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The TV Shows of 1981
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TV Show: Only Fools and Horses ( 1981 )
Classic John Sullivan sitcom set in south London, centred on hapless market trader Del Boy, his brother Rodney, the rest of the Trotter clan and a host of Peckham characters.
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TV Show: Hill Street Blues ( 1981 )
The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.
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TV Show: Dynasty ( 1981 )
The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, lost in childhood after a kidnapping; Fallon, pampered and spoiled; Steven, openly gay; and Amanda, hidden from him by his ex-wife, the conniving Alexis. Most of the show features the conflict between 2 large corporations, Blake's Denver Carrington and Alexis' Colby Co. Passion, glamour, catfights, and the biggest shoulder pads in Denver. Dynasty was the primetime soap fueled by an all-star cast and "sexsational" storylines. Relive the wrestling matches between Alexis and Krystle, Steven's scandalous romances, Fallon's affairs with practically everybody, and of course, the power struggles at Denver-Carrington, led by the magnetic Blake Carrington.
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TV Show: Cagney & Lacey ( 1982 )
Cagney & Lacey is a police procedural about two New York City police detectives who live very different lives. Christine Cagney is a single, career-minded woman, while Mary Beth Lacey is a married working mother. The series was set in a fictionalized version of Manhattan's 14th Precinct (known as "Midtown South").
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TV Show: The Greatest American Hero ( 1981 )
A group of aliens gives Ralph Hinkley a red suit that grants him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately Ralph immediately loses its instruction booklet, and thus has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error, often with comical results.
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TV Show: The Fall Guy ( 1981 )
Colt Seavers is a stunt man moonlighting as a bounty hunter who uses Hollywood stunt tactics to capture criminals.
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TV Show: Falcon Crest ( 1981 )
The series revolves around the feuding factions of the wealthy Gioberti/Channing family in the Californian wine industry. Jane Wyman starred as Angela Channing, the tyrannical matriarch of the Falcon Crest Winery, alongside Robert Foxworth as Chase Gioberti, Angela's nephew who returns to Falcon Crest after the death of his father. The series was set in the fictitious Tuscany Valley (modeled after the Napa Valley) northeast of San Francisco.
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TV Show: Bergerac ( 1981 )
Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, DS Jim Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.
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TV Show: Simon & Simon ( 1981 )
Rick and AJ Simon are two brothers working as private investigators in San Diego, California. They have different ideas on how to solve problems: Rick more laid back while AJ is more business-like and thier cases take them all over California as well as Hawai'i and France. They are more than brothers, they are the best of friends.
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TV Show: Gimme a Break! ( 1981 )
Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper agrees to be a housekeeper for the Kanisky household as a favor to her late friend, Margaret Huffman Kanisky, who was the wife of police chief Carl Kanisky. Nell also serves as a parent to the Chief's three daughters, Katie, Julie, and Samantha.
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TV Show: Entertainment Tonight ( 1981 )
Entertainment Tonight (stylized as ET), is a daily tabloid entertainment television news show that is syndicated by CBS Television Distribution throughout the United States, in Canada on Global, and in many countries around the world. Until the start of the 2013-14 television season, the program made the claim that it is "the most watched entertainment news magazine in the world" (though by what measures this claim was verified was never revealed). It is the longest-running entertainment news program, with its first broadcast on September 14, 1981, and was the first syndicated program distributed via satellite. Ron Hendren was one of the original co-hosts, with Marjorie Wallace and Tom Hallick. Six weeks in, Ron Hendren and Dixie Whatley became the sole co-hosts. In 1982, Dixie Whatley was replaced by Mary Hart, and Ron Hendren and Mary Hart co-hosted until Hendren's departure in 1984. Mary Hart served as the show's primary anchor from 1985 until her departure on May 20, 2011. Mark Steines and Nancy O'Dell took on the roles of primary hosts of the show once Hart left. O'Dell then became the sole host of the show after Steines left the show on July 27, 2012. Rob Marciano became Nancy O'Dell's permanent co-host on January 7, 2013, and was replaced by Kevin Frazier in September 2014.
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TV Show: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ( 1981 )
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a BBC television adaptation of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy broadcast in January and February 1981 on UK television station BBC Two. The adaptation follows the original radio series in 1978 and 1980, the first novel and double LP, in 1979, and the stage shows, in 1979 and 1980, making it the fifth iteration of the guide.
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TV Show: The Smurfs ( 1976 )
The Smurfs is a comic and television franchise centered on a group of small blue fictional creatures called Smurfs, created and first introduced as a series of comic strips by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) on October 23, 1958. The original term and the accompanying language came during a meal Peyo was having with his colleague and friend André Franquin at the Belgian Coast. Having momentarily forgotten the word "salt", Peyo asked him (in French) to pass the schtroumpf. Franquin jokingly replied: "Here's the Schtroumpf — when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back..." and the two spent the rest of that weekend speaking in "schtroumpf language". The name was later translated into Dutch as Smurf, which was adopted in English.
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TV Show: Bret Maverick ( 1981 )
In this continuation of the 'Maverick' series, poker player and conman Bret Maverick moves to the town of Sweetwater, AZ, and tries to take up a normal life as a cattle breeder. However, Brett's past and the troubles of Sweetwater won't leave him alone, and he soon finds himself putting his skills to use to help out his fellow citizens.
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TV Show: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends ( 1981 )
Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Bobby Drake (Iceman), and Angelica Jones (Firestar) are all college students at Empire State University. After working together to defeat the Beetle and recovering the "Power Booster" he stole from Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) the trio decide to team-up permanently as the Spider-Friends.
