The Top 20 TV Shows I have watched since I was a Kid.

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    After I have completed the favoured 20 Shows I have seen since I was a kid, I will then do 'My Favourite 40 Movies of All Time.'


    Here's my Top 20 Favourite 20 shows/Series.



    20. Tales From The Crypt


    DURATION OF SERIES: 1989 -1996.

    NO. EPISODES: 93.

    NO. SEASONS: 7.



    10 FAVOURITE EPISODES:

    1.'What's Cookin.' - S4

    2. 'Collection Completed.' - S1

    3. 'Loved To Death.' - S3

    4. 'The Trap.' - S3

    5. 'Werewolf Concerto.' - S4

    6. 'The Switch.' - S2

    7. 'Dead Right.' - S2

    8. 'Came The Dawn.' - S5

    9. 'Undertaking Parlour - S3

    10. 'Only Sin Deep.' - S1



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    I only discovered this show a year ago on Youtube and watched every episode. Each episode is half hour long, but my God I didn't it was that good and had so many familiar faces appearing in many of the episodes, such as Christopher Reeves, Demi Moore, Lea Thompson, Michael J Fox, Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig etc- the list can go on. Each episode had me on tender hooks and they were fun to watch.

    The series itself was set as an adult themed show and some scenes had sex, violence, strong profanity, gore and some comedy. I always waited for the twisted end conclusions and mostly I wasn't disappointed.

    Some plots were farfetched, but that made it even better, because in a show this dark, some things were never supposed to live up to reality, this is a supernatural/Sci Fi/Horror after all.

    For instance in the third season episode 'The Trap,' starring Teri Garr(Close encounters of the third kind & Tootsie) and Michael J Fox (back to the future), a husband fakes his death to claim $500 thousand and goes to South America, whilst his wife is supposedly just holding onto the insurance money. Being suspicious, he returns to the states and finds his wife is cohabitating with his brother and he tells the Police, that he is the man who faked his death, but they refuse to believe his claims and he is eventually executed for......his own murder? That's what makes conclusions like this so dark in TFTC, otherwise it wouldn't so interesting. If they wanted to be boring, they could have identified him through finger prints, DNA and asked him questions on past history and other claims.

    Most of the episodes were rather bloody too. Such as the Episode 'What's Cookin,' which I consider my favourite. Christopher Reeves (superman) plays Fred a down on his luck husband, who runs a restaurant just serving squid. His wife Wilma, played by Bess Armstrong (Jaws 3-D) is his irritated wife. Judd Nelson (Brat Pack), as Gaston and Meat Leaf as Mr Chumley make up a strong episode cast. With threat of eviction by Chumley, Fred is at his wits end, but is given hope by Gaston who serves up steak from the remains of Chumley and feeds him the customers.

    Wilma: 'Mmmm, I don't know what the recipe is, but that's brilliant.'

    The series remained strong up until the seventh season, as it moved from the USA to the UK and it didn't live to it's hype to the plots twist ending or the stories itself. However, it could have continued beyond season 7 and returned to the states, as a way to try bring the audience back. But, it didn't.

    The series was due for a reboot this decade, but has been cancelled. I don't know if for now or for good. But for it's time on air, it worked perfectly, especially since majority of the episodes had strong casting.
     
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    19. Happy Valley. (2014- Present)



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    DURATION OF SERIES: 2014-Present

    NO. SEASONS. 2. (so far)

    No. EPISODES: 12.


    This role has shown why Sarah Lancashire is considered one of the best actresses in Britain. Even Hollywood should snap this icon up. Sarah had come a long way, from her role of Raquel in Coronation Street as a timid and comic character to an eventual much more dramatic, serious and emotional one.

    Lancashire portrays Catherine Cawood a Police Sergeant who is haunted by the death of her daughter, who had committed suicide several years earlier, following a rape, by Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton). Following the rape, produced Catherine's grandson Ryan, whom she has raised practically on her own.
    Siobhan Finneran(from Benidorm) also co-stars as Catherine's ex-drug addict sister, Clare Cartwright.

    The series became a hit, with great acting and continuous plots. The kidnapping of Ann Gallagher (Charlie Murphy) eventually built up to some tense and violent scenes. One scene especially, was the brutal and unprovoked murder of officer Kirsten Mcaskill, a young police trainee mowed down and continuously ran over by Tommy Lee Royce, who in desperate measures concealed up the kidnapping.

    Later, Cawood would be severely beaten by Royce, following her rescuing Ann.

    Also starring from the sitcom Benidorm in season 1, was Steve Pemberton playing Kevin Weatherill a clerk, who ask for a pay rise from his boss, Nevison Gallagher to fund his kids education. When Nevison decides to sleep on it, Kevin plots to have his daughter kidnapped with the help of drug provider Ashely Cowgill, as well as Royce himself and somewhat naïve Lewis Whippy.

