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    The Rat Patrol

    The Rat Patrol

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    ABC (ended 1968)
    The Rat Patrol was an ABC television series that aired for two seasons from 1966 to 1968. The show was loosely inspired by the Long Range Desert Group's actions against Axis forces in the North African Campaign of World War II, and followed the adventures of four Allied soldiers: Sergeant Sam Troy (Christopher George), Sergeant Jack Moffit (Gary Raymond), Private Mark T. Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) and Private Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr). The show's first season was very successful, finishing as the 23rd highest rated TV show in 1966-67, and spawning numerous tie-ins such as boardgames, toys, models, and a feature-length film. The series is also notable for giving Eric Braeden (credited as Hans Gudegast) his first recurring TV role as The Rat Patrol's nemesis, Captain Hans Dietrich of the Afrika Korps.moreless
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    Traveler

    Traveler

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    Jay, Tyler and Will have spent the last two years in grad school living together. They are about to spend their summer holiday traveling. But when Will gives Jay and Tyler a simple dare -- to rollerblade through one of New York's most famous museums -- it makes them prime suspects in a terrorist bombing that moments later destroys the museum. They hope that Will can prove their innocence, but discover their friend has mysteriously disappeared.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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    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Rich Man, Poor Man

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    ABC (ended 1976)
    The small screen adaptation of Irwin Shaw's best-selling 1970s novel Rich Man, Poor Man was the first great American mini-series. It was an epic television event of historical proportions. The story of the Jordache family grabbed the attention of a nation during the winter of 1976. Originally broadcast as a limited twelve-part dramatic series, the series topped the weekly ratings and ended the 1975-76 TV season as the second highest rated show. It was nominated for 20 Emmys (winning 4) and 6 Golden Globes (winning 4, including Best TV Series - Drama.)

    "Rich Man, Poor Man" recounts the lives of brothers Rudy (Peter Strauss) and Tom (Nick Nolte) Jordache from 1945 - 1965. One will gain great wealth and power as a businessman and politician while the other will struggle through life as a boxer and gangster thug. They both compete for the love of Julie Prescott (Susan Blakely) with one of them finally making her their wife.moreless
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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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    Top Cat

    Top Cat

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    ABC (ended 1962)
    The misadventures of a smart-aleck, street-wise alley cat name T.C., and his pals Benny, Choo Choo, Fancy, Brain and Spook; who get into many acts of trouble with Officer Charlie Dibble, and always have each other. Watch Top Cat on Boomerang. Like The Flintstones, Top Cat was another situation cartoon created by Hanna-Barbera Theme song lyrics: Top Cat The most effec-tu-al Top Cat Who's intellectual close friends get to call him T. C. Providing it's with dignity Top Cat The indisputable leader of the gang He's the boss He's the VIP He's a championship He's the most tip top - Top Cat Yes he's the chief He's the king, but above everything He's the most tip top - Top Cat!moreless
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    Baretta

    Baretta

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    ABC (ended 1978)
    Baretta was an indirect spinoff of Toma. After Tony Musante left the show, Robert Blake was asked to step in, and the show was revamped into Baretta. Tony Baretta was an unconventional cop, streetwise with a decidedly funky lifestyle. He lived in apartment 2-C of an old run-down hotel called the King Edward, with his pet cockatoo, Fred. The orphaned son of poor Italian immigrants, Baretta was a master of disguise, an ability he used to infilrate gangs. The show had plenty of hard action, as well as comic relief provided by his dude informant friend, Rooster. The show made it into the Top Ten for the 1976/1977 season.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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    Second Noah

    Second Noah

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    Second Noah was a relatively short lived series that spanned less than two complete seasons. It was a family drama that featured two married adults, Noah (a zookeeper) and Jesse (a writer), who adopt nine children (Ricky, Hannah, Bethany, Luis, Roxanna, JoJo, Ben, Ranny & Danny) along with their housekeeper, Shirley). With so many children from so many walks of life there was never a dull moment. The basic plot was Noah's family dealing with common family occurrences, fights, accidents, mishaps, and misbehavior. The moral of the series was one of unity; the family always got through the issue (whatever it may be) together, and they were always there for each other, even during hard times. Though life was not always a smooth ride for them, they never gave up, and that's what made the show so great.moreless
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    Thundarr the Barbarian

