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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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    The New Fantastic Four

    The New Fantastic Four

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    NBC (ended 1978)
    The New Fantastic Four was an animated series produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, and featured the talents of both of The Fantastic Four's creators - Stan Lee (as one of the series' writers) and Jack Kirby (as a storyboard artist), as well as the comics writer Roy Thomas behind the series.

    The series is famous for not including the Human Torch/Johnny Storm character from the comics and replacing him with the original character of Herbie the robot (who would later appear in the original comics). This was done due to the fact that the character of the Human Torch was optioned for a live-action version at around the same time, and not, as some people have mentioned, due to network concerns that children would set themselves on fire to emulate him. This myth was the storyline for Fantastic Four #855 "Hero". Where a fan of the Human Torch died by lighting himself on fire.

    Unfortunately, although this series was produced in 1978, the extremely limited quality of the animation makes it technically inferior to the previous (and more authentic to the original comics) Hanna-Barbera Fantastic Four cartoon of 1967.

    The Opening Narration: It was the world's strangest accident. While testing a new rocket ship, our heroes were bombarded by mysterious cosmic rays from outer space. Though they crash-landed safely, the strange and powerful rays had changed each one of them. Transforming their leader, Reed Richards, into the plastic-skinned Mr. Fantastic; Sue Richards into the "now you see her, now you don't" Invisible Girl; and Ben Grimm into a mighty-muscled powerhouse called The Thing. Now together with H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot, the newest member of the group, they have become the greatest team of superheroes the world has ever known. The NEW Fantastic Four!

    The question of why the Human Torch was not included in this show was brought up in F.F#209 "Trapped in the Sargasso of Space". When he was asked why he wasnt in the show, the Torch said that he was "out of town the day the contracts had to signed". The replie to this was "The F.F cartoon show controversy revealed at last"!moreless
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    The Richard Pryor Show

    The Richard Pryor Show

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    NBC (ended 1977)
    The star of controversial young comic Richard Pryor was very much on the rise, when he was approached by NBC, in 1977, to do a 1-hour special for the network. He had already experienced phenomenal success as a nightclub performer, and had his popularity was soaring, after his performances in the movies 'Silver Streak', and 'Greased Lightning'. The special - Entitled, simply: 'The Richard Pryor Special?' - Was aired in May of 1977. It was a smashing success, both critically, and commercially, and led to NBC's offer of a regular, weekly variety series, which Pryor soon accepted. Over his years as a nightclub comic, Pryor had developed a method of performing that led him to use material that was considered very risqué for TV, and, despite his misgivings, from the very start, he signed a contract to do 10 shows. But battles with network censors, over his material soon caused the angry Pryor to back out. NBC managed to sweet-talk him back, and he reluctantly agreed to only 4 shows, though - Being scheduled opposite ABC's super hits: 'Happy Days', and 'Laverne And Shirley' - He knew the series was doomed before it began. Pryor was determined to do it his way, however, despite network pressure, but the censors were relentless. In fact, the opening sequence of his very first show was cut, shortly before air time. In that sequence, Pryor appeared apparently naked (He was actually wearing a body stocking), as he commented on how he'd not given anything up in his battle with the network censors, as the shot slowly widened, to show that his genitalia were missing. Produced by Rocco Urbisci, for Burt Sugarman Productions, and directed by John Moffitt, the show was much different from other variety shows, with an interesting mixture of satire, slapstick, improvisation, music, dance, and even a bit of heavy drama thrown in, with a talented supporting cast (Which included future mega-star Robin Williams), and Pryor's unique brand of comedy keeping it all together.moreless
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    The Addams Family (1973)

    The Addams Family (1973)

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    NBC (ended 1975)
    This is the cartoon version of the original show, which aired in the 1960's.
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    Kate Loves a Mystery

    Kate Loves a Mystery

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    NBC (ended 1979)
    Welcome to the Kate Loves a Mystery guide at tv.com.

    The TV series 'Columbo', starring Peter Falk, ran from 1968 to 1978 and was one of the most popular TV shows in the 1970s. Columbo's wife had often been referred to in the series but was never actually shown. However, after 'Columbo' was cancelled in 1978, NBC decided to create a spin-off series featuring Mrs. Columbo and so 'Kate Loves a Mystery' was born.

