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    Get Smart

    Get Smart

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    NBC (ended 1970)
    In 1965 the cold war was made a little warmer and a lot funnier due in part to the efforts of an inept, underpaid, overzealous spy: Maxwell Smart, Agent 86. The hit comedy series 'Get Smart' is the creation of comic geniuses Buck Henry and Mel Brooks. Henry teamed with Brooks to create what has undoubtedly become one of the finest parody/satires of all time. The project seemed headed for success from the start: ABC had green lighted it based on the strength of the concept, and they had an actor already under contract to play Smart. Brooks was approached to write the pilot. As he was looking for a way to finance his new movie The Producers, he agreed. Deemed "not funny", the initial script was rejected by ABC. Undaunted, the production team shopped the script around and NBC accepted it with one minor change. They wanted Don Adams in the title role. And so, an unlikely legend was born. Set in Washington, D.C., the show features Agent 86 (Maxwell Smart), his boss (The Chief), Smart's partner and later wife (Agent 99) and a host of other agents both good and evil. Perhaps one of the most important elements of the show is the gadgetry created to help Smart in his quest to keep the free world free. On this show, anything including the kitchen sink can be a phone, a tape recorder, a camera or weapon. Looking for an Agent? Check under your seat cushion. Want a weapon? Try your finger-gun. Need to make a phone call? Open up that bologna sandwich. The show was painted in the broadest of strokes and played every moment for its own delightful reality. In order to give the agents of CONTROL, a series of worthy opponents, KAOS was created. Smart and 99 battled the likes of Mr. Big, The Claw, and Siegfried. On the home front, Max and 99 had a relationship that developed as the show ran and eventually they married. 99 soon gave birth to twins (a boy and a girl) and the Smart family (and the show) began to experience some growing pains. Get Smart ran from 1965 through 1970 on both NBC and CBS. For one month in 1995 FOX attempted to bring the series back with some changes; Max as the Chief, 99 as a Congresswoman, and the Smart twins were now inexplicably only one child. Despite the lack of success experienced by the sequel, Get Smart remains a favorite by agents and civilians alike. (TV Land) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Telecast NBC September 18, 1965 - September 20, 1969 CBS September 26, 1969 - September 11, 1970 Broadcast History Sep 1965 - Sep 1968, NBC Sat 8:30-9:00 Sep 1968 - Sep 1969, NBC Sat 8:00-8:30 Sep 1969 - Feb/Apr - Sep 1970, CBS Fri 7:30-8:00 Episodes 138 Episodes On Film 1 Episode in Black And White; 137 Episodes In Color -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------moreless
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    NFL on NBC

    NFL on NBC

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    NBC (ended 1997)
    The first time a football game was ever aired on television was October 1, 1939 when an experimental NBC affiliate aired a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1955 NBC became the third over-the-air national home of the NFL (after ABC and DuMont) when they were the exclusive broadcaster of the Championship Game until 1963. From 1960-1961 select NBC affiliates also aired games involving the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Colts. From 1970-1997 NBC aired all Sunday afternoon games involving AFC teams, before that package moved to CBS with the start of the 1998 season. Football would later return to NBC in 2006, although as a different program: Sunday Night Football.moreless
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    The Man From Atlantis

    The Man From Atlantis

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    NBC (ended 1978)
    In this short-lived series, which started as a series of TV movies, Dr. Elizabeth Merrill, a scientist working with the Navy, is called in to check out a mystery man who was found by the ocean. This man, who they name "Mark Harris," is not entirely human, and possesses mutations or surgical alterations which let him survive underwater indefinitely, and give him fast strength, speed, and stamina when submerged. Unfortunately Mark must remain in constant contact with water or weaken and eventually die. Mark has no memory of his life before being discovered, but when consulted, the Navy computers spit out a single potential point of origin - "Atlantis." Mark Harris decides to work with the Navy, helping them out with underwater research and rescue operations and confronting such villains as the mysterious Mr. Schubert, who plots to use the ocean's resources and take over the world.moreless
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    McMillan & Wife

