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Forgotten Sitcom - The Partners In 1971 NBC had high hopes for a new sitcom titled The Partners. It starred Don Adams as Detective Sergeant Lenny Crooke and Rupert Crosse as his partner Detective Sergeant George Robinson. Both cops were prone to acts of comic carelessness but Crooke was the more bumbling of the two. Rare for its time, The Partners had no opening montage or theme song. Its title and credits were simply interspersed among the opening scene. (Music did accompany the closing credits, however, and the same tune was occasionally heard leading into some scenes.) Adams had hoped the series would address serious social issues, but NBC preferred to recast Adams in a purely comedic role similar to his Maxwell Smart character from Get Smart which had ended in 1970. The Partners scored very well with test audiences, so NBC slotted it at 8 p.m. on Saturday night beginning on September 18, 1971. In a stroke of bad luck, in the fall of 1971 CBS decided to move its surprise hit All in the Family to the same time slot to replace the fading My Three Sons. The Partners was crushed in the ratings. It was pulled from NBC's lineup in January 1972 although a few unaired episodes were shown in the summer.
Tags: The  Partners  NBC  sitcom  Don  Adams 
Added: 24th February 2015
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Leo Randolph - Forgotten Olympian The 1976 American Olympic boxing team won five gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. Four of the gold medallists eventually won professional world titles. Though largely forgotten today, Leo Randolph was one of them. Randolph, a resident of Tacoma, WA, won the flyweight division at the Montreal Olympics at age 18. (In the gold-medal match against Cuba's Ramon Duvalon, many boxing fans thought Randolph was the recipient of a generous decision.) Randolph waited nearly two years before turning professional. In the interim he finished high school and worked at a Boeing aircraft factory. Randolph's early pro opponents, in most cases, left a lot to be desired as there are few quality pro boxers in the lightest weight categories in North America. Nevertheless, Randolph beat Colombia's Ricardo Cardona for the WBA junior featherweight title on May 4, 1980 with a 15th-round knockout. However, in his first defense of his title just three months later, Randolph was totally outclassed by Sergio Palma of Argentina. The challenger battered Randolph and won the title with a sixth-round technical knockout. Saying his heart was no longer in boxing, Randolph collected his $72,000 purse and promptly retired after the bout at age 22, compiling a pro record of 17-2. In a 1996 "Where Are They Now?" feature in Sports Illustrated, Randolph was happily employed as a bus driver for Pierce Transit in the Pacific northwest.
Tags: boxing  Leo  Randolph  Olympics 
Added: 27th December 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Winning Streak - Forgotten Game Show Here is the only known complete episode of the word-based game show Winning Streak. Don't remember it? You're not alone. It only aired on NBC for six months from July 1, 1974 to January 3, 1975. Bill Cullen was the host. I can tell you one thing: a mediocre tournament Scrabble player would clean up at this game!
Tags: Winning  Streak  game  show  Bill  Cullen 
Added: 28th March 2013
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DeMarco Sisters on WML The singing DeMarco sisters were mystery guests on the February 22, 1953 episode of What's My Line. Largely forgotten today, the DeMarcos became popular from their appearances on Fred Allen's radio program. They give a sample of their lovely harmony at the end of the clip. This was Hal Block's next-to-last show as a WML panelist. Steve Allen was being groomed to replace him.
Tags: DeMarco  sisters  singers  WML 
Added: 24th September 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Vanishing TV Character - Simone the Dog Does anyone remember the pooch the Partridge Family had during the show's first season? It was called Simone. (Apparently one of the sitcom's creators had a male dog named Simon, so he just feminized the name for the female TV dog.) Simone only appeared in a handful of episodes. Most famously, in an episode titled But The Memory Lingers On, Simone and the human Partridges are sprayed by a skunk that climbed aboard their bus during a picnic stop. Even though Simone vanished without explanation after just a few episodes, its caricature lived on: The family band's logo (which appeared on Chris Partridge's drums) showed the forgotten dog throughout the four-season run of the show.
Tags: dog  Simone  Partridge  Family  sitcom 
Added: 7th November 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Forgotten Sitcom - California Fever In 1979 CBS presented a new, hour-long sitcom/adventure show about four free-spirited teenagers called California Fever. Here's a teaser plus the opening credits. (During its production, the show had been tentatively titled "We're Cruisin'.") It debuted on September 25, 1979--and was gone by December 11, 1979 after just 10 episodes. Its time slot was not an enviable one: It aired from 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays--directly opposite the ABC juggernaut duo of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. California Fever centered on the activities of a group of west coast youths who were often found at Rick's Place--a Sunset Beach hangout. The emphasis was typically on cars, music, and the opposite sex. Cast members included Jimmy McNichol, Marc McClure, Michele Tobin, and Lorenzo Lamas. Alan O'Day (who had a #1 song in 1977 with Undercover Angel) performed the theme.
