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    Dark Shadows

    Dark Shadows

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    ABC (ended 1971)
    Dark Shadows was a daytime soap opera on ABC-TV which aired weekdays during the afternoon. With vampires, witches, worlocks, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures, it became a surprising phenomenon, lasting for five years before it was cancelled.moreless
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    666 Park Avenue

    666 Park Avenue

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    ABC
    666 Park Avenue follows a couple who are offered the opportunity to manage the historic building, The Drake. But it's not what it seems. They learn that all of their needs and desires will be met courtesy of the building's mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O'Quinn). But every Faustian contract comes with a price. The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its residents, tempting them through their ambitions and desires, in this chilling new drama that's home to an epic struggle of good versus evil.moreless
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    A Pup Named Scooby-Doo

    A Pup Named Scooby-Doo

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    ABC (ended 1991)
    For more than a decade, it looked as if this would be the final weekly Scooby Doo series. Following the unsuccessful run of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, the creators went back to the drawing board and turned the original "Mystery Inc." characters into small children, who now worked under the title of "The Scooby Doo Detective Agency." Gone were the days of a pup named Scrappy-Doo, this series ushered in the age of a pup named Scooby-Doo! Although they would have been this age in the '50s or '60s, the kids were far more like kids of the '80s, with computers, skateboards, and gadgets that were popularized far later. As in the original series, the villains of this series were always bad guys in rubber masks, a concept that they had gotten away from when Scrappy entered the show and the ghosts became real. More cartoonish than the rest of the shows, the characters seemed to nod back to the old Warner Bros. cartoons -- complete with bugging eyes, gaping jaws, and a myriad of hijinks and sound effects that were unlike previous Scooby-Doo entries. One of the biggest running gags dealt with Freddy's nemesis, Red Herring, who was always accused of committing the crime, though he was never the perpetrator (except once). Other gags included Velma's catch-phrase "Jinkies" -- every time she uttered that phrase, it meant she had found a clue. Daphne became far more of a spoiled brat, whose butler, Jenkins, would come to her rescue anytime she called (which was often). Every episode had a chase scene that was underscored with a new song (much like the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, during which time the stars would usually stop for a moment to dance. And episodes always wrapped with someone saying the villain would've gotten away with it if it weren't for "You lousy kids and a Pup Named Scooby-Doo!" It also started Freddie's phrase, "Let's split up gang". The show played for a few years on ABC's Saturday morning schedule and then vanished without a trace until it surfaced several years later on Cartoon Network, where it's had a home ever since. Theme Song Lyrics: (Scooby-Dooby, Scooby-Dooby-Doo! Scooby-Dooby, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!) There's a mystery in town, So call the coolest pup around, Call Scooby, A pup named Scooby-Doo! (Scooby-Doobity-Doo, Scooby-Doo!) Join Shaggy, and the crew, Daphne, Freddie, Velma too! And Scooby! A pup named Scooby-Doo! (Scooby-Doobity-Doo, Scooby-Doo!) When the ghostly ghoul attacks, Scooby eats a Scooby Snack! Scooby-Dooby-Doo! (Jinkies!) (Scooby-Dooby, Scooby-Dooby-Doo! Scooby-Dooby, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!) So come on, it's mystery time, You can help us solve the crime, With Scooby, a pup named Scooby, Scooby, a pup named Scooby-Doo! (Scooby-Doobity-Doo, Scooby-Doo!) Scooby-Doo, where are you? Scooby-Doo!moreless
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    Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

    Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

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    ABC (ended 2004)
    Using the Danish miniseries "Riget" (a.k.a. "The Kingdom") as a point of inspiration, master of horror Stephen King gives Kingdom Hospital a unique and menacing American touch. Kingdom is a hospital whose bizarre population includes a brilliant surgeon who lives in the basement, a nearly blind security guard and a nurse who regularly faints at the sight of blood. But when patients and staff hear the voice of a girl crying through the halls and a patient destined for life as a paraplegic miraculously recovers, they are dismissive of any suggestion of mysticism or unseen powers at their own peril. Andrew McCarthy (plays Dr. Hook, a surgeon who lives in the hospital basement. Oscar nominee Diane Ladd (Alice) is Mrs. Druse, a hypochondriac whose psychic abilities lead her to the hospital. Fellow Oscar nominee Bruce Davison (The Practice & X-Men) will play Dr. Stegman, an arrogant, but inept physician. The series is set up to play out like a book. The episode you watch picks up right where the last episode left off. Not in the sense of 24 that goes hour by hour, but more to the form of chapter by chapter. King himself was quoted as saying "Remember that Kingdom Hospital is a "novelization for television". Like a novel, it will pay back dividends but you will have to give it a little bit of time." King himself describes the show as a mix of ER and The Shining. Main Theme "Worry About You" by Ivy Bye, Bye, Baby Don't Be Long I Worry About You While You're Gone I think of you in my dreams You never know, just what you mean, to me To me Doo ba badda Doo ba badda I think of you night and day I never know just what you meant, to say To say Doo ba badda Doo ba badda ABC Broadcast History: March 3, 2004 - March 31, 2004 --- Wednesday 10:00 PM April 8, 2004 - July 15, 2004 --- Thursday 9:00 PMmoreless
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    Kolchak: The Night Stalker

