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    The Beany and Cecil Show

    The Beany and Cecil Show

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    ABC (ended 1988)
    Beany and Cecil began in 1949 as a kids' puppet show titled "Time For Beany". It was created by legendary Warner Bros. cartoon director Bob Clampett and featured the voices of Daws Butler and Stan Freberg. The series followed the hijinks and adventures of the crew of the Leakin' Lena: Captain Horatio Huffenpuff, Beany (a little boy with a beanie cap), Beany's pal Cecil the Sea Sick Sea Serpent, and Dishonest John, their arch-nemesis. The show acquired a following of such luminaries as Jimmy Stewart, Albert Einstein, Frank Zappa and Groucho Marx during its seven-year run.

    In 1959, Clampett's studio, Snowball Productions, made an animated short, "Beany & Cecil Meet Billy The Squid," featuring these characters, which was screened in Canadian theaters (released by United Artists). In 1962, ABC ordered a weekly series which was aired in primetime as "Matty's Funnies With Beany & Cecil" (sponsored by Mattel toys, of which Matty and sister Sisterbelle were mascots). It featured characters such as Tearalong the Dotted Lion, Little Ace from Outer Space, Cecilia McCoy (Cecil's girlfriend), Careless the Mexican Hairless, Hare-cules Hare, William Shakespeare Wolf (who began on the puppet show as Willy the Wolf), Thunderbolt the Wonder Colt (also a holdover from the puppet show) and So What & The Seven What Nots. That and references in similar episodes (especially "Beanyland", the show's original pilot) were blatant enough to give the Disney company pause (but the references were no less funny for the cause). Bob Clampett himself wrote the outlines for all 78 cartoon shorts and supervised the scripts, which were rich in puns (visual and verbal) and wordplay. It ran only one season in prime time and then migrated to Saturday mornings in 1963 where it enjoyed a five-year run. In the fall of 1989, the show was syndicated weekly, the first time since 1968 that the series had been shown in any capacity. In 2003, selected episodes were screened on Cartoon Network's spotlight series The Bob Clampett Show.
    In 1988, ABC commissioned DIC to produce an all-new series of Beany & Cecil cartoons under the direction of John Kricfalusi (who worked on Mighty Mouse the season prior and would be responsible for Ren & Stimpy three years later). This version was dropped after five weeks due to Kricfalusi's hands-on approach to cartoon making conflicting with ABC's interference with the story process.moreless
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    NBA Finals

    NBA Finals

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    ABC
    It's every team's goal to be playing in June, when ABC airs every game of the NBA Finals, which always prove to be an exciting series.
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    The Felony Squad

    The Felony Squad

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    Felony Squad was filmed in Los Angeles and dealt with two detectives, the older hardened pro and the young up and coming rookie. Their commanding officer Captain Nye sent Det. Sgts. Stone and Briggs out on the streets to solve crime.moreless
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    Based on the 1939 movie of the same name, Fess Parker played Senator Eugene Smith. Other characters included Pat Smith, the senator's wife; Cooter, the senator's uncle; Arnie, the senator's chauffeur; and Miss Kelly, the senator's secretary.moreless
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    Bourbon Street Beat

    Bourbon Street Beat

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    ABC (ended 1960)
    Bourbon Street Beat was a crime drama very much in the same vein as 77 Sunset Strip, produced by Warner Brothers, running on ABC for 39 episodes during the 1959-60 television season.
    Chronicling the adventures of three private eyes solving crimes in the Big Easy, Bourbon Street Beat featured Richard Long as Rex Randolph, Andrew Duggan as Cal Calhoun, and Van Williams as Kenny Madison.
    Despite the show lasting only one season a couple of its characters would live on in other shows. Rex Randolph went to 77 Sunset Strip while Kenny Madison ended up on Surfside 6.moreless
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    Adventures in Paradise

