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Author:  Lemonzoo [ Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:06 pm ]
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tt0044272 The Jackie Gleason Show (1952–1959) The show typically opened with a monologue from Gleason, followed by sketch comedy involving Gleason and a number of regular performers (including Art Carney) and a musical interlude featuring the June Taylor Dancers. Gleason portrayed a number of recurring characters, including supercilious millionaire Reginald Van Gleason III; friendly Joe the Bartender; loudmouthed braggart Charlie Bratton; mild-mannered Fenwick Babbitt; and a put-upon character known only as the Poor Soul, who Gleason always performed in pantomime. By far the most memorable character, however, was blowhard Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden, featured in a series of skits known as "The Honeymooners"; these were so popular that in 1955 Gleason suspended the variety format and filmed The Honeymooners as a regular half-hour sitcom.

Author:  Lemonzoo [ Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:21 pm ]
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tt0076974 Against the Wind (1978) Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to Australia, and years of anxiety as a convict. Mary, her friends and her family fight out their battle against a lively historical backdrop - Irelands 1798 Rebellion. Australia's Castle Hill Rebellion of 1804 and the 1808 Rum Rebellion.
tt0090604 ALICE TO NOWHERE (1986) The two-part, two-hour Australian miniseries Alice to Nowhere was adapted by David Boutland from the suspense novel by Evan Green. Set in 1954, the story focused on the aftermath of a botched attempt to steal the crown jewels. Rosey Jones starred as Nurse Barbara Dean, who, unaware that a valuable necklace has been planted on her, is pursued into the Australian outback by a pair of sadistic criminals named Johnny Parson (John Waters) and Frog Gardiner (Esben Storm). As the two crooks grow more evil and irredeemable with each passing day, they leave a trail of terror and death behind them -- with even more horror still to come for the hapless heroine.
tt0161124 Aliens in the Family UK (1987) Jake, Dora and Lewis live on Earth whilst Bond is from another world (he is Galgonquan) and must face a test on Earth disguised as a human. He has to find his sister Solita who has disguised herself as an everyday Earth object such as a coffee maker or calculator. The Wirdegens will try to stop him.

Author:  Lemonzoo [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:48 pm ]
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tt0051286 Ivanhoe (1958) The series was set in England during the 12th century reign of King Richard the Lionheart, who had gone to fight in the Crusades and failed to return. In his absence, power had been taken by his younger brother, the ambitious and wicked Prince John, who sought to strip the people of their rights and land. The dashing and heroic knight Ivanhoe, with his father-and-son companions Gurth and Bart whom he had freed from servitude (from the evil Sir Maurice), attempted to right wrongs, secure justice, help those in need, and thwart John and his allies.
tt0106110 Ready or Not (1993) The program follows teenagers Amanda Zimm (Laura Bertram) and Elizabeth "Busy" Ramone (Lani Billard) throughout life's struggles. The show began as a short film and was titled Thirty-Two Double A. Eventually the producers saw that the show had the potential to be popular and turned it into a series. Throughout the show's 5 year run, the girls matured from the sixth grade to the ninth grade. The show ends when one of the main characters (Amanda Zimm) has to move to the British Columbia Coast. Her best friend on the show, Busy Ramone, stays behind.

Author:  Lemonzoo [ Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:00 pm ]
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tt1504261 The Sinking of the Laconia (2010) Six hundred miles from the coast of Africa, in September 1942, a German U-boat, U-156, sinks the British troopship Laconia which is en route from Cape Town to the United Kingdom.
When realising that there are POWs and civilians on board, and that they are facing certain death without rescue, U-boat Commander Werner Hartenstein (Duken) makes a decision which goes against the orders of German high command. The U-boat surfaces and Hartenstein instructs his men to save as many of the shipwrecked survivors as they can. Hartenstein also attempts to dive with all the survivors on board and, though this puts the submarine into a crash dive, control is regained and it resurfaces. He also has a Red Cross flag displayed and a message sent to the Allies to organise a rescue of the survivors. The Italian prisoners are taken off U-156 by another U-boat.
Sierra Leone had informed the Americans to look for Laconia survivors but not of the submarine's rescue efforts. Soon after the attack U-156 resumes her hunting duties, leaving behind the lifeboats with the British survivors to be picked up by a Vichy naval surface ship sent by Karl Dönitz. While admiring Hartenstein's actions, Dönitz also reluctantly composes the Laconia Order to other U-boat commanders not to rescue survivors in future. The French ship arrives; one lifeboat leaves the others to make for the coast of west Africa, which it eventually reaches. One British merchant seaman is injured in the American attack and remains with U-156 until it reaches port, where he is taken into captivity. Dönitz awards Hartenstein the Ritterkreuz and offers him a desk job at naval command. Preferring to remain with his men, Hartenstein refuses it and a final on screen message reports U-156's later sinking with no survivors.

