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Facts Of Life

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The Facts of Life season 1 title screen
Genre Sitcom
Created by Dick Clair
Jenna McMahon
Developed by Howard Leeds
Ben Starr
Jerry Mayer
Starring Charlotte Rae
John Lawlor
Jenny O’Hara
Lisa Whelchel
Felice Schachter
Julie Piekarski
Kim Fields
Molly Ringwald
Julie Anne Haddock
Mindy Cohn
Nancy McKeon
Pamela Segall
Mackenzie Astin
George Clooney
Cloris Leachman
Sherrie Krenn
Theme music composer Al Burton
Gloria Loring
Alan Thicke
Opening theme “The Facts of Life”
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 209
Production
Executive producer Jack Elinson
(seasons 2–7)
Jerry Mayer
(seasons 3–6)
Linda Marsh
Margie Peters
(seasons 5–6)
Deidre Fay
Stuart Wolpert
(seasons 6–7)
Irma Kalish
Richard Gurman
(seasons 8–9)
Producer Jerry Mayer
(seasons 1–3)
Linda Marsh
Margie Peters
(seasons 3–4)
Rita Dillon
(seasons 5–9)
Kimberly Hill
(season 6)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Videotape
Running time 22 mins.
Production companys T.A.T. Communications Co. (1979–1982)
Embassy Television (1982–1986)
Embassy Communications (1986–1988)
ELP Communications (1988)
Columbia Pictures Television (1988)
Distributor Embassy Telecommunications (1984–1986)
Embassy Communications (1986–1988)
Columbia Pictures Television (1988–1995)
Columbia TriStar Television (1995–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)
Release
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural (1979-1984)
Stereo (1984-1988)
Original release August 24, 1979 – May 7, 1988
Chronology
Followed by The Facts of Life Reunion
Related shows Diff’rent Strokes
The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest-running sitcoms of the 1980s. A spin-off of the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, the series focuses on Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae) as she becomes a housemother (and after the second season, a dietitian as well) at the fictional Eastland School, an all-female boarding school in Peekskill, New York.

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Donny & Marie

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Donny & Marie (1976 TV series), a variety show aired from 1976 to 1979
Donny & Marie (1998 TV series), a talk show aired from 1998 to 2000
Donny & Marie in Las Vegas, an entertainment show at several casinos on the Las Vegas Strip

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Amos & Andy Effects

Most of the TV shows of the 1950’s were just from radio shows and they are funny. The only one that you can’t see is Amos&Any. The NAACP, which t been around since the 1940’s, tried to get it canceled. CBS finally gave in and with that, for the first time, the NAACP had some power and they never stop using the race card. After two years of Amos&Andy reruns the NAACP came back to CBS to cancel the reruns. It’s the first and only time that a TV show reruns ever was canceled what are the NAACP afraid of ???

since the canceling of Amos&Andy, all three of the networks either didn’t have black actors in leading roles or they might have a small role. The NAACP wanted CBS to cancel The Jack Benny Show,because Rochester, was doing all the chores, but this time CBS refused to cancel the Jack Benny Show (NAACP, must hate CBS, because of the attacks it’s causing). Since then, black actors played straight roles in comedy TV shows until All In The Family in 1971, but TV shows like Hogan Heroes and Julie black actors were done serious, well as the other actors had funny lines. Thanks a lot NAACP for taking the laughs out of black actors, who knows, the TV shows might have been a lot funnier without you !!!

All In The Family

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Norman Lear (based on Till Death Us Do Part, created by Johnny Speight)
Starring Carroll O’Connor
Jean Stapleton
Rob Reiner
Sally Struthers
Danielle Brisebois
Theme music composer Lee Adams, (lyrics)
Charles Strouse, (music), Roger Kellaway, (ending theme)
Opening theme “Those Were the Days”
Performed by Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton
Ending theme “Remembering You”
by Roger Kellaway, (music) and Carroll O’Connor (additional lyrics added in 1971; instrumental version)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 210
Production
Locations CBS Television City
Hollywood, California (1971-1975)
Metromedia Square
Hollywood, California (1975-1979)
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production companys Tandem Productions
Distributor Viacom Enterprises (1976–1991)
Columbia Pictures Television (1991–1996)
Columbia TriStar Television (1996–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format Color
Original release January 12, 1971 – April 8, 1979
Chronology
Followed by Archie Bunker’s Place
704 Hauser
Related shows Maude
The Jeffersons
Gloria
Good Times
Checking In
All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker’s Place, picked up where All in the Family had ended. That sitcom lasted another four years, ending its run in 1983.

Produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin and starring Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, and Sally Struthers, All in the Family revolves around the life of a working-class bigot and his family. The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for U.S. network television comedy, such as racism, homosexuality, women’s liberation, rape, religion, miscarriage, abortion, breast cancer, the Vietnam War, menopause, and impotence. Through depicting these controversial issues, the series became arguably one of television’s most influential comedic programs, as it injected the sitcom format with more realistic and topical conflicts.

The show ranked number-one in the yearly Nielsen ratings from 1971 to 1976. It became the first television series to reach the milestone of having topped the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive years. The episode “Sammy’s Visit” was ranked #13 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time ranked All in the Family as #4. Bravo also named the show’s protagonist, Archie Bunker, TV’s greatest character of all time. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked All in the Family the fourth best written TV series ever and TV Guide ranked it as the fourth greatest show of all time.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

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Douglas Adams
Original work The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Primary and Secondary Phases (1978–80)
Print publications
Books
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts (1985)
Starship Titanic (1997)
Novels
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)
Life, the Universe and Everything (1982)
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984)
Mostly Harmless (1992)
And Another Thing… (2009)
Comic Books, Films and Television
Films The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Television series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981)
Theatrical presentations
Plays See the Stage Shows section
Games
Video games The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (computer game) (1984)
Radio programs
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Primary and Secondary Phases (1978–80)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Tertiary to Quintessential Phases (2004–05)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (sometimes referred to as HG2G, HHGTTG or H2G2) is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams. Originally a radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, it was later adapted to other formats, including stage shows, novels, comic book adaptations, a 1981 TV series, a 1984 computer game, and 2005 feature film. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has become an international multi-media phenomenon. The novels are the most widely distributed, having been translated into more than 30 languages by 2005.

The broad narrative follows the misadventures of the last surviving human Arthur Dent, following the demolition of the planet Earth by a Vogon constructor fleet to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Dent is rescued from Earth’s destruction by Ford Prefect, a human-like alien writer for the fictional, eccentric, electronic travel guide, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by hitchhiking onto a passing spacecraft. Following his rescue, Dent explores the galaxy with Prefect and encounters Trillian, another human that had been taken from Earth prior to its destruction by the President of the Galaxy, the two-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox, and the depressed Marvin the Paranoid Android. Certain narrative details were changed between the various adaptions.

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The Partridge Family

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Musical sitcom
Created by Bernard Slade
Starring Shirley Jones
David Cassidy
Danny Bonaduce
Susan Dey
Suzanne Crough
Jeremy Gelbwaks (1970–71)
Brian Forster (1971–74)
Dave Madden
Theme music composer Diane Hilderbrand
Danny Janssen
Wes Farrell
Opening theme “When We’re Singin'” (1970–71)
“C’mon, Get Happy” (1971–74)
Composers George Duning
Benny Golson
Warren Barker
Hugo Montenegro
Shorty Rogers
Country of origin United States
Original languages English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 96 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer Bob Claver
Producers William Bickley
Paul Junger Witt
Dale McRaven
Larry Rosen
Mel Swope
Cinematography Fred Jackman, Jr.
Irving Lippman
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company Screen Gems Television (1970–1974)
Distributor Columbia Pictures Television (1974–84; 1989–96)
DFS Program Exchange (1984–87)
The Program Exchange (1987–89)
Columbia TriStar Television (1996–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)
Release
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 25, 1970 – March 23, 1974
Chronology
Related shows Getting Together
Goober and the Ghost Chasers
Partridge Family 2200 A.D.
The Partridge Family is an American musical television sitcom series starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy. Jones is a widowed mother, and Cassidy plays the oldest of her five children who embark on a music career. It ran from September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974, on the ABC network as part of a Friday-night lineup, and had subsequent runs in syndication. The family was loosely based on the real-life musical family The Cowsills, a popular band in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Sesame Street

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Educational
Sketch comedy
Puppetry
Animation
Created by Joan Ganz Cooney
Lloyd Morrisett
Theme music composer Joe Raposo
Jon Stone
Bruce Hart
Opening theme “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?”
Ending theme “Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?” (Instrumental version)
“Smarter, Stronger, Kinder”
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 46
No. of episodes 4,378
Production
Producers Samuel Gibbon
Jon Stone
Location Reeves Teletape Studios
(1969–1992)
Unitel Video, Inc. [some episodes] (1987–1993) Manhattan, New York City
Kaufman Astoria Studios
(1993–present)
Astoria, Queens, New York City
Running time 60 minutes (1969–2015)
30 minutes (2015–present)
Production company(s) Children’s Television Workshop
(1969–2000)
Sesame Workshop
(2000–present)
Release
Original network NET (1969–1970)
PBS (1970–present;
second run, 2016-present)
HBO (first run, 2016-present)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
(1969–2007)
720p & 1080i (HDTV)
(2008–present)
Audio format Mono (1969–1992)
Stereo (1992–2001)
Dolby Surround (2002–2006)
Dolby Digital (2007–present)
Original release November 10, 1969 – present
Chronology
Related shows Elmo’s World
Play with Me Sesame
Journey to Ernie
Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures
Abby’s Flying Fairy School
Elmo the Musical
External links
Website
Sesame Street is a long-running American children’s television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated through the use of Jim Henson’s Muppets, animation, short films, humor, and cultural references. The series premiered on November 10, 1969, to positive reviews, some controversy, and high viewership; it has aired on the U.S.’s national public television provider (PBS) since its debut, with its first run moving to premium channel HBO on January 16, 2016.

