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    Saved by the Bell: The College Years

    Saved by the Bell: The College Years

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    NBC (ended 1994)
    Welcome to the "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" guide at TV.com. "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" was a spin-off show from the Hit Saturday morning show, "Saved by the Bell". However, this series aired during primetime on NBC. Zack, Screech, Slater, and Kelly went off to attend California University. They shared a dorm suite with two more girls, Alex and Leslie. At first Zack liked both Kelly and Leslie, but by the end of the show's run, Zack and Kelly were together again and planning marriage. Slater and Alex were also a couple for much of the show. This show was about their hilarious adventures in college, as they learned to take responsibility and dealt with a bit more grownup issues than in the original series. The show ended with Zack and Kelly planning to go to Las Vegas to get married. There was a TV movie, entitled Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas that was about their adventures on the way to Las Vegas and their actual wedding.moreless
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    My Name Is Earl

    My Name Is Earl

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    Earl Hickey's life has been full of poor choices and mistakes, but after winning a small lottery jackpot he has an epiphany and vows to change his ways. Upon discovering that he is the holder of a winning ticket, Earl is hit by a car and the ticket blows out of his limp hand as he lies unconscious in the street. While recovering in the hospital and watching television, Earl has a karmic epiphany, thanks to Carson Daly, who attributes his success to doing good for others. A light bulb goes off in Earl's dim head and he sets out to right every wrong he has done starting with a grade school geek. The series won 5 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Pilot, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series - Joy's Wedding, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Pilot and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Jaime Pressly.moreless
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    ALF

    ALF

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    NBC (ended 1990)
    Gordon Shumway, last known survivor from the planet Melmac, crash-lands his spaceship into the Tanner family's suburban garage. Willie dubs him "ALF", short for Alien Life Form. After convincing a military officer that they are not harboring a space creature, the Tanners decide to take ALF in as a member of the family.moreless
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    Night Court

    Night Court

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    The honorable Judge Harry T. Stone is a young hip, jeans wearing, liberal eccentric; and he presides over New York Manhattan Night Court. The hilarity of this show stems from the incredible characters that pass through the courtrooms and solutions that Harry and his staff come up with.moreless
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    Freaks and Geeks

    Freaks and Geeks

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    NBC (ended 2000)
    The universal experience of teenagehood as lived by the regular old freaks and geeks in a Michigan high school, circa 1980, is the subject of this wistful comedy-drama executive-produced by Emmy-winner Judd Apatow and series creator Paul Feig. Revolving around the lives of freak and geek siblings Lindsay and Sam Weir (Linda Cardellini, John Daley), the show includes the everyday fears, humiliations and little triumphs of adolescents past, present and, no doubt, future,too. For sophomore Lindsay, life is getting difficult. Jolted by the death of her grandmother, she dons her dad's old Army jacket and fights the one-girl battle of McKinley High. The allure of being a champion "mathlete" is losing its appeal, and her goals of college and career feel somehow irrelevant. She's alienated. Luckily, though, she's not really alone. Drifting away from her studious friends, she finds herself increasingly drawn to others like her, the "freaks" who ' refuse to accept the status quo. Among them are Daniel (James Franco), a friendly but also a dangerous guy who seems to like Lindsay, as does his bud Nick (Jason Segel), who dreams of stardom as a rock-and-roll drummer a la Led Zeppelin's Jon Bonham. Then there's Ken (Seth Rogen), an acerbic rebel, and Kim (Busy Philipps), a tough girl who doesn't go easy on Lindsay. Meanwhile, Lindsay's freshman brother Sam navigates high school like a mouse in a maze. Threatened at every turn, and attracted to an unattainable cheerleader, Sam faces his own set of obstacles. But he has good friends. Sure, they're "geeks," but so is Sam. There's Neal (Samm Levine), a wise-acre, sci-fi loving geek, and bespectacled Bill (Martin Starr), a classic looking nerd who's unfortunately not as brainy as he appears. On the homefront, Lindsay and Sam suffer through the good intentions of their overbearing mom (Becky Ann Baker) and their hardwired dad Joe Flaherty), who turns every teen issue into a matter of life and death. Unfortunately the show was canceled after only 12 episodes had aired, this was due to the poor ratings obtained. A fan-led campaign caused NBC to broadcast three more episodes in July 2000, but these would not be seen until September of that year when the cable channel Fox Family aired them in syndication.moreless
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    Mad About You

