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    Mork & Mindy

    Mork & Mindy

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    ABC (ended 1982)
    Mork & Mindy was a sitcom that ran on ABC from 1978 until 1982. The series starred a relative newcomer Robin Williams as Mork, an alien who came to Earth in a large egg-shaped space ship from the planet Ork, and Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell, the human woman who he lives with. The series was a originally a spin-off of Happy Days where Mork first appeared in the season 5 episode, "My Favorite Orkan". In that episode he threatened to kidnap Richie Cunningham and take him to the planet Ork, however his plan is foiled by Fonzie. In the spin-off series Mindy discovers Mork after he lands near Boulder Colorado. When she finds out he is an alien she vows to keep his identity a secret and allows Mork to move into the attic. Afterwards, many hilarious situations arise. Story-lines centered on Mork's attempts to understand American culture and human interaction. At the end of each episode Mork reported to his boss back on Ork (Orson) and said what he had learned on earth in that episode.moreless
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    The Greatest American Hero

    The Greatest American Hero

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    ABC (ended 1983)
    This show was first aired in 1981, and was both a comedy and a drama. A special "power suit" that only works on him is given to the teacher by the aliens, and he is paired up with the gumshoe FBI agent who keeps them both busy with his scenarios. The suit of "unearthly powers" gives the power of strength, flight, invisibilty, flames, telekenesis, vision of events without being there, protection from bullets and firemoreless
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    Super Friends

    Super Friends

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    ABC (ended 1973)
    SuperFriends was an animated series that premiered on ABC on September 8, 1973. The series was executive produced by the creative team of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The series featured the adventures of DC Comics book heroes Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. These five superheroes along with superheroes in training Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog focused their abilities on putting away criminals, saving lives, and stopping terrible disasters after getting messages from their computer, the "TroubAlert."

    Each episode of the SuperFriends was geared to present, not only action, but also some lesson of educational value. In the short run of the series, a number of other famous DC comic book heroes appeared: Plastic Man, The Flash, and Green Arrow.

    The last new episode of the series entitled "The Watermen" was broadcast on December 22, 1973. The show continued in reruns until it was taken off the air on August 30, 1974. Two years later, however, the series was rebroadcast from February 7, 1976 to September 3, 1977. In an enduring testament to the popularity of the SuperFriends characters, they were later featured in a number of spin-offs and revivals.

    In 1977, the Hanna-Barbera produced sixty-two cartoon featuring the Superfriends. These cartoons were shown on ABC as part of The All-New SuperFriends Hour. Each hour long episode featured four cartoons (one half-hour cartoon and three seven minute shorts). The hour-long show featured adventures of the original fives superheroes from SuperFriends. Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog, however, did not appear. They were replaced by the shape-shifting Wondertwins Zan and Jayna and their space-monkey Gleek. The All-New SuperFriends Hour ran from September 10, 1977 to September 2, 1978 and was replaced in the next season by Challenge of the SuperFriends and SuperFriends (1978).

    Challenge of the SuperFriends was one of the most popular incarnations of SuperFriends that featured the Justice League of America against the Legion of Doom. This half-hour series ran for sixteen episodes from September 9, 1978 to September 15, 1979. It was accompanied in its run by SuperFriends (1978) which also presented sixteen half-hour episodes from September 9, 1978 to September 15, 1979. These episodes featured the same characters as The All-New SuperFriends Hour in further adventures.

    In 1979, Hanna-Barbera discontinued Challenge of the SuperFriends. Reruns of old SuperFriends episodes were mixed with eight new episodes and were presented under the new title The World's Greatest SuperFriends. The World's Greatest Superfriends was a hour long series that ran from September 22,1 979 to September 27, 1980.

    In the 1980's, SuperFriends continued in a number of incarnations. From September 1980 to September 1984, Hanna-Barbara produced sixty-six seven minute shorts (see Superfriends (1980)). Twenty-Four of these shorts were shown in the 1980-1981 season, accompanied by SuperFriend's reruns, under the title The Superfriends Hour. In the 1981-1982 season, sixteen new shorts were presented as a part of the half-hour long Superfriends. These new shorts were, of course, accompanied by reruns. The 1982-1983 season, however, was all reruns. Although Hanna-Barbara produced twenty-four new SuperFriends shorts, ABC decided to show only reruns of the SuperFriends in a thirty minute program entitled The Best of SuperFriends. Most of the unaired shorts (called by some "The Lost Episodes"), however, would later air in syndication.

