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‘Allo ‘Allo

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) 55 x 30 minute episodes 26 x 25 minute episodes 3 x 45 minute episodes 1 x 35 minute episode "Listen very carefully, I shall say zees only once" "Good Moaning" -...

13 East

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) 16 x 30 minute episodes 13 East was a hectic ward in a large unnamed hospital where Maggie Poole (Diana Bellamy) - a former army nurse who had...

13 Queens Boulevard

1 9 7 9 (USA) 9 x 30 minute episodes Originally to have been titled Five Women, this short-lived spring replacement comedy series from ABC starring Eileen Brennan as Felicia Winters was originally meant to be about five women...

2 Point 4 Children

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 9 (UK) 56 x 40 minute episodes When Andrew Marshall's 2 Point 4 Children first hit British screens it was compared to Roseanne (1988), primarily because of Gary Olsen's burly build as lumberjack-shirted Ben...

227

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) 116 x 30 minute episodes 227 first aired in September 1985 and ran for five seasons on NBC before its final episode in July 1990. Based on a play of...

291 Club, The

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) 14 x 60 minute episodes This black talent contest - a clone of the talent shows held at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York - was produced...

3rd Rock From the Sun

1 9 9 6 - 2 0 0 1 (USA) A surprise hit of the 1996-1997 season, 3rd Rock From The Sun surprised most of the critics who had made sport of its improbable premise when it became an...

9 To 5

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 3 (USA) 1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 8 (USA) 85 x 30 minute episodes Based on characters created by Patricia Resnick for the 1980 motion picture of the same name,...

A Gentleman’s Club

1 9 8 8 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes The staid, faded elegance of a gentleman's club was the setting for this BBC sitcom from Richard Gordon, creator of the Doctor series of novels, films and TV series. The fictitious...

A J Wentworth, BA

1 9 8 2 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This Thames comedy was Arthur Lowe's last television series, made shortly before his death on 16 April 1982 and screened posthumously. The role was just right for him, combining a...

A Kick Up The Eighties

1 9 8 1 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes 1 9 8 4 (UK) 4 x 30 minute episodes This sketch show from BBC Scotland mined the same iconoclastic post-punk humour as Not The Nine O'Clock News and Who Dares Wins. It featured...

A Life Of Bliss

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) George Cole starred in the successful carry-over of this 30-minute comedy series from radio to television, playing the part of David Bliss, a gullible young bachelor prone...

A Little Bit Of Wisdom

1 9 7 4 - 1 9 7 6 (UK) 20 x 30 minute episodes Norman Wisdom starred (again) as the little man who could never get things right. This time he was causing havoc in a city hospital, helping...

A Present for Dickie

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 0 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Returning from a cabaret tour of the Far East, Dickie (Dickie Henderson) rushes home to greet his wife, only to be met by...

A Sharp Intake Of Breath

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 1 (UK) 22 x 30 minute episodes Following his success as support to Ronnie Barker in the BBC's Open All Hours, and just before taking off as Del Boy in Only Fools and...

A-Z

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 5 7 (UK) BBC entertainment in which Alan Melville strung together sketches, songs, parodies and guest appearances to a different letter of the alphabet each week. Derived originally from a published...

A.E.S. Hudson Street

1 9 7 8 (USA) 5 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived ABC tryout series centred around Dr Antonio ''Tony'' Menzies (Gregory Sierra, who played Detective Chano Amenguale on Barney Miller), the busy chief resident of an overcrowded and...

a.k.a. Pablo

1 9 8 4 (USA) 5 x 30 minute episodes Short-lived ABC comedy from Norman Lear about a struggling young Hispanic comedian and his large, noisy family, who rooted for his success while wanting him to treat his...

Abbott and Costello Show, The

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 5 4 (USA) 52 x 30 minute episodes Stage and screen comedians Bud Abbott (born William Abbott) and Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo) brought their routines to television in a...

ABC Comedy Hour, The

1 9 7 2 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes The ABC Comedy Hour screened between 12 January 1972 and 5 April 1972 and starred top impressionists of the day - Frank Gorshin, Rich Little, George Kirby, Joe Baker,...

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‘Allo ‘Allo

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) 55 x 30 minute episodes 26 x 25 minute episodes 3 x 45 minute episodes 1 x 35 minute episode "Listen very carefully, I shall say zees only once" "Good Moaning" -...

$1.98 Beauty Show, The

1 9 7 8 - 1 9 8 0 (USA) This spoof of beauty pageants (created by the production company of Chuck Barris and aired on NBC) saw six female contestants compete in categories of poise and...

$10,000 Pyramid, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 6 (USA) 4270 x 30 minute episodes "Keep your eye on this spot! You are about to see one celebrity and one contestant step into this circle with a chance...

$64,000 Question, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) Before the quiz show scandal of the late 1950s, The $64,000 Question was a high-stakes, nail-biting, ratings-topping game show phenomenon. Sponsored by the Revlon lipstick company it was the first...

100 Lives of Black Jack Savage, The

1 9 9 1 (USA) 7 x 60 minute episodes On the Caribbean island of San Pietro in the 1790s, a pirate named Black Jack Savage (Steven Williams) is hanged. The ghost of Black Jack remains on the...