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Matt Hawes
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There were many odd and cool shows from the past. Many of us may have forgotten some of these programs as time marches on, but whenever the memory of such shows resurface there comes with it that ol' rush of nostalgia. Below I list some of the shows I remember in my youth that one hardly hears about these days, if at all.

Do you remember them?

What programs do you remember from your youth that seems to have been forgotten by the public at large these days? Your list can be any kind of TV program that is now considered obscure or forgotten on a mass market level.

My list:

NIGHT FLIGHT (The USA cable network's alternative variety programming block, the 1980s' version)

COMMANDER USA (superhero host of cheesy "midnight movies")

GIGGLESNORT HOTEL (Oddball chidren's TV show)

TUSH aka THE BILL TUSH SHOW (TBS sketch comedy show that featured a young, pre-SNL Jan Hooks)

RAY RAYNER (WGN television host of chidren's program)

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Fun memories Matt!

SIR GRAVES GHASTLY- This pseudo Count Dracula hosted a Saturday horror movie show thru the '70's. That show is responsible for my first viewings of dozens of fifties and sixties B movies.

THE GHOUL- More horror B-movies but with a twist. Kind of MST 3000 before it existed. He aired late nites on the weekend, UHF station. Had an underground feel to it for us kids.


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Whiz Kids  - lasted one season back in 1983/1984 (for me in the UK it was all done and dusted entirely over just a few months in 1984), and it was about a bunch of teenage hackers. I thought it was brilliant at the time, but I don't think too many others felt the same, hence it's prompt cancellation.

No Limits - a youth music show broadcast on BBC2 and presented by very youthful unknowns (and Jonathan King). It was on Tuesdays at 6 o'clock and was unusual at the time in that it used to have a chart countdown for both the UK and the US. My first exposure to several classic songs from the mid-to-late-80s were from this show, including Fairytale of New York and Living on a Prayer. Presenter Jenny Powell, who was a teenager at the time, went on to bigger (though not neccessarily better) things.


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HOT L BALTIMORE, set in a seedy residential hotel and based on the Off-Broadway play of the same name.

RIVERBOAT, a kind of precursor to STAR TREK with the same formula set on the Mississippi instead of in deep space.

THE BAILEYS OF BALBOA, a one season comedy I suspect would not stand up to repeat viewing.

MY LIVING DOLL, comedy about a robot with the form of Julie Newmar.

THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E., unsucessful spin-off that I enjoyed.

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STREET HAWK (sort of a motorcycle version of KNIGHT RIDER).

Oh, and MISFITS OF SCIENCE!
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THE EDISON TWINS - Canadian show about two smart twins and their irritating brother

KING'S CROSSING - 10 episode evening soap starring Linda Hamilton

THE RENE SIMARD SHOW - Canadian variety show

ZIG ZAG - early 80's kid's show

Lots more from Canada but I can't think of their names. These ones come to mind. 
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 QUOTE:
RIVERBOAT, a kind of precursor to STAR TREK with the same formula set on the Mississippi instead of in deep space.

JB, go to about 16:08 in the linked video:



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THE AMAZING COSMIC AWARENESS OF DUFFY MOON - Young kid
(Ike Eisenmann) learns the power of positive thinking to
overcome... stuff.

I still use the phrase "You can do it, Duffy Moon." ...to
this day!

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THE GHOST BUSTERS -  a mid 1970s Saturday morning kid sitcom.  I saw F TROOP at a very young age and loved it, so I was old enough to recognize Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch, but young enough to really get into this short lived show.  I can’t bring myself to revisit it - I can’t even get past photo stills of the show.  I’m sure I loved the guy in the gorilla suit at the time, but it makes me wince today.  I think this benefitted from how much I loved F TROOP, which I still revisit to this day



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Tim - did you know that they resurrected that Ghost
Busters show as an animated show in the mid '80's, in
an attempt to capitalize on the GHOSTBUSTERS movie?

I never knew there was a TV show for Duffy Moon - I
remember reading the book, "The Strange But Wonderful
Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon" when I was a kid...

I'll throw in another...do you remember "LUCAN", about
a boy who was raised by wolves? Oddly, a couple of
years ago I caught an episode of a show called
"STRANGE INHERITANCES", where a guy willed his estate
to the lead actors "LUCAN" and "THE POWERS OF MATTHEW
STAR".
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I was a big fan of AUTOMAN and MANIMAL.  

