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    Encounters with the Unexplained

    Encounters with the Unexplained

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    Ion Television (ended 2002)
    Encounters with the Unexplained is a fascinating show, produced by the Total Living Network and Grizzly Adams Productions. Hosted by Jerry Orbach, the show brings together world-renowned scientists, explorers, and historians in search of answers to famous mysteries. Every episode examines an unexplained phenomenon and present startling new conclusions about the way we understand our world and ourselves.moreless
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    This is Your Life (UK)

    This is Your Life (UK)

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    BBC (ended 2003)
    Each week, a celebrity guest of honour is surprised and presented with a 'Red Book' by the show host. The host conducts a biography of the guest with the help of family members, friends, and acquaintances.moreless
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    Lifestyles of the Rich And Famous

    Lifestyles of the Rich And Famous

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    (ended 1995)
    This hour-long series looked at how much money Hollywood celebrities spend on homes, cars, and other rewards.
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    Biography

    Biography

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    A&E
    This show provides an in-depth profile of the lives of people throughout history who have captured our imagination.
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    E! True Hollywood Story

    E! True Hollywood Story

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    E!
    Want the inside scoop on Tinseltown's steamiest secrets? Watch E!'s Emmy-nominated documentary series for the real Story on the shows, the stars and the secrets of the Hollywood elite.
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    American Experience

    American Experience

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    PBS
    Since 1988, PBS has broadcast a series that focuses on the history of the United States and what has made it unique. Called American Experience (originally titled The American Experience), the program examines the people, events, technology, and natural resources that have shaped the country. Hosted by David McCullough until 2002 and narrated by a number of well-known personalities - American Experience uses historians and authors, period images and film, music, dramatic re-enactments, and contemporary context to set the stage for its topics.

    The series continues to this day with a variable number of installments produced each year. Episodes are generally 60 minutes in length, but some longer episodes and multi-part series have also been produced. The show airs at different days and times on local PBS stations.

    Though American Experience has used many films from independent film makers and has been assisted by various PBS stations throughout the country, it has always been spearheaded by WGBH in Boston.moreless
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    The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

    The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

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    (ended 1976)
    Broadcasting into millions of homes around the world from 1966 to 1976, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau chronicles the exotic undersea explorations of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his crew aboard the ex-Royal Navy minesweepe, The Calypso.moreless
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    Movie Magic

    Movie Magic

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    Discovery Channel (ended 1996)
    Documentary series dealing with every aspect of special effects in movies, from low-budget make-up to multi-million-dollar computer-generated graphics.
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    The Clothes Show

    The Clothes Show

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    BBC (ended 1998)
    The Clothes Show is a British video magazine that focuses on the European fashion world and how people can get a hold of the latest trends for less. Designer Jeff Banks created the show in 1986, and he stars in the first two episodes as a savvy fashion reporter scouting the catwalk. His co-host, ex-TV newsreader Selina Scott, goes inside the dressing room, taking a closer look at the stressful atmosphere behind the scenes before every show. Fashion editor Caryn Franklin joins the hosts to give viewers a detailed analysis of fashion week as it occurs. Together, the trio teaches viewers how to look, act and dress like a top model on a meager budget. Caryn later replaces the two hosts and adds singer Louise Redknapp and Irish stylist Brendan Courtney to her entourage of fashion reporters. Throughout the series, producer Susan Brand catches The Clothes Show hosts off-guard, which produces some unexpected events in the dressing room and on the runway. moreless
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    Gardens of the World

    Gardens of the World

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    PBS (ended 1993)
    This was the only TV series Audrey Hepburn ever starred in.
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    Intimate Portrait

    Intimate Portrait

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    Lifetime (ended 2004)
    Delve into the lives of celebrated women! Get a personal perspective on some of the most impressive women in art, entertainment, politics, business, science, journalism and sports. Learn about their ups and downs, heartaches and happy endings. Listen as they describe their childhoods, careers and personal relationships in their own words — and hear from their close friends and family too. From 1995 to 2004, the popular series featured former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, actress Sela Ward, journalist Diane Sawyer and astronaut Sally Ride, Shania Twain, among others. First Telecast: January 3, 1995 261 Color Episodes LIFETIME BROADCAST HISTORY: January 1995 - November 2003 --- Monday, 7PM December 2003 - August 2004 --- Saturday, 11PMmoreless
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    Behind The Music

