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TV Seasons

1996

1996/97 – ER was #1 on NBC Thursday, second year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1996 season; American Gladiators was cancelled in the eighth season.

Anniversary:

America’s Most Wanted celebrated ten years on FOX.

48 Hours celebrated ten years on CBS.

20/20 celebrated twenty years on ABC.

Biggest New Hit: Suddenly Susan was #3 on NBC Thursday. This was Brooke Shields’ first TV show. She dumped her rich fiancée at the altar and tries to make it on her own. You go, girl! She wants her independence and doesn’t want to rely on a boyfriend. The show turned out to be the biggest failure for next season; the ratings fell through the roof on Monday nights, #65, and the show never recovered.

British Ties: Men Behaving Badly was based on Men Behaving Badly. Wow! You got to be kidding me! LOL.

First Run: Viper returned to syndication after a two-year absence; it was a short lived NBC series in early 1994.

Movies to TV:

Buffy, The Vampire Slayer was based on the 1992 Luke Perry/Kristy Swanson comedy movie, written by Joss Whedon, who created the supernatural TV show.

Clueless was based on the 1995 Alicia Silverstone movie. Stacey Dash, Donald Adeosun Faison, Elisa Donavan, Twink Caplan and Wallace Shawn reprised their roles for the show. It originally intended to be a TV show, not a movie.

Dangerous Minds was based on the 1995 Michelle Pfeiffer movie. Annie Potts played the same character in the show.

FX: The Series was based on the 1986 Brian Dennehy movie.

Party Girl was based on the 1995 Parkey Posey movie.

Name Change:

Emergency Call to Emergency With Alex Paen.

Entertainers to Entertainers With Byron Allen.

The Extremists With Gabrielle Reece to The Extremists.

Later With Greg Kinnear to Later. Later only used guest hosts till 2000.

New Night: WB added Monday nights to the schedule on August 26, 1996 with 7th Heaven and Savannah.

The Return:

Michael J. Fox returned in Spin City after a seven-year absence. He reteams with the Family Ties creator, Gary David Goldberg, for this hit ABC series.

The Sci Fi Channel picked up the cancelled series, Mystery Science Theater 3000, from Comedy Central. This time, MST3K sorely focused on bad sci fi movies.

Switch Networks:

Brotherly Love went from NBC to WB.

The Jeff Foxworthy Show went from ABC to NBC.

Tidbits:

Here’s a gay first and a historic moment on network TV – Ellen Morgan, the lead character on Ellen, finally came out of the closet on April 30, 1997. Ellen realized she was gay and fell for Susan, a producer. The one and only Oprah Winfrey was her therapist to help her with the coming out process. In real life, Ellen DeGeneres is a lesbian.

The Feds episodes were shown in letter–box format. It was a TV first.

7th Heaven maintained the same time slot (Monday at 8) throughout its run in WB. It aired in other few time slots like Sundays at 7 under the heading of 7th Heaven Beginnings.

7th Heaven was originally produced for FOX, but it ended up on WB. It lasted ten years on WB; it jumped over to the new network, CW, in 2006.

Jessica Biel (Mary) played the oldest sister to Beverly Mitchell (Lucy) on 7th Heaven. In real life, Beverly is one year older than Jessica.

Party Girl & Lush Life premiered AND cancelled on FOX the same day; 4 episodes each!

The Smart Guy, Tahj Mowry is the brother of the twin sisters, Tia & Tamera Mowry. The twins were in the popular sitcom, Sister, Sister with Tim Reid & Jackee Harry.

Renegade moved to USA Network for the last season.

Lifetime aired the Global series, Traders, for a few months. Traders was more successful in their home country, Canada. It lasted on Global from 1995–2000.

