Syndicated Fun

These are shows that were most often encountered in syndication. Some may have originated as network shows, but had long lives in syndication. I have left off the network favorites that then aired in syndication, sticking to smaller shows or ones that had much bigger syndication lives.
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1.
Romper Room and Friends (1953 TV Series)
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Children's program that was often franchised rather than syndicated (meaning, local television stations... (60 mins.)
“ Not so much a syndicated show as a franchised show. We had a local version in Decatur, IL, near where I grew up. My brother appeared on it, before I was aware of anything beyond feedings and diaper changes. The show had songs and games and little lessons. It was better known through some of their official merchandise. ” - grendelkhan
 
2.
Space Angel (1962 TV Series)
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“ From Cambria, the people who gave us Clutch Cargo, came this sci-fi series, featuring Scott McLoud and his companions Taurus and Crystal. Our trio soars the spaceways, as they encounter various villains and dangerous situations. The show is notorious for it's use of "synchro-vox," where human mouths were superimposed on the cartoon characters. The show featured rather static animation, but made up for it with designs from comic greats Alex Toth and Doug Wildey. ” - grendelkhan
 
3.
Clutch Cargo (1959 TV Series)
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The adventures of a pilot who takes on dangerous assignments.Filmed in Syncro-Vox(superimposing live-action human lips over limited-motion animation or even motionless animation cels). (4 mins.)
Director: Phil Booth
“ Cambria's earlier adventure show, though I have only seen clips of it. Space Angel was the more imaginative of the two shows. ” - grendelkhan
 
4.
The New 3 Stooges (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
“ More from Cambria. This featured the Stooges in cartoon form (with voice actors like Pat Harrington) while the real Stooges appeared in linking segments, recorded on film. The theme song is one of the earliest tv earwigs. ” - grendelkhan
 
5.
Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A human member of a defense force is given the life and ability to change into a giant super-hero to battle the monsters he encounters. (30 mins.)
“ The first of the Ultra shows (unless you count Ultra Q, which wasn't exactly the same kind of show). It was dubbed into English and syndicated across the country. It was quite a change from most things on tv, where Ultraman fights battles against various monsters. Plenty of fighting to entertain the young action fan. ” - grendelkhan
 
6.
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young boy aids in the fight against a mechanized terrorist organization as the sole controller of a prototype giant robot. (30 mins.)
“ Another from Japan, where it was known as Giant Robo. Jonny is a young boy who, alongside a Unicorn security agent, encounters an alien terrorist group. Together, they steal the Giant Robot and bring him to Unicorn. Johnny then works alongside Unicorn to fight the alien menace, while ducking child welfare officials, no doubt. Fun show with lots of action and monsters. Plenty of james Bond-style violence, too. ” - grendelkhan
 
7.
Sûpâ Robotto Reddo Baron (1973 TV Series)
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Super Science Institute member Ken Kurenai pilots the giant robot Red Baron, entrusted to him by its inventor, his older brother, to avenge his murder at the hands of the Iron Mask Party, led by the evil President Deviler. (30 mins.)
Director: Koichi Takano
“ More from Japan. This features a giant robot that is piloted by the security team, fighting other robots and menaces. ” - grendelkhan
 
8.
Speed Racer (1967 TV Series)
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Teenager Gô Mifune aspires to be the world's best race-car champion with the help of his friends, family and his father's high-tech race-car, the Mach 5. (30 mins.)
“ aka Mach Go GO Go. Speed and his friends and family compete in races around the globe, while battling crooks, terrorists and other ne'rdowells. A longtime favorite of action and rather fevered voicework. Often unintentionally funny. ” - grendelkhan
 
9.
Battle of the Planets (1978 TV Series)
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A five-member superhero team called G-Force fights to defend Earth and its space colonies from the threat of the planet Spectra. (30 mins.)
Director: David E. Hanson
“ Sandy Frank version of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman). The show features the adventures of the teen heroes of G-Force, as they battle the forces of the evil planet Spectra, led by Zoltar. This version reworked the original episodes, placing the action in outer space, instead of Earth, while removing a lot of the violence. New bridging sequences were added with the new character, 7-Zark-7. The show tried to cash in on the Star Wars success, but succeeded in its own right. It featured voicework from H-B vets Janet Waldo and Kasey Casem, as well as Ronnie Schell (Gomer Pyle USMC) and Alan Young (Mr. Ed, Duck Tales). Great show! ” - grendelkhan
 
