Beakman's World

Beakman’s World

In the 50s, there was Mr. Wizard’s World to explain the ways of science to young television viewers. The torch, or Bunsen burner, as it were, was passed in the 90s to Beakman’s World, an educational series featuring a scientist with humongous hair named Beakman, who would answer questions sent in by young viewers. Continue reading...

Soap

Soap

Two sisters, with different and rather dysfunctional families were the focus of the controversial ABC sitcom, Soap, which arrived on the airwaves in 1977 and redefined what was acceptable to talk about on television. Often bizarre, usually hilarious, Soap broke down barriers and introduced America to the most colorful characters ever seen on a soap opera. Considering the usual fodder of daytime soap operas, that’s saying something. Continue reading...

Welcome Back Kotter

Welcome Back, Kotter

You can go home again. Or so Gabe Kotter discovered. Plenty of people head back to high school for a ten-year reunion, stick around a few days, and realize things aren't quite like we thought they'd be ten years before. But Gabe came back to Brooklyn's James Buchanan High for a much longer stay - this time as the enemy, a teacher- in the hit 70s sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. Continue reading...

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

The idyllic sitcoms of the 60s rarely presented the struggles of single parents raising children. Perhaps that's why The Courtship of Eddie's Father still resonates with viewers after all these years. Debuting in 1969, the series didn't achieve the same syndication love as its fellow sitcoms from the era, but enough so to maintain a legion of fans who considered the title character to be their fantasy father figure. Continue reading...

The Gong Show

The Gong Show

The Gong Show wasn't the first televised amateur show, but it was definitely the most extreme. Literally anyone who was willing to face the shame of being 'gonged' could step up to the stage and present their disputable talents to millions of viewers. The result was a cavalcade of some of the most bizarre entertainment ever televised, as The Gong Show carved out its own personal niche in history. Continue reading...

Let's Make a Deal

Let’s Make a Deal

If there is one thing that contestents of Let's Make a Deal could have really used it is X-ray vision. Instead, they had to rely on pure intuition as they decided whether to take Monty's modest cash offering or instead reveal what lurked behind one of three doors. Choose wisely and the sky was the limit. Choose poorly and you might just become a proud parent to a new llama. Continue reading...

Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons

If you ever fantasized about arcade games in your living room, a car-shaped bed, or just living with Ricky Schroder, then Silver Spoons was right up your alley. This kid-friendly sitcom arrived in the 80s and quickly became a favorite among the school age set. Continue reading...

St. Elsewhere

St. Elsewhere

The formula for 80s cop drama Hill St. Blues proved so successful that Hollywood execs decided to try it in a hospital setting. The result was St. Elsewhere, a poignant and gritty drama that kept fans entertained for six seasons as they followed the daily lives of a staff of doctors and a collection of colorful patients at St. Eligius, a run down teaching hospital in Boston. Continue reading...