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November 22, 2003

Lost & Forgotten 70's & 80's TV Shows

lost_tv.jpgI was reminded yesterday of a couple of old TV shows from my youth -- shows that never made it past a couple of seasons. These were the campy, the strange, and the just plain bad shows that were basically there to flesh out the networks' season opening weeks, and some didn't make it much past the pilot episode. In no particular order, some of the ones that I recall from my youth include (with links to their IMDB entries):

Automan (1983) - Desi Arnaz Jr. starred in this short-lived show about a cybernetic crime-fighter that could transform between a man and a car (and I think he could even change into a panther). Dumb, but you gotta love those 90-degree turns at speed.

Otherworld (1985) - IMDB describes this retarded show best when it says "Thrown into another dimension, a family must keep ahead of a tyrannical state's hunters while searching for a way home." My one clear memory is the two teenage kids defying the government and teaching the other native kids rock & roll. It was never clear what was worst: the acting, the plot, or the concept.

The Phoenix (1982) - In just 4 short episodes (that's all that was filmed), this show reached new depths of stupid. Plot summary: an archaeology expedition in Peru uncovers a casket with the body of a human-looking alien, Bennu, who must learn to live on Earth as a castaway who fights crimes and solves mysteries while avoiding US government agents who want to play "Alien Autopsy" with him. Who thinks up this stuff?

ark_2.jpgArk II (1976-1979) - OK, this wasn't really a "lost & forgotten" show, but it just hangs on the fringe of my memory, so I thought I'd include it here. This Saturday morning live-action show was the adventures of three young scientists in the 25th century after the planet has basically been polluted to death. They had this bitchun' RV-slash-science lab (called "Ark II") that they travelled around in. The best part, however, was the jet-packs -- I swear they were real. :-) And they had a chimpanzee (what was it with chimps on TV in the '70's?). Oh, and the lead scientist's name was Jonah. Get it...Jonah...driving the Ark...sigh. There's a really nice fan page here (source of the photo to the right).

The Man from Atlantis (1977-1978) - The sheer power of Patrick Duffy's acting skills carried this lame show into its second season. Duffy played the part of Mark Harris, lone surviving Atlantian, complete with gills and webbed hands and feet. Lots of underwater swimming shots while Duffy fights crime and solves mysteries. Perhaps it would have lasted longer had they brought The Phoenix onto the show...hmm...

Quark (1978) - This was a half-hour live-action comedy about the misadventures of Adam Quark, the captain of a United Galactic Sanitation Patrol ship (i.e., a space garbage scow). I remember only thinking that this was a damn funny show. Given that I was 8 or 9 years old when I saw the 9 episodes that were filmed, it may not have been.

Q.E.D. (1982) - IMDB summarizes it best: "The tales of Quentin E. Deverill, an eccentric expatriate American professor who uses his unique skills to solve mysteries in Edwardian London." And it didn't last the season?!?

The Max Headroom Show (1985) - Basically, this show was about a future where the TV had to stay turned on ('off' knobs were illegal) and the main personality on the tube was this virtual/CGI being named Max Headroom (who turned out to be a real person, if I recall correctly). Usually just referred to as "Max Headroom," this show was hilarious -- I never understood why they took it off. Probably the same reason they dumped 'Greg the Bunny' (a recent fave...that will be on this list as well in 15 years or so).

Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (1980) - Two unlikely partners, an accountant-wanna-be-private-eye and a con artist, team up to fight crime and solve mysteries. It lasted a mere 14 episodes despite starring Jeff Goldblum and Ben Vereen (makes my head spin even thinking about that combination).

I'm sure you all remember more...what were your favorite shows that didn't make it?

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One word, "Manimal" -- Simon MacCorkindale's finest hour as a guy who can turn into any animal. Some creepy (if not repeated ad naseum) animation as he turned into, say, a bird.

Here's the obligatory IMDB link:
http://imdb.com/title/tt0085898/

K

Posted by macfixer at November 22, 2003 06:58 PM

It doesn't technically fall in the 70's-80's category, but The Prisoner certainly had me riveted when I first saw it. And for the 80's, I loved Airwolf! I even met Jan-Michael Vincent. Twice!

Posted by Paulo at November 24, 2003 05:03 PM

Oh, yeah, Manimal! That was the show where the guy could turn into the panther (I somehow melded that with Automan in my description above). Boy, what stinkers...both of them!

Posted by Craig at November 25, 2003 09:38 PM

Quark!!! Honestly, I think you just named the single most obscure memory of my childhood! All I remember is a garbage-ship drifting through space. Thinking how cool it was, but knowing I was only 4 years old at the time I simply couldn't handle it! I'm going to try and find it on eBay.

Anyway, to contribute, how about "Bring 'em Back Alive" with Bruce Boxleitner, where he protected endangered animals from poachers? Or "The Rubic's Cube / Menudo" hour? Basically an animated Rubic's Cube for the first half, the members of Menudo in the second! "Q-Bert" also had a cartoon, I believe. "The Great Spacecoaster" is a classic of course, as well as "The Bugaloos". But what about "Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors"??? Plant-vehicles sawing through evil! "Homeboys in outer-space" will be a classic in ten years, with its space-hoopty. Remember the phrase "The Rousters are gonna sink The Love Boat". Never saw the show, but it didn't sink any boats. Well, that's all I can think of for now. Thanks for the "Quark" heads-up!!!

Posted by Dave at December 3, 2003 07:53 AM

Airwolf! Yeah, that was cool -- didn't they kill off both Jan-Michael and Earnest Borg-9 towards the end?

My personal 'way-back' ace-up-my-sleeve has to be the Nickelodeon classic, "Tomorrow People" with 'jaunting' British 'Homo-Superiors' -- a Doctor Who for teens, I guess.

k.

Posted by macfixer at December 3, 2003 10:20 AM

there was a short lived show called wishman i think it was about some little guy i think he was blue thay made him so he could work where people could not or some thing like that he ate some kind of past for food you know any thing about that show

Posted by simon at December 9, 2003 03:43 AM

Hi,

Question, does anyone have a recollection of a short-lived early 70's show with a chimpanzee? I seem to have an early recollection of a show which opened with a chimpanzee spraying the man of the house with a hose. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

Posted by Christine Jason at December 25, 2003 10:17 PM

I seem to remember a short lived show from some time in the early to mid 80's that had a Genie, who I believe was a black man, that lived in someones closet or something. When they would look in the closed it was all colorful and warped looking. The only other thing I remember was Roy Orbison was on an episode, or at least his song "Pretty Woman" was. Does anyone know what this show was called?

Posted by GrainMan at December 30, 2003 10:38 PM

what about "out of the blue" that rip off of mork and mindy meets eight is enough?

Posted by future astronaut at January 2, 2004 06:28 PM

I was wondering if anybody remembers a show about a girl who was a robot. All I remember is the day opening her back to rechage her or something, and that she wore a red dress with a white apron.

Posted by Amanda at January 7, 2004 12:39 AM

I think the show you're thinking of is 'Small Wonder'

Posted by Shannon at January 7, 2004 11:38 PM

"PARKER LEWIS CAN'T LOSE!" Remember that one???
It was a good one back then...
Didn't he have a hot sister or something?
Enjoy the memory trip!

Posted by Steve at January 8, 2004 05:58 PM

Christine:

"BJ and the Bear" had a chimp. He was a truck driver, and he had a chimp partner.

There was a rash of movies around then that had the tough guy (say, Clint Eastwood), teamed up with a Simian.

k.

Posted by macfixer at January 9, 2004 10:35 AM

I recall a show where a man was like new to earth and had a small mercury bloob that flew threw the air with him, early memory was that the bloob could go into machines, such as an atm, the man got a trash bag and the bloob got the atm to spit out money, and the man put the money in the trash bag, the man commented this money going to burn a whole in my pocket, but the bloob commented, it's not in your poect, it's in the trash bag, anybody have a name for this show?

