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My Secret Identity (Syndicated 1988-1991, Jerry O’Connell, Derek McGrath)

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Exposure to a mad scientist’s radioactive experiment, especially when said scientist lives in North Dakota, is usually going to lead to something, well, interesting… In the case of high school student Andrew Clements (played by Jerry O’Connell), it led to a bevy of super powers.

Andrew had a neighbor pal named Dr. Jeffcoate, and after a brush with one of Jeffcoate’s latest jerry-rigged marvels, he developed some unexpected comic book superhero powers. Now, instead of just a regular kid at Briarwood High, he was super strong, super fast, capable of taking flight and incapable of getting hurt.

Andrew’s mom and sister had no idea of his power, but Jeffcoate did, and he constantly counseled the boy on how to use his powers for good. Andrew worked within that paradigm just fine—foiling criminals and giving school bullies their comeuppance—and doing it without the regular cape and unitard, thank you very much. In his diary, he called himself “Ultraman”—as any kid with super powers would.

Later on in the show’s three-year syndicated run, Andrew’s super powers were nudged out of the spotlight a bit, in favor of typical teenage melodrama—girls, school, girls, friends, girls and well, girls.

High school can be a grueling experience, but super powers sure do help things along. And super powers of the syndicated TV ilk help them along even better.

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USA / Syndicated / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 1988-1991

Theme Song: My Secret Identity by Fred Mollin

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Jerry O’Connell as Andrew Clements
Wanda Cannon as Stephanie Clements
Marsha Moreau as Erin Clements
Derek McGrath as Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoat
Elizabeth Leslie as Ruth Shellenbach

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Clochemerle (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 Clochemerle 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

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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

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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

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

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