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memories of the ’80s – The Tracey Ullman Show

A successful performer of London’s West End, with a pop hit to her name in America, became the darling of new channel Fox TV with her variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Trying to break into the American market, Ullman … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Tony Orlando and Dawn

From a solo artist, to becoming a group act to starring in their own variety show, Tony Orlando and Dawn were an essential part of the sounds of the 1970s. Orlando had made his name in the 1960s as a … Continue reading

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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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