TV Shows – 1980s

‘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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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 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(...)

A Different World

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) 142 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute episode A spin-off from The Cosby Show in which Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) left the Cosby home to attend the predominantly black Hillman College in Georgia - her parents' alma mater. Her attempts to adjust to life away from(...)

A Fine Romance

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) 26 x 25 minute episodes Laura Dalton is a translator by profession: brainy, content to accept that she's single, entering middle-age with dignity and her own agenda. Reluctantly - because she knows that her younger sister Helen and her husband Phil are incurable matchmakers - she(...)

A Gentleman’s Club

1 9 8 8 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes The staid, faded elegance of a gentleman's club was the setting for this BBC sitcom from Richard Gordon, creator of the Doctor series of novels, films and TV series. The fictitious Albany club, situated off Pall Mall, "up steps worn by five generations of gentlemanly leather", was based(...)

A J Wentworth, BA

1 9 8 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This Thames comedy was Arthur Lowe's last television series, made shortly before his death on 16 April 1982 and screened posthumously. The role was just right for him, combining a gentle humour with the subtle blend of bumble, pleasant foolishness, earnestness and pomposity that Lowe had so(...)

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