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The TV Shows of 1988
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TV Show: Roseanne ( 1988 )
A groundbreaking American television sitcom, following the fortunes of the down-to-earth, blue collar Conner family in the small town of Lanford, Illinois.
TV Show: Red Dwarf ( 1988 )
Lost in space and light years away from earth is the Jupiter Mining Ship Red Dwarf. In the late 22nd century, an on-board radiation leak kills all of the crew except for low-ranking technician Dave Lister, who is in suspended animation at the time, and his pregnant cat, Frankenstein, who is safely sealed in the cargo hold.
TV Show: The Wonder Years ( 1988 )
Set in 1968-1973, the series tackles the social issues and historic events of that time through the eyes of main character Kevin Arnold. Kevin also deals with typical teenage social issues, including those prompted by his main love interest, Winnie Cooper, as well as typical family troubles. The story is narrated by an older, wiser Kevin, describing what is happening and what he learned from his experiences in an alternately nostalgic and ironic tone.
TV Show: Home and Away ( 1988 )
Home and Away follows the lives and loves of the residents in Summer Bay, a fictional seaside town of New South Wales. The series initially focuses on the Fletcher family – Tom, Pippa and their five foster children, Frank Morgan, Carly Morris, Lynn Davenport, Steven Matheson and Sally Fletcher – who relocated from the city and moved into the Summer Bay House, where they took on the new job of running the caravan park, and eventually took in a sixth foster child, Bobby Simpson.
TV Show: In the Heat of the Night ( 1988 )
Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name, this series provided a hopeful, yet honest look at life in the new South. Set in the fictional Sparta, Mississippi, the show was a marvelous blend of heartfelt drama and folksy humor. It portrayed both the professional and personal pursuits of Sparta P.D's officers.
TV Show: The Kids in the Hall ( 1989 )
Get ready for sketch comedy...Canadian style! The Kids In The Hall are a hilarious sketch comedy troupe. They got their name from a comedian named Jack Benny, who would often end a joke by saying: "I got this from the kids in the hall", referring to the amateur comedians who would hang around outside his office. KITH was formed in 1984 when McCulloch and McKinney, who had worked together in Calgary as part of a group named the Audience, teamed up with Foley and McDonald's Toronto-based group, KITH. Thompson officially joined in January 1985. That same year, McCulloch and McKinney were hired as writers for NBC's Saturday Night Live after a talent scout saw KITH in performance. Significantly, SNL had also been created by Michaels, himself an ex-patriate Canadian living and producing in New York. Still in 1985, Foley appeared in the film High Stakes, and Thompson and McDonald toured with...
TV Show: Murphy Brown ( 1988 )
Murphy Brown is the star reporter on a news magazine show called FYI. She lives in a townhouse that she is having repainted; Eldin the painter may never finish the job. Jim Dial is the uptight senior anchor, a seasoned veteran. Frank is a single guy and constantly looking for a girlfriend, he is also Murphy's best friend. Corky is a former Miss America turned newsperson, she covers all the "hard" news. Bitching about Trump.
TV Show: War of the Worlds ( 1988 )
In this sequel to the highly acclaimed 1953 movie, it is revealed that the alien invaders weren't killed by the bacteria: they went into a state of suspended animation. An incident at a nuclear plant exposes them to radiation, which they can survive but which kills the bacteria, restoring them to life. Now they plan a new invasion of Earth, using their ability to merge with human bodies and take control of them. However, they have to continue exposing themselves to radiation to destroy new bacteria as it enters their bodies.
TV Show: China Beach ( 1988 )
A group of women just trying to do their jobs at the 510th Evac Hospital at China Beach Vietnam in 1967 includes cool but callous Army nurse Colleen McMurphy, naive Red Cross newcomer Cherry White, singer Laurette Barber, and cynical civilian worker/prostitute K.C. Koloski. They are trying to cope with the horrors of war which are never far away from the base and deal with their own lives.
TV Show: Mystery Science Theater 3000 ( 1989 )
MST3K started as a cable show in Minnesota, but soon grew in popularity. It moved to Comedy Central (originally the Comedy Channel), and then to Syfy.The series initially features a pair of mad scientists working at Gizmonic Institutes shooting a worker into space to their Satellite of Love. First Joel, and then Mike, are forced to watch cheesy movies. Joel builds robots to keep him company, and Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo accompany him into the theater. There they make fun of the movies to keep their sanity. Scattered throughout are live-action sketches and scenes with the Mads back on Earth.In later seasons, cast changes force the departure of the scientists. One scientist's mother, Pearl Forrester, takes over the experiments.
TV Show: Empty Nest ( 1988 )
In Empty Nest, the two adult daughters of the recently widowed pediatrician Dr. Harry Weston return to live in the same house.
TV Show: Freddy's Nightmares ( 1988 )
Freddy's Nightmares (full title: Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series) is an American horror anthology series, which aired in syndication from October 1988 until March 1990. A spin-off from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, each story was introduced by Freddy Krueger (played, as in the movies, by Robert Englund).
TV Show: Day by Day ( 1988 )
A comedy series about a stockbroker and his wife, a lawyer, who give up their careers to run a day-care center in their home.
TV Show: Dear John ( 1988 )
John Lacey joins a support group for divorced and widowed people.
TV Show: Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers ( 1989 )
Chip and Dale, two chipmunks with a nose for trouble, start a detective agency, Rescue Rangers, along with their new friends Gadget, Monterey Jack, and Zipper. The pint-sized detectives deal with crimes that are often "too small" for the police to handle, usually with other animals as their clients. The gang frequently finds itself going up against two particular arch villains: Mafia-style tabby cat Fat Cat and mad scientist Norton Nimnul (both voiced by Jim Cummings).
