Employing split screens and kinetic pacing, the real-time action thriller-drama 24 became a fast cult hit when it premiered on FOX in late 2001. Each one-hour episode covers an hour in a single day that unfolds over the course of a season. Kiefer Sutherland stars as über-hero Jack Bauer, a daring and seemingly indestructible agent for the fictitious U.S.-intelligence body the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU). Throughout the series, Bauer has stopped an assassination attempt, thwarted a nuclear attack, been widowed, decapitated a witness, died, and become addicted to narcotics while undercover with a drug cartel. Among the other characters are President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), who was candidate Palmer throughout the first season, later had the Presidency swiped from under him, and was the victim of a bio-attack at the end of the second season; Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert), Jack's trouble-prone, damsel-in-distress daughter; and Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), a fellow-CIA agent with whom Jack has both butted heads and allied. Noted for its unflinching ability to kill off major players for the sake of the show, an assortment of other characters have come and gone throughout the show's history.

 

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The Adventures Of Superman - * Animated *
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton - 1941 - USA - Series, Color Genre/Type Comic-Book Superhero Film Characters by Shuster, Joe, Siegel, Jerry Includes: Superman (1941, Dave Fleischer) Eleventh Hour (1942, Dan Gordon) Electric Earthquake (1942, Dave Fleischer) Japoteurs (1942, Seymour Kneitel) The Magnetic Telescope (1942, Dave Fleischer) The Arctic Giant (1942, Dave Fleischer) Showdown (1942, Izzy Sparber) Terror on the Midway (1942, Dave Fleischer) Billion Dollar Limited (1942, Dave Fleischer) Jungle Drums (1943, Dan Gordon) The Mummy Strikes (1943, Izzy Sparber) The Bulleteers (1942, Dave Fleischer) Secret Agent (1943, Seymour Kneitel) The Underground World (1943, Seymour Kneitel) Destruction Inc. (1942, Izzy Sparber) Mechanical Monsters (1941, Dave Fleischer) Volcano (1942, Dave Fleischer) Superman: The Last Son of Krypton animated series tells the origin story of Superman. Born on the faraway planet Krypton, Kal-El is the infant son of Jor-El, a brilliant scientist, and his wife, Lara. Jor-El believes that planet-wide destruction is approaching, but his warnings are not heeded — except by Brainiac, the planet's supercomputer, which uses the information solely to save itself. As the planet begins to fall apart, Jor-El succeeds in sending his baby son away in a small rocket. The rocket lands on Earth, where he is found by Jonathon and Martha Kent. They adopt him and raise him as their own child, named Clark. Soon it becomes clear that Clark is not an ordinary child. He possesses powers and abilities far beyond those of ordinary mortals. He vows to use these powers for good and, after graduating, he moves to Metropolis to start a newspaper career, where he soon finds himself working with attractive reporter Lois Lane. Along the way, he also adopts an alter ego — Superman — to fight such dangerous menaces as Lex Luthor, who has designed a battle suit that makes its wearer nearly invincible. Fortunately, Superman triumphs over all, saving Metropolis and the world for the first of what will be many times.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN
Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season
The Adventures of Superman: Mystery of the Broken Statues
Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) runs across a pair of mysterious men who are going around Metropolis, purchasing cheap plaster statuettes at various gift shops and then smashing them. Intrigued by their bizarre behavior and positive that there's a story behind it somewhere, she enlists the help of Clark Kent (George Reeves) to see what they're up to and even gets ahead of them, purchasing some of the statues herself and smashing them, whereupon she discovers some small, seemingly meaningless objects inside. But before she can figure out what it all means, she's kidnapped out of her own apartment. Kent and Inspector Henderson (Robert Shayne) are positive that notorious international criminal Paul Martin (Tris Coffin) is behind the kidnapping and the plot, but can't get a lead on his whereabouts, or the meaning of it all. Inspector Henderson is slowly sweating the truth out of one of Martin's henchmen, but it looks as though only Superman can help Miss Lane, if he can find out where she's being held..

The Adventures of Superman: The Birthday Letter
A little crippled girl named Cathy Williams (Isa Ashdown) has one special wish in life: To meet her idol, Superman (George Reeves). When Cathy accidently intercepts a phone call intended for a gang of counterfeiters who've stolen printing plates from the Bank of France, one of the crooks (John Doucette) passes himself off as Superman in order to gain the girl's confidence and find out how much she knows. Inevitably, the bad guys kidnap poor Cathy, and of course the real Superman races to the rescue. .

The Adventures of Superman: Treasure of the Incas
Reporters Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) and Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) show up in Peru, hoping to find an Incan treasure and thereby scoop their colleague Clark Kent (George Reeves). Unfortunately, the two intrepid newshounds stumble onto a cave being used by a particulary vicious gang of criminals. The upshot of all this is another "death trap" for poor Lois and Jimmy, obliging Clark to whip off his spectacles and morph into Superman for the last-minute rescue. .

The Adventures of Superman: Superman on Earth
The sole survivor of the doomed planet Krypton is the baby son of scientist Jor-El (Robert Rockwell) and Lara (Aline Towne), who providently place the child in a rocketship and blast him to earth just before their planet explodes. Rescued by a farm couple named Kent, the infant, renamed Clark, grows up with the knowledge that he is "different" from other children--mainly, he has powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, including the power of X-Ray vision and the ability to fly. Making his way to the big city of Metropolis, the adult Clark Kent (George Reeves) applies for a reporter job at the "Daily Planet", but irascible editor Perry White (John Hamilton) wants nothing to do with the bespectacled greenhorn--at least, not until Clark offers to "arrange" the rescue of a man dangling from a dirigible guide wire 1000 feet above ground. Of course, Clark neglects to tell anyone that he is able to pull off the rescue himself--as his alter ego, Superman! This "origin" episode of The Adventures of Superman was the first to be telecast, but was actually the 24th episode to be filmed for the series' inaugural season. .

The Adventures of Superman: The Case of the Talkative Dummy
The staff of the "Daily Planet" investigates when several armored trucks are hijacked in Metropolis. It turns out that the thieves are being supplied with information concerning the truck's routes by a specially rigged ventriloquist's dummy. Stumbling on to vital evidence, cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) is kidnapped a locked in safe. Good thing that his colleague Clark Kent (George Reeves), alias Superman, possesses the gift of X-Ray vision. Pierre Watkin, who previously played "Daily Planet" editor Perry White in two Superman movie serials, is here seen in a different role. .

The Adventures of Superman: The Haunted Lighthouse
Cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) pays a visit to his Aunt Louisa (Sarah Padden) who lives in a lighthouse off the coast of Maine. Upon arrival, Jimmy begins to suspect that something is amiss: Though he's never met Aunt Louise, she sure doesn't live up to her description. And besides, there's a sinister looking "cousin" (Jimmy Ogg) and a very terrified young woman (Allen Roberts) on the premise. It is up to Clark Kent (George Reeves) to figure out that the lighthouse is being used by a gang of smugglers--and it's up to Kent's alter ego Superman to save Jimmy from a watery doom.. .

The Adventures of Superman: Double Trouble
A valuable supply of radium is stolen from the United States Medical Corps in Germany. The authorities think they've got the culprit dead to rights--but he has an airtight alibi. It is up to Superman (George Reeves) to figure out that the radium was swiped by a clever pair of twins (both played by Howland Chamberlain)--simply knowing this does not wrap up the case. In addition to a cameo appearance by future Mickey Mouse Club host Jimmy Dodd, this episode also boasts the spectacle of ubiquitious Superman bit player Stephen Carr) (the brother of director Thomas Carr) cavorting about in drag! .

The Adventures of Superman: The Stolen Costume
Johnny Sims, a two-bit burglar and sneak-thief, breaks into the apartment of Clark Kent (George Reeves) and chances upon the secret closet where he keeps his Superman costume (Kent isn't wearing it that night because he must take a check-up as part of an office insurance program). He steals the costume but manages to get shot by a pursuing police officer and makes his way to the apartment of Ace (Dan Seymour) and Connie (Veda Ann Borg), a pair of low-level criminals. The burglar dies, but not before he gives Ace the location of the apartment where he got the costume. Ace is skeptical but the notion that this is Superman's costume, and what it would mean if he could figure out Superman's secret identity, is too tempting to ignore. Meanwhile, Kent is almost panic-stricken over the loss of the costume and what it might mean if someone discovered his secret. He can't go to the police, so he calls in a friend, private detective Candy Meyers (Frank Jenks), who is understandably bewildered when he is asked to help Kent recover a stolen piece of property, but also informed that he can't be told what the property is. While he's following up on the prints left behind by the burglar, Ace and Connie are several steps ahead -- when they learn that Kent is a reporter for the Daily Planet, they know they're on the right track. But due to a misunderstanding, they think that Candy is Kent and kidnap the detective. Kent must save his friend and bring an end to this situation, and to do it he is forced to bring Ace and Connie to a remote mountain peak, to an isolated cabin, until he can figure out what to do about them. It's then that the pair make a disastrous decision about trying to escape..

The Adventures of Superman: A Night of Terror
While taking a well-deserved vacation in Canada, reporter Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) ends up at a seedy motel where the owner's wife (Ann Doran) is behaving in a strangely terrified fashion. It turns out that the motel is the refuge for a pair of gunmen who are awaiting the arrival of a paid killer. Before long, Lois has been kidnapped by the villains--and when cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) comes to her rescue, he is snatched as well. Looks like this is another job for Superman (George Reeves). Watch for the notorious scene in which supporting actor Frank Richards accidentally knocks Phyllis Coates unconscious for real! .

The Adventures of Superman: The Monkey Mystery
A fortune handed to Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) by an organ-grinder's monkey -- a monkey dressed in a Superman costume, no less -- sends her on the trail of a secret formula, the last work of slain Eastern European atomic scientist Jan Moleska (Fred Essler). She finds Moleska's daughter Maria (Allene Roberts) unconscious, and is, herself, knocked cold by an enemy agent; Superman (George Reeves) arrives in time to save their lives, but not to keep the formula from being stolen. When Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) is kidnapped while following up a lead to the enemy agents, Superman finds himself with a doubly urgent mission, to save his friend and find the formula. He hopes that the organ-grinder's monkey will lead him to both before it's too late..

The Adventures of Superman: The Ghost Wolf
Clark (George Reeves), Lois (Phyllis Coates) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) head to Canada to investigate reports of a werewolf who is allegedly attacking lumberjacks. Clark is certain that there's a logical explanation to these "supernatural" events, which is quite a statement coming from a man who periodically transforms himself into Superman. At any rate, by the time the episode comes to a climax, all the people whom we care about are imperiled by a forest fire. Watch for an error in the rigging when Superman takes to the air--a faulty special effect that nearly resulted in a serious on-set injury for actor George Reeves. .

The Adventures of Superman: Crime Wave
This slam-bang episode opens with a montage of highlights from previous Superman entries, illustrating a crime wave that has swept over Metropolis. Declaring war against every racketeer in town, Superman (George Reeves) rounds up such hoodlums as Nick Marone (Phil Van Zandt and Big Ed Bullock (Al Eben) with comparative ease--but who is the mysterious and elusive "Mr. Big" behind the explosion of crime? Hint: Take a look at the membership roster of the Metropolis Citizen's Action Council. The episode climaxes with the classic f.x. scene in which Superman is mercilessly bombarded by atomic "death rays." .

The Adventures of Superman: Czar of the Underworld
Clark Kent (George Reeves) and Inspector Henderson (Robert Shayne) go off to Hollwyood, where Clark is to serve as technical advisor for a film about underworld kingpin Louie Dinelli (Anthony Caruso). The gangster boss isn't about to let the film get made, and he arranges a number of suspicious accidents on the set--not to mention a few fatalities. Thus it is that Clark disappears into the shadows and re-emerges in his traditional Superman guise. The "National Studios" seen in this episode is actually the backlot of the historic RKO-Pathe studio, while the actor playing movie director Tommy Carr is actually Tommy's brother Stephen Carr. .

The Adventures of Superman: The Human Bomb
Crooked gambler "Bet-a-Million" Butler (Trevor Bardette) wagers that he can keep Superman (George Reeves) occupied while a huge museum robbery takes place. The plan involves the abduction of Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates), who is placed in a room full of explosives, set to go off if Superman interferes with the robbery. But "Bet-a-Millon" manages to outsmart himself, and the Man of Steel proves that he can be in two places at once--figurative speaking, of course. .

The Adventures of Superman: The Riddle of the Chinese Jade
A priceless Chinese jade statuette is stolen just before it is to be donated to the National Museum. The culprit is the misguided Harry Wong (Victor Sen Yung), a resident of Metropolis' Chinatown, who has arranged the theft because of a falling out with his prospective father-in-law. Superman (George Reeves) works together with Inspector Henderson (Robert Shayne) to recover the statuette and prevent Wong from ruining his life. .

The Adventures of Superman: The Evil Three
With no Lois Lane around, her "Daily Planet" colleagues Perry White (John Hamilton) and Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) are the "stars" of this episode. While on a fishing trip in the Louisana bayous, Perry and Jimmy stop over at a rundown hotel where they meet three extremely sinister-looking characters. After attempting to scare off their unwanted guests by pretending that the hotel is haunted, the despicable trio decides to murder Perry and Jimmy--and they might have gotten away with it, too, were it not for the timely arrival of Superman (George Reeves). This disturbingly violent episode pulls no punches, especially when an old lady is pushed downstairs in a wheelchair! .

The Adventures of Superman: Drums of Death
Although Lois Lane does not appear in this episode, there is still a "damsel in distress" in the form of Kate White (Mabel Albertson), the sister of "Daily Planet" editor Perry White (John Hamilton). When Kate disappears in Haiti, reporters Clark (George Reeves), and Jimmy (Jack Larson) inaugurate a search for the missing woman. It isn't long before Jimmy himself is captured by a gang of criminals who are using local voodoo superstitions as a smokescreen for their crimes. (Incidentally, the George Hamilton in this episode is not the movie star of the same name). .

The Adventures of Superman: The Runaway Robot
Eccentric "Daily Planet" stringer Horatio Hinkle (Lucien Littlefield) invents a robot named Hero, which he uses to break up a jewel robbery. The disgruntled thieves decide to kidnap the robot and force Hinkle to reprogram it to help them commit their next few crimes. This, of course, is a contingency that Superman (George Reeves) hopes to prevent--but he may be too late to do so. Future Gilligan's Island costar Russell Johnson is rather surprisingly cast as the leader of the criminal gang. .

The Adventures of Superman: Mystery in Wax
For over a year, artist and self-styled mystic Mme. Selena (Myra McKinney) has been holding the city of Metropolis in thrall with her predictions -- she announces a new "vision" to an audience of VIPs and press at her wax museum, and unveils the wax sculpture of the man that she predicts will die within the next six months; and five men predicted to die have apparently done so. Clark Kent (George Reeves), Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates), and Perry White (John Hamilton) of the Daily Planet decide to investigate, and discover that her latest "vision" and sculpture are of... Perry White. When White turns up missing, an apparent victim of suicide, the reporters must overcome their grief to continue working on the story -- soon, Lois has uncovered a darker, more horrible side to Mme. Selena's life and work than anyone could have imagined. It's also a discovery that may well get her killed, unless Superman can figure out what's going on and where she's being held before it's too late..

The Adventures of Superman: The Unknown People, Part 1
This first episode of a two-part story was excerpted from the theatrical feature Superman and the Oil Man. Reporters Clark Kent (George Reeves) and Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) arrive in the town of Silsby, there to cover the drilling of the world's deepest oil well. Unfortunately, the digging has hit the center of the earth, disturbing a peaceful race of "Mole Men" who are forced to climb to the surface. The strange creatures' bizarre appearance and behavior brings out the worst in the local townsfolk, with bigoted Luke Benson (Jeff Corey) stirring up a mob to kill off the Mole Men--at which point Clark Kent decides it's time to go into full Superman mode! .

The Adventures of Superman: The Unknown People, Part 2
This concluding episode of a two-part story was excerpted from the theatrical feature Superman and the Oil Man. The digging of an oil well in the town of Silsby has caused a race of subterranean "Mole Men" to escape to the earth's surface. All the Mole Men want is to be left in peace, but their bizarre and grotesque appearance arouses the fear and bigotry of the local citizens. It is up to visiting reporter Clark Kent (George Reeves to prevent the situation from getting completely of hand--and the only way he can do this is to transform himself into Superman. Note that Phyllis Coates, who plays Lois Lane, has lighter hair than usual: This is because Superman and the Mole Men was filmed before production began on the Adventures of Superman TV series proper--even though this two-part adaptation was not telecast until the end of the series' first season. .

Additional Features cc Retrospective documentary -- "Adventures of Superman: From Inkwell to Backlot" featuring Jack Larson, Leonard Maltin, and others 1951 theatrical feature Superman and the Mole Men, later to be televised as the two-part "The Unknown People" Pony Express Days: Vintage Warner Bros. historical short starring George Reeves Commentary on four key episodes by Superman chroniclers Gary H. Grossman and Chuck Harter Original Kellogg's cereal commercials

The Adventures of Superman [TV Series] 1952 - 30 min. - Series, B&W, Color Having achieved success in various other media -- comic books, newspaper comic strips, animated cartoons, live-action serials, daytime radio, and hardcover books -- the Man of Steel whooshed his way into the hearts of TV viewers with this phenomenally popular series, first telecast in 1951. Starring then-little-known actor George Reeves as Krypton's favorite son, Adventures of Superman also featured Phyllis Coates as tough, occasionally abrasive newshound Lois Lane, Jack Larson as cub reporter Jimmy Olsen, and John Hamilton as perpetually exasperated editor Perry White. The first-season stories, many of them adapted from the radio show, are considerably more hard-edged and action-packed than later episodes, which were dumbed down for younger audiences. "The Haunted Lighthouse" still comes across as pretty darn spooky, "Riddle of the Chinese Jade" as mystifying, and "Crime Wave" as downright gritty and violent. One installment, "The Stolen Costume," actually ends with the deaths of two miscreants who've stumbled onto the secret of Superman's dual identity. The season-ending two-parter, "Unknown People," is actually a slightly edited version of Superman and the Mole Men, the short feature film that served as an unofficial pilot for the series. It's a real standout, with the Man of Steel trying to protect the peculiar-looking, diminutive residents of an underground community whose excursion to the surface world finds them targeted by narrow-minded, intolerant bullies. Adventures of Superman originally came to the small screen under the supervision of Robert Maxwell, the radio show’s majordomo, and Whitney Ellsworth, whose tenure at DC Comics made him qualified to oversee the adaptation of printed-page stories into live-action exploits. A nostalgic favorite of millions, this series holds up quite well in comparison to other shows of TV's early days.

 

Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second Season
The Adventures of Superman: A Ghost for Scotland Yard
While returning to Metropolis from a European assignment, Clark (George Reeves) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) make a stopover in England, where they find themselves up to their necks in "supernatural" phenomena. It seems that a recently deceased magician named Brockhurst (Leonard Mudie) has apparently risen from his grave to wreak vengeance on his enemies. It is up to Clark's alter ego Superman (George Reeves) to expose the fraud behind Brockhurst's ghostly "visitations", and to save his would-be victims from being bumped off en masse.

The Adventures of Superman: The Dog Who Knew Superman
Superman (George Reeves) rescues Corky, a sweet, playful dog, from the well into which he's fallen, and returns the dog to his owner, Joyce (Dona Drake). He later discovers that the dog has bonded with him and is seeking him out -- the problem is that Corky recognizes him in his Clark Kent guise and is just as gregarious in greeting him at those times, in his office at the Daily Planet. Joyce's husband Hank (Ben Welden), a small-time hood with big-time ambition, figures this out, and plans to use the dog to uncover Superman's secret identity, and blackmail him into giving his bookmaking operation protection.

The Adventures of Superman: The Man in the Lead Mask
The Metropolis underworld is informed of a remarkable plastic surgeon (John Crawford) who is able to transform the faces of criminals and change their fingerprints. As proof, gangster Marty Mitchell (Frank Scannell) resurfaces to commit a series of crimes, his face obscured with a lead mask so that Superman (George Reeves) cannot use his X-Ray vision to confirm Mitchell's identity. It turns out, however, that this is all part of a scam operation cooked up by a pair of con artists who hope to fool both the Underworld and the reporters of the "Daily Planet"--and it is Superman who exposes the scheme just in time to prevent a couple of murders.

The Adventures of Superman: Jungle Devil
"Daily Planet" reporters Clark (George Reeves), Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) head into a treacherous jungle, searching for a scientific expedition which has vanished. The local natives prove quite hostile to the "intruders" because the jeweled eye of a native idol has apparently been stolen. This is the episode in which Clark's alter ego Superman not only wrestles a gorilla, but also uses his bare hands to convert a lump of coal into a diamond!

The Adventures of Superman: The Machine That Could Plot Crimes
Ex-mobster Larry McCoy (Billy Nelson) is looking to make a comeback, and finds the means to do so in the work of his eccentric scientist neighbor (Sterling Holloway), who has invented a super-computer (referred to here as a "thinking machine"). The device, referred to by its maker as "Mr. Kelso," is capable of running multiple operations at once, and McCoy puts it to work -- at first duping the gullible scientist and then taking over control -- planning a series of seemingly perfect bank hold-ups. The Metropolis police are stymied, and Clark Kent (George Reeves) decides it's time for Superman to take a hand. But the computer offers McCoy a way of preventing Superman's interference. And when Lois Lane (Noel Neill) starts to investigate, she ends up a captive of McCoy.

The Adventures of Superman: Panic in the Sky
The entire Earth is placed in jeopardy when a huge asteroid -- measuring more than five miles across -- approaches on a collision course. In a last ditch effort to save the planet, and the city of Metropolis, which is right in its projected impact area, Superman (George Reeves) himself into space directly at the object and manages to deflect it into a close orbit around the Earth -- but he is nearly destroyed, returning to Earth weakened and shaken up so badly that he can't recall who he is. Suffering from amnesia, he finds his way to the apartment belonging to Clark Kent and collapses while in the shower. He spends the next few days with help from Lois Lane (Noel Neill) and Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) trying to get his strength back and remember anything about himself. Meanwhile, Daily Planet editor Perry White (John Hamilton) is increasingly desperate to find Superman, as the asteroid's presence so close to the Earth continues to threaten the safety of the planet. His contact with Superman has always been through Kent, but Kent can't remember who he is or who Superman is, much less how to contact him. Finally, a series of accidents demonstrate to him that he is Superman, and he rushes to confront the new threat to the Earth, even though a second encounter with the asteroid could kill him.

The Adventures of Superman: The Face and the Voice
George Reeves plays a triple role in this episode, as reporter Clark Kent, Kent's alter ego Superman, and a lookalike gangster named Boulder. With the help of a plastic surgeon and an acting coach named Hamlet (Percy Helton), Boulder is able to impersonate Superman, committing a series of crimes in this guise in order to disgrace and discredit the real Man of Steel. The plan might have gone off without a hitch had not one of Boulder's cronies (George Chandler) decided to do harm to Clark's reporter pal Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson). An uncredited Hayden Rorke appears as a psychiatrist counseling the confused Clark Kent: twelve years later, Rorke would hang out his shingle as Air Force psychiatrist Dr. Bellows on I Dream of Jeannie.

The Adventures of Superman: My Friend Superman
Diner owner Tony (Tito Vuolo) keeps a pair of protection racketeers (Terry Frost, Paul Burke) from bothering him by claiming (falsely) to be close friends with Superman (George Reeves). Unfortunately, Tony gets in over his head when he records an incriminating conversation between himself and the crooks, and he is forced to solicit the aid of reporter Clark Kent--little imagining that Clark and Superman are one and the same. The climax of this episode is a slapstick pie fight, in which no one is spared a custard massage. Actress Ruth Kilmonis, appearing herein as a jitterbugging teenager, would later be billed as Ruta Lee.