Author:  Lemonzoo [ Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:17 pm ]
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tt0173554 H (1998–2002) In each episode, a medical team faces unrealistic situations in a hospital in the Parisian suburbs.
tt0063907 H.R. Pufnstuf (1969) H.R. Pufnstuf introduced the Kroffts' most-used plot scenario: their fairy tale of good versus evil. The show centered on a shipwrecked boy named Jimmy (played by 16-year old Jack Wild). He is 11 years old when he arrives on the island and turns 12 in the episode called "The Birthday Party." Jimmy and his friend, a talking flute named Freddy, take a ride on a mysterious boat, which promised adventures across the sea, to kooky Living Island, home of dancing, talking trees and singing frogs. The Mayor of Living Island was a friendly and helpful dragon named H.R. Pufnstuf (voiced by the show's writer Lennie Weinrib). The boat was actually owned and controlled by a wicked witch named Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo (played by Billie Hayes) who rode on a broomstick-like vehicle called the Vroom Broom. She used the boat to lure Jimmy and Freddy to her castle on Living Island, where she was going to take Jimmy prisoner and steal Freddy. But Pufnstuf found out about her plot and was able to rescue Jimmy when he leaped out of the enchanted boat with Freddy and swam ashore.
Jimmy was taken in by Pufnstuf, who was able to protect him from Witchiepoo, as the cave where he lived was the only place her magic had no effect. Apart from Jimmy and Witchiepoo, all of the characters on Living Island were realized via large, cumbersome costumes or puppetry. Since everything on Living Island was alive (namely houses, castles, boats, clocks, candles, books, trees, mushrooms), virtually any part of the Living Island sets could become a character, usually voiced in a parody of a famous film star, such as Mae West, Edward G. Robinson or most notably John Wayne as "The West Wind." A frequent plot device involves Witchiepoo and her henchmen Orson Vulture, Seymour Spider, and Stupid Bat trying to steal Freddy, only to be thwarted by Pufnstuf. Another concerns Jimmy and Freddy's efforts to return home from Living Island, with the same lack of success.
tt0159876 Great Performances (1970) 39 Seasons. The series is the longest running performing arts anthology on television, as opposed to a program like Hallmark Hall of Fame, which presents only adaptations of plays and novels as well as made-for-TV films. Great Performances presents concerts, ballet, opera, an occasional documentary.

Author:  Lemonzoo [ Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:33 pm ]
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tt0118326 Good Guys Bad Guys (1997) An exciting, edgy and off-beat crime series that relies heavily on humor, contemporary music and a touch of the bizarre. Actor Marcus Graham plays Elvis Maginnis, a former cop from a criminal family who runs a dry cleaning business in the old neighbourhood. Despite his best efforts to avoid trouble, Elvis invariably finds himself sucked back into the grey area between good and bad. The series was created specifically for Marcus Graham, one of Australia's most outstanding actors, by Simpson Le Mesurier Films, and featured many of Australia's leading actors.
tt0055676 Going My Way (1962) Kelly stars as Father Chuck O'Malley, a Roman Catholic priest who is sent to St. Dominic's Parish located in a lower-class section of New York City. Leo G. Carroll co-starred as the elderly pastor, Father Fitzgibbons, the Barry Fitzgerald role in the film. Dick York, later of Bewitched, portrayed Chuck's boyhood friend, Tom Colwell, the director of a secular neighborhood youth center. Nydia Westman played Mrs. Featherstone, the housekeeper of the rectory. Episodes focus on Father O'Malley's attempts to connect with the congregation and his relationship with the elderly Father Fitzgibbons.
The failure of the series to enter a second season is usually attributed to its competition, particularly The Beverly Hillbillies. Going My Way was also scheduled opposite the final season of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis on CBS and the last third of James Drury's 90-minute western, The Virginian, on NBC. Aired at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesdays, Going My Way followed the western series Wagon Train on the ABC schedule. The program itself was followed on ABC by the sitcom, Our Man Higgins, starring Stanley Holloway, Frank Maxwell, and Audrey Totter.

