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    The Andy Griffith Show

    The Andy Griffith Show

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    CBS (ended 1968)
    The Andy Griffith Show is definitely a TV classic. It ran from 1960 to 1968, producing 249 episodes.

    The main character, Andy (Andy Griffith), was a widowed father of the polite little boy named Opie (Ron Howard) and is a sheriff, who works with nervous and very suspecting Barney Fife (Don Knotts). They all live in the nice southern town of Mayberry. But, Mayberry can get a little dangerous when the town drunk Otis Campbell (Hal Smith) is on the loose. Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn) is Barney's sweetheart, although Andy had to help him describe his feelings to her. Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) is the very loving and caring, but stern housekeeper for Andy and Opie. Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) is the bone-head, thoughtless, but humorous character. He is a gas attendant. Goober Pyle (George Lindsey) is Gomer Pyle's cousin. They are very alike, you could say, and arrives in Mayberry when Gomer decides to enlist in the United States Marine Core. The show had two spin-offs: Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and Mayberry R.F.D.

    Top 20 Ratings: 1960-1961 - #4 1961-1962 - #7 1962-1963 - #6 1963-1964 - #5 1964-1965 - #4 1965-1966 - #6 1966-1967 - #3 1967-1968 - #1

    Awards for The Andy Griffith Show: Don Knotts won five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, and 1967.

    Frances Bavier won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy in 1967.moreless
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    Tom and Jerry

    Tom and Jerry

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    CBS (ended 1980)
    Tom and Jerry was originally the very first, and earliest of the Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. It went through many phases and took place from anywhere from inside a house, to anywhere in outer space. The show was of course, about a cat and a mouse, and several other characters. The two never really talked, even though they do sing, yell, gasp, laugh, count, or say "Aha!!"; and that several other characters spoke more often. They would later end up in several TV series, and also in a few movies, however many would say that they didn't like the way the movies turned out. All of the episodes were distributed by MGM. Here's more info about the show in general: Pilot Episodes: The Pilot Episode was called "Puss Gets The Boot" and was also the first one with Mammy in it. Tom looked very different and was called Jasper. It was produced by Harman-Ising Productions. Fred Quimby: Fred Quimby was the Producer of Tom & Jerry for many years. He is also the Producer of Tex Avery's Cartoons. Tom's fur would eventually become blue. CinemaScope: These cartoons had more people in them. There were narrators, and many conversations between the adults. Lewis Marshall became an Animation Director, and Hanna-Barbera were the Producers. Rembrandt: Only seeing the older Tom & Jerry cartoons, and not having enough information on the show, Ted Pierce, Gene Deich, and William L. Snyder and the rest of the crew had trouble in producing their episodes of Tom & Jerry. Sib Tower 12 Incorporated: One of the last producers of Tom & Jerry, this version has the famous opening with the yellow background and the red letters (except for the 5 letters O and J) where Tom hisses and Jerry waves. The producer was Chuck Jones, and the cartoons look ahead of their time. There were several new characters, including a yellow bulldog, and Tom's Girlfriend, The Shark, Jerry's Dog, and several robots where Tom was a security operator at a cheese mine. Other people that worked on the show were Les Goldman, Maurice Noble, Michael Maltese, Tom Ray, Earl Jonas, Lewis Marshall, Eugene Poddany, Bill Lava, Dean Elliott, Carl Brandt, Mel Blanc, June Foray, Abe Levitow, Ben Washam, Don Foster, and Walter Bien. They would later do several Dr. Seuss cartoons along with Depatie-Freeling Entertainment, the Cricket seties, Duck Dodgers, and many other Award Winning shows. Filmation: Many years later, Filmation attempted to produce Tom & Jerry. It was a TV show called The Tom & Jerry Comedy Show. It seemed to look like all the Tom & Jerry cartoons in the 1950s and 1960s. They also aired and produced some other MGM cartoons, like the ones that are directed by Tex Avery. The episodes of The Tom & Jerry Comedy Show are mentioned here. TV: The New Tom and Jerry Show and The Tom and Jerry Kids Show: HB's TV versions. Neither lasted long, but several people still remember Them. They weren't that violent either. They were about the characters trying to solve everyday problems. Tom & Jerry Kids had other charachers as kids that were also produced by Fred Quimby, Including Tex Avery's Cartoon Characters. Now: Tom & Jerry was recently produced by AOL Time Warner and Turner Home Entertainment. They aren't the best cartoons. Tom and Jerry is currently airing on Cartoon Network! Check your local listings! Every episode of Tom & Jerry can be seen on Cartoon Network and Boomerang for one hour, and also The Sib Tower 12 Inc Cartoons can be seen with The Chuck Jones Show.moreless
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    Garfield & Friends

