Q & A: Can You Identify These Shows, Part 12

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.

I am sure I remember seeing as a kid a pilot episode for a sort of early “Men In Black” concept show, about the usual secret crime-fighting organization a la UNCLE with various departments. I remember the plot concerned a young woman (journalist?) who is recruited to help with the latest crisis/mission, and she is introduced to the headquarters, with an elevator where you turn a key and the buttons for the various floors flips over to reveal a second one for the HQ. Each department is named by colour, and Dep’t Black is I think the one that can erase people’s memories at will. After a long and intense adventure, they set up that she will bump into one of the agents in a public square right at 12 o’clock, and suddenly have no memory of any of what just happened! Do you have any idea what this might have been? Many thanks!

Despite the level of detail I wasn’t able to identify this possible television pilot. Peter later suggested that he saw this “in the late 70’s to early 80’s” but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was originally broadcast then. It may not have even been a television pilot; it could have been a miniseries, a short-lived program or a made-for-TV movie. Or perhaps it was a feature film rebroadcast on television. Any ideas?

Do Paul Revere and The Raiders really hold the record for being on TV more times then any other band?

This isn’t a question about a specific television program, so there’s no show to identify, but it’s an interesting question nevertheless. Aside from perhaps Guinness World Records (formerly The Guinness Book of World Records) I can’t think of a resource that could claim to know whether or not Paul Revere and The Raiders have made more television appearances than any other band.

According to ClassicBands.com, Paul Revere and The Raiders made some 720 appearances on television during the late 1960s, first on Where the Action Is and later It’s Happening (both on ABC). I can’t say whether that number is correct. Are there other bands that may legitimately lay claim to having appeared on television more times than Paul Revere and The Raiders? House bands for talk shows that have been on the air for decades might. Any thoughts?

3 Replies to “Q & A: Can You Identify These Shows, Part 12”

  1. I recall a TV series that might be compatible with this memory. The premise was that the ID of too many US secret agents had been learned by our enemies. Fortunately, the US was full of talented laymen in every possible field. So each week, some civilians were recruited to go on an assignment like “Mission Impossible.” I new saw an episode and just remember commercials. I had the impression that this show featured different stars each week, like the Love Boat. I seem to recall Earnest Borgnine in one of the commercials. Hope this info. helps get you on the trail to ID this TV show.

    1. Hope this site is still alive.

      Medeiros, the show you describe sounds a little like Masquerade, a short lived ABC series with Rod Taylor and Kirstie Alley. Could that be it?

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