Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Traditionally, when a film is only marginally successful at the box office, the likelihood of it ever spawning a television series is slim at best. Even more rare is when anyone associated with such a film decides to make the transition into television. But Buffy the Vampire Slayer apparently wasn’t concerned by these preconceptions, because it proceeded to render them null. Not only was this 90s series far more successful than the original film, it also had creator and screenwriter Joss Whedon at the helm. Traditions be damned. Continue reading...

Bump in the Night

Bump in the Night

Bedroom-dwelling monsters, those things that go bump in the night, have suffered from some pretty bad PR over the years. It would take the popular 90s series, Bump in the Night, to shed some new light on the creatures who lurk in the shadows and show them to be the friendly companions they truly are. Continue reading...

Candid Camera

Candid Camera

Long before the perpetual era of “reality TV" took foothold, a mischievous little series called Candid Camera offered us all the opportunity to laugh at other people on television. It also encouraged millions of viewers to ponder the unsettling realization that someone, somewhere, might just be pointing a camera at them. Continue reading...

Captain Kangaroo

Captain Kangaroo

Every morning, he opened the door to his Treasure House and invited millions of kids to share an easygoing hour of laughter and learning. He wore a jacket with giant pockets, and thus came his name. And, thanks to his efforts, Captain Kangaroo became one of the longest running children’s programs in network television history (only Sesame Street bested the Captain). Continue reading...

CB Bears

CB Bears

Like pet rocks and mood rings, the Citizen's Band radio craze hit the 70's hard and fast. Spurred on by the success of the C.W. McCall song "Convoy," the popularity of C.B. radios skyrocketed, moving from truckers' rigs into private residences. The cries of "Breaker, Breaker" and "10-4 Good Buddy" could be heard for miles around. The song inspired a movie starring Kris Kristofferson and Ernest Borgnine, and eventually the craze manifested itself in a Saturday morning cartoon called CB Bears. Continue reading...

CBS Storybreak

CBS Storybreak

Children's literacy got some televised attention in the 80s, thanks to the popular PBS series, Reading Rainbow. Not to be outdone, CBS rolled out their own book-based Saturday morning series. CBS Storybreak offered animated versions of popular literature hosted by a familiar face to every young television fan of the era, Captain Kangaroo. Continue reading...

Charles in Charge

Charles in Charge

Scott Baio was a hot ticket item in the early 80s, fresh off of his stints on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. Though nobody would consider the latter a success, TV execs decided the time was right to try him in a new series, something without quite as much spin-off baggage. Girls were desperate for another television dose of the hunky celebrity. Enter Charles in Charge. Continue reading...

Charlies Angels

Charlie’s Angels

When Aaron Spelling first introduced the ground-breaking television series Charlie’s Angels in 1976, it was a radical concept. No longer were women relegated to the role of helpless victim or happy homemaker. For the first time, they were gun-wielding crime fighters, perfectly capable of putting their male adversaries in their place. It was brave new territory, and it proved enormously successful. Continue reading...