Titles A through F
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Absolutely Fabulous 1992-96 and revived 2001-04
British sitcom based on the sketch “Modern Mother and Daughter” created by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders / The show was created and written by Saunders, who also stars as one of the main characters.
Edina “Eddy” Monsoon (Saunders) and Patricia “Patsy” Stone are a pair of high-powered career women on the London fashion scene. Eddy runs her own PR firm, and Patsy holds a sinecure position at a top British fashion magazine.
The two women use their considerable financial resources to indulge in cigarettes, alcohol and recreational drugs and to chase the latest fads in an attempt to maintain their youth and recapture their glory days as Mods in swinging London. The partnership is largely driven by Patsy, who is both co-dependent and enabler to Eddy.
Their lifestyle inevitably leads to a variety of personal crises, which are invariably resolved by Eddy’s daughter, Saffron Monsoon, whose constant involvement in their exploits has left her increasingly bitter and cynical.
Recurring in their lives are both of Eddy’s ex-husbands, Marshall and Justin, and their respective new partners, the American hippie Bo, and the acidic antique dealer Oliver.
All In the Family 1971-79
This American sitcom is about a working-class white family living in Queens, New York. Its cigar-smoking patriarch is Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), an outspoken, narrow-minded man, seemingly prejudiced against everyone who is not like him or his idea of how people should be. Archie's wife Edith (Jean Stapleton) is sweet and understanding, though somewhat naïve and uneducated; her husband sometimes disparagingly calls her “dingbat.”
The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for a U.S. network television comedy, such as racism, antisemitism, infidelity, homosexuality, women's liberation, rape, religion, miscarriages, abortion, breast cancer, the Vietnam War, menopause, and impotence.
Archie and Edith’s only child is Gloria (Sally Struthers) who is an outspoken Feminist, married to college student Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner)—referred to as “Meathead” by Archie—whose values are likewise influenced and shaped by the counterculture of the 1960s. The two couples represent the real-life clash of values between the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers. For much of the series, the Stivics live in the Bunkers' home to save money, providing abundant opportunity for them to irritate each other.
Outspoken Leftist political activist Norman Lear developed the show, served as an Executive Producer and sometimes Director. Lear, a Liberal non-practicing Jew, is a vocal critic of Conservatives and Christians. He adovocated Secularism and founded the organization People for the American Way (1980) for the purpose of counteracting the Christian right organization Moral Majority, founded in 1979.
Ally McBeal 1997-2002 (112 episodes)
Amazing Stories 2020-___ on Apple TV+
American Web television anthology series based on the 1985 television series of the same name / Its executive producers include Steven Spielberg, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey.
Andromedia 2000–05 (110 episodes)
The Andy Griffith Show 1960–68 (249 episodes)
This American sitcom premiered on CBS in 1960. Main characters are Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Opie Taylor (Ronny Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) and others.
Animal Miracles 2002-03
American live-action program offering a perspective into the realm of human and animal interaction / Hosted by Alan Thicke, the series features animals protecting humans or other pets, one being a llama guarding a herd of alpacas. Each episode contains three or four segments.
Arthur 1996-____ (239 episodes)
Canadian/American animated educational comedy series for kids 4-8 that premiered on PBS / The main character is Arthur Read an anthropomorphic 8-year-old aardvark who lives in Elwood City.
Babylon 5 1993–98 (110 episodes and 6 TV films)
American space opera sci-fi series / It premiered on Warner Bros. TV channel in 1993.
Battlestar Galactica 1978–79 (24 episodes)
American science fiction media franchise created by Glen A. Larson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) / The series incorporated many themes from Mormon theology, such as a “council of twelve,” a lost thirteenth tribe of humans, a planet called Kobol (an anagram of Kolob), and marriage for “time and eternity.”
