Titles S through Z
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Sabrina the Teenage Witch 1996–2003
Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat 2001–2002
Chinese-Canadian-American animated series based on the children’s book by Amy Tan / Sagwa lives in the palace of a magistrate in China (?-late Qing dynasty), as part of a royal family of cats who have the ability to write with their tails. She and her siblings, along with various other cats and Fu-Fu the bat, have adventures that are usually accompanied by moral lessons and a display of various elements of Chinese culture.
Sailor Moon 1992-1997
Saturday Night Live 1975-____
American live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol / The show's comedy sketches often parody contemporary culture and politics, and are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast as with featured performances by a musical guest. An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, “Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!”.
Seinfeld 1990–1998 (180 episodes)
American sitcom / Main characters are Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld), Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards), and George Costanza (Jason Alexander).
Seven Days 1998–2001 (66 episodes)
Science fiction series based on time travel
7th Heaven 1996–2007 (11 seasons / 243 episodes)
Shasta McNasty 1999-2000
An American sitcom that centers on 3 friends who are in a rap rock band. Main characters are Dennis (Jake Busey), Scott (Carmine Giovinazzo), Randy (Dale Godboldo), and Diana (Jolie Jenkins).
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 2018–2020
An American animated series about a teenager named Adora, who gains powers that allow her to turn into superhero. Emboldened with this power, Adora leads a group of other magical princesses in an alliance to defeat the evil Horde, who are led by Lord Hordak. Tor.com commented that the series “reads as utterly queer in just about every aspect,” with many characters coded as fluid in terms of gender or sexuality, and none as clearly heterosexual. In an interview, when a network executive asked what the rainbow in the climax of the first season's finale meant, Stevenson replied: “The gay agenda.” In 2019, the show was nominated by GLAAD (a Gay and Lesbian alliance group) for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.
This series is a reboot of the 1985 Filmation series She-Ra: Princess of Power.
The Simpsons 1989-____
Sister, Sister 1994-1999
American sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry / The show’s premise was that Tia Landry (the intelligent twin from inner city Detroit) and Tamera Campbell (the boy-crazy twin from the suburbs) were separated at birth and one was adopted by a single mother while the other was adopted by a couple, although the mother died shortly afterward; 14 years later the two accidentally found each other and reunited. The girls’ neighbor is nerdy Roger Evans (Marques Houston), an annoying teenager who is infatuated with both of them, and who evolves into a perfect gentleman they both find attractive.
American science fiction fantasy series that follows a group of travelers as they use a wormhole to “slide” between different parallel universes / Stars included Jerry O'Connell, Cleavant Derricks, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies, Kari Wuhrer, Charlie O'Connell, Robert Floyd, and Tembi Locke.
Smart Guy 1997–1999 (51 episodes)
American sitcom set in Washington, D.C. centering on a boy genius and his family / Produced by de Passe Entertainment and Danny Kallis Productions, in association with Walt Disney Television / Main characters are “T.J.” Henderson (Tahj Mowry), Morris L. “Mo” Tibbs (Omar Gooding), Marcus Henderson (Jason Weaver), Yvette Henderson (Essence Atkins), and Floyd Henderson (John Marshall Jones).
So Weird 1999-2003 (65 episodes)
American-Canadian series produced as a Disney Channel Original Series
Sonic Boom 2014-17 (104 episodes)
This comic science fiction action TV series was produced by Sega of America, Inc. and Technicolor Animation Productions in collaboration with Lagardère Thématiques and Jeunesse TV. Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks reside on Seaside Island in Hedgehog Village. Together, they defend the island from various threats like Doctor Eggman and his robotic creations.
The Sopranos 1999–2007
This American crime drama series revolves around Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster, portraying the difficulties that he faces as he tries to balance his family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization. Suffering from panic attacks, Tony engages in therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi off and on throughout the series. Tony eventually finds himself at odds with his uncle Junior, his wife Carmela, other mobsters within the Soprano family, and the New York City-based Lupertazzi family, putting his life at risk.
