1985/86 – The Cosby Show was #1 on NBC Thursday.
Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1985 season; Knight Rider was cancelled in
the fourth season.
The Joker's Wild celebrated ten years in syndication; it was their last.
The David Susskind Show celebrated twenty–five years in syndication.
Biggest New Hit: The Golden Girls was #7 on NBC Saturday. Four girls lived their golden years to the hilt in Miami
with plenty of cheesecakes to eat. In other words, thank you for being a friend.
Check It Out was based on Tripper's Day.
You Again was based on Home To Roast; Elizabeth Bennett played Edna in the same role simultaneously in both countries.
This was John Stamos’ second failed series; he was previous on Dreams for a month.
Contract Dispute: Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert left At The Movies in a dispute. The producers replaced them with other
movie critics, Rex Reed and Bill Harris. Siskel & Ebert started their own movie reviews the following fall.
Death: Florence Halop died on July 15, 1986 from lung cancer. Marsha Warfield replaced her on Night Court the next
First Run: What’s Happening returned to Syndication after a six-year absence with most original cast members.
It was previously on ABC in the late 1970’s.
Movies to TV:
Bridges To Cross was based on the 1985 TV movie
Stir Crazy was based on the hit 1980 movie, starring Richard Pryor & Gene Wilder. The series was very dreadful.
Name Change: What’s Happening to What’s Happening Now.
Marla Gibbs returned in 227. Marla was best known from The Jeffersons; Florence always gives George some lip. Marla was
on TV nonstop for sixteen years, a first for a black lady. Numerous actors of the cast were on the 227 play at one point.
Sandra Clark made the show, just like The Fonz & Steve Urkel before her. Without Sandra, the show wouldn’t last
a season. Yes, she was that popular! It’s a joy to watch Sandra. 227 was Regina King & Jackee Harry’s first
series. Regina became a movie star; her famous role to date was Margie Hendricks on Ray, the bio movie of Ray Charles. Jackee
was the first black actress to won a Emmy in a supporting actress in a comedy in 1987. Aliana Reed was on the PBS children’s
program, Sesame Street, from 1976-1988.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents returned after a twenty-year absence. Alfred Hitchcock was the first DEAD person in history to
ever host a series; he died in 1980. Alfred was colorized to introduce that night’s episode.
The Twilight Zone returned after a twenty-year absence. Rod Serling was the creator; he died in 1975. The original series
was cancelled two times.
Valerie Harper returned in Valerie after a seven-year absence. She was previously on Rhoda, the spin off from The Mary
Tyler Moore Show.
Jack Klugman returned in You Again after a two year absence. He was previously on Quincy M.D.
The $50,000 Pyramid returned to syndication as The New $100,000 Pyramid after a three year absence.
Switch Networks: Diff'rent Strokes went from NBC to ABC.
TV History: The Golden Girls made history during it’s seven year run. All four leading ladies won best and supporting
actress awards at the Emmys at one time or another. All In The Family was the first series to do so, then The Golden Girls
and the wonderful gay comedy, Will & Grace.
Do you wonder what happened to the Beaver? He’s Still The Beaver! LOL.
After a lousy dead last in the ratings in 1982/83, Cheers jumped in the top ten at #5 for the first time, thanks to the
huge success of The Cosby Show.
From 1985 - 1990, The Cosby Show tied with All In the Family for the five years running streak at #1.
Buck Owens hung up his cowboy hat and drove into the sunset on his white horse. So long, Hee Haw! The next season, a weekly
guest co-host joined Roy Clark.
Amazing Stories was Steven Spielberg’s first series. It was named after the sci-fi magazine, Amazing Stories. The
show wasn’t a big hit; NBC cancelled it after two seasons. Steven had much greater TV success in the 1990’s with
animated series – Tiny Toon Adventures, The Animaniacs and Pinky & The Brain.
Growing Pains made Kirk Cameron in a big TV star of the 1980’s. He was getting 10,000 letters a month. He was unnoticed
in his first series, Two Marriages, the year before.