    As the show progresses, it centres more on Tommy's determination to have a relationship with his son Ryan, whom is immediately is protected by his grandmother. This storyline continues into the second season, with Tommy still trying his best to seek his son, even behind bars, by using Miss Wealand played by Shirley Henderson to connect to Ryan and be like a messenger to Tommy.

    The storyline continues as a separate one to a serial killer on the loose.

    A third season has been in talks and a possible storyline centered on the background of Tommy Lee Royce.
    For anyone who's not seen this. Worth a watch, it's tense and the acting is great especially from Lancashire and Norton.
     
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    18. Cracker (UK) 1993 -96



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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1993 -96

    NO. SEASONS: 3

    NO. EPISODES: 25



    "I drink too much, I smoke too much, I gamble too much. I am too much." - Fitz



    Probably Robbie Coltrane's best role in TV as 'Fitz.' He portrays a Criminal Psychologist, with some dysfunctional psychosis of his own. He comes off as anti social and arrogant, but when it comes to solved the most deadliest and wicked of crimes, he is your number one. To get to the truth, he will insult, badger and mock his suspected suspects, until he gets the answer he wants. He is the master of manipulation in any case.

    At home he has a long suffering wife, Judith (Barbara Flynn), lazy arse son Mark and miss bitch teen daughter, Katy. All the makings of a happy family. Later Judith would have third child to Fitz, James.

    During his investigations, he would have somewhat like a partner, DS Jane Penhaligon and soon the two would have some sexual chemistry.

    Lorcan Cranitch would play controversial DS Jimmy Beck who would be involved in probably the shows biggest and shock revelation.

    Christopher Eccleston would play DCI Bilsborough from Season 1 to the first 3 parter of season 2, "To Be A Somebody," where he would be murdered by the son of man who died at Hillsborough.

    Ricky Tomlinson would then for the remainder of the show, would play new the DCI, Charlie Wise.

    During the Season 2 episode three parter episode entitled "Men should weep, Jane is raped and suspects Jimmy was behind it. In a case where a married man murders prostitutes, Jimmy later abducts the killer David Harvey and drags him to the roof, where Jane gives chase and he admits his dirty deed, before committing murder - suicide by jumping off the roof.

    Also during this three parter, involves a taxi driver, who avenges the men he hates, by raping their wives and then takes his sick crimes even further, by making it personal with Fitz and his family.

    Even though it only ran for three seasons and 25 episodes, the episodes themselves would prolonged into three or two parters and even though the writing was on the table in some of the cases, the cases were also very personal to the lead character, as well as the personal issues that struck the side characters.

    TV movies followed after the series end.

     
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    17. The Six Million Dollar Man. 1973 - 1978




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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1973 -1978

    NO. SEASONS: 5

    NO. EPISODES: 99 + 6 TV Movies.



    NOTABLE EPISODES:

    The Moon And The Desert (pilot episode).

    Day Of The Robot (s1)

    The Seven Million Dollar Man (s2)

    Return Of The Robot Maker (s2)

    The Bionic Woman Parts 1 and 2 (s2)

    Return Of The Bionic Woman Parts 1 and 2 (s3)

    The Secret Of Big Foot Parts 1 and 2 (s3)

    Return Of Bigfoot Parts 1 and 2 (s4)

    Kill Oscar Parts 1 - 3. (s4)

    Death Probe Parts 1 and 2 (s4)

    Dark side Of The Moon Parts 1 and 2 (s5)

    Return Of The Death Probe Parts 1 and 2 (s5)





    "Steve Austin - Astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen we can rebuild him - we have the technology. We have the capability to make the Worlds first Bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster." - Oscar Godman/Richard Anderson

    Lee Majors jumped into his first greatest role, in this Live Action Super Hero series, as Astronaut / $6,000,000 Cyborg OCI agent, Steve Austin. Batman had already become a hit figure in the sixties and the first SMDM was really the first live action show since the sixties to draw in a mass audience. Steve Austin following a severe accident in a space craft , Steve Austin is rebuild by a secret Intelligence for a six figure sum, which is orchestrated by Director of the OCI, Oscar Golman played by Richard Anderson. Hand build by Rudy Wells played by Martine Balsam , later played by Allen Oppenheimer (s2-s3) and Martin E Brooks. (s3-s5 + tv films). Austin would have two bionic legs, a right bionic arm and zoom lens and infrared in his eye. He can also run up to speeds between 60 - 70 mph. With these gifts came a price, the OCI's need for him to work for them.

    For five seasons Steve would almost be like a James Bond Character at times, but with the extra zip from his bionics to help him on his merry way to complete extremely difficult missions. He would become involved with, Spies, Hit men, Terrorists, other Bionic Humans, Aliens, Fem bots, Nuclear Space Probes and....Big foot etc.
    Now and again, would accidently reveal his bionic powers or be forced to reveal his powers to either a companion or foe and would hope his secret wouldn't advance much further for the sake of himself and the secret agency he works for.

