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    The Herculoids

    The Herculoids

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    CBS (ended 1969)
    The Herculoids are a group of five super-powered creatures lead by King Zandor of Amzot, his wife Tara, and his son, Dorno. They live together on the planet Quasar and fight against the inevitable alien invaders who seem to show up every week. They crossed over with many other Hanna/Barbera characters such as Space Ghost, the genie Shazam, and many more that remain popular to this day. The shows varied between 10 and 15 minutes, and were often mixed with other shows. Characters (The Herculoids) Gloop & Gleep: Two yellow blobs that can change their forms at will, stretch, and are incredibly elastic. Tundro: A rhinoceros-like dinosaur with thick shielding, he can stretch out his ten legs and blast rocks from its one horn that burst open, causing a mess. Zok: A flying dragon that can release laser beams from its tail and eyes, and can survive in outer space. Igoo: A large ape made of rock, compiled of immense power and very hard to bring down. Zandor, Tara, & Dorno: They are a team (family) who also have power which is unlike others. They are trained athletes and use slingshots to fire rocks that burst open. Despite their seemingly primitive appearance, they come from an advanced planet and Zandor uses various equipment that is very useful in trying to stop the aliens.moreless
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    The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

    The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

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    CBS (ended 1970)
    The Perils of Penelope Pitstop was one of the two spin-offs of Wacky Races. (The other being Dastardly & Muttley in their Flying Machines.) Every episode, The Ant Hill Mob (Clyde, Dum Dum, Softy, Yuk Yuk, Snoozy, Zippy & Pockets) must protect Penelope from 'The Hooded Claw' and his henchmen, The Bully Brothers. 'The Hooded Claw' is really Penelope's guardian (Sylvester Sneekley) in disguise and wants to wipe out Penelope so that he can have her inheritence. This is one of those cartoons in the late 60s and early 70s that were short-lived, but was one of the best spin-offs created by Hanna-Barbera.moreless
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    Speed Buggy

    Speed Buggy

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    In the early 1970's Hanna-Barbera created this classic series starring a special car named Speed Buggy, created by his mechanic and best friend Tinker. Despite his small size, he can be a race car and can be utilized for various uses like flying, digging, and even floating on water as a boat. He's also very acrobatic. When Speed Buggy isn't racing, he's out thrwarting the diabolical plots of various megalomaniacs looking to rule the world with various insane plans. Along with Tinker, Speedy is helped by their friends Mark and Debbie, the latter usually having to use her charm to sweet talk the guys into getting into action to stop the bad guys. This series has some similarities to Josie and the P u s s y cats, which also had its gang stopping megalomaniacs of their own. In fact, a few episodes of both series are carbon copies of each other. Regardless, Speed Buggy does work out on its own, even though it only lasted one season (1973-74). The show originally aired Saturday mornings on CBS, and was rerun on NBC, ABC, and syndication before it was picked up on Cartoon Network, and eventually Boomerang, which is the home of many Hanna-Barbera classic shows, including Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics, in which Speed Buggy and Tinker returned as part of the Scooby Doobies team. Other than this Speed Buggy is sporatically referenced on various Cartoon Network series including The Powerpuff Girls, and even made a cameo appearance on Johnny Bravo, which proves that the little spunky car may have been gone a long time, but not forgotten as he has a special place in the hearts of fans and other cartoon viewers alike.moreless
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    Clue Club

