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 Bill Porter Belinda Lang Ben Porter Gary Olsen Rona Julia Hills David Porter John Pickard Jenny Porter Clare Buckfield Christine Kim Benson Jenny Georgina Cates Bette Liz Smith Tony Tom Roberts Dora Grimes Annette Kerr The Biker Ray Polhill

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Acapulco H.E.A.T.

1 9 9 3 - 1 9 9 4 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes Ashley Hunter-Coddington (formerly of MI6) and Mike Savage (formerly of the CIA) are co-leaders of the H.E.A.T. team, a group of specialists recruited to fight a secret war against international terrorism. Ashley Hunter-Coddington Catherine Oxenberg Mike Savage  Brendan Kelly Catherine 'Cat'(...)

Acropolis Now

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 2 (Australia) 63 x 30 minute episodes This sitcom from Crawford Productions was effectively a spin-off from the successful Wogs Out Of Work stage show which toured Australia in the 1980s (both were conceived by Nick Giannopoulos and Simon Palomares). The series revolved around a Greek cafe in Melbourne called(...)

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