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J-OPOLIS TV SHOW ARCHIVE

GAME SHOWS - SITCOMS - DRAMA & ACTION - ANIMATION - ANIME

A listing of 100 Television shows from Live Action to Animation - Last Updated: April 26th, 2022

CONTENTS ON J-OPOLIS:

YTV ANIME BULLETIN - OCTOBER 2006

Media Pages: Sports - Hockey - Streaming

Animated Series

Anime Central

Dragon Ball FX - 2004

Full House Retro - 2005

The Jungle Book: Shonen Mowgli - 2008

Pokeshipping - 2013

An American Tail - 2006

Digimon - 2003

Days of Our Lives - 2004

SHOW LISTINGS BY CATEGORY:

01. $100,000 Pyramid

02. Classic Concentration

03. Kidstreet

04. Sale of the Century

05. The Price is Right

06. Uh Oh!

07. Wheel of Fortune

08. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

09. Hockey Night in Canada

10. All in the Family

11. Blossom

12. Family Matters

13. Frasier

14. Full/Fuller House

15.Gilligan's Island

16. Home Improvement

17. Last Man Standing

18. Mama's Family

19. Mr. Bean

20. Night Court

21. Sanford and Son

22. Saved By the Bell

23. That '70's Show

24. The Andy Griffith Show

25. The Beverly Hillbillies

26. The Brady Bunch

27. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

28. The Red Green Show

29. Three's Company

30. Trailer Park Boys

31. Baywatch

32. Beverly Hills, 90210

33. CSI: Miami

34. Danger Bay

35. Highway to Heaven

36. In the Heat of the Night

37. Katts and Dog

38. Land & Sea

39. Little House of the Prairie

40. Matlock

41. Perry Mason TV Film Series

42. Rescue 911

43. Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad

44. The A-Team

45. The Dukes of Hazzard

46. The Littlest Hobo

47. The Sopranos

48. The Waltons

49. Yellowstone

50. American Dad!

51. Futurama

52. King of the Hill

53. The Simpsons

54. 6Teen

55. Captain Planet and The Planeteers

56. Care Bears

57. Darkwing Duck

58. Dave the Barbarian

59. Dinosaurs

60. Doug

61. Fievel's American Tails

62. Fillmore!

63. Garfield and Friends

64. Inspector Gadget

65. My Life as a Teenage Robot

66. My Pet Monster

67. Popples

68. Rainbow Brite

69. Reboot

70. Robot Man & Friends

71. Rugrats

72. Scooby Doo

73. Stop the Smoggies

74. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

75. The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin

76. The Adventures of Tintin

77. The Bots Master

78. The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show

79. The Flintstones

80. The Jetsons

81. The Pound Puppies

82. The Raccoons

83. The Real Ghostbusters

84. The Smurfs

85. Thunderbirds

86. Tiny Toon Adventures

87. Total Drama

88. Astro Boy

89. Digimon: Digital Monsters

90. Dragon Ball

91. Inuyasha

92. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

93. One Piece

94. Pokemon: Pocket Monsters

95. Ranma 1/2

96. Sailor Moon

97. Sonic X

98. The Jungle Book: Adventures of Mowgli

99. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

100. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters


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01

CBS/NBC

$10,000 - $100,000 PYRAMID


The original series, The $10,000 Pyramid, debuted on March 26, 1973, and spawned seven subsequent Pyramid series. Most later series featured a full title format matching the original series, with the title reflecting an increasing top prize. The game features two contestants, each paired with a celebrity. Contestants attempt to guess a series of words or phrases based on descriptions given to them by their teammates. The title refers to the show's pyramid-shaped gameboard, featuring six categories arranged in a triangular fashion. The various Pyramid series have won a total of nine Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show, second only to Jeopardy!, which has won 13.

Dick Clark is the host most commonly associated with the show, having hosted the network daytime version from 1973 to 1980 (which increased its namesake top prize $20,000 in 1976) and The (New) $25,000 Pyramid from 1982 to 1988 on CBS. Clark also hosted two weeknight syndicated versions, The $50,000 Pyramid in 1981 and The $100,000 Pyramid from 1985 to 1988 (concurrent with the daytime show).

Years: 1973-'88, 2012, 2016 - Current

Seasons:

Episodes: 1314+

Running Time: 30 / 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Game Show

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02

NBC

CLASSIC CONCENTRATION


In January 1987, Mark Goodson Productions sought permission from NBC to relaunch Concentration. The new series, which became known as Classic Concentration, debuted on NBC on May 4, 1987. Production was now done at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. Alex Trebek (who concurrently was also hosting Jeopardy!) hosted and Diana Taylor was the series' prize model. On July 22 of that year, Mark Goodson's daughter, Marjorie Goodson-Cutt, replaced Taylor and remained for the entire series. Gene Wood was the announcer, with Art James substituting for him for several weeks in 1991. The new Concentration ran once again at 10:30 am EST and remained in that slot for its entire run. Classic Concentration's final new episode aired on September 20, 1991, but reruns continued to air on NBC from October 28, 1991 until December 31, 1993.

Years: 1987 - 1991

Seasons: 4

Episodes: 1020

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Game Show

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03

Global

KIDSTREET


Kidstreet is a Canadian children's game show that aired from 1987 to 1992 and was hosted by Kevin Frank, with Kathy Morse as the announcer (one of the rare occasions of a woman holding this position; the pair also worked together on The Next Line, which was in production at the same time as Kidstreet during its last season in 1991-92), who also worked as associate producer.

Kidstreet was produced by Blair Murdoch at CFAC/CKKX in Calgary and aired on the CanWest Global and WIC in Canada, with reruns later airing on America One in the United States. In the final season, production moved to U.TV in Vancouver, where Frank simultaneously hosted The Next Line. Kidstreet, produced by Northstar Syndications, later Blair Murdoch Productions, was one of Murdoch's longest running game shows, airing new episodes for 5 seasons.

Years: 1987 - 1992

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 350

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Game Show

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04

NBC

SALE OF THE CENTURY


Sale of the Century (stylized as $ale of the Century) is a television game show that originally debuted in the United States on September 29, 1969, on NBC daytime. It was one of three NBC game shows to premiere on that date, the other two being the short-lived game shows Letters to Laugh-In and Name Droppers. The series aired until July 13, 1973, and a weekly syndicated series began that fall and ran for one season.

The rights to the show were purchased in 1980 by Australian TV mogul Reg Grundy, who produced a similar show called Great Temptation in the 1970s. Grundy subsequently launched an Australian version of Sale of the Century. Grundy's modified format was then used in a revived American Sale of the Century that aired on NBC from January 3, 1983 to March 24, 1989. It was one of three NBC game shows premiering on the same date, along with Hit Man and Just Men! (both of which aired for only 13 weeks), and—like its predecessor—spawned a syndicated edition that ran from January 7, 1985 to September 12, 1986. Grundy's format has also been adopted in other countries.

The game consists of contestants answering general knowledge questions. At certain points during the game, the player currently in the lead is offered an "Instant Bargain", a prize to keep regardless of the game's outcome, in exchange for a certain amount deducted from that contestant's score.

1st Series: 1969 - 1974

2nd Series: 1983 - 1989

Seasons: 12

Episodes: 1887

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Game Show

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05

CBS

THE PRICE IS RIGHT


The Price Is Right is an American television game show created by Bob Stewart, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. The show revolves around contestants competing by identifying accurate pricing of merchandise to win cash and prizes. Contestants are selected from the studio audience when the announcer states the show's famous catchphrase, "Come on down!"

The program premiered on September 4, 1972, on CBS. Bob Barker was the series' longest-running host from its 1972 debut until his retirement in June 2007, when Drew Carey took over. Barker was accompanied by a series of announcers, beginning with Johnny Olson, followed by Rod Roddy and then Rich Fields. In April 2011, George Gray became the announcer. The show has used several models, most notably Anitra Ford, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom, and Kathleen Bradley. While retaining some elements of the original 1956 version of the show, the 1972 version has added many new distinctive gameplay elements.

Years: 1972 - Current ('22)

Seasons: 50+

Episodes: 9000+

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Game Show

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06

YTV

UH OH!


Uh Oh! is a Canadian television game show that was created by Rick Watts (who also served as producer and director of the show's first five seasons) and Frank Young. Following a sneak preview at YTV Psykoblast on August 16, Uh Oh! aired from August 22, 1997 to April 19, 2003 on YTV, and was a spin-off of the popular variety show It's Alive!, which also aired on YTV. Uh Oh! was part of It's Alive's game show segment during its third season, but existed as a parody during its second season. As of 2019, Uh Oh! is the third longest-running show on YTV, behind Hit List and Video & Arcade Top 10, both of which aired for 14 and 15 years respectively. For its entire run, Uh Oh! was taped at Global Television in Toronto, Ontario. The series ended on April 19, 2003.

The game was played with three colour-based teams that would be battled against each other in each game. The goal of the game was to have more points than the other two teams to take home the grand prize. Teams would consist of two players each and would be either Blue, Green, or Red. Audience members would also pick sides and wear clothes of the colour they supported. Each team member would either spin the wheel for half of the game or participate in whichever activity the wheel lands on. The team members would participate in games that would nearly always involve goo and would be silly. If won, games would provide points for the respective team. According to the original Uh Oh! sketch on It's Alive!, Blue went first, then Green and Red.

Years: 1997 - 2003

Seasons: 6

Episodes: 231

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Game Show

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07

NBC/CBS/ABC

WHEEL OF FORTUNE


Wheel of Fortune (often known simply as Wheel) is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin that debuted in 1975. The show features a competition in which contestants solve word puzzles, similar to those used in hangman, to win cash and prizes determined by spinning a giant carnival wheel. The current version of the series, which airs in nightly syndication, premiered on September 19, 1983. It stars Pat Sajak and Vanna White as host and co-host. The original version of Wheel was a daytime series on NBC from January 6, 1975, to June 30, 1989, then on CBS from July 17, 1989, to January 11, 1991, and again on NBC from January 14, 1991, until it was cancelled on September 20, 1991, thereby co-existing with the nighttime version from 1983 to 1991.

The network version was originally hosted by Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford. Woolery left in 1981, and was replaced by Sajak. Sajak left the network version in January 1989 to host his own late-night talk show, while remaining as host of the nighttime Wheel. Sajak was replaced in daytime by Rolf Benirschke, who was in turn replaced by Bob Goen when the network show moved to CBS. Goen remained as host for the second NBC run. Stafford left in 1982, and was replaced by White, who remained on the network show for the rest of its run. Sajak and White have hosted the nighttime version since its inception in 1983. The show has also had four announcers in its history: Charlie O'Donnell, Jack Clark, M. G. Kelly (1988–89), and Jim Thornton.

Years: 1975 - Current ('22)

Seasons: 39+

Episodes: 7000+

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Game Show

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08

NBC

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO


The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that first aired from May 25, 1992, to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010, until its ending on February 6, 2014.

The fourth incarnation of the Tonight Show franchise debuted on May 25, 1992, three days after Johnny Carson's retirement as host of the program. The program originated from NBC Studios in Burbank, California, and was broadcast Monday through Friday at 11:35 p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific time zones (10:35 p.m. Central/Mountain time). Unlike Carson or his predecessor Jack Paar, Leno only once used a guest host, preferring to host the series in person.

The series, which followed the same basic format as that of its predecessors (an opening monologue followed by comedy routines, interviews and performances), ran until May 29, 2009, after which Leno was succeeded by Conan O'Brien. NBC signed Leno to a new deal for a nightly talk show in the 10:00 pm ET timeslot. The primetime series, titled The Jay Leno Show, debuted on September 14, 2009, following a similar format to the Leno incarnation of Tonight.

Years: 1992-'09, 2010-'14

Seasons: 22

Episodes: 4610

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Late Night Talk Show

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09

CBC/SPORTSNET

HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA


Hockey Night in Canada (often abbreviated Hockey Night or HNiC) is a branding used for Canadian Saturday night broadcasts of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Although the name has been used for all NHL broadcasts on CBC Television (regardless of the time of day), Hockey Night in Canada is primarily associated with its Saturday night NHL broadcasts. Saturday NHL broadcasts began in 1931 on the CNR Radio network, and debuted on television in 1952. Initially, games were aired once a week. Today, games air twice a week, normally at 7 pm and 10 pm. (ET). The broadcast features various segments during the intermissions and between games, as well as pre- and post-game coverage of the night's games, and player interviews. It also shows the hosts' opinions on news and issues occurring in the league.

The Hockey Night in Canada brand is owned by the CBC and was exclusively used by CBC Sports through the end of the 2013–14 NHL season. Beginning in the 2014–15 season, the brand is being licensed to Rogers Communications for Sportsnet-produced Saturday NHL broadcasts airing on CBC Television as well as the Rogers-owned Citytv and Sportsnet networks. Rogers had secured exclusive national multimedia rights to NHL games beginning in 2014–15, and sublicensed Saturday night and playoff games to CBC. This sub-license agreement runs through the end of the Rogers deal with the NHL.