10.
Star Blazers (1979 TV Series)
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In the year 2199, a starship must make a dangerous voyage to the distant planet Iscandar and back to save Earth from an alien invasion. (22 mins.)
Director: Leiji Matsumoto
“ English version of Space Battleship Yamato. The three series of Yamato were combined and characters were renamed and dubbed. The original storyline finds an Earth devastated by alien attack, where a small group of spacemen travel to a distant planet to find a cure for the radiation that is killing the people of Earth. Plenty of melodrama and action to satisfy anyone. ” - grendelkhan
 
11.
Robotech (1985 TV Series)
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An alien spaceship crash lands on Earth and the technology and secrets she bears lead Earth into three destructive interplanetary wars. (30 mins.)
“ Series blending 3 different Japanese tv shows into one grand epic. This show helped fully launch the anime boom in the US, though the shows of the late 60s and 70s paved the way. ” - grendelkhan
 
12.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
This series focuses on 5 lion robots and their pilots as they fight the evil forces of King Zarkon and Prince Lotor. (24 mins.)
Director: Franklin Cofod
“ Another redubbed Japanese show, inspired by the Sentai shows of Japan (Power Rangers). The series actually features two different cartoons. ” - grendelkhan
 
13.
TranZor Z (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Teenager Koji Kabuto pilots the amazing super-robot Mazinger Z to avenge its inventor (his grandfather) against the Mycene Empire, led by the evil mad scientist Doctor Hell. (30 mins.)
“ English version of Mazinger Z, based on the manga by Go Nagai. Giant robot mecha vs various menaces. Part of the early anime wave. ” - grendelkhan
 
14.
Underdog (1964 TV Series)
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The adventures of a rhyming canine superhero.
“ Originated on network tv, but had a long life in syndication, plus a 90s revival on Nickelodeon. Humble, loveable Shoeshine Boy takes his super vitamin pill to become Underdog, champion of the people, figthing the likes of Riff-Raff and Simon Bar Sinister. Wally Cox did the rhyming voice. Companion cartoons featured Commander McBragg, Klondike Cat, and the Go-Go Gophers. Often paired with Tennessee Tuxedo and other Total Television cartoons in syndication. ” - grendelkhan
 
15.
Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The educational misadventures of a fast-talking penguin and his dumb walrus friend. (30 mins.)
“ As with Underdog, it started on Saturday mornings network programming, but lived longer in syndication. Tennessee and Chumley (the walrus) get caught up in another scheme and need Mr. Whoopee's help to get them out. Mr. Whoopee adds education, via the 3DBB (3-Dimensional Blackboard), where he outlines basic scientific principles and history. Don Adams and Larry Storch provided the voices of Tennessee and Mr. Whoopee, with talents from many other voice artists. Loads of fun. ” - grendelkhan
 
16.
Gigantor (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When terrorist groups, evil criminals and aliens become too strong even for Earth's over-stretched armed forces... (25 mins.)
“ One of the earlier Japanese cartoons to make it to American shores, faturing one of the earlier giant robots. ” - grendelkhan
 
17.
Bozo's Circus (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
“ There were actually many Bozo franchise shows across the country. Most featured Bozo as the host of a variety show of cartoons and studio skits and games. This is the Chicago version, from WGN. ” - grendelkhan
 
