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TV Seasons

1990

1990/91 – Cheers was #1 on NBC Thursday.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1990 season; Twin Peaks was cancelled in the second season.

Anniversary:

Entertainment Tonight celebrated ten years in syndication.

Late Night With David Letterman celebrated ten years on NBC.

The People's Court celebrated ten years in syndication.

Biggest New Hit: America’s Funniest People was #13 on ABC Sundays. Yep, the name really live up to the name; it was a great companion for America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Comic Strip: Live There were two versions this season. The Sunday version was called Comic Strip: Live, starting in November 1990. The Saturday version became Comic Strip: Late Night. The Sunday version changed to Comic Strip: Prime Time in February 1991 and it was cancelled two months later. The Saturday version returned to the original name, Comic Strip: Live.

Crimetime After Primetime – From April 1991–January 1995, CBS offered original programs (Sweating Bullets, The Exile, Scene Of The Crime, Forever Knight, Urban Angel, Dark Justice, to name a few) late at night to compete with The Tonight Show on NBC. Silk Stalkings was the most popular of them all; it lasted 8 years, minus 6 on CBS. That show ran concurrently on both CBS & USA Network. David Letterman had a falling out with NBC. We all know why! CBS grabbed him quickly; David competes with Jay Leno. In order to make room for David, CBS cut Crimetime to one hour and aired Crimetime after The Late Show. Crimetime finally ended in January 1995; The Late Late Show took their spot late at night.

Daytime:

Designing Women was on CBS weekdays from May 1991–June 1992.

Full House was on NBC weekdays from June–September 1991.

First Run: 21 Jump Street begun a one year syndication; it was previously on FOX (1987–90).

Movies 2 TV:

Baby Talk was loosely based on the 1989 John Travolta/Kirstie Alley movie, Look's Who Talking.

Ferris Bueller was based on the 1986 Matthew Broderick movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Harry And The Hendersons was based on the 1987 Kevin Peter Hall movie. Kevin reprised his hairy...oops, my mistake...hold on! Harry is hairy! I didn't make a mistake at all. Kevin reprised his HAIRY role for the series.

Swamp Thing was based on the 1982 Adrienne Barbeau movie.

Uncle Buck was based on the 1989 John Candy movie.

Name Change:

DEA to DEA – Special Task Force in April 1991.

Into The Night Starring Rick Dees to Into The Night in July 1991

Paradise to Guns Of Paradise in January 1991.

Personalities to E.D.J. Entertainment Daily Journal in July 1991.

New Nights:

FOX added Thursday nights to the schedule on September 13, 1990 with The Simpsons, Babes and Beverly Hills 90210

FOX added Friday nights to the schedule on September 7, 1990 with America’s Most Wanted and D.E.A.

Reruns:

FOX aired Alien Nation repeats during the summer of 1991.

CBS aired reruns of the former ABC series, Police Squad, for the summer. It was last seen in 1982.

The Return:

NBC revived Dark Shadows. It was a popular daytime soap on ABC from 1966–1971.

The Joker's Wild returned to syndication after a four year absence.

Simultaneous: Dave Coulier was on two series – Full House and America’s Funniest People. Dave’s Full House costar, Bob Saget, hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Spin offs:

America’s Funniest People from America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Top Of The Heap from Married...With Children. It focus on Al Bundy's best friend, Charlie Verducci and his son, Vinnie Verducci. Charlie wants his dumb son to marry the rich.

Switch Networks: The Hogan Family went from NBC to CBS.

TV History: Dallas, the longest running soap, finally ended in the 1990 season. Dallas was on for fourteen years.

Tidbits:

Who cares about nothing? Seinfeld does in his 1990–1998 TV show.

Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden reunited on Dallas; they previously starred in the popular 1960’s TV show, I Dream Of Jeannie.

Connie Sellecca was originally going to star on Baby Talk, Julie Duffy took over the role for the spring run, and Mary Page Keller took over and stayed for the remainder of the run.

Lifetime aired the Canadian series, E.N.G., daily at 7 PM, then it was vanished to late night. E.N.G lasted in Canada from 1989–1994 on CTV.

Elvis' widow, Priscilla Presley, was the co–producer of Elvis. Elvis was based on the very beginning of Elvis Presley.

Robin Leach created Preview. He was the executive producer too.

NBC cancelled The George Michael Sports Machine after seven years. The series went to syndication the following season.

Ah, shucks! Broken Badges didn't last that long. I know the real reason why! Everyone missed the first episode to celebrate my twenty–one birthday! Man, the fun times we had the club! I got so freaking drunk off my ass. I barfed in the restroom at the club. I couldn't handle my liquid. After all, it was my first alcohol drink.

