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    Mama's Family

    Mama's Family

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    NBC (ended 1990)
    Mama's Family mined humor from a squabbling family in the Midwestern blue collar suburb of Raytown. The noisy clan was headed by Mama, a buxom, gray-haired widow with sharp opinions and a sharper tongue who shared her small house with her high-strung sister Fran, a journalist for a local paper. Mama's lazy, dimwitted son, Vint, a locksmith by trade, moved in at the start of the series with his troublesome teenage children, Buzz and Sonja, after his wife run off to become a Las Vegas show-girl. Much to Mama's disgust, Vint soon took up with the flirtatious neighbor Naomi. The two where married in early 1983, and Naomi moved in too. Further uproar was caused by the periodic visits from Mama's two married daughter's, the foul mouthed Eunice and the snobbish Ellen. Ed was Eunice's Dolt of a husband. In the Fall of 86 Mama's Family returned to TV in first-run syndication. Fran had recently passed (Rue McClanahan was now starring in The Golden Girls) and Ed and Eunice had moved to Florida. They had neglected to mention this to there delinquent son Bubba who, after serving a time in Juvenile Hall for car theft, ended up living with Mama in Fran's old room, much to the consternation of Naomi and Vinton who thought they were getting it. Iola was the prissy neighbor who barely convealed her romantic designs on Vinton. The Biggest event in the run of Mama's Family occured in the Spring of 1990 when Naomi, who had seemingly been pregnant for an eternity, presented Vinton with a bouncing baby girl named after his Mama-Tiffany Thelma. They had moved out of her house but not of her shadow, as they were now living in a trailer on her property.moreless
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    Home Fires

    Home Fires

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    NBC (ended 1992)
    Meet the Kramers. Just your average American family. A father, a mother, two teenagers - one boy and one girl - and a therapist. How they keep the "Home Fires" burning is the basis for this comedy series from the Paltrow Group in association with Sony Pictures Television. Teddy Kramer (Michael Brandon) is an outspoken, opinionated man trying desperately to stay hip in a world that's suddenly moving just a little too fast for him. He finds that the values his father held, and that he once totally discarded, are slowly becoming his values. Teddy's wife, soft-spoken Anne Kramer (Kate Burton), is the family peace-maker. She's constantly negotiating cease-fires in their home while also trying to maintain her own lines of communication with her ever-growing children. Only one thing strikes terror in Anne's heart - her mother, Nana (Alice Hirson). Normally calm and composed, Anne dissolves into a quivering mass of Jello whenever she has to deal with Nana. Libby Kramer (Nicole Eggert) is an eighteen-year-old college freshman, fighting for emancipation from her family. Libby's convinceced that her mother is clueless about life in the real world and her father's only goal is to keep her a little girl forever. Fifteen-year-old Jesse (Jarrad Paul) knows exactly what he wants out of life - a Ferrari Testarossa and to make his older sister's life a living hell. He has also discovered a new three letter word, sex. The family therapist, Dr. Frederick Marcus (Norman Lloyd), quietly listens to the family's weekly problems and tries to tactfully suggest that they are not abnormal... they are just going through the stresses that every family feels in the process of trying to understand one another. Libby's relationship with her teenage boyfriend Mike (Tyagi Schwartz) adds a little more fuel to the familial fires, as Libby presses her parents for increased freedom.moreless
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    California Dreams

    California Dreams

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    NBC (ended 1997)
    California Dreams is a show about a group of high school teens that form their own band, The California Dreams. The show follows the group through their problems in high school as well as their problems in trying to score a record deal. The theme song to California Dreams is an original song performed by the season's current bandmates. The lyrics are as follows:

    Surf dudes with attitudes (Kinda groovy) Laid back moods Sky above, sand below (Good vibrations) Feelin' mellow Won't give it up Don't wanna stop Don't wake me up Don't wake me up if I'm dreamin' California dreams Just let me lay here in the sun Until my dream is done

    All actors sang their own songs in each and every episode, with the exception of Jay Anthony Franke (Jake) and Aaron Jackson (Mark), whose characters were voiced by Barry Coffing and Zachary Throne.moreless
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    Empty Nest

