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 the Herman Gutman mail-order catalogue (which was full of useless gadgets and knickknacks) and did the cooking and cleaning while wife Judy (Beverly Archer) commuted(...)

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. Buddy (Chris Murney) did the thinking, Stuf (Stuart Pankin) did(...)

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 big-talking pal Grady Wilson had now moved out of Watts and into the middle-class neighbourhood in Santa Monica where his daughter Ellie (Carol Cole,(...)

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(...)

Fly Into Danger

1 9 7 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes At Chilford Green Aerodrome, a small, privately owned airfield in the heart of England, the transportation of cargo takes place daily. But this is no ordinary cargo – as 18-year-old Chris Lomax (Louis Cabot) is to discover. A keen motor mechanic whose enthusiasm for aircraft has(...)

4 Idle Hands

1 9 7 6 (UK) “Maybe we’re not ready for the outside world.” “Is the outside world ready for us?” Life has never been easy for school-leavers, and 16-year-old Mike Dudds (Phil Daniels) and Pete Sutton (Ray Burdis) are no different to millions of others. Neither has a vocation to follow or any demonstrable skills. Their sense of(...)

Hello Cheeky

1 9 7 6 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes A quick-fire comedy sketch show from Yorkshire Television continuing in the style of the long-running 1970s BBC radio comedy program of the same name. Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor joined comedy writer and Jokers Wild host Barry Cryer, and writer and actor John Junkin, with composer Denis King providing(...)

Red Letter Day

1 9 7 6 (UK) 7 x 50 minute episodes It happens in almost everyone’s life. There is a special day – a day of unusual significance. A turning point in life, perhaps in career, romance or fortune; a day to remember. This anthology of plays, each as individual as the people and events portrayed, looks(...)

Tightrope (UK)

1 9 7 2 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes Timeslip star Spencer Banks, John Savident (Coronation Street) and future BAFTA-winning producer and director David Munro starred in this tense thriller for young viewers which brilliantly captured the paranoia of the Cold War. Martin Clifford (Banks) lives in a quiet English village called Redlow and is busy(...)

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