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Creator: Charles Addams
Starring: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, Jackie Coogan, Ken Weatherwax, Lisa Loring and Marie Blake
The misadventures of a blissfully macabre family. The Addams Family is not your typical family: they take delight in most of the things that "normal" people would be terrified of. Gomez Adams is an extremely wealthy man, and is able to indulge his wife Morticia's every desire: be it cultivation of poisonous plants, or a candlelit dinner in a graveyard. People visiting the Addams Family just don't seem to appreciate the 7 foot tall butler "Lurch" or the helping hand (which is just a disembodied hand named "Thing").
Creator: Ted Willis
Based on the novel by Anna Sewell
Starring: William Lucas, Charlotte Mitchell, Roderick Shaw, Michael Culver, Judi Bowker, Stacy Dorning, Kenneth Thornett, Tony Maiden and Stephen Garlick
Black Beauty is a pure black thoroughbred horse in late 19th Century rural England who is adopted into the household of James Gordon, a local doctor and widower, and befriended by his daughters Vicky and Jenny, son Kevin and their friends Albert, Robbie and Ned. Each week the children get involved in an adventure that brings them into contact with all sorts of colourful characters and villians. You can always be assured, however, that Beauty is on hand to help save the day.
Creator: Armand Schaefer
Starring: Barry Curtis and Jim Bannon
The exploits of Champion, a wild stallion who befriends twelve year-old Ricky North in the American Southwest in the 1880s. Although Ricky, who lives on his Uncle Sandy's ranch, has a magnetic attraction for trouble, he is always rescued by the Wonder Horse, aided by the boy's other bosom companion, German shepherd dog, Rebel.
Creator: Michael Bond
Starring (voice): Gordon Rollings
Sequel to 'The Herbs' and featuring many of the same characters, including Parsley the lion, Dill the dog and Sage the owl.
Director: Jean Sacha
Based on the novel by Daniel Defoe
Starring: Robert Hoffmann, Fabian Cevallos and Erich Bludau
Shipwrecked on an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe fills his time in either building a shelter for himself, or by reminiscing about the years he spent at sea and the adventures that led him to where he is. The months roll by and the hardships become easier, especially with his herd of wild goats, the ship's dog and a friendly parrot to keep him company. But one day he comes across a strange footprint - friend or foe?
Director: Mary Turner
Based on the books of Mary Tourtel
Starring (voice): Judy Bennett
The adventures of Rupert Bear and his friends in Nutwood. Regular characters include: a sprite called Willy Wisp, Podgy Pig, Bill Badger, Edward Trunk the elephant, Pongping the Pekingese, PC Growler the village policeman, Mr. Grimnasty the old man of the wood and Raggety the woodland troll made of twigs.
Creator: John Ryan
Starring (voice): Peter Hawkins
To escape both his bank manager and his overbearing wife Lady Histeria, Prancelot decides to join the crusades. He is dismayed when he learns that Histeria intends to accompany him and eventually the entire household - including the children Sim and Sue, the miserly majordomo Girth, a cockney minstrel (who is also the show's narrator) and several serfs - set sail for adventure. They repeatedly fall foul of the dastardly Count Otto "The Blot" but always escape by some contrivance of Sir Prancelot himself.
After many unlikely adventures they arrive in the Holy Land to discover they are 50 years too late. After a final showdown with Count Otto they return to England in a rocket ship also invented by Sir Prancelot.
The Adventures of Tintin (1957)
Creator: Georges Remi Hergé
Starring (voice): Peter Hawkins
Tintin, a young reporter, and his faithful dog, Snowy, as they travel around the world on adventures.
Creator: Glen A. Larson
Starring: Pete Duel, Ben Murphy, Roger Davis and Dennis Fimple
Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks", since "in all the trains and banks they robbed, they never shot anyone". They are offered an amnesty on condition that they stay out of trouble for a year and that they don't tell anyone about it. With a view to keeping their noses clean, they adopt the identities of Smith and Jones and use all of their ingenuity keeping out of the way of the law.