    McMillan & Wife

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    NBC (ended 1977)
    Police Commissioner Stewart McMillan of San Francisco is a man with ponderous responsibilities. By good fortune, his wife Sally is something of a genius. They live in the city and have a shrewd housekeeper named Mildred, who is as often as not at odds with her slightly distraught sister Agatha. McMillan's duties require him to intervene personally when circumstances warrant in police cases, and here he is aided by the saturnine but enthusiastic Sgt. Charles Enright. The commissioner's mother, Beatrice McMillan, a brilliant person, independent-minded and a very fast driver, breezes through now and again. In the last season, two of the actors have departed, and the show is renamed McMillan.moreless
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    Land of the Lost

    Land of the Lost

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    NBC (ended 1976)
    Rick (a.k.a. Marshall) , Will, and Holly Marshall are on rafting trip and a earthquake sends them over a waterfall to the world known as, The Land of the Lost! Total Episodes: 43 For more info: landofthelost.com/ THE DINOSAURS Alice the Allosaur Grumpy the Tyrranosaur Dopey the baby Brontosaur Emily the Brontosaur Junior the baby Allosaur Spot the Coelophysis Spike the Triceratops Lulu the two headed monster Torchy the Dimetrodonmoreless
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    Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

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    NBC (ended 1976)
    Gemini Man's Sam Casey is an agent for INTERSECT, a government think-tank and operations center specializing in top secret missions. While on a diving assignment, Agent Casey is contaminated by a high level of radiation from an underwater explosion. He soon discovers that the radiation renders him invisible for short periods of time. INTERSECT devises a way to control his invisibility, by fitting him with a computerized watch that keeps him visible until it is shut off, causing invisibility again. But if he stays in that state for more than 15 minutes in any 24 hour period he will die. This ability to become invisible made him a very effective agent. Gemini Man was yet another attempt to capitalize on H.G. Wells' extremely popular novel The Invisible Man and followed on the heels of the cancellation of the show by that same name starring David McCallum.moreless
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    The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

    The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

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    NBC (ended 1978)
    An innocent man, James Adams, runs away and hides from the law lines in the wilderness, where he befriends a grizzly bear and helps passers-by in the forest. Ths how was set in the 1850s, and could be easily described as one of the most original shows of all time. Besides taking care of the bear, Adams will help people who will need his help, and in the meantime, he'll have to hide from the bounty hunter who are looking for him. Adams also makes friends with Mad Jack, an old trader; and Nakuma, a Native American; both Nakuma & Mad Jack will help Adams. Theme Song: Deep inside the forest is a door into another land, Here is our life and home, We are staying, here forever in the beauty of this place all alone, We keep on hoping... Maybe, there's a world where we won't have to run, and Maybe, there's a time we'll call our own, Living free in harmony and majesty, Take me home, Take me home.moreless
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    The Bill Cosby Show

    The Bill Cosby Show

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    NBC (ended 1971)
    The Bill Cosby Show aired for two seasons on NBC, 1969-70 and 1970-71. There were 52 episodes made in the series. In this lighthearted comedy, Bill Cosby played the role of Chet Kincaid, physical education teacher at a Los Angeles high school. The Chet Kincaid character was a bachelor, an average cool guy trying to earn a living, and help people out along the way. Many of the episodes involved Chet in various situations at the high school with his students and fellow teachers. In some episodes, Chet was asked to substitute, and fill in as algebra or english teacher. In one hilarious episode, Chet was the drivers ed instructor trying to teach a nervous student how to drive. Other episodes involved younger children, and some episodes involved family and adult characters. Different guest stars also appeared in various episodes thruout the series. The shows theme song- "Hikky Burr" was written by Bill Cosby and Quincy Jones with Cosby providing the vocals. The lyrics were hard to comprehend, but the song had a groovy tune and funky beat. For the second season, a more uptempo and jazzy version of the song was used. The show was entertaining, and did not use a laugh track, which is unique. The Bill Cosby Show was not your average, laugh-out-loud type of sitcom. The episodes were humorous, but the show emphasized warmth, intelligent character studies and plausible, real life situations. The plot of many episodes centered around a lesson in life learned, which was explained in the classic Cosby style.moreless
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    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

