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    Dick Powell Show

    Dick Powell Show

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    NBC (ended 1963)
    The Dick Powell Show was a dramatic anthology series from the early 60's. Not only did Dick Powell host the series but he also appeared in several episodes. Several episodes were actual pilots for TV Series' only two of them made it. One being "Burke's Law" and the other being "Saints and Sinners". One of the ones that didn't make it was "Safari" with Glynis Johns and James Coburn, it was based on the movie "The African Queen". Dick Powell died January 2, 1963 and the future episodes were hosted by a variety of stars all paying homage to this marvelous singer, writer, actor, director and true renaissance man. *Note: Aired in syndication as "Dick Powell Theater".moreless
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    My World and Welcome to It

    My World and Welcome to It

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    NBC (ended 1970)
    My World and Welcome to It was a half-hour situation comedy based on the writings of humorist and cartoonist James Thurber, and episodes of the show incorporated stories and cartoons by Thurber. The show used a combination of live action and animation to represent the world of John Monroe, like Thurber a writer and cartoonist, who worked for The Manhattanite, a magazine very much like The New Yorker, for which Thurber wrote and illustrated for many years. All the animation was based on Thurber's drawings, including the show's opening credits.

    John Monroe had to contend with his hot-tempered, often obtuse boss, Manhattanite editor Hamilton Greeley, who usually found John's cartoons incomprehensible. (Greeley was loosely based on New Yorker editor Harold Ross.) Fortunately for John, he could share his frustrations with his writer friend, the sardonic Phil Jensen (based on writer Robert Benchley).

    At home in Westport, Connecticut, John had to contend with the women in his life, whom he spent much agony trying to understand. His wife Ellen was practical and down-to-earth and was constantly bemused by John's inability to cope with day to day life, while his daughter, 10-year-old Lydia, was precocious and intelligent in ways that constantly confounded John.

    In addition to the innovative use of animation combined with live action, the show had several other unusual characteristics. Many of the episodes incorporated Thurber stories like "If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox" or "The Unicorn in the Garden." There were many fantasy sequences, the products of John's fertile imagination, which allowed him to escape reality, much like Thurber's most famous character, Walter Mitty. The cartoons that John drew for The Manhattanite were Thurber's cartoons. And John would often turn from the action to talk directly to the camera, just as George Burns had done on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and Garry Shandling would do years later on It's Garry Shandling's Show. In 1970 My World and Welcome to It won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series, and William Windom won Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of John Monroe. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after only one season. There was a great outcry when NBC cancelled the show, and there was talk of bringing the show back, but the cost of resuming production would have been too high, so that idea was scrapped. My World and Welcome to It Trivia: The title My World and Welcome to It is also the title of a collection of Thurber stories. The character of John Monroe is named for a character in a series of Thurber short stories. A TV pilot for a comedy series based on Thurber's work was made in 1959, written by My World and Welcome to It creator Melville Shavelson and directed by James Sheldon, who also directed episodes of MWAWTI. The proposed series would have been titled The Secret Life of John Monroe and the pilot, which had virtually the same plot line and characters as the "Christabel" episode of MWAWTI, starred Arthur O'Connell as John Monroe, Georganne Johnson as Ellen Monroe, and Susan Gordon as Lydia Monroe. It also included animation done by UPI Studios. The pilot was shown on Alcoa/Goodyear Playhouse on June 8, 1959. The animation for the series was done by DePatie-Freleng, who were also responsible for the Pink Panther cartoons. The reason for the show's cancellation was that after CBS has unexpectedly cancelled The Red Skelton Show, NBC quickly offered Skelton a half-hour comedy series, and in order to fit this new show into their schedule, they had to cancel a show already on their schedule. Sadly, their choice was My World and Welcome to It. NBC's Red Skelton Show lasted all of one season. CBS reran the series in the summer of 1972, a rare case of a program that had originally been shown on one network being rerun on another network. In 1972 creator Shavelson directed and co-wrote (with Danny Arnold) a film loosely based on Thurber called The War Between Men and Women, which was also the title of an episode of My World and Welcome to It and a famous series of Thurber cartoons. The film starred Jack Lemmon and Barbara Harris and featured a performance by MYAWTI's Lisa Gerritsen.moreless

