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THE BEAUTIFUL PHYLLIS DILLER SHOW

NBC / x60m-e / 1968

Comedy and variety show headlined by Phyllis Diller but also featuring Norm Crosby, Rip Taylor, Dave Willock, Bob Jellison, Merryl Joy and the Jack Elliott Orchestra.

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Hallmark Hall of Fame /Palm Prod / 1x90m-e / 1976

Writer: Sherman Yellen, / Music: Ron Goodwin / Producer: Thomas M.C. Johnson / Director: Fielder Cook

Fantasy drama.

With:- GEORGE C. SCOTT / TRISH VAN DEVERE / VIRGINIA McKENNA / BERNARD LEE

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Republic / 55x60m-e / 1987-90

Creator: Ron Koslow / Theme Music: Lee Holdridge / Executive Producers: Ron Koslow, Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, Stephen Kurzfield

Fantasy drama series. After being brutally attacked attorney Catherine Chandler has her life saved by the deformed Vincent who lives beneath the streets of New York. After returning to the surface Catherine is helped by Vincent in times of trouble. The programme shocked its fans by killing off Catherine at the start of the third season (she had however given birth to Vincent’s son). Jason Allen played Kipper in the shows pilot.

With:- LINDA HAMILTON as Ass D.A. Catherine Chandler / RON PERLMAN as Vincent / ROY DOTRICE as Father / CORY DANZIGER as Kipper / DAVID GREENLEE as Mouse / STEPHEN McHATTIE as Gabriel / ARMIN SHIMMERMAN as Pascal / JAY ACAVONE as Deputy DA Joe Maxwell / REN WOODS as Edie / ELLEN GEER as Mary / ZACHARY ROSENCRANTZ as Zach / RITCH BRINKLEY as William / JO ANDERSON as Diana Bennett / EDWARD ALBERT as Elliot Burch / LEWIS SMITH as Mark

 

BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD

MTV / 1x60m-e 200+x10/30m-e / 1993-

Creator: Mike Judge / Executive Producer: Abby Terkuhle

Animated comedy. A pair of gross heavy metal freak teens; Beavis(blonde) and Butt-head(dark haired) surf the music channels in a quest for top babe action or ‘cool’ videos and ripping into things that ‘sucked’. Began as a segment on MTV’s ‘Liquid Television’ series, the pair later garnered they own big budget cinema release Beavis and Butt-head Do America.

 

BECKER

CBS-Paramount-Dave Hackel Prod-Industry Ent. / x30m-e / 1998-2004

Creator: Dave Hackel / Executive Producers: Dave Hackel, Ian Gurvitz, Russ Woody / Music: Bruce Miller

Sitcom. Cases of well meaning but often abrasive Bronx based Doctor John Becker. By the series end Danson was becoming disgruntled with CBS’s treatment of the show “You’re out. You’re in. You’re out. You’re in,” is how star Ted Danson described the network’s treatment of the series. “They never really cancel things,” he says. “They just let them disappear. I think canceling is bad juju.” Danson was “pleasantly surprised” when Becker was picked up for 13 more episodes end of 2003, but understood that it was only temporary. Everyone concerned knew that the show would be gone by mid-season. “In truth, we got what we wanted,” Danson says. “We didn’t want to step through a trap door. We wanted to be able to go out and relish 13 episodes of us going out the way we wanted. We got to come back and end it with some degree of grace.”

With:- TED DANSON as John Becker / TERRY FARRELL as Regina ‘Reggie’ Costa / HATTIE WINSTON as Nurse Margaret Wyborn / SHAWNEE SMITH as Nurse’s Aide Linda / ALEX DESERT as Jake Malinak / SAVERIO GUERRA as Bob

 

BECOMING PRESENTS WANNABES

MTV / x30m-e / 2002

Entertainment. Although hundreds of fans show up, only one is chosen to “become” their favorite artist.

 

BEFORE THEY WERE STARS

ABC / x30m-e / 1996

Entertainment. A series of specials hosted by Scott Baio looking at the TV and Film appearances of well known personalities before they hit the big time.

