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    Honey West

    Honey West

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    Honey West was the first female detective to be featured in a weekly American television series. The pilot for this show was an episode of Burke's Law (Who Killed The Jackpot? 4-21-65). Based on the Honey West novels by G.G. Fickling. Honey West inherited the family detective business from her late father. Her partner, Sam Bolt, was also included in the deal. The love of Honey's life was her pet ocelot, Bruce.moreless
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    Amos Burke: Secret Agent

    Amos Burke: Secret Agent

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    After a two-year run, the series Burke's Law was drastically revamped for the 1965-1966 season from a murder mystery format to an international espionage drama, in keeping with the recent surge in popularity of the spy genre. The cast of Burke's Law, with the exception of star Gene Barry, was dropped. The character of Amos Burke ceased to be the millionaire playboy police captain and became an globe-trotting special agent, who answered to his supervisor, known only as "The Man". The newly revised series, renamed Amos Burke, Secret Agent, only lasted for seventeen episodes.moreless
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    The Fantastic Four (1967)

    The Fantastic Four (1967)

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    ABC (ended 1968)
    The Fantastic Four (1967) was an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera productions, and debuted the same day as the classic 1967 Spider-Man animated show. This was one of only two animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera that was based on Marvel Comics characters. The program, featuring character designs by Alex Toth and lasted twenty episodes. The Fantastic Four was first created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. This was also one of several shows to be cancelled because of parental concern over TV violence in the 60s.

    The Fantastic Four was: Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Ben Grimm (The Thing), Reed's wife Sue Richards (Invisible Woman) and Sue's little brother Johnny Storm (Human Torch).

    The Fantastic Four gained their super powers after a experimental rocket ship designed by Reed Richards and piloted by Reed's friend, Ben Grimm, was hit by a storm of cosmic rays on its test flight in space. When it crash landed back on earth, the four discovered that they each had gained super powers. Reed could stretch, twist and re-shape his body to in-human proportions, Ben was transformed into a monstrous humanoid with orange, rock-covered skin with incredible strength and durability. Sue was able to turn herself invisible and create forcefeilds. Johnny could cover himself with flames as well as fly. They decide to call themselves the Fantastic Four and use their abilities to protect mankind.moreless
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    The Farmer's Daughter

    The Farmer's Daughter

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    Glen Morley is a widowed congressman from Minnesota living in Washington D.C. with his mother and two sons. When Katy Holstrum, a Swedish-American farmer's daughter from his home district seeks his help in finding a government job, Glen ends up hiring her as governess for his sons. Katy's innocent charm loosens up the sometimes stiff politician and helps the house feel like a home again. Theme Song Lyrics, by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil: Katy the Farmer's Daughter You can't resist that gal. She's country style, but city designed; Got a smile that's sprinkled with sunshine. Look at the Farmer's Daughter; She'll perk up your morale. Her brand of charm is so disarming, Frowns turn upsidedown. We owe a debt to Sweden. She's just what we've been needin'. So glad the Farmer's Daughter came to town.moreless
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    The Outcasts

    The Outcasts

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    A White bounty hunter teams up with a Black slave.
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    The Johnny Cash Show

    The Johnny Cash Show

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    ABC (ended 1971)
    Country music legend Johnny Cash hosted this one hour musical variety show on ABC. He was backed up by the regular members of his road show, and his guests spanned the spectrum of popular music. The Tennessee Three were: Marshall Grant, bass; W.S. Holland, drums; Bob Wooten, guitar. The Musical Director was Billy Walker. June 1969--September 1969, ABC Saturday 9:30--10:30 PM. January 1970--March 1971 ABC Wednesday 9:00--10:00 PM.moreless
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    Pat Boone Chevy Showroom

    Pat Boone Chevy Showroom

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    ABC (ended 1959)
    Pat Boone Chevy Showroom was a "Cooga Mooga Production" which gave Fifties pop music star Pat Boone a chance to host this "Rock 'n Roll" variety show sponsored by Chevrolet. His success on the charts and the movies brought this charming, clean cut, wholesome image a whole new generation of admirers.moreless
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    The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor

    The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor

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    ABC (ended 1962)
    The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor follows Captain Matt Holbrook, a humorless, hard-nosed, police captain, leading his team of three plainclothes detectives.
    Lt Jim Conway of Homicide, is a ladies' man, Lt. Johnny Russo of Burglary, is tough talking and cigar smoking, and Lt. Otto Lindstrom of the Bunco Squad is an old timer career cop who has seen it all.
    Each week one or more of them would tackle a murder, con game, drug operation or other dirty street crimes.moreless
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    This is Tom Jones

    This is Tom Jones

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    ABC (ended 1971)
    Welcome to the This is Tom Jones guide at tv.com

    Welsh singer Tom Jones starred in his own variety series titled,This Is Tom Jones which was filmed in both Los Angeles and London, England. Performances by artists from every genre, Rock, Country, Jazz, Gospel and other types of music, this hour of entertainment brought us some of the most unusual performances on TV. At the end of each show Tom's Welsh parting words were, "Gwyn eich byd a dymunaf i chwi lawenydd bob amser" ("May you always be well and be happy"), became the Jones signature for bidding an audience good night.