CBC Sports: 1952 - 2014

Rogers S&M: 2014 - 2022+

Molson: 1988 - 1998

Labatt: 1998 - 2003

Seasons: 69+

Running Time: 7 HRS

Country: Canada

Genre: Live Sports - NHL

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10

CBS

ALL IN THE FAMILY


All in the Family is an American sitcom television series that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network for nine seasons, from 1971 to 1979. Afterwards, it was continued with the spin-off series Archie Bunker's Place, which picked up where All in the Family had ended and ran for four more seasons through 1983.

Based on the British sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, All in the Family was produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. It starred Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers, and Rob Reiner. The show revolves around the life of a working-class man and his family. The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for a US network television comedy, such as racism, anti-Semitism, infidelity, homosexuality, women's liberation, rape, religion, miscarriages, abortion, breast cancer, the Vietnam War, menopause, and impotence. Through depicting these controversial issues, the series became arguably one of television's most influential comedic programs, as it injected the sitcom format with more dramatic moments and realistic, topical conflicts.

Years: 1971 - 1979

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 205

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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11

NBC

BLOSSOM


Blossom is an American sitcom that aired for five seasons on NBC. It debuted as a pilot preview on July 5, 1990, and premiered as a mid-season replacement on January 3, 1991, and aired until May 22, 1995. Don Reo created the series, which starred Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo, a teenager living with her father and two elder brothers. It was produced by Reo's Impact Zone Productions and Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Touchstone Television.

The series focuses on the life of Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik), an Italian-American teenager. It begins with Blossom's mother having left the family to pursue her own life and career, and focuses on the family's attempts to adjust. Blossom's father, Nick, an overprotective, somewhat conservative session musician who is frequently between gigs and tours, is played by Ted Wass. Her older brother Tony (Michael Stoyanov) is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who eventually becomes a paramedic. Joey (Joey Lawrence), the middle child (called Donnie in the pilot), is a stereotypical "dumb jock", known for the exaggerated delivery of his catchphrase "Whoa!" In fantasy scenes, Blossom frequently receives advice from celebrities such as Mr. T, Hugh Hefner, Phylicia Rashad, David Spade, ALF, Will Smith, and God (played by Don Novello). Blossom's mother, Maddy Russo, is played by Melissa Manchester.

Years: 1990 - 1995

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 114

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sticom

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ABC/CBS

FAMILY MATTERS


Family Matters is an American television sitcom that debuted on ABC on September 22, 1989 and ended on May 9, 1997, before moving to CBS from September 19, 1997 to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of Perfect Strangers, the series revolves around the Winslow family, a middle-class African-American family living in Chicago, Illinois. Midway through the first season, the show introduced the Winslows' nerdy neighbour Steve Urkel (Jaleel White), who was originally scripted to appear as a one-time character. However, he quickly became the show's breakout character (and eventually the main character), joining the main cast.

Running for nine seasons, Family Matters became the second-longest-running live action U.S. sitcom with a predominantly African-American cast, behind only The Jeffersons (11 seasons). It aired for 215 episodes, and is ranked third, behind only Tyler Perry's House of Payne (280+ as of 2021), and The Jeffersons (253). Family Matters was the last live-action scripted primetime show that debuted in the 1980s to leave the air, and outlasted all other primetime network debuts of the 1980s with the exception of The Simpsons.

Years: 1989 - 1997

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 215

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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NBC

FRASIER


Frasier is an American television sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee (as Grub Street Productions), in association with Grammnet (2004) and Paramount Network Television.

The series was created as a spin-off of the sitcom Cheers. It continues the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), who returns to his hometown, Seattle, as a radio show host. He reconnects with his father, Martin (John Mahoney), a retired police officer, and his younger brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce), a fellow psychiatrist. Included in the series cast were Peri Gilpin as Frasier's producer Roz Doyle, and Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, Martin's live-in caretaker.

Years: 1993 - 2004

Seasons: 11

Episodes: 264

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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Crave

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ABC/NETFLIX

FULL HOUSE & FULLER HOUSE


Full House is an American television sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show is about widowed father Danny Tanner who enlists his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone to help raise his three daughters, eldest D.J., middle child Stephanie and youngest Michelle in his San Francisco home. It aired from September 22, 1987, to May 23, 1995, broadcasting eight seasons and 192 episodes.

While never a critical favourite, the series was consistently in the Nielsen Top 30 (from 1988 onward) and continues to gain even more popularity in syndicated reruns, and is also aired internationally. One of the producers, Dennis Rinsler, called the show "The Brady Bunch of the 1990s". For actor Dave Coulier, the show represented a "G-rated dysfunctional family".


Fuller House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin that airs as a Netflix original series, and is the sequel to the 1987–1995 television series Full House. It centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller, a veterinarian and widowed mother of three sons, whose sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy—along with her teenage daughter—live together at the Tanners' childhood home in San Francisco, California. Most of the original series ensemble cast have reprised their roles on Fuller House, either as regular cast members or in guest appearances, with the exception of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who alternated the role of Michelle Tanner in Full House.

Full House

Years: 1987 - 1995

Seasons: 8

Episodes: 192

Fuller House

Years: 2016 - 2020

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 75

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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CBS

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND


Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz. The show's ensemble cast features Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Russell Johnson, and Dawn Wells. It aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967. The series follows the comic adventures of seven castaways as they try to survive on an island where they are shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways' conflicts and their unsuccessful attempts to escape their plight, with Gilligan usually being responsible for the failures.

Gilligan's Island ran for 98 episodes. All 36 episodes of the first season were filmed in black and white and were later colorized for syndication. The show's second and third seasons (62 episodes) and the three television film sequels (aired between 1978 and 1982) were filmed in color.

The show received solid ratings during its original run, then grew in popularity during decades of syndication, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when many markets ran the show in the late afternoon.

Years: 1964 - 1967

Seasons: 3

Episodes: 98

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

Film Sequels: 3

Spin-offs: 2

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ABC

HOME IMPROVEMENT


Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen that aired on Syndication from September 17, 1991, to May 25, 1999, with a total of 204 half-hour episodes spanning over eight seasons. The series was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, and David McFadzean. In the 1990s, it was one of the most-watched sitcoms in the American market, winning many awards. The series launched Tim Allen's acting career and was the start of the television career of Pamela Anderson, who was part of the recurring cast for the first two seasons.

Based on the stand-up comedy of Tim Allen, Home Improvement made its debut on Syndication in September 17, 1991, and was one of the highest-rated sitcoms for almost the entire decade.

Years: 1991 - 1999

Seasons: 8

Episodes: 204

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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ABC/FOX

LAST MAN STANDING


Last Man Standing is an American sitcom created by Jack Burditt for ABC, later airing on Fox, that ran from October 11, 2011, to May 20, 2021. The show starred Tim Allen as an executive at a sporting goods store chain headquartered in Denver, Colorado, who is a married father of three daughters and a grandfather to his eldest daughter's son. Last Man Standing was a joint production by 21 Laps-Adelstein Productions, NestEgg Productions, and 20th Television.

The series originally ran on ABC from 2011 to 2017 for six seasons, and entered syndication in 2015. Despite being ABC's second-highest rated sitcom for the 2016–17 season, the network declined to renew Last Man Standing for a seventh season amid controversy, causing fans to petition for its renewal. The following year, Fox announced it had picked up the show for a seventh season, which premiered on September 28, 2018.

In May 2020, Fox renewed the series for a ninth and final season, which premiered on January 3, 2021. The series concluded after 194 episodes on May 20, 2021. Since 2021, the series runs in syndication on the USA Network, as well as CMT and NewsNation/formerly WGN America.

Years: 2011 - 2021

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 194

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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NBC

MAMA'S FAMILY


Mama's Family originally aired on NBC, debuting on January 22, 1983. After several timeslot changes and a subsequent drop in ratings, the network cancelled the series; the final episode of this two-season NBC incarnation of the series aired on April 7, 1984. NBC broadcast reruns until September 1985, which unexpectedly performed well in ratings.

Two years after its cancellation, original series producer Joe Hamilton Productions (JHP) revived Mama's Family for new episodes in first-run syndication on local stations across the United States. The reincarnation, produced by JHP and distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures, premiered on September 27, 1986. The modified series revival garnered substantially higher ratings than its first incarnation, eventually becoming the highest-rated sitcom in first-run syndication. The revived run lasted four seasons and did not end by cancellation, but rather voluntarily on February 24, 1990.

The show is set in the city of Raytown, which actress Vicki Lawrence later revealed to be Raytown, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City (although the script writing suggests the setting was Raytown, Mississippi, given the southern nature of the series). The television series revolves around the wacky misadventures of the Harper family, extended non-Harper family members and their neighbour friend in later seasons. Always at the center of all the trouble, turmoil and misunderstandings is head of the clan and matriarch Thelma Harper (Mama)—a thickset, gray-haired, purse-lipped, mid-to-late 60s widow who is portrayed as explosively quick-tempered, abrasive, and brash.

Years: 1983 - 1984

1986 - 1990

Seasons: 6

Episodes: 130

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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ITV/CBC/HBO

MR. BEAN


Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect and starring Atkinson as the title character. The sitcom consists of 15 episodes that were co-written by Atkinson alongside Curtis and Robin Driscoll; for the pilot, it was co-written by Ben Elton. The series was originally broadcast on ITV, beginning with the pilot on 1 January 1990 and ending with "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean" on 15 December 1995.

Based on a character originally developed by Atkinson while he was studying for his master's degree at the University of Oxford, the series centres on Mr. Bean, described by Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body", as he solves various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causes disruption in the process. The series has been influenced by physical comedy actors such as Jacques Tati and those from early silent films.

Years: 1990 - 1995

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 15

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United Kingdom

Genre: Sitcom

Animated Series: 1

Films: 2

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NBC

NIGHT COURT


Night Court is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court presided over by a young, unorthodox judge, Harold "Harry" T. Stone (portrayed by Harry Anderson). The series was created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, who had previously worked on Barney Miller in the 1970s and early 1980s. During its initial seasons, the show was often compared to Barney Miller. In addition to being created by a writer of that show, Night Court (like Barney Miller) was set in New York City, featured quirky, often dry humour, and dealt with a staff who tried to cope with a parade of eccentric, often neurotic criminals and complainants. Furthering this comparison, these characters were routinely played by character actors who had made frequent guest appearances on Barney Miller, including Stanley Brock, Philip Sterling, Peggy Pope, and Alex Henteloff. But while the characters appearing in the courtroom (and the nature of their transgressions) were often whimsical, bizarre or humorously inept, the show initially took place in the 'real world'. In an early review of the show, Time magazine called Night Court, with its emphasis on non-glamorous, non-violent petty crime, the most realistic law show on the air.

Years: 1984 - 1992

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 193

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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NBC

SANFORD AND SON


Sanford and Son is an American sitcom television series that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. It was based on the British sitcom Steptoe and Son, which originally aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom from 1962 to 1974.

Known for its edgy racial humour, running gags, and catchphrases, the series was adapted by Norman Lear and considered NBC's answer to CBS's All in the Family. Sanford and Son has been hailed as the precursor to many other African-American sitcoms. It was a ratings hit throughout its six-season run, finishing in the Nielsens top ten for five of those seasons.

While the role of Fred G. Sanford was known for his bigotry and cantankerousness, the role of Lamont Sanford was that of Fred's long-suffering, conscientious, peacemaker son. At times, both characters involved themselves in schemes, usually as a means of earning cash quickly to pay off their various debts. Other colourful and unconventional characters on the show included Aunt Esther, Grady Wilson, Bubba Bexley, and Rollo Lawson.

Years: 1972 - 1977

Seasons: 6

Episodes: 136

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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SAVED BY THE BELL


Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom created by Sam Bobrick for NBC. It was broadcast from August 20, 1989 to May 22, 1993. A retooling of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of high school friends and their principal at the fictional Bayside High School in Los Angeles. Primarily focusing on light-hearted comedic situations, it occasionally touches on serious social issues, such as drug use, driving under the influence, homelessness, remarriage, death, women's rights, and environmental issues. The series starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies, Dennis Haskins, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, and Mario Lopez. Targeted at kids and teens, Saved by the Bell was broadcast in the United States on Saturday mornings.

Years: 1989 - 1993

Seasons: 4

Episodes: 86

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

Series: 3

TV Movies: 2

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THAT '70'S SHOW


That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focuses on the lives of a group of six teenage friends living in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.

The main teenage cast members were Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, and Lisa Robin Kelly. The main adult cast members were Debra Jo Rupp, Kurtwood Smith, Don Stark, Tommy Chong, and Tanya Roberts.

