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    Here's Lucy

    Here's Lucy

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    HERE'S LUCY. This often forgotten and critically bashed series from Lucille Ball, her 3rd, is arguably superior to the LUCY SHOW. Probably unjustly misaligned by critics due to a difficult and weak opening season, HERE"S LUCY improved with every season and contains some of the best work of Lucille Ball's career. The wonderfully abstract LUCY SHOW plays more as a variety show than sitcom, and certainly has its share of classic episodes. Missing from the Lucy Show, however, is the character development , focus, and warmth ( that made I LOVE LUCY so successful). HERE"S LUCY switches formats and focus' on widower Lucy Carter, single-working Mom and life with her two children (Ball's own children with Desi Arnaz), and their Uncle Harry. Played by Gale Gordon, Uncle Harry was also Lucy's over-bearing boss. As the seasons pass, Uncle Harry softens and Lucy, Kim, and Craig play more as a family unit. Like Lucy Ricardo, Lucy Carter still loved to get into the show, and her work at the "Unique Employment Agency" often allowed her the chance to sing and dance with top guest stars. Carol Burnett, Jack Benny, and Vivian Vance make numerous, nearly seasonal guest appearances, and other famous guests included Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Flip Wilson, Ann-Margret, Johnny Carson, Milton Berle, Helen Hays, and Ginger Rogers. Still featuring Lucille Ball's amazing talents for physical comedy and turning a funny line, HERE"S LUCY features dozens of iconic "LUCY" moments. Lucy as down-trodden Dirty Gertie, Lucy wielding a jackhammer on cement, Lucy sky-diving through the roof of a lodge, the famous stuck-on-her-finger Liz Taylor diamond ring, Lucy in a giant pickle outfit, and Lucy and Mannix tied to chairs, physically jumping, bouncing the chairs to comedic perfection, and of course, the moment zany Lucy Carter meets superstar actress Lucille Ball! Many episodes are written by her I LOVE LUCY writers, as well as other tops-in-their field scribes such as Bob O'Brien, the Fox-Jacob's team, and Lou Derman (many of these writer's were presenting their best work simultaneously to ALL IN THE FAMILY). Even with numerous top directors at the helm�Herbert Kenwith, Jerry Paris, Jack Donohue, Jay Sandrich, and Coby Ruskin� it is often repeated that Lucille Ball really directed the shows, but offered deference to the directors she most trusted and respected. This show is rarely seen in syndication despite relatively high ratings during the intital run (Season 1 #9, Season 2 #6, Season 3 #3, Season 4 #11, Season 5 #15, Season 6 #29). It had a daytime run on CBS in 1977. This was followed by it's debut in off-network syndication in Fall of 1981 by Telepictures. Most stations aired the show in latenight after the first few months. Now the show is seen mostly in international markets or on independant stations. PAX TV ran the series briefly in the late 90's. A DVD with 24 episodes was released in 2005 and features lots of great bonus features. Here's Lucy Season sets will be coming out starting with Season One in August 2009, Season Two in November 2009, Season 3 in mid 2010 and continuing until Dec 2012 with the entire series to come out on MPI video. The DVDs will have a ton of special features.moreless
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    Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown

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    CBS
    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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    CBS (ended 1996)
    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 Ex List

    The Ex List

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    CBS (ended 2008)
    20th Century Fox Television brings The Ex List to CBS. When a woman visits a psychic at her sister's bachelorette party, she discovers that she's already dated the man she is destined to marry. She sets out to find out who it is by looking up past loves. She must marry within a year or she will be single forever.moreless
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    The Grammy Awards

    The Grammy Awards

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    CBS
    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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    Daktari

    Daktari

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    CBS (ended 1969)
    Set in Africa, this family series was based on the 1965 movie, "Clarence The Cross-Eyed Lion," and retained several of the original cast from that movie, with a few additions. The story unfolded around the wildlife preserve of Wameru, overseen by Dr. Marsh Tracy, with his daughter, Paula. He was helped by Jack Dane, another American, and a local, Mike Makula. The most popular stars of the show, however, were the animals, Clarence and Judy, a mischievious chimp, making this a very memorable show.moreless
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    The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

    The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

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    CBS (ended 1972)
    The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was hosted by Glen Campbell who received quite a following during his stint on "The Smothers Brothers Show". With his easy manner and popular music, Glen won quite a TV following leading to his own CBS series, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour". Glen had two hit songs on the charts when he got the series, they were "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston". The series was filled with comedy, solos, and a very easy-going down-home friendly manner which endeared him to the masses. Composer-singer John Hartford wrote the theme song for the series, which was "Gentle On My Mind" and made frequent appearances throughout the show's run.moreless
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    Amos 'n' Andy

    Amos 'n' Andy

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    CBS (ended 1953)
    Alvin Childress and Tim Moore starred in what is considered by some to be the most offensive television program of all time. Despite its controversy, it was also one of first TV shows to have a predominantly black cast.
    "Amos 'n' Andy" began as a weekly series airing Thursday nights on CBS. Twenty-seven new episodes were broadcast through January 3, 1952. This was followed by 25 weeks of reruns. When new episodes returned on July 10, 1952, "Amos 'n' Andy" became a bi-weekly series. By June 11, 1953, the date of the final CBS broadcast, only 52 "Amos 'n' Andy" episodes had been aired. An additional 13 episodes premiered in Fall 1953 when the series became nationally syndicated. (In most cities, the syndicated run began with these 13 new episodes, followed by reruns of the 52 CBS shows.) In August 1954, filming began on "The Adventures of Kingfish," an "Amos 'n' Andy" spinoff slated to premiere January 4, 1955 on CBS. But according to an article in the January 1, 1955 issue of Billboard magazine, "Kingfish" was taken off the schedule before it could even make its debut. Later that month, the 13 "Kingfish" episodes premiered in first-run syndication as part of the "Amos 'n' Andy" series. With these final 13, there were now a total of 78 "Amos 'n' Andy" episodes.moreless
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    Gentle Ben