    The 1984-1985 season, new half-hour SuperFriends episodes would return to ABC under the title SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show. SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show was a half-hour sixteen episode cartoon that featured Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and the Teen Titans Firestorm and Cyborg. In the 1985-1986 season, these same characters would appear along with Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and Samurai in the half-hour The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. This final incarnation of Hanna-Barbara's SuperFriends offered ten new episodes. On September 30, 1986 with the end of the last episode of The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, Hanna-Barbara's twelve year run of original SuperFriends episodes was over. The SuperFriends, however, would continue to live on in syndication.

    First Telecast: September 8, 1973 Last Telecast: December 22, 1973

    Episodes: 16 Color Episodes (16 one-hour episodes)

    Follow-up Shows: The All-New SuperFriends Hour, SuperFriends (1978), Challenge of the SuperFriends, The World's Greatest SuperFriends, SuperFriends (1980), SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.moreless
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    The Time Tunnel

    The Time Tunnel

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    ABC (ended 1967)
    "Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages, during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project, the Time Tunnel. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure, somewhere along the infinite corridors of time. This one-season show, produced by Irwin Allen, chronicled the adventures of two scientists, Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Douglas Phillips. Both are working on Project TicToc, a government operation to perfect time travel. In the first episode, the impetuous Tony jumps through the untested portal and finds himself on the Titanic. Doug goes after him, and although they manage to escape before the ship goes down, the folks back home are never quite able to retrieve them. So in each week's episode the two travellers are whisked from one setting to another (sometimes several times in the same episode) and have to survive pirates, Roman soldiers, battlefields, and the occasional invading silver-skinned alien, all while hoping the folks back at the Project find a way to get them back for good.moreless
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    The Real Ghostbusters

    The Real Ghostbusters

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    ABC (ended 1991)
    The Real Ghostbusters continues where the first movie left off, with the four Ghostbusters facing forces of the supernatural. Helping out the Ghostbusters would be their secretary, Janine Melnitz, and (eventually) Louis Tully. Also joining in would be the green ghost busted at the Sedgewick Hotel in the first movie, which was given the name Slimer.moreless
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    Day Break

    Day Break

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    ABC (ended 2006)
    Detective Brett Hopper is having a really bad day. He has been framed for murdering ADA Alberto Garza. He has an alibi, but no one will believe him. He wakes up one morning to realize he is reliving the same day over and over again. To stop this cycle and return to a normal life, he must find out who has framed him.moreless
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    The Invaders

    The Invaders

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    ABC (ended 1968)
    "The Invaders, alien beings from a dying planet. Their destination: the Earth. Their purpose: to make it "their" world. David Vincent has seen them, for him it began one lost night on a lonely country road, looking for a short cut that he never found. It began with a closed deserted diner, and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. It began with the landing of a craft from another galaxy. Now, David Vincent knows that the Invaders are here, that they have taken human form. Somehow he must convince a disbelieving world that the nightmare has "already" begun."moreless
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica

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    ABC (ended 1979)
    Opening Narration: (Used on the video version of "Saga of a Star World") "There are those who believe... that life here... began out there. Far across the universe. With tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans... that they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids... or the lost civilizations of Lemuria... or Atlantis... Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive... far, far away amongst the stars..." -- read by Patrick Macnee. Alternate Narration: (TV Version of "Saga of a Star World")
    "There are those who believe... that life here... began out there. Far across the universe. With tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans... that they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids... or the lost civilizations of Lemuria... or Atlantis... Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive... somewhere beyond the heavens" -- read by Patrick Macnee. Short Narration: (Episodes 4-11, 19, 23-24)
    "There are those who believe... that life here... began out there. Far across the universe. With tribes of humans... who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians... or the Toltecs... or the Mayans... Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man... who even now fight to survive... somewhere beyond the heavens" -- read by Patrick Macnee. Closing Narration: (Episodes 3-24)
    "Fleeing from the Cylon Tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest. A shining planet, known as Earth" -- read by Lorne Greene.moreless
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    Night Stalker

    Night Stalker

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    ABC (ended 2005)
    Crime reporter Carl Kolchak is partnered with Perri Reed at The Beacon, a Los Angeles newspaper. Together they investigate a string of strange murders...all of which may be related to the death of Kolchak's wife 18 months earlier in a similarly bizarre manner. A murder that the FBI consider Kolchak the primary suspect. As of 5/17/05, ABC has announced that the remake of the 1970s cult series Kolchak: The Night Stalker which starred Darren McGavin, is part of their fall schedule. The project, which is set up at Touchstone Television, is the result of Spotnitz's overall deal at the studio. "Stalker" revolves around a hardboiled journalist, Carl Kolchak, and his investigations into freakish occurrences.
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    Max Headroom

