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What 80s or 90s shows would you watch the reruns of, that many other people may never (or barely) even have heard of?

Now I had certainly heard of Airwolf and had even watched a few episodes in my lifetime. But it certainly wasn't a show that was on my mind. It would never have occurred to me to look for it on, say, Netflix. But Superman's Pal went to the trouble of buying the show on DVD (admittedly at a very low price) and plans to watch it. I wonder what shows the rest of us might place in the same category; I.e., shows the rest of the world has largely forgotten, yet which still hold a place in our memories. From our time period, of course.

I almost included A-Team for myself, but quickly remembered there have been some relatively recent A-Team experiments, for example in 2006, so I guess that show is still remembered by the general population, maybe thanks to Mr. T.

Other shows that came to mind for me were produced in the 70s, outside of our era, for example the Planet of the Apes TV series, which my cousin and I never missed.

I'll try to come up with something. Maybe one of you will jog my memory.






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I remember Airwolf from when I was a kid but I don't remember any specific episodes. I probably never saw more than one or two. So this is interesting to see them all now, I had no idea what was really going on. I'm trying to decide if Jan-Michael Vincent is compelling or a terrible actor. He kind of goes both ways.

I also picked up the whole series of Greatest American Hero a couple of years ago. Now I did remember a few specific episodes from when I was a kid and it was fun to rewatch. I didn't make it through the whole thing yet though.

I would probably enjoy a rewatch of The A-Team. Or MacGyver. I definitely want to rewatch Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman, especially the latter, it's the one I saw more of. I remember her fighting HAL 9000?

Oh, you know what was good? I picked up the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon a few years ago, that was fun to watch again. I didn't remember all the episodes, especially the one when the main guy decides they should stop screwing around and just kill Venger so he will stop messing up their way home. Dark!


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I don't think I've ever seen an episode of Airwolf. However, I have a few VHS tapes of Picket Fences that I taped from FX(maybe?) about 15 years ago. I loved that show and if I happened across a marathon on cable I would be stuck watching it for hours.


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While I might give The Greatest American Hero a watch, I don't think I'd ever watch The A-Team again, a show I loved as a kid. Another show in that vein is The Dukes Of Hazard. I watched it every week as a kid but have no interest in revisiting it.

The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman! Now you're talking! I've got the complete SMDM on bootleg DVDs. The reunion movies are even within the board's parameters, though they aren't very good.


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    I remember Airwolf from when I was a kid but I don't remember any specific episodes. I probably never saw more than one or two. So this is interesting to see them all now, I had no idea what was really going on. I'm trying to decide if Jan-Michael Vincent is compelling or a terrible actor. He kind of goes both ways.


I'll be interested to hear if you think the true star of the series was the helicopter. Wikipedia says it was a genuine, flight-ready air machine that went on, after the series was cancelled, to be an ambulance helicopter in Germany, ultimately crashing during a severe storm. Its crew didn't survive.


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    I also picked up the whole series of Greatest American Hero a couple of years ago. Now I did remember a few specific episodes from when I was a kid and it was fun to rewatch. I didn't make it through the whole thing yet though.


I remember that show. I watched it often. But of course I did. He was a superhero and despite the humorous aspect of the series he was serious about using his powers to help people. I had to watch it.


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    I would probably enjoy a rewatch of The A-Team. Or MacGyver. I definitely want to rewatch Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman, especially the latter, it's the one I saw more of. I remember her fighting HAL 9000?


I think The Bionic Woman was an important show for American culture. Before the Bionic Woman, there was Wonder Woman (only one year earlier) and nothing else if I'm not mistaken.


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    Oh, you know what was good? I picked up the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon a few years ago, that was fun to watch again. I didn't remember all the episodes, especially the one when the main guy decides they should stop screwing around and just kill Venger so he will stop messing up their way home. Dark!


Now that sounds interesting!






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Here's a good memory jogger for the 80s:
Short-lived and easily forgotten 1980s TV series

Shows I remember:
Automan
Blacke's Magic
Hell Town
- I don't remember this but The Last Precinct featured Adam West!
Manimal
Misfits of Science
Nero Wolfe
Street Hawk
Walking Tall
- How did I miss Wizards and Warriors?







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A good memory jogger:
Top one season wonders from the 1990s

I don't remember any of these. I of course have heard of "My So-Called Life" but have never watched an episode and had no idea Claire Danes was in it.