 

BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS

Showtime / x60m-e / 1999-

Drama series.

With:- BRIAN KERWIN as Rob Malone / ISABELLA HOFMANN as Cecile Malone / CHARLOTTE ROSS as Lori Volpone / TUC WATKINS as Malcolm Laffley / WILLIAM McNAMARA as Brad Advail / BILL MOREY as Emory ‘E.L.’ Luddin / CAROL KANE as Lydia ‘L.L.’ Luddin / SHEILA MOORE as Margaret Hurley / PAUL PROVENZA as Parker Meridian

 

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

NBC / x30m-e / 1958-59 (First Episode: Thursday 2 October 1958 / 9.00pm) black and white

Spy drama series. Exploits from the files of Commander Matson, heavily involved in naval intelligence. Based on the true life stories of Rear Admiral Ellis M Zacharias.

With:- BRUCE GORDON as Commander Matson

 

BEHIND THE MUSIC

VH1 / 110+x60m-e / 1997-continuing

Executive Producer: George Moll

Music/documentary. Biographies of prominent figures in music, featuring the inside story on acts like The Mama’s and the Papas, Iggy Pop, Shania Twain, Manilli Vanilli, Culture Club, Lief Garrett, Alice Cooper, REM, Fleetwood Mac, Melissa Etheridge, The Carpenters, Cher, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blondie and Tom Petty.

 

BEHIND THE SCREEN

CBS / x30m-e / 1981-82 (9 Oct 81 – 8 Jan 82 / Fridays 11.30pm)

Drama series going inside the world of the cast and crew of daytime soap opera Generations, especially the shows creators Gerry Holmby. Most of his family were also involved with the show.

With:- MEL FERRER as Evan Hammer / JOANNE LINVILLE as Zina Willow / JOSHUA BRYANT as Gerry Holmby / LOYITA CHAPEL as Dory Ranfield Holmby / BRUCE FAIRBAIRN as Bobby Danzig / DEBBI MORGAN as Lynette Porter / CATHERINE PARKS as Sally Dundee / JANINE TURNER as Janie-Claire Willow / MICHAEL SABATINO as Brian Holmby / SCOTT MULHERN as Jordan Willow / WARREN STEVENS as Merritt Madison

 

BEN CASEY

ABC/Bing Crosby Prod. / 153x50m-e / 1960-65 blackand white

Creator/Producer: James E. Moser

Medical drama series. Stories of the doctor of the title, especially his relationship with the elder doctor David Zorba who was something of a mentor for Casey. The 1965-66 season saw the departure of Zorba and the arrival of Chief of Surgery Dr Daniel Freeland.

Dr Ben Casey……………………………. VINCE EDWARDS

Dr David Zorba…………………………… SAM JAFFE

Dr Maggie Graham……………………… BETTYE ACKERMAN

Nurse Wills………………………………. JEANNE BATES

 

BENSON

ABC/Watt/Thomas/ Harris / 158x30m-e / 1979-86

Creator: Susan Harris / Producers: Susan Harris, Thomas A. Reeder, Don Richetta, Tom Whedon

Sitcom. A spin off from Soap. Former butler to the Tate’s, Benson. starts working for state governor Gene Gatling, helping him in his political career and helping to look after his daughter. Benson’s surname Dubois wasn’t revealed until the series was nearly over.

With:- ROBERT GUILLAUME as Benson DuBois / JAMES NOBLE as Governor Gene Gatling / MISSY GOLD as Katie Gatling / INGA SWENSON as Gretchen Kraus / LEWIS J. STADLEN as John Taylor(79-80) / CAROLINE McWILLIAMS as Marcie Hill(79-81) / ETHAN PHILLIPS as Pete Downey(80-85) / DIDI CONN as Denise Stevens Downey(81-85) / RENE AUBERJONOIS as Clayton Endicott III(80-86) / BILLIE BIRD as Mrs Cassidy(84-86) / DONNA LABRIE as Senator Diane Hartford(85-86)

 

THE BEN STILLER SHOW

MTV / x30m-e / 1990

A comedy series that was also part sitcom with Ben Stiller getting ready for his comedy sketch show on MTV. Also with Jeff Kahn.

