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The TV Shows of 1982
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TV Show: Cheers ( 1982 )
Cheers takes viewers back to the Boston bar where everybody knows your name. As former baseball star Sam Malone and his colleague Diane Chambers fight their mutual attractions, they cater to their regulars including Norm Petersen and Cliff Claven. Talking about their problems, laughing at each other's flaws and trying to be there when someone needs them, the gang are joined by naïve farm boy Woody, bitter waitress Carla , troubled psychiatrist Frasier and his wife.
TV Show: Knight Rider ( 1982 )
The series follows the thrilling adventures of Michael Knight, a detective thought to be dead, who's been given a new face and identity. His assignment: to fight crime with the help of an artificially intelligent, talking car named K.I.T.T., a high-speed, futuristic weapon outfitted with high-tech gadgets and a personality of its own. Driven by justice, they set out to take down criminals who operate above the law.
TV Show: Family Ties ( 1982 )
Steve and Elyse Keaton, once 1960s radicals, now find themselves in Reagan-Era American trying to raise a traditional suburban family. Son Alex P. Keaton is an ambitious Young Republican and his sister Mallory is a shallow victim of the corporate culture, obsessed with music, clothes and boys. Their only normal kid is young Jennifer a bit of a tomboy.
TV Show: Remington Steele ( 1982 )
Private eye Laura Holt grudgingly accepts a new partner when a mystery man assumes the identity of her fictitious boss, Remington Steele. Together, the two battle crime as as their feelings for each other.
TV Show: St. Elsewhere ( 1982 )
St. Eligius Hospital in South Boston was not exactly the world's best health care center. Despite its flaws, it featured some of the most caring doctors and nurses you could ever meet. Led by Dr. Donald Westphall (and later by Dr. Benjamin Gideon), St. Eligius became a sanctuary for the underdog and the downtrodden. St. Elsewhere ran on NBC for six seasons. Originally a ratings flop, NBC picked it up for a second season for the sole purpose of grabbing some additional Emmy nominations. It eventually became a minor hit for The Peacock, until burnout by the writers resulted in its 1988 cancellation. The series was nominated for 63 Emmy Awards and won 13.
TV Show: T. J. Hooker ( 1982 )
After his partner was murdered, veteran plain clothes Detective T.J. Hooker had reverted back to his former role as Sergeant, and returned to the beat to rid the streets of the type of scum that was responsible for his partner's death. Back in uniform, Hooker was assigned to train the academy recruits, and was partnered with brash, sometimes hot-headed young rookie Vince Romano. With Romano much his junior, Hooker acted as his trainer and mentor on both a professional and social level. The age difference generally being the key hook of the partnership, the pair quickly became good friends and a good team. Hooker's tough, no-nonsense ways saw him often clashing with station Captain Sheridan, but he always got the job done and was highly respected as a result.
TV Show: Blackadder ( 1983 )
Comedy set in different historical periods that features the ill-fated exploits of the mean-spirited Edmund Blackadder and his dim sidekick Baldrick.
TV Show: Silver Spoons ( 1982 )
Ricky Stratton is the son of an eccentric multimillionaire who doesn't know his son exists. Ricky leaves military school to live with his father, a child at heart, and many formulaic scenarios ensue over the course of five seasons on NBC.
TV Show: The Young Ones ( 1982 )
Anarchic sitcom about degenerate North London students in the 80s.
TV Show: Newhart ( 1982 )
Bob Newhart returns to the TV as Dick Loudon, as he and his wife Joanna decide to leave life in New York City and buy a little inn in Vermont. Dick is a how-to book writer, who eventually becomes a local TV celebrity as host of "Vermont Today."
TV Show: Fame ( 1982 )
Fame follows the lives of the students and faculty at the fictional New York City High School for the Performing Arts.
TV Show: Faerie Tale Theatre ( 1982 )
Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre brings to life twenty-six of the most magical fairy tales of all time. Directed by such masters of cinema as Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola, and star-powered by Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Mick Jagger, James Earl Jones, Howie Mandel, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon and more, this collection is an unparalleled treasury of best-loved tales of enchantment, adventure and wonder.