    Garfield & Friends

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    CBS (ended 1994)
    Based on the highly popular comic strip by Jim Davis, Garfield and Friends was considered the best long-running cartoon on CBS. This Saturday morning series featured the adventures of that lovable, hungry fat cat Garfield, his yellow dog friend Odie, and their cartoonist bachelor master Jon Arbuckle. Garfield cartoons shared the spot with a new cartoon series created for this series called U.S. Acres (also based on a comic strip by Jim Davis). U.S. Acres was a cartoon about a group of barnyard animals who run a farm. The leader was Orson Pig, the bookish and perceptive pig. His friends had many different qualities: Wade Duck was the scaredy-cat duck who runs away from everything, no kidding; Booker was a crafty little chick whose main goal was to chase a worm, and his brother Sheldon was nothing more than an egg with two legs sticking out; Roy Rooster was the practical joking rooster who puts everyone in trouble with his jokes; and two sheep, Bo and Lanolin, were always bickering with each other about nearly everything. Bo being a nice guy and Lanolin a cruel girl. Each episode, they had to protect the farm from Orson's big bad brothers and a crafty weasel. Before this series, Garfield cartoons were shown as yearly specials on CBS, and the specials were so great that CBS decided to turn Garfield into a cartoon series. In the first season, each 30-minute episode was packed with three 8-minute shorts, two Garfield shorts and one U.S. Acres short. In the second season, Garfield and Friends expanded to an hour, consisting of four Garfield cartoons and two U.S. Acres cartoons. It remained at this format until the show ended in 1994. 'Garfield:The Movie' was released on June 11,2004 & so far has made over $75 million at the box office. Thanks to the success of the movie, 20th Century Fox is now working on a CGI/live action movie version of 'Alvin & The Chipmunks' & coming to theathers on December 25th is 'Fat Albert', which is of course a live action version of the classic 1974-1984 cartoon 'Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids'. DVD Releases Garfield As Himself - June 29,2004 Garfield & Friends Volume One - July 27,2004 Garfield:The Movie - October 19th,2004 Garfield's Holiday Celebrations - October 26th,2004 Garfield & Friends Volume Two - December 7th,2004 Garfield's Travel Adventures- February 15,2005 Garfield & Friends Volume Three- April 19th,2005 TV Theme Lyrics! (from Seasons 1-2): Ladies and Gentleman, Garfield & Friends Friends Are There To Help You Get Started, To Give You A Push On Your Way Friends Are There To Turn You Around, Get Your Feet On The Ground For A Brand New Day They'll Pick You Up When You're Down Help You Swallow Your Pride When Something Inside's Got To Break On Through To The Other Side Friends Are Someone You Can Open Up To When You Feel Like You're Ready To Flip When You Got The World On Your Shoulders Friends Are There To Give You A Tip Friends Are There When You Need Them Their Even There When You Don't For A Walk In The Park, For A Shot In The Dark Friends Are There (garfield) I Don't Care But Friends Will Care For You-u-u-u-u-u-u! (different dialogue for each show) TV Theme Lyrics! (effective from Season 3-7): Ladies and Gentleman, Garfield & Friends We're (We're) ready (ready) to (to) party! (let's go!) We're ready to party, we're ready! I hope you bring lot's of spaghetti! (don't forget) Come on in , come to the place where fun never ends! Come on in, it's time to party with Garfield and friends! Dancing , Fiesta! , Romancing, Siesta! , Samba , La Bamba, Eye Carumba! Disguises (Disguises) Surprises (Surprises) and pies of,(and pies of) All sizes! Come on in, come to the place where fun never ends. Come on in, it's time to party with Garfield and Friends! Garfield and friends! -Garfield says something funny-moreless
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    Alice

    Alice

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    CBS (ended 1985)
    Alice was first seen in August of 1976 but was based on the 1975 film, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore starring Ellen Burstyn and centering around Alice Hyatt. The television series had Linda Lavin starring as Alice. After her husband, Donald, was killed in a truck accident, Alice Hyatt and her 12-year-old son, Tommy, moved out of their home in New Jersey and headed for Hollywood.

    Alice's dream was to become a singer but for the time being she got work as a waitress in a greasy spoon, Mel's Diner after her car breaks down in Phoenix. Mel was gruff and demanding and constantly bossing his three waitresses around.

    The other two waitresses, in the beginning were Flo and Vera. Flo was the man-hungry southern belle, who's favorite saying was "Kiss My Grits." The other waitress, Vera, was shy and quiet and somewhat, as Mel put it, "dingy." Flo left in 1980 for her own series and was replaced by Belle who was later replaced by Jolene.

    In 1985, the series came to an end with Mel selling the diner, a married Vera, was now pregnant, Jolene was planning to open a beauty shop and Alice's dream was finally coming true, she became a lead singer with a band in Nashville.

    Spin-offs: Flo

    CBS Broadcast History

    September-October 1976----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. November 1976-September 1977----Saturdays----9:30 p.m. October 1977-October 1978----Sundays----9:30 p.m. October 1978-February 1979----Sundays----8:30 p.m. March 1979-September 1982----Sundays----9:00 p.m. October-November 1982----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. March-April 1983----Mondays----9:00 p.m. April-May 1983----Sundays----9:30 p.m. June 1983-January 1984----Sundays----8:00 p.m. January-December 1984----Sundays----9:30 p.m. January-March 1985----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m. June-July 1985----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m.

