TV Shows – 1980s

Ace Crawford, Private Eye

1 9 8 3 (USA) 5 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived (5 episodes) CBS sitcom introduced Ace Crawford – probably the world’s worst Private Detective. Ace (Tim Conway) solved his cases mostly through sheer fluke and good luck. There was certainly very little skill involved – although dressed in the obligatory crumpled trench-coat and hat,(…)


1 9 8 6 – 1 9 8 9 (USA) 43 x 60 minute episodes This CBS action adventure series had secret agent V.H. Adderly working for International Security and Intelligence. Injured in the line of duty, he is pushed into an office job but still never misses the chance to get back into the field.(…)

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 Portland Bill, The

1 9 8 3 (UK) Portland Bill works as the keeper of the Trinity House lighthouse at Guillemot Rock, alongside his two assistants Ross and Cromarty and his small pet dog, Dogger. Guillemot Rock lies offshore of the small village of McGuillycuddy – a village so small that it only has one shop (Edward Stones’ Emporium shop)(…)

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(…)

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