The Adventures of Superman: Superman in Exile
Project X, an experimental nuclear reactor located just outside of Metropolis, runs out of control and threatens the city and the surrounding area for 100 miles around with a devastating radioactive explosion. Superman (George Reeves) arrives barely in time and shuts the reactor down, but in the process absorbs a deadly level of radiation -- he's invulnerable to its effects, but he is now a deadly danger to every living thing around him. The Man of Steel is forced into exile in a remote mountain cabin, while the world's scientists try to find a way to neutralize the radiation permeating his body. Reporters Lois Lane (Noel Neill) and Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) are as upset as everyone else about this tragic loss to the world, but are also puzzled and alarmed by the absence of Clark Kent who has informed the Daily Planet that he may be away for a while -- and possibly longer -- ostensibly following up a lead. Meanwhile, the criminal element in Metropolis is newly emboldened, not least of all Mr. Regan (Phil Van Zandt), a hood who had been put on to a priceless shipment of jewels being brought in from overseas. But to ensure that Superman won't interfere with the robbery, he takes Lois Lane hostage on the getaway plane. Can the Man of Steel find a way to save her life, before it's too late?.

The Adventures of Superman: The Defeat of Superman
Happy King (Peter Mamakos), a one-time crime boss in Metropolis, who fled to Europe because of Superman's crime-busting efforts, has returned to the city, allegedly to make good on his vow to get even with the Man of Steel. He sends a note to Superman in care of Daily Planet asking to meet and settle their differences. Superman shows up at the appointed time and place, a deserted waterfront building, only to find a machine gun rigged to fire on whoever opens the door -- it's harmless enough to him, though one bullet among the dozens that hit him seems to do a little more harm and less harmless bouncing off him. While he tries to figure out what King could possibly have intended with this stunt, the crime kingpin goes ahead with his plan, convinced by the film secretly taken of the attack that he's on the right track. Professor Meldini (Maurice Cass), a scientist from Europe with a criminal orientation, has developed a theory that Superman, a native of the planet Krpyton, can be rendered helpless and perhaps even killed by being brought into contact with a radioactive isotope of material from his native planet -- kyptonite. And while the naturally occurring kryptonite is so scarce, that he could only put a few grams into that one test bullet, Meldini believes that he can manufacture synthetic kryptonite in sufficient quantity to kill Superman. King prepares to destroy his enemy with a trap, and gets unexpected bait when Lois Lane (Noel Neill) and Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) fall into his hands..

The Adventures of Superman: Shot in the Dark
A frantic woman named Harriet Hopper (Vera Marshe) bursts into the offices of the "Daily Planet" demanding to speak to Superman--and makes a beeline to the office of Clark Kent (George Reeves! How has Harriet managed to tumble to Clark's secret identity? Well, it seems that her nephew Alan (played by Billy Gray of Father Knows Best fame) is a camera bug, and has managed to snap an infra-red photo of Clark changing into his Superman outfit. Though Kent manages to alibi his way out of this sticky situation, young Alan is not yet out of the woods: He has also taken a picture of a dangerous criminal named Burnside (John Eldredge) faking his own death in order to defraud an insurance company. .

The Adventures of Superman: Jet Ace
Familiar B-western actor Lane Bradford appears in this episode as intrepid test pilot Chris White. While recovering from injuries incurred in a recent crackup, White falls into the hands of enemy agents determined to pry loose some top-secret information. Although the pilot remains grounded for the duration of the episode, Superman (George Reeves) does not--and it is the Man of Steel who strikes the crucial blow for Truth, Justice and the American Way! .

The Adventures of Superman: The Man Who Could Read Minds
Reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) hope to find out who has been pulling a series of burglaries. Swami Armada (Larry Dobkin), a self-styled mind reader, offers to supply the two newshounds with clues vital to cracking the case. Unfortunately, the Swami's "advice" leads Lois and Jimmy right into the clutches of the villains (Richard Karlan, Veola Vonn), and it is up to Superman (George Reeves) to rescue the roving reporters once again. .

The Adventures of Superman: The Big Squeeze
Future Leave It to Beaver paterfamilias Hugh Beaumont appears in this episode as Dan Grayson, an ex-convict who has gone straight for the sake of his wife Peg (Aline Towne) and son Tim (Bradley Mora). Alas, his former cellmate Luke Maynard (John Kellogg) has threatened to reveal Grayson's criminal past unless Dan joins him in a string of robberies. Unable to turn to the police, Dan places his fate in the hands of Superman (George Reeves). .

The Adventures of Superman: Five Minutes to Doom
Season Two of the Adventures of Superman opened with a bang, and a new level of sophistication in the writing and directing, with "Five Minutes To Doom". Clark Kent (George Reeves) and Lois Lane (Noel Neill) are at the death house in state prison to try and get an interview out of Joe Winters (Dabbs Greer), who is about to be executed for murder; but even for the Daily Planet's offer of $5000 for his honest account of the killing -- which Winters would dearly love to give to his wife and young son -- he can't bring himself to admit to a murder he didn't commit. Kent, using his super-powers, determines that Winters is telling the truth about being innocent; and a murder attempt against the two reporters while on their drive back to Metropolis convinces Lois and their editor, Perry White (John Hamilton), that Kent is onto something. The reporters find some shady aspects to the case surrounding Winters, and a connection to a ruthless, powerful businessman named Wayne, who seems to be hiding something. But can even Superman work fast enough to save a man scheduled to be executed in less than a day?.

The Adventures of Superman: The Whistling Bird
Sterling Holloway returns as eccentric scientist Uncle Oscar, who while trying to cook up a formula for flavored stamp glue ends up with a powerful explosive. Rather than write down the entire formula, Uncle Oscar teaches vital segments of the formula to his talking parakeet Schuyler. A pair of foreign spies steal Schuyler and substitute a lookalike, then kidnap Oscar and his niece Nancy (Allene Roberts) in order to steal the explosive. This looks like a job for Superman (George Reeves)--but it may also prove to be his undoing, inasmuch as the loquacious Schuyler is savvy to Superman's "Clark Kent" guise. .

The Adventures of Superman: The Clown Who Cried
Famous circus clown Rollo (Billy Wayne) is slated to appear on a charity telethon hosted by Clark Kent (George Reeves). Unfortunately, Rollo is waylaid by his crooked ex-partner Crackers (Peter Brocco), who dons a clown disguise in order to take Rollo's place and steal the donations. With Rollo aiming a concealed weapon at Clark in full view of the TV audience, how will Mr. Kent be able to transform himself into Superman and save the day? .

The Adventures of Superman: Perry White's Scoop
When the corpse of a man in a diving suit shows up miles from the ocean on the top floor of the "Daily Planet" building, editor Perry White (John Hamilton) is inspired to return to reporting to solve the mystery himself. The closer Perry comes to cracking the case, the more his life is endangered, beginning with a very hot time in a locked steam cabinet. Ultimately, the trail of clues leads from the posh Quincy Athletic Club to a railroad car full of counterfeit money--and can it be that Perry's ace reporter Clark Kent (George Reeves) has been crushed to death under the wheels of the train? .

The Adventures of Superman: Beware the Wrecker
Metropolis is held in the grip of terror by the mysterious "Wrecker", who has been engineering a variety of disasters involving plans, trains and automobiles. The only clue to the Wrecker's identity is the sound of a bell heard during his radio warnings to the populace. Superman (George Reeves) finally figures out that the Wrecker is not a political terrorist, but actually a very clever criminal who is masterminding a massive insurance fraud--and in time-honored fashion, the culprit turns out to be the proverbial Least Likely Suspect. .

The Adventures of Superman: Semi-Private Eye
Determined to figure out the connection between Clark Kent and Superman, Lois Lane engages the services of private detective Homer Garrity (Elisha Cook Jr., cast decidedly against type). Unfortunately, both Lois and Homer are kidnapped by a trio of crooks, whereupon cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) attempts to rescue them by impersonating a private eye--homburg, trenchcoat, Bogart-like lisp and all. Not surprisingly, Jimmy soon finds himself in as much trouble as the two kidnapees, and it is Superman (George Reeves) who ends up rescuing everybody (with a little assistance from the judo-savvy Garrity!) .

The Adventures of Superman: The Boy Who Hated Superman
Young Frankie (Tyler McDuff) idolizes his uncle Duke (Roy Barcroft), a criminal who has been put behind bars thanks to Superman (George Reeves). Convincing Frankie that he was framed, Duke persuades the boy to cook up a scheme that will discredit not only Superman but also his reporter contact Clark Kent--unaware, of course, that Clark and Superman are one and the same. To this end, Frankie chums around with cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson), hoping to turn Jimmy against Clark. But Jimmy is not easily fooled, and he decides to prove to Frankie that Duke is up to no good. Inevitably, both Jimmy and Frankie are kidnapped, leaving Superman to set things right yet once more! .

The Adventures of Superman: The Golden Vulture
The staff of the "Daily Planet" investigates when the scavenger ship commandeered by Captain McBain (Peter Whitney) returns from a treasure hunt with a cache of low-value pirate doubloons. It turns out that McBain is actually pulling off a scam, converting stolen jewelry into phony coins. Alas, the demented modern-day buccaneer imprisons Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson), then forces Clark (George Reeves) to walk the plank--thereby setting up a perversely amusing situation whereby Clark reappears as Superman in order to "save" himself from drowning! .

The Adventures of Superman: Lady in Black
Cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) is lured to a sinister-looking house, where he is confronted by all manner of paranormal phenomena, seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious Lady in Black. But when Jimmy reports his experiences to fellow reporter Clark Kent (George Reeves), he is unable to prove anything. Before long, Clark--or rather, his alter ego Superman--has figured out that someone is trying to discredit Jimmy, the better to cover up a widespread smuggling operation. Virginia Christine, better known to TV addicts as kindly coffee-commercial spokeswoman Mrs. Olson, offers a rather surprising characterization in this episode. .

The Adventures of Superman: Around the World with Superman
This final episode of The Adventures of Superman's second season begins as a little blind girl named Ann Carson (Judy Ann Nugent) sends a heart-tugging message to the "Daily Planet." Responding to the message, reporter Clark Kent (George Reeves) goes into "Superman" mode to help the girl. In short order, Superman manages to reunite Ann's estranged parents (Kay Morley, James Brown), enables a jittery doctor (Raymond Greenleaf) to perform the operation that will restore the girl's sight, and, per the episode's title, takes the wide-eyed youngster on a flight around the world (or at least around a studio process screen!) .

The Adventures of Superman: Star of Fate
Evil Dr. Barnack (Lawrence Ryle) is determined to get his hands on an ancient Egyptian sapphire that is encased in a sacred box--even though the sapphire carries a "curse" which renders anyone who tries to open the box in a permanent comatose state. Ultimately, reporter Lois Lane (Noel Neill) is stricken down by the curse, which turns out to be manifested in a poisoned needle. The one hope for Lois' recovery is a special medicinal herb that can only be found beneath the Great Pyramid of Egypt--and guess who is the only person capable of lifting the pyramid to find the herb? .

The Adventures of Superman: Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor
After a troubled, seemingly sleepless night, Perry White (John Hamilton) arrives at work at the offices of the Metropolis Daily Planet, only to find that -- as part of a civic program that he himself approved -- his job, like that of the mayor, chief of police, and every other important figure in Metropolis, has been given over for one day to the most junior male employee on the staff, part of what is called "Boys' Day." As a result, cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) is now editor-in-chief of the newspaper, and vows to make an impact in his one day on the job by breaking the Legs Lemmy case -- seven years earlier, Legs Lemmy (Herb Vigran) pulled off a major armored car robbery, but the police were never able to find enough evidence to arrest him, and the statute of limitations for prosecuting the crime is set to run out in 24 hours. Olsen prints a front-page story about having new evidence in the case, which shakes up the mobster enough so that he and his two henchmen arrive at the Planet offices and take Olsen and Lois Lane (Noel Neill) hostage. Clark Kent (George Reeves) and Perry White discover what is happening in White's office, but are helpless to do anything about it, for fear of Lois and Jimmy getting hurt -- even Superman breaking in might cause the hoods to open fire..

Additional Features
Documentary "The First Lady of Metropolis" profiling Noel Neill featuring Jack Larson, Leonard Maltin, and others Commentary on two key episodes by Noel Neill and Jack Larson "Stamp Day for Superman": Special episode promoting savings bonds with a new introduction by Jack Larson

Filmed nearly two years after production shut down on The Adventures of Superman's first season, the series' second season of 26 episodes was completed in mid-1953, and aired in most TV markets in the fall of that year. Because the series' owner, National Periodicals, was not pleased with the high violence quotient in Season One, producer Robert Maxwell was replaced by Whitney Ellsworth, who considerably toned down the mayhem. Also, whereas the villains in the Maxwell-produced episodes ranged from vicious to downright insane, the bad guys in the Ellsworth-produced installments tend to be Runyonesque buffoons—especially those played by the ubiquitious Ben Welden and Herb Vigran. As a result, the series lost a lot of its adult appeal during its second season, though it picked up a much larger audience of children and teenagers. While many Superman fans bemoaned this perceived "dumbing down" of the concept, the fact is that The Adventures of Superman would grow more and more popular the younger its target audience became. Beyond these cosmetic changes, Season Two also marks a significant cast change. While George Reeves was still in harness in the dual role of Superman and Clark Kent, as were John Hamilton as Perry White, Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen and Robert Shayne as Inspector Henderson, Phyllis Coates had vacated the role of intrepid girl reporter Lois Lane to pursue other film and TV work. Her replacement is Noel Neill, who'd previously played Lois in a brace of 1ate-1940s Superman theatrical serials starring Kirk Alyn in the title. Compared with Coates' brittle, aggressive portrayal of Lois, Neill came off as more fragile and vulnerable. Though there are some who prefer Phyllis Coates' more self-reliant interpretation of Lois, Noel Neill is the actress who first comes to mind when the character's name is mentioned today; she would remain with the series until its final episode in 1957. Moving production from RKO Pathe to an independent rental outfit called California Studios, The Adventures of Superman was obliged to tighten its budget throughout its second season, meaning fewer location shoots and more interior scenes, recycling furniture, sets and props as often as possible. Credit must go to special-effects wizard Thol "Si" Simonson for doing so much with so little, especially in those scenes wherein Superman was obliged to show off his "powers and abilities beyond those of mortal men." Arguably the season's best episode is "The Face and the Voice", in which George Reeves is seen in three separate characterizations: Clark Kent, Superman, and a doltish Superman lookalike named Boulder. Not actually a part of Season Two, though utilizing the same cast and personnel, is Stamp Day for Superman, a 12-minute public service short subject filmed on behalf of the United States Treasury Department.
The Adventures of Superman took almost two years to get on the air around the entire country, following the completion of its first season in the fall of 1951 — but when it did, the ratings were sensational. It was one of the best of a new wave of filmed television dramas, it looked great, it was exciting and entertaining, and although it was generally shown in a prime-time schedule slot and was viewed by the whole family, it had a special appeal to children that made it ideal for a sponsor such as Kellogg's cereals. But that same appeal also created a serious problem. The program's first season had been produced by Robert Maxwell and Bernard Luber, with Maxwell making most of the major creative decisions; he had also done the Superman radio show (whereas Luber had worked on the serials), and had used the latter as his model for the series — the difficulty lay in the fact that the radio show was part of a tradition of violent crime and mystery shows that were safe enough in the audio medium but, when translated to television, scared children and alarmed their parents with their depictions of criminals, mayhem, and most especially murder. And the parents didn't keep their concerns secret from the stations showing Superman or the sponsor. This was a matter of special concern at the time, because in 1953, comic books and comic book characters had come under attack in print and in legislative hearings for their supposed unsavory and depraved depictions of violence, and neither Kelloggs nor National Periodicals (which owned Superman and produced the series) wanted part of any controversy. Kellogg's wanted a second season, and fast, but Maxwell and his approach to the show had to be replaced. As a result, for the 1953 season and the remainder of the series' run, the makers brought in Whitney Ellsworth. In contrast to Maxwell's radio background, Ellsworth came from National Periodicals. A 13 year veteran of the company, he'd overseen the two Superman serials (starring Kirk Alyn) produced by Columbia Pictures in 1948 and 1950, as well as the same studio's two Batman serials and Republic Pictures' version of his own Congo Bill book. An ex-writer for pulp magazines and paperbacks, he'd joined National in 1940 and knew the Superman comic book and its companion Action Comics, and the character as well as anyone in the business, and he knew what had to be done to make the program more child-friendly. (Ironically, Robert Maxwell landed on his feet producing, of all things, the Lassie television series, as child-friendly a program as there was on television for more than a decade). When Adventures of Superman returned in 1953, there were no more on-screen murders (and, in fact, only two deaths of characters depicted in the entire subsequent 78 episode run of the show); no old ladies in wheelchairs being pushed down flights of steps, and no knives drawn on camera or graphic depictions or descriptions of murder or assault. George Reeves was back in the dual role of Superman and Clark Kent (with a notable third role in one show), and Jack Larson returned as Jimmy Olsen; and John Hamilton did another stint as blustery editor-in-chief Perry White, while Robert Shayne was back as Inspector Henderson of the Metropolis Police Department. But Phyllis Coates, who had played newspaper reporter Lois Lane as a tough-as-nails, sarcastic, and very independent-minded journalist — practically out of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's The Front Page (or Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday) — in the first season, was not willing to return to the series. She had an offer of another show, as well as a couple of B-movie and serial roles, and was unhappy with the money she'd received for the first season of Superman (especially considering that she'd literally been knocked cold by accident while shooting one episode), and not even Ellsworth's offer to double the actress's pay could persuade her to stay. Coates' exit resulted in Ellsworth turning to Noel Neill, a young working actress from Minneapolis who'd played Lois Lane in the two late 1940's Superman serials made at Columbia, and appeared in dozens of movies (including John Farrow's The Big Clock and Vincente Minnelli's An American In Paris). Neill was more conventionally attractive than Coates and presented a softer, more vulnerable, and less intense version of Lois Lane, much closer to the character in the comic book. She and Clark Kent were colleagues and, to some extent, still competitors, but not on the fierce level that one saw in the first season shows. There was a professional rivalry between them, but none of the vitriol from Lois Lane's side that one had occasionally seen in Coates' portrayal of the role. She was more tolerant and understanding of Kent's supposedly mild manner, but also less independent in her own right. In the opening episode of the second season, "Five Minutes To Doom", she even expressed her admiration and appreciation for an act of conspicuous bravery by her seemingly meek associate, as Kent leaps from a moving car to dispose of a bomb about to explode, a reaction that one could not possibly imagine coming convincingly from Coates's Lois Lane. The other major change in the second season was in Reeves' portrayal of Superman. During the first season, Superman had been a severe, taciturn, remote, almost totally alien figure, not given to long conversations or close interaction with the people around him, even those to whom he was relatively close, such as Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. In the new season, Reeves presented Superman as slightly gentler, more accessible, and with the merest trace of a sense of humor which would become more pronounced in coming years. He had displayed some gentler attributes in a couple of the scripts from the first season, most notably "The Ghost Wolf", in which Superman is seen taking time to rescue animals from a forest fire; and "The Birthday Letter", in which he reaches out to a crippled little girl to make her life a little brighter. Reeves and the second-season writers expanded on those attributes, and from 1953 onward, Superman became especially connected with children on screen. This was also a reflection of Reeves' awareness, as the series became a hit, of how important the character Superman became in real-life to children. He suddenly found himself moving into the role of screen icon, at least for that segment of the audience. (He also got to do a bit of extra acting in one episode, "The Face And The Voice", portraying a third role as Boulder, a low-level criminal, complete with Damon Runyon-esque diction, and Superman lookalike hired to impersonate the Man of Steel). The stories as well as the scripts changed under Ellsworth's leadership. In place of the 40's style, radio show-derived crime stories that comprised virtually all of the first season, the series' second season was a much more diverse mix that included mysteries, human interest, science fiction tales, along with crime thrillers. The latter were altered, however, in the way that they were done — the criminals were usually portrayed a little more broadly, and with a slightly over-the-top, comic edge, so that they were less derived from Cornell Woolrich than Damon Runyon, and the more whimsical side of Runyon at that; actors Herb Vigran and Ben Welden, who had played unsettlingly realistic and sadistic thugs in the first season, were both back in the second as a slightly softer, less harsh brand of hood — they were still threatening, but their characterizations wouldn't linger negatively in the memory after the show was over. There were still intense moments — the severely injured crash victim in "The Man In The Lead Mask", the effort by the ringleader (Carlton Young) to shoot a henchman (for whom Superman has, fortunately, substituted) in the face in "The Face And The Voice"); the effort by ex-crime kingpin Larry McCoy (Billy Nelson) to kill the eccentric scientist (Sterling Holloway) who might undo his scheme in "The Machine That Could Plot Crimes"; the fatal fall of Peter Brocco in "The Clown Who Cried"; and Superman's and Metropolis's, and even the Earth's near-doom in "Panic In The Sky" and "Superman In Exile" — but generally the world depicted in the second season of Superman seemed less threatening to young viewers. One other change in the series was the introduction of kryptonite, the one substance in the comic book that was known to endanger Superman's life. The first season had depicted the Man of Steel as impervious to harm, and adding a weakness of some sort helped to humanize the character. Introduced in the episode "The Defeat of Superman", its existence was explained by the criminal scientist Meldini, portrayed by Maurice Cass — although the reasons for the element's effect on Superman were a little confusing in his account, it made for one of the best and most suspenseful shows of the entire run of the series and also one of two under Ellsworth's regime in which characters died (through their own foolhardiness). Kryptonite stayed as part of the series and, indeed, would reappear in four subsequent episodes, one of which referred back directly to events in "The Defeat of Superman," although it would never acquire the multiple varieties (green kryptonite, red kryptonite etc.) that would be spawned in the comic books. The dramatic highpoint of that particular show also demonstrated the advantage to Neill's being cast as Lois Lane, as it would have been difficult to visualize Coates's Lois convincingly moved to tears in panic over the Man of Steel's stricken form. By 1953, the decision to shoot the first season on film had proved a stroke of genius, an expensive move that was now going to pay off handsomely, as those shows would be available for future airings in the very same quality. Season two would continue on film, in black-and-white (there was no color television available at the time, in any case), but with better personnel behind the camera. The special effects improved, though the shooting became even more rushed, with fewer exterior shots of any kind as the production moved from the RKO lot to rented studio facilities in Hollywood — but there was a new background score (which included one memorable excerpt of a Miklos Rozsa concert work), which added more richness and occasional majesty to the finished episodes. And Ellsworth was able to shoot for quality, adding top motion picture hands Clem Beauchamp and Harry Gerstad (who won an Oscar for work on High Noon) to the crew, as production manager and editor, respectively. He kept Tommy Carr (now billed as Thomas Carr), the primary director from the first season and a top-notch action shooter, and added George Blair to do half the shows. Virtually all of the writers from the first season were gone, replaced by David Chantler, Jackson Gillis, and a handful of others who could deliver the kind of stories that Ellsworth wanted. Contrary to the popular myth that Ellsworth destroyed the show as an adult series, in its second season, Adventures of Superman was still a show intended for the entire family to watch — he'd simply defanged it of its most disturbing elements, and added some more sophisticated attributes. A few of the human interest stories were amazingly effective with adult viewers, but none more so that the season's final show, "Around The World". The latter dealt with a family nearly torn apart by a tragic accident and its aftermath, and it seemed aimed as much at parents as kids. Whitney Ellsworth's takeover of the Adventures Of Superman television series was an immense success. The new episodes were in the pipeline by the end of 1953 and the ratings soared — some adult viewers left, but many times as many children and young teenagers flocked to watch it, and Kellogg's sales skyrocketed as well. The sales of Superman merchandise also escalated, and for the first time the safety issue raised its head — Reeves, in particular, was concerned that any costumes sold to children include all manner of warnings, in the strongest possible terms, reminding their wearers that no one but Superman could do the things that Superman does, adding (as he did in one episode that year) that this went "especially for flying." Even the federal government wanted in on the action, and got it with a special mini-episode, "Stamp Day For Superman", that never aired with the series but was shown in schools — it played like a part of the series, with a burglary and the kidnapping of Lois Lane, but managed to hook its plot around school Savings Stamps (the junior version of United States Savings Bonds). Reeves proved so charismatic in the role, that he was in constant demand for personal appearances, and the other actors on the show suddenly found themselves recognized by millions of people for their roles on the show. That recognition would have dire consequences for the later careers of Reeves and Larson, in particular, but at the time it was merely a whirlwind that they and the producers suddenly found themselves riding, wherever it might take them.

