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TV Seasons

1987

1987/88 – The Cosby Show was #1 on NBC Thursday, third year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1987 season; The Colbys was cancelled in the second season.

Anniversary:

PM Magazine celebrated ten years in syndication.

Hee Haw celebrated twenty years on TV.

60 Minutes celebrated twenty years on CBS.

Biggest New Hit: A Different World was #2 on NBC Thursday. No surprise there! Yes, it was a top 10 hit. After all, A Different World was right after The Cosby Show. It didn’t really take off till the show focus on Dwayne and Whitney after Denise left the series altogether.

British Ties: Top Of The Pops was based on the hugely popular music BBC series. Top Of The Pops lasted from 1964–2006 in Britain.

Daytime:

Growing Pains was on ABC weekdays from July 1988–August 1989.

Mr. Belvedere was on ABC weekdays from September 1987–January 1988.

First Run:

Webster begun a one year Syndication, it was previously on ABC (1983–1987).

We Got It Made returned to Syndication after a three-year absence with two original cast members, Teri Copley and Tom Villard. It was previously on NBC.

Movies to TV:

The Dirty Dozen was based on the 1967 Lee Marvin movie.

Down And Out In Beverly Hills was based on the 1985 Richard Dreyfuss/Bette Milder movie. Mike The Dog was the only one to reprise his role for the series. Yes, folks. Mike is really a nasty dog. BOW WOW!

In The Heat Of The Night was based on the 1967 Sidney Poitier movie. Sidney played Virgil Tibbs in the movie; Howard Rollins played him in the series.

Name Change:

Second Chance returned in midseason as Boys Will Be Boys.

Valerie to Valerie’s Family. Valerie Harper left the show. Good riddance!

Reruns:

NBC aired Blacke's Magic reruns in the summer of 1988.

NBC aired Sara reruns in June 1998. It was last seen in 1985 on NBC.

The Return: Carroll O’Connor returned in In The Heat Of The Night with his real life son, Hugh O’Connor. He was no Archie Bunker, that’s for sure! It felt so strange of seeing Carroll as a different character; he pulled it off greatly! He is best known for All In The Family.

Spin Off:

Beverly Hills Buntz was a short-lived spin off comedy from Hill Street Blues. Lt. Norman Buntz quit the police force and became a dick in Beverly Hills.

A Different World from The Cosby Show, Denise Huxtable left home for a collage life at Hillman Collage.

Just The Ten Of Us from Growing Pains.

The Law & Harry McGraw from Murder, She Wrote. Jerry Orbach was popular enough to get his own spin off. Jerry became more famous on Law & Order few years later.

TV History – America’s Most Wanted is the longest running public service TV series ever. Also, 893 fugitives have been captured since 1987.

Tidbits:

Hey, hey, hey! It’s the new Monkees! We just don’t give a damn! We want the original Monkees!

Marisa Tomei was on the first season of A Different World with Lisa Bonet; she later became an Oscar winning actress for My Cousin Vinny in 1992.

Third time’s the charm for John Stamos. Full House was his biggest hit. It made stars out of Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, John Stamos and the ever popular, The Olsen Twins – Mary Kate and Ashley.

Candace Cameron (Full House) is related to Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains); they are siblings. Both are on ABC hits.

Brett Butler got her start on Dolly. She did her comedy act once, then a skit with Dolly Parton for the second time. Dolly hired her to be a writer.

CBS Summer Playhouse. Just what the name said. It only aired in the summers of 1987–1989. There was no hosts in the last two summers.

Well Publicized: Valerie Harper left Valerie in a dispute with the producers. Assuming, over money. Therefore, her Valerie character died on the show.

