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  1. Search for Tomorrow

    Search for Tomorrow (1951)

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    Search for Tomorrow is an American soap opera that aired on CBS from September 3, 1951 to March 26, 1982, and on NBC from March 29, 1982 to December 26, 1986. At the time of its final broadcast, it was the longest-running non-news program on television. This record would later be broken by Hallmark Hall of Fame, which premiered on Christmas Eve 1951 and still airs occasionally.


  2. Too Close for Comfort

    Too Close for Comfort (1980)

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    Too Close for Comfort is an American television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from November 11, 1980, until May 5, 1983, and in first-run syndication from April 7, 1984, until September 27, 1986. It was modeled after the British series Keep It in the Family, which premiered nine months before Too Close for Comfort debuted in the U.S. Its name was changed to The Ted Knight Show when the show was retooled for its final season.


  3. Trapper John, M.D.

    Trapper John, M.D. (1979)

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    Trapper John, M.D. is an American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH. Pernell Roberts portrayed the title character, a lovable surgeon who became a mentor and father figure in San Francisco, California. The show ran on CBS from September 23, 1979, to September 4, 1986. Roberts played the character more than twice as long as had Wayne Rogers (1972-1975) in the series M*A*S*H.


  4. Shaka Zulu

    Shaka Zulu (1986)

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    Shaka Zulu (1986) is a television series directed by William C. Faure and written by Joshua Sinclair for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), based on Sinclair's novel of the same name (1985). It is based on the story of the king of the Zulu, Shaka (reign, 1816 to 1828), and the writings of the British traders with whom he interacted. It aired in U.S. syndication. Harmony Gold USA partly funded Shaka Zulu in spite of the economic sanctions at the time. The series consists of 10 episodes of approximately 50 minutes each in duration.


  5. Riptide

    Riptide (1984)

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    Riptide is an American TV detective series that ran on NBC from December 3, 1983 to August 22, 1986, starring Perry King, Joe Penny, and Thom Bray.


  6. Hardcastle and McCormick

    Hardcastle and McCormick (1983)

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    Hardcastle and McCormick is an American action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown on ABC from 1983 through 1986. The series stars Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and Daniel Hugh Kelly as ex-con and race car driver Mark "Skid" McCormick. The series premise was somewhat recycled from a previous Cannell series, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe.


  7. The Paper Chase

    The Paper Chase (1978)

    507 views

    The Paper Chase is an American television series based on a 1970 novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr., as well as a 1973 film based on the novel. It follows the lives of law student James T. Hart and his classmates at Harvard Law School.


  8. The Merv Griffin Show

    The Merv Griffin Show (1962)

    477 views

    The Merv Griffin Show is an American television talk show, starring Merv Griffin. The series ran from October 1, 1962 to March 29, 1963 on NBC, May 1965 to August 15, 1969 in first-run syndication, from August 18, 1969 to February 11, 1972 at 11:30 PM ET weeknights on CBS and again in first-run syndication from February 14, 1972 to September 5, 1986.


  9. Misfits of Science

    Misfits of Science (1985)

    384 views

    Misfits of Science is an American superhero fantasy television series that aired on NBC from October 1985 to February 1986. It features super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. A double-length pilot and 15 additional episodes were created; however one episode did not air before the show was cancelled due to low ratings (due to competition from CBS's Top 10 hit Dallas).


  10. Albion Market

    Albion Market (1985)

    333 views

    Albion Market was a short-lived British soap opera, intended as a companion to Coronation Street on ITV.


  11. Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi

    Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984)

    309 views

    Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (literal meaning: 'This Life As It Is') is a sitcom that was popular on Indian television; it aired for the first time in 1984. It was written by comedy writer Sharad Joshi and directed by Kundan Shah, S. S. Oberoi and Raman Kumar.


  12. Crazy Like a Fox

    Crazy Like a Fox (1984)

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    Crazy Like a Fox is an American television series set in San Francisco, California, that aired on CBS from December 30, 1984 to May 3, 1986.