"Nothing Sacred" sounds very interesting. There's a really good chance I would find this show watchable. I'm a sucker for stories about young, cool Catholic priests. I wonder if Hulu or Netflix has this series.

This list made me realize that one season wonders are probably the epitome of what I had in mind with this thread, though of course Airwolf (which sparked the original thought) ran for more than one season.






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    While I might give The Greatest American Hero a watch, I don't think I'd ever watch The A-Team again, a show I loved as a kid.

I might watch some A-Team, mostly because I don't remember more than a couple of scenes and it might be nice to place them in context. I don't know that I could get through the whole series.


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    Another show in that vein is The Dukes Of Hazard. I watched it every week as a kid but have no interest in revisiting it.

I always like the mythology of moonshiners and when I discovered that the Dukes were based on the movie Moonrunners I had to track down that movie, and I enjoyed it quite a bit for what it was, a '70s hicksploitation flick. That movie's tagline was "Moonrunners picks up where Thunder Road left off" so I had to look up Thunder Road, and sort of enjoyed that '50s drive-in flick. After that I picked up the first couple of seasons of the Dukes, but maybe for the reasons you state, I didn't get through much. It's interesting to watch the first couple of episodes and see how quickly it goes from shot on location to shot in a studio and becomes formulaic very quickly. I would probably watch the first few seasons just for the car stunts, but not much else.


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    The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman! Now you're talking! I've got the complete SMDM on bootleg DVDs. The reunion movies are even within the board's parameters, though they aren't very good.

But they turned Sandra Bullock into The Flash, didn't they?



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Changed cast.

Jumped network.

Jumped the Shark.

Just watch Season 1 and most of 2.


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Automan was an interesting attempt to make a version of TRON. But it only took 2 episodes to see it was doomed.

Street Hawk: Knight Rider on a motorcycle that can make 90 degree turns....ah....the 80's. \:\)


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Jan-Michael had potential but boozed it away.

Greatest American Hero: always enjoyed seeing Connie Selica ;\)

MacGyver was on Netflix stream until recently. I have not yet seen the recent reboot series.

Interstingly, I find watching classic MacGyver worth it to analyze the gizmos he cobbles together. There are basically 3 categories:

1. Can work

2. Might work but skeptical: like when he whips up blasting powder to blast a hole in a wall, he doesn't make nearly enough of what it would really take.

3. Oh heck no! Building a two person ultra light from bamboo, trash bags for the wings for wind shear, a giant fan blade for a propeller and a miniature cement mixer for the motor. That mixer wouldn't have the horse power needed to sustain flight.

Six Million Dollar man season sets available cheap on Amazon. Some of them contain crossover episodes with the Bionic Woman.

If you search online you can find the script of the never produced finale episode of the D&D cartoon


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Sandra did make her debut as I recall in the second Bionic Reunion movie.

She was the latest in bionic tech, nano tech I think, and of course being the latest tech made her a bit better, stronger and faster then Jamie and Steve.

The first reunion movie was fun, the second one was okay, and the third was just made to retire the characters.




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I remember it being on, I never saw much of it but my friends said it was good. I'll watch it someday. I think I saw the episode where David Duchovny guest-starred.


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Barry Van Dyke, right? He was also one of the replacement cast on Galactica 1980. Is he a franchise-killer?



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Yes, Barry was one of the androids/actors that replaced Apollo and Starbuck in Galactica 1980

That being said, I attribute both Galactica 1980 and Airwolf Season 4 being such disasters to the writers far more then the cast.

That being said also, the cast change in Airwolf Season 4 didn't help.

For 3 Seasons of Airwolf Stringfellow is the only one who can really fly Airwolf at its full power, and his brother is MIA from the war.

Season 4 then does a complete 180 and now everyone and their orchestra can fly the thing, Dominic Santini is killed and Stringfellow is badly wounded, his brother it turns out survived the war, went deep cover and was captured, gets free in time to see Stringfellow in the hospital and then takes him somewhere, presumably his cabin in the woods where he presumably dies. All that Sinjen (spell check on that name please) would say "There was something I had to do"

Then he joins the others as the new Team Airwolf and the rest is downhill...


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    All that Sinjen (spell check on that name please)

It is pronounced Sinjen, but it's spelled St. John (you can see this in season 1 file cards at the beginning of most episodes). It's a known name and some pronounce it "Saint John" and others "Sinjen" and no, I don't know the reason. Some dialect/regional thing I suppose.



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