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    Fernwood 2Night

    Fernwood 2Night

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    (ended 1977)
    By the end of 1976, producer extraordinaire Norman Lear had a crisis on his hands. His cult-favorite sitcom Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman imploded when its star, Louise Lasser, went through emotional trauma that forced her to resign. But Hartman's hometown of Fernwood, Ohio (ZIP Code 45989) would not shrivel up. Toward the end of the next summer, a new set of characters emerged with a "talk show" called Fernwood 2Night, airing (originally) live from Channel 6 in Fernwood. The host of Fernwood 2Night was Barth Gimble, who had left a very successful talk show in Miami under circumstances similar to Louise Lasser's real-life breakdown. Barth returned to his home of Fernwood to start this new talk show on Channel 6. Immediately, he used it as a platform to deny the charges made against him in the Fernwood Courier ("There has never been a conviction"). But on the bright side, Barth did get in banter with interesting guests, his second banana Jerry Hubbard, and musical director Happy. Original production number: 127 Barth promotes the planned Garth Gimbel Memorial Tennis Classic. W.D. "Bud" Prize (Kenneth Mars) returns, and bows to public demands that he reveal the secret of his chinadonture treatment. In a rebuttal to Dr. Van Moot (aka Dr. Osgood), Phil Maltby (Morgan Upton) of Phil's Fashion Funwear and Medical Research Lab explains that leisure suits, far from causing cancer, actually can help cure disease. "Bud" Prize is so stimulated by this revelation that he falls asleep.moreless
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    America 2Night

    America 2Night

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    (ended 1978)
    America 2Night is a talk show parody that ran in syndication in 1978. Produced by Norman Lear, it is actually the second season of Fernwood 2Night. The locale has been moved to California to make it easier for celebrities to drop in. As in F2N, Barth Gimble is the host and Jerry Hubbard is his co-host. The music is provided by Happy Kyne and the Mirth-Makers.moreless
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    Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

    Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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    (ended 1977)
    Welcome to the Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman guide at tv.com

    Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman!..that's how each episode of this satire started. The show was the brainchild of Norman Lear (Famous for All in the Family, Maude, and others), and was so controversial that none of the three major networks would air it. It was sold into five-day-a-week first-run syndication. Every weekday, you could catch an episode that featured the trials and tribulations of Fernwood, Ohio. It was a satire of soaps, spoofing many parts of the genre. Mary Hartman, the main character, was a middle-class suburban housewife in the town of Fernwood, Ohio. Mary had many problems, one of them being the yellow buildup on her kitchen floor. Other problems she had included having a sullen pre-teen daughter, strange and bizarre parents, an outspoken sister, and a dim and sexually unsatisfying husband. Mary was surrounded by kidnappings, mass murders, car accidents, and much more. The series was loved by critics and audiences alike, and was cancelled only because the star Louise Lasser decided to leave.The series had three spinoffs: Fernwood 2Night (1977), Forever Fernwood (1977-1978), and America 2Night (1978) VERY special thanks to Pavanbadal for supplying episode summaries for episode 23 and episodes 25 - 325. Without him, there would be no summaries for those episodes!moreless

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    Roseanne

    Roseanne

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    Roseanne was one of the most successful series of the late '80s and early '90s. It always received great ratings and was awarded with 4 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 4 American Comedy Awards and a Peabody. The show ran from 1988 to 1997 and ended with one of the most original (and confusing for some) endings in TV history.

