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...

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...

Josie and the Pussycats

Josie and the Pussycats

Josie wasn’t always a pussycat. In the late 60’s, this future feline rocker was simply Josie, star of her own Archie comic book about the adventures of Josie and her best friend, Melody. But with the musical success of The Archies on the rise, it was determined by the creators that it might not be such a bad thing if Josie and Melody started up their own group. And so was born, Josie and the Pussycats. Continue reading...

Kung Fu

Kung Fu

If ever there were an example of “East meets West” in prime time broadcasting, it was Kung Fu, a show that followed the travels of a usually pacifist Chinese Shaolin monk through the American Old West. In the course of his journey, the quiet and introverted refugee faced numerous injustices and prejudices, most of which required him to eventually show off his martial arts mastery. Continue reading...

Emergency!

Emergency!

Back in the 70s, the residents of the City of Angels could rest a little easier knowing that paramedics Gage and DeSoto were on the job. And viewers across the country tuned in each week to watch them dutifully, and often heroically, come to the assistance of injured citizens in the hit television show, Emergency! Continue reading...

The Bugaloos

The Bugaloos

While The Beatles may have been the first insect-inspired foursome, another quartet of musical misfits came along a few years after their breakup. And unlike Paul McCartney’s solo band, these guys actually wore wings. Straight from the depths of the Tranquility Forest, it’s that lovable flying fab four, The Bugaloos! Continue reading...

Star Trek

Star Trek

Considering the pop culture status that Star Trek has achieved over the decades, it is hard to fathom that the original series that started it all was not an initial success by any stretch of the imagination. And yet, it found its greatest prosperity long after it had been cancelled, as later generations realized just how compelling and unique the show really was. And, over forty years after its debut in 1966, its legacy is nothing short of astounding. Those 80 original episodes spawned five successful spin-off series, an animated Saturday morning series, and 11 feature-length films - not to mention enough books, toys and other merchandising to fill a small galaxy. Throw in the legions of loyal devotees known as "Trekkies," who congregate at conventions all over the world, and it becomes clear that Star Trek will continue to have an impact for years to come. Continue reading...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Take a group of robots, add some strange monsters to the mix and throw in a generous helping of Kung Fu, and you have the attention of just about every red-blooded kid in existence. This recipe of entertainment was offered up in the mega hit series of the 90s, a surreal series called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. And, like any respectable robot show, an onslaught of toys would follow close behind, making the Power Rangers a lucrative success. Continue reading...