South Park 1997-____
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1994-2008
American adult animated parody talk show hosted by the character Space Ghost (a 1960s Hanna-Barbera superhero)
SpongeBob SquarePants 1999-____
American animated comedy series chronicling the adventures and endeavors of the SpongeBob and his aquatic friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom
Stargate: SG-1 1997–2007 (214 episodes)
This Canadian-American military science fiction adventure series is part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is based on the 1994 science fiction film “Stargate” by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The story of Stargate SG-1 begins about a year after the events of the feature film when the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets and in space. SG-1 is an elite United States Air Force special operations team, one of about 20 teams from Earth who explore the galaxy and defend against alien threats such as the Goa'uld, the Replicators and the Ori. The series draws upon Egyptian mythology, Greek mythology, Norse mythology and Arthurian legend. It starred Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Don S. Davis, Corin Nemec, Ben Browder, Beau Bridges, and Claudia Black.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1993-99 (176 episodes)
An American science fiction series that centers on the formerly Cardassian space station Terok Nor / It frequently contained religious themes and dark, complex social themes and issues of war. Main characters included Captain Benjamin Sisko, Kira Nerys (a Bajoran), Odo (a Changeling), Quark (a Ferengi), Julian Bashir, Jadzia Dax (a Trill), Miles O'Brien, Worf (a Klingon), and Jake Sisko.
Star Trek: Voyager 1995-2001 (172 episodes)
American science fiction television series / Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager as it attempts to return home after being stranded in the Delta Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy. Stars include Kate Mulgrew (as Kathryn Janeway), Robert Beltran (Chakotay), Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres), Jennifer Lien (Kes), Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Harry Kim), and Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine).
Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015-19 (77 episodes)
American animated series that follows the adventures of Star Butterfly, a magical princess and young turbulent heir to the royal throne in the dimension of Mewni, who is sent to Earth to mellow her reckless behavior
There she befriends and becomes roommates with human Marco Diaz and begins a semi-normal life in Echo Creek, attending school and meeting new friends. Throughout the first season, the two travel to exotic dimensions using dimensional scissors while preventing the Mewman monster Ludo (Alan Tudyk) from stealing Star's magic wand. As the series progresses, Star and Marco meet new friends, take on new enemies, and travel to even more weird and wild dimensions.
State of Grace 2001-02 (38 episodes)
American comedy-drama series
The show centers on two 12-year-old girls from very different backgrounds, Hannah and Grace, who are best friends. Hannah is from a middle class Jewish family and lives with her parents, her grandmother, and her uncle. Her parents are the owners of a furniture factory in the fictitious town of Ashmore, North Carolina, to where they have recently moved from Chicago. Grace is from a wealthy Catholic family and lives with her mother, a socialite. Typically, they are depicted as more intelligent, thoughtful, funny, and rebellious than other children of their age.
Steven Universe 2013-19 (160 episodes)
American animated series created for Cartoon Network by Rebecca Sugar, an openly bisexual “non-binary” woman, who introduced her worldview into the series garnering acclaim from the LGBT organization GLAAD
Sugar said that she created the series’ Gems as non-binary women in order to express herself, as a “non-binary” woman, through them. She has discussed the importance of creating LGBT representation and content, especially in children’s entertainment, “I want to champion LGBTQIA, all of it, content… in G-Rated, family entertainment. I want to do that forever.”
The series is the coming-of-age story of a young boy, Steven Universe in the fictional town of Beach City. He explores the abilities inherited from his mother, which include fusion—the ability of Gems to merge their bodies and abilities to form new, more powerful personalities. A prominent theme of the series was portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters, nonbinary characters, gender fluidity, mental health, love and self-sacrifice. The character Garnet is a fusion of two gems, Ruby and Sapphire (a Lesbian relationship). In a 2020 interview creator/producer Sugar reported,
“We strategized the concept of fusion to be able to explore relationships and include queer relationships. Central to that, one of the things we were excited about was to have the character of Garnet have a ton of screen time and be a main character. There were a lot of things I wanted to explore with an active relationship to parallel my own relationship. I was inventing these characters with my co-executive producer Ian Jones-Quartey, who is also my partner. We wanted to explore an active, queer relationship that would parallel a lot of our experiences with bigotry as an interracial couple.”
The Crystal Gems live in an ancient beachside temple and protect humanity from monsters and other threats. The Gems are ageless alien warriors who project female humanoid forms from magical gemstones at the core of their being. The Crystal Gems comprise Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl and Steven—a young, half-human, half-Gem boy who inherited his gemstone from his mother, the Crystal Gems’ former leader Rose Quartz. As Steven tries to understand his gradually expanding range of powers, he spends his days with his father Greg, his best friend Connie, his magical pet lion, other residents of Beach City, and the Gems.
