Tracey Ullman hosts a variety show containing sketches, song-and-dance routines and the Simpsons.
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Tracey Ullman takes on a different topic in each episode, giving different characters opinions on such things as vanity, royalty and law.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Alastair Duncan, Julie Kavner
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This timeless modern slapstick-format doesn't really have a plot, but is an irresistible rapid succession of independent short, comical scenes, mostly without any text, often using ... See full summary »

Stars: Benny Hill, Graham Stark, Patricia Hayes
In Search of... (1976–1982)
Documentary | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Leonard Nimoy hosts investigations into various mysteries.

Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Inger Armour, Marcel Vogel
Comedy
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Garry Shandling pokes fun at sitcom conventions.

Stars: Garry Shandling, Molly Cheek, Michael Tucci
This Old House (TV Series 1979)
Documentary | Reality-TV
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The host guides various participants as they repair and renovate various houses.

Stars: Norm Abram, Kevin O'Connor, Richard Trethewey
Head of the Class (1986–1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A laidback teacher provides needed guidance about life for a special class of exceptional students.

Stars: William G. Schilling, Jeannetta Arnette, Dan Frischman
Get a Life (1990–1992)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The misadventures of a 30-year-old paper-boy (played by Late Night alum Chris Elliot) and his wacky parents. Such show topics included the eating of a space alien, a robotic paper-boy and ... See full summary »

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Kate & Allie (1984–1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When Allie Lowell divorces her husband and gets custody of their two children, she moves to New York City and moves in with her best friend, Kate McArdle, also divorced and raising a ... See full summary »

Stars: Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Fred Koehler
Antiques Roadshow (TV Series 1997)
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Appraisers of antiques travel with the show to various cities. Area citizens bring articles for appraisal and often relate the histories of these items. The appraisers then expand on what ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark L. Walberg, Tom Lecky, James Supp
Dream On (1990–1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Cult adult comedy about dreamer Martin Tupper, whose life is full of colourful characters. Divorced and living with his growing teenage son, still friends with his ex-wife, and constantly ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Benben, Chris Demetral, Denny Dillon
Bosom Buddies (1980–1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two young single ad men must disguise themselves as women to live in the one apartment they can afford.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon
The Benny Hill Show (TV Movie 1967)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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Director: Jon Scoffield
Stars: Benny Hill, Judith Durham, Athol Guy
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Tracey Ullman hosts a variety show containing sketches, song-and-dance routines and the Simpsons.

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5 April 1987 (USA)  »

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El show de Tracey Ullman  »

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Tracey Ullman voiced the prototype Marge Simpson. See more »

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[repeated line]
Kay: [into a phone] Hello Mummy. I-i-i-i-i-i-t'ssssssssss K-a-a-a-y.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Peterotica (2006) See more »

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Any show with a musical number called "I'm Dating A Corporate Lawyer" cannot be ignored.
3 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Like David Frost and Benny Hill, Tracey Ullman succeeded where many Brits before and after failed - in conquering America (case in point Lenny Henry's appalling "True Identity"). In fact, "The Tracey Ullman Show" was a bigger hit in America than when it aired on the BBC; too bad.

This playlet show (most of the pieces were too long to qualify as "sketches") was a great showcase for Trace and her fellow players, most notably Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta (though I suppose we shouldn't overlook Sam McMurray [especially as the Tom Jones-type Gulliver Dark] and even Joseph Malone). The show went more for character than slapstick - although there were recurring characters, with the most memorable including the Janis Joplin-esque Summer Storm, secretary Kay ("'Ello, mummy? It's Kayyyy..."), and golfer Kiki Howard-Smith - and the humour was more gentle than roll-on-the-floor; for instance, Jinx Haber was hired for the role of Peter Pan because she could really fly, but when the union objected that she was putting harness operators out of work she was fired.

Of course, the show's most notable for giving the world its first exposure to "The Simpsons" (they weren't introduced immediately - the early episodes featured cartoons revolving around a psychiatrist called Dr. N!Godatu, with Matt Groening's creation alternating... until ultimately the producers made the correct choice, and the rest is truly history) - they were even billed in the opening credits of the show in later seasons. (The BBC reportedly edited out the Simpson shorts when they aired the show, which certainly helps explain why they didn't get around to screening "The Simpsons" until 1997.)

"The Tracey Ullman Show" also had plenty of musical moments, though not from guest bands but from the cast itself - kudos to both the performers and to Paula Abdul, hired as the show's choreographer and the inspiration for the third-season playlet "The Wave Girls" (set amongst a basketball team's cheerleaders - Paula herself appeared at the end of this episode. This was when her pop singing career had taken off). Anyone else ever seen a song-and-dance number set to "Paint It Black" or "Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This"? Didn't think so. Too bad the final season was the weakest, but all good things... all this and a theme by George Clinton. Ripe for watching in repeats somewhere.

"Go home!"


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