 

THE BEN STILLER SHOW

HBO-Fox / x30m-e / 1992-93

Comedy sketch series starring Ben (son of Jerry) Stiller in a series of take offs of well known movies and tv shows. Regulars included Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk and John F. Donohue.

 

BEN VEREEN…COMIN’ AT YA

NBC / x60m-e / 1975

Musical variety series headlined by black actor Ben Vereen and also featuring Lola Falana, Liz Torres, Avery Schreiber, Arte Johnson and Lee Lund. Also on hand were The Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson Orchestra.

 

THE BENNY RUBIN SHOW

NBC / x30m-e / 1949 black and white

Variety show with the emphasis on comedy and headlined by Benny Rubin who played the part of an agent auditioning new acts. Vinnie Monte was his office boy and Mady Sullivan was his secretary.

 

BE OUR GUEST

CBS / x60m-e / 1960 black and white

Variety series featuring both professional and amateur acts. Regulars included George De Witt, Keefe Brasselle, Mary Ann Mobley, Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

 

BERRENGER’S

NBC / x60m-e / 1985

Drama series about life in a New York department store owned and run by Simon Berrenger and his two sons, Paul and Billy. Very soapie in style and full of intrigue, sex and double dealing.

With:- SAM WANAMAKER as Simon Berrenger / ROBIN STRAND as Billy Berrenger / BEN MURPHY as Paul Berrenger / YVETTE MIMIEUX as Shane Bradley / ANITA MORRIS as Babs Berrenger / JONELLE ALLEN as Stacey Russell / CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN as Melody Hughes / JEFF CONAWAY as John Higgins / JACK SCALIA as Danny Krucek / DONNA DIXON as Allison Harris

 

BERT D’ANGELO, SUPERSTAR

Quinn Martin / 13x60m-e / 1976

Producer: Mort Fine

Crime drama series. A spin off from The Streets of San Francisco in which a bolshy New York is transferred to San Francisco.

With:- PAUL SORVINO as Bert D’Angelo / ROBERT PINE as Insp Larry Johnson / DENNIS PATRICK as Capt Jack Breen

 

THE BEST IN MYSTERY

NBC / x30m-e / 1954-56 black and white

Anthology series of mystery/thriller themed stories featuring the likes of Agnes Moorehead, George Nader and Brian Keith. The 1956 editions were all repeats of Four Star Playhouse productions.

 

THE BEST OF BROADWAY

CBS / x60m-e / 1954-55

Live from New York productions of well known Broadway shows included the likes The Man Who Came to Dinner (with Monty Woolly, Merle Oberon and Joan Bennett) and Arsenic and Old Lace (with Helen Hayes and Boris Karloff). The productions, unusally for the time were filmed in colour.

 

THE BEST OF FAMILIES

PBS/Children’s Television Workshop / 8x60m-e / 1977

Creator: Naomi Foner / Producer: Gareth Davies

Period drama serial. The lives of three New York (of differing social standing) families between the years 1880 and 1900.

With:- WILLIAM PRINCE / MILO O’SHEA / GUY BOYD / VICTOR GARBER / WILLIAM HART

 

BEST OF THE WEST

ABC/Paramount/ Weinberger-Daniels / 22x30m-e / 1981-82

Creator: Earl Pomerantz

Period sitcom. Sam Best (along with his family) moves to the wild west where Sam has bought a general store in the town of Copper Creek, after accidentally tangling with and defeating a dreaded gunfighter, Best finds himself made town Marshal.