Years: 1998 - 2006

Seasons: 8

Episodes: 200

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

Spin-offs Series: 2

Remake: 1

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THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW


The Andy Griffith Show is an American situation comedy television series that aired on CBS from October 3, 1960, to April 1, 1968, with a total of 249 half-hour episodes spanning eight seasons—159 in black and white and 90 in color.

The series originated partly from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show. The show stars Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor, the widowed sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, a fictional community of roughly 2,000–5,000 people. Other major characters include Andy's cousin, the well-meaning and enthusiastic deputy, Barney Fife (Don Knotts); Andy's aunt and housekeeper, Bee Taylor (Frances Bavier); and Andy's young son, Opie (Ron Howard). Eccentric townspeople and, periodically, Andy's girlfriends complete the cast. Regarding the tone of the show, Griffith said that despite a contemporary setting, the show evoked nostalgia, saying in a Today Show interview, "Well, though we never said it, and though it was shot in the '60s, it had a feeling of the '30s. It was, when we were doing it, of a time gone by."

Years: 1960 - 1968

Seasons: 8

Episodes: 249

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

Series: 2

TV Movies: 1

Specials: 2

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THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES


The Beverly Hillbillies is an American television sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from 1962 to 1971. It had an ensemble cast featuring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer Jr. as the Clampetts, a poor, backwoods family from the hills of the Ozarks, who move to posh Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land. The show was produced by Filmways and was created by Paul Henning. It was followed by two other Henning-inspired "country cousin" series on CBS: Petticoat Junction and its spin-off Green Acres, which reversed the rags-to-riches, country-to-city model of The Beverly Hillbillies.

The Beverly Hillbillies ranked among the top 20 most-watched programs on television for eight of its nine seasons, ranking as the No. 1 series of the year during its first two seasons, with 16 episodes that still remain among the 100 most-watched television episodes in American history. It accumulated seven Emmy nominations during its run. It remains in syndicated reruns, and its ongoing popularity spawned a 1993 film adaptation by 20th Century Fox.

Years: 1962 - 1971

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 274

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

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THE BRADY BUNCH


The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with six children. Considered one of the last old-style family sitcoms, the show aired for five seasons and, after its cancellation in 1974, went into syndication in September 1975. Though it was never a ratings hit or a critical success during its original run, the program has since become a popular syndicated staple, especially among children and teenage viewers.

Mike Brady (Robert Reed), a widowed architect with three sons—Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight), and Bobby (Mike Lookinland)—marries Carol Martin (Florence Henderson), who herself has three daughters: Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb), and Cindy (Susan Olsen). Carol and her daughters take the Brady surname. Included in the blended family are Mike's live-in housekeeper, Alice Nelson (Ann B. Davis), and the boys' dog, Tiger. (In the pilot episode, the girls also have a pet: a cat named Fluffy. Fluffy never appears in any other episodes.) The setting is a large two-story house designed by Mike, located in a Los Angeles suburb.

Years: 1969 - 1974

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 117

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

Spin-Off Series: 5

Film Sequels: 3

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THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR


The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom created by Andy and Susan Borowitz, based loosely on Benny Medina's life. It originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The series stars Will Smith as Will, a street-smart teenager born and raised in West Philadelphia who is sent to move in with his wealthy uncle and aunt in their Bel-Air mansion after getting bullied at the local playground in his neighbourhood. However, his lifestyle often clashes with that of his upper-class relatives.

Known as Smith's star vehicle into television and later his film career, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a top hit for NBC, running for 148 episodes over six seasons. A reunion special/retrospective reuniting the original cast debuted on HBO Max in November 2020. A more dramatic reboot, titled Bel-Air and based on the fan film of the same name, was given a two-season order for Peacock and released on February 13, 2022.

Years: 1990 - 1996

Seasons: 6

Episodes: 148

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

Series: 2

Special: 1

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THE RED GREEN SHOW


The Red Green Show is a Canadian television comedy that aired on various channels in Canada, with its ultimate home at CBC Television, and on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States (airing on more than 100 PBS affiliates at its peak), from 1991 until the series finale 7 April 2006. The Red Green Show is essentially a cross between a sitcom and a sketch comedy series, and is a parody of home improvement, do-it-yourself, fishing, and other outdoors shows (particularly The Red Fisher Show). Reruns currently air on CBC Television, CTV Comedy Channel, various Public Broadcasting Service stations, and on the Red Green Channel on Roku televisions. It was produced by S&S Productions, which is owned by Steve and Morag Smith. Directors on the series include Steve Smith, Rick Green and William G. Elliott.

The title character, Red Green (Steve Smith), is a handyman who tries to find shortcuts to most of his projects, trusting most of his work to duct tape, which he calls "the handyman's secret weapon". He is the president of the Possum Lodge, a fictional men's club in the small northwestern Ontario town of Possum Lake, near the also-fictional town of Port Asbestos. He and his fellow lodge members had their own television show in which they gave lessons and demonstrations in repair work, outdoor activities and advice for men.

Years: 1991 - 2006

Seasons: 15

Episodes: 305

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Comedy

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THREE'S COMPANY


Three's Company is an American sitcom television series that aired for eight seasons on ABC from March 15, 1977, to September 18, 1984. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House.

The story revolves around three single roommates: Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), and Jack Tripper (John Ritter), who all platonically live together in a Santa Monica, California, apartment complex owned by Stanley Roper (Norman Fell) and Helen Roper (Audra Lindley). After Fell and Lindley left the series in 1979 for their own sitcom, Don Knotts joined the cast as the roommates' new building manager, Ralph Furley. Following Somers's departure in late 1980, Jenilee Harrison joined the cast as Chrissy's first cousin Cindy Snow, who was soon replaced by Priscilla Barnes as Terri Alden.

The show, a farce, chronicles the escapades and hijinks of the trio's constant misunderstandings, social lives, and financial struggles.

Years: 1977 - 1984

Seasons: 8

Episodes: 172

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Sitcom

Spin-off Series: 2

TV Movie: 1

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TRAILER PARK BOYS


Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary television series created by Mike Clattenburg. A continuation of Clattenburg's 1999 film of the same title, the show follows the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The series premiered on Showcase on April 22, 2001, and originally ran for seven seasons before concluding with a one-hour special on December 7, 2008. The TV series has spawned three new films: The Movie, released on October 6, 2006; Countdown to Liquor Day, released on September 25, 2009; and Don't Legalize It, released on April 18, 2014.

In 2013, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, and Mike Smith, the actors who respectively portrayed Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, purchased the rights to the show from the original producers and created their own internet streaming network, "Swearnet". From March 2014, Swearnet co-produced the first new episodes of the show with the American streaming service Netflix, beginning with the eighth season on September 5, 2014, as well as several specials and mini-series. An animated spin-off series premiered on March 31, 2019.

In October 2019, Smith revealed that filming had begun on another season. Later announced in December 2020 to be titled Trailer Park Boys: Jail, the season premiered on Swearnet on January 1, 2021. A second Christmas special was also announced, featuring unseen footage of John Dunsworth before his death in October 2017.

Years: 2001 - Current ('22)

Seasons: 12

Episodes: 125

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Mockumentary

Specials: 10

Films: 3

Series: 2

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BAYWATCH/BAYWATCH: HAWAII


Baywatch is an American action drama television series about lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California and Hawaii, starring David Hasselhoff. It was created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Gregory J. Bonann, who produced the show throughout its 11-season run. The series focuses on both professional and personal challenges faced by the characters, portrayed by a large rotating ensemble cast that notably includes Pamela Anderson, Alexandra Paul, Gregory Alan Williams, Jeremy Jackson, Parker Stevenson, Billy Warlock, Erika Eleniak, David Charvet, Yasmine Bleeth, and Nicole Eggert.

The show ran in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, with a setting change and large cast overhaul, it was known as Baywatch: Hawaii.

Baywatch revolves around the work of a team of lifeguards and their interpersonal relationships, with plots usually centering on dangers related to the beach and other activities pertinent to the California (later Hawaii) beach lifestyle. Topics from earthquakes and shark attacks to serial killers serve as plot conflicts on the show. Saving people from drowning is one of the most typical situations used in the shows.

Years: 1989 - 2001

Seasons: 11

Episodes: 242

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Action / Drama

Films: 1

Spin-off Series: 1

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BEVERLY HILLS, 90210


Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American teen drama television series created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling under his production company Spelling Television. The series ran for ten seasons on Fox from October 4, 1990, to May 17, 2000, and is the first of six television series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. The series follows the lives of a group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California, as they transition from high school to college and into the adult world. "90210" refers to one of the city's five ZIP codes.

The initial premise of the show was based on the adjustment and culture shock that twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) experienced when they and their parents, Jim (James Eckhouse) and Cindy (Carol Potter), moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Beverly Hills, California. In addition to chronicling the characters' friendships and romantic relationships, the show addressed topical issues such as sex, date rape, homophobia, animal rights, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, antisemitism, racism, teenage suicide, teenage pregnancy, and AIDS.

Years: 1990 - 2000

Seasons: 10

Episodes: 293

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Teen Drama

Spin-off Series: 4

Specials: 9

Reboot Series: 1

TV Movie: 1

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CSI: MIAMI


CSI: Miami (Crime Scene Investigation: Miami) is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on September 23, 2002, on CBS. Starring David Caruso as Lieutenant Horatio Caine, Emily Procter as Detective Calleigh Duquesne, and Adam Rodriguez as Detective Eric Delko. The series is the first direct spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, "transplanting the same template and trickery—gory crimes, procedural plot and dazzling graphics—into [a new city] while retaining the essence of the original idea".

CSI: Miami was executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker, and Ann Donahue, with the latter acting as show-runner. The series ended on April 8, 2012, after 10 seasons and 232 episodes. Following the series finale, Nina Tassler credited CSI: Miami as a "key player in CBS's rise to the top", stating that the series "leaves an amazing television legacy—a signature look and style [and] global popularity". In 2006, BBC News published an article stating that CSI: Miami was the world's most popular television series, featuring in more countries' top ten rankings for 2005 than any other series.

Years: 2002 - 2012

Seasons: 10

Episodes: 232

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Crime / Drama

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DANGER BAY


Danger Bay is a Canadian television series, produced in Vancouver, with first-run episodes broadcast on CBC Television in Canada and The Disney Channel in the United States premiering October 8, 1984. Reruns of the show continued on The Disney Channel until 1996. A total of 123 installments were filmed between 1984 and 1990. The series was perceived as wholesome, exciting fare for older children and adolescents, and continued to be seen through the 1990s in many countries worldwide.

The series followed the exploits of the Roberts family: marine veterinarian Grant "Doc" Roberts and his children, Nicole and Jonah. Nearly every 30-minute episode featured the Vancouver Aquarium. Most episodes focused on environmental issues such as pollution, wildlife endangerment, and forest preservation.

Years: 1984 - 1990

Seasons: 6

Episodes: 123

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Adventure

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HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN


Highway to Heaven is an American fantasy drama television series that ran on NBC from September 19, 1984, to August 4, 1989. The series starred Michael Landon as Jonathan Smith, an angel sent to Earth in order to help people in need. Victor French, Landon's co-star from his previous television series, Little House on the Prairie, co-starred as Mark Gordon, a retired policeman who traveled with and helped Smith with his tasks or “assignments,” to which they are referred. The series was created and executive produced by Landon, who also directed most of the show's episodes. (French directed many of the remaining episodes.) It was also Landon's third and final TV series and his only one set in the present day, unlike Little House on the Prairie, and Landon's first TV series, Bonanza, both of which were Westerns. It was the final screen appearance for French, who died two months before the final episode aired; Landon went on to appear in two films, one of which was a pilot for a new series, prior to his own death in 1991.

Years: 1984 - 1989

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 11

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Fantasy Drama

Series: 2

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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT


In the Heat of the Night is an American police procedural crime drama television series loosely based on the 1967 film and 1965 novel of the same title. It starred Emmy winner Carroll O'Connor as police chief Bill Gillespie and Emmy and Oscar-nominated actor Howard Rollins as police detective Virgil Tibbs, and was broadcast on NBC from March 6, 1988, until May 19, 1992, then on CBS from October 28, 1992, until May 16, 1995. Its executive producers were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett and O'Connor. The show itself is a sequel to the 1967 film, set several years in the future. In the premiere episode, Philadelphia homicide detective and criminal profiler Virgil Tibbs has returned to his fictional hometown of Sparta, Mississippi, for his mother's funeral. Under his relationship with Bill Gillespie, the white police chief fostered during a previous murder investigation in which he assisted, Tibbs is persuaded by the mayor to remain in Sparta as Chief of Detectives. The events of the first film, although 21 years in the past, are said to have occurred "a few years ago" in a type of retcon to explain the ages of the characters.

