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memories of the ’70s – Ellery Queen

Viewers of the ’70s detectives shows were watching Columbo, Kojak, Barney Miller, McMillan and were soon tempted by a new series: Ellery Queen. Ellery Queen was a fictional character from a series of mystery novels created by Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Chain Reaction

Before competitions became the mainstay of 21st game shows, in the 1980s words ruled in the daytime game show Chain Reaction. Created by Bob Stewart, the show’s premise was to create a word chain of eight words. Two teams of … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – The $10,000 Pyramid

After the gold rush of game shows in the 1960s, the 1970s provided a few gems, including the popular daytime game show $10,000 Pyramid. Created by Bob Stewart, the basic premise of the game was two contestants, each paired with a … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Nature

In the early 1980s, education channel PBS launched a show that would become a mainstay of its offerings: Nature. This weekly one-hour series reveals the intimate details of wildlife and environment from all over the planet, showing viewers the wonders … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Upstairs Downstairs

The public and private lives of the Bellamy Family and their servants became appointment television and cemented the schedule of fledgling PBS show Masterpiece Theatre with the series Upstairs Downstairs. Created by actors Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, their original … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – MTV

For all those video-obsessed teenagers in 1984, MTV took its Friday video countdown and launched a special to celebrate the end of 1984 on new year’s eve: The Year End MTV Top 20 Video Countdown. Every Friday night, MTV would air … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas

Bing Crosby’s last television Christmas special had a unique pop culture inclusion – a duet with David Bowie for Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. The storyline of the holiday special was a visit to England by the Crosby family to see a … Continue reading

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