This four-part documentary looks at some of the programs and stars from the early days of U.S. television. The segment on late night focuses on the vaudevillian origins of the genre and the Tonight Show, with its three early stars: Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. The episode on sitcoms focuses on the contribution of several classics from the 1950s and 60s including The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show and the Dick van Dyke Show. The segment on variety shows focuses first on the Ed Sullivan Show and the hosts ability to book acts that the audience wanted to see. Others include Milton Berle's show, Sis Caesar's Your Show of Shows, Red Skelton, Arthur Godfrey and many others. In the final episode, game shows are the focus. Early game shows had their origins in radio but hit a road block during the game show scandals where it was revealed that contestants were being given the answers to questions. The genre eventually re-established itself and made stars of many of the emcees.
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Bob Rueland (Duchovny) has led a blessedly ordinary life as an architectural engineer and loving husband until one nightmarish night takes the life of his driven zoologist wife Elizabeth (Joely Richardson). Haunted by her memory and still desperately in love, Bob buries himself in work, hoping to complete the project that meant more to Elizabeth than anything else: building an expansive new gorilla habitat for the primates she was working with at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Nearly a year after Elizabeth's death, despite the match-making efforts of his veterinarian friend Dr. Charlie Johnson (David Alan Grier), Bob is still not quite ready to start all over again.
Meanwhile, across town, a waitress who has been waiting her entire life to start all over again has finally gotten her chance. Grace Briggs (Driver) has just received a long-awaited heart transplant that will save her from the medical fate that took her own mother's life while she was still a child. A recluse until now, Grace is exhilarated and frightened by a whole new world in front of her. Into Grace's weird and wonderful world stumbles Bob, whose brief and random encounter with Grace at O'Reilly's leaves him flummoxed but feeling something for the first time in a long time. Yet even as events and the many denizens of O'Reilly's push Bob and Grace inexorably towards one another, love takes on a whole new meaning as the truth emerges, resulting in a funny and touching tale of hard-won union.
The head of a brewery enlists his family and his bowling team to fight an extortion scheme developed by a local mobster to try to ruin the businessman and his family. The brewer's wife is a financial whiz, who helps beat the scheme. Jack O'Malley is the man's uncle, who offers brawn as well as brains to defeat the mobster and his henchmen. Written by John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Two hour episode. Ex-cop John Ryan marries wealthy widow Pauline Medford, with Sheriff Bill Gillespie as best man. Drunken Trina Mallin, one-time girlfriend of Ryan, almost breaks up the ceremony. She tries to extort $50,000 from him to keep quiet about a long ago incident. Trina's present lover and bankrupt lawyer, Tommy Harwood, wants her to leave Sparta with him, but she has other plans. John and Pauline set up Trina as a DUI driver, inadvertently causing a fatal accident. Trina is charged with vehicular manslaughter. Gillespie and Chief Hampton Forbes cooperate in the investigation. Written by richardann
When Gillespie runs for a permanent position as county sheriff, his running mate is investigated for allegations of insurance fraud, corruption and murder.
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First hosted by veteran actor Peter Graves, and later by Jack Perkins, this popular Arts and Entertainment Network series profiled the lives of notable figures in the history of entertainment, sports, arts, science, politics and warfare. The show is notable for its in-depth research, which often provides viewers with little-known information about well-known people. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
Mike is upset that all of Gloria's time is spent taking care of Joey while his needs are being ignored. Gloria becomes angry and tells him that at 5 o'clock, his job ends, but that she doesn't get to punch out. They have an argument and Mike runs next door to play cards with Archie. Edith comes over to talk to Gloria and lets to know that some friction between new parents is normal with all the changes that come about, especially in the bedroom. Archie is not quite as successful in talking to Mike, but then Gloria comes over and the two share a passionate kiss. Written by Jerry Roberts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In crime ridden New York of the seventies two cops has had enough. They decide to take justice into their own hands. Things turn exciting and humorous. No hoodlum goes safe.
The wives of several high-powered doctors feel neglected due to their husbands' focus on their careers, so they embark on a regimen of sex, drugs and booze.
Kelly's Heroes is an offbeat 1970 war film about a group of World War II soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. Directed by Brian G. Hutton, who also directed the 1968 World War II drama Where Eagles Dare.