    Like James Bond, Steve would often woo the women, but by the conclusion of series 2, a permanent love interest would enter the Bionic fold Jaime Sommers, who would later go on to star in the SMDM Spin Off show "The Bionic Woman," Starring Lindsay Wagner, who would crossover into SMDM and vice versa.


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    Jaime Sommers and Steve Austin as the Bionic Couple.



    Also during the shows run Farrah Faucet would appear in the show and would become Lee Majors real life wife.


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    Really life husband and Wife on screen SMDM.




    The show was loved by many at the time it's merchandise produced Dolls, T - Shirts, lunch boxes and pinball machines.


    Almost a decade after it's cancellation in 1978, Lee Majors would return to his role as Steve Austin alongside, Lindsay Wagner, who would reprise her role as Jaime Sommers in the TV Movie, "Return Of The Six Million Dollar Man And The Bionic Woman (1987).

    In 1989, Sandra Bullock would in the second TV Movie, "Bionic Ever After," as Kate Mason, who would become a Bionic Girl. It was hoped a Spin Off for her character would take place, but never materialized. Also Majors real life son appeared in it, Lee Major II.

    The final TV Movie and instalment of the series, "Bionic Ever After?" (1994), would finally see Steve and Jaime tie the knot.

    Richard Anderson and Martin E Brooks both reprised their roles in the three films.

    The Six Billion Dollar Man movie, starring Mark Wahlberg is due for release sometime in 2020.

    This is random, but anybody else notice that the main theme to the SMDM, in parts sounds like the theme to the UK Soap Emmerdale?
     
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    16. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. 1993 - 1995


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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1993 - 1995

    NO. SEASONS: 3

    NO. EPISODES: 145


    These were a colourful bunch weren't they? When Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit the screen in 1993, it's fan base set the way for many of Power Rangers franchises and spin offs to date. Also they have been voted 4th in Watchmojo.coms, "Top 10 Live Action Superheroes Of All Time." The series revolves around first, four, then five Power Rangers, Red (Jason), Blue (Billy) , Black (Zack) , Yellow (Trini) and Pink (Kimberely). Midway in the first season, Green (Tommy). These heroes would on a weekly basis, fight monsters of the week, sent to destroy the Rangers by Witch on the Moon, Rita Repulsa, who would complain of getting headaches after constantly failing to beat the Rainbow Stars. Someone should tell her to give up.

    But, our heroes, do have a boss, Zordon a mass head in a fortress in a desert, who requires a skivvy in the form of a robot with a dippy voice, called Alpha 5. In order for the World to be protected, the Rangers are often called to base to see what they are up against. The Red Rangers have their own unique weapons and if Rita is not satisfied with progress, she throws her magic stick to Earth and makes her monsters grow, where it destroys skyscrapers. (How they manage to reconstruct these skyscrapers in a week, I'll never know, they will only be bulldozed, by another monster of the week anyway). This forces the Rangers to call on their Zords, of which then all combine to complete the Mighty Mega Zord. Green Ranger would call upon his Dragon Zord via a flute and would pop up out of the Sea to fight alongside it's fellow Zord.

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    Original Mega Zord and Dragon Zord, season 1






    Later on, in Seasons 2, the new Zords would be Thunder Zord and Tiger Zord. Season 3 then would have Ninja Zords and the style of all the Zord in the 3 seasons were so cool. Also by Season 2 a new villain enters the fray, Lord Zedd, who's Staff would create monsters more powerful than before and would make his monsters down, by throwing a magic grenade down. Other enemies in the show were Goldar and Scorpina

    Later in mid series, Tommy would go from Green Ranger to White Ranger and three of the original rangers, Red, Yellow and Black would be handed over to Rocky, Aisha and Adam respectably. Series three would see Kimberley hand over her pink belt to Kat.

    The show didn't go without the school bullies also Bulk and Skull, who would attempt to taunt and provoke the protagonists, but the bullies would always end up with egg on their faces, by each shows conclusion.

    Nearing the conclusion of season 3, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers would change name and show and go off into other spin offs. some of the original cast would stay with the show, but would the branch off to other series.

    Have not seen this show in almost two decades, but nostalgia just reminds you, "It's Morphin Time!"
     
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    15. Goodnight Sweetheart. 1993 - 99



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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1993 - 1999

    NO. SEASONS. 6

    NO. EPISODES. 59



    Although Nicholas Lyndhurst will be best remembered for being Rodney Trotter in the British Hit Comedy, "Only Fools And Horses," he still hit the heights in this Time Travelling Comedy, set in Second World War London and mid nineties London, as Gary Sparrow, zip between the Time Warp to see his two wives, who didn't suspect a thing. His present day Nineties, Nagging and needy wife, Yvonne, was played by Michelle Holmes (s1-s3) and later Emma Amos (s4 -s6). Heart of Gold, 1940's Barmaid, Phoebe was portrayed by Dervla Kirwan (s1-s3) and later by Elizabeth Carling (s4-s6). Also a Victor McGuire plays Ron, Gary's best friend, who covers for him Time and Time again.

