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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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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996)

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996)

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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith are secret agents forced to work together for a mysterious organization known as The Factory, even though neither has any idea of the other's real name or background.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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    Haunted Lives

    Haunted Lives

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    CBS (ended 1998)
    "Reaching out from the world that lays beyond, they glide through the portals of our imagination. They shouldn't even exist, but they've been seen appearing in the wink of an eye, and vanishing in the pound of a heartbeat. Where they come from, what they want - only they know. They are beyond life, beyond death, and to some of us, beyond belief, but you are about to meet ordinary men and women who claimed to have witnessed them, walked with them and even embraced them. Ordinary people who tell true stories of Haunted Lives." - Opening narration, slightly altered for last episode. This short-lived series created recreations of real people who lived through real paranormal events and true ghost stories using actors and special effects and then introduced the real people who confirmed the things they experienced. It was first called "Haunted Lives" as a series of recurring specials, but then changed to "Real Ghosts" for the third and final episode.moreless
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    Dark Justice

    Dark Justice

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    CBS (ended 1993)
    As a cop I lost my collars to legal loopholes, but I believed in the system. As a D.A. I lost my case to crooked lawyers, but I believed in the system. As a judge my hands were bound by the letter of the law, but I believed in the system.......Until they took my life away. Then I stopped believing in the system and started believing in justice. Nick Marshall was a judge who got fed up with how the judicial system was constantly letting criminals go free, especially once his family was murdered. So he started his own vigilante group consisting of some not-so-bad criminals he let off the hook in exchange for their services. Judge by day, vigilante by night, executing his own personal brand of justice on criminals who slip through the loopholes in the legal system.moreless
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    Now and Again

    Now and Again

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    Now and Again premiered on CBS television in September 1999 and focused on what would happen if a dead man's brain were removed and placed in a body with superhuman strength and mental powers. Michael Wiseman, now Michael Newman, was drafted to assist a government scientist on a variety of projects. Michael's refusal to give up his family from his "past life," however, proved more difficult to contend with than any in the government could ever have guessed.

    Build a man with the speed of Michael Jordan, the strength of Superman and the grace of Fred Astaire. A guy who's going to look good, be young, be omnipotent. Wild, huh?

    The Six Million Dollar Man for the new millennium maybe? It could have been. It featured a unique concept and a strong cast, many of which now appear in various popular series. but a massive audience never really caught on for the program. Though the program had a strong cult following and many efforts were made to revive it and have it released on DVD. As of 2006, however, no DVD set is available.

    All said and done, this was a series that likely should have done better than it did. It was funny, with great action scenes and compelling emotional plots. It also featured a strong cliffhanger ending, one which there will likely never be a resolution to.

    Where Have They Been and Where Are They Now?

    Now and Again featured a strong cast that now appear in many hit television series.

    Eric Close - Michael New/Wiseman - Close can now be seen as Agent Martin Fitzgerald in another CBS program, the hit procedural drama Without a Trace.

    Dennis Haysbert - Dr. Theodore Morris - Haysbert enjoyed great success as President David Palmer on FOX's 24. He also appeared in a series of commercials for All State Insurance and now stars as Jonas Blane on CBS's The Unit.

    Gerrit Graham - Roger Bender - Graham appeared as Q/Quinn in Star Trek: Voyager. After being largely inactive in television for a few years, he returned with a guest stint on Law and Order. He also recently performed the character Mr. John Willoughby in the film Stick it in Detroit.

    Margaret Colin - Lisa Wiseman - Colin's most recent television work was a guest stint on Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

    Heather Matarazzo - Heather Wiseman - Now starring on the series The Rules: A Lesbian Survival Guide. Also appeared as Lilly Moscovitz in both Princess Diaries films.

