TV Shows – 1990s

‘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(...)

1990s Television – Introduction

Fox scored big with The Simpsons, the animated brainchild of comic artist Matt Groening. Bart Simpson, the show's young troublemaking fourth-grader, immediately became an icon for underachievers of all ages, leading to a rapid proliferation of T-shirts bearing Bart's mantra: "Don't have a cow, Man". Twin Peaks also touched a nerve with viewers but was more(...)

2 Point 4 Children

2 Point 4 Children

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 9 (UK) 56 x 40 minute episodes When Andrew Marshall's 2 Point 4 Children first hit British screens it was compared to Roseanne (1988), primarily because of Gary Olsen's burly build as lumberjack-shirted Ben Porter. Like Roseanne, it survived the recasting of the eldest daughter and had occasional lapses into surrealism. But there(...)

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(...)

3rd Rock From the Sun

1 9 9 6 - 2 0 0 1 (USA) A surprise hit of the 1996-1997 season, 3rd Rock From The Sun surprised most of the critics who had made sport of its improbable premise when it became an audience favourite and made it into the top-30 Nielsen rated shows in its first year. Four aliens had arrived(...)

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(...)

A Bit Of Fry and Laurie

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 5 (UK) Amidst the 'alternative' comedy chaos of the 1980's, A Bit Of Fry & Laurie arrived almost unnoticed on 13 January 1989 (following a one-off pilot in 1987). Unlike The Young Ones, it had no ambitions to tear up the rule book of comedy but simply to present funny, surreal(...)

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 Question Of Sport

1 9 7 0 - Current (UK) Fresh from the studio soccer game Quiz Ball, David Vine first introduced A Question Of Sport at 6:20 pm on Monday 5 January 1970 with captains Henry Cooper (the boxer) and Cliff Morgan (from the world of Rugby Union). David Coleman later took over the host's chair, and subsequent captains have included Welsh(...)

A Touch Of Frost

1 9 9 2 (UK) 42 x 105 minute episodes Novelist R D Wingfield's Inspector William "Jack" Frost was untidy, disorganised, and lacked respect for authority - common police procedural tropes loved by viewers. The character was in good hands when he was transferred to the screen, as many of the writers and directors on A Touch(...)

ABC After School Specials

ABC After School Specials

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 9 5 (USA) Sixty minute specials, both dramatic and documentary, for young people, ABC After School Specials were broadcast on occasional weekday afternoons. After School Specials aired for more than 20 years providing a regular dose of drama to pre-teens and teens during the school year in the hours after school and(...)

About Face

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 1 (UK) 12 x 30 minute episodes This series of twelve unconnected sitcoms placed the spotlight on the many talents of Maureen Lipman, as she played twelve different and varied leading roles with different guest stars in each episode. During the run, Lipman played a South London telephonist,(...)

Absolutely

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) 24 x 30 minute episodes This anarchic and surreal sketch show - a sort of latter day Monty Python in tartan - derived from the Scottish school of alternative comedy. The show starred Morwenna Banks, Jack Docherty, Moray Hunter, Gordon Kennedy and John Sparkes. Although it featured skits, animation and spoofed-up songs, its(...)

Absolutely Fabulous

1 9 9 2 - 2 0 1 2 (UK) Developed from a sketch on French and Saunders, this tale of rich bitches Edina 'Eddy' Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) - 1960s firebrands who never grew up - took the public by storm. Single mother Eddy had her own PR/fashion business and behaved very badly(...)

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