    'Kate Loves a Mystery' premiered in February 1979 under the title 'Mrs. Columbo' and starred Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo, wife of the famous detective. Kate is a housewife who raises the couple's daughter Jenny (played by Lili Haydn) but also works as a reporter for a newspaper called The Valley Advocate edited by Josh Alden (played by Henry Jones). Working for the paper gets Kate involved in all sorts of mysteries which she has to solve. Unfortunately, audiences did not warm up to the series and 'Mrs. Columbo' was taken off the air after five episodes.

    However, NBC had not yet given up on the show, which they re-vamped and brought back in October 1979. The makers felt that linking Kate to Columbo had been a mistake and so Kate is now divorced and has taken back her maiden name of Callahan. All refernces to her famous husband were dropped. In this new season, Kate was still working as a journalist at The Valley Advocate and Don Stroud was added to the cast as the cop Sgt. Mike Varrick. The title of the show had also changed. 'Mrs. Columbo' became 'Kate the Detective' and then finally 'Kate Loves a Mystery'.moreless
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    The Invisible Man (1975)

    The Invisible Man (1975)

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    NBC (ended 1976)
    As a scientist working for a government think-tank called the KLAE Corporation, Dr. Daniel Westin creates a formula to be used for matter transformation. To test the formula he uses it on himself. Before he can return to normal he discovers the government wants to use his formula for wrong, so he destroys it. Being unable to become visible again, he and his wife become agents for KLAE fighting crime, while trying to rediscover his formula and return to normal.

    This series was loosely based on H.G. Wells novel The Invisible Man and was canceled before it's first season finished.moreless
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    Inch High, Private Eye

    Inch High, Private Eye

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    NBC (ended 1974)
    Inch High fights crime for the Finkerton Detective Agency with his dog, Braveheart.
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    Captains and the Kings

    Captains and the Kings

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    NBC (ended 1976)
    Nine-part miniseries which aired as a part of NBC's umbrella show "Best Sellers"
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    The Quest

    The Quest

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    NBC (ended 1976)
    The Quest, starring Tim Matheson and Kurt Russell, sets two brothers on a search of the wild west for their younger sister, who was kidnapped years before by Indians.
    Morgan Beaudine and his sister Patricia are captured by a Cheyenne raiding party who kill all in the wagon train except them. Taken back to the tribe, they are raised as Cheyenne. Years later, Morgan is captured by the Army and held until by chance his brother, Doctor Quentin Beaudine, is called in to examine a "White" Indian. After discovering they are brothers and that Patricia is still alive, the Beaudines set off on a quest to find her.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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    Somerset

    Somerset

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    NBC (ended 1976)
    Originally titled “Another World: Somerset,” as a spin-off from NBC’s more popular soap, the original cast included several characters who transferred from “Another World’s” Bay City: newlyweds Sam and LaHoma Lucas, architect Robert Delaney, and bad-girl Pammy Davis. Most of these cross-over characters were eventually overshadowed as the soap attempted to create a world of its own. “Somerset” in its early years dealt largely with the middle-class Grant family and the wealthy Delaney clan. Never a ratings giant, the soap was nevertheless home to a stable of reliable and well-respected actors who spent their careers in daytime drama, including Joel Crothers (Julian Cannell), Marie Wallace (India Delaney), Nicholas Coster (Robert Delaney), Tina Sloan (Kate Thornton), and Lois Kibbee (Emily Moore). Stage actress Lois Smith made a splash as the unbalanced Zoe Cannell and returned from time to time to murder various characters whose portrayers were being stubborn during contract negotiations. Considering its relatively short life, the show helped launch a surprising number of acting careers: Sigourney Weaver, Jameson Parker, Gary Sandy, Audrey Landers, JoBeth Williams, and Ted Danson all spent time in Somerset. Bibi Besch went on to play Jim Carey’s mother, Katharine Hepburn’s daughter-in-law, and the mother of Kirk’s son in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Actor Ernest Thompson, playing the role which Ted Danson would inherit, later changed career paths by writing a little thing called “On Golden Pond,” and winning an Oscar for his efforts. In its later years, the soap was scripted by noted mystery writer Henry Slesar, who accomplished the considerable feat of writing both “Somerset” and “The Edge of Night” simultaneously. The show never found its niche, however, and did not have the longevity which its cast and writing deserved.moreless
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    Project UFO

    Project UFO

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    NBC (ended 1979)
    Welcome to the Project UFO episode guide at TV.com.
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    Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

    Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

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    NBC (ended 1975)
    Two boys, Johnny and Scott, were playing on the beach one day when they "meet" Sigmund, a green sea monster with tentacles who looks like moving seaweed. As it turns out, Sigmund got tired of his family who wanted him to become a "proper" sea monster (i.e., scaring people, etc.), and as a result, he ran away from home. Johnny and Scott decide to take him home with them, and hide him in their clubhouse hoping that the housekeeper Zelda (who looks after them while their parents [whom we never see] are away) never finds him. Meanwhile, Sigmund's family, who lives at "Dead Man's Point", is constantly scheming different ways to bring Sigmund back home, one way or another. Signmund's brothers, Blurp and Slurp, are always trying to forcibly take Sigmund back with them, but their plans never work. In the second season, a new character was added: a genie played by comedian Rip Taylor who lives in a seashell.moreless
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    Baffle

    Baffle

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    NBC (ended 1974)
    Baffle was the game show that replaced Concentration. Two celebrity/civilian teams competed in the fastest game of the west. One would be in an isolation booth while the other posted letters. The object was to guess the word as quickly as possible (up to a 60 second time limit). Then the other team would try to beat the time set by the other team. The team with the quickest time won the game & the quickest time after 3 rounds won the match & played the bonus. The contestant played a 30 second bonus game where they had to identify words with three letter clues Dick Enberg provides. Each word paid $100 & 8 words won a car & 9 words won a car, trip & $5,000! In October, the show was reformatted & retitled All-Star Baffle where 4 celebrities played the main game. The winning team drew a name from the barrel & the audience member came on stage to play the bonus round. This was also later used when Magnificent Matble Machine went all-stars as well.moreless
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    Snoop Sisters

    Snoop Sisters

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    NBC (ended 1974)
    Welcome to the Snoop Sisters guide at TV.com. The Snoop Sisters were Ernesta and Gwendolyn Snoop, mystery writers who ended up putting their imaginations to work solving mysteries of their own. They often were called in by their nephew, police lieutenant Steve Ostrowski, and made their way to the crime scenes with the aid of their chauffeur and ex-con Barney. After the initial pilot movie, the series was launched as part of the Wednesday Mystery Movie, NBC's attempt to create a second "wheel" night after the success of Columbo, McCloud, and McMillan and Wife on Sundays. Of the four Wednesday shows, Snoop Sisters wasn't the least popular, but it never caught on to the degree that even Banacek did. After four 90-minue episodes (and a move to Tuesday), the series was cancelled.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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    Quark

    Quark

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    NBC (ended 1978)
    This short-lived comedy focused on the crew of a intergalactic garbage truck.
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    Sword of Justice

    Sword of Justice

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    NBC (ended 1979)
    A playboy, wrongfully convicted of embezzlement, uses his time served to learn a few tricks of the trade.
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    Return to the Planet of the Apes

    Return to the Planet of the Apes

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    NBC (ended 1975)
    Astronauts Bill Hudson, Jeff Carter and Judy Franklin, orbiting in the NASA spacecraft Venture, are caught in a time warp in 1976. They crash land roughly two millennia later on a planet where intelligent apes are the dominant species and humans are helpless primitives which the apes refer to as "humanoids." Only later do they realize that it's Earth of the far future. In Ape City, the head of the Simian Senate is orangutan Dr. Zaius, who knows the truth about humans and apes. General Urko, in charge of the gorilla army, wants to wipe out the humanoid menace. He is also power-hungry and plots to seize control of the government by proving the military is superior. Chimpanzee scientists Zira and Cornelius are sympathetic to the endangered species since they subscribe to the theory that apes evolved from humanoids. They are the only apes who know about Bill's ability to speak and keep all of the astronauts' secrets. Zira has named Bill, "Blue Eyes" because he is the only blond human she has ever seen. Supporting characters include Nova, a female humanoid the astronauts have befriended, and Colonel Ron Brent, an astronaut from the 22nd century who also entered a time warp and arrived 15-20 years before the main characters. The series was based on "La Planéte des Singes" (The Monkey Planet) by Pierre Boulle and lasted only one season. Unlike its theatrical predecessors, the Planet of the Apes series of films, Return to the Planet of the Apes placed the apes in a society with architecture and technology approximating mid-20th century United States and realizes Boulle's original style and setting. DePatie-Freleng Enterprises produced the show, although the animation is often confused with the similar Filmation style. However, the detailed background drawings combined with often simplistic animation is more reminiscent of Hanna-Barbera's Jonny Quest.moreless
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