Sam Best…………………………………… JOEL HIGGINS

Elvira Best………………………………….. CARLENE WATKINS

Daniel Best………………………………… MEENO PELUCE

The Calico Kid…………………………….. CHRISTOPHER LLOYD

Parker Tillman…………………………….. LEONARD FREY

Doc Jerome Kullens……………………… TOM FREY

Laney Gibbs……………………………….. TOM EWELL

Frog…………………………………………. TRACEY WALTER

 

BEST OF THE WORST

Fox / x30m-e / 1991-92

Entertainment show with the emphasis firmly on comedy and featuring different stories and features all focusing on the worst of something, mainly US based but with some Japanese content. Hosted by Greg Kinnear with David Spector as Japanese Anchor.

 

BEST SELLERS

Universal / 1976

An umbrella title for a series of blockbuster serials based on popular novels. Rich Man Poor Man(followed by its sequels) was the first closely followed by Captains and Kings, Once An Eagle, The Rhinemann Exchange, Seventh Avenue, 79 Park Avenue, Aspen, Wheels, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home and Brave New World.

 

THE BEST TIMES

NBC / x60m-e / 1985

Drama series. Life for the staff and kids of John F. Kennedy High School in Southern California, especially new English teacher Joanne and student Mia who just happens to Joanne’s daughter. The kids were often seen at the Potato Palace, a fast food place.

With:- JANET EILBER as Joanne Braithwaite / BETH EHLERS as Mia Braithwaite / JIM METZLER as Dan Bragen / JAY BAKER as Tony Younger / LIANNE CURTIS as Annette Dimetriano

 

BETTE

CBS / x30m-e/ 2000

Sitcom. Episodes in the life (in an I Love Lucy kind of way) of top actress and singer Bette Midler.

With:- BETTE MIDLER as Bette / KEVIN DUNN as Roy / LINDSAY LOHAN as Rose / KIMIKO GELMAN as Amy / JOANNA GLEASON as Connie / JAMES DREYFUS as Oscar

 

BETTE MIDLER’S MONDO BEYONDO SHOW

HBO / 1x60m-e / 1988

Writers: Jerry Blatt, Bette Midler / Producers: Martin Von Hasleberg, Fred Berner / Director: Thomas Schlamme

Comedy. One off variety and sketch show tailored to the ‘unique’ talents of Bette Midler also featuring David Gale, Bill Irwin and Paul Zaloom.

 

BETTER DAYS

CBS / x30m-e / 1986

Sitcom. Well to do young Californian Brian McGuire has to go and live with his poor grandfather Harry in Brooklyn, New York after his family fall on hard times. Cancelled after five weeks.

With:- RAPHAEL SBARGE as Brian McGuire / DICK O’NEILL as Harry Clooney / CHIP McALLISTER as Luther Cain / GUY KILLUM as Anthony “The Snake” Johnson / RANDEE HELLER as Harriet Winners / RANDALL BATINKOFF as Terence Dean

 

THE BETTER HOME SHOW

ABC / x30m-e / 1951-52

A “how to” home improvement show hosted by Norman Brokenshire, looking mostly at DIY topics or home decoration. Also appearing were Dick and Doreen Wilson.

 

BETTER LIVING TV THEATRE

ABC then Dumont / x30m-e / 1953-54 black and white

A mixture of documentary and debate hosted by Fischer Black and focusing on industry topics. First seen on daytime TV (Sundays at noon) on the ABC and then it returned later it went to primetime on Dumont.

 

THE BETTY HUTTON SHOW

CBS / x30m-e / 1959-60 black and white

Sitcom. Showgirl and manicurist Goldie Appleby is shocked when one of her customers dies and leaves everything to her, including his large estate and the custody of his three kids.

With:- BETTY HUTTON as Goldie Appleby / GIG PERREAU as Pat Strickland / RICHARD MILES as Nicky Strickland / DENNIS JOEL as Roy Strickland / JOAN SHAWLEE as Lorna / TOM CONWAY as Howard Seaton

 

THE BETTY WHITE SHOW

ABC / x30m-e / 1958 black and white

A follow on in the same time slot, of sitcom Date With The Angels, this was a variety show with the emphasis on comedy sketches, usually three or four to a show. Besides White the show also featured Johnny Jacobs, Del Moore, Reta Shaw, Frank Nelson and the Frank DeVol Orchestra.