Years: 1988 - 1995

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 142

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Crime / Drama

TV Movies: 4

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KATTS AND DOG


Katts and Dog is a French and Canadian-produced television series that 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 and Rintintin Junior in France on La Cinq. CTV broadcast the series within Canada.

When the episodes were filmed (and shown in Canada) the dog’s name was "Rudy". When the series was aired in the US and France, the name was dubbed as "Rinty" to go with the new title.

The show is about the life of Canine Officer Hank Katts and his canine partner who fight crime and the forces of evil. The show’s early episodes begin with Hank just finishing up Police Academy. Later on, it shows the first meeting between Katts and Rudy/Rinty. It also shows the life of Hank’s nephew, Steve, through the death of his mother and his adoption by Officer Katts.

Years: 1988 - 1993

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 106

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Crime / Action

TV Movie: 1

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LAND & SEA


Land and Sea is a locally produced Canadian documentary television show broadcast on CBC Television. It has been on the air since 1964 on CBC owned-operated station CBNT in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. (interrupted only by a short cancellation in the early 1990s, but revived after an outcry from fans, and is the longest-running regional television program on CBC Television. Originally a black-and-white program, it began broadcasting in colour in the late 1960s. There is also a Maritime version of Land and Sea which is broadcast on the full CBC network on Sunday afternoons, and episodes from that version are often alternated with Newfoundland-based episodes.

There have been several hosts of Land and Sea over the years. Dave Quinton was one of the TV series' original hosts. Other hosts with Quinton included Rab Carnell, Hal Andrews, Des Brown, Mike Martin, Herb Davis, and Paul Harrington. Bill Kelly joined the show in 1983 and stayed until he retired in 1993. The current host is Pauline Thornhill. Some episodes are narrated by Christopher Richardson or broadcaster Tom Murphy.

Years: 1964 - Current ('22)

Seasons: 57

Episodes: 193+

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Local Documentary

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LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE


Little House on the Prairie (later known as Little House: A New Beginning in its sequel season) is an American Western historical drama television series, starring Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson, about a family living on a farm in Plum Creek near Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s. The show is an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder's best-selling series of Little House books. In 1972, with the encouragement of his wife and daughter, television producer and former NBC executive Ed Friendly acquired the film and television rights to Wilder’s novels from Roger Lea MacBride and engaged Blanche Hanalis to write the teleplay for a two-hour motion picture pilot. Friendly then asked Michael Landon to direct the pilot; Landon agreed on the condition that he could also play Charles Ingalls.

The regular series was preceded by a two-hour pilot movie, which first aired on March 30, 1974. The pilot was based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's third Little House book in the series, Little House on the Prairie. The series premiered on the NBC network on September 11, 1974, and last aired on May 10, 1982. During the 1982–83 television season, with the departure of Landon and Grassle, a sequel series was broadcast with the new title Little House: A New Beginning, generally considered Season Nine for syndicated packages.

Years: 1974 - 1983

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 204

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Historical Drama

TV Movies: 3

Pilot Movie: 1

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MATLOCK


Matlock is an American mystery legal drama television series created by Dean Hargrove, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by Intermedia Entertainment Company (first season only), The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions (called Strathmore Productions in the first two seasons) and Viacom Productions, originally aired March 3, 1986 – May 8, 1992, on NBC and November 5, 1992 – May 7, 1995, on ABC.

The show's format is similar to that of CBS' Perry Mason (both Matlock and the 1980s Perry Mason television films were created by Dean Hargrove), with Matlock identifying the perpetrators and then confronting them in dramatic courtroom scenes. One difference, however, was that whereas Mason usually exculpated his clients at a pretrial hearing, Matlock usually secured an acquittal at trial, from the jury. Usually, at the end of the case, the person who is on the stand being questioned by Matlock is the actual perpetrator and Matlock will expose him/her, despite making clear that his one goal is to prove reasonable doubt in the case of his client's guilt or to prove his client's innocence. Matlock studied law at Harvard Law School and, after several years as a public defender, established his law practice in Atlanta, living in a modest farmhouse in a neighbouring suburb. He is known to visit crime scenes to discover clues otherwise overlooked and come up with viable alternative theories of the crime in question (usually murder). Matlock also has conspicuously finicky fashion sense; he generally appears in court wearing a trademark light gray suit and, over the series' entire run, owned three generations of the Ford Crown Victoria—always an all-gray model (Griffith's character had always driven Ford products in his 1960s series, The Andy Griffith Show).

Years: 1986 - 1995

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 193

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Legal / Drama

Pilot Movie: 1

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PERRY MASON TV FILM SERIES


A series of 30 Perry Mason television films aired on NBC from 1985 to 1995 as sequels to the CBS TV series Perry Mason. After a hiatus of nearly 20 years, Raymond Burr reprised his role as Los Angeles defense attorney Mason in 26 of the television films. Following Burr's death in 1993, Paul Sorvino and Hal Holbrook starred in the remaining four television films that aired from 1993 to 1995, with Sorvino playing lawyer Anthony Caruso in the first of these and Holbrook playing "Wild Bill" McKenzie in the last three.

Years: 1985 - 1995

TV Series: 3

TV Films: 30

Running Time: 120 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Legal Drama

Films: 6

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RESCUE 911


Rescue 911 is an informational docudrama television series that premiered on CBS on April 18, 1989, and ended on August 27, 1996. The series was hosted by William Shatner and featured re-enactments (and occasionally real footage) of emergencies that often involved calls to 911.

Though never intended as a teaching tool, various viewers used the knowledge they obtained watching the show. Two specials, titled "100 Lives Saved" and "200 Lives Saved," were dedicated to these viewers who had written to CBS with their stories on how the knowledge they obtained watching the show allowed them to save the life of someone else. At least 350 lives have been saved as a result of what viewers learned from watching it. The show's popularity coincided with the widespread adoption of the 911 emergency system, replacing standalone police and fire numbers that would vary from municipality to municipality. The number is now universally understood in the United States and Canada to be the number dialled for emergency assistance nationwide.

At its height, the show was adapted in 45 countries (with their own 911 equivalent showcased).

Years: 1989 - 1996

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 186

Specials: 2

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Docudrama

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SUPERHUMAN SAMURAI SYBER-SQUAD


Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (or, in short, SSSS) is an American television series. It was produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Ultracom Inc. and DIC Productions, L.P., with distribution by All American Television, and ran for a duration of 53 episodes from September 12, 1994 to April 11, 1995 in syndication, as well as on ABC. It was an adaptation of the Japanese tokusatsu series Gridman the Hyper Agent.

High school student Sam Collins, the head of a band known as Team Samurai, is zapped during a recording session by a power surge and disappears, only to return seconds later with a strange device attached to his wrist which, at the time, is unremovable. Later after his friends, Amp, Sydney, and Tanker, leave, one of his video game programs, dubbed Servo, is subject to a power surge and zaps Sam again just after he has remarked "Cool battle armour!" - this time he is pulled into the digital world and transformed into his creation. As Servo, he roams the digital world and fights monsters dubbed Mega-Viruses which are capable of attacking any device on the electrical grid (including the grid itself), Internet or telephone network, usually having real-life consequences far beyond what any standard computer virus would be capable of achieving.

Meanwhile, Malcolm Frink, another student from Sam's school, is designing monsters on his home computer when Kilokahn, an escaped military artificial-intelligence program that was presumed destroyed in the power surge, visits him via his computer screen and strikes a Faustian deal with him, transforming his digital monster into a Mega-Virus.

Years: 1994 - 1995

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 53

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Science Fantasy

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THE A-TEAM


The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987 about former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit. The four members of the team were tried by court martial for a crime they had not committed. They were convicted and sentenced to serve terms in a military prison, but later escaped to Los Angeles and began working as soldiers of fortune, while trying to clear their names and avoid capture by law enforcement and military authorities. The series was created by Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo.

Years: 1983 - 1987

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 98

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Action-Adventure

Film: 1

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THE DUKES OF HAZZARD


The Dukes of Hazzard is an American action-comedy television series that was aired on CBS from January 26, 1979, to February 8, 1985. The show aired for 147 episodes spanning seven seasons. It was consistently among the top-rated television series in the late 1970s (at one point, ranking second only to Dallas, which immediately followed the show on CBS's Friday night schedule). The show is about two young male cousins, Bo and Luke Duke, who live in rural Georgia and are on probation for moonshine-running. The young men and their friends and their female cousin Daisy Duke, and other family (such as patriarch Uncle Jesse), have various escapades as they evade the corrupt law officers Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. The young men drive a customized 1969 Dodge Charger nicknamed the General Lee, which became a symbol of the show.

The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, about a bootlegger family which was also created by Gy Waldron and had many identical or similar character names and concepts. The show was the basis for a film of the same title in 2005.

Years: 1979 - 1986

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 147

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Action / Comedy

TV Movies: 2

Films: 2

Spin-off Series: 1

Animated Series: 1

Video Games: 4

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CTV

THE LITTLEST HOBO


The Littlest Hobo is a Canadian television series (French title: Le Vagabond) based upon a 1958 American film of the same name directed by Charles R. Rondeau. The series first aired from 1963 to 1965 in syndication, and was revived for a popular second run on CTV, spanning six seasons, from October 11, 1979 to March 7, 1985. The concept of the show was that of "an ownerless dog".

All three productions revolved around an extremely intelligent stray German Shepherd, the titular Hobo, who wanders from town to town, helping people in need. Although the concept (of a dog saving the day) was perhaps similar to that of Lassie and/or Rin Tin Tin, the Littlest Hobo's destiny was to befriend those who apparently needed help (all portrayed by actors in celebrity guest appearance roles). Despite the attempts of the many people whom he helped to adopt him, he appeared to prefer to be on his own, and would head off by himself at the end of each episode.

Years: 1963-'65, 1979-'85

Seasons: 8

Episodes: 175

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Family / Adventure

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HBO

THE SOPRANOS


The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. The story revolves around Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster, portraying the difficulties that he faces as he tries to balance his family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization. These are explored during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). The series features Tony's family members, mafia colleagues, and rivals in prominent roles—most notably his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and his protégé/distant cousin Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli).

The pilot was ordered in 1997, and the show premiered on HBO on January 10, 1999. The series ran for six seasons totalling 86 episodes until June 10, 2007. Broadcast syndication followed in the U.S. and internationally. The Sopranos was produced by HBO, Chase Films, and Brad Grey Television. It was primarily filmed at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City in Queens, New York City and on location in New Jersey. The executive producers throughout the show's run were David Chase, Brad Grey, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter, and Matthew Weiner.

Years: 1999 - 2007

Seasons: 6

Episodes: 86

Running Time: 90 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Crime Drama

Film: 1

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CBS

THE WALTONS


The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr. based on the book Spencer's Mountain. The series' pilot was known as The Homecoming, a 1973 American drama film.

The series initially takes place on Walton's Mountain, Virginia during the time of the Great Depression. Families struggled day to day due to the price increase of consumer goods and decrease of work available. The story follows the lives of The Waltons, a multi-generational household whose ancestors cultivated the spot where they live (hence "Waltons Mountain"). Throughout the series, the characters become older and eventually start raising families of their own, working out of the house, or joining the military ranks.

Years: 1972 - 1981

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 221

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Historical Drama

Reunion Movies: 6

TV Films: 2

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Paramount Network

YELLOWSTONE


Yellowstone is an American drama television series created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson that premiered on June 20, 2018, on the Paramount Network. The series stars Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, and Gil Birmingham. The series follows the Dutton family, owners of the largest ranch in Montana, the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, commonly called "the Yellowstone". The plot revolves around family drama at the ranch and the bordering Broken Rock Indian Reservation, national park, and developers.

Years: 2018 - Current ('22)

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 39+

Running Time: 90 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Drama

Spin-offs: 3

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FOX/TBS

AMERICAN DAD!


American Dad! is a satirical American animated television series produced by Underdog Productions and Fuzzy Door Productions for 20th Century Fox. It was created, in part, by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy who wanted to recreate the dynamic of All in the Family of a conservative father and a liberal daughter.

The pilot episode aired in the United States on Fox on February 6 2005, thirty minutes after the end of Super Bowl XXXIX; the regular series began May 1 2005, after the season premiere of Family Guy. Starting with "Blonde Ambition", TBS took over broadcasting of American Dad! for a 15 episode season, which was renewed later for two more 22 episode seasons on the network. American Dad! follows the events of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Stan Smith and his family.

Years: 2005 - Current ('22)

Seasons: 19

Episodes: 329

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Sitcom

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FOX

FUTURAMA


Futurama is an American animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening that premiered on Fox on March 28, 1999. The series follows the adventures of the professional slacker Philip J. Fry, who is cryogenically preserved for 1000 years and is revived in the 31st century. Fry finds work at an interplanetary delivery company, working alongside the one-eyed Leela and robot Bender. The series was envisioned by Groening in the mid-1990s while working on The Simpsons; he brought David X. Cohen aboard to develop storylines and characters to pitch the show to Fox.