    Adventures in Paradise

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    ABC (ended 1962)
    This series featured Gardner McKay as Adam Troy, the captain of a freelance schooner called the Tiki. Troy was a Korean War veteran who found adventure across the South Pacific that ranged from Hong Kong to Pitcairn Island. James A. Michener created Adventures In Paradise and sold the original idea to television, then dropped out of the project.moreless
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    The Ugliest Girl in Town

    The Ugliest Girl in Town

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    The Ugliest Girl In Town was a short lived show about Timothy Blair, a Hollywood talent agent, who falls in love with an English starlet while she is in town making a film. When the movie wraps production, she returns to England but Tim can't afford to follow her. With the help of his brother Gene, Tim somehow gets photographed in womens' hippy garb. When the pictures turn up in a London ad agency, they think "she" is just what they've been looking for. Before you can say "Twiggy", Tim is off to London where he spends his days as a top fashion model and his nights wooing his starlet.moreless
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    Guestward Ho!

    Guestward Ho!

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    Former ad executive Bill Hooton and his wife Babs buy a dude ranch in New Mexico called "Guestward Ho." They try to make a success out of the ranch with the help of the locals who work there.moreless
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    The Joey Bishop Show

    The Joey Bishop Show

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    The Joey Bishop Show hosted by Joey Bishop was a late night talk show that ran opposite "The Tonight Show". Joey's trusty sidekick was Regis Philbin. His band leader was Johnny Mann and His Merrymen. Joey started out with gangbuster ratings of a 51.9 share when the Tonight Show was going thru a tough time during Johnny Carson's walk out. Lasting only three seasons there were some wonderful highlights on the show and dynamite performances by pop and rock bands just starting out.moreless
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    Breaking Point

    Breaking Point

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    ABC (ended 1964)
    Breaking Point debuted on ABC on September 16, 1963. It was a spin-off of sorts from Ben Casey (its premiere episode was the second half of a story that began on Casey). Breaking Point was produced by George Lefferts, a writer who had served in an Army psychiatric ward during World War II.The series focused on two psychiatrists, young Dr. McKinley "Mac" Thompson (Paul Richards) and his boss, Dr. William Raymer (Eduard Franz), who practiced at an outpatient clinic located in a metropolitan hospital. Instead of the usual TV "psychopaths," their clientele consisted mainly of everyday people who'd reached a "breaking point" and needed help getting their lives back on track.Breaking Point featured teleplays by the likes of Robert Towne (who later wrote the film Chinatown) and guest actors (such as Robert Redford and Telly Savalas) who later became superstars. But, the series itself lasted only one season, and, unfortunately, it seems to be generally forgotten today.Incidentally, Breaking Point is sometimes confused with Eleventh Hour, a similar series which premiered on NBC in 1962. Although Breaking Point is sometimes described as ABC's answer to Eleventh Hour, both series were actually created at about the same time.
    "We're trying to deal with problems that touch the lives of all of us--we're not interested in the shock value of bizarre psychiatric solutions. We deal with people who reach the breaking point, who crack under pressures most of us endure without breaking." - Paul Richards ("Dr. McKinley Thompson")1963
    TRIVIA: When Breaking Point aired in Argentina, it was titled Crisis.moreless
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    No Time for Sergeants

    No Time for Sergeants

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    ABC (ended 1965)
    Based on the 1958 movie of the same name: Will Stockdale is drafted into the U.S. Air Force where he comes at odds with his supervisor, Sergeant King.

    Almost similar to a more successful sitcom "Gomer Pyle USMC"moreless
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    The Engelbert Humperdinck Show

    The Engelbert Humperdinck Show

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    ABC (ended 1970)
    The Engelbert Humperdinck Show was a British variety series an ATV production, executive produced by Gordon Mills. For American release the show aired on ABC and the guests were a combination British and American performers. The Jack Parnell Orchestra and the Irving Davies Dancers provided the background talent for Engelbert's variety musical program. Airing only 17 episodes the guests were the big names in entertainment field.moreless
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    Jimmy Durante Presents The Lennon Sisters