The show has undergone significant changes throughout its history. The format of Sesame Street consists of a combination of commercial television production elements and techniques which have evolved to reflect the changes in American culture and the audience’s viewing habits. With the creation of Sesame Street, producers and writers of a children’s television show used, for the first time, educational goals and a curriculum to shape its content. It was also the first time a show’s educational effects were studied.

Shortly after creating Sesame Street, its producers developed what came to be called the “CTW model” (named for the show’s production company, the Children’s Television Workshop), a system of television show planning, production, and evaluation based on collaborations between producers, writers, educators, and researchers. The show was initially funded by government and private foundations but has become somewhat self-supporting due to revenues from licensing arrangements, international sales, and other media. By 2006, there were independently produced versions, or “co-productions”, of Sesame Street broadcast in twenty countries. In 2001 there were over 120 million viewers of various international versions of Sesame Street, and by the show’s 40th anniversary in 2009, it was broadcast in more than 140 countries.

By its 40th anniversary in 2009, Sesame Street was the fifteenth-highest rated children’s television show in the United States. A 1996 survey found that 95% of all American preschoolers had watched the show by the time they were three years old. In 2008, it was estimated that 77 million Americans had watched the series as children. As of 2014, Sesame Street has won 159 Emmy Awards and 8 Grammy Awards—more than any other children’s show.

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Hawaii Five-O

Leonard Freeman
Starring
Jack Lord
James MacArthur
Kam Fong
Gilbert Lani Kauhi
Al Harrington
Herman Wedemeyer
William Smith
Sharon Farrell
Moe Keale
Doug Mossman
Danny Kamekona
Theme music composer Morton Stevens
Composers
Bruce Broughton
John Cacavas
James Di Pasquale
Harry Geller
Ernest Gold
Les Hooper
Jerrold Immel
Mundell Lowe
Don B. Ray
George Romanis
Pete Rugolo
Walter Scharf
Richard Shores
Fred Steiner
Morton Stevens
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 12
No. of episodes 279
Production
Executive producers
Leonard Freeman
Philip Leacock
Leonard Katzman
Bill Finnegan
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Running time 42–49 minutes
Production company Leonard Freeman Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 20, 1968 – April 6, 1980
Chronology
Followed by Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and continues in reruns. At the airing of its very last episode, it was the longest running cop show in television history at that time.

Jack Lord portrayed Detective Captain Steve McGarrett, the head of a special state police task force which was based on an actual unit that existed under martial law in the 1940s.[2] The theme music composed by Morton Stevens became especially popular. Many episodes would end with McGarrett instructing his subordinate to “Book ’em, Danno!”, sometimes specifying a charge such as “murder one”.

Get Smart

Mel Brooks
Buck Henry
Directed by
Gary Nelson
Bruce Bilson
Don Adams
James Komack
Earl Bellamy
Starring
Don Adams
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The Smother Brothers Show

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Variety
Written by Norman Sedawie
Starring Thomas Smothers
Richard Smothers
Narrated by Peter Cullen
Country of origin USA
Original language English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 72
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Mono
Original release February 5, 1967 – April 20, 1969
The Smothers Brothers are Thomas (“Tom” – born February 2, 1937) and Richard (“Dick” – born November 20, 1938), American singers, musicians, and comedians. The brothers’ trademark double act was performing folk songs (Tommy on acoustic guitar, Dick on string bass), which usually led to arguments between the siblings. Tommy’s signature line was, “Mom always liked you best!” Tommy (the elder of the two) acted “slow”, and Dick, the straight man, acted “superior”.

In the 1960s, the brothers frequently appeared on television variety shows and issued several popular record albums of their stage performances. Their own television variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, became one of the most controversial American TV programs of the Vietnam War era. Despite popular success, the brothers’ penchant for material that was critical of the political mainstream and sympathetic to the emerging counterculture led to their firing by the CBS network in 1969. One show was left unaired.

The brothers continued to work, both independently and as a team, on stage and television, and in films during subsequent decades.

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