 

1987/88 Fall Season

One Season (1987/88)

Beauty & The Beast – 1987–1990, CBS, fantasy, Linda Hamilton, Ron Pearlman

A Different World – 1987–1993, NBC, comedy, Lisa Bonet, Jasmine Guy

Full House – 1987–1995, ABC, comedy, Bob Saget, John Stamos

Hooperman – 1987–1989, ABC, comedy, John Ritter, Barbara Bosson

Jake & The Fatman – 1987–1992, CBS, drama, William Conrad, Joe Penny

My Two Dads – 1987–1990, NBC, comedy, Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan

Thirtysomething – 1987–1991, ABC, drama, Ken Olin, Timothy Busfield

Tour Of Duty – 1987–1990, CBS, drama, Terrence Knox

Wiseguy – 1987–1991, CBS, crime drama, Ken Wahl

 

Cancelled TV Shows

Buck James – ABC, medical drama, Dennis Weaver

Dolly – ABC, musical variety, Dolly Parton

Everything’s Relative – CBS, comedy, 6 episodes, Jason Alexander

Frank’s Place – CBS, comedy, Tim Reid, Daphne Maxwell Reid

I Married Dora – ABC, comedy, Daniel Hugh-Kelly

J.J. Starbuck – NBC, adventure, Dale Robertson

The Law & Harry McGraw – CBS, detective, Jerry Orbach

Leg Work – CBS, detective, Margaret Colin

Oldest Rookie – CBS; police drama, Paul Sorvino, D.W. Moffett

Once A Hero – ABC, fantasy/adventure – first cancellation, Jeff Lester

Private Eye – NBC, detective drama, Josh Brolin

Second Chance – FOX, comedy, Matthew Perry, Kiel Martin

Slap Maxwell Story – ABC, comedy, Dabney Coleman

Women In Prison – FOX, comedy, Wendie Jo Sperber

A Year In The Life – NBC, drama, Adam Arkin, Sarah Jessica Parker

 

9 out of 24 new series SURVIVED for 1988/89

ABC – 3/8, Full House, Hooperman & Thirtysomething

CBS – 4/9, Beauty & The Beast, Jake & The Fatman, Tour Of Duty & Wiseguy

FOX – 0/2,

NBC – 2/5, A Different World & My Two Dads

 

Mid Season shows

America’s Most Wanted – April 1988–present, FOX, public service, John Walsh

China Beach – April 1988–1991, ABC, drama, Dana Delany, Marg Helgenberger

Coming Of Age – March 1988–1989, CBS, comedy, Paul Dooley

Day By Day – Feb 1988–1989, NBC, comedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith

48 Hours – Jan 1988–present, CBS, newsmagazine, Dan Rather

Heartbeat – March 1988–1989, medical drama, Kate Mulgrew

In the Heat Of The Night – March 1988–1992, NBC; 1992–1994, CBS, crime drama, Carroll O'Connor

It’s Garry Shandling’s Show – March 1988–1990, FOX, comedy, Garry Shandling

Just The Ten Of Us – April 1988–1990, comedy, Bill Kirchenbauer, Frank Bonner

The Reporters – July 1988–1990, FOX, newsmagazine, Steve Dunleavy

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour – March 1988–1989, CBS, comedy/variety, Dick Smothers

