TV Shows – 1990s

Adventures of Pete & Pete, The

1 9 9 3 - 1 9 9 6 (USA) 30 x episodes American sitcom chronicling the misadventures of two brothers - both named Pete - and their friends in Westville, USA. Knowingly heavy on music and celebrities (guests included LL Cool J, Iggy Pop and Michael Stipe from REM) the show started as a series of one-minute promos for(...)

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(...)

Aeon Flux

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 5 (USA) This ultra-violent spy v. spy animation was created by Peter Chung of Colossal Pictures for MTV's groundbreaking Liquid Television show (which also debuted Beavis and Butt-Head). The cartoon followed the fantasy adventures of volatile female secret agent/assassin Aeon and her arch rival/soul mate, Trevor - invariably compressing scores of(...)

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(...)

Agatha Christie’s Poirot

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) 5 x 90 minute episodes 36 x 60 minute episodes Agatha Christie's fastidious Belgian sleuth with the "leetle grey cells" (who first appeared in the 1920 novel The Mysterious Affair At Styles) had been depicted in cinema by Albert Finney and Peter Ustinov (among others) before David(...)

Alexei Sayle’s Stuff

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 9 1 (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes "Who's that fat bastard?" After an ill-conceived sojourn alongside Chris Tarrant and Lenny Henry on ITV's lamentably crude OTT show, bulbous Jewish Liverpudlian comic Alexei Sayle developed in the direction of alternative comedy television via guest spots on The Young Ones and The Comic Strip Presents... -(...)

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(...)

Alien Nation

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) 1 x 120 minute episode 21 x 60 minute episodes Set in Los Angeles in 1995, this Kenneth Johnson series featured Matthew Sikes and George Francisco - Two LAPD detectives doing the usual tough job on Chandler-esque streets. What made the duo unusual was that Francisco(...)

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 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 Together Now

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 3 (Australia) 101 x 30 minute episodes This Australian sitcom was broadcast on the Nine network and starred Aussie pop star Jon English as Bobby Rivers, an ageing rocker trying to maintain his music career while living with his son and daughter. The series lasted for three seasons(...)

Ally McBeal

1 9 9 7 - 2 0 0 2 (USA) 112 x 45 minute episodes Young lawyer Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) joins a small Boston law firm (Cage/Fish & Associates) and finds that her ex-boyfriend Billy Thomas (now married to beautiful attorney Georgia) also works there. One of the features of the show was that Ally's(...)

Almost Perfect

1 9 9 5 - 1 9 9 6 (USA) 34 x 22 minute episodes Kim Cooper (Nancy Travis) is struggling to balance the competing pressures of her work life and her personal life. At the office, she has just been promoted to the position of executive producer of the hit TV police drama Blue Justice(...)

Amen

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 1 (USA) 110 x 30 minute episodes Screened as part of NBC's Saturday evening offering for over five years, Amen was set in an African-American church, the First Community Church of Philadelphia, and revolved around the church's Deacon, Ernest Frye (played by Sherman Hemsley, who had previously appeared on All In(...)

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