Comedy

Alan Young Show, The

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) In 1950, when network television was still in its infancy in the US and radio ruled supreme as America's favourite home entertainment medium, a young Canadian comedian named Alan Young was recruited by the CBS network to appear on a new half-hour weekly television series. TV(...)

Alas Smith and Jones

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 8 (UK)43 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute special This clever comedy sketch series (mimicking the title of the 1970s Western series starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy) with Mel Smith (son of a betting shop owner) and Griff Rhys Jones (son of a doctor) basically picked up where(...)

Albert!

1 9 7 2 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes Short lived sequel to Dear Mother . . . Love Albert. Albert Courtenay Rodney Bewes Doreen Bissel Cheryl Hall

Alcock and Gander

1 9 7 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Another ITV comedy from the team of Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke. Mrs Marigold Alcock (Beryl Reid) runs her late husband's business ''empire'', The Alcock Group of Companies - including such highly dubious companies as Fly-by-night Tours and the Tom O'Thimble Lucky Pixie shop - from two(...)

Aldrich Family, The

1 9 4 9 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) Before it became a successful sitcom on television, The Aldrich Family had been a long-running and popular radio show (1939 - 1953). While the radio show aired for 14 years, the TV series (which ran concurrently with the radio programme) lasted only three and a half years. The(...)

Alexei Sayle’s Stuff

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 1 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes "Who's that fat bastard?" After an ill-conceived sojourn alongside Chris Tarrant and Lenny Henry on ITV's lamentably crude OTT show, bulbous Jewish Liverpudlian comic Alexei Sayle developed in the direction of alternative comedy television via guest spots on The Young Ones and The Comic Strip Presents... -(...)

Alf

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 6 (USA) 102 x 30 minute episodes 2 x 60 minute episodes Long before 3rd Rock From the Sun (but long after My Favorite Martian) there was ALF. Not your average Alien Life Form, ALF - a wisecracking, 229-year-old furball - became part of the Tanner family when he accidentally crashed(...)

Alfresco

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) If asked to name Britain's biggest comedy and drama names at the end of the 20th century, many viewers would have included most of the stars of this show. Back in 1983 however, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Ben Elton, Siobhan Redmond and Robbie Coltrane(...)

Alice

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) 209 x 30 minute episodes Mel's Diner - a greasy-spoon truck-stop in Phoenix, Arizona - was the setting for this US comedy series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, was an aspiring singer who arrived in Phoenix with her teenage son, Tommy, after the death of her(...)

All At No. 20

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) 12 x 30 minute episodes Widow Sheila Haddon (Maureen Lipman in her first comedy series since Agony) discovers that she no longer has enough money to keep up repayments on her mortgage. Her deceased husband hadn't bothered to take out any life insurance and what little money(...)

All Gas And Gaiters

1 9 6 6 (UK) 1 9 6 7 - 1 9 7 1 (UK) 33 x 30 minute episodes 1 x short special Another intelligent sitcom from the BBC, All Gas And Gaiters starred Derek Nimmo as the bumbling, inept but well-meaning chaplain Mervyn Noote of St Oggs, a 13th Century cathedral. Reverend Noote never used one word(...)

All in Good Faith

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes In his first comedy for ITV, Richard Briers starred as Philip Lambe, a beleaguered vicar who abandoned the comforts of his affluent Oxfordshire parish for the more challenging climes of Edendale, a run-down Midlands town. All In Good Faith also starred Barbara Ferris(...)

All In The Family

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 9 1 (USA) 196 x 30 minute episodes 5 x 60 minute episodes 1 x 90 minute episode Though nearly cancelled after its first few months on air, All In The Family went on to become the number one show in the USA for five consecutive years. It was also perhaps(...)

All Our Saturdays

1 9 7 3 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Following the end of Queenie's Castle Yorkshire TV came up with a new sitcom for Diana Dors, also not without easy laughs but equally lacking in subtlety. On All Our Saturdays she played the no-nonsense Di Dorkins - known as ''Big D'' - who runs a large textile company, Garsley Garments,(...)

All Square

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (UK) Michael Bentine's ATV follow-up series to It's A Square World, All Square explored Bentine's inimitable brand of comedy. This zany series found humour in everything from duelling to the esoteric sport of dwile-flonking.  

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