    Mad About You

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    NBC (ended 1999)
    Jamie (Helen Hunt) and Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser) are a young urban couple with five months of marriage behind them and they're still trying to make some ground rules of living together in an apartment in Manhattan. This is definitely not easy because Jamie & Paul are both equally neurotic - but in totally different ways. Paul is a documentary filmmaker, he is charming and creative, but also extremely careful and analytic. Jaime works as a public relations consultant, and is more of a free spirit, but also has a number of discomforts. Jaime's sister Lisa Stemple (Anne Ramsay) often comes to visit them, just like their friends Mark Devanow (Richard Kind), his wife Fran (Leila Kenzle) and Paul's cousin Ira Buchman (John Pankow). But, they aren't the only ones dropping by the apartment - there are always all kinds of other characters like noisy neighbours, a funny dogwalker (Hank Azaria), family members and others. With a big part of personal intimacy, which Paul Reiser, the head character and the creator of the show, compares to "a ride home after a party, when a couple can finally tell each other what have they been thinking all night", the 30-minute show searches for capricious moments of every couple. Their co-creator of the show, Danny Jacobson, adds that "they wanted to set a mirror to marriage life and see how the world is behind closed doors". Awards and Nominations: GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS: > 1998 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser] > 1998 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1997 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1997 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser] > 1997 - Nominated - Best TV-Series Comedy/Musical > 1996 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1996 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser] > 1996 - Nominated - Best TV-Series Comedy/Musical > 1995 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1995 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Paul Reiser] > 1995 - Won! - Best TV-Series Comedy/Musical > 1994 - Won! - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] > 1993 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical [Helen Hunt] EMMY AWARDS: > 1999 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Mel Brooks] (For playing "Uncle Phil Buchman". For episode "Uncle Phil Goes Back To High School".) > 1999 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1999 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1998 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Mel Brooks] (For playing "Uncle Phil". For episode "Uncle Phil And The Coupons".) > 1998 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Hank Azaria] (For playing "Nat". For episode "Nat And Arly".) > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Nathan Lane] (For playing "Professor Twilley". For episode "Good Old Reliable Nathan".) > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1998 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Carol Burnett] (For playing "Theresa Stemple". For episode "Coming Home".) > 1997 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1997 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Mel Brooks] (For playing "Uncle Phil". For episode "The Penis".) > 1997 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Carol Burnett] (For playing "Teresa Stemple". For episode "Jamie's Parents".) > 1997 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1997 - Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Sid Caesar] (For playing "Harold". For episode "Citizen Buchman".) > 1997 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1996 - Won! - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1996 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1996 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "New Years Eve") > 1996 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1995 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series [Carl Reiner] (For playing "Alan Brady". For episode "The Alan Brady Show".) > 1995 - Won! - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series [Cyndi lauper] (For playing "Marianne Lugasso". For episode "Money Changes Everything".) > 1995 - Won! - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "Up in Smoke") > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1995 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production (Sheila Amos; for episode "The Ride Home") > 1994 - Won! - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special (for episode "The Surprise") > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Comedy Series > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series [Paul Reiser] > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series (Tom Moore; for episode "Love Letters") > 1994 - Nominated - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series (Lee Shallat Chemel; for episode "Paul is Dead") > 1993 - Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series [Helen Hunt] International Broadcasting: ARGENTINA: Telecasted on SONY ETV AUSTRALIA: Telecasted on Channel 10 AUSTRIA: Telecasted on ORF1 BELGIUM: Telecasted on BRTN1 BRAZIL: Telecasted on ETV, GLOBO TV and SONY Entertainment Cable CROATIA: Telecasted on RTL TELEVIZIJA FINLAND: Telecasted on YLE TV1 FRANCE: Telecasted on RTL9 GERMANY: Telecasted on RTL and VOX HONG KONG: Telecasted on TV-B PEARL ISRAEL: Telecasted on Family Channel (3) ITALY: Telecasted on Italian Tv MALAYSIA: Telecasted on TV3 NETHERLANDS: Telecasted on NED-3 and YORIN NEW ZEALAND: Telecasted on TV2 PORTUGAL: Telecasted on TV-I SINGAPORE: Telecasted on TCS Channel 5 SLOVENIA: Telecasted on SLO 1 & 2 and KANAL A SOUTH AFRICA: Telecasted on SABC 3 SOUTH KOREA: Telecasted on AFKN SPAIN: Telecasted on TV3 SWEDEN: Telecasted on KANAL 1 TAIWAN: Telecasted on TV TIME CABLE UNITED KINGDOM: Telecasted on SKY ONE, ABC1 NBC Broadcast History September 1992 - January 1993 -- Wednesdays 9:30pm February 1993 - May 1993 -- Saturdays 9:30pm September 1993 - May 1995 -- Thursdays 8:00pm September 1995 - May 1996 -- Sundays 8:00pm September 1996 - November 1998 -- Tuesdays 8:00pm December 1998 - May 1999 -- Mondays 8:00pm Theme Song: "Final Frontier" performed by Andrew Goldmoreless
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    The Facts of Life

