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TV Seasons

1989

1989/90 – The Cosby Show was #1 on NBC Thursday, five years running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1989 season; 227 was cancelled in the fifth season.

ABC Mystery Movie: It added two new series, Kojak and Christine Cromwell on the new night, Saturday. There was four rotating series with Columbo and B.L. Stryker.

Anniversary:

Saturday Night Live celebrated fifteen years on NBC.

Monday Night Football celebrated twenty years on ABC.

Biggest New Hit: America’s Funniest Home Videos was #5 on ABC Sunday. AFHV started the camcorder craze. Everyone wanted to be on the hit program to win the grand prize, $100,000.

Daytime: 227 was on NBC weekdays from September 1989–July 1990.

Local TV: Comic Strip: Live was a Los Angeles local TV series on KTTV in the summer of 1988, then it was a FOX series.

Movies 2 TV:

Alien Nation was based on the 1988 James Caan movie.

Bagdad Cafe was based on the 1986 Marianne Sägebrecht movie.

Brewster Place was based on the 1989 TV movie, The Women Of Brewster Place.

The Outsiders was based on the 1983 movie. The movie starred Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise.

Working Girl was based on the 1988 Melanie Griffith movie. Nancy McKeon supposed to play Tess in the series; Sandra Bullock replaced her.

Name Change:

Sunday Night to Michelob Presents Night Music.

U.S.A Today On TV to U.S.A Today in January 1990.

New Night: FOX added Monday nights to the schedule with 21 Jump Street and Alien Nation.

Reruns: CBS aired repeats of the failed 1978 NBC series, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, during the summer of 1990.

The Return:

Lifetime revived The Days And Nights Of Molly Dodd for two more seasons. It last aired on NBC in 1988.

The Nashville Network revived Church Street Station for three more seasons. It last aired on TNN in 1987.

TV History:

This was the first time that two shows was #1 in the ratings of the season. The Cosby Show & Roseanne tied to be #1. The producers of the shows didn’t care. It didn’t matter to them either way. Both shows were from the same producers!

The Simpsons is the longest running prime time cartoon ever since 1989.

Spin Offs:

Family Matters from Perfect Strangers, it was going to be about Harriet Winslow and her family, but as soon as Steve Urkel arrived midseason, the series started to focus on him and his long lasting crush on Laura Winslow. Without Steve, the series wouldn’t last a season. Aaaaw, the memories of Happy Days.

Booker from 21 Jump Street – Dennis Booker, cop turned detective, works for a large Japanese company.

Living Dolls from Who’s The Boss? – Four teenager girls want to be models under the guidance of Trish Carlin. This was Halle Berry’s first series. She appeared on Knot Landing in a few episodes in 1991. She made her mark in the movies; she won an Oscar for Monster’s Ball in 2002. This was Leah Remini’s first series as well. She appeared on Saved By The Bell as Zack’ boss at the beach resort in 1991, then her fame grew on The King Of Queens, with Kevin James, as her husband. Leah’s first speaking role was on Head Of The Class in 1988.

Tidbits:

Life Goes On is the first show to have a Down syndrome actor in the cast. The show premiered on September 12, 1989.

Bob Saget was on two series at one time – Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Ted Danson was the co–producer of Down Home. Ted was still on Cheers.

Adam 12 and Dragnet was only seen in Los Angeles and New York City in the first season, then the whole nation the following season.

Sister Kate was Jason Priestley’s first series. Just like Kirk Cameron, the second series made him into a big star. Beverly Hills 90210 was his ticket to fame, just like every actor on 90210.

CBS pulled Wolf off from the air in November. Wolf was returned in June 1990, then it was banished to CBS late night the next month.

Peter Falk is the first actor to win a best lead actor for a drama on two networks, all for Columbo. Peter won in 1972 and 1976 on NBC and 1990 on ABC.

Steven Bochco and David E. Kelly created Doogie Howser M.D. David later created Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, Alley McBeal, Snoops, Girls Club, The Practice, Boston Public, The Brotherhood Of Poland, N.H. and Boston Legal. David worked for Steven on Hill Street Blues in the 1980's.

Merv Griffin was the executive producer of Monopoly.

Van Halen performed Sydney theme song, written by Eddie Van Halen, Valerie Bertinelli's husband.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 originally started on KTMA in Minneapolis on November 24, 1988, my nineteen birthday. See that. My birthday brought luck to another long lasting TV series. The first one was Simon & Simon.