    Clue Club

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    CBS (ended 1979)
    Clue Club was a cartoon about four precocious young investigators (Dotty, Larry, D.D. and Pepper) who solved crimes with the help of two bloodhounds, Woofer and Wimper. Dotty, the brains of the team, would stay at home and analyze any clues that the gang found. The older dog, Woofer, thought he was a very good detective so he would always take the credit for solving the case. The laughs in the show were provided by Woofer and Wimper, due to their fear of the spooky places the gang went. The show only had one year of first run episodes, after which it aired in repeats on The Skatebirds under the new title Woofer and Wimper, Dog Detectives. These repeats were severely edited, which made the show particularly hard to follow. In January 1978, The Three Robonic Stooges was split off from the Skatebirds show and took the Woofer And Wimper segment with them. After a year on The Skatebirds, CBS reinstated the full episodes and re-ran them on Sundays under the original title. The show ran for another four months, cancelled in September of 1979. Theme Song: There they go, and on the double, to the spot where there is trouble Clue Club! Wimper: Clue Club makes the scene! Woofer: You better believe it, boy! Dotty does her thing computin', checking clues and trouble-shootin' Clue Club! Wimper: Clue Club, it's routine! Woofer: You go in first, Wimper! One trap door and they go spillin', face to face, another villian Clue Club! Wimper: Clue Club, just in time! Woofer: We'll be safe in here, Wimp! No fun runnin' from a mummy, even though he is a dummy Clue Club! Wimper: Clue Club solves the crime! Woofer: I knew it all the time! Clue Club!moreless
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    The Defenders (1961)

    The Defenders (1961)

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    CBS (ended 1965)
    Recent law school graduate (Robert Reed) joins his father (E.G. Marshall) as the pair tackle challenging legal cases, often involving issues which were highly touchy for the times (abortion, euthanasia, "un-American" activities, movie censorship). In most, the freshly minted lawyer has much to learn from his father's extensive legal experience.moreless
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    Switch

    Switch

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    CBS (ended 1978)
    Pete was a former con man and Frank was a retired bunco cop. Together they had formed a private detective agency that specialized in pulling "switches" on the other con men still operating on the wrong side of the law. They would concoct elaborate schemes that would hopefully result in the swindlers swindling themselves. Based in Los Angeles, they traveled far and wide on assorted cases. A great show that was a little tongue in cheek!moreless
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    The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

    The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

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    CBS (ended 1970)
    Considered by many as a "poster show" for the First Amendment, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour didn't quite begin that way.
    Less than a year after the cancellation of a sitcom also on CBS, the network gave Tom and Dick Smothers another chance with a variety series. This time, the formula worked. The sibling rivalry continued with aplomb, and the show was a better showcase for their musical and comedic talents. Not to mention the high-caliber talent who guested on the show: Mickey Rooney, George Segal, Kenny Rogers, and Liberace, to name just a few. The show was also a showcase for new talent and a venue for hot music. Mason Williams, Steve Martin, Bob Einstein, and Rob Reiner cut their teeth in the entertainment business with this show. Among the highlights in the music department: The Doors, The Who (whose "smashing" appearance ranks among VH1's Greatest Moments In Rock And Roll History), George Harrison, and Paul Revere And The Raiders. The show was also a hotbed of controversy, more or less. Through 72 episodes over 2½ seasons, and depending on the source of the story, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was either working their butts off to make the CBS network happy over bits and pieces of their programs being censored, or were just being outright rebellious to see how much they could put on the air. In April 1969, the flashpoint happened: the show was cancelled, despite protests. The battle over the show would actually end in 1973, when a court ruled the Smothers firing to be illegal (they had been officially renewed weeks before their cancellation), and that their First Amendment rights had been violated. The win was financially small compared to the multi-millions won in lawsuits today, but the moral win was a lot bigger: the door opened for more venues or creativity. There remains some question, however, if Free Speech in the form of political satire is still really free. Tom Smothers expressed this in his appearance on the American Public Television series Speaking Freely.moreless
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    Search for Tomorrow

