TV by Decade

‘Allo ‘Allo

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) 55 x 30 minute episodes 26 x 25 minute episodes 3 x 45 minute episodes 1 x 35 minute episode "Listen very carefully, I shall say zees only once" "Good Moaning" - The time is 1940, the place a cafe in the small town of Nouvion(...)

$10,000 Pyramid, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 6 (USA) 4270 x 30 minute episodes "Keep your eye on this spot! You are about to see one celebrity and one contestant step into this circle with a chance to win $10,000 in less than a minute! Ladies and gentlemen, this - is the $10,000 Pyramid!!" The(...)

$64,000 Question, The

$64,000 Question, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) Before the quiz show scandal of the late 1950s, The $64,000 Question was a high-stakes, nail-biting, ratings-topping game show phenomenon. It was the first of TV's big money prime time game shows, and some of its biggest and most illustrious winners included a housewife, an eleven year-old whiz(...)

12 O’clock High

12 O’clock High

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 78 x 60 minute episodes 12 O'clock High chronicled the adventures of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the US Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank Savage (Robert Lansing, pictured at right) and later by Colonel Joe Gallagher (Paul Burke)(...)

13 Queens Boulevard

1 9 7 9 (USA) 9 x 30 minute episodes Originally to have been titled Five Women, this short-lived comedy series starring Eileen Brennan was originally meant to be about five women who live in the same garden apartment complex in Queens, New York. Their husbands would be heard in the next room or on the phone,(...)

1950s Television – Introduction

1950s Television – Introduction

Television mesmerised us from the moment it entered our households, and - in less than a decade - became a staple of our way of life. The rapid growth of the popularity of television surpassed even that of radio broadcasting in the 1920s. In 1949 there were one million television receivers in the United States. In(...)

1960s Television – Introduction

1960s Television – Introduction

If the Fifties were the innocent childhood of television, the Sixties were definitely the period of rebellious adolescence. Just as the world underwent dramatic social and cultural change, so television led the way in reflecting the Swinging Sixties. Television in the 1960s was very different to now. Today the TV set is part of our(...)

1970s Television – Introduction

1970s Television – Introduction

In the 1970s, TV Producers turned from the excess of violence seen in drama series' of the 60s, to seek other ways of stimulating the audience. British TV comedy was king during the Seventies, serving up shows like Are You Being Served?, Citizen Smith, Fawlty Towers, Porridge, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Rising Damp, The(...)

1980s Television – Introduction

1980s Television – Introduction

If the TV show you are watching features a swag of characters in infeasibly large shoulder pads and an excess of hair gel, do not adjust your set - you are watching television as seen in the 1980s. The 80s was the decade in which American soaps such as Dallas and Dynasty dominated the ratings, media coverage(...)

199 Park Lane

1 9 6 5 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes This twice-weekly serial from BBC1 was based around the residents of an exclusive block of apartments in London (at 199 Park Lane, natch). The series did not do well. It first aired on 1 August 1965 and was dropped two months later. All 18 episodes were(...)

1990s Television – Introduction

Fox scored big with The Simpsons, the animated brainchild of comic artist Matt Groening. Bart Simpson, the show's young troublemaking fourth-grader, immediately became an icon for underachievers of all ages, leading to a rapid proliferation of T-shirts bearing Bart's mantra: "Don't have a cow, Man". Twin Peaks also touched a nerve with viewers but was more(...)

2 Point 4 Children

2 Point 4 Children

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 9 (UK) 56 x 40 minute episodes Bill Porter Belinda Lang Ben Porter Gary Olsen Rona Julia Hills David Porter John Pickard Jenny Porter Clare Buckfield Christine Kim Benson Jenny Georgina Cates Bette Liz Smith Tony Tom Roberts Dora Grimes Annette Kerr The Biker Ray Polhill

20/20

1 9 7 8 - Current (USA) This hour-long current affairs show from ABC has always featured award-winning journalists covering social issues and current events. Notable interviews over recent years have included such personalities as General Colin Powell after retiring as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hillary Clinton during the height of the Whitewater(...)

21 Jump Street

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 9 0 (USA/Canada) 34 x 60 minute episodes 21 Jump Street was about undercover cops who were assigned to high schools, colleges and wherever their youthful looks would help them mingle in. They had all been trained in undercover police work and looked young enough to pass for(...)

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(...)

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