    Many of the show staff have also moved on to other popular projects. For example, creator Glenn Gordon Caron went on to create the hit NBC drama Medium.moreless
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    Step by Step

    Step by Step

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    Two appealing stars, winsome kids, and a can't miss time slot in the middle of ABC's hit Friday lineup was more important than plot in the early success of this standard issue family sitcom. Frank (Patrick Duffy of Dallas) is a freewheeling, divorced contractor who impetuously marries widowed beautician Carol (Suzanne Somers of Three's Company) when they meet during separate vacations in Jamaica. They flew home to Port Washington, Wisconsin, where they both lived, told their kids-his three and her three - and all the problems of a merged family began. She is orderly and borderline OCD, he is laid back and almost chaotic. The kids eyed each suspiciously. Hers were teenagers Dana (the oldest), as compulsive as her mom, middle sis Karen, a budding fashion plate and young, nerdy Mark. Frank's were teenager J.T. (short for John Thomas), a cool customer, preteen Al, into sports and animals, and carefree Brendan. Working with Carol in her beauty shop next door were her mother Ivy and sister Penny. Cody was Frank's spaced-out 19-year-old nephew, whose nutty schemes and obsessions kept everyone in an uproar but who was really smarter than he seemed.

    Show History: SBS was the latest addition to the already successful Friday night lineup on ABC, dubbed "TGIF." Scheduled right after the hit Friday night mainstay, "Family Matters" @ 8:30, it soon became an equally big hit. By the beginning of the 3rd season the series blossomed into the night's "tent pole" position @ 9:00, a position it would retain for a solid three year run.

    "The Brady Bunch for the 90's" as it was hailed by critics upon its debut, was pretty much a straight forward "fun around the house" comedy, that ABC thrived on in the late 80's and early 90's. The series was Developed and Produced by the same team (Michael Warren, William Bickley, Robert L. Boyett, and Thomas L. Miller) responsible for many of ABC's hits (including all of T.G.I.F at one point) in that same era.

    In the small town of Port Washington, Wisconsin you have newly married couple Frank Lambert and Carol Foster and their 6 kids. Frank (Patrick Duffy) and Carol (Suzanne Sommers) having met only a week before on vacation and impulsively married, now face the monumental task of blending their very different families into one. All kinds of personalities filled the house. On the Lambert side, there was Cody (Sasha Mitchell), the spaced-out but good hearted and lovable nephew of Frank, Al (Christine Lakin), the tomboy daughter, JT (Brandon Call), the joker and oldest son and Brendan (Josh Byrne), the youngest son. On the Foster side was Mark (Christopher Castile), the genius younger brother of the Fosters, Dana (Staci Keanan), the genius older sister and Karen (Angela Watson), the beautiful, popular and full of herself middle sister.

    There were many others, notably Rich (Jason Marsden), Dana's short and well-meaning boyfriend, as well as friend of JT's, and Jean-Luc (Bronson Pinchot, "Meego"), the French hairstylist who worked with Carol.moreless
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    Murphy Brown

    Murphy Brown

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    CBS (ended 1998)
    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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    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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    The Golden Palace

    The Golden Palace

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    The Golden Palace follows The Golden Girls Blanche, Rose and Sophia after Dorothy moves away with her new husband. The ladies sell their home and buy a struggling Miami Hotel named The Golden Palace. Working on staff are manager Roland, a twenty-something black man constantly butts head with Blanche, his foster son, Oliver, and chef Chuy (pronounced "Chewie"), a Mexican who finds that he has to share his kitchen with hardheaded Italian Sophia. The Golden Palace aired on the CBS network from 1992-93, where it was ratings-deprived (The Golden Girls and other Susan Harris-created spin-offs Empty Nest and Nurses aired on NBC). Following the show's cancellation, it wasn't seen again in the USA until 2005, when Lifetime briefly aired it due to overwhelming requests from fans of "The Golden Girls," which continues to get strong ratings in reruns. Theme Song: Thank You For Being A Friend Written by: Andrew Gold Show Type: CBS Situation Comedy First Telecast: September 18, 1992 Last Episode: May 14, 1993 Last Telecast: September 18, 1992 Episodes: 24 Color Episodes Spin-off of: The Golden Girls CBS Broadcast History: September 1992-May 1993----Fridays----8:00 p.m The Golden Palace around the World USA---Lifetime---Weekdays at 6:30/5:30c PM, encore presentations at 11:00/10:00c PM (August-September, 2005)moreless
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    Cybill