    Search for Tomorrow

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    CBS (ended 1986)
    One of the earliest TV soaps, Search for Tomorrow debuted on CBS in 1951 as a 15-minute live show, produced by Procter and Gamble. For most of the first half of its run, it would stay as that 15 minute live show, and quickly became a hit. The center of Search for Tomorrow was Mary Stuart's character Joanne, a Midwestern housewife. The ratings were high in the '50s, but the start of the next decade Search was in a ratings decline. To try to combat this, CBS brought in Frank and Doris Hursley as new writers for the show. The new writers weren't able to bring the ratings out of decline, and in 1963 the Hursleys left after a storyline involving Joanne's baby running in front of a car caused friction between the producers and star Stuart. In 1968, Search for Tomorrow finally abandoned its live format, moving to tape and extending the show to half an hour. In the 1970's, new storylines involving the younger characters on Search took center stage, while Joanne was cut back on her appearances. Many felt that this would be the death knell for Search, but it stayed consistent, pulling in a steady #4 rating among all soaps throughout the decade. In 1981, CBS decided that Search for Tomorrow would be better off in a new time slot (it had aired at 12:30 EST for its entire run up until that point), and moved the show to 2:30 PM, replacing it with The Young and the Restless (which still holds the spot to this day). This didn't work, as the ratings dipped once again. Proctor & Gamble wanted to move back to an earlier time slot, but CBS wouldn't bite and cancelled Search for Tomorrow in early 1982. The show was replaced by Capitol, which aired for four and a half seasons. NBC picked up the Search on March 29, 1982, and moved it back to its 12:30 timeslot (opposite the show that had replaced it, Y&R). The second soap to switch networks (The Edge of Night was the first). The ratings continued to slide, and by 1984 the writers were resorting to ridiculous plots and storylines to grab viewers. Nothing worked, as the show continued to struggle against the hit The Young and the Restless. Due to a missing video tape, one 1983 episode had to air live! NBC pulled the plug in 1986, and on December 26 the Search finally ended after 35-plus years. The show would be replaced by the game show Wordplay, which lasted eight months. When it ended, Search for Tomorrow had the longest run of any daytime soap opera (35 years). The record has since been surpassed by Guiding Light, which premiered on television one year after Search. Guiding Light is now in year 52. First Aired: September 3, 1951 Last Aired: December 26, 1986moreless
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    Baby I'm Back

    Baby I'm Back

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    CBS (ended 1978)
    Baby I'm Back was a sitcom from the late 1970's featuring former Sanford and Son star Demond Wilson and Room 222's Denise Nicholas who portrayed separated husband and wife of seven years. Ray Ellis (Wilson) had abandoned his family in Washington D.C. to head for California seven years ago owing money to loan sharks and unable to manage his marriage, leaving his wife (Nicholas), his seven-year-old boy Jordan (Tony Holmes), and two-year-old daughter Angie (Kim Fields). Out in California, an old friend of Ray's runs into him at the racetrack betting window letting him know that his wife, Olivia is remarried and he has been declared leagally dead, prompting Ray to move back to Washington D.C. and take on the task of proving himself legally alive and proving to Olivia that he could be a great husband and father. However, he had to contend with his mother-in-law Luzelle (Helen Martin) and his rivalry dimwitted Major Wallace Dickey (Ed Hall).moreless
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    Roll Out

    Roll Out

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    Loosely based on the 1952 movie "Red Ball Express," "Roll Out" was about a military trucking company, whose staff was mostly Black, that delivered supplies to French soldiers during World War II. "Roll Out" was an unsuccessful attempt to capitalize on the success of "M*A*S*H."moreless
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    Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers

    Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers

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    CBS (ended 1975)
    This show first aired on September 14, 1974 with Paul Sand portraying a bachelor who was a bass violist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and when he wasn't busy fiddling, he was likely to be found sorting out his romantic entanglements, refereeing disputes between his brother (Michael Pataki) and sister-in-law (Penny Marshall) while trying to overcome his habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong people. This show did not last a full season and would later be replaced by the Jeffersons in January of 1975 even after managing to be ranked the 25th best show in America.moreless
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    Barnaby Jones

