TV Shows – 1990s

Babylon 5

1 9 9 4 - 1 9 9 8  (USA) 110 x 45 minute episodes It is the year 2258 AD. After decades of inter-planetary conflict between the five major solar systems - the Earth Alliance, the Minbari Federation, Narn Regime, Vorlon Empire and Centauri Republic - a fragile peace is overseen by a council of(...)

Bagdad Cafe

1 9 9 0 - 1 9 9 1 (USA) 15 x 30 minute episodes Percy Adlon's 1988 German art-house movie of the same name transmogrified into an American sitcom with ex-mortuary beautician Whoopi Goldberg portraying Brenda, the cynical manager of a run-down diner/motel in the middle of California's Mojave Desert. All In The Family's Jean(...)

Ballykissangel

1 9 9 6 - 2 0 0 1 (UK) Father Peter Clifford, an enthusiastic but naive Catholic priest, knew that his new posting to St Joseph's church in the town of Ballykissangel would be a trying experience from the moment he set eyes on the community. His superior, Father MacAnally, like the rest of the(...)

Band Of Gold

1 9 9 5 - 1 9 9 6 (UK) Set in Bradford, Band of Gold introduced viewers to the miserable world of life 'on the game'. It featured four women who had taken up prostitution for differing reasons and wrapped their stories around the hunt for the murderer of young mother Gina Dixon, who had turned(...)

Barbara

1 9 9 5 - 2 0 0 3 (UK) 29 x 30 minute episodes This ITV comedy starred Gwen Taylor who played Barbara Liversidge, a 52-year-old opinionated Yorkshirewoman, who ruled over her cabbie husband Ted (Sam Kelly) and nouveau-riche sister Jean (Sherrie Hewson) who was married to the simpering Phil (John Arthur). They lived in(...)

Baywatch

1 9 8 9 - 2 0 0 1 (USA) 241 x 60 minute episodes Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff) supervised the scantily-clad Malibu Beach lifeguards as they frolicked in the surf during their rescue efforts. Most critics thought the series had nothing to offer other than a lot of bare-chested, handsome young men and numerous scantily-clad(...)

Beachcombers, The

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 9 0 (Canada) 324 x episodes The Beachcombers was in production for 19 years and was the longest running drama in Canadian television history. The family adventure series featured the adventures of Nick Adonidas (a licensed beachcomber on the North West Coast of British Columbia), his young Native partner Jesse(...)

Beavis & Butt-Head Show, The

1 9 9 3 - 1 9 9 7 (USA) 186 x 10/30 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute episode Beavis and Butt-head were two ugly, pubescent cartoon males variously regarded as "the first truly modern attempt at TV" (Time Magazine) or "the latest link in the Darwinian descent of the American adolescent" (New York Times). Moronically(...)

Bergerac

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 9 1 (UK) 87 x 50 minute episodes Considering the island of Jersey is only four miles across there was plenty of crime to keep old Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac busy. . . John Nettles played the title role as a divorced, recovering alcoholic, gammy-legged (he had been injured(...)

Between The Lines

1 9 9 2 - 1 9 9 4 (UK) Detective Superintendent Tony Clark was an ambitious but headstrong member of the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB), a division of the Metropolitan Police. As the head of a team of two detectives, it was Clark's job to root out bent coppers - at all levels in the(...)

Beverly Hills 90210

1 9 9 0 - 2 0 0 0 (USA) The surprise hit series of the 1990 television series was Beverly Hills 90210, which was produced by the prolific television and film producer, Aaron Spelling. Beverly Hills 90210 was an hour-long drama series that originally centred on the 16-year old Walsh twins, a boy and a girl, whose family(...)

Big Breakfast, The

1 9 9 2 - 2 0 0 2 (UK) Departing from the established news and magazine-based format of other breakfast TV shows, The Big Breakfast placed the emphasis on fun from the start, every weekday between 7.00 and 9.00 AM. Its all-action combination of competitions, interviews, film reviews and music videos was designed to appeal to the(...)

Big Gig, The

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 2 (Australia) 66 x 60 minute episodes In the late 80s, Australian comedian Wendy Harmer (pictured) brought back from England an idea for a television show which would be a mixture of comedy and bands - like the British show Friday Live - albeit with a very unique Australian(...)

Big Train

1 9 9 8 (UK) 2 0 0 2 (UK) Whilst Britain was mesmerised by The Fast Show, a vastly superior sketch show appeared on BBC2. Big Train was in the Monty Python mold, featuring sketches that started out as one thing before turning into something else, such as 'Alfred Hitchcock's The Working Class'; a Saint style fight breaking out at a posh dinner(...)

Biker Mice from Mars

1 9 9 3 - 1 9 9 6 (USA/Canada) 65 x 30 minute episodes When three alien motorcycle riding mice - Throttle, Modo and Vinnie - are forced to leave their home planet of Mars thanks to the evil mining Plutarkians, they end up crash-landing on Earth in the city of Chicago. Throttle Rob Paulsen(...)

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