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Boy Meets World (ABC 1993-2000, Ben Savage, William Russ)

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Some shows built around adolescents either die off when their child star is no longer a child or go to absurd lengths to deny the fact that the star is no longer child. The long-running ABC sitcom Boy Meets World chose a more intelligent alternative: it allowed the show to mature along with its main character as he aged, following its star from childhood to young adulthood without missing a beat. In the process, it became an important member of ABC’s TGIF programming lineup.

Ben Savage, the younger brother of The Wonder Years’ Fred Savage, starred as the intelligent and often mischievous Cory Matthews. When the show began, he was an 11-year old just trying to get along in school. A tough enough task, but Cory’s was made tougher by the fact that his teacher, Mr. Feeny, also happened to be his next door neighbor. Mr. Feeny never hesitated to give advice and squelch any of Cory’s mischievous ideas. Later in the show, Cory also had to deal with bullies like Harley, Joey and Frankie.

Cory’s family included parents Alan and Amy, big brother Eric and kid sister Morgan. Shawn was Cory’s best friend and a frequent co-conspirator in his schemes. Another important character was Topanga, a free-thinking female classmate who would become a very big part of this boy’s world.

As the young stars grew older, the show downplayed Cory’s schemes in favor of playing up the attraction between Cory and Topanga. The two eventually became boyfriend and girlfriend in the third season, and in a sign of how far Cory had come in his TV years, he and Topanga got married in November of 1999. By that time, the two childhood sweethearts had gone through middle school and high school and were struggling through college.

Mr. Feeny ceased being a continuous influence in Cory’s life after he graduated high school and was replaced with a new authority figure/nemesis, Dean Borak. However, Feeny still popped up on the show and was even given a love interest in the form of Dean Bolander.

After seven seasons in the TGIF lineup, Boy Meets World had done just about all the growing up it could handle. School fears and bully fears had given way to fears of making ends meet and even contemplating parenthood. Cory and Topanga had come a long way, and Matthews’ seven-year TV journey was capped off by a flashback-filled farewell in May of 2000. The show left the air at the end of the season, and boy and his new bride went off to meet the world together.

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USA / ABC – Michael Jacobs Prods. – Touchstone / 100+ x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 September 1993 – 5 May 2000

Creators: Michael Jacobs, April Kelly / Executive Producers: Michael Jacobs, Bob Young

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BEN SAVAGE as Cory Matthews
WILLIAM DANIELS as George Feeny
BETSY RANDLE as Amy Matthews
WILL FRIEDLE as Eric Matthews
RIDER STRONG as Shawn Hunter
LILY NICKSAY as Morgan Matthews (1993-96)
LINDSAY RIDGEWAY as Morgan (from 1997)
WILLIAM ‘RUSTY’ RUSS as Alan Matthews
DANIELLE FISHEL as Topanga Lawrence
LEE NORRIS as Stuart(1993-94)
ANTHONY TYLER QUINN as Jonathan Turner (from 1994)
BLAKE SOPER as Joey (from 1994)
MATTHEW LAWRENCE as Jack Newman (from 1997)

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Clochmerle BBC 1972

Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochmerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.

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CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator

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Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm

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Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)

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In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.

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ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen

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Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986

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Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)

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Christmas Princess Nicole Munoz

Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.

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Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3

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Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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