Star Search

Star Search

Long before there was an American Idol or an America's Got Talent, there was only one way for amateurs to get their shot at stardom on national television. You had to go through Johnny Carson’s old sidekick Ed McMahon, who hosted one of the most successful talent shows of all time. For twelve seasons, America got a chance to watch up-and-coming vocalists, spokesmodels and comedians battle it out in a televised competition known as Star Search. And, during its lengthy run, it managed to churn out a whole gaggle of performers that would go on to much bigger and better endeavors in their careers. 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...

Punky Brewster

Punky Brewster

Only the most hardened heart could refuse to soften a little when faced with a little orphaned girl. Just ask Annie, just ask Pippi, just ask Heidi. Now, put a spunky and self-confident little orphan alongside a cantankerous old codger, an odd couple if there ever was one, and you have a recipe for heart-string tugging like no other. Such was the power of Punky Brewster. Continue reading...

The Little Rascals

The Little Rascals

Between 1922 and 1948, comedic film director Hal Roach created a total of 220 film shorts under the name Our Gang. Featuring over 41 different child actors over the years, the beloved shorts chronicled the adventures of a group of children who lived in a poverty-stricken neighborhood together. In the early 50s, thanks to the enormous popularity of the series, MGM took 80 of the shorts and packaged them for television as The Little Rascals. And, in the decades that followed, millions of former kids sat mesmerized by the hilarious antics and colorful characters. A staple of syndicated television for many years, they still hold a fond place in our hearts. Continue reading...

The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch

If you have been around a television set within the last 30 years, you likely know the rest of the words to this catchy little ditty that started the show each week on one of the most endearing and enduring (at least in syndication) sitcoms to ever grace the airwaves – The Brady Bunch. Join us as we take a look back at this beloved series that greeted many of us after a long day of school - exposing us to a family unlike any we had ever encountered before. Continue reading...

DuckTales

“Life is like a hurricane, here in Duckburg…” “Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it’s a duck blur, You might solve a mystery, or rewrite history, DuckTales, woo-oo!” (Oh, come on, you know the words!) With its ‘tales of derring-do, bad and good luck tales’ (A-woo-ooh!), DuckTales made its foray into daily syndication in the fall of [...] Continue reading...

Dance Fever

Dance-Fever

If you were a disco fan in the late 1970s, there was one television show you could tune into to get your weekly fix - Dance Fever. This amateur dance competition was hosted by Deney Terrio, the disco icon who became famous by teaching John Travolta how to get down in the movie Saturday Night Fever. Let's take a look back at this fondly remembered show. Continue reading...

The Muppet Show

The Muppet Show

It’s understood that most kids adore puppets. Adults, on the other hand, don’t usually pay much attention. Under the masterful guidance of Jim Henson, however, a weekly variety show called The Muppet Show emerged in September of 1976 and proceeded to win the affection of millions of fans of all ages. Still enormously popular, the [...] Continue reading...

A Look Back at Soul Train

Today, we look back at one of the grooviest, funkiest shows to ever hit the television airwaves. Providing an R&B alternative to the long-running American Bandstand, audiences tuned in for over 35 years to take a ride on the Soul Train. Created and hosted by Chicago radio DJ, Don Cornelius, it remains the “longest-running, first-run, [...] Continue reading...