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    Maya (1967)

    Maya (1967)

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    NBC (ended 1968)
    Maya was a short series about a boy named Terry Bowen, who joins forces with an Indian boy named Raji to find Terry's father, who is presumed dead. The show was named after Maya, Raji's pet elephant, which Indian police believed he stole.moreless
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    Hank (1966)

    Hank (1966)

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    NBC (ended 1966)
    Hank and his sister are orphans. They don't wish to be put in an orphanage, so Hank uses make-up and disguises to fool the authorities into believing that they are being cared for by an adult. Hank's scheme snow balls as he is forced to lie and pretend to be all sorts of people in order to keep the charade going without being caught. All the while, Hank is trying to get himself a good education (pretending to be someone he's not) so that he can better support his sister and remain independent. The final episode had him impersonating another student who was supposed to be under quarantine. He is finally caught after all his close calls during the run of the show. But, in his disguise, he had taken a standard exam and had scored the highest score ever recorded. He is assured of a scholarship and all his hard work is rewarded. The show ends with his future at the college assured.moreless
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    The Andy Williams Show (1962)

    The Andy Williams Show (1962)

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    NBC (ended 1967)
    Welcome to The Andy Williams Show (1962) guide. First of two variety shows on NBC. After Andy Williams' successful summer replacement series "The Chevy Showroom starring Andy Williams" ended in 1959, NBC was quick enough to give Andy his own variety series. His charming, warm and friendly manner along with his magnificent voice brought many big name performers to the show and introduced everyone to a new generation of talent. Andy Williams discovered The Osmond Brothers performing at Disneyland and booked them on his show, they appeared on December 20, 1962 singing "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas" and "Side By Side". In 1967 Andy reduced his schedule to three specials per year and returned again fulltime in 1969.moreless
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    The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo

    The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo

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    NBC (ended 1965)
    Mr. Magoo was a snooty, incredibly near-sighted character who was constantly getting himself into comedic trouble due to his intense myopia and chronic stubbornness. Despite his lack of vision, Magoo had been entrusted as the caretaker of his little nephew Waldo, who was always drawn in to his uncle's mishaps.

    Jim Backus, perhaps best known as millionaire Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island, provided the ornery voice for Magoo before, during, and after the actor's island stay.

    In this NBC nighttime incarnation of the popular character, Magoo was the host, narrator, and star of tales taken from both history and literature. As with the 1963 TV special, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, in which the cranky character played Scrooge, Magoo would take on such actors' dream parts as Don Quixote, Cyrano DeBergerac, William Tell, and many more. The show even took on such weighty material as Ulysses and Moby Dick. Unfortunately, the program left the air after only one season, and Magoo had to wait until 1977 to get another series, What's New, Mr. Magoo?moreless
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    Wide Country

    Wide Country

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    NBC (ended 1963)
    In Wide Country, Mitch Guthrie is an award winning bronco rider in the rodeo circuit who does his best to keep Andy, his kid brother, from following in his footsteps.
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    The Rogues

    The Rogues

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    NBC (ended 1965)
    This was a series about a family of confidence tricksters whose main purpose was to take things from the extremely wealthy, mostly the ones who stopped at nothing in making their fortunes. The main members of the family were all cousins and included an Englishman (David Niven), a Frenchman (Charles Boyer) and an American (Gig Young). They would each generally take the lead role in an episode and occasionally the others would have small parts to add to the other's story. Assisting the lead actor each week was Robert Coote's character, the only real constant throughout the series. The music was done by Nelson Riddle who also did the music for Batman. This is only noted because many musical cues seem similar between the two series. Near the end of the series, a new American cousin was introduced and was played by Larry Hagman. Since the series wasn't picked up for another season, Larry was free to move onto I Dream of Jeannie, which started the following season.
    First air date: September 13, 1964 Last air date: April 18, 1965 Original air time: Sunday 10:00:00 pm (Eastern)moreless
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    The Bold Ones: The New Doctors

