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Gilmore Girls 2000-2007 (157 episodes)
American comedy-drama series that debuted on The WB network / The series has two protagonists: witty 30-something single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her intellectual teenage daughter Rory (short for Lorelai). The show focused on the relationship between mother, Lorelai Gilmore, and her daughter Rory, who live in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a small fictional town filled with colorful characters. The series explores issues of family, romance, education, friendship, disappointment, and ambition, along with generational divides and social class. The latter themes manifest through Lorelai's difficult relationship with her high society parents, Emily and Richard, and Rory's experiences at the elite, private high school Chilton and later on at Yale University. Over the years, Lorelai and Rory develop a very close relationship, living like best friends rather than as typical mother-daughter.
The Golden Girls 1985-1992 (180 episodes)
American sitcom series that debuted on the NBC network / The show stars Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as four older women who share friendship and a home in Miami, Florida. The owner of the house is widow Blanche Devereaux (McClanahan), who was joined by fellow widow Rose Nylund (White) and divorcée Dorothy Zbornak (Arthur), after they both responded to an ad on the bulletin board of a local grocery store a year before the start of the series. The three are joined by Dorothy's 80-year-old mother, Sophia Petrillo (Getty), after the retirement home where she was living burned down.
Grounded for Life 2001-2005 (91 episodes)
American sitcom series that debuted on the Fox Network / The show, set in a white neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, is about the comedic interplay of the Irish-American Catholic Finnerty family. One of the central aspects of the show is that Sean and Claudia Finnerty had their first child and got married when they were 18 years old. Thus, although their eldest is a teenage daughter, the parents are themselves relatively young and not completed with their “wild” years. (In an episode where Sean goes to fetch Lily from the police station and is mistaken for her drug dealer, his father quips, “That's what happens when you're 18 and don't know what a rubber is!”) The show features an unusual style of storytelling, often starting with a scene at the end of the story or sometimes in the middle and filling in the gaps with flashbacks. Its main concepts are an Irish/Italian Catholic family with one daughter and two sons, surviving endless catastrophes, utilizing flashbacks to further explain each current situation.
Japanese mecha anime series
Hanna • Amazon Prime Original • gritty action drama series (2019-__)
American action series based on the 2011 film of the same name / Hanna (played by Esme Creed-Miles) is a 15-year-old girl living with Erik Heller (Joel Kinnaman), the only man she has ever known, as her father, in a remote part of a forest in Poland. Erik once recruited pregnant women into a CIA program, code name UTRAX, where the children's DNA was enhanced with 3% wolf in order to create super-soldiers. When Erik falls in love with Johanna, Hanna's mother, he rescues baby Hanna and they flee. The CIA then orders their on-site agent, Marissa (Mireille Enos), to shut down the project and eliminate all the babies. The TV series has a more female-centric quality. that the film.
Happy Days 1974-1984 (255 episodes)
American sitcom series created by Garry Marshall that debuted on the ABC network / Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series revolves around teenager Richie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard) and his family: his father, Howard (Tom Bosley), who owns a hardware store; traditional homemaker and mother, Marion (Marion Ross); younger sister Joanie (Erin Moran); and high school dropout, biker and suave ladies' man Arthur “Fonzie”/“The Fonz” Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler), who would eventually become Richie's best friend and the Cunninghams' over-the-garage tenant.
Highlander 1992-98 (119 episodes)
Fantasy science fiction action-adventure series featuring Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) of the Scottish Clan MacLeod, as the “Highlander” / Storylines revolve around Duncan MacLeod (a member of a race of “Immortals”) and his relationships with mortals and other Immortals. Featured are MacLeod's relationships with his friends, family, lovers, and foes. As the series progresses, changes in concept become apparent, as well as growth in the characters and their relationships. MacLeod, born in 1592 in the Highlands of Scotland, constantly faces other Immortals in combat to the death. The winner takes his enemy's head, and with it, his power.
Hogan's Heroes 1965-71 (168 episodes)
American sitcom set in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II / Bob Crane starred as Colonel Robert E. Hogan, coordinating an international crew of Allied prisoners running a special operations group from inside the camp. Werner Klemperer played Colonel Wilhelm Klink, the gullible commandant of the camp, and John Banner played the blundering but lovable sergeant-of-the-guard, Hans Schultz.
