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    The Ray Bradbury Theater

    The Ray Bradbury Theater

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    USA (ended 1992)
    People ask, "Where do you get your ideas?" Well, right here. All this is my Martian landscape. Somewhere in this room is an African veldt. Just beyond perhaps is a small Illinois town where I grew up. I'm surrounded on every side by my magician's toyshop. I'll never starve here. I just look around, find what I need, and begin. I'm Ray Bradbury, and this is... The Ray Bradbury Theater." Well then, right now, what shall it be? Out of all this, what do I choose to make a story? I never know where the next one will take me. And the trip? Exactly one-half imagination, exactly one-half terror. The Ray Bradbury Theater anthology series features 65 adaptations of the works of famous S.F. author Ray Bradbury, including such stories as "Marionettes, Inc.", "The Veidt", "A Sound of Thunder", "Mars is Heaven," "Usher "", "The Jar", "The Long Rain", and many more. Featured actors included William Shatner, Drew Barrymore, Elliot Gould, Jeff Goldblum, Peter O'Toole, Shelley Duval, and many others.moreless
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    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

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    USA (ended 1984)
    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe takes Prince Adam on a trip to save Eternia from evil. With his trusty companion Cringer, he calls upon the power of Grayskull and is transformed into He-man and Cringer into Battlecat and they fight Skeletor and other enemies to save Eternia.moreless
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    G.I. Joe (1990)

    G.I. Joe (1990)

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    USA (ended 1992)
    G.I. Joe (1990) was a relatively unpopular cartoon produced by DIC that followed on the heels of the very successful and popular G.I. Joe cartoon produced by Sunbow that began in 1985. The show began with the mini-series entitled "Operation Dragonfire". The series was almost universally loathed by fans of the original Sunbow cartoon due to its lackuster animation, plots, and voice work. It ran for two seasons.moreless
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    Night Flight

    Night Flight

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    USA (ended 1996)
    A variety show showcasing music videos, movies, stand up comic routines and documentaries. The mix was pieced together using clips and full features, both short subject and full length. Peppered throughout were clips from cartoons, B-movies and vintage commercials. Pat Prescott was the unseen narrator, her voice-overs introduced segments. This added a sense of anti-commercialism, as there was no "star" personality. Each show installment had a theme, such as women in music or science fiction in art. Most often the content was eclectic videos, cult features and the artworks of eccentric performers. Usually the material shown was uncensored, further displaying an attempt to keep artistic integrity intact.moreless
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    WWE Superstars

    WWE Superstars

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    USA (ended 1996)
    "WWF Superstars" took its name from the World Wrestling Federation's long-running syndicated series, using the title on the wrestling promotion's cable week-in-review program. Kevin Kelly (himself a former wrestler) reviewed the past week in the World Wrestling Federation and updated viewers on ongoing feuds and upcoming events. Frequently, the series featured segments on the WWF cast's out-of-character (i.e., their real-life personalities) and out-of-ring activities (e.g., charitable, civic and political activities; appearances in movies and TV-series; etc.), as well as occasional behind-the-scenes looks at the WWF.moreless
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    Dance Party USA

    Dance Party USA

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    USA (ended 1992)
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    Up All Night with Rhonda Shear

    Up All Night with Rhonda Shear

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    USA (ended 1998)
    This show had hosts that introduced movies. They would do short comedy routines when coming back from commercial breaks. The hosts of the show included Caroline Schlitt, Gilbert Gottfried and the one and only Rhonda Shear. Rhonda brought not only comedy but also sexuality to her show making it an instant cult hit.moreless
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    Bumper Stumpers