TV Show: Square Pegs ( 1982 )
Square Pegs is centered around nerdy girls Patty and Lauren who try to penetrate the "in" crowd at Weemawee High School. The CBS series was created by, and based upon, the experiences of Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts. Pop music of the day figured prominently in this short-lived show that has attracted a cult following ever since its 1983 cancellation.
TV Show: Cagney & Lacey ( 1982 )
Cagney & Lacey is a police procedural about two New York City police detectives who live very different lives. Christine Cagney is a single, career-minded woman, while Mary Beth Lacey is a married working mother. The series was set in a fictionalized version of Manhattan's 14th Precinct (known as "Midtown South").
TV Show: Joanie Loves Chachi ( 1982 )
This spin-off of Happy Days follows Chachi Arcola as he moves out and tries to make it on his own with a rock band and a music career. In between holding down a job and keeping his girlfriend, Joanie Cunningham, happy, he must also deal with the often unwanted, but sometimes needed, advice and interference from his friends, relatives and neighbors.
TV Show: Police Squad! ( 1982 )
Police Squad! was a parody of the Quinn Martin Productions' police dramas of the 1960s and 1970s, hence the use of "In Color" by the narrator. The show's main staple of entertainment came from sight gags (such as a tow truck being a truck in the shape of a big toe) and misunderstandings in dialogue, mostly from people taking things extremely literally. Several great routines came from these misunderstandings that left characters in the scene very confused, but left the audience with loads of humor.
TV Show: Brookside ( 1982 )
Brookside is a British soap opera set in Liverpool, England. The series began on the launch night of Channel 4 on 2 November 1982, and ran for 21 years until 4 November 2003. Originally intended to be called 'Meadowcroft', the series was produced by Mersey Television and it was conceived by Phil Redmond who also devised Grange Hill (1978–2008) and Hollyoaks (1995–present).
TV Show: Matt Houston ( 1982 )
A fabulously wealthy Texan moves to California to oversee his family's offshore drilling enterprises but spends most of his time dabbling in his private investigator hobby. He is handsome, lives in a penthouse and flies his own helicopter to and from his investigations. Naturally, he is always surrounded by beautiful women!
TV Show: Tales of the Gold Monkey ( 1982 )
Broadcast on ABC in early 80s, the series became a massive hit following the success of Indiana Jones's ‘Raiders of The Lost Ark'. This 22-hour long series is set in a backwater corner of the South Pacific a young American adventurer and his ragtag group of friends become involved in death-defying hi-jinx, transporting people-on-the-run in a well-worn Grumman Goose seaplane. Set in 1938, this series captures the ambiance and character of a mysterious romantic era.
TV Show: 9 to 5 ( 1982 )
9 to 5 is an American sitcom based on the1980 film of the same name that aired on ABC.
TV Show: The Powers of Matthew Star ( 1982 )
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...
TV Show: Late Night with David Letterman ( 1982 )
Late Night with David Letterman was a nightly talk show on NBC that was created and hosted by David Letterman. It ran 1982-1993. The show featured at least two or three guests each night, usually including a comedian or musical artist.
TV Show: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ( 1982 )
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a musical drama series based on the film of the same name.
TV Show: It Takes Two ( 1982 )
Sam and Molly Quinn, a surgeon and his lawyer wife, have a difficult time juggling their careers and home life. They have two teenage children, Lisa and Andy.
TV Show: The New Odd Couple ( 1982 )
The second live-action adaptation of Neil Simon's stageplay, The New Odd Couple was an attempt to remake the classic 1970-75 series. The twist? The lead actors were African-American college buddies who met in the 1950s. Out of 18 total episodes, eight were recycled from the original series.
TV Show: Gilligan's Planet ( 1982 )
"It's a brand new story about The Castaways! Leaving their tiny island after years and months and days, they built a little spaceship, crude but it could fly. They left their home and lost their way, between the stars and sky, they went from an island to star, lost on Gilligan's Planet." It's true – The Castaways are now lost in space! They're all here, in this strange, new world, Gilligan, the Skipper, the Millionaire, his Wife, the Movie Star, the Professor and Mary Ann. Now joined by Gilligan's alien sidekick Bumper, they begin a whole new life on a whole new world, while still trying to repair the now space-worthy SS Minnow and return home from their infinite three hour tour.