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    The New Adventures of Old Christine

    The New Adventures of Old Christine

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    CBS (ended 2010)
    The New Adventures of Old Christine is a comedy about a 35-year-old divorced mom (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Seinfeld), who runs a 30-minute female-only gym with Barbara 'Barb'(Wanda Sykes), and tries to keep peace with everyone around her. That includes the judgmental stay-at-home moms at her son Richie's (Trevor Gagnon) private school, her ex-husband, Richard (Clark Gregg, The West Wing), and his new girlfriend (Emily Rutherfurd, The Ellen Show), whose name is also Christine, Old Christine's brother, Matthew (Hamish Linklater, Fantastic Four) lives with her. From writer-exec producer Kari Lizer, Will & Grace and Warner Bros. TV. Music by Matters.moreless
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    The Paper Chase

    The Paper Chase

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    Based on the movie, which was based on the novel written by John Jay Osborn, The Paper Chase is a classroom drama about students in an Eastern U.S. Law School (Harvard, although it's precise location isn't mentioned in the series). The two main characters are: Charles W. Kingsfield, a stern and demanding contract law professor; and James T. Hart, a student who idolizes him. The Paper Chase was voted the best new drama of 1978. Although the critics raved, the original series didn't get the viewing numbers that CBS wanted and it was canceled after its first season in 1979. Four years later, the Showtime premium cable channel picked it up and made three new seasons of episodes from 1983 to 1986.moreless
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    Green Acres

    Green Acres

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    CBS (ended 1971)
    Successful New York lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas gives up the rat race to fulfill his dream: living the life of the traditional American farmer. Fighting the move to rural life is his glamorous, boa-wearing, city-loving wife, Lisa. This quaint premise, however, doesn't begin to capture the screwball absurdity of Green Acres. After a few episodes that were somewhat rooted in reality, the series' true oddness started to bloom. The characters see the opening credits as they appear on screen (or on chicken eggs); they talk with baseball-playing pigs who become movie stars; fife music accompanies Oliver's patriotic speeches and is heard by everyone but him; a full-sized Eiffel tower is built on the Douglases' lawn. Hooterville is clearly operating in its own bizarre universe where Oliver is the only normal, reasonable person--and that's questionable at times. The tiny town revolves around Sam Drucker's General Store, where Sam acts as shopkeeper, postmaster, justice of the peace and publisher of the "Hooterville World Guardian". He's one of the more level-headed residents of the valley, but that's relative. The other locals are considerable more bizarre and are a constant frustration to Oliver. Hank Kimball, the county agricultural agent, is a prime example. His short-term memory is so poor he regularly forgets what he's talking about mid-sentence. Fellow farmer Fred Ziffel is an elderly overalls-wearing man who, with his wife Doris, treats their pig Arnold like an actual child. Arnold attends school, reads, writes, skates, and speaks several languages (though they all sound like oinking). Con man Eustace Haney, who sold Oliver his dump of a farm, is always trying to fleece someone out of their cash. Apparently possessing ESP, he shows up outside of Oliver's door with whatever he and Lisa have just been discussing. The Douglases' farmhand, Eb, lives in their barn and considers Oliver and Lisa to be his parents. Lisa, a stylish Hungarian woman who Oliver met during the war, is hardly cut out for domestic life. Wearing ostrich feathers and diamonds around the farm, she can only cook "hotscakes" (badly) and her mangling of the English language is impressive. Matt Groening once accurately described Green Acres as "Oliver Douglas in hell". All he wants to do is farm, but the constant interruptions from the loony locals, the endless double-talk, the ambitious pig all conspire to make it impossible. Oliver earns his reputation as a "hothead" as his face turns red and he bellows about the latest aggravation.
    Green Acres
    began when CBS handed Paul Henning, the very successful producer of The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junctionmoreless
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    The Guardian

    The Guardian

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    The theme song to The Guardian is The Empire In My Mind as performed by Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers.
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    Guiding Light