18.
AWA All-Star Wrestling (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Syndicated series featuring wrestling matches as promoted by the American Wrestling Association (AWA).
Director: Verne Gagne
“ I just picked this as a placemarker. There were various syndicated wrestling shows, produced by the promoters or different territories. Usually, the syndication package aired in the same markets where live events were promoted. In my area (central Illinois), we had, at different times, the WWA, from Indianapolis, ICW from Lexington KY (the family of Randy Savage), and Central States from Kansas City. Most promotions were members of the NWA, or at least had working agreements with them (including the AWA in Minnesota and WWWF in New York). Each week, the shows featured studio or small arena matches which advanced storylines, which led to the big shows at the main arena of the territory. Cable expansion and bad promotion led to the decline of the territories and syndication became the home of the few promotions to thrive: the WWF and the Turner Cable-produced NWA/WCW promotion. By the end, only Vince Mcmahon's WWF/E survived. ” - grendelkhan
 
19.
Thundercats (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A team of humanoid cats fight evil in their adopted home world. (30 mins.)
“ One of the better syndicated cartoons of the 80s. The show featured excellent stories and above average voicework, plus exciting animation. A cut above some of the other shows out there, more concerned with good storytelling than selling toys. ” - grendelkhan
 
20.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull. (30 mins.)
“ Filmation cartoons, based on the Mattel toy line. Like most Filmation work, it reused a lot of footage and the plots were rather repetitive; but, it was one of the most popular shows in syndication. Also in keeping with the Filmation tradition, it featured moral lessons as part of each story. It also helped launch a wave of cartoons that were designed to sell toys, leading to new Federal guidelines which prohibited the shows from also airing commercials for the toy line. ” - grendelkhan
 
21.
G.I. Joe (1985 TV Series)
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An elite special missions force fights against the terrorist forces of Cobra. (30 mins.)
“ Cartoon series based on the popular toyline. It was launched in conjunction with the Marvel Comics series, featuring tons of battles and explosions, but no one ever gets hurt. Probably the biggest offender in regards to being glorified advertising, though it had generally well written stories. Voicework was never anything special. ” - grendelkhan
 
22.
The Transformers (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance. (30 mins.)
Director: Peter Wallach
“ The tv series that launched a series of awful movies. Based on the Japanese toy line, the show featured advertisements, I mean cartoons, about the battle between the alien autobots and Deceptikons. Fairly repetitive (as most cartoon shows are) and willfully fudging scale when the robots transformed to and from their vehicle forms. It was hugely popular, though. ” - grendelkhan
 
23.
Silverhawks (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A team of cyborgs protects Limbo from Mon Star and his gang. (23 mins.)
“ Another series in the vein of Thundercats. I think there were toys, at one point, but it existed more to entertain than sell. It was decent, though nowhere near as imaginative as Thundercats. ” - grendelkhan
 
24.
Inspector Gadget (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work. (30 mins.)
“ Popular tv series featuring Don Adams as the voice of our hero. The stories were often the same, but lively voicework and inventive ideas propelled the show. Producers, DIC, never had the budgets to rival the show from Japan, but they did decent work. The young girl character, Penny, would go on to become the subject of some rather lurid fan fiction on the internet. ” - grendelkhan
 
25.
Ghostbusters (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A squad of supernatural investigators are Earth's only defense against an evil ghost wizard and his minions. (25 mins.)
“ This was the Filmation series, based on their older live-action series (which starred Larry Storch and Forrest Tucker). It came about thanks to the Ghostbusters movies, where those guys would be surprised to find that they didn't own the trademark on the name. The movie-based cartoon would have to call itself Real Ghostbusters. The Filmation series was typical of their output and was inferior to the movie-based cartoon show. ” - grendelkhan
 
26.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The adventures of a quartet of humanoid warrior turtles and their friends. (30 mins.)
“ The independent comic book phenomenom became a tv and toy phenomenom. Hugely popular, though rather annoying to anyone over the age of 12, and featuring some stiff animation. That didn't seem to matter (anymore than it did for the classic H-B shows) and it had huge ratings and sold boatloads of toys. The creators made enough money to buy Batmobiles and fund comic book grants. ” - grendelkhan
 
27.
Urutora sebun (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An alien superhero from M-78 protects Earth from extraterrestrial threats in this popular classic follow-up to the original "Ultraman" TV series. (30 mins.)
“ Sequel to Ultraman, with a new version of the hero, a new support organization and vehicles, and new monsters. Otherwise, more of the same. It would be a while before another Ultra show would hit these shores, apart from places like Hawaii. ” - grendelkhan
 