    Kolchak: The Night Stalker

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    ABC (ended 1975)
    Kolchak was originally two made-for-TV movies that aired in the early 70s, and featured the adventures of Carl Kolchak, a down-on-the heels reporter who ran afoul of a vampire in Las Vegas and an alchemist in Seattle. These movies proved popular enough that they were spun off into a series, which placed Kolchak in Chicago with the Independent News Service. Each week for 20 weeks he investigated various supernatural and supranatural creatures, ranging from aliens to vampires to Aztec sacrificial cults. Although it only lasted one season on ABC, Kolchak has remained a cult favorite and been kept alive through the efforts of creator Jeffrey Grant Rice, Mark Dawidziak, and the folks at Moonstone Comics, who produced two Kolchak comic books and a series of novels and anthologies. The show also spawned a brief and very loose remake in 2005, Night Stalker.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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    Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo

    Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo

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    ABC
    Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo is the 1979 update of the classic Scooby-Doo character. This was the fourth Scooby-Doo cartoon to date and introduced the world to Scrappy-Doo, Scooby's puppy nephew. Despite being related, Scrappy-Doo was not much like his uncle, Scooby. Situations that would normally cause Scooby-Doo to react in frozen terror would result in Scrappy-Doo putting up his paws and shouting "Lemme at 'em! I'll splat 'em!". Due to his small size and hot temper, Scrappy-Doo would often be in physical danger, forcing Scooby-Doo and Shaggy to reluctantly save him. Scooby, Scrappy, and the rest of Mystery, Inc. were still out solving mysteries. In this series they encounter some truly out-of-this-world characters including the UFO Weirdo, Aztec Acapulco Sea Creature, Sky Skeleton, Devil Bear, and Snake Demon of Haiti. Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo ran for one exciting season in 1979 and had Scooby-Doo fans young and old talking about "Puppy Power!"moreless
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    The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo

    The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo

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    ABC (ended 1985)
    The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo is about the adventures of Scooby Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Daphne Blake, and Scrappy-Doo chasing after more mysteries. Now they are joined by a magnificent warlock called Vincent Van Ghoul, who is a cartoon caricature of Vincent Price (who also provides the voice), and a mischievous boy named Flim-Flam. Together they have to catch 13 ghosts and put them in a magical "Chest of Demons" that Scooby and Shaggy were tricked into opening by two sneaky ghosts named Weerd and Bogel. This was the last cartoon series that the original Scooby-Doo gang (minus Fred and Velma) appeared in for nearly 20 years. In 1988, the entire gang returned to TV as children in A Pup Named Scooby Doo, but they wouldn't resurface again weekly in their adult form until 2002 in What's New Scooby-Doo?.moreless
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    The Addams Family (1992-93)

    The Addams Family (1992-93)

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    ABC (ended 1993)
    Welcome to The Addams Family (1992-93) guide at TV.com.

    They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're all together ooky, The Addams Family. If you know the theme song, then you know that the Addams Family is coming to a television near you. This animated series is the fourth incarnation of the creepy characters based on the macabre family comics created by Charles Addams. It first came out as a television series in the 1960's. They then became animated in the '70s, first in an appearance in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, then in their own animated seriesaround the same time. The family then went movie-bound in the early '90s as they were put on the big screen. It was a hit at the box office, which prompted a sequel (Addams Family Values), but before then, this second animated series that features the gang of macabre miscreants who have their own unusual ways of having fun adventures.
    THE ADDAMS FAMILY:

    Gomez is the family patriarch. He's a multi-millionaire who's an expert at fencing and wrestling. He always looks for a great challenge that he can take head on, usually with reckless abandon. If the end result is getting a wrenched back or pummeled to a pulp, all the better!

    Morticia is Gomez's beautiful, albeit pale-skinned wife who can easily get him in the mood when she speaks French to him. She's an expert gardener who takes care of her man-eating plant Contessa and also an artist of the macabre who utilizes living paints that can literally bring her unusual creations to life.

    Pugsley and Wednesday are Gomez and Morticia's children who enjoy playing with each other using a whole lot of toys at their disposal ranging from clubs, nail-studded boards, swords, axes, and explosives.