    Guiding Light

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    The late soap journalist Christopher Schemering once wrote that soap operas are not just dramas; "they're little pockets of American history." So it's only fitting to consider that at one time, The Guiding Light,-the longest running program in broadcast history, spanning 71 years-- brought fifteen-minute bits of escapism to war-weary housewives, as their men trudged off to fight the indignities of WWII. It brought social awareness to a nation that began to think about the big picture beyond their picket fences and suburban streets. Soap opera is a truly dynamic genre that reflects life as it is lived, the quintessential American art form. Although berated and belittled, the soap opera has an illustrious lineage, with no less than the books of Charles Dickens as an inspiration. Created by the legendary, if not iron-fisted Irna Phillips, The Guiding Light began its life on January 25, 1937. Originally, the show focused on the Chicagoan suburb of Five Points, a bustling enclave of German-Jewish immigrants hoping to find their own piece of the American dream. Giving them the hope and inspiration they needed was a kindly minister named Reverend John Ruthledge (voiced by Arthur Peterson of Soap fame). The Reverend's sermons of hope and forgiveness made such an impression that a bestselling book was published of his most popular homilies. The Reverend's message could be summed up by his favorite mantra from Edwin Markum "There is a destiny that makes us brothers, none goes his way alone, all that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own." On the desk near his window, the minister placed an old lantern, a "guiding light" to those parishioners passing in the cold, hopeless night. In the 1940's the Reverend Ruthledge enrolled as a chaplain to do his part of the war effort. However, when the production of the show moved to the west coast, Peterson refused to join them, so Irna Phillips had the minister die when his plane was shot down overseas. His "friendship lamp" went too with the production move to the town of Selby Flats, California. Reverend Matthews took over for the late Rev. Ruthledge as the center of hope and inspiration. However, by the time that the show was slated to move to television, the religious undertones of the show were virtually gone and the focus was moved yet again to the family Bauer. * Guiding Light was cancelled on April 1, 2009 and the last episode aired on September 18, 2009.moreless
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    Captain Kangaroo

    Captain Kangaroo

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    One of the longest-running children's TV shows of all time, Bob Keeshan, as Captain Kangraoo, taught lessons in morality with the help of his friends: Mr. Green Jeans, Mr. Moose, and Mr. Rabbit, among others.moreless
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    Harper's Island

    Harper's Island

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    Harper's island is a murder mystery show where a group of people go a secluded island for a wedding- and for death. It turns into a struggle for survival, where every episode someone is killed and every person is a suspect. At the end of the 13 episodes, all questions are answered and only a few survive.moreless
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    AfterMASH

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    AfterMASH was an attempt to continue the success of M*A*S*H using only three of the regular characters: Sherman Potter, Max Klinger, and Father Mulcahy. Mildred Potter (who had been referred to many times on M*A*S*H but never seen) and Soon-Lee were now regular cast members. Radar and Col. Flagg guest starred in the new show. Other than that, no other M*A*S*H cast member participated. AfterMASH did well in its first season, but at the beginning of the second season ratings fell dramatically. Mid-way through the season, after a number of cast changes failed to spur ratings, the series was cancelled. AfterMASH has never been re-run in syndication. A spin-off pilot called W*A*L*T*E*R, starring Gary Burghoff, was aired by CBS in July of 1984, but was never made into a television series. Nielsen Ratings: #15 in 1983-1984 Season #90 in 1984-1985 Season.moreless
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    We Are Men

    We Are Men

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    In this new single-camera comedy, after being left at the alter, Carter (Chris Smith) he meets three older, divorced men who give him relationship advice.
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    CBS This Morning

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    Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell host "CBS This Morning," a morning show with a brand new format, look and state-of-the-art studio. The style, tone, and content of the new morning program extends CBS News' commitment to original reporting and journalistic integrity. The broadcast presents a mix of daily news, coverage of developing stories of national and global significance, and interviews with leading figures in politics, business and entertainment.moreless
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    Petticoat Junction

    Petticoat Junction

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    Petticoat Junction centered around Kate Bradley, who ran the Shady Rest Hotel, located directly between the farming valley of Hooterville and its only slightly more "evolved" neighbor of Pixley. The only way to reach the place was by the Hooterville Cannonball, an old train which made regular stops along the way, though never adhered to a strict schedule so as to better assist those living along the rail line. Kate, an expert cook and ever hospitable, had three beautiful daughters, Billie Jo (the eldest, blonde and generally boy-crazy), Bobbie Jo (the brunette, astute and literate) and Betty Jo (the redheaded, a tomboy). Also living at the hotel was Uncle Joe Carson, a genial old gentleman who fancied himself the hotel's "General Manager", though when work was to be done, would find any way of getting out of it. In 1965, the series was changed to color and also marked the change to a different actress playing Billie Jo and Bobbie Jo. A year later, another actress took over the role of Billie Jo. Then in 1967, Bea Benaderet fell ill from cancer complications, and Kate Bradley was then seen only occasionally until her death in 1968. At that point, Uncle Joe took over running the Shady Rest (though still managed to get out of work) and June Lockhart was introduced as a lady doctor whose office was located right in the lobby. Other characters included Charlie & Floyd who were the engineer and conductor of the Cannonball. Steve was the former Air Force pilot turned crop duster who eventually won the heart of Betty Jo in 1967. They eventually wed and had a daughter, Kathy Jo. Sam Drucker ran the General Store in town. Homer Bedloe was the recurring "villain", who worked for the C&FW Railroad, and incessively attempted to shutdown the Cannonball. Petticoat Junction was one of a number of rural comedies to emerge in the 1960's. It came about due to Paul Henning's success with The Beverly Hillbillies. He was essentially given carte blanche with making a "sister" series for the show, not even needing to shoot a pilot. Paul intended to make the series a vehicle for Bea Benaderet, who had been playing the recurring role of Cousin Pearl on "Hillbillies". He also loosely based it upon his wife's youth living in a hotel in the midwest. First Telecast: September 24, 1963 Last Telecast: September 12, 1970 Episodes: 222 Episodes (74 B&W and 148 Color) Spinoff: Green Acres CBS Broadcast History September 1963-September 1964----Tuesdays----9:00 p.m. September 1964-August 1967----Tuesdays----9:30 p.m. September 1967-September 1970----Saturdays----9:30 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) #4 in the 1963-1964 Season #15 in the 1964-1965 Season #21 in the 1965-1966 Season #23 in the 1966-1967 Seasonmoreless
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    Cannon