 

Adventures of Superman: The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons
The Adventures of Superman: The Talking Clue
Ray Henderson (Richard Shakelton), son of police inspector Bill Henderson (Roberty Shayne), has been using his tape recorder to "collect" weird sounds. Unfortunately, Ray is hoodwinked into selling a tape containing the sound of tumblers on a safe to gangster Muscles McGurk (Billy Nelson). When McGurk uses the recorded information to steal evidence against him in an upcoming investigation, Ray is implicated in the crime--and Henderson may be forced to arrest his own son. If there was ever a job for Superman (George Reeves), this is it!

The Adventures of Superman: Great Caesar's Ghost
Everybody knows that the favorite expletive of "Daily Planet" reporter Perry White (John Hamilton is "Great Caesar's Ghost!" With this in mind, imagine White's shock and dismay when he is confronted with the ghost of Julius Caesar (Trevor Bardette). Before long, all of Metropolis is seriously questioning White's sanity--which is precisely the intention of a gang of crooks who hope to discredit Perry's testimony at a criminal trial. Looks like Superman (George Reeves) is going to have to do some ghost-busting in this one!

The Adventures of Superman: Through the Time Barrier
The Adventures of Superman switches from black and white to color in this first episode of the series' fourth season. Just as a crook named Turk (Jim Hyland) has shown up in the office of "Daily Planet" editor Perry White (John Hamilton) to sign a confession, in bursts eccentric scientist Professor Twiddle (Sterling Holloway) who announces that he has invented a time machine. In an instant, the invention has hurled White, Turk, Twiddle and reporters Clark (George Reeves), Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) back in time some 50,000 years to the Stone Age. There's just one small hitch: Twiddle hasn't invented a device to return the time travelers back to the Present!

The Adventures of Superman: Clark Kent, Outlaw
Fired by editor Perry White (John Hamilton), disgraced reporter Clark Kent (George Reeves) joins a gang of diamond thieves. Unbeknownst to fellow reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson), Clark's criminal career is but a sham, a scheme cooked up between Kent and White to trap the real crooks and turn them over to the law. Even so, Clark is forced to prove his loyalty to the gang by "eliminating" Lois and Jimmy, binding the hapless duo to a chair which is then set afire! Isn't it about time for Clark to sneak into that closet and change into Superman?

The Adventures of Superman: King for a Day
Cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) is mistaken for Prince Gregory of Burgonia (Chet Marshall), who has been targeted for assassination. Putting his life on the line, Jimmy agrees to impersonate Gregory, the better to bring the would-be killer out in the open. Once the not-so-well-hidden culprit is revealed, things look mighty bleak for our boy Jimmy--but never fear, Superman (Clark Kent) is dashing to the rescue. This was the final episode of The Adventures of Superman's third season.

The Adventures of Superman: The Seven Souvenirs
A curio dealer named Mr. Willy (Phillips Tead) is enjoying a brisk business selling dozens of souvenir daggers that he claims have been bent out of shape by "man of steel" Superman (George Reeves). Of course, Superman's alter ego Clark Kent knows that the daggers are phony. Why, then, is someone willing to steal every one of the daggers that have been sold in Metropolis? Well, it seems that a con man named Jasper (Arthur Space) is hoping to dupe Superman into using his X-Ray vision to transform two of the worthless daggers into valuable radium!

The Adventures of Superman: Flight to the North
Future TV western star Chuck Connors appears in this classic episode as a gangly hillbilly who happens to be named Sylvester J. Superman. Arriving in Metropolis to seek his fortune, the clueless Sylvester answers a classified ad for the "real" Superman (George Reeves), and before long has been hired by a woman named Marge (Marjorie Owens) to deliver a lemon meringue pie to her fiancé Steve (Richard Garland), stationed at a remote Air Force weather base in Alaska. Meanwhile, gangster Leftover Louie (who else but Ben Welden?) has wagered $25,000 that he can convince his schoolmate Marge to bake him a fresh lemon meringue pie, even though she can't stand the sight of him. Inevitably, these two plot strands are intertwined, as a hopelessly confused Steve welcomes the vacuous Sylvester, a gun-toting Louie, and the honest-to-goodness Superman into his tiny snowbound shack! "Flight to the North" may not be the best Superman episode of all time, but it's certainly the funniest.

The Adventures of Superman: The Bully of Dry Gulch
Arriving in the western town of Dry Gulch to cover a rodeo, Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) attract the attention of brutish Gunner Flinch (Myron Healey). After forcing his attentions on Lois, Gunner orders Jimmy to leave town by sundown, or else he'll fill him full of lead--and to prove his gunslinging prowess, Flinch cold-bloodedly shoots down a local Mexican (Martin Garralaga). Before long, however, Clark Kent (George Reeves), aka Superman, has also shown up in town, and he's determined to expose Gunner Flinch as a fraudulent yellow-belly who's never killed anyone in his life! There's some truly hilarious dialogue in this one, especially during the scene in which Clark uses super-powers to win a poker game.

The Adventures of Superman: The Magic Necklace
Lois (Noel Neill) writes a story about the discovery of an ancient necklace with alleged magic powers. It is said that whosoever wears the necklace will be protected from all harm. Gangster boss Jake Morrell (Lawrence Ryle) decides to kidnap Lois as part of a scheme to find out if necklace is all it is cracked up to be--but Morrell has reckoned without the intervention of Lois' fellow reporter Clark Kent (George Reeves), who happens to have an alternate identity as a flying superhero.

The Adventures of Superman: Olsen's Millions
After rescuing a cat owned by eccentric Mrs. Peabody (Elizabeth Patterson), cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) is given a reward--of one million dollars! Much to the dismay of his friends Clark (George Reeves) and Lois (Noel Neill), Jimmy begins throwing away his money on useless creature comforts, including a butler named Herbert (Leonard Carey), who turns out to be in cahoots with con man Stacy Tracey (Richard Reeves). First attempting to defraud Jimmy, Stracy ends up locking the neophyte millionaire and Lois in a safe--whereupon the pair is forced to incinerate "Olsen's millions" in order to create smoke signals that will summon Superman to their rescue.

The Adventures of Superman: Test of a Warrior
Aging Indian Chief Okatee (Ralph Moody) is in danger of being exiled by his tribe because of his inability to bring rain to his drought-stricken people. Superman (George Reeves) lends a helping hand by guiding Okatee through a grueling gauntlet--a test of strength and courage--that will enable him to maintain his power. And as for the rain? Well, fear not: Superman may have something up his sleeve to solve that problem as well.

The Adventures of Superman: Superman Week
While Metropolis gears up to honor its most popular "citizen" during Superman Week, gangster Si Horten (Herburt Vigran) tries to figure out a way to rid the town of the Man of Steel. Taking reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) into his confidence, Horten gives Jimmy a milkshake laced with truth serum, whereupon the boy reveals the location of some hidden Kryptonite--the only substance that can render Superman helpless. Meanwhile, the ever-suspicious Lois Lane (Noel Neill) eagerly anticipates the awkward situation awaiting Clark Kent (George Reeves), who has been assigned to interview Superman on TV.

The Adventures of Superman: The Lucky Cat
Arriving at the doors of Metropolis' Anti-Superstiton Club, reporters Clark (George Reeves) and Jimmy (Jimmy Olsen) receive a less-than-cordial welcome from the club's landlord Mr. Bots (Harry Tyler). Things get even chillier once the reporters enter the building: It seems that the members of the club have been targeted for persecution and murder by unknown parties who don't want their superstitions maligned. Smelling a rat, Clark changes into Superman and utilizes a "lucky" black cat to crack the case (which sounds, and plays, a lot like Conan Doyle's "The Five Orange Pips").

The Adventures of Superman: The Phantom Ring
A criminal mastermind named Spectre (Peter Brocco) uses special coins to render himself and his henchmen invisible while committing crimes. Hoping to trap the crooks, Clark Kent (George Reeves) pretends that he'd like to join their gang. When Clark's true motives are discovered, he is thrown out of a plane in flight--which of course has no ill effect on him, inasmuch as he is really Superman and is quite accustomed to sailing through the air. The climax of the episode finds the extremely visible bad guys dukeing it out with a temporarily invisible Superman!

The Adventures of Superman: The Jolly Roger
Clark (George Reeves), Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) investigate a supposedly deserted island that is slated to be used as target practice by the US Navy. Unfortunately, the island isn't deserted at all, but instead is populated by the descendants of a 17th century pirate band. These latter-day buccaneers not only refuse to believe that they're in danger, but they also kidnap Clark, Lois and Jimmy and leave them tied up in the middle of the island! The pyrotechnic climax of this episode features the notorious scene in which a stock "flying" sequence is reversed, revealing a backward "S" on Superman's costume.

The Adventures of Superman: The Wedding of Superman
Put in charge of the "Daily Planet"'s advice-to-the-lovelorn column, Lois Lane (Noel Neill) begins to brood over the lack of romance in her own life. Just as mind begins wandering, Lois is astonished when Superman (George Reeves) shows up to declare his love for her--and to propose marriage! Elated, Lois accepts, then asks Clark Kent to be Best Man at the wedding, little realizing that Clark and Superman are one and the same. Meanwhile, criminal boss Farady (Milton Frome) plans to put his longtime nemesis Lois out of the way by planting a time bomb in the wedding cake. This highly fanciful episode (as if all the other episodes were realistic!) features a cameo appearance by Dolores Fuller, better known as the girlfriend and leading lady of the hilariously inept movie director Ed Wood Jr..

The Adventures of Superman: Blackmail
Criminal Arnold Woodman (Herburt Vigran) and his two confederates planet 20,000 dollars in stolen money on Inspector Henderson (Robert Shayne), then threaten to accuse him of taking a bribe unless he does what they tell him. Playing for time, Henderson agrees to follow orders, which does not sit well with his reporter friend Clark Kent (George Reeves). Nor do things bode well for Kent's alter ego Superman, who has been targeted for extinction by Woodman through the deployment of a sure-fire doomsday weapon (well, it seemed like it was sure-fire on the drawing board, anyway!)

The Adventures of Superman: Jimmy the Kid
Jack Larson plays a dual role in this episode, as cub reporter Jimmy Olsen and two-bit crook Kid Collins. A group of investment racketeers kidnap Jimmy and plant his lookalike Collins in the "Daily Planet" building, the better to steal the evidence used by Clark Kent (George Reeves) for his series of racket-busting articles. Things get worse when Collins breaks into Clark's apartment and steals his Superman outfit--forcing Clark not only to track Collins down in his street clothes, but also to explain to Lois (Noel Neill) how the outfit came to be in his closet in the first place!

The Adventures of Superman: Topsy Turvy
This episode marks the first appearance of Phillips Tead) in the role of eccentric scientist Professor Pepperwinkle, whose offbeat inventions invariably cause trouble for Clark Kent (George Reeves) and his fellow "Daily Planet" newshounds. This time, Pepperwinkle has created a device that fools the nervous system and makes people think that they are upside down. Crooked sideshow man Carni (Ben Welden) decides to steal the invention so that he can rob a few banks. Thus it is that Clark Kent disappears, and Superman appears in his place, the better to revert back to "downside-up" (or something like that).

The Adventures of Superman: Peril by Sea
"Daily Planet" editor Perry White (John Hamilton) decides to flex his scientific muscles and develops "Formula U183", which will enable him to extract uranium from sea water. Villainous submarine commander Ace Miller (Claude Akins) decides to steal the formula and eliminate not only White but also the entire "Planet" staff--namely, Clark Kent (George Reeves), Lois Lane (Noel Neill) and Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson). As Miller prepares to torpedo White's seaside laboratory, the editor's only hope for survival rests with Superman (who of course is also Clark Kent, but Perry doesn't know that!)

The Adventures of Superman: The Big Freeze
Dishonest politician Duke Taylor (George E. Stone) and his henchman Little Jack (Richard Reeves) conspire with crooked Dr. Watts (Rolfe Sedan) to rid Metropolis of Superman (George Reeves) just before an important election. Luring the Man of Steel into a locked room, the trio turn the temperature down to 2000 degrees below zero. Thus frozen, Superman not only loses his super-strength but also the color in his face, and must put on makeup when disguised as Clark Kent--thereby making an embarrassing situation even more so. As it turns out, Superman's only hope to return to normal is to expose himself to extreme heat--a blazing fire, for example!

The Adventures of Superman: The Unlucky Number
A contest in which the participants must guess the number of jellybeans in a jar has been rigged by a gang of crooks. Clark Kent (George Reeves), aka Superman, uses his special powers to foil the bad guys by counting the jellybeans and helping a needy woman (Elizabeth Patterson) win the contest. Meanwhile, the old lady's grandson Bobby (Henry Blair) is being flim-flammed by criminal Dexter Brown (Henry Blair), who claims that he himself is Superman!

The Adventures of Superman: Joey
Season Four of The Adventures of Superman opens with a sentimental story about a racing filly named Joey. Formerly owned by a girl named Alice (Janine Perreau) and purchased by "The Daily Planet", Joey has the potential to be a winner, but refuses to race unless Alice is around. As this story plays itself out, Clark Kent (George Reeves)--otherwise known as Superman--goes after a band of criminals who've been spreading their corruptive influence at the racetrack.

The Adventures of Superman: The Deadly Rock
In this sequel to the second-season episode "Panic in the Sky", Clark Kent's friend Gary Allen (Robert Lowery) has been missing ever since the night Kent's alter ego Superman (George Reeves) prevented a huge meteor from crashing into Metropolis. When Gary resurfaces, he is just as invulnerable and indestructible as Superman, the result of being exposed to the meteor's radiation. In fact, the public at large is now convinced that Gary and Superman are one and the same, especially since he, like Superman, is weakened whenever coming into contact with Kryptonite. This situation is exploited by a pair of crooks named Van Wyck (Steven Geray) and Rufus (Bob Foulk), with potentially dire consequences for Clark's fellow reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson).

The Adventures of Superman: Dagger Island
In this precursor to the "reality" series Survivor, the staff of the "Daily Planet" serve as referees for a treasure hunt conducted on a remote island by the three heirs to the fortune of Jonathan Skag (Raymond Hatton). It turns out, however, that the "late" Mr. Skag is very much alive, and is merely testing the mettle of his potential heirs. Naturally, not all of the participants play fair--and the result of this skullduggery could prove fatal to all concerned. Fortunately, Superman (George Reeves) is on hand to make sure that justice is served and the spirit of fair play is upheld, but this time he has to keep his presence a secret.

The Adventures of Superman: The Girl Who Hired Superman
Wealthy and spoiled Myra Van Clever (Gloria Talbott) hires Superman (George Reeves) to entertain at a party. What Myra doesn't know is that she has been manipulated into a criminal scheme cooked up by her guardian Jonas Rockwell (John Eldredge), who intends to use Superman as an unwitting courier for a set of counterfeit plates. Ultimately, Jonas tips his hand and locks Myra into a safe with reporters Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson), Lois Lane (Noel Neill) and Clark Kent--who of course is Superman in disguise, but is unable to "transform" himself in full view of his fellow prisoners!

 

Adventures of Superman: The Complete 5th & 6th Seasons
The Adventures of Superman: Money to Burn
A pair of crooks (Mauritz Hugo, Dale Van Sickel) posing as food service workers show up at the scene of several fires. While one of the crooks cheerfully serves coffee to the firemen, the other dons an asbestos suit and robs the safes in the torched buildings. When the criminals hit the "Daily Planet" building after a fire, editor Perry White (John Hamilton) is accused of arson and insurance fraud! Though Perry himself figures out what's going on, it falls to Superman (George Reeves) to end the caffeine-stained crime wave.

The Adventures of Superman: Disappearing Lois
In order to get an exclusive interview with paroled criminal boss Lank Garrit (Milton Frome), Lois (Noel Neill) stages her own disappearance and sends fellow reporter Clark (George Reeves) off on a wild goose chase. Disguising themselves as domestics, Lois and Jimmy (Jack Larson) manage to infiltrate Garrit's hotel room, only to be kidnapped and slated for a grisly demise. Thinking quickly, Lois sweet-talks Garrit's dumb henchman Lefty (Ben Welden) into freeing herself and Jimmy, only to rather stupidly fall into Garrit's clutches again. Superman will of course come to the rescue, but the real highlight of the episode is the look on ubiquitous character actor Ben Welden's face when Lois flirts with him!

The Adventures of Superman: The Man Who Made Dreams Come True
Superstitious Sartanian monarch King Leo (Cyril Delevanti) has fallen under the influence of con artist Rutherford Jones (Keith Richards), who claims that he can make the King's dreams come true. Of course, Jones' "miracles" are all phonies, all designed so that the villain can usurp Leo's throne and take over Sartania himself. It is up to Superman (George Reeves) to save the gullible Leo from an untimely demise. John Banner, best known as Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes, appears unbilled as Leo's aide.

The Adventures of Superman: Tomb of Zaharan
A pair of turbaned Middle Eastern diplomats named Abdul (Ted Hecht) and Ali (Jack Reitzen)--the sort of comic-opera characters who finish each other's sentences--are convinced that reporter Lois Lane (Noel Neill) is the reincarnation of the legendary Princess Nephroditis of Baldad. Normally, Lois would be flattered by the attention, but unfortunately tradition dictates that the "Princess" be sealed up in a tomb in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy--and equally unfortunately, Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) is also slated for the same treatment! This episode is a particular favorite of Superman buffs because of the unusually revealing outfits worn by series star Noel Neill--which of course have absolutely no effect on Superman (George Reeves), who is not called the "Man of Steel" for nothing.

The Adventures of Superman: The Town That Wasn't
A gang of crooks set up a nonexistent small town in order to collect exorbitant traffic fines and hijack valuable truck shipments. Inevitably, "Daily Planet" reporter Jimmy (Jack Larson) and Lois (Noel Neill) are railroaded into the phony town's "jail" by an equally phony judge (Richard Elliot)--and when Clark (George Reeves) and Henderson (Robert Shayne) investigate the reporters' disappearance, they too are locked up and targeted for extermination. How will Clark be able to transform himself into Superman while trapped in a jail cell with virtually everyone he knows?

The Adventures of Superman: Tin Hero
After he accidentally foils a bank robbery, meek bookkeeper Frank Smullins (Carl Ritchie) is invited to join the staff of the "Daily Planet" as a criminologist. Jealous cub reporter Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson), frustrated by the ability of the novice Smullins to outscoop him, decides to go after the bank robbers himself. That's right, folks: Jimmy and Smullins both end up in the clutches of the outlaws, necessitating another last-minute rescue by Superman (George Reeves).

The Adventures of Superman: Peril in Paris
Season Five of The Adventures of Superman) begins as the title character (played by George Reeves) arrives in Paris to help actress Anna Constantine (Lilyan Chauvin) defect from an Iron Curtain country. It turns out, however, that Anna is the dupe of a smuggling ring which is attempting to escape Europe with a cache of valuable jewels--and before long, Superman has been duped as well. The main attraction of this episode is the presence of series regular Robert Shayne), normarly cast as Metropolis police inspector Bill Henderson, herein adopting an outraaaaaageous French accent in the role of Parisian police inspector Lona!

The Adventures of Superman: Whatever Goes Up
A chocolate cake mix whipped up by Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) turns out to be a special "anti-gravity" formula. Maj. Osborn (Tris Coffin) of the US Army convinces Jimmy that his unusual formula could be of great value to his country. Unfortunately, the crooked Mr. Gannis (Milton Frome) intends to steal the mixture in order to commit crimes. Inasmuch as the plot of the episode involves objects that can float through the air with the greatest of ease, who better to rescue Jimmy and the formula from the villain than that caped flyboy Superman (George Reeves). This was the final episode of The Adventures of Superman's fifth season.

The Adventures of Superman: Mr. Zero
Famed Hollywood "little person" Billy Curtis guests in this episode as Mr. Zero, a diminutive, childlike Martian who has been exiled to earth. The ever-trusting Mr. Zero is led astray by crooked lawyer Georgie Glep (Herburt Vigran), who hopes to use the Martian's special talent--the ability to freeze people in place by touching them--for his own nefarious purposes. Perhaps it goes without saying that Superman (George Reeves) intervenes and sets Zero straight about Glep before the final fade-out.

The Adventures of Superman: The Stolen Elephant
Circus ringmaster Haley (Thomas Jackson) posts a $10,000 reward for the return of his main attraction, Suzie the Elephant. Meanwhile, the two crooks who stolen Suzie hide the pachyderm in a barn owned by impoverished Mrs. Wilson (Eve McVeigh) and her son Johnny (Gregory Moffat). When the boy stumbles upon Suzie, he is overjoyed, thinking that the elephant is his birthday present! It is up to Superman (George Reeves) to foil the crooks, recover Suzie, and prevent the impressionable Johnny from having his heart broken.

The Adventures of Superman: The Prince Albert Coat
Grandfather Jackson (Raymond Hatton) has sewn his life savings into the lining of an old coat. His grandson Bobby (Stephen Wooton) unwittingly donates the coat to a flood-relief fund drive. Reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) endeavor to retries the coat back, but a couple of crooks intervene. Superman (George Reeves) must not only save his friends and the coat, but also prevent Metropolis from being engulfed in water after the dam bursts!

The Adventures of Superman: The Phony Alibi
Phillips Tead makes his second appearance in the role of eccentric inventor Professor Pepperwinkle. This time, the old duffer has created a machine that converts human beings into electric energy so that they can be instantly telephoned to any location in the world. A gang of crooks steal the machine and use it to establish alibis for a series of crimes--and when reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) catch up with the crooks, the gang leader promptly "telephones" the duo to Alaska! Looks like another job for Superman (George Reeves)--or at least a competent telephone repairman.

The Adventures of Superman: Close Shave
Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) accidentally overhears barber Tony Gambini (Richard Benedict) trying to persuade his old friend, gang boss Rick Sable (Rick Vallin), to go straight and surrender to the authorities. But when Sable decides to also turn state's evidence, his criminal cronies decide to bump him off--and also silence Jimmy in the bargain. Needless to say, Superman (George Reeves) races to the rescue just before the final commercial.

The Adventures of Superman: The Gentle Monster
Having invented a "forget gas" in the previous episode, eccentric scientist Professor Pepperwinkle (Phillips Tead) is back with a new creation, a robot named Mr. MacTavish. Unfortunately, the main power source for the robot is Kryptonite, which of course is lethal to the otherwise invulnerable Superman (George Reeves). A clever crook named Duke (John Vivyan) decides to capitalize on Superman's weakness by kidnapping Lois Lane (Noel Neill) and luring the Man of Steel into a sealed room where the likewise "abducted" Mr. McTavish is waiting to wreak his unwitting havoc.

The Adventures of Superman: Divide and Conquer
Arriving in a banana republic on a goodwill mission, Perry (John White), Clark (George Reeves) and Lois (Noel Neill) land smack-dab in the middle of an assassination attempt aimed at President Bateo (Donald Lawton). Quickly transforming into Superman, Clark manages to neutralize an exploding bomb, only to be promptly arrested when scheming Vice President Oberon (Robert Tafur) cites an obscure ordinance. To prevent Bateo from losing face in front of his people, Superman agrees to be placed behind bars, even though his absence leaves the President at the mercy of the villains. Enter eccentric Professor La Serne (Everett Glass), who has developed a theory whereby Superman can literally be in two places at once by dividing his molecule structure. Alas, once Superman has split himself in two, he dare not fuse back into a single body, lest "both" of him perish!

