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    Square Pegs

    Square Pegs

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    CBS (ended 1983)
    Square Pegs is the story of a couple of nerdy girls who try to penetrate the "in" crowd at Weemawee High School. It was created by Saturday Night Live alum writer Anne Beatts and the character of Patty is based on her. It'sThe theme song was performed by The Waitresses. Paul Shaffer provided additional music.moreless
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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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    The Grammy Awards

    The Grammy Awards

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    In similar fashion to their film equivalent (The Academy Awards), The Grammys is an awards show that honors the achievements of the members of the professional music recording industry through a voting system. The members of the Recording Academy vote on who they think is most deserving of an award in 108 categories as specified by the academy. Each year the awards are presented during a live telecast that was begun in 1971 by ABC, but has since been televised by CBS after they bought it in 1973. They were initially known as the Gramophone Awards this is because the trophy itself is a golden gramophone but later they became the Grammys.moreless
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    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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    CBS (ended 1983)
    Seven orphaned brothers struggle to run their family ranch in California. Because it was based on the 1954 musical of the same name, there was lots of singing and dancing by the cast.

    Despite its title, only one of the McFadden brothers was married, and it was the eldest, Adam, who was married to Hannah.moreless
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    TV 101

    TV 101

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    CBS (ended 1989)
    A former photo journalist returns to his old high school to teach, and has his students produce a cable TV news program instead of the traditional school newspaper.
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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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    Murphy Brown

    Murphy Brown

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    Murphy Brown was created by Diane English. Murphy is the star reporter on a news magazine show called FYI. The show is based in Washington DC, which gives the FYI team more than enough material to work with. Murphy lives in a townhouse that she has been having repainted for the duration of the series, Eldin the painter may never finish the job, but Murphy doesn't seem to mind. Murphy owes her Betty Ford trip to Phil, he owns the local bar & restaurant where the staff and the rest of the political scene have lunch. Phil knows about everything going on in Washington. Jim Dial is the uptight senior anchor, a seasoned veteran, who accompanied Murphy on her trip to the Betty Ford Clinic. Frank is a single guy and constantly looking for a girlfriend, he is also Murphy's best friend. Corky is a former Miss America turned news person, she covers all the "hard" news. Miles is a young Harvard graduate, whose first "real job" out of school is as executive producer of FYI. Murphy has trouble keeping a secretary, in this guide the actors that play this small part has their appearance number placed after their names, take note of the increasing number after the character name of Secretary. Some secretaries had no dialog and did not get credited, others wound up on the cutting room floor, this accounts for holes in the numbering scheme. When Murphy became a new mother, she began to run through nannies the same way, they are also numbered after the character name of Nanny. After running through 6 of them, she makes the obvious choice for a nanny, Eldin, who prefers the term "Big Guy." It also takes Murphy four months to give the baby his name. After nine seasons in the newsroom, the series looked like it might take a different direction in the 10th season. Murphy may change careers and become a White House senior advisor. Amazing since in the past she had been banned from the White House press room on several occassions. True to form, when she does, it is only for a short time. When a commercial for the series aired during the 49th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, it seemed to indicate that Murphy's life would take a different turn. It certainly does when she faces her own mortality when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Murphy Brown has done well with the Prime Time Emmy Awards with nominations in many categories and numerous awards for Candice Bergen as "Best Actress in a Comedy Series." So many in fact that she declined the nomination for 1996, allowing Helen Hunt to get the Emmy that Candice thought she deserved a few years earlier. First air date: November 14, 1988 Last air date: May 18, 1998 Original air time: Monday 9:00:00 pm (Eastern) Episodes: 247 Color Episodes + 1 Special Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #27 in the 1989–1990 Season #6 in the 1990–1991 Season #3 in the 1991–1992 Season #4 in the 1992–1993 Season #9 in the 1993–1994 Season #16 in the 1994–1995 Season #20 in the 1995–1996 Seasonmoreless
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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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    This Is America Charlie Brown

