Popular TV Shows 1983

M*A*S*H

  • 11 seasons
  • Comedy, Drama, War

The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable.

First aired September 17, 1972.

Little House on the Prairie

  • 9 seasons
  • Animation, Drama

The long-running award-winning family drama was based upon the series of "Little House" autobiographical books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Television producer and NBC executive Ed Friendly became aware of the endearing and enduring story in the early 1970s. He asked Michael Landon to direct the pilot movie. He said he would if he could also play the father. The Time: beginning in the 1870s.

The Place: the American frontier - more specifically (mostly) Walnut Grove / Plum Creek, Minnesota.

The Characters: the Ingalls family - as seen through the eyes of

Laura Ingalls - the precocious, winsome second daughter of

Charles 'Pa' - a homesteader farmer/woodworker; demanding and compassionate.

Caroline 'Ma' - sensitive and understanding wife and mother.

Mary - pretty older sister (12 when the series began), who would become blind due to illness.

Carrie - cute younger sister.

Jack - the loyal, lovable family dog. (he would be replaced by Bandit in the season 4 premier

First aired October 1, 1975.

Taxi

  • 5 seasons
  • Comedy

Taxi's success was due to its excellent writing, Burrows's award-winning directing using his innovative four-camera technique, and its largely unknown but talented cast. Danny DeVito's Louie DePalma soon became one of the most despised men on television--possibly the most unredeemable and worthless louse of a character ever to reside on the small screen. Andy Kaufman's foreign mechanic Latka Gravas provided over-the-top comedy within an ensemble emphasizing subtle character humor.

First aired September 12, 1978.

CHiPs

  • 6 seasons
  • Crime, Drama

Lighthearted look at the adventures of two Highway Patrol officers in Los Angeles. The main characters are Jon Baker and Frank Poncherello, two motorcycle officers always on the street to save lives.

First aired September 15, 1977.

Laverne & Shirley

  • 8 seasons
  • Comedy

Laverne and Shirley is another good example of a successful spinoff and mid-season replacement. It debuted in January of 1976 and was an instant hit. Ranking number 3 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1975-1976 season. On Happy Days Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney were two girls who were love interests for Richie Cunningham and Fonzie. Their occasional appearances led to their own series, which took place in the same city as Happy Days, Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the 1950's. Laverne and Shirley were lower class girls who shared an apartment and worked together at Shotz Brewery as bottlecappers. Laverne and Shirley were also quite different. Laverne was feisty, quick-tempered and manhungry while Shirley was more naive and trusting and quite inexperienced when it came to romance. Others in the cast included, Laverne's gruff father, Frank De Fazio who ran the Pizza Bowl, where Laverne and Shirley worked on occasions and Edna Babish was the girls landlady who later ma

First aired January 27, 1976.

The Professionals

  • 1 season
  • Crime, Drama

THE PROFESSIONALS (1977 - 1983) "Anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public. To combat it I've got special men - experts from the Army, the Police - from every service. These are The Professionals." The Professionals is one of British television's most popular and successful action series of the 1970s and 80s. At their peak in 1980 The Pros were earning as many as 17.6 million viewers. The Professionals began life in early 1977, provisionally titled The A-Squad, in an idea conceived by Brian Clemens, the then head of the independent TV company Avengers Mark I Productions. His aim was to create a rival for Thames television's hugely successful long-running police series The Sweeney. Bodie, Doyle and Cowley could have looked very different to how we remember them as. A number of very different actors were considered for the three central roles, with neither of the final chosen team being the original choices. The final thre

First aired December 30, 1977.

Quincy M.E.

  • 8 seasons
  • Drama, Mystery

Quincy, M.E, a man who must have been a nightmare to work with! Quincy was a crusading Medical Examiner in Los Angeles, an expert at his job he was always capable of finding something that everyone else missed. A small clue that would go against all the rest of the evidence in a case and would lead to him arguing with his boss, Asten, and/or the investigating detective, nearly always Monahan. Quincy started of as a straight forward crime series with a difference, it was a M.E. investigating not a police officer or private eye.As the series went from strength to strength the writers, probably with a little push from Klugman, started bringing in stories about social injustice rather than criminal.

Most of the time this worked, in fact it is sometimes interesting to see that some of the things highlighted still have not changed even now! Sometimes it came over a little preachy but the show can never be faulted for trying to enlighten the eyes of its viewers.

First aired October 3, 1976.

Square Pegs

  • 1 season
  • Comedy

Square Pegs is the story of a couple of nerdy girls whom try to penetrate the "in" crowd at Weemawee High School. It was created by Saturday Night Live alum writer Anne Beatts and the character of Patty is based on her. It's theme song was performed by The Waitresses. Paul Shaffer provided additional music.

First aired September 27, 1982.

Archie Bunker's Place

  • 3 seasons
  • Comedy

Archie Bunker's Place was a continuation of the long-running hit sitcom "All in the Family". Archie Bunker purchased his favorite hangout, Kelsey's Place, and renamed it. He owned the bar in partnership with liberal Jewish man Murray Klein. Most of the action took place at Archie's Place, where the beloved bigot voiced his opinions in his own bar, instead of at home.

First aired September 23, 1979.

Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour

  • NBC

The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour is an American television game show that combined two long-running game shows of the 1960s and 1970s – Match Game and Hollywood Squares – into an hour-long format.

The series ran from October 31, 1983 to July 27, 1984 on NBC. Gene Rayburn hosted the Match Game and Super Match segments, while Jon Bauman hosted the Hollywood Squares segment. Gene Wood was the show's regular announcer with Johnny Olson, Rich Jeffries, and Bob Hilton substituting during the run.