    Gary is just an ordinary guy with the nag of current day Yvonne giving him grief. Then out of the blue, he finds himself walking through a passenger via an alleyway into the Space Time Continuum. How there is a fifty year time warp between the Worlds and only Gary can teleport remains a mystery. Gary finds the time to cleverly manipulate his chances and his two wives, during his time warps during the six seasons. Gary manages to fool Phoebe by giving her facts of events, based on his knowledge of the war, from his future and he always finds the perfect excuse to Yvonne on why he's made himself scarce. Basically Gary lives a double life and things get even more complicated when Phoebe and Gary have a son together called Michael.



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    Gary and his present day wife, Yvonne and
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    As the series draws to a close, Phoebe finds the gate to the present and Ron manages to reach 1945. By the time War is over, so is Gary's journey and he has to choose between Past or Present. This time it's not the latter and Yvonne is left in present time, Gary's future to try to comprehend her husbands life in a time before they are born.

    Reg Deadman played by Christopher Ettridge, close friend of Phoebe and her father Eric, is a lovable yet daft East End Bobby and often Barman at Phoebe's pub.

    A one off special in 2016 sees Gary return to 2016 and discovers he and Yvonne had a daughter together called Ellie.
     
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    14. The Crystal Maze. 1990 - 95.




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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1990 -1995

    NO: SEASONS: 5

    NO: EPISODES: 78



    A British Games Show, with a team of contestants who's aim is to win Time Crystals, by completing a host of challenges via Four different time zones. For each crystal they collect, would add 15 seconds each in a Crystal Dome, where they would have to collect Gold, which is mixed with Silver.

    Each quest is either, Mental, Physical, Skill or Mystery and a contestant would be picked at random by their team leader and the contestant could choose their format and then would be placed in a room, for their challenge of choice and only will they have a certain amount of time to complete their missions. Either looking through a window or via video link, the team would guide their challenger through the puzzle for the time allocated and the Host would remind them of the time they have. If the challenger runs out of time before exiting the room, they are intentionally locked in by the host or automatically locked in by the door itself and the challenger would only be allowed to vacate the room, if the contestants were to give up an already won crystal, to free the losing challenger, thus his release would mean 15 less seconds in the Crystal Dome.

    Once each Time Zone is completed, the Host takes the team to Crystal Dome for the games finale. Each crystal they have is 15 seconds and the team must require a hundred gold to win their star prize. The catch is, each Silver they catch and place in a pod, each Gold will deducted for every Silver they collect. The biggest catch of all is once the Dome is secured with the team inside, a gust of wind will blow the Gold and Silver around and the team will then have to catch and secure as much Gold as they can within a time space, for each crystal they won during the show.


    Originally hosted by Richard O' Brien (1990 -93) aka Riff Raff in the 1975 Movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

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    Original Host Richard O' Brien, 1990 - 93.




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    Edwin Tudor - Pole hosted from 1993 -95.


    The series has since been rebooted in 2017 is now hosted by Richard Ayoade.







     
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    13. Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. 1987 - 96



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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1987 - 1996

    NO. SEASONS: 10

    NO. EPISODES : 193


    Hero's in a Half Shell - Turtle Power! One of the greatest animation series of its time and when if you saw this today, you'd know it started out in the eighties, with its funky techno soundtrack and colour. The way the Turtles and its other characters were drawn and up and voiced, you could arguably understand why this Superhero cartoon lasted such a long time. The voices that portrayed the characters were pitch perfect and you could always tell which character was which, even if you weren't directly watching the show, but hearing in the background. I always enjoyed the sense of humour in the Turtles and the sarcasm that went with it.

    The show started with four Turtles being taken in by Hamato Yoshi, a once honourable ninja, from Japan, now fallen victim to the cruel bullying of Oroku Saki. Yoshi escapes to New York where he adopts four Turtles. They are Leonardo (blue head band), Donatello (purple head band), Raphael (red head band) and Michaelangelo (orange head band). These Turtles were then accidently mutated into Humanoid Turtles and would learn Martial Arts and their discipline from their master Yoshi, who would now be a mutated Rat. Eventually, they would go head to head up against Oroku Saki's new identity, Shredder and his Organization, the Foot Clan. The Turtles would also have a female companion and very helpful reporter, April O Neil, throughout the show. Shredder would also have his own mutated thugs in the form of warthog and a Rhino, Bebop and Rocksteady. Then Shredder would team up with a disembodied, yet intelligent brain from Dimension X, called Krang, who's base is in spherical Tank called the Technodrome. And he is constantly seen inside the waist of a mechanical suit. Shredder and Krang's aim was for World domination and the Heroes of the story were to protect it.

    The Turtles would also have their own Turtles van and a Zeppelin and would constantly live on Pizza.


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    The shows main villains. Krang, Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady.