 

1989/90 Fall Season

One Season (1989/90)

Doogie Howser MD – 1989–1993, ABC, comedy, Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella

Family Matters – 1989–1997, ABC; 1997/98, CBS, comedy, Jo Marie Payton, Reginald VelJohnson

Life Goes On – 1989–1993, ABC, drama, Bill Smitrovich, Patti LuPone, Christopher Burke

Major Dad – 1989–1993, CBS, comedy, Gerald McRaney, Shanna Reed

Prime Time Live – 1989–1998, ABC, newsmagazine, Diane Sawyer, Sam Donaldson

Rescue 911 – 1989–1996, CBS; informational, William Shatner

Totally Hidden Video – July 1989–1992, FOX, humor, Steve Skrovan

The Young Riders – 1989–1992, ABC, western, Ty Miller, Josh Brolin, Stephan Baldwin

 

Cancelled TV Shows

Alien Nation – FOX, sci-fi, Gary Graham

Baywatch – NBC, adventure, David Hasselhoff, Parker Stevenson

Booker – FOX, detective drama, Richard Grieco

Chicken Soup – ABC, comedy, Jackie Mason, Lynn Redgrave

Christine Cromwell – ABC, crime drama, Jaclyn Smith

Famous Teddy Z – CBS, comedy, Jon Cryer, Alex Rocco

Free Spirit – ABC, comedy, Corinne Bohrer

Hardball – NBC, police drama, John Aston, Richard Tyson

Homeroom – ABC, comedy, Darrly Sivad

Island Son – CBS, medical drama, Richard Chamberlain

Kojak – ABC, police drama, Telly Savalas, Andre Braugher

Living Dolls – ABC, comedy, Michael Learned, Leah Remini, Halle Berry

Mancuso, FBI – NBC, police drama, Robert Loggia

The Nutt House – NBC, comedy, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman

Open House – FOX, comedy, Allison LaPlaca, Ellen DeGeneres

A Peaceable Kingdom – CBS, drama, Lindsay Wagner, Tom Wopat

People Next Door – CBS, comedy, 4 episodes, Jeffrey Jones

Saturday Night With Connie Chung – CBS, newsmagazine, Connie Chung

Sister Kate – NBC, comedy, Stephanie Beacham, Jason Priestley

Snoops – CBS, detective drama, Danny Nucci

Top Of The Hill – CBS, political drama, William Katt

Wolf – CBS, detective drama, Jack Scalia

 

8 out of 30 new series SURVIVED for 1990/91

ABC – 5/11, Doogie Howser MD, Family Matters, Life Goes On, Prime Time Live & Young Riders

CBS – 2/10, Major Dad & Rescue 911

FOX – 1/4, only Totally Hidden Video

NBC – 0/5,

 

Mid season shows

America’s Funniest Home Videos – January 1990–1999, ABC, comedy, Bob Saget

Bagdad Café – March 1990–1991, CBS, comedy, Whoopie Goldberg, Jean Stapleton

Carol & Company – March 1990–1991, NBC, comedy anthology, Carol Burnett

Equal Justice – March 1990–1991, ABC, legal drama, Jane Kaczmarek, Sarah Jessica Parker

Grand – Jan 1990–1991, NBC, comedy, John Randolph, Joel Murray

In Living Color – April 1990–1994, FOX, variety, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey

Northern Exposure – July 1990–1995, CBS, drama, Rob Morrow, Janice Turner

Prime Time Pets – July 1990–1991, CBS, comedy, Wil Shriner

Seinfeld – May 1990–1998, NBC, comedy, Jerry Seinfeld, Julie Louis-Dreyfus

Shannon's Deal – April 1990–1991, NBC, legal drama, Miguel Ferrer

The Simpsons – Dec 1989–present, FOX, cartoon, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner

Top Cops – July 1990–1993, CBS, documentary

Totally Hidden Video – July 1989–1992, FOX, humor, Steve Shrovan

Twin Peaks – April 1990–1991, ABC, soap, Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee

Wings – April1990–1997, NBC, comedy, Timothy Daly, Steven Weber

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

Ann Jillian – NBC, comedy, Ann Jillian, Lisa Rieffel

The Bradys – CBS, drama, 6 episodes, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