    This Is America Charlie Brown

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    CBS (ended 1989)
    This Is America, Charlie Brown was an eight part mini-series that aired on CBS in 1988. It is about the Peanuts character travel through time. From projects on the great inventors of America, to a NASA space station, The Peanuts characters traveled through American history. Combing facts with fun, Charles Schultz taught Show Facts First Telecast: October 21,1988 Last Telecast: July 25, 1990 Type Of Show: Animated Mini Series Number Of Episodes: 8 Number Of Seasons: 1 CBS Broadcast History: October - November 1988 .... Fridays 8:00-8:30 PM February-May 1989 .... Various 8:00-8:30 PM (once a month) May - July 1990 .... Wednesday 8:00-8:30 PM Nielsen Ratings (Top 30 or Better) Never finished in the Top 30 Scheduled Times This Is America Charlie Brown was part of You're On Nickelodeon Charlie Brown and recently aired on Nickelodeons spin off station Nicktoons TV, but is currently not airing on it. It might be back on later. From 2004-January 2005 you could watch it Sundays at 3:00 PM on Canada's YTV, but as of right now its off the schedule. This Is America, Charlie Brown VHS In the early 1990's Paramount put the entire This Is America Charlie Brown mini-series on 8 different VHS, not in the order of there premiere. They are not in print anymore but you can still find them at Paramount.com This Is America Charlie Brown DVDs The Mayflower Voyagers, the first episode of This Is America Charlie Brown has just been released as an extra on the A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD. It is the only episode that is available on DVD. You're On Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown You're On Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown features This Is America, Charlie Brown, and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. You're On Nickelodeon Charlie Brown is the reruns of those two shows and various Peanuts specials. It was on the regular Nickelodeon in the late 1990's and was recently on their spin off station Nicktoons TV. Here is a press release from Viacom from 1998, explaining You're On Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown. Did You Know? Did you know that This Is America Charlie Brown premiered in the middle of a writers strike on CBS? Did you also know that Erin Chase was the first girl to provide the voice for Charlie Brown? Did you know that This Is America Charlie Brown was billed as the first animated mini series? Did you know that the first for episodes occupied the time slot of the series Beauty and the Beast Awards In 1989 Erin Chase, Ami Foster, and Brandon Stewart were all nominated for Young Artist Awards. In 1996, Lee Mendelson was nominated at the Young Artist Awards as well, but for Best Family Animation Production.moreless
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    Major Dad

    Major Dad

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    CBS (ended 1993)
    Major Dad follows the story of the single, dedicated marine Major John D. MacGillis, whose life completely changed when he met, fell in love with, and married reporter Polly Cooper who had come to interview him for an article critical of the marines. They were opposites: he was orderly, she was not, he was conservative, she was liberal, he was a lifelong bachelor, she had three daughters; however, their undeniable chemistry and the love between lead them to the desire to start a new family life together. But not everything was as easy as it looked! Polly (and her kids from a previous marriage) had to learn how to deal with being a Marine family, while Major MacGillis had to learn how to be a Dad and balance his hectic family life with his even more chaotic career. Major Dad enjoyed a four year run on CBS (1989-1993), before it's cancellation in April of 1993, after it's fourth and final season. CBS Broadcast History Sept 1989 Sun 8:30-9:00 (Premiere) Sept 89-Sept 90 Mon 8:00-8:30 Sept 90-Jun 91 Mon 8:30-9:00 Jun 91-Jul 91 Mon 8:00-8:30 Jul 91-Sept 92 Mon 8:30-9:00 Aug 92-Apr 93 Fri 8:30-9:00moreless
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    Cover Up

    Cover Up

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    CBS (ended 1985)
    Danielle Reynolds, a fashion photographer and Mac Harper, a former green beret hired to be a male model worker together as outriders: People who are put in critical situations, people with no outside help to do whatever they have to do to solve a problem. Their boss, Henry Towler, an American Ambassador of sorts send them around the world to help Americans in trouble. They usually go above and beyond their specific assignment to bring the guilty parties to justice, much to Henry's dismay. Later in the series, Jack Striker, an independent outrider, is brought in as a male model to fill the void left by Mac. Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For a Hero is the show's theme song.moreless
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    Paradise