    The dates listed in this guide are the ABC (American Broadcasting Company) air dates.moreless
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    Bronco

    Bronco

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    ABC (ended 1962)
    After the end of the American Civil War, former Confederate army captain Bronco Layne seeks his fortune in the lawless West. The Bronco character was created as a clone of Cheyenne when Clint Walker walked out on that show for a year in a contract dispute. For the 1958-59 TV season, the program was renamed The Cheyenne Show and featured reruns of Cheyenne episodes alternating with episodes of the new Bronco. It was not until Clint Walker's return to Cheyenne for the 1959-60 TV season that the network decided Bronco could survive on its own, giving it a new timeslot (alternating with Sugarfoot) and finally giving the show its own theme song: Bronco, Bronco, Tearin' across the Texas plain. Bronco, Bronco, Bronco Layne. Born down around the old panhandle, Texas is where he grew to fame. There ain't a horse that he can't handle, That's how he got his name. (Repeat chorus) Next to a foursquare Texas twister, You'd call a cyclone meek and mild. You've never seen a twister, mister, 'Til someone gets him riled. (Repeat chorus) Show me a gal who's kissed him once, I'll show you a gal who's kissed him twice. Once any gal has kissed him twice, She's dreamin' of shoes and rice. (Repeat chorus)moreless
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    Stoney Burke

    Stoney Burke

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    Professional rodeo rider Stoney Burke was after one thing: the Golden Buckle, symbolizing the world champion saddle bronc rider. Unfortunately he did not win the ultimate prize prior to the cancellation of this contemporary western series.moreless
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    Tombstone Territory

    Tombstone Territory

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    ABC (ended 1960)
    Western adventure series. After the network run was over, episodes continued to be produced for sale in syndication.
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    The Gallant Men

    The Gallant Men

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    The Gallant Men tells the story of an American infantry company as it fights its way up the boot of Italy during World War II, led by determined young captain Jim Benedict. The action is seen through the eyes of a war correspondent, which makes this show unique in the genre. Made by the production company that had previously been successful with westerns like Cheyenne and Maverick, and private eye shows like 77 Sunset Strip and Hawaiian Eye, the show suffered in comparison with the similar war series Combat!, which aired on the same network and outlasted it by four years.moreless
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    The Frank Sinatra Show

    The Frank Sinatra Show

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    ABC (ended 1958)
    The Frank Sinatra Show was Sinatra's second attempt at a weekly TV show. The first was on CBS and ran for two years, 1950 to 1952. For this version ABC reportedly paid Sinatra $3,000,000. The show was to be a mixture of musical and dramatic programming, sometimes with Sinatra, other times he was to host episodes that he didn't appear in. The musical shows were recorded at The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. A survey of TV listings for the program shows that episodes were often changed at the last minute with dramatic shows being bumped for musical episodes. After it became clear the show was a ratings fiasco the show became more of a standard variety show. Sinatra often appeared opposite some of the best musical talent of the era but it didn't help much. Perhaps Sinatra was simply being spread too thin-he was still appearing in movies and making his classic albums for Capitol, in addition to appearing on other TV shows. After a break, for the 1959-1960 season Sinatra headlined a series of four specials for ABC under the umbrella title The Frank Sinatra Timex Show. In 2002 PBS aired a special "Sinatra: The Classic Duets" that included many excerpts from his 1957/58 show. In August 2003 another special "Vintage Sinatra," consisting of Sinatra solos from his show, aired on PBS stations. Both specials are available on home video & DVD. In September 2003 the Christmas show with Bing Crosby was also released on home video & DVD.moreless
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    Long Hot Summer