Brewster Place – ABC, drama, Oprah Winfrey

Capital News – ABC, newspaper drama, 4 episodes, Lloyd Bridges

City – CBS, comedy, Valerie Harper, Liz Torres

Dolphin Cove – CBS, adventure, Frank Converse

Down Home – April 1990–1991, NBC, comedy, Judith Ivery

Glory Days – FOX, drama, Brad Pitt

Grand Slam – CBS, adventure, John Schneider, Paul Rodriguez

H.E.L.P. – ABC, adventure, John Mahoney, Wesley Snipes

His & Hers – CBS, comedy, Martin Mull, Richard Kline

The Marshall Chronicles – ABC, comedy, 6 episodes, Joshua Rifkind

Max Monroe: Loose Cannon – CBS, crime drama, 8 episodes, Shadoe Stevens

Molloy – FOX, comedy, 4 episodes, Mayim Bialik, Jennifer Aniston

Monopoly – ABC, quiz, Michael Reilly

Nasty Boys – NBC, crime drama, Benjamin, Dennis Franz

New Attitude – ABC, comedy, Sheryl Lee Ralph

Normal Life – CBS, comedy, Cindy Williams, Maxwell Gail

The Outsiders – FOX, drama, David Arquette, Sean Kanan

Room For Romance – CBS, comedy/drama anthology, Dom Irrera

Singer & Sons – NBC, comedy, 4 episodes, Esther Rolle

Small Talk – CBS, comedy, 4 episodes, Roger Rose

Sugar And Spice – CBS, comedy, 7 episodes, Stephanie Hodge

Sunday Beat – ABC, crime drama, 2 episodes, George Clooney

Sydney – CBS, comedy, 13 episodes, Valerie Bertinelli, Matthew Perry

Tim Conway's Funny America – ABC, comedy, Tim Conway

True Blue – NBC, crime drama, Eddie Velez, Grant Show

Wish You Were Here – CBS, comedy/adventure, 6 episodes, Lew Schneider

Working Girl – NBC, comedy, 6 episodes, Sandra Bullock

 

Cable

The Ben Stiller Show – MTV, comedy, Ben Stiller

Caroline's Comedy Hour – January 1990–1995, A&E, comedy

Church Street Station – March 1989–1992, TNN, music

A Conversation With Dinah – 1989–1991, TNN, talk, Dinah Shore

The Days And Nights Of Molly Dodd – 1989–1991, Lifetime, comedy/drama, Blair Brown

Just Say Julie – 1989–1992, MTV, comedy, Julie Brown

Make The Grade – 1989–1991, Nickelodeon, quiz, Lew Schneider

Mystery Science Theater 3000 – 1989–1991, Comedy Channel, comedy, Joel Hodgson

On Stage – 1989–1992, TNN, music

Rodeo Drive – Lifetime, quiz, Louis DuArt

Shadow Theater – USA, documentary, Robert Englund

Supermarket Sweep – February 1990–1998, Lifetime, quiz, David Ruprecht

Tales From The Crypt – 1989–1996, HBO, horror anthology, John Kassir

The Texas Connection – March 1990–1992, TNN, music

Top Card – TNN, quiz, Jim Caldwell, Blake Pickett

Zorro – January 1990–1993, Family, western, Duncan Regehr

 

Syndication

Adam 12 – 1989–1990, syndication, crime drama, Ethan Wayne, Peter Parros

After Hours – syndication, magazine, Heidi Bohay

American Gladiators – 1989–1997, Syndication, game/sports, Mike Adamle

The Byron Allen Show – 1989–1992, syndication, talk, Byron Allen

Crime Stoppers 800 – 1989–1991, syndication, public service, Edwin Hart

Crimewatch Tonight – syndication, public service, Ike Pappas

Dionne And Friends – syndicated, music, Dionne Warwick

Dragnet – 1989–1991, syndication, crime drama, Jeff Osterhage

Hard Copy – 1989–1999, Syndication – weekdays, newsmagazine, Teri Murphy

Insport – 1989–1991, syndication, sports magazine, Ahmad Rashad

Missing Reward – 1989–1992, syndication, public service, Stacy Keach

The New Lassie – 1989–1991, Syndication, adventure, Christopher Stone, Dee Wallace Stone

Smash Hits – 1989–1991, syndication, music videos, Scott Shannon

 

Late Night

Comic Strip: Live – 1989–1994, FOX, comedy, John Mulrooney

Into The Night Starring Rick Dees – July 1990–1991, ABC, comedy/variety, Rick Dees

The Midnight Hour – CBS, talk, Jennifer Martin

Overtime...With Pat O'Brien – CBS, talk, 3 episodes, Pat O'Brien

 

Two Seasons (1988/89)