Sonny Spoon – Feb 1988–1989, NBC, detective drama, Mario Van Peebles

West 57th – August 1985–1989, CBS, newsmagazine, Meredith Vieira

The Wonder Years – March 1988–1993, ABC, comedy, Fred Savage, Daniel Stern

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

Aaron's Way – NBC, drama, Merlin Olsen, Belinda Montgomery

Beverly Hills Buntz – NBC, comedy, Dennis Frantz, Peter Jurasik

Blue Skies – CBS, drama, Tom Wopat

The Dirty Dozen – FOX, war drama, 7 episodes, Ben Murphy

Down And Out In Beverly Hills – FOX, comedy, 8 episodes, Hector Elizondo

Eisenhower & Lutz – CBS, comedy, Scott Bakula, Patricia Richardson

Family Double Dare – FOX, quiz, Marc Summers

Family Man – ABC, comedy, Alison Sweeney

First Impressions – CBS, comedy, Brad Garrett, James Noble

George Schlatter's Funny People – NBC, comedy, Leeza Gibbons

High Mountain Rangers – CBS, adventure, Robert Conrad

The Highwayman – NBC, adventure, Sam Jones

Hothouse – ABC, medical drama, Alexis Smith

Just In Time – ABC, comedy, 6 episodes, Tim Matheson

Probe – ABC, mystery, 8 episodes, Parker Stevenson

Pursuit Of Happiness – ABC, comedy, Brian Keith

Sable – ABC, adventure, 7 episodes, Rene Russo

Summer Showcase – NBC, documentary

Supercarrier – ABC, military drama, 8 episodes, Matthew Walker

The Thorns – ABC, comedy, 7 episodes, Lori Petty

Trial And Error – CBS, comedy, 3 episodes, Eddie Velez, Paul Rodriguez

 

Cable

Club MTV – 1987–1992, MTV, music, Downtown Julie Brown

Remote Control – December 1987–1990, MTV, quiz, Ken Ober

 

Syndication

D.C. Follies – 1987–1989, syndication, comedy, Fred Willard

The Dom DeLuise Show – syndicated, comedy, Dom DeLuise

Friday The 13th: The Series– 1987–1990, syndication, horror/drama, Chris Wiggins

George Schlatter's Comedy Club – syndication, comedy/variety, George Schlatter

Marblehead Manor – syndication, comedy, Paxton Whitehead

The Morton Downey, Jr. Show – May 1988–1989, syndication, talk/debate, Morton Downey, Jr.

The New Monkees – Syndication, comedy, Marty Ross

Out Of This World – 1987–1991, Syndication, comedy, Donna Pescow, Maureen Flanningan

Sea Hunt – syndication, adventure, Ron Ely

She’s the Sheriff – 1987–1989, Syndication, comedy, Suzanne Somers

Speaking Of Everything – syndication, interview/discussion, Howard Cosell

Star Trek: The Next Generation – 1987–1994, Syndication, sci-fi, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes

The Street – syndication, crime drama, Stanley Tucci

Sunday Night – 1987–1990, syndication, musical variety, David Sanborn

T. And T. – January 1988–1989, syndication; 1990, Family, detective drama, Mr. T.

Webster – Syndication, comedy, Emmanuel Lewis

We Got It Made – Syndication; comedy, Teri Copley, Tom Villard

Win, Lose Or Draw – 1987–1990, syndication, quiz, Bert Convy

You Can't Take It With You – syndication, comedy, Harry Morgan

 

Late Night

Diamonds – CBS, detective, Nicholas Campbell

Top Of The Pops – CBS, music, Gary Davies, Nia Peeples

The Wilton North Report – FOX, comedy/newsmagazine, Phil Cowan

 

Two Seasons (1986/87)