    Empty Nest

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    NBC (ended 1995)
    Empty Nest was a spinoff of The Golden Girls. Created by Susan Harris (Soap, Benson, The Golden Girls) this series centered around Dr. Harry Weston. A recent widow, Harry had to deal with going on with his life without his late wife, Libby. Fortunatly he had his practice (he's a pediatrician) as well as his two daughters, Carol and Barbara, who move back home and provide an annoyance to him. Other members of the cast include, Charlie Dietz (the obnoxious next door neighbor) and Laverne (Harry's sassy nurse). In later seasons, Harry began working at a clinic with Maxine, with Laverne in tow. Also, when the Golden Girls sequel, The Golden Palace, ended in 1993, Estelle Getty came to the show and portrayed the Golden Girl character of Sophia Petrillo. Theme Song: "Life Goes On" Written by: John Bettis and George Tipton Spin-off of: The Golden Girlsmoreless
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    Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    Santa Barbara was a long-running soap opera centered on the lives of a wealthy Capwell family, living in Santa Barbara, California, and the other families such as the Lockridges, Andrades and Perkinses. The show was created by Bridget and Jerome Dobson, the two writers that gave the show dramatic stories combined with comedy and romance. After the Dobsons were forced to leave the show in 1987, the soap changed, started focusing on different characters and the show was never the same. In 1991, the Dobsons returned to the show, but were unable to save the show, and then got fired again. In 1992, Pamela K. Long was hired as the new Head Writer and, in an attempt to save the show, she introduced a bunch of new characters and left out many original characters, which only buried the show deeper. During its stay on television, the soap was at the bottom of ratings, although it was very popular and considered a "cult favorite." The show won numerous awards. In 1993, the show was canceled. 2137 episodes were aired. Although the show didn't have good ratings in America, the popularity of the show in Europe was amazing.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 Hogan Family

    The Hogan Family

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    NBC (ended 1991)
    The Hogan Family began in March of 1986 and was originally titled Valerie. Starring Valerie Harper as Valerie Hogan, Valerie was the wife to Michael Hogan, an airline pilot. His job took him away from home quite regularly so Valerie was left to raise their three sons, David, and the fraternal twins, Mark and Willie. David was the oldest and girl crazy, Mark was the brain and a perfectionist and Willie was the carefree clown who seemed to always be in trouble. At the beginning of the third season, a well publicized dispute between Valerie Harper and the producers led to her leaving the show. Despite the fact that two episodes had been produced for the third season, one including Valerie Harper, they were both shelved and the show changed titles to Valerie's Family. In the show, it was explained that Valerie had suddenly died and now, Michael's recently divorced sister, Sandy, is moving in to help raise the boys. Stories revolved around the boys growing up and dating as well as Michael and Sandy each getting out in the dating scene. In 1988, the title was changed again, this time to The Hogan Family. At the end of the 5th season, NBC dropped the show however, CBS picked it up for another season, adding John Hillerman as the character of Lloyd Hogan, Michael and Sandy's father. Theme Song: "Together Through the Years"
    Written by: Charles Fox and Stephen Geyer
    Sung by: Roberta Flack
    Also Known as: Valerie (1986-1987), Valerie's Family (1987-1988) and The Hogans (subtitle)(1987-1988 NBC Broadcast History March-June 1986----Mondays----8:30 p.m.
    June-September 1986----Mondays----8:00 p.m.
    September-November 1986----Sundays----8:30 p.m.
    November 1986-January 1987----Sundays----8:00 p.m.
    January-March 1987----Sundays----8:30 p.m.
    March 1987-June 1990----Mondays----8:30 p.m.
    CBS Broadcast History September-December 1990----Saturdays----8:30 p.m.
    July 1991----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m.
    Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) #21 from 1987-1988
    #22 from 1988-1989
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    Suddenly Susan

    Suddenly Susan

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    NBC (ended 2000)
    Workplace situation comedy centered on the character of Susan, a "somewhat sheltered" magazine writer who has dumped her rich fiancé at the altar and must now cope with being suddenly single - complicated by the fact that her boss at hip San Francisco magazine The Gate is her ex's brother Jack. He has promoted her from copy editor to writer of a column on being single in the '90s, thus irritating her co-workers: caustic lifestyle columnist Vicki, Cuban playboy photographer Luis, and rock critic Todd (whose limited attention span after years of MTV necessitates his being celibate). Susan's main support is her loving grandmother Nana. In highly publicized trouble before it ever aired, Suddenly Susan had to switch formats from a bookstore (shades of Ellen) to a magazine workplace setting - sort of Mary Richards going to work for Lou Grant at the Trib. Despite some bright writing and reasonably funny performances (especially from Brooke Shields, who got surprising mileage out of the problems inherent in being very tall and attractive), the show never quite jelled, perhaps because the characters were never even remotely credible as functioning journalists. Susan was put on hiatus to make room for NBC's retooling of The Naked Truth. It later returned to the NBC schedule in late February 1997 and subsequently did well enough to be renewed for the Fall 1997 television season. In Germany the show is known simply as Susan.moreless
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    Boston Common

