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At 14th October of 1995, "MADtv" premiered on FOX. A similar show to "Saturday Night Live" and "In Living Color", sketch comedy series "MADtv" mines the world of popular culture for subjects ripe for parody. Based on the comic stylings of MAD magazine, the series satirizes celebrities, music videos, television shows, and more through outrageous sketches, a unique assembly of recurring characters, and the uninhibited zaniness of cast members. The series finale aired on May 16, 2009. On April 11, 2016, The CW announced that it was reviving the show for an 8-episode season to air in primetime. The season premiered on July 26, 2016 and concluded on September 27, 2016. The series is currently on hiatus, as The CW has not renewed/cancelled the series for another season.

"MADtv" aired on FOX for 14 seasons, from October 1995 through May 2009, and also enjoyed syndication on Comedy Central, local TV stations and TNN (now Spike TV). The show was taped in front of a live studio audience and featured comedy sketches, musical performances and cartoon shorts. The comedy usually served to parody popular TV shows, music acts and movies, but also delved into political, topical and pop culture humor.

While "MadTV" is often seen as an also-ran when compared with its only competition during its run, "Saturday Night Live", the series wouldn’t have lasted for as long as it did had it not impacted the audience to a real degree. The show was also popular with others in the television industry; across 11 straight seasons, from 1999 through 2009, it was nominated for 38 Emmys, winning six of the awards. "MADtv" was nominated for a total of 72 awards during its run.

The stars of "MADtv" were always new voices in comedy who impersonated public figures and came up with characters that were featured in several, frequently long-running, sketches. And, while it’s true that the former cast members aren’t as instantly recognizable as those from "Saturday Night Live", many of them have gone on to carve out solid careers for themselves. So, you may not know their names, but there are dozens of former "MADtv" actors that you probably recognize.

Performers like Andrew Daly (Eastbound & Down, Reno 911!), Mo Collins (Arrested Development, Parks & Recreation), Bryan Callen (How I Met Your Mother, The Goldbergs), Frank Caliendo (ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown), Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) and Arden Myrin (Psych, Orange Is the New Black) have had appearances large and small on several TV shows and in many movies since leaving the cast.

Others like Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), Taran Killam (SNL) and Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) have gone on to have a lot of name recognition on their own. The show's legacy lives on, however: in 2016, an eight-episode revival was ordered by the CW network, with a list of returning original cast members that included Will Sasso, Ike Barinholtz, Nicole Sullivan, and Bobby Lee.

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At 8th October of 1994, "The Secret World of Alex Mack" premiered on Nickelodeon. "The Secret World of Alex Mack" was secretly one of the longer running series in Nickelodeon history, logging 78 episodes over four seasons from 1994 to 1998. The series replaced "Clarissa Explains It All's", starting a night of programming that included "Space Cases", "All That", and "Are You Afraid of the Dark ?" In another two years, Alex Mack would run new episodes twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday, replaced on the SNICK lineup by "Kenan & Kel".

If you look back at the early to mid 90's, Nickelodeon was cranking out live-action and animated shows that were beloved by children everywhere. To this day, many of the adults who watched these shows as children still think highly of these shows. One of these quality Nickelodeon shows was "The Secret World of Alex Mack".

The story of the series concerns a young girl in junior high named Alex Mack who accidentally comes into contact with a chemical that gives her various powers (levitating objects, transforming into liquid, shooting electricity from her fingers). While she tries to fit in at school and deal with typical day-in-the-life issues, Alex also has to avoid being detected by the chemical plant who want to find her for testing and cover-up purposes.

"The Secret World Of Alex Mack" works primarily because of its universal themes. Much like "Spider-Man," the plot revolves around an average person (in this case a young girl) struggling in life. She struggles in school with bullies and science projects, she struggles in her home life as she lives under the shadow of her older wiser sister, and she struggles to keep her powers a secret from the public.

