Mr Ed star Alan Young dies at 96

19 May 2016 Actor and comedian Alan Young – who starred alongside a talking horse in the popular sitcom Mr Ed in the 1960s – has died in Los Angeles, aged 96. He died of natural causes on Thursday at a film and TV retirement facility in the city, his manager said. Young played the(…)

Archer

1 9 7 5 (USA) 6 x 60 minute episodes Former cop Lew Archer (Brian Keith) is now a private detective who is not above bending the law when trying to solve a case. Archer lives alone in a dump in the flatland where Los Angeles and Hollywood merge, and his friend, Lieutenant Brighton (John P.(…)

Most Wanted

1 9 7 6 – 1 9 7 7 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes Los Angeles mayor Dan Stoddard (Hari Rhodes) created the elite “Most Wanted” unit in the LAPD to deal with crimes and criminals of major magnitude. Captain Linc Evers (Robert Stack) headed the unit, setting out each week with Sergeant Benson (Shelly(…)

On Our Own

1 9 7 7 (USA) 22 x 30 minute episodes Maria Bonino (Lynnie Greene) and Julia Peters (Bess Armstrong) were two secretaries in a high-powered New York advertising agency who find themselves promoted to art director and copywriter and begin their new careers with enthusiasm. J.M. Bedford (Bob Randall) was chairman of the board, Toni McBain(…)

Turnabout

1 9 7 9 (USA) 7 x 30 minute episodes Tough sportswriter Sam Alston (John Schuck) and his cosmetics exec wife Penny (Sharon Gless) find themselves inhabiting each other’s bodies thanks to a magic Buddha-like statue. They try to keep the switch a secret and live each other’s life while trying to discover the secret of(…)

Operation Petticoat

1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (USA) 33 x 30 minute episodes With a cast of 18 regulars, this tale of World War II was based (loosely) on the 1959 movie of the same name. There were 13 regular officers and crewmen aboard the submarine USS Sea Tiger, but the main attraction was five(…)

Mr. T and Tina

1 9 7 6 (USA) 11 x 30 minute episodes Pat Morita (Arnold from Happy Days) starred in his own short-lived series as widowed Japanese businessman Taro Takahashi (aka “Mr T”) who moves his family from Tokyo to Chicago. He hires scatterbrained Nebraska-born Tina Kelly (Susan Blanchard) as the live-in governess for his children, Sachi (June(…)

We’ve Got Each Other

1 9 7 7 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes Role reversal was the theme of this short-lived CBS show. Husband Stuart (Oliver Clark) worked at home as a copywriter for a mail-order business and did the cooking and cleaning while wife Judy (Beverly Archer) commuted to Los Angeles and went to work with many whackos(…)

Flatbush

1 9 7 9 (USA) 6 x 30 minute episodes Presto, Socks, Turtle, Joey and Figgy were just-out-of-high-school teenagers living in a mostly Italian neighbourhood of Brooklyn who called themselves ‘the Fungos’ and got about in their cherished ‘Fungomobile’. Joseph Cali, who appeared with John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (1977), portrayed Presto Prestopopolos, the unofficial leader of the(…)

San Pedro Beach Bums, The

1 9 7 7 (USA) 10 x 60 minute episodes Five happy-go-lucky overgrown adolescents lived on a converted fishing boat (the Challenger) docked in the San Pedro Harbor and spent their time looking at bikini-clad girls, playing volleyball and helping out members of the community in need. In the premiere episode, the Bums joined forces with Charlie’s(…)

Big Eddie

1 9 7 5 (USA) 10 x 30 minute episodes ‘Big’ Eddie Smith (Sheldon Leonard) was the new owner of New York’s ‘Big E’ – a Madison Square Garden-type arena. He was also an ex-gambler who was trying not to get sucked back into the racket while dealing with the various crazies and eccentrics that crossed his(…)

Grady

1 9 7 5 – 1 9 7 6 (USA) 10 x 30 minute episodes This spin-off series starred Whitman Mayo in the role he created in Sanford and Son. Fred Sanford’s pal Grady Wilson had now moved out of Watts and into the middle-class neighbourhood in Santa Monica where his daughter Ellie (Carol Cole, eldest(…)

Cop and the Kid, The

1 9 7 5 – 1 9 7 6 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes NBC presented this series about a middle-class white policeman (Charles Durning) who is awarded custody of an orphaned black juvenile (Tierre Turner) as a replacement for the axed sitcom, Fay. They first meet when Lucas (the kid), jaywalking out of a(…)

Three for the Road

1 9 7 5 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes When his wife dies, freelance photographer/writer Pete Karras (Alex Rocco) and his two sons, John (teen heartthrob Vincent Van Patten) and Endy (a then-unknown Leif Garrett), sell their home and buy a large luxury recreational vehicle, wandering throughout the US enjoying a new and adventurous lifestyle while(…)

Montefuscos, The

1 9 7 5 (USA) 9 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived NBC Thursday night sitcom premiered on 4 September 1975 and revolved around stern but lovable patriarch Tony Montefusco (Joseph Sirola) and his large Italian-American family, which included several adult sons and a grown-up daughter. Oldest son Frank (Ron Carey) was a dentist with a(…)

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