    Jimmy Durante Presents The Lennon Sisters

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    ABC (ended 1970)
    Welcome to the Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters show guide. After starting out on The Lawrence Welk Show in 1955 the Lennon Sisters received their own variety show with Jimmy Durante as their lead-in mentor. This Maryco Production, executive produced by Harold Cohen and produced by Bernie Kukoff and Jeff Harris became a wonderful musical hour filled with talent and comedy for everyone. The show was shifted mid-season from their Saturday night spot to Friday night spot and a huge ratings drop lead to their early series cancellation. The music was an assortment of Jimmy's old vaudevillian ditties to Country, Jazz, Classic and current hits. The show's theme song played by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra was "May We Wish You Well".moreless
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    Girl Talk

    Girl Talk

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    ABC (ended 1970)
    Girl Talk was a daily talk and interview show hosted by Virginia Graham. The program was filled with controversial topics as well as general discussions on a woman's everyday life. Celebrities, authors, sports figures, politicians, medical professionals and everyday women appeared on the program.moreless
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    F.D.R.

    F.D.R.

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    ABC (ended 1965)
    A documentary on the life of the 32nd President of the United States.
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    Gidget

    Gidget

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    Gidget was based on the 1959 movie of the same name. While the original had Sandra Dee as Gidget, this series had Sally Field in the title role. The sitcom was first seen in September of 1965 and centered around Francine Lawrence. Francine was her real first name but everyone called her Gidget. She lived with her father, Professor Russ Lawrence, who was a widower in Southern California. Stories revolved around Gidget and her life as a teenager growing up on the Pacific coast. Recurring characters included, Anne Cooper, Gidget's sister, who tended to take the role of mother and was often overprotective of Gidget. John was Anne's psychology student of a husband who often read much to much into situations. Larue was Gidget's best friend while Jeff was Gidget's boyfriend who was talked about more than he was seen since he was away at college. ABC pulled the plug on the series in the spring of 1966 due to the fact that the series hadn't found an audience. This was an unfortunate event, because that summer, ABC aired reruns, and finally an audience was found. However, it was too late, the series had already been canceled. Reruns boosted the series' popularity in the 80's which resulted in a new series, The New Gidget. This series introduced a young Sally Field to the television audience and led the way for her next TV role as Sister Bertrille on another ABC sitcom, The Flying Nun. Theme Song: "Gidget" Written by: Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller Sung by: Johnny Tillotson Broadcast History September 15, 1965-January 1966----Wednesdays----8:30 p.m. January-September 7, 1966----Thursdays----8:00 p.m. Ratings never hit the top 25moreless
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    Never Too Young

    Never Too Young

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    probably the soap opera to have musical guests in almost every episode
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    The Monroes

    The Monroes

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    ABC (ended 1967)
    The Monroes was about the adventures of five orphans who struggle to survive in the back country of the 1870s Wyoming Territory after their parents are lost in the Snake River.moreless
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    Tammy

    Tammy

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    Tammy is the story of Tammy Tarleton, an 18-year-old country girl who moves back and forth between her "country" family, who live on a bayou houseboat, and the well-to-do Brent's, owners of a plantation. moreless
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    The Green Hornet

    The Green Hornet

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    ABC (ended 1967)
    Welcome to The Green Hornet guide at TV.com. The Green Hornet debuted shortly after the 1966 Batman TV Series and was produced by the same company. Whereas Batman was known for its heavy camp and semi-comedic storytelling, The Green Hornet took a more serious and realistic approach to masked crimefighting. However, this may have hurt the show as Batman is easily recalled by many for the outlandish villains such as the Joker and the Riddler, but The Green Hornet featured the protagonists battling against various "normal" criminals with no odd gimmicks. Despite only lasting one season, The Green Hornet has amassed a cult following, most likely because of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, who made his American television debut on the show. "Another challenge for the Green Hornet, his aide Kato, and their rolling arsenal, the Black Beauty. On police record, a wanted criminal, The Green Hornet is really Britt Reid, owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. His dual identity known only to his secretary and to the District Attorney. And now, to protect the rights and lives of decent citizens rides the Green Hornet!" -Narration from the opening creditsmoreless
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