    The Bold Ones: The New Doctors

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    NBC (ended 1973)
    The New Doctors began as one of three rotating series under the umbrella name The Bold Ones. The other series were The Lawyers and The Protectors (also called The Law Enforcers). In the second season, The Protectors was replaced by The Senator. By the fourth season, only The New Doctors remained and was shown on a weekly basis.
    The doctors work at the Craig Institute under the supervision of senior partner, Dr. David Craig. He is assisted by surgeon Dr. Ted Stuart (who was replaced in the fourth season by Dr. Martin Cohen) and Dr. Paul Hunter, who oversees the medical research department.
    The episodes dealt with then-cutting edge topics such as embryo transplants and patients' right-to-die issues, as well as the subjects of organ transplants, mental illness and an episode on muscular dystrophy directed by Jerry Lewis.moreless
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    The Doctors (1963)

    The Doctors (1963)

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    NBC (ended 1982)
    It began as an anthology series before becoming a full-fledged soap opera on March 2, 1964. BROADCAST HISTORY first seen at 2:30p weekdays; sometime in the 1970s, it moved to 12:00p weekdays until its cancellation on December 31, 1982moreless
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    Squiddly Diddly

    Squiddly Diddly

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    NBC (ended 1966)
    First appearing as part of the Secret Squirrel Show in 1965, this series focused on the misadventures of a squid who no longer wanted to be caged in his theme park home, Bubbleland. Always being watched closely by Chief Winchly, Squiddly would have to create imaginative methods of escaping his incarceration, so that he could see what lies beyond the walls of the park.

    Of course, in his adventures, most of the people that he came in contact with were not always ready for him, causing him to flee back to the safe & confining walls of Bubbleland.moreless
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    The Jerry Lewis Show

    The Jerry Lewis Show

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    NBC (ended 1969)
    Comedian Jerry Lewis became a TV legend through his appearances on the Colgate Comedy Hour with partner Dean Martin. After their split in 1956, Jerry tried to revive his tv career with several programs under his own name. Initially, he did a series of one hour specials. A total of eight specials aired. The first in 1958 and the last in 1960. They drew good ratings but were attacked by critcs. In 1963, the notorious "Jerry Lewis Show" made its debut on ABC. It was a live two hour show and is remembered as one of televison's greatest flops. Part of the problem was that the show received so much publicity before it's debut that it couldn't possibly live up to it. The other problem was that it was an ill-conceived idea. It may have been fun to see Jerry tear things up on someone else's show but not his own. He was contracted to do 40 shows but he quit after 13.

    The next "Jerry Lewis Show" was a more conventional variety/sketch comedy series. it aired on NBC for two seasons (1967-1969). In 1984, another series was tested. This version was a talk show. It was produced by metromedia and aired in syndication. Five shows were made. Even though it featured guests like Frank Sinatra, it failed to find an audience.moreless
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    The Road West

    The Road West

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    NBC (ended 1967)
    Benjamin Pride was a widower who took his family from Springfield, Ohio, where they had lived for generations, and moved them to the Kansas Territory shortly after the end of the Civil War. The problems encountered by this pioneering family in the fertile but lawless West provided stories in this series.moreless
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    King Leonardo & His Short Subjects

