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    That's My Mama

    That's My Mama

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    ABC (ended 1975)
    That's My Mama debuted in the fall of 1974 on ABC and starred Theresa Merritt in the title role as Eloise "Mama" Curtis. The series took place in Washington D.C. and centered around Clifton Curtis, Mama's son and young barber, he had inherited the family barbershop from his late father, Oscar Curtis. Mama wanted the best for her son and that meant a woman in his life, so she often tried finding him a mate even though he enjoyed bachelor life. Other in the cast include, Tracy, who was Curtis's sister, Leonard, Tracy's husband, Earl, Clifton's buddy and two old timers who hung out in the barber shop, Wildcat and Josh. The series lasted a year and a half and aired its final episode, a repeat, on December 24, 1975. First Telecast: September 4, 1974
    Last Telecast: December 24, 1975
    Episodes: 39 Color Episodes ABC Broadcast History September 1974-September 1975----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m.
    September 1975-December 1975----Wednesdays----8:30 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) Never ranked above 25moreless
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    Lassie's Rescue Rangers

    Lassie's Rescue Rangers

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    ABC (ended 1974)
    The legendary TV dog star in animated form, this time as a rescue dog implementing life-saving techniques.
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    The Hardy Boys (1969)

    The Hardy Boys (1969)

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    ABC (ended 1971)
    The Hardy Boys (1969) was a Saturday morning cartoon show that ran on ABC from 1969 to 1971. The cartoon was made by Filmation Studios. The Hardy Boys originally came from mystery books written by Franklin W. Dixon (real name, Edward L. Stratemeyer). In this cartoon series, The Hardy Boys were a bubblegum rock group who got involved in many adventures solving different mysteries that came their way. The show evolved around teenagers Frank and Joe Hardy and also their friends Pete Jones (the first black character on a Saturday morning cartoon show), Wanda Kay Breckenridge, and Chubby Morton. As the musical group, The Hardy Boys Plus Three, the group performed a musical number each week. The live-action group, who sang the songs (and who also performed the opening and closing themes as a live-action group), had minor success as a rock group recording 2 albums. The cast of the cartoon series also did a 30 second Public Service Announcement at the end of the show (the first Saturday morning cartoon show in which the actual cast members from the show did the Public Service Announcements on their own show). In the late 70's, The Hardy Boys become a live-action TV series called "The Hardy Boys Mysteries" with Shawn Cassidy and Parker Stevenson.moreless
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    Funky Phantom

    Funky Phantom

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    ABC (ended 1972)
    Mudsy was a ghost that haunted the Muddlemore mansion. He slept in the grandfather clock and had never been woken up. One day three teens turned the hands on the clock to 12 and when the clock started to bong. Mudsy woke up. Along with his cat Boo, and the teens, they solve crimes and defeat bad guys.moreless
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    Wonderbug

    Wonderbug

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    ABC (ended 1978)
    Barry, C.C., and Susan were three teenagers who found an old, beat up dune buggy in a junk yard and they named it "Schlepcar". When a magic horn was attached and put into use, the car became Wonderbug! As Wonderbug, Shclepcar had the power of flight and was able to help the three teens capture crooks and prevent evil wrongdoing.moreless
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    The Paul Lynde Show

    The Paul Lynde Show

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    ABC (ended 1973)
    Paul Lynde played Paul Simms, an attorney living with his wife and two daughters, one of whom was married to Howie Dickerson, who was unemployed and whose parents lived next door.moreless
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    Ken Berry's 'Wow' Show

    Ken Berry's 'Wow' Show

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    ABC (ended 1972)
    Versatile performer Ken Berry hosted this short-lived summer replacement series. The 'Wow Show' was a traditional comedy/variety series, with songs, guest stars and sketches. Perhaps most notable is the series' supporting cast. A number of them went on to become major stars (Steve Martin, Cheryl Ladd). Several others were regulars on 'The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour' (Terri Garr, Ted Ziegler, Billy Van) which was on summer hiatus at the time.moreless
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    Carol Burnett & Company

    Carol Burnett & Company

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    ABC (ended 1979)
    Carol Burnett and Company ran for four weeks during August/September 1979. It was first presented to CBS, but they rejected it and ABC picked it up. During the series' short run, Carol featured such guest stars as Tim Conway (McHale's Navy) and Vicki Lawrence (Laverne and Shirley), both of which had starred on The Carol Burnett Show. However, variety shows were an all too common thing around the time of this show and Carol Burnett and Company was cancelled after 4 episodes.moreless
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    These are the Days

    These are the Days

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    ABC (ended 1975)
    An animated series about the Day family who are living a simple life in a small town setting.
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    Jackson 5ive

