When Britain tries to do topical late-night TV: eight-and-a-half examples For unfussy disciples of US popular culture, which nowadays is pretty much...
WHAT THE SIMPSONS once did for the Clinton decade, Wait Til Your Father Gets Home did for Nixon-era America.
GIRLS, Guns ‘n Gambling-festooned great grandaddy of all those ‘maverick Private Eye with a snazzy car and Vietnam flashbacks’ imports, starring Robert...
PRE-LARRY SANDERS pissabout for the eponymous moocher.
THE SILVER-HAIRED MIC-WIELDER was king of the ITV nighttime schedules even before they went 24-hour.
"HELLO, I'M CASEY KASEM," beamed the garishly-sweatered host at the start of this imported Billboard countdown-cum-cheap syndicated overnight time filler, standing behind...
BONKERS CRIME serial featuring Quick Yankee Ted McKeever (LARRY PENNELL) and Slow Southerner Jim Buckley (KEN CURTIS)
RAMBLING RURAL odyssey in an Ordinary Sleepy Hotel in Hooterville.
SHORT-ARSED MISERABLIST batchelor finds out he has a wayward cousin from comedy made-up backward East European island of Mypos.
HUXLEY GOES disco
PHIL SILVERS-LOOKALIKE teaches in your average all-American high school
NEVER-ENDING BUBBLE floated off from SOAP
TOP LOOPY clam worshipper JOHN "WELCOME BACK, KOTTER" TRAVOLTA led this adolescence-while-allergic-to-everything "true life" TV movie.
US-DERIVED TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED-esque capery
WELCOME TO SATURDAY lunchtime
HALF HOUR spoof of the werewolf genre.
LITTLE-SEEN OVER here but beloved of everyone over there.
DOTTY OVER-THE-HILL eponymous medieval meddler BARNARD HUGHES helps/hinders dopey teen CLARK BRANDON in meddlesome sitcommery ways.
FLIMSY FROLIC revolving around teacher (WILLIAM KATT) getting "magical" superhero suit from ghost of an alien (or something) and being forced against...
PETER, DAVY, PETER, MICKY, PETER, MIKE, DAVY and PETER
NEW ORLEANS criminal insurance investigator gets blinded in the line of duty, but on he bloody well goes.
LOVE, EXCITING and new. Come on board.
UNEASY - OK, shite - cross between the HARDY BOYS and WAR GAMES.
NOVELTY BASKETBALL bunch with annoying whistley theme tune do battle with basketball-playing robots, or something.
FOLLOWING ALAN PARKER'S shouty 1980 big screen sweatband-and-leggings bonanza, here came more high-kicking high-falutin' histrionics from life at New York's School For...
ACTUALLY CALLED THE NEW ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN.
IN BLOODY DEED.
WELL-MEANING (OR not, depending on your allegiances) spin-off from top film Network, about a fictional TV station and all the bribery, baseness,...
RANK SITCOMMAGE from across the pond.
AH YES, the old "hard-bitten cop teams up with experimental robot" schtick.
WIDOWED MILLIONAIRE adopts two black kids, Willis and Arnold (GARY COLEMAN, purveyor of wisecrackery and "brave" illness-baiting stance), to go with ever-superfluous...
SATURDAY TEATIME American bollocks
LIKE THE above, ubiquitous for a while over there, rarely glimpsed if at all over here.
RAMBLING AND RUMBUSTIOUS DALLAS parody set in the boardroom of a large industrial company run by John Steed.
THICKIE SUB-SHERIFF off of THE DUKES OF HAZARD moves to LA and teams up with obligatory I-Spy style black partner.
WE-WERE-THERE-FIRST STATES-SIDE sitcommery
POST-WOGAN WHIMSY with made-to-measure wiseguy kid
RARE CHARACTER study for EDWARD "THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR" MULHARE.
BOTTOM HOLE arse-for-the-money drabcom.
SOMETHING AMUSING about that name, hmmm?
INEVITABLE YET ill-advised spin-off from BEWITCHED.
"RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON will be in my dreams tonight!"
OVER HERE we had the PG Tips chimps ("You hum it son, I'll play it").
"ALL RIGHT, which one of you bitches is my mother?"
AMERICAN EXPORTED choice of viewing to the Nine O'clock News.
THIS IS the entry for the long-running American sitcom HAPPY DAYS (CUE DEAFENING AUDIENCE APPLAUSE AND WHOOPING WHICH GOES ON FOR FIVE...
LIVE-ACTION SPIDEYFEST that's the best for our money simply because, being live-action, it looks completely ridiculous.
MASSIVE LUXURY Trans-Am train (complete with cocktail bar, swimming pool etc.) plays host to various thrilling incidents.
RICH FAMILY/POOR family satirecom
THE DEPTHS to which mankind can sink was effectively summed up in this schmaltzcom