 

THE BETTY WHITE SHOW

CBS/MTM / 14x30m-e / 1977-78

Producers: Charles Raymond, Dale McRaven

Sitcom.Spin off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Fading film actress Joyce Whitman takes a job on TV cop show Undercover Woman.

With:- BETTY WHITE as Joyce Whitman / JOHN HILLERMAN as John Elliot / GEORGIA ENGEL as Mitzi Maloney / CHARLES CYPHERS as Hugo Mancy / ALEX HENTELOFF as Doug Porterfield / CAREN KAYE as Tracey Garnett / BARNEY PHILLIPS as Fletcher Huff

 

BETWEEN BROTHERS

Fox then UPN / x30m-e / 1997-99

Sitcom. Episodes in the lives of four black men sharing an apartment, brothers Charles and James, a sports journalist and real estate man respectively. Teacher Mitchell and TV weatherman Dusty. The gang liked to spend time in their local The Corner Pub. The series later switched to the UPN network.

With:- DONDRE T. WHITFIELD as James Winston / KADEEM HARDISON as Charles Winston / KELLY PERINE as Dusty Canyon / TOMMY DAVIDSON as Mitchell Ford / RACHAEL CRAWFORD as Terri (1997) / BRIAN DOYLE-MURRAY as Stuart Franklin / SANDY BROWN as May Ford (1999)

 

BEULAH

ABC / x30m-e / 1950-53 black and white

Sitcom. Black maid Beulah is really the one in charge in the Henderson household. Originally heard as part of the radio show Fibber McGee and Molly, Beulah quickly graduated to her own radio show before moving to TV in 1950. Bill Jackson was Beulah’s boyfriend and the role of Beulah was taken over in 1952 by Louise Beavers, Hattie McDaniel had taken on the role at this time, appearing in just a few episodes but fell ill and was the replaced by Beavers. Important because it was one of the few shows of the time featuring black actors in main roles.

With:- ETHEL WATERS as Beulah (1950-52) / LOUISE BEAVERS as Beulah (1952-53) / WILLIAM POST JR as Harry Henderson (1950-52) / DAVID BRUCE as Harry Henderson (1952-53) / GINGER JONES as Alice Henderson (1950-52) / JANE FRAZEE as Alice Henderson (1952-53) / PERCY “BUD” HARRIS as Bill Jackson (1950-51) / DOOLEY WILSON as Bill (1951-52) / ERNEST WHITMAN as Bill (1952-53)

 

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES

CBS/Filmways / 274x30m-e / 1962-71

Creator/Executive Producer: Paul Henning / Executive Producer: Al Simon

Sitcom. Poor hillbilly family The Clampetts strike an oil well on their land, this leads to unimaginable wealth, the family then move into a 35 room mansion in the heart of Beverly Hills.

With:- BUDDY EBSEN as Jed Clampett / IRENE RYAN as Granny / DONNA DOUGLAS as Elly May Clampett / MAX BAER JR as Jethro Bodine / RAYMOND BAILEY as Milburn Drysdale / NANCY KULP as Jane Hathaway / BEA BENADERET as Cousin Pearl Bodine (1962-63) / PHIL SILVERS as Shift Shafer (1969-71)

 

BEVERLY HILLS BUNTZ

NBC / x30m-e / 1987-88

Sitcom. Spin off from Hill Street Blues. Norman Buntz quits the force (which he did in the last episode of HSB) and becomes a private detective working out of Los Angeles. Initially seen in 4 “try out” episodes.

With:- DENNIS FRANZ as Norman Buntz / PETER JURASIK as Sidney Thurston / DANA WHEELER-NICHOLSON as Rebecca Giswold / GUY BOYD as Lt James Pugh

 

BEVERLY HILLS 90210

TCF/Torand Prod/ Spelling Entertainment. / 250+x60m-e / 1990-2000

Creator: Darren Star / Executive Producer: Darren Star, Charles Rosin / Music: John E. Davis

Drama series. A pair of middle class teenagers, Brenda and Brandon Walsh, move to the super rich exclusive area of Beverly Hills, attending the West Beverly Hills High, a school full of beautiful (although they may be beautiful but they have plenty of problems).