The series starred Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, John Colicos and others. The story involved a distant star system where the Twelve Colonies of Mankind were reaching the end of a thousand-year war with the Cylons, warrior robots created by a reptilian race which expired long ago, presumably destroyed by their own creations. Humanity was ultimately defeated in a sneak attack on their homeworlds by the Cylons, carried out with the help of a human traitor, Count Baltar (John Colicos). Protected by the last surviving capital warship, a “battlestar” (starship), named Galactica, the survivors fled in available ships. The Commander of the Galactica, Adama (Lorne Greene), led this “rag-tag fugitive fleet” of 220 ships in search of a new home. They began a quest to find the long lost thirteenth tribe of humanity that had settled on a legendary planet called Earth.
Becker 1998-2004 (129 episodes)
American sitcom series set in the Bronx, starring Ted Danson as John Becker, a cantankerous doctor who operates a small practice and is constantly annoyed by his patients, co-workers, and friends, and practically everything and everybody else in his world
Despite everything, his patients and friends are loyal because Becker genuinely cares about them. At times, the show tackled serious issues, such as racism, homosexuality, transgenderism, addiction, nymphomania, schizophrenia, cerebral AVM, and political correctness.
Behind the Music 1997-2014 (244 episodes)
This documentary series focuses on a musician or musical group, documenting both the successes of the musicians and the problems they faced during their careers. Episodes profile and interview the a featured artist or group.
Biography 1962-64, 1979, 1987-2012
Each episode of this American documentary series depicts the life of a notable person with narration, on-camera interviews, photographs, and stock footage.
Bonanza 1959-73 (431 episodes)
American Western series set in the 1860s and centering on the wealthy Cartwright family who live on the Ponderosa ranch in the vicinity of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe
The series presented pressing moral dilemmas and initially starred Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon and later included Guy Williams, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson.
Boy Meets World 1993-2000 (158 episodes)
American sitcom series created and produced by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly—broadcasted on the ABC network for 7 seasons
The show chronicles the everyday events and life-lessons of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage). It also stars Cory's teacher George Feeny (William Daniels), best friend Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong), brother Eric (Will Friedle), and love interest Topanga (Danielle Fishel).
Brooklyn Bridge 1991-93 (35 episodes)
This American sitcom series is about a Jewish American family living in Brooklyn in the middle 1950s. Throughout the TV show there are various references to the family's origins as Jews from Poland/Russia. There are also various references and actions showing how the young boys feel as Americans. Featured actors include Marion Ross, Jenny Lewis, Jake Jundef, Aeryk Egan, Amy Aquino, David Wohl and Louis Zorich.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997-2003 (144 episodes)
Caillou 1997-2010 (144 episodes)
Canadian educational children’s series based on the books by Hélène Desputeaux / The series is about a 4-year-old boy named Caillou who lives with his mother, father, and younger sister, Rosie. He has many adventures with his family and friends, and uses his imagination in every episode.
CardCaptors 2000-01 (70 episodes)
“CardCaptors” is the American version of the Japanese anime “Card Captor Sakura.” Ten-year-old Sakura Avalon accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a mystical book in her basement created and named after the sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own unique ability and can assume an alternate form when activated. The guardian of the cards, Cerberus, emerges from the book, explains only a person with magical powers could open the seal of the book, and chooses Sakura to retrieve the missing cards.
Charmed 1998-2006 (178 episodes)
This American supernatural fantasy drama series was produced by Aaron Spelling and premiered on The WB network in 1998. Main characters are Prue Halliwell (Shannen Doherty), Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano), Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs), and Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan). The first episode is titled “Something Wicca This Way Comes.”
Clifford the Big Red Dog 2000-03 (65 episodes)
An American/British educational animated children’s series produced by Scholastic Productions and based upon Norman Bridwell’s children’s book series of the same name / Each episode consists of two 15-minute stories. Usually one story features Clifford and his canine friends, Cleo, T-Bone and Mac among them; the other story focuses on Clifford's owner, Emily Elizabeth and her friends, Jetta, Vaz and Charley. During scenes focusing on the dogs' perspective, human speech replaces barking to show the storyline from the dogs’ point of view.