Posted by kyle at January 12, 2004 06:40 PM

Does anyoen remember a show call rags to riches.
5 girls beeing adopted by a rich man Mr.Foly
Does anyone have the shows

Posted by Karina at January 13, 2004 01:35 AM

quick question:
anyone remember a tv show about a couple "misfits" where one guy could manipulate electricity, one woman could stop time, i think there were four characters.....anyone?

Posted by joshua sinopoli at January 14, 2004 01:41 PM

Wasn't that "Misfits of Science"?

Posted by Craig at January 14, 2004 03:20 PM

Can anyone help me with the name of a show from the 80's about a girl who's father was an alien (although you never saw him) and she spoke to him through a clear rubiks cube type thing that opened up. She was able to freeze time by putting her index fingers together and the song at the start of the show was ' Would you like to swing on a star' This name has been bugging me for years!!!

Posted by Pam at January 16, 2004 12:18 AM

Does anyone know where i can find any archived info on a show called 'real people'.

Posted by dan at January 16, 2004 03:42 AM

anyone remember,bj and the bear? it was a show,about a guy driving his truck,and his best friend was a monkey,if i remember right,the cops were always after him for some reason or another. i remmeber in the opening credits,the big red truck,bursting through a billboard.

everyone i mention it to,never seems to remember it.but i remember watching it(possibly on a saturday morning)

please don't ask me to remember the cast,because i barely remember(it was mid to late 70's i think)

another show i used to love as a kid,was the reruns,of the 50's and 60's superman show. this is the best incarnation of superman(well smallville is pretty good) and i used to watch it 9am on a saturday morning,laying in front of the tv,with my legs and arms outstretched!

those were the days!

Posted by ian staines at January 17, 2004 06:00 PM

pam the show is called out of this world.ran in the late 80's early 90's i think(or maybe later)

the girl who played the main character,looked like tiffani from california dreams(i don't know if it's the same girl)

would you like to swing on a star
carry moonbeams off in a jar
============================

blah blah blah(fill in the blanks if you know)

or would you rather be on earth
(i think the original song might have been sung by ol'blue eyes,or someone who sounds like him

Posted by ian staines at January 17, 2004 06:06 PM

I know of one chimp show from the 70's called "Lance Link" or something like that. The chimps were secret agents of some sort, and one of them was named "Mata Hairy."

The main thing I remember about "Quark" were the two blondes in shorts who were at the controls. I was only about 6 at the time, but thought they were really pretty, sexy, and had a sort of a crush on them.

Posted by Tim spalding at January 18, 2004 01:17 AM

Some other shows of note:
Lucan: the boy raised by wolves now using his feral abilities to help people as he searches for his parents.
Wizards & Warriors: a live action version of Dungeons & Dragons starring the blonde guy from Taxi and a fat guy.
The Man With the Power: I think this is what its called but can't find any info on it. It was a guy with telekinesis and when he used it they would zoom in on his eyes as his pupils dilated. I remember an episode where he saved a turtle from some railroad tracks and then got his foot stuck and stopped the oncoming train.
The Fantastic Journey: same as Otherworld but they used a tuning fork to journey to parralel worlds, main guys name was Varian.
The show with the alien and the mercury bloob was the tv show of the movie Starman.
I have a ton more if anyone is interested. I'm a 70's-80's pop culture nut.

Posted by Dave Cox at January 20, 2004 09:01 AM

Dave,
Yeah, I remember "The Fantastic Journey" -- it had Roddy McDowall in it, didn't it? I remember them walking around with that damned tuning fork and me thinking "what the hell is going on?" I think it had like 5 episodes or something.

Heh...IMDB has a listing for it -- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075503/ -- 10 episodes were filmed. And yeah, McDowall was in it. And to think my wife says I have a crappy memory...pshaw!

Posted by Craig at January 21, 2004 12:16 AM

There are sooo many of these lost 'gems'. It seemed that all the shows that held my bizarre youthful attention got cancelled in the 70s & 80s (same today: Tick, Jack of All Trades, Twin Peaks). Remember these:
Tales of the Gold Monkey: Indiana Jones rip off with the dad from 7th Heaven (Collins)
Bring 'Em Back Alive: similar to Tales of the Gold Monkey, but with Higgins from Magnum
Voyagers: time travel shenanigans with a kid

Posted by Dave Cox at January 21, 2004 03:15 PM

Do you know the name of a show about a man who rides a high tech black motorcycle and wears a high tech helmet to cover his identity so he can fight the bad guys? And do you know how I can get a copy of the show on VHS?

Posted by Scott Campbell at January 24, 2004 10:21 PM

Let us not forget the 1988 classic "The Highwayman" with that annoying Australian, Jacko -- with the 18-wheeler that transforms into a helicopter.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0094479/

As for the high-tech motorcycle guy, that show was "Street Hawk"

http://imdb.com/title/tt0088618/

Not to mention the "Logan's Run" TV series.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0075527/

k.

Posted by macfixer at January 25, 2004 09:40 PM

Anyone remember a show whwere there were 2 societies, one was Utopian, the other had these bumpy headed pig like guys (called Gorts or something), and to get to one society from another there was this underground train...this may all have been an alcohol induced dream mind you...

Posted by Dave Cox at January 28, 2004 10:21 AM

Does anyone remember a show from either the late 70's or early 80's about a boy that accidently gets taken through time with a man (Finius Bogg?) that has a time "watch" that only the boy seems to be able to use properly? The kid's dad was a history professor (or something of the like), so the kid knew all about history... It has been driving me NUTS trying to remember the name.

Posted by pharlan at January 28, 2004 05:56 PM

Pharlan,

I was talking about this the other day (see post 01/21/04). It was called Voyagers. I believe the star committed suicide in real life

Posted by Dave Cox at February 2, 2004 03:57 PM

This is going to sound odd....but my best friend and I have memories of a children's science show from the 80's where the host wore a flesh toned body suit that had pictures of muscles and veins on it.He was on a set with a huge prop of a human heart.He kind of resembled the "greatest american hero".He had the same sort of curly afro hair.We have not been able to find out any info on this show.I think it was on PBS.Anyone remember this?

Posted by melissa at February 2, 2004 07:54 PM

Melissa,

That would have been Body Man from the classic Canadian tv show 'Yes You Can', which spun off the Raccoons, and also featured Harry Hogg & Coach Cuddles.

Posted by Dave Cox at February 3, 2004 02:13 PM

Cant remember the name of a short lived kids show from 70's maybe early eighties? Was very claymation and had a character named Jeremy and a bird named Hector? Help, its driving me batty.

Posted by Carrie at February 5, 2004 12:52 PM

Carrie,

That was another taste of Canadian tv. This was simply called "Jeremy" (remember the song "I am a bear called Jeremy, I can do most anything..."), the bird was Mr Raven & Hector was the Rat

http://members.rogers.com/ambrozic/tvo/jeremy.html

Posted by Dave Cox at February 5, 2004 02:05 PM

Bless your little heart

Posted by Carrie at February 5, 2004 04:17 PM

Thanks Dave! It has been driving me nuts trying to remember the name. Definately something I wouldn't mind seeing on TVLAND!

Posted by pharlan at February 5, 2004 05:13 PM

Thanks Dave! It has been driving me nuts trying to remember the name. Definitely something I wouldn't mind seeing on TVLAND!

Posted by pharlan at February 5, 2004 05:13 PM

My pleasure all. Its good to finally put this useless knowledge of pop culture and misspent youth to a good cause. Keep 'em coming gang

Posted by Dave Cox at February 6, 2004 12:25 PM

Thanks Dave!