The Adventures of Superman: The Big Forget
Eccentric inventor Professor Pepperwinkle (Phillips Tead) unveils his latest creation: a "forget gas", which wipes out people's memories for fifteen minutes at a time. Simultaneously, reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) place a bet with editor Perry White (John Hamilton) that they can come up with an expose of gangster boss Muggsy Maples (Herburt Vigran) without the help of Superman. Inevitably, the two reporters are kidnapped by Muggsy and tied up in the same room as a ticking time bomb--along with Perry White, fellow reporter Clark Kent (George Reeves), and dear old Pepperwinkle. With no other option, Clark reveals himself to be Superman and rescues his friends--and if you haven't already figured out how he is able to protect his secret identity, then you haven't read the first sentence of this synopsis!

The Adventures of Superman: The Superman Silver Mine
Dabbs Greer essays a dual role in this episode as Texas philanthropist Mr. Pebbles and his criminal lookalike Dan Dobey. When Pebbles offers to donate one of his silver mines to the Metropolis Children's Camp Fund in the name of Superman (George Reeves), Dobey kidnaps Pebbles and takes his place, the better to get his mitts on the mine's riches himself. Somehow or other Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) likewise get themselves kidnapped, meaning that Superman's going to have to pull off a triple-header. And speaking of heads, there's a metal plate in Dobey's skull that will play an important role in the episode's climax.

The Adventures of Superman: The Atomic Captive
Reporters Clark (George Reeves), Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) venture onto a Nevada atomic testing site in hopes of interviewing scientist Dr. Latislav (Raskin Ben-Ari), who has exiled himself from the rest of humanity after being exposed to radioactivity. Meanwhile, a pair of enemy spies are planning to kidnap Latislav and liquidate the reporters. Worse still: The Army has scheduled an atomic blast on the very site when Latislav, the spies and our heroes are squirreled away. Can Superman rescue everyone from annihilation before it is--shudder--too late?

The Adventures of Superman: The Mysterious Cube
Introduced in the previous episode "Divide and Conquer", Professor LaSerne (Everett Glass) returns in this episode to help Superman (George Reeves) sidestep a legal obstacle. It seems that wanted criminal Paul Barton (Bruce Wendell) has evaded arrest for past crimes by sealing himself in a huge, impenetrable concrete cube until the seven-year statute of limitations has expired. Ordinarily Superman would bust down the cube and nab Barton, but even he is unable to smash down its walls. Fortunately, LaSerne has a solution: Superman can "deconstruct" his molecule structure on the outside of the wall, then reassemble himself inside! There's only one problem: If Superman attempts to go through with his plan, Barton's henchman Jody Malone (Ben Welden) will murder reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) at the very same moment.

The Adventures of Superman: The Magic Secret
Superman (George Reeves) takes to the airwaves--the radio airwaves, that is--to declare war against gangster boss D.W. Griswald (Freeman Lusk). In retaliation, Griwald teams up with sinister scientist Prof. Von Brunner (George Selk), who has developed a process to extract Kryptonite from the earth and convert it into a deadly light beam (If you need reminding, Kryptonite is the only known element that can render Superman helpless). Kidnapping Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) to lure Superman into a trap, the crooks manage to gain the upper hand--until the Man of Steel decides to resort to a magic trick he'd learned from amateur illusionist (and "Daily Planet" editor) Perry White (John Hamilton).

The Adventures of Superman: The Brainy Burro
In the first of three Adventures of Superman episodes directed by series star George Reeves, reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) are enjoying a working vacation in a tranquil Mexican village. When Lois sends back a dispatch to the "Daily Planet" about a local burro named Carmelita who apparently has the ability to read minds, Clark Kent (George Reeves) is ordered South of the Border to investigate. It's a darn good thing that Clark and Superman are one and the same, especially when a pair of crooks (Mauritz Hugo, Ken Mayer) hijack the burro to help them rob and bank, and then leave the helpless Lois and Jimmy in one of the series' inevitable "death traps."

The Adventures of Superman: The Perils of Superman
Directed by series star George Reeves, this wild-and-woolly spoof of old time movie serials begins when a mysterious masked man (Michael Fox) shows up at the "Daily Planet" to inform Clark (Reeves), Lois (Noel Neill), Jimmy (Jack Larson) and Perry White (John Hamilton) that their days are numbered. The masked figure turns out to be a criminal who has a vendetta against the "Planet" staff, and who has adopted a disguise to whet their curiosity and lure them into an elaborate trap. As the episode hurtles to its climax, Clark is about to be immersed in a vat of boiling acid, Perry has been strapped to a whirring buzz-saw, Jimmy is locked in a car without brakes that is careening down a treacherous mountain road, and Lois is tied to the railroad tracks as a speeding locomotive bears down upon her!

The Adventures of Superman: All That Glitters
This 104th and final episode of The Adventures of Superman not only stars George Reeves as the title character, but was directed by Reeves as well. Eccentric inventor Professor Pepperwinkle (Phillips Tead) has created a machine which he claims can produce gold from ordinary metal. And that's not all: Pepperwinkle has also developed a new strain of positive and negative Kryptonite. Whereas negative Kryptonite has the capacity to sap Superman of his strength, positive Kryptonite restores that strength--and also transforms reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) into superpowered superheroes themselves! Unfortunately, once the inevitable villains arrive to steal the gold-manufacturing apparatus, "Super Lois" and "Super Jimmy" literally awaken to the discovery that they're still plain, ordinary mortals.

The Adventures of Superman: The Last Knight
In this opening episode of the sixth and final season of The Adventures of Superman), reporters Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) are assigned to cover the opening of a museum exhibit. Alas, within minutes the two newshounds are kidnapped by a trio of elderly men in armor, members of the Society for the Preservation of Knighthood and Dragons. It turns out that most of the members of this organization are harmless save for "Sir Arthur" (Marshall Bradford), who intends to bump off his fellow knights in order to collect on a tontine-like insurance policy. Disguising himself as one of the knights, Superman--armor and all--flies to the rescue of Lois and Jimmy, but this time even he may not be able to save the day. This was the series' first episode to debut on the ABC network, rather than in syndication.

The Adventures of Superman: Three in One
This episode was apparently inspired by the vintage Lon Chaney Sr. movie vehicle The Unholy Three. A trio of circus performers--magician Harmon the Great (Sid Tomack), "human fly" Pallini (Rick Vallin) and strong man Atlas (Buddy Baer)--combine their talents in order to commit a string of robberies. The logic behind this scheme is that the crimes will appear to have been impossible to pull off by any single person. . .except Superman (George Reeves). Reluctantly taking the Man of Steel into custody, Inspector Henderson (Robert Shayne) "accidentally" allows him to escape so that he can solve the case and round up the real perpetrators.

The Adventures of Superman: Superman's Wife
Curvaceous cult actress Joi Lansing appears in this episode as policewoman Helen O'Hara, who upon meeting Superman (George Reeves) evidently exudes such an attraction that the Man of Steel instantly proposes marriage! This of course is all part of a scheme to bring elusive criminal mastermind Mr. X (John Eldredge) out in the open to attempt the kidnapping of "Mrs. Superman"--whereupon the police will slap the cuffs on the villain. Unfortunately, Mr. X not only manages to abduct Helen and bind her to a bundle of sputtering explosives, but he also seals Perry (John Hamilton), Lois (Noel Neill) and Jimmy (Jack Larson) in a leaky diving bell some 250 feet beneath the sea--and though he may be able to bend steel in his bare hands and change the course of mighty rivers, no way can Superman be in two places at once!

Additional Features
Superman's Pal: Jimmy Olsen - Jack Larson celebrates his series character along with co-star Noel Neill and author/historians Jim Beaver, Gary Grossman, Michael J. Hayde and Jan Anderson
 

 

Superman Serials: Complete 1948 & 1950 Collection

This adventure is the first live-action Superman serial and was one of the most successful multi-chapter films ever made. Superman is played by B-movie hero Kirk Alyn. The story centers upon the hero and the nefarious Spider Lady, who is trying to rule the Earth. If she cannot have complete control, she plans on shrinking it with her powerful reducer ray. Much of the episodes center upon Superman's relationship with Lois Lane and upon his ability to fly.

The second of Columbia's Superman serials, the 15-episode Atom Man Vs. Superman stars Kirk Alyn in the dual role of Clark Kent and the "Man of Steel." This time, Kent/Superman is pitted against bald-pated Lex Luthor (Lyle Talbot), who, disguised as Atom Man, threatens to devastate Metropolis with any number of devilish devices-the deadliest of which is a disintegration machine. Luthor tumbles onto Superman's Achilles' heel: Kryptonite. Once our hero has been exposed to this fatal ore, Metropolis becomes a wide-open town for criminals of all varieties. But Superman regains his full powers in time to stop Luthor from laying waste to Metropolis with his latest demon machine, a sonic vibrator. Also appearing in Atom Man vs. Superman are Noel Neill as Lois Lane, Tommy Bond (the onetime "Butch" of The Little Rascals) as Jimmy Olson, and Pierre Watkin as Perry White. The serial is energetic enough, but the flying scenes (crudely conveyed via animation) are rather laughable.

 

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Amazing Stories: Season 1
Enter the extraordinary, supernatural world of Steven Spielberg with all 24 episodes of the complete first season of "Amazing Stories." Created by and featuring some of the greatest talents in Hollywood, these original tales delivered a groundbreaking and imaginatively unique show every week. Digitally remastered and presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound for the first time ever, the DVD release also includes 20 minutes of deleted scenes. The 24 episodes from the 1985-86 season include performances by Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Tim Robbins, John Lithgow, Kevin Costner and many more. 1 Ghost Train; 2 The Main Attraction; 3 Alamo Jobe; 4 Mummy, Daddy; 5 The Mission; 6 The Amazing Falsworth; 7 Fine Tuning; 8 Mr. Magic; 9 Guilt Trip; 10 Remote Control Man; 11 Santa '85; 12 Vanessa in the Garden; 13 The Sitter; 14 No Day at the Beach; 15 One For the Road; 16 Gather Ye Acorns; 17 Boo!; 18 Dorothy and Ben; 19 Mirror, Mirror; 20 Secret Cinema; 21 Hell Toupee; 22 The Doll; 23 One For the Books; 24 Grandpa's Ghost..

 

Amazing Stories: Go to the Head of the Class
1986 - USA - 60 min. - Television, Color November 21, 1986: Go to the Head of the Class: Two students (Mary Stuart Masterson, Scott Coffey) seek revenge by using a spell gleaned from a rock-and-roll record played backward.

 

ANGELS IN AMERICA
Academy Award-winners Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson lead an all-star cast in a 6-hour HBO Films Event. Directed by Mike Nichols and written by Tony Kushner based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play: Angels in America..

 

THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
An invisible threat. A government cover-up. A countdown to nuclear destruction. A science fiction classic finally gets the epic adaptation it deserves.
Long before the real threat of bioterrorism made headlines, Crichton imagined an alien viral attack and the heart-pounding race to head it off by any means necessary. From the fateful decision of ordinary citizens to open a mysterious crash-landed satellite to the gripping nuclear crescendo, this blockbuster production faithfully recreates the action and thrills, science and drama, that ranks Crichton's 1969 novel among the most popular science fiction of the last four decades.

 

Babylon 5 - Pilot Episode

 

Bablylon 5 - The Gathering
This two-part pilot episode for Babylon 5 was originally telecast as a single two-hour TV movie on February 22, 1993 (the "official" release date of March 8 refers to the film's Chicago TV premiere). Like the subsequent series, "The Gathering" takes place in the 23rd century, and was set on Babylon 5, a space station hovering in neutral territory which is used as a center of trade and diplomacy for a wide variety of friendly and hostile planets. As the space station becomes fully operational, the crew must deal with the attempting poisoning of Vorlan ambassador Kosh Naranek, for which B5 commander Jeffrey Sinclair is being held responsible. Complicating matters is the refusal of the Vorlans to allow any medical treatment for their ambassador. Written by series producer-creator J. Michael Straczynski, "The Gathering" features several actors who were supposed to have played recurring characters, but for various reasons were written out of the weekly version: Tamlyn Tomita as Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takamisha, Blaire Baron as Caroline Sykes, Johnny Sekka as Dr. Benjamin Kyle and Patricia Tallman as Lyta Alexander. The pilot won an Emmy Award for special effects, and a Hugo nomation for "Best Dramatic Presentation" -- this in spite of almost universal damnation from mainstream TV critics. On January 4, 1998, the TNT cable network offered a re-edited version of "The Gathering", with a new musical score by Christopher Frake (replacing the one composed by Stewart Copeland), a handful of new computer-generated special effects, a number of judicious cuts, and several previously excised sequences, including a lengthy hostage-crisis subplot.

 

Babylon 5: In The Beginning
The long-awaited "backstory" for the popular syndicated science-fiction saga Babylon 5 was provided some five years after the series premiered, courtesy of the two-hour movie special Babylon Five: In the Beginning. Set in the year 2278, the film takes a backward glance at the Earth-Minbari war, as seen through the eyes of Londo Mollari (Peter Jurasik), now the emperor of Centauri. Detailed for the first time are the tragic beginnings of the war, the involvement of the Minbari Delenn (Mira Furlan), and the death of Dukaht (Raynor Scheine). In addition to featuring most of the series' current regulars, the film also brings back such early defectors as Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) and Ambassador Kosh (Ardwright Chamberlain). As a bonus, Claudia Christian appears unbilled in her familiar role of Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova, here depicted as an 18-year-old civilian. The film was written by series producer J. Michael Straczynski, and later novelized by Peter David. First telecast on January 4, 1978, Babylon 5: In the Beginning launched the two-year association between Babylon 5 and the TNT cable network.

 

Babylon 5: Third Space
During the three-month interim between the Babylon 5 cliffhanger "Movements of Fire and Shadow" and its payoff episode "The Fall of Centauri Prime," the popular TNTnetwork science-fiction series was represented by a two-hour TV "movie", Babylon 5: Thirdspace. Set during the final months of the Shadow war, the film gets under way as B5 officer Ivanova (Claudia Christian discovers a huge artifact in hyperspace. In order to bring the object back to the station for analysis, the B5 crew must accept the assistance of IPX, a corporation specializing in often dangerously experimental technology. The plot thickens when the artifact begins profoundly affecting the subconscious thoughts of the combined crews, producing dreams that threaten to become deadly at any moment. Though Babylon 5 purists complained that this film was more appropriate to the series' fourth season than the continuity of Season 5, the ratings were quite good, especially for a basic-cable telecast. Written by . Michael Straczynski, and later novelized by Peter David, Babylon 5: Thirdspace premiered on July 19, 1998.

 

Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers
2002 - 120 min. - Feature, Made for TV
Director Michael Vejar
This made-for-TV movie from the creators of the television series Babylon 5 follows the adventures of the Rangers, a team of humans and Minbari aliens who have been drilled in combat and martial arts skills as they set out to bring law, order, and justice back to interstellar civilizations torn apart during the Shadow Wars. However, as the Rangers attempt to right the wrongs of their old enemies, new foes emerge, and the philosophically enlightened Rangers also have to make a fit member of their team out of a new recruit with an overabundance of attitude. Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers, which features Dylan Neal, Alex Zahara, and Andreas Katsulas, premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel cable network on January 19, 2002.

 

Babylon 5
A Call To Arms
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms 1999 - USA - 120 min. - Television, Color Although the popular science fiction series Babylon 5 had officially run its course, one final two-hour episode was deemed necessary to segue into the spinoff series Crusade. Thus, on January 3, 1999, the TNT Network offered the world premiere of Babylon 5: A Call to Arms. The year is 2266: After several years' development, the first destroyer prototypes based on the White Stars (proposed by B5 crew member Delenn in the fifth-season episode "Movements of Fire and Shadow") have been completed. While inspecting the results, Alliance President Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner) experences disturbing visions of a future Apocalypse — and of a doomsaying stranger named Galen. Sheridan's visions seem poised to become reality when the Drakh, the dreaded allies of the defeated Shadows, mount a counteroffensive against humanity. It is up to a new team of space warriors, manning the twin battlecruisers "Excalibur" and "Victory," to prevent Galen's predictions from coming true. Babylon 5: A Call to Arms was written by J. Michael Straczynski, and later novelized by Robert Sheckley. As for Crusade, that oft-postponed series finally debuted on June 9, 1999

 

Babylon 5: Season One

 

Babylon 5: Season Two

 

Babylon 5: Season Three

 

Babylon 4: Season Four

 

Babylon 5: Season Five

 

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks for HBO, Band of Brothers is a ten-part miniseries based on the book Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose. The series dramatically re-creates the path of Easy Company, an elite paratrooper unit, from their basic training at Camp Toccoa in Georgia in 1942, to D-Day, to their critical involvement in the Battle of the Bulge, through their triumph at the close of the war. The unit was one of the best trained and most productive in American military history, but it also suffered immense casualties. The series is an ensemble piece, involving dozens of characters, and cast with relative unknowns. To the extent that there is a central character, it is Dick Winters (Damian Lewis), who went to Toccoa as a lieutenant and was promoted, over the course of the war, to battalion commander. Each episode includes brief excerpts from present-day interviews with some of the surviving members of the company. While the series is not a hagiography, Winters is depicted as a brave, resourceful, and humane leader. It's clear that the men revered him, and that he genuinely respected and cared about them. There are a few other members of the unit that make a strong impression. Sobel (David Schwimmer of Friends), their C.O. at Toccoa, is depicted as a petty tyrant whose men bond together in their hatred of him. Nixon (Ron Livingston of Office Space) is Winters' fellow officer and best friend, and an alcoholic. Carwood Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg) is a decent, hard-working man, and a tremendous soldier who earns a battlefield commission for his exemplary leadership. Bill Guarnere (Frank John Hughes) fears nothing, and is known for his wise-guy attitude and hot temper. The series dramatizes the courage and fortitude of many others, but it's clear that Winters sets the tone for his men, and plays a pivotal role in the unit's success. The project involved several screenwriters, including Graham Yost (Speed) and E. Max Frye (Something Wild). Eight different directors were called upon for the ten installments, including Hanks, David Frankel (Miami Rhapsody), Mikael Salomon (Hard Rain), and Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams). Still, the tone and style of the series remains fairly consistent. While the story of Easy Company has been condensed and altered in some minor ways for dramatic purposes, and much of the dialogue was, by necessity, invented, the producers placed a strong emphasis on accurately depicting the conditions under which these men lived, fought, and died. Several survivors from the company consulted on the project, and an enormous amount of money was spent on sets, costumes, and special effects in order to re-create their experience.

 

BATMAN: THE SERIALS
BATMAN . . . the caped crusader that strikes terror into the hears of evildoers the whole world over.
These are the final eight serial adventures of BATMAN that helped start all the excitement.
Chapter Eight - Lured by Radium
Chapter Nine - The Sign of the Sphinx
Chapter Ten - Flying Spies
Chapter Eleven - A Nipponese Trap
Chapter Twelve - Embers of Evil
Chapter Thirteen - Eight Steps Down
Chapter Fourteen - The Executioner Strikes
Chapter Fifteen - The Doom of the Rising Sun

 

Batman and Robin - The Complete 1949 Movie Serial Collection (1949)
Starring: Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Join superheroes Batman (Robert Lowery) and Robin (John Duncan) as they help Commissioner Gordon (Lyle Talbot) battle the Wizard a villainous madman who steals a top-secret remote device allowing him to control all the moving vehicles in Gotham. Between The Wizard trying to destroy them and Bruce Wayne's love interest Vicky Vale (Jane Adams) working to uncover their identities The Dynamic Duo careen from one nail-biting cliffhanger to the next as they set out to save Gotham and foil The Wizard's plan for world domination

 

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Mini Series - Pilot
Tagline: Never create what you can't control.
Plot Outline: A re-imagining of the original series in which a "rag-tag fugitive fleet" of the last remnants of mankind flees pursuing robots while simultaneously searching for their true home, Earth.
Plot Synopsis: It's been 40 years since the 12 colonies of mankind have heard from their progeny, the Cylons -- robotic creatures who rose up and declared war on their masters, then disappeared. In a sudden, devastating strike, the Cylons return and lay waste to the colonies, aided by human-looking Cylon variants and an unwitting fifth columnist. The attack forces Commander William Adama to call into action his museum-piece warship, the Battlestar Galactica, and soon its company of hotshot fighter pilots is blasting away at the invaders. But their best efforts can't prevent the colonies' obliteration. Fleeing the Cylon genocide, the Galactica leads a rag-tag fleet of survivors on a lonely quest to find humanity's fabled 13th colony -- a planet known as Earth.

 

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Razor
On the eve of a devastating Cylon attack, officer Kendra Shaw reports for duty on the battlestar Pegasus. When mankind's future is forever changed on that fateful day, Kendra is reshaped into a "razor"—a tool of war—under the ruthless guidance of her commander, Admiral Cain. Battlestar Galactica: Razor tells the untold story of Pegasus and provides chilling clues to the fate of humanity as the final chapters of the Battlestar Galactica story unfold.
The Battlestar Galactica - Razor (Unrated Extended Edition) DVD contains an extended version of the explosive two-hour broadcast event that includes all-new characters and more action and visual effects than any previous episode in the popular series, as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with the series' creators. As an indispensable backdrop to events that take place in the Fourth Season of Battlestar Galactica, the DVD is a must-own for fans of the series.

 

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE PLAN
The Cylons began as humanity's robot servants. They rebelled and evolved and now they look like us. Their plan is simple: destroy the race that enslaved them. But when their devastating attack leaves human survivors, the Cylons have to improvise. Battlestar Galactica: The Plan tells the story of two powerful Cylon leaders, working separately, and their determination to finish the task.

 

BLACK ADDER: THE ULTIMATE EDITION
Rowan Atkinson is deliciously twisted as the comic villain, Edmund Blackadder, in the enormously popular comedy series. Follow Blackadder in hysterical send-ups of the Middle Ages, the Elizabethan age, the Regency period, and World War I. This special edition contains new exclusive interviews and audio commentaries , making it a must have for all BlackAdder fans.
- Remastered series: The Black Adder, Blackadder II, Blackadder the Third, Blackadder Goes Forth
- New commentary by Rowan Atkinson and John Lloyd, Stephen Fry, Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, Tony Robinson and Tim McInnery
- Blackadder Rides Again: special 60-minute documentary to mark the 25th anniversary
- Exclusive extended interviews with Hugh Laurie, Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry
- Costumes Revisited with Miranda Richardson, Patsy Byrne, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnery
- Plus Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Blackadder the Cavalier Years, Blackadder Back and Forth, Baldrick's Video Diary and more

 

THE BORDER: SEASON THREE

 

The California Raisins: Meet the Raisins
1988 - 27 min. - Animated, Color
 
The California Raisins, a rhythm & blues aggregation consisting of genuine raisins A.C., Red, Stretch and Bebop, originally starred in a series of popular TV commercials. These were animated in a fluid, wholly believable fashion by stop-motion maestro Will Vinton. Meet the Raisins, the group's second prime time special (the first was a 1987 Christmas show) is an on-target parody of rock documentaries. In between the faux "home movie" clips, scenes of the group's early days as the Vine-Yls, and concert footage, we are treated to interviews by those responsible for the Raisin's success, including a broadly caricatured manager—gold jewelry, bikinied hangers-on, and all. Meet the Raisins first aired on November 4, 1988

 

The California Raisins: Raisins sold oUT
1990 - 27 min. - Animated, Color
This animated presentation of the California Raisins features songs like "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "Respect."