    Bumper Stumpers

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    USA (ended 1990)
    There is always something about a personalized license plate that brings a smile to everyone's face. Indeed, the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has made something of a career of it. But ask any Virginian what inspired him to get that quirky plate, and chances are he will not mention Bumper Stumpers, the most successful of original game shows ever aired on USA Network. Bob Stewart had set up outfits in Toronto and Montréal during the mid-1980s, reviving Jackpot in Toronto and Chain Reaction in Montréal. Coming out of that background, the heirs to the Jack Barry game show estate teamed with Wink Martindale Enterprises to create Bumper Stumpers for Global Television (Eastern Canada) and USA Network (United States). Here was its simple premise: Al Dubois, billed as "the driving force" on the show, gave two pairs of contestants word puzzles in the form of quirky license plates. First up on the bank of seven computer monitors: two different license plates. Al Dubois read a clue: "Which of these license plates belongs to…?" The contestants had to buzz in when they thought they knew, and said either "left" or "right." Whoever won that skirmish got control of the correct license plate and then had five seconds to decipher it. (e.g., The pictured license plate belongs to an overweight ballerina.) If neither team got the right answer (with the team in control missing out first, then the other team), the round started over with two different plates. Getting the correct answer within five seconds gave the lucky team a chance to solve the main license plate. The main puzzler was a seven-space license plate, à la old school California, with white characters, à la Michigan. Only the team that had won the round could get a shot at this main puzzler. With the first letter of the plate given to them, they would ask for a different space to be filled. Given that character, the contestants had ten seconds to solve the puzzler. Early in its first season, one correctly-solved main puzzler took the lucky team directly to the endgame. There they tried to guess as many as seven license plates within 60 seconds. The more they solved, the better their chances were at that diabolical bank of computer monitors. Each of the seven screens changed to a letter: S, T, U, M, P, E, R. Behind them? However many license plates the contestants failed to solve, that was the number of STOP signs lurking behind the seven screens. The other screens hid dollar amounts: $500, $400, $300, $200, $100, and another $500. However many license plates the team correctly solved, was reflected in the end game, starting with the $500 space and going down the line as you just read. Players chose letters and (hopefully) amassed money until (A) they collected $500 to win the endgame, or (B) they hit a STOP sign and ended play, keeping any accumulated winnings. (That rule would change shortly.) Rather the reverse of the Tic Tac Dough endgame, since there could be as many of six dragons (oops-I meant STOP signs) and only one good place on the board. Within two months of the first year, the structure of front game to endgame was changed. Before, teams could stay until they lost two front games to the same opponents. In the revised format, two main puzzlers made up the front game. Values of dollar amounts in the endgame were changed. This time, depending on how many license plates were guessed correctly, the non-STOP signs began with a WIN symbol, then these dollar amounts: $500, $400, $300, $200, $100. The champions' goal was to get the WIN sign and collect $1,000 or (if they guessed four to six plates correctly) select enough dollar amounts to reach $1,000. Any time they hit a STOP sign, the champions would lose any accumulated money in the endgame. (That put it more in-line with the Barry & Enright tradition.) Teams could win a maximum of five front games. Among all those who competed on Bumper Stumpers, no one won more money than Mo and Jeff, five-time champions from the first season. Bumper Stumpers was a registered trademark of Barry & Enright Productions and Wink Martindale Enterprises.moreless
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    Sanchez of Bel Air

    Sanchez of Bel Air

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    USA (ended 1986)
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    The Bobby Heenan Show

    The Bobby Heenan Show

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    USA (ended 1989)
    In the mid 1980's, Vince McMahon was looking for new TV Shows to make about wrestling, and one of those was "The Bobby Heenan Show" which was a talk show. The thing about it, is that it wasn't a typical talk show. It featured a lot of guests, including the geeky nerdy Jameson who later became the Co-Host along Heenan for Episodes 2 and 3. Also, it featured The Oinkettes, some overweight ladies that made regular appearances. Even though this show only had 4 episodes, it remained loved and had many fans.moreless
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    Love Me, Love Me Not

    Love Me, Love Me Not

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    USA (ended 1987)
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    The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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    USA
    The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is one of the classiest sporting events in the world. Since the first show in 1877, the Westminster Dog Show has crowned hundreds of dogs as best in show, granting them the highest honor a dog can receive. During the show, dogs are judged based on specific standards for their breeds for two full days in February. After initial group judging, the top dog from each of the seven groups are allowed to move on to the final round and a chance to win best of show. This judging technique provides all dogs with an equal opportunity to win the show. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has grown to be one of the most popular sports specials aired since it was first broadcasted in 1948. The Club also hosts a Junior Showmanship competition, with the finalists receiving scholarships for post-secondary schooling. What could be classier than an upscale competition focused on some of the world's most beloved animals? Well, you would have to be barking mad to miss the next Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.moreless
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    Weird Science

    Weird Science

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    USA (ended 1998)
    Weird Science is a show based on the 1985 John Hughes movie of the same name starring Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock and Ilan Mitchell-Smith. High school geeks Wyatt Donnelly and Gary Wallace create their dream girl, a magical genie named Lisa, on Wyatt's computer. Having a genie leads up to five seasons of unique adventures for the guys.moreless