Anyone of us can relate to a child growing up as we've all experienced or are experiencing this. The only difference between us and Alex is we didn't have powers. Another reason the show works is due to the notably good cast (Darris Love, Meredith Bishop, Dorian Lopinto, Michael Blakley, and a young Jessica Alba).

Unlike certain shows, each of the main and secondary character becomes more and more developed as the season progresses. The real standout, however, is the star of the show herself Alex Mack (played by Larisa Oleynik).

Larisa is a talented actress who found moderate success after "Alex Mack" ended (namely in "10 Things I Hate About You" and "Third Rock From the Sun"), but has unfortunately never hit the big time. It's a real shame too as her acting ability easily puts many of today's young actresses to shame.

The series isn't hard family drama, sci-fi, or comedy, but some combination of them all and it just works. If you watch this in the target demographic over a few years, you grow with the characters. "The Secret World Of Alex Mack" is a nice reminder of the good ol' days of when Nickelodeon put out quality children's programming.

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At 6th October of 1999, the TV series "Roswell" debuted on the WB Television Network. "Roswell" is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written by Jason Katims. The series debuted on October 6, 1999 on The WB and moved to UPN for the third season. The last episode aired May 14, 2002. The series is based on the Roswell High young adult book series, written by Melinda Metz and edited by Laura J. Burns, who became staff writers for the television series.

The teenage years can be very awkward. You aren't a kid anymore, but not an adult yet either. There's the difficulties associated with first romances, and changing relationships with friends and parents. It can be trying in the best of circumstances, but it's even more tricky when you find out that some of your best friends are aliens.

That's the predicament Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby) finds herself in. While working at the Crashdown Cafe in Roswell, NM one afternoon, two men get in an argument. One pulls a gun, and they start grappling. During the fight, the gun goes off and Liz is shot in the stomach. As the two men run off, one of Liz's schoolmates, Max (Jason Behr) runs to her.

He places his hand on her wound and heals her. He asks her not to tell anyone what happened, and runs off. You see, Max is an alien. He, along with his sister Isabel (Katherine Heigl) and friend Michael (Brendan Fehr,) arrived on Earth in the UFO that crashed near Roswell in the late 1940's. They each have special powers, but they are afraid that the government will lock them up if they are found out, so they hide their abilities.

By saving Liz's life, Max has put himself, and his alien friends at risk. The local sheriff, Jim Valenti (William Sadler,) realizes that something strange happened during the shooting. First of all, the bullet that was fired couldn't be found at all.

Added to that was the fact that the uniform that Liz was wearing had a bullet hole in it. Neither Liz nor any of the other people in the restaurant will admit that anything out of the ordinary happened, but Valenti is not about to give up that easily.

Liz promises Max she won't tell anyone, but she isn't really good at keeping a secret, so her best friends Maria (Majandra Delfino) and Colin (Colin Hanks son of actor Tom Hanks) soon find out about the aliens too. Max, Isabel, and Michael want to find out where they come from and who they really are more than anything. So with the help of the three humans who know their real identity, they start searching for the truth. Unfortunately it looks like someone else is searching for aliens too, the FBI.

Though "Roswell" has all the trappings of a science fiction show, it is more of a teenage soap opera. The story about the aliens often takes a back seat the budding romance between the main characters and the fact that they can't be together because they aren't the same species. Sort of a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet.

As the series progresses, more characters pair off, and more road blocks to happiness pop up. Though it wasn't the best show ever, Roswell's story does grow on you, and by the time the last episode arrives you'll be wanting more.

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At 6th October of 1997, the TV series "Earth: Final Conflict" premiered in first-run syndication. "Earth: Final Conflict" is a Canadian science fiction television series based on ideas developed by Gene Roddenberry. The series was produced under the guidance of his widow, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who possessed notes kept by Roddenberry that would provide the conceptual basis for the series. It ran for five seasons between October 6, 1997 and May 20, 2002.