Author:  Lemonzoo [ Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:00 pm ]
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tt0278857 Dans une galaxie près de chez vous (1999)
The series chronicles the long, futuristic voyage of a team of Québécois space explorers looking for a planet capable of sustaining life, in the year 2034, after the destruction of the ozone layer through excessive human pollution, prompting the need for a new planet to welcome humankind. The seven crew members venture outside their own galaxy to explore other star system in search of a new planet large enough to sustain 6 billion people. The few habitable planets encountered are ultimately abandoned either because they are already occupied (emphasizing the wrongdoing of invading other civilizations and cultures), or because upon closer inspection they are found to have other problems (cow-sized mosquitoes, high radiation levels, dog overpopulation, unsuitable living environment, ...).
Using the classic sitcom style, the characters' interactions drive the main plot in the same recurring spaceship sets (the bridge, dormitories, medical room, hallways). Occasionally, scenes are shot outside of the ship on alien planets being explored; these generic alien-world scenes tend to be shot in-studio. The satirical humor of the show is heightened by playing on the fact that the characters themselves recognize the farfetchedness of the universe in which they live and much of the series' comic-relief is derived from the look and feel of low-budget set (an alien is obviously a human only painted green, gadgets are recognizable objects, etc.). The script, written by Claude Legault who also plays Flavien, plays a lot on clichés of all types, word play (especially Quebec slang), parodies and sketch comedy. Many aspects of the show reflect Québécois culture; some scenes involve a complete picture of traditional Quebec.
The starship, christened Romano Fafard, is led by Captain Charles Patenaude (played by Guy Jodoin), a presumptuous but endearing man prone to making pompous, solemn declarations (with a knack of screwing up when saying proverbs). Other member include: Flavien Bouchard (Claude Legault), the radar operator who possesses heightened senses and is in desperate search for his dad (it is learned in the last season that his dad is an alien), Bob Dieudonné Marcellin (Didier Lucien), a black chubby pilot who is best friends with Flavien and who obsesses over two things: food and Petrolia Staneslavsky (Mélanie Ménard). Petrolia is a half-Russian space orphan whose inventiveness seems to cause just as many problems as it solves. She is in a relationship with Flavien. Serge (Réal Bossé) is a humanoid robot Petrolia created, stricken with multiple personalities and abilities who is constantly falling in disrepair. Valence Leclerc (Isabelle Brossard first season and Sylvie Moreau subsequent seasons) is the ship's psychologist but assumes all medical functions as well. She and the captain are secretly in love. Brad Spitfire (Stéphane Crête), the resident scientist, is cause for most of the plot conflicts and complications. His main objective is to become captain. He is anti-social, power-hungry, egotistic, Machiavellian and incredibly weak and sensitive, though generally not of other's feelings. Despite these, actor Stéphane Crête makes Brad one of the series' most amusing and lovable characters.
The show evolved greatly between the first and last season. In the last episode of the first season, two characters disappeared: Falbo Gotta (Paul Ahmarani), the ship's soldier, and Mirabella Romario (Pascale Montpetit), a criminal employed as the ship's doctor. After their departure, Petrolia and Serge filled in their spots.
tt0120948 Czterej pancerni i pies (1966) Czterej Pancerni i Pies (Four Tank Men and a Dog) is a classic Polish TV series spanning three seasons, 21 episodes, and over 1100 minutes. It is a serial drama that has plenty of action set toward the end of World War II. It follows the adventures of four tank men and a dog in the Red Army as they repulse the Germans from Poland and follows them all the way to Berlin and the close of the war. They are in a Polish division that was formed of those who wanted to help expel the fascists. Made when the Soviet Union controlled Poland, it shows us solidarity and friendship between Poland and Russia. One of the tank men is Georgian, so all the more showing unity among the Soviet block countries against the Germans.
Each episode has some type of action. There are tank battles and skirmishes of all types. My favorite episode was when they go into an underground German base. The action is balanced with drama and romance. Janek Kos (Janusz Gajos), one of the tank men, has all the luck with the ladies. A pretty Pole in uniform named Lidka (Malgorzata Niemirska) and a gorgeous Russian named Marusia (Pola Raksa), both fall for Janek. Between the action and the romance, there is something for everyone.
Furthermore, Janek is also the owner of Szarik, the German Shepard that accompaies the tank men on their adventures. Franciszek Pieczka, one of my favorite Polish actors, plays Gustaw. Gustaw is one of the tank men and is known for his physical strength. All of the Polish and Russian charters are very likeable, while their enemy is quite the opposite. Most of the Germans are portrayed as an angry and evil enemy.
Despite the pro-Russian side to Czterej Pancerni i Pies, it has always remained popular. Their tank, which has 102 painted on its side and nicknamed Rudy, is part of pop culture. Even the music that is played during the credits at the beginning of each episode is great and unforgettable. If one is into Polish cinema, it is vital to watch Czterej Pancerni i Pies as it is an icon of Polish television and great entertainment.
tt0047724 Crossroads (1955) Crossroads is a religious-themed anthology series that dramatized actual events from the lives of clergy members. The program did not promote or focus on any specific religion; instead, it alternated stories among Jewish, Protestant and Catholic faiths.
tt2256612 Crimi Clowns (2012) Wesley Tersago studies at the Amsterdam Film Academy, but after his fourth year, he's been kicked out. He ends up in the criminal gang of his father Ronny when they together rob an electrical shop. With one of the stolen cameras Wesley decides to put the practices of the society on tape. What follows are violent, but also humorous and even emotional scenes.