Anything But Love – March 1989–1992, ABC, comedy

B.L. Stryker – Feb 1989–1990, ABC, detective drama

Beyond Tomorrow – 1988–1990, FOX, informational

Bordertown – January 1989–1991, Family Channel, adventure

Coach – Feb 1989–1997, ABC, comedy

Columbo – Feb 1989–1990, ABC, crime drama

Cops – March 1989–present, FOX, police reality

Dear John – 1988–1992, NBC, comedy

Doctor, Doctor – June 1989–1991, CBS, comedy

Empty Nest – 1988–1995, NBC, comedy

FM – August 1989–1990, NBC, comedy

Father Dowling Mysteries – Jan 1989, NBC; Jan 1990–1991, ABC, detective drama

Family Feud – 1988–1995, syndication, quiz

Freddie’s Nightmares – 1988–1990, Syndication, horror anthology

Half Hour Comedy Hour – 1988–1993, MTV, comedy

Inside Edition – January 1989–present, syndication, newsmagazine

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

Later With Bob Costas – 1988–1994, NBC, talk

Magical World Of Disney – 1988–1990, NBC, anthology

Midnight Caller – 1988–1991, NBC, drama

Mission: Impossible – 1988–1990, ABC, international intrigue

Monsters – 1988–1990, syndication, horror anthology

The Munsters Today – 1988–1991, Syndication, comedy

Murphy Brown – Nov 1988–1998, CBS, comedy

My Secret Identity – 1988–1991, Syndication, comedy

Paradise – 1988/89–1991, CBS, western

The Pat Sajak Show – January 1989–1990, CBS, talk

Quantum Leap – March 1989–1993, NBC, sci-fi

Rin Tin Tin K–9 Cop – 1988–1993, Family, adventure

Roseanne – 1988–1997, ABC, comedy

Superboy – 1988–1992, syndication, adventure

13 East – July 1989–1990, NBC, comedy

U.S.A Today On TV – 1988–1990, syndication, magazine

Unsolved Mysteries – 1988–1997, NBC; April 1998–1999, CBS, public service

War Of The Worlds – 1988–1990, syndication, sci-fi

 

Three Seasons (1987/88)

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

Beauty & The Beast – 1987–1990, CBS, fantasy

China Beach – April 1988–1991, ABC, drama

Club MTV – 1987–1992, MTV, music

A Different World – 1987–1993, NBC, comedy

48 Hours – Jan 1988–present, CBS, newsmagazine

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

Full House – 1987–1995, ABC, comedy

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

Jake & The Fatman – 1987–1992, CBS, drama

Just The Ten Of Us – April 1988–1990, comedy

Michelob Presents Night Music – 1987–1990, syndication, musical variety

My Two Dads – 1987–1990, NBC, comedy

Out Of This World – 1987–1991, Syndication, comedy

Star Trek: The Next Generation – 1987–1994, Syndication, sci-fi

Remote Control – December 1987–1990, MTV, quiz

The Reporters – July 1988–1990, FOX, newsmagazine

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

Thirtysomething – 1987–1991, ABC, drama

Tour Of Duty – 1987–1990, CBS, drama

Wiseguy – 1987–1991, CBS, crime drama

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

The Wonder Years – March 1988–1993, ABC, comedy

 

Four Seasons (1986/87)

Alf – 1986–1990, NBC, comedy

Amen – 1986–1991, NBC, comedy

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

A Current Affair – 1986–1996, syndication, newsmagazine

Designing Women – 1986–1993, CBS, comedy

Double Dare – 1986–1993, Nickelodeon, quiz

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

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

Siskel & Ebert – 1986–1999, syndication, commentary

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

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

 

Five Seasons (1985/86)

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

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

The Golden Girls – 1985–1992, NBC, comedy

Growing Pains – 1985–1992, ABC, comedy

The Hogan Family – March 1986–1990, NBC; 1990/91, CBS, comedy

MacGyver – 1985–1992, ABC, adventure

Perfect Strangers – March 1986–1993, ABC, comedy

227 – 1985–1990, NBC, comedy

 

Six Seasons (1984/85)

The Cosby Show – 1984–1992, NBC, comedy

Dr. Ruth – 1984–1991, Lifetime, discussion/advice

The George Michael Sports Machine – 1984–1991, NBC, sports highlights

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

Mr. Belvedere – March 1985–1990, ABC, comedy

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

Showbiz Today – 1984–2001, CNN, newsmagazine

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

 

Seven Seasons (1983/84)

Friday Night Videos – 1983–2000, NBC, music

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

 

Eight Seasons (1982/83)

At The Movies – 1982–1990, syndication, commentary

Cheers – 1982–1993, NBC, comedy

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

Newhart – 1982–1990, CBS, comedy

 

Nine Seasons (1981/82)

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

Eleven Seasons (1979/80)

Knots Landing – December 1979–1993, CBS, soap

 

Twelve Seasons (1978/79)

PM Magazine – 1978–1990, syndication, magazine

 

Thirteen Seasons (1977/78)

Dallas – April 1978 1991, CBS, soap

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

 

Fifteen Seasons (1975/76)

Saturday Night Live – 1975–present, NBC; variety

 

Twenty Seasons (1970/71)

Monday Night Football, 1970–2006, ABC, sports

 

Twenty two Seasons (1968/69)

Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Thirty six Seasons (1954/55)

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

 

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