This show was the brainchild of the late, great Gene Roddenberry, and was produced by his widow, Marjel Barret (who also made appearances in the first two seasons). The series looked at Earth in the near future. A group of aliens, known as Taelons, from deep space have established diplomatic relations with the planet and begun advancing our technology in an effort to benefit both races.

They are few in number and evasive in what their motives are. They allow humans to act as their "protectors" after they implant a microchip inside their brains and provide a biological weapon on their arm. The chip forces the humans to always consider the welfare of their "Companion" before all else, even their own safety.

As the show began, there were a small group of humans that resisted the influence of these aliens, wanting answers to such basic questions as "What's in this for you ?, "Why are you helping us ?", and "Why should we trust you ?"

A very good cast with an extremely credible Kevin Kilner as William Boone, an ex cop good begins to work as guard of some kind of ambassador of a mysterious alien race (Talons), after the dead of his wife in strange circumstances. But soon the character of Kilner joins to a group with the mission to discover what are the truth intentions of the aliens, why they seem to be so nice and care for the human race.

Soon this resistance group begin to discover the sinister plans of the Talons using the humans in they own problems to survive they own destruction. As said before, the show began great, all was almost perfect, including characters like Da'an, the original Da'an was a big mystery because he seems to be a nice creature but at the same time he has his own evil plans manipulating some people in earth.

Soon came Zo'or who wasn't bad but...mark the beginning of the fall of this show because he became the first big enemy of humans, the incarnation of evil, killing what could be something greater in Da'an. The first seasons ends in a great way with the dead of Boone and the second shows a new lead character (Liam) an hybrid being of human and Kimera (another alien race) with some very interesting powers.

He replace Kilner character in a good way so another storylines make it better, including the conflict with the jaridians and the atavus. But as the evilness of Zo'or begin to take more importance so the new conflicts were less realistic as the same Talons. With time the whole great storyline of the alien roots of Liam where almost totally erased the same with other things of the previous seasons.

So when the final season began the original "Earth: Final Conflict" was just an almost forgotten dreams, all the magic was missing, just to let some vain intents to keep alive the show including the return of Kilner and Liam for a few episodes. The final episode was just the evidence of how bad was the show with so many bad changes (to think the writers of some episodes didn't know anything about the first stories).

A real shame because "Earth: Final Conflict" began like something unique. It still remains a fascinating show, but was quickly degrading with increasingly complex plots and plot threads that went nowhere.

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At 5th October of 1999, the TV series "Angel" premiered on the WB Television Network. The series focuses around Angel (David Boreanaz), an Irish vampire who is over 200 years old. Angel was known as Angelus during his rampages across Europe, but was cursed with a soul, which gave him a conscience and guilt for centuries of murder and torture. He left "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" at the end of Season 3 to move to Los Angeles in search of redemption. "Angel" gathered a number of awards and nominations.

Take a character like Angel and you are bound to get a fan base. The character of Angel began on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", but eventually was spun off into his own series as he moves from Sunnydale to Los Angeles. The basic idea is still there, the fight of good vs evil. Angel becomes a private investigator who tracks down trouble from visions brought to us by supporting characters.

"Angel" tells the story of a vampire "born" in 1753 (when he was converted into a vampire) by a female vampire named Darla (Julie Benz); herself converted many years prior as she laid on her bed dying of syphilis by an ages old vampire of great power. He ravaged the countryside all across Europe and having left a wide trail of bodies in their wake, was as infamous as Dracula.

Unfortunately for him, in 1898 Angelus (as he was called) picked a gypsy as a victim and her clan cursed the vampire to possess a soul; making him feel remorse for all he had done as well as limiting how much more he could do, despite Darla's prodding. They split apart and he eventually started calling himself Angel (David Boreanaz) as a means of differentiating himself from the acts of horror he had committed over the years.

