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Popular TV ShowsGenre/sEpisodesFirst airedCountrySynopsisTV Show Creators, Actors & Roles
Falcon CrestSoap opera2271981-1990USACenters around the lives of the wealthy Californian Gioberti/Channing wine family and their Falcon Crest Winery. Set in the fictitious Tuscany Valley near San Francisco.
  • Concept: Earl Hamner.
  • Actors: Angela Channing (Jane Wyman), Chase Gioberti (Robert Foxworth), Julia Cumson (Abby Dalton), Lance (Lorenzo Lamas), Melissa Agretti (Ana Alicia).
Fall Guy, Theaction adventure drama1091981-1986USAFollows the antics of Colt Seavers, Hollywood stunt man, who moonlights as a bounty hunter with his cousin to make ends meet.
  • Concept: Glen A. Larson.
  • Actors: Colt Seavers (Lee Majors), Howie Munson (Douglas Barr), Jody Banks (Heather Thomas). Samantha Jack (Jo Ann Pflug), Terri (Markie Post) and Pearl Sparrow (N. Volz).
FlipperChildren881964-1967AustraliaClassic childrens family TV drama based around the adventures of a friendly dolphin called Flipper
  • Author: Ricou Browning.
  • Actors: Sandy (Luke Halpin), Bud (Tommy Norden and Father Porter Ricks (Brian Kelly).
FriendsSitcom2351994-2004USASingles drama revolving around the lives of a circle of friends living in Manhattan. Most of the scenes take place in their shared flat and a local bar.
  • Concept: David Crane, Marta Kauffman.
  • Actors: Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Monica (Courteney Cox), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc).
GunsmokeWestern drama6351955-1975USAMarshal Matt Dillon tries to maintain law and order in Dodge City, Kansas as the wild west is settled.
  • Concept: John Meston Music : Herman Stein, Actors: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness), Dr. Galen “Doc” Adams (Milburn Stone), “Miss Kitty” Russell (Amanda Blake) and Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis).
Hart to HartCrime drama1101979-1984USAGlamorous husband and wife duo play amateur detectives in California, USA.
  • Concept: Sidney Sheldon.
  • Actors: Jonathan Hart (Robert Wagner) and Jennifer Hart (Stefanie Powers).
I Dream of JeannieFantasy sitcom1391965-1970USAAstronaut Tony Nelson releases a genie (Jeannie) from a bottle and she aims to please.
  • Concept: Sidney Sheldon.
  • Actors: astronaut Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman † 2012) and Jeannie (Barbara Eden).
Knight RiderSci-fi action adventure901982-1986USAMichael Knight fights crime assisted by KITT – his AI car.
  • Concept: Glen Larson.
  • Actors: Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) and miracle car KITT (Pontiac Trans Am).
Knots Landingsoap opera3441979-1993USAThis Dallas spin off follows the lives of four married couples living in Seaview Circle, cul-de-sac suburb in Los Angeles.
  • Concept: David Jacobs.
  • Actors: Jill Bennett (Teri Austen), Joshua Rush (Alec Baldwin), Olivia Dyer (Tonya Crow), Gregory Sumner (William Devane) and Mack MacKenzie (Kevin Dobson).
KojakCop drama1261973-1988USA70s crime drama following cases of detective lieutenant Theo Kojak of the New York City police department.
  • Concept: Abby Mann.
  • Actors: Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas), Barry Crocker (Kevin Dobson), Frank McNeil (Dan Frazer), Stavros (D. Savalas), Rizzo (Vince Conti), Saperstein (Mark Russell) and Prince (B. Silver).
Kung FuAction adventure western drama621972-1975USAFollows the travels of Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk, as he travels the wild west armed with his spiritual and martial arts training
  • Director: Jerry Thorpe.
  • Producer: H. Miller.
  • Actors: Kway Chang Caine (David Carradine) and Master Po (Keye Luke)
LassieChildren5881954-1971USAClassic children family TV drama based around the adventures of Lassie, a rough collie dog
  • Author: Eric Knight.
  • Actors: Jeff Miller (Tommy Rettig), Porky Brockway (Donald Keeler) and Timmy (J. Provost).
Laurel and Hardy Comedy1061926-1951USACollection of “The Boys” slapstick comedy mayhem shorts. They amused millions as a comedy duo. Stan Laurel played the fall guy to the brainier Oliver Hardy.
  • Author Writer and Director: Stan Laurel
  • Actors: Stan Laurel (1890-1965), Oliver Hardy (1892-1957).
Law & Order Legal and Cop Drama456 in 20 seasons1990-2010USAThe show typically splits into two. First there’s a crime and arrest then there’s a prosecution bought by the DA’s office.
  • Concept: Dick Wolf
  • Actors: Jack McCoy (Sam Waterson), Serena Southerlyn (Elisabeth Rohm), Abbie Carmichael (Angie Harmon), “Lennie” Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), “Ed” Green (Jesse L. Martin)
Little House on the PrairieFamily Drama2101974-1983USAWestern drama based around the lives of the Ingalls family living on farm in Minnesota the 19th century.
  • Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • Actors: Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon), Caroline (Karen Grassle), daughters Mary (Melissa Anderson), Laura (Melissa Gilbert) and Carrie (Lindsay + Sidney Greenbush)

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