Posted by melissa at February 9, 2004 12:19 PM

Does anyone remember a show about russian rebels living in the wild trying to save peasants and give them money.I remember seeing it but i do not remember what the hell it was.

thanks

Posted by dstohlas at February 11, 2004 12:59 PM

Does anyone remember a show in the mid-80's that was about a midget professor or scientist? One episode he invented a machine for a disabled ballerina so she could "see" her self dance by projecting an image of herself and her mind would make it dance. It wasn't on very long (I wonder why).

Posted by Vivian at February 18, 2004 05:13 PM

Does anyone remember a show in the mid-80's that was about a midget professor or scientist? One episode he invented a machine for a disabled ballerina so she could "see" her self dance by projecting an image of herself and her mind would make it dance. It wasn't on very long (I wonder why). Thank you!

Posted by Vivian at February 18, 2004 05:13 PM

The midget show was 'The Wizard' on CBS...don't remember too much about it. Check the tvtome.com site for pictures.

Posted by Mark at February 23, 2004 05:40 PM

ok
so the wizard show with the midget was the same gay from willow i think thay gave him the tv show as the movie did so well.
now i have two there was a show obout this group of guys that work in a scrap yard present day earth(70-80) and get the idea to salvage all the space junk around earth like satalites and the luner lander. i remember the rocket thay made had the drum of a cement mixer for the capsull and thay where also woried about the goverment stopping them, becouse it was not safe to go to space or sume thing like that now i think that it was fust a movie then there was a few episodes
one i think i remember where thay use the rocket engine to move a iceberg thet is gouing int San Francisco harbor. does this sound real to any one???
the outher i remember is about a gay that gets his hans on a magic bow and it acepts him some how leaving a mark on his hand now no one elts can use it a black bird follows him around(crow or raven) it would drop a feather that turned into arrows when ever our herow was about to run out i do remember the end that had him going quest and realy looking like a pilot epp. to a weekly cerial
also when it comes to campy saterday morning tv daes any one remeber "electro woman & dino girl"?
"school house rocks" and of cours "H.R Puff and stuff" about a boy that gets ship wrected on an island and his flute starts to talk an a witch is always truing ti steel it from "Jimmy" or how about "land of the lost" water fall to the center of the earth dinosors.
ok i will stop now.

Posted by david_136 at February 28, 2004 09:44 AM

I am looking for some way to find this tv show about a horse named Thunder. It would have been around 1976 or so, I believe there was a little girl who rode the horse and a family on a ranch??

Posted by Jennifer at February 28, 2004 12:48 PM

david 136,
The shows you are talking about were:
Salvage 1 (with Andy Griffith) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078681/
and Archer: Fugitive of the Empire (which was a failed pilot for a regular series)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082027/. I have beebn trying to obtain a copy of this movie for years.
Alot of the old Sid & Marty Kroftt stuff (Dyna girl, HR Puff n' Stuf, Sigmund and the Sea Monster, Land of the Lost) is now available on DVD

Posted by Dave Cox at March 1, 2004 01:42 PM

david 136,
The shows you are talking about were:
Salvage 1 (with Andy Griffith) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078681/
and Archer: Fugitive From the Empire (which was a failed pilot for a regular series)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082027/. I have beebn trying to obtain a copy of this movie for years.
Alot of the old Sid & Marty Kroftt stuff (Dyna girl, HR Puff n' Stuf, Sigmund and the Sea Monster, Land of the Lost) is now available on DVD

Posted by Dave Cox at March 1, 2004 01:42 PM

Jennifer,

Your horse show was simply named Thunder and ran on NBC from 1977-78.

Posted by Dave Cox at March 1, 2004 01:47 PM

please help!! i've been looking for a childrens show similar to the H.R. Puffnstuff show. it had costumed characters like a Hippo with a tutu, a Frog, A Tiger who was a painter. there was a regular guy and girl in the mix. and i remember a gazebo in the background. it was musical mostly.

also, whats the show called with the Woozles?

Posted by Jeremy at March 2, 2004 05:44 AM

When I was a kid in the late 70s early 80s there was a show on PBS here in TX where there were talking shoes. I remember them all saying "Goodbye" at the end of the show. Pretty vague - I know - but does anyone have a clue as to what I'm talking about!? :)

Posted by stacey at March 2, 2004 03:44 PM

Jeremy -
As to your first question - I'm pretty sure thats New Zoo Review. My mom & dad hated that show. I loved it. Henrietta Hippo,etc. Good times :)

Posted by stacey at March 2, 2004 03:46 PM

Hi,
I am desperately seeking the name of a tv show I think was from the late 80s, early 90s. It featured a young girl who was a ghost (she died when she was abducted off a swing). She befriends (i think) a young boy who lives in a house, i think she lives in the attic. Her name MAY have been Ally, Please help with any info!!!! Thanks

Posted by Kerrie at March 3, 2004 05:31 AM

Jeremy i think it might be Zoobilie Zoo or something

Posted by Chris at March 4, 2004 04:00 PM

I'm trying to remember the name of a kids show from the late 70's (I think) which started with a kid falling through a giant hat, I think maybe inside a magic store. Does anyone remember this? It is making me nuts.

Posted by Shawn at March 12, 2004 12:26 PM

Shawn,
That would be Lidsville brought to you by Sid & Marty Krofft, starring Butch Patrick, formerly known as Eddie Munster, and Charles nelson Reilly. Some episodes are avilable on dvd, definitely on the best of Sid & Marty Krofft (a must have for fans, has 1 ep from every show, like HR Pufnstuf, Elektra Woman & Dyna Girl, Sigmund & the Sea Monster). Follow the link for more: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066679/

Posted by Dave Cox at March 12, 2004 03:29 PM

Help! My husband recalls a tv show from the 70"s about people dressed as dogs that talked. The people walked around not talking but they acted like the pets of the dogs. Sounds strange, I don't remember it myself. Anyone?

Posted by N Hardin at March 14, 2004 12:57 AM

http://home.snafu.de/keks/

pam,ckeck this out!

Posted by esin at March 16, 2004 11:34 AM

automan was a great show, but he did not turn into a panther. The show you are thinking of is manimal. It was about a guy who solved crime by having the ability to turn into animals. another good one in the early 80's was Mr. Smith. The show centerd around a baboon or some type of ape that was rich and lived in a mansion and had a butler. Does anyone rmember that one?

Posted by saiki at March 18, 2004 02:49 AM

I am trying to remember the name of a show from the 80's that had a regular guy (blond) that had super powers, but he lost his powers when he saw the color red?

Posted by Jaime at March 19, 2004 03:07 PM

Jamie
the show was called "the greatest american hero"
the suit was a gift from alians but he lost the instructions, so he has problems making his powes work

Posted by David_136 at March 20, 2004 12:47 PM

Does anyone remember Bixby and me? Are there any websites fir it?

Posted by Krista at March 20, 2004 03:05 PM

Jeremy, That was Zoobily Zoo! I use to LOVE that show along with Heith Cliff/Snorkles/Rainbow Brite/Fraggle Rock/Stawberry Shortcake/Hugga Bunch & many many more. I am looking for pictures on the internet for that strange show: Body Man from the classic Canadian tv show 'Yes You Can'

Posted by Courtney at March 23, 2004 11:45 AM

Does anyone know about a short lived show which I think was namd "Old Joe"? I think it was in this time frame. It had a working class dad raising his kids. I think he was a painter. I can find nothing on this. It really cast workers badly, but was an interesting curiosity. I'm a union prez.

Posted by Mr D at March 25, 2004 08:14 PM

Do any of you remember a show where i think from the late 80's early 90's it was about a little shop i think it might have been a shoestore where there were two teens that worked there and a couple of puppet mice in one episode i remember the most the boy mouse got stuck in the wall in between some pipes and the girl mouse tried to help i think it was on pbs around the same time as a show about people dressed up as cats and there was a pink girl and a fat guy dressed up as an orange lion who played the tuba or trumpet or something if you can think of any of these shows please help me its driving me crazy.