 

1996/97 Fall Season

One Season (1996/97)

Clueless – 1996/97, ABC; 1997–1999, UPN, comedy, Rachel Blanchard

Cosby – 1996–2000, CBS, comedy, Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

Early Edition – 1996–2000, CBS, fantasy/adventure, Kyle Chandler

Everybody Loves Raymond – 1996–2005, CBS, comedy, Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

The Jamie Foxx Show – 1996–2001, WB, comedy, Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris

Malcolm and Eddie – 1996–2000, UPN, comedy, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Men Behaving Badly – 1996–1998, NBC, comedy, Rob Schneider, Justice Bateman

Millennium – 1996–1999, FOX, police drama, Lance Henriksen, Bill Smitrovich

Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher – 1996–1998, WB, comedy, Portia de Rossi

The Pretender – 1996–2000, NBC, sci-fi, Michael T. Weiss

Profiler – 1996–2000, NBC, police drama, A Martinez

Promised Land – 1996–1999, CBS, adventure, Gerald McRaney, Wendy Phillips

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch – 1996–2000, ABC; 2000–2003, WB, comedy, Melissa Joan Hart

7th Heaven – 1996–2006, WB; 2005 – present, CW, drama, Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks

Something So Right – 1997, NBC; 1997/98, ABC, comedy, Jere Burns

Sparks – 1996–1998, UPN, comedy, James Avery, Robin Givens

Spin City – 1996–2002, ABC, comedy, Michael J. Fox, Michael Boatman, Richard Kind

The Steve Harvey Show – 1996–2002, WB, comedy, Steve Harvey

Suddenly Susan – 1996–2000, NBC, comedy, Brooke Shields, Kathy Griffin

 

Cancelled TV Shows

Big Deal – FOX, game, 4 episodes, Mark DeCarlo

Burning Zone – UPN, drama, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Common Law – ABC, drama, 4 episodes, Greg Giraldo

Dangerous Minds – ABC, drama, Annie Potts

Dark Skies – NBC, sci-fi, Eric Close

Goode Behavior – UPN, comedy, Sherman Hemsley

Homeboys in Outer Space – UPN, comedy, Darryl M. Bell

Life With Roger – WB, comedy, Mike O'Malley

Life's Work – ABC, comedy, Lisa Ann Walker

Love and Marriage – FOX, comedy, 2 episodes, Patricia Healy

Lush Life – FOX, comedy, 4 episodes, Lori Petty

Mr. & Mrs. Smith – CBS, foreign intrigue, Scott Bakula

Mr. Rhodes – NBC, comedy, Tom Rhodes, Farrah Forke

Moloney – CBS, police drama, Peter Strauss

Party Girl – FOX, comedy, 4 episodes, Christine Taylor, Swoosie Kurtz

Pearl – CBS, comedy, Rhea Perlman, Carol Kane, Nikki Cox

Relativity – ABC, comedy/drama, Kimberly Williams

Townies – ABC, comedy, Molly Ringwald, Jenna Elfman

 

18 out of 37 new series SURVIVED for 1997/98

ABC – 3/8, Clueless, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch & Spin City

CBS – 4/7, Cosby, Early Edition, Everybody Loves Raymond & Promised Land

FOX – 1/5, Millennium

NBC – 5/7, Men Behaving Badly, The Pretender, Profiler, Something So Right & Suddenly Susan

UPN – 2/5, Malcolm and Eddie & Sparks

WB – 4/5, The Jamie Foxx Show, Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, 7th Heaven & The Steve Harvey Show

 

Mid season shows

Buffy, The Vampire Slayer – March 1997–2001, WB; 2001–2003, UPN, supernatural, Sarah Michelle Gellar

