TV Shows – 1980s

Adventure Game, The

1 9 8 0 - 1 9 8 6 (UK) Three people are stranded on a planet on the far side of the galaxy. In order to return to earth they must first locate a crystal to power their spacecraft. But (and this is where the whole thing begins to get tricky) to find the crystal(...)

Adventures of Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids, The

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) Based on Bill Cosby's comedy records from the 1960s, The Adventures of Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids featured short live action segments featuring Cosby set around animated stories about a group of urban adolescents growing up in a Philadelphia neighbourhood. Colourful characters such as the obese Albert himself,(...)

Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, The

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 5 (UK) 13 x 60 minute episodes Modelled closely on the mood and style of the original Victorian Strand Magazine stories (illustrated by Sidney Paget), old Etonian Jeremy Brett's interpretation of Conan Doyle's famous creation is generally accepted as definitive. Handsomely delivered, with a specially created Baker Street set(...)

Adventures Of The Galaxy Rangers

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 9 (USA) 65 x episodes   Cmdr. Joseph Walsh  Earl Hammond Capt. Zachary Foxx  Jerry Orbach Queen of the Crown  Corinne Orr Zozo  Bob Bottone Doc Hartford  Hubert Kelly Waldo Zeptic  Henry Mandell Shane 'Goose' Gooseman  Doug Preis Niko  Laura Dean

Adventures Of The Gummi Bears

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 9 1 (USA) For the first time in its 60-plus-year history, Disney Studios, long the king of animation in motion pictures and TV specials, entered the Saturday morning fray in September 1985 with two shows, The Wuzzles on CBS, and this NBC animated series about six magic bears who leave their(...)

Aerobics Oz Style

1 9 8 2 - 2 0 0 5 (Australia) The continued allegiance of Australian TV aerobicists to hi-energy disco music is a wonderful thing. Long after the rest of the world moved on from Hazel Dean and her fine works (!), June Jones and her five maximally-gluted assistants still strutted their stuff to this relentlessly(...)

After Henry

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) 38 x 30 minute episodes Sarah France (Prunella Scales) is 42 and a widow of two years - her GP husband, Henry, having been killed in a car crash. Dr France has left Sarah well provided for, with a large Edwardian detached house in Stipton (a(...)

After Mash

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 4 (USA) 30 x 30 minute episodes The Korean War was over and the men and women of the 4077th M.A.S.H. unit had returned to civilian life. Most of them had returned to their hometowns and were scattered around the United States, but three of them - Sherman Potter, Max(...)

Agatha Christie Hour, The

1 9 8 2 (UK) 10 x episodes This series from Thames did not feature the mighty Hercule Poirot, nor did Miss Marple steal the limelight. For once, Agatha Christie's lesser-known earlier characters were introduced to television in these ten 1920s dramas, which were generally lighthearted, unassuming period adventures, with the cast changing every week. John(...)



1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 1 (UK) 20 x 30 minute episodes Maureen Lipman starred as Jane Lucas - a cosmopolitan Jewish wife and mother who was also a radio broadcaster and author of the problem page in the (fictitious) magazine Person. The main premise was that Jane spent so much time sorting out(...)


1 9 8 2 (UK) In 1946 Jack Ruskin, demobbed after World War II but with flying still in his blood, struggled to find work with civilian airlines and so chanced his arm by founding his own. His partner in the new Ruskin Air Services was ex-forces colleague Peter Witney. Operating with an old Dakota aircraft(...)


1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 7 (USA) 60 x 30 minute episodes Airwolf is a combat helicopter - but it's no ordinary combat helicopter.  It flies very fast and has really big guns. In fact, it's a supersonic Mach 1+ attack helicopter with the most advanced weapons system in the air today. It has also been(...)

Alas Smith and Jones

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 8 (UK)43 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute special This clever comedy sketch series (mimicking the title of the 1970s Western series starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy) with Mel Smith (son of a betting shop owner) and Griff Rhys Jones (son of a doctor) basically picked up where(...)

Albion Market

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 6 (UK) 100 x 30 minute episodes Contrived by Granada as a sister show to Coronation Street, with the aim of lifting ITVs weekend schedules (it went out on Fridays and Sundays), Albion Market arrived with a bang and left with a whimper. Much was made of the launch of this(...)

Alexei Sayle’s Stuff

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 1 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes "Who's that fat bastard?" After an ill-conceived sojourn alongside Chris Tarrant and Lenny Henry on ITV's lamentably crude OTT show, bulbous Jewish Liverpudlian comic Alexei Sayle developed in the direction of alternative comedy television via guest spots on The Young Ones and The Comic Strip Presents... -(...)

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