Posted by Ryan Grimes at March 26, 2004 11:08 AM

Ryan, I think the 1st show you are referring to Today's Special, kids in a dept store, a mannequin that comes to life with a magic cap, and there was a rhyming mouse named Muffy, a muppet security gaurd too: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0198253/

Posted by Dave Cox at March 26, 2004 02:20 PM

Hey Dave thanks thats been bothering me for awhile and im pretty sure thats right
Hey theres another one thats been bothering me umm theres this cartoon where mice live in the capital building and i remember i thought it was funny but it was only on for a very short time it was on around the same time as scorch the dragon and fish police if you can think of it please tell me thanks.

Posted by Ryan Grimes at March 27, 2004 11:34 AM

So nice to see others remember these shows too! I thought nobody would remember "The Phoenix". I was so bummed when it didnt come on anymore. I guess it only had four episodes. Man that leaves alot of questions. Did he ever find his girl?

Automan was also a great one. Sort of a Tron for TV. The sidekick little glowy guy was cool too. His name was Cursor. There is a character in the Tron 2.0 game that looks/acts just like him. He is called Byte.

Max Headroom was so strange and intriguing, that I had to watch it. If a name like "20 minutes into the Future" didnt grab your attention, I dont know what will.

I have a few more old favorites for ya. How about the Shogun Warriors style shows? Ultraman with his magic "pen?" that could transform him into a hundred story giant monster stopper.

Or Giant Robot, the answer to every kids dreams who has ever been bullied. Whenever, oh lets say a giant monster, attacks this kids town he yells into his wristwatch... "Giant Robot LAUNCH!" Then this thing blasts off with as much flame as the space shuttle. It was cool too, the way the kid could fly in the robots hand.

Or Battle of the Planets. The one where all the characters could fly and wore bird suits, and the team jet could burst into flame and fly faster.

But how about this for an obscure reference. I remember seeing it only one halloween. All these kids go trick or treating at this creepy house, and this scary witch lady turns them into their respective costumes for real. In other words, the guy with a bed sheet over him suddenly becomes a real ghost. Yikes. I think it was called Halloween: Witches Night Out.

Great reading about these cool old shows.

Posted by D Man at March 28, 2004 01:38 AM

Does anyone remember the name of the cop/detective show that starred a heavy set guy with mustache and slickly combed back black hair? He was nothing to look at but good at solving crimes. It was during the early/middle 70's. I think the show was the guy's name -- kinda like "Columbo." It's driving me nuts trying to remember it. I can't sleep. Help!!!
- sleepless in Santa Cruz

Posted by Steve Hebel at March 28, 2004 05:18 AM

Does anyone remember the name of the cop/detective show that starred a heavy set guy with mustache and slickly combed back black hair? He was nothing to look at but good at solving crimes. It was during the early/middle 70's. I think the show was the guy's name -- kinda like "Columbo." It's driving me nuts trying to remember it. I can't sleep. Help!!!
- sleepless in Santa Cruz

Posted by Steve Hebel at March 28, 2004 05:19 AM

Steve Hebel,

That kinda sounds like the mid 80s Private Eye show Mike Hammer (or Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer) starring Stacey Keach http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086760/, but if its a fat guy PI in the 70s my vote goes to Cannon (1971-76) starring William Conrad http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066636/.

Posted by Dave Cox at March 29, 2004 03:56 PM


This is actually a followup question to this previous post (listed below), but I am trying to find any website with pictures of this fella (Michael Magee is his name, right?) Can anyone help? Thanks!!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
This is going to sound odd....but my best friend and I have memories of a children's science show from the 80's where the host wore a flesh toned body suit that had pictures of muscles and veins on it.He was on a set with a huge prop of a human heart.He kind of resembled the "greatest american hero".He had the same sort of curly afro hair.We have not been able to find out any info on this show.I think it was on PBS.Anyone remember this?

Posted by melissa at February 2, 2004 07:54 PM
Melissa,

That would have been Body Man from the classic Canadian tv show 'Yes You Can', which spun off the Raccoons, and also featured Harry Hogg & Coach Cuddles.


Posted by Dave Cox at February 3, 2004 02:13 PM

Posted by Christine at March 29, 2004 09:09 PM

Does anyone remember a tv series in the 80's. A male model who was a bit of a hero, theme tune I Need A Hero later sung by Bonnie Tyler. Can't remember the name and it's driving me potty.

Posted by Debs at March 30, 2004 09:57 AM

Debs,

The show you are looking for was called "Cover Up", and the theme song was Bonnie Tyler's 'Holding Out For A Hero' (although it was sung by a Bonnie soundalike!), from 1984. For more info follow the link:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086690/

Posted by Dave Cox at March 30, 2004 01:28 PM

Hi. Does anyone remember a show called "Sebastian and the seven cities of gold"? all i remember is it was about this kid(sebastian)who had a part of a necklace and i think a girl on the oppisite side of the world had the other half. and the whole show was about trying to find one another and to find the city of gold. am i crazy?

MattGuy613@yahoo.com

Posted by Matt at March 30, 2004 04:18 PM

Anyone remember this?:

A children's science show from the 80's (late 80's?), that consisted of two (or three) English kids doing just science experiments. There was also some sort of robot that helped out. It was on PBS.

Posted by polytriks at March 30, 2004 06:27 PM

Matt,
The animated show you are referring to was actually called "Esteban & the Seven Cities of Gold", and sometimes broadcast as "The Mysterious Cities of Gold". It was an amazing show based on a very old book. I remember the Golden Condor. They don't make 'em like that anymore, thats for sure. Check it out:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122356/

Posted by Dave Cox at March 31, 2004 03:22 PM

Hi, I am racking my brains trying to remember a TV show. I believe it was some time in the 70' s or 80's about a father who was a cartoonists and he would draw out different scenarios in his life and erase them and create others. If anyone remembers this name I would be very grateful if you would share it with me...thanks so much...Dawn

Posted by Dawn at April 1, 2004 10:08 AM

Hi...i was wondering if anyone remembers a show...it was a canadian kids show whichc featured a house where the windows were its eyes and the door was the mouth and there was a person dressed up as a record who played wooden spoons??? if anyone has any info please email me at starshine116@hotmail.com
thanx!

Posted by Carly at April 1, 2004 04:20 PM

Hey ya'll.. im looking for a show about a castle, it was a puppet type show and it had a little, i think, she was a sorceress and she wore a i think purple hat with stars on it, there was a dragon and a other characters.. i have been racking my brain trying to figure it out but i cant find any sites with it on it or not i think it was in the Chicago area tv stationi think it was Eurikas Castle... or somthing like that.. please if you have any info or anything Email me at Bravewarrioress@aol.com Thanks ever so much Kay

Posted by Kayleena at April 1, 2004 09:18 PM

This is obscure as any, and it may be a longshot...but does anybody remember the name of a sitcom in the mid to late 1980's about a detective/cop/pi type guy who slept with his gun under his pillow? A .44 magnum I think? This has been driving me nuts. Pretty sure it lasted less than one season.

Posted by johnny vegas at April 2, 2004 07:11 PM

I found some links to some of those old shows I mentioned in my earlier post. I hope they help some of you to find your old favorites too. Or mebbe even some new favz. ;)

Johhny Socko and his Giant Robot!(aka Giant Robo)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0170962/

Ultraman (1972)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068145/

Battle of the Planets (1978)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076983/

Witches Night Out (1978)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078500/

Also here is one more obscure one. This wasn't really a series, but they replayed it so many times on HBO it could have been. The storys main hook is this flashy gun that makes YOUR sense of time stop while the world keeps going on around you. This guy is doing dishes, gets zapped, and now the water is overflowing the sink and several hours have passed. Ummm.. What happened? He has no idea. Its called Looker.

Looker (1981)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082677/

Posted by D Man at April 3, 2004 01:18 AM

Sorry folks, but I really misspelled that one.