    The Facts of Life

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    The Facts of Life began in August of 1979 and aired on NBC. It was a spin-off to the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes on which Charlotte Rae played Mrs. Garrett, housekeeper to Philip Drummond's household. In The Facts of Life, Mrs. Garrett has become headmistress to an exclusive girls school, Eastland. Although the series had a rocky start, including low ratings and a cast overhaul. The series went on to becomes one of the longest running sitcoms of the 80's. In the first season the stories revolved around Mrs. Garrett and her adjustment to her new job. The first season also introduced to us seven girls, Nancy, Blair, Sue Ann, Cindy, Molly, Natalie and Tootie. At the beginning of the second season, the cast was trimmed down to Mrs. Garrett and four primary girls, Blair, Tootie, Natalie and a new girl, Jo. These four girls would remain until the end of the series with Mrs. Garrett re-marrying and leaving in 1986 and Cloris Leachman coming in to play Mrs. Garrett's sister, Beverly Ann from 1986-1988. On November 18, 2001, ABC aired The Facts of Life Reunion, in which Mrs. Garrett, Natalie, Blair and Tootie reunite. First Telecast: August 24, 1979 Last Telecast: September 10, 1988 Episodes: 209 Color Episodes Theme Song: "The Facts of Life" Written by: Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton Sung by: Charlotte Rae (Season 1) and Gloria Loring (Seasons 2-9) Spin-off of : Diff'rent Strokes NBC Broadcast History August-September 1979----Fridays----8:30 p.m. March-May 1980----Fridays----8:30 p.m. June-July 1980----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. August-October 1980----Fridays----8:30 p.m. November 1980-October 1981----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. October 1981-August 1985----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. September 1985-June 1986----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. June 1986-May 1987----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. June-July 1987----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. July 1987-September 1988----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 35 or Better) #26 in the 1980-1981 Season #24 in the 1981-1982 Season #24 in the 1983-1984 Season #32 in the 1984-1985 Season #27 in the 1985-1986 Seasonmoreless
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    Family Ties