28.
The Saint (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Simon Templar, a wealthy adventurer known as The Saint, travels around the world in his yellow Volvo. (50 mins.)
“ Popular ITV series that was shown in US syndication. Roger Moore is Simon Templar, freelance adventurer. The Saint of the novels and earlier movies was a criminal on the side of the angels, while this one was less criminal and more hero. ” - grendelkhan
 
29.
The Avengers (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners. (60 mins.)
“ Syndicated in the US during and after the Emma Peel years. Loads of exciting and strange fun. ” - grendelkhan
 
30.
The Muppet Show (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show. (30 mins.)
“ More adult show from the creators of Sesame Street, with backing from Lew Grade's ITC. A variety show put on by a group of weird amateurs, with special guest stars. The humans often found themselves drawn into strange sketches but most seemed to have a ball. It struggled early on to get quality guests, but soon became a high profile gig. It would later launch the film franchise. ” - grendelkhan
 
31.
New Zoo Revue (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Syndicated half-hour children's television show that ran from 1972-1977, New Zoo Review, is a 196-episode musical comedy show... (30 mins.)
Director: Tom Belcher
“ Children's show, featuring performers in animal character costumes. It was a fairly entertaining show, as I vaguely recall. I believe it was later revived. ” - grendelkhan
 
32.
Davey and Goliath (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In this stop-action animated series, young Davey Hansen and his best friend (and dog) Goliath live ordinary suburban American lives... (15 mins.)
“ Not sure if this debuted on network tv, but it had a long life in syndication. produced by a religious organization, it featured moralistic dillemas for our hero Davey, and his dog and conscience, Goliath. It wrote the book on preachy, but it was pretty darn entertaining. ” - grendelkhan
 
33.
The Gumby Show (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Innovative "Claymation" adventures of Gumby and his horse Pokey. (30 mins.)
“ This lived on in syndication, with our pals Gumby and Pokey. Another that had a later resurgence. ” - grendelkhan
 
34.
Jeopardy! (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A quiz show with a twist: contestants are provided with the answers. But what are the right questions? (30 mins.)
“ Originally a network game show, hosted by Art Fleming. In the 80s, it became a syndication juggernaut, hosted by Alex Trebeck. Viewers match wits with tv contestants. I usually won, but, then again, I haven't appeared on the show. ” - grendelkhan
 
35.
Wheel of Fortune (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Hosted by Pat Sajak, this game show features 3 contestants who try to solve a puzzle by spinning the wheel and guessing letters in a word or phrase. (30 mins.)
“ Another that began life as a daytime network game show, hosted by Chuck Woolery. It became an evening hit with Pat Sajak and Vanna White. ” - grendelkhan
 
36.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Hercules, aided by his best friend Iolaus, goes on many adventures helping people and slaying mythical monsters using his half-god strength. (44 mins.)
“ Sam Raimi-produced show featuring the decidedly non-Greek adventures of Hercules (or Herakles, if you prefer). Kevin Sorbo was our muscular hero, who with his partner Iolaus, fights dictators and monsters while he bums around. Pretty entertaining, but lacking Xena's spark. ” - grendelkhan
 
37.
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995 TV Series)
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Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, sets out to redeem herself. She is joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods. (45 mins.)
“ Spin-off from Hercules, featuring Lucy Lawless as Xena, accompanied by her sidekick Gabrielle. Tons of action and plenty of sexual undetrtones. It kept things relatively innocent, which is probably why it had such a diverse fanbase. The concept owes quite a bit to Wonder Woman and illustrates how a Wonder Woman movie or tv show ought to be conceived. ” - grendelkhan
 
38.
Babylon 5 (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga. (45 mins.)
“ It began in syndication, but ended up on TNT. The series that proved that you could produce an adventure drama that tells a bigger story across each season and have a definite conclusion. It also proved you could have a successful sci-fi series, besides Star Trek. It also showed how disjointed Warner Brothers is as a company, as there was little cross-promotion for the show. ” - grendelkhan
 
