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    Island Son

    Island Son

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    CBS (ended 1990)
    Welcome to the Island Son guide at TV.com. Returning to weekly series television for the first time since Dr. Kildare in the 1960s, Richard Chamberlain was again cast as a dedicated physician. Dr. Daniel Kulani had had a successful career as an internist on the mainland but decided to return home and take a staff position at the Kamehameha Medical Center in Honolulu. It was here that he could be close to the family that had adopted him as a child and work with needy native Hawaiians. Working with Daniel at the medical center were the chief surgeon, Kenji Fushida, two talented young residents, Metzger and McGrath, and the cost-conscious chief of staff, Margaret Judd. Although the series centered around activities at the hospital, the divorced Dr. Kulani did spend time with his adoptive parents, Tutu and Nana; his stepbrother James; and his own son, 18-year-old Sam, who was unsure about whether he wanted to be in college or out on his own. In the spring of 1990, Daniel fell in love with high school drama teacher Nina Delaney, a divorcee with a 13-year-old daughter, but Island Son was cancelled before the course of their relationship was determined.moreless
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    Charlie & Co.

    Charlie & Co.

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    CBS (ended 1986)
    Flip Wilson returned to series television in the role of Charlie Richmond, a blue-collar worker. His wife, Diana (Gladys Knight), balanced college and motherhood. They had three children, Charlie (nicknamed Junior), Lauren, and Robert. Della Reese joined the cast in mid-season as Charlie's sister, Rachel. This was considered to be CBS' answer to "The Cosby Show."moreless
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    Archie's Fun House

    Archie's Fun House

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    CBS (ended 1973)
    Archie's Funhouse was a Saturday morning cartoon show that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1971 and from 1972 to 1973. The show was the sequel to the previous season's one-hour Archie Saturday morning series "The Archie Comedy Hour" (which was one of the biggest hits for the 1969-1970 Saturday morning season). "Archie's Funhouse", of course, featured Archie and his pals (Jughead, Reggie, Veronica, Betty, Hot Dog and others) as on-stage hosts of skits, jokes, and music. The program also had live-action kids as the audience for the show, responding to the antics of the Archie gang. Actually, the concept from the show came from 2 segments that were first shown on the previous season's "The Archie Comedy Hour". They were the "Funhouse" and "Side Show" segments. On "Archie's Funhouse", these segments featured puns, jokes, and skits. For these segments, Filmation Studios hired writers from the hit NBC primetime show "Rowan And Martin's Laugh-In" (the show that inspired these segments) to write for these segments. In addition, the show also featured "The Giant Jukebox", playing hit songs from The Archies. There were 3 song segments per show with on-stage performances by The Archies. Hit songs included "Sunshine", "Love Vibrations", and "Comes The Sun". "Archie's Funhouse" started off as a one-hour show on Saturday mornings from 1970 to 1971, then it was trimmed to a half-hour shown on Sunday mornings from 1972 to 1973.moreless
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    Trollkins

    Trollkins

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    CBS (ended 1982)
    The series Trollkins was sometimes called a cartoon troll version of another popular television series called The Dukes of Hazard and followed the adventures of the close knit community of trolls and was also similar to another cartoon series called Smurfs. The characters had a very thick hillbilly accent and always added the word "troll" to descriptions.

    Although the series mainly revolves around the central characters of Blitz, Pixlee, and Flooky (the town pet who mainly hangs out with Blitz) the other characters play an important part in the series.moreless
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    The Cavanaughs