    Set in small town Lanford Illinois, the show followed The Conners, a blue collar family with a humerous backbone, through the trials of: life, marriage, raising a family, and making ends meet. ABC Broadcasting Schedule October 1988-February 1989.....Tuesday 8:30-9:00 February 1989-September 1994......Tuesday 9:00-9:30 September 1994-March 1995......Wednesday 9:00-9:30 March 1995-May 1995......Wednesday 8:00-8:30 May 1995-September 1995......Wednesday 9:30-10:00 September 1995-May 1997......Wednesday 8:00-8:30moreless
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    Domestic Life

    Domestic Life

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    CBS (ended 1984)
    This comedy was executive produced by Steve Martin under his (wildly optimistically named) 40 Share Productions. The theme music was composed by Wendy Haas-Mull, with lyrics by Martin Mull. 10 Episodes. In the show Martin Crane is a commentator for a local Seattle TV station. His spot - "Domestic Life" - is about the humorous side of family life. Cliff Hamilton and Jane Funkabo are his co-workers on the news. His own family includes wife Candy, 15 year old daughter Didi and his 10 year old businessman son Harold.moreless
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    Sara

    Sara

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    NBC (ended 1985)
    Geena Davis played a single lawyer working at a legal aid firm in San Francisco.
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    Buffalo Bill

    Buffalo Bill

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    NBC (ended 1984)
    "Buffalo Bill" Bittinger is the host of a daytime talk show in Buffalo, NY. Unfailing rude and abrasive, Bill antagonizes everyone around him and is a constant source of lawsuits that his manager and director have to deal with.moreless
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    The Rousters

    The Rousters

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    NBC (ended 1984)
    "Tough like the steel of the wheel That turns the world around Stand your ground when you're right, when you fight Just let 'em call your bluff You've got the edge when things get rough 'Cuz you're tough enough Every day you prove it Every day you try your luck Stand or fall, it's up to you Ain't no way to pass the buck You ain't in it for money And you're just having some fun You got a name, and the name of the game Is do it 'till you get it done You got to do it 'till you get it done 'Cuz you're tough like the steel of the wheel That turns the world around Stand your ground when you're right, when you fight Just let 'em call your bluff You've got the edge when things get rough 'Cuz you're tough enough" What's in a name? Everything for Wyatt Earp III, great grandson of the the infamous OK Corral lawman gunslinger dude. He didn't much care for his, which made him the laughing stock of everyone he'd meet when they asked what to call him. It especially didn't endear him to cops, who all thought he was being a wiseass until he showed them his ID. Wyatt was straight as an arrow and tough as a tank, while his brother Evan was the polar opposite -- a hipster doofus with a penchant for con artistry and bungled repairwork. If Evan had a motto, it would be, "If it ain't broke, fix it until it is." Their mother, Amanda, bought into the Earp legend hook, line and sinker. A Granny Moses type, she sought to carry on the family tradition with her trusty shotgun. And, for an old bag-cum-wannabe bounty hunter, she could certainly shoot with the best of them... even if she didn't necessarily hit her target. No matter how much Wyatt wanted to distance himself from his legacy, his job as the bouncer and right-hand man of the Sladetown Carnival made sure trouble followed him wherever he went. Wyatt's boss and Sladetown's owner, the heavy-set "Cactus" Jack Slade, was always on Wyatt's tail to make sure the customers kept the peace and didn't heckle the attractions. Keeping it all in the family, Slade's pretty daughter Ellen, Sladetown's travelling tutor slash lion tamer, also happened to be dating Wyatt. Meanwhile, his teenage son, Michael, had to cope with the Earp family eccentricities and his lack of a normal kid's life, as well as the fact that his father and his teacher were an item.moreless
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    Paper Dolls

    Paper Dolls

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    ABC (ended 1984)
    During the mid-1980s, prime-time soaps ruled the airwaves and ABC, which already had a hit with Dynasty, tried again withPaper Dolls. Unfortunately, this attempt was less successful and Paper Dolls was cancelled after three months. The show was based on a 1982 TV movie, which centered around the modeling business and the corruption of two beautiful and innocent teenage models Taryn and Laurie. However, in the transition to a weekly series, the focus was split between the modeling business and the Harper family whose wealthy conglomerate had a small stake in the modeling business. As a result, the show was diluted with too many characters and convoluting plotlines for viewers to get invested. The original two-hour episode aired opposite the 1984 Prime Time Emmy Awards and scored decent ratings, however, subsequent episodes failed to live up to the ratings potential and the show quietly went off the air before resolving any plotlines. Interestingly enough, the two actresses who played the teen models in the series, Terry Farrell and Nicollette Sheridan, later appeared in more successful series. Farrell co-starred in both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Becker, while Sheridan enjoyed a seven-year stint as Paige on Knots Landing and is currently playing Edie on Desperate Housewives.moreless
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    The X-Files