 

CENTENNIAL
Journey to the Wild West in the sweeping, sensational epic drama Centennial: The Complete Series! Relive the grand hopes, dreams, loves, and adventures of generations of residents in Centennial, Colorado - from their risky attempts to establish a settlement in 1795 through the politics and power plays of the 20th century. With over 26 TV hours of content on DVD for the first time, this incredible set gives fans the opportunity to own the complete chronicle that showcases one of the finest casts ever assembled, including Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad, Timothy Dalton, Mark Harmon, Andy Griffith, Raymond Burr, Dennis Weaver, Lynn Redgrave, Sharon Gless, Stephanie Zimbalist, Sally Kellerman and many more. Based on James Michener’s best-selling novel, this Primetime Emmy®Award-nominated saga is a captivating look at the intertwining lives of the brave men and women in a fictional American town that endured the growing pains of a nation on the rise.

 

THE NEW CHAIN REACTION
The game show The New Chain Reaction has it hands full with 2 crazy and wacky contestants Cathy Maxheleau and Barry Wight.

 

The Chris Isaak Hour
With very special guest.
CAT STEVENS

 

CHRONICLES OF NARIA - Series
Fire breathing dragons, sprightly nymphs, talking animals, evil witches, deadly sea monsters, gruesome giants, kings and queens, a group of brave children and a very special wardrobe collide in an epic battle of good versus evil. Welcome to the enchanted world of Narnia, a mystical land sprung from the mind of legendary author C.S. Lewis. Danger and adventure are always close at hand in Narnia, for the future is under constant threat by dark forces. But not for long. Whispers that sail across the land say only one thing - Aslan, the great lion, is on the move.

 

CRUSADE
Several years after the end of the Great War (detailed in the main Babylon 5 TV series) the former servants of the now-exiled Shadows attempt to avenge their old masters by introducing a powerful biological weapon into Earth's atmosphere. After five years of adapting itself to humanity's genetic makeup, it will kill every human being on the planet. Since this plague was the product of a technology far ahead of humanity's, there isn't enough time to develop an original solution - instead, humanity will have to comb through the ruins of older alien civilizations with the hope of finding some ancient, advanced technology that can cure the disease. Leading this high-stakes archeological mission is a starship of the new Interstellar Alliance, the Excalibur, and its crew drawn from the Alliance's elite troubleshooting corps, the Rangers.

 

The Day of the Triffids
All humans eat vegetables. But what if we were the helpless ones, and the plants were eating us? Following the Earth's close encounter with a comet, a meteor shower strikes Britain's population blind. Bill Masen, recovering in a London hospital from a vicious plant attack, is one of only a few people to survive with his eyesight intact. But the world he emerges to has altered terrifyingly into a nightmare where man-eating plants -- the triffids -- are gathering in force!

 

DEADWOOD * Season One
(HBO Dramatic Series)
1876. In the Black Hills of South Dakota lies Deadwood a lawless town inhabited by a mob of restless misfits ranging from an ex-lawman to a scheming saloon owner to the legendary Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. The richest gold strike in American history provides the backdrop for HBO's next great drama.
The remarkable first season of Deadwood represents one of those periodic, wholesale reinventions of the Western that is as different from, say, Lonesome Dove as that miniseries is from Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo or the latter is from Anthony Mann's The Naked Spur. In many ways, HBO's Deadwood embraces the Western's unambiguous morality during the cinema's silent era through the 1930s while also blazing trails through a post-NYPD Blue, post-The West Wing television age exalting dense and customized dialogue. On top of that, Deadwood has managed an original look and texture for a familiar genre: gritty, chaotic, and surging with both dark and hopeful energy. Yet the show's creator, erstwhile NYPD Blue head writer David Milch, never ridicules or condescends to his more grasping, futile characters or overstates the virtues of his heroic ones.
Set in an ungoverned stretch of South Dakota soon after the 1876 Custer massacre, Deadwood concerns a lawless, evolving town attracting fortune-seekers, drifters, tyrants, and burned-out adventurers searching for a card game and a place to die. Others, particularly women trapped in prostitution, sundry do-gooders, and hangers-on have nowhere else to go. Into this pool of aspiration and nightmare arrive former Montana lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and his friend Sol Starr (John Hawkes), determined to open a lucrative hardware business. Over time, their paths cross with a weary but still formidable Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine) and his doting companion, the coarse angel Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert); an aristocratic, drug-addicted widow (Molly Parker) trying to salvage a gold mining claim; and a despondent hooker (Paula Malcomson) who cares, briefly, for an orphaned girl. Casting a giant shadow over all is a blood-soaked king, Gem Saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), possibly the best, most complex, and mesmerizing villain seen on TV in years. Over 12 episodes, each of these characters, and many others, will forge alliances and feuds, cope with disasters (such as smallpox), and move--almost invisibly but inexorably--toward some semblance of order and common cause. Making it all worthwhile is Milch's masterful dialogue--often profane, sometimes courtly and civilized, never perfunctory--and the brilliant acting of the aforementioned performers plus Brad Dourif, Leon Rippy, Powers Boothe, and Kim Dickens.

 

DEADWOOD * Season Two
(HBO Dramatic Series)
1877. A new day is dawning in the Black Hills outlaw camp of Deadwood. For better or worse times are changing and the transformation from camp to town is imminent. Unsavory new arrivals - looking to cash in on the lucrative anarchy -- and a government of outsiders usher in an era of hard decisions and brutal power struggles among the camp's founders all learning the hard way...fortune comes with a price.
Deadwood: The Complete Second Season continues the Shakespearean brilliance of the landmark first season, created by NYPD Blue head writer David Milch. Milch either wrote or supervised the writing of each of the 12 episodes in this stunning follow-up, which contains more than a few surprises for anyone who thought they knew the myriad characters in the late 19th century town of Deadwood--a mucky, ungoverned, exceptionally violent development in South Dakota. As with the first season, Deadwood continues to be about many things--survival, loyalty, alliances, duty--but all of them are happening against a titanic battle between several parties to consolidate power and real wealth in the territory. Despite his cutthroat ethics, astonishing profanity, and bursts of cruelty, it's hard not to side in this bid for a piece of America's future with saloon owner Al Swearengen (a magnificent performance by Ian McShane), a visionary monster who is nevertheless more recognizably human than his rivals.
Entering an uneasy partnership with Al is Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). Seth begins the second season by teaching Al a few lessons in chivalry, and their brief but bloody feud commences physical ailments for Al that become increasingly shocking to behold. Yet Al's difficulties have the practical effect of sidelining him for a couple of episodes while the story sets up more complex power struggles. Al takes on Deadwood's other saloon-brothel owner, the unstable Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe), as well as an off-screen millionaire who is intent on owning all the gold-mining interests by buying out weary prospectors' claims. Meanwhile, Seth's wife and son (actually, his late brother's widow and child) arrive, an unsettling development for Seth's lover, the widow Alma Garret (Molly Parker), who soon reveals herself to be a more complicated person than in the first season. The prostitute Trixie (Paula Malcomson) begins thinking about her future and asserts independence from Al by having sex with Seth's friend, Sol Star (John Hawkes). Best of all, Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) is back and more endearingly uncivilized than ever. Special features include actor commentaries on select episodes, the best of which finds Olyphant and McShane cracking each other up while watching the season premiere.

 

DEADWOOD * Season Three
(HBO Dramatic Series)
 "The Best Drama on Television" is back with the third season on DVD! Timed to coincide with Father's Day HBO will release Deadwood: The Complete Third Season DVD on June 12 2007. Watch as the lawless era of Deadwood comes to an end.
The final complete season of HBO's remarkable Deadwood series is full of surprises and devastating experiences as the nascent, dangerous town prepares to join Dakota territory in 1877. As in the previous two seasons, the question of who will control the town's resources, assets, and people drives much of the drama, affecting all manner of relationships and alliances, often between the most unlikely people. The dominant storyline in Deadwood: The Complete Third Season concerns upcoming elections for mayor and sheriff of the mucky, gold-mining town. The real juice, however, is not so much between the individuals running for office as between two power brokers each trying to steer the results toward their own purposes. Saloon owner and Deadwood's puppetmaster, Al Swearengen (Ian McShane sustaining his brilliant peformance in the previous two seasons), works closely with incumbent lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) on retaining the latter's seat. But Bullock himself has difficulty surrendering his penchant for taking unambiguous action and relying on few words, especially when he has to act like a politician and deal with people such as George Hearst (Gerald McRaney, playing the real-life father of William Randolph Hearst). Swearengen's rival, Hearst--a self-made industrialist who gained his fortune through mining--has every intention of overtaking Deadwood, with his eye particularly on the lucrative mine owned by Bullock's former lover, Alma (Molly Parker). (The violence Hearst employs to get to Alma's claim will stun many Deadwood fans.)
Meanwhile, Bullock's old friend, Sol Starr (John Hawkes), runs for mayor against the feckless E.B. Farnum (William Sanderson), and tries to navigate through his difficult relationship with Trixie (Paula Malcomson) as she grows enraged by former lover Swearengen's manipulation of her and everyone else. Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) is encouraged to become a public speaker, telling of her misadventures with General George Custer, and she commences a lesbian relationship with Joanie (Kim Dickens), the saloon owner who is becoming increasingly despondent and suicidal. Bullock's relationship with his wife, Martha (Anna Gunn) continues to deepen and become more of an influence on him, Wyatt Earp comes for a visit, and a newcomer to town, Jack Langrishe (Brian Cox), an old friend of Swearengen, attempts to open a theatre. As expected, the season finale concludes with the long-awaited election, but HBO's decision to bring Deadwood to an end required creator David Milch to wrap everything up in a pair of two-hour movies. Still, The Complete Third Season is very satisfying on every level, and will always be, along with the rest of the series, a television landmark.

 

DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS
Roast featuring BOB HOPE with guests: FLIP WILSON, RONALD REAGAN, JOHN WAYNE, FOSTER BROOKS, JIMMY STEWART, MILTON BERLE, REV. BILLY GRAHAM, RICH LITTLE, HOWARD COSELL, JACK BENNY, ZSA ZSA GABOR, NIPSEY RUSSELL, GEN. OMAR BRADLEY, PHYLLIS DILLER, NEIL ARMSTRONG, HENRY KISSINGER, DON RICKLES, DELORES HOPE Roast featuring RONALD REAGAN with guests: JACKIE VERNON, PHYLLIS DILLER, DOM DELUISE, PAT HENRY, MARK SPITZ, JACK BENNY, JONATHAN WINTERS, NIPSEY RUSSELL, GINGER ROGERS, NANCY REAGAN

 

DUNE
The Sci-Fi Channel's first miniseries production adapts Frank Herbert's esteemed futuristic novel Dune into a six-hour epic. When House Atreides lead by the noble Duke Leto Atreides (Academy award-winner William Hurt) gains control of the universe's most powerful commodity — Spice — rival House Harkonnen begins plotting their revenge. As a result, Duke Atreides' mistress (Saskia Reeves), a magical Bene Gesserit witch, and their son Paul (Alec Newman) must flee into the dangerous, worm-infested dunes where they find help from an ancient civilization that engages in guerilla warfare. As the political agenda of the reigning emperor unfolds, Paul is enlightened about his powers in the world and those of the mysterious Navigators of Spacing Guild. The series is written and directed by John Harrison who had considerable help from an award-winning production team including three-time Academy award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, Apocalypse Now).

 

CHILDREN OF DUNE
Officially based on two of Frank Herbert's science fiction novels, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, this three-part, six-hour miniseries was actually a sequel to the Sci-Fi Channel's multipart adaptation of the original Dune. The story was set in the year 10,103: Having deposed the evil emperor of the desert planet Arrakis, the messianic Paul Atreides (Scott Newman) was firmly installed as the planet's supreme "Muad'Dib," as well as the guardian of Arrakis' life-enhancing spice supply. Unfortunately, Paul's efforts to unify his kingdom have had the residual consequences of bloodshed and tyranny. It fell to Paul's twin children, Ghanima (Jessica Brooks) and Leto II (James McAvoy), to thwart the villainous machinations of the planet's deposed matriarch, Princess Wensicia (Susan Sarandon), and the beautiful but insane Princess Alia (Daniela Amavia). Like the previous Dune miniseries, this one was decked out with superlative special effects, excellent performances, on-target direction, and (most vital for any Herbert adaptation) a thoroughly logical and coherent teleplay. First telecast on March 16, 2003, Frank Herbert's Children of Dune was clearly designed as the pilot for a weekly Dune series.

 

EARTH*STAR VOYAGER
Part one of Earth*Star Voyager was first telecast January 17, 1988, on the Disney Sunday Movie anthology. The year is 2088: the Earth*Star Voyager blasts off on a 26-year-misson to find another planet able to support life. The space vessel's crew consists largely of teenagers (the oldest crewperson is 24). Intellectually, they're ready for the adventure: but no one has taken into consideration their emotional maturity. All sorts of unexpected dangers face the Voyager as Part One draws to its cliff-hanging close (see separate entry for details on Part Two).Duncan Regehr, Brian McNamara, Jason Michas, Julia Montgomery, Tom Breznahan and Peter Donat head the cast.  Though it runs a scant two hours, the made-for-TV Earth*Star Voyager was originally telecast in two parts. Both were shown as installments of The Disney Sunday Movie. In Part One, telecast January 17, 1988, we were introduced to the very young crew of the 21st-century space vessel Earth*Star Voyager. They'd just embarked on a 26-year mission to locate another inhabitable planet. In Part Two, which first aired January 24, 1988, the crew members stumble across the wreckage of an earlier space vehicle and come to the aid of an endangered alien/human mutant. "A deadly rendezvous. A dangerous collision. The adventure of a lifetime" read the film's original print ads. Duncan Regehr, Brian McNamara and Julia Montgomery star.

 

FALLING SKIES
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Farscape: The Peacekeeper's War
The cult-favorite science fiction series Farscape comes to a close with this miniseries. The bloodthirsty Scarran Empire unexpectedly declares war against the Peacekeeper Alliance, and the Peacekeepers are forced to strike back with all they have. The Peacekeepers' last, best hope lies in astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder), an earthling who joined them when he was drawn into a wormhole in space. Can Crichton find a way to lead the Peacekeepers back through the same wormhole before they're destroyed by the Scarrans? Produced in part due to the volatile reaction from fans after Farscape was canceled with many plot threads left unresolved, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars also features original cast members Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Jonathan Hardy, Paul Goddard, and Gigi Edgley.

 

FIREFLY
Serenity offers perfect proof that Firefly deserved a better fate than premature TV cancellation. Joss Whedon's acclaimed sci-fi Western hybrid series was ideally suited (in Browncoats, of course) for a big-screen conversion, and this action-packed adventure allows Whedon to fill in the Firefly backstory, especially the history and mystery of the spaceship Serenity's volatile and traumatized stowaway, River Tam (Summer Glau). Her lethal skills as a programmed "weapon" makes her a coveted prize for the power-hungry planetary Alliance, represented here by an Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who'll stop at nothing to retrieve River from Serenity's protective crew. We still get all the quip-filled dialogue and ass-kicking action that we've come to expect from the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Whedon goes a talented step further here, blessing his established ensemble cast with a more fully-developed dynamic of endearing relationships. Serenity's cast is led with well-balanced depth and humor by Nathan Fillion as Captain Mal Reynolds, whose maverick spirit is matched by his devotion to crewmates Wash (Alan Tudyk), Zoe (Gina Torres), fun-loving fighter Jayne (Adam Baldwin), engineer Kaylee (Jewel Staite), doctor Simon (Sean Maher), and Mal's former flame Inara (Morena Baccarin), who plays a pivotal role in Whedon's briskly-paced plot. As many critics agreed, Serenity offered all the fun and breezy excitement that was missing from George Lucas's latter-day Star Wars epics, and Whedon leaves an opening for a continuing franchise that never feels cheap or commercially opportunistic. With the mega-corporate mysteries of Blue Sun yet to be explored, it's a safe bet we haven't seen the last of the good ship Serenity.

 

SERENITY
Serenity offers perfect proof that Firefly deserved a better fate than premature TV cancellation. Joss Whedon's acclaimed sci-fi Western hybrid series was ideally suited (in Browncoats, of course) for a big-screen conversion, and this action-packed adventure allows Whedon to fill in the Firefly backstory, especially the history and mystery of the spaceship Serenity's volatile and traumatized stowaway, River Tam (Summer Glau). Her lethal skills as a programmed "weapon" makes her a coveted prize for the power-hungry planetary Alliance, represented here by an Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who'll stop at nothing to retrieve River from Serenity's protective crew. We still get all the quip-filled dialogue and ass-kicking action that we've come to expect from the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Whedon goes a talented step further here, blessing his established ensemble cast with a more fully-developed dynamic of endearing relationships. Serenity's cast is led with well-balanced depth and humor by Nathan Fillion as Captain Mal Reynolds, whose maverick spirit is matched by his devotion to crewmates Wash (Alan Tudyk), Zoe (Gina Torres), fun-loving fighter Jayne (Adam Baldwin), engineer Kaylee (Jewel Staite), doctor Simon (Sean Maher), and Mal's former flame Inara (Morena Baccarin), who plays a pivotal role in Whedon's briskly-paced plot. As many critics agreed, Serenity offered all the fun and breezy excitement that was missing from George Lucas's latter-day Star Wars epics, and Whedon leaves an opening for a continuing franchise that never feels cheap or commercially opportunistic. With the mega-corporate mysteries of Blue Sun yet to be explored, it's a safe bet we haven't seen the last of the good ship Serenity.

 

THE FLASH
Disc One
In this made-for-TV movie, the well-known DC comic book character the Flash must use his super-human abilities to stop the Dark Riders, an evil motorcycle gang who caused the death of his brother and now threatens to take over Central City
A TV series of the same name resulted from this pilot film.
Disc Two
Based on the comic-strip character created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert, The Flash was a briefly popular fantasy-adventure TV series which ran from September 20, 1990, to July 19, 1991. John Wesley Shipp stars as police chemist Barry Allen, who, after being struck by a lightning bolt and doused with chemicals, transformed into The Flash, the fastest human being on earth. He was so fast at times that his movements were invisible to the human eye. In typical superhero fashion, the Flash was often pitted against colorfully costumed supervillains.
Flash 2: Revenge of the Trickster is comprised of two hour-long Flash episodes, both starring Mark Hamill as a crazed magician turned master criminal. The feminine interest is provided by Amanda Pays as Tina McGee, the only person who knows that Barry Allen and Flash are one in the same. Tim Thomerson - Jay Allen, Sam Vlahos - Dr. Lawrence, John Wesley Shipp - Barry Allen, Priscilla Pointer - Nora Allen, Wayne Pere - Rick, Justin Burnette - Shawn Allen, David Crowley - SWAT Captain, M. Emmet Walsh - Henry Allen, Mariko Tse - Linda Park, Mike Nader - Pike, Josh Cruze - Petrolli, Eric Da Re - Tyrone, Robert Hooks - Chief Arthur Cooper, Vito D'Ambrosio - Bellows, Richard Belzer - Kline, Joe, Amanda Pays - Christina McGee, Virginia Morris - Mother, Lycia Naff - Lila, Rick Logan - Scott, Paula Marshall - Iris
Disc Three
In this made-for-TV movie, the well-known DC comic book character the Flash must use his super-human abilities to stop the Dark Riders, an evil motorcycle gang who caused the death of his brother and now threatens to take over Central City
A TV series of the same name resulted from this pilot film.
Disc Four
In this made-for-TV movie, the well-known DC comic book character the Flash must use his super-human abilities to stop the Dark Riders, an evil motorcycle gang who caused the death of his brother and now threatens to take over Central City
A TV series of the same name resulted from this pilot film.

 

Gene Roddenberry's - Genesis II
1973 - USA - 97 min. - Feature,
Made for TV, Color
Director  John Llewellyn Moxey - Genre/Type  Adventure, Science Fiction
On three occasions between 1973 and 1975, Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry attempted to launch a new science-fiction series. All three pilot films were predicated on the premise of a modern-day scientist awakening after nearly two centuries in suspended animation. The first of these feature-length pilots was Genesis 2, which debuted March 23, 1973. Alex Cord stars as Dylan Hunt, who opens his eyes to discover that he now resides in a post-apocalyptic world. He is reluctantly recruited into a resistance movement, aimed at toppling the present despotic regime. The film's "money scene" involved leading lady Lyra-a (Mariette Hartley), who at a crucial plot juncture lifts her blouse to reveal that she has two navels. When Genesis 2 failed to click as a series, Roddenberry and company tried again with Planet Earth (1974); when that didn't sell, the property was reworked as Strange New World (1975).

 

Gene Roddenberry's - Planet Earth
1974 - USA - 78 min. - Feature, Made for TV, Color
Director  Marc Daniels
Genre/Type  Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Action
Planet Earth was the second of three look-alike attempts by Star Trek maven Gene Roddenberry to launch a futuristic TV series for the 1970s (the first was 1973's Genesis II, and the third was 1975's Strange New World). John Saxon stars as Dylan Hunt, who awakens from suspended animation in the year 2133. The "big war" has come and gone; one of the few surviving pockets of 20th-century civilization is the city of PAX. This 2-hour pilot film details Hunt's adventures in this Brave New World when he is captured and enslaved by a society run by women. He is rescued by the scientists of PAX, presumably as a means of getting Roddenberry's series off the ground. But except for this film, first aired April 23, 1974, Planet Earth never got into orbit.

 

GENERATION KILL
Based on the national best-selling book by Evan Wright, Generation Kill is an authentic and vividly detailed 7 part HBO mini-series event that presents a uniquely epic and intimate portrait of the first 40 days of the Iraq war from the perspective of the Marines of the First Recon Battalion – a new breed of American soldiers.
The mini-series tells the story of these young Marines physical and emotional journey into the heart of Baghdad in those initial weeks, and how the war reveals to be much more complicated, problematic and tragic than anyone had contemplated. Many of the complications and problems that arise are due to the unwieldy military bureaucracy which the Marines confront in the midst of the war, the challenges of over-zealous and incompetent commanding officers, ever-changing rules of engagement, a non-existent strategy, severe deficiencies in necessary armor and supplies, and an enemy they don’t understand.
Generation Kill is a humorous and frightening first hand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the brutality, camaraderie and bureaucracy of a new American war. It is a profoundly insightful and realistic look at the risk, costs and ultimately, the failures of the war.
Written and produced by Emmy-award winner David Simon (the Wire), and also produced by the award-winning George Faber (Elizabeth I).

 

Generation X
1996 - Feature, Made for TV
In February of 1996, the Fox Network aired a made-for-television Generation X telefilm, produced by Marvel Entertainment. The film featured Banshee and Emma Frost as the headmasters of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and M, Skin, Mondo, Jubilee and two new characters Buff and Refrax as students. The team battled a mad scientist who used a machine to develop telepathic powers. The extremely low-budget film was scoffed at by fans and plans to develop a syndicated series were abandoned.   Cast: Finola Hughes - Emma Frost/White Queen         Matt Frewer - Russel Tresh         Heather McComb - Jubilation Lee     Bumper Robinson - Mondo       Jeremy Ratchford  - Sean Cassicy      Bumper Robinson  - Mondo        Agustin Rodriguez  - Angelo

 

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy began as a 1978 BBC radio series by Douglas Adams, who later adapted the material as a novel in 1979. This six-part BBC television miniseries stars Simon Jones as gormless Arthur Dent, who while clad in his bedclothes manages to escape the Earth's gravitational pull just before the Third Planet From the Sun is blown to bits. Ensconced in a strange space vessel festooned with all manner of confusing hardware, Jones finds that his life is dependent upon the instructions given by the cheery voice of the main computer—which may be loyal to the extraterrestrials who've obliterated the earth in order to make way for a galactic superhighway. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was seen in the US on PBS affiliate stations.