    Family Ties

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    NBC (ended 1989)
    Family Ties first aired in September of 1982 on NBC and was one of the first of a wave of family comedies that emerged in the 1980's. With a rocky start in the ratings, Family Ties rose to number 2 after it was placed in the prized time-slot right after The Cosby Show and remained there from 1984 until 1987. The series centered around the Keaton family, Steven and his wife Elyse, both flower children of the 1960's. They had four children, Alex, Mallory, Jennifer and Andrew, who was born in 1985. What was unique about Family Ties was that it blended family comedy with politics. The 1960's flower children, Steven and Elyse clashed with the 1980's conservative, Alex. The show, in a way, showed the changing values during the Reagan era. Besides political views, Family Ties covered a number of controversial topics ranging from suicide to racism to drug dependency. Skippy was a neighbor who had a never-ending crush on Mallory. Ellen was Alex's first serious girlfriend. After breaking up with her, he became seriously involved with Lauren, a psychology student and Nick Moore was Mallory's serious boyfriend. First Telecast: September 22, 1982 Last Telecast: September 17, 1989 Episodes: 180 Color Episodes Theme Song: Without Us Written by: Jeff Barry and Tom Scott Sung by: Mindy Sterling and Dennis Tufano (1982) Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams (1982-1989) NBC Broadcast History September 1982-March 1983----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. March-August 1983----Mondays----8:30 p.m. August-December 1983----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. January 1984-August 1987----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. August-September 1987----Sundays----8:00 & 8:30 p.m. September 1987-September 1989----Sundays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #5 in the 1984-1985 Season #2 in the 1985-1986 Season #2 in the 1986-1987 Season #17 in the 1987-1988 Seasonmoreless
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    Wings

    Wings

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    NBC (ended 1997)
    The series Wings, could best be described as Cheers 2, as it followed much the same pattern as the other series did. The similarities are numerous, such as both being easy going character comedies and being produced by the same team (David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee). The main difference being the setting. Instead of a Boston bar being the main setting, a small airport terminal on the island of Nantucket was used as the main backdrop.

    The regular "gang" included brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, both pilots, who ran a one-plane local cummuter service called Sandpiper Air. They had little else in common. Joe was button-down, organized and serious, and Brian, a hang loose, free spirit. Thier mutual best friend since childhood was Helen, a once chubby but now beautiful aspiring concert cellist who ran the lunch counter. These three lifelong friends were the "three musketeers".

    The other regulars included, Faye, Sandpipers rather flighty but always perky, sixtyish ex-stewardess who ran the ticket counter; Lowell Mather, the eccentric airport mechanic and Roy, the loud mouth blow hard who ran rival airline Aeromass.moreless
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    Growing Up Fisher

    Growing Up Fisher

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    This is the story of 11 year old Henry who survived the divorce of his parents which included a blind father and a crazy, youth-obsessed mother.
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    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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    NBC (ended 2014)
    Saturday Night Live veteran Jimmy Fallon takes the Late Night reins from Conan O'Brien when O'Brien as the new host. The Roots are the house band with Steve Higgins as the announcer. The show features comedy sketches, interviews and whatever other antics the Late Night crew can come up with.moreless
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    Diff'rent Strokes

    Diff'rent Strokes

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    NBC (ended 1986)
    Diff'rent Strokes took place in New York and centered around the happenings in the Drummond household. Philip Drummond was a widower and had a daughter, Kimberly. He was also quite wealthy and lived in the penthouse of a luxurious apartment building. His wealth was due to the fact that he was the president of Trans Allied, Inc.

    However, the household was shaken up when Drummond's black housekeeper died and her deathbed wish was that he would take care of her two sons, Arnold and Willis Jackson. So, Drummond took both of them in and they became the sons Drummond never had.

    Others in the cast included Mrs. Garrett the new housekeeper who later left for her own series, The Facts of Life. She was replaced by Adelaide, who was seen occasionally and she was later replaced by Pearl. In the seventh season, Drummond wed an aerobics instructor, Maggie McKinney and she moved in with her son, Sam, from a previous marriage.

    First Telecast: November 3, 1978 Last Telecast: August 30, 1986

    Episodes: 189 Color Episodes

    Theme Song:

    "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes" Written by: Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton

    Sung by: Alan Thicke

    Spinoffs: Hello, Larry and The Facts of Life

    Episode descriptions: courtesy of Todd Fuller at Diff'rent Strokes Online.

    NBC Broadcast History

    November 1978-October 1979----Fridays----8:00 p.m. October 1979-October 1981----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. October 1981-August 1982----Thursdays----9:00 p.m. August 1982-August 1985----Saturdays----8:00 p.m.