The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)
Creators: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Starring: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, Chip Fields, Ellen Bry and Michael Pataki
After Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider in his laboratory, he finds himself with greatly increased strength, the ability to stick to walls and climb them without needing hand and footholds, and a "spider-sense" that allows him to sense danger. Designing a costume and a webshooter that allows him to fire a strong artificial web, he fights crimes as Spider-Man.
Creator: Freda Lingstrom
Starring (voices): Maria Bird, Gladys Whitred, Tom Conti and Valerie Cardnell
Andy Pandy is a marionette who lives in a picnic basket with Teddy, a teddy bear, and Looby Loo, a rag doll. Looby Loo has her own special song "Here we go Looby Loo. Each episode ends with a variation on the song: "Time to go home, Time to go home, Andy is waving goodbye."
Creator: Pat Beech
Starring: Johnny Morris, Gerald Durrell, Terry Nutkins and Keith Shackleton
Children's series looking at the world of animals, combining jovial voiceovers applied to various animals from Bristol Zoo with some basic educational features.
Director: Joan Craft
Based on the novel 'Anne of Avonlea' by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Starring: Kim Braden, Elliott Sullivan, Barbara Hamilton, Jan Francis and Avis Bunnage
Anne Shirley, an orphan, is adopted by farmer Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla, who were expecting a boy to help with their farm work. However, they accept Anne, who quickly endears herself to them and to the local villagers.
Creators: Alex Buzo and Rod Hull
Starring (voices): John Meillon, Lola Brooks, John Ewart, Kevin Golsby and Matthew O'Sullivan
Australian animated series based on the legend of King Arthur of Camelot.
Director: David F. Turnbull
Starring: Michael Aspel
A British children's television series produced by the BBC and hosted by Michael Aspel. The format of the show, which first ran from 1970 until 1973, was that younger viewers would write in asking to see repeats of their favourite clips from BBC programmes. A second series ran from 1976 until 1981. The show also featured celebrity interviews including Kate Bush, Mark Hamil of 'Star Wars' and Lalla ward of 'Dr. Who'.
Creator: Patricia Owtram
Presenter: Robert Robinson
Ask the Family is a British television quiz show originally made by the BBC and broadcast between 1967 and 1984. In 1999, it was revived by the BBC, and in 2005 again returned with a series on BBC2.
The show took the form of a quiz contest between two teams, with each team consisting of four members of a single family – two parents and two teenage children. Over the course of the thirty-minute show the teams were asked a variety of general knowledge questions and mental puzzles, with the winner advancing to the next round.
Asterix the Gaul (1967)
Creators: Goscinny and Uderzo
Director: Ray Goossens
Starring (voices): Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, Pierre Tornade, Jacques Jouanneau, Lucien Raimbourg and Pierre Trabaud
In the year 50 BC Gaul is occupied by the Romans - nearly. But in their small village, Asterix and his friends still resist the Roman legions with the aid of their druid's magic potion, which gives superhuman strength. Learning of this potion, a Roman centurion kidnaps the druid to get the secret formula out of him.
Starring (voices): Dayton Allen and Bob McFadden
The adventures of Luno the Astro Nut, a friendly alien who frequently gets into mischief on Earth, and his human friend Oscar Mild.
The Atom Ant Show (1965)
Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Starring (voices): Henry Corden, Don Messick, Howard Morris and Jean Vander Pyl
Atom Ant is a superhero ant operating out of an anthill in the countryside, where he possesses such things as a mainframe computer and exercise equipment. His powers mostly consist of the ability to fly, superspeed, incredible strength and invulnerability. His catchphrase was "Up and at 'em, Atom Ant!"
He is often contacted by the police, who sent him out on an assignment. Atom Ant fights various villains including recurring ones like Ferocious Flea and mad scientist Professor Von Gimmick.
Creators: Oliver Postgate and Peter Fermin
Starring (voices): John Faulkner, Sandra Kerr, Oliver Postgate and Emily Fermin
Bagpuss and his friends are toys in a turn of the century shop for 'found things'. When young Emily brings them a new object, the toys come to life to work out what the strange new thing could possibly be.
