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  1. Too Close for Comfort

    Too Close for Comfort (1980)


    Too Close for Comfort is an American sitcom which ran on the ABC network from November 11, 1980, to May 5, 1983, and in first-run syndication from April 7, 1984, to February 7, 1987. It was modeled after the British series Keep It in the Family, which premiered nine months before Too Close for Comfort debuted in the United States. Its name was changed to The Ted Knight Show when the show was retooled for what would turn out to be its final season.

  2. Search for Tomorrow

    Search for Tomorrow (1951)


    Search for Tomorrow is an American soap opera that aired on CBS from September 3, 1951 to March 26, 1982, and on NBC from March 29, 1982 to December 26, 1986. At the time of its final broadcast, it was the longest-running non-news program on television. This record would later be broken by Hallmark Hall of Fame, which premiered on Christmas Eve 1951 and still airs occasionally.

  3. Trapper John, M.D.

    Trapper John, M.D. (1979)


    Trapper John, M.D. is an American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH. Pernell Roberts portrayed the title character, a lovable surgeon who became a mentor and father figure in San Francisco, California. The show ran on CBS from September 23, 1979, to September 4, 1986. Roberts played the character more than twice as long as had Wayne Rogers (1972–1975) in the series M*A*S*H.

  4. Shaka Zulu

    Shaka Zulu (1986)


    Shaka Zulu (1986) is a television series directed by William C. Faure and written by Joshua Sinclair for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), based on Sinclair's novel of the same name (1985). It is based on the story of the king of the Zulu, Shaka (reigned 1816 to 1828), and the writings of the British traders with whom he interacted. It aired in U.S. syndication. Harmony Gold USA partly funded and distributed Shaka Zulu in spite of the economic sanctions at the time. The series consists of 10 episodes of approximately 50 minutes each in duration.

  5. Riptide

    Riptide (1984)


    Riptide is an American TV detective series that ran on NBC from January 3, 1984 to August 22, 1986, starring Perry King, Joe Penny, and Thom Bray.

  6. Hardcastle and McCormick

    Hardcastle and McCormick (1983)


    Hardcastle and McCormick is an American action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown on ABC from 1983 through 1986. The series stars Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and Daniel Hugh Kelly as ex-con and race car driver Mark "Skid" McCormick. The series premise was somewhat recycled from a previous Cannell series, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe.

  7. The Paper Chase

    The Paper Chase (1978)


    The Paper Chase is an American television series based on a 1970 novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr., as well as a 1973 film based on the novel. It follows the lives of law student James T. Hart and his classmates at Harvard Law School.

  8. The Merv Griffin Show

    The Merv Griffin Show (1962)


    The Merv Griffin Show was an American television talk show, starring Merv Griffin. The series ran from October 1, 1962 to March 29, 1963 on NBC, May 1965 to August 15, 1969 in first-run syndication, from August 18, 1969 to February 11, 1972 at 11:30 PM ET weeknights on CBS and again in first-run syndication from February 14, 1972 to September 5, 1986.

  9. Misfits of Science

    Misfits of Science (1985)


    Misfits of Science is an American superhero fantasy television series that aired on NBC from October 1985 to February 1986. It features super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. A double-length pilot and 15 additional episodes were created; however, one episode did not air before the show was cancelled due to low ratings (due to competition from CBS's Top 10 hit Dallas).

  10. Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi

    Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984)


    Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (literal meaning: 'This Life As It Is') is a sitcom that was popular on Indian television; it aired for the first time in 1984. It was written by comedy writer Sharad Joshi and directed by Kundan Shah, S. S. Oberoi and Raman Kumar.

  11. Albion Market

    Albion Market (1985)


    Albion Market was a short-lived British soap opera, set in a covered market in Salford in the northwest of England. It was intended as a companion to Coronation Street on ITV.

  12. Crazy Like a Fox

    Crazy Like a Fox (1984)


    Crazy Like a Fox is an American television series set in San Francisco, California, that aired on CBS from December 30, 1984 to May 3, 1986.