    Long Hot Summer

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    Long Hot Summer is set in the small deep south community of Frenchman's Bend, Mississippi. The community was dominated by the aging, tyrannical Will Varner, owner of the town bank, and young Ben Quick, who had returned to the town after thirteen years to reclaim his father's farm and challenge Varner's absolute authority.
    Other residents included Clara Varner, daughter of Will, sensible and strong willed, who gradually falls for Ben Quick; Jody Varner, Will's son, honest but with a weak personality; Minnie Littlejohn, who runs the town's hotel, a good friend and mistress of Will Varner; and Eula Harker, a farm girl, picked up one night in the rain by Jody, who became a leading part of his life and that of the town.
    Long Hot Summer was based on material written by William Faulkner, the novel The Hamlet and the short story Barn Burning.moreless
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    Rocky and His Friends

    Rocky and His Friends

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    "Hello, knowledge thirsters." You may already know the program known to generations of cartoon lovers as "Rocky and Bullwinkle" was never actually called that onscreen, when originally presented. For the first two seasons, shown in the late afternoons, in black and white on the then-lowly ABC network, the show was actually called Rocky and His Friends. It then moved to the more prestigious NBC, whereupon it was shown in color, in primetime, and renamed "The Bullwinkle Show," the name always shown onscreen for syndication (more recently, for DVD, the onscreen titles have all been changed to "Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends," the new catch-all title). You will find two other program entries for Rocky and Bullwinkle in TV.com; one for The Bullwinkle Show, the other is titled The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Neither appears to have an editor right now, and have, in my view, a lot of errors that ought to be fixed, especially The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show one (which also has the least accurate name). Here you will only find out about the two seasons that originally ran on ABC (but were later shown in color, in reruns on NBC and ABC, and in syndication).moreless
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    The Cheyenne Show

    The Cheyenne Show

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    ABC (ended 1962)
    Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie, first aired on September 20, 1955. It was partly based on a 1947 movie of the same name that starred Dennis Morgan. A change in the format was introduced for the 1960-61 season and the name was changed to The Cheyenne Show. Clint Walker was seen in most of the episodes, however two other westerns were rotated with Cheyenne. These were Bronco, starring Ty Hardin and Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins. For the 1961-62 season, Sugarfoot was dropped from the lineup. During the last season, which was on 13 episodes, only Cheyenne episodes were aired. A new show, The Dakotas, would take over this time slot.moreless
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    Colt .45

    Colt .45

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    ABC (ended 1960)
    Wade Preson played Christopher Colt, a traveling gun salesman who was really an undercover government agent. Donald May played Chris Colt's cousin Sam Colt. This late 1950's western was created and produced by Roy Huggins ("Cheyenne", "Maverick"). Andrew Duggan guest starred in the pilot as a character named Jim Rexford. Huggins used almost the same name for the lead character of his "Rockford Files" series a decade and a half later. Like all Warner Brothers shows, "Colt 45" had a great theme song: "a legend bolt but he knew that colt-Colt 45". Donald May later starred in Warner Brothers "The Roaring 20's" with Rex Reason, Dorothy Provine, and Mike Road.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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    The Jimmy Dean Show

    The Jimmy Dean Show

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    The Jimmy Dean Show a variety hour featured Jimmy Dean welcoming country and pop acts of the era, along with comedians and other favorites. He also bantered with Rowlf (Jim Henson's piano-playing Muppet hound). Jim Henson was the left hand, the head and the voice of Rowlf. Frank Oz was the right hand and the handle props. Jimmy Dean's first television exposure came in 1957, when he had a self-titled daily CBS series that was based in Washington. He also had a primetime series that ran during the summer of '57 and featured primarily country talent and older popular acts. The daytime series ran from April to December 1957, and again from September 1958 to June 1959. Regulars included Molly Bee, Ron Martin (a comic singer who never seemed to finish a song), Roger Price and Mort Marshall (whom, as Lud and Lester, did a comedy act) and the Jubilee Four, a gospel act who closed out each show and the Peter Matz Orchestra. The 1963 incarnation of The Jimmy Dean Show ran for three seasons on ABC, with the show going "on location" during the final year. The most notable telecast occured in October 1965, when the show featured the first Country Music Association Awards show. In addition to "Big, Bad John," Jimmy Dean's hits include another No. 1 hit, "The First Thing Ev'ry Morning (And the Last Thing Ev'ry Night)" (1965), "P.T. 109" (1962, depicting the wartime career of President John F. Kennedy), "To A Sleeping Beauty" (1962) and "I.O.U." (1976, a Mother's Day tribute). He later hosted a syndicated series (another self-titled entry) from 1973-1975. Today, of course, Jimmy Dean is best known for his pork sausage business. To many classic country fans, however, he'll always be known for his saga songs and his easy-going crooning style.moreless
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