Answer: David Soul
David Soul attempted (and failed) to channel Humphrey Bogart in the very short lived "Casablanca" (1983). The show was on the air for only three episodes before getting canceled in April 1983. Soul was considerably more successful as Detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson in "Starsky and Hutch" (1975-1979). "Casablanca" also features a young Ray Liotta just two years into his acting career. Scatman Crothers played Sam, the piano player. The show was ranked number 17 on the TV Guide list of "Worst Shows of All Time."
Remarkably, "Casablanca" did win an Emmy Award. Cinematographer Joseph Biroc won for "The Masterbuilder's Woman," the show's second episode.
Robert Blake played Tony Barretta in the show of the same name from 1975 to 1978. Telly Savalas was NYPD Lieutenant Theo Kojak in the eponymous series which ran from 1973 to 1978. And Michael Douglas was Steve Keller in "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972-77).
Answer: Growing Pains
"Growing Pains" debuted in 1985 and ran for seven seasons. The show followed eldest son Mike Seaver as he navigated growing up, in later years the focus shifted to his younger siblings.
Answer: 60 Minutes
Andy Rooney began his segment "A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney" in 1978. It replaced Shana Alexander's and James Kilpatrick's "Point/Counterpoint" which was the basis for a famous Saturday Night Live spoof in which Dan Aykroyd yelled at Jane Curtain, "Jane, you ignorant slut."
Answer: Steampipe Alley
The show aired on WWOR, a network based in Secaucus, New Jersey. "Steampipe Alley" ran from 1987 to 1993 and has become a cult classic. Cantone went on to star in several television shows, and continued a successful stand-up comedy career.
Answer: police officers
Malcolm MacGruder (John Getz) and Jenny Loud (Kathryn Harrold) were married uniformed police patrol officers in a large Los Angeles Police Department-type agency, where a strict anti fraternization between officers was enforced. MacGruder and Loud worked hard to keep their marriage secret from police department officials, especially their immediate supervisor, Sgt. Hanson, played by Lee De Brock.
The ABC Network aggressively advertised and hyped the new series from Aaron Spelling Productions, and scheduled the series to premier immediately follow ABC's broadcast of the 1982 Super Bowl game.
The initial ratings, as anticipated by ABC executives were high. What was not anticipated was the steady drop in audience and ratings for the series over the next few months.
After only three weeks and poor ratings, the series was canceled after airing only 14 episodes.
ABC's intent in hastily producing the series was to attract some of the considerable audience of another buddy police series airing on the CBS Network, "Cagney and Lacey" (1982).
The series represented one of the few failures of television series produced by Aaron Spelling Productions.
Answer: Head of The Class
Charlie Moore was the teacher in "Head of the Class", played by Howard Hesseman. The show focused on a group of over achieving honour students at Manhattan's Milliard Fillmore High school. The show ran from 1986 to 1991.
Answer: We'll follow Mr Spoon
The main characters in 'Button Moon' were made out of old kitchen equipment. There was Mr and Mrs Spoon and their daughter Tina, who all had wooden spoons for arms and little Egbert who was made out of an egg cup.
Answer: 'The Facts of Life'
George Clooney was a semi-regular on this show.
'A Different World' starred Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison from 1987 to 1993. The year 1987 was a milestone in that over 50 milloion American families had cable TV. Other popular shows: 'Married...with Children' and 'Thirtysomething'.
When the show started she had 4. She had the fifth baby in the second season, the sixth in the third season and then twins in the seventh season.
Answer: Michael Crichton
Crichton attempted to create a "Westworld" television show, and it failed after only three episodes. It is probably most notable as an early acting credit of Connie Selleca of "Greatest American Hero" (1981-86) fame. The basic storyline was about a corporate security chief trying to stop a mad scientist from taking over the world with killer robots.
Crichton was one of the more successful screenwriters of the 1970s, with "Westworld" (1973), "The Andromeda Strain" (1971) and "Coma" (1978) among his credits. He also created the "Jurassic Park" universe and "ER" (1994-2009), one of the most successful medical dramas in television history.
Answer: Knight Rider
Starring David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, the show ran from 1982-86 in the U.S.
The show put Knight inside a specially built Trans Am that had more gadgets than a typical "James Bond" car. Knight and the car solved various crimes in each episode.
Answer: Walter Cronkite
"Uncle Walter" has been called "America's most trusted man." After he left the CBS News in 1981 he later said he may have retired too soon. He was replaced by Dan Rather, who himself was replaced in 2006 by Katie Couric.
Answer: Uncle Floyd
"The Uncle Floyd Show" was legendary for its weird atmosphere and many technical difficulties. The credits would sometimes roll while Floyd was still talking to a guest, and Floyd might leave during filming if he felt like it. The host's full name is Floyd Vivino. He was born in 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey. After the television show ended its run, Vivino continued to perform as a comedian. In 2008, he began a radio show based in New Rochelle, New York.
Answer: to honor Clute, who died during production of the series
Sidney Clute passed away on October 2, 1985, while the series was in production. It was the decision on the shows producers to continue to include his name and picture in the opening credits, as a tribute to the late actor.
Sharon Gless was the third actress to play opposite Tyne Daly, in the role of Christine Cagney. For the first six episodes in 1982, the role was played by Meg Foster.
In the television movie which lead to the weekly series, Christine Cagney was played by Loretta Swit, who had gained fame in the role of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on the series, "M*A*S*H" (1972).