    Krang and Shredder wouldn't be the only villains, that the Turtles needed to worry about. The Rat King that lived within their vicinity and would refer to Rats being more superior to Humans.......whatever. He would often reoccur and would eventually be incarcerated by the eighth season. Others were, Baxtor (scentist fly), Leatherhead (mutant alligator) and finally the shows main villain of the final season, Lord Dregg, who would take Krang and Shredder place to destroy the Turtles, following their exile to Dimension X.

    The show was given closure as Dregg was sent back to Dimension X with Krang's artificial body ready to go Kaboom and Splinter insists the Turtles need to be taught no more and have completed all their trials.
     
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    12. Batman. 1966 - 68



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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1966 - 1968

    NO. SEASONS: 3

    NO. EPISODES: 120



    The sixties, when the Beatles smashed the Box Office numerous times, a war ensued in Vietnam, a great American president was assassinated, Hitchcock continuously terrified audiences with his cinematic masterpieces and man took even more gigantic steps into space, but also there was the Live Action Superhero show of the decade in the form of the 1966-68 weekly dynamic duo, Batman and Robin, although the show was just titled Batman. Almost a decade on from George Reeves, 'Adventures Of Superman,' came the a new caper with cheesy dialogue and comic book zip and not stop action. Watchmojo.com, has rated the original Bat series, No. 1 on it's list, just ahead of 'Arrow' and 'Smallville.' Even though by todays standards it would lack in quality to CGI, the series did set the way for a continuing franchise, along with it's comics, which did start before the series. And you'd always know when it starts with just one word sung in intro and a piece of musical segment leading up to it. "Dunnnananananana BATMAN!"

    Adam West /Bruce Wayne aka Batman and Burt Ward /Dick Grayson aka Robin would on a weekly basis fight crime in the fictional city of Gotham and would often come up against villain of the week and some would often be re-occurring. Such as the Joker, Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, Mad hatter, Bookworm, King Tut etc - list could go on, but the most seen were the first four.

    The double act of Bruce and Dick, would be called in from the Wayne Manison by Commissioner Gordon to head to head quarters to discuss their mission to deal with the villains. By doing so, a door behind a wall in the mansion would up and leads to a secret Bat Cave which is hidden under the house, unbeknown to Aunt Maggie, but known to Butler Alfred. Upon sliding down the Bat Pole, Bruce would flip a switch and both he and Dick would transform into their alter ego costumes and head out of the cave in the Batmobile.

    Much of the series, had a double episode, of which the first parter would have a cliffhanger, which would be resolved in the next episode. For example, Batman and Robin in attempt to rescue a Maharaja from the clutches of the Joker, end up captured and placed in a large chimney, where the Joker starts to release a gas chemical. In each Cliffhanger, the narrator of the show grabs the audience attention by making them wonder if Batman and Robin will survive. And he would normally conclude with 'Join us next time, Same Bat Time, Same Bat channel.' The duo would always get out of their pickle and bring justice.

    What was always fascinating was in most fight scenes when a punch by either caped crusader was thrown, comic words would appear in font on the screen such as POW! BIFF! ZAP! BAM!

    What was also funny was Batman would also have a love interest in one of the Villains, Catwoman and this would also be told in the 'Batman Movie of 1966,' with the main villains forming an alliance.


    By the third and final season, something was attempted which probably finished the show off, but personally it wasn't so bad. The introduction of Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl played by Yvonne Craig.


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    Yvonne Craig as Batgirl.


    Batman has been repeated several times on TV stations across the globe.




     
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    11. Catchphrase. 1986 -2004 (original series)


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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1986 - 2004

    NO. SEASONS: 17

    NO. EPISODES: 355



    "If you see it, say it," Roy would always say before introducing the contestants.

    This my all time favourite game show during the mid nighties. I loved it so much, I had my mother record the repeats on Challenge TV. Plus I had the original board game and the DVD doesn't even come close to the excitement of the original. I now and again anticipated the contestants on the show to get a wrong answer and the way it would come out. They would always play these game showy tunes during each catchphrase to indulge the audience and grip you with excitement to who would buzz in first and who would win their spot in the last phase of the game. I often would want a certain person to win, maybe because I felt sorry for them, that they were slow a answering or having their answers pettily rejected. I loved the intro to original Catchphrase with an animated pan through a maze of catchphrases, before the host would introduce the Host. "And now here's the man with all the catchphrases - Roy Walker!"

    The aim of the game is say what you see. Two contestants would have to identify pictures to Phrases, Films, books and even places. Pictures in cartoony fashion would appear on the screen of Arrows pointing, a word or persons, mostly Mr Chips, a yellow character shown mostly in every episode, and by their gestures or expressions, etc and whoever on there Blue and Red panels buzzed in first would have a chance to get the catchphrase right. If right they would win a certain amount of money, of what the catchphrase is worth. If wrong, the other contestant would have a chance to buzz in, but only for a certain amount of time before the buzzer would ring and the Host would give them the answer, before continuing the game. The winner of each phrase answered would play on the main catchphrase board, where nine squares would cover a single phrase. And which ever the flash square would land on, would unveil a certain part of the Catchphrase and the contestant could have the opportunity to answer it and double their money.


