Comedy

We Have Ways of Making You Laugh

1 9 6 8 (UK) Frank Muir headed up this 30-minute programme of "comedy, music and glee" on ITV for the newly appointed London Weekend Television in 1968. Frank Muir Kenneth Cope Dick Vosburgh

We’ll Get By

1 9 7 5 (USA) Alan Alda (best known as Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H) created this short-lived sitcom, which starred Paul Sorvino, Mitzi Hoag, Jerry Houser, Willie Aames and Devon Scott as the Platt's - a suburban New Jersey family. The Platt's lived a normal middle-class existence in a modest middle-class home. George was a lawyer. He(...)

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(...)

Webster

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 9 (USA) 150 x 25 minute episodes George Papadapolis, a former pro football player turned sportscaster met Katherine Calder-Young (a socialite with a career) on a Greek cruise and impulsively got married. Two weeks later George's best friends, Travis and Gert Long, are tragically killed in an automobile(...)

Weird Science

1 9 9 4 - 1 9 9 8 (USA) 88 x 30 minute episodes   Lisa Vanessa Angel Wyatt Donnelly Michael Manasseri Gary Wallace John Asher Chett Donnelly Lee Tergesen Principal Scampi Bruce Jarchow

Welcome Back, Kotter

1 9 7 5 - 1 9 7 9 (USA) 95 x 30 minute episodes Debuting on 9 September 1975, Welcome Back Kotter introduced Jewish teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) who returned to his former Brooklyn high school (James Buchanan High) to teach Social Studies and History. His class were a bunch of semi-literate delinquents - all(...)

Wendy And Me

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 5 (USA) 34 x 30 minute episodes   George Burns Himself  Wendy Conway  Connie Stevens Jeff Conway  Ron Harper  Danny Adams  James T. Callahan Mr. Bundy J. Pat O'Malley

Whack-O!

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 6 0 (UK) 1 9 7 1 - 1 9 7 2 (UK) 60 x 30 minute episodes 3 x short specials Fondly remembered and long-running comedy series starring Jimmy Edwards and written by Denis Norden and Frank Muir - who also penned Edward's long-running radio series, Take It From Here .(...)

What’s Happening!!

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 9 (USA) 79 x 30 minute episodes What's Happening!!, which evolved from the 1975 movie Cooley High, found a black and bespectacled Los Angeles high school student trying to grow up amid the two shenanigan-instigating best friends, a tattle-tale little sister, a wise-cracking diner waitress, and a mother with(...)

Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 4 (UK) 26 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 45 minute special Christmas edition Best mates, Bob Ferris (serious and sensible with flared lapels and fat ties) and Terry Collier (wild and wayward Labour supporter content with a few pints and an occasional leg-over) had embarked on an(...)

When Things Were Rotten

1 9 7 4 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes This period sitcom was produced by Mel Brooks for Paramount, and told the story of the misadventures of Robin Hood and his very merry men blended with corny puns, quick-fire gags and incongruous cultural juxtapositions. The show was set - nominally - in the 12th century,(...)

Where Do I Sit?

1 9 7 1 (UK) 3 x 30 minute episodes One of the great clanging disasters in the history of BBC2, Where Do I Sit? was a chat show with an accent on comedy, intended to highlight the talents of Peter Cook as a wit with a splendid ability to ad-lib. The ill-advised brainchild of Cook and(...)

Who Dares, Wins

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 22 x 45 minute episodes 9 x 60 minute episodes This trendy "cutting-edge" comedy sketch show from Channel 4 starred Tony 'Baldrick' Robinson, Rory McGrath, Julia Hills, Philip Pope and Jimmy Mulville. The show - which recalled Not The Nine o Clock News in its brashness(...)

Who’s The Boss?

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 9 2 (USA) 196 x 30 minute episodes Tony Micelli was a former second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals and a widower with a young daughter, Samantha (Alyssa Milano). Fed up with the congestion and bustle of New York City, he sought refuge working as a domestic for(...)

Who’s Watching the Kids?

1 9 7 8 (USA) 11 x 30 minute episodes Garry Marshall was enjoying a modest but successful winning streak in 1978. He was already the producer of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, two of the top-rated shows on TV at that time. His output doubled in the 1978/1979 season as he added another entry for ABC (Mork(...)

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