TV Shows – 1990s

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(…)


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(…)

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(…)

An Actor’s Life for Me

1 9 9 1 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Robert Neilson (John Gordon Sinclair) is an actor who dreams of being a star, although the best he has achieved so far is a gig as the face of Doberman Aftershave in a TV commercial. Nevertheless, Robert is convinced that stardom and rubbing shoulders with(…)

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(…)

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