Q & A: Can You Identify These Shows, Part 9

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.

Can You Identify These Shows, Part 6
-1960s children’s program still unidentified.
-Unsold pilot identified as “Wishman,” broadcast by ABC on June 23rd, 1983.

Can You Identify These Shows, Part 7
-Miniseries tentatively identified as Till We Meet Again, broadcast in November 1989 by CBS.
-1960s children’s program still unidentified (potentially the same as unidentified show from Part 6).

Can You Identify These Shows, Part 8
-Televised theater production tentatively identified as “Aladdin,” staged for CBS by The Prince Street Players on December 6th, 1967.
-TV special identified as “Rose On Broadway” starring Dora Hall (wife of Leo Hulseman, founder/owner of Solo Cup Company).

Here are two more questions that I hope someone can answer. I sure couldn’t.

I cannot find any info on this show, including the title! But I surely do remember it. It was a very short-lived syndicated (I think!) show that aired around the time of the beginning of the Friday the 13th TV series. I do recall being a freshman in college at the time it was on, so this would have been right around 1988. The best I can recall is that is was about two guys who investigated hauntings and supernatural occurrences. One of them was cavalier and gung-ho (a blonde chipmunk-looking guy), and the other (dark-haired) was a foil of some kind to the first, so he was either fearful or skeptical, or the like. I believe the blonde guy had inherited money to finance the investigations? Or for some other reason had control of the operation so that the bleaker character had to go along with things. No one around here believes me. Can you provide any insight?

My attempts to identify this show failed and Barbara sent this follow-up e-mail:

Well thank you so much for trying, anyway. This is just going to kill me! I know it was its own show, and not an episode of Tales from the Darkside or Monsters. And I know it must have been around 1988 or 1989, because I was a freshman in college when it was on. And I know that because one of my fellow freshman had a crush on the chipmunk guy, and we would discuss heatedly because I thought she was crazy. You know. Because he was a chipmunk. Well, anyway, I’m sure I’ll eventually figure it out. Or not. Thanks again for your time!

Does anyone have foggy memories of an actor who looks chipmunky? Anyone?

I was wondering if you guys could help jog my memory about a bit of TV that I think was on in the late 70’s or early 80’s. I’m not quite sure what the subject matter was, but I believe either the closing or opening credit sequence was an image of a red light bulb that swung ever so gently over a dark and spooky room. Does this sound at all familiar to you? Its a haunting image from my youth that some other friends of mine share, but none of us can pinpoint what it was.

Sounds eerie. Thoughts?

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6 Replies to “Q & A: Can You Identify These Shows, Part 9”

  1. The first series in question was the wonderful, but short-lived programme, “SHADOW CHASERS”. It starred Trevor Eve, Dennis Dugan, and Nina Foch. In some ways it was a pre-cursor to ‘THE X-FILES” with one skeptic and one true-believer pursuing the paranormal. The difference being that these adventures were much lighter as the series was created by Kenneth Johnson, former executive producer of “THE INCREDIBLE HULK”.

    “SHADOW CHASERS” ran for fourteen episodes, but only 9 were aired on ABC from November 1985 through January 1986.

    1. I was able to watch all the Shadow Chasers episodes since all 14 aired on AFN, the armed forces network, in Germany. I believe it was not long after it’s run on ABC.

  2. First let me say I much enjoy your site,sir or M,am.Find it prompts many very pleasant memories! I thank you for that and allowing me to share my “knowledge” of trivia.I think,in regard to someone’s question about the series wherein episodes ended with a slowly swinging red light bulb on a noose-like cord was called “Callan” and was a British series starring Edward Woodward as,basically,an assasin for the British secret service. It was produced,based on star Woodward’s age and the clothing and hairstyles as well as the socio-political references,in the late sixties. It was kinda grim and definitely dark in tone. Didn’t know it played on this side of the pond. My wife read about the series in the Sunday newspaper and said it sounded interesting so we rented aDVD of a half-dozen episodes from Netflix.Hoe this helps and I’m sorry for going on! CY

  3. No, it was a horror series, twilight zone or outer limits like, late 70’s – to early 80’s. Really disturbing. The image of the red light bulb swinging in a dark room. Anyone else remember this?

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