The Commish 1991-96 (94 episodes)
American comedy-drama series that focuses on the work and home life of Tony Scali (Michael Chiklis), a former NYPD detective who is now the police commissioner in the small upstate New York town of Eastbridge, and tends to work through problems with humor and creativity more often than with violence or force
The series deals with a wide range of topical social issues such as police corruption, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, disabilities, child abuse, illegal immigration, and sexual harassment.
Damon 1998 (13 episodes)
American sitcom starring Damon Wayans / Two brothers, one a bachelor and undercover detective, the other a married rent-a-cop, are reunited in Chicago. Things come easily to Damon, a clever but politically incorrect undercover cop. He has a quick wit, beautiful women and a challenging job. His older brother Bernard is a rent-a-cop home security officer who longs to be the real thing.
Daria 1997-2002 (70 episodes)
American adult animated sitcom created for MTV / This is a spin-off of Mike Judge's earlier animated “Beavis and Butt-Head” series, in which Daria appeared as a recurring character. The series focuses on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, acerbic, somewhat misanthropic teenage girl who, along with her best friend, aspiring artist Jane Lane, observes the world around her. The show is set in the fictional suburban American town of Lawndale and is a satire of high school life, full of allusions to and criticisms of popular culture and social classes.
Dark Angel 2000-02 (43 episodes)
Dave’s World 1993-97 (98 episodes)
American sitcom series focusing on the daily trials and tribulations of columnist Dave Barry (Harry Anderson) and his wife, Beth (DeLane Matthews) along with their sons, Tommy (Zane Carney) and Willie (Andrew Ducote) / Dave works at the Miami Record-Dispatch (fictional).
Dawson’s Creek 1998-2003 (128 episodes)
This American teen drama series is about the lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing into college. It launched the acting careers of its young lead stars James van der Beek, Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes, and Joshua Jackson.
Dharma and Greg 1997-2002 (119 episodes)
American sitcom series starring Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as free-spirited yoga instructor/dog walker Dharma Finkelstein and straight-laced lawyer Greg Montgomery marry on their first date despite being complete opposites
Their conflicting views lead to comical situations. Ivy League Greg was raised by wealthy, conservative parents. After graduation from Harvard and Stanford, he went to work with the U.S. Attorney's Office as a federal prosecutor in San Francisco. He then meets Dharma, who was raised by hippie parents. They fall in love immediately and elope. Despite being totally different, their parents eventually learn to tolerate each other.
The District 2000-04 (89 episodes)
Doc 2001-04 (88 episodes)
Dragon Ball Z 1989-96
Japanese anime series produced by Toei Animation / It is the sequel to “Dragon Ball.” “Dragon Ball Z” picks up 5 years after the end of the “Dragon Ball” anime, with Goku now a young adult and father to his son, Gohan. A humanoid alien named Raditz arrives on Earth in a spacecraft and tracks down Goku, revealing to him that he is his long-lost older brother and that they are members of a near-extinct extraterrestrial warrior race called the Saiyans (Saiya-jin). The Saiyans had sent Goku (originally named “Kakarot”) to Earth as an infant to conquer the planet for them, but he suffered a traumatic brain injury soon after his arrival and lost all memory of his mission, as well as his bloodthirsty Saiyan nature. Goku refuses to help Raditz continue the mission, which results in Raditz kidnapping Gohan. Goku decides to team up with his former enemy Piccolo in order to defeat Raditz and save his son, while sacrificing his own life in the process.
In the afterlife, Goku trains under the ruler of the North Galaxy, King Kai, and is taught the Kaio-ken and Spirit Bomb techniques, before being revived by the Dragon Balls a year later in order to save the Earth from Raditz' allies; Nappa and the self-proclaimed “Prince of all Saiyans,” Vegeta, who arrive before Goku returns.