Los Angeles private-eye Philip Marlowe is trying to locate the brother of his new client, a woman named Orfamay Quest. The trail leads to two men who deny any knowledge of the brother's existence. Both are soon killed by an ice pick, so Marlowe deduces that there's much more to this than a simple missing-person case. Marlowe's path crosses that of a blackmailed movie star, Mavis Wald, and her friend, exotic dancer Delores. A mobster sends karate expert Winslow Wong to bust up Marlowe's office and warn him off the case, while Lieutenant French also cautions the detective to stay out of the police's way.
In the turn-of-the century Texas town of Cottownwood Springs, marshal Frank Patch is an old-style lawman in a town determined to become modern. When he kills drunken Luke Mills in self-defense, the town leaders decide it's time for a change. That ask for Patch's resignation, but he refuses on the basis that the town on hiring him had promised him the job for as long as he wanted it. Afraid for the town's future and even more afraid of the fact that Marshal Patch knows all the town's dark secrets, the city fathers decide that old-style violence is the only way to rid themselves of the unwanted lawman.
A American colonel who has never been in combat is tasked with creating a special forces unit from Canadian troops and a ragtag group of American misfits.
After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.
James Coburn is a con man and grifter who comes across a map that leads to a fortune in stolen US Army gold. Carroll O'Connor is the crooked sheriff who stays on Coburn's tail.
Missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands fight nature, disease and their own passions.
Comedy master Blake Edwards weaves his wacky madness in this first-rate WWII story of a by-the-book Captain (Dick Shawn) who is ordered to take over a troop of misfit soldiers led by Lieutenant James Coburn.
During the Korean War, Italian nurse Virna Lisi falls in love with two American fliers, Tony Curtis and George C. Scott. Lisi marries Curtis after he convinces her that Scott has been killed in a plane crash. She soon discovers Scott is alive, but remains happily married to Curtis until Scott re-enters their lives 14 years later. Written by Jeanne Armintrout
A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
The film is the historical and poetical drama of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt who wants to stabilize her power by using the tensions in the Roman Empire. Due to her beauty Julius Caesar as well as Marc Antony, his oponent, fall in love with her but Cleopatra deceides for the wrong side and loses in the end all; and Egypt is being integrated into the Roman Empire.
A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.
An unhappily married woman has an affair with her husband's law partner. Director John Sturges' lush 1961 melodrama stars Lana Turner, Jason Robards Jr., Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Thomas Mitchell, Susan Kohner, George Hamilton, Barbara Bel Geddes, Carroll O'Connor, Everett Sloane, Yvonne Craig and Jean Willes.
Parrish McLean lives with his mother Ellen on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the Connecticut River Valley. His mother winds up marrying Sala's rival Judd Raike, ruthless planter who wants to drive Sala out of business. Judd insists that Parrish learn the business from the ground up.
A humorous look at newlyweds Jamie and Paul Buchman as they discover each other's idiosyncrasies and learn to deal with them.
Paul, a documentary filmmaker, is creative, idealistic and an all around nice guy. Jamie, a public relations specialist, is direct, assertive and a practical person. They are very much in love this helps them develop a strong relationship in spite of their friends, families and themselves.
Nothing could be worse than the sudden death of parents. One day Nick and Diana Salinger were killed in a terrible car crash, and left their five children all alone. Charlie (Matthew Fox), the oldest, will have to step in and take care of the family, serving both as father and brother. Bailey (Scott Wolf), the middle brother, tries to keep everything under control but undergoes an alcoholism problem when he realizes he can't do it all. Julia (Neve Campbell), a young girl who keeps jumping from one bad relationship to another. Claudia (Lacey Chabert), the youngest girl that plays the violin, who has to enter adolescence without any help of parents, and little baby Owen, who was only 6 months old when his parents died and thus will never know how it feels like to have a mother and a father. Together, they go through all sorts of problems, from handling their parents restaurant and trying to keep it running to disastrous relationships and school problems. Soon they realize that in o
Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name, this series provided a hopeful, yet honest look at life in the new South. Set in the fictional Sparta, Mississippi, the show was a marvelous blend of heartfelt drama and folksy humor. It portrayed both the professional and personal pursuits of Sparta P.D's officers. Series star Carroll O'Connor, in a role far removed from Archie Bunker, served as executive producer. Using the pen name Matt Harris, Mr. O'Connor was also the story editor and wrote many of the episodes.