Fired Up – April 1997–1998, NBC, comedy, Sharon Lawrence, Leah Remini

Just Shoot Me – March 1997–2003, NBC, comedy, David Spade, Laura San Giacomo

The Practice – March 1997–2004, ABC, legal drama, Dylan McDermott

Smart Guy – April 1997–1999, WB, comedy, Tahj Mowry

Soul Man – April 1997–1998, ABC, comedy, Dan Aykroyd

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

Arsenio – ABC, comedy, 6 episodes, Arsenio Hall, Vivica A. Fox

Chicago Sons – NBC, comedy, Jason Bateman, D.W. Moffett

Coast To Coast – CBS, newsmagazine, 8 episodes, Bernard Goldberg

Crisis Center – NBC, medical drama, 6 episodes, Kellie Martin, Dana Ashbrook

EZ Streets – CBS, drama, Ken Olin

Feds – CBS, legal drama, 6 episodes, Blair Brown

Gun – ABC, dramatic anthology

Ink – CBS, comedy, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen

Lawless – March 22, 1997, FOX, detective drama, 1 episode, Brian Bosworth

Leaving L.A. – ABC, crime drama, Melina Kanakaredes, Hilary Swank

Life...And Stuff – CBS, comedy, 4 episodes, Pam Dawber

Ordinary/Extraordinary – CBS, documentary, 6 episodes, John Schneider

Orleans – CBS, legal drama, 8 episodes, Larry Hagman

Pacific Palisades Pacific Blue – FOX, soap, Michelle Stafford, Greg Evigan

The Pauly Shore Show – FOX, comedy, 5 episodes, Pauly Shore

Prince Street – NBC, crime drama, 2 episodes, Steve Martini

Public Morals – October 30, 1996, CBS, comedy, 1 episode, Justin Louis

Roar – FOX, adventure, 8 episodes, Heath Ledger

Social Studies – UPN, comedy, 6 episodes, Julia Duffy

Spy Game – ABC, foreign intrigue/comedy, 9 episodes, Linden Ashby

Temporarily Yours – CBS, comedy, 6 episodes, Joanna Gleason, Seth Green

Vital Signs – ABC, medical documentary, Robert Urich

World Of Discovery – ABC, documentary, James Brolin

 

Cable

Angry Beavers – April 1997–2001, Nickelodeon, cartoon, Nick Bakay

Apt. 2–F – MTV, comedy, Randy Sklar, Jason Sklar

The Big Easy – 1996–1997, USA, crime drama, Susan Walters, Barry Corbin

Claude's Crib – USA, comedy, Claude Brooks

Daria – March 1997–2001, MTV, cartoon, Tracy Grandstaff

Dexter's Laboratory – 1996–1998, Cartoon, cartoon, Christine Cavanaugh

The Dish – Lifetime, magazine, Tracee Ross

Idiot Savants – MTV, quiz, Greg Fitzsimmons

The Jenny McCarthy Show – MTV, comedy/variety, Jenny McCarthy

Kenan & Kel – 1996–2000, Nickelodeon, comedy, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell

La Femme Nikita – January 1997–2001, USA, adventure/espionage, Peta Wilson

Lost On Earth – USA, comedy, Tim Conlon

Loveline – 1996–2000, MTV, advice, Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew Pinsky

The Men's Room – Lifetime, discussion

The New Adventures Of Robin Hood – January 1997–1998, TNT, adventure, Matthew Porretta

Pacific Blue – 1996–2000, USA, crime drama, Jim Davidson

Pandora – Lifetime, astrology, Ellee Devers

The Rodman World Tour – MTV, interview, 13 episodes, Dennis Rodman

The RuPaul Show – 1996–1998, VH1, talk, RuPaul

Three Blind Dates – Lifetime, comedy, Johnny Biehle, Jr.

Traders – Lifetime, drama, 13 episodes, Sonja Smits

The Wire – Lifetime, magazine

The Wubbulous World Of Dr. Seuss – Nickelodeon, children's

Yesterday & Today – March 1997–1998, TNN, music documentary

 

Syndication

America's Dumbest Criminals – 1996–2000, syndication, comedy/police, Daniel Butler

Access Hollywood – 1996–present, syndication, magazine, Larry Mendt

The Adventures Of Sinbad – 1996–1998, syndication, fantasy adventure, Zen Gesner

Beach Patrol – syndication, documentary, Ian Ziering

Bounty Hunters – 1996–1998, syndication, reality, Dan Cueller

Could It Be A Miracle – syndication, religious/paranormal, Robert Culp

FX: The Series – 1996–1998, syndication, crime drama, Kevin Dobson

PSI Factor: Chronicles Of The Paranormal – 1996–2000, syndication, supernatural, Paul Miller

Strange Universe – 1996–1998, syndication, paranormal magazine, Emmett Miller

Tarzan: The Epic Adventures – syndication, adventure, Joe Lara

Two – syndication, drama, Michael Easton

Viper – 1996–1999, syndication, police drama/sci-fi, Jeff Kaake

 

Two Seasons (1995/96)