Dragon Tales 1999-2005
Canadian–American animated fantasy adventure children's series / The series focuses on the exploits of two siblings, Emmy and Max, in possession of an enchanted dragon scale capable of reading the special rhyme then transporting them to Dragon Land, a whimsical fantasy world inhabited by colorful anthropomorphic dragons. Befriended by four friendly talking dragons with distinctive personalities, Ord, Cassie, Zak, and Wheezie, they frequently travel to Dragon Land and help their friends in fulfilling particular quests, assisting them in their daily problems, and learning important morals through their experiences with Dragon Land.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1993-98 (149 episodes)
American Western drama series starring Jane Seymour who plays Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn, a physician who leaves Boston in search of adventure in the Old American West and settles in Colorado Springs, Colorado—trying to convince the townspeople that a female doctor can successfully practice medicine. She makes the difficult adjustment to life in Colorado with the aid of rugged outdoorsman and friend to the Cheyenne, Byron Sully (Joe Lando) and a midwife named Charlotte Cooper (Diane Ladd).
The Drew Carey Show 1995-2004
This American sitcom is set in Cleveland, Ohio and revolves around the retail office and home life of self-proclaimed “everyman” Drew Carey, a fictionalized version of the actor. He has a “gang” of friends who embark with him on his everyday trials and tribulations.
Dukes of Hazzard 1979-85 (147 episodes)
This American action-comedy series is about two young male cousins, Bo and Luke Duke (John Schneider and Tom Wopat), who live in rural Georgia and are on probation for moonshine-running. The young men and their friends and their female cousin Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach), and other family (such as patriarch Uncle Jesse played by Denver Pyle), have various escapades as they evade the corrupt law officers Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.
Early Edition 1996-2000 (90 episodes)
American fantasy comedy-drama series is set in Chicago, Illinois / This show follows the adventures of a Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) who mysteriously receives each Chicago Sun-Times newspaper the day before it is actually published, and who uses this knowledge to prevent terrible events every day.
Earth: Final Conflict 1997-2002 (110 episodes)
This American-Canadian science fiction series is based on ideas developed by Gene Roddenberry. Early in the 21st century, a race of aliens, the Taelons (often referred to as “the Companions”), travel to Earth and take up residence in limited numbers. The Taelons possess highly advanced technologies, many of which they share with humanity, seemingly out of generosity and good will. As a result of these advances, disease, war and pollution are nearly eliminated within three years of their arrival. Despite this, some question whether the Taelons’ motives are as benevolent as they appear, and a resistance movement forms to halt the Taelons’ ever growing influence on humanity.
800 Words 2015-18 (40 episodes)
This Australian–New Zealand comedy-drama series centers on George Turner (Erik Thomson), a popular columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper, writing a weekly column which he insists must be exactly 800 words. After his wife dies, he buys (over the internet and unseen) a new home in a small New Zealand seaside town called Weld (fictional), where his parents took him on holiday as a child. He then has to break the news to his two teenage children, Shay Turner (Melina Vidler) and Arlo Turner (Benson Jack Anthony). But the colourful and inquisitive locals in Weld ensure Turner’s dream of a fresh start does not go exactly to plan.[
ER 1994-2009 (331 episodes)
Everybody Loves Raymond 1996-2005 (210 episodes)
Family Law 1999-2002 (68 episodes)
This American legal drama series stars Kathleen Quinlan as divorced lawyer Lynn Holt, who attempts to start her own law firm after her husband leaves both her and their law practice, taking all of their clients with him. The show also stars Christopher McDonald as opportunistic, ambulance-chasing attorney Rex Weller, Julie Warner as Lynn's friend Danni (and the one member of her former firm's staff who did not defect with Lynn's ex-husband), and Dixie Carter as “pit bull” divorce attorney Randi King. Other cast members include Tony Danza, Cristián de la Fuente, Salli Richardson and Meredith Eaton as Emily Resnick, an ambitious attorney hoping to make partner.