The five years of the television show looked back from time to time at his life but only a few episodes really looked at the years between his conversion and modern day California where he met Buffy. If you're unfamiliar with Buffy Summers, let's just say that she was destined to be a "slayer" of vampires; the calling awakening in her during her teenage years while attending high school in Sunnydale. Her and a band of friends fought off scores of vampires, Buffy falling in love with Angel; a man that should be considered her enemy.

The problem with their ill fated love was that part of Angel's curse was that if he ever experienced a moment of pure bliss, he would lose his soul and revert to a soulless blood sucker again; something that did indeed occur when the couple consummated their relationship. This forced the two to stay at arm's length, lest Angel's darker tendencies be unleashed on the world all over again, the cursed vampire moving to Los Angeles as a result.

The main character's appeal can be summed up by describing him as a hero who is a combination of two of the most loved superheroes: Batman and Wolverine. He is a brooding loner, who has done unspeakable evil in his past but now is forced to unite with friends and fight those who have made him the monster that he has become. It is a story of redemption, of good vs. evil, and the battles within one man.

Storylines from this show span seasons, not episodes and the scope of some plot twists are truly amazing. This show has comedy, action, drama, love, and nearly anything you could want from a good story. The only flaw is that it was cut off too short by the fools at WB, obviously bastardizing the last few plot twists at the end of the series. Still, despite being forced to prematurely extinguish its flame, no other television show shined brighter than "Angel".

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At 4th October of 1990, "Beverly Hills, 90210", a TV drama about a group of teenagers living in upscale Beverly Hills, California, debuts on FOX; it will eventually become one of the top-rated shows on the new “fourth network,” which launched in 1986. Created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling, the show turned its relatively unknown cast of actors, including Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and Tori Spelling (Aaron’s daughter), into household names. It also tackled a number of topical issues ranging from domestic abuse to teen pregnancy to AIDS and paved the way for other popular teen dramas, including "Dawson’s Creek" and "The O.C."

"Beverly Hills, 90210" first aired in 1990 and ran for ten seasons. It was a popular series that had a huge influence on pop culture in the 90's and made actors/actresses Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, David Austin Green, and Ian Ziering famous. The series is credited as a soap opera and it is filled to the brink with melodramatic content.

However, in the show's first season, it is not nearly as "soapy" as the later seasons. The season one content focuses on the Walsh family getting accustomed to their new lives and friends in Beverly Hills, which include episodes dealing with (somewhat) common teenage issues: drinking, drugs, sex, racism, minority oppression, rape, cheating, and other serious topics.

Headlining the cast is Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh and Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh. Brandon and Brenda are paternal twins, who with their parents Jim (James Eckhouse) and Cindy (Carol Potter), have recently relocated from Minneapolis to Beverly Hills.

In Beverly Hills, the Walsh family endures culture shock as they find out what life is like for the rich and beautiful. Brandon is a good-natured kid who works hard in school, on the school paper, and at the Peach Pit (local diner) as a waiter. Brenda is of different sorts. While she is good-natured like her brother, academics and responsibility are far from her list of priorities.

She comes to Beverly Hills completely taken in by the glamour and tries hard to fit in with everyone else. Their parents Jim and Cindy are loving parents, who want the best for their kids. Jim is usually busy with work, while Cindy is still adjusting to her new life and on one occasion, she becomes a sultry desperate housewife.

Brandon and Brenda's new friends include Dylan McKay (Luke Perry), the bad boy surfer who befriends Brandon and becomes romantically involved with Brenda against her parent's wishes, Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering), the rich son of a popular television sitcom actress who has an ego a mile high, Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), Brenda's beautiful best friend and love interest for Brandon, Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris), the "geeky" girl who runs the school paper and has a thing for Brandon, and David Silver (Brian Austin Green), a dorky freshman who wants to be part of the in crowd.