Creators: Marty Krofft and Sid Krofft
Starring (voices): Don Messick, Daws Butler, Allan Melvin, Paul Winchell and Jeff Winkless
An hour-long television variety program hosted by The Banana Splits, a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters. The costumed hosts of the show were Fleegle the dog (guitar, vocals), Bingo the gorilla (drums, vocals), Drooper the lion (bass, vocals) and Snorky the elephant (keyboards, effects).
Featuring music, comedy skits and the cartoon series 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Arabian Nights'.
Creator: Olga Pouchine
Starring (voices): Colin Jeavons, Charles Collingwood, Gwenllian Owen and Percy Edwards
The adventures of a little bear who wants to sing and travel the world.
Creator: Peter Firmin
Starring: Basil Brush, Bert Hayes, Billy Boyle, Roy North and Derek Fowlds
Basil Brush is a glove puppet fox, best known for his appearances on daytime British children's television from the 1960s to the present day.
A mischievous character and a raconteur, Basil Brush is best known for his catchphrase "Ha Ha Ha! Boom! Boom!", used after something he finds something funny and also for speaking in a "posh" accent and manner, referring to himself as a "fella". The character claims to dislike puppets, and says his most prized possession is his "brush", this being the traditional name for a fox's tail.
Creator: Bob Kane
Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Repp, Madge Blake, Yvonne Craig, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Julie Newmar, Frank Gorshin, Victor Buono, Anne Baxter, Vincent Price, Carolyn Jones, Cliff Robertson, Eartha Kitt, Milton Berle, David Wayne, Rudy Vallee, Glynis Johns, Ethel Merman and Lee Meriwether
Wealthy entrepreneur Bruce Wayne and his ward Dick Grayson lead a double life: they are actually the crime fighting duo Batman and Robin. A secret Batpole in the Wayne mansion leads to the Batcave, where Police Commissioner Gordon often calls the Bat-duo on the Batphone with the latest emergency threatening Gotham City. Racing to the scene of the crime in the Batmobile, Batman and Robin must (with the help of the trusty Bat-utility-belt) thwart the efforts of a variety of master criminals including: The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman and The Penguin.
Based on the novel by Cécile Aubry
Starring: Edmond Beauchamp, Maurice Poli, Jean-Michel Audin and Dominique Blondeau
Mountain-based adventures of a six-year-old boy named Sebastian and his dog Belle, a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, in a small village in the French Alps close to the frontier with Italy. Sebastian lives with his adopted grandfather, sister and brother, as his mother, a Romany, died after giving birth to him while trying to cross the border on Saint Sebastian's day.
Creator: Sol Saks
Starring: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead, David White and Erin Murphy
A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.
The Bionic Woman (1976)
Creator: Kenneth Johnson
Starring: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks and Ford Rainey
After fully recovering from her near fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.
Creator: John Hunter Blair
Presenters: Valerie Singleton, John Noakes, Peter Purves, Lesley Judd, Simon Groom, Sarah Greene and Peter Duncan
A long-running children's magazine/entertainment show containing viewer and presenter challenges, as well as the famous arts and crafts "makes".
Creators: Glen A. Larson and Leslie Stevens
Starring: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Pamela Hensley, Henry Silva, Tim O'Connor, Joseph Wiseman, Felix Silla and Mel Blanc (voice)
A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time where Earth is threatened by alien invaders.
The Bugs Bunny Show (1960)
Directors: Chuck Jones and Fritz Freleng
Starring (voices): Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus, Bea Benaderet, Julie Bennett, Billy Bletcher, Daws Butler and Stan Freberg
Bugs Bunny, the famous, Oscar-winning cartoon rabbit, hosts his first weekly television series, along with all his fellow Warner Brothers cartoon stars including: Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, the Tasmanian Devil, Tweety Bird, Sylvester Cat, the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and Speedy Gonzales.