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    FOX
    The X-Files is a Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. Running for 9 seasons, the show was a hit for the Fox Broadcasting Company network, and its main characters and slogans (e.g., "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", "I Want to Believe") became pop culture touchstones. The X-Files is seen as a defining series of the 1990s, coinciding with the era's widespread mistrust of governments, interest in conspiracy theories and spirituality, and the belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life. TV Guide called The X-Files the Second greatest cult television show and the 37th best television show of all time. In 2007, Time magazine included it on a list of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time." In 2008, Entertainment Weekly named it Classic Sci-fi and the fourth best TV show in the last 25 years. This long running FOX drama lasted nine seasons and focused on the exploits of FBI Agents Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, John Doggett and Monica Reyes and their investigations into the paranormal. From genetic mutants and killer insects to a global conspiracy concerning the colonisation of Earth by an alien species, this mind-boggling, humourous and occasionally frightening series created by Chris Carter has been one of the world's most popular sci-fi/drama shows since its humble beginnings in 1993. The show has also spawned two movies, The X-Files Movie in 1998 and I Want To Believe in 2008. So sit back and enjoy the fascinating world of The X-Files. The entire nine seasons of The X-Files are now available on DVD! As well has hundreds of books written about the show. Emmy Awards 2001 - Outstanding Makeup for a Series for episode DeadAlive 2000 - Outstanding Makeup for a Series for episode Theef - Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for episode First Person Shooter - Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for episode First Person Shooter 1999 - Outstanding Makeup for a series for episodes Two Fathers/One Son 1998 - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series for episode The Post-Modern Prometheus - Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series for episode Kill Switch 1997 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Gillian Anderson - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series for episode Memento Mori - Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for episode Tempus Fugit 1996 - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series to Peter Boyle for episode Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Drama Series to Darin Morgan for episode Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a series for episode Grotesque - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series for episode Nisei - Outstanding individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for episode Nisei 1994 - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences for The X-Files Golden Globe Awards 1998 - Best TV Series (Drama) 1997 - Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Drama) to David Duchovny - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series (Drama) to Gillian Anderson - Best TV Series (Drama) 1995 - Best TV Series (Drama) In March 2015 it was announced that the show will return for a 6 episode limited series with both Duchovny and Anderson reprising their roles after a 13 year hiatus. Chris Carter is on board to write and produce these episodes. Season 10 began airing from January 24th 2016. It is rumoured the show could be renewed for further seasons due to the success of season 10.moreless
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    Cybill

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    CBS (ended 1998)
    Cybill Shepherd stars as Cybill Sheridan, a woman who has it all: two spiteful daughters, two clingy ex-husbands, an outrageous best friend, an unstable future ,and a house on an eroding LA hillside. But with humor and determination, Cybill braves each new challenge that comes her way, while having the time of her life discovering that life after forty is anything but downhill. CBS Broadcast History January 1995-September 1995----Monday----9:30
    September 1995-April 1996----Sunday----8:00
    April 1996-February 1997----Monday----9:30
    March 1997-December 1997----Monday----9:00
    March 1998-April 1998----Wednesday----8:30
    May 1998-June 1998----Monday----9:00
    June 1998-July 1998----Monday----9:30moreless
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    Family Dog

    Family Dog

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    CBS (ended 1993)
    Family Dog, the sad but true story of a horribly dysfunctional family, the Binsfords, as told through the eyes of their abused dog. This short-lived series was actually a spin-off from an episode of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, entitled appropriately, "The Family Dog". The show deserves to be remembered, even if it was on for only a month.moreless
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    His & Hers