It should read:

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot (aka Giant Robo)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0170962/

Posted by D Man at April 3, 2004 01:30 AM

I am wondering if anyone remembers a show that was about a bunch of troll like things that was on in the 80's.

Posted by johnnie at April 3, 2004 10:15 AM

addendum to previous question...... this show was on Saturdays and I think the "troll like" beings were able to travel through a portal of some sort. They were always after humans and if they bit them they were turned into them.
THis is the most that I can remember of it. I really hope that someone has seen this show and can help me out as it has bothered me and everyone around me (mostly because I keep bothering them with it) Thank you.

Posted by johnnie at April 3, 2004 10:26 AM

Carly,

The show with the talking house, as well as a talking boot, was a Canadian show called Readalong:
http://members.rogers.com/ambrozic/tvo/readalong.html

Posted by Dave Cox at April 5, 2004 02:34 PM

Kayleena,

You are close, the show you are looking for is called Eureeka's Castle:
http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-8816/

Posted by Dave Cox at April 5, 2004 02:47 PM

Johnny Vegas,

I'm pretty sure the sitcom you are looking for might have been "Sledgehammer". It was on from Sep 86 to June '88, and is soon coming to dvd. Check out there official site:
http://www.sledgehammeronline.com/

Posted by Dave Cox at April 5, 2004 02:52 PM

Hi! I've been trying to identify a show from the 70's or 80's. I think this was only ever a pilot. It was a variation on the "secret crime-fighting organization" concept and what I remember is that a young woman was recruited into them, but at the end they have a department that can erase all your memories up to a certain point (kind of the first hint of Men In Black!) and so she ends up not even knowing she's had all these adventures. I also remember their headquarters was reached by an elevator where an agent turned a special key that flipped over the normal floor descriptions to those of the secret departments. I think the Black Department was the one that could erase your memories. Help!

Posted by Peter at April 10, 2004 12:48 AM

Didn't TVOntario have a short-lived series called "Dr.Whom and the Case of the English Language" that tied into their showing of Dr.Who?

Posted by Peter at April 10, 2004 12:50 AM

No one I know remembers this show from the late 70's. It was short-lived but one of my favourites. It was the story of about 5-6 kids from different nationalities shipwrecked on an island. One was an American, another German, I think one Japanese. I seem to remember the theme song as >the lost island> or something like that. I'd appreciate if anyone can remember a little about this great show.

Posted by Chris at April 10, 2004 04:57 PM

Does anyone know where i can find any information on Zoobily Zoo? Like a website or something?

Posted by Lindsay at April 12, 2004 01:09 AM

Chris,

That was a great show! It was an Australian production called the Lost Islands, made in 1976. Check out the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072535/
A Hurricane nearly sinks the "United World", a ship holding 40 teenagers from all around the world. 35 flee the ship on time - 5 are left behind, and end up on 2 islands unknown to the outside world, inhabited by people who got there under similar circumstances 200 years ago. The islands are ruled by a supposedly 200 year old immortal tyrant called "The Que", who would very much like to see them dead, so while running for their lives they make friends among the locals, even local very close to the Que.

Posted by Dave Cox at April 12, 2004 02:21 PM

Does anyone remember the name of a show with puppets-I believe it was candian-it had a talking boot and a granny(who kind of creeped me out as a kid) and they would read and sound out words. Another show was the "giggle-snort hotel". It had real person who ran the front desk and puppets as occupants-one who resembled W.C. Fields and a guy called the "shusher" who would go around shushing people.

Posted by shane-o at April 15, 2004 07:21 PM

Shane-o,

This comes up alot over here. The series in question with Granny, Boot, Mr Bones, Pretty, and The Thing is Readalong:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212689/
Here is also a link to Giglesnort Hotel:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370143/

Posted by Dave Cox at April 16, 2004 03:32 PM

Thanks Dave. I also want to find out what show had the guy who was a detective in a big kangaroo outfit and talked to Mr Big about math problems. Thought it was Square One TV:math-net, but not sure.

Posted by shane-o at April 17, 2004 06:02 AM

Does anyone remember a show from either the late 80s or early 90s that was about some kind of detectives? I think there was a man and a women who were the main characters. I only remember one episode..... they went to a house and there were several guests who each had a different room signified by a different color( red room , green room, etc)and one would disappear every night. The butler I think turned out to be behind it all and he was keeping them all locked in a room or something. But the theme music was like....... dum duh dum-dum. Please someone help me!!

Posted by Sarah- Anne at April 17, 2004 02:47 PM

Sarah-Anne: Hart to Hart? Just a wild guess, really.

Posted by Craig at April 17, 2004 02:49 PM

What about the show that had the letters of the alphabet who could talk and they were puppets. The a was a girl and she would be like "achoo" because she was A, and the B liked buttons, and V liked vests... could anyone help me?

Posted by Sarah-Anne at April 17, 2004 02:56 PM

Sarah-Anne> THe show you're thinking of is Square One TV: Math Net. This is a good site:http://home.comcast.net/~nspil/sq1.htm

Posted by shane-o at April 18, 2004 07:20 AM

Does anybody know where I can or if I can buy all of the series of Magum P.I.?

Posted by kari-d at April 18, 2004 07:14 PM

I remember The City of Gold - very educational, with a little segment at the end of each episode explaining a bit about the Aztec culture. That show went on for ever...
I wonder if anyone can help me find a website containing info on these shows - show on Australian TV mid 80's: Metal Mickey (British, the robot sometimes did a dance and sang along 'boogie, boogie' in a robot voice, he lived with a family that were always doing the same thing - mother washing dishes, father talking to plants, son and daughter looking at themselves in the mirror and body building - had to take energy pills like Roger Ramjet)
This one's a bit more obscure - I think it was called Adventure Valley, and the theme song was Waltzing Matilda, but different words - a group of kids living in the bush together, having good clean fun, but continually sabotaged by the heinous Spider Gang, who had a spider drawn on their palms, and a grown-up helper who looked like Kevin Spacey - any one but me ever heard it?

Posted by sarah at April 20, 2004 01:42 PM

how fun to laugh and remember all those shows! lol! okay, my brain is sprained from trying to remember two shows......could ya'll help me, pleez?
a.) does anyone remember a low-budget show on afternoon tv, made by and shown on WTBS, it was the show that aired right before their other original series (at that time), "ROCKY ROAD". (remember that one? the ice cream shop on the beach. lol!) anyway, my missing show: it was about a family being raised by a big brother or something? i remember the older brother guy and he went on to do car commercials. there was of course, a snotty lil' brother and the daughter was named LISSA. any info would be greatly appreciated! :) :)
b.) my other brain boggle is a short lived show on nbc that was basically homocide meets csi. the title was letter. like h.somthing.somthing? sound familiar? i remember they investiged crimes and crime scenes.

thanks for the trip down memory lane! i hope you can help my mental health by jogging my memory w/those titles! thanks in advance!

peace, luv, etc.
amnesia

Posted by amnesia at April 20, 2004 03:45 PM

I remember bits of a tv show (think it was late 70's) the thing i remember most is this amphibias vehicle with teeth painted down the side and people with muskets, it all seemed to take place in the jungle or woods, can anybody help please?

Posted by john rafferty at April 21, 2004 09:29 AM

Im looking for the name of a show in the early to mid-eighties that had monkeys/chimpanzees in it and one of them was named Mr. Smith. That's all I remember but I now I loved it as a kid! any info would help.

Posted by joy at April 21, 2004 03:09 PM

Hi. Can someone please help me. Im trying to think of a certain show. It came out in the early to mid 80s and it was a cartoon. Like a japanese anime. And it had this kid with a huge white dog. and he traveled around. I believe he was trying to either get to his dying mother or find something for her. I anyone has any info please let me know. Thanks.