    ABC Broadcast History

    September 1985-March 1986----Fridays----9:00 p.m. June-August 1986----Saturdays----8:00 p.m.

    Theme Song: "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes" Written by: Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton Sung by: Alan Thicke

    Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum. What might be right for you, may not be right for some. A man is born, he's a man of means. Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans.

    But they got, Diff'rent Strokes. It takes, Diff'rent Strokes. It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world.

    Everybody's got a special kind of story. Everybody finds a way to shine. It don't matter that you got, not alot, so what. They'll have theirs, and you'll have yours, and I'll have mine, and together we'll be fine....

    'cause it takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world. Yes it does. It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world.
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    Silver Spoons

    Silver Spoons

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    NBC (ended 1987)
    Silver Spoons started as a series built around the idea of Ricky Stratton teaching his father Edward to grow up while Edward taught Ricky to be a kid. In the series opening twelve-year-old Ricky arrives at his unsuspecting father's mansion to introduce himself and move in. His mother Evelyn had placed him in military school after she remarried and thought Ricky would be in the way. Edward Stratton III was the epitome of the words "overgrown child" never having taken responsibility for anything in his lifetime. His lifestyle was that of a ten-year-old going as far as having video games and a scale freight train in the livingroom. Needless to say, he was surprised to discover that his seven day marriage to Evelyn Bluedhorn had produced a son. After originally sending Ricky back to boarding school, Edward changed his mind and brought his son home. Throughout the five years Silver Spoons, many changes occurred in the Stratton household. Ricky became a carefree, fun loving teenager while Edward became a responsible, loving father and husband. Edward courted and married his personal assistant, Kate Summers, and she provided them both with a loving, stable environment. The shows were filled with quality family entertainment while sharing messages about values, morals, the problems of growing up in the 1980s, along with a few very touching moments. The series success can be attributed to its very talented cast. Ricky Schroder was still riding high on the fame gained from his appearance in The Champ for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Erin Gray was and still is remembered for her role as Colonel Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Joel Higgins had just finished Best of the West the season before. With guest stars that included Joey Lawrence, Matthew Perry, Sharon Stone, Sydney Penny, Mr. T, Gary Coleman, Whitney Houston, and the legendary actors John Houseman and Ray Walston, Silver Spoons ended with thousands of fans reaching from Canada to New Zealand and everywhere in between. TV Theme Song: "Together" sang by Bob Wirth and Rick Howard Lyrics Here we are face to face A couple of silver spoons We're hoping to find We're two of a kind Making a go, making it grow Together, we're going to find our way Together, taking the time each day To learn all about those things you just can't buy Two silver spoons together You and I together (We're going to find our way) You and I together (We're going to find our way) You and I togethermoreless
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    Father of the Pride

    Father of the Pride

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    NBC (ended 2004)
    From DreamWorks animation comes the first primetime CGI-animated series with a feature film quality look to it. Each episode costs $1.6 million and 9 months to make. This CGI-animated series is about a family of white lions who work as performers in the Las Vegas act of illusionists Siegfried & Roy. The show stars Larry, a hard-working white lion in the revue with his wife Kate, a white lioness. Sarmoti, another white lion who is Kate's father - and Larry's father-in-law - clashes with Larry on every subject imaginable. Rounding out the group is Snack, a mischievous gopher and Larry's best friend. It should be noted that the name Sarmoti is actually the acronym S.A.R.M.O.T.I., which stands for Siegfried and Roy: Masters of the Impossible. The show was in jeopardy when in October 2003, Roy Horn was mauled by one of his tigers during a stage show that left Horn in critical condition. Executives at NBC and DreamWorks didn't know whether or not to go on with the show, but as Roy showed signs of improvement, both Siegfried and Roy urged the show to move forward in production. When the show debuted in late August 2004, it got off to a good start with strong ratings. The ratings continued to show good promise for the show through early September 2004, until the ratings started to rapidly decline. The show faced more trouble when it was pulled from November 2004 sweeps, undoubtedly signaling the end was near. In early December 2004, Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO and show creator, announced that the show was cancelled. A few of the remaining episodes were burned off in late December 2004. The whole series, which consists of one season of episodes and extra features, is now available on DVD for the public to buy. Theme Song "Viva Las Vegas" performed by John Goodman NBC Broadcast History August 2004 - December 2004 --- Tuesday 9:00 pm (Simulcast in HDTV) First Telecast: August 31, 2004 Last Telecast: December 28, 2004 Episodes: 13 Episodes (2 Unaired)moreless
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    Sanford and Son