Author:  Lemonzoo [ Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:58 pm ]
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tt1020116 Boris (2007) Boris is an Italian comedic TV series produced by FOX. It's a Dilbertesque satire of the Italian TV series production process revolving around an awful melodrama named Eyes of the Heart 2 (the sequel of another equally awful series which was cut off after only two episodes, but which the network execs believe was only penalized due to its time slot) and the unlucky, disfunctional troupe of the same — a neurotic director, self-serving and self-centered stars, an incompetent and coke-addicted photography director, a dishonest executive producer, slave interns and more. It parodies much that's wrong with the production process of the mainstream networks: politics, blatantly dishonest product placement, cut-and-paste cliché plots, extreme Executive Meddling and worse, but even when it's not actively making fun of something, the quirky cast manages to keep the funny coming.
tt0137294 Bors (1968) Bors was a Hungarian TV series, that ran one season in 1968. It was originally planned as a five episode miniseries, but because of its popularity it was extended to 15 episodes. The main character is Máté Bors (István Sztankay), a Hungarian soldier who became a prisoner of war during WW1 in Russia. The series starts in 1919, when Bors and his comrades escape from prison camp. They eventually return home, and join the army of the Hungarian Soviet Republic. Most of the series however take place in the 1930s, when Bors and the others are members of the illegal communist movement in Hungary.
tt0083689 Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) A successor to his earlier, 105-minute TV play The Black Stuff (1980), Alan Bleasdale's five-part series relates the further experiences of unemployed Liverpudlian tarmac layers Dixie, Chrissie, Loggo and Yosser and their revered older friend, retired longshoreman and union leader, George Malone. As they struggle to make ends meet in a depressed economy and to hold together their financially battered families, they are harassed by the petty bureaucrats of the D.H.S.S. But the lumbering investigative juggernaut is, both comically and tragically, guided by drivers with only a provisional licence.
tt0084991 Brass (1983) Bradley Hardacre, owner of the brass factory as well as everything else in the town, is the most ruthless of men and enjoys a life of luxury, much to the disgust of Agnes Fairchild. However her plans to overthrow the Hardacre Empire are thwarted by her husband George who is ever the unswervingly loyal employee. Meanwhile to complicate matters further the loves and passions of the Hardacre girls and the Fairchild sons are heating up, with some truly hilarious consequences for everyone concerned.
tt0092402 Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future (1987) In 1987, the story told in Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future, a made-for-television movie shot in 1985, formed the basis of a full-fledged drama television series. The film was re-shot as a pilot program for a new series broadcast by the U.S.-based ABC television network. The pilot featured plot changes and some minor visual touches, but retained the same basic storyline. The only original cast retained for the U.S. version series were Matt Frewer (Max Headroom/Edison Carter) and Amanda Pays (Theora Jones); a third original cast member, W. Morgan Sheppard, joined the series as "Blank Reg" in later episodes. Among the non-original cast, Jeffrey Tambor co-starred as "Murray", Edison Carter's neurotic producer.
The series is set in a futuristic dystopia ruled by an oligarchy of television networks. Even the government functions primarily as a puppet state of the network executives, serving mainly to pass laws — such as banning off switches on televisions — that protect and consolidate the networks' power. Television technology has advanced to the point that viewers' physical movements and thoughts can be monitored through their television sets; however, almost all non-television technology has been discontinued or destroyed. The only real check on the power of the networks is Edison Carter, a crusading investigative journalist who regularly exposes the unethical practices of his own employer, and the team of allies both inside and outside the system who assist him in getting his reports to air and protecting him from the forces that wish to silence or kill him.
tt0644580 Maximum Bob (1998) The series centered around Bob Gibbs (played by Bridges), an ultra right-wing judge known for giving the maximum sentence to defendants. Other characters included the judge's psychic wife Leanne (Kiersten Warren) who channels the spirit of a young slave girl named Wanda Grace (Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly); a widower sheriff with a knack for ballroom dancing; and Kathy Baker, a comely spitfire public defender (Liz Vassey) from Miami. The storylines served mainly to introduce the cast of eccentric characters, and were set in the fictional back woods Florida town of Deepwater.
Judge Gibbs' young wife performed in a mermaid show until she nearly lost her life to an alligator, after which she abruptly retired from the business and can no longer even go in her swimming pool. Baker comes to Deepwater on a case and becomes a romantic target for the local sheriff, as well as a potential conquest for the always lustful judge. The show also includes a family of inbred, myopic, dysfunctional people with a criminal bent.