    Max Headroom

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    ABC (ended 1988)
    Max Headroom is a look into the future. Society is run-down and dominated by televisin and large corporations. Edison Carter is a reported intend on exposing corruption and greed. In the pilot episode, Edison is hunted down by his own employer. He is injured and his mind is digitized into a computer program. The resulting program takes on a life of its own. This is the creation of the eccentric and unpredictable character of Max Headroom. Max can move through computer and television networks at will. The series is about Edison Carter and Max Headroom in their combined fight to expose and eliminate the corruption in society.moreless
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    Galactica 1980

    Galactica 1980

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    ABC (ended 1980)
    Only the first three episodes of the series, comprising the pilot movie, feature a title sequence beginning with "Galactica 1980." The remaining episodes begin by calling the show "Battlestar Galactica," as if this were the second season of the original show. All the roles were written for the original cast, as if this were the second season. When most proved unavailable, the parts were rewritten and a largely new cast was hired. Set 30 years after the first season, the Galactica, guided by the mysterious teenage genius prodigy Dr. Zee. Adama, sporting a hideously fake beard, remains in command of the fleet, with Col. Boomer his second in command. Upon realizing Earth of 1980 cannot face the Cylons, and hearing Zee's warning that the Cylons followed them, Adama turns the fleet away, sending his grandson Troy (the grown up Boxey) and his wingman Dillon to explore Earth and aid in speeding up its technological development. They are helped by a reporter named Jamie Hamilton, and new technology such as personal cloaking shields and flying motorcycles. The original premise set up in the pilot features a traitor named Xavier stealing a ship and traveling into the past in an effort to speed up Earth's development by introducing technology into the past. His first target is to help the Nazi rocket program, but he is stopped by Troy, Dillon and Jamie. He escapes their custody and heads to pre-Revolutionary America, and the pilot ends with Jamie vowing to join Troy and Dillon in the chase for Xavier through time — the implication being each episode would feature Xavier in a different era, with our trio of heroes trying to stop him from changing history. However, when the series was picked up, this premise was abandoned, and a plot thread featuring Troy and Dillon protecting a group of Galactican children on Earth was woven through many of the episodes, with Xavier abandoning his time travel efforts. The story of the children was an element no doubt introduced to appease broadcast standards requiring shows airing at 7 p.m. to appeal to younger audiences. While the show was considered a critical flop, it did feature a number of recurring storylines. Among them, in addition to the children, was the military's attempt to track down any evidence of the Galactica, and Jamie's boss looking to cover the story. Recurring themes included Troy and Dillon in fish-out-of-water scenarios as they attempted to adapt to Earth, which added a level of silliness, and the idea that Galactica was the guardian of the last human stronghold in the face of the Cylon threat, which added a layer of seriousness. Several episodes featured the following text at the end of the program: "The United States Air Force stopped investigating UFOs in 1969. After 22 years, they found no evidence of extra-terrestrial visits and no threat to national security." This may have been in response not only to the Air Force story arc, but also to the stringent educational standards of a 7 p.m. time slot. These standards may have at first given series creator Glen Larson the idea to feature history-themed episodes as a way to provide some educational context. Instead, ABC interference probably led to the prominence of the use of the children, and several episodes were little more than trite morality plays about such things as pollution and racism. As a result, the finished product ended up being insulting to most audience members' intelligence, while alienating core fans of the series who found the new premise absurd. The poor quality of early episodes and declining ratings were probably the impetus for Larson to reintroduce the Cylon menace so soon. The ninth episode, "Space Croppers," features a Cylon attack that hearkens back to fond memories of the first season before denigrating into the usual Earthbound dreck this season was known for. Larson has subsequently stated his regret for this second season, and other than the finale "The Return of Starbuck," considered the episodes a waste of time. Given another chance at continuing the storyline, he said he would chalk up "1980" to a bad dream or a computer simulation, then continue the first season as if "1980" had never happened. The existence of "1980" was cited as one reason Ronald Moore chose a new version of BSG rather than a continuation. Even so, "1980" beat him to the punch with humanoid Cylons, featured in the two-parter "The Night the Cylons Landed." Like the new BSG, "1980" dealt with the evolution of the Cylon race.moreless
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    Masters of Science Fiction

    Masters of Science Fiction

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    An anthology series, Masters of Science Fiction features works from some of the brightest authors of science fiction.