Characters have included:-

With:- SHANNON DOHERTY as Brenda Walsh / JASON PRIESTLEY as Brandon Walsh / JAMES ECKHOUSE as Jim Walsh / CAROL POTTER as Cindy Walsh / JENNIE GARTH as Kelly Taylor / IAN ZIERING as Steve Sanders / LUKE PERRY as Dylan / McKay / GABRIELLE CARTERIS as Andrea Zuckerman / BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN as David Silver / TORI SPELLING as Donna Martin / DOUGLAS EMERSON as Scott Scanlon / JOE E. NATA as Nat / MICHAEL ST GERARD as Chris Suiter / JAMES PICKENS JR as Henry Thomas / CHRISTINA ELISE as Emily Valentine

 

BEWITCHED

ABC/Screen Gems / 254x30m-e / 1964-72

Creator: Sol Saks / Producer: William Asher / Executive Producer: Harry Ackerman

Sitcom. Witch Samantha tries to live a normal life as wife to advertising executive Darrin Stephens but finds magic often intruding. the first season was in B&W. Recently those episodes have been successfully colourised. See also Tabitha.

With:- ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY as Samantha Stephens / DICK YORK as Darrin Stephens(64-69) / DICK SARGENT as Darrin(69–72) / AGNES MOOREHEAD as Endora / DAVID WHITE as Larry Tate / IRENE VERNON as Louise Tate(64-66) / KASEY ROGERS as Louise Tate(66-72) / ALICE PEARCE as Gladys Kravitz(64-66) / SANDRA GOULD as Gladys(66-72) / GEORGE TOBIAS as Abner Kravitz / MARION LORNE as Aunt Clara(64-68)

 

BEYOND BELIEF:FACT OR FICTION

Dick Clark Prod. / x30m-e / 1998

Executive Producer: Dick Clark / Theme Music: Al Kasha, Mark Northam

An anthology series of short spooky, paranormal and just plain strange stories presented by Star Trek actor Jonathan Frakes. each edition featured two or three stories and Frakes asked the audience to decide whether they were fact or fiction; most were claimed to be fact.

 

BEYOND REALITY

USA Network / 44x30m-e / 1991-93

Scifi drama series in which a pair of university parapsychologists, J.J. and Laura, investigated strange phenomena. JJ was usually on the sceptical side.

With:- SHARI BELAFONTE as Laura Wingate / CARL MAROTTE as J.J. Stillman / NICOLE DEBOER as Celia

 

BEYOND TOMORROW

Fox / x30m-e / 1988-89

Science show that looked at the developments that could change our lives in the years to come. Based on the Australian series Beyond 2000 which in turn was heavily influenced by the UK’s Tomorrow’s World. Hosts were Randy Meier, Gary Cubberley, Susan hunt, Richard Wise, Renee Chenault (1989), Barry Nolan (1989), Dave Marash (1989).

 

BEYOND WESTWORLD

CBS / 5x60m-e / 1978 5-19 March Wednesdays 8.00pm

Creator/Executive Producer: Lou Shaw

SciFi drama series. Spin off from the 1973 film Westworld. Android creator Simon Quaid embark on a quest for World domination by replacing prominent figures with his creations. A pair of agents Pam Williams and John Moore try to stop him.

With:- JAMES WAINWRIGHT as Simon Quaid / JIM McMULLAN as John Moore / CONNIE SELLECCA as Pamela Williams / WILLIAM JORDAN as Professor Oppenheimer / SEVERN DARDEN as Foley / ANN McCURRY as Roberta

 

BIFF BAKER USA

Universal / 26x30m-e / bw 1953

Spy drama series. Cases of an American couple working behind the Iron Curtain.

With:- ALAN HALE JR as Biff Baker / RANDY STUART as Louise Baker

 

BIG APPLE

CBS-Red Board Productions-Paramount Network Television / x60m-e March 2001

Executive Producers: David Milch and Anthony Yerkovich

Drama series about the complex dealings between the NYPD, the FBI and organized crime.