For each of the six full seasons that Daly and Gless were features in the starring roles, one of them won the Emmy Award for "Best Actress in a Drama Series". Daly won four awards (1983, 1984,1985, and 1988), while Gless won two awards (1986 and 1987).
Answer: Silver Spoons
Ricky Schroder played Ricky Stratton. He was a serious twelve year old boy who went to live with his father, a wealthy man who acted like an over grown kid. Ricky teaches his father how to be a parent and his father teaches him how to have fun. The show ran from 1982 to 1987.
She-ra is He-man's twin sister, Raphael is one of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' and Denver is the star of 'Denver the Last Dinosaur.'
Answer: Courteney Cox
'Family Ties' aired from 1982 to 1989. Meredith Baxter (Elise), Michael Gross (Steven), Justine Bateman (Mallory) and Tina Youthers (Jennifer) were the other regulars.
'The Cosby Show' had an 8 year run from 1984 to 1992. 'Murder, She Wrote' also premiere this year. Other popular shows: 'Miami Vice' and 'Highway to Heaven'.
Answer: A plastics factory
"The Cosby Show's" executive producers, Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, were also responsible for "Roseanne", and the two shows couldn't have been more opposite. Unlike Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad), who raked in big bucks as an attorney, Roseanne Conner worked a number of blue-collar jobs during the show's run.
Answer: Courtney Cox
"Misfits of Science" managed to last 16 episodes before NBC effectively pulled the plug on it in February 1986. Cox starred as Gloria Dinallo, a young woman with telekinesis. The show is about a team of wannabe superheroes who fight crime for a scientific institute. The producers did have some legal wrangles with Marvel over similarities with "X-Men."
Cox played Alex Keaton's girlfriend Lauren on "Family Ties" (1987-1989). She had a second bomb with "The Trouble with Larry", a sitcom starring Bronson Pinchot in 1993.
Jennifer Aniston was on the short-lived series "Molloy" (1990), "Ferris Bueller" (1990-91) and "Muddling Through" (1994) before getting "Friends" (1994-2004).
Matt LeBlanc starred in the short-lived shows "Top of the Heap" (1991) and "Vinnie and Bobby" (1992) before getting "Friends."
Lisa Kudrow gained fame as ditzy waitress Ursula on "Mad About You" (1992-1999).
Answer: Who's the Boss?
Starring Tony Danza and the break out role for Alyssa Milano, "Who's the Boss" was an instant hit from its debut in 1984 until it went off the air in 1992.
The premise had Tony and his daughter Sam (Milano) move in with a highly successful female advertising executive, Angela, to be her housekeeper. Of course having a male housekeeper led to interesting story lines throughout the show.
During the 1981-82 season of 'SNL' Murphy's character Buckwheat premiered in a sketch promoting his first album "Buh-Weet Sings." He opened the skit with "Hi, Ah'm Buh-Weet. Amembah me?"
The station could be seen in the New York and New Jersey areas. U68's stock of songs tended to be much more varied than larger networks like MTV. It featured many guest spots by local and national artists.
"Cheers" (1982) won the Emmy Award three times (1984, 1985, and 1989).
"Taxi" (1978) won the Emmy Award twice, in 1980 and in 1981.
"The Golden Girls" (1985) won the Emmy Award twice, in 1986, and then again in 1987.
"The Cosby Show" (1984) won the Emmy Award in 1985.
George Wendt played the character of Norm Peterson. The show Cheers was about a Boston bar where everyone came to drink and share their stories with each other. The show ran from 1982 to 1993.
Answer: He turns into a super hero
Eric is the star of the show 'Bananaman.' Bananaman's allies were a crow and a policeman called Chief O'Reilly.
Answer: John Laroquette
John Laroquette (Dan Fielding on 'Night Court') won 4 Emmys. George Wendt (Norm on 'Cheers') was nominated 6 times but never won. John Ratzenberger (Cliff on 'Cheers') received 2 Emmy nominations but never won either. Markie Post played Christine Sullivan on 'Night Court'.
'Pee Wee's Playhouse' lasted four years until 1990. Another one of the year's most popular shows was 'ALF'.
Answer: "This is America, Charlie Brown"
The Peanuts gang--Charlie Brown, Snoopy, et al--had been featured in a number of prime-time specials through the years. But it wasn't until the 80s that they had their own prime-time series. "This is America, Charlie Brown" featured the Peanuts re-enacting various events in American history.
Answer: Courteney Cox
She played Alex's girlfriend.
Answer: Public defender
Played by Veronica Hamel
Answer: Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer played Samantha "Sunshine" Jensen, an LAPD detective who was part of the Burglary Auto Detail (hence BAD). The show lasted six episodes in January and February of 1980.
It was not Pfeiffer's first role in television; that would be "Delta House" (1979), a short-lived spinoff of "Animal House" in which Pfeiffer was known as "The Bombshell."
Pfeiffer got her big break in "Grease 2" (1983) and since then has starred in many Hollywood films, including "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987), "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989) and "White Oleander" (2002).
Answer: Crime Story
The show struggled for ratings with the more popular "Miami Vice" airing at the same time in the United States. Due to the struggle for ratings, the critically successful show was short lived.
The show followed Dennis Farina's Torello, a Chicago cop as he worked to best local mob boss Ray Luca, played by Anthony Denison.