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Old 02-23-2002, 02:28 PM   #16
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Out of this Word is very popular...
Family Dog (that was a primetime cartoon on CBS in early 90's)
Thunder Alley (remember ABC aired it? It had Haley Joel Osment and Ed Asner)
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Old 02-24-2002, 01:55 PM   #17
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Out of this Word is very popular...
Family Dog (that was a primetime cartoon on CBS in early 90's)
Thunder Alley (remember ABC aired it? It had Haley Joel Osment and Ed Asner)
I remember Family Dog and Thunder Alley. I used to watch them when I was a kid. I thought Thunder Alley aired on CBS, or am I mistaken?
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Old 02-24-2002, 04:16 PM   #18
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I remember thunder alley, I liked that show
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Old 03-03-2002, 10:33 PM   #19
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This was the FUNNIEST show I've ever watched!

Sledge was Dirty Harry/Maxwell Smart/Inspector Clouseau all rolled into one man. Lots of sight gags you had to pay attention for (ala Airplane! or Police Squad!)

This show never had a chance though. The first season, they sandwiched him in the Friday timeslot against powerhouses Dallas & Miami Vice (which became fodder for a punch line in one episode). When it was surprisingly renewed for a second season (which left the writers having to explain their cliffhanger - Sledge accidentally nuked the entire city in the season finale), the reward was the timeslot opposite number-one rated COSBY! (Sledge, you are the weakest link, goodbye!)

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The Charmings (ABC) - the other guinea pig in ABCs counterprogramming against Cosby/ Family Ties that year.

Empire (CBS) - A Dallas/Dynasty type parody which starred Patrick Macnee (The Avengers) & Richard Mazur (One Day AT A Time). I only saw one episode, but it was hilarious! I went to tune in the following week, but it was gone for good.
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Old 03-05-2002, 05:10 PM   #20
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That has to be the greatest short-lived show EVER! Who wouldn't want a hollogram man to fight bad guys for you?

I'm not entirely sure if it was supposed to be funny or not, but it was!
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Old 03-19-2002, 04:57 AM   #21
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The most popular/shortest lived sitcom would have to be "Police Squad!" , hands down. Only SIX episodes & yet it spawned THREE movies!

others:
"Sledge Hammer!" (my all-time favorite & in the same vein as "Police Squad!" - note the "!" in both titles)
"Rhythm & Blues"
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Old 03-23-2002, 11:23 AM   #22
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Police Squad. It lasted only six episodes but it is one of the funniest shows ever made. My favorite episode would have to be the second episode. When Frank visits the boxer in the sewer. Also when Frank finally believes the boxers wife has been kidnapped because of a toaster.

Spinning off ofcource the "Naked Gun" movies.
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Old 03-23-2002, 07:55 PM   #23
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Police Squad. It lasted only six episodes but it is one of the funniest shows ever made. My favorite episode would have to be the second episode. When Frank visits the boxer in the sewer. Also when Frank finally believes the boxers wife has been kidnapped because of a toaster.

Spinning off ofcource the "Naked Gun" movies.
I agree! This was perhaps the greatest short-lived sitcom of all time! Typical dialog:

Lt. Drebin's parther is giving him the background on a suspect they are looking for:

"Married.......one child.......that didn't work out, so he married a grown woman".

Classic stuff!
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I also agree, Police Squad was very funny. I thought that it should have lasted much longer.
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The Critic (1994-1995)
The Dana Carvey Show (1996)
Freaks And Geeks (1999-2000)
Oh my god! The critic. Isn't that the one with John Lovitz, I loved that show!!!
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Old 03-31-2002, 04:46 AM   #26
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Default Police Squad!

Drebin - "Cigarette?"

Suspect - "Yes, it is"

The boxer episode was the best one.

wife - "You're not the man I married"

boxer - "How can you say that?"

wife (opening closet, revealing a man inside) - "because this is the man I married"

also:

Drebin (in total darkness) - "Alright Rocco. Don't move. I've got a gun in your ribs"

boxer's wife - "I'm not Rocco, & those aren't my ribs"
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Default Greatest American Hero et al.

GAH was one terrific show. Great theme song, great characters, brillitant concept (a super hero who doesn't know how to use his powers!!)
One thing I remember, the show debuted in early 1981 --- with the main character's last name of Hinckley. Then, in March, John Hinckley shot president Reagan. The powers-that-be decided that the name Hinckley would be innappropriate for a superhero, so for a few episodes (presumibly those already in the can when the president was shot) whenever anyone said "Hinckley", there was a plane flying over, or school bell ringing (he was a high school teacher), or some such cover-up. Afterwords, he was always referred to as "Mr. H".

Now for my blast from the past -- how about that great Mel Brooks feature "When Things Were Rotten" (fivality in the time of Robin Hood), or another long lost (really lost in time) short lifer -- "It's About Time". That had two astronauts (in a Gemini capsule, which would place the show in the mid-60s) get trapped in a time warp and are sent back to the stone age. I remember my 5th grade version of the theme song "It's about time ... it's about space ... it's about time for me to slap your face!" (Which makes me wonder what the real theme song was ... another challenge for our master!)

Well, I've rambled enough -- so I guess it's about time for me to go, before things get too rotten. (sorry, I teach middle school and my brain is a little goofy this time of year)
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Frank's Place 87-88
Our World 86-87
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I kind of liked Frank's place, because I really liked Tim Reid from WKRP, and Simon and Simon.
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Jesse on NBC went from 98-00 it ranked number 5 its first season then number 14 its second season. I wish it was still on.
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