Highway to Heaven 1984-89 (111 episodes)
American fantasy drama series starring (and was produced by) Michael Landon as Jonathan Smith, and Victor French—Landon’s co-star from “Little House on the Prairie”—as Mark Gordon
Smith was formerly a man who lived on Earth named Arthur Thompson, is now a “probationary” angel sent to to help people in need. In the course of an “assignment,” he meets Mark Gordon, an embittered retired policeman now bouncing from job to job. At first distrustful of Jonathan, Mark helps him complete his assignment and soon comes to realize his true nature, and is then given a job by “The Boss” (God). They are given assignments where they help various troubled souls overcome their problems.
Each episode typically begins with Jonathan and Mark arriving in a new city and taking jobs as business employees or civil service workers as part of their latest assignment. Due to Jonathan's angelic nature, the two are able to work as police officers, medical personnel, teachers, social workers or other skilled employees (background checks or employment history verification being “angelically” provided or somehow never looked into), allowing for a variety of identities and scenarios. Both Jonathan and Mark face the same difficulties as people on Earth trying to rectify these problems, and have little to aid them beyond a bare outline of their assignment. Jonathan has exceptional physical strength, but he can only use it for manual labor or for self-defense
Home Improvement 1991-99 (204 episodes)
American sitcom starring Tim Allen / The series centers on the Taylor family, which consists of Tim (Tim Allen), his wife Jill (Patricia Richardson) and their three children: the oldest child, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan), the middle child, Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and youngest child, Mark (Taran Noah Smith). The Taylors live in suburban Detroit, and have a neighbor named Wilson (Earl Hindman) who is often the go-to guy for solving the Taylors' problems.
Tim is a stereotypical American male, who loves power tools, cars, and sports. An avid fan of the Detroit professional sports teams.
Each episode includes Tim's own Binford-sponsored home improvement show, called Tool Time, a show-within-a-show. In hosting this show, Tim is joined by his friend and mild-mannered co-host Al Borland (Richard Karn), and a “Tool Time girl”—first Lisa (Pamela Anderson) and later Heidi (Debbe Dunning)—whose main duty is to introduce the pair at the beginning of the show with the line “Does everybody know what time it is?” In reply, the audience yells, “TOOL TIME!” The Tool Time girl also assists Tim and Al during the show by bringing them tools.
The Hughleys 1998–2002 (89 episodes)
American sitcom / The show starred D.L. Hughley (stand-up comedian, actor, political commentator, radio host) as the main character, salesman and business owner Darryl Hughley. Elise Neal portrayed Darryl's wife Yvonne. They moved from his old black neighborhood into a white suburban neighborhood. Former “Living Single” co-star John Henton portrayed the couple's best friend Milsap from the “old neighborhood,” who often visited the family and helped them out.
Jackass 2000-02 (25 episodes)
American reality cringe-comedy television series created by Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and Jeff Tremaine
JAG 1995-2005 (227 episodes)
Jamie Foxx Show 1996-2001 (100 episodes)
American sitcom that debuted on The WB network / The lead character, Jamie King (Jamie Foxx), is an aspiring musician from Terrell, Texas, who has come to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. To support himself, he worked at his family's hotel, the financially strapped King's Tower, which is owned by his aunt and uncle, Aunt Helen and Uncle Junior King (Ellia English and Garrett Morris).
Among his co-workers during the series' run were the beautiful and intelligent front desk clerk Francesca “Fancy” Monroe (Garcelle Beauvais) and Jamie's high-strung, stuffed-shirt, “bourgeois” nemesis Braxton P. Hartnabrig (Christopher B. Duncan) who works as an accountant for the King's Tower.
Jamie's romantic overtures toward Fancy were mostly unrequited until the final two seasons, when the two began to tentatively date and eventually became engaged and finally married. Braxton, who generally served as the brunt of Jamie's insults, was known to get in a few digs of his own as the series progressed - eventually becoming Jamie’s best friend and at one point, roommate.