Charlie & Company was Jaleel White’s first series. It was more realistic than The Cosby Show and less successful
than The Cosby Show. Some people thought Charlie & Company was a complete rip off from The Cosby Show. Jaleel’s
costar, Kristoff St. John, begin a very successful run on The Young & The Restless, starting in 1991 to this day. Jaleel
became well known on Family Matters as the ever-popular nerd, Steve Urkel, for nine years.
Martin Lawrence got his start on What’s Happening Now after some agents discovered him on Start Search; they like
what they saw in Martin. Martin starred in his series, Martin, on FOX. From there, he struck it big in the movies with Bad
Melba premiered on the day of the Challenger disaster. Christa McAuiffe supposed to be the first teacher in space; the
seven astronauts died.
Misfits Of Science was Courtney Cox’s first series. Her costar was Dean Paul Martin, the son of Dean Martin. Then,
Courtney was Alex Keaton’s girlfriend on Family Ties. Her great success was the ultra popular series, Friends.
All Is Forgiven ended its short run in June 1986 on NBC. Sadly, the premiere aired as a special presentation on August
23, 1986. NBC, I got four words for you. All is NOT forgiven!
1985/86 Fall Season
One Season (1985/86)
Amazing Stories – 1985–1987, NBC, fantasy anthology
The Equalizer – 1985–1989, CBS, detective drama, Edward Woodward, Robert Lansing
The Golden Girls – 1985–1992, NBC, comedy, Bea Arthur, Betty White
Growing Pains – 1985–1992, ABC, comedy, Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns
MacGyver – 1985–1992, ABC, adventure, Richard Dean Anderson
Spenser: For Hire – 1985–1988, ABC, detective drama, Robert Urich, Avery Brooks
The Twilight Zone – 1985–1987, CBS, sci-fi anthology, Charles Aidman
227 – 1985–1990, NBC, comedy, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams
Cancelled TV Shows
Alfred Hitchcock Presents – NBC, suspense anthology, Alfred Hitchcock
Charlie & Company – CBS, comedy, Flip Wilson, Gladys Knight
George Burns Comedy Week – CBS, comedy, George Burns
Hell Town – NBC, drama, Robert Blake
Hollywood Beat – ABC, crime drama, Jack Scalia
Hometown – CBS, comedy/drama, Jane Kaczmarek, Daniel Stern
The Insiders – ABC, drama, Nicholas Campbell
Lady Blue – ABC, crime drama, Jamie Rose
Lime Street – ABC, adventure/detective, Robert Wagner, John Standing
Misfits Of Science – NBC, adventure, Courtney Cox, Max Wright
Our Family Honor – ABC, drama, Ray Liotta, Sheree J. Wilson
Stir Crazy – CBS, comedy/adventure, Larry Wilder, Joseph Guzaldo
8 out of 20 new series SURVIVED for 1986/87
ABC – 3/8, Growing Pains, MacGyver & Spenser: For Hire
CBS – 2/6, The
Equalizer & The Twilight Zone
NBC – 3/6, Amazing Stories, The Golden Girls & 227
Mid Season Shows
Me & Mrs. C. – June 1986–1987, NBC, comedy, Peg Murray, Misha McK
Perfect Strangers – March 1986–1993, ABC, comedy, Mark Linn-Baker, Bronson Pinchot
Stingray – March 1986–1987, NBC, drama, Nick Mancuso
Valerie – March 1986–1987, NBC, comedy, Valerie Harper, Josh Taylor
You Again? – Feb 1986–1987, NBC, comedy, Jack Klugman, John Stamos
Cancelled Mid Season Shows
ABC Comedy Special – ABC, comedy anthology
All Is Forgiven – NBC, comedy, Bess Armstrong, David Alan Grier
Blacke's Magic – NBC, detective drama, Hal Linden, Harry Morgan