The series gradually reveals that the Crystal Gems are remnants of a great interstellar empire and are cut off from their homeworld. Steven learns that many of the monsters and artifacts they encounter are Gems who were corrupted by a Gem weapon of mass destruction and can no longer maintain rational, humanoid form. Steven learns that, millennia ago, the Gem empire intended to sterilize the Earth to incubate new Gems, but Rose Quartz led her supporters, the Crystal Gems, in a violent and apparently successful rebellion against this genocidal plan.
Stranger Things 2016-22 (34 episodes)
American science fiction horror drama television series created by the Duffer Brothers and released on Netflix
“Stranger Things” is set in the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana, during the 1980s. The nearby Hawkins National Laboratory ostensibly performs scientific research for the United States Department of Energy, but secretly does experiments into the paranormal and supernatural, including those that involve human test subjects. Inadvertently, they have created a portal to an alternate dimension, "the Upside Down". The influence of the Upside Down starts to affect the unknowing residents of Hawkins in calamitous ways.
Cast has included: Winona Ryder (as Joyce Byers), David Harbour (as Jim Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (as Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven / Jane Hopper), Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Brett Gelman
A reality-television franchise with numerous international versions / The show features a group of contestants deliberately marooned in an isolated location, where they must provide food, water, fire, and shelter for themselves. The contestants compete in challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. The contestants are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted out by their fellow-contestants until only one remains to be awarded the grand prize and named the “Sole Survivor.”
Tenchi Muyo! 1992-____
Every man needs a good woman. Tenchi Masaki has six. This Japanese anime series franchise includes “Tenchi Universe,” “Tenchi in Tokyo,” “Tenchi Muyo! GXP,” and “Ai Tenchi Muyo!”
Thanks 1999 (6 episodes)
That 70’s Show 1998-2006 (200 episodes)
American period sitcom about the lives of six teenage friends living in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin / Main characters: Eric Forman (by Topher Grace), Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis), Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and others.
That's My Bush! 2001
American sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, best known for creating “South Park” / The series was conceived in the wake of the 2000 presidential election, between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Parker and Stone were sure that Gore would win the election, and tentatively titled the show “Everybody Loves Al.” However, due to the controversy regarding the election's outcome, the series was pushed back. Instead, the show was then plotted around Bush at the workplace. The series centered on the fictitious personal life of President George W. Bush, played by Timothy Bottoms. Carrie Quinn Dolin played Laura Bush, and Kurt Fuller played Karl Rove. Episodes dealt with deliberate heavy handedness with topics such as abortion, gun control, the war on drugs, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the death penalty.
3rd Rock from the Sun 1996-2001 (139 episodes)
American sitcom series about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, the third planet from the Sun, which they consider to be a very insignificant planet / The extraterrestrials pose as a human family in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio to observe the behavior of human beings. The series starred John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jane Curtin, Simbi Khali, Elmarie Wendel and Wayne Knight.
Touched by an Angel 1994-2003 (211 episodes)
Twice in a Lifetime 1999-2001 (44 episodes)
Canadian mystery/drama series / The series follows an aspiring angel who for some reason, will not enter heaven, but is assigned to guide someone who has died prematurely. The prematurely deceased, played by the episode guest stars, may choose from the afterlife to correct something that went wrong earlier in their life. Episodes center on an individual who has reached the end of their life in one timeline, and due to circumstances seen by their advocate and judge, is then given 3 days to travel into their past, and without revealing their true identity, convince their younger self to make a different choice at a pivotal point to effect a different outcome for example, by quitting smoking, or choosing a different job and in changing this learn a key lesson to make them become a better person.
Twin Peaks 1990-1991, 2017 (48 episodes)
American horror mystery drama series
The series follows an investigation, headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and local Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean), into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington. The show's narrative draws on elements of detective fiction, but its uncanny tone, supernatural elements, and campy, melodramatic portrayal of eccentric characters also draws from American soap opera and horror tropes. Like much of Lynch's work, it is distinguished by surrealism, offbeat humor, and distinctive cinematography.
Two Girls, A Guy, and a Pizza Place 1998-2001 (81 episodes)
This American sitcom series stars Ryan Reynolds as Michael Leslie “Berg” Bergen, Richard Ruccolo as Peter “Pete” Dunville, and Traylor Howard as campus beauty Sharon Carter (later Carter-Donnelly). In the first two seasons, Berg, a slacker, works at a Boston pizza parlor, Beacon Street Pizza, with Pete. They both attend Tufts University, with Sharon, who after graduation, works as the spokesperson (or apologist) for Immaculate Chemicals.
