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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
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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 canít bring myself to revisit it - I canít even get past photo stills of the show.  Iím 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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