TV Shows – 1980s

Alf

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 6 (USA) 102 x 30 minute episodes 2 x 60 minute episodes Long before 3rd Rock From the Sun (but long after My Favorite Martian) there was ALF. Not your average Alien Life Form, ALF - a wisecracking, 229-year-old furball - became part of the Tanner family when he accidentally crashed(...)

Alfresco

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) If asked to name Britain's biggest comedy and drama names at the end of the 20th century, many viewers would have included most of the stars of this show. Back in 1983 however, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Ben Elton, Siobhan Redmond and Robbie Coltrane(...)

Alice

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) 209 x 30 minute episodes Mel's Diner - a greasy-spoon truck-stop in Phoenix, Arizona - was the setting for this US comedy series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, was an aspiring singer who arrived in Phoenix with her teenage son, Tommy, after the death of her(...)

All At No. 20

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) 12 x 30 minute episodes Widow Sheila Haddon (Maureen Lipman in her first comedy series since Agony) discovers that she no longer has enough money to keep up repayments on her mortgage. Her deceased husband hadn't bothered to take out any life insurance and what little money(...)

All Clued Up

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) All Clued Up was a Sunday tea-time classic, hosted by ''Diddy'' David Hamilton. It was a real favourite with ''elderly'' people for some reason - probably because it was so easy. The first series featured young, bored-looking couples, but the average age rose dramatically as the years(...)

All Creatures Great And Small

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) 1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 0 (UK) 88 x 50 minute episodes 3 x 90 minute episodes James Herriot's tales of his time as a country vet first appeared on screen in a 1974 movie starring Simon Ward, followed by a sequel, It Shouldn't Happen(...)

All in Good Faith

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes In his first comedy for ITV, Richard Briers starred as Philip Lambe, a beleaguered vicar who abandoned the comforts of his affluent Oxfordshire parish for the more challenging climes of Edendale, a run-down Midlands town. All In Good Faith also starred Barbara Ferris(...)

All In The Family

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 9 1 (USA) 196 x 30 minute episodes 5 x 60 minute episodes 1 x 90 minute episode Though nearly cancelled after its first few months on air, All In The Family went on to become the number one show in the USA for five consecutive years. It was also perhaps(...)

All My Children

1 9 7 0 - Current (USA) First airing on Monday 5 January 1970, this long-running ABC soap concerned itself with the lives of the Chandler family, the Tyler family and the Martin family. By the 1980s, the Martin family had become history (they were to reappear years later) while the Tyler family became the show's primary(...)

All The Rivers Run

1 9 8 3 (Australia) 4 x 120 minute episodes Thanks to skilful direction, some elegant performances and refreshing and eye-catching locations, this Channel 7 miniseries from Crawford Productions was an Aussie viewing favourite. There were few stagnant pools in the pleasing $3 million adaptation of a slushy romantic novel by Nancy Cato. The eight-hour series(...)

All The Way

1 9 8 8 (Australia) 32 x 30 minute episodes All the Way was an Australian television series made by Crawford Productions for the Nine Network, which started out as a six-hour miniseries. The first episode took place on the day in 1963 that John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the series examined the life of an(...)

Almost Grown

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 8 9 (USA) A CBS drama series covering twenty-five years in the lifetime of a formerly married couple. New Jersey couple Norman and Suzie were divorced but still spent a lot of time together. The show made heavy use of flashbacks to look at key moments in the lives(...)

Aloha Paradise

1 9 8 1 (USA) 13 x 50 minute episodes Another Aaron Spelling production saw guests working out their love lives at the Hawaiian Paradise Village holiday resort. The resort staff included Fran the hotel social director (Patricia Klous), Richard the lifeguard (Stephen Shortridge), and Evelyn the bartender (Mokiha-Na). Despite the presence of Debbie Reynolds the(...)

Alright Now

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) Running for two seasons between 1979 and 1980, Alright Now was an ITV music series featuring the very latest top rock, pop and punk bands performing live in the Tyne Tees television studios in Newcastle, intercut with interviews, music-related location reports and archive film clips. The show was(...)

Amanda’s

1 9 8 3 (USA) 12 x 30 minute episodes This ABC sitcom was an obvious (though unacknowledged) US adaptation of British comedy classic, Fawlty Towers, starring John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the manic manager of a British seaside guest house. In this American version, the central character was turned into a female, Amanda, and played by Maude's Bea(...)

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