Star Trek: The Next Generati

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Surprisingly enough, the original Star Trek television series wasn’t all that popular when it first debuted in the 60s. But in the decades that followed, it achieved a cult-like status that few shows have ever equaled. For the most rabid of fans, annual conventions and fan-written books just didn’t satiate their appetite; they pleaded for some new Trek on TV. They finally got their wish in 1987, with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation. As an added bonus, original creator Gene Roddenberry returned to the helm, serving as executive producer. Continue reading...

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Years before theater audiences were introduced to a friendly little alien with a glowing finger and a penchant for Reece's Pieces, director Steven Spielberg offered another compelling tale about visitors from another planet. Having recently put his name on the map with a little summer blockbuster called Jaws, he would switch to the science fiction genre in 1977. The result was Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and audiences would never look at the skies (or a clump of mashed potatoes, for that matter) in quite the same way. Continue reading...

Escape to Witch Mountain

Escape to Witch Mountain

A classic film in the Disney live-action arsenal, Escape to Witch Mountain was a 1975 feature based on Alexander Key’s 1968 sci-fi book about young orphaned siblings that display mysterious psychic powers. More eerie than scary, it charmed millions of young moviegoers, who still hold a fond place in their heart for this timeless offering. 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...

Knight Rider

Knight Rider

After the short-lived sitcom from the 60s, My Mother the Car, television viewers would have to wait almost two decades before a network ventured into talking car territory again as part of the prime time lineup. It was worth the wait, and NBC scored a big hit with a talking car named K.I.T.T in the weekly 80s series Knight Rider. Continue reading...

WarGames

WarGames

Home computers were quite the fad in the early 80s but most people didn’t know what exactly could be accomplished with them other than very simple word processing programs and rudimentary games. WarGames, released in 1983, showed the world the advantages (and disadvantages) to be had from computers’ increasingly important role in our lives. Continue reading...

Small Wonder

Small Wonder

Every once in a while, a premise is so patently ridiculous that it wins the hearts of many, thanks to its unbridled absurdity. And there might not have ever been a stronger contender for the top of the “you’ve got to be kidding” list than Small Wonder, a strangely endearing show about the lives of the Lawson family, who possessed a little, closely-guarded secret – their youngest child was actually a robot. Continue reading...

The Bionic Woman

The Bionic Woman

America caught its first glimpse of female superhero Jaime Summers when she appeared on a special two-part episode of the popular prime-time series, The Six Million Dollar Man, circa 1975. The long-lost love interest of Steve Austin, Jamie and her bionic boyfriend hoped to rekindle that high school romance. Then, she became crippled in a tragic parachuting accident and a distraught Steve pleaded with his boss, Oscar Goldman, to use some high-tech healing power on his lady friend. Continue reading...