The series was a joint production of Mark Goodson Productions and Orion Television, who owned the rights to Squares at the time.

Tales of the Gold Monkey

  • 1 season
  • Action, Adventure

The adventures of seaplane pilot and soldier of fortune Jake Cutter in the South Pacific of 1938. Jake, a former Flying Tigers pilot, made his home on the island of Boragora along with his one-eyed dog Jack and his mechanic Corky. Other companions were Bon Chance Louie, the local magistrate and owner of the Monkey Bar hangout, Sarah Stickney White, the bar's singer who was actually an American spy, and Dutch minister Willie Tenboom who was actually a German spy. Rounding out the cast of schemers was Princess Kogi, ruler of the nearby island of Matuka, and the samurai warrior Todo who commanded her private army.

First aired September 22, 1982.

Manimal

  • 1 season
  • Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

"Dr. Jonathan Chase - wealthy, young, handsome. A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts. From Africa's deepest recesses, to the rarest peaks of Tibet. Heir to his father's legacy and the worlds darkest mysteries...Jonathan Chase, master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man, Manimal."

First aired September 30, 1983.

Voyagers!

  • 1 season
  • Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

We travel through time to help history along.

Give it a push when it's needed. When the Omni's

Red it means history's wrong. Our job is to get

everything back on track. Green light kid, We did it!

First aired October 3, 1982.

SCTV Network 90

  • 2 seasons
  • Comedy

After a successful Canadian run as Second City TV on Global and SCTV on CBC, the cast packed up and moved to America (theoretically) when NBC offered them a timeslot under the title SCTV Network 90. With them, they brought their unique, quirky characters, their personalities, and the shows they had appeared on. Dick Blasucci had begun writing for the cast in their second series, SCTV, and joined them here, serving as a recurring straight man for the characters. Tony Rosato and Robin Duke wrote scripts at the beginning of the show as they had before, until quickly leaving to write and perform for Saturday Night Live. The appeal of SCTV Network 90, however, doesn't only come from the writing, but from the sheer wit of its legendary stars.

First aired May 16, 1981.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

  • 1 season
  • Drama, Music Video

The series told the adventures of a parentless family of rowdy brothers trying to run the family ranch in northern California. Into the chaos came feisty Hannah, who married Adam and took on the task of bringing order to the household. The series contained about one musical number per episode, written by notable songwriter Jimmy Webb. Despite a small but dedicated fan following, the series was cancelled after one season. It was created after the 1954 Hollywood film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

First aired September 19, 1982.

Butterflies

  • 4 seasons
  • Comedy

Ria Parkinson (Wendy Craig) is a bored housewife and mother. She spends her time daydreaming, and meets regularly with wealthy businessman Leonard to relieve the monotony. Husband Ben, a dentist and avid butterfly collector (Geoffrey Palmer) is oblivious to it all, and her underemployed growup sons, who both live at home (Nicholas Lyndhurst - who went on to better things, and Andrew Hall - who didn't) also have other things on their minds - especially girlfriends.

First aired November 10, 1978.

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

  • 3 seasons
  • Animation, Action, Adventure

Originally run as an NBC Saturday morning cartoon in 1981. Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Bobby Drake (Iceman), and Angelica Jones (Firestar) are all college students at Empire State University. After working together to defeat the Beetle and recovering the "Power Booster" he stole from Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) the trio decide to team-up permanently as the Spider-Friends.

First aired September 12, 1981.

The Powers of Matthew Star

  • 1 season
  • Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Quadris, twelve light years across the galaxy from Earth. It was home for us until an intergalactic armada conquered it. I fought by the royal family's side, but in vain. Even their remarkable powers weren't enough.

The Crown Prince and I escaped to the nearest planet on which we could survive and further his powers in order to some day return to free his people. -- D'Hai/Walt Shepherd (portrayed by Lou Gossett, Jr.)

Matthew Star (PETER BARTON) may very well have been the ultimate foreign exchange student”he didn't come from another country, he came from another planet. The brooding alien dreamboat was forced to leave his home planet of Quadris as

First aired September 17, 1982.

The Sullivans

  • 6 seasons
  • Drama, Soap Opera

The Sullivans ran from 1976 until 1983 and was set during the second world war and post war Melbourne, Australia. Central characters included Dave and Grace Sullivan and their children John, Tom, Kitty and Terry. Ida Jessop lived next door and Maggie ran the local pub. In later years other central characters to be introduced included Jim Sullivan (who married Alice) and Kate Meredith. Actors to stay during the shows complete run were Paul Cronin (Dave Sullivan), Susan Hannaford (Kitty Sullivan), Steven Tandy (Tom Sullivan), Vivian Gray (Ida Jessop), Vikki Hammond (Maggie Baker) and Norman Yemm (Norm Baker). Famous Guest Stars included Kylie Minogue, Sam Neil and Mel Gibson. Produced 1976 - 1982 1114 x hour episodes (first episode 90 minutes) Started broadcasting 15 November, 1976 (Nine Network Australia) Shown in the UK regionally on the ITV network Thanks to TV.com

First aired November 15, 1976.

Angels

  • 9 seasons
  • Drama, Soap Opera

Angels is a BBC medical soap-opera which launched on 1st September 1975 and was the blue print for such medical soaps as Casualty, Holby City, plus daytime soap, Doctors. The medical soap focuses on different departments within Heath Green Hospital and was a highly successful continuing drama. It featured familar faces from its time and had Julia Smith & Tony Holland on the production crew who would go on to create EastEnders & Eldorado. But after nine seasons and 220 episodes the BBC pulled the plug on this successful drama on 22nd December 1983. Several of the actors and actresses that featured in the show did indeed go on to have regular roles in EastEnders.

First aired September 1, 1975.