Night Court

Night Court

Who knew that the American justice system could be so bawdy? You can thank Night Court for that little revelation. Through nine prime time seasons, this hit sitcom turned a New York City courtroom into a den of naughty humor. It wasn't that Night Court was just about sex; it's just that the libidinous parts were the ones the kids stayed up to watch. Continue reading...

Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

Perhaps one of the most fondly remembered live-action series to ever grace the Saturday morning airwaves, Land of the Lost stranded a family of modern humans in a prehistoric setting where they had to contend with underdeveloped technology, strange people and of course, a few hungry dinosaurs. The brainchild of iconic children’s show producers, Sid and Marty Krofft, Land of the Lost was far from being just typical campy and kooky Saturday morning fare; it was a well-written and ambitious offering and its continued popularity is a testament to its quality. Continue reading...

Jonny Quest

Jonny Quest

Just about every kid of the 70s, at least those who had access to a TV on Saturday morning, remembers Jonny Quest. The reason is simple: there was hardly a time that the Hanna-Barbera produced series wasn’t on TV. From 1967 through most of the 70s, and even into the 80s, kids have been following the adventures of Johnny and his pals. That’s some surprising longevity considering that only 26 episodes of the original animated series were ever produced. Continue reading...

Battle of the Network Stars

Battle of the Network Stars

Remember back when there were only three major networks on TV? ABC, NBC and CBS each fought vigorously for their slice of the ratings pie. While viewers might not have been privy to the cutthroat nature of the business behind the scenes, they were at least able to get a glimpse of their favorite stars try to best each other on the wildly popular Battle of the Network Stars. Continue reading...

BJ and the Bear

BJ and the Bear

After years of being reminded that a dog is man's best friend, we learned in the 70s that primates make pretty good pals as well, especially when one is driving a truck. First, we saw Clint Eastwood traveling the nation's highways with his sidekick orangutan in two successful movies, Every Which Way But Loose, and the follow-up, Every Which Way You Can. Then, as network executives began to see the potential of such an interspecies pairing, we were treated to a lighthearted weekly series called BJ and the Bear. Continue reading...

Diff'rent Strokes

Diff’rent Strokes

Despite the curious mid-word contraction, Diff’rent Strokes certainly made its mark in sitcom history, appealing to a wide audience during its original run in the late 70s-early 80s and during syndication later on. Thanks to a cherubic young star, and aided by an incredibly catchy theme song, the series was immensely popular and still resonates in pop culture today. Continue reading...

Kidd Video

Kidd Video

With the enormous success of MTV in the early 80s, it was only a matter of time before Saturday morning programming took advantage of the power of music video and worked it into a live action/animation hybrid. The result of this merger was a memorable little show called Kidd Video. Continue reading...

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

Physics needn't be boring, it just needs a healthy dose of humor and drama, not to mention a couple of colorful characters to liven things up a bit. Debuting on NBC in 1989, Quantum Leap put a unique twist on time-travel, with the main character, Dr. Sam Beckett, actually inhabiting the bodies of various people living in the past. That included women, kids and, in one memorable episode, a chimp. Things often went comically wrong, and when they did ... Oh, Boy. Continue reading...