    Behind The Music

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    VH1
    "Behind The Music" chronicles the personal lives of many of the most popular musical acts of the rock era, and occasionally strays into related subjects, such as Woodstock, Hair and radio pioneer Alan Freed, as well as 'year' episodes, which tell the events and issues of certain years through the music of the time. The series was born following the success of a VH1 documentary about heroin abuse. The producers strictly follow a policy of having complete cooperation from their subjects, even when delving into embarrassing issues, which prevents the show from falling into the pitfall of tabloid sleaze. They hunt down possible interviewees, sometimes using detectives, and ask direct, probing questions, which prompt revealing, and brutally honest (we hope) responses. Nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series for four consecutive years, BTM has established a rigid formula. We explore humble beginnings, meteoric rises, major setbacks, personal struggles, crippling vices, devasting falls, and climaxes that include revivals, deaths, and career changes. Unfortunately (for us), success has crept in. As BTM became VH1's top-rated show, it also has become a vehicle for commercialism. In 2000, the market was flooded with BTM books, CD's, and videos, and the recording industry started to realise the direct influence the show has on music sales. Vanilla Ice reportedly sold four times more albums after his episode aired, and many back catalogue sales have increased. So the later episodes have veered away from the 'classic' artists, and feature trendy, marketable newer acts. Hence, there sometimes is precious little drama to the artists' stories, and the series has turned rather uneven. Still, there is an occasional worthy tale, though VH1 produces only three or four new episodes per season these days. It's sister show, "VH1's Storytellers", has also been revived .moreless
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    Nature

    Nature

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    PBS
    Nature is a wildlife documentary program that has been airing on PBS since 1982. Its longevity is explained partly by its quality; Nature has won numerous Emmy awards. Documentaries have explored a multitude of different animals, plants, and other aspects of the natural world. Subjects vary from "Africa" to "Yellowstone Otters." Some documentaries have featured celebrities, such as "Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts" and "John Denver: Let This Be a Voice." While the documentaries vary in creator, style and narrator, they are all educational and suitable for the entire family.moreless
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    The Gangster Chronicles

    The Gangster Chronicles

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    NBC (ended 1981)
    Despite winning an Emmy and a great cast, The Gangster Chronicles could not compete against NBC's Hill Street Blues. Fact and fiction were often blurred in this story of how "the mob" was invented and progressed.moreless
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    Sightings

    Sightings

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    FOX (ended 1997)
    This investigative show takes a look into dramatic stories of the paranormal. Sightings reporters investigate claims of strange and unexplained phenomena -- everything from UFOs to ESP. If it's spooky, weird, or just plain haunted, you can peer behind the dark curtain of the unknown right here.moreless
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    Popular Mechanics for Kids

    Popular Mechanics for Kids

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    (ended 2001)
    Jay, Elisha, Tyler, and Vanessa are the hosts of this amazing television series that explains to children, about how technology in the world works and gives large amounts of information to learn from. Along the way, Charlie shows you how to build and perform different, exciting things. For the fourth season different themes are used for each episode but the content used are from previous episodes of seasons one, two, and three. Popular Mechanics for Kids were nominated for several times in the Gemini Awards

    1998 - Best Direction in an Information Program or Series

    1998 - Best Children's or Youth Program or Series

    1999 - Best Direction in an Information Program or Series

    1999 - Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series

    2000 - Best Direction in an Information Program or Series

    2000 - Best Children's or Youth Program or Seriesmoreless
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    American Cinema

    American Cinema

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    PBS (ended 1995)
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    History's Mysteries

    History's Mysteries

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    The History Channel
    History's Mysteries explores stories, events and legends that have intrigued us for generations and started debate in countless time periods. No subject is left untouched in this shows quest for answers.moreless
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    Inside Out

    Inside Out

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    BBC
    British documentary series
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    Air Power

    Air Power

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    Air Power was a half-hour CBS documentary show centering on the history of aviation. Centering on the U.S. Air Force,Air Power takes the viewer through in invention of air planes, supersonic flight, rockets and missiles, and how the future appeared from the 1950s. The show also featured some of the well known important figures of flight. Narration is provided by Walter Cronkite.moreless
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