    His & Hers

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    CBS (ended 1990)
    Marriage counselors Doug and Reggie live together with Reggie's two children. You would think that their jobs would help within their marriage, but the couple turn out to be far more skilled handling other people's relationships than their own.moreless
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    Cheers

    Cheers

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    NBC (ended 1993)
    Sam (Ted Danson), a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, owns and runs Cheers, a cozy bar in Boston. Somewhat snobby, beautiful and intelligent Diane (Shelley Long) -- forced to become a waitress when her fiance jilts her -- constantly bickers with Sam. Eventually, they fall in love. Several wacky characters make the bar their home-away-from-home, including sarcastic waitress Carla (Rhea Perlman), beer-loving Norm (George Wendt) and Boston letter carrier Cliff (John Ratzenberger) A few seasons later, Sam sells the bar to buy a boat and sail around the world. But his boat sinks and he returns to bartending. Rebecca (Kirstie Alley), the new (more ambitious) manager, hires him back. They love to hate each other and eventually get together as well. Intro Theme: Making your way in the world today takes everything you got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, And they're always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name. You wanna go where people know people are all the same. You wanna go where everybody knows your name. Nielsen Ratings: #75 in the 1982-1983 season #13 in the 1984-1985 season #5 in the 1985-1986 season #3 in the 1986-1987 season #3 in the 1987-1988 season #4 in the 1988-1989 season #3 in the 1989-1990 season #1 in the 1990-1991 season #4 in the 1991-1992 season #9 in the 1992-1993 seasonmoreless
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    Pearl

    Pearl

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    CBS (ended 1997)
    In her first TV role since "Cheers"' tart-tongued barmaid Carla, Rhea Perlman plays Pearl Caraldo, a longshoreman's widow who enrolls in a prestigious university, where she'll teach her prickly professor (Malcolm McDowell, Our Friends in the North) a thing or two about life.moreless
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    Becker

    Becker

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    CBS (ended 2004)
    Ted Danson (Cheers) stars as Dr. John Becker, a dedicated and talented physician with a gruff exterior. Unfortunately, his interior isn't warm and fuzzy either. While he offend those around him who try to get close, he's extremely dedicated to his medical practice in the Bronx where he always went the extra mile to help those in need.

    Becker looked at the world around him and saw a society gone mad, full of incongruities and had no problem about saying anything that came to his mind. Becker often unleashed his views at the local diner run by Reggie (Terry Farrell, Star Trek Deep Space Nine). Jake (Alex Desert, The Heights) is the blind proprietor of the local newsstand. He's used to John and did his best to explain the "Becker phenomenon" to others, including Bob (Saverio Guerra, Temporarily Yours).

    His head nurse, Margaret (Hattie Winston, Homefront), made order out of his chaotic office and deals with both Becker and Linda (Shawnee Smith, Arsenio.moreless
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    Ink

    Ink

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    CBS (ended 1997)
    Journalists Kate Montgomery and Mike Logan married three months after meeting on the White House lawn. Although the marriage didn't last, there are two common threads between them—their 15-year-old daughter Abby and their all-consuming adoration of the newspaper ink that rubs off on their fingers. While Mike has become one of New York's larger-than-life journalists, Kate's hard-nosed reporting from around the world has earned her an impressive reputation. When Kate accepts a job offer that's just too good to pass up, she becomes the first female managing editor of the New York Sun—and she's now Mike's boss as well. Her staff also includes no-nonsense, seen-it-all police reporter Ernie Trainor; intense and somewhat neurotic financial reporter Alan Mesnick; "On the Town" columnist Belinda Carhardt, who has a few miles on her; and the newsroom's jaded and judgmental editorial assistant Donna French, who manages to remain ultra-hip in a sea of tweeds and khakis.moreless
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    Frasier

