TV Shows – 1990s

American Gladiators

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 7 (USA) Members of the public competed against modern-day 'gladiators' in such events as 'Power Ball', 'Assault', 'The Wall' and 'Hang Tough'. The Eliminator round decided the winner of the tournament. Creator John Ferraro's idea for American Gladiators was inspired by the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film The(...)

American Gothic

1 9 9 5 - 1 9 9 6 (USA) 22 x 60 minute episodes This decidedly creepy drama from CBS starred Gary Cole as devil incarnate Lucas Buck, sheriff of a South Carolina Mayberry gone wrong. The outwardly charming Buck, who was the law in fictional Trinity, S.C, embodied evil. Facing off against Buck were(...)

Animal Hospital

1 9 9 4 - 2 0 0 4 (UK) Animal Hospital began as Animal Hospital Live, a twice-daily report on events at Harmsworth Memorial Hospital in Holloway, London, in August 1994. The reports ran for five days only, but viewer response to the heart-warming (and sometimes heart-rending) tales of pet woes was so great that a Christmas(...)


1 9 9 5 - 1 9 9 9 (USA) 99 x 22 minute episodes After decades of imprisonment in the water tower at Warner Bros studio lot, three cartoon characters - Yakko, Wakko and Dot - escaped to wreak madcap mayhem and drop sight gags galore - often to musical accompaniment. Each episode consisted of(...)

Another World

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 9 9 (USA) One of several daytime serial dramas created by Irna Phillips for American television, Another World was the first soap opera to expand from a half-hour, five days a week, to a full hour five days a week. It was also the first serial drama to engender a spin-off(...)

Antiques Roadshow

1 9 7 9 - Current (UK) Few would have predicted that Antiques Roadshow would draw bigger audiences in some regions than Coronation Street - but it did. The BBCs Sunday teatime show in which silver-haired Arthur Negus was the main expert looking at ordinary people's treasures was a slow but steady hit, and Arthur became a favourite uncle until he(...)

Anything But Love

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 2 (USA) 56 x 30 minute episodes Hannah Miller (Jamie Lee Curtis) is flying home to Chicago after breaking up with her lover in Los Angeles when she meets Marty Gold (Richard Lewis), a senior writer at Chicago Monthly magazine. He arranges a job interview for Hannah there, she is(...)


1 9 7 5 - Current (UK) This popular long-running arts programme from the BBC has encompassed documentary features on many subjects during its long run. Indeed, in its early days each edition was categorised by a subtitle - Arena: Theatre, Arena: Art and Design, Arena: Cinema, Arena: Television or Arena: Rock. The categories alternated weekly. Some contributions over the years have been(...)

Art Attack

1 9 9 0 - 2 0 0 4 (UK) Neil Buchanan presented the UK children's television art programme Art Attack. Neil had obviously been doing children's programmes for a long time as he had mastered the art of speaking on a kids' level while making a picture out of food, string or rhinoceros poo. Neil's most(...)

As The World Turns

1 9 5 6 - Current (USA) 11,000+ x 30/60 minute episodes Set in the town of Oakdale, As The World Turns is one of the longest running daytime soap operas in the world. First broadcast on April 2 1956 - The Edge Of Night premiered on the same day - the series has the usual mix of deceit, love(...)

As Time Goes By

1 9 9 2 - 1 9 9 7 (UK) 65 x 30 minute episodes Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench starred as the romantic leads in this tale of rekindled love between middle aged, middle-class Londoners. Jean Pargetter (Dench) and Lionel Hardcastle (Palmer) had been two young lovers who had gone their separate ways- each mistakenly(...)

Aspel & Company

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) 115 x 60 minute episodes Michael Aspel proved he was more than the bland charmer he sometimes appeared to be when he began Aspel & Company, a Saturday night chat show for London Weekend Television. His touch was lighter and funnier than Parkinson's and more modest than Wogan's, whom(...)


1 9 9 6 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes A surreal black comedy about an assortment of odd characters trapped in an asylum in the English countryside. The asylum is run by Dr Lovett (Norman Lovett from Red Dwarf) and his motley collection of staff whose sanity is decidedly suspect, as proved by their admission(...)

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

1 9 8 3 - 2 0 0 4 (UK) 26 x 50 minute episodes In the first series, with jobs scarce in the recession-ridden UK, a crazy bunch of bricklayers make their way across Germany looking for work. Oz the boozing, brawling Geordie (the first TV role for ex-convict Jimmy Nail), Barry the Brummie, Moxey(...)

Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos

1 9 9 2 (Australia) 1 x 34 minute episode (!) Aussie clip show Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos was hauled off the air midway through its very first installment in 1992 – after just 34 minutes, to be precise.   Hosted by hugely popular Aussie radio DJ Doug Mulray, the show was interrupted by a(...)

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