    Thundarr the Barbarian

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    ABC (ended 1982)
    Thundarr the Barbarian was a half-hour Saturday morning cartoon series that premiered on October 4, 1980 on ABC. It was a Ruby-Spears Enterprises Production. The show takes place 2000 years after the Earth was nearly destroyed by a runaway planet in 1994. The Earth is now populated by various new animal species, mutants and monsters, and is ruled by the 7 Citadels of Sorcery, a group of evil sorcerers who use a combination of magic and highly advanced technology to rule over the hapless populace. The series revolve around the trio of Thundarr, Ariel and Ookla, as they make their way through the world on horseback, defeating evil wherever they may find it, their motivation being that they themselves had escaped the clutches of the vile sorcerer Sabien, Ariel's evil stepfather. Ariel herself is a powerful sorceress. Thundarr, a former slave, won his freedom and was given a magic sunsword, a powerful weapon he can use to battle evil. Because it's magic, it was created to function only in his possession. He can ignite and retract the blade at will. When not in use, the hilt can be placed on his wristpack, readily available when it's needed. Ookla is a Mok, one of various new species that exist in post-apocalyptic Earth. He has great strength and is skilled with a bow and stun arrows. But he also has great heart and can be affectionate to his friends. The Earth of the future is littered with half-destroyed relics and monuments of the modern day world, and many of the episodes take place in recognizable locales such as New York City or Mount Rushmore that have been changed as a result of the great cataclysm that destroyed Old Earth in the year 1994. While this is a dramatic series, much of the show's humor revolves around Thundarr's relative lack of knowledge of our modern day Earth, as well as various antics from Ookla. Ariel, who has a great knowledge of history can usually fill in the gaps for them. But the trio devote most of their time battling wizards and other forms of evil that threaten humanity. This is the show's opening narration: Thundarr, the Barbarian! In the year 1994, from out of space comes a runaway planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon unleashing cosmic destruction. Man's civilization is cast in ruin. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn... A strange new world rises from the old; a world of savagery, superscience, and sorcery. But one man bursts his bonds to fight for justice! With his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength, his courage, and his fabulous Sunsword against the forces of evil. He is Thundarr, the Barbarian!moreless
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    The Guns of Will Sonnett

    The Guns of Will Sonnett

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    ABC (ended 1969)
    We search for a man named Jim Sonnett and the legends folks tell may be true. Most call him gunman and killer; he's my son, who I hardly knew. I raised Jim's boy from the cradle; till the day he said to me, "I have to go find my father". And I reckon that's how it should be. So we ride, Jim's boy and me. While Jim Sonnett was a well known gunslinger, the elder Sonnett was no slouch. Will Sonnett had been a scout and rifleman in the Army and in the pilot episode explained to someone who was spoiling for a fight that he was an even faster draw than his famous son. That fact was proven several times during the series as Will pulled his grandson out of numerous scrapes, most of them started because of the family name. After two months of watching Will & Jeff search for James, the viewers finally got to meet up with the gunslinger in episode 6, even though it would take Will & Jeff another year and a half to finally catch up to the prodigal Sonnett. Although Jason Evers is listed below as a series regular, he was never included in the opening titles but always got the primary Guest Star credit in each episode he appeared in. The Guns of Will Sonnett was notable for being one of super producer Aaron Spelling's first television series as an independent producer, and series star Walter Brennan's last as lead. Best known for The Real McCoys, Brennan went on to play a regular supporting part in the second season of the John Forsythe sitcom, To Rome, with Love [1969-1971]. The series also stood out among the other westerns at the time because of the way Will Sonnett summed up each episode at the end of the tag. It was possibly the only action-adventure series to end each episode with a trail prayer. However, despite a lot of promotion by ABC, the series never really caught on with the viewers and only lasted two seasons. Original Time Slot: Fridays @9:30PM Most used phrase (by Will Sonnett): No brag, just fact.moreless
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    Blind Justice