Only the first season of Neon Rider was syndication in the states. Neon Rider lasted on CTV from 1990–1994.

CBS paired Sunday Dinner with the1970's classic, All In The Family. Norman Lear's new sitcom didn't fare too well. All In The Family had more viewers than Sunday Dinner.

The Comedy Channel and Ha! merged into a new network, Comedy Central, on April 1, 1991, April Fool's Day. Mystery Science Theater 3000 became the network's signature series.

 

1990/91 Fall Season

One Season (1990/91)

America’s Funniest People – 1990–1994, ABC, comedy, Dave Coulier

Beverly Hills 90210 – 1990–2000, FOX, soap, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestly

Evening Shade – 1990–1994, CBS, comedy, Burt Reynolds, Marilu Henner, Hal Holbrook

Fresh Prince Of Bel Air – 1990–1996, NBC, comedy, Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro

Gabriel’s Fire – 1990/91, ABC, detective drama, James Earl Jones

Get A Life – 1990–1992, FOX, comedy, Chris Elliot, Bob Elliot, Elinor Donahue

Law & Order – 1990–present, NBC, crime drama, Christopher Noth, Steven Hill

Parker Lewis Can’t Lose – 1990–1993, FOX, comedy, Corin Nemec

Trials Of Rosie O’Neil – 1990–1992, CBS, drama, Sharon Gless, Lisa Rieffel

True Colors – 1990–1992, FOX, comedy, Nancy Walker

 

Cancelled TV Shows

Against The Law – FOX, legal comedy/drama, Michael O'Keefe

American Chronicles – FOX, documentary, Richard Dreyfuss

American Dreamer – NBC, comedy, Robert Urich, Johnny Galecki, Carol Kane

Babes – FOX, comedy, Wendie Jo Sperber

Cop Rock – ABC, police musical/drama, Barbara Bosson

DEA – FOX, police drama, Chris Stanley

E.A.R.T.H. Force – CBS, adventure, first cancellation, 2 episodes, Gel Gerard

Family Man – CBS, comedy, Gregory Harrison, Scott Weinger

Fanelli Boys – NBC, comedy, Andy Hirsch

Ferris Bueller – NBC, comedy, Charlie Schlatter, Jennifer Aniston

Flash – CBS, fantasy/adventure, John Wesley Shipp

Going Places – ABC, comedy, Heather Locklear, Holland Taylor

Good Grief – FOX, comedy, Howie Mandel, Joel Brooks, Tom Poston

Haywire – FOX, comedy, David Hirsch

Hull High – NBC, musical drama, Will Lyman

Lenny – CBS, comedy, Lenny Clarke

Lifestories – NBC, dramatic anthology, Robert Prosky

Married People – ABC, comedy, Jay Thomas, Bess Armstrong

Over My Dead Body – CBS, detective drama, Edward Woodward

Parenthood – NBC, comedy, Ed Begley Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio

Uncle Buck – CBS, comedy, Kevin Meaney, Audrey Meadows

WIOU – CBS, drama, Dick Van Patten, Mariette Hartley

Working It Out – NBC, comedy, Jane Curtain, Stephen Collins

 

10 out of 33 new series SURVIVED for 1991/92

ABC – 2/5, America’s Funniest People, Gabriel’s Fire

CBS – 2/9, Evening Shade & Trials Of Rosie O’Neil

FOX – 4/10, Beverly Hills 90210, Get A Life, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose & True Colors

NBC – 2/9, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air & Law & Order

 

Mid season shows

American Detective – May 1991–1993, ABC, documentary, John Bunnell

Baby Talk – March 1991–1992, ABC, comedy, George Clooney, Tony Danza

Blossom – Jan 1991–1995, NBC, comedy, Mayim Bialik, Ted Wass

Dinosaurs – April 1991–1994, ABC, comedy, Jessica Walker, Sally Struthers

Expose – Jan 1991–1992, NBC, news documentary, Tom Brokaw

Hi Honey, I'm Home – 1991–1992, ABC/Nickelodeon, comedy, Charlotte Booker

Real Life With Jane Pauley – July 1990–1992, NBC, newsmagazine, Jane Pauley

Sisters – May 1991–1996, NBC, drama, Sela Ward, Swoosie Kurtz

The Sunday Comics – April 1991–1992, FOX, comedy, Jeff Altman

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

The Antagonists – CBS, legal drama, Lauren Holly

Broken Badges – CBS, crime drama, Miguel Ferrer

C. Everett Koop, M.D. – NBC, educational, Dr. C. Everett Koop

Comic Strip: Live – FOX, comedy, Greg Kroeger

Dark Shadows – NBC, supernatural, Ben Cross, Joseph Gordon–Levitt

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show – CBS, comedy, Dave Thomas