Almost Perfect – 1995–fall of 1996, CBS, comedy

Baywatch Nights – 1995–1997, syndication, detective drama

Brotherly Love – 1995/96, NBC; 1996/97, WB, comedy

Caroline in the City – 1995–1999, NBC, comedy

Coast Guard – 1995–1997, syndication, documentary

Cybill – January 1995–1998, CBS, comedy

The Daily Show – July 1996–present, Comedy Central, comedy

The Drew Carey Show – 1995–2004, ABC, comedy

The Extremists – 1995–1997, syndication, sports anthology

Flipper – 1995–1997, syndication, adventure

JAG – 1995/96, NBC; 1996–2005, CBS, legal drama

The Jeff Foxworthy Show – 1995/96, ABC; 1996/97, NBC, comedy

King Of The Hill – January 1996–present, FOX, cartoon

Kirk – 1995–1997, WB, comedy

LAPD: Life On The Beat – 1995–1999, syndication, police documentary

Life And Times Of... – January 1996–2001, Nashville, biography

Mad TV – 1995–present, FOX, comedy

Moesha – January 1996–2001, UPN, comedy

Murder One – 1995–1997, ABC, legal drama

The Naked Truth – 1995/96, ABC; January 1997–1998, NBC, comedy

Nash Bridges – March 1996–2001, CBS, police drama

Ned and Stacey – 1995–1997, FOX, comedy

New York Undercover – 1994–1998, FOX, police drama

Night Stand With Dick Dietrick – 1995–1997, syndication, comedy

The Outer Limits – 1995–2001, Showtime; 2001/02, Sci-Fi Channel, sci-fi

Poltergeist: The Legacy – 1995–1998, Showtime; 1999, Sci Fi, sci fi

Prime Time Country – January 1996–1999, TNN, variety

Remember WENN – January 1996–1998, AMC, comedy/drama

Save Our Streets – 1995–1999, syndication, informational

Second Noah – January 1996–1997, ABC, drama

The Sentinel – March 1996–1999, UPN, sci-fi/police drama

The Single Guy – 1995–1997, NBC, comedy

Space Cases – March 1996–1997 Nickelodeon, sci fi

3rd Rock from the Sun – January 1996–2001, NBC, comedy

 

Three Seasons (1994/95)

Aaahh!! Real Monsters – 1994–1997, Nickelodeon, cartoon

All That – December 1994–2000, Nickelodeon, comedy/variety

Chicago Hope – 1994–2000, CBS, medical drama

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist – May 1995–1999, Comedy Central, cartoon

ER – 1994–present, NBC, medical drama

Entertainers With Byron Allen – 1994–present, syndication, celebrity talk

Extra – 1994–present, syndication, news/gossip

Friends – 1994–2004, NBC, comedy

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – January 1995–2000, syndication, adventure

High Tide – 1994–1997, syndication, adventure

The Late Late Show With Tom Synder – January 1995–1999, CBS, talk

New York Undercover – 1994–1998, FOX, police drama

NewsRadio – March 1995–1999, NBC, comedy

The Parent 'Hood – January 1995–1999, WB, comedy

Party of Five – 1994–2000, FOX, drama

The Secret World Of Alex Mack – 1994–1998, Nickelodeon, comedy/adventure

Sliders – March 1995–1997, FOX; June 1998–2000, Sci-Fi Channel, sci-fi

Star Trek: Voyager – January 1995–2001, UPN, sci-fi

Touched by an Angel – 1994–2003, CBS, fantasy

The Wayans Bros. – January 1995–1999, WB, comedy

Unhappily Ever After – January 1995–1999, WB, comedy

 

Four Seasons (1993/94)

American Journal – 1993–1998, syndication, magazine

Boy Meets World – 1993–2000, ABC, comedy

Court TV–Inside America's Court – 1993–1997, syndication, legal/information

Dave’s World – 1993–1997, CBS, comedy

Diagnosis: Murder – October 1993–2000, CBS, detective drama

Duckman – March 1993–1997, USA, cartoon

Ellen – March 1994–1998, ABC, comedy

Frasier – 1993–2004, NBC, comedy

Grace Under Fire – 1993–1998, ABC, comedy

The John Larroquette Show – 1993–1997, NBC, comedy

Late Show With David Letterman – 1993–present, CBS, talk

Living Single – 1993–1998, FOX, comedy

Lois & Clark – 1993–1997, ABC

NYPD Blue – 1993–2005, ABC, crime drama

The Nanny – 1993–1999, CBS, comedy

Politically Incorrect – January 1997–2002, ABC, comedy/talk

Rivera Live – February 1994–2001, CNBC, talk

Rocko's Modern Life – 1993–1996, Nickelodeon, cartoon

Sister, Sister – April 1994–1995, ABC; 1995–1999, WB, comedy

Weird Science – March 1994–1998, USA, comedy

The X Files – 1993–2002, FOX, fantasy drama

 

