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, Star Search. 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

If the names Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Spanky and Froggy make you feel nostalgic, you probably grew up watching a syndicated series of entertaining black and white short films called The Little Rascals. Though they may have fallen somewhat off the radar in recent decades, this precocious group of kids provided countless laughs in decades past with their amusing predicaments and unforgettable personalities. Continue reading...

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...

Dance Fever

Dance Fever

If you were a disco fan in the late 1970s, there was one television show you could count on 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 - and he had plenty of moves to demonstrate on this popular series. Continue reading...

The Muppet Show

The Muppet Show

Under the masterful guidance of Jim Henson, 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 120 episodes of The Muppet Show will likely continue to entertain children and adults alike for decades to come, making us laugh ourselves silly in a way that few variety shows have ever achieved. Continue reading...