Other common faces include Donna Martin (Tori Spelling), Brenda and Kelly's best friend who has a small role this season, but takes on a bigger part as the show progresses, Scott Scanlon (Douglas Emerson), David's nerdy friend, and Nat (Joe Tata), the owner of the Pit Peach.

While sometimes Brandon and Dylan were so obviously opposite and pitted against each other, whether in moral issues or regarding Kelly, somehow the stories click; the episodes with David's and Dylan's substance abuse and how they eventually get help are also useful without being preachy.

The later college years with Valerie Malone (Tiffani Amber Thiessen), Donna and Ray Pruit, sorority life, class differences, discrimination, were also good. The physical abuse issue was well-portrayed by Spelling and Jaime Walters, although he unfortunately left the show soon after this.

While the look of the show has become dated, the performances still remain enjoyable after all these years, as it's obvious that the series was cast superbly, both in terms of its leads and in terms of its supporting/one-episode players.

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At 3rd October of 1998, the first episode of "Mortal Kombat Conquest" aired. "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" is an American martial arts television series that aired for one season from 1998 to 1999, and was based on the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. The program was filmed at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.

'Mortal Kombat Conquest' began it's brief run on October 3, 1998. Set centuries before the present Mortal Kombat mythology, the show primarily revolves around the characters Kung Lao, Siro, and Taja. In "Conquest", Mortal Kombat is a tournament in which a person from each realm is brought to the Outerworld, where they will participate in a one-on-one battle to determine the fate of their home. If they lose, Shao Kahn (Jeffrey Meek) is free to add their realm to his collection known as Outworld.

For centuries, he has triumphed with a single warrior, Shang Tsung (Bruce Locke), who sucks the souls out of his opponents. Things change when young monk Kung Lao (Paolo Montalban) faces off against Shang, and with the teachings of Thunder God Raiden (also Meek) under his belt, is able to defeat him, keeping Earth from Shao Kahn's grasp.

Although his victory is meant to ensure the safety of Earth for some time, Shang plots his revenge from inside Kahn's cobalt mines, while Kung discovers the pressures of being Mortal Kombat champion from Raiden. Teaming up with former thief Taja (Kristanna Loken) and former bodyguard Siro (Daniel Bernhardt), Kung Lao does his best against attackers from all sides, preparing for the day that Shang re-engages him in Mortal Kombat.

1998 was the tail end of an era when "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" were on the air, and "Mortal Kombat" feels like a show fit into that model. Ostensibly, the program was aimed at teenagers. Of course, in 1998, the internet was still in its infancy, so the concept of shortening attention spans has risen astronomically since then, but this is 22 episodes of a program that was an hour long on television.

Unfortunately for fans of 'Mortal Kombat: Conquest', the series was cancelled after only one season. The show's final episode was on May 22, 1999. The show ended on a stunning cliffhanger where Shao Kahn wins. Yes, the bad guy actually won. In the final episode titled 'Vengeance', Kahn sends his Shadow Priests to Earth, and they kill off all of the show's characters.

It was revealed later why the show was cancelled. Despite the show's popularity, TNT didn't want to spend more money on the show. There was apparently a second season planned, but it never came to fruition. Apparently, the second season would have started with Raiden confiding in the Elders Gods for Shao Kahn's treachery.

The Elder Gods would have then reversed Kahn's actions, and restored the characters that were killed. There are many stories as to what would have happened, but the fact remains that this show was done after one season.

Despite some serious flaws, "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" was a legit show and really appealed to the hardcore Mortal Kombat fans. In the end, "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" is one of those shows that there will always be a lot of "what ifs".

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At 1st October of 1982, "Remington Steele" premiered on NBC. "Remington Steele" is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises and first broadcast on the NBC network from 1982 to 1987. The series blended the genres of romantic comedy, drama, and detective procedural. "Remington Steele" is best known for launching the career of Pierce Brosnan.