    Nielsen Ratings: (Top 60 or Better)

    #30 in the 1976-1977 Season #8 in the 1977-1978 Season #13 in the 1978-1979 Season #4 in the 1979-1980 Season #7 in the 1980-1981 Season #5 in the 1981-1982 Season #25 in the 1983-1984 Season #60 in the 1984-1985 Season

    First Telecast: August 31, 1976 Last Telecast: July 2, 1985

    Episodes: 202 Color Episodes

    Theme Song:

    "There's a New Girl in Town" Written by: Alan and Marilyn Bergman and David Shire

    Sung by: Linda Lavinmoreless
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    Gerald McBoing Boing

    Gerald McBoing Boing

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    CBS (ended 2005)
    Gerald McBoing Boing tells the adventures of a six-year-old boy who doesn't speak with words but rather he speaks through sound effects. Gerald shows the world that sometimes he can say more through his sounds than if he had all the words in a dictionary. Based on the Dr. Seuss book.moreless
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    Strawberry Shortcake

    Strawberry Shortcake

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    Strawberry Shortcake and her friends first entered pop culture as characters in a series of greeting cards. Then, in 1980, the first of six annual Strawberry Shortcake TV specials aired, firmly embedding the titular heroine in the minds and hearts of eighties children everywhere. Nearly twenty years after the final special aired, Miss Shortcake has been revived for another generation.

    This web guide will be devoted to both the c cartoon specials and the new series of videos that update the adventures of Strawberry Shortcake for the 21st Century. Strawberry Shortcake and its characters are owned/distributed by Those Characters From Cleveland, a division of American Greetings.

    1st Theme Song (spoken) Boys and girls Moms and dads Brothers and sisters Cats and dogs Welcome to the world of Strawberry Shortcake! (sung) Who sleeps all night in a cake made of strawberry Wakes up bright in a cake made of strawberry Lives her life in a cake made of strawberry (Strawberry Shortcake) Wouldn�tcha know Who sweeps her floors in a cake made of strawberry Plays outdoors of a cake made of strawberry Games and chores in a cake made of strawberry (Strawberry Shortcake) Wouldn�tcha know It�s love that makes her garden grow With lots of pretty berries in a row She greets each day with a berry glow (Strawberry Shortcake) Wouldn�tcha know What�s it like to stay in a cake made of strawberry Work and play in a cake made of strawberry Learn the way of little Miss Strawberry (Strawberry Shortcake) And you will know (Strawberry Shortcake) This you�ll know 2nd Theme Song Straw-buh-buh-buh-buh-berry Straw-buh-buh-buh-buh-berry Straw-buh-buh-buh-buh-berry Shortcake I know a girl And there is no one sweeter She's got that special touch Best friend in the world And when you get to meet her You'll love her berry much (She's doin' fine) (Growin' better all the time) She's cool, she's fun She'll lead the way Straw-buh-buh-buh-buh-berry Shortcake That girl's so sweet Just like her name Straw-buh-buh-buh-buh-berry Strawberry Shortcake She's so vuh-vuh-vuh-very Extraordi-di-dinary She�s Straw-buh-buh-buh-berry Shortcake That�s girl�s so sweet Just like her name Straw-buh-buh-buh-buh-berry Strawberry Shortcakemoreless
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    Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

    Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

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    CBS (ended 1984)
    Live action bumpers featuring Bill Cosby were set around animated episodes of Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids, a series about a group of urban adolescents growing up in a Philadelphia neighborhood. The show was based on Cosby's '60s stand up comedy monologues about his childhood. The episodes revolved around the daily life lessons learned by Albert and his friends. Topics ranged from social issues to personal introspection and were blended with humor and music. Among the many great characters that inhabited Fat Albert's world were Rudy, Mushmouth, Donald, Bill, Weird Harold and Russell. In 1979 the show was re-titled The New Fat Albert Show and featured a new segment called The Brown Hornet, a send-up of superhero cartoons starring a larger-than-life African-American crime fighter in outer space. In 1984, the show was syndicated and renamed The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby kids. It ended the same year. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids enjoyed one of the longest careers in Saturday morning cartoon history. There are plans to release the whole series on DVD over the course of 2005. Theme song "Hey, hey, hey! It's Fat Albert!" And I'm gonna sing a song for you And Bill's gonna show you a thing or two You'll have some fun now with me and all the gang Learning from each other While we do our thing Nah, nah, nah -- gonna have a good time (hey, hey, hey!) Nah, nah, nah -- gonna have a good time "This is Bill Cosby coming atcha with music and fun And if you're not careful, you may learn something before it's done! (1984 version: So get ready) Hey, hey, hey!" Nah, nah, nah -- gonna have a good time Nah, nah, nah -- gonna have a good time Nah, nah, nah -- gonna have a good timemoreless
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    Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown

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    Charles Schulz's classic comic strip Peanuts started in 1950. Fifteen years later, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted. When The Little Christmas Special that Could proved to be an unexpected success, the stage was set for successive television specials. To date, over forty have been made. The Charlie Brown specials focus on one round-headed kid, his goofy but intelligent beagle, and their vast array of friends. Each has distinctive qualities: Lucy, the crabby, self-proclaimed psychiatrist; Linus, the blanket-toting theologian; Schroeder, the Beethoven worshiper whose black piano keys are only painted on; Peppermint Patty, the tomboy whose affections toward "Chuck" are only outweighed by her sports abilities; and so on. The wit, the charm, the pleasantness of these specials make them appropriate not just for children, but for the whole family.moreless
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    Muppet Babies

    Muppet Babies

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    CBS (ended 1990)
    Muppet Babies was a very successful cartoon series in its own right. This show basically featured Jim Henson's famous Muppets as babies. Each episode, each of the Muppet Babies had adventures that their imaginations take them on. Often however, their imaginations would sometimes get the better of them, all for comic effect. Since Muppet Babies first hit the airwaves in 1984 it was instantly a favorite of its demographic. However, the show had appealed to viewers of all ages, child, teen, and adult. Let's face it, the 80's was a time of change, technology, and adventure. Muppet Babies was no expectation. In a decade when most television shows promoted a toy line or clothing this show had nothing at all to sell, no gimmick, just pure education. Now here is a little tidbit about the iconic Muppet Babies which was a very successful cartoon series in its own right. This show basically featured Jim Henson's famous Muppets as babies. Each episode, each of the Muppet Babies had adventures that their imaginations take them on. Often however, their imaginations would sometimes get the better of them, all for comic effect. The featured Muppets were Baby Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rowlf, Animal, Scooter, and a new character, Skeeter, Scooter's look-alike sister. Occasionally they had visits from Baby Bunsen and Beaker, and even Statler and Waldorf came to visit, and later we see a recurring appearance by a "baby" version of Bean Bunny from Tale of the Bunny Picnic. The moral glue that held these Muppets together was Nanny (voiced by Barbara Billingsley of Leave it to Beaver fame), a character whose body was only shown from the waist down and we all remember the green striped socks. The one thing that made the Muppet Babies memorable were not the Muppets themselves, but the live action that was inter-cut with the cartoon action (consisting mostly of film and TV clips, etc). Also, the Muppet Babies were inspired by a small scene in the 1984 film, "The Muppets Take Manhattan". In 1986, the show was extended to an hour to accommodate another cartoon series Little Muppet Monsters, and then in 1987, new episodes were shown with repeats of previous Muppet Babies episodes. Little Muppet Monsters After the huge success of Muppet Babies CBS decided to expand the series by adding an extra half hour which was to be filled by a new show called "Little Muppet Monsters". The whole hour would be dubbed "Jim Henson's Muppet's, Babies and Monsters". The mixture of live action puppetry and animation featuring Muppet characters proved too much and the show was pulled by Jim Henson, after only two shows had aired. After the end credits and logos were shown, there was an ending segment in which eventually Animal shouts "Gooooooooo bye-bye!". Reruns were shown on Nickelodeon through the early to mid 1990's on Nick. Jr at 10:30 - 11:00 A.M. In 1997 Nick Jr stoped airing re-runs to acominadate the new series Franklin Some of the first Nick Jr shows that aired with Muppet Babies were [show]The Busy World of Richard Scarry (9:30-10:00 a.m. and 1:00-1:30 p.m.), Allegra's Window, Little Bear, Gullah Gullah Island Also on the NICK JR. schedule are Rupert (10:00-10:30 a.m.), Jim Henson's Muppet Babies (10:30-11:00 a.m.) and Papa Beaver's Storytime (1:30-2:00 p.m.). First Telecast: November 5, 1984 Last Telecast: December 29, 1990 Episodes: 107 Color episodes Production: CBS. Animation Re-Runs: Nick Jr (Nickelodeon) August, 11, 1992 - November, 2, 1997. Muppet Babies was taken off of Noggin in 2003. Episodes no longer air on any channels. The show aired on Nick Jr. Nick Jr is a morning block from 9 - 12 that airs child friendly programming. Current Shows: Current programs in US block Go, Diego, Go! Blue's Clues Dora the Explorer LazyTown The Backyardigans Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends Wonder Pets Past: These have been featured either as part of the US block, or on the UK or Australian channels. The Adventures of the Little Koala Allegra's Window Angelina Ballerina Bob the Builder DangerMouse David the Gnome Doctor Snuggles The Elephant Show Eureeka's Castle Franklin Fred Penner's Place Gullah Gullah Island Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics Kipper Little Bear Little Bill The Little Prince Maisy Maple Town Maya the Bee Maggie and the Ferocious Beast Muppet Babies Noozles Oobi Oswald Papa Beaver's Storytime Peppa Pig Pinwheel Rubbadubbers Rugrats Rupert Bear Shining Time Station Strawberry Shortcake The Busy World of Richard Scarry Tikkabilla Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends TUGS David the Gnome Today's Special Nick Jr has been vary successful in releasing DVDs, Apparrel, Food products, etc. Theme Song: Muppet Babies, we make our dreams come true Muppet Babies will do the same for you (Kermit)When your world looks kind of weird and you wish that you weren't there (Piggy)Just close your eyes and make believe, and you can be anywhere (Kermit)I like adventures (Piggy)I like romance (Fozzie)I love great jokes (Animal)Animal dance! (Scooter)I got my computer (Skeeter)I flip through the air (Rowlf)I play the piano (Gonzo)And I got blue hair, ha! (Bunsen)Me, I invent things (Beaker)Meep, meep, meep, meeeeeeeeeeep! (Nanny)Is everyone alright in here? (Babies) Yes, Nanny Muppet Babies, we make our dreams come true Muppet Babies will do the same for you Muppet, Muppet, Muppet, Muppet Babies, Babies, Babies, Babies Your dreams will come true In both the second half-hour on CBS (and in later seasons), and in reruns, the theme song was significantly shortened. Muppet Babies taught lessons to children in many ways. The most powerful was through song. An example if from an episode in which Kermit does not know what he want to