Five Seasons (1992/93)

Babylon 5 – January 1993–1998, syndication, sci-fi

Beavis & Butthead – March 1993–1997, MTV, cartoon

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman – Jan 1993–1998, CBS, western

Fishin' With Orlando Wilson – January 1993–2000, TNN, fishing

Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper – 1992–1997, ABC, comedy

Highlander – 1992–1998, Syndication, adventure

Homicide: Life on the Street – January 1993–1999, NBC, police drama

Mad About You – 1992–1999, NBC, comedy

Martin – 1992–1997, FOX, comedy

Renegade – 1996–1997, USA, adventure

The Shadetree Mechanic – 1992–2000, TNN, instruction

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Jan 1993–1999, Syndication, sci-fi

Walker, Texas Ranger – April 1993–2001, CBS, crime drama

 

Six Seasons (1991/92)

Baywatch – 1991–2001, Syndication, adventure

Dateline NBC – March 1992–present, NBC, newsmagazine

Emergency With Alex Paen – 1991–1998, syndicated, documentary

Home Improvement – 1991–1999, ABC, comedy

Melrose Place – July 1992–1999, FOX, soap

Silk Stalkings – 1991–1999, USA, crime drama

The Statler Brothers Show – 1991–1999, TNN, variety

Step By Step – 1991–1997, ABC; 1997/98, CBS, comedy

Talk Soap – December 1991–2002, E!, comedy

 

Seven Seasons (1990/91)

Beverly Hills 90210 – 1990–2000, FOX, soap

Club Dance – April 1991–1999, TNN, dance

Law & Order – 1990–present, NBC, crime drama

 

Eight Seasons (1989/90)

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

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

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

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

Mystery Science Theater 3000 – February 1997–1999, sci fi, comedy

Prime Time Live – 1989–1998, ABC, newsmagazine

Seinfeld – May 1990–1998, NBC, comedy

The Simpsons – Dec 1989–present, FOX, cartoon

Supermarket Sweep – February 1990–1998, Lifetime, quiz

Wings – April 1990–1997, NBC, comedy

 

Nine Seasons (1988/89)

Coach – Feb 1989–1997, ABC, comedy

COPS – March 1989–present, FOX, police reality

Inside Edition – January 1989–present, syndication, newsmagazine

Later – 1996–2000, NBC, talk

Murphy Brown – Nov 1988–1998, CBS, comedy

Roseanne – 1988–1997, ABC, comedy

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

 

Ten Seasons (1987/88)

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

48 Hours – Jan 1988–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Eleven Seasons (1986/87)

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

Siskel & Ebert – 1986–1999, syndication, commentary

 

Thirteen Seasons (1984/85)

The George Michael Sports Machine – 1991–present, syndication, sports highlights

Jeopardy – 1984–present, syndication, game

Larry King Live – June 1985–present, CNN, discussion

Showbiz Today – 1984–2001, CNN, newsmagazine

 

Fourteen Seasons (1983/84)

Friday Night – 1983–2000, NBC, music

Wheel Of Fortune – 1983–present, syndication, game

 

Sixteen Seasons (1981/82)

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

Late Night With Conan O'Brien – 1993–2009, NBC, talk

 

Twenty Seasons (1977/78)

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

 

Twenty two Seasons (1975/76)

Saturday Night Live – 1975–present, NBC, variety

 

Twenty seven Seasons (1970/71)

Monday Night Football – 1970–2006, ABC, sports

 

Twenty nine Seasons (1968/69)

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Forty three Seasons (1954/55)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno – May 1992–2009, NBC, talk/variety

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