TV Shows – 1980s

Young Doctors, The

1 9 7 6 - 1 9 8 1 (Australia) 1396 x 30 minute episodes Back in 1979 in Australia, you could watch The Young Doctors and either ogle Delvene Delaney or actually try to follow the plots. This show debuted on 8 November 1976 on the Nine Network and featured a great smorgasbord of gorgeous babes. No doubt(...)

Young Ones, The

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) 12 x 35 minute episodes The Young Ones was one of the very first appearances of ideologically sound "alternative" comedy in Britain. Though named after a Cliff Richard song, there was nothing sweet or wholesome here . . . The Cliff Richard fanatic was Rik, a violent vegetarian who wrote(...)

Young Riders, The

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 2 (USA) 68 x 60 minute episodes A grizzled old plainsman named Teaspoon Hunter (Anthony Zerbe) emerges from his bath - in a horse trough - and addresses six raw recruits, none older than 18. "This here pony express," rasps the ex-Texas Ranger and all-around eccentric,"is 2000 miles(...)

Young Talent Time

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 8 8 (Australia) "Close your eyes and I'll kiss you . . .". Sing this to Australians of a certain generation and they will sing the "oo-oo-oo's" back in rapturous nostalgia. Each week for 18 years (read that again: EIGHTEEN years!) from April 1971 onwards, the avuncular Johnny(...)

Your Life In Their Hands

Your Life In Their Hands

1958 - 1964 (UK) 1980 - 1986 (UK) Before 1958, British television had confined its view of hospital to the romantic tales of Emergency - Ward 10 where the only gory red thing to be seen was when a nurse had overdone her lipstick. But in February 1958, the BBC took the revolutionary step of transporting their cameras into(...)

Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 21 x 25 minute episodes An innovative children's sketch production - winner of a BAFTA Award for Best Children's Entertainment programme - that spoofed and satirised life as experienced by youngsters and teenagers, and created such characters as the Superman-like Tweeman, superhero Street Budgie, Loaf and(...)

Zoobilee Zoo

1 9 8 6 (USA) Seven Zooberrific animals came together for stories, songs and important life lessons on TV's Zoobilee Zoo. With a cast headed by Tony award winner Ben Vereen, the show was a vibrant, whimsical, musical extravaganza, filled with bright, colourful images and Emmy-winning costumes. Vereen played Mayor Ben, the kind-hearted leopard leader of the Zoobilee(...)

Zorro and Son

1 9 8 3 (USA) 5 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived series from Walt Disney Productions aired on CBS on Wednesdays at 8pm and starred Henry Darrow as an aging Zorro with Paul Regina as his son, Don Carlos, who becomes Zorro Jr. A Police Squad-style take-off on the old adventure series, episodes relied heavily on(...)

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