be when he grown up. Be be be what you want to be Do do do what you want to do Be be be what you want to be It's up to you wo-wo-wo-woah SCOOTER: Be a pilot and go for a flight Take us all to dinner in your jet some night PIGGY: Or be the first farmer in history To figure out a way to grow an ice cream tree ANIMAL: "Yummy" GONZO: What about an international spy? You could be an agent for the FBI. ROWLF: Or you could be a singer at the top of the charts ALL: Of course you'd hire us to sing the background parts Wa-ooo PIGGY: You can have the things you want If you know what your looking for - wa-ooo There's a world of possibilities ALL: All you got to do is open the door Be be be what you want to be Do do do what you want to do Be be be what you want to be It's up to you SCOOTER: Be a doctor and heal the sick SKEETER: Or a football star KERMIT: Well I can certainly kick PIGGY: Be a playwright, put us in your plays FOZZIE: Or you can be a teacher ALL: Give everyone A's! GONZO: Be a plumber, SCOOTER: Or a painter, ROWLF: " Or ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States!" PIGGY: " Oh thank you, thank you." You you you, It's all up to you woah woah woah woah Musical interlude GONZO: What about an international spy? You could be an agent for the FBI. ROWLF: Or you could be a singer at the top of the charts ALL: Of course you'd hire us to sing the background parts Be be be what you want to be Do do do what you want to do Be be be what you want to be It's up to you wo-wo-wo-woah Muppet Babies set a trend for other well known characters being features in animated pint-sized programs. Such shows include Baby Looney Tunes, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Flintstone Kids, The New Archies, A Pup Named Scooby Doo, Yo, Yogi, and Tom and Jerry Kids. Six of these shows were made in between 1984 (Muppet Babies) to 1990. Characters: Kermit: He is none-other then a small green frog with a big imagination. He is the leader of the group and his best friend is Fozzie. Frequently he has his famous gulp when things are not going as planned. It usually goes something like this, "Oh boy..GULP!" Fozzie: Wacko, Wacko, Wacko! Is what Fozzie frequent expresses after one of his jokes. Most jokes he says are actually not funny, but he has high spirits of becoming a comedian. Miss Piggy: This little piglet has a huge crush on Kermit the frog. She expresses her passion and love for him in many ways; verbally or emotionally. Her dream is to be Mrs.Kermit (while Kermit actually does not have the same "feelings" for her that she does for him. Gonzo: A mystery is right here on what this little guy is. Some thing he is a cross-over between a monkey and alien, but who really knows!? He has a huge crush on Miss Piggy and hopes that he and her will have kids someday. Gonzo sometimes gets a little annoying to the group, but he finds some way to make it up to them! Rowlf: A musician in the making. You hardly even seen Rowlf without playing his white piano. He is more of they shy type, but finds it easy to express himself through songs. He is more of a loner, but he is a great friend to all the nursery children. Animal: Many ask what kind of animal he is, but no one knows. He is a loud non speaking Muppet who is very energetic. Many times you will see him hanging on the nursery chandler while playing hide and seek. At the end of many episode he will have the last word weather is is an action or a big hearty laugh. Nanny: What oh what would the nursery be without her supervision? She teaches lessons to the Muppet Babies through tough-love, but they always get the point. We never learned what she looked like beyond her neck. She is famous for her green and white striped socks that only the babies were able to see. Nanny is always there for the young children whether they need a lesson on life or a "boo-boo" to be kissed. Airing Information CBS: September 15, 1984 to September7, 1985 as Muppet Babies. Thirty minutes. CBS: September 14, 1985 to September 6, 1986 as Jim Henson's Muppet Babies and Monsters. Thirty minutes. CBS: September 13, 1986 to September 12, 1987 as Jim Henson's Muppet Babies and Monsters. Sixty minutes. CBS: September 19, 1987 to September 3, 1988 as Jim Henson's Muppet Babies and Monsters. Ninety minutes. CBS: September 10, 1988 to September 7, 1992 as Jim Henson's Muppet Babies and Monsters. Sixty minutes. Rebroadcast on FOX: September 2, 1991 to September 4, 1992. Rebroadcast on Nickelodeon (Nick Jr): September 28, 1992 to November, 2, 1997. Rebroadcast on Noggin: ____ to 2003. The airdates for the following channels that Muppet Babies aired on are unknown: Odyssey Networkv (Now Hallmark), The Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney, and non-network syndication. MTV2 has a show called Wonder Showzen in which their is a spin-off of Muppet Babies called Wonder Showzen Premies. In the mid 80's Mcdonald's sold small Muppet Babies toys with their Happy Meals (a menu item designed for children). The different toys are outlined below: 1986 Muppet Babies I Happy Meal (Limited Test Market Distribution) 1986 Canadian Happy Meal Set.Gonzo Fozzie Miss Piggy Kermit Animal (part of Canadian set only) 1987 Muppet Babies II Happy Meal Gonzo Fozzie Miss Piggy Kermit Animal Kermit (alernate w/ rollerskates) Miss Piggy (alernate w/ rollerskates) 1988 Storybook Muppet Babies Happy Meal Just Kermit and Me - book The Legend of Gimme Gulch - book Baby Piggy the Living Doll - book 1988 Christmas Plush 1991 Happy Meal Set.Baby Fozzie in Christmas Hat & Scarf. 10 1/2 inches. Baby Kermt in Christmas plaid vest & Santa hat. 8 inches. Baby Miss Piggy in Christmas Dress 1991 Muppet Babies III Happy Meal Fossie Gonzo Kermit Miss Piggy DVD Information: Many have been asking about a Muppet Babies DVD release. There is no news about one, but if it were to be released it would be under Disney. Disney has already started releasing their animation library of television shows i.e Ducktales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Gummi Bears, Talespin, Darkwing Duck, and Gargoyles. The problem is that Muppet Babies featured many clips from various movies which have an expensive price due to copy rights. If you like this show you will also like Baby Looney Tunes. "Go bye-bye! Lalalalala..." NOTE FROM EDITOR: I have had many individuals copy my summary for the show with out my permission! This is illegal and plagiarism. One example is www.dvdavenue.tv which is selling illegal bootleg copies of the show. If you see any other websites that have any portions or whole copies of this please PM me, jamminjake245. The series won 7 Daytime Emmy Awards forOutstanding Animated Program of 1984-1987, Outstanding Film Sound Editing of 1984, and 1988 and Outstanding Film Sound Mixing.moreless
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    Pee-Wee's Playhouse