Author:  Lemonzoo [ Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:40 pm ]
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tt0159164 A Family at War (1970) A huge success for Granada television at the start of the 1970's, "A Family at War" tells the story of the Ashton family in Liverpool from 1938 to 1945. The series was created by John Finch and is semi-autobiographical. The 52 episodes garnered huge ratings in its three series and strong sales abroad.
tt0090541 A Very Peculiar Practice (1986) The series is a black comedy with surreal elements. It concerned an idealistic young doctor, Stephen Daker (Peter Davison), taking up a post as a member of a university medical centre. The centre is staffed by a group of misfits including the bisexual Rose Marie (Barbara Flynn), self-absorbed Bob Buzzard (David Troughton), and decrepit Scot, Jock McCannon (Graham Crowden) who heads the team. One of the themes of the series is the increasing commercialisation of higher education in Britain following the government cuts of the early 1980s, with the Vice-Chancellor Ernest Hemmingway (John Bird) trying to woo Japanese investors in the face of resistance from the academic old guard. Hugh Grant made one of his first television appearances as an evangelical preacher; Kathy Burke also had a bit part. In the second series an American Vice-Chancellor Jack Daniels (Michael J Shannon) took over from Hemingway, continuing the running joke of naming the VC after an American.
tt0202179 ABC Afterschool Specials (1972) "ABC Afterschool Specials" was the umbrella show name for various educational shows that were shown in the afternoon, occasionally. Each episode was produced by a separate company.
tt0122332 Absolutely (1989) A British comedy sketch show that frequently featured surreal or fantastic skits.