    The person with the most money at the end of the show, would go on to play for a star prize, like a holiday abroad.


    After fourteen years of hosting, Walker would hand over to Nick Weir, who would infamously break his foot during an episode. Weir would host until 2004 until the show ended.

    A revival has since started in 2013, but it doesn't have the same effect as it previously did and the updated catchphrase puzzles - I just cannot get my head around and the rule are different to. Even the losers, can't take home the money they put into the pot, unlike the original, where the losers would take home some cash regardless. Rather harsh really.
     
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    10. Lois And Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman.

    1993 - 97.



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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1993 - 1997

    NO. SEASONS: 4

    NO. EPISODES : 87


    NOTABLE EPISODES:

    Pilot. (s1)

    Strange Visitor (from another planet). (s1)

    The Green Green Glow Of Home (s1)

    Illusions Of Grandeur (s1)

    Vatman (s1)

    The House Of Luthor (s1)

    Madame Ex (s2)

    Metallo (s2)

    Resurrection (s2)

    And the Answer Is.... (s2)

    Ultra Woman (s3)

    Double Jeopardy (s3)

    Seconds (s3)

    Twas the Night Before Mxymas (s4)

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    I've always loved the Superman Franchise, and this grabbed my attention straight away in the early nighties, when it was first televised on the BBC. It did not dwell into the origins of the Superman history and went straight into the action, with Clark Kent (Dean Cain) heading to Metropolis from Smallville, Kansas and starting his career at the Daily Planet, who's planetary structure was sat above the entrance, rather than at the Summit.

    The story would start out with Clark being placed as partner alongside Lois Lane, (Teri Hatcher) who comes across as stuck up and obnoxious. And this would be somewhat a carry on, for much of the first season. The pilot would also introduce John Shea as Lex Luthor, a Billionaire intend, who shows the early signs of what evil he becomes and his intent on ridding the Man Of Steel, in order to steal the affections of Lois. Clark would constantly be on the phone to his parents, Jonathan and Martha though out the series and unlike other Superman stories, Jonathan Kent survives the entire series.

    The majority of the show, centres on Clark and Lois relationship and from the beginning Clark is in love with Lois, but it seems Lois is in love with Superman, although at times she is caught in a cross, between his double identity, which she is unaware of. You could argue Lois berates Clark early on, because she is hiding her feelings for him, because she's obsessed with the hero of the story. I've said this so many times in every Superman franchise, 'How can nobody see that Clark Kent is Superman? He's only wearing glasses.' But, then the show wouldn't be the same and tension and suspense would fizzle out.

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    With every love story there comes a villain and Lex Luthor try to manipulate Lois and conjure up ways of ridding Superman for his total dominance, that money can buy, such as testing Superman's limits of power, creating Bionic men and later a Superman clone to destroy him and then trapping Superman in a Kryptonite cage, while he tries to marry Lois by the season 1 finale - just before he leaps to his apparent death.



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    Superman vs Superman, season 1, episode, ' Vatman.'




    Other villains of season 1 were Jason Trax, a man who claims to work for the Government, wants information on Superman to kill him and eventually uses Clarks parents to lure him and unveil himself to Trax who is eventually killed. Another villain is a female hypnotist, Constance, who puts Superman in a trance.




    Season 2 opens up with Lex Luthor's previous wife attempt to avenge Lex's demise by shooting him with Krytonite and framing Lois, who had a doppelganger. Superman also fights a cyborg in the form of Metallo and comes up against Dr Gretchen Kelly who keeps Lex's body to try keep him alive, which is successfully done when he is resurrected but eventually incarcerated - for now.


    Another notable villain tempest, who is an evil time traveller who tries to rid Superman by travelling back in time to when Kal - El arrived on Earth and poison him with Kryptonite.


    Towards the end of the second season, Lois and Clark seem to be getting closer, but Lois is hesitant as she still has the love for Superman and eventually feels similarities of Clark and his alter ego. By the season 2 finale, Clark gets down on his knee and asks Lois if he will marry him?

    "Clark....." Season 2 ends on a cliffhanger. Episode, 'And the Answer is.....'


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    Season 2 Cliffhanger ,"And The Answer is......."





    Season 3 would open with the recap of the season 2 finale and Lois responding to Clarks proposal and Lois would eventually say, "Clark - or Superman." Lois removes his glasses and over the course of the next few episodes Lois would resent Clark for keeping his secret, but of course Clark had his reasons. But, Lois cannot deny how much she loves Clark.

    Lois would temporarily have Superman's powers and would be known as Ultra Woman, after being blasted with a Red Kryptonite ray gun, by female villain Lucille (Shelley Long). Episode, 'Ultra Woman.'

    Lex makes a brief comeback for one final stand off with Clark and attempts to manipulate Lois again. Lex discovers Clarks secret before he finally perishes, but not without Lois losing her memeory briefly, which puts a strain on their marriage.