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    NBC (ended 2004)
    "Frasier" provides a weekly dose of the neuroses and tribulations suffered by an insecure and pompous psychiatrist, Dr. Frasier Crane, host of a Seattle radio advice show at KACL. The twice-divorced doctor's peaceful home life of fine cigars and haute cuisine was shattered when his gruff, ex-cop father, Martin, was injured in the line of duty and forced to move in with Frasier. Martin brought with him a semi-psychic, live-in home-care provider, Daphne Moon, his pesky Jack Russell terrier, Eddie, and a duct-taped recliner that clashes with Frasier's more aesthetically pleasing Eames and Wassily chairs. Their home is frequently visited by Frasier's snobbish and competitive brother, Niles, a fellow psychiatrist whose longtime romantic interest in Daphne was finally happily realized at the conclusion of Season 7. At work, his slightly jaded producer and man-hungry single parent Roz Doyle, supports Frasier. Some of the people who voice the callers to Frasier's radio program are often bigtime celebrities. "Frasier", starring Kelsey Grammer in his Emmy Award-winning title role of Dr. Frasier Crane, made history by becoming the first series, comedy or drama, to achieve a record five consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy Series. With this achievement, the series stands ahead of "Cheers", the series from which "Frasier" was spun-off. Overall, "Frasier" earned a total of 37 Emmys (more than any other series in history), including four for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Kelsey Grammer and four for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for David Hyde Pierce. It's also interesting to point out that Kelsey Grammer played the part of Frasier for 20 years, tying him for the longest duration playing the same character on television and, that the show included guest appearances from almost all regulars from "Cheers", excluding Kirstie Alley. NBC Broadcast History September 1993 - May 1994: Thursdays 9:30 PM September 1994 - May 1998: Tuesdays 9:00 PM September 1998 - May 2000: Thursdays 9:00 PM September 2000 - May 2004: Tuesdays 9:00 PM Global Broadcast History (Canada) September 1993 - May 1994: Thursdays 9:30 PM September 1994 - May 1998: Tuesdays 9:00 PM September 1998 - May 2000: Thursdays 9:00 PM September 2000 - February 2004: Tuesdays 8:00 PMmoreless
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    Friends

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    NBC (ended 2004)
    "With a Little Help From My Friends" is a song written by the Beatles (and expertly covered by Joe Cocker) and it could easily be the subtitle for the thirty minute comedy, "Friends". In 1994, the idea was created for "Friends": a show about six friends in New York as they navigate their way through life and learn to grow up as they approach their thirties. All, with the help from each other to get them through the obstacles that life naturally has for us. Monica is the excessively neat and organized "older sister" of the group, who works as a chef while yearning to find her ideal love. Ross, Monica's older brother, is a paleontologist with a lifelong crush on Rachel. He is a laid-back man with low self esteem and a recent divorcee. Rachel is the pretty, bubbly girl who spent most of her life as a spoiled rich princess. Now she must learn to face the real world. Chandler is Ross' college buddy and the guy who will crack jokes at a moment's notice. Phoebe is a lovable eccentric masseuse who easily could have fit in with Haight Ashbury in the 1960s. And then there's Joey, the friend who has an inverse relationship between his good looks and his intelligence. He dreams of becoming an actor. These six individuals make up the cast of Friends.

    In May 2004, Friends officially ended it's phenomenal 10 year run. The show's time slot was taken over by a spin-off called Joey.moreless
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    Are You Being Served?

    Are You Being Served?

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    BBC (ended 1985)
    Are You Being Served? is a British Sitcom that ran from 1972-1985. The show revolved around "Grace Brothers Department Store" and in particular the goings on within the "Gentlemen's Ready-To-Wear" and "Ladies' Separates and Underwear" Departments. A store reorganization forced these two departments to share floor space, and the conflicts that this created set the tone for most episodes. Are You Being Served? showcases a bygone period of time in which the class structure was still very much alive. There was a strict heirarchy within Grace Brothers. Everyone knew their "places" and remained in them, unless, of course, there was a chance for advancement and then it was every man and woman for themselves. A spin-off series of Are You Being Served? was released, called Grace and Favour. Although in the U.S, it was named Are You Being Served? Again!moreless
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