With:- Ed O’Neill as Mike Mooney / David Strathairn as Will Preecher / Jeffrey Pierce as Vincent Trout / Michael Madsen as Terry Maddock / Donnie Wahlberg as Chris Scott / Kim Dickens as Sarah Day / Pasha Lynchnikoff as Mitya / Glynn Turman as Olsen

 

THE BIG BEAT

ABC / 4x30m-e / 1957 black and white

A collection of four specials hosted by Mr Rock and Roll himself Alan Freed featuring a fantastic line up of stars including Connie Francis, The Everlys, Andy Williams, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Bobby Darin, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis.

 

BIG BREAK

Syndicated / 26x60m-e / 1990

Talent show for wannabe singers hosted by Natalie Cole and with a star prize of $100,000. There were three categories too, solo, group and young performers.

 

BIG BROTHER JAKE

Family Channel / 100x30m-e / 1990-94

Sitcom. Episodes in the life of foster father Jake Rozzner, living in Brooklyn, New York. Jake helped his own foster mother, the black Connie to raise her next lot of kids of which there were five.

With:- JAKE STEINFELD as Jake Rozzner / BARBARA MEEK as Connie “Ma” Duncan / BEN SIEGLER as Gary MacLamore / JOSIAH TRAGER as Loomis “Lou” Washington / GABRIELLE CARMOUCHE as Kateri Munroe / JEREMY WIEAND as Andy King / DANIEL HILFER as Dave King / ELIZABETH NARVAEZ as Jill Kenyon (1990-92)

 

THE BIG EASY

USA Network / 35 Episodes / 1996-97

Crime drama series based on the 1987 film of the same name. Cases of Detective Remy McSwain working in some shady spots down in New Orleans.

With:- TONY CRANE as Remy McSwain / SUSAN WALTERS as Anne Osborne / BARRY CORBIN as Sheriff CD LeBlanc / KARLA TAMBURRELLI as Det Darlene Broussard / ERIC GEORGE as Smiley Dupree / TROY BRYANT as Assistant DA Lightnin’ Hawkins / LESLIE BIBB as Janine Rebbenack

 

BIG EDDIE

CBS/Deezdemandoze/ Persky – Denoff / 9x30m-e / 1975

Creators: Bill Persly, Sam Denoff / Producer: Hy Averback

Sitcom. A New York Arena owner has a problematic home life.

With:- SHELDON LEONARD as Eddie Smith / SHEREE NORTH as Honey Smith / QUINN CUMMINGS as Ginger Smith / ALAN OPPENHEIMER as Jessie Smith

 

BIG HAWAII

Filmways / 13x60m-e 1x90m-e / 1977

Producer: Perry Lafferty

Drama. The black sheep of the family returns home to Hawaii to help his ill father run their ranch. The TV Movie pilot was called Danger in Paradise. This was also the UK title for the series as a whole.

With:- CLIFF POTTS / JOHN DEHNER / BILL LUCKING

 

BIG SHAMUS, LITTLE SHAMUS

CBS / x60m-e / 1979 ( 29 September – 6 Ocotber / Saturdays 9.00pm)

Crime drama series. Arnie Sutter works as the ‘house detective’ in the busy Ansonia Hotel in Atlantic City. The Little Shamus part of the title came in the form of Arnie’s 13 year old son Max who took an active part in his Dad’s cases. Unfortunately the show was cancelled after two episodes.

With:- BRIAN DENNEHY as Arnie Sutter / DOUG McKEON as Max Sutter / GEORGE WYNER as George Korman / KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT as Stephanie Marsh / TY HENDERSON as Jerry Wilson / CYNTHIA SIKES as Jingles Lodestar

 

BIG TOWN

169x30m-e / bw 1952-57

Action adventure series. The cases of Steve Wilson a magazine editor who liked to get involved. When it went into syndication the series ran under several different titles including Headline, Byline Steve Wilson, City Assignment and Heart of the City.