    The Cavanaughs

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    CBS (ended 1989)
    Outspoken 71-year-old Irish expatriate Francis "Pop" Cavanaugh is the glue holding together his tightly-knit, yet constantly bickering, clan, who mostly all reside in the same house in a middle-class neighborhood in South Boston. That is, except for flashy, oft-divorced daughter Kit, who left the family years ago to chase her dreams of show biz. Stardom eluded Kit -- whose success was limited to the showgirl circuit -- and, after an absence of two decades, she returns home to try to mend ways with her crotchety, widowed father and act as mother figure for her conservative, widowed brother Chuck's four children: Father Chuck, Jr., a twentysomething priest who comes off more like a used car salesman; Mary Margaret, a shy, 16-year-old wallflower who's trying to find her way around the dating scene; and smart-mouthed 10-year-old fraternal twins, Kevin and John. Together, the adults all manage a family owned and run business, the Cavanaugh Bros. Construction Company. Even with critical acclaim and decent ratings following Newhart, CBS failed to put The Cavanaughs on the fall schedule in 1987, partly because of a "controversial" religion-themed episode that brought the network negative publicity from the various religious groups, but mostly because it was the unfortunate show that former CBS programming chief Bud Grant chose to use as the replacement for Designing Women on Monday. When that series got the time slot for the '87-'88 season, that was seemingly the end of The Cavanaughs (or "That Irish piece of crap," as it was probably called in the letters of thousands of irate Designing Women fans, who flooded CBS headquarters after their show was shuffled over to Thursday in December, 1986 and pulled a month later). But the series experienced a bit of a miracle late in 1987 when Grant's corrupt successor ordered another eight episodes for midseason (perhaps because critics across America had questioned why it wasn't renewed). The cast and a lot of the crew were reassembled, and everybody went back to work. Although CBS would go on to pick up five more episodes, luck didn't strike again for the series; though it was originally slated to return in March, 1988, it was a no-show, most of the second season was used as filler that fall for the writer's strike of '88, and another order was not forthcoming. Although it only lasted two half seasons two years apart, The Cavanaughs did have a happy ending in one respect. Music director Bill Moloney (the brother of creator Bob Moloney) and Christine Ebersole met while working on it, and were married during its second season. Theme song "The Cavanaughs (Main Title Theme)" written by Dennis Polen - Paul Pilger - William Moloney The Cavanaughs is produced by Mandy Films, Inc., in association with Paramount Television Broadcast History ----------------- Dec 1986-Mar 1987, Mon 9:30-10:00 Aug 1988-Oct 1988, Mon 8:30-9:00 Jun 1989-Jul 1989, Thu 9:00-9:30 First telecast: December 1, 1986 Last telecast: July 27, 1989 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 27 Media: Tapemoreless
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    Small & Frye

    Small & Frye

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    CBS (ended 1983)
    Nick Small and Chip Frye weren't your average, ordinary, everyday private eyes. No indeed! Chip Frye could shrink down to six inches - sometimes. That would be a distinct advantage, if only he could control when and where that would occur. Trouble is, he couldn't. The results made this series both a comedy and a cliff-hanging adventure.moreless
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    Drak Pack

    Drak Pack

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    CBS (ended 1982)
    Franky, Howler and Drak Jr. are three teens with a secret. By touching hands and uttering the words, "Drak Wack: WACKO!" they turn into their true forms, the descendants of Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman, and use their powers to battle the forces of O.G.R.E., the Organization of Generally Rotten Enterprises.moreless
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    Private Benjamin

    Private Benjamin

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    CBS (ended 1983)
    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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    Pryor's Place

    Pryor's Place

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    CBS (ended 1985)
    Pryor's Place happened to be the only Sid & Marty Kroft Saturday morning series of the '80s & the 2nd CBS show (the other; Far Out Space Nuts). The show featured the adventures of Richard when he was a kid, growing up with his friends & learning lessons along the way. Pryor played various characters including.. Chills; the street musician who played the sax. Bummor; friendly hobo who lived in the alley. Sometimes, guest stars were featured which included... Marla Gibbs; as Richie's school teacher John Ritter; a lost astronaut Willie Nelson; playing with Chills Robin Williams; as Bummor's friend Lily Tomlin; as Bummor's school girl chummoreless
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    Hard Time on Planet Earth

    Hard Time on Planet Earth

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    CBS (ended 1989)
    Jesse is an alien from another planet, convicted of political crimes and sent to Earth which is to serve as his "prison." He is accompanied by a small floating robot, "Control," which is charged with guarding and supervising him as his parole officer. Both are quickly adrift in a strange world with unfamiliar customs, and Jesse has to make his way through Earth (specifically Los Angeles), hoping for the day when his sentence is lifted (which will occur when he learns compassion) and he can return home. Like most drifters that get their own TV series, Jesse finds himself each week embroiled with crooks preying on the innocent and ends up using his alien powers to help them. ==================== Awards -- Young Artist Awards 1990 -- Nominated -- Best Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or Special -- Jacob Vargas =============== Memorable Quotes: [repeated line] Control: Negative outcome. Not good. ===================== Release dates USA -- 1 March 1989 UK -- 19 August 1990 France -- 17 December 1990 ======================= CREW: Directed by Timothy Bond James A. Contner Bill Corcoran Roger Duchowny Michael Lange Robert Mandel Ric Rondell Al Waxman Ed Zuckerman Writing credits (in alphabetical order) Michael Piller Original Music by Joseph Conlan Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp Production Management Albert J. Salzer .... unit production manager Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Steve Cohen .... second assistant director Skip Surguine .... second assistant director Sound Department Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited) Stunts Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts Kenny Bates .... stunts Larry Nicholas .... stunts Other crew Karen Bellamy .... costumer Deena Burkett .... title designermoreless
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    Gilligan's Planet