    Sanford and Son

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    Sanford and Son first aired in January of 1972 on NBC as a mid-season replacement. The series was the second series created by the All in the Family creator, Norman Lear and it was based on the British sitcom, Steptoe and Son. Sanford and Son was the first sitcom that Lear created that had a cast composed mostly of African Americans. Lear would follow it up in 1974 with Good Times and The Jeffersons in 1975. Sanford and Son was also the only Lear sitcom that didn't air on CBS. Sanford and Son starred stand-up comedian, Redd Foxx as 65-year old junk collector, Fred Sanford. Fred ran his junk collection business from his home located in Los Angeles. His home was run-down but it was comfortable enough for him and his son, Lamont, with whom he lived with and who was a partner in the business. Lamont was dissatisfied with the business and would threaten to leave but Fred would fake a heart attack and yell "I'm coming, Elizabeth." Elizabeth had been Fred's wife who had preceded him in death. Other members of the cast and recurring characters included, Aunt Esther Anderson, Elizabeth's "ugly" Bible-toting sister who was married to wino Woody Anderson. Donna Harris, was Fred's steady girlfriend who worked as a nurse. Grady Wilson, Melvin and Bubba Bexley were good friends of Fred's while Rollo Lawson, Ah Chew and Julio Fuentes were friends of Lamont's. Officer Smith "Smitty", Officer Hopkins "Hoppy" and Officer Swanhauser "Swanny" were police officers who were seen occasionally. At the end of the 3rd season and the beginning of the 4th season, nine episodes (production numbers 0320-0325 and 0401-0403) were filmed without Redd Foxx who underwent contract negotiations that led to a hiatus. It was explained that Fred was in St. Louis visiting family and Grady Wilson moved in temporarily to watch over Lamont. During the first couple of seasons of Sanford and Son, episodes of Steptoe and Son were re-done and are marked with a note in the episode guide. Spin-offs: Grady, The Sanford Arms and Sanford NBC Broadcast History January 1972-April 1976----Fridays----8:00 p.m. April-August 1976----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. September 1976-September 1977----Fridays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #6 in the 1971-1972 Season #2 in the 1972-1973 Season #3 in the 1973-1974 Season #2 in the 1974-1975 Season #7 in the 1975-1976 Season #27 in the 1976-1977 Season First Telecast: January 14, 1972 Last Telecast: September 2, 1977 Episodes: 136 Color Episodes Theme Song: "The Streetbeater" Written by: Quincy Jones Performed by: Quincy Jones (Instrumental)moreless
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    A Different World

    A Different World

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    In this spin-off from the popular sitcom The Cosby Show, Denise Huxtable enters her sophomore year at Hillman, alma mater of her parents and grandfather, where she moves into Gilbert Hall and shares a dorm room with 26-year-old Jaleesa Vinson and talkative new roommate Maggie Lauten. Also included in the first season cast were obnoxious and extremely wealthy dormmate Whitley Gilbert, ladies' man Dwayne Wayne and dorm director Stevie Rallen. Lettie Bostic later replaced Stevie as the new dorm director. At the end of the first season, Denise would return home (and to The Cosby Show) after dropping out of college. In the fall of 1988, new students Freddie Brooks and Kim Reese entered Hillman College. Freddie was a "hippie-child" who developed a crush on Dwayne; and Kim, an aspiring med student, became Whitley's new roommate. Giving Dwayne a hard time was his math professor, Col. Bradford Taylor. Also, Ron Johnson and Walter Oakes became regulars in the second season after appearing occasionally during the first season. Vernon Gaines, chef at the campus hangout, The Pit, became a regular in the third season. Whitley and Dwayne began an on-again off-again relationship before they became married at the end of the fifth season. Stories dealt mainly with college-themed issues such as racism, fraternity pledging and on-campus romances. NBC Broadcast History September 1987 - May 1992 - Thursdays 8:30 PM September 1992 - November 1992 - Thursdays 8:00 PM December 1992 - January 1993 - Thursdays 8:30 PM May 1993 - June 1993 - Thursdays 8:00 PM July 1993 - Fridays 8:00 PM A Different World airs on BET, weekdays at 11 & 11:30 PM EST. Theme Song: I know my parents love me. Stand behind me come what may. I know now that I'm ready. Because I finally heard them say! It's a different world from where you come from. Here's a chance to make it. If we focus on our goals. If you dish it we can take it. Just remember you've been told... It's a different world from where you come from. It's a different world from where you come from.moreless
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    The Monkees