Following its initial cancellation by Fox, Futurama began airing reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block, which lasted from 2003 to 2007 and again since 2021. It was revived in 2007 as four direct-to-video films, the last of which was released in early 2009. Comedy Central entered into an agreement with 20th Century Fox Television to syndicate the existing episodes and air the films as 16 new, half-hour episodes, constituting a fifth season.

In June 2009, Comedy Central picked up the show for 26 new half-hour episodes, which began airing in 2010 and 2011. The show was renewed for a seventh season, with the first half airing in 2012 and the second in 2013. An audio-only episode featuring the original cast members was released in 2017 as an episode of The Nerdist Podcast. On February 9, 2022, Hulu revived the series with a 20-episode order set to premiere in 2023.

Years: 1999 - 2003

2008 - 2013, 2023-'24*

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 140

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Sitcom

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FOX

KING OF THE HILL


King of the Hill is an American animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels for the Fox Broadcasting Company that aired from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010. It centers on the Hills, an American family in the fictional city of Arlen, Texas, as well as their neighbours, co-workers, relatives, classmates, friends, and acquaintances. Series protagonist, patriarch, and everyman Hank Hill works as assistant manager at Strickland Propane. He lives in a ranch-style house with his wife Peggy, his son Bobby, his niece Luanne, and his pet bloodhound Ladybird. Hank's neighbours are his long-time friends Bill Dauterive, a divorced, bald, overweight military barber and former high school football star; Dale Gribble, a paranoid, pro-gun, anti-government exterminator; and Jeff Boomhauer, a charismatic, soft-spoken, often unintelligible bachelor. The show's realistic approach seeks humour in the conventional and mundane aspects of everyday life, such as blue-collar workers, substitute teachers, the trials of puberty, and political correctness.

Years: 1997 - 2010

Seasons: 13

Episodes: 259

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Sitcom

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FOX

THE SIMPSONS


The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of American life, epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture and society, television, and the human condition.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. He created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after his own family members, substituting Bart for his own name; he thought Simpson was a funny name in that it sounded similar to "simpleton". The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After three seasons, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and became Fox's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–1990).

Years: 1989 - Current ('22)

Seasons: 33

Episodes: 720

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Sitcom

Films: 1

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Teletoon

6TEEN


6teen was a Canadian animated teen sitcom first aired on November 4, 2004, on the Canadian network Teletoon. It was created by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch. It is set in the fictional Galleria Mall and follows an ensemble cast of six sixteen-year-old friends as they explore their first part-time jobs and lives as teenagers. It is a Fresh TV Inc., Nelvana Limited and Teletoon Television Production. Over its 6-year run, 6teen aired 91 episodes over four seasons, as well as two one-hour specials. The fourth and final season was composed of 13 episodes. It debuted on September 10, 2009, and ended on February 11, 2010. Notably, unlike the previous three seasons, when aired on Cartoon Network the episodes were aired in order (although "Role Reversal" was held back from airing for censorship reasons).

Years: 2004-'06, 2007-'08

2009-'10

Seasons: 4

Episodes: 93

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Animated Comedy

Specials: 2

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TBS

CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS


Captain Planet and the Planeteers is an American animated environmentalist superhero television series created by Barbara Pyle and Ted Turner and developed by Pyle, Nicholas Boxer, Thom Beers, Andy Heyward, Robby London, Bob Forward and Cassandra Schafausen. The series was produced by Turner Program Services and DIC Enterprises and United States broadcast on TBS from September 15, 1990, to December 5, 1992, and United Kingdom broadcast on TV-am from 1991, to 1992, GMTV from 1993, to 1996, And Cartoon Network from 1994, to 1999. A sequel series, The New Adventures of Captain Planet, was produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc., distributed by Turner Program Services and United States broadcast from September 11, 1993, to May 11, 1996. Both series continue today in syndication. The program is a form of edutainment and advocates environmentalism and is known for having a number of famous actors providing voices for the villains. The show spawned a franchise consisting of a charity, and video games.

Years: 1990 - 1996

Seasons: 6

Episodes: 113

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

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Global

CARE BEARS


Care Bears are multi-colored bears, originally painted in 1981 by artist Elena Kucharik to be used on greeting cards from American Greetings. In 1983, the characters were turned into plush teddy bears.

The characters headlined their own television series called Care Bears from 1985 to 1988. They also made three feature films: The Care Bears Movie (1985), Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986), and The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987).

Each Care Bear is a different color and has a special "belly badge" that represents its personality. Adding to the Care Bear family are the "Care Bear Cousins", which feature a lion, rabbit, penguin, raccoon, monkey, elephant, pig, lamb, dog, cat, and horse created in the same style as the Care Bears.

Years: 1983 - 2020

Series: 6

Episodes: 170

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada/France/United States

Genre: Animated Series

Films: 9

Specials: 3

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ABC

DARKWING DUCK


Darkwing Duck is an American animated superhero comedy television series produced by Disney Television Animation (formerly Walt Disney Television Animation) that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney Afternoon and Saturday mornings on ABC. A total of ninety-one episodes were aired. It features the adventures of Darkwing Duck, who is the superheroic alter-ego of ordinary suburban duck Drake Mallard. Darkwing Duck tells the adventures of the titular superhero, aided by his sidekick and pilot Launchpad McQuack (from DuckTales). In his secret identity of Drake Mallard (a parody of Kent Allard, the alter ego of the Shadow), he lives in an unassuming suburban house with his adopted daughter Gosalyn, next door to the bafflingly dim-witted Muddlefoot family. Darkwing struggles to balance his egotistical craving for fame and attention against his desire to be a good father to Gosalyn and help do good in St. Canard. Most episodes put these two aspects of Darkwing's character in direct conflict, though Darkwing's better nature usually prevails.

Years: 1991 - 1992

Seasons: 3

Episodes: 91

Running Time: 30 Minutes

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

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Disney Channel

DAVE THE BARBARIAN


Dave the Barbarian is an American animated television series created by Doug Langdale for Disney Channel. The show centers on a barbarian named Dave and his friends and family, who go on surreal Medieval-themed adventures. The series premiered on January 23, 2004 and ended on January 22, 2005, with a total of one season with 21 episodes.

The series takes place in the kingdom of Udrogoth during the Middle Ages. It centers on Dave (voiced by Danny Cooksey), a powerful yet cowardly barbarian who lives with his fashionable yet self-centered older sister Candy (Erica Luttrell) and feisty younger sister Fang (Tress MacNeille). His parents, Throktar and Glimia, are the King and Queen, but are away "fighting evil" across the world (though they sometimes communicate via a magic crystal ball or cauldron), and have left Candy in charge of the kingdom as Princess Regent while Dave is supposed to defend the kingdom (since he is the biggest). Together the three siblings, along with their gluttonous and mildly incompetent "wizard" uncle Oswidge, are left to run and protect the kingdom from the villainous yet dimwitted Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy (Paul Rugg).

Years: 2004 - 2005

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 21

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

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ABC

DINOSAURS


Dinosaurs was a half-hour sitcom which aired on ABC. The series, conceived just before Jim Henson's death, focused on a family of dinosaurs, the Sinclairs, and used ground-breaking full body, animatronic puppets.

The show was a joint venture that merged the talents and resources of Michael Jacobs Productions, The Jim Henson Company, and Disney's Touchstone Entertainment. Dinosaurs made use of a system known as animatronics to express and alter the dinosaurs' facial movements, a process developed by Brian Henson and his team at the London Creature Shop.

The show was an effective parody of human life and the American sitcom. Dinosaurs was set in the year 60,000,003 BC. Just a million years earlier, the dinosaurs behaved like animals, eating their offspring and living in swamps. But now they had evolved, raising families, living in houses, working, and paying taxes.

Years: 1991 - 1994

Seasons: 4

Episodes: 65

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Puppetry Sitcom

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Nickelodeon/ABC

DOUG


Doug is an animated television series created by Jim Jinkins and produced by Jumbo Pictures. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common predicaments while attending school in his new hometown of Bluffington. Doug narrates each story in his journal, and the show incorporates many imagination sequences. The series addresses numerous topics, including trying to fit in, platonic and romantic relationships, self-esteem, bullying, and rumors. Many episodes center on Doug's attempts to impress his classmate and crush, Patti Mayonnaise.

Years: 1991 - 1999

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 117

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

Film: 1

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CBS

FIEVEL'S AMERICAN TAILS


Fievel's American Tails is an animated television series, produced by Amblimation, Nelvana, and Universal Cartoon Studios. It aired on CBS for one season in 1992, and continued Fievel's adventures from the film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. Phillip Glasser, Dom DeLuise and Cathy Cavadini were the only actors from the film to reprise their roles, as Fievel, Tiger and Tanya respectively. One character, Wylie Burp, is written off from this show following the respect of James Stewart's retirement. Another character, Tony Toponi, is written off following Pat Musick's then-current parenting of her daughter Mae Whitman, as Tony could not reappear until the DTV sequels in the late 1990s. He only made cameos in Fievel Goes West owing to that respect.

The show had a focus on promoting reading, and frequently the solution to an episode's conflict was found by Fievel reading. The character also appeared in public-service messages sponsored by the nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental.

After its abandonment for over two decades, NBCUniversal regained rights to the series in 2020.

Years: 1992

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 13

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

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ABC

FILLMORE!


Fillmore! is an American animated television series created by Scott M. Gimple for ABC and, later, Toon Disney. It originally ran from 2002 to 2004. A parody of popular police dramas of the 1970s, Fillmore! is centered on reformed juvenile delinquent Cornelius Fillmore and his new partner, Ingrid Third, members of the Safety Patrol at X Middle School. The series was aimed at children, but also attracted an older audience with its '70s references.

It was the last series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation for ABC, before producing shows exclusively with Disney Channel. It is also the last Saturday-morning cartoon. The series ran for two seasons (the standard length for a Saturday morning cartoon) and maintains a dedicated fanbase and is considered a cult hit. Reruns later aired on Disney Channel, Toon Disney, and Disney XD.

Years: 2002 - 2004

Seasons: 2

Episodes: 26

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

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CBS

GARFIELD AND FRIENDS


Garfield and Friends is an American animated television series based on the comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis and run on CBS Saturday mornings from September 17, 1988, to December 10, 1994, with reruns airing until October 7, 1995. Seven seasons of the series were produced.

In addition to the segments featuring Garfield, the series also included segments featuring the characters from U.S. Acres, a comic strip Davis was drawing concurrently with Garfield when Garfield and Friends premiered on television. Like the comic strip these were based on, the animated segments were re-titled Orson's Farm for viewers outside of the United States (taking the name of their main character, Orson Pig). Although Davis stopped producing new strips of U.S. Acres/Orson's Farm seven months after Garfield and Friends debuted, the characters continued to appear on television throughout the show's run.

Years: 1988 - 1994

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 121

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

TV Specials: 12

Series: 3

Live Action Films: 2

D-t-V: 3

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Global & Others

INSPECTOR GADGET


Inspector Gadget is an animated science fiction comedy series from the mid–1980s co-created by Andy Heyward, Jean Chalopin and Bruno Bianchi, and was originally syndicated by DIC Audiovisuel and Lexington Broadcast Services Company. The series stars the voice of Don Adams as the titular character, and first premiered on September 12, 1983. It is the first cartoon show to be syndicated by DIC, who specifically created the series to help expand into the North American market, and the first animated series to be presented in stereo sound. The program originally ran from 1983 to 1986, broadcasting 86 episodes over two seasons, and remained in syndication into the late 1990s. The show revolves around the adventures of a clumsy, dim-witted detective named Inspector Gadget—a cyborg human with various bionic gadgets built into his body—who is sent on missions to thwart plans by his nemesis Dr. Claw, the leader of an evil organization known as "M.A.D.", unknowingly being assisted by his niece Penny and their dog, Brain.

Years: 1983 - 1986

Seasons: 2

Series: 5

Episodes: 86

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: France, Canada, United States

Genre: Animated Series

Films: 5

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Nickelodeon

MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT


My Life as a Teenage Robot is an American television series created by Rob Renzetti. Set in the fictional town of Tremorton, the series follows the adventures of a 16-year-old robot girl named Jenny Wakeman (a.k.a. XJ-9), who was created by her mother Dr. Nora Wakeman and designed to protect Earth, while also striving to live the life of a normal teenage girl.

The show focuses on making light-hearted fun of typical teenage problems and other conventions of the teenage and superhero lives, mixed up with a blend of action and comedy sequences.