With:- MARK STEVENS as Steve Wilson

 

THE BIG VALLEY

ABC/Four Star / 112x60m-e / 1965-69

Creators: Al Bezzarides, Louis F. Edelman / Theme Music: Lalo Schifrin / Producers: Louis F. Edelman, Arnold Laven, Arthur Gardener, Jules Levy

Western drama series. Stories of the ranch owning Barkley family in the Old West.

With:- BARBARA STANWYCK as Victoria Barkley / RICHARD LONG as Jarrod Barkley / PETER BRECK as Nick Barkley / LEE MAJORS as Heath Barkley / CHARLES BRILES as Eugene Barkley / LINDA EVANS as Audra Barkley / NAPOLEON WHITING as Silas

 

BIG WAVE DAVE’S

CBS/Paramount/Levine and Isaacs / 6x30m-e / 1993

Creators: Ken Levine, David Isaacs / Producers: Larry Balmagia, Andy Ackerman, Lavinia Adamson

Sitcom. Divorced stockbroker Dave Bell throws in his job to run a surf shop in Hawaii.

Dave Bell…………………………………… DAVID MORSE

Marshall Fisher………………………….. ADAM ARKIN

Karen Fisher……………………………… JANE KACZMAREK

Richie Lamonica………………………… PATRICK BREEN

 

THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

Fox / 1989-continuing
Entertainment. Music industry publication Billboard hosted gala honouring the most popular artists, songs and albums, as determined by sales and airplay over the previous year.

 

BILL COSBY DOES HIS OWN THING

NBC/Campbell-Silver- Cosby Corp. 1x60m-e / 1969

Writers: Frank Burton, Ed Weinburger / Director: Seymour Berns

Comedy. One off stand up special starring Bill Cosby.

 

THE BILL COSBY SHOW

USA / NBC / x30m-e / September 14, 1969 – August 31, 1971

Comic Bill Cosby, who scored his first TV success in the adventure series/Spy, played a high school physical education teacher and coach, Chet Kincaid, in this warmhearted comedy. The setting was a school in a lower-middle-class neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Chet’s relationships with family, students, and fellow teachers were emphasized, giving free rein to Cosby’s gentle sense of humor and philosophy. His family life with his mother, Rose, his brother, Brian, and his sister-in-law, Verna, were as much a part of the program as his professional life with the principal, Mr. Langford; the guidance counselor, Mrs. Peterson; and lots of kids.
Cast
Chet Kincaid ……………………… BillCosby
Rose Kincaid (1969-1970)……… Lillian Randolph
Rose Kincaid (1970-1971) …….. Beah Richards
Brian Kincaid …………………….. Lee Weaver
Verna Kincaid……………………. Olga James
Mr. Longford……………………… Sid McCoy
Mrs. Marsha Peterson ………… Joyce Bulifant
Max Waltz ………………………. Joseph Perry

 

THE BILL DANA SHOW

USA / NBC / x30m-e / September 22, 1963 – January 17, 1965

Writer-comedian Bill Dana, whose character Jose Jimenez had a very successful career on records and in nightclubs following its creation on The Steve Allen Show, brought him to life for this series. Jose was a Mexican immigrant who worked as a bellhop at the Park Central Hotel. Not only did he work there, it was practically his entire world: he lived in special bachelor quarters provided for hotel employees, ate in the hotel kitchen, and had social contact only with employees and guests of the hotel. In his goodhearted naivete he saw only the good in the people around him. His biggest problems were his fellow bellhop Eddie, who was constantly trying to get him to wise up; the less-than-understanding hotel manager Mr. Phillips and the not-too-brilliant hotel detective Byron Glid Walter Mitty-like dream sequences were occasionally used to extricate Jose from the hotel environment.
JoseJimenez…………………. Bill Dana
Mr. Phillips ………………….. Jonathan Harris
Eddie (1963-1964) …………. Gary Crosby
Byron Click………………….. Don Adams
Susie …………………………. Maggie Peterson