Author:  Lemonzoo [ Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:24 pm ]
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tt0160277 First Wave (1998) Reformed thief Cade Foster discovers that aliens are among us in the form of genetic clones, intent on enslaving the population. To assess the human potential to fight back, they gather data from 117 test subjects. When Foster remembers the tests conducted on him, the aliens frame him for his wife's murder. Pursued by the police and a mysterious government agent, Foster discovers the quatrains of Nostradamus, which tells of three waves which will destroy the planet, unless a "twice blessed man" can stop them. Aided by a quirky cyber-journalist, Foster investigates strange occurrences which have ties to Nostradamus' quatrains, hoping to find what he needs to forestall the aliens' plans.
tt0054511 A for Andromeda (1961) Set in 1970, a team of scientists decipher a mysterious signal from space and discover that it provides instructions to build a powerful super-computer. Once built, this computer provokes argument between two of leading team members, Fleming and Dawnay, over the machine's real intentions as it provides further instructions to create a living organism, which Dawnay starts to develop. Later it appears to compel lab assistant Christine to commit suicide, and when the organism is fully developed, it appears in the exact form of Christine, and named Andromeda. But what is the purpose of this "creature" ...?
tt0129681 A Fortunate Life (1985) A dramatisation of Albert Barnett Facey’s award-winning, widely read autobiography of the same name, this mini-series covers about three-quarters of the book. It begins with Facey’s arrival as a toddler in Western Australia in 1899, traces the various physical and emotional traumas of his childhood and adolescence, his adventures as a young adult trying to keep his head above water amidst the social and economic upheaval that marked the early years of the 20th century, and ends with his marriage to Evelyn Gibson (Nikki Coghill) in 1916, just a year after he had been badly injured during the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.
Giving some idea of the breadth of this epic series is the fact that Albert Facey, or ‘Bertie’, is played by no less than five actors: at age 5, Scott Bartle; 9, Anthony Richards; 14, Benedict Sweeney; 18 plus, Dominic Sweeney; and at 70 plus, Bill Kerr.
tt0904447 Arab Labor (2006) Created by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew "Avoda Aravit", which colloquially implies "shoddy or second-rate work") focuses on Amjad Alian, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. Poking fun at the cultural divide, Kashua and his characters play on religious, cultural and political differences to daringly depict the mixed society that is Israel. This show marked a milestone on Israeli television as the first program to present Palestinian characters speaking Arabic on primetime, and it generated great controversy between Arab and Israeli media.
tt0056737 Arrest and Trial (1963) Arrest and Trial was an ABC crime drama that ran from September 1963 through April 1964 on Sunday nights at 8:30 PM. Arrest and Trial was divided into two forty-five parts -- in the first part (Arrest), the police would search for and arrest the criminals, and the in second part (Trial), the lawyers would defend the accused at trial, most often succeeding. Fans of today's Law & Order are familiar with that format; the first half hour of the show is typically dedicated to catching the criminal, with the second half hour dedicated to the trial itself.

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tt0063928 Medical Center (1969) The show starred James Daly as Dr. Paul Lochner and Chad Everett as Dr. Joe Gannon, surgeons working in an otherwise unnamed university hospital in Los Angeles. The show focused both on the lives of the doctors as well as the patients showcased each week. At the core of the series was the tension between youth and experience, as seen between Drs. Lochner and Gannon. Besides his work as a surgeon, Gannon, because of his age, also worked as the head of the Student Health Department at the University. Helping the doctors was the very efficient Nurse Eve Wilcox, played by Audrey Totter. She started out as a bit role but was eventually upgraded to co‑star status starting in 1972. Wilcox became a regular after two other similar nurses (Nurse Chambers, played by actress Jayne Meadows; and Nurse Murphy played by actress Jane Dulo) had basically served the same functions as Wilcox.
tt0199249 Mr. Dressup (1967) Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs) and his puppet friends enjoy a mixture of stories, crafts, songs, drawing and dressing up. Daily, Mr. Dressup invites children into his creative world, and makes them feel safe, important and valued. Mr. Dressup teaches children about morality and tolerance, and opens up a world of imagination for them to enter and explore. Mr. Dressup was a long-running children's show in Canada on CBC-TV, which originally started as a short spin off of the children's show 'Butternut Square'. When Butternut Square was cancelled due to budget constrains, Ernie Coombs presented a new improved (and much more budget friendly) version called Mr. Dressup. The show went through a major change after Judith Lawrence, the main puppeteer responsible for Casey and Finnigan, went into semi-retirement. After that, 'Casey and Finnigan' episodes were filmed only for a couple weeks each year, leaving the rest of the year to welcome in a host of new puppets and characters like Chester the crow, Alex, Truffles, Granny and grand-daughter Annie, and Lorenzo the raccoon. The show successfully ran for 30 years (1967-1996)

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tt0222534 Brigada central (1989) Series about elite policemen selected to become part of the special group of the Central Brigade, ascribed to the General Directorate of State Security, to conduct high level investigations, such as organized crime, interenational delinquency, drug trafficking or mass murders. Next to the professional work of its components, a psychological and personal profile of the characters is presented, especially the leader of the group, a gypsy commissioner, named Manuel Flores and performed by Imanol Arias, true individual protagonist of the series. Along with him work the honest and sober Commissioner Poveda, the violent agent Marchena, the sophisticated Lucas and the lush Pacheco. Some of the events described are real.