Veronica’s Closet 1997-2000 (66 episodes)
American sitcom series starring Kirstie Alley as Veronica “Ronnie” Chase, the head of her own lingerie company that also sells other bedroom accessories in New York City / Veronica has made a living being known as the “Queen of Romance.” Her husband Bryce, played by Christopher McDonald, regularly cheats on her, though she always takes him back because of the image she has created. However, after another tryst, Veronica decides to leave him and begins her life as a single woman.
She is championed by her best friend and Chief Financial Officer Olive Massery, played by Kathy Najimy, and her father Pat Chase, played by Robert Prosky, who is also her chauffeur. She also works with Perry Rollins, played by Dan Cortese, a former thong model who is her publicist; her assistant Josh Blair, played by Wallace Langham, and Leo Michaels, played by Darryl “Chill” Mitchell.
Walker, Texas Ranger 1993-2001 (200 episodes)
The Waltons 1972-1981 (221 episodes)
American drama series about a family in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II / This series was created by Earl Hamner Jr., based on his 1961 book Spencer's Mountain and the 1963 film of the same name. The story is about the family of John Walton Jr. (known as John-Boy): his six siblings, his parents John and Olivia Walton, and paternal grandparents Zebulon “Zeb” and Esther Walton. John-Boy is the oldest of the children (17 years old in the beginning), who becomes a journalist and novelist. Each episode is narrated at the opening and closing by a middle-aged John Jr. (voiced by author Earl Hamner on whom John-Boy is based). John Sr. manages to eke out a living for his family by operating a lumber mill with his sons' help as they grow older. The family income is augmented by some small-scale farming, and John occasionally hunts to put meat on the table. In the simpler days of their country youth, all of the children are rambunctious and curious, but as times grow tough, the children slowly depart from the innocent, carefree days of walking everywhere barefoot while clad in overalls and hand-sewn pinafores, and into the harsh, demanding world of adulthood and responsibility.
The series stars Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley, Mary Elizabeth McDonough, Eric Scott, David W. Harper, Kami Cotler, Peggy Rea, Joe Conley, Ronnie Claire Edwards and Leslie Winston, and is narrated by Earl Hamner Jr.
WCW Thunder 1998-2001 (156 episodes)
An American professional wrestling show produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW)
The Weakest Link 2000-2017
A game show in which a group of contestants (ranging from five to nine players) who will need to work as a team to try and win as much of a maximum cash jackpot by correctly answering general-knowledge questions in a series of rapid-fire rounds
The West Wing 1999-2006 (156 episodes)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? American version: 1998–2007, 2013–____
A short-form improvisational comedy show
Will & Grace 1998-2020 (246 episodes)
The Wonder Years 1988-1993 (115 episodes)
American coming-of-age comedy-drama depicting the social and family life of a boy in a typical American suburban middle-class family, covering the ages of 12 through 17 / The series stars Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, a teenager growing up in a suburban middle-class family. Dan Lauria plays his father Jack, Alley Mills his mother Norma, Jason Hervey his brother Wayne, Olivia d'Abo as sister Karen, Josh Saviano as his best friend Paul Pfeiffer, and Danica McKellar as his girlfriend Winnie Cooper.
The X-Files 1993-2002 (218 episodes)
American science fiction suspense drama series revolving around Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who investigate X-Files—marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a medical doctor and a skeptic, is assigned to scientifically analyze Mulder's discoveries, offer alternate rational theories to his work, and thus return him to mainstream cases.
You Gotta See This! (ESPN)
Yu-Gi-Oh 1998 (27 episodes)
Japanese anime series about Yugi Mutou, a timid young boy who loves all sorts of games, but is often bullied. One day, he solves an ancient puzzle known as the Millennium Puzzle, causing his body to play host to a mysterious spirit with the personality of a gambler. From that moment on, whenever Yugi or one of his friends is threatened by those with darkness in their hearts, this other Yugi shows himself and challenges them to dangerous Shadow Games (“Games of Darkness”) which reveal the true nature of someone's heart. The losers of these contests often being subjected to a dark punishment called a Penalty Game. Whether it be cards, dice, or role-playing board games, he will take on challenges from anyone, anywhere. As the series progresses, Yugi and his friends learn that this person inside of his puzzle is actually the spirit of a nameless Pharaoh from Ancient Egyptian times, who had lost his memories. As Yugi and his companions attempt to help the Pharaoh regain his memories, they find themselves going through many trials as they wager their lives facing off against gamers that wield the mysterious Millennium Items and the dark power of the Shadow Games.