 

INTO THE WEST
Experience one of the most definitive and triumphant chapters in American history by journeying Into the West with this powerful 4-disc DVD set. Presented by TNT in association with DreamWorks Television and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this 12-TV-hour event contains all 6 timeless episodes of the action-packed mini-series and boasts an entire disc of exclusive bonus features. Chronicling the struggles, heartache and conquests of two inspiring families, Into the West captures the hopes and perseverance of both the explorers who risked everything to fulfill their dreams and the land's indigenous people forced to watch their way of life disappear. Featuring an ensemble cast of Hollywood's brightest stars, including Beau Bridges, Graham Greene, Matthew Modine and Keri Russell, Into the West is an American Dream saga that Entertainment Weekly calls "epic in scope and cast."
A standard making-of documentary covers all aspects of the production of Into the West, with a brief introductory comment by Steven Spielberg. The "Communication Gap" featurette explores the challenge of translating dialogue into authentically spoken Lakota language. Also included is a survey (with interview clips) of the large cast; the original TNT promo trailer; and a music video of the miniseries-inspired song "World on Fire," combining Into the West footage with a performance by Sarah McLachlan and Robbie Robertson

 

Ivanhoe
1997 - UK - 300 min. - Feature, Color
A century after the Normans conquer England, evil Prince John (Ralph Brown) seizes control of the realm in the absence of the rightful ruler, his brother Richard the Lion-Hearted (Rory Edwards), who has been crusading in the Holy Land. John means to replace Richard as king. John, a Norman, governs with cruelty and force of arms, and the Saxon natives despise him. Siding with John are fearsome warrior priests known as Templars. All seems lost for the Saxons. Then the Saxon hero Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades in disguise. Not far behind is Richard. Meanwhile, Ivanhoe's father, Cedric (James Cosmo), a Saxon lord who has disowned his son in the mistaken belief that he has betrayed Richard, betroths his beautiful ward, Rowena (Victoria Smurfit), Ivanhoe's beloved, to Saxon lord Athelstane (Chris Walker). If right is to prevail, the Saxons must unseat John, and Ivanhoe must restore his good name and win Rowena. John decides to sponsor a tournament between his Templar champions and Saxon knights. On the first day of the tournament, the disguised Ivanhoe heartens the Saxons by defeating the best of the Templars in a jousting match. On the second day, during sword-to-sword combat, he turns apparent defeat into victory with the help of a mysterious Black Knight (Rory Edwards). Ivanhoe suffers a wound, however, and Rebecca (Susan Lynch), a Jew, nurses him back to health. Ivanhoe had saved the life of her father, Isaac. The Templars capture Ivanhoe and other Saxons, as well as Rebecca and her father, and hold them in a castle. Then, Saxon men-at-arms led by Robin Hood (Aden Gillett) and the Black Knight storm the castle and free the prisoners. However, a Templar knight rides off with Rebecca, and his superior condemns her as a witch and sentences her to be burned at the stake. The film builds to its climax as Ivanhoe rides to save Rebecca, and viewers wonder about the ultimate fate of John, the identity of the Black Knight, and the future course of English history.

 

Jesse Stone: Night Passage
(2006, Robert Harmon)
Tom Selleck returns to the role of small-town police chief Jesse Stone in this prequel to the CBS TV movie Stone Cold. Having been booted from the LAPD for drunkenness (brought on by his divorce), Stone heads to tiny Paradise, Massachussetts, where through the auspices of local banker Hastings Hathaway (Saul Rubinek) he is appointed chief of police. His first assignment is to investigate the murder of his predecessor Lou Carson (Mike Starr), whose death may or may not be tied in with a local domestic-abuse case involving minor mob functionary Jo Jo Genest (Stephen Baldwin). Although his new staff has a lot of trouble dealing with Stone's eccentricities--not least of which is insisting upon taking his pet dog Boomer wherever he goes--Jesse gradually wins them over. Along the way, he also tries to melt the heart of his staunchest adversary, attractive attorney Abby Taylor (Polly Shannon--all the while fending off the advances of banker Hathaway's libidinous wife Cissy (Stephanie March). Based on a novel by Robert B. Parker, Jesse Stone: Night Passage was originally telecast on January 15, 2006.

 

Jesse Stone: Stone Cold
(2005, Robert Harmon)
A tough cop must deal with some ugly crimes in a small New England town in this made-for-TV mystery. Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) is the thick-skinned chief of police in the small town of Paradise, MA; while Stone has a good heart, he's not the sort of man who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and often turns to whiskey when his work gets to be too much for him. When a series of unexplained murders begin occurring in Paradise, Stone begins to suspect Andrew Lincoln (Reg Rogers) and his wife, Brianna (Jane Adams), a pair of eccentric artists who have a fascination with violence. But when 16-year-old Candace Pennington (Alexis Dziena) is brought in to see Stone by her mother and father after she's been raped, Stone is a bit puzzled by the parents' reaction to the crime, and wonders if there might be some link between this assault and the murders. Stone Cold was based on the best-selling novel by noted crime author Robert B. Parker.

 

Jesse Stone: Death In Paradise
(2006, Robert Harmon)
Selleck plays the role of Jesse Stone, a former Los Angeles homicide detective who left California and his ex-wife to become the police chief in a small New England town. Among his many character flaws are his struggles with a drinking problem and lingering feelings for his ex-wife.

 

Jesse Stone: Sea Change
(2007, Robert Harmon)
Jesse Stone: Sea Change is the fourth in the series of films starring Selleck as Jesse Stone, the former Los Angeles homicide detective who has been fired from the LAPD, left his wife and comes to Paradise, Massachusetts, to start life over again as the New England town’s police chief. Co-starring William Devane (TV’s Knot’s Landing), Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands) and Sean Young (Blade Runner), this installment finds Chief Stone (Selleck) bored with what he perceives as his mundane life, struggling to keep his drinking and his obsession with beautiful women under control. Stone’s restlessness gets the best of him and he re-opens a 12-year-old cold file involving the murder of a bank teller. The inquiry reveals fresh clues and Stone soon finds himself busier than ever as the unsolved case leads to another centered around an alleged rape aboard a yacht during the town’s annual Race Week.

 

Jesse Stone: Thin Ice
(2009, Robert Harmon)
The fifth installment of the Jesse Stone franchise finds the Massachusetts police chief drawing the wrath of the Town Council after inadvertently being drawn into a shoot-out on the streets of Boston. Paradise, Mass. Police Chief Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) has just been involved in a highly-publicized shoot-out that left his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy (Stephen McHattie), seriously wounded. As a result, the Boston Police Department's Internal Affairs division launches an investigation against Chief Stone, causing the dedicated lawman to be away from Paradise for extended periods of time and drawing unwanted attention from the Town Council. When Chief Stone fires the Paradise Police Department's most enthusiastic ticket-writer, the city's main source of revenue takes a serious hit. His status with the Town Council already faltering, the chief puts his own job in serious jeopardy by agreeing to help a celebrated out-of-towner search for her missing child.

 

Jesse Stone: No Remorse
(2010, Robert Harmon)
Disgraced former Paradise, Massachusetts Police Chief Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) goes into self-imposed exile after being suspended from the force, investigating a bizarre series of interconnected murders in Boston that implicate Gino Fish (William Sadler), the city's most ruthless crime kingpin.

 

JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER
A variety of European folk tales are retold in new stories.

Hans My Hedgehog - The Princess, after marrying the Grovelhog, learns he sheds his quills each night and she has to keep it a secret for 3 nights in order to break the curse. When she fails and he runs away, she searches the world and wears out 3 pairs of iron shoes in the process.

Fearnot - Fearnot comes from a family of 3 (father, brother and Fearnot) and was tricked by 3 bullies early in the story. It takes 3 encounters before he finally learns how to shudder (encountering the swamp creature, the half demon in the castle, and the thought of losing his sweetheart).

A Story Short - The Storyteller loses to the Beggar 3 times while playing Dice. He loses his money, his wife and his own self.

The Luck Child - Lucky survives 3 attempts on his life by the wicked king (thrown over a cliff, sent to the castle with a letter instructing the queen to kill him, and being sent to the Griffin's lair).

 

Jim Henson's The Storyteller - Greek Myths (1997)
Starring: Michael Gambon, Brian Henson
Director: David Garfath, John Madden
Plot Synopsis: A storyteller in a labyrinth tells his dog the stories of Perseus and Medusa, Icarus and Daedalus, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Orpheus & Euridyce.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE MOVIE
The protagonist, Tori Olafsdotter (Kimberly Oja), a meteorologist working at the Eno Meteorological Institute who will later become Ice. New Metro is then attacked by a tornado being controlled by a terrorist calling himself The Weatherman (Miguel Ferrer). The Flash (Ken Johnston) diffuses the tornado using his speed while the other members of the JLA use their powers to save civilians.
Tori inadvertently stumbles upon a hidden device in the lab where she works. While investigating its use, she spills water on it and it strikes her with strange blue electricity. She is unharmed and leaves the lab for home freezing everything she touches. En route she sees a man drowning, when she attempts to rescue him the water freezes around her. That night she is abducted by the JLA and interrogated, believing her to be The Weatherman. They release her and Tori believes it was all simply a bad dream.
The JLA suspect that Tori's timid work colleague Arliss Hopke is The Weatherman. New Metro is then attacked again, this time by golf ball-sized hailstones, but Fire melts them all. The JLA infiltrate a party at the Eno Meteorological Institute looking for evidence that Arliss Hopke is The Weatherman. Tori then discovers that it is in fact her boss, Dr Eno who is The Weatherman.
Tori takes this knowledge to the JLA and they in turn take her to their secret command centre, an alien spacecraft hidden underwater. The JLA's leader J'onn J'onzz (David Ogden Stiers) introduces himself to Tori and the other members of the League reveal their secret identities. At this point Tori discovers that The Atom" (John Kassir) is actually a man whom she has been flirting with. The JLA attempt to train Tori to hone her freezing powers without much success.
The Weatherman issues a demand of $20 million or he will engulf New Metro in a Tidal Wave. He then attacks the Watchtower using a Heat-Ray. The JLA escape and devise a plan to stop the wave, leaving Tori behind. The JLA's attempt to stop the Tidal Wave is unsuccessful and it is in fact Tori who stops it by turning it into ice.
The film ends with The Weatherman already hatching his escape from prison and Tori joining the JLA.

 

Kung Fu
Television's great existential Western series Kung Fu starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a half-Chinese, half-Caucasian who had once studied to become a Shaolin priest in 1860s China. Essentially a man of peace and introspection, Caine had been forced to kill a member of the Chinese royal family and had subsequently fled to the American West in search of his long-lost brother...and, it could be inferred, in search of himself (of course, he also had to keep one step ahead from pursuing Chinese authorities and paid assassins). Wherever he went, the solemn, shaven-headed Caine encountered hostility and intolerance from surly white men, yet he generally kept his temper and his impressive martial-arts skill in check, usually by remembering his training at the Shaolin temple where he had been raised since he was orphaned in infancy. Instructed by his mentors, Master Po (Keye Luke) -- who affectionately referred to his charge as "grasshopper" -- and Master Kan (Philip Ahn), the young Caine (played in the flashback scenes by Ramades Pera) had learned to use his strength wisely and with discipline and to rely upon his "inner harmony" in adverse situations. Unfortunately, the series' villains generally picked on those weaker and less powerful than themselves, and it fell to Caine to protect the downtrodden with astonishing displays of strength and agility, with the inevitable fight scenes usually filmed in slow motion. Other than Caine and his two masters there were no other regulars on the series. Despite its philosophy and mysticism, Kung Fu was, in many ways, a traditional Western, with the Mysterious Stranger arriving out of nowhere to vanquish evil and benefit those who were good, then disappearing just as quickly and quietly as he arrived. Caine was a "loner," thus his character was always alone, even in a crowd. During the third season, however, Season Hubley made sporadic appearances as Caine's American cousin, Margit. Created by Ed Spielman and developed by Herman Miller, the weekly 60-minute Kung Fu ran for three seasons on ABC, from 1972 to 1975. The concept was revived 1986 as the CBS made-for-TV feature Kung Fu: The Movie, and in 1993 as the syndicated weekly Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, which was set in modern times rather than the 19th century. David Carradine appeared in both of these revivals as Caine in the first and as the grandson of the "original" Caine in the second.

 

Kung Fu: Season 01
The complete first season of the ABC action series Kung Fu comes to DVD for the first time from Warner Bros. Home Video. This three-disc set contains all 15 episodes and the 90-minute pilot episode, which originally aired during the 1972-1973 season. The set is presented with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital mono sound in English. There are no subtitles. Included are the featurettes "From Grasshopper to Caine: Creating Kung Fu" and "The Tao of Kwai Chang Caine: Production and Beyond"
Season one of Kung Fu finds Chinese-American drifter Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) solemnly making his way across the Old West, escaping a murder charge (albeit justified murder) hanging over him from his native China. Having once studied for a Shaolin priesthood, Caine is a man of peace and philosophy, keeping his cool no matter how much he is goaded by various western bad guys. But if someone else's life is in danger, or if a weaker person is being persecuted, Caine draws upon his extensive martial-arts skills to vanquish the villains and save the day. During the series' first year on the air, the directors tend to indulge (entertainingly so) in the "trendy" cinematic tricks of the day (1972), with an excess of hand-held camerawork in the fight scenes, slow- and stop-motion sequences, and multi-image scenes reminiscent of such films as The Boston Strangler and The Thomas Crown Affair. Among the guest stars coming in contact with the series' taciturn hero are Barry Sullivan, Robert Urich, Pat Hingle, Geraldine Brooks, Albert Salmi, Sheree North, Will Geer, a ten-year-old Jodie Foster (as a murder witness), and star David Carradine's real-life father, John Carradine, and brother, Robert Carradine.

 

Kung Fu: Season 02
As Kung Fu enters its second season, the mystical, mysterious Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine), a half-Chinese, half-American who had once studied for a Shaolin priesthood in his native China, continues wandering through the American West of the 1860s, still in search of his long-lost brother -- and still escaping a murder charge hanging over his head from the "old country." And as before, the peaceful, introspective Caine is moved to martial-arts violence only when someone else's safety is threatened. Although the series has weeded out many of the "hip" camera techniques used during Season One, Kung Fu continues to traffic heavily in stylized slow-motion fight sequences, and lyrical flashbacks to Caine's youth in China, and his tutelage at the hands of mentors Master Po (Keye Luke) and Master Kan (Philip Ahn). Guest stars seen during season two of Kung Fu include Gilbert Roland, Tim Matheson, Tina Louise, Anne Francis, Nancy Kwan, and a pair of up-and-comers named Don Johnson and Harrison Ford. David Carradine began building his image as a cult icon with the success of the television series Kung Fu. This box set contains every episode from the show's second season. Two of the episodes ("The Well," and "The Chalice") are augmented by a commentary track recorded by Carradine himself. A featurette shows Carradine and some associates sitting down to a meal while engaged in an entertaining discussion on a variety of topics. Each of the episodes is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible.

 

Kung Fu: Season 03
Season three of Kung Fu occasionally relieves the loneliness of Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine), the ex-Shaolin priest who, escaping from his native China after the justifiable killing of a nobleman, has found his way to the American West of the 1860s in search of his long-lost American brother -- and in search of lasting peace and inner tranquility. This season, Caine is occasionally joined in his perambulations by his American cousin Margit (Season Hubley), who of course needs protection every so often, thus prodding the pacifistic Caine into vanquishing various villains with his awesome martial-arts skills (and also of course, the big fight scenes are virtually always filmed in slow motion). Also requiring Caine's help and support during Kung Fu's third and final season are a whole new crop of guest stars, including Stefanie Powers, Sondra Locke, William Shatner, Lew Ayres, Patricia Neal, Eddie Albert, José Feliciano, Leslie Nielsen, David Carradine's father, John Carradine, and the star's then-girlfriend Barbara Hershey, who at the time was billing herself as Barbara Seagull.

 

KUNG-FU: THE MOVIE: THE RETURN OF CAINE
This 2-hour revival of the old David Carradine TV series was originally titled simply Kung Fu. Set in the west of the late 19th century, the film stars Carradine as Caine, the mystical Chinese-American priest who wanders the countryside seeking spiritual fulfillment-and occasionally busting a few bad-guy heads. Stopping over in a small town, Caine learns that an opium ring holds the townsfolk in thrall. Before the sun sets, Caine is engaged in a fierce martial-arts duel with a mysterious young man (played by Brandon Lee, son of Bruce). It comes as quite a jolt to Caine when he learns that his opponent is his own flesh and blood. Though Kung Fu: The Movie, originally telecast February 1, 1986, did not immediately result in a series, David Carradine would star in an updated version of the property, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, in 1992.

 

KUNG FU THE NEXT GENERATION 
starring David Darlow in the part of David Carradines' characters from the original series great grandson also called Kwai Chang Caine,  Brandon Lee plays Caines' son Johnny who is growing up on the wrong side of the law.
This rare pilot only aired once in the united states in 1987 and was not shown anywhere else in the world.  With Brandon Lee as an unsold TV Pilot for the series based on the original Kung Fu TV Series, set in modern time with Caines Grandson and Great Grandson.

 

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
Kung-Fu, the legend continues is back in our present time. Kwai Chang Caine is the grand-son of our super calm hero. After his wife died, Caine and his son, Peter, lived in a Shaolin monastery in California. The monastery was set ablaze by evil forces. Both father and son thought the other had perished in the fire. Caine, just like his grand-father, sets of for 15 years of wandering around the country before being reunited with his son. Caine, a Shaolin monk himself has found peace and calm in his journey. Peter, on the contrary, had a hard time at the orphanage, living in anger, his reality is violence as he is a policeman affected to Chinatown. He claims :"I am not my father and I don't do Kung Fu. I am a cop, that's who I am, that's what I do".
The interesting part is the confrontation between the East and the West, white rice and burgers, inner calm and constant explosion of emotions. Father and son finally succeed in building a strong relationship.

 

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
The definitive adaptation of the James Fenimore Cooper novel, this eight-part BBC production stars John Abineri, in an Emmy-nominated performance as the Mohican Indian Chingachgook, and Kenneth Ives as the intrepid frontier scout Hawkeye. In 1757, during the French and Indian War, half-sisters Cora and Alice Munro set out to join their father, the British Commander of Fort William Henry. After they are betrayed by the villainous Huron Magua, the sisters are rescued by Hawkeye, whose efforts to lead them to safety are aided by Chingachgook and his son Uncas.

 

Lennon Naked
82 min - Biography | Drama | Music
A profile of John Lennon in the late 1960s as the Beatles are set to fall apart.
In 1964 a reluctant John Lennon is persuaded by manager Brian Epstein to meet Freddie, the father who abandoned him 17 years earlier, with the press in attendance. The meeting is short and bitter. Three years later Epstein is dead and John invites Freddie to his mansion but again things turn sour, due to Freddie's drinking and insulting Mimi, the aunt who raised John. The Beatles set up Apple records but the press are hostile and Lennon's comment that 'we're more popular than Jesus' doesn't help. Rows with long-suffering wife Cynthia lead to marital breakdown and John's meeting Japanese performance artist Yoko Ono. Family history is repeated as Lennon leaves Cynthia and their son Julian for Ono, by whom he has a second son, Sean. In 1969 John returns his M.B.E. in protest at England's support for the Vietnam War while his stunts with Yoko Ono to promote peace alienate the press. Some months later he disbands the Beatles to the other members' annoyance and, after arguments with Paul McCartney, sees a therapist, who regresses him to the day Freddie left him. He learns that Freddie needs his help to write a biography, leading to one last showdown between father and son.
Director: Edmund Coulthard
Writer: Robert Jones
Christopher Eccleston ... John Lennon Christopher Fairbank ... Freddie Lennon Allan Corduner ... Art Janov Andrew Scott ... Paul McCartney Naoko Mori ... Yoko Ono Michael Colgan ... Derek Taylor Craig Cheetham ... Ringo Starr Jack Morgan ... George Harrison Claudie Blakley ... Cynthia Lennon Rory Kinnear ... Brian Epstein Adrian Bower ... Pete Shotton Di Botcher ... Dot Eileen O'Brien ... Lil Debora Weston ... Gloria Emerson Dave Legeno ... Les

 

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
2004 - USA - Feature, Made for TV, Color
A "professional student" lands a truly remarkable job in this witty made-for-TV fantasy adventure. Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) is a 30-year-old graduate student who has managed to collect a whopping 22 university degrees; despite his brilliance, shy Flynn seems to have a hard time with the real world, and his mentor at school finally has him expelled so he can start putting his knowledge to work. Things are not much better for him at home, where his mother, Margie (Olympia Dukakis), wants him to meet a nice girl and settle down on his own. Needing a job, Flynn finds an unexpected opening with the New York Metropolitan Library, where Judson (Bob Newhart) and Charlene (Jane Curtin) hire him to look after a special collection. And a very special collection it is — unknown to the world, the library has been caring for the world's most precious relics, including the Holy Grail, Pandora's Box, the Golden Fleece, the Sword of Excalibur and the Mona Lisa (the real one...turns out the Louvre only has a copy). It isn't long before Flynn learns how dangerous his job can be when he's approached by Lana (Kelly Hu) and Rhodes (David Dayan Fisher), members of a secret underground mob known as the Serpent Brotherhood who happen to know that Flynn is the new guardian of the Spear of Destiny — and will stop at nothing to take it from him.

 

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines
An adventurous former librarian sets out in search of the legendary mines of King Solomon in this epic sequel to The Librarian: Quest for the Spear starring Noah Wyle, Gabrielle Anwar, Bob Newhart, and Olympia Dukakis. Flynn Carsen (Wyle) was a quiet bookworm whose 12 bachelor's degrees, six master's degrees, and four Ph.D.'s weren't earned by risking his life at the far corners of the globe. But now school is over, and the only way to uncover some of history's most exciting secrets is to travel into the field and set out on the adventure of a lifetime.

 

The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
The fearless bookworm who searched for King Solomon's Mines and sought out some of the world's most priceless relics returns to investigate a mystery that could reveal the truth about one of history's most feared villains in this made for television adventure directed by Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation, and starring Noah Wylie, Bob Newhart, and Jane Curtain. Flynn Carson (Wylie) is on a mission to recover the historic Judas Chalice when French beauty Simone rescues him from certain death. Despite her radiant gorgeousness, however, Simone possesses a dark secret. That doesn't stop Flynn from falling madly in love with Simone, though when he's betrayed by a respected professor (Bruce Davidson) and attacked by a relentless street gang, her secret finally comes out. Realizing his true mission, Flynn ventures into a decrepit New Orleans crypt rumored to house the remains of none other than Prince Vlad Dracul, the 15th Century Romanian prince whose notorious cruelty still holds the power to frighten over 500 years after his demise in 1476.

 

LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN
Premiered September 12, 1993
Show Category: Action/Adventure , Comedy
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a phenomenal television success. A much more lavish version of the popular Superman television series which had first aired forty years earlier, Lois & Clark focused more on the Man of Steel's early adult years in Metropolis. With the unknowing help of Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher), Clark Kent (Dean Cain) created Superman there in Metropolis after finding work at the world-famous Daily Planet newspaper, where he meets fellow reporter Lois Lane. After Superman's debut, Lois becomes infatuated with Superman and continues to reject Clark's romantic overtures due to past bad experiences with men
The rest of the first season Daily Planet staff includes Perry White, the chief editor, society columnist Catherine Grant (Tracy Scoggins), and cub reporter/photographer Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes/Justin Whalin). Other major characters in the series include archvillain Lex Luthor (John Shea) and Superman's adoptive parents, Martha (K Callan) and Jonathan Kent (Eddie Jones). In a salute to the original Superman series, Phyllis Coates guest starred as Lois's mother, Ellen Lane in the last episode of the season. Coates had, of course, been the original Lois in the first Superman series. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman began to play up the romantic aspects of the series as the season progressed. By the end of the second season Lois had finally realised that Clark Kent and Superman were the same person so it came as no surprise to her when he finally revealed his true identity and proposed marriage.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went where few shows care to go - it allowed the relationship between the two title characters to grow and develop naturally, as it might in real life. The real ratings problems began in the third season, when the network insisted on a fake wedding. Nicknamed the "ARRGGGHH" by the fans, the non-wedding arc included a clone, a kidnapping, and even amnesia. It would have been bearable if the famous couple had ended up together, but the network, afraid of the Remington Steel curse, refused to allow it, which set up some interesting season rewrites, because the original intent was to allow the marriage to occur.
Lois & Clark ended in 1997 with a cliffhanger, canceled by a network that did its best to bury the successful series in order to bring back The Wonderful World Of Disney. By the end of the last season, Lois and Clark had come a long way from the prickly, anything for a story, but marshmallow-hearted woman and the naive farm boy from Kansas. The Ice Queen had softened, the farm boy had grown up. Both had fallen in love, married, and were discussing children.
The last episode was unsatisfying due to its lack of a conclusion, but the series is still popular today. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman left a lasting mark on the face of a mythos where Clark Kent was real, Superman was the disguise, and Lois Lane was essential to his make-up. It left wonderful recurring villains, such as Tempus, and a timeless love story that makes one believe in true love.