Years: 2003-'05, 2008-'09

Seasons: 3

Episodes: 40

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

TV Movie: 1

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ABC/Global

MY PET MONSTER


The My Pet Monster character began as a plush doll first produced by AM Toys, a subsidiary of American Greetings, in 1986. As one of the few plush dolls marketed to boys at the time, My Pet Monster was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The character's popularity spawned a live-action direct-to-video film in 1986 about a boy named Max who becomes the Pet Monster after being exposed to a statue, changing when hungry. Dr. Snyder, the scientist who originally discovered the statues and the legend behind them, wants to kidnap him for publicity purposes, while Max's sister helps him out of the crisis. A pilot for an unproduced series, it ends on a cliffhanger as Snyder is exposed to a statue of a much larger and more menacing monster and begins to transform.

My Pet Monster also spawned a children's cartoon series that ran for one season on ABC, produced by Ellipse (France), Nelvana (Canada), and Hi-Tops Video in association with Golden Books. It gives a completely different origin for the creature than the live-action film. The show follows Monster, who lives with a boy named Max. When Monster wears his handcuffs, they turn him into a stuffed animal. Max often puts the handcuffs on Monster to keep his existence secret from others. Max's sister, Jill, and his friend Chuckie, are the only ones that know this secret.

Years: 1987

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 13

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada, United States

Genre: Animated Series

Video Special: 1

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Kideo TV/Netflix & Others

POPPLES


Popples is an animated television series, based on the Popples toys, created by Marie Cisterino, Janet Jones, Fran Kariotakis, Janet Redding, and Susan Trentel, that aired in syndication in the United States from 1986 to 1987. The cartoon was produced by DIC Enterprises and LBS Communications in association with The Maltese Companies.

Like the toys which they are based on, the Popples resemble colorful teddy bears/rabbits with long, pompom-tipped tails, and they have pouches on their backs that allow them to curl into a fuzzy ball. All the Popples stutter when they say words with the letter "P" in them. The name "Popple" is a reference to the popping sound they make when unfolding themselves from such a ball, or pulling objects from their pouches. In the cartoon Popples commonly pull large items from their pouches that could not possibly fit inside, which come from hammerspace; in "Popples Alley", one of the Popples' human friends looks inside one of their pouches and sees numerous objects floating in a void.

Nine of the Popples live with a human brother and sister, Billy and Bonnie Wagner. Billy and Bonnie think they are the only kids who have Popples until a neighbor family moves in and they have their own Popples — the Rock Stars, Pufflings, and Babies. The Popples tend to make the kids activities go out of hand, but with beneficial results by the end. The plot revolved around the children's efforts to hide the existence of the Popples from the adults around them, although their existence is found out by the Wagner parents in the pilot and not in the cartoons.

Years: 1986-'87, 2015-'16

Seasons: 5

Series: 2

Episodes: 70

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States, France, Russia

Genre: Animated Series

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Kideo TV/Global & Others

RAINBOW BRITE


Rainbow Brite is a media franchise by Hallmark Cards, introduced in 1984. The animated Rainbow Brite television series first aired in 1984, the same year Hallmark licensed Rainbow Brite to Mattel for a range of dolls and other merchandise. A theatrical feature-length film, Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer, was released by Warner Bros. in 1985. The franchise was rebooted in 2014 with a three part mini-series released on Hallmark's online streaming video service, Feeln. A line of new merchandise by Hallmark online and in its shops debuted in 2015. An orphan girl named Wisp is sent to a colorless world by an unknown force to bring color to it. While there, she befriends Twink, Starlite, and the Color Kids. After donning her signature color belt, she uses it to vanquish The Dark One, aided by Murky Dismal and Lurky. The world, now filled with color and life, is protected by the hero Rainbow Brite, formerly known as Wisp from the likes of Murky Dismal and the Dark Princess! And well, the rest is history.

Years: 1984-'86, 2014

Seasons: 2

Series: 2

Episodes: 16

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

Films: 1

Live Action Specials: 2

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YTV

REBOOT


ReBoot is a Canadian computer-animated TV series that originally aired on YTV from 1994 to 2001. It was produced by Vancouver-based Mainframe Entertainment, Alliance Communications and BLT Productions. The animated series was created by Gavin Blair, Ian Pearson, Phil Mitchell, and John Grace, with the visuals designed by Brendan McCarthy after an initial attempt by Ian Gibson. It was one of the world's first CGI television series.

The series follows the adventures of a Guardian named Bob and his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix as they work to keep the computer system of Mainframe safe from the viruses and other threats.

A reimagined, live-action/CGI-animated series, ReBoot: The Guardian Code, was announced in 2015, and the first ten episodes debuted on Netflix worldwide (excluding Canada) on March 30, 2018. YTV aired all twenty episodes from June 4 to July 5, 2018.

Years: 1994 - 2001

Seasons: 4

Episodes: 47

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Animated Series

Series: 2

TV Films: 2 (8 Episodes, S4)

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ROBOT MAN & FRIENDS


Aired in 1985, Robotman & Friends is a fully animated, three part mini-series, of the first child-size, user friendly robots.

In Robotman & Friends our programmable pals have an exciting and fun-filled adventure. Robotman, Stellar, Oops, and Lint are at home with Thomas and Michael, their human friends, watching Thomas tinker with his latest invention, a mechanical dog named Bleep. Suddenly, the robots noses blink red, signalling danger nearby. The robots discover that the evil Roberon, who wants to destroy all love and happiness, has also come to earth.

What follows is a harrowing adventure through the magical Robotland and The land of Shadows, gloomy home of Roberon. Robotman & Friends must stop the evil Roberon or all love and happiness will be lost forever!

Years: 1984 - 1985

Country: United States

Specials: 1

Episodes: 3 (Special Divided)

Running Tim: 90 Min.

Genre: Animated Mini-Series

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RUGRATS


Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers most prominently—Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, and twins Phil and Lil—and their day-to-day lives, usually involving life experiences that become much greater adventures in the imaginations of the main characters.

The series premiered on August 11, 1991, as the second Nicktoon—after Doug and before The Ren & Stimpy Show, with an initial instalment of 65 episodes spanning three seasons. Production was then halted in 1993 with the last episode airing on May 22, 1994. From 1995 to 1996, the only new episodes broadcast were "A Rugrats Passover" and "A Rugrats Chanukah", two Jewish-themed episodes that received critical acclaim. During this time, after the end of the show's production run, Rugrats began to receive a boost in ratings and popularity due to constant reruns on Nickelodeon.

Years: 1991 - 2006

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 172

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

Series: 4

Films: 3

Specials: 1

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SCOOBY DOO


Scooby-Doo is an American animated franchise comprising many animated television series produced from 1969 to the present, as well as their derivative media. Writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears created the original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, for Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1969. This Saturday-morning cartoon series featured teenagers Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Shaggy Rogers, and their talking Great Dane named Scooby-Doo, who solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures through a series of antics and missteps.

Scooby-Doo was originally broadcast on CBS from 1969 to 1976, when it moved to ABC. ABC aired various versions of Scooby-Doo until cancelling it in 1985, and presented a spin-off featuring the characters as children called A Pup Named Scooby-Doo from 1988 until 1991. Two Scooby-Doo reboots aired as part of Kids' WB on The WB and its successor The CW from 2002 until 2008. Further reboots were produced for Cartoon Network beginning in 2010 and continuing through 2018. Repeats of the various Scooby-Doo series are frequently broadcast on Cartoon Network's sister channel Boomerang in the United States as well as other countries. The current Scooby-Doo series, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, premiered on June 27, 2019, as an original series on Boomerang's streaming service and later HBO Max.

Years: 1969 - Current ('22)

Series: 13

Seasons: 30

Episodes: 444

Running Time: 30/60 Min.

Genre: Animated Series

Country: United States

Films: 47

Specials: 12

Shorts: 46

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STOP THE SMOGGIES


The Smoggies is a 1989-1990 animated children's television show by Cinar.

The show took place on or around the fictional Coral Island, and revolved around a group of island-dwelling people called the Suntots and a trio of polluting treasure hunters called the Smoggies. The Suntots spent much of their time defending their island paradise from the Smoggies, who polluted everything around them and lived on a coal fired steam ship, the SS Stinky Poo, which polluted the water and air around the island. The Smoggies constantly tried to destroy the Suntots' home for their own benefits.

Almost every episode had the environmentalist Suntots outsmarting the Smoggies latest scheme, after which the Smoggies invariably hatched another scheme. Thus, the show also explains the importance of protecting the environment.

A recurring theme was their attempt to steal the island's "magic coral" (which the Smoggies believed granted eternal youth), or find some alternative way to maintain youth. The show often implied that the magic coral did not actually exist, however, and were just manifestations of the Smoggies' (mainly Emma's) greed and vanity.

Years: 1989 - 1990

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 52

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada, France

Genre: Animated Series

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (initially known as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in some European countries) is an American animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH Groupe. It was the first television adaptation of the superhero team of the same name created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in syndication as a five-part miniseries, and the show began its official run on October 1, 1988. The series ran until November 2, 1996, when it aired its final episode.

Set in New York City, the series follows the adventures of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their allies as they battle the Shredder, Krang, and numerous other villains and criminals. The property was changed considerably from the darker-toned comics, to make it more suitable for children and the family.

Years: 1987 - 1996

Seasons: 10

Episodes: 193

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

OVA Series: 1

Live Action Films: 5

Animated Films: 5

Series: 5

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THE ADVENTURES OF TEDDY RUXPIN


The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin is a children's animated television series based on Teddy Ruxpin, an animatronic teddy bear created by Ken Forsse and distributed by toy manufacturer Worlds of Wonder. Produced in 1986–7 for television syndication by DIC Enterprises with Atkinson Film-Arts, the series employed many of the same voice actors used in the book-and-tape series that was made for the eponymous animatronic toy. While some of the stories used in the TV series were adapted from the books, many were original and greatly expanded upon the world established there. The series differed from traditional children's animation in that most of its 65 episodes were serialized rather than in traditional episodic form.

In the United States, the series was originally syndicated by LBS Communications.

The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin follows 15-year-old Teddy Ruxpin as he leaves his home on the island of Rillonia with his best friend Grubby to follow an ancient map which leads him to find a collection of crystals on the mainland of Grundo. With the help of his new friend Dr. Newton Gimmick, Teddy and Grubby discover the magical powers of what turns out to be an ancestral treasure as well as an organization with ambitions to use it for evil known as M.A.V.O. (short for Monsters and Villains Organization). Along the way, Teddy learns the long-lost history of his species and clues to the location of his missing father.

Years: 1986 - 1987

Seasons: 2

Episodes: 65

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada, United States

Genre: Animated Series

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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN


Hergé's Adventures of Tintin (Les aventures de Tintin d'après Hergé) (1957) was the first production of Belvision Studios. Ten of Hergé's books were adapted, each serialised into a set of five-minute episodes, with 103 episodes produced. The series was directed by Ray Goossens and written by Belgian comic artist Greg, later editor-in-chief of Tintin magazine, and produced by Raymond Leblanc. Most stories in the series varied widely from the original books, often changing whole plots.

The Adventures of Tintin (Les aventures de Tintin) (1991–92) was the more successful Tintin television series. An adaptation of twenty-one Tintin books, it was directed by Stéphane Bernasconi and was produced by Ellipse (France) and Canadian Nelvana on behalf of the Hergé Foundation. The series adhered closely to the albums to such an extent that panels from the original were often transposed directly to the screen. The series aired in over fifty countries and was released on DVD. It aired in the US on HBO.

Years: 1957-'64, 1991-'92

Seasons: 5

Series: 2

Episodes: 141

Running Time: 30 Minutes

Country: France, Canada

Genre: Animated Series

Films: 5

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THE BOTS MASTER


The Bots Master is a 1993 cartoon series, produced by Jean Chalopin through his company "Créativité et Développement" ("C&D") in France (where the show was known as Le Maître des Bots) and Saban International. In total 40 episodes were made, each one having a special 3D segment and titles. The series was co-produced by Avi Arad and Associates. The show also had a toyline based on it. In the year 2025 A.D., robots have become commonplace, performing menial tasks and working in industry. For that, the world can thank the young genius robotic engineer Ziv "ZZ" Zulander and the Robotic Megafact Corporation (aka RM Corp) he works for. Ziv's creation of the "3A robot series" revolutionized the world and its application of robotics. However, Sir Lewis Leon Paradim (aka "LLP", president of RM Corp) isn't satisfied being one of the wealthiest men in the world; he desires world domination. With his assistants Lady Frenzy and Dr. Hiss, LLP plans to take control of the planet through a coup, using the very same 3A bots that ZZ had invented to benefit humanity. Dr. Hiss creates a new chip, called the "Krang Chip", which can be used to override any 3A series robot to take orders exclusively from RM Corp. ZZ learns of LLP's evil plan and decides to defect from the company, intending to stop the continued manufacture and distribution of the Krang Chips.