Posted by MIKE at April 21, 2004 08:50 PM

Hi. Can someone please help me. Im trying to think of a certain show. It came out in the early to mid 80s and it was a cartoon. Like a japanese anime. And it had this kid with a huge white dog. and he traveled around. I believe he was trying to either get to his dying mother or find something for her. If anyone has any info please let me know. Thanks.

Posted by MIKE at April 21, 2004 08:50 PM

Harriet's Magic hat? (Boy that Canadian public access TV). The 80s were the days of provincial public TV. I watch more American PBS than the Canadain public channels.

Then there were the music video programs (before the cable music video channel(s) overtook the market).


Posted by Gary Tait at April 22, 2004 06:03 PM

Now here's a tough one. I don't think this show ever went past the pilot, but it was about a couple of scientists who create this android guy. I remember it vaguely, but the parts that really stick to my head: him showing off his android skills by break dancing, and him coming back from surfing with his wet suit torn because a shark bit him and he was like "It's no big deal.." The android guy bore a remarkable resemblance to Buddy Lembeck of Charles in Charge.

Posted by rawlo at April 23, 2004 10:33 PM

Here's one for you. tv series didn't last long,
don't think. About a ship that sank with a 100
people traped inside. The people survive and make
a living, inside the ship, at the bottom of the ocean.
Then 80 yrs. later, some divers discover the ship.
And the story begins, of course it never had a
ending, so no closer for us.
Anybody remember that one?

Posted by Vicki at April 24, 2004 11:24 PM

Anyone remember an 80's show about a guy who always wore white suites, I think, and had a stopwatch that would stop time for everyone except him and his female friend? I think he acted proper, maybe like he was British or something. Also, there was a series about a cop who gained superpowers from observing an experimental missle exploding but temporaraly lost them when he saw the color red. This was not the "Greatest American Hero", as there were no aliens involved that I remember. The "Hero" didn't lose his powers; he just never learned how to fully use them because he lost the instruction manual.

Posted by Darren at April 27, 2004 12:06 AM

I do remember the TV movie,"The Girl the gold watch and everything" he could stop time and it was Robert Hayes, and I can't remember the Girls name... I think there was a second TV movie made called "The Girl The Gold Watch and Dynamite"

Posted by Jim at April 27, 2004 10:47 PM

Does anyone remember a tv show in the late 50's or early 60's about a family who moved form the city to the country to live on a ranch or a farm? It was very similar to a show called Apple's Way but it came on many years before Apple's Way. The husband seemed to be away a lot leaving the wife to "man the ranch" and keep up with the kids. I think there were only two kids. The rich family members and friends from the city would come to visit and were always surprised how good the wife looked even though she did most of the work on the ranch. What was the name of that show? I was only about 6 or 8 years old at the time, but it was my favorite.

Posted by barbara at April 28, 2004 03:12 PM

Barbara...
Could it be "The Real McCoys"? Just a guess. I think that there was something odd about the show, maybe a character written off like they were never there or something. Anyway, about my two shows. It appears that I may have been thinking about two made-for-TV movies called "Super Fuzz (1981)" and "The Girl, The Gold Watch & Everything (1980)". Could have swore that they were a series. Probably just watched them more times than I should have.

Posted by Darren at April 28, 2004 11:08 PM

Thanks but no, it wasn't the Real McCoys. I well remember that show as well. The show I am thinking about was a man and his wife and I think just two kids, there were no grand parents. The were in their early teens ( a girl and a boy) I think the girls name was Kelly but not sure. The time frame was 50's because they had cars of that time frame. The husband had been an executive of some sort in the city. I don't know the reason they moved to the country to live on a ranch, but on one episode (I remember it as though it were just yesterday) the man's mother came to visit and the moment she got out of the car and saw the wife, she said "what has my son done to you". Upon closer inspection of her daughter-in-law, she realized the woman was just glowing, making her realize that that country life agreed with her.

I remember watching it one night of the week and the very next night, The Real McCoys came on. That was also one of my favorites.

Up until about 2 years ago, I could remember the name of the show I am looking for. somehow, it now escapes me. I even found it on the internet a year or so ago.

Thanks , Barbara

Posted by barbara at April 29, 2004 11:12 AM

ok, mego and gam?

ring a bell?

two asian kids with matching red sweater vests and, i think, um space type hats? they like fought monsters and stuff...

figured it's worth i shot, thanks!

Posted by eli at April 29, 2004 08:06 PM

ok, i think i may have been referring to giant robo. i just blocked out the giant robo, and remembered sweater vests. go figure...

thanks, i wouldn't have made the connection if i hadn't found this.

Posted by eli at April 29, 2004 08:37 PM

Back to the tv show I'm trying to remember. I believe it came on about the same time frame that The Hathaways (show with 3 chimps starring Peggy Cass) came on. You wouldn't really call it a western but it was not a situation comedy either, though it had some very funny stuff in it. I wish I could remember the actors who starred in it, but I can't. Does this ring any bells for any one? The boy had dark hair and I think he was the oldest child. The girl was blonde I think and wore her hair in a pony tail. I think the woman's name was Kate or Katie.

Posted by barbara at April 30, 2004 12:33 PM

"no two kids are quite the same, growing up's a learning game, but if you use your head you'll always win, just like the edison twins"-I really enjoyed this show when I was a kid- does anyone know a good web site for this show?

Posted by shane-o at April 30, 2004 06:17 PM

i was going crazy asking everyone i know about a tv show from the 80's people thought i was insane....all i could remember was the ice cream shop on the beach.. and then i stumble across it on this site in parenthasis no less...how great is that my only problem is i can't find anything about anywhere except tvtome and i would love to see some pics from the show please if anyone knows any good links for it please post them so i can enjoy more pieces from my past...thanks so much...wheres dave when you need him

Posted by shaylene at April 30, 2004 08:16 PM

i was going crazy asking everyone i know about a tv show from the 80's people thought i was insane....all i could remember was the ice cream shop on the beach.. and then i stumble across it on this site in parenthasis no less...how great is that my only problem is i can't find anything about anywhere except tvtome and i would love to see some pics from the show please if anyone knows any good links for it please post them so i can enjoy more pieces from my past...thanks so much...wheres dave when you need him

Posted by shaylene at April 30, 2004 08:16 PM

i was going crazy asking everyone i know about a tv show from the 80's people thought i was insane....all i could remember was the ice cream shop on the beach.. and then i stumble across it on this site in parenthasis no less...how great is that my only problem is i can't find anything about anywhere except tvtome and i would love to see some pics from the show please if anyone knows any good links for it please post them so i can enjoy more pieces from my past...thanks so much...wheres dave when you need him

Posted by shaylene at April 30, 2004 08:17 PM

i was going crazy asking everyone i know about a tv show from the 80's people thought i was insane....all i could remember was the ice cream shop on the beach.. and then i stumble across it on this site in parenthasis no less...how great is that my only problem is i can't find anything about anywhere except tvtome and i would love to see some pics from the show please if anyone knows any good links for it please post them so i can enjoy more pieces from my past...thanks so much...wheres dave when you need him

Posted by shaylene at April 30, 2004 08:17 PM

I am trying to remember the name of a show that came on in the late 70s, early 80s. A gang of kids that solved puzzles?? I remember 2 girls that were sisters of some of the boys in the gang, they were always playing with their dolls.
Does this ring any bells with anyone?
I think it came on on Sunday mornings?

Thanks

Posted by Kim at May 1, 2004 12:51 AM

Anyone know of a show that screened in New Zealand in the 80s. The theme music was "A Haunting We Will Go" and it had a guy dressed in white called "Count Homogenised" and he used to drink milk, and was set in a haunted house or something.