 

Author Larry McMurtry revisits Gus and Woodrow, the aging lawmen from his bestselling Western novel Lonesome Dove, in their early days as young men determined to make a name for themselves as Texas Rangers in this made-for-TV prequel. Gus (David Arquette) and Woodrow (Jonny Lee Miller) join up with a ragtag band of Rangers determined to take Santa Fe away from Mexico, but they soon find they've walked into a dangerous but forbidding territory of populated by hostile Indians and dangerous opportunists. Dead Man's Walk also features Brian Dennehy, F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, and Edward James Olmos.

 

COMANCHE MOON
Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae pursue three outlaws Comanche war chief Buffalo Hump Comanche horse thief Kicking Wolf and a Mexican bandit king. Now in their middle years they also struggle with their personal lives Gus with Clara Forsythe the love of his life and Call with Maggie Tilton the young prostitute who loves him. Meanwhile their partners-in-arms Deets Jake Spoon and Pea Eye Parker help the Rangers protect the advancing western frontier from the defiant Comanches who are determined to defend their land and way of life. Prequel to Lonsome Dove and based upon the novel by Larry McMurty.

 

This six-hour miniseries, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry, revitalized both the miniseries and Western genres, both of which had been considered dead for several years. Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones star as fun-loving Gus MacRae and taciturn Woodrow Call, respectively, a pair of longtime friends and former Texas Rangers who crave one last adventure before they bow to their advancing years. Convinced that animals will thrive on the lush grasslands of Montana, Woodrow persuades Gus to undertake the arduous, 3,000-mile cattle drive there. Rounding up over a thousand head from Mexican rustlers south of the border, the men recruit a diverse crew of hands to help them. Among the party are Woodrow's illegitimate son Newt Dobbs (Rick Schroeder), local prostitute Lorena Wood (Diane Lane), and old compatriots Joshua Deets (Danny Glover), Jake Spoon (Robert Urich), and Pea Eye Parker (Tim Scott). Storms, hostile natives, poisonous snakes, and rustlers take their toll on the company before Montana is reached in an adventure that is equal parts Greek tragedy and classic, John Ford-style oater. Originally developed in the 1970s as a script by McMurtry for director Peter Bogdanovich and stars Henry Fonda, John Wayne, and James Stewart, Lonesome Dove earned 18 Emmy nominations and inspired a pair of miniseries sequel as well as two attempts at an ongoing television series. The VHS version runs 240 minutes.

 

RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE
The first of a number of sequels to the highly successful western mini-series Lonesome Dove featured few of the same actors as the original, nor was it based on a novel by Larry McMurtry. In this outing, onetime Texas Ranger Call (Jon Voight, replacing Tommy Lee Jones) heads a group of cowboys leading horses from Texas north to Montana. Along the way, Call again meets Clara Allen (Barbara Hershey, taking over for Anjelica Huston), the love of his late partner McCrae's life.

 

streets of laredo
This miniseries follows the original Lonesome Dove miniseries, and both are based on the characters created by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry. Although much of the cast has changed from the original, the compelling saga is as satisfying as ever. The Western tale continues with the gritty Captain Woodrow Call (played this time by James Garner), a former Texas Ranger who is hired as a bounty hunter to track down the elusive and brutal Mexican gunman Joey Garza (Alexis Cruz). The characters Pea Eye Parker (Sam Shepard) and Lorena (Sissy Spacek) also return in this moving and atmospheric drama.

 

LOST IN SPACE - Unaired Pilot
[TV Series]
1965 - USA - Series
As originally conceived by executive producer Irwin Allen, the weekly, 60-minute Lost in Space was to have been a relatively serious sci-fi opus called The Space Family Robinson. Set in 1997, the series focused on astrophysicist Dr. John Robinson (Guy Williams), his wife, Maureen (June Lockhart); and their children, Judy (Marta Kristen), Will (Bill Mumy), and Penny (Angela Cartwright), all of whom were blasted into space on the "Jupiter II." Placed in suspended animation, the family was on a mission to colonize a planet in the Alpha Centauri star system four light years from Earth. But the Jupiter II's computer malfunctioned, the ship was thrown way off course, and the family woke up several years ahead of schedule to find themselves lost in space. In the series pilot, the main characters were joined by Jupiter II's pilot, Don West (Mark Goddard) — and no one else. CBS was impressed by Space Family Robinson, but the network insisted upon a title change and also demanded that a villain be added to the proceedings. Thus the project was re-christened Lost in Space, and the pilot episode was reshot so the Jupiter II's malfunction was due to the treachery of an enemy spy named Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris), who had sabotaged a robot aboard the ship and programmed it to kill the Robinsons and abort the mission. Unfortunately for Dr. Smith, he was accidentally trapped in the Jupiter II and hurtled into space along with the Robinsons, hence the new title of the pilot show, "The Reluctant Stowaway" (portions of the original pilot, which was top-heavy with expensive special effects, were edited into the series' first five episodes). It had been planned that both Dr. Smith and the killer robot would be eliminated from the series after its inaugural five-episode story arc, but CBS saw potential in both characters and insisted that they be retained.
The network's decision proved to be a brilliant one in terms of the series' ratings: gradually morphing from a cold-hearted assassin to a supercilious, cowardly buffoon, Dr. Smith was easily the show's most popular character — next to the now-benign robot, who turned out to be a veritable cornucopia of useful technical information and also came in handy when warning the Robinson family of impending danger. Between the Lost in Space pilot and the series proper, it had also been decided to drop the original intention of serializing the episodes, though each installment ended with a coming-attractions "cliffhanger." Finally, what started out as a straightforward, straight-faced endeavor gradually evolved (or, in the minds of less enchanted viewers, devolved) into a semi-humorous exercise in Batman-style camp, replete with such colorful guest villains as a scurvy space pirate (with a robotic parrot), a Brandoesque space-cruising cycle bum, and even a huge talking carrot! The first season, filmed in black-and-white, found the Robinsons stranded on an uncharted planet. The series switched to color for the second season, in which the "Jupiter II" was repaired and the space travelers blasted off — only to be marooned on another mysterious planet. Season three did a more efficient job of living up to the series' title, as the Jupiter II hopped from planet to planet, galaxy to galaxy, though no closer to "home" than before. The 83 episodes of Lost in Space have flourished in syndication and on such cable-TV services as The Sci-Fi Channel ever since the series' initial CBS run, which lasted from 1965 to 1968.

 

The Magnificent Seven - The Complete First Season
PILOT: Seven men unite to save a Seminole Indian village from The Ghosts of the Confederacy, a group of renegade soldiers threatening complete annihilation. The Seven courageously defend the village from the pillaging soldiers in this electrifying series premiere. ONE DAY OUT WEST: J.D. (Andrew Kavovit) volunteers to serve as a sheriff when a Federal Judge comes to clean up the town, and Judge Travis enlists the Seven to protect it. WORKING GIRLS: The town takes in a group of 'working girls' escaping from their vengeful master. SAFECRACKER: An ex-safecracker traveling through town is forced to return to her nefarious ways by an adamant ex-partner. WITNESS: Mary's (Laurie Holden) young son visits, only to be haunted by his memories of a rogue townsperson. Erza's (Anthony Starke) con-artist mother comes into town. NEMESIS: Chris pursues the man he believes is responsible for the murder of his wife and sons. The rest of the seven try their best to keep Chris from doing something he might regret. A reporter follows the men around to get a story. THE COLLECTOR: The Seven get involved when a "collector," Guy Royal, attempts to buy a string of homes: the future home of the railroad. Royal's hired gun has a bone to pick with Chris over an incident many years back. Josiah (Ron Perlman) is excited with his former love, saloon singer Emma comes to town. MANHUNT: Vin takes the lead in a manhunt to catch an escaped prisoner who took a local woman hostage. The girl's father, the local preacher, seeks vengeance. INMATE 78: Chris is arrested and thrown into a gulag-type prison camp while intervening in the arrest of an innocent man. He's subsequently informed that the sheriff identifies drifters who look like they have money, and arrests them on trumped-up charges until their families pay the bail. Vin, Ezra and the boys search for Chris when he doesn't return.

 

The Magnificent Seven - The Complete Second Season
The final season of the legend comes to DVD! In a time of outlaws, seven young heroes, each with unique talents and abilities, band together to help tame the wild west and protect the citizens of a small frontier town. The Magnificent Seven are back. Season 2 is full of action and some startling revelations, including the series’ stunning final episode in which Chris comes face to face with his wife’s killer. Saddle up for western-style adventure and excitement!

 

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
This comedy epic showcases the most hilarious people and moments in American entertainment and why they made us laugh. Hosted by Billy Crystal, the documentary explores the currents of American comedy throughout a century of social and political change, illuminating how comedy has tackled and poked fun at our political system, race relations, gender issues and the prevailing American standards and taboos in everyday life
Production Year : 2008
Length : 360 minutes on 3 Discs
Includes:
Episode One: Would Ya Hit a Guy with Glasses? Nerds, Jerks & Oddballs
Episode Two: Honey I'm Home! Breadwinners and Homemakers
Episode Three: Slip on a Banana Peel -- The Knockabouts
Episode Four: When I'm Bad, I'm Better -- The Groundbreakers
Episode Five: Never Give a Sucker an Even Break -- The Wiseguys
Episode Six: Sock it to Me--: Satire and Parody
MAKE 'EM LAUGH features interviews with more than 90 comedians, writers, producers and historians, including Judd Apatow, Roseanne Barr, Anne Beatts, the Smothers Brothers, Carol Burnett, Sid Caesar, George Carlin, Larry David, Will Ferrell, Leonard Maltin, Cheech Marin, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Mort Sahl, Dick Van Dyke and many, many more."

 

The Martian Chronicles
1980 - USA - 314 min. - Television, Color
Everyone who tuned into The Martian Chronicles during its three-day run in January of 1980 sincerely hoped that it would be the ne plus ultra of televised sci-fi/fantasy. That it fell short of this goal was not the fault of the actors but of the script, which reduced Ray Bradbury's complex original work into typical TV-movie banality. Further hurting the project were the special effects, which fluctuate between the heights of the original Star Trek and the depth of Lost in Space. All there parts of The Martian Chronicles have been amalgamated into one overlong feature film on videocassette

 

MASADA
In first century A.D., Flavius Silva (Peter O’Toole), commander in Roman Palestine, leads his forces in combat against the remaining Jewish Zealots who have taken refuge in the seemingly impregnable fortress of Masada. There, the engineering and military might of Rome faces the passion and ingenuity of Eleazar Ben Yair (Peter Strauss) and his people. Based on the novel "The Antagonists" by Ernest K. Gann, this epic, 4-part mini-series was shot on location in Israel..

 

MAX HEADROOM
Set in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by the media, this British satire offers the origin of Max Headroom (Matt Frewer), a computer-generated pseudo-clone of a slain newsman (also played by Frewer). Created and directed by music-video alums Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, the feature served as the pilot for a short-lived U.S. TV program.
Hilary Tindall, Morgan Sheppard, Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton, Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, Nickolas Grace

 

MIAMI VICE
PHIL THE SHILL:
Switek has to cool his vendetta against a shady game-show host (Phil Collins) who could lead the vice cops to an elusive coke dealer

 

MIAMI VICE
SMUGGLER'S BLUES
February 1, 1985:
Smuggler's Blues: Crockett and Tubbs pose as drug smugglers to smoke out whoever has been killing drug dealers and their families

 

MIAMI VICE
EL VIEJO
Willie Nelson plays a former lawman who has a coke-filled briefcase that's crucial to Crockett and Tubbs' pursuit of a major Bolivian dealer. Steve Buscemi guest stars.
The episode was when Willie nelson played a vengeful retired Texas Ranger. I’ll never forget sonny's look when he discovered that nelson was once a Texas Ranger. Crockett idolized them

 

Mork & Mindy
1978 - USA - 30 min. - Television, Color
Mork and Mindy was a half-hour sci-fi-based situation comedy broadcast from 1978 until 1983 on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television network. The series starred Robin Williams as Mork, an alien who had come to Earth from the planet Ork, and Pam Dawber as Mindy, his human comedic foil. Mork travelled in an egg, and at the end of every show would report to his boss, Orson, a wise old alien who was never seen, but did reply to Mork's comments.
This series was Robin Williams's first major acting break. Though the show was a spinoff of Happy Days, which was set in the 1950s, Mork and Mindy was set in the 1970s Boulder, Colorado. The comedian Jonathan Winters appeared in later episodes as the couple's infant son.
MORK & MINDY - Season One
Mork & Mindy: Pilot, Part 1 (1978)
Mork & Mindy: Pilot, Part 2 (1978)
Mork & Mindy: Mork Moves On (1978) Mork & Mindy: Mork Runs Away (1978) Mork & Mindy: Mork in Love (1978) Mork & Mindy: Mork's Seduction (1978) Mork & Mindy: Mork Goes Public (1978) Mork & Mindy: To Tell the Truth (1978) Mork & Mindy: Mork the Gullible (1978) Mork & Mindy: A Mommy for Mork (1978) Mork & Mindy: Mork's Greatest Hits (1978) Mork & Mindy: Mork's First Christmas (1978) Mork & Mindy: Mork and the Immigrant (1979) Mork & Mindy: Mork the Tolerant (1979) Mork & Mindy: Young Love (1979) Mork & Mindy: Snowflakes Keep Dancing on My Head (1979) Mork & Mindy: Mork Goes Erk (1979) Mork & Mindy: Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1979) Mork & Mindy: Mork's Mixed Emotions (1979) Mork & Mindy: Mork's Night Out (1979) Mork & Mindy: In Mork We Trust (1979) Mork & Mindy: Mork Runs Down (1979) Mork & Mindy: It's a Wonderful Mork (1979) Mork & Mindy: Mork's Best Friend (1979) Mork & Mindy: Old Fears (1978)

 

NIP \ TUCK
Season 1
Billed as "a disturbingly perfect drama," Nip/Tuck is set in south Florida, where doctors Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) have built their own medical practice and are enjoying great success as the premier plastic surgeons of the area. Though physical perfection is their business, their private lives are far from flawless. Christian is an unabashed womanizer and uses sex to fill the void left by his abusive father, while Sean continuously tries to live up to the morally righteous standard he has set for himself only to fall repeatedly into personal hypocrisy and guilt. He certainly does so with Julia (Joely Richardson), his wife — their seemingly ideal marriage is perilously close to crumbling beneath their feet and both constantly look outside of one another for what is missing from their lives. Though Christian catches a lot of flack from the McNamaras for his playboy ways — which are, to be sure, emotionally abusive — Sean and Julia are hardly innocent. Sean flirted with the idea of an affair when Dr. Grace Santiago (Valerie Cruz) joined McNamara-Troy and actually realized one with a patient of his; Julia, meanwhile, is harboring the secret of Matt's paternity. Matt, the McNamara's teenaged son, is carrying a burden of his own — in addition to dealing with the trials and tribulations of adolescence, Matt was involved in a hit-and-run car accident and has been hiding his role in it ever since. Tying everything together is the string of patients filing into McNamara-Troy each day, whose physical imperfections more often than not force Sean and Christian to take a hard look at their internal ugliness. 
The first season of F/X's Nip/Tuck finds doctors Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) enjoying success at McNamara-Troy, the plastic surgery practice they built after having gone through medical school and much of their young adult lives together. While Christian is perfectly happy making tremendous amounts of money and using his status to bed all the beautiful women Florida has to offer, Sean is desperate to take on pro bono cases. Though this eventually comes to fruition, the limitations in his personal life continue — his relationship with his son, Matt (John Hensley), is strained, while his marriage to Julia (Joely Richardson) is mediocre at best; both he and Julia have seriously contemplated extramarital affairs. This season also marks the entrance of a ruthless Columbian drug lord, who at one point was blackmailing Sean and Christian into helping him transplant drugs into the U.S. via heroin-filled breast implants. Though he eventually is brought to justice, it makes life even more difficult for the surgeons. Luckily, the constant stream of patients into McNamara-Troy all have something to offer — their outside flaws, whether real or merely a result of societal pressure, help Sean and Christian examine their own internal imperfections.

 

North and South
1985 - 561 min. - Feature, Made for TV, Color
The expensively mounted miniseries North and South was originally telecast in six two-hour installments between November 3 and 10, 1985. Four screenwriters—Douglas Heyes, Paul F. Edwards, Kathleen A. Shelley, Patricia Green—were called upon to fashion a workable script from John Jakes' sprawling best-seller. The story covers the two decades prior to the Civil War, beginning in 1842. Real-life historical events are filtered through the eyes of two rival clans: the Mains, a South Carolina plantation-owning family, and the Hazards, a family of Pennsylvania industrialists. While top billing goes to Kirstie Alley as "Northern Belle" Virgilia Hazard, most of the footage is devoted to the fluctuating friendship between Orry Main (Patrick Swayze) and George Hazard (James Read). The huge guest-star cast includes Gene Kelly (in his TV miniseries debut), Elizabeth Taylor, Leslie-Anne Down, David Carradine, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Hal Holbrook (as Abe Lincoln) and Johnny Cash (as abolitionist John Brown). The recipient of seven Emmy nominations, the 561-minute North and South was filmed back to back with its equally lengthy sequel, North and South, Book II.

 

Originally networkcast in three installments, the 8-hour Blue and the Gray is a sprawling adaptation of a story concept by Civil War historian Bruce Catton. The drama begins in 1859, with young war correspondent-to-be John Hammond meeting future Union officer Stacy Keach at the trial of abolitionist John Brown (Sterling Hayden). They are reunited two years later during the presidential campaign of Abraham Lincoln (Gregory Peck) and are eyewitnesses at the battle of Bull Run. Keach marries Julia Duffy in 1862, while Virginia-born Hammond writes his dispatches from the Deep South. A subplot concerning a family torn by North/South loyalties is resolved just before Appomattox. The Blue and the Gray was first telecast November 14, 16 and 17, 1982.

 

OVER THERE
Executive produced by Steven Bochco and Chris Gerolmo (who also wrote the theme music), the weekly, 60-minute Over There was the first TV war series to air while the war it was dramatizing was still being waged. Set in Iraq (with California and Mexico serving as location-filming substitutes), the series followed a platoon of the Third Infantry Division, most of whose personnel were serving their first tour of duty as part of "Operation Iraqi Freedom." The platoon was led by veteran soldier Sgt. Chris "Scream" Silas (Erik Palladino), who despite his profane gruffness cared deeply about his charges. Among the boots on the ground were Private Bo Ryder (Josh Henderson), a college football star who early in the campaign lost a leg in a roadside bombing; Pvt. Frank "Dim" Dumphy (Luke MacFarlane), a college boy born into privilege who had a lot of trouble adjusting to the horror and bloodshed all around him; Pvt. Maurice "Smoke" Williams (Kirk Jones, aka Sticky Fingaz), an abrasive, street-smart tough guy who held any form of idealism in the highest disdain; Pvt. Avery "Angel" King (Keith Robinson), a devout Christian who enlisted on an impulse and lived to regret it; PFC Tariq Nassiri (Omid Abtahi), a Detroit-born Arab-American, in many ways the most fervently patriotic member of the platoon; and two female soldiers, PFC Esmerelda "Doublewide" Del Rio (Lizette Carrion), a rambunctious Puerto Rican wife and mother, and Pvt. Brenda Mitchell (Nicki Lynn Aycox), who'd signed up just for the military benefits and whose constant whining and complaining earned her the nickname "Mrs. B" (and it didn't stand for "Beautiful"). The graphic depiction of the carnage in Iraq alternated with scenes back at home, where we met Bo's wife, Terry (Sprague Grayden), who bravely dedicated herself to helping her amputee husband adjust to the new restrictions in his life; Dim's spouse, Vanessa (Brigid Brannagh), an alcoholic and serial philanderer; Frank's troubled stepson, Eddy (Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak); and Sergio Del Rio (Lombardo Boyar), Esmerelda's long-suffering husband. Although the producers insisted that the tone of Over There was apolitical, a certain amount of criticism aimed toward the Bush administration inevitably crept in. But what sustained interest were the various moral crises encountered by the platoon members, as they picked and scraped their way through a war like none other in recent American history. Prepared for the UPN network but ultimately picked up by the FX cable service (mainly because of the series' excess of violence and bad language), Over There launched its 13-week run on July 27, 2005.

 

THE PACIFIC
Band of Brothers producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg re-team to produce this ten-hour World War II miniseries based on the books With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie. Additional interviews conducted by the filmmakers in collaboration with Hugh Ambrose (son of late Band of Brothers author Stephen E. Ambrose) detail the arduous odysseys of U.S. Marines Sledge, Leckie, and John Basilone from their first skirmishes in Guadalcanal to their eventual return to American soil following V-J Day.

 

The Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follett’s best-selling novel is brought to life in a star-studded and critically-acclaimed eight-part miniseries. Emerging from the war-torn shadows of England’s Dark Ages, an idealistic mason, Tom Builder (Rufus Sewell, The Holiday) sets out on a quest of erecting a glorious Cathedral bathed in light. But when that light threatens to illuminate the dark secrets of ambitious Bishop Waleran Bigod (Ian McShane, 2005 Golden Globe Best Actor, TV's Deadwood) and the battling progeny of King Henry, Queen Maud (Alison Pill, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and King Stephen (Tony Curran, Ondine), they’ll stop at nothing to keep those secrets safe. The epic miniseries event also stars Matthew MacFadyen (Frost/Nixon) as Prior Philip, Hayley Atwell (Love Hate) as the beautiful noblewoman Aliena and Donald Sutherland (TV's Dirty Sexy Money) as Bartholomew.

 

Pioneers of Primetime
Through a treasure trove of rare clips and never-before-seen interviews, television's first superstars, including Bop Hope, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Sid Caesar and Red Skelton, among others, recount their grueling careers on the vaudeville stage, their transition to radio and finally their move to the small screen. Discover how the comedic geniuses who used laughter to launch a new medium, becoming television's pioneers.
Production Year : 2005
Length : 60 minutes

 

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Season 1
Nearly 100 stars from television's formative years bring their stories to PBS in a revealing documentary series, PIONEERS OF TELEVISION. Featuring sitcoms, late-night, variety and game shows -- the film melds compelling new HD interviews with archival clips to offer a fresh take on television's first celebrities, with fascinating stories, never-before-seen images and timeless clips that still entertain decades later.
Production Year : 2008
Length : 240 minutes
Includes Pioneers of Late Night, Pioneers of Sitcom, Pioneers of Game Shows, and Pioneers of Variety

 

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Season 2
Nearly 100 stars from TV's formative years bring their stories to PBS in season two of the Emmy®-nominated documentary series PIONEERS OF TELEVISION. Narrated by Kelsey Grammer, each episode melds compelling new interviews with irresistible archival clips to offer a fresh take on TV's founding celebrities. This season's four new episodes profile science fiction, crime dramas, local kids' shows, and westerns.
Production Year : 2011
Length : 240 minutes on 1 Disc
Number of Programs : 4
Featured stars include James Garner, William Shatner, Angie Dickinson, Fess Parker, Linda Evans, Robert Conrad, Mike Connors, Leonard Nimoy, Bill Cosby, and many others.
Science Fiction - Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Nichelle Nichols reflect on the birth of Star Trek. Lost in Space is remembered by Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright. And a lost interview with Rod Serling highlights a look at The Twilight Zone.
Crime Dramas - This episode begins with the 1950s Dragnet and the Untouchables; includes 1960s hits Mission: Impossible, I Spy and Hawaii Five-0; and wraps with 1970s favorites Rockford Files, Columbo, and Police Woman.
Westerns - James Garner (Maverick), Robert Conrad (Wild Wild West), and James Arness (Gunsmoke) are just three of the pioneers who talk about their experiences in this episode--which also includes Linda Evans (Big Valley) and Fess Parker (Daniel Boone). Classics like Bonanza and The Rifleman are also featured.
Local Kids' TV - Jim Henson, Willard Scott, and Fred Rogers are among the performers who started their careers in local TV. These three icons--and a dozen others--are featured in this episode that highlights the clowns, pirates, spacemen, and puppets who made local kids' TV memorable for a generation.