Family Matters 1989-98 (215 episodes)
American sitcom series that premiered on ABC and later moved to CBS / It centers on a police officer named Carlton “Carl” Otis Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson) and his family.
Farscape 1999-2003 (88 episodes)
This Australian-American science fiction series features diverse characters who are initially escaping from corrupt militaristic authorities called the Peacekeepers. The protagonists live inside a large bio-mechanical ship called Moya, which is a living entity. They are joined by the main character, John Crichton (Ben Browder), a modern-day American astronaut who accidentally flew into the entrance of a wormhole near Earth during an experimental space flight. On the same day, another stranger is picked up by Moya: a stranded Peacekeeper named Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black). Despite his best intentions, Crichton makes enemies; the primary of these is known as Scorpius, a neural clone of whom haunts his brain.
Fear 2000-02 (16 episodes)
American paranormal reality series inspired by the 1973 horror film “The Legend of Hell House”
Fear Factor 2001-06 (144 episodes), 2001-12 (9 episodes), 2017-18 (35 episodes)
American stunt/dare game show
Felicity 1998-2002 (84 episodes)
This American drama series revolves around the fictional college experiences of Felicity Porter (Keri Russell), as she attends the “University of New York” (based on New York University), which lies across the country from her home in Palo Alto, California. A recurring episode opener is a stark camera shot of Felicity sitting in a dormitory room or apartment holding a tape recorder, recalling events in order to make a cassette tape to send to an old friend named Sally Reardon. This occasionally provides a method for Felicity to narrate an entire episode. Other featured actors include Scott Speedman, Scott Foley, Amy Jo Johnson, Greg Grunberg, Tangi Miller, Amanda Foreman, and Ian Gomez.
Frasier 1993-2004 (264 episodes)
This American sitcom series was created as a spin-off of “Cheers,” continuing the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) as he returned to his hometown of Seattle and started building a new life as a radio advice show host while reconnecting with his father and brother and making new friends.
Freaks and Geeks 1999-2000 (18 episodes)
American teen comedy-drama series created by Paul Feig and executive-produced by Judd Apatow / The show follows gifted high schooler Lindsay Weir, who befriends a gang of slacker “freaks,” and her younger brother Sam, as he and his geek friends navigate high school in a fictional suburb of Detroit. Lindsay finds herself attempting to transform her life as an academically proficient student, star "mathlete", and young girl into a rebellious teenager who hangs out with troubled slackers. Her relationships with her new friends, and the friction they cause with her parents and with her own self-image, form one central strand of the show. The other follows Sam and his group of geeky friends as they navigate a different part of the social universe and try to fit in.
Friends 1994-2004 (236 episodes)
American sitcom / Rachel Green, a sheltered but friendly woman, flees her wedding day and wealthy yet unfulfilling life, and finds childhood friend Monica Geller, a tightly-wound but caring chef. After Rachel becomes a waitress at West Village coffee house Central Perk, she and Monica become roommates at Monica's apartment located above Central Perk, and Rachel joins Monica's group of single people in their mid-20s: Previous roommate Phoebe Buffay, an eccentric, innocent masseuse; neighbor Joey Tribbiani, a dim-witted yet loyal struggling actor and womanizer; Joey's roommate Chandler Bing, a sarcastic, self-deprecating IT manager; and her older brother and Chandler's college roommate Ross Geller, a sweet-natured but insecure paleontologist.
Full House 1987-95 (192 episodes)
Futurama 1999-2013 (140 episodes)
American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening that premiered on Fox in 1999 and on Comedy Central in 2008 / The plot revolves around the Planet Express interplanetary delivery company and its employees, a small group that largely fails to conform to future society. Episodes usually feature the central trio of Fry, Leela, and Bender, though occasional storylines center on the other main characters.