    Gilligan's Planet

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    CBS (ended 1983)
    Gilligan's Planet was a Saturday morning cartoon show that aired on CBS from 1982 to 1984. It was cancelled not because of poor ratings but because Filmation (the company that produced it) ran out of business. It was also Filmation's last network cartoon series, starting in 1983, they focused on syndication with He-Man, She-Ra, Filmation's Ghostbusters & Marshall Bravestarr. Gilligan's Planet still remains a fondly remembered cartoon classic, just like it's two originals.moreless
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    Almost Grown

    Almost Grown

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    CBS (ended 1989)
    This hour-long drama used flashbacks to recall important events in the lives of a divorced couple. The couple both shared in the duties of raising their two children. The story was complicated by the fact that they were still in love with each other. Despite great acting apperances by the likes of Tim Daly, Eve Gordon and Marcia Cross the show did not catch on and lasted only a few episodes.moreless
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    Fast Times

    Fast Times

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    CBS (ended 1986)
    Inspired by the movie of the same name that was written by Cameron Crowe. While in his 20's Crowe posed as a high school student to gain access to the inner happenings of high school students and their lives. He based his characters and writings on students and teachers that he met there. The central character is Jeff Spicoli, a stoner/surfer dude that is constantly battling with teachers like the very uptight Mr. Hand, as well as the usual high school happenings like love problems and the inner cliques associated with teenage life.moreless
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    Eisenhower & Lutz

    Eisenhower & Lutz

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    CBS (ended 1988)
    Barnett M. "Bud" Lutz Jr. (Scott Bakula) returns to his hometown after graduating from law school to open his own practice. His dad "Big Bud" paints a sign for his sons new business. He names it "Eisenhower & Lutz" to make it sound more impressive. A love triangle pops up between him, a waitress and his high school sweetheart who is now an attorney for a rival law firm.moreless
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    Beyond Westworld

    Beyond Westworld

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    CBS (ended 1980)
    follow-up to the movies "Westworld" and "Future World"
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    The Kwicky Koala Show

    The Kwicky Koala Show

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    CBS (ended 1981)
    Kwicky Koala was a creation of Tex Avery and his old friends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. This was the last cartoon Tex Avery made before he passed away. Kwicky had to keep away from Wilford Wolf who was always trying to eat him. Luckily for Kwicky, he could very-quickly move out of harm's way whenever he heard Wilford coming. Besides Kwicky Koala, there were 3 other cartoons in this show: * The Bungle Brothers - George and Joey are two dogs that seek vaudeville stardom. This segment is mostly short wraparounds. * Crazy Claws - Crazy Claws is a wildcat who uses his sharp claws and sharp wits to evade fur trapper Rawhide Clyde and his dog Bristletooth in a US National Park run by Ranger Rangerfield. * Dirty Dawg - Dirty Dawg is a canine vagrant who seeks to improve life for himself and his rodent friend Ratso while trying to stay ahead of Officer Bullhorn.moreless
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    First Impressions

    First Impressions

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    CBS (ended 1988)
    This was Brad Garrett's first television series. He plays Frank Dutton the owner of a advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska. He uses his ability to do impressions to sell his commercials. Frank is also a divorced father of a nine year old daughter as well. The show only ran for a handful of episodes. Brad of course went on to win 3 Emmys for his work on Everybody Loves Raymond.moreless
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    Bridges to Cross

    Bridges to Cross

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    CBS (ended 1986)
    From the TV movie of the same name. Suzanne Pleshette resumes her role as Tracy "Bridges" working with her ex-husband Peter "Cross" (Nicolas Surovy). The two both work as reporters for the same magazine in Washington D.C. The name of the show coming from a play on words with the two characters last names.moreless
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    Take Five

    Take Five

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    CBS (ended 1987)
    George Segal played a PR man with a mid-life crisis in a sitcom which was canceled after just two episodes.
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    Downtown (1986)

    Downtown (1986)

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    CBS (ended 1986)
    John Foley, formerly a hard-nosed cop who stepped out of one one-too-many times, is made a probation officer for four parolees. His charges are a smart-mouthed runaway, a karate expert looking for a fight, a strange man who's only happy impersonating others, and an older socialite, Harriet Conover, who's a swindler. The group lives in Harriet's run-down mansion and their responsibilities include getting jobs and fixing up the place.moreless
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