    The Monkees

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    The adventures of a musical quartet that goes from one outrageous circumstance to another that was inspired by The Beatles 1964 film “A Hard Day’s Night.” The enhanced descriptions contained within this guide are courtesy of trusted contributor Aaron Handy III (AH3RD) of the The Monkees Film & TV Vault. TRIVIA: The boys live at 1438 North Beachwood that later is stated as 1334 (their actual fan club address). The license plate number of their custom Pontiac GTO is PER 450. Broadcast History: NBC September 12, 1966-September 9, 1968 CBS Saturday Afternoon September 13, 1969-September 2, 1972 ABC Saturday Afternoon September 9, 1972-August 25, 1973 Original NBC Schedule: September 1966 -September 1968, NBC Monday 7:30-8:00 P.M. (Eastern) Original NBC A.C. Nielsen Ratings: SEASON RANK SHARE 1966-1967 N/A 31.4 1967-1968 N/A 27.2 Original Sponsors: The Kellogg Company Yardley Cosmetics of London Kool Aid Company (1969-72 CBS repeats only) Post Cereals (1969-72 CBS repeats only) Saturday Afternoon Schedules (Eastern) September 1969-September 1970, CBS Saturday Noon-12:30 P.M. September 1970-September 1971, CBS Saturday 12:30-1:00 P.M. September 1971-September 1972, CBS Saturday Noon-12:30 P.M. September 1972-August 1973, ABC Saturday 1:00-1:30 P.M. Exclusive Distributor (Syndication History): Columbia Pictures Television (1975-1985) Colex Enterprises (1985-1989) LBS Communications (1989-1996) Columbia TriStar Television Distribution (1996-Current) 58 Episodes in Color on Film Emmy Awards For The Monkees 1966-67 (presented June 4, 1967) Winner: The Monkees Outstanding Comedy Series Winner: James Frawley, "The Royal Flush" Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy 1967-68 (presented May 19, 1968) Nominated: James Frawley, "The Devil And Peter Tork" Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Theme Song: Here we come, Walking down the street. We get the funniest looks from, Everyone we meet. Hey, hey we're the Monkees, and people say we monkey around. But we're too busy singing, to put anybody down. We go wherever we want to, Do what we like to do. We don't have time to get restless, There's always something new. Hey, hey we're the Monkees, and people say we monkey around. But we're too busy singing, to put anybody down. We're just trying to be friendly, Come watch us sing and play. We're the young generation, And we got something to say. Hey, hey we're the Monkees, You never know where we'll be found. So you'd better get ready, We may be comin’ to your town. Hey, hey we're the Monkees, and people say we monkey around. But we're too busy singing, to put anybody down.
    First air date: September 12, 1966 Last air date: March 25, 1968 Original air time: Monday 7:30:00 pm (Eastern)moreless
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    Amen

    Amen

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    One year after the demise of The Jeffersons, Sherman Hemsley returned to television to star in another hit sitcom as Ernest Frye, the lawyer and scheming deacon of First Community Church of Philadelphia, and who intended to keep it under his thumb. Unfortunately, the new minister, Rev. Reuben Gregory, had other ideas and every week he quietly deflated the strutting deacon. Both, of course, really had the church's best interests at heart. Frye's 30-year-old romantically frustrated daughter, Thelma, developed a massive crush on the new pastor. Other members of the church board included chattering sisters, Amelia and Casietta Hetebrink and Rolly, the board's wise old voice of reason.moreless
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    Just Shoot Me!