    Cannon

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    Frank Cannon lives in a penthouse on the Sunset Strip, where his passion is gourmet cuisine prepared by himself. In between meals he hires out as a private investigator to select clients in need of top-drawer work from a professional trained in the ways of the world. George McCowan's work on this series sets a new standard by treating television as simply a more mobile cinema. He registers the descendance of television from film, not merely radio. After creating Marshal Dillon in Gunsmoke on radio, and a great deal of film work, Cannon is the great achievement of William Conrad's career as an actor: genial, witty and acute.moreless
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    A Gifted Man

    A Gifted Man

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    A gifted surgeon, played by Patrick Wilson, suddenly has his life changed when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) dies and goes on to teach him about life from the beyond the grave.moreless
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

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    This version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the most distinctive from its MIRAGE comic origins. It thrived more on humor instead of a dark attitude, especially in earlier seasons. Its creativity and bizarre humor made it something in the late '80s and early '90s something that had never been done before, so it drew in fans and grew to syndication on USA's Cartoon Express and new episodes would be aired weekends on CBS in late 1990.

    Four turtles fall into the sewers and are befriended by Hamato Yoshi, a Japanese man who fled from New York and had nowhere to live but in the sewers. He was framed by his enemy, Oroku Saki, in a plot to kill the sensei. One day he sees a strange green glow which transforms the four turtles into human-like creatures. Hamato (now Master Splinter) changes into a giant rat from the green glow and teaches the turtles the skills of the ninja as they team up with Channel 6 news reporter April O'Neil to battle against Yoshi's archenemy Shredder and Krang, an alien warlord from Dimension X. There would be other enemies as well. Season 3 gave new opportunities outside the Shredder storyline, such as Don Turtelli, the Rat King, and Leatherhead. Especially in later CBS episodes, where there were many episodes without the Turtles battling Shredder, enemies such as Pinky McFingers and other minor recurring villains would fight the Turtles as well.

    After Season 7, the show took a dark turn towards the action storyline that made it more of a mainstream American adventure cartoon as Dregg and other characters were created and gave the Turtles quite a zealous collection of adventures before they finally faded out in 1996.

    In the U.K, TMNT was broadcast under the name Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles due to fears that the "ninja" part of the logo was too extreme a word to use on British television at the time.moreless
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    Scarecrow and Mrs. King

    Scarecrow and Mrs. King

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    A housewife, Mrs. King, is handed a package by a secret agent, Lee Stetson, who is being pursued by bad guys. Mrs. King gets a job working for Mr. Stetson's agency, doing secretarial work, as needed, but ends up working with him on his cases. She is not really accepted by agent Francine Desmond,because she has no training and has a self-deprecating, ditsy style,which adds to the humor in the show. She is accepted by the other agents.
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    Awards
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    American Society of Cinematographers, USA - 1988 - Nominated Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series' -- Richard L. Rawlings
    Emmy - 1986-- Won - Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) -- Arthur B. Rubinstein (composer) [For episode "We're Off to See the Wizard"]
    Emmy - 1986 - Nominated - Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Series -- Molly Harris Campbell (women's costumer) & James Lapidus (men's costumer) [For episode "Welcome to America, Mr. Brand"]
    1985 - Nominated - Outstanding Achievement in Costuming - Andrea E. Weaver (women's costumer) & James Lapidus (men's costumer) [For episode "Ship of Spies"]
    Emmy - 1985 - Nominated-- Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Drama - Kate Jackson
    Golden Globe - 1985 - Nominated - Outstanding Cinematography for a Series - Edward R. Brown [For episode "D.O.A.: Delirious On Arrival"]
    Young Artist - 1988 - Nominated - Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Drama Series - Paul Stout
    Young Artist - 1985 - Nominated - Best Young Supporting Actor in a Daytime or Nighttime Drama - Paul Stout
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    Release dates: USA -- 3 October 1983
    France -- 15 October 1985
    West Germany -- 23 June 1986
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    Note: The series was referenced in the movie TRUE LIES.
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    Filming Locations: London, England, UK (episode "Affair at Bromfield Hall")
    Munich, Bavaria, Germany (episode "The Times They Are A Changin'")
    North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Rome and Lazio, Italy (episode "A Lovely Little Affair")
    Salzburg, Austria (episode "The Legend of Das Geisterschloss")
    Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany (episode "Our Man In Tegernsee")
    Washington, District of Columbia, USAmoreless
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    Tour of Duty