39.
Superboy (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The adventures of the Man of Steel in his teenage years. (30 mins.)
“ Before Smallvile, there was Superboy. It had its ups and downs, with recasting of the lead and changes in the concept. It also had some weak stories, but it had its fans. ” - grendelkhan
 
40.
Bionic Six (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family of cyborg superheroes fights evil around the world. (22 mins.)
“ Another cartoon series from the 80s, featuring design work from Alex Toth and animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsa. Not bad for a series that wasn't selling toys or just a reworked Japanese show. ” - grendelkhan
 
41.
Jem (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Jerrica Benton is secretly the leader of the glamorous and exciting music group, Jem and the Holograms. (22 mins.)
“ Essentailly a Barbie knock-off, featuring a singing heroine. For girls only. ” - grendelkhan
 
42.
BraveStarr (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Native American marshal and his friends keep the peace on the frontier planet of New Texas. (30 mins.)
“ Another 80s adventure cartoon, mixing a western with sci-fi. Pretty much mid-range fare. ” - grendelkhan
 
43.
Bizarre (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A half hour sketch comedy show that is not politically correct (it was made in the early 1980's). It's... (25 mins.)
“ Sketch series, featuring John Byner. Mostly late night fare, due to content. ” - grendelkhan
 
44.
Fernwood Tonight (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Barth Gimble and Jerry Hubbard are the host of a talk show produced in the fictitious town of Fernwood... (30 mins.)
“ Comedy series featuring Fred Willard and Martin Mull. Very groundbreaking, though not widely seen. Would help inspire things like Spinal Tap and Best in Show. ” - grendelkhan
 
45.
War of the Worlds (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Humanity must resume its war against the Martians when they revive after decades of hibernation following their defeat in the 1950s. (45 mins.)
“ Sequel to the HG Wells book and the George Pal movie. The Martians have come back and are opposed by a group of humans. It had a decent run in syndication, though never had success of the Star Trek proportion. ” - grendelkhan
 
46.
Space: 1999 (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space. (50 mins.)
“ Shown in syndication and on some PBS stations. Live action series from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. It was hampered by bad scripts and lackluster acting (mostly from bored actors), but it tried and often succeeded. It was expensive and lasted for only about 2 seasons or so. ” - grendelkhan
 
47.
Star Trek (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
“ I'm bending my rule about ntework shows here (though I've already included a few others); but, Star Trek owes its success to long time syndication moreso than its network run. It had 3 years on network tv, but about 10 years in syndication before its relaunch as a movie franchise. My generation discovered it in syndication and fell in love with it. It would inspire movies and tv, as well as scifi books, for years to come. ” - grendelkhan
 
48.
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of guerilla fighters battle the evil machine forces that dominate a future Earth. (30 mins.)
“ Launched as sales tool for an odd toy, it grew into something more. The series was designed to interact with a toy that projected a beam of light that would react to certain effects in the series. The game didn't prove that popular, but the series developed a cult following due to above average writing, from people like Joe Straczynski (Babylon 5). ” - grendelkhan
 
49.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before. (44 mins.)
“ Launched as part of a Paramount Network that ended up as more of a syndication distributor than a real network. It was a little shakey at the beginning, as it was finding its way, but grew into its own entity and lasted 7 years. I prefer the classic series as it didn't take itself quite as seriously as this one did, but the series spent a lot of money and it was on the screen. The series drowned in technobabble and political correctness, but had plenty of adventure. ” - grendelkhan
 
50.
American Gladiators (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The teams compete in such events as Power Ball, Assault, The Wall and Hang Tough. The Eliminator round decides the winner of the tournament. (60 mins.)
“ Part game show, part athletic competition, and part steroid commercial. Civilians were pitted against a band of "gladiators" in various athletic competitions. The male gladiators were bodybuilders and semi-pro football players, while the women were mostly fitness models and bodybuilders. The competition appeared legit and could be quite entertaining. ” - grendelkhan
 