Creator: Gordon Murray
Starring (voice): Brian Cant
The adventures of the residents of the village of Camberwick Green, Trumptonshire including: Police Constable McGarry, Mickey Murphy the baker, Dr Mopp and the town gossip, Mrs Honeyman, who is always seen carrying her baby. Just outside the village lives Jonathan Bell, owner of a "modern mechanical farm", who has a friendly rivalry with Windy Miller, owner of a clanking old – but nevertheless efficiently functional - windmill and a firm believer in old-fashioned farming methods. Mr Dagenham, a travelling salesman who drives an open-topped convertible occasionally appears, as do the staff and cadets of Pippin Fort, a nearby military academy run by Captain Snort and Sergeant-Major Grout.
Creator: John Ryan
Starring (voices): Peter Hawkins and Noel Coleman
Pirate Captain Horatio Pugwash sails the high seas in his ship the 'Black Pig', ably assisted by cabin boy Tom, pirates Willy and Barnabas and Master Mate. His mortal enemy is Cut-Throat Jake, captain of the 'Flying Dustman'.
Creators: Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson
Starring (voices): Francis Matthews, Sylvia Anderson, Ed Bishop, Cy Grant and Jeremy Wilkin
A literally unkillable agent leads an international intelligence agency's fight against an extra-terrestrial terror campaign.
Creator: Richard Carpenter
Starring: Geoffrey Bayldon, Robin Davies, Charles ' Bud' Tingwell and Neil McCarthy
Catweazle is a magician from the time of the Normans who is cast into the future by magic. With the help of two boys he uses magic in an attempt to return to his own time.
Creator: Monty Berman
Starring: Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo, William Gaunt and Anthony Nicholls
Craig Stirling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett are agents for Nemesis, an international intelligence organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Their first mission as a team is to investigate some potentially lethal experiments in Communist China but, as they are escaping, their plane is damaged. They crash into a remote part of the Himalayas where they are rescued by members of an unknown civilization. A monk teaches the survivors superhuman powers: telepathy, superior strength, memory etc. They return home from the encounter as newly proclaimed "champions of law, order and justice" and use their psychic abilities to fight crime.
Charlie's Angels (1976)
Creator: Aaron Spelling
Starring: Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle, John Forsyth, Cheryl Ladd, Tanya Roberts and Shelley Hack
The adventures of three female former police officers working at a private detective agency in L.A.
Creator: Gordon Murray
Starring (voice): Brian Cant
The adventures of the residents and visitors of the village of Chigley, near Camberwick Green in Trumptonshire.
Notable characters include: Mr Swallow of Treddle's Wharf; Mr Cresswell, owner of Cresswell's Chigley Biscuit factory; Harry Farthing the potter and his daughter Winnie; Lord Belborough of Winkstead Hall and his butler Brackett, who also operate a private railway that runs through most of Trumptonshire.
Each week Lord Belborough and Brackett can usually be seen rushing to someone's assistance in their vintage steam engine, Bessie. Lord Belborough usually invites everyone to the gardens of Winkstead Hall after the 6 o'clock whistle which sounds the end of the day's work at the local biscuit factory. Lord Belborough plays his vintage Dutch organ while the locals dance.)
Creator: Oliver Postage
Starring (voice): Oliver Postage
Chronicalling the melancholically funny lives of the Clangers, a flutey-voiced family of woollen, knitted aliens living below the surface of a knobbly little planet far out in space. Their misadventures bring them into contact with such unlikely creatures as the Soup Dragon, the Froglets, the Iron Chicken and the Glow Buzzers.
Creator: Muriel Young
Presenter: Chris Kelly
1970s children's television programme covering new cinema releases. It is hosted by Chris Kelly and produced by Muriel Young who fronts the show on occasions when Kelly is unavailable.
Creator: John Downes
Presenters: Eamonn Andrews, Max Bygraves, Leslie Crowther, Ed Stewart, Jack Douglas, Peter Glaze, Don Maclean, Michael Aspel, Jan Hunt, The Krankies, Basil Brush, Geoffrey Durham, Bernie Clifton, Ronnie Corbett Julie Dorne-Brown, Petula Clark and Sally Ann Triplett
Long-running British children's entertainment programme featuring competitive games for teams of children, a music spot, a comedy double act and a finale in which the cast performs a short comic play, adapting popular songs of the day and incorporating them into the action.