Posted by Angus at May 1, 2004 09:12 AM

please help , i am trying to figure out a childrens tv show , with someone i belive was called commander or something like it , captain maybe ( not captain kangaroo ) , anyway he would draw on this hugh board and it was like a small city and shapes everywhere , and in the show he would show kids also how to draw , and he had some characters as well to help him along in it , it was really cool , and i would love to know what it was called , and possibly how to get a copy of some of the shows . thanks

Posted by Dave B at May 3, 2004 07:21 AM

OK gang, sorry, I've been swamped, but I'll try and catch up...
Joy: The monkey show with an ape named Mr Smith was simply titled Mr Smith (1983). Try these links:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/articles/m/mrsmith_1299002214.shtml

Shane-O: Ah the Edison Twins, classic Canadiana again starring Marnie McPhail & Andrew Sabiston. These are available on VHS. Theres not much but for links try these:
http://www.jessicasteen.com/edison.html
http://epguides.com/EdisonTwins/

Shaylene: Rocky Road, eh. Not much out there but the cast listing here might help you find some pics:
http://epguides.com/RockyRoad/

Angus: not only was the theme song A Haunting We Will Go, but that was the title of the show as well, from 1976. Not much out there on this one, sorry, but it starred Russell Smith as Count Homogenised....

Posted by Dave Cox at May 3, 2004 03:49 PM

Okay. This one has had me puzzled for a long time(over 15 years.) When I was about 3 or 4('81-'82),they showed Screen Gems "Partridge Family" and "Brady Bunch" on a certain network. Between the segments(commercials),there was a show(not sure whether it was an actual show or commercial),but there were like 5 teenagers and a dog(and a big blue puppet which looked like the skipper on "Gilligan's Island",)and they were in this cool-looking '50s dragster(you know,the shark fins and everything),and they would fly through space and fight crime. It was really cool,and the name was something like the "Morning Bunch" or the "Breakfast Bunch." My brother and I both thought it was pretty rad. Well,if anybody has any information on this program, I would be much obliged,and I would definitely love to see it again(for old time's sake.) Well,thanks. Bye. BTW-Speaking of old & forgotten,I do remember "Automan." Thought it was cool back then,now probably wouldn't admit to have seen it(you know,to my friends and stuff.)How about this one:how many people do you think honestly remember a little-known Disney Channel show with George Plimpton called "Mousterpiece Theater?" Well,I certainly do!

Posted by Donald Liles at May 4, 2004 04:11 AM

Okay. This one has had me puzzled for a long time(over 15 years.) When I was about 3 or 4('81-'82),they showed Screen Gems "Partridge Family" and "Brady Bunch" on a certain network. Between the segments(commercials),there was a show(not sure whether it was an actual show or commercial),but there were like 5 teenagers and a dog(and a big blue puppet which looked like the skipper on "Gilligan's Island",)and they were in this cool-looking '50s dragster(you know,the shark fins and everything),and they would fly through space and fight crime. It was really cool,and the name was something like the "Morning Bunch" or the "Breakfast Bunch." My brother and I both thought it was pretty rad. Well,if anybody has any information on this program, I would be much obliged,and I would definitely love to see it again(for old time's sake.) Well,thanks. Bye. BTW-Speaking of old & forgotten,I do remember "Automan." Thought it was cool back then,now probably wouldn't admit to have seen it(you know,to my friends and stuff.)How about this one:how many people do you think honestly remember a little-known Disney Channel show with George Plimpton called "Mousterpiece Theater?" Well,I certainly do!

Posted by Donald Liles at May 4, 2004 04:12 AM

In the early to mid-80ís there was a anime type show. More of a Japanese, Godzilla type show. It had a guy, that was a superhero and fought bad guys and moths and things. And he work a suit like iron man, or the rocketteer or something of that nature...And he was gold, maybe silver...Does anyone know what Iím talking about?
It wasn't a cartoon though...

Posted by Ted at May 4, 2004 01:11 PM

Ted,

Sounds like you are referring to Ultraman, which has popped up on tv in many different names and forms, but was most popular in the 70s. Also had a bunch of movies, and went head to head with Godzilla. There is a lot out there on, here's a good start:
http://www.ultraman.com.br/

http://www.japanhero.com/ultraman%20images/ultra_gallery.htm


Posted by Dave Cox at May 4, 2004 02:49 PM

Late 70's or early 80's-more 80's now that I think about it-there was a show, possibly only the pilot or movie of the week, about this super-mult-sectioned-oversized luxury coach bus ala 'love boat' plot, or some kind of dramedy-ish deal. Any clue, or did I dream this in some drug induced nightmare!?!?!?

Posted by Dave at May 4, 2004 08:29 PM

Kim,

You just described about a dozen shows of the same ilk, can you remember any more....was it British, if so it might be Enid Blyton's 'The Famous Five'.

Posted by Dave Cox at May 5, 2004 04:44 PM

Dave,

Wow! Thats an obscure one. It was a movie called 'The Big Bus' about a giant nuclear-powered bus complete with a bowling alley and pool. It was a disaster movie spoof like Airplane, but predates it (1976). Starring Ned Beatty, Ruth Gordon, Richard Mulligan, Larry Hagman, Lynn Redgrave, Stockard Channing, and tons more. Everything that could go wrong on the bus does. Check it out:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074205/

Posted by Dave Cox at May 5, 2004 04:56 PM

Thanks Dave,
I knew that one was a curve ball-heck it was a screwball-but you hit it right outta the park! That movie had been bugging myself and a few others for nigh on 7 years! Of course, I've since lost touch with the other 'wonderers', and hadn't seriously gone searching until the other day when I stumbled on your site. Ya know, for years people have been insisting that the movie I was refering to was 'Ark'. I knew they were waaaay wrong.
Thanks again and keep up the good work!
Dave

Posted by Dave at May 5, 2004 07:16 PM

ok dave help me out again...in 84 or 85 there was a program, probably on nova...or pbs, about two kids i remember them sliding down a huge tunnel that took them to another land or world or something.. the slide was like a water park slide i think it was black and white.. maybe had something to do with aliens.. ring any bells.. i remember watching it in class in fith grade would've been 1984... they had to try to find there way back.. it might have been an actual series but i don't remember enough i think the kids were maybe 9-12 years old...please help...thanks

Posted by shaylene at May 5, 2004 09:36 PM

I am trying to remember a tv show- it may be a false memory. It was a family or group of crime fighting carnival people and Ernest (Know what I mean?) was in it.

Posted by Jason at May 6, 2004 05:53 PM

Vicki (April 24,2004),
It took awhile but I remebered the neame of the boat and thus the title of this made-for-tv flick about a luxury liner that sinks in WWII and their are survivors trapped in an air pocket inside for decades...it was called Goliath Awaits:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082461/

Posted by Dave Cox at May 6, 2004 11:23 PM

Dave,
It was a US show, I think on public television.A lot like the little raskels but a 70's version. Driving me nuts because that's about all I can remember about the show.
Thanks for your help,
Kim

Posted by Kim at May 7, 2004 12:56 AM

hello again... does anyone recall the name of a show about some highschool or college kids and possibly a father or both parents set in a loft apartment.. they had a big red velvet couch and a round table they always sat at.... it was a sitcom may 86 or 87... i remember one of the lead girls in the show had long blond hair.. she later went on to star in other sitcoms and made for tv movies... including one from the same time frame about a girl whose mom remarries a man with a son her same age... and they all live together but the two kids fall in love and try to hide it from the parents who eventually find out anyway... i believe the two kids were friends or seeing eachother first. anyway now ive gone off on a tangent.. but if you remember either of these two shows...names, web links....please post.. thanks for your help.. i love this site

Posted by shaylene at May 7, 2004 01:44 AM

hello again... does anyone recall the name of a show about some highschool or college kids and possibly a father or both parents set in a loft apartment.. they had a big red velvet couch and a round table they always sat at.... it was a sitcom may 86 or 87... i remember one of the lead girls in the show had long blond hair.. she later went on to star in other sitcoms and made for tv movies... including one from the same time frame about a girl whose mom remarries a man with a son her same age... and they all live together but the two kids fall in love and try to hide it from the parents who eventually find out anyway... i believe the two kids were friends or seeing eachother first. anyway now ive gone off on a tangent.. but if you remember either of these two shows...names, web links....please post.. thanks for your help.. i love this site