    Jackson 5ive

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    ABC (ended 1973)
    The animated misadventures of Motown's first hit-making sibling group. Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael Jackson travel all over the world singing their biggest hits and going on wacky adventures as well. Following the success of "The Beatles," ABC again used the formula for this series. Animated by Rankin/Bass (best known for their stop-motion holiday specials), the series was made at the height of psychedelic animation following "The Yellow Submarine" -- and each episode featured at least one song montage accentuated by dazzling visuals. Unlike the Beatles' series, the Jacksons were themselves participants in the creation. Michael, enamoured by being involved in fairy tales, was said to have given a lot of creative input. In the '80s, as Michael Jackson's popularity soared, this series was resurrected by many cable and network TV stations. In the '90s, while Michael was still known as "the reigning King of Pop," the series was dusted off again for airings on MTV and VH1.moreless
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    Barefoot In The Park

    Barefoot In The Park

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    ABC (ended 1971)
    The adventures of Paul and Corie Bratter, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of young married life in New York City. Based on the Neil Simon play and movie of the same name.moreless
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    Salvage 1

    Salvage 1

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    ABC (ended 1979)
    Once upon a time, a junkman had a dream...

    "I'm gonna build a spaceship, go to the moon, salvage all the junk that's up there, bring it back and sell it."

    So he put together a team. An ex-astronaut...a fuel expert...they built a rocketship...

    And they went to the moon. Who knows what they'll do next?moreless
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    Toma

    Toma

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    ABC (ended 1974)
    Tony Musante played David Toma, a real-life police detective from New Jersey. Stories revolved the cases he solved during his years on the police force. When Tony Musante quit the show, ABC decided to continue the series with Robert Blake in the lead. The show was revamped and retitled Baretta.moreless
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    The New People

    The New People

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    ABC (ended 1970)
    The New People aired from September 22, 1969 to January 12, 1970. It was on Monday nights on ABC, from 8:15 to 9:00 pm ET. It followed the only other 45-minute show ever aired, Music Scene, which was hosted by David Steinberg. The New People was an Aaron Spelling production about a group of college students who, on their way home from a cultural exchange trip to SE Asia, crashed on a deserted South Pacific island. The island had previously been used by the Atomic Energy Commission as a test site, and so was complete with buildings, cars, provisions, and test-dummy mannequins. Upon crashing all the adults aboard but one, died. The remaining adult, played by Richard Kiley, died at the end of the pilot episode, leaving the "new people" alone to create their own world, sans authority figures. Up against the most popular shows of its day, The New People didn't even last a full season. It was never syndicated, which is unfortunate for many reasons, one of them being that several now-famous actors made guest appearances on the show. Tyne Daly, Richard Dreyfuss, Billy Dee Williams and A. Martinez all took part in this island drama. The theme song for The New People was sung by The First Edition, and two .wav files of it can be found at www.tvobscurities.com/shows/new_people.html. Though short lived, The New People spawned a paperback tie-in novel titled They Came From the Sea, by Alex Steele, and two comic books. The regular cast members made appearances in the teen magazines of the day, and all went on to other acting jobs once the series had ended.moreless
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    Lucan

    Lucan

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    ABC (ended 1978)
    Lucan, was a show about a baby boy lost in the wilderness of Minnesota, USA. This child was found and raised to age ten by a she wolf as her own. The child grew up in the wild learning his own unique form of socialization. At age ten the wild child discovered by hunters was subsequently captured and taken to a university research center. At the research center this Wolf Boy was experimented upon while being taught basics of coping in so called human civilization. The child raised by wolves started saying LUCAN upon hearing a doctor friends encouragement saying YOU CAN thinking this was his name so the doctor named him LUCAN. LUCAN grew into a fine well educated 20 year old man just as the research university made both he and the research project that supported him a hotbed of political infighting. Lucan's stressed out old scientist, protector, now mentor and close friend "John Randolph" as Dr. Hoagland suffers a non-fatal acccident. In The Pilot Episode: The good doctor no longer able to defend LUCAN against corrupt heartless University foes begged his wolf boy-human hybred friend to escape by melting into the uncharted wilderness of human civilization. In The Lucan Series: show viewers join Lucan on his journey doing good while searching for his natural parents. Lucan always had a strong abiding urge to find his natural parents. The old sick doctor friend felt it was time Lucan left his protected university research world to join mainstream human society. LUCAN used skills honed growing up with wolves to escape the research institute venturing out into humankind's civilization on a quest to find his parents. Series basically chronical's LUCAN's search for his parents played against a backdrop of different intrigues. In each episode LUCAN attempts to cope with human civilization by further developing his own hybred human-wolfen brand of socialization skills. Lucan is dogged without mercy by money grubbing, cold hearted, inept bounty hunter special police investigator and all around boob Don Gordon as "Prentiss". Lucan is sometimes helped by his research doctor friend and mentor Dr. Hoagland throughout the series. Lucan meets new challenges, people and animals who are changed after encountering his unique wolfen-human hybred manner. While Lucan makes many dear new friend's he lets nothing stop his quest following all leads to his real parents giving the series its reason to continue. Since the series never made it beyond 12 episodes the concept was never fully developed beyond what is stated here. The series may have been inspired by the French movie "L'Enfant Sauvage" (The Wild Child) by Francois Truffaut. This movie recounts the authentic case of Victor of Aveyron, a wild boy captured by huntsmen in the depths of a French forest in 1798. And made the subject of a prolonged study by Dr. Jean Itard of the Deaf and Dumb Institute in Paris, an imposing building in the rue Saint-Jacques. The film was released to American audiences in 1970, but has recently been re-released on DVD. ----------------------------------- Production Companies * MGM Television ----------------------------------- Release dates Pilot: USA -- 22 May 1977 Series: USA -- 26 December 1977 ----------------------------------moreless
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    The Young Lawyers

