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Popular TV ShowsGenre/sEpisodesFirst airedCountrySynopsisA=Actor (selection), AU = Author, D=Director, P=Producer
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.Idea: Earl Hamner. A: 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.Idea: Glen A. Larson. A: Colt Seavers (Lee Majors), Howie Munson (Douglas Barr), Jody Banks (Heather Thomas). Samantha Jack (Jo Ann Pflug), Terri (Markie Post), Pearl Sparrow (N. Volz)
FlipperChildren881964-1967AustraliaClassic childrens family TV drama based around the adventures of a friendly dolphin called FlipperAU: Ricou Browning. A: Sandy (Luke Halpin), Bud (Tommy Norden, 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.Idea: David Crane, Marta Kauffman. A: Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Monica (Courteney Cox), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), 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.Idea: John Meston Music : Herman Stein, A: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness), Dr. Galen “Doc” Adams (Milburn Stone), “Miss Kitty” Russell (Amanda Blake), Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis)
Hart to HartCrime drama1101979-1984USAGlamorous husband and wife duo play amateur detectives in California, USA.Idea: Sidney Sheldon. A: Jonathan Hart (Robert Wagner), Jennifer Hart (Stefanie Powers)
I Dream of JeannieFantasy sitcom1391965-1970USAAstronaut Tony Nelson releases a genie (Jeannie) from a bottle and she aims to please.Idea: Sidney Sheldon. A: astronaut Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman † 2012), Jeannie (Barbara Eden)
Knight RiderSci-fi action adventure901982-1986USAMichael Knight fights crime assisted by KITT – his AI car.Idea: Glen Larson. A: Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff), 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.Idea: David Jacobs, A: Jill Bennett (Teri Austen), Joshua Rush (Alec Baldwin), Olivia Dyer (Tonya Crow), Gregory Sumner (William Devane), Mack MacKenzie (Kevin Dobson)
KojakCop drama1261973-1988USA70s crime drama following cases of detective lieutenant Theo Kojak of the New York City police department.Idea: Abby Mann. A: Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas), Barry Crocker (Kevin Dobson), Frank McNeil (Dan Frazer), Stavros (D. Savalas), Rizzo (Vince Conti), Saperstein (Mark Russell), 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 trainingD: Jerry Thorpe. P: H. Miller. A: Kway Chang Caine (David Carradine), Master Po (Keye Luke)
LassieChildren5881954-1971USAClassic children family TV drama based around the adventures of Lassie, a rough collie dogAU: Eric Knight. A: Jeff Miller (Tommy Rettig), Porky Brockway (Donald Keeler), Timmy (J. Provost)
Laurel and Hardy Comedy1061926-1951USACollection of “The Boys” slapstick comedy mayhem shorts.Stan Laurel (1890-1965), fall guy to the brainier Oliver Hardy (1892-1957) amused millions as a comedy duo. The British Laurel was also the gag writer, author and director of the films.
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.Idea: Dick Wolf, D : 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.AU: Laura Ingalls Wilder. A: Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon), Caroline (Karen Grassle), daughters Mary (Melissa Anderson), Laura (Melissa Gilbert), Carrie (Lindsay + Sidney Greenbush)

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