Posted by shaylene at May 7, 2004 01:44 AM

Jason,

That is no false memory that was a show from 1983 called "The Rousters" which started as a made for tv movie. Also stars Mimi Rogers & Hoyt Axton:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086211/

Posted by Dave Cox at May 7, 2004 11:53 AM

dave ,

thanks for overlooking my question all together , it seems like everyone else gets a reply why not me ? is there any way to figure out the show i have been scrambling my brain to figure out ? it was a childrens show with a person i think called commander , where he drew and taught kids how to draw shapes and shading , and he had different characters to help him out in the show , he drew on a hugh board , of a world that was mostly like cartoon aliens and so fourth , in thier own space cities , it was really cool , and i would really like to know what it was called if you can find out for me , it is most appreciated . thanks

Posted by PV2 Dave B us army at May 9, 2004 07:19 AM

Can anyone remember a show were a man probaly
a vicar and had a boy in a suitcase
this is driving a friend mad for more info on it
so please help

Posted by Terry at May 9, 2004 02:50 PM

Perhaps you could try typing with capital letters, proper punctuations, and correct spellings. Your attempt to turn babbling into a literary style is quite disconcerting to those of us with at least a semblance of an education. Even so, I would name your show if I had the answer.

Posted by Darren at May 11, 2004 02:10 AM

PV2 Dave B,

Sorry I didn't answer your question, I have been trying to research it as I personally don't have a clue on this one. I will keep looking, but as it stands right now: no clue.

Terry,
This is a little vague, and sounds more like an episode or movie than a syndicated show. If you could get more info that would definitely help.

Darren,
Thanks man, this comment was directed at me, even though I don't run this site.

Posted by Dave Cox at May 11, 2004 01:37 PM

Do you know of an early 80's kids sci-fi show with Japanese actors where there was a little boy who would blow a whistle to enlist the help of his 3 friends? 1 blow of the whistle called a little boy rocket, 2 blows of the whistle called the larger mother rocket, and 3 blows of the whistle called the largest father rocket person.

This is driving me nuts. I used to watch it every day after school.

Posted by Art Klugh at May 11, 2004 02:06 PM

HELP!!! ok heres a good one, i need help with a show from around late 70's to 80's (i think)
it was about an old bloke who had a scrapyard and built a rocket to go to the moon, oh i hope someone can help its realy bugging me now!!
thx :)

Posted by Organgrinder at May 11, 2004 06:44 PM

I am trying to recall a show that the main actor killed himself on the set. All I can remember is the theme song being "I need a Hero" Any thoughts?

Posted by rebecca at May 11, 2004 09:54 PM

please.. ive been checking this site faithfully every day and still no response... if you have any info on the two shows i mentioned i would be forever greatfull...i know , dave, your not the official on this site.. but you definately have the answers...if you know nothing of these two shows please make mention so i can stop buggin everyone.. untill then keep up the good work and as always i LOVE this site

Posted by shaylene at May 12, 2004 12:16 AM

Organgrinder,

You are looking for Salvage 1 (the old guy being Andy Griffith) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078681/

Rebecca,
The show was "Cover Up", the song was "Holding Out For A Hero", the year was 1984, and the actor was "Jon-Erik Hexum". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086690/

If you have a second, skim through the previous posts; both these questions have been posted and answered b4, plus lots of other shows from your past that will trigger memories and nostalgia.

Shaylene,

I'm still looking and racking my brain bud

Posted by Dave Cox at May 12, 2004 12:59 PM

Art Klugh,

You are looking for a show from 1967 (showing your age) called "The Space Giants", and it kicked ass! It was a cross between Godzilla, Johnny Sokko & Ultraman, a precursor to Power Rangers. Beware the LUGOMEN!
Check it out: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061299/

Posted by Dave Cox at May 12, 2004 01:13 PM

Thx!!!!! i can sleep now (",)

Posted by Organgrinder at May 12, 2004 01:16 PM

Organgrinder:
You may also be interested in the 1967 movie "The Reluctant Astronaut." This movie starred Don Knotts with pretty much the same overall plot but without Andy Griffith in it.

Posted by Darren at May 12, 2004 06:20 PM

KARINA,
this may be a little info too late but the rags to riches you mentioned was a miniseries or movie in 87.. i remember my sister and i had recorded it and watched it over and over again.. we have since taped over that and lost the movie to our memories but how nice of you to reignite it.. i believe they sang or the movie was a musical....but i know it wasnt an actual tv series.. i know you probably won't read this info but for anybody else there you go...and enjoy...p.s...the name of the movie was infact "rags to riches"

Posted by shaylene at May 13, 2004 12:34 AM

wow, these messages really bring back memories!
a few shows i remember vaguely, was wondering if anyone had any info on them.
first, "tales of the gold monkey" i remember it was in the jungle and at the beginning of the show there was a plane landing on water
a couple of shows on nickelodeon--- turkey t.v.... it had the "gnu news" and some prank phone calls if i remember correctly.
Pinwheel... I can still sing the theme in my head
there was one episode where a puppet buys all the raffle tickets except one and lost.
Automan was pretty cool... was that a delorean he drove?!?
What was the name of the cartoon where the toys would hang from strings and slide from one side to the other? i think it was on around 1988.
Lastly, remember when wheel of fortune had that prize thing at the end of each round, and there was always that crappy ceramic dalmation to buy? you could carry over your money at the end of each round too. "once you buy a prize...its yours to keep"

After reading all these postings, its funny what you remember. Anyways, if anyone has any info, i'd greatly appreciate it.

Posted by russell carroll at May 13, 2004 03:20 AM

Shaylene,

It wouldn't be 'My Two Dads' wold it? I remember a red couch in the shape of a corvetter front. A young giovanni Ribisi starred in this also along with Paul Reiser as one of the dads.

Could someone help please.
All i remember of my 80's (possibly 70's) show is the beginning opened with a young man with very bright eyes in the back of a car leaving (or maybe arriving) at a huge house (possibly a castle). He looked very sad, i think he lost his parents?? He may've had special powers, or maybe had an anger problem (not the hulk) His eyes may've turned yellow??

the opening theme was a very slow and sad tune.

Posted by Trina at May 13, 2004 07:52 AM

...and i think the name of it was one word like 'passion' or something.

Posted by Trina at May 13, 2004 07:56 AM

Okay, surely some of you folks in your 50's and 60's remember this show. It came on in the late 50's or early 60's. A wealthy, successful businessman decides to leave the city and his sophistcated job and move his family to the country to live on a ranch or farm. I think it was a ranch. It was a real adjustment for the family (two kids I think, a boy and a girl). The husband seemed to be away a lot leaving the wife at the ranch to take care of things. She was often trying to repair things on the ranch and of course always mastered the job. The husbands snooty mother often visited from the city and was appalled at how her son and his wife were living. The family however, seemed to be thriving in their new surroundings. I can't remember who starred in it or the name of the show. It was very similar to a show that came on many years later called Apple's Way. Can anyone remember this show besides me? I was about 8 years old at the time, but it was my favorite.

Thanks,
Babs

Posted by babs at May 13, 2004 03:26 PM

thanks trina,,
but my two dads was not the show i was thinking of although i did like that show....the one im thinking of was 2 or 3 kids late teens early twenties...maybe 2 girls and one boy...it was a lot like too close for comfort and came on around the same time frame..still trying to figure this one out.. or even the lifetime like movie.. if anyone knew this girls name that i spoke of then maybe i could look her up and find the name of the old series but until then thanks for all...and keep it up

Posted by shaylene at May 14, 2004 12:53 AM
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