    Masters of Science Fiction was produced by Starz Media in association with Industry Entertainment.moreless
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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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    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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    Automan

    Automan

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    ABC (ended 1984)
    "On a scale of 1 to 10, think of me as... an 11."

    Thus begins the life of Automan and his creator, Walter Nebicher. Nebicher, a computer specialist at Los Angeles Police Department, creates a sophisticated computer program he calls Automan, the world's first fully automatic man. With enough power, the Automan hologram could become solid and "real." Originally, Automan was only able to run at night, his tremendous power requirements given as the explanation, power which was only available after daytime hours. The production reason was that the glowing costume looked better in dark settings. However, this was abandoned within the first few episodes as the effects were refined and Automan donned normal clothing in public, with only small glowing portions visible at the collar and cuffs.

    Automan has a helper called Cursor which creates objects that Automan can manipulate such as the Autocar, Autocopter and Autoplane, as well as creating realistic illusions. Cursor was given its own separate credit (as "himself") in the opening titles.

    Automan can talk to any computer, see and walk through walls and even protect Walter by surrounding him with his "aura."

    As with every superhero, Automan has limitations. His power depends on the electricity available on the grid. If he gets too much input he could also dissolve without notice.

    Supporting characters included Roxanne Caldwell, a young policewoman that Walter is attracted to, Captain Boyd, Walter's cantankerous, computer-hating commanding officer, and Lieutenant Jack Curtis, the only higher-up who has faith in Walter. Boyd constantly calls Nebicher, "Nebbish."

    The series drew inspiration for its effects and premise of a digital being from the 1982 motion picture Tron and used a combination of traditional cel animation and some computer graphics. It was canceled after only 13 episodes, originally airing as a lead-in for Masquerade, another 1983 mid-season series also from executive producer Glen Larson.moreless
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    The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense

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    ABC (ended 1972)
    Gary Collins starred in this short-lived ABC series as Dr. Michael Rhodes, a parapsychologist at a major university, who used his talents to solve supernatural mysteries. Episodes of the show were later edited and released to syndication as part of the Night Gallery syndication package.moreless
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    Starman

    Starman

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    ABC (ended 1987)
    Some 15 years after an alien was stranded briefly on Earth, he returns to rejoin the son he left behind and to search for the woman he fell in love with. He assumes the identity and likeness of photojournalist Paul Forrester, whose dead body lies undiscovered in a remote area due to a helicopter crash. He is again being pursued by George Fox, the US government agent who has been obsessed with capturing him since his original visit to Earth.moreless
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    The Gnoufs

    The Gnoufs

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    ABC
    The Gnoufs was a French computer animated children's television cartoon program from 2004. It was created by Bertrand Santini. The short lived show followed a family of aliens called Gnoufs who have landed on Earth to experiment, taste, and understand everything they can. There are sevon Gnoufs: Groo Gnouf, Rab Gnouf, Giga Bab, Hippel Gnouf, Mini Bab, Kreepy Gnouf and Scopi Gnouf. The gnoufs are able to take control of anything through a tecnique tey have called 'coperlisation.' Though the Gnoufs are aliens the show is rather supernatural in tone, with themes such as divinatory tarot, ghosts, and the afterlife. All themes are addressed with moral messages within the show. 'The Gnoufs' can now be seen online at www.kidmango.com.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
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    That Was Then

    That Was Then

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    ABC (ended 2002)
    Travis Glass is about to turn 30 and his life couldn't be worse. He lives with his mother. He's a door salesman. And the longtime love of his life is married to his brother. His descent into loserdom dates back to a fateful and humiliating week in high school, and all Travis wants is a second chance to get it right. Be careful what you wish for … Travis wakes up the next morning, 16 again, with a chance to relive all of life's firsts. While tinkering with the past, he manages to save a life, jeopardize a marriage, and lose the most precious thing in his otherwise flawed future. Before he knows it, Travis is transported back to adulthood, about to turn 30 again, and his life couldn't be worse … Now, he'll have to keep hopping back and forth between high school and adulthood until he figures out how to put things right once and for all. But how do you put things right when every move you make can result in a new and totally unexpected future? (ABC Press Release)moreless
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