Bridges To Cross – CBS, drama, 6 episodes, Suzanne Pleshette, Eva Gabor
Dalton's Code Of Vengeance – NBC, adventure, 4 episodes, Charles Taylor
Fast Times – CBS, comedy, Patrick Dempsey, Courtney Thorne–Smith
Fathers And Sons – NBC, comedy, Merlin Olsen
Foley Square – CBS, comedy, Cathy Silvers, Jon Lovitz
Fortune Dane – ABC, crime drama, Carl Weathers
He's The Mayor – ABC, comedy, Kevin Hooks
Joe Bash – ABC, comedy, Peter Boyle
The Last Precinct – NBC, comedy, 8 episodes, Adam West, James Cromwell
Leo & Liz In Beverly Hills – CBS, comedy, Harvey Koman
Mary – CBS, comedy, Mary Tyler Moore, Katey Segal, John Astin
Melba – CBS, comedy, Melba Moore
Mr. Sunshine – ABC, comedy, Jeffrey Tambor, Barbara Babcock
Morningstar/Eveningstar – CBS, drama, Fred Savage
The Redd Foxx Show – ABC, comedy, Redd Foxx
Scene Of The Crime – NBC, detective anthology, 6 episodes, Orson Welles
Shadow Chasers – ABC, comedy/fantasy, 10 episodes, Trevor Eve
Tough Cookies – CBS, comedy, 6 episodes, Robby Benson, Adam Arkin
Crook And Chase – April 1986–1993, TNN, magazine, Lorianne Crook, Charlie Chase
An Evening At The Improv – 1985–1995, A&E, comedy
Still The Beaver – 1985/86, Disney; 1986–1989, WTBS, comedy, Barbara Billingsley
Check It Out – 1985–1988, syndicated, comedy, Don Adams
Comedy Break – syndication, comedy/variety, Mack Dryden
Comedy Tonight – syndication, comedy/variety, Bill Boggs
Dempsey & Makepeace – syndicated, crime drama, Michael Brandon
Dick Clark's Nighttime – syndication, musical variety, Dick Clark
Puttin' On The Hits – 1985–1988, syndication, music/competition, Allen Fawcett
Small Wonder – 1985–1989, Syndication, comedy, Dickie Christie
The Star Games – syndication, sports, Bruce Jenner
The New $100,000 Pyramid – 1985–1988, syndication, quiz, Dick Clark
What’s Happening Now!! – 1985–1988, syndication, comedy, Ernest Thomas
Two Seasons (1984/85)
Cosby Show – 1984–1992, NBC, comedy
Crazy Like A Fox – Dec 1984–1986, CBS, detective drama
Dr. Ruth – 1984–1991, Lifetime, discussion/advice
The George Michael Sports Machine – 1984–1991, NBC, sports highlights
Highway To Heaven – 1984–1989, NBC, drama
Hollywood Insider – May 1985–1995, USA Network, news/gossip
Hunter – 1984–1991, NBC, crime drama
Jeopardy – 1984–present, syndication, game
Larry King Live – June 1985–present, CNN, discussion
Miami Vice – 1984–1989, NBC, crime drama
Mr. Belvedere – March 1985–1990, ABC, comedy
Moonlighting – March 1985–1989, ABC, detective comedy/drama
Murder, She Wrote – 1984–1996, CBS, detective drama
Tales From The Darkside – 1984–1988, syndication, horror/supernatural
Punky Brewster – 1984–1986, NBC, comedy
Showbiz Today – 1984–2001, CNN, newsmagazine
The Start Of Something Big – April 1985–1986, syndication, information/interview
Tales From The Darkside – 1984–1988, syndication, horror/supernatural
Who’s The Boss? – 1984–1992, ABC, comedy
Three Seasons (1983/84)
Airwolf – Jan 1984–1986, CBS; 1987 on USA, adventure
Church Street Station – March 1984–1987, TNN, music
Cover Story – March 1984–1989, USA, interview
Eye On Hollywood – February 1984–1986, ABC, magazine
Fame – 1983–1987, syndication, drama
Friday Night Videos – 1983–2000, NBC, music
Hardcastle & McCormick 1984–1986, ABC, detective/adventure
Hotel – 1983–1988, ABC, drama