    Paradise

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    CBS (ended 1990)
    Paradise was a television Western in a time when television wasn't interested in Westerns (unless in a mini-series format). The fact the series lasted three years is a testament to the show and to the acting. The series began as St. Louis musical review singer Lucy Cord Carroll passed away, sending her four children, ranging in age from 5 to 13, to live with their uncle, grizzled gunfighter Ethan Allan Cord (veteran television actor Lee Horsley), in Paradise, California. Despite having some trepidation about assuming the role of guardian, Ethan rented a farmhouse from Paradise Bank owner Amelia Lawson and converted it into a makeshift ranch house in which his new family could reside. He tried to raise the children to the best of his ability as a peaceful rancher, but was frequently hired for his gunfighting skills, either to track someone down or to simply protect Paradise from criminals -- or both. During these times, the children were "looked in on" from time to time by Amelia or Ethan's friend, John Taylor. But, much of the ranch chores and supervision inevitably rested on the shoulders of the oldest of the Carroll children, 13-year-old Claire (Jenny Beck). With Ethan gone, she and her brothers -- 11-year-old Joseph (Matthew Newmark), nine-year-old Ben (Brian Lando), and five-year-old George (Michael Patrick Carter) -- had plenty of chores assigned to them. John Taylor (Dale Berti), a Native American who was Ethan's best friend, had an uncanny knack of being around just as he was needed, either at the ranch, or with Ethan when a gunfight was imminent. Amelia (Sigrid Thornton) turned into Ethan's love interest in the show. Other characters seen in and around town were Scotty the bartender, Tiny the blacksmith, the hotel's Mr. Dodd, and shopkeepers Mr. Lee and Mr. Axelrod. Paradise was on the air for two seasons, but returned for a third season under the title, Guns of Paradise. The re-tooled version kept most of the same concepts of the original, while eliminating the frequency of some minor characters. In Guns of Paradise, Ethan bacame the town marshal, and was building a home for the children and Amelia, now his fiance. Paradise ran on CBS Thursdays 9-10 p.m. from October 1988 to March 1989 (between 48 Hours and Knots Landing) and Saturdays 8-9 p.m. from April 1989 to September 1990 (prior to Tour of Duty). Guns of Paradise, also on CBS was on Fridays 8-9 p.m. from January 1991 to June 1991. Photo: (front, l-r) Brian Lando and Michael Patrick Carter; (back, l-r) Lee Horsley, Jenny Beck, Matthew Newmark and Sigrid Thornton.moreless
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    Hallmark Hall Of Fame

    Hallmark Hall Of Fame

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    Beginning in 1955, Hallmark Hall of Fame has been a series of specials (appearing four to eight times a year throughout the 1960s The Hallmark Hall of Fame was launched on Christmas Eve 1951, with the world premiere of Amahl and the Night Visitors, an original opera by Gian Carlo Menotti. Viewer response was so positive that encores were televised. The next original production, of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, was broadcast in April 1953. More people watched Hamlet that evening than had cumulatively seen it in all its live performances in the 350 years since it had been written. Founder of Hallmark - Joyce C. Hall, Aired on NBC.moreless
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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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    Outlaws (1986)

    Outlaws (1986)

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    CBS (ended 1987)
    Sheriff John Grail was mad - we hit a bank in his town. Harland Pike, me - Wolfson Lucas, William Pike, and Isaiah "Ice" McAdams, known collectively as the Pike Gang. Grail had once been partners in crime with the four of us, but now all bets were off. The showdown was interrupted however by the Allmighty, who sent us all sailing into the 20th century, and what a century it was! But we weren't what you would call ordinary men, so we dug in, tried to adapt, and started a detection agency to put beans on the table and in the process ran head on into Deputy Maggie Randall. Things may be different this century, but there's plenty of work to be done because one thing is bound to be true - the bad hombres will always outnumber the good. In 1886, the four members of the Pike gang and their ex-partner, Sheriff John Grail, meet in a dead-end gully over an Indian graveyard and a burst of lightning catapults them all 100 years into Houston in the future. Forced to band together, the five start up the Double-Eagle Detective Agency and, with the help of Lt. Belford, fight crime with a unique Old West sensibility.moreless
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    Filthy Rich