Disney Presents The 100 Lives Of Black Jack Savage – NBC, adventure, Daniel Hugh–Kelly

Eddie Dodd – ABC, legal drama, Treat Williams

Elvis – ABC, drama, Michael St. Gerard

A Family For Joe – NBC, comedy, Robert Mitchum, Ben Savage

Fantastic Facts – CBS, informational, Merlin Olsen

Good Company – CBS, comedy, Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, William Katt

Man In The Family – ABC, comedy, 7 episodes, Leah Remini

Morton & Hayes – CBS, comedy, 6 episodes, Rob Reiner

My Life And Times – ABC, drama, 6 episodes, Helen Hunt, Megan Mullally

Sons & Daughters – CBS, drama, 7 episodes, Lucie Arnaz

Stat – ABC, comedy, 6 episodes, Alison LaPlaca

Stephen King's Golden Years – CBS, drama, 8 episodes, Tim Guinee

Sunday Best – NBC, magazine, 3 episodes, Carl Reiner

Sunday Dinner – CBS, comedy, 6 episodes, Teri Hatcher, Robert Loggia

Toon Nite – CBS, cartoon anthology, 7 episodes

Top Of The Heap – FOX, comedy, 7 episodes, Matt LeBlanc

Under Cover – ABC, espionage/foreign intrigue, 7 episodes, Linda Purl

Verdict – CBS, documentary

Yearbook – FOX, documentary, 8 episodes, Ken Dashow

You Take The Kids – CBS, comedy, 5 episodes, Nell Carter

 

Cable

The Adventures Of The Black Stallion – 1990–1993, Family, adventure, Mickey Rooney

Big Brother Jake – 1990–1994, Family, comedy, Jake Steinfeld

Clarissa Explains It All – March 1991–1994, Nickelodeon, comedy, Melissa Joan Hart

Club Dance – April 1991–1999, TNN, dance, Shelly Mangrum

Confession Of Crime – Lifetime, information, Theresa Saldana

Counterstrike – 1990–1993, USA, foreign intrigue, Christopher Plummer

Dream On – 1990–1996, HBO, comedy, Brian Benben, Wendi Malick

E.N.G. – Lifetime, drama, Sara Botsford

Fifteen – February 1991–1993, Nickelodeon, soap, Ken Angel, Ryan Reynolds

The Idiot Box – MTV, comedy, Alex Winter

Maniac Mansion – 1990–1993, Family, comedy, Joe Flaherty

Swamp Thing – 1990–1993, USA, sci fi/adventure, Dick Durock

Veronica Clare – Lifetime, detective drama, Laura Robinson

Welcome Freshmen – February 1991–1993, Nickelodeon, comedy, Chris Lobban

 

Syndication

Big Break – syndication, talent contest, Natalie Cole

The Challengers – syndication, quiz, Dick Clark

Dracula: The Series – syndication, horror, Geordie Johnson

Harry & The Hendersons – January 1991–1993, syndication, comedy, Kevin Peter Hall

The Howard Stern Show – 1990–1992, syndication, comedy/talk, Howard Stern

The Jesse Jackson Show – syndication, discussion, Jesse Jackson

The Joker's Wild – syndication, quiz, Pat Finn

Memories...Then And Now – 1990–1992, syndication, magazine, Kathryn Kinley

My Talk Show – syndication, comedy/talk, Stephanie Hodge

Neon Rider – syndication, drama, Winston Rekert

On Scene–Emergency Response – 1990–1994, syndication, documentary, Dave Forman

The Party Machine With Nia Peeples – syndication, music, Nia Peeples

Personalities – 1990–1991, syndication, interview, Charlie Rose

Preview – syndication, magazine, Paula McClure, Chuck Henry

Roggin's Heroes – January 1991–1993, syndication, human interest/sports, Fred Roggin

Studs – March 1991–1993, syndication, audience participation, Mark DeCarlo

Super Force – 1990–1992, syndication, sci fi/police, Ken Olandt

Video Challenge – syndication, talent contest, Steve Kelly

What A Dummy – syndication, comedy, David Doty

 

Late Night:

America Tonight – CBS, news, Charles Kuralt, Lesley Stahl

Dark Justice – April 1991–1994, CBS, legal/detective drama, Ramy Zada

The Exile – CBS, foreign intrigue, Jeffrey Meek

Fly By Night – CBS, adventure, David James Elliot

Scene Of The Crime – April 1991–1994, CBS, dramatic anthology, Stephen J. Cannell