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TV Show: SCTV Network 90 ( 1981 )
After a successful Canadian run as Second City TV on Global and SCTV on CBC, the cast packed up and moved to America (theoretically) when NBC offered them a timeslot under the title SCTV Network 90. With them, they brought their unique, quirky characters, their personalities, and the shows they had appeared on. Dick Blasucci had begun writing for the cast in their second series, SCTV, and joined them here, serving as a recurring straight man for the characters. Tony Rosato and Robin Duke wrote scripts at the beginning of the show as they had before, until quickly leaving to write and perform for Saturday Night Live. The appeal of SCTV Network 90, however, doesn't only come from the writing, but from the sheer wit of its legendary stars.
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TV Show: The Day of the Triffids ( 1981 )
A meteor shower blinds nearly the entire population of Earth and Bill Masen believes himself to be the last sighted person on the planet. Triffids are a mobile, carnivorous plant that Bill cultivates for their oil. When the Triffids get loose and are released on the blind population, they begin to feed on and kill the helpless humans.
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TV Show: Today's Special ( 1982 )
A department store mannequin came to life with the words "Hocus Pocus Alamagocus!" and so ensued the Canadian children's educational program that included such beloved characters as Jeff and Jodi, a mouse named Muffy, and Sam the sailor.
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TV Show: Danger Mouse ( 1981 )
Danger Mouse is a British children's animated television series produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television. It featured the eponymous Danger Mouse who worked as a secret agent. The show was a parody of British spy fiction, particularly the Danger Man series and James Bond. The show originally ran in the United Kingdom from 28 September 1981 to 19 March 1992.
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TV Show: Spider-Man ( 1981 )
The web slinging superhero battles crime in New York City.
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TV Show: A Fine Romance ( 1981 )
A Fine Romance is a British situation comedy starring husband-and-wife team Judi Dench and Michael Williams. Dench's sister and brother-in-law were played by Susan Penhaligon and Richard Warwick. It was produced by London Weekend Television and written by Bob Larbey. It was first broadcast on 8 November 1981. It lasted for 26 episodes over four series; the final episode being broadcast on 17 February 1984. The series takes its name from a song in the 1936 film Swing Time, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, which Dench recorded as the theme music.The series was nominated for nine BAFTA British Academy Television Awards and a winner of two, both for Dench's performance in 1982 and 1985.
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TV Show: Love, Sidney ( 1981 )
A comedy about Sidney Shorr, a lonely middle-aged commercial artist, who establishes a platonic relationship with an aspiring young actress, and her daughter. When Laurie, the actress, is deserted by her husband, she moves in with Sidney, who raises her daughter, Patti, as his own.
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TV Show: Postman Pat ( 1981 )
Postman Pat was based on a series of books by John Cunliffe, the program is about a rural postman who helps his friends in the village of Greendale, based supposedly in Cumbria, England. The first series of thirteen 15-minute episodes was produced by Woodland Animations and broadcast by the BBC in 1981. Ivor Wood, a vetaran of animations like The Magic Roundabout, was at the helm as producer. Ken Barrie sang the well known theme tune and provided the narration. The stories were very successful and have seen endless repeats over the years. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show in 1991, the old production crew was reunited for two one-off 25 minute specials, again shown by the BBC. Two more came in 1995, and these were followed by a second full series of 13 adventures. Then, after almost 10 years of absence from our screens, Postman Pat returned in 2004 for his third series.
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TV Show: The Brady Brides ( 1981 )
When Marcia and Jan both find their own one true lovse, they announce at the same time that they are getting married, and they make plans for a double wedding. After the wedding, when the couples look for a house, they notice that a house would be too expensive for each couple, so they decide to share one.
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TV Show: Elvira's Movie Macabre ( 1981 )
Elvira has been the longest running TV Horror movie host. Played by Cassandra Peterson the Vampyre lady in black presents the movies with off the wall comments about both the current movie and herself. WIth her sleek sexy Vampire look, she is known, loved and recognized by people the world over.
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Movie: The Pee-Wee Herman Show ( 1981 )
Comedy special starring Pee-Wee Herman and his friends in an adult version of the children's television show, Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) before it even existed.
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TV Show: Darkroom ( 1981 )
Darkroom is an American television thriller series that aired on ABC from November 27, 1981 to January 15, 1982. It is an anthology horror/thriller series, similar in style to Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Each 60 minute episode features two or more stories of varying length with a new story and a new cast, but each episode wraparound is hosted by James Coburn.The omminous introduction of the show: "You're in a house—maybe your own, maybe one you've never seen before. Do you feel it? Something evil. You run, but there's no escape, nowhere to turn. You feel something beckoning you, drawing you into the terror that awaits you in the darkroom!"
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TV Show: Blackstar ( 1981 )
Astronaut John Blackstar's shuttle passes through a black hole and crashes on the planet Sagar. He is rescued by the gentle Trobbits who live under the tyranny of the evil Overlord who possesses the Power Sword. John Blackstar then possesses the Star Sword. When the two weapons are combined, they form the Power Star, the most powerful weapon imaginable. Blackstar aids the Trobbits' resistance with his dragon Warlock, Klone the Shape-Shifter, Storm the Amazon, and Mara the Sorceress in the battle against Overlord.
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TV Show: Harper Valley P.T.A. ( 1981 )
Following the death of her husband, Stella Johnson, a beautiful and outspoken mother, moves to Harper Valley, Ohio, a hotbed of hypocrisy. Because of her flamboyant style and independent attitude, she encounters the objections of the PTA, a group of prudes who believe she is a bad influence and seek ways to discredit her in hopes that she will leave town.