TV Shows – 1990s


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(…)

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(…)


1 9 9 6 – 2 0 0 1 (UK) Father Peter Clifford, an enthusiastic but naive Roman Catholic priest, knew that his new posting to St Joseph’s church in the town of Ballykissangel (he was transferred from Manchester, England) would be a trying experience from the moment he set eyes on the community. His superior,(…)

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(…)


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(…)

Batman: The Animated Series

1 9 9 2 – 1 9 9 5 (USA) 85 x 25 minute episodes Batman: The Animated Series, darkly noir-ish and Art Deco inspired, finally presented the television viewing public with arguably the definitive depiction of Gotham City’s legendary Dark Knight vigilante. While the Tim Burton Batman movies influenced much of the show, an updated(…)


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. This particular beach was one where things tended to be either very very good or very very bad. On one hand,(…)

Beachcombers, The

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

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(…)


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), the internal watchdog 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(…)

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(…)

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