Alf – 1986–1990, NBC, comedy

Amen – 1986–1991, NBC, comedy

The Bronx Zoo – March 1987–1988, NBC, drama

CBS Summer Playhouse – 1987–1989, CBS, anthology

Charles In Charge – January 1987–1991, Syndication, comedy

The Charmings – March 1987–1988, ABC, comedy

The Colbys – 1986–1988, ABC, soap

Crime Story – 1986–1988, NBC, crime drama

A Current Affair – 1986–1996, syndication, newsmagazine

The Days And Nights Of Molly Dodd – May 1987–1988, NBC, comedy/drama

Designing Women – 1986–1993, CBS, comedy

Double Dare – 1986–1993, Nickelodeon, quiz

Duet – April 1987–1989, FOX, comedy

Head Of The Class – 1986–1991, ABC, comedy

Houston Knights – March 1987–1988, CBS, crime drama

LA Law – 1986–1994, NBC, drama

Mama’s Family – 1986–1990, syndication; comedy

Matlock – 1986–1992, NBC; Jan 1993–1995, ABC, drama

Married With Children – April 1987–1997, FOX, comedy

Max Headroom – March 1987–1988, ABC, sci-fi

Mr. President – May 1987–1988, FOX, comedy

My Sister Sam – 1986–1988, CBS, comedy

New Adventures of Beans Baxter – July 1987–1988, FOX, adventure

The New Gidget – 1986–1988, Syndication, comedy

9 to 5 – 1986–1988, syndication, comedy

Ohara – Jan 1987–1988, ABC, crime drama

Our House – 1986–1988, NBC, drama

Rags To Riches – March 1987–1988, NBC, comedy/drama

Robert Klein Time – 1986–1988, USA, talk

Siskel & Ebert – 1986–1999, syndication, commentary

Sledge Hammer – 1986–1988, ABC, comedy

The Tracey Ullman Show – April 1987–1990, FOX, variety

Throb – 1986–1988, syndication, comedy

21 Jump Street – April 1987–1990, FOX; 1990/91, Syndication, crime drama

Werewolf – July 1987–1988, FOX, supernatural

 

Three Seasons (1985/86)

Check It Out – 1985–1988, syndicated, comedy

Crook And Chase – April 1986–1993, TNN, magazine

The Equalizer – 1985–1989, CBS, detective drama

An Evening At The Improv – 1985–1995, A&E, comedy

The Golden Girls – 1985–1992, NBC, comedy

Growing Pains – 1985–1992, ABC, comedy

Valerie’s Family – March 1986–1990, NBC; 1990/91, CBS, comedy

MacGyver – 1985–1992, ABC, adventure

New Leave It To Beaver – 1986–1989, WTBS, comedy

Perfect Strangers – March 1986–1993, ABC, comedy

Puttin' On The Hits – 1985–1988, syndication, music/competition

Small Wonder – 1985–1989, Syndication, comedy

Spenser: For Hire – 1985–1988, ABC, detective drama

The New $100,000 Pyramid – 1985–1988, syndication, quiz

227 – 1985–1990, NBC, comedy

What’s Happening Now!! – 1985–1988, syndication, comedy

 

Four Seasons (1984/85)

Cosby Show – 1984–1992, NBC, comedy

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, comedy/drama

Murder, She Wrote – 1984–1996, CBS, detective drama

Showbiz Today – 1984–2001, CNN, newsmagazine

Tales From The Darkside – 1984–1988, syndication, horror/supernatural

Who’s The Boss? – 1984–1992, ABC, comedy

 

Five Seasons (1983/84)

Cover Story – March 1984–1989, USA, interview

Friday Night Videos – 1983–2000, NBC, music

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

Night Court – Jan 1984–1992, NBC, comedy

Star Search – 1983–1995, Syndication, talent

Wheel Of Fortune – 1983–present, syndication, game

You Can Be A Star – 1983–1989, TNN, talent

 

Six Seasons (1982/83)

At The Movies – 1982–1990, syndication, commentary

Cheers – 1982–1993, NBC, comedy

Family Ties – 1982–1989, NBC, comedy

Nashville Now – March 1983–1993, TNN, talk/variety, LIVE

Newhart – 1982–1990, CBS, comedy

St. Elsewhere – 1982–1988, NBC, drama

 

Seven Seasons (1981/82)

Cagney & Lacey – March 1982–1988, CBS, crime drama

Entertainment Tonight – 1981–present, Syndication, news/gossip

Falcon Crest – 1981–1990, CBS, soap

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

 

Eight Seasons (1980/81)

Dynasty – Jan 1981–1989, ABC, soap

Magnum P.I. – Dec 1980–1988, CBS, detective drama

Solid Gold – 1980–1988, syndication, music

 

Nine Seasons (1979/80)

The Facts Of Life – August 1979–1988, NBC, comedy

Knots Landing – December 1979–1993, CBS, soap

 

Ten Seasons (1978/79)

PM Magazine – 1978–1990, syndication, magazine

 

Eleven Seasons (1977/78)

Dallas – April 1978–1991, CBS, soap

20/20 – June 1978–present, ABC, newsmagazine

 

Thirteen Seasons (1975/76)

Saturday Night Live – 1975–present, NBC; variety

 

Eighteen Seasons (1970/71)

Monday Night Football, 1970–2006, ABC, sports

 

Twenty Seasons (1968/69)

Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Twenty one Seasons (1967/68)

Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife

 

Thirty four Seasons (1954/55)

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – 1962–1992, NBC, talk/variety

 

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