    Pee-Wee's Playhouse

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    CBS (ended 1991)
    Pee-wee's Playhouse stars Pee-wee Herman (played by Paul Reubens, voice of Lock in The Nightmare Before Christmas) and a crazy cast of characters from all over Puppetland. Each episode usually teaches a lesson to the viewer such has how to stay healthy or how to make friends. Pee-wee's Playhouse is aimed at children but can be enjoyed by all ages with its great sense of humor. For example, each episode has a secret word. Whenever anyone says the secret word, everyone screams as loud as they can. Main Title Theme Song Written by George McGrath, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Paul Reubens; performed by Ellen Shaw Lyrics Come on in, and pull yourself up a chair (like Chairry!) Let the fun begin, it's time to let down your hair Pee-wee's so excited, 'Cause all his friends have been invited (that's you!) To go wacky, at Pee-wee's Playhouse There's a crazy rhythm, comin' from Puppetland (what's that?) Dirty Dog, Cool Cat, and Chicky Baby are the Puppet Band (yeah!) He's got a couple of talkin' fish, And a genie who'll grant a wish Golly, it's cuckoo at Pee-wee's Playhouse Globey's spinnin', Mr. Window's grinnin' 'Cause Pterri's flyin' by (hello!) The Flowers are singin', the Picture Phone is ringin', And the Dinosaur family goes, "Hi!" Mr. Kite's soarin', Conky's still a snorin', There's the flashing Magic Screen The Cowntess is so classy, Randy's kinda sassy A nuttier establishment you've never seen! Spend the day with Pee-wee, and you'll see what we mean! (Come on!) Get outta bed, there'll be no more nappin' (Wake up!) 'Cause you've landed in a place where anything can happen Now we've given you fair warnin' It's gonna be that kind of mornin' For bein' wacky For getting nutty Golly, it's cuckoo At Pee-wee's Playhousemoreless
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    Galaxy High School

    Galaxy High School

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    CBS (ended 1987)
    An animated series developed by writer/director/producer Chris Columbus about two students chosen from Earth to attend school at Galaxy High, the universe's first intergalactic high school on the asteroid Flutor.
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    Pole Position