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    NBC (ended 1981)
    In the year 1987, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. Aboard this compact starship a lone astronaut, Captain William "Buck" Rogers, was to experience cosmic forces beyond all comprehension. In a freak mishap, his life-support systems were frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Ranger III was blown out of its plan trajectory into an orbit 1,000 times more vast, an orbit which was to return Buck Rogers to earth 500 years later.moreless
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    Dean Martin Celebrity Roast

    Dean Martin Celebrity Roast

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    NBC (ended 1984)
    In 1973, The Dean Martin Show was declining in popularity. So for the 1973 - 1974 season, a new feature called a "roast" was added to try to pick up the ratings. The roasts seemed to be pretty popular among television audiences. So after the show was cancelled in 1974, NBC drew up a contract with Dean to do several specials and do more roast specials. Enter The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. Starting with Bob Hope in 1974, the roast was taped in California and turned out to be a hit, leading to many other roasts to follow. In the fall of 1974, the roasts moved permanently to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. From 1974 until early 1979, in the hotel's Ziegfeld Room, stars like Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart, Joan Collins, and many others were roasted.moreless
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    The Name of the Game

    The Name of the Game

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    NBC (ended 1971)
    The Name Of The Game was a rotating series featuring Gene Barry as Glenn Howard, CEO of Howard Publications and managing director of Fame magazine; Robert Stack as Dan Farrell, a writer for Crime magazine; and Tony Franciosa as Jeff Dillon, writer for People magazine.moreless
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    Sunshine

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    NBC (ended 1975)
    Welcome to the Sunshine guide at TV.com. Widowed father Sam Hayden lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and tries to make a living for himself and the five-yr-old daughter from his late wife's previous marriage. The town disapproves of Sam's free-wheeling ways, especially his singing. Neighbor Nora functions as a sort of surrogate mother for Jill. Based on a 1973 made-for-television movie of the same name. Episodes from the series and flashbacks from the original movie were combined into a 94 minute feature called Sunshine II - My Sweet Lady and a sequel Sunshine Christmas aired December 12th 1977.moreless
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    Search

    Search

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    NBC (ended 1973)
    The premise of "Search" centered on Probe, a division of World Securities Corporation. Individuals, companies, governments would hire the Probe Division to "search and recover that which was missing." Probe's agents were equiped with miniturized television scanners, which transmitted picture, sound, medical telemetry and anything else the script writers could think of back to Probe Control, where computer specialists monitored the agent's progress, and analyzed the information the scanner was transmitting. The scanners were small and round and had a magnetic back so they could attach to a ring, tie-tack, locket, or anything with a metal surface such that the scanner could appear to be an exotic piece of jewelry. The agents also had a small audio receiver implanted behind the left ear, so they could hear sound transmitted from Probe Control. The Control personnel would link up to any data base, government or private, to retrieve information that would help the agent work the case. The agents also had a dental implant they could use to send beep tones back to control (once for yes, twice for no or continuous for emergency) if the scanner were unavailable or if there were people present...as the agents did not reveal how they were wired for picture and sound if they could help it. Search had three rotating stars. Hugh O'Brian played agent Hugh Lockwood, whose designation was Probe One. He handled all types of cases that were not specifically crime/mob related. Tony Franciosa played agent Nick Bianco, designation Omega Probe. The Omega division specialized in criminal/organized crime cases. Doug McClure played agent C.R. Grover, designated Standby Probe. He was called in if a last minute case or emergency required an agent to step in at a moment's notice. The C.R. stood for "Christopher Robin." Other than the three star agents, there were other agents at Probe. Back at Control supervising the missions was V.C.R Cameron, played by Burgess Meredith. Cameron supervised the room full of computer/telemetry specialists, making sure the agents had whatever they needed to solve the case, keep them from getting injured, and keep them from breaking too many of Probe Division's regulations. The pilot for the series was entitled "Probe." Creator and producer Leslie Stevens was reportedly removed from the show when NBC found out he was developing another project for a competing network. The last eight episodes had a different producer, different Control set, somewhat different supporting cast and a different focus, with less reliance on Probe Control and a more dramatic bent. After its single season network run, "Search" was never seen again in the United States, as Warner specified the show was "for export only." Future "Charlie's Angels" stars Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd each had small roles on the series, although they did not interact with each other.moreless
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    The Bold Ones: The Senator