    The third season would conclude with Superman leaving Earth to head to a new Krypton, leaving Lois behind, not realizing a threat from his original planet looms on Earth.

    Season 4 , the final season, would open with Kal-el on new Krypton forced into an attempted marriage, yet coming out victorious against Lord Nor, and returning to Earth to be with Lois.

    The show laboured some what not, and a notable villain of the final season was Mister Mxyptlk, an imp from another Dimension, who wants to conquer Earth, with Superman out of the way. He puts the Man Of Steel, through a loop, where everything positive becomes Negative. Soon Lois enters the loop and the villain is forced to say his name backwards, where the loop is ended and so is kltpyxM......trying saying that backwards. Episode, 'Twas The Night Before Mxymas.'

    Lois and Clark finally wed and in the series closing scene, an unknown person leaves Lois and Clark a baby stating it's to be their child, episode 'The Family hour.'








     
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    9. Knightmare. 1987 -94



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    DURATION OF SERIES: 1987 - 1994

    NO. SEASONS: 8

    NO. EPISODES: 112


    This was possibly the best and most unique children's Game Show of the late eighties and early nineties. It was exciting, gripping and terrifying all at once. I couldn't wait for late Friday afternoons to come, as each episode, would have a cliff hanger and the same contestants would continue playing into the next episode, or after, until they either complete the quest or fail. Quite often it would be the latter. When it was cancelled in 1994, I was gutted a sit was so popular and personally to myself.

    The aim of the game was for a single player to venture through a Fantasy 3 Dimensional medieval World of Dungeons and Forests etc , with the aid of three other contestants, watching via video in a make believe castle with it's host, Hugo Myatt, who plays the fictional Treguard, to guide them. The single adventurer, while heading off into the unknown, would be required to wear a medieval helmet to cover their vision and would be guided by the other three contestants. The contestants ages would range from 11 - 16 and their goal would be to get treasure, such as a Sword or Medal etc - but in order to complete the quests, they would have to solve puzzles, while put in multiple situations, such as avoiding Goblins, Trolls, Traps and answering Riddles from strange and dangerous characters. Sometimes, during a certain level, which normally had three, the contestants would be allowed to answer a certain puzzle or riddle at a certain time, but they could be incorrect or just dwell to long. Also they would have Health Animation to show how long they would have to survive in the Dungeon, in the form of Skull, which would fall apart over time and Treguard would advise the team on how to tread and succeed, but not give too much away. As I said previously, the same contestants could very well go into a double or triple episode, depending how successful they play. Each episode was 30 minutes long. Some Dungeoneer's have only lasted five minutes in an episode, but either being careless or just by communication problems, such as falling off a cliff or one too many people talking. The game was quite tense at times and you didn't know when the frighteners when be turned on, until you heard the dramatic musical soundtrack, which sometime would have you hiding behind the sofa. Neither of the fake death scenes were gory, but that was left to the imagination and each death scene would be declared by a loud Clock Bong. All four contestants would then leave via fake sunset or gate and replaced quickly with another Dungeoneer and three other guides. The winners of each quest would get a figurine and other prizes.

    Over the course of the series, the settings for each challenge would change and new characters would added to the story to make the game more difficult. Series 1 -3 had the same settings, as did 4 -6. Series 7 - 8, had a change in helmet style and game challenge. Also a main villain in the form of Lord Fear, would send his evil minions out to stop the challenger.

    The most notable traps moving blocks, which would be the difference of the challenger falling into ground and getting to the opposite door. The guides would have a certain amount of time to get the dungeoneer to the other side, before each block moves, which is done in short sequences.

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    Then it would be block and tackle, such an awkward challenge to get to either door left or right. The fall will eventually fall in parts and take the challenger with it. One notable failure, was when the challenger was stood just to next to a part of the floor that had fallen away. One of the guides said, "Simon, side step to your left." Duh! The challenger had no chance, when left was meant to be right.



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    Block and Tackle.



    Then there was Play Your Cards Right, where there were certain blocks by the side of a wall, with cards on them and each block would move into the wall or out, to decide how the Dungeoneer would get across, as underneath and to the close right of the challenger, was the down below abyss. The aim was to press the right card and get across the other side. The Adventurer would then be asked to take a large jump or step to get to a certain block, but would have a certain time to do in as other obstacle would get in their way. Talk about pressure.


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    Play Your Cards Right

    And probably the most harrowing challenge, was the Corridor Of Blades. The challenge doesn't last a minute, but it's the time and flexibility to avoid on coming blades. The Adventurer appears on a conveyer belt, with on coming Blades, left, Right, above left, above right, hurtling towards them. The three guides would then have to direct their companion out of harms way in a short time, before they are cut to smithereens. If successful, the conveyer belt will stop and the challenger would exit through a door to their right.

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    Corridor Of Blades.


    The series ended on November 11th 1994 and Knightmare in my opinion is the greatest ever CITV show televised.
     