    Pole Position

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    CBS (ended 1985)
    Pole Position was a Saturday-morning animated action/mystery series loosely based on a popular 1980s racecar video game. It followed the adventures of three children, teenagers Dan and Tess Darrett and their younger sister Daisy, who worked for a secret crimefighting organization called Pole Position, run by their uncle, Dr. Zachary Darrett. With their computerized talking cars Roadie and Wheels, and their squeaky mascot Kuma, the children travelled around the country on missions, using a racing stunt show as their cover. Picture Speed Racer crossed with Inspector Gadget, with a few elements of Knight Rider and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? thrown in for good measure. The show premiered on CBS in the fall of 1984 and ran for 13 episodes, which were rebroadcast until the end of August 1985, and again on other networks such as USA through the remainder of the decade. It was also on the Family Channel (now ABC Family) in 1991 - 1992. The Cast Dan Darrett: Dan is the eldest of the Darrett siblings. He tends to be a bit stubborn and arrogant, especially about his driving, and to say and do things without thinking. Dan drives Roadie, the blue Pole Position car. Tess Darrett: Tess is Dan's slightly younger sister, but is definitely the more mature and levelheaded of the pair. She drives Wheels, the red Pole Position car. (Trivia: In the show's development, Tess was originally named "Tase" -- rhymes with "ace", short for Anastasia -- because the creators wanted a slightly unusual name for their female lead.) Daisy Darrett: Daisy is the youngest of the three Darrett children, looking to be about ten. She dreams of being a racer like her big brother and sister, but has a tendency to sneak off and get herself nabbed by the bad guys. Daisy likes video games and playing with Kuma and the car computers. She seems to have a special bond with Wheels in particular. Roadie: Roadie is the computer module for the blue Pole Position car, a more modern 1980's hot-rod than Wheels (with some resemblance to a DeLorean, complete with gull-wing doors). Roadie loves to race and exchange banter with Dan, while trying to keep him out of trouble. Wheels: Wheels is the computer module for the red Pole Position car, based on the classic muscle cars of the 1960's (particularly a Mustang convertible). Wheels is something of a worry-wart, often voicing concerns that he's getting too old and run-down for crimefighting work. (Trivia: Wheels' voice was provided by Mel Franklin of the Temptations, who passed away in 1995.) Kuma: Kuma is the Pole Position team's squeaky-voiced mascot, a hybrid of several different kinds of animal. His antics provide much of the show's comic relief. (Trivia: "Kuma" is Japanese for "bear", and was the name of Michael Reaves' dog at the time he developed the show.) Dr. Zachary Darrett ("Uncle Zach"): Dr. Zachary is the head of Pole Position, gives the kids their missions, and serves as a source of information, though he rarely tells them the full story until it's over. Questions and Answers Q: Where can I get episodes of Pole Position on tape? A: In North America, four commercial Pole Position tapes were produced by Karl-Lorimar / Kideo Video. Two compilation tapes, Racing to Adventure (#138) and Road Fever (#190), were released in 1986/1987. Racing contains the episodes "The Code", "The Canine Vanishes", "The Chicken Who Knew Too Much", "Strangers on the Ice", and "The Race". Road Fever contains the episodes "The Thirty-Nine Stripes", "The Thirty-One Cent Mystery", "Dial M for Magic", "The Bear Affair", and "To Clutch a Thief". There is also a mislabelled copy of Road Fever that was packaged in the Racing to Adventure box, hence some possible confusion about both compilations being identical; they're not. In 1989 two single-episode tapes, "The Secret" (#485) and "The Trouble with Kuma" (#486), were released. All of these are relatively available online, though you may have to look a bit. Good places to start are eBay, Half, and Amazon, or you can search the web for used or out-of-print video dealers. Expect to pay around $15 - $25 apiece for the compilations, but the single-episode tapes can usually be had for about $5 - $8. If the condition of the outer packaging is important to you, be warned: A lot of video stores cut the oversized compilation boxes to fit a standard VHS plastic case. Uncut boxes can be difficult to find. Unfortunately only 12 of the 13 episodes were made commercially available. The only way to get "Shadow of a Trout" is to find someone who recorded and kept the shows when the networks aired them. (That's a shame, as this episode contains one of the best moments of the entire series.) Try a Google search on "Pole Position cartoon". There are plenty of fans out there who will share their episodes. (Legality and quality cannot be verified) In the U.K., Pole Position was sold commercially on PAL-format tapes containing two episodes each. Not for certain which episodes were released, but one tape (#LR 2223) with "The Code" and "The Canine Vanishes" has been confirmed. In Australia, "Racing to Adventure" (Roadshow-Lorimar, #2668) was also released with 5 episodes, so it's possible "Road Fever" and the single-episode tapes were too. Others likely exist as well, including versions in other languages. The series was also aired in France and Brazil, and possibly Italy, Spain and Germany. If you would like to help petition DIC Enterprises to release the entire series on DVD, you can write to them at the address below. ATTN: K.R. Hartlove Home Entertainment Coordinator DIC Enterprises 4100 West Alameda Avenue Burbank, CA 91505 You can also vote online to express your interest in purchasing the series on DVD. Q: What are the lyrics to the theme song? A: (UNCLE ZACH: From now on, like your parents were, you are the secret force of Pole Position.) They're movin' real fast They're the only ones who can get there on time (TESS: Let's go, Dan!) (DAN: O-kay, sis!) And never too far behind They are always fighting crime (ROADIE: Step on it, Dan!) (DAN: Ready when you are, Roadie!) Round the turn they will face an adventure In the danger zone Pretty soon they'll be off on a mission Come and watch them go! (DAN: Hydrofoil mode, Roadie!) (ROADIE: Hydrofoil engaged, Dan.) Pole Position! What's behind their stunt show? (TESS: Wheels, hovercraft, quick!) (WHEELS: Anything you say, Tess.) Pole Position! What's behind their stunt show? (Kuma squeaks, Daisy giggles) Pole Position! Only their Uncle knows! Pole Position! Sit back and watch them go-ooo-oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Hey-Oh! Q: How do you know the episode titles? A: Episode titles for Pole Position were never given in the actual shows. During the initial CBS run they were revealed in a brief "coming up next" snippet immediately prior to each episode. Reruns on other networks omitted these, so they are hard to come by nowadays, though a couple of the commercial tapes give the title of the episode on them. Q: What kind of creature is Kuma, exactly? A: Writer Marc Scott Zicree says that the original concept was for an "intelligent raccoon", but Kuma has also exhibited characteristics of a cat, a monkey, a dog, and possibly a koala. The show never says specifically. Q: What happened to the kids' parents? A: The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons by Jeff Lenburg states that the Darrett parents "disappear in an unexplained explosion during a stunt race", and the show never elaborates. Uncle Zachary seems to believe they're dead, or at least never hints otherwise to the kids. Co-developer and writer Michael Reaves tells me that the original plan was for the kids to eventually come across clues about their spy parents. Unfortunately the series didn't last past the first season, and no specific planning was ever done for a second. The episodes were written as stand-alones, with no extended formats or "mythology", to allow them to be run in any order and still make sense. Given the show's nature for surprise twists ("Shadow of a Trout"), it wouldn't be too surprising to learn that the Darrett parents were still alive (possibly in an episode titled "Mr. and Mrs. Darrett"?) Q: Who is the older sibling, Dan or Tess? A: The show never specifically says, but Michael Reaves tells me that Dan is older. Q: Why do so many Pole Position pages, including the Internet Movie Database, list Helen Minniear in the role of "Teacher"? A: Not sure - Jeff Lenburg's Encyclopedia has it too, but there is no teacher character in any of the episodes, and the name Helen Minniear does not appear anywhere in the show's credits. In fact, Pole Position is the only credit the IMDB gives for her! Michael Reaves had no idea either. Maybe it's an error, possibly a credit from another show, that got entered by mistake on one site and has propogated across the Net ever since. Q: I heard this show was actually a dubbing of a Japanese cartoon that was renamed Pole Position for the U.S. distribution. Is this true? A: This is a persistent rumor, but it is not correct. Itseems to stem from the fact that the show's animation style has a Japanese appearance to it, and the inevitable comparisons to Speed Racer. Head writers Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves, the latter of whom co-developed the series with Jean Chalopin have stated that, although the animation was done by a Japanese studio (hence the look and feel), the series itself was conceived and created in the good old U.S. of A.moreless
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    Frosty the Snowman