TV Show: The Adventures of Superboy ( 1988 )
Superboy is a half-hour live-action television series based on the fictional DC Comics comic book character Superman's early years as Superboy. The show ran from 1988–1992 in syndication. It was renamed The Adventures of Superboy at the start of the third season.
TV Show: Mission: Impossible ( 1988 )
In this sequel to the original 1960s series, IMF agent Jim Phelps comes out of retirement when a protégé is killed. He creates a new team of agents, and decides to stick around after his protégé is avenged. Jim and his team take on "impossible missions" for the government, dealing with spies and criminals that normal agencies can't touch.
TV Show: Midnight Caller ( 1989 )
Midnight Caller is the moody drama starring Gary Cole as Jack Killian, a San Francisco cop who accidentally killed his partner. After leaving the police force, he ended up the host of a late-night radio talk show--with a penchant for getting involved with the problems of his listeners.
TV Show: Monsters ( 1988 )
This half-hour anthology series each week features a unique monster in a story with a typical twist at the end.
TV Show: Whose Line Is It Anyway? ( 1988 )
The popular improvisation show, hosted with a stunning lack of impartiality by Clive Anderson.
TV Show: 48 Hours ( 1988 )
48 Hours is a CBS news magazine that investigates intriguing crime and justice cases that touch on all aspects of the human experience. Over its long run, the show has helped exonerate wrongly convicted people, driven the reopening -- and resolution -- of cold cases, and changed numerous lives. CBS News correspondents offer an in-depth look into each story, with the emphasis on solving the mystery at its heart. The program and its team have earned critical acclaim, including 20 Emmys and three Peabody Awards.
TV Show: My Secret Identity ( 1988 )
TV Show: The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ( 1988 )
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a charming animated series that will capture both kids and their parents alike, with all-new outings featuring Pooh and the whole gang in the 100 Acre Wood. The world-famous bear, created by British author, A.A. Milne, is joined by his young master Christopher Robin, the ever-bouncy Tigger, the glum donkey Eeyore, the incurable know-it-all Rabbit, the always-confused Owl, squeaky Piglet, and the mother and son team of Kanga and Roo. Featuring quality animation along with original songs and scores, this series has the touching emotional qualities and "not just for kids" humor of the original Winnie the Pooh books
TV Show: Garfield and Friends ( 1988 )
An animated television series based on the comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis.
TV Show: A Pup Named Scooby-Doo ( 1988 )
For more than a decade, it looked as if this would be the final weekly Scooby Doo series. Following the unsuccessful run of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, the creators went back to the drawing board and turned the original "Mystery Inc." characters into small children, who now worked under the title of "The Scooby Doo Detective Agency." Gone were the days of a pup named Scrappy-Doo, this series ushered in the age of a pup named Scooby-Doo! Although they would have been this age in the '50s or '60s, the kids were far more like kids of the '80s, with computers, skateboards, and gadgets that were popularized far later. As in the original series, the villains of this series were always bad guys in rubber masks, a concept that they had gotten away from when Scrappy entered the show and the ghosts became real. More cartoonish than the rest of the shows, the characters seemed to nod back to...
TV Show: America's Most Wanted ( 1988 )
America's Most Wanted was an American television program produced by 20th Television. At the time of its cancellation by the FOX television network, it was the longest-running program in the network's history (24 years), a mark since surpassed by the long-running animated sitcom, The Simpsons.The show profiled cases involving the search for and apprehension of fugitives wanted for serious crimes, including murder, rape, kidnapping, child molestation, white-collar crime, organized crime, armed robbery, gang violence, and terrorism, and also many of whom are currently on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
TV Show: Count Duckula ( 1988 )
This is a very clever cartoon from Cosgrove-Hall, the same group that produced Dangermouse. It is about a vampire duck that, due to a mishap during the re-animation process, is now a vegetarian. He uses a special machine in his castle to transport it to different places in search of treasure, money, and fame as a musician. He is accompanied by Igor, the family butler, who is a believer in the Old Ways of being a vampire. He is disappointed that the Count is not as evil as the old Count used to be. Also in the castle is Nanny, the nursemaid. She is big and dimwitted. Duckula is constantly being hunted by Dr. Von Goosewing, a vampire hunter.
TV Show: Police Academy: The Animated Series ( 1988 )
Police Academy: The Series, also known as Police Academy: The Animated Series, is a 1988 American animated television series based on the Police Academy series of films. The show was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions for Warner Bros. Television. It aired weekdays and lasted two seasons for a total of 65 episodes.
TV Show: C.O.P.S. ( 1988 )
C.O.P.S. (Central Organization of Police Specialists) is an American animated television series released by DIC Entertainment (distributed by Claster Television) and Celebrity Home Entertainment (some VHS tapes went through Golden Book Video, though). This cartoon, which ran from 1988 to 1989, used the tag line: "Fighting crime in a future time, protecting Empire City from Big Boss and his gang of crooks". In 1993, the series was shown in reruns on CBS Saturday mornings as CyberCOPS, the name change due to the 1989 debut of the unrelated primetime reality show of the same name. The show was based on Hasbro's 1988 line of action figures called C.O.P.S 'N' Crooks.
TV Show: Hey Vern, It's Ernest! ( 1988 )
Jim Varney stars in a TV show based on the movies about Ernest P. Worrell. That delightful bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is now on Saturday Mornings! His very own show where he's always up to something that lands poor Vern in trouble.
TV Show: The Bourne Identity ( 1988 )
The Bourne Identity is an American mystery thriller television movie adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel The Bourne Identity. The movie tells the story of Jason Bourne, a man with remarkable survival abilities who suffers from retrograde amnesia, and must seek to discover his true identity.
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