    Filthy Rich

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    CBS (ended 1983)
    "Now, Big Guy Beck left a whole lot of cash, but he said in his video will, his money-hungry family could never collect if they didn't love his illegitimate son, Wild Bill. He said they had to be one happy family, and that's gonna be a mighty tough switch. But they want that gold and they would sell their souls, cuz they wanna be Filthy Rich." They are dubbed "the characters you love to hate." In literature, on the stage or in a television series, they are the people you really don't like but you can't wait to see what they will do next. Somehow they are the most fascinating if they are the most cunning, deceitful and nasty. In 1982, two new acerbic, beautiful, love-to-hate-em characters invaded the television screen in Filthy Rich, a campy half-hour comedy series from Linda Bloodworth and Larry White Productions designed to parody Dallas and other prime-time soaps of the era. Filthy Rich centered around the Becks, a fabulously wealthy Tennessee family, and the Westchesters, their newly-acquired poor relations. The Becks do anything to keep the family's fortune to themselves, and the members of the clan who scheme the hardest are Carlotta and Kathleen. Carlotta, the wife of the eldest son of the Beck family, is a vision of sugar-coated haughtiness with a demeanor that would put the best head waiter in his place. Kathleen, a former beauty queen who was married to the much-moneyed, now deceased patriach of the clan for a scant 10 months, is catty, ambitious and extremely well endowed. These two lovely ladies cook up some of the most outlandish plans to destroy their opponents to hit the small screen since J.R. Ewing came to Dallas! Carlotta's husband, Marshall, was pompous, arrogant and prone to childlike hissy-fits. Often times, it was he who came up with the botched schemes to drive the Westchesters from the family home, Toad Hall. His brother, Stanley, was handsome, well grounded and independently wealthy. This Dr. Pepper addict was often seen in the bathtub sporting his cowboy hat. Stanley was really the only normal member of the Beck clan, and as such, took sides with the Westchesters. Being rich and single, Stanley often had to fend off Kathleen, who was constantly making advances. Stanley and Marshall's mother, "Mother B," was a fun, senile firecracker who lived, for a time, at the local nursing home because her eldest son and his wife deemed her crazy. It wasn't long before she fled the nursing home and came to live with the family. "Wild" Bill and Bootsie Westchester were a happily married, yet somewhat trashy, couple that had been married for years. Bill, with his thick Southern-accent, sold RV's and appeared in the dealership's commercials, which ran on late-night television. Housewife Bootsie was rather dimwitted yet well read on many subjects (such as volumes A-Y of the encyclopedias) and she sold synthetic "Fantasy Fur" in her spare time.moreless
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    The Daytime Emmy Awards

    The Daytime Emmy Awards

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    The Daytime Emmy Awards debuted as its own award show in 1974 with only three categories: The Top Soap, The Top Actress, and The Top Actor. Since then daytime television has grown into a major small screen force, and The Daytime Emmy Awards has become the most highly-anticipated event of the year for fans and professionals alike.moreless
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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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    A Peaceable Kingdom

    A Peaceable Kingdom

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    Peaceable Kingdom was a family drama in which Lindsay Wagner played Rebecca Cafferty, a single mom who was trying to balance the demands of her almost 24-hour-a-day zoo director job at the Los Angeles County Zoo with the needs of her 3 kids aged 6-16 (Dean a high school wrestler, daughter Courtney and young Sam)...in addition to their pet seal, Rover. Luckily for Rebecca, her family has a house on the zoo grounds. What with one crisis after another, Rebecca is always on call, so helping her out at the zoo are Tom Wopat as her brother Dr. Jed McFadden - curator, David Renan as Ridge and Dr. Bart Langley (David Ackroyd), the zoo's research director. Assisting both at home and work is Kate (Conchata Ferrell). Each episode dealt with crises (both family and zoo related) and a moral.moreless
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    Private Benjamin

    Private Benjamin

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    Based on the 1980 movie of the same name: Lorna Patterson reprised Goldie Hawn's role as Judy Benjamin, a spoiled socialite adjusting to life in the Army - popular among her fellow recruits, but unpopular with her superiors.

    In the TV series, Eileen Brennan and Hal Williams reprised their roles from the movie - Captain Lewis and Sergeant Ross, respectively. Damita Jo Freeman also starred in the series, but played a different role than that of the movie.moreless
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