    The Young Lawyers

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    ABC (ended 1971)
    The Young Lawyers was about a firm of young idealistic law students who would take up the causes of those who could not normally afford lawyers. The original cast of the show included Lee J. Cobb as David Barrett, the head of the Boston-based law firm, Zalman King as Aaron Silverman, and Judy Pace as Pat Walters. Later episodes saw the addition of Phillip Clark as Chris Blake. The series ran for one season on ABC, starting out with most of their cases involving the run-of-the-mill police brutality and the like, but by the end of the series, it was tackling much more serious issues.moreless
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    The Partridge Family

    The Partridge Family

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    ABC (ended 1974)
    In 1970, the Partridge Family was among the top-selling recording acts, not to mention one of the top-rated TV shows of its time. Either way, it made David Cassidy a successful teen idol until the show's cancellation in 1974.

    The Partridge Family consisted of Shirley Partridge (keyboards, vocals) and her five kids: Keith (lead vocalist and guitar), Laurie (keyboards, vocals), Danny (bass guitar, vocals), Chris (drums), and Tracy (tambourine). Rounding out the cast was their manager, Reuben Kincaid.

    With the exception of Shirley Jones and David Cassidy, none of the actors on the show actually sang or played on the group's records. In fact this was done by professional studio musicians and singers, with the family lip-synching to the tracks on camera. In fact, David Cassidy was originally hired for his looks, but when the producers found out that he could sing they realized that they could use him in the real band.

    Many of the episode plots draw upon the comedic relationship between Reuben (Dave Madden) and Danny (Danny Bonaduce). These two were good friends both on and off the set. Other plot devices were Keith's good looks and popularity at school, Laurie's 70's style activism and some of the strange encounters that the family had when on the road in their bus.

    The Partridge Family was true wholesome family programming. At the time Shirley Partridge was one of the the first single mother's to be featured on a television show. Originally the scripts called for her to be divorced, but this was changed to describe her as a widow.

    Telecast: ABC September 25, 1970 - August 31, 1974 Broadcast History (all ET): Sept. 1970 - Jun. 1973, ABC Friday 8:30 - 9:00 P.M. Jun. 1973 - Aug. 1974, ABC Saturday 8:00 - 8:30 P.M. 96 Episodes In Color On Film.moreless
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    Kids Are People Too!

    Kids Are People Too!

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    ABC (ended 1982)
    "Kids Are People Too". That's what the theme's lyrics (first heard on Wonderama) declared each weekend in this kiddie-aimed "news magazine" of sorts.

    The host – originally, Bob McAllister and later Michael Young and Randy Hamilton – presented a wide variety of guests. Usually, the list included stars of movies and TV series (usually but not always the younger stars), athletes, consumer advocates for children and psychologists with tips on growing up. Often, there were music segments and competitions (the latter stressing fair play and sportsmanship, though everyone won a prize).

    The best-remembered segment was "Dear Alex and Annie," in which the youthful viewers were asked to send in letters asking for advice on various topics. Alex (Bing Bingham) and Annie (Donna Drake) would respond to each letter in song.

    The series originated from New York (except for the 1979-80 season when it was from Los Angeles).moreless
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    The Harvey Korman Show

    The Harvey Korman Show

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    ABC (ended 1978)
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    The Soupy Sales Show

    The Soupy Sales Show

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    ABC (ended 1962)
    None of the themes really fit this show. It was unique and very hard to describe. It was a kids' show loaded with double-entendre for the adults. Soupy Sales served as host and was usually the only human. Random bits of silliness (Soupy Says) were intermixed with skits (Philo Kvetch, people coming to the door). The audience usually didn't see who was at the door, just heard the dialogue and saw Soupy's reaction. White Fang and Black Tooth were Soupy's "dogs". You only saw a paw/leg and the dialogue was unintelligible. Soupy acted as translator. His other puppet friends appeared at the window. Hippy was a hippo and Pookie was a lion. White Fang, Black Tooth, Pookie, Hippy, Man at Door were all Clyde Adler (1959-1962) and Frank Nastasi (1965-1967).moreless
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