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  1. In the Heat of the Night

    In the Heat of the Night (1988)


    In the Heat of the Night is an American drama television series based on the 1967 film and the 1965 novel of the same title. It starred Carroll O'Connor as white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as black police detective Virgil Tibbs. It was broadcast on NBC from 1988 until 1992, then on CBS until May 1995. Its executive producers were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett and Carroll O'Connor.

  2. Mahabharat

    Mahabharat (1988)


    Mahabharat is an Indian television series based on the Hindu epic of the same name. The 94-episode Hindi series originally ran from 2 October 1988 to 24 June 1990 on DD National. It was produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his son Ravi Chopra. The music was composed by Rajkamal. The script was written by the Urdu poet Rahi Masoom Raza, based on the original story by Vyasa. Costumes for the series were provided by Maganlal Dresswala.

  3. Just the Ten of Us

    Just the Ten of Us (1988)


    Just the Ten of Us is an American sitcom starring stand-up comedian Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach Graham Lubbock, a teacher and the head of a large Catholic family with eight children living in Eureka, California. The series is a spin-off of Growing Pains, in which Kirchenbauer portrayed the same character on a recurring basis. As the series progressed, Coach Lubbock's four eldest daughters, the teenagers Marie (Heather Langenkamp), Cindy (Jamie Luner), Wendy (Brooke Theiss), and Connie (JoAnn Willette), became the primary focus of the show.

  4. Family Feud

    Family Feud (1976)


    Family Feud is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson where two families compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions in order to win cash and prizes.

  5. China Beach

    China Beach (1988)


    China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, nicknamed "China Beach" in English by American and Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. The ABC TV drama aired for four seasons, from 1988 to 1991.

  6. Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988)


    Whose Line Is It Anyway? is a short-form improvisational comedy show originating as a short-lived British radio programme, before moving to British television in 1988. Following the conclusion of the British run in 1999, ABC began airing an American version, which ran until 2007 and was later revived by The CW in 2013.

  7. Guns of Paradise

    Guns of Paradise (1988)


    Paradise (later renamed Guns of Paradise) is an American Western family television series, broadcast by CBS from 1988 to 1991. Created by David Jacobs and Robert Porter, the series presents the adventures of fictitious gunfighter Ethan Allen Cord, whose sister left her four children in his custody when she died.

  8. Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop

    Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop (1988)


    Katts and Dog is a French and Canadian-produced television series which ran from 1988 to 1993. It was known as Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop in the United States where it originally aired on CBN Cable/The Family Channel (now Freeform) and Rintintin Junior in France on La Cinq. CTV broadcast the series within Canada.

  9. The Gong Show

    The Gong Show (1976)


    The Gong Show is an amateur talent contest franchised by Sony Pictures Television to many countries. It was broadcast on NBC's daytime schedule from June 14, 1976, through July 21, 1978, and in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989. The show was produced by Chuck Barris, who also served as host for the NBC run and from 1977 to 1980 in syndication. The show is best remembered for its absurdist humor and style, often awarding participants ridiculous and worthless prizes.

  10. Fauji

    Fauji (1988)


    Fauji (Devanagari: फौजी, Nastaliq: فوجی, translation: "Soldier") (1989) was a TV series following the training of an Indian Army commando regiment that aired on India's national channel DD National in 1989. It was produced by New Film Addicts pvt ltd. Colonel Raj Kapoor was a Director in this company. Fauji starring Shahrukh Khan that went on to become a mega success. This was not his debut role as is popularly believed. His debut role in TV serials was in Dil Dariya where he went quite unnoticed. The character of Abhimanyu Rai was based on the exploits of Lt Col Sanjoy Bannerji of the Bombay Sappers, Indian Army.

  11. Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible (1988)


    Mission: Impossible is an American television series that chronicles the missions of a team of secret American government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). The show is a revival of the 1966 TV series of the same name. The only actor to return for the series as a regular cast member was Peter Graves who played Jim Phelps, although two other cast members from the original series (Greg Morris and Lynda Day George) returned as guest stars. The only other regular cast member (unseen) to return for every episode was the voice of "The Tape" (in this series, "The Disc"), Bob Johnson.

  12. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988)


    The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is an American Saturday morning animated children's television series produced by Walt Disney Television that ran from January 17, 1988 to October 26, 1991, inspired by A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories. It has been released on VHS and DVD.