    Cybill

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    CBS (ended 1998)
    Cybill Shepherd stars as Cybill Sheridan, a woman who has it all: two spiteful daughters, two clingy ex-husbands, an outrageous best friend, an unstable future ,and a house on an eroding LA hillside. But with humor and determination, Cybill braves each new challenge that comes her way, while having the time of her life discovering that life after forty is anything but downhill. CBS Broadcast History January 1995-September 1995----Monday----9:30
    September 1995-April 1996----Sunday----8:00
    April 1996-February 1997----Monday----9:30
    March 1997-December 1997----Monday----9:00
    March 1998-April 1998----Wednesday----8:30
    May 1998-June 1998----Monday----9:00
    June 1998-July 1998----Monday----9:30moreless
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    Major Dad

    Major Dad

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    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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    Family Law

    Family Law

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    CBS (ended 2002)
    Family Law was a compelling drama which tackled complicated legal issues in the field of family law. The attorneys in this Southern California firm served their clients by handling divorce, custody, children's rights and the occasional murder case in the pursuit of justice. CBS cancelled the show in May, 2002 after airing 68 episodes, citing low ratings as the cause of its demise.moreless
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    Paradise

    Paradise

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    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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    Evening Shade

    Evening Shade

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    CBS (ended 1994)
    This gentle rural sitcom, Evening Shade, starred Burt Reynolds as Wood Newton, an ex-pro football star who returned to his Arkansas home town of Evening Shade to coach the high school football team (the Mules), which had not won a game for two years. His wife Ava was elected the town's prosecuting attorney while pregnant with the couple's fourth child. Although their eldest son Taylor was the team quarterback, he inherited little of his father's sporting prowess. Assisting Wood is Herman Stiles, a fragile mathematics teacher uncommonly unsuited to the task of football coaching. Other regulars included cantankerous Dr Elldridge and Ava's father Evan, who disapproves of Wood's laid-back lifestyle and who has never forgiven him for stealing his daughter away at such a young age. (Ava was 18 when she got hitched to the 30-year-old Wood.) The series was narrated by Ossie Davis as Ponder Blue, the laconic and philosophical proprietor of Ponder Blue's Barbecue Villa, around which much of the action takes place. Evening Shade was marked by its sharp writing and measured, almost leisurely pacing, a style dictated by Reynolds with his deliberately understated performance as Newton (he also produced, wrote and directed episodes). (Adapted from BBC description)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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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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    CBS (ended 2000)
    first aired date: January 20, 1996 last aired date: August 30, 1997 In the spin-off to the classic Ace Ventura, we see an outlook on the character aside from his appearances in the movies. Ace Ventura is a clowny, cooky, some might even call him crazy, Private Investigator, with a twist. He only helps animals.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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    Return to Lonesome Dove

    Return to Lonesome Dove

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    CBS (Mini-Series 1993)
    This mini-series takes off where Lonesome Dove ended. Captain Woodrow F. Call (Jon Voight) decides to head back to his Montana ranch with a heard of wild horses. Call's unacknowledged son Newt Dobbs (Rick Schroder) has been left in charge of the ranch in his absence.moreless
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    WildC.A.T.S.

    WildC.A.T.S.

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    CBS (ended 1995)
    Welcome to the WildC.A.T.S. guide at TV.com. Thank you for visiting. I have just updated the synopsis for "Cry of the Coda" I will try to upload one synopsis a week. I will be working on getting images up as soon as my scanner starts working. Thanks for visiting, Togepilovermoreless
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