    Uncle Fester is Gomez's brother and loves blowing himself up with explosives and can never resist an opportunity to get burned, cinged, flattened, pummeled, growing boils, lesions, or other weird and grotesque skin marks, and even getting eaten by animals, particularly the family's pet alligator Snappy.

    Granny Frump is the family elder who has psychic abilities that she utilizes to run her psychic hotline for customers wanting a glimpse to their future. Of course, she wants to get a good future for herself if she can get an attractive man for herself. Most times however, they run away.

    Lurch is the Addams family's faithful butler who cooks, cares for the house in destructive fashion, tends to each family member's needs no matter what the request, and plays an assortment of music instruments, particularly the harpsichord, to get the gang prepared for the weird and unusual family dances that end most episodes.

    Thing is always around to lend a helping hand, mainly because he is one--that is, a disembodied hand ready to offer assistance when he's needed.

    Cousin Itt is the overly shaggy-haired member of the family who works for the government as a spy and whenever he visits, tells the family of his various adventures. Occasionally, he brings his work home with him when a megalomaniac or enemy twin spies try to get him. But the family doesn't mind as they can help their cousin out for adventures of their own.

    RECURRING CHARACTERS:

    The Normanmeyers are neighbors to the Addams Family, who are naive to realize they want to be rid of them. Husband Norman runs the Normanwear Underwear company and his wife Normina are the traditional, conservative type who regard the Addams family as a blight to the neighborhood and plot to make them look bad in hope someone can remove them from the picutre. Not all of them think negatively of them as their son N.J. (Norman Junior) admires them and is a friend to Pugsley and Wednesday.

    THEME SONG:

    They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're all together ooky, The Addams Family.
    Their house is a museum, Where people come to see 'em, They really are a sc-cream, The Addams Family.
    Neat. Sweet. Petite!
    So get a witch's shawl on, A broomstick you can crawl on, We're gonna pay a call on, The Addams Family.
    (Music sequence)
    They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're all together ooky, The Addams Family.

    The Addams Family
    animated series was a Hanna-Barbera series that permiered September 12, 1992 on ABC. It ran for 2 seasons with 13 episodes and shorts the first season with 8 more sets of episodes the following season. It's among several HB series that can be occasionally seen on Boomerang from Cartoon Network.moreless
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    Milton the Monster

    Milton the Monster

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    In the fall of 1964, primetime television was invaded by two clans of monsters who were definitely more funny than scary, The Munsters and The Addams Family. Ever quick to capitalize on the hot trend, Hal Seeger Productions sold The Milton The Monster Show to ABC for the 1965-1966 season. It would be Seeger's only network television series. Milton and his friends definitely fell into the more funny than scary category, thanks to some clever scripts by the team of Jack Mercer and Kin Platt, as well as Woody Kling. Milton himself was a giant Frankenstein-type, but since too much tenderness was added to the recipe by Milton's creators, Professor Weirdo and Count Kook, it resulted in Milton being a good-hearted monster. The late Bob McFadden did the voice for Milton as a good ol' Southern boy, not unlike Gomer Pyle. Milton's other friends included Heebie and Jeebie, as well as Abercrombie The Zombie. When Hiram The Fly puts on a pair of super glasses, he becomes the assertive superhero Fearless Fly in the most prolific supporting series from this show. Usually he hangs around the Sugar Bowl with his fly friends Flory and Horsey. Fearless adversaries include Dr. Goo Fee and (crossing over from his Milton role) Professor Weirdo. In the other supporting series, Stuffy Durma is a hobo who inherits ten million dollars, hires an advisor named Bradley Brinkley to handle his affairs, and opens his mansion to hobo friends like Ashcan Annie and Stu Mulligan. Most of the cartoons in this subseries were animated by New York cartooning legend Jim Tyer. Among the less-prevalent supporting series are Penny Penguin, Muggy-Doo, and Flukey Luke. The Milton The Monster Show aired on ABC from 1965 to 1968 and in syndication afterwards. It is still offered for syndication by Worldvision Enterprises.moreless
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    Peter Benchley's Creature

    Peter Benchley's Creature

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    ABC
    Peter Benchley's Creature is a made for TV movie released in 1998. It is based on a 1997 novel by Peter Benchley, the author of the well known Jaws. The film was directed by Stuart Gillard and written by Rockne S. O'Bannon. The film stars Craig T. Nelson as Dr. Simon Chase, a man striving to find a cure for cancer through marine research. This quest leads him to an abandoned military research center. At the base, he learns a terrifying breed of shark-like monsters were created in a freak accident while researchers were trying to develop a new weapon to use in Vietnam. They are threatening the natives of the island as well as the doctor and his family, and it is up to Dr. Chase to stop them. The film also includes Kim Cattrall as Dr. Amanda Mayson and Colm Feore as Admiral Aaron Richland. A thrilling movie for fans of the sea-creature horror genre.moreless