The Jeffersons 1975-85 (253 episodes)
American sitcom series created by Progressive Liberal activist Norman Lear / The show focuses on George and Louise Jefferson, a prosperous African-American couple who have been able to move from Queens to Manhattan owing to the success of George's dry-cleaning chain. The show was a spin-off of Lear’s “All in the Family,” on which the Jeffersons had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker. The Jeffersons eventually evolved into more of a traditional sitcom but did reference such issues as alcoholism, racism, suicide, gun control, being transgender, the KKK and adult illiteracy. The epithets “nigger” and “honky” were used occasionally, especially during the earlier seasons.
The series starred Sherman Hemsley (as George), Isabel Sanford (Louise/“Weezy”), Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover, Paul Benedict, Mike Evans, Berlinda Tolbert, Zara Cully, Damon Evans, Ned Wertimer, Jay Hammer, and Danny Wells.
Just Shoot Me 1997-2003 (148 episodes)
American sitcom series / The show is set at the office of fictional fashion magazine Blush, comparable to the real-life Vogue. The show's story is centered around several key staff at the magazine, including Jack Gallo, the owner and publisher, his daughter Maya, a writer for the magazine, secretary Dennis, former model and now-fashion correspondent Nina, and photographer Elliot. The series stars include George Segal, Laura San Giacomo, Wendie Malick, Enrico Colantoni, David Spade, Chris Hogan, and Rena Sofer.
Justice League 2001-04 (52 episodes)
American animated action adventure superhero series featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl
Kate Brasher 2001 (6 episodes)
American drama series / The title character, played by Mary Stuart Masterson, was the single mother of teenaged sons Daniel and Elvis. Facing a financial crisis, she seeks legal advice at Brothers Keepers, an inner city community advocacy center, and is offered a job as a social worker. Her co-workers include attorney Abbie Schaeffer and Joe Almeida, the organization's street-smart director, who founded it after his daughter was killed in gang crossfire.
King of the Hill 1997-2010 (259 episodes)
American animated sitcom created by Mike Judge (creator of the “Beavis and Butt-Head”) and Greg Daniels / Set in a fictional small Texas town, the show centers on the Hill family, whose head is the ever-responsible, hard-working, loyal, disciplined, and honest propane salesman Hank Hill (voiced by Mike Judge). Hank is employed as the assistant manager at Strickland Propane. He often finds his traditional values challenged by the changing world around him, though his common decency always sees him through. Hank typically serves as the de facto leader for his friends and family. Peggy Hill (voiced by Kathy Najimy) a native of Montana, who is a substitute Spanish teacher with a poor grasp of the language; she has also found employment and avocation as a freelance writer for the local newspaper, Boggle champion, notary public, softball pitcher and real estate agent. She is confident, sometimes to the point of lacking self-awareness. Hank and Peggy's only child, Bobby Hill (voiced by Pamela Adlon), is a student at Tom Landry Middle School. His lack of athleticism and interest in things like comedy and cooking are mystifying to his more conventional father and encouraged by his mother.
Throughout the series, Peggy's niece, Luanne Platter (voiced by Brittany Murphy), the daughter of her scheming brother Hoyt (voiced by Johnny Knoxville) and his alcoholic ex-wife Leanne (voiced by Adlon), lives with the Hill family. Naïve and very emotional, Luanne was originally encouraged to move out by her Uncle Hank, but over time, he accepts her as a member of the family. Luanne attends beauty school and eventually creates a Christian puppet show for a local cable access TV station. Luanne later marries Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt (voiced by Tom Petty), a snaggle-toothed layabout who lives on the settlements he earns from frivolous lawsuits.
KYTV 1989-93 (19 episodes)
BBC comedy series about a fictional an independent low-budget television station / The show combined irreverent sketches and variety elements (such as song and dance routines) with a broad-based satire of the public perception of UK satellite television - that of opportunistic entrepreneurs producing cheap, low quality television in order to exploit viewers.
La Femme Nikita 1997–2001 (96 episodes)
Action-drama television series based on the French film Nikita by Luc Besson / The lead character if Nikita (Peta Wilson) who was a homeless young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Section One—an elite, top-secret counter-terrorism organization—sets Nikita up to be accused of murdering a police officer and sentenced to life in prison where she supposedly commits suicide and is brought into Section One. Because Nikita will be killed (or “canceled”) if she fails to comply, she is forced to carry out the organization's ruthless methods of fighting terrorism, while attempting to keep her moral integrity intact. This personal struggle becomes the primary conflict of the series. Over time, Nikita's secretive and risky romantic involvement with her trainer, the mysterious Michael Samuelle (Roy Dupuis), will become another source of conflict.
