I get a lot of e-mails from people asking me about television shows, made-for-TV movies or miniseries they remember from years or decades past. I try to answer each question as best I can but often recollections are hazy at best and thus impossible to identify, despite my best efforts. Hopefully, by posting these questions here at Television Obscurities for everyone to read someone will come up with the answer. Keep reading for today’s unidentified shows.
This new feature has turned out to be both more popular and more productive than I had hoped. Many of the questions that stumped me have been answered by visitors.
Can You Identify These Shows, Part 1
-Show identified as a British program called The Champions, broadcast by NBC in 1968
-Two-part made-for-TV movies/miniseries identified as Goliath Awaits, aired in syndication as part of Operation Prime Time in November 1981
Can You Identify These Shows, Part 2
-Made-for-TV movie identified as Mother Was Never A Kid, an ABC Afterschool Special broadcast in April 1981
-Show identified as ABC’s Oh, Grow Up!, a sitcom that ran for 11 episodes during the 1999-2000 season
Can You Identify These Shows, Part 3
-Show identified as a British program called Into the Labyrinth
-Early 1990s animated movie still unidentified
Can You Identify These Shows, Part 4
-Show identified as Phyl & Mikhy, a CBS summer series that ran for 6 episodes in 1980.
-Show potentially identified as Showtime’s Hard Knocks, a sitcom that aired in 1987.
Can You Identify These Shows, Part 5
-Episode identified as “They,” broadcast as part of syndicated horror anthology series The Evil Touch (produced in Australia) during the 1973-1974 season.
-Show potentially identified as NBC’s Empty Nest, which ran from 1988-1995.
Here are two more questions that I hope someone can answer. I sure couldn’t.
I’m trying to find out the details about a 1960s US children’s TV series, set in, I believe, a late 19th century US town. It was centred on an old house where it was rumored that gold or treasure was hidden and where the owner was a recluse and unfriendly. Kids would try and sneak in but to no avail. The series ended when the owner died and the town quickly descended on the house and tore it to bits in search of the money. They found nothing and the building was completely demolished except for the chimney. When the crowd had gone, one of the kids stayed behind and casually threw a stone at the chimney and the gold suddenly flooded out of the chimney. That’s all I can remember. It was one of those programs that left a strong memory and I would love to see again. Can anyone remember the title and any more details? Many thanks.
Children’s television is outside my area of expertise but I’m fairly confident someone will recognize this description.
I remember this from when I was a kid in the 1980s. It seemed to be a series pilot that never got off the ground. It featured a scientist working for what I assume was some sort of government agency trying to create a lifeform. He succeeds in creating a cute baby-like creature with big bright eyes (I think they were blue) and two antennae-like bumps on its forehead. It can affect electricity, most notably when it makes the lights flash on and off by wiggling the bumps. I remember the scientist’s boss saying “Dissect it. Take it apart. Figure out what went wrong.” So the scientist decides to flee the installation with the lifeform and a female colleague accompanies him. I don’t remember much more about it. Sorry if it is a bit too vague. I believe the show was a one-shot since I never saw any more episodes. I think the creature’s name was the title of the show. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work on the site.
It’s amazing how detailed Rob’s recollection is (yet still somewhat vague). For some reason, people often remember with incredible detail television programs they watched hen they were young. Unfortunately, these memories can be darn irritating when they cannot be identified.