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Series 001

Disneyland [ABC]

October 27, 1954

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September 24, 1983

The concept for the series was outlined as followed at the ABC meeting by Walt: “Each week would have a theme, and these would be tied to the themed lands built at Disneyland, as there are Frontierland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland and Fantasieland. In addition to the shows using older Disney cartoons, there would be new episodes featuring American heroes, previews of upcoming films, and updtes on the progress at Disneyland.” Who will host it? – “And now your host, Walt Disney!”

Emmy Award:  1954: Best Variety Series

Emmy Award:  1955: Best Producer of Filmed Series (Walt Disney)

Emmy Award:  1955: Best Action or Adventure Series (Davy Crockett)

Emmy Award:  1964: Outstanding program achievements in the field of children's programming (Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color)

Emmy Award:  1964: Outstanding achievement in Art Direction and Scenic Design (Carrol Clark, Marvin Aubrey Davis for "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color")

The evening series remained on the air 29 seasons, airing on all three networks during this period. This made it the longest-running prime-time show of all time.

The show changed the name 5 times during the run:

* Disneyland [ABC] October 27, 1954 - September 03, 1958

* Walt Disney Presents [ABC] September 12, 1958 - September 17, 1961

* Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color [NBC] September 24, 1961 - September 07, 1969

* The Wonderful World of Disney [NBC] September 14, 1969 - September 02, 1979

* Disney’s Wonderful World [NBC] September 09, 1979 - September 13, 1981

* Walt Disney [CBS] September 26, 1981 - September 24, 1983

60 min.

Series 002

Mickey Mouse Club [ABC]

October 03, 1955

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September 25, 1959

The show ran Monday through Friday and introduced 24 talent kids, known as the Mouseketeers, who performed skits, musical numbers, and introduced special guest stars, serials, and Disney cartoons. Adult leaders were Jimmie Dodd and Roy Williams. Over the next two seasons 15 additional kids would become Mousketeers. Monday was Fun With Music Day; Tuesday was Guest Star Day; Wednesday was Anything Can Happen Day; Thursday was Circus Day; and Friday was Talent Roundup Day.

Serials included The Adventures of Spin and Marty, Border Collie, The Hardy Boys, Clint and Mac, San Juan River Expedition, Adventure in Dairyland, The Boys of the Western Sea, The Secret of Mystery Lake, Corky and White Shadow and Annette.

The show changed after 2 seasons from 60-minutes episodes to 30-minutes episodes.

The series returned in syndication from 1962 to 1965 (with some new footage produced).

60 min. 260 Episodes. / 30 min. 130 Episodes.

Series 003

Zorro [ABC]

October 10, 1957

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September 28, 1959

The story of a masked avenger, the alter ego of the mild-mannered Don Diego de la Vega, defending the poor and acting as the scourge of military tyrants on his black stallion, Tornado, in early California. Zorro’s trademark was the ragged “Z” symbol, which he slashed with his sword.

This series was inspired by the stories of Johnston McCulley.

In the 1990s, The Disney Channel had the black-and-white episodes successfully colorized.

30 min. 78 Episodes.

Special

Meet Me at Disneyland [KTTV]

June 09, 1962

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September 08, 1962

Johnny Jacobs hosts a live show broadcast directly from Disneyland each week.

A summer series on Los Angeles independent station KTTV, airing live from Disneyland weekly, to increase summer weeknight attendance at Disneyland.

60 min. 13 Episodes.

Series 004

The Mouse Factory [syndicated]

January 26, 1972

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1973

 

Each episode features classic Disney animated cartoons tied to the appearance of a guest star host or hostess in a specially produced live-action sequence.

Produced and directed by Ward Kimball.

30 min. 43 Episodes.

Series 005

Saturday Night at the Movies with Disney [NBC]

February 23, 1974

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January 29, 1977

 

Series of 11 specials consistent of a theatrical release paired with a short subject and in doing so re-creating the lost theatrical experience of showing short subjects before the main feature.

Also known as NBC All-Disney Saturday Night at the Movies.

min. 11 Episodes.