    Frosty the Snowman

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    CBS
    Frosty the Snowman is the classic tale about a snowman who comes to life when wearing a silk hat. He brings joy to the neighborhood kids until he is threatened by the warm sun as winter slips away.moreless
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    Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater

    Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater

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    CBS (ended 1988)
    Welcome to the Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater guide at TV.com
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    Benji, Zax and the Alien Prince

    Benji, Zax and the Alien Prince

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    CBS (ended 1983)
    The popular canine Benji acts as the self-appointed guide and protector of the young Prince Yubi of the planet Antars and his level 2 asynchronous droid, Zax. The crown prince in exile is pursued by the ruthless hunters, Darah and Khyber, on orders of the warlord tyrant Zanu who has taken over the planet and holds the prince's mother prisoner. Young prince Yubi (whose actual age in Antarian years is unknown) must find a way to survive on this strange planet Earth, which he does not understand at all, while avoid being captured by Zanu's hunters.moreless
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    The Adventures of Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids

    The Adventures of Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids

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    CBS
    The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids was the syndicated version of the animated cartoon originally known asFat Albert and the Cosby Kids. While the original debuted in 1972, the syndicated version began in 1984 and ended in 1985. The show, created by Bill Cosby, used the childhood experiences of Cosby himself as source material for much of the show. The show used a unique presentation of animation and live action to present young viewers an underlying lesson emphasized by Cosby himself at the beginning and end of each episode. Known collectively as the Junkyard Gang, characters included Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bill Cosby, Russel Cosby, Weird Harold, Rudy Davis and Bucky. Each episode presented a common problem or issue and demonstrated ways for young children to deal with them. Subjects ranged from stage fright, being in the hospital and playing hooky from school to more serious topics like smoking, vandalism, stealing, immigration, racism, child abuse, kidnapping, drugs and gun violence. The syndicated version of the show had all original episodes in addition to episodes that were developed from 1984-1985. The lack of network limitations gave producers more freedom to work with more risqu'' topics in the new episodes, including encounters with law enforcement and the prison system.moreless