What happens when you take the hilarious comedy of Redd Foxx, and give it an "80's twist"? You get The Redd Foxx Show, a short-lived sitcom which aired on ABC in 1986. The Redd Foxx Show follows the life of Al Hughes (Redd Foxx), a newsstand owner who adopts a "street-wise" teenager named Toni (Pamela Segall). Along with Al is Diana (Rosanna DeSoto), who works with Al in the newsstand, and Jim-Jam (Nathaniel Taylor, Teddy Wilson), who also owns a newsstand of his own. Everything seems to be going fine for Al, but as the show went on, Toni "disappeared", and in came his ex-wife Felicia (Beverly Todd) and his son, Byron (Sinbad). Unfortunately, the show lasted only 4 months.
Archie Bunker's Place was a continuation of the long-running hit sitcom "All in the Family". Archie Bunker purchased his favorite hangout, Kelsey's Place, and renamed it. He owned the bar in partnership with liberal Jewish man Murray Klein. Most of the action took place at Archie's Place, where the beloved bigot voiced his opinions in his own bar, instead of at home.
All in the Family was first seen in January of 1971 and immediately changed the face of television. Not only was this the number one television series from 1971 through 1976, but it also signified an avalanche of other situation comedies that dealt with controversial subjects in realistic ways, including Chico and the Man, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times and Sanford and Son.
The series centered around the Bunker family who lived in a home located at 704 Houser Street in Queens, New York. Archie Bunker was the main character, and what a character he was. He was televisons most famous bigot, crass and down right rude. Yet he was loveable, with a soft side just beneath the surface. Edith Bunker was his somewhat dizzy wife whom he called "Dingbat". Edith put up with Archie and had qualities about her that made her one of television's most unforgetable characters. Also living in the Bunker household were Archie and Edith's daughter, Gloria, and her husband Mike, or "Meathead".
"Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" Saturday Night Live is a sketch comedy show that has run since the fall of 1975. Many now-famous actors and actresses such as Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Paul Shaffer, Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short, Damon Wayans, Joan Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Miller, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Conan O'Brien, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, David Spade, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Norm MacDonald, Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, and Tina Fey got their start from Saturday Night Live. SNL is still unique amongst other sketch shows because of the fact that it has always been live. Also known as: "NBC's Saturday Night" from October 11, 1975 to July 31, 1976. "Saturday Night" from September 18, 1976 to March 19, 1977. "Saturday Night Live" since March 26, 1977. "Good night and have a pleasant tommorow!"
The show is about a Marshal who doesn't allow guns in Dodge City. He always tries to show people different ways to solve things before getting angry.
That Girl made television history by being one of the first shows to focus on a single, working woman. The show followed the life of Ann Marie (Marlo Thomas) as she made a living working various jobs in New York City while trying to make her mark on the New York stage. In New York, Ann Marie met Don Hollinger (Ted Bessell) who quickly became her boyfriend, and with the help of her family and close friends, Ann Marie found a way to make her own way in the fast-paced New York lifestyle.
Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). In the first season, the team is led by Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill; Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, takes charge for the remaining seasons. A hallmark of the series shows Briggs or Phelps receiving his instructions on a recording that then self-destructs, followed by the theme music composed by Lalo Schifrin.
The series aired on the CBS network from September 1966 to March 1973, then returned to television for two seasons on ABC, from 1988 to 1990, retaining only Graves in the cast. It later inspired a popular series of theatrical motion pictures starring Tom Cruise, beginning in 1996.
The series follows the exploits of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a small team of secret agents used for covert missions against dictators, evil organizations and (primarily in later episodes) crime lords. On occasion, the IMF also mounts unsanctioned, private missions on behalf of its members.
The identities of the organization that oversees the IMF and the government it works for are never revealed. Only rare cryptic bits of information are ever provided during the life of the series, such as in the third season mission "Nicole", where the IMF leader states that his instructions come from "Division Seven". In the 1980s revival, it is suggested the IMF is an independent agency (as the FBI can only legally operate within the United States and the CIA can only operate outside the country). In the first motion picture, unlike the TV show, the IMF is depicted as part of the CIA.