    Just Shoot Me!

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    Nominated for six Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes (including Best Comedy), "Just Shoot Me" is the critically acclaimed ensemble comedy from multiple award-winning writer/producer Steven Levitan. Now entering its seventh season, the series shifts to Tuesday nights after generating top-10 demographic ratings over the past two seasons as part of NBC's top-rated "Must See TV" Thursday lineup. Set in the New York editorial offices of the fictional fashion magazine Blush, "Just Shoot Me" follows the lives of Blush's colorful staff, including Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo), a serious journalist who is determined to change the magazine's "fluffy" tone despite the efforts of her father, Blush publisher Jack Gallo (George Segal), who remains focused solely on his bottom line and the things he feels women want. Also on staff are beauty and fashion editor Nina Van Horn (Wendie Malick), a fast-living, neurotic ex-model; Blush's commitment-phobic, in-house photographer, Elliott DiMauro (Enrico Colantoni), and Jack's wisecracking, power-hungry assistant, Dennis Finch (David Spade). During the 2002-2003 season, "Just Shoot Me" also welcomes Blush's newest hire, Vicki Costa (Rena Sofer), Brooklyn hairstylist who serves as Jack's guru of style and confidante.moreless
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    Gimme a Break!

    Gimme a Break!

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    A rotund black housekeeper maintained order in the home of a portly white police chief in this old-fashioned comedy set in the fictional town of Glen Lawn, California. Policeman Carl's beloved wife Margaret had died only months before, leaving him with three, winsome daughters, ranging in age from cute grade-schooler to troublesome teen. Wisecracks and fat jokes abounded, but there was a lot of love as Nell tried to befriend and surrogate mother to the clan. Officer Simpson was a dopey police officer who was frequently seen, and Joey was a six-year-old orphan and junior-grade hustler who joined the household in the 1983-1984 season. As the 1985-1986 season opened the chief had passed away (actor Dolph Sweet had died), and Nell became both mother and father to the Kanisky brood. The man of the house was now Jonathan, who had married Julie at the end of the 1984-1985 season and moved in. The ratings started to slip from its usual place that season, and the network was so worried about that, and what they felt was a decline in the quality of the writing, that Hal Cooper, the executive producer, was told by NBC executives to either end production of the series or make major changes. By 1986, with the Kanisky girls grown and/or college-bound, Nell and her best friend Addy decided to leave Glen Lawn for New York City, with Grandpa and little Joey in tow. There they discovered Joey's irresponsible father Tim, who turned over Joey's younger brother Matthew (played by Joey Lawrence's real-life brother) and departed, adding a second child to the shifting household. Marty was Nell's nutty New York landlord, who also owned the restaurant El Gaspacho downstairs, where he put on a phony Spanish accent and called himself "Esteban". The changes didn't help the ratings any, nor did two different time slots that season, and the show quietly ended its network run in the spring of 1987. NBC Broadcast History October 29, 1981- August 26, 1982----Thursdays----9:30 p.m.
    September 2, 1982- September 30, 1982----Thursdays----9:00 p.m.
    October 2, 1982- December 25, 1982----Saturdays----9:00 p.m.
    January 6, 1983- August 4, 1983----Thursdays----9:00 p.m.
    August 11, 1983- September 20, 1984----Thursdays----8:00 p.m.
    September 29, 1984- November 24, 1984----Saturdays----8:30 p.m.
    December 1, 1984- August 31, 1985----Saturdays----9:00 p.m.
    September 7, 1985- June 7, 1986----Saturdays----8:00 p.m.
    June 11, 1986- March 23, 1987----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m.
    March 31, 1987- May 12, 1987----Tuesdays----9:00 p.m.
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