  13. Just Good Friends

    Just Good Friends (1983)


    Just Good Friends was a British sitcom written by John Sullivan. It starred Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis as former lovers Vincent Pinner and Penny Warrender, who meet in a pub five years after he jilted her at the altar.

  14. Jonny Quest

    Jonny Quest (1964)


    Jonny Quest – often casually referred to as The Adventures of Jonny Quest – is an American science fiction/adventure animated television series about a boy who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems, and created and designed by comic book artist Doug Wildey.

  15. The Joker's Wild

    The Joker's Wild (1972)


    The Joker's Wild is an American television game show that aired at different times during the 1970s through the 1990s. Contestants answered questions based on categories that were determined randomly by a mechanism resembling a slot machine. The show's title refers to the game's slot-machine mechanism also having jokers.

  16. Fast Times

    Fast Times (1986)


    Fast Times is a seven-episode 1986 television remake of the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High that was produced by Amy Heckerling, who directed the original film. Cameron Crowe, who penned the original Fast Times novel and film screenplay, served as creative consultant. Moon Unit Zappa participated as a technical consultant. She was hired in order to research slang terms and mannerisms of teenagers, as she had just graduated from high school at the time and had a much better grasp of then-current high school behavior than the writers. Oingo Boingo provided the theme song.

  17. Fresh Fields

    Fresh Fields (1984)


    Fresh Fields is a British sitcom starring Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers. A ratings success at the time, it was written by John Chapman and produced by Thames Television for ITV, running for four series between 7 March 1984 and 23 October 1986.

  18. La dama de rosa

    La dama de rosa (1986)


    La dama de rosa (English: "The Lady in Pink") (1986) is a successful Venezuelan telenovela that was produced by and seen on Venezuela's Radio Caracas Televisión.

  19. First Among Equals

    First Among Equals (1986)


    First Among Equals is a ten-part serial based on Jeffrey Archer's 1984 novel First Among Equals, produced by Granada Television for the ITV network and first shown in 1986.

  20. Philip Marlowe, Private Eye

    Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983)


    Philip Marlowe, Private Eye is an American mystery series that aired on HBO in the United States from April 16, 1983 through June 3, 1986, and on ITV in the United Kingdom. The series features Powers Boothe as Raymond Chandler's titular character, and was the first drama produced for HBO.

  21. The Berenstain Bears

    The Berenstain Bears (1985)


    The Berenstain Bears Show is an Australian-American animated comedy television series based on Stan and Jan Berenstain's Berenstain Bears children's book series, produced by Hanna-Barbera and Southern Star Productions.

  22. Blacke's Magic

    Blacke's Magic (1986)


    Blacke's Magic is an American crime drama series that aired on NBC from January to May 1986. The series stars Hal Linden as magician Alexander Blacke who, with some help from his con-man father Leonard (Harry Morgan), solves mysteries that get in the way of his performances. The series aired for a total of thirteen episodes and featured crimes that tested logic against seemingly magical crimes. The stories were not so much whodunits as "how-he-do-its," for Alex Blacke often had to turn detective to solve the mysteries.

  23. He's the Mayor

    He's the Mayor (1986)


    He's the Mayor is an American television sitcom that first aired on ABC on January 10, 1986 on Friday Night at 9:30pm. It starred Kevin Hooks as a 25-year-old man who is elected mayor of his hometown.

  24. Melba

    Melba (1986)


    Melba is an American television sitcom which aired on CBS from January 28, 1986 until September 13, 1986. The series was a vehicle for singer/actress Melba Moore.

  25. Life with Lucy

    Life with Lucy (1986)


    Life with Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball. It ran for one season on ABC from September 20 to November 15, 1986. Only 8 out of the 13 ordered episodes were filmed before ABC cancelled the series. Unlike Ball's previous sitcoms, Life with Lucy was critically panned and a ratings flop. In 2002, TV Guide named Life with Lucy the twenty-sixth worst TV series of all time.

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