    Barnaby Jones

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    CBS (ended 1980)
    Barnaby Jones began as a mid-season replacement for CBS beginning on Sunday, January 28, 1973, and continued with a successful run until its final episode aired on Thursday, April 3, 1980. 178 color episodes were filmed in Hollywood. This series focused around a retired private detective, Barnaby Jones, who had passed his private investigation business to his son, Hal. When Hal was murdered while on a case, Barnaby came out of retirement to track down his son's killer. Hal's widow, Betty, worked with Barnaby as his invaluable assistant on cases. In the fall of 1976, Barnaby's cousin Monroe was murdered while in Los Angeles for the purpose of tracking down his partner's killer. This storyline served as the backdrop for the introduction of Monroe's son, law student Jedediah Romano Jones, who preferred to be called J.R. After the case was solved, J.R. remained in Los Angeles working for Barnaby while he studied law until the end of the series. Out of all of Quinn Martin's series, this one had the second-longest run. Only The F.B.I. had a longer run. Here is a list of time slots that Barnaby Jones held during its 7 1/2 year run: January 1973 to June 1974: Sundays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. July to September 1974: Saturdays from 10:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. September 1974 to August 1975: Tuesdays from 10:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. September to November 1975: Fridays from 10:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. December 1975 to November 1979: Thursdays from 10:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. December 1979 to September 1980: Thursdays from 9:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.moreless
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    Cade's County

    Cade's County

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    CBS (ended 1972)
    Cade's County was about Sam Cade, the tough but sensitive sheriff of sprawling Madrid County located somewhere in the American Southwest. Between chases and shootouts, the show dealt with a number of relevant 1970s issues such as the plight of the Native American.moreless
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    Phyllis

    Phyllis

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    CBS (ended 1977)
    Phyllis, following Rhoda, the second spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Phyllis, who had been Mary Richards' landlady, leaves Minneapolis after the death of her husband, Lars, and heads for San Francisco to live with Lars' parents. Daughter Bess is in tow, as well as her odd ideas about parenting and life in general. In the first season she worked at a photography studio and learned to deal with the peculiarities of Lars' family, especially clashing with her step-grandmother, "Mother" Dexter. A precipitous ratings slide led to a retooling for the second season that saw Phyllis now working in the office of a city supervisor, but it did not save the show, and it was cancelled after just two years.moreless
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    Apple's Way

    Apple's Way

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    CBS (ended 1975)
    Los Angeles architect George Apple decides to leave the hustle and bustle of big-city life and return to the small town where he grew up, Appleton, Iowa, which was founded by his ancestors. He drags along his wife Barbara, their four children, and Grandpa Alton, all of whom had some difficulty making the adjustment. The idealistic George often increased their difficulties by getting involved with strange causes. This homespun series was created by Earl Hamner Jr. in the wake of his success with The Waltons. It aired Sundays at 7:30 pm on CBS.moreless
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    Rhoda

    Rhoda

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    CBS (ended 1978)
    Rhoda which began in the fall of 1974, began each episode (at least the 1st season) with Valerie Harper stating: "My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, New York in December, 1941. I've always felt responsible for World War II. The first thing I remember liking that liked me back was food. I had a bad puberty, it lasted 17 years. I'm a high school graduate, I went to art school. My entrance exam was on a book of matches. I decided to move out of the house when I was 24, my mother still refers to this as the time I ran away from home. Eventually I ran to Minneapolis where it's cold, and I figured I'd keep better. Now I'm back in Manhattan. New York, this is your last chance!" Rhoda is the successful spin-off to the classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Rhoda returns to New York where she eventually marries Joe Gerard, and later divorces him. She finds comfort from her sister, Brenda (Julie Kavner). Her biggest problem is her mother, Ida (Nancy Walker). In 1978, after 110 episodes, Rhoda went off the air. It being the second most successful spin-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show - the first being Lou Grant. During its short run Rhoda earned two Emmys (one for Valerie Harper in 1975, and one for Julie Kavner in 1978) and two Golden Globes (one for Harper and one for the series itself, both in 1975). All together it earned 11 Emmy nominations and 7 Golden Globe nominations. The series has since earned itself a reputation as a classic in its own right. NOTE: CBS left four episodes unaired. Spinoff of: The Mary Tyler Moore Show First Telecast: September 9, 1974
    Last Telecast: December 9, 1978
    Episodes: 110 Color Episodes CBS Broadcast History September 1974-September 1975----Mondays----9:30 p.m.
    September 1975-January 1977----Mondays----8:00 p.m.
    January 1977-September 1978----Sundays----8:00 p.m.
    September-December 1978----Saturdays----8:00 p.m.
    Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) #6 in the 1974-1975 Season
    #8 in the 1975-1976 Season
    #25 in the 1977-1978 Season
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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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    Three for the Road