    Blind Justice

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    ABC (ended 2005)
    From Steven Bochco Productions comes an innovative take on the modern police drama. The lead character, New York Detective Jim Dunbar, was blinded in a shootout when his partner failed to cover him. He could have retired with a full pension after his injury, but instead fought to remain on the job, determined to prove he still has what it takes and be an asset. Now, following his reinstatement, he is assigned to a new precinct where he intends to take on cases with the help of his guide dog, Hank. On his first day back on the job, he meets Detectives Tom Selway (Reno Wilson) and Marty Russo (Frank Grillo), both hardboiled New York cops. Russo is especially skeptical at the outset, bent on humiliating Dunbar and seeing him fail. In addition, there's Karen Bettancourt (Marisol Nichols), a Homicide detective who's been working with Selway and Russo for eight months on a serial murder case. Though all the detectives are impressed by Dunbar's heroism, demonstrated during the events that led to his being blinded, they are angry he has returned and incredulous at his belief that he can still work the streets and carry a loaded gun. Bettancourt in particular has reservations, which are compounded by the knowledge of Dunbar's past affair with her friend. As a result, when Lieutenant Fisk (Michael Gaston) - who reluctantly agreed to give Dunbar a chance to prove himself - partners him with Bettancourt, she is furious. Dunbar's wife, Christie (Rena Sofer) has stuck by him throughout his debilitating ordeal and supports him in his moment of need. However she has doubts about their marriage based on Dunbar's past infidelities, and begins to question why she stays, noting his tendency to take her for granted.moreless
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    Barney Miller

    Barney Miller

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    ABC (ended 1982)
    Captain Barney Miller and his officers fight crime in this humorous classic TV series. Captain Barney Miller is the consummate boss, earning the loyalty of the officers under him. The early shows featured scenes from Barney's home life, but it was soon put on the back burner to emphasize the characters with whom he interacted at the twelfth precinct. Detective Ron Harris would rather be an author, and even publishes a book about the precinct that isn't exactly flying off the shelves. Nick Yemana is a Japanese American cop from Omaha who is so low key he's almost napping. Wojciehowicz, or Wojo, is the innocent of the group who doesn't seem very bright but speaks for everyone with his simple statements of truth. Dietrich is the intellectual who could be doing anything for a living, but chooses to be a detective. Fish is the seen-it-all veteran who can't wait for retirement, even though that would mean more time with his wife, Bernice. All of them worked together to make one of the funniest sitcoms ever on the air.moreless
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    Tales of Tomorrow

    Tales of Tomorrow

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    ABC (ended 1953)
    Tales Of Tomorrow was a science fiction anthology program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company network between 1951 and 1953.
    The episodes aired live and featured the top sci-fi stories up until that time, with a total series run of 85 half hour episodes over two seasons.moreless
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    Extreme Makeover

    Extreme Makeover

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    Extreme Makeover follows the stories of the lucky individuals who are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be given a truly "Cinderella-like" experience: a real life fairy tale in which their wishes come true, not just by changing their looks, but their lives and destinies. This magic is conjured through the skills of an "Extreme Team," including the nation's top plastic surgeons, eye surgeons and cosmetic dentists, along with a talented team of hair and makeup artists, stylists, and personal trainers, led by an on-camera Extreme Makeover expert. This season will feature more "news you can use" tips about fashion, hair and makeup for the home viewers also, so they, too, can experience a little bit of the show's magic. Each self-contained episode features two people, seen first in their "before" phase, then as they undergo their various procedures, and finally, in a climactic unveiling - the "after" -when the candidates reveal their new selves to their families and friends.moreless
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    The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet

    The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet

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    ABC (ended 1966)
    Welcome to The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet guide at TV.com. The real-life Nelson family - Ozzie, his wife Harriet and their sons David and Ricky - played themselves in this long-running sitcom, where Ricky got his start as a teen idol. When the Nelson boys grew up and married their sweethearts, Kris and June, their real-life wives played their TV wives. The series began as a radio program in 1944. At that time David and Ricky were played by actors. It wasn't until 1949, when radio personality Bing Crosby's sons began to play themselves on Bing's show that the real David and Ricky decided to join the Nelson family radio show. The "adventures" the family experienced every week involved very little conflict or friction. Problems and misunderstandings were solved quickly and with a shared laugh over the silliness of it all.moreless
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    Dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs

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    ABC (ended 1994)
    The show was conceived by the Muppet masters at Jim Henson Productions, who wanted to do a sitcom-style show with puppets using the animatronics processes the company had developed. The brain trust settled on the idea of doing a straightforward show about a family that happened to be composed of dinosaurs. Henson Productions offshoot The Creature Shop developed huge, lifelike puppets that could be operated from inside by puppeteers, and Brian Henson, Jim's son, devised a process called ‘audio animatronics' to bring the facial expressions of these puppets to life. The shows premise mixed elements of The Flintstones and The Simpsons, focusing on a blue-collar family of dinosaurs. Earl, the father, worked for the Wesayso Corporation and leveled trees to make way for tract homes. His blustery qualities were balanced out by his even-tempered wife Fran. The Dino clan had three children: rebellious teen Robbie, shopaholic preteen Charlene, and Baby, a smart-alecky infant. Rounding out the family was Grandma Ethyl, who always seemed to be locked in a battle of wills with Earl. Other characters included B. P. Richfield, Earl's fearsome boss, and Roy Hess, a prehistoric swinger buddy of Earl's. Dinosaurs depicted dinosaur life as being very close to human life: they watched television, shopped at supermarkets, and held down nine-to-five jobs. This allowed the show to tackle relevant social concerns in their stories. For instance, in Steroids To Heaven Robbie tried to overcome feelings of inadequacy by building up his body with an artificial growth hormone called ‘thornoids.' You didn't expect a very special episode of Dinosaurs, now did you? In making the dinosaurs human-like, the show allowed itself a unique opportunity to comment on our foibles as human beings. Much like modern homo sapiens, the shows prehistoric protagonists wasted their precious resources and allowed themselves to stay bound to outmoded ways of thinking when they could turn things around by trying out more progressive ways of thinking. The latter concern was usually voiced by Robbie, who questioned many of his dinosaur family's customs. Dinosaurs managed to rack up 65 episodes before being cancelled in July of 1994. It is a memorable entry in the sitcom canon, not only for its use of technology but also for the social messages it passed on to its viewers...through a group of animatronic dinosaurs (who knew?).moreless
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    Fudge

    Fudge

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    ABC (ended 1995)
    This is a show about a young boy named Fudge. Fudge was a short lived series which ran for only two seasons. This show is based on the novels of Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge and Fudge-A-Mania. Fudge aired 24 episodes and a made for television movie. Fudge premiered on ABC in January 1995 and switched to CBS for its second season.moreless
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    It Takes a Thief

    It Takes a Thief

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    ABC (ended 1970)
    Alexander Mundy was a cat burglar and professional thief who had style, class and talent. He made only one mistake -- getting caught. While serving a sentence in San Jobel Prison, he was contacted by representatives of the US Government spy agency, SIA. They offered to get him out if he would put his talents to work stealing for the government. Accepting the offer, he worked closely with an SIA department head, Noah Bain, who was his boss, aide, associate, friend and watchdog. During the second season he was now a free agent and his new SIA contact was Wallie Powers. Alexander's dad Alister became a semi-regular who was also a retired thief, from whom he had learned all his skills, and who occasionally teamed with his son on special jobs.
    First air date: January 9, 1968 Last air date: March 23, 1970 Original air time: Tuesday 8:30:00 pm (Eastern)moreless
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    North and South

    North and South

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    ABC (ended 1994)
    Based on a best-selling novel by John Jakes, North and South is a dramatic mini-series about two best friends and their families set against a backdrop of the American Civil War.moreless