    Boston Common

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    NBC (ended 1997)
    Welcome to the Boston Common guide.
    First air date: March 21, 1996 Last air date: April 27, 1997 Original air time: Thursday 8:30:00 pm (Eastern)
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    Alvin & the Chipmunks

    Alvin & the Chipmunks

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    NBC (ended 1991)
    This show focuses on three superstar chipmunks who have their own band and the crazy adventures they get into. It also features The Chipettes, their female counterparts and girlfriends. If you have any info, please contribute. Broadcast History ----------------- During its run, Alvin & the Chipmunks, existed in 2 forms... Alvin & the Chipmunks (or The Chipmunks (seasons 6-7)) (Seasons 1-7): All of the original episodes have aired on NBC. The Chipmunks Go To the Movies (Season 8): This also aired on NBC, but not as traditional episodes. All of the episodes were spoofs of famous movies. The Characters Alvin Seville Alvin is the oldest of the chipmunks, and also the lead singer of their group. He is most often the one who gets them into trouble, (usually in an attempt to get rich or famous) and tends to be selfish, self centered, and conceited at times. He really hates to be alone and is VERY vain about his looks, although he does suffer from 'small munk complex'. (his height). Regardless of all this, he is very protective of his brothers. Simon Seville Simon is the middle brother of the chipmunks and is considered the brain of the group. He is always the voice of reason and logic behind Alvin's crazy schemes, and usually (unsuccessfully), tries to talk him out of following these crazy ideas.. He is very level headed in tough situations and is a strong believer in following the rules-- though occasionally he does break them along with his brothers to make sure they don't get into too much trouble... In his spare time, he enjoys reading and studying. Theodore Seville Theodore is the youngest chipmunk, considered the nicest out of all the chipmunks and can get along with just about anyone-- although he does tend to be shy at times. He loves to eat and almost always seems to be hungry. He also enjoys cooking and baking in his spare time-- ( which helps explain his cute little plump figure) and tends to scare easily. He usually gets really nervous when he's around a girl he likes, and tends to be a little slow when it comes to learning in school. David "Dave" Seville Dave is the Chipmunks adoptive father, and also their manager. He found the boys after they were abandoned on his doorstep, and loves them as if they were his own. But Alvin is always driving him crazy with his schemes, causing him to yell his name in exasperation. Brittany Miller Brittany is the oldest of her sisters, and also the lead singer of their group. She can be egotistical and selfish, just like Alvin at times, and is EXTREMELY vain about her looks. She enjoys acting, modeling, and singing-- and is constantly competing with the Chipmunks over whose group is better. Since she is supposed to be the counterpart of Alvin, she too is always coming up with different ideas on how to get rich and famous. And again, just like Alvin, she tends to be very protective of her sisters-- although at times, it takes her awhile.... Jeanette Miller Jeanette is the brains of the group, and also the nice one, though she is very clumsy. Yet her personality doesn't resemble Simon's very much (except for her intelligence). In that respect, she is much more like Theodore. She is very kind towards her sisters, and tends to be quiet and shy. She is very confident about who she is, however, and doesn't seem to care what other people think about her. In her spare time she enjoys reading and studying. Eleanor Miller Just like Theodore, Eleanor loves to cook and bake, and because of it, is a little plump. Here though, the similarity ends. Her personality is not really like Theodore's at all: in reality, it's actually closer to Simon's than anyone else's. Like him, she is usually the one who tries to talk Brittany out of following her crazy schemes and tends to gets extremely annoyed and complains when her sister does something stupid. In a way, however, she is also a lot like Alvin: she is very athletic and good at almost every sport and would do anything to help her sisters. In this way, I think Eleanor is supposed to be a combination of all the Chipmunks, even though she is usually meant to represent Theodore's counterpart. Miss Beatrice Miller Miss Miller is the strange, eccentric, but nice, old lady who lives next door to the Chipmunks. She also happens to have a crush on Dave! She eventually ends up raising the Chipettes. Harry A sneaky, greedy, con-artist chipmunk who originally pretends to be the Chipmunks' long-lost mother's younger brother, in order to get them to work for him, with minimum wage: (or nothing at all). The Chipmunks eventually figure out that he's not really their uncle, and so successfully scheme to take the money he made off of them, and leave, returning to Dave. Harry, however, makes several more appearances throughout the television series. At his last, he even cons the Chipettes. Vinny, the Chipmunks' Mother Eventually, the Chipmunks go searching for their long-lost mother, Vinny, and after days of a treacherous search, actually manage to find her! At first, everyone's happy, but eventually Alvin gets upset since he doesn't understand why she abandoned them. Vinny explains that the year she abandoned them there was a horrible winter and all of the animals in the forest were forced to leave their homes because of it. The fact that they were so young, forced her to realize that they wouldn't survive the journey if she brought them with her. So instead, Vinny decided to leave them with a nice man who was always kind to the forest animals (Dave). She said, "Giving up her babies was the hardest thing she ever did," and then told them that when spring came and she could finally return to get them, she saw how happy they were with Dave, and thought they'd be better off with him. Eventually, Alvin forgives Vinny, and they all part ways on a good note: promising to keep in touch. Theme Song Lyrics "Watch out...cause here we come! It's been a while but we're back in style So get set to have some fun We'll bring you action and satisfaction We're the Chipmunks C-H-I-P-M-U-N-K We're the Chipmunks Guaranteed to brighten your day When you feel like a laugh Give us a call we'll give you our all And if you feel like a song Tune in to us and sing right along We're the Chipmunks Coming on stronger than ever before We're the Chipmunks Alvin, Simon, Theodore! Do-do, do-do-do-do!"moreless
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    Sisters