    Three for the Road

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    CBS (ended 1975)
    This unsuccessful and now totally forgotten "family hour" drama was MTM's first 60-minute series. It focused on the assignments of photojournalist Pete Karras, who somewhat improbably moved around the U.S. in a custom-built motorhome complete with his two sons. (You'd think he's be beaten out by competitors who could fly to assignments without their families.) The premise was, of course, just an excuse for a disguised anthology drama like The Fugitive or Route 66, in which the main characters would enter a new town and a new dramatic situation each week.moreless
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    $10,000 Pyramid

    $10,000 Pyramid

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    CBS (ended 1976)
    The History of this game show is legendary as the new big money word game from Bob Stewart called THE $10,000 PYRAMID debuted on March 26-30, 1973 on CBS-TV. American Bandstand star Dick Clark hosted the show for a half-hour of word association, word communication and cash giveaway activities. The 6 categories (subjects) are shaped in a PYRAMID form. Each of them has 8 words (things) will be described in 30 seconds (Half-minute). The Team consisted of 1 star and 1 contestant (The Champions & The Challengers). The 1st Team scores 24 points or less wins. Ties will be used play 2 letters from the Alphabet (A-Z) to add 8 points to 24 to make 24 or greater points wins and goes to "The Winner's Circle" where a team could win $10,000 for the contestant. In 1 minute (60 seconds), The winning team will go through naming the subjects to win that $10,000 Cash. After 60 seconds, he or she loses the $10,000 and wins the 6 cash blocks ($50 to $200) earned and returned the regular game. This game has 2 parts. The Champion will continued playing until winning $10,000 cash or being defeated by a challenger becomes the new champion. In addition of winning the game, The Champion will make a $10,000 Decision either Getting (Receiving) the clues or Giving the clues (list) The contestant rarely ever gave the clues on the Winner's Circle, although one who did, helped set history with Bill Cullen. It was Cullen in the Receiver's chair, figuring out the subjects, who set a long-standing record for getting to the top of the Pyramid in the least amount of time and on March 29, 1974, The $10,000 Pyramid cancelled on CBS-TV. On May 6, 1974, The Game has changes…The $10,000 PYRAMID returned to Daytime TV and this time on ABC-TV, 8 things (points) lowered to 7 things (points), 24 points are also lowered into 21 points and on December 23-27, 1974, The BIG 7 is introduced and that where a contestant could win $500 for naming 7 things. (In the Early Weeks of "THE BIG 7" has a Vacation Spot for getting 7 out of 7 & for the Last 2 years of "THE BIG 7" has a option with $25 per word (thing) that've been missed.) Since 21 points are the goal and wins $500 plus(+) $500 for "THE BIG 7" that equals(=) $1000. On January 16, 1976, THE $10,000 PYRAMID ended and only to double the stakes and the title of the game show for next Monday-Friday (January 19-23, 1976) as THE $20,000 PYRAMID. The Broadcast Report of "THE $10,000 PYRAMID": March 26, 1973-March 29, 1974 CBS-TV Monday-Friday at 10:30-11:00 AM May 6-December 20, 1974 ABC-TV Monday-Friday at 4:00-4:30 PM December 23, 1974-January 16, 1976 ABC-TV Monday-Friday at 2:00-2:30 PM.moreless
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    Dirty Sally

    Dirty Sally

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    This Gunsmoke spin-off, follows "Dirty" Sally Fergus, a grumpy old junk dealer, as she wanders the West with young adventurer Cyrus Pike.
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