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    8. Mrs Brown's Boys. 2011 - Present



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    DURATION OF SERIES: 2011 - Present

    NO. SEASONS: 3 + 17 Christmas/New Year Episodes.

    NO: EPISODES: 34 (including Christmas/new year episodes.



    "Ya Fecking Ejut!"

    "That's Nice."


    Mrs Brown's Boys is a British Comedy, with an Irish setting and mostly cast. The show is played out in front of a Live Audience in a Theatre in Glasgow Scotland. The series centres on a strong willed matriarch, Agnes Brown, (Brendan 'O Carroll) and her four sons and one daughter and a grandfather, who's possibly classed as Agnes sixth child in her head. Although the portrayal of Agnes is seen as a woman, it is actually a man dressed as a woman, which is what made the show a success and which won the show it's many awards since it's Premise. The other factor is that the majority of the cast are related to one another through blood or marriage. During filming, Gags with cast and film crew take place, along with mistakes too, which are always left in during recording to get improve the sense of humour. There are normally two settings, one for the downstairs of the Brown Household and the other the interior of an Irish Bar, Foley's.

    Carroll's alter ego Agnes dominates the series throughout, without her crude jokes and crackling laugh and her outspoken mind, without so much as a thought and sometime can take things the wrong way and does not stand no messing about. If Agnes feels not so impressed by somebody's life style or feels jealous she quotes them "That's Nice." (f@*k off in her mind). Agnes is very much protective over her off springs, despite them wanting their own independents and it shows when she often interferes and shows criticism towards their wives/partners.
    Living at home, is a grand father, who is treated like a baby often and gets berated and cursed by Agnes, because her husband was just as useless as he was. Agnes long term friend lives next door and is not the brightest spark, who comes and joins the lady of the house for a morning tea. Buster Brady is annoyance to Agnes, who is one of her sons best friends.


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    DERMOT BROWN played by Paddy Houllihan. In his mid thirties. Considered Agnes favourite son and seen as her Golden Boy. He is anything but. Dermot has been to prison and struck up a friendship with Buster Brady, a former jailbird also. Dermot has a tenancy to get up to mischief with Buster and commits silly little crimes often. Dermot has a hard time finding regular work and once he read an article in the paper.



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    "Mammy, what would it be like to work in a Lighthouse?" - Dermot

    "A lighthouse? You'd have to run round in a circle to read your book. You'll have crabs all over your rocks. Be worse, than your holiday in Malaga" - Agnes

    "No, seriously Mammy, I have to get a better job.

    "A Lighthouse - Gonna be lonely - And you could be away for weeks."

    "No, three days a week."

    "Three days a week in a Lighthouse? Where is this Lighthouse?"

    "Birmingham." - Dermot.

    "Show me the ad."

    Dermot shows Agnes the Job Ad.

    "Person wanted three days a week for light - house work. ....Ya Fecking ejut! No wonder ya can't get a job. Ya fecking ejut!" - Agnes


    Dermot would take jobs dressing up in costumes and body suits to advertise. Dermot is also married to Maria and has triplet sons, John, George and Ringo named after the Beatles.


    MARK BROWN played by Pat Shields. In his forties and eldest of the four brothers. Is married to Betty and has a son called Bono (who is Brendan O' Carroll's real life grandson). Mark eventually admitted, he couldn't read nor write. Mark is a carpenter by Trade and when work in his trade dries up, emigrating to Australia maybe the only chance at success, but doesn't want to hurt his mother, Agnes, who drops subtle hints for Mark and his family to leave. Bono on the other hand, wants to stay with Agnes. Betty, Marks wife tends be in control of the marriage at times and Agnes takes note of this, but reluctantly stays agree to for Agnes sake and for Bono to have a good school. Pat Shields also introduces the show.


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    RORY BROWN played by Rory Cowen - later Damien McKiernan.
    Middle son to Agnes and is Homosexual. Tends to get emotional too easily and sometimes on edge. Is a hairdresser by trade and has a partner called Dino. Dino has several attempts to have plastic surgery to make himself feel younger.



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    In one Christmas special, Dino wears a face mask and his face remains stiff throughout the episode and in one scene, Agnes is electrocuted and her face is left smoked.

    "Are you alright Mammy? - Cathy

    " Of Course I'm alright, why wouldn't I be? I'm surrounded by my family and Rory looking so happy." - Agnes

    "My face is on fire." - Rory.

    Agnes nods and smiles, then answers in a sarcastic manner.

    "Good for you."

    The new actor replacing, the original Rory stems from Rory's character getting a face lift in a latest Christmas special.



    TREVOR BROWN played by Martin Delany (Brendan O Carroll's real life Son In Law).
    Trevor Brown was first introduced at the end of the first series and is the youngest of the Browns Children. He is often away on his missions duty, as he was a Vicar and Agnes would hope he would visit more. Would make re-occurring appearances.


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    NO.8., MRS BROWNS BOY'S, TO BE CONTINUED!.....>>>>>>





















     
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