Years: 1993 - 1994

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 40

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada, France, United States

Genre: Animated Series

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THE BUGS BUNNY & TWEETY SHOW


The Bugs Bunny Show is a long-running American animated anthology television series hosted by Bugs Bunny that was mainly composed of theatrical Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons released by Warner Bros. between 1948 and 1969. The show originally debuted as a primetime half-hour program on ABC in 1960, featuring three theatrical Looney Tunes cartoons with new linking sequences produced by the Warner Bros. Cartoons staff.

After two seasons, The Bugs Bunny Show moved to Saturday mornings, where it remained in one format or another for nearly four decades. The show's title and length changed regularly over the years, as did the network: both ABC and CBS broadcast versions of The Bugs Bunny Show. In 2000, the series, by then known as The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, was cancelled after the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies libraries became the exclusive property of the Cartoon Network family of cable TV networks in the United States. Reruns of The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show were aired on the Canadian channels Teletoon and Teletoon's sister channel, Teletoon Retro (until 2015 when Teletoon Retro signed off). Prior to Teletoon and Teletoon Retro, CBC Television (1960–1975) and Global Television Network (1978–1982, 1990–2000) aired the show. In Australia, episodes of the show was divided into 3 networks with most episodes aired on Nine Network and some episodes were divided on Network Ten and Seven Network since its debut.

Years: 1960 - 2000

Seasons: 27

Renamed Titles: 4

Episodes: 684

Running Time: 60/30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

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THE FLINTSTONES


The Flintstones is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series takes place in a romanticized Stone Age setting and follows the activities of the titular family, the Flintstones, and their next-door neighbours, the Rubbles. It was originally broadcast on ABC from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, and was the first animated series to hold a prime-time slot on television.

The show follows the lives of Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their pets Dino and Baby Puss, eventually seeing the addition of baby Pebbles Flintstone. Also featured are relatives Pearl Slaghoople and Uncle Tex Hardrock. The Rubbles are close characters to the Flintstones, including Fred's best friend, Barney Rubble, and his family, Betty Rubble, Bamm-Bamm Rubble and their pet, Hoppy.

Producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera gained inspiration for the show's concept and music from popular cartoons of that time, including The Bugs Bunny Show and Tom and Jerry.

The continuing popularity of The Flintstones rests heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting. The Flintstones was the most financially successful and longest-running network animated television series for three decades, until The Simpsons surpassed it in 1997. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second-greatest TV cartoon of all time (after The Simpsons).

Years: 1960 - 1966

Seasons: 6

Episodes: 166

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

Series: 16

Animated Film: 1

Films: 2

TV Specials: 12

TV Films: 5

D-T-V Films: 1

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THE JETSONS


The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. It originally aired in prime time from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963 on ABC, then later aired in reruns via syndication. New episodes were produced from 1985 to 1987 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera block. It was Hanna-Barbera's Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones.

While the Flintstones lived in a world which was a comical version of the Stone Age, with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in a comical version of a century in the future, with elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions. The original was comprised of 24 episodes and aired on Sunday nights on ABC beginning on September 23, 1962, with prime time reruns continuing through September 22, 1963. It debuted as the first program broadcast in color on ABC. (Only a handful of ABC stations were capable of broadcasting in color in the early 1960s.) Following its primetime run, the show aired on Saturday mornings for decades, starting on ABC for the 1963–64 season and then on CBS and NBC. New episodes were produced for syndication from 1985 to 1987. No further specials or episodes of the show were produced after 1989, as the majority of the core cast (George O'Hanlon, Mel Blanc and Daws Butler) had died in 1988 and 1989. The 1990 film Jetsons: The Movie served as the series finale to the television show.

Years: 1962-'63, 1985-'87

Seasons: 3

Episodes: 75

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

Animated Films: 1

TV Films: 2

TV Specials: 1

D-T-V Films: 1

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THE POUND PUPPIES & ALL NEW POUND PUPPIES


Pound Puppies (known as All New Pound Puppies in its second season) is a 1986 American animated series made by Hanna-Barbera Productions, inspired by the Tonka Toys line and centers on 11-year old Holly and her dog friends Cooler, Whopper, Nose Marie, and Howler at the Wagga Wagga Pound who work hard to find happy homes for dogs. They are opposed by Brattina and Katrina, along with Catgut and Nabbit. The series began with a one-hour special in 1985 on ABC.

Years: 1986 - 1987

Seasons: 2

Series: 2

Episodes: 26

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

TV Specials: 1

Animated Films: 1

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THE RACCOONS


The Raccoons is a Canadian animated television series that ran on CBC from November 11, 1985 to March 19, 1991 in Canada and on Disney Channel from July 4, 1985 to August 28, 1992 in the United States, with three preceding television specials from its inception in 1980, and one direct to video special in 1984. The franchise was created by Kevin Gillis with the co-operation of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The series revolves around Bert Raccoon and married couple Ralph and Melissa Raccoon, of whom Bert is a friend and roommate. The series mostly involved the trio's efforts against the industrialist forces of greedy aardvark millionaire Cyril Sneer, who regularly tries to destroy the forest for a quick buck. However, the Raccoons always save their forest from Cyril's schemes, with help from their forest friends including Schaeffer, a gentle Old English Sheepdog; Cedric, Cyril's college graduate son; and Sophia Tutu, Cedric's girlfriend. As the series progresses, Cyril becomes more of a sympathetic character, eventually becoming an antihero, becoming more responsible in his priorities and business practices.

Years: 1985 - 1991

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 60

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Animated Series

TV Specials: 4

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THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS


The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spin-off/sequel of the 1984 comedy film Ghostbusters. The series ran from September 13, 1986, to October 5, 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television and DIC Enterprises, and distributed by Coca-Cola Telecommunications.

The series continues the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, their secretary Janine Melnitz and their mascot ghost Slimer.

"The Real" was added to the title after a dispute with Filmation and its Ghost Busters properties.

Years: 1986 - 1991

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 140

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

Series: 3

Films: 4

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THE SMURFS


The Smurfs is an animated fantasy-comedy children's television series that originally aired on NBC from 12 September 1981 to 2 December 1989, lasted for eight years. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, it is based on the Belgian comic series by the same name, created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo (who also served as story supervisor of this adaptation) and aired for 258 episodes with a total of 419 stories, excluding three cliffhanger episodes and seven specials.

In 1976, Stuart R. Ross, an American media and entertainment entrepreneur who saw the Smurfs while traveling in Belgium, entered into an agreement with Editions Dupuis and Peyo, acquiring North American and other rights to the characters, whose original name was "les Schtroumpfs". Subsequently, Ross launched the Smurfs in the United States in association with a California company, Wallace Berrie and Co., whose figurines, dolls and other Smurf merchandise became a hugely popular success. NBC President Fred Silverman's daughter, Melissa, had a Smurf doll of her own that he had bought for her at a toy shop while they were visiting Aspen, Colorado. Silverman thought that a series based on the Smurfs might make a good addition to his Saturday-morning line-up.

Years: 1981 - 1989

Seasons: 9

Episodes: 258

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States, Belgium

Genre: Animated Series

Series: 3

TV Specials: 2

Specials: 7

Animated Films: 5

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THUNDERBIRDS


Thunderbirds is a British science fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, filmed by their production company AP Films (APF) and distributed by ITC Entertainment. It was made between 1964 and 1966 using a form of electronic marionette puppetry (dubbed "Supermarionation") combined with scale model special effects sequences. Two series, totalling thirty-two 50-minute episodes, were filmed; production ended with the completion of the sixth episode of the second series after Lew Grade, the Andersons' financial backer, failed in his bid to sell the programme to American network television.

Set in the 2060s, Thunderbirds is a follow-up to the earlier Supermarionation productions Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray. It follows the exploits of International Rescue, a life-saving organisation equipped with technologically-advanced land, sea, air and space rescue craft; these are headed by a fleet of five vehicles named the Thunderbirds and launched from the organisation's secret base of operations in the Pacific Ocean. The main characters are ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy, leader of International Rescue, and his five adult sons, who pilot the Thunderbird machines.

Years: 1964 - 1966

Seasons: 2

Episodes: 32

Running Time: 60 Min.

Country: United Kingdom

Genre: Supermarionation

Films: 3

Series: 2

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TINY TOON ADVENTURES


Tiny Toon Adventures is an American animated comedy television series that was broadcast from September 14, 1990 to December 6, 1992 as the first collaborative effort of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation after being conceived in the late 1980s by Tom Ruegger. The show follows the adventures of a group of young cartoon characters who attend Acme Looniversity to become the next generation of characters from the Looney Tunes series.

The pilot episode, "The Looney Beginning", aired as a prime-time special on CBS on September 14, 1990, while the series itself was featured in first-run syndication for the first two seasons. The final season was aired on Fox Kids. The series ended production in 1992 in favor of Animaniacs which premiered a year later; however, two specials were produced in 1994. A revival series, Tiny Toons Looniversity, was announced in October 2020 and is set for a 2022 release.

Years: 1990 - 1992

Seasons: 3

Episodes: 98

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: United States

Genre: Animated Series

Spin-offs: 2

D-T-V Film: 1

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TOTAL DRAMA


Total Drama (often shortened as TD) is a Canadian animated television series created by Jennifer Pertsch and Tom McGillis that premiered on Teletoon in Canada on July 8, 2007, and on Cartoon Network in the U.S. on June 5, 2008. The series is both a homage and satire of common conventions from reality television competition shows.

Each season revolves around a group of teenagers competing in a fictional competition similar to that of Survivor, in that the contestants compete in challenges for rewards and immunity from elimination. As the contestants develop relationships with each other, they are progressively eliminated from the game until only one remains to be awarded the grand prize. The inaugural series consists of five seasons (Island, Action, World Tour, Revenge of the Island, and the two-part All-Stars & Pahkitew Island) that have aired over the course of several years.

Years: 2007 - 2014

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 117

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Canada

Genre: Animated Series

Spin-offs: 2

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ASTRO BOY


Astro Boy ("Mighty Atom"), sometimes referred to as New Mighty Atom, is a color remake of the 1960s anime black-and-white series of the same name(s); both series are adapted from the manga series by Osamu Tezuka.

This series places more focus on Astro's robotic abilities and has a darker tone than previous incarnations of the series. Although this series places much more emphasis on action scenes than the first one, the theme of "robots with hearts" is still prevalent in this anime. It is also the last Astro Boy work that Tezuka himself wrote and directed, and the humour of the story and direction that is typical of Tezuka can be seen throughout. The English dubs cut out some of the series' more violent moments, such as Astro being beheaded in the episode "Lilly on Peligro Island" and Blackie Young and his crew destroying the robot guard and factory owner in the episode "Blackie Young".

Years: 1980 - 1981

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 52

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

Series: 3

Animated Films: 1

Short Films: 2

Spin-offs: 2

Franchise Est: 1952

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DIGIMON: DIGITAL MONSTERS


Digimon Adventure, known as Digimon: Digital Monsters in English-speaking territories, is a 1999 Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation in cooperation with Wiz, Bandai and Fuji Television. It is the first anime series in the Digimon media franchise, based on the Digital Monster virtual pet released in 1997.

Since the release of Digimon Adventure, several sequels and adaptations have been produced. A succeeding television series, Digimon Adventure 02, was broadcast from 2000 to 2001. A video game adaptation of the series was released for PlayStation Portable in 2013. For the series' 15th anniversary, a six-part film series taking place a few years after the events of Adventure 02, titled Digimon Adventure tri., was released between 2015 and 2018. A final film titled Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna was released in 2020.

A reboot of the series set in the year 2020, titled Digimon Adventure, was broadcast in Japan from 2020 to 2021.

Years: 1999 - 2000

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 54

Series: 9

Animated Films: 20

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

Franchise Est: 1997

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DRAGON BALL


Dragon Ball is a Japanese media franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. The initial manga, written and illustrated by Toriyama, was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 to 1995, with the 519 individual chapters collected into 42 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. Dragon Ball was originally inspired by the classical 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, combined with elements of Hong Kong martial arts films. The series follows the adventures of protagonist Son Goku from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts. He spends his childhood far from civilization until he meets a teen girl named Bulma, who encourages him to join her quest in exploring the world in search of the seven orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several other friends, becomes a family man, discovers his alien heritage, and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls.

Toriyama's manga was adapted and divided into two anime series produced by Toei Animation: Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, which together were broadcast in Japan from 1986 to 1996. Additionally, the studio has developed 21 animated feature films and three television specials, as well as two anime sequel series titled Dragon Ball GT (1996–1997) and Dragon Ball Super (2015–2018). From 2009 to 2015, a revised version of Dragon Ball Z aired in Japan under the title Dragon Ball Kai, as a recut that follows the manga's story more faithfully by removing most of the material featured exclusively in the anime.