Series 006

New Mickey Mouse Club [syndicated]

January 14, 1977

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December 01, 1978

Twelve children were selected to be Mousketeers, and the show was updated to appeal more to contemporary kids. The primary change was that the show was videotaped in color, Also the days were changed: Monday was Who, What, Why, Where, When and How Day; Tuesday was Let’s Go Day; Wednesday was Surprise Day; Thursday was Discovery Day; and Friday was Showtime Day.

Unlike the first Mickey Mouse Club only one original series The Mystery of Rustler’s Cave was produced, though a number of Disney films were shown in serialized form.

min.

Series 007

Herbie the Love Bug [CBS]

March 17, 1982

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April 14, 1982

Jim Douglas is now trying to make a living by running a driving school.

60 min. 5 Episodes.

Series 008

Small and Frye [CBS]

May 07, 1983

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June 15, 1983

The story of Chip Frye, a detective, who has the ability to shrink to six inches in height, though not when he wants to.

60 min. 6 Episodes.

Series 009

Gun Shy [CBS]

March 25, 1983

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April 19, 1983

The story about two orphans in Quake City who have become wards of a professional gambler.

Based on The Apple Dumbling Gang.

60 min. 6 Episodes.

Series 010

Zorro and Son [CBS]

April 06, 1983

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May 04, 1983

Twenty-seven years have passed since Don Diego de la Vega put on the Zorro suit for the first time, and the masked avenger has had to slow down as age takes it toll.

The sitcom benefited from the fact that most of the original exterior sets from Zorro were still standing on the Burbank lot but it failed to catch on with viewers.

60 min. 5 Episodes.

Series 011

Wildside [ABC]

March 21, 1985

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April 24, 1985

A group of five men calling themselves the Wildside Chamber of Commerce work to rid the town of the criminal element in order to make it a better place to live.

min. 6 Episodes.

Series 012

The Golden Girls [NBC]

September 14, 1985

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September 12, 1992

Dorothy Zbornak, Blanche Devereaux, and Rose Nylund, three aging, active, and independent women share a house in Miami with Dorothy's feisty mother Sophia Petrillo, supporting each other but also occasionally getting on each other’s nerves.

Emmy Award:  1986: Outstanding Comedy Series

Emmy Award:  1986: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Betty White)

Emmy Award:  1986: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan)

Emmy Award:  1987: Outstanding Comedy Series

Emmy Award:  1987: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Rue McClanahan)

Emmy Award:  1988: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Beatrice Arthur)

Emmy Award:  1988: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Estelle Getty)

Total of 65 Emmy Nominations.

30 min. Episodes.

Series 025

DuckTales [syndicated]

September 21, 1987

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September 05, 1992

The show features Scrooge McDuck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Scrooge’s innate sense for making or finding money leads him to outrageous adventures, accompanied by his grandnephews. Helping, though sometimes hindering, are Launchpad McQuack, Webbigail “Webby” Vanderquack, Gyro Gearloose, Mrs. Beakley, Doofus and Gladstone Gander. The Beagle Boys, Magica de Spell, and Flintheart Glomgold, on the other hand, are out to destroy the McDuck empire.

Emmy Award:  1990: Best Film Sound Editing (Charles King, Rick Hinson, Richard Harrison)

It returned to the air on ABC on April 19, 1997 until August 30, 1997.

30 min. 100 Episodes.

Series 196

Lost [ABC]

September 22, 2004

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May 2010

A plane crashes on a Pacific island, and the 48 survivors, stripped of everything, scavenge what they can from the plane for their survival. Some panic and some pin their hopes on rescue. The band of friends, family, enemies, and strangers must work together against the cruel weather and mysterious opponents.

Emmy Award:  2005: Best Drama Series (J.J.Abrams, DAmon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse, Jack Bender,David Fury, Jesse Alexander, Javier Grillo-Marxuah, Jean Higgins, Sarah Caplan, Leonard Dick)

Emmy Award:  2005: Best Casting for a Drama Series (April Webster, Mandy Sherman, Alyssa Weisberg, Veronica Collins Rooney)

Emmy Award:  2005: Best Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Mary Jo Markey)

Emmy Award: 2007: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Terry O’Quinn)

From Touchstone Television, filmed entirely on location in Hawaii.

60 min. 117 Episodes.

 

 
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