    Sisters

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    NBC (ended 1996)
    Sisters introduced us to a group of sisters, Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), Georgie (Patricia Kalember), Teddy (Sela Ward), Frankie (Julianne Phillips) and Charley (Jo Anderson & Sheila Kelley). They dealt with life, love, children, death, divorce, marriage and virtually everything else. All through they were held together by their mother, Bea (Elizabeth Hoffman). The show became a hit with viewers. In the first episode we saw Teddy write the word 'Slut' on her sister Frankie's car, and in the last episode we saw the sisters deal with the death of their mother. The audience got to know and love these sisters... During it's run, Sisters earned one Emmy, which went to Sela Ward in 1994. In total, it received 5 Emmy nominations. Sisters was nominated for two Golden Globes during its six season run: in 1993 (for Best Series-Drama) and in 1994 (for Best Drama Actress-Sela Ward). Kurtz was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1995 and Ward was nominated in 1996. Some episode descriptions from sisterstv.com. "A sister is one who reaches for your hand and touches your heart." moreless
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    In the House

    In the House

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    NBC (ended 1999)
    In the House stars LL Cool J as Marion Hill, an ex-professional football player facing a career-ending injury and reluctantly agrees to become a care-giver to a recently divorced mother of two as she starts a new career. At the start of the third season, his tenant Jackie moves back to the east coast with her son Austin, leaving Marion to serve as a guardian to her outspoken 18-year-old daughter Tiffany. Also, Marion begins to run a sports health clinic with two unpredictable partners - Tonia, an outlandish physical therapist and the egocentric Dr. Maxwell Stanton.



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    Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach

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    NBC (ended 1999)
    Sunset Beach, the one-hour daytime drama from Aaron Spelling, premiered January 6, 1997. It was both Spelling's first daytime venture and the first new serial to hit the television airwaves in eight years. The show has already developed a solid fan base that Soap Opera Digest calls "remarkable for a newcomer." Set in a small coastal California community, Sunset Beach has made its mark on daytime television by combining traditional daytime drama storytelling with the natural beauty of Southern California's beach locations and is supported by a talented and ethnically-diverse cast. TV Guide has noted that "Sunset Beach has become a cult hit with growth potential" for the daytime serial viewer. This fact has become particularly true with teen viewers who enjoy Sunset's suspenseful and quirky storylines like "Terror Island," a take-off on the popular Scream movies. Also popular was the recent storyline "Shock Wave," highly publicized earthquakes followed by a treacherous tsunami which caused mayhem at the beach. Sunset Beach also blends real-life news into its storyline, such as the Presidential scandals. Sunset Beach features some of the most recognizable and popular stars on television as well as the hottest newcomers to daytime. They portray core family members and friends living in Sunset Beach who come from all walks of life-rich, poor, heroes, villains, lovers, friends and enemies. Families such as the Richards, the Deschanels, the Torres and the Cummings, are all interwoven, often coming together at the funky blues/rock club, The Deep, or at the cyber coffeehouse, Java Web. They work as police officers, lifeguards, reporters, waiters, lawyers and restaurant owners. Among the more recognizable and popular cast members on Sunset Beach are Lesley Anne Down, Sarah Buxton, Sam Behrens, Kathleen Noone, Eddie Cibrian, Jason George, Sherri Saum, Randy Spelling, Susan Ward, Tim Adams, Carol Potter, Priscilla Garita, Hank Cheyne and Clive Robertson. Sunset Beach is produced by Spelling Entertainment Inc. in association with NBC Studios. Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and Gary Tomlin are the executive producers. Chris Whitesell and Maggie DePrieste are head writers. James Reilly is executive story consultant. (from NBC Daytime). In summer of 1999 NBC had to finish two of its soap operas and Sunset Beach was one of those two. The show finished its short three year run on December 31 1999 and it aired around 751 episodes. NBC Broadcast History (USA) January 1997 - July 1999 -- Weekdays, 14:00 PM July 1999 - December 1999 -- Weekdays, 12:00 AM "When the moon rises early just as the Santa Ana winds kick up out of nowhere and the sun is just dropping out of sight, whoever you meet at the far side of the pier is who you're destined to be with." (as said by Elaine Stevens in first episode)moreless
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    Viper

    Viper

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    NBC (ended 1999)
    Viper was a new show by NBC in 1994. The show was pulled off the air for a year for re-tooling/re-casting. The only original cast member to remain in all four seasons of the show was Joe Nipote as Frankie "X" Waters. The First Season included James McCaffrey, Dorian Harewood and Joe Nipote. When the series returned in 1996, Joe Nipote was the only original cast member remaining. Dorian Harewoood - Julian Wilkes (Designer) James McCaffrey - Joe Astor (Driver) Joe Nipote - Frankie "X" Waters (Mechanic/Mole in MetroPol) The Second Season brought on board Jeff Kaake, Heather Medway and Dawn Stern. Dawn Stern did not return for year three. This season also introduced J. Downing as a recurring character. Jeff Kaake - Thomas Cole (Driver) Heather Medway - Cameron Westlake (Metropol Liason) Dawn Stern - Allie Farrow (Systems Specialist) Joe Nipote - Frankie "X" Waters (Mechanic) The Third Season brings J. Downing as a full time cast member. Jeff Kaake - Thomas Cole (Driver) Heather Medway - Cameron Westlake (Metropol Liason)
    Joe Nipote - Frankie "X" Waters (Mechanic)
    J. Downing - Special Agent Catlett (Project Overseer)
    The Fourth Season brought a new change in the cast. Jeff Kaake leaves the show and James McCaffrey returns as Joe Astor. James McCaffrey - Joe Astor (Driver) Heather Medway - Cameron Westlake (Metropol Liason) Joe Nipote - Frankie "X" Waters (Mechanic) J. Downing - Special Agent Catlett (Project Overseer) Pictured (Top Left - Season 2: Joe Nipote, Jeff Kaake, Heather Medway and Dawn Stern) (Top Right - Season 3: Heather Medway, Jeff Kaake and Joe Nipote) (Bottom - Season 4: J. Downing, Joe Nipote, Heather Medway, and James McCaffrey) Seson 1 Opening: The day after tomorrow. A time when criminals rule the city. The only weapon that can stop them, needs a driver. "A man without a memory can be supplied with one. With a little cosmetic fine-tuning, he'll be our driver." Commisioner Strand "Let's Initiate Changeover"Julian Wilkes "Three...Two...One! Activate!"Joe Astor The most wanted man on wheels is about to change sides. Now, Against a corrupt system... A lone fight for justice. VIPER is taking back the streets! Season 2 Opening: It Prowls the streets in the Pursuit of Justice. It's Origins are Secret. It's Technology, 21st Century. It's Existance, Officially Dissavowed. It's presence, Undeniable. The perfect Weapon for an imperfect Future! VIPER!moreless
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    Weekend Today