The Wild Wild West told the story of two Secret Service agents: James T. West, the charming gunslinger (played by Robert Conrad), and Artemus Gordon (played by Ross Martin), the brilliant gadgeteer and master of disguise. Their unending mission was to protect President Ulysses S. Grant and the United States from all manner of dangerous threats. The agents traveled in luxury aboard their own train, the Wanderer, equipped with everything from a stable car to a laboratory. James West had served as an intelligence and cavalry officer in the US Civil War; his "cover" during the series is that he is a railroad president. After retiring from the Service by 1880 he lives on a ranch in Mexico. Gordon's past is more obscure; when he retires in 1880 he goes on the road as the head of a Shakespeare traveling players troupe.
While conducting an experiment in time travel, scientists Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Douglas Phillips find themselves whisked from time period to time period, while their colleagues back in the present desperately struggle to retrieve the two men. The pair frequently find themselves on the brink of a major historical event, and while the scientists back home can see the action unfolding wherever Newman and Phillips are, they are helpless to offer any aid.
A pair of American operatives work undercover as a tennis pro and his trainer. Kelly Robinson is the man with a racket, Alexander Scott is, among other things, a polyglot. The creation of the Cinemobile for location shooting enabled far-flung episodes in Hong Kong, Europe, Mexico, etc. The writing is of a standard that would be very difficult to match in any circumstances, or as Scott & Robinson might say, the wonderfulness of its marvelousness is only equal to the marvelousness of its wonderfulness.
Slattery's People is a 1964-1965 American television series about local politics starring Richard Crenna as title character James Slattery, a state legislator, co-starring Ed Asner and Tol Avery, and featuring Carroll O'Connor and Warren Oates in a couple of episodes each. James E. Moser was executive producer. The program, telecast on CBS, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Slattery's People is mainly notable for having been one of the few American television series spotlighting the travails of local politicians, a topic that other programs of the period mainly avoided.
Many television critics highly praised the series. Many politicians also approved of the program. U.S. Representative James C. Corman said in a Congressional Record statement on September 30, 1964, “I am pleased that they have taken the high road to show a legislator’s life, and have not pandered to sensationalism or unreality to stimulate an audience following.”
Moser's script for the pilot was printed as an appendix in Teleplay; an introduction to television writing by Coles Trapnell.
Television composer Nathan Scott wrote the theme music for Slattery's People.
Welcome to the Profiles in Courage guide at TV Tome. This series was based on the 1956 Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same name by then-Senator John F. Kennedy. Each of the historical dramas covered one public figure who served as a model of virtue and courage under pressure. Each subject took an unpopular stand and persevered in their pursuit of justice and the right path, in spite of the coercion and vilification of the majority. "This book is not just the stories of the past but a book of hope and confidence for the future. What happens to the country, to the world, depends on what we do with what others have left us."
”from the book's foreword by Robert F. Kennedy
Ben Casey was a gritty realistic hospital drama, that was not afraid to touch on controversial subjects at the time. Vince Edwards starred in the title role as Dr. Ben Casey, a neurosurgeon at the fictional County General Hospital.
Join the crew of the Seaview aboard their super high-tech submarine, where no mission is too dangerous and no threat is too deadly, be it enemy agents, mad scientists, deadly sea creatures, or impending nuclear disaster.
NBC introduced The Man from U.N.C.L.E., an hour-long spy thriller, at the start of the 1964-1965 season. The series starred Robert Vaughn as secret agent Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as his partner, a Russian Illya Kuryakin and Leo G. Carroll as Alexander Waverly, head of U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). U.N.C.L.E.'s mission was to combat the evil agents of THRUSH, a global organization bent on domination the world.
This anthology series was a mixed bag of drama, variety and event specials, involving Bob Hope as either host or starring in several of episodes. This series received several Emmy awards. One of the most memorable shows was Bob Hope's Christmas Show filmed before an audience of G.I.'s in Vietnam and carried as a 90-minute special telecast in January.