    King Leonardo & His Short Subjects

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    NBC (ended 1963)
    This show (renamed in syndication as The King And Odie) tells the story of King Leonardo (a lion) and his loyal prime-minister, Odie Colognie (a skunk), must often protect the kingdom from Biggy Rat and Itchy Brother. King Leonardo: he's the good king and he always count on his prime-minister to do the best for the people. Odie Colognie: the ever-loyal Prime-Minister, Odie is the big thinker of the duo and most times the one who thinks on a way to foil the plans of Biggy Rat and Itchy Brother. Itchy Brother: the King's disloyal brother, Itchy justifies his name by itching his face and he's not so bright. Biggy Rat: Biggy Rat is the brains behind all the evil duo's plans to take over the throne from King Leonardo. His patience is tested every time he has to explain complicated plans to Itchy Brother. Additional features to the show: Tooter Turtle, a young, naive turtle who got his wish to fulfill his dreams of being something he's not cut out to be. Mr. Wizard the Lizard fulfills Tooter's weekly wishes. The Hunter was a dimwitted canine detective (voiced by radio's Kenny Delmar) who always stumbled into a successful conclusion to crimes committed by his nemesis the Fox.moreless
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    The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show

    The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show

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    NBC (ended 1968)
    The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show was an animated series which featured the pint sized hero Atom Ant and super-sleuth Secret Squirrel. Other characters had episodes as well including the Hillbilly Bears, Precious Pupp, Squiddly Diddly and Winsome Witch.moreless
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    It's a Man's World

    It's a Man's World

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    NBC (ended 1963)
    This weekly hour-long series centered on four young men who live in a houseboat moored at an Ohio River town named Cordella. The main characters were college student Wes Macauley and his younger brother Howie, recently orphaned by an auto accident; Tom-Tom DeWitt, another college student; and Vern Hodges, a foot-loose type who moves in to join them.moreless
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    Branded

    Branded

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    NBC (ended 1966)
    Branded followed the life of Jason McCord, former Captain in the U.S. Cavalry. Court martialled for cowardice under fire during the Battle of Bitter Creek from which McCord was the only survivor, McCord knows he is innocent but refuses to pin the blame where it belongs, his commanding officer, General Reed, who died in the battle. Featuring one of the most recognizable signature songs in the history of television, Branded was also notable as one of the few dramatic productions to come out of the production team of Goodson / Todman, best known for their game show properties like The Price is Right. The Complete First Season of Branded is now available on DVD!moreless
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    The Ant and The Aardvark

    The Ant and The Aardvark

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    NBC (ended 1971)
    A comical cartoon about an Aardvark who is desperately trying to catch a clever ant for food. Throughout the series, he tries many ways to catch the clever thing, but just cant seem to. In two of the episodes, a Green Aardvark battles with the aardvark to catch the ant also. The series was released theatrically from 1969 to 1971 by United Artists and in 1972, it became part of The Pink Panther Show, to replace "Inspector's" gap after airing all 34 shorts. This lasted 17 6-minute episodes. John Byner (Soap) provided both voices, he tried to inpersonate Jackie Mason for The Aardvarks voice, and Dean Martin for The Ant. The series can be seen twice a week with "Pink Panther" on Cartoon Network Japan.moreless
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    87th Precinct

    87th Precinct

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    NBC (ended 1962)
    Police drama based on a series of detective novels by Ed McBain that featured Detective Steve Carella (played by Robert Lansing) who worked at the 87th Precinct in the fictional city of Isola, along with a line-up of typical police detectives, such as the rookie and the seasoned old-timer. His deaf-mute wife Teddy (played by Gena Rowlands) added a personal side to the stories. Ron Harper, Gregory Walcott, and future Three's Company star Norman Fell played other detectives who worked out of the 87th. Made by Hubbell Robinson Productions Broadcast History
    September 25, 1961 to April 30, 1962
    NBC Mondays at 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    (Replays were seen through September 10, 1962)moreless
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    The Man and the Challenge

    The Man and the Challenge

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    NBC (ended 1960)
    A scientist is assigned by the U.S. government to study the limits of human endurance.
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