Television

227

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) 116 x 30 minute episodes 227 first aired in September 1985 and ran for five seasons on NBC before its final episode in July 1990. Based on a play of the same name, this situation-comedy was set around an apartment building (number 227) in a racially-mixed neighbourhood(...)

240-Robert

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 1 (USA) 16 x 60 minute episodes 240-Robert followed the exploits of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Emergency Services Detail - the official search and rescue force for the most populated county in the US. Utilising helicopters, light aircraft, boats and a customised Ford Bronco, the team(...)

26 Men

26 Men

1 9 5 7 (USA) This is the story of 26 men who rode the Arizona territory . . . 26 men who saddled up and then rode out to answer duty's call 26 men who lived to ride again and fight for the rights and the liberty of all . . The pounding beat(...)

3-2-1

1 9 7 8 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) 180 x 60 minute episodes Ted Rogers and Dusty Bin (an electronically operated dustbin with a face on the front - which cost £10,500 to build) appeared in this bizarre game show from Yorkshire Television, along with Rogers' wrist-spraining gesture. Regular guests included The Brian Rogers(...)

3-2-1 Contact

1 9 8 0 - 1 9 8 8 (USA) 108 x 30 minute episodes This educational science programme from PBS Children’s Television Workshop became something of an after-school ritual for many American kids in the 1980s. The show was based on the original concept of The Curiosity Show, an Australian science-based children's educational TV show that(...)

3rd Rock From the Sun

1 9 9 6 - 2 0 0 1 (USA) A surprise hit of the 1996-1997 season, 3rd Rock From The Sun surprised most of the critics who had made sport of its improbable premise when it became an audience favourite and made it into the top-30 Nielsen rated shows in its first year. Four aliens had arrived(...)

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(...)

60 Minutes

60 Minutes

1 9 6 8 - Current (USA) 1 9 7 9 - Current (Australia) In 1967 Don Hewitt conceived of his new programme, 60 Minutes, as a strategy for addressing issues given insufficient time for analysis in two minutes of the Evening News but not deemed significant enough to justify an hour-long documentary. 60 Minutes was born, then, in(...)

77 Sunset Strip

77 Sunset Strip

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 4 (USA) 77 Sunset Strip was the show that started the young, cool private detective craze of the early Sixties. This Warner Brothers series was so big that the studio had several clones of the show drawing big ratings for the networks well into the Sixties. On(...)

87th Precinct

87th Precinct

1 9 6 1 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) 29 x 60 minutes episodes Detective Steve Carella worked at New York's 87th Precinct, along with a line-up of typical police detectives, such as the rookie and the seasoned old-timer. His wife Teddy (played by Gena Rowlands) added a personal side to the stories. The series(...)

8th Man

8th Man

1 9 6 5 (Japan) 1140 x 30 minute episodes You can destroy his body, but you can't keep a good crime fighter down. The villainous Saucer Lips learned the hard way when he killed police officer Peter Brady (no, not that Peter Brady). Little did Saucer Lips know he was sowing the seeds from which would spring(...)

9 To 5

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 3 (USA) 1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 8 (USA) 85 x 30 minute episodes Based on characters created by Patricia Resnick for the 1980 motion picture of the same name. The series followed three secretaries, Doralee, Judy and Violet, as they waged office warfare (while trying not(...)

A Bit Of Fry and Laurie

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 5 (UK) Amidst the 'alternative' comedy chaos of the 1980's, A Bit Of Fry & Laurie arrived almost unnoticed on 13 January 1989 (following a one-off pilot in 1987). Unlike The Young Ones, it had no ambitions to tear up the rule book of comedy but simply to present funny, surreal(...)

A Class By Himself

1 9 7 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes On the crest of a wave with his Dad's Army role, John Le Mesurier starred in this rare networked sitcom from HTV - the Wales and West of England ITV franchise. He was cast as Lord Bleasham (pronounced 'Blessem'), an eccentric peer living in the family seat (yes,(...)

A Country Practice

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 9 3 (Australia) 1057 x 60 minute episodes This long-running Australian drama series revolved around the activities of a medical clinic, hospital and veterinary practice in Wandin Valley, a small (fictitious) country town in New South Wales. Initially there was much emphasis on the younger members of the cast(...)

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