Nice to see GIGGLESNORT HOTEL (sooo weird!) and MISFITS OF SCIENCE getting honorable mentions!

*edited for typos


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When I was real little, I had a memory of a crazy, crazy show in my head.  It ivolved aliens and vampires and cowboys. Mostly I just had images.  It was a handful of years ago I was able to track down the actual show, Cliffhangers.  Though I have'nt seen a single video of it since that time.

It turns out that Cliffhangers was a late 70s show that was actually three different serials in one series.  Each episode of each serial ended in a "cliffhanger" of couse. Interestingly, the series started each seial already in progress.  So none f them hada a "chapter 1" I have such strong images of the show in my head, I would love to come across this one day.  Its my holy grail of TVshows.
 
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Joseph - that just made me think of TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY (with Steven Collins)
Also, QUARK (with Richard Benjamin)
I also have a vague memory of a show (a sit-com) about Frankenstein's Monster with the old guy with the crazy eyes from CANNONBALL RUN?

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STRUCK BY LIGHTNING with Jack Elam :)
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PROBE with Parker Stevenson as a genius who solved high tech / locked room crimes.
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 Joseph Greathouse wrote:
Cliffhangers.  Though I haven't seen a single video of it since that time.

I was going to put CLIFFHANGERS on my list as well but I thought it might be too well known. I also loved that show when I was a kid and was sad when it stopped suddenly. It seems to be one of those shows that nobody recorded since I have also never found an episode online, just parts. 

Just thought of another one. SALVAGE 1. I did find all of those episodes (although in lousy shape) online. Wish I could get better quality versions of it. 


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SEARCH—secret agents with high tech...my favorite agent was Lockwood (Hugh O’Brian).  Of course I liked Angel Tompkins,too.

Both U.N.C.L.E. shows were fun.

My Mother the Car—a guy’s mother gets reincarnated as a car.

Mr. Terrific—Wally Cox as a super hero who flapped his arms when he flew.

The Mighty Heroes—animated feature with a great theme song starring Strong Man, Rope Man, Tornado Man, Cuckoo Man and Diaper Man.
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BARBARY COAST - With William Shatner and Doug McClure.

DYNAMAN - Parody dub of the Japanese sentai TV series from Toei Productions, that ran on USA Nightflight.

ADAM-12 and EMERGENCY! - Blew my mind as a kid when I found out these series, along with DRAGNET, took place in the same universe.

(Had to remove one show, because it was fairly recent)

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Neil, I believe Amazon has burned DVD copies of the two-part episodes "Golden Orbit" and "Hard Water" from SALVAGE 1 for sale. I keep telling myself I'm going to get around to purchasing them, but I haven't yet.

Unfortunately, the pilot movie does not appear to be available.

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SALVAGE 1 - fabulous! Did that ever feature the
Sasquatch? I may be merging it with The Six Million
Dollar Man in my head!

THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY - vague recollections of this -
folk from different times all washed up on a lost island.
Once again starring child actor Ike Eisenmann. I
particularly remember one of the chaps was a man from the
future with a sonic screwdriver of sorts. My brother
always called it his Cosmic Tuning Fork!

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Did some more research on SALVAGE 1 and it looks like my copies are the best ones available. Although I have every episode, the quality is awful and pretty much unwatchable. Too bad. 

It's a shame there is not enough market for all these old shows to be digitized. Many must still exist in warehouses somewhere but I imagine the cost to convert to digital is high compared to the return. Hopefully some smaller companies will go after these and do quick conversions. There must be a market for them. 

Keeping with the spirit of the thread, BEANS BAXTER. Would love to see this one again. 

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NO SOAP RADIO
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Marc F:  “Tim - did you know that they resurrected that Ghost 
Busters show as an animated show in the mid '80's, in 
an attempt to capitalize on the GHOSTBUSTERS movie?“

****

Looking at the images and descriptions online, it looks pretty painful!



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Totally forgotten:  THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY, a short-lived DC Fontana show from 1977 starring Roddy McDowell featuring a family who travels across different times / dimensions each week.
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Caught it re-runs in the 80's...SWITCH with Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert.


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