    Tour of Duty

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    CBS (ended 1990)
    As the first television drama series about the Vietnam War, Tour of Duty focuses on a single platoon of young U.S. soldiers through their one-year tour of combat duty in Vietnam during the late 1960's. While their own country is rocked by a massive anti-war movement, these young men find themselves thrown into combat in Southeast Asia, where they face enemy troops they can not see and sometimes can not kill. They also face their own fears, as they struggle in a hostile environment just to keep themselves and their fellow soldiers alive. Terence Knox, Kevin Conroy, Stephen Caffrey, Joshua Maurer, Steve Akahoshi, Tony Becker, Eric Bruskotter, Stan Foster, Ramon Franco and Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. star as the infantrymen who represent diverse racial, cultural and philosophical backgrounds but must ultimately depend on one another to get through the war alive. Tour of Duty takes place in 1967, when the war in Vietnam has escalated to terrifying heights. Four hundred seventy-five thousand U.S. troops are stationed in South Vietnam. Like most fighting units "in country," Company B is a diverse mixture of young men, mostly teenagers, from across the United States. Its base is a remote firecamp, composed of sandbagged bunkers and surrounded by mine fields and the scorched remains of once-lush forests. The enemy they encounter is the well-trained and well-supplied regulars of the North Vietnamese Army. Company B's driving force is Sgt. Zeke Anderson (Knox), an amiable and popular sergeant, already on his third tour of duty in Vietnam and determined to keep himself and his men alive. He shares a mutual respect with Capt. Rusty Wallace (Conroy), the company commander and a patient leader, tolerant of the young soldiers for whom he is responsible. Lt. Myron Goldman (Caffrey) is a newly arrived officer, anxious to assert leadership despite his inexperience. Others are Pri. Roger Horn (Maurer), "Doc" Randy Matsuda (Akahoshi), Cpl. Danny Percell (Becker), Pri. Alberto Ruiz (Franco) and Pri. Marcus Taylor (Nunez). Tour of Duty goes beyond the massive political turmoil caused by the Vietnam War and attempts to portray the human side of the conflict. Nearly three million American servicemen were sent overseas, and more than 57,000 of them never came back. It is only recently that Americans look anew at the war and remember the men of all races and backgrounds who served there at such tremendous personal sacrifice. In the UK the series was shown regionally on the ITV network, differing nights at times between 11:30pm and 1:30am.moreless
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    Promised Land

    Promised Land

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    CBS (ended 1999)
    When Russell Greene loses his job, he decides to go on the road with his family. So he gathers his family including his wife Claire, his son Josh, his daughter Dinah his mother, Hattie, and his nephew Nathaniel and hits the road. With only an old Suburban, a trailer, and a dream, Russell and his family are now traveling across the country in search of adventure and helping many people along the way. Promised Land was a spinoff of the series Touched By An Angel and had several crossover episodes with that series, as well as one with Diagnosis Murder. The series was filmed entirely on location in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.moreless
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    Simon & Simon

    Simon & Simon

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    CBS (ended 1988)
    Simon & Simon is a show based on two brothers who just happen to be private investigators. They live and work in San Diego where once a week, for eight seasons, the series revealed the loyality and love they had for one another. "They're more than brothers, they're best of friends." The show was cancelled midway into the eighth season, and it was only in re-runs that the final episodes were ever aired.

    The original theme song for the show was performed by The Thrasher Brothers. Later seasons featured a more contemporary instrumental theme, but used the same music as the original.moreless
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    Chicago Hope

    Chicago Hope

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    This medical drama focuses on the personal and professional trials and tribulations of the medical staff of Chicago Hope Hospital.
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    Trapper John, M.D.

    Trapper John, M.D.

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    CBS (ended 1986)
    It's been 28 years since Trapper John left Korea, and he is now serving as Chief of Surgery at San Francisco Memorial Hospital. One day a young surgeon named G. Alonzo Gates (Gonzo for short), a former MASH surgeon and Vietman vet, walks into surgery and assists Trapper. Trapper then finds out that Gates is not a member of the staff. However, he is impressed with with the brash young doctor who reminds Trapper of himself when he was younger and hires him on the spot. Other members on the staff are Dr. Stanley Riverside, intern Justin "Jackpot" Jackson, nurses Clara "Starch" Willoughby, Gloria "Ripples" Brancusi and Ernestine Shoop and, much later, Trapper's son J.T., who is working as an intern at the hospital.moreless
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