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Popular TV Shows Genre/s Episodes First aired Country Synopsis TV Show Creators, Actors & Roles
Falcon Crest Soap opera 227 1981-1990 USA Centers 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, The action adventure drama 109 1981-1986 USA Follows 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).
Flipper Children 88 1964-1967 Australia Classic 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).
Friends Sitcom 235 1994-2004 USA Singles 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).
Gunsmoke Western drama 635 1955-1975 USA Marshal 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 Hart Crime drama 110 1979-1984 USA Glamorous 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 Jeannie Fantasy sitcom 139 1965-1970 USA Astronaut 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 Rider Sci-fi action adventure 90 1982-1986 USA Michael 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 Landing soap opera 344 1979-1993 USA This 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).
Kojak Cop drama 126 1973-1988 USA 70s 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 Fu Action adventure western drama 62 1972-1975 USA Follows 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)
Lassie Children 588 1954-1971 USA Classic 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  Comedy 106 1926-1951 USA Collection 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 Drama 456 in 20 seasons 1990-2010 USA The 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 Prairie Family Drama 210 1974-1983 USA Western 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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