There was a time in the 1980s when television dramas were predominantly carefree and fun. Ragtag crime fighters and wisecracking private eyes had become the norm, replacing the more serious and brooding detectives of the previous decade.

The programming formula remained largely the same, saturate the primetime schedule with as many crime solving series as possible, but the style had changed, and the departure of no-nonsense detectives like Joe Mannix and Frank Cannon opened the door for a new breed of playful stars the likes of Colt Seavers, Rick and A.J. Simon, and four soldiers of fortune who loved it when a plan came together.

It was a light-hearted era in primetime, and one of the most playful of them all was 'Remington Steele'. Often with tongue planted firmly in cheek, 'Remington Steele' chronicled the adventures of Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), a talented but underappreciated private investigator, and the fake boss she invented (Pierce Brosnan) to lend masculine credibility to her struggling agency.

Through four strong seasons and three TV movies, the lovely Ms. Holt and the charming Mr. Steele quoted old noir films and exchanged witty innuendo as they solved the city's highest profile cases. It's this dynamic that provides most of the entertainment for the series, and the writers have quite a bit of fun with it.

One aspect of 'Remington Steele' that can be somewhat annoying at times is that for all its wonderful qualities, it is still an 80's detective show, and that means there are some rules which must be followed.

Killers must be exposed in the last 5 minutes of the episode, pulling a gun on our fearless detectives, and explaining in detail their devious plot. A clever distraction and some brief fisticuffs later, and the killer is then apprehended with a job well done. The formula has been around since the beginning, and not even the great Remington Steele is able to avoid it.

Heavily inspired by the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s ('Bringing Up Baby', 'The Philadelphia Story', etc), 'Remington Steele' helped usher in a light-hearted and carefree era of primetime dramatic television, and of all the episodic detective shows of the period, it was one of the best.

With clever writing and charming performances, Brosnan and Zimbalist brought to the small screen a Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn for a new generation, and like the classic films that came before, 'Remington Steele' remains as fun and entertaining as it was when it originally premiered 35 years ago.

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At 30th September of 1982, the gang down at the Boston Beacon Street neighborhood bar called "Cheers" brought their antics into our homes beginning this night. "Cheers" was the place “Where Everyone Knows Your Name” as the theme song, written by Judy Hart Angelo and Gary Portnoy, told us. And we got to know everyone’s name like they were family. The original cast included owner/bartender Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson, his helper Ernie ‘Coach Pantusso’ (Nicholas Colasanto), waitresses Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) and Carla Tortelli LeBec (Rhea Perlman), and the regulars: Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger). "Cheers", created by Glen and Les Charles and James Burrows, became an American institution and was still the number one TV show when it ended its eleven-year run on May 20, 1993.

Set in a friendly subterranean Boston bar where "everybody knows your name, and everybody's glad you came," Cheers from the very start, concerned itself heavily with its characters. There was playboy Sam Malone (Ted Danson), the owner and proprietor of Cheers as well as ex-Boston Red Sox hurler and recovering alcoholic.

There was Diane Chambers (Shelly Long), the fussy academic type who proved an unlikely barmaid and even more unlikely object of Sam's affections. There was beefy and reliable Norm (George Wendt), constant stool-dweller, and his mailman cohort, Cliff (John Ratzenberger), dispenser of dubious trivia and "little-known facts."

There was Carla (Rhea Perlman), the bitter, wise-cracking waitress who was always Diane's primary adversary and Sam's chief defender. And there was Coach (Nicholas Colasanto), the befuddled barman with the heart of gold. They were an odd assortment of individuals, you might even call them clichés, but the quality of the writing shined above any such quibbles.

A few seasons later, Sam sells the bar to buy a boat and sail around the world. But his boat sinks and he returns to bartending. Rebecca (Kirstie Alley), the new (more ambitious) manager, hires him back. They love to hate each other and eventually get together as well.