Creators: Hilary Hayton and Graham McCallum
Director: Richard Taylor
Animator: Maggie Clarke
Music: Paul Reade
The adventures of a girl named Crystal Tipps and her dog Alistair, as well as their friends Birdie and Butterfly.
Creators: Art Arthur and Ivan Tors
Starring: Marshall Thompson, Cheryl Miller, Hedley Mattingly and Hari Rhodes
Dr. Marsh Tracy is a veterinarian running an animal study center in Africa. Helping him are his daughter Paula, American Jack Dane and Mike, a local. Also living with the Tracys - and equally a part of the show's starring cast - are a crossed-eyed lion named Clarence and a chimp named Judy. The series' storylines are largely centered around protecting the wildlife of the local game preserve from poachers and other threats.
Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Starring (voices): Paul Winchell and Don Messick
Dick Dastardly and his dog Muttley lead a fighter plane group called the Vulture Squadron to try ineffectualy to stop a carrier pigeon.
Doctor Who (1963)
Creator: Sydney Newman
Starring: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker
The adventures of an eccentric renegade time traveling alien and his human companions.
Producer: Jack Greenwood
Starring: Bernard Lee, Bernard Archard, Allan Cuthbertson, John Carson, Alfred Burke, Richard Vernon, Jack Watling, Michael Gough, Maurice Denham, Harry H. Corbett, Lee Montague, John Thaw, Nigel Davenport, Geoffrey Keen, Kenneth Cope, Anthony Bate, Patrick Magee, Nigel Green, William Gaunt, Derek Farr, Jack Hedley, John Le Mesurier, Dawn Addams, Anton Diffring, Jeremy Kemp, Zena Walker, Patrick Allen, James Villiers, Barry Foster, Glyn Houston, Alexander Knox, William Sylvester, Nigel Stock, Richard Thorp, Grégoire Aslan, Rosemary Leach, T.P. McKenna, Paul Eddington, Terence Alexander, Dinsdale Landen, William Hartnell, Peter Barkworth, Pauline Yates, Gerald Harper, Robert Dorning, Patrick Cargill, Miriam Karlin, David Lodge, George Pravda, Peter Bowles, Peter Butterworth, Jean Marsh, Dandy Nichols, Nyree Dawn Porter, Wilfrid Brambell, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Warren Mitchell, Mike Pratt, Graham Crowden, Sam Kydd, Murray Melvin, John Forgeham, Barbara Windsor, Julian Holloway, Michael Gough, Michael Caine, Gerald Sim, Geoffrey Palmer, Tenniel Evans and Burt Kwouk
The Edgar Wallace Mysteries was a British second-feature film series, loose adaptations of Edgar Wallace's books and stories. There were 46 films in the series made between 1960 and 1965.
Creator: Jay Presson Allen
Starring: Sada Thompson, James Broderick, Gary Frank, Kristy McNichol and Meredith Baxter
The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.
Fantasy Island (1977)
Creator: Gene Levitt
Starring: Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett and Wendy Schaal
Tales of visitors to a unique resort island that can fulfill literally any fantasy requested, but rarely turn out as expected.
Creator: Michael Cole
Starring: Rick Jones
Charming finger puppet series with Yoffy (Rick Jones) telling stories featuring Fingermouse, Scampi, Gulliver the Seagull and other animal characters.
Creators: Andre Paul Antoine and P.A. Breal
Starring; Robert Etcheverry, Jacques Balutin, Denise Grey, Genevieve Casile and Jean Martinelli
Set in 17th century France during the War of the Mantuan Succession (1628-1631) between France and Spain and its allies including Charles Emmanuel I, the Duchy of Savoy.
A dashing spy tries to engineer the rescue of a besieged French garrison in the city of Casale, the capital of Montferrat on the Savoy border.
The Flintstones (1960)
Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Starring (voices): Mel Blanc, Alan Reed, Harvey Korman, Bea Benaderet and Jean Vander Pyl
Animated series about Fred Flintstone, a working-class Stone Age man, his wife Wilma, their children Pebbles and Bam-Bam, and their next-door neighbors and best friends, Barney and Betty Rubble.
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A list of my favorite TV series that I remember watching as a youngster.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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list by kathy
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