51.
Roller Derby (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
“ Another placeholder as there were a couple of different roller derby promotions, as well as revival attempts (including one on ESPN). I would catch the 70s version, with the LA T-birds as the top franchise. The concept of the "sport" never seemed to match the actual action. The idea was that a "jammer" had to pass every member of the opposing team as they circled the track. the more people they passed, the more points. The rival team would try to block the jammer. In reality, the point was to have staged fights, like pro wrestling on skates. ” - grendelkhan
 
52.
Mad Movies with the L.A. Connection (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The L.A. Connection takes classic films and replaces the original soundtrack with a newly created one, turning an old film into a brand new viewing experience.
“ Fun little show (predating MST3K) where old movies are redubbed into a whole new story. My favorite is a Shirley Temple movie, where the dialogue is redubbed into a takeoff of the Exorcist! Very funny show. ” - grendelkhan
 
53.
GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Wrestlers will portray heroes or villains as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series matches. (60 mins.)
“ Weird mix of (bad) comedy and ladies pro wrestling, promoted by David McLane. The idea was mostly swiped from the movie All The Marbles, and featured aspiring actresses and fitness models as various pro wrestling characters. The ladies received a few weeks of training from Mando Guerrero (brother of the late Eddie Guerrero) and then were sent out to have wrestling matches. Jackie Stallone (Sly's mom) was a manager for the babyfaces (heroines). The "wrestling" was pretty bad and the comedy wasn't funny, but the ladies were pretty darn attractive. Only Tina Ferrari (Lisa Moretti) would go on to fame as the WWF/E's Ivory, during the wrestling boom. ” - grendelkhan
 
54.
Star Search (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Contestants compete in a talent show featuring music and comedy categories. (60 mins.)
“ Talent search program that didn't produce a lot of talent; at least immediately. Host Ed McMahon shepherded many aspiring singers, comedians, and models onto the stage, in the days before American Idol and America's Got Talent. Like most of these things, the people with real talent didn't need these shows, very often. It did provide an early platform for some future stars. ” - grendelkhan
 
55.
Grandizer (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Escaping from Vega's evil forces, the young Prince of planet Fleed leaves his destroyed homeland aboard the UFO Robot Grendizer... (26 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Akemi
“ Shown as Force Five over here, featured more robot mecha from Go Nagai, which were also the basis for the popular Shogun Warrior toys. Not quite up to the standards of Robotech or Starblazers. ” - grendelkhan
 
56.
8th Man (1965 TV Series)
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Animated series about an android super-hero. He was the scientist's eighth attempt at creating a super being...
“ Japanese series that was slightly altered for the US. here, he is Tobor the 8th Man, a cyborg hero. The character was later revived for a live action film and an OVA series. ” - grendelkhan
 
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Astroboy (1963 TV Series)
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This show is about a robot boy who fights crime and other robots not mega man (30 mins.)
“ Tetsuwan Atom in Japan, this series was first shown on network tv, but was a bigger hit in syndication. The pathfinder for future Japanese shows. ” - grendelkhan
 
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Leo the Lion (1966 TV Series)
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(24 mins.)
Director: Osamu Tezuka
“ English version of Kimba the White Lion. There is more than a little resemblance between this series and the furute Lion King, from Disney, though the Disney people deny any connection. To be fair, Kimba did owe a bit to Dumbo and Bambi, which were big inspirations for creator Osamu Tezuka. ” - grendelkhan
 
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Win, Lose or Draw (1987 TV Series)
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Syndicated show produced between 1987 and 1989; debuted in the USA in September 1987. Two teams of three... (30 mins.)
“ Series developed by Burt Reynolds. It was essentially charades with a marker board. The show featured various mid-level celebrities and civilians vying for prize money (but not Jeopardy levels) ” - grendelkhan
 
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TekWar (1994 TV Series)
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The year is 2045 and "tek," a highly addictive computer-based reality drug takes the users of the drug into a fantasy world... (60 mins.)
“ Series version of the Ron Goulart, I mean William Shatner novels. Greg Evigan is a detctive working for Shatner's altruistic billionaire character. It was ok, bit didn't set the world on fire. It doesn't take too much imagination to figure out where the name originated. ” - grendelkhan