  13. Mystery Science Theater 3000

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988)


    Mystery Science Theater 3000, abbreviated MST3K, is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. The show premiered on KTMA in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 24, 1988. It later aired on The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central for another six seasons until its cancellation in 1997. Through a fan-driven write-in campaign, the show was picked up by The Sci-Fi Channel and aired for another three seasons until its final cancellation in August 1999. The series ran for eleven years, with 197 episodes, and one feature film. The show also spun off The Mystery Science Theater Hour, a sixty-episode syndication package created by dividing selected episodes into halves.

  14. Day by Day

    Day by Day (1988)


    Day by Day is an American sitcom starring Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith (all in 33 episodes), and Thora Birch (21 episodes). Day by Day was telecast from February 29, 1988, through June 25, 1989, on NBC.

  15. El extraño Retorno de Diana Salazar

    El extraño Retorno de Diana Salazar (1988)


    El extraño retorno de Diana Salazar (English title: The Strange Return of Diana Salazar) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carlos Téllez for Televisa in 1988. It is an unusual example of a telenovela which addresses supernatural topics. The telenovela was two stories one located in Zacatecas, New Spain on 1627 and another in Mexico City on 1988 in which a woman accused of witch who was burned by the Holy Inquisition, reincarnated in a young girl who seeks to find the reason for his constant nightmares where he died burned.

  16. Two Most Honorable Knights

    Two Most Honorable Knights (1988)


    Two Most Honorable Knights is a Hong Kong television series adapted from Gu Long's novel Juedai Shuangjiao. The series was first aired on TVB in Hong Kong in 1988.

  17. Abigail

    Abigail (1988)


    Abigail (1988-1989) is a Venezuelan telenovela that was produced by and seen on Venezuela's Radio Caracas Televisión. It was written by Elizabeth Alezard, Alberto Gómez, Mariana Luján, Amparo Montalva, and María Helena Portas and directed by Tito Rojas. This telenovela lasted 257 episodes and was distributed internationally by RCTV International.

  18. TV 101

    TV 101 (1988)


    TV 101 is an American drama series that aired on CBS from 1988 until 1989. The series stars Sam Robards, Brynn Thayer, Leon Russom and Andrew Cassese. Other notable cast members include Stacey Dash, Teri Polo, Alex Désert and Matt LeBlanc. The music for this show was created and produced by Todd Rundgren.

  19. Dulce desafío

    Dulce desafío (1988)


    Dulce Desafío (Sweet Challenge) is a Mexican telenovela starring Adela Noriega and Eduardo Yáñez.

  20. Saturday Night's Main Event

    Saturday Night's Main Event (1985)


    The Main Event was a professional wrestling television program produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It was a spin-off of the show WWF Saturday Night's Main Event and occasionally aired on NBC on Friday nights. Only the first three The Main Event episodes were shown live on NBC. The final two were taped and then shown on NBC at a later date. It mainly featured the high-card wrestlers of the WWF including Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

  21. Kevin Arnold

    Kevin Arnold


    The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Carol Black and Neal Marlens. It ran for six seasons on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988 after ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXII.

  22. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat (1988)


    HeartBeat is an American television series in the medical drama genre. The series aired for two seasons on ABC from March 1988 to April 1989.

  23. Aaron's Way

    Aaron's Way (1988)


    Aaron's Way is a 1988 American family drama series that aired on NBC. The series stars Merlin Olsen as Aaron Miller, the husband and father of an Amish family that moves to California. The series follows the attempts of family members to adapt to Californian culture while retaining their personal values. Also appearing on the series were Samantha Mathis and Belinda Montgomery.

  24. Hannay

    Hannay (1988)


    Hannay was a 1988 spin-off from the 1978 film version of John Buchan's novel The Thirty-Nine Steps which had starred Robert Powell as Richard Hannay.

  25. The Sports Reporters

    The Sports Reporters (1988)


    The Sports Reporters is a sports talk show that airs on ESPN at 9:30 a.m. ET every Sunday morning (and replayed at 10:30 a.m. ET the same day on ESPN2). It is broadcast from Bristol, Connecticut at the main ESPN studios. However, before 1999, it was broadcast from a studio in Manhattan. and from 1999-2010 it was recorded at the ESPN Zone at Times Square in Manhattan before it closed. The format of the show is a roundtable discussion among four sports media personalities, with one regular host and three rotating guests. The show began in 1988, patterned to some extent after the Chicago-based syndicated show called Sportswriters on TV.

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