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tt0013472 The Little Rascals (1922) In 1922, Hal Roach inaugurated a new series of short film comedies called Hal Roach's Rascals. The series featured ordinary kids, usually poor, getting into the usual types of trouble that ordinary kids get into. There was no running plot throughout the series. Each film was an entity unto itself. For instance, in When The Wind Blows, Mary Ann has a crush on neighbor boy Jackie. But in Love Business, Jackie and Mary Ann are siblings. In most films, the kids have parents, but in at least a couple of films, they live in an orphanage. This provided the series with quite a wide range of potential situations. There were many fairly ordinary episodes, but also quite a few that are truly unique. The first film was titled Our Gang and was previewed in the early half of 1922. Reviewers at the time began referring to the series as Our Gang, and the studio adopted it as the official name soon thereafter. The Hal Roach Rascals name also continued on into the early '30s, so the series had two names for about a decade. In 1938, Roach sold the series (lock, stock and barrel) to MGM, which had been distributing the series since 1927. MGM ended up with the cast and crew, the rights to the name Our Gang, and all of the films they had distributed previously. This last item was eventually bought back by Roach, but he had to redo the titles to remove the Our Gang name and any reference to MGM. A new series name was selected for this batch of films: Hal Roach's Little Rascals. The home movie and video prints of these films carried this name. The TV prints, which debuted in 1955 (after having run in theaters starting in 1950), were known simply as The Little Rascals. For the earliest films in the series, distributed by Pathé from 1922 to 1927, the Our Gang name was variously replaced by the Mischief Makers and Those Lovable Scallawags With Their Gangs. Other silent kid comedies also contributed to these two series. At no point were there ever any new episodes produced for TV (unless you count the animated versions). In essence, all of the episodes were repeats even on their first airing. The series was primarily syndicated, giving individual TV stations the ability to mix and match Little Rascals titles with other material, most often The Three Stooges, or the MGM Our Gang titles - the only Our Gang films that retained that name.
tt0040051 Studio One (1948) The programs represented in this essential collection are more than 50 years old. These rare kinescopes may look primitive, but they put much of what is offered today in prime time to shame. Studio One premiered in 1948, and for a decade it was the benchmark of live drama in television's vaunted Golden Age. Not all the productions were great, but as Jack Klugman, who got his start on Studio One, observes in a bonus series retrospective, the series was a training and proving ground for writers, directors and actors. The now recognized talent that went into these productions is dazzling. Many established actors considered television beneath them, opening the door for a new and hungry generation who got their big breaks and honed their skills under the fire of live performance while millions watched at home. The charming "June Moon," adapted from Ring Lardner, Jr. and George S. Kaufman's Broadway play, features Jack Lemmon (in what is thought to be his television debut), and Eva Marie Saint. Charlton Heston portrays Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights," Eddie Albert is the disillusioned Winston in "1984," and Theodore Bikel is "Julius Caesar." Studio One also premiered original works, none more exemplary than Reginald Rose's Emmy-winning Twelve Angry Men, the long-lost treasure of this set, with Robert Cummings as Juror #8, the lone holdout in a murder case. Other notable original works include The Seven Year Itch playwright George Axelrod's "Confessions of a Nervous Man," a will-success-spoil-George Axelrod "comedy documentary" starring Art Carney as Axelrod, Gore Vidal's "Summer Pavillion," featuring Elizabeth Montgomery, and Rod Serling's all-too-timely political drama, "The Arena." This set is packaged with a 52-page "Reference Guide" that offers a history and appreciation of Studio One and production information about each play. DVD extras include a 1987 Studio One seminar featuring series veterans, as well as lively interview excerpts with actors and crew members that etch a thrilling portrait of this now bygone era. From the innovative direction in a day of unwieldy equipment to the literate writing and superb performances, Studio One's legacy of artistic ambition is undimmed, and is a must for anyone interested in television history, theatre, and acting. One can only hope there is an encore set with more unearthed broadcasts. --Donald Liebenson

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tt1046245 Cross (2011) Given incredible power by an ancient Celtic Cross. Callan continues to fight evil... Now, joined by a team of weapons experts, Callan battles an unstoppable empire in Los Angeles.

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