  13. Just Good Friends

    Just Good Friends (1983)

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    Just Good Friends is a British sitcom written by John Sullivan. It starred Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis as former lovers Vincent Pinner and Penny Warrender, who meet in a pub five years after he jilted her at the altar.


  14. Jonny Quest

    Jonny Quest (1964)

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    Jonny Quest – often casually referred to as The Adventures of Jonny Quest – is an American science fiction/adventure animated television series about a boy who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems, and created and designed by comic book artist Doug Wildey.


  15. Fast Times

    Fast Times (1986)

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    Fast Times is a seven-episode 1986 television remake of the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High that was produced by Amy Heckerling, who directed the original film. Cameron Crowe, who penned the original Fast Times novel and film screenplay, served as creative consultant. Moon Unit Zappa participated as a technical consultant. She was hired in order to research slang terms and mannerisms of teenagers, as she had just graduated from high school at the time and had a much better grasp of then-current high school behavior than the writers. Oingo Boingo provided the theme song.


  16. The Joker's Wild

    The Joker's Wild (1972)

    216 views

    The Joker's Wild is an American television game show that aired at different times during the 1970s through the 1990s. Contestants answered questions based on categories that were determined randomly by a mechanism resembling a slot machine. The show's title refers to the game's slot-machine mechanism also having jokers.


  17. First Among Equals

    First Among Equals (1986)

    179 views

    First Among Equals is a ten-part serial based on Jeffrey Archer's 1984 novel First Among Equals, produced by Granada Television for the ITV network and first shown in 1986.


  18. Fresh Fields

    Fresh Fields (1984)

    175 views

    Fresh Fields is a British sitcom starring Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers. A ratings success at the time, it was written by John Chapman and produced by Thames Television for ITV, running for four series between 7 March 1984 and 23 October 1986.


  19. La dama de rosa

    La dama de rosa (1986)

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    La dama de rosa (English: "The Lady in Pink") (1986) is a successful Venezuelan telenovela that was produced by and seen on Venezuela's Radio Caracas Televisión.


  20. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye

    Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983)

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    Philip Marlowe, Private Eye is an American mystery series that aired on HBO in the United States from April 16, 1983 through June 3, 1986, and on ITV in the United Kingdom. The series features Powers Boothe as Raymond Chandler's titular character, and was the first drama produced for HBO.


  21. The Berenstain Bears

    The Berenstain Bears (1985)

    138 views

    The Berenstain Bears is an Australian-American co-produced animated television series based on Stan and Jan Berenstain's Berenstain Bears children's book series, produced by Hanna-Barbera and Southern Star Productions.


  22. Blacke's Magic

    Blacke's Magic (1986)

    134 views

    Blacke's Magic is an American crime drama series that aired on NBC from January to May 1986. The series stars Hal Linden as magician Alexander Blacke who, with some help from his con-man father Leonard (Harry Morgan), solves mysteries that get in the way of his performances. The series aired for a total of thirteen episodes and featured crimes that tested logic against seemingly magical crimes. The stories were not so much whodunits as "how-he-do-its," for Alex Blacke often had to turn detective to solve the mysteries.


  23. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine (1986)

    125 views

    Mr. Sunshine is the title of an American sitcom that aired on the ABC network for a season beginning in 1986.


  24. Life with Lucy

    Life with Lucy (1986)

    124 views

    Life With Lucy is an American sitcom starring Lucille Ball. The show ran on the ABC network in 1986, and unlike Ball's previous programs, it was a critical and ratings flop. Only eight out of the thirteen episodes that were filmed aired before ABC cancelled the series.


  25. NBC Special Treat

    NBC Special Treat (1975)

    115 views

    Special Treat is an occasional series of specials on NBC that were geared toward teenagers, similar to ABC's Afterschool Special. It debuted in 1975 and ran through the 1985–86 season.


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