    Weekend Today

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    NBC
    The Sunday edition of NBC News' "Today" premiered on September 20, 1987. Five years later, on August 1, 1992, the Saturday edition made its debut, expanding the broadcast schedule of the "Today" franchise to seven days a week.moreless
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    The Fanelli Boys

    The Fanelli Boys

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    NBC (ended 1991)
    After four Italian-American brothers (Frankie, Dominic, Anthony, and Ronnie) all suffer personal setbacks, they move back home to Brooklyn to live with their widowed mother, Theresa. Rounding out the family was Therea's brother, Father Angelo, on hand to dispense advice that wasn't always so great, but still better than that of Philamena, a neighborhood fortune teller. In Germany the show is known as Alles Pasta! ("All Pasta!")moreless
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    Earth 2

    Earth 2

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    NBC (ended 1995)
    Two hundred years into the future, Devon Adair embarks on a mission to save her son's life and to provide humanity with a second chance. After traveling through space for twenty-two years, Devon and her small Advance team are forced to crash-land onto the far-away planet known as G-889. They are thousands of miles from their destination: New Pacifica, where they're supposed to set up a colony for the 250 families that are following. The survivors start out on a long and perilous journey toward New Pacifica. During their journey they will learn a lot about the mysteries of their new home and themselves.moreless
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    Saturday Night's Main Event

    Saturday Night's Main Event

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    WWE Saturday Night's Main Event has returned to NBC this March after a 13-year hiatus. In the mid-1980s through early 1990s, WWE fans would scour the television listings each month - making sure they didn't miss the highly anticipated special that replaced network staple Saturday Night Live on occasion. When Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey weren't performing comedy sketches, WWE Superstars were squaring off in matches that often took on a pay-per-view feel. The show's original theme song was "Obsession" by the band Animotion, but by the time the first run of the series ended in 1992, the music was changed to a generic theme.moreless
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    Providence

    Providence

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    NBC (ended 2002)
    In the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, Dr. Sydney Hansen ( Melina Kanakaredes) faces difficulties in both her practice and her family life. Although Syd thinks she's crazy, communicating with her dead mother sure gives Syd the advice she needs to get through daily life. While balancing her job, her siblings, her lonely father, and her untimely romances, Sydney Hansen makes this show an easy family favorite.moreless
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    The Torkelsons

    The Torkelsons

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    Welcome to the The Torkelsons [aka Almost Home] guide at TV.com.

    This show was a comedy about a sensitive 14-year-old girl who's mortified by her crazy-quilt unorthodox family. Dorothy Jane just wanted to be thought of as normal, like any teenager, but had a hard time doing so. Her father had walked out on the family and they were always short on money. Her perky, optimistic mom, Millicent, saw sunshine everywhere. The rest of the family consisted of brothers - athletic Steven Floyd and studious Chuckie Lee, and sisters - spunky Ruth Ann and cute Mary Sue. They lived in a big rambling house in Pyramid Corners, Oklahoma. The name for the show came from a real Steven Floyd Torkelson who shared his bug collection and a first kiss with a little girl named Lynn Montgomery. She grew up to create the show some 30 years later.

    The series, which appeared on NBC, apparently turned out to be too down home for most people as it never found much of an audience in its original Saturday night timeslot and even less of one when it was moved to Sundays. After a second hiatus the series was revamped to return in February 1993 as Almost Home. For the new series the family moved to Seattle, WA [expect for Steven Floyd and Ruth Ann - who were wrote off and never mentioned again], where Millicent took a job as a nanny for two spoiled teenage children of widower Brian Morgan.

    The new season, which mostly pitted conservative family values against liberal family values, did not do any better in the ratings and was cancelled after 13 episodes.

    Season One Theme:

    People say God looks out for the working man Sure hope he's looking out for me These empty pockets need a helping hand Kitchen table's full of family

    But then the sun comes up [sun comes up] And the moon is shining big and bright And the new day promises [promises] That everything will be alright

    And the new day promises that everything will be alright.

    Season Two Theme:

    Just when you think you've settled down And you feel like you're almost home Just when the wheel starts spinnin round Love sneaks in with a plan of it's own

    Love comes in unexpected places Life turns in unexpected ways I swear we'll laugh, at these days [at these days] Love comes in unexpected places Life turns in unexpected ways

    Just when you think you're alone Maybe we're almost home Maybe we're almost home Maybe we're almost ho-omemoreless
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