Law and Order 1990-____
A franchise of related American police and legal dramas created by Dick Wolf
Life Goes On 1989-93 (83 episodes)
American comedy drama series / The show is set in the Chicago suburb of Glenbrook, Illinois and centers on the Thatcher family living in suburban Chicago: Drew (played by Bill Smitrovich), his wife Elizabeth (Patti LuPone), and their children Paige (Tracey Needham), Rebecca (Kellie Martin) and Charles, who is known as Corky. “Life Goes On” was the first television series to have a major character with Down syndrome (Corky is played by Chris Burke, who has Down syndrome in real life).
Little Bear 1995-2003 (65 episodes)
Canadian educational historical children's animated series based on the Little Bear series of books written by Else Holmelund Minarik
Set in the United States wilderness around the end of the 19th century, Little Bear goes on exciting adventures and learns new things with his friends Duck, Hen, Cat, and Owl. Mother Bear is a homemaker who looks after Little Bear, while Father Bear, a fisherman, would typically be away on his ship, fishing.
Little House on the Prairie 1974-1983 (204 episodes)
American Western historical drama series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson, about a family living on a farm in Plum Creek near Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s
Little Men 1998-99 (26 episodes)
Canadian television series set as a continuation of the Louisa May Alcott 1871 novel Little Men
Lizzie McGuire 2001-04 (65 episodes)
Los Luchadores 2001 (16 episodes)
Canadian-American live-action children’s series / The series was about a group of lucha libre wrestlers led by Lobo Fuerte (Maximo Morrone) who, along with Turbine, Maria Valentine, and Laurent, fought to protect Union City from a slew of different enemies Led by the Whelp and the bumbling antics of Mayor Potts. The series title is translated from Spanish as “The Wrestlers” or “The Fighters.”
Lost in Space 1965-68 (83 episodes)
American science fiction series created and produced by Irwin Allen / The series follows the adventures of the Robinsons, a pioneering family of space colonists who struggle to survive in the depths of space. The family consists of Professor John Robinson (Guy Williams), his wife Maureen (June Lockhart), and their three children: Judy (Marta Kristen); Penny (Angela Cartwright); and Will (Billy Mumy). The family is accompanied by U.S. Space Corps Major Donald West (Mark Goddard). Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris), Alpha Control's doctor, is revealed to be a saboteur working on behalf of an unnamed nation. After disposing of a guard who catches him aboard the spacecraft, Smith reprograms the Jupiter 2's B-9 environmental control robot (voiced by Dick Tufeld) to destroy critical systems on the spaceship eight hours after launch. Smith becomes trapped aboard at launch, however, and his extra weight throws the Jupiter 2 off course, causing it to encounter asteroids. This, plus the robot's rampage, causes the ship to prematurely engage its hyperdrive, and the expedition becomes hopelessly lost in the infinite depths of outer space. Smith's selfish actions and laziness frequently endanger the expedition, but his role assumes less sinister overtones in later parts of the series.
The Lost World 1999 -2002 (66 episodes)
Action adventure sci-fi series loosely based on the 1912 novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World / “At the dawn of the 20th century” a band of British adventurers, led by adventurer and scholar Professor George Challenger (Peter McCauley), embark on an expedition to prove the existence of an isolated lost world. The team, consisting of a mismatched group of enthusiasts with less than selfless reasons for making the journey, begin their trip under less than ideal conditions. Other members are Professor Arthur Summerlee (Michael Sinelnikoff), Marguerite Krux (Rachel Blakely), Major Lord John Richard Roxton (William Snow) and Edward “Ned” T. Malone (David Orth).
Their hot air balloon crashes in the Amazon rainforest on an uncharted plateau where prehistoric creatures survive. The group is assisted by a young jungle-savvy woman named Veronica Layton, whose parents disappeared eleven years before. Her family was part of a research group known to have vanished under mysterious circumstances. Together, the group fights to survive against carnivorous dinosaurs, vicious Neanderthals, a race of lizard men, and other perils as they search for a way to escape. Each episode detailed two separate, simultaneous adventures.