Since its release, Dragon Ball has become one of the most successful manga and anime series of all time, with the manga sold in over 40 countries and the anime broadcast in more than 80 countries. The manga's 42 collected tankōbon volumes have over 160 million copies in circulation in Japan and 260 million in circulation worldwide, making it the third best-selling manga series. Reviewers have praised the art, characterization, and humour of the story. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential manga series ever made, with many manga artists citing Dragon Ball as a source of inspiration for their own now-popular works. The anime, particularly Dragon Ball Z, is also highly popular around the world and is considered one of the most influential in boosting the popularity of Japanese animation in Western culture. It has had a considerable impact on global popular culture, referenced by and inspiring numerous artists, athletes, celebrities, filmmakers, musicians and writers around the world.

Years: 1986 - Current ('22)

Series: 6

Episodes By Series

Dragon Ball: 153

Dragon Ball Z: 291

Dragon Ball Super: 131

Dragon Ball GT: 64

Dragon Ball Z Kai: 167

Super D.B. Heroes: 42

Films: 21

Short Films: 2

Live Action Films: 1

Specials: 3

D-T-V: 2

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

Franchise Est: 1984

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INUYASHA


Inuyasha is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It was serialized in Shogakukan's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday from November 1996 to June 2008, with its chapters collected in fifty-six tankōbon volumes. The series begins with Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old middle school girl from modern-day Tokyo who is transported to the Sengoku period after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half-dog demon, half-human Inuyasha. After the sacred Shikon Jewel re-emerges from deep inside Kagome's body, she accidentally shatters it into dozens of fragments that scatter across Japan. Inuyasha and Kagome set to recover the Jewel's fragments, and through their quest they are joined by the lecherous monk Miroku, the demon slayer Sango, and the fox demon Shippo. Together, they journey to restore the Shikon Jewel before it falls into the hands of the evil half-demon Naraku.

In contrast to the typically comedic nature of much of Takahashi's previous work, Inuyasha deals with a darker and more serious subject matter, using the setting of the Sengoku period to easily display the violent content while still retaining some comedic elements. The manga was adapted into two anime television series by Sunrise. The first series ran for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV from October 2000 to September 2004. The second series, Inuyasha: The Final Act, ran for 26 episodes from October 2009 to March 2010. Four feature films and an original video animation have also been released. Other merchandise includes video games and a light novel. A sequel anime television series, titled Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, aired for two seasons from October 2020 to March 2022.

Years: 2000-'04, 2009-'10

Seasons: 7

Episodes: 193

Series: 2

Films: 4

OVA: 1

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

Franchise Est: 1996

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MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM/WING


Gundam is a Japanese military fiction media franchise/media mix. Created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise, the franchise features giant robots, or mecha, with the name "Gundam". The franchise began on April 7, 1979 with Mobile Suit Gundam, a TV series that defined the "real robot" mecha anime genre by featuring giant robots called mobile suits (including the original titular mecha) in a militaristic setting. The popularity of the series and its merchandise spawned a franchise that includes 50 TV series, films and OVAs as well as manga, novels and video games, along with a whole industry of plastic model kits known as Gunpla which makes up 90 percent of the Japanese character plastic-model market.

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, also known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, is a 1995 Japanese mecha anime series directed by Masashi Ikeda and written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa. It is the sixth installment in the Gundam franchise, taking place in the "After Colony" timeline.

The series aired in Japan on the terrestrial TV Asahi network. It ran for 49 episodes, beginning on April 7, 1995 and ending on March 29, 1996. It received multiple manga adaptations, as well as video games. Four original video animation (OVA) episodes were produced including a retelling of the series, Operation Meteor, and a direct sequel, Endless Waltz. In 2010, Sumizawa started writing the novel Frozen Teardrop, another sequel to the series. While the series fared modestly well in Japan, it found greater success in the United States and popularized the Gundam franchise in the West.

Years: 1995 - 1996

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 49

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

Franchise Est: 1979

Series: 23

Specials: 8

Short Films: 1

ONA: 89

OVA: 74

Films: 15

Live Action-TV Movie: 1

Live Action-Drama: 6

Animated Shorts: 15

Compilation Movies: 19

Compilation OVA: 2

Compilation Specials: 11

Compilation Series: 30

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ONE PIECE


One Piece (stylized as ONE PIECE) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation that premiered on Fuji TV in October 1999. It is based on Eiichiro Oda's manga series of the same name. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next Pirate King.

 

Notable Pirates and Groups of the Series are: Straw Hats, Red Hair Pirates, Kuja Pirates, Buggy Pirates, Whitebeard Pirates, Blackbeard Pirates, Heart Pirates, the Marines, & World Nobles

Since its premiere in Japan, over 1000 episodes have aired, and has been exported to various countries around the world.

Years: 1999 - Current ('22)

Seasons: 20

Episodes: 1013+

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

Films: 15

TV Specials: 13

OVAs: 7

Shorts: 4

Franchise Est: 1997

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POKEMON: POCKET MONSTERS


Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently branded in English as Pokémon the Series, is a Japanese anime television series, part of The Pokémon Company's Pokémon media franchise, which began broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo in April 1997.

The anime franchise consists of seven sequential series in Japan, each based on a main installment of the Pokémon video game series. In the international broadcasts, these series are split across 24 television seasons, with the 24th season, Master Journeys, with additional episodes to be released quarterly. Each of the series follows Ash Ketchum, a young trainer of fictional creatures called Pokémon. Joined by his partner Pokémon Pikachu and a rotating cast of human characters, currently Goh, Ash goes on a journey to become a "Pokémon Master", travelling through the various regions of the Pokémon world and competing in various Pokémon-battling tournaments known as the Pokémon League. His journey first began in his home region of Kanto along with travelling partners Misty and Brock where he competed in the Indigo Conference.

Years: 1997 - Current ('22)

Seasons: 24

Episodes: 1190 +

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

Franchise Est: 1996

Series: 7 +

Films: 23

Live-Action Film: 1

Spin-offs: 1

Mini-series: 4

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RANMA 1/2


Ranma 12 is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from August 1987 to March 1996, with the chapters collected into 38 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. The story revolves around a teenage boy named Ranma Saotome who has trained in martial arts since early childhood. As a result of an accident during a training journey, he is cursed to become a girl when splashed with cold water, while hot water changes him back into a boy. Throughout the series Ranma seeks out a way to rid himself of his curse, while his friends, enemies and many fiancées constantly hinder and interfere.

The manga has been adapted into two anime series created by Studio Deen: Ranma 12 and Ranma 12 Nettōhen, which together were broadcast on Fuji Television from 1989 to 1992. In addition, they developed 12 original video animations and three films. In 2011, a live-action television special was produced and aired on Nippon Television. The manga and anime series were licensed by Viz Media for English-language releases in North America. Madman Entertainment released the manga, part of the anime series and the first two films in Australasia, while MVM Films released the first two films in the United Kingdom. The Ranma 12 manga has over 55 million copies in circulation. Both the manga and anime are cited as some of the first of their mediums to have become popular in the United States.

Years: 1989 - 1992

Seasons: 7

Series: 2

Episodes: 161

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

OVA: 12

Animated Films: 3

Live Action TV Special: 1

Franchise Est: 1987

Specials: 9

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SAILOR MOON


Sailor Moon and later as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, is a 1992 Japanese superheroine anime television series produced by Toei Animation using Super Sentai motifs. It is based on the manga of the same title written by Naoko Takeuchi that was published from 1991 to 1997 in Nakayoshi. Sailor Moon first aired in Japan on TV Asahi from March 7, 1992, to February 8, 1997, and was dubbed into various territories around the world, including North America, Southeast Asia, Greater China, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

The series follows the adventures of the titular protagonist whose civilian name is Usagi Tsukino, a middle school student who is given the power to become the Pretty Soldier. Joined by other Sailor Soldiers, she defends Earth against an assortment of evil villains. The anime also parallels the maturation of Usagi from an emotional middle school girl to a responsible young adult.

Due to the success of the anime in the United States, the manga comprising its story was released by Tokyopop. Sailor Moon's popularity has spawned numerous releases which have come to represent most of the content in the Sailor Moon universe, including 3 films, 39 video games, and numerous soundtracks stemming from this material. A second animated adaptation, Sailor Moon Crystal, which is a reboot series that closely follows the manga, began streaming worldwide from July 2014 onwards to the 2-part movie, Sailor Moon Eternal. It is unknown at this time if Sailor Stars will be adapted into the new format.

Years: 1992 - 1997

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 200

Series: 2

Animated Films: 5

Specials: 1

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

Franchise Est: 1991

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SONIC X


Sonic X is a Japanese anime television series based on Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. Produced by TMS Entertainment under partnership with Sega and Sonic Team, and directed by Hajime Kamegaki, Sonic X initially ran for 52 episodes, broadcasting on TV Tokyo from August 23, 2003 to March 28, 2004. A further 26 episodes aired in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East from 2005 to 2006. The show's American localization and broadcasting were handled by 4Kids Entertainment, which edited it and created new music.

The series follows a group of anthropomorphic animals who accidentally teleport from their home planet to Earth after attempting to save one of their friends from their enemy Doctor Eggman. Separated, Sonic the Hedgehog is saved by a human boy named Chris Thorndyke, who helps him find his friends while repeatedly scuffling with Doctor Eggman and his robots over control of the powerful Chaos Emeralds, and becoming celebrities. The final story arc sees Sonic and his friends return with Chris to their world, where they enter outer space with a newfound plant-like creature named Cosmo and fight an army of aliens called the Metarex.

Years: 2003 - 2006

Seasons: 3

Episodes: 78

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

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THE JUNGLE BOOK: SHONEN MOWGLI


The Jungle Book is an Italian/Japanese anime adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's original collection of stories, The Jungle Book. It aired in 1989, and consists of a total of 52 episodes.

The series, a compromise between the original Mowgli stories and the Walt Disney version, received international acclaim and was aired in different countries around the world. It was especially popular in India, where it was dubbed in Hindi. The Indian version featured an original Hindi opening song, "Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai", with lyrics by Gulzar, which became popular in India, with a version of the song later used for the Indian release of Disney's The Jungle Book (2016). It was released in the United States as The Jungle Book: Adventures of Mowgli. Mowgli is a "man-cub" (human child) who was raised by Akela's pack. He grows up in the jungle with Baloo, Kaa and Bagheera while ending up having acknowledge his human heritage and deal with the plots of Shere Khan, Grizzle and gang, the dholes, and the human antagonists (Buldeo & Riswan).

Years: 1989 - 1990

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 52

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

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THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is a Japanese anime television series adaptation based on four of the original early 20th century Oz books by L. Frank Baum. In Japan, the series aired on TV Tokyo from 1986 to 1987. It consists of 52 episodes, which explain other parts of the Oz stories, including the events that happened after Dorothy returned home.

In 1987, HBO purchased the rights to the series and dubbed it into English. Production for the English version was done by the Montreal-based studio Cinar (now WildBrain). Actress Margot Kidder was hired as narrator, and the musical band The Parachute Club provided songs for the series, which aired in the U.S. both in its original weekly episodic form and as a four-part miniseries edited from the TV episodes. This English version attempted to completely occlude the show's Japanese origins, going so far as to remove all Japanese names and studios from the credits and to credit key aspects of the animation to Westerners, which applied primarily to the CGI opening sequence. The English dub of the series formerly aired in the U.S. on the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV . Indonesian version was broadcast by Spacetoon in 2009.

Years: 1986 - 1987

Seasons: 1

Episodes: 52

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

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YU-GI-OH! DUEL MONSTERS


Yu-Gi-Oh! is a Japanese manga series about trading card gaming written and illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi. It was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine between September 1996 and March 2004.

Yu-Gi-Oh! tells the tale of Yugi Mutou, a timid young boy who loves all sorts of games, but is often bullied around. One day, he solves an ancient puzzle known as the Millennium Puzzle, causing his body to play host to a mysterious spirit with the personality of a gambler. From that moment onwards, whenever Yugi or one of his friends is threatened by those with darkness in their hearts, this other Yugi shows himself and challenges them to dangerous Shadow Games, which reveal the true nature of someone's heart, the losers of these contests often being subjected to a dark punishment called a Penalty Game. Whether it be cards, dice, or role-playing board games, he will take on challenges from anyone, anywhere.

As the series progresses, Yugi and his friends learn that this person inside of his puzzle is actually the spirit of a nameless Pharaoh from Ancient Egyptian times, who had lost his memories. As Yugi and his companions attempt to help the Pharaoh regain his memories, they find themselves going through many trials as they wager their lives facing off against gamers that wield the mysterious Millennium Items and the dark power of the Shadow Games.

Years: 2000 - 2004

Seasons: 5

Episodes: 224

Running Time: 30 Min.

Country: Japan

Genre: Anime

Animated Films: 4

Series: 11

Franchise Est: 1996

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