Kate & Allie – March 1984–1989, CBS, comedy
Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous – January 1984–1996, syndication, magazine
Love Connection – 1983–1995, Syndication – weekdays, game
Mike Hammer – Jan 1984–1987, CBS, detective drama
Night Court – Jan 1984–1992, NBC, comedy
Riptide – Jan 1984–1986, NBC, detective drama
Scarecrow & Mrs. King – 1983–1987, CBS, adventure
Star Search – 1983–1995, Syndication, talent
TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes – Jan 1984–1986, NBC, comedy
This Week In Country Music – 1983–1987, syndication, magazine
Webster – 1983–1987, ABC; 1987/88 in Syndication, comedy
Wheel Of Fortune – 1983–present, syndication, game
You Can Be A Star – 1983–1989, TNN, talent
Four Seasons (1982/83)
The A Team – Jan 1983–1987, NBC, adventure
At The Movies – 1982–1990, syndication, commentary
Cheers – 1982–1993, NBC, comedy
Family Ties – 1982–1989, NBC, comedy
Fraggle Rock – January 1983–1987, HBO, puppets
Knight Rider – 1982–1986, NBC, adventure
Lorne Greene's New Wilderness – 1982–1986, syndication, wildlife/nature
Nashville Now – March 1983–1993, TNN, talk/variety, LIVE
Newhart – 1982–1990, CBS, comedy
The Paper Chase – February 1983–1986, Showtime, drama
Remington Steele – 1982–1987, NBC, detective drama
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – 1982–1986, CBS, variety
St. Elsewhere – 1982/83–1988, NBC, drama
Silver Spoons – 1982–1986, NBC, comedy
TJ Hooker – March 1982–1987, ABC, crime drama
Five Seasons (1981/82)
Cagney & Lacey – March 1982–1988, CBS, crime drama
Entertainment Tonight – 1981–present, syndication, news/gossip
Fall Guy – 1981–1986, ABC, adventure
Falcon Crest – 1981–1990, CBS, soap
Gimme A Break – 1981–1987, NBC, comedy
Late Night With David Letterman – February 1982–1993, NBC, talk
The People's Court – 1981–1993, syndication, courtroom
Simon & Simon – Nov 1981–1989, CBS, detective drama
Six Seasons (1980/81)
Dynasty – Jan 1981–1989, ABC, soap
Hill Street Blues – Jan 1981–1987, NBC, crime drama
Magnum P.I. – Dec 1980–1988, CBS, detective drama
Solid Gold – 1980–1988, syndication, music
Seven Seasons (1979/80)
Benson – 1979–1986, ABC, comedy
The Facts Of Life – August 1979–1988, NBC, comedy
Knots Landing – December 1979–1993, CBS, soap
Trapper John MD – 1979–1986, CBS, drama
Eight Seasons (1978/79)
Dance Fever – January 1979–1987, syndication, dance
Diff’rent Stokes – November 1978–1985, NBC; 1985/86, ABC, comedy
PM Magazine – 1978–1990, syndication, magazine
Nine Seasons (1977/78)
Dallas – April 1978–1991, CBS, soap
The Love Boat – 1977–1986, ABC, comedy
20/20 – June 1978–present, ABC, newsmagazine
Ten Seasons (1976/77)
The Joker's Wild – 1976–1986, syndication, quiz
Eleven Seasons (1975/76)
Saturday Night Live – 1975–present, NBC; variety
Sixteen Seasons (1970/71)
Monday Night Football, 1970–2006, ABC, sports
Eighteen Seasons (1968/69)
Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety
60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine
Nineteen Seasons (1967/68)
Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife
Twenty five Seasons (1961/62)
The David Susskind Show – 1961–1987, syndication, talk
Thirty two Seasons (1954/55)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – 1962–1992, NBC, talk/variety