Tags: California  Fever  CBS  sitcom 
Added: 23rd March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Forgotten Sitcom - Temperatures Rising In the fall of 1972 ABC introduced a hospital-based sitcom called Temperatures Rising. The show starred Cleavon Little and James Whitmore as doctors at Capitol General Hospital in Washington, DC. Joan van Ark played the head nurse. This is the opening sequence. Its 1972-73 season was fondly remembered by its fans, but ABC felt the ratings were disappointing. An enormous makeover revamped the show for its second season which was awkwardly retitled The New Temperatures Rising Show. Only Cleavon Little remained with the cast. The rest were axed. Whitmore was replaced by Paul Lynde and Little's role was basically downgraded to being Lynde's straight man. (Lynde had had his own self-titled sitcom on ABC in 1972-73 but it had been canceled after one season!) Furthermore the show's type of comedy changed drastically. The second season focused on the 'dark humor' of the hospital's exploitation of patients. The viewing public hated the new version of the sitcom. After 13 episodes The New Temperatures Rising Show was cancelled. Happy Days replaced it in its Tuesday time slot. The show resurfaced in the summer of 1974 with most of the first season's cast back in the fold, but by that time its viewership was gone. ABC quietly dropped Temperatures Rising from its lineup before the 1974-75 season began.
Tags: Temperatures  Rising  sitcom 
Added: 11th April 2015
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Forgotten Sitcom - Phyl and Mikhy If you remember this short-lived CBS citcom you have a great memory and ought to report to the nearest trivia contest. Phyl and Mikhy was about two athletes (one American and one Soviet). The Soviet, Mikhail Orlov, was a decathlete who defected to the Unites States to marry Phyllis Wilson, a star athlete from Pacific Western University. The show starred Murphy Cross as Phyllis (Phyl) and Rick Lohman as Mikhail (Mikhy). Jack Dodson played the head of the school's alumni association. Michael Pataki played a blundering Soviet consulate official assigned to get Mikhy back to the USSR. It was a typical fish-out-of-water sitcom that played upon Cold War politics and the defector's comical adjustment to life in western society. Only six episodes of Phyl and Mikhy aired, beginning on May 26, 1980 and ending on June 30. The fact that the United States had announced its boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics probably made this show even more far-fetched than it already was.
Tags: CBS  sitcom  Phyl  and  Mikhy 
Added: 28th May 2015
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Toma - Forgotten TV Show In March 1973 ABC aired a 90-minute made-for-TV movie called Toma, based on the real-life exploits of David Toma, a New York City detective who was a master of disguises. The feedback was positive enough for ABC to make Toma a regular cop-show series during the 1973-74 TV season. Tony Musante starred as the title character. Here is the opening montage. The real David Toma never once had to fire his gun, but the TV series named for him was replete with violence and gun play. The real Toma made a few cameo appearances in minor roles. Critics generally liked the show, and it pulled in decent enough ratings for ABC to plan for a second season. However, Musante surprisingly decided one season was enough for him. Accordingly, ABC created Baretta, an entirely different cop show but one with a similar feel to Toma. Baretta lasted for four seasons. The 22 episodes of Toma have never aired in syndication.
Tags: Toma  Tony  Musante  ABC  cop  show 
Added: 10th May 2015
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It Takes Two - Forgotten Game Show NBC came up with a new idea for a daytime game show in 1969 called It Takes Two. Three teams of celebrity couples participated. Each team member had to provide an independent numerical answer to a question asked by host...Vin Scully! (Scully is the greatest baseball announcer of all time; this point is not debatable.) Each team's two answers would be condensed to an average. A contestant, often located in an NBC studio in another city, would then guess which couple came closest to the true answer. If he/she were successful, a prize or cash would be awarded. It Takes Two debuted on March 31, 1969 and ran until July 31, 1970. Its airtime was supposed to be weekdays at 10 a.m. across the country, but many NBC affiliates shuffled it around on their schedules in favor of local programming. Here's a ten-minute clip from a 1970 episode. It Takes Two was briefly revived in 1997 on The Family Channel and was hosted by Dick Clark.
Tags: It  Takes  Two  NBC  game  show  Vin  Scully 
Added: 15th June 2015
Views: 333
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