Comedy

All Star Revue

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) Comedy variety shows were popular in America during television's first decade of prominence in the late 1940s - early 1950s. One popular series that used this format was NBC's All Star Revue, which starred a rotating roster of big-name show business stars as weekly hosts. Such well-known(...)

All Together Now

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 3 (Australia) 101 x 30 minute episodes This Australian sitcom was broadcast on the Nine network and starred Aussie pop star Jon English as Bobby Rivers, an ageing rocker trying to maintain his music career while living with his son and daughter. The series lasted for three seasons(...)

All’s Fair

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 7 (USA) 23 x 30 minute episodes This CBS sitcom starred Richard Crenna as Richard Barrington III and Bernadette Peters as Charley Drake. Problems were frequent for couple Richard and Charlotte - the main one being that Richard was 49 and Charley was less than half his age(...)

Ally McBeal

1 9 9 7 - 2 0 0 2 (USA) 112 x 45 minute episodes Young lawyer Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) joins a small Boston law firm (Cage/Fish & Associates) and finds that her ex-boyfriend Billy Thomas (now married to beautiful attorney Georgia) also works there. One of the features of the show was that Ally's(...)

Almost Perfect

1 9 9 5 - 1 9 9 6 (USA) 34 x 22 minute episodes Kim Cooper (Nancy Travis) is struggling to balance the competing pressures of her work life and her personal life. At the office, she has just been promoted to the position of executive producer of the hit TV police drama Blue Justice(...)

Alvin Purple

1 9 7 6 (Australia) 13 x 30 minute episodes Alvin Purple was a spin-off from the Australian film of the same name which had been an immense box office hit in 1973. Unfortunately, part of the film's popular success was its vulgarity and bawdiness and although television had loosened up somewhat since the advent of Number 96, the ABC(...)

Amanda’s

1 9 8 3 (USA) 12 x 30 minute episodes This ABC sitcom was an obvious (though unacknowledged) US adaptation of British comedy classic, Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the manic manager of a British seaside guest house. In this American version, the central character was turned into a female, Amanda, and played by Maude's Bea(...)

Amos ‘n’ Andy

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) 78 x 30 minute episodes Amos 'n' Andy had been one of radio's biggest hits, but its creators and stars (Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll) were whites who portrayed blacks, which worked perfectly well on radio, but was simply not going to cut-it on television! And so(...)

An Apple A Day

1 9 7 1 (UK) 1 x 50 minute episode An interesting one-off with a heavyweight comedy cast. Dudley Moore played Dr Clive Elwood, whose overwhelming desire to show his patients care and attention is liable to be misunderstood. Peter Cook played Elwood's father who, when he discovers his son's plans, sets out to destroy them.(...)

And Mother Makes Five

1 9 7 4 - 1 9 7 6 (UK) 26 x 25 minute episodes This charming sequel to And Mother Makes Three saw scatter-brained widow Sally Harrison re-marry. Her new husband was widower and antiquarian bookseller David Redway, who also had a child of his own, Jane. The domestic scope of this new series was much the(...)

And Mother Makes Three

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 7 3 (UK) 26 x 30 minute episodes 1 x Christmas special An ITV version of the comedy premise that scored award-winning success in the BBC sitcom Not In Front Of The Children with the much underrated actress Wendy Craig starring again as a somewhat scatter-brained, harassed mother in a series(...)

Andy Griffith Show, The

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 8 (USA) 249 x 30 minute episodes This sitcom - spun-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show in which Thomas was arrested in a small North Carolina town - focused on Sheriff Andrew Jackson Taylor in the small town of Mayberry. Taylor was a widower with a young(...)

Ann Sothern Show, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) Ann Sothern, an important film actress in the 1930s and 1940s, was one of the first Hollywood stars to have a popular situation comedy series on television. Private Secretary was on the air from 1953 until 1957, when Sothern decided to change the format of her series(...)

Annie McGuire

1 9 8 8 (USA) 6 x 30 minute episodes Newlyweds Annie (Mary Tyler Moore) and Nick (Denis Arndt) McGuire both have kids from previous marriages and are each trying to balance their respective careers (hers in politics, his in engineering). The new couple must also deal with her idealist liberal activist mother (Eileen Heckart) and his(...)

Another Day

1 9 7 8 (USA) 4 x 30 minute episodes David Groh starred as Don Gardner, a young businessman who was just getting by financially. His wife, Ginny (Joan Hackett) was working to help ease the financial burden. Adding to the family struggles were two kids, son Mark (Al Eisenmann) and daughter, Kelly (Lisa Lindgren). Rounding(...)

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