    Gentle Ben

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    CBS (ended 1969)
    The adventures of the young son of a game warden and his pet black bear in the Florida Everglades.
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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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    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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    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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    The Johnny Carson Show

    The Johnny Carson Show

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    CBS (ended 1956)
    Before his late night talk show; Johnny Carson hosted this summer replacement series.
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    Yancy Derringer

    Yancy Derringer

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    CBS (ended 1959)
    Yancy Derringer is a gentleman adventurer living in New Orleans, Louisiana, after the Civil War. Widely respected, he is hired by the city administrator, John Colton, as a secret agent authorized to help maintain law and order and justice in the city by any means that may become necessary. His constant companion is a Pawnee Indian who communicates with him only by hand gestures, and appears ready at a moment's notice to use the shotgun that he always carries. Yancy owns a riverboat, the Sultana, and lives at the former family plantation, Waverly. Madame Francine is his love interest. Miss Mandarin is the proprietor of his hangout, the Sazarack Restaurant.moreless
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    Climax!

    Climax!

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    CLIMAX! a dramatic anthology series hosted by William Lundigan and co-hosted by Mary Costa, brought such introductions as James Bond in Casino Royale, Philip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye Leona Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to the small screen. Also known as Mystery Theatre, once a month from September 30, 1954 to April 17, 1958 Shower of Stars, a variety program aired in the Climax! timespot also hosted by William Lundigan then Jack Benny. Of special note, eleven of the Climax! scripts were sold to the movies. And each episode cost upward of $40,000. Climax! was first done live then film and later taped productions. 1955 EMMY nominations Best Actress: Ethel Barrymore (nominated)"The Thirteenth Chair". Best Actress: Dorothy McGuire (nominated)"The Gioconda Smile". Best Art Direction: James Dowell Vance (nominated) Best Written Dramatic: David Dortort (nominated)"An Error In Chemistry". 1956 EMMY nominations Best Producer: Martin Manulis (nominated) Best Director: John Frankenheimer (nominated)"Portrait in Celluloid". Best Dramatic Series: (nominated) Best Camerawork: A.J. Cunningham (nominated) Best Art Direction: James Dowell Vance (nominated) Best Television Adaptation: Rod Serling (nominated)"The Champion". 1957 EMMY nominations Best Series: - one hour or more (nominated) 1958 EMMY nominations Best Dramatic Anthology Series: (nominated) Best Art Direction: Beulah Frankel (nominated)moreless
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    Telephone Time

    Telephone Time

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    Welcome to the Telephone Time guide at tv.com. The plays presented in this film series had all been adapted from short stories by author John Nesbitt, who also served as host of the show, introducing each episode. The subject matter ranged from contemporary to historical, with emphasis on the varied natures and qualities of people, both good and bad. He remained as the host of the series when it moved from CBS to ABC in the spring of 1957. By that time the works of other authors had been included among the presentations. He was replaced as host in September 1957 by Dr. Frank Baxter. Another wonderful gem from the Golden Era of TV a must see for fans!moreless
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    The Job

    The Job

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    CBS (ended 2013)
    The Job comes from Mark Burnett and Michael Davies. Contestants on The Job compete for their dream jobs at America's top companies.
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    The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show

    The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    George Burns and Gracie Allen were among the few successful radio personalities to make the transition to television in the early days of the medium. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show exuded excellence, with a unique format, interesting plots, a great cast, and virtually non-stop comedy featuring the unparalleled zany wit of Gracie.moreless
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    Dennis the Menace

    Dennis the Menace

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    CBS (ended 1963)
    This is the 1959 CBS live-action situation comedy based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham. Dennis is portrayed as the helpful menace that always seemed to cause chaos. Dennis Mitchell lived at 627 Elm Street with his parents, Henry and Alice. Next door was his best friend, Mr. Wilson (though the feeling was, certainly, not mutual). Dennis always was around to help Mr. Wilson whether he wanted the help or not. The allure of the series was to see how Dennis would unintentionally mess things up for Mr. Wilson. The series lasted four seasons, but, perhaps, could have lasted longer. Joseph Kearns, the actor who portrayed Mr. George Wilson, died during the show's third season. This left a huge void that even veteran actor Gale Gordon (Mr. John Wilson) couldn't fill. He was introduced toward the end of the third season, and the series was cancelled the following year. Main Title Theme Song "Dennis the Menace" by Irving Friedman CBS Broadcast History October 4, 1959 - September 22, 1963 ---- Sundays ---- 7:30 - 8:00 P.M. Nielsen Ratings - Top 30 Season 1 (1959-60) 16 (26.0) Season 2 (1960-61) 11 (26.1) Season 3 (1961-62) 17 (23.8) Season 4 (1962-63) Not In Top 30 First Telecast: October 4, 1959 Last Telecast: July 7, 1963 Episodes: 146 black-and-white episodesmoreless
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