Sweating Bullets – April 1991–1995, CBS, detective, Rob Stewart

 

Two Seasons (1989/90)

Adam 12 – 1989–1990, syndication, crime drama

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

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

Bagdad Café – March 1990–1991, CBS, comedy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doogie Howser MD – 1989–1993, ABC, comedy

Down Home – April 1990–1991, NBC, comedy

Dragnet – 1989–1991, syndication, crime drama

Equal Justice – March 1990–1991, ABC, legal drama

Family Matters – 1989–1997, ABC; 1997/98, CBS, comedy

Grand – Jan 1990–1991, NBC, comedy

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

In Living Color – April 1990–1994, FOX, comedy

Insport – 1989–1991, syndication, sports magazine

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

Just Say Julie – 1989–1992, MTV, comedy

Life Goes On – 1989–1993, ABC, drama

Major Dad – 1989–1993, CBS, comedy

Make The Grade – 1989–1991, Nickelodeon, quiz

Missing Reward – 1989–1992, syndication, public service

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

The New Lassie – 1989–1991, Syndication, adventure

Northern Exposure – July 1990–1995, CBS, drama

On Stage – 1989–1992, TNN, music

Prime Time Live – 1989–1998, ABC, newsmagazine

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

Rescue 911 – 1989–1996, CBS, information

Seinfeld – May 1990–1998, NBC, comedy

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

The Simpsons – Dec 1989–present, FOX, cartoon

Smash Hits – 1989–1991, syndication, music videos

Supermarket Sweep – February 1990–1998, Lifetime, quiz

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

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

Top Cops – July 1990–1993, CBS, documentary

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

Twin Peaks – April 1990–1991, ABC, soap

Wings – April 1990–1997, NBC, comedy

The Young Riders – 1989–1992, ABC, western

Zorro – January 1990–1993, Family, western

 

Three Seasons (1988/89)

The Adventures Of Superboy – 1988–1992, syndication, adventure

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

Bordertown – January 1989–1991, Family Channel, adventure

Coach – Feb 1989–1997, ABC, comedy

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

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

Family Feud – 1988–1995, syndication, quiz

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

Inside Edition – January 1989–present, syndication, newsmagazine

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

Midnight Caller – 1988–1991, NBC, drama

The Munsters Today – 1988–1991, Syndication, comedy

Murphy Brown – Nov 1988–1998, CBS, comedy

My Secret Identity – 1988–1991, Syndication, comedy

Paradise – 1988–1991, CBS, western

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

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

Roseanne – 1988–1997, ABC, comedy

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

 

Four Seasons (1987/88)

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

Club MTV – 1987–1992, MTV, music

China Beach – April 1988–1991, ABC, drama

A Different World – 1987–1993, NBC, comedy

48 Hours – Jan 1988–present, CBS, newsmagazine

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

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

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

Thirtysomething – 1987–1991, ABC, comedy/drama

Wiseguy – 1987–1991, CBS, crime drama

Wonder Years – March 1988–1993, ABC, comedy

 

Five Seasons (1986/87)

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

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

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

Siskel & Ebert – 1986–1999, syndication, commentary

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

 

Six Seasons (1985/86)

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

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

The Golden Girls – 1986–1992, NBC, comedy

Growing Pains – 1986–1992, ABC, comedy

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

MacGyver – 1986–1992, ABC, adventure

Perfect Strangers – March 1986–1993, ABC, comedy

 

Seven 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

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

Showbiz Today – 1984–2001, CNN, newsmagazine

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

 

Eight 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

 

Nine Seasons (1982/83)

Cheers – 1982–1993, NBC, comedy

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

Ten Seasons (1981/82)

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

Late Night With David Letterman – February 1982–1993, NBC, talk

The People's Court – 1981–1993, syndication, courtroom

 

Twelve Seasons (1979/80)

Knots Landing – December 1979–1993, CBS, soap

 

Thirteen Seasons (1978/79)

PM Magazine – 1978–1990, syndication, magazine

 

Fourteen Seasons (1977/78)

Dallas – April 1978–1991, CBS, soap

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

 

Sixteen Seasons (1975/76)

Saturday Night Live – 1975–present, NBC; variety

 

Twenty one Seasons (1970/71)

Monday Night Football, 1970–2006, ABC, sports

 

Twenty three Seasons (1968/69)

Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, magazine

 

Thirty seven Seasons (1954/55)

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

 

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