses the footage format used by "Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity."moreless
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