From Roy Huggins and Quinn Martin comes this classic tv show, The Fugitive (1963), an original edition of a popular show! Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen), wrongly accused of murdering his wife, escapes custody while on the road to prison and must elude the police to continue his quest to find the real killer, which will take ages until the finale. The original series aired from 1963-1967 (120 episodes) and inspired the 1993 movie, The Fugitive starring Tommy Lee Jones and 2000 tv series, The Fugitive starring Timothy Daly. Thanks to matthew02 for his valuable contribuions to this guide!
Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some form of the question, "What is the nature of man?"
Opening Narration: There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling the transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.
The DuPont Show of the Week is an American anthology drama series which aired for three seasons on NBC from September 17, 1961 to August 30, 1964.
Recent law school graduate (Robert Reed) joins his father (E.G. Marshall) as the pair tackle challenging legal cases, often involving issues which were highly touchy for the times (abortion, euthanasia, "un-American" activities, movie censorship). In most, the freshly minted lawyer has much to learn from his father's extensive legal experience.
Neil Brock is a social worker dealing with gritty realism as he tries to help various people living in a slum area of New York. Frieda Hechlinger is his boss at the community welfare office, and Jan Foster the office secretary. In episode 22, he goes to work for Congressman Charles Hanson as an adviser on social policy, but has continual battles with the politician's image-conscious manager, Mike Miller.
Set in Nevada, in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch - The Ponderosa. The Cartwright's thousand-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; none of the mothers is still alive. Adventures are typical western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well.
"Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television's unusual full-hour dramatic series on NBC Wednesday nights stars Wendell Corey as psychiatrist Dr. Theodore Bassett and Jack Ging as his associate Dr. Paul Graham. The series tells the human stories of people who come to the psychiatrist, through his private practice, through the hospital or through the court of law, seeking help in their hour of last resort. Norman Felton is executive producer, Sam Rolfe is producer." -- from MGM/NBC series publicity as printed on the back of the show's publicity photographs
Stoney Burke is an American western television series broadcast on ABC from October 1, 1962 until May 20, 1963. Six years before the premiere of his CBS crime drama, Hawaii Five-0, Jack Lord starred in the title role.
A crime drama that focused on the lives of the detectives of New York's 65th Precinct. The emphasis in the stories was mostly on real-life crime and the human element. Season one stars were Lt. Dan Muldoon and Det. Jim Halloran; seasons 2-4 stars were Det. Adam Flint and Lt. Mike Parker.
Dr. Kildare came to television after having been an extremely successful series of movies in the 1940's. There was something immensely appealing about the story of a young intern in a large metropolitan hospital trying to learn his profession, deal with problems of the patients and win the respect of the senior doctor in his specialty, internal medicine. Kildare was the young intern, Dr. Gillespie was the father figure and Blair General the hospital in which they practiced medicine. During the course of its run, Dr. Kildare went through an evolutionary process. By the third season Kildare was promoted to resident. His intern buddies from the first season, Dr. Agurski and Dr. Gerson were not seen in the subsequent seasons as the program came to center more closely on the patients and their families. In the 1965-66 season the show was aired twice a week as a half hour program rather than once a week for an hour.
Ben and Jeff are brothers in the US during the Civil War. Ben lives in the North and Jeff lives in the South.
This was a very popular show which brought back Shirley Temple in her adult life. Shirley was the narrator and would introduce the show for the evening. These stories were most often a version of a fairytale. At times, Shirley would even act in them. Her children also made appearances. Television opened up a whole new generation to her and her movies. Four of her childhood movies were put on television, Wee Willie Winkie, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Captain January, and Heidi. Shirley Temple mania started all over again! These compare favorably to Shelley Duvall's fairy tales and had the wonderful advantage of showing a grown-up Shirley Temple. Jan 12, 1958 - Dec 1959 (ABC) Mon 7:30-8:30 (16 Specials) Sep 1960 - Sep 1961 (NBC) Sun 7:00-8:00 Also Known As:
The Shirley Temple Show (1960) (new title)
Runtime: USA:60 min (41 episodes)
Color: Black and White / Color (Columbia Color)
Sound Mix: Mono (Westrex Recording
Adventure series that ran from 1959 to 1962 on ABC and starred Gardner McKay as Adam Troy, the captain of a freelance schooner called the Tiki. The series was created by famed author James Michener who sold the idea to television but dropped out of the project before filming began.