By the time the final season rolled around, it was hard to deny that some of the glow had faded from Cheers. The show still managed to get plenty of laughs from audiences and the characters were every bit as endearing, but nobody can say that the show was as prominent as it once was. After eleven seasons any show will lose some of what made it great, and unfortunately the titan known as Cheers became a victim of that fate.

Some of the actors and actresses from Cheers brought their characters into other television shows, either in a guest appearance or in a new spin-off series. The most successful Cheers spin-off was Frasier, which featured Frasier Crane following his relocation back to Seattle, Washington.

Sam, Diane, and Woody all individually appeared in Frasier episodes, with Lilith appearing as a guest on multiple episodes. In the season nine episode "Cheerful Goodbyes", Frasier returns to Boston and meets up with the Cheers gang, later attending Cliff's retirement party.

Although Frasier was more successful, The Tortellis was the first series to spin-off from Cheers, premiering in 1987. The show featured Carla's ex-husband Nick Tortelli and his wife Loretta, but was canceled after 13 episodes and drew protests for its stereotypical depictions of Italian-Americans.

Although set in a bar, this series does not promote misuse of alcohol. Yes, sometimes the patrons (especially Norm) drink too much but there's always the underlying awareness of Sam's recovering alcoholism. The show's all about the hilarious interactions between the disparate lot at this establishment, resulting in one of the most truly entertaining TV series ever.

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At 29th September of 1985, "MacGyver" premiered on ABC. "MacGyver" debuted in 1985, running through 1992 for a total of 7 seasons and 139 episodes, revolving around scientific genius Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson) who works as a problem solver for the Phoenix Foundation under the command of his best friend, Pete Thornton (Dana Elcar), as well as an agent for the Department of External Services (DXS).

The name MacGyver should resonate whether or not you've ever actually seen a single episode of the classic ABC hour-long adventure series. As the years have passed by, the show has turned into an unofficial verb: to MacGyver something is to make a useful tool or solve a problem out of seemingly random, perhaps useless parts.

Enhancing the series cultural cache, is the immortal and awesome mullet graced by Richard Dean Anderson who, now in retrospect is the large reason why MacGyver remained a TV hit for seven long years as his enthusiasm never wanes in a single episode.

As MacGyver, Anderson wasn't exactly a heartthrob, but he wasn't a bad looking guy either. The special agent who could do anything was quite resourceful with the ladies as well, earning the show a decent following and putting him just a few levels below James Bond in the realm of suave spies.

Quick with a quip and his knowledge of just about everything, MacGyver couldn't be outwitted and didn't go in for the violence of some of his peers. He never carried a gun and was a role model that kids could really look up to, thanks to his reliance on science while kicking butt. With all his many facets, he was just about the perfect hero.

Pete Thornton gave MacGyver his assignments, occasionally getting involved himself or lending Foundation resources for MacGyver's various personal endeavors. Another sometimes accomplice was Jack Dalton, a long-time friend with a penchant for getting himself into trouble and relying on MacGyver for helping him out of it. MacGyver also had an archenemy, Murdoc, who sought to kill MacGyver many times, often through the use of ruses and elaborate traps.

Coming to TV at the height of the Cold War, MacGyver had a great selection of enemies, be they communists or Arabs. The two collide in Afghanistan, which is at the center of several plots, giving viewers an interesting point of view on the series, considering the current knowledge the world has of that country.

He also had a delightful crew of '80s babes, including a very young and ditzy Teri Hatcher and the ever-adorable Corinne Bohrer. But the reason people tuned in was neither the girls or the bad guys. It was the unusual way that MacGyver got out of a jam with only a Swiss Army knife and the things he found around him that was the real draw. The writing, in regards to Mac's tricks, was genius, as everything was based on real science, but without certain steps, to prevent kids from blowing themselves up.

Overall, MacGyver is one action show you can watch with your family and enjoy it to the max as well. Seeing somebody create something out of midair is fantastic. It's very well done and is still on television today.

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