    The Bold Ones: The Senator

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    NBC (ended 1971)
    Short-lived but high quality series about a U. S. Senator facing the current issues of his time. The series ran on alternating weeks with two other Bold Ones shows - The New Doctors and The Lawyers, and only eight episodes were broadcast during the 1970/71 season. However, the series received five Emmy awards, including Best Dramatic Series and Best Actor (Hal Holbrook). It was nominated for an additional four Emmys.moreless
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    The Barkleys

    The Barkleys

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    NBC (ended 1973)
    The Barkleys was an animated show inspired by the sitcom All in the Family.
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    Nichols

    Nichols

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    NBC (ended 1972)
    James Garner's first TV series since his successful run on Maverick twelve years earlier, centered on Nichols (no first name given) - a similar, if slightly more self-centered, anti-hero. In 1914, just before WWI, tired of guns and fighting, Nichols retired from the US Cavalry after 18 years of service and returned to his family's homestead in Nichols, Arizona (founded by his parents) - only to find that both the land and the town have been taken over by the Ketcham clan, who force him into becoming the town's sheriff. Since the town was crooked and completely controlled by the devious Ketchams, Nichols' efforts focused primarily on getting rich and moving on as soon as he served his six-month "sentence" as Sheriff. A former division boxing champion, he favored using fists over guns whenever possible. But, like Bret Maverick before him and Jim Rockford to follow, Nichols usually preferred smooth-talking his way out of a situation rather than resorting to violence. The stories take place during a time of technological transition. As the opening credits showed, while the old western town still predominantly relied on horsepower, Nichols preferred to get around on a "newfangled" Indian motorcycle - and another leading character, Ketch, drove an automobile. Unfortunately, despite this "new" approach and an impressive stable of recurring and guest stars - and repeated efforts at stimulating a revival - the series was cancelled after only one season. Sadly, other than a brief run on the Armed Forces Network in Europe during the early-1980's, the show has since vanished - unavailable on either DVD or cable reruns.moreless
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    Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch

    Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch

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    NBC (ended 1975)
    Welcome to the Wheelie And The Chopper Bunch guide at TV.com.

    With the success of Speed Buggy on CBS, NBC had Wheelie & The Chopper Bunch (both Hanna-Barbera series). All the characters were vehicles, no humans.

    Wheelie's a 1974 red Volkswagen that only communicated with beeping horns as well as his windshield wipers. His girlfriend's name Rota Ree (a parody name of High Rollers hostess, Ruta Lee).

    Causing trouble was a 4 member motorcycle gang called The Chopper Bunch. They would always try to get Wheelie into traps, but would always backfire (ala Coyote-Road Runner). Chopper was the leader with Hi-Riser (a tall bike), Revs (a three-wheeled motorcycle) & Scrambles (a mini bike). Scrambles would always rub it in to Chopper saying, "I told you, I told you!"

    Three 6 minute episodes per 30 minute series.moreless
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    The Americans

    The Americans

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    The Americans feature the lives of brothers Ben and Jeff Canfield during the Civil War. Each supports the opposite side. Ben went to the North while Jeff went South.
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    Operation: Runaway

    Operation: Runaway

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    NBC (ended 1979)
    In season one, Robert Reed played David McKay, a psychologist who tracked down child runaways with the help of Karen Wingate, Mark Johnson, and Susan Donovan.

    In season two, the show continued under the name "The Runaways," minus Donovan and McKay, and adding Sergeant Hal Grady, Steve Arizzio, and Debbie Shaw.moreless
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    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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    NBC (ended 1970)
    Welcome to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir guide at TV.com.
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