 

THE PRISONER
Since its CBS debut in the summer of 1968, the masterful British TV series THE PRISONER has captivated American audiences. Now A&E presents a definitive aficionado's edition of the cult classic which is considered one of the most innovative TV series ever filmed, for the first time in breathtaking Blu-Ray. Fully restored from the original film elements with newly remixed 5.1 surround sound and featuring hours of bonus material never released in North America, THE PRISONER: BLU-RAY EDITION is a fitting tribute to the creative vision of the late Executive Producer and Star Patrick McGoohan.
After resigning from a top-secret position, a man (McGoohan) is abducted and spirited from his London home to a mysterious place known only as 'The Village.' Village Residents, known only by numbers, are held captive because each possesses valuable knowledge. The Prisoner, now known as Number Six, battles to protect his mind -- and his humanity -- while struggling to discover the identity of Number One
The 17 episodes are contained on four Blu-ray discs, and they look fantastic. This is older footage (1968) that really shows a marked improvement in high definition. Audio can be played in either Dolby Digital 5.1 or the original mono. Bonus features are included on the episode discs and on a fifth disc, which is a standard-definition DVD rather than a Blu-ray disc. Don't Knock Yourself Out is a 95-minute documentary from 2007 about the history of The Prisoner, including the early career of Patrick McGoohan and how a trip to Wales for Danger Man helped him discover Portmerion. New interviews with the original cast and crew are complemented by archive footage. There are two new featurettes--"The Pink Prisoner" and "You Make Sure It Fits!"--as well as production-crew commentaries on seven episodes, archive textless materials, extensive images and production archives, and a 30-second promo for the 2009 AMC miniseries

 

THE PRISONER
The Prisoner miniseries is a reinterpretation of the British 1960s cult hit series that starred and was co-created by Patrick McGoohan. The Premise : A man, known as Six, finds himself inexplicably trapped in The Village with no memory of how he arrived. As he explores his environment, he discovers that his fellow inhabitants are identified by number instead of name, have no memory of any prior existence, and are under constant surveillance. Not knowing whom to trust, Six is driven by the need to discover the truth behind The Village, the reason for his being there, and most importantly -- how he can escape. Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ , The Thin Red Line) plays the role of Six; and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code) co-stars as Two.

 

THE RAT PATROL: Season One
Blazing across the North African deserts it s THE RAT PATROL an elite Allied commando team whose mission is to attack harass and wreak havoc on Field Marshal Rommel s vaunted Afrika Korps. Join four-man army Sgt. Sam Troy (Christopher George) Sgt. Jack Moffitt (Gary Raymond) Pvt. Mark Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) and Pvt. Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr) as they wage war against Nazis traitors and wild-eyed fanatics in this action-packed first season collection featuring all 32 explosive episodes uncut unedited and commercial-free! Run Time: 807 min

 

Red Dwarf: Series 01
1988 - UK - 30 min. - Television, Color
Craig Charles - Dave Lister, Chris Barrie - Arnold Rimmer, Danny John-Jules - Cat, Norman Lovett - Holly
Season 1, Episode 1: The End
15 February 1988
Liverpoolian caretaker Dave Lister is sentenced to 18-years in suspended animation for smuggling his pregnant cat Frankenstine on-board. But Dave awakes from Suspended animation, only to find he's been frozen for 3 million years and the crew have been wiped out in a radioactive disaster.

Season 1, Episode 2: Future Echoes
22 February 1988
Holly navigates Red Dwarf during light speed. But when Red Dwarf goes through light speed 24-hours early, the crew witnesses strange events and they find they are witnessing "Future Echoes" images of events that will happen in the future.

Season 1, Episode 3: Balance of Power
29 February 1988
Lister wants to go on a date with the hologram of Console officer Kristine Kochanski, much to Rimmer's disapproval. Lister decides to do a cooking exam so he can outrank Rimmer. But Rimmer has a cunning plan.

Season 1, Episode 4: Waiting for God
7 March 1988
Lister learns he is the mythical god of Cat's people known as "Cloister the stupid" and Red Dwarf stumbles upon a Red Dwarf garbage capsule and Rimmer thinks it's a stasis capsule carrying a dormant alien woman.

Season 1, Episode 5: Confidence & Paranoia
14 March 1988
Lister falls ill after entering a contaminated area of Red Dwarf trying to find Kochanski's hologram disc which Rimmer has hidden. But Red Dwarf has two unwelcome guests on-board, Lister's Confindence and Paranoia.

Season 1, Episode 6: Me²
21 March 1988
Rimmer moves into his new sleeping quarters with his holographic duplicate. Lister watches Rimmer's video containing footage of Rimmer's death and the two Rimmers start getting into a fight and Lister decides one of them has to be switched off

 

Red Dwarf: Series 02
1988 - UK - 30 min. - Television, Color
Craig Charles - Dave Lister, Chris Barrie - Arnold Rimmer, Danny John-Jules - Cat, Norman Lovett - Holly

Season 2, Episode 1: Kryten
6 September 1988
The Red Dwarf crew intercepts a SOS distress call from the American Space cruiser "Nova 5", that has crashed on a moon. Where they find the only survivor is Krytern, a android butler, whose favorite TV show is 'Androids'.

Season 2, Episode 2: Better Than Life
13 September 1988
A post pod carrying a 3 million year old bag of mail arrives and Rimmer becomes depressed when he learns his father is dead. The crew play a artificial game called "Better than life" which makes the player's wishes come true, but Rimmer's brain begins to rebel.

Season 2, Episode 3: Thanks for the Memory
20 September 1988
The Red Dwarf crew wake up, four days after celebrating the anniversary of Rimmer's death, only to find they've got no memories of the previous four days. But when they find the black box on a moon, they learn Lister gave Rimmer, his memories of former girlfriend Lise Yates as a birthday present.

Season 2, Episode 4: Stasis Leak
27 September 1988
Rimmer, Lister and Cat find a time barrier called "Stasis Leak" on Floor 16 and it takes back in time on Red Dwarf 3 million years earlier. Where both Rimmer and Lister tries to change the past, but putting either Rimmer or Kochanski into suspended animation, so one of them doesn't die in the radioactive disaster.

Season 2, Episode 5: Queeg
4 October 1988
Red Dwarf's back-up computer Queeg 500 takes command of Red Dwarf, when Holly allows a meteorite to damage the ship and Rimmer to malfunction. But the crew encourages Holly to challenge Queeg to a game of chess, where the looser gets erased from the system.

Season 2, Episode 6: Parallel Universe
11 October 1988
Holly creates a new star drive called "Holly Hop Drive" that will warp Red Dwarf from one part of space to another within a matter of seconds. But it all goes wrong and Red Dwarf enters a alternate dimension and the crew encounter female versions of themselves and Cat encounters another version of himself, a dog with a southern accent.

 

Red Dwarf: Series 3
1989 - UK - 30 min. - Television, Color
Craig Charles - Dave Lister, Chris Barrie - Arnold Rimmer, Danny John-Jules - Cat, Robert Llewellyn - Kryten, Hattie Hayridge - Holly
Season 3, Episode 1: Backwards (1989)
The Red Dwarf crew return to Earth to find Time is running backwards. With some brilliant trick photography and ingenious stunts, this now-classic episode heralds the arrival of the new-look Red Dwarf.

Season 3, Episode 2: Marooned (1989)
As Red Dwarf heads on a collision course towards a minefield of Black Holes, the crew is forced to abandon ship. Lister finds himself marooned on an arctic moon with Rimmer and only a pot noodle and a tin of dog food between him and starvation.

Season 3, Episode 3: Polymorph (1989)
A chameleonic genetic mutant which salivates unspeakable slobber gets loose aboard Red Dwarf, and the nightmare begins. The crew are subjected to twenty-four hours of non-stop horror in a gruesome, petrifying comedy blood-feast.

Season 3, Episode 4: Bodyswap (1989)
A skutter goes berserk and rewires all the ship's circuitry. So when Lister orders a chocolate bar from one of the snack dispensers, he accidentally triggers off the ship's self-destruct sequence. There is only one way to diffuse the bomb, but it involves Lister lending his body to a female officer. This gets Rimmer thinking...

Season 3, Episode 5: Timeslides (1989)
The crew of the Red Dwarf run amok through history, blithely ignoring the consequences of causality. When Kryten discovers some mutated developing fluid which prints photographs the crew can walk into, they find they are able to change their pasts.

Season 3, Episode 6: The Last Day (1989)
Kryten discovers his built-in expiry date is almost up and he has less than twenty-four hours to live. The crew are determined to give the mechanoid the best night of his life. For the first time, he experiences true pleasure and wants to delay his ascent into Silicon Heaven, the resting place for all electrical appliances. Then his replacement shows up...

 

RED DWARF
Seasons 4 - 8
Red Dwarf is a British science fiction comedy, created and originally written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. It tells the story of Dave Lister, the last human being alive, and takes place on a space ship three million years in the future. A pastiche of science fiction in general, Red Dwarf is first and foremost an 'odd couple' type situation comedy
n the show, the Red Dwarf is a spaceship the size of a city belonging to the Jupiter Mining Corporation. An on-board radiation leak kills everyone except for Dave Lister, who was in suspended animation at the time. Three million years later, Lister emerges from stasis as the last human being alive.
Lister is the lowest ranking employee on the ship. He is the slob anti-hero with a marked Scouse accent and an obsession with Indian food, such as vindaloo, curries, and shami kebabs, all of which are in plentiful supply on board the ship. He also enjoys a type of music called "Rastabilly Skank," playing the guitar, and singing -- much to the detriment of those around him. His primary desire is to return to Earth.
Lister endures a hologramatic simulation of a deceased crew member Arnold J. Rimmer. Rimmer, Lister's room-mate before the disaster, is a smug, self-serving, mean-spirited, status-obsessed, neurotic, guilt-ridden loser, loathed by everybody on board. Despite fourteen years aboard the ship and an overriding ambition to become an officer, Rimmer has sat and failed his astro-navigation exam on no less than 13 occasions. On one occasion he even wrote 'i am a fish' 500 times, did a funny little dance and fainted, and on another he copied entire textbooks onto his arm to cheat, but to his horror his nervous sweat had smeared the ink. Even after all this, Rimmer remains a chicken soup-machine repairman, the second lowest ranking job aboard the ship. It was he who actually (unintentionally) caused the radiation leak by poorly repairing a drive plate on the power core, though he claims he would have been able to do a better job if Lister had not been imprisoned in stasis.
The facility for simulating dead crew members is so resource-intensive that only one such simulation can be maintained at a time. It is therefore reserved for high-ranking and/or essential personnel, but the ship's computer explains in an early episode that it believes Rimmer's company to be essential to Lister's mental health. Lister expresses incredulity, but later implicitly admits that the computer was right, telling another character, Kryten the mechanoid, that "driving Rimmer nuts is what keeps me going". 
As the show progresses, Rimmer acquires a tangible physical form for brief periods of time due to various astronomical phenomena, and eventually acquires a "hard-light drive", giving him an effectively real -- albeit almost indestructible -- physical presence. In other episodes, Rimmer is also manifested as the superheroic character, Ace Rimmer, who hails from a parallel universe where a pivotal humiliation led Rimmer to develop into a James Bond-like persona.
Also accompanying Lister on his voyage back to Earth is The Cat. Cat is of the species Felis sapiens, evolved from a domestic cat which Lister had smuggled aboard the ship three million years prior, the crime which Lister was imprisoned in stasis for committing. The Cat appears as a typical biped humanoid with slightly elongated feline teeth; he retains a cat-like features including a craving for fish and females, a heightened sense of smell, unbridled vanity, the requirement to nap multiple times a day, an obsession towards grooming and appearance, and six nipples. Multiple jokes in the show involve his "cool" nature, including an incident in which it is revealed that his heartbeat is actually a catchy bassline, and the recurring anti-Cat role of Dwayne Dibley.
The other principal character is Holly, the ship's computer with a supposed IQ of 6000 (visible as a disembodied head on the screens dotted around the ship). Holly runs most of the ship's systems despite now suffering from computer senility. Among Holly's systems are the semi-autonomous service droids known as the skutters that clean, perform engineering tasks, and function as Rimmer's hands since he initially cannot touch anything non-holographic; the skutters are also slightly computer senile and have developed personality quirks such as an affinity for John Wayne movies. 
The crew are also joined by the service mechanoid Kryten after rescuing him from a crashed vessel, the Nova 5. Kryten immediately takes over custodial duties on Red Dwarf. While Rimmer basks in subjugating Kryten, Lister befriends Kryten and encourages him to break his altruistic programming to lie, cheat, and steal in an effort to become more human. Kryten at one time did in fact break his programming, "borrowed" Lister's space-bike and left the ship. He was found smashed against an asteroid some light-years away, and was rebuilt with a new personality and altered appearance. Kryten offers encyclopedic knowledge in all areas and is generally Red Dwarf's voice of reason; however, he can become hilariously unpredictable when Lister swaps Kryten's head for one of the eager, jealous "spare heads" or removes Kryten's morality chip.
Lister's longlasting crush is Kristine Kochanski, played by C. P. (Clare) Grogan (formerly of 1980s band Altered Images). She was killed along with the rest of the crew in the first episode, and several subsequent episodes revolve around Lister attempting to bring her back, either through time travel or as a computer-generated simulation like Rimmer. In various TV series and book incarnations, Lister has either admired Kochanski from afar or dated her for over a month. The discontinuity is never touched upon. In the seventh season, an alternative Kochanski from a parallel universe (played by Chloë Annett) joined the series as a regular character.
One interesting aspect of the Red Dwarf universe that differentiates it from standard science fiction is that there are no sentient aliens; instead, every part of the large and bizarre mix of intelligent life within the Red Dwarf universe is in one way or another derived from Earth, a result of developments in robotics and/or genetic engineering during the millions of years the ship has been isolated.

 

Red Planet
(1994) (mini series)
Writing credits  Robert A. Heinlein (novel)  Genre: Animation / Sci-Fi
Jim Marlow and his strange-looking Martian friend Willis were allowed to travel only so far. But one day Willis unwittingly tuned into a treacherous plot that threatened all the colonists on Mars, and it set Jim off on a terrfying adventure that could save—or destroy—them all!

 

Red Skelton in Color
SPECIAL FOIL PACKAGING! Twenty years after The Red Skelton Show first aired on NBC in 1951, the extraordinary Red Skelton, America's Clown Prince, appeared on NBC in his last regular season comedy show. Red brought all his wonderful characters to life once again and for the last time on network television: Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye, Freddie the Freeloader, George Appleby and San Fernando Red. Joining Red were a host of guest stars, including Jerry Lewis, Vincent Price, Robert Wagner, Mickey Rooney, Jill St. John, Phyllis Diller and many more!

 

RED SKELTON FUNNY FACES III
Belying his 70 years, Red Skelton delivers a virtuoso performance in this comedy-concert special. In addition to offering a vast array of his familiar characters, Red also performs a number of his best pantomime routines, both hilarious and eloquent. Jimmy Dale provided the original music for this taped, 60-minute program. Red Skelton's Funny Faces first aired May 29, 1983, on the HBO cable service.
Hollywood has seen the coming and going of many comic geniuses, but only a select few have been as universally beloved as gentle, low-key Red Skelton and his cavalcade of characters that included the clown Freddie the Freeloader, the goofy Clem Kadiddlehopper, and his seagulls Gertrude and Heathcliffe. That many of his best characters were clowns comes as no surprise for Skelton's father was a circus clown who died two months before Skelton was born Bernard Richard Skelton in Vincennes, IN. Skelton's mother was a charwoman and barely earned enough for them to get by. They were so poor that the comedian began singing for pennies on the street when he was only seven. At age ten, Skelton quit school and joined a traveling medicine show. He gained further experience on the burlesque and vaudeville circuits and on showboats. He became a standup comic in the early '30s, playing one-night gigs in small nightclubs.
His big break came after he developed a mimed donut-dunking routine that led to his employment at the Paramount Theater and then to a successful radio career and a long-running show during which he developed most of his characters. Skelton made his screen debut playing Itchy Falkner in Having a Wonderful Time (1938). He billed himself as Richard "Red" Skelton. Contracted to MGM during the '40s and '50s, Skelton played character roles and the occasional lead in numerous films, many of which were musicals and comedies. In 1951, Skelton launched a variety show that would alternately air on CBS and NBC until 1971. It was there that Skelton developed his characters and gained his most devoted following. Each show would begin with Skelton holding an unlit cigar and offering a warm greeting and doing a brief monologue; it would also contain a "silent spot" in which Skelton demonstrated his mastery of pantomime. All of the characters he created on radio made regular appearances, as did a brand new one, Freddy the Freeloader, a silent clown who could be as pathetic as he was funny. Musical accompaniment was provided by David Rose and his orchestra. Rose had been with Skelton since his radio days. From the series' beginning to its end, Skelton would finish his show with a heartfelt "Good night and God Bless." Throughout the program's long, extraordinarily successful (it was never out of the Top Ten in the Nielsen ratings-run), Skelton occasionally appeared in feature films. In 1953, he played a rare dramatic role in The Clown, which was a remake of The Champ. Skelton had his final starring role in Public Pigeon No. One (1957). After that he made cameos and guest star appearances in films such Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)
In addition to performing, Skelton excelled at several other interests. That he was a renowned oil painter of clowns is well known, but he also designed dishes and was an expert at creating bonsai trees. Skelton also composed about 8,000 songs, including the theme for the film Made in Paris (1966). For his lifetime of contributions in entertainment he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Emerson College of Boston, a Doctor of Human Letters from Vincennes University, and a doctorate of Theater Arts at Indiana State University. Skelton was a 33rd Degree Mason, the order's highest possible level. He also frequently contributed to children's charities. Though no longer a regular in films and television, Skelton continued performing live until his death from pneumonia at age 84.

 

ROBIN HOOD (BBC) - Season One
Spend some time in a different kind of hood! This 13-part series updates the original legend for a new generation with exhilarating action, adventure, wit and romance. The noble Robin of Locksley (Jonas Armstrong, Teachers, Ghost Squad) returns from the Crusades to find his people starving and brutalized under the oppressive rule of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Keith Allen, Viva Blackpool, Trainspotting). You'll be enthralled as outrageous scams, disguises, tricks, ingenuity, breathtaking archery and incredible swordplay fight corrupt government and greedy officials. Feel the chemistry as Robin's infectious charm wins back the heart of an intelligent, feisty Marian (Lucy Griffiths, Sea of Souls, Sugar Rush). Fans of Doctor Who, Battlestar Gallactica or Rome will love the sharp scripts and striking settings of this "legendary" BBC production celebrating the common man's favorite hero. Jolly good fun for the whole family! As seen on BBC America.

 

ROBIN OF SHERWOOD (BBC) - Season One
Follow the Merry Men—but don’t bother packing your green tights! The classic 1980s British series put a modern twist on the legend of Robin Hood, with a brilliant turn by Michael Praed (Dynasty) as the renowned “wealth sharer.” Travel to Sherwood for the first adaptation to combine gritty, authentic production design with elements of real-life history, magic and pagan myth. The moody mysticism is further enhanced by the award-winning soundtrack performed by the Irish band Clannad. Includes the first 13 episodes, shot on location in England and seen by US viewers on Showtime. Co-stars Ray Winstone (Sweeney Todd, The Departed) in a career-launching role.

 

ROBIN OF SHERWOOD (BBC) - Season Two
The fabled “wealth sharer” returns! In the second season of this classic action-adventure series—hailed as the quintessential interpretation of the Robin Hood legend— young nobleman Robert of Huntingdon (Jason Connery, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth) assumes the mantle of the fallen Robin of Loxley. Guided by the forest spirit Herne the Hunter (John Abineri, The Last of the Mohicans), he reassembles Robin’s band and resumes the campaign against the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham (Nickolas Grace, Brideshead Revisited). Of course, the lovely Lady Marion (Judi Trott, Robin Hood and the Sorcerer) and the intrepid Friar Tuck (Phil Rose, Robin Hood and the Sorcerer) are never far. This set includes all 13 episodes, with commentaries for eight and an award-winning score by the traditional Irish band Clannad. Feats of derring-do, cunning plot twists and rich historical and mythical detail will delight both children and adults.

 

ROME * Season One
(HBO Dramatic Series)
Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic Rome is the wealthiest city in the world a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people; epicenter of a sprawling empire. The Republic was founded on principles of shared power and fierce personal competition never allowing one man to seize absolute control. But now those foundations are crumbling eaten away by corruption and excess. After eight years of war two soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo unwittingly become entwined in the historical events of ancient Rome. A serialized drama of love and betrayal masters and slaves husbands and wives ROME chronicles a turbulent era that saw the death of the republic and the birth of an empire.

 

ROME * Season Two
(HBO Dramatic Series)
The year is 44 B.C. Julius Caesar has been assassinated and civil war threatens to destroy the Republic. In the void left by Caesar's demise egos clash and numerous players jockey for position. The brutally ambitious Mark Antony attempts to solidify his power aligning himself with Atia but coming to blows with her cunning son Octavian who has been anointed in Caesar's will as his only son and heir. Meanwhile Titus Pullo attempts to pull his friend Lucius Vorenus out of the darkness that has engulfed his soul in the wake of personal tragedy. For once again the fates of these two mismatched soldiers seem inexorably tied to the fate of Rome itself.

 

Sable
Episode 1 & 3 of this short lived superhero show was about a Children's book writer named Nicholas. In the daytime, he was kind, funny, and caring. At night, he would transform into Jon Sable, a superhero/vigilante. His sidekick of sorts, was a blind man nicknamed Cheesecake, who pretended he was a stand up comedian (He even had his own laugh track!!!).

Sable
Episode 4, 5 & 6 of this short lived superhero show was about a Children's book writer named Nicholas. In the daytime, he was kind, funny, and caring. At night, he would transform into Jon Sable, a superhero/vigilante. His sidekick of sorts, was a blind man nicknamed Cheesecake, who pretended he was a stand up comedian (He even had his own laugh track!!!).

 

SCTV, Disc 1: One on the Town/Polynesiantown
2004 - 163 min
Episode #80 "Polynesiantown" commentary: Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty / "SCTV Remembers" -- With Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, and Catherine O'Hara
Though it was called Canada's answer to Saturday Night Live, SCTV was, in the opinion of many, actually superior to its below-the-border predecessor. You can judge for yourself now with this DVD from Shout Factory featuring two complete episodes. SCTV: One on the Town and SCTV: Polynesiantown originally aired in May of 1981 and are both presented in full-screen with Dolby Digital Stereo Sound. Also included on the disc are an audio commentary by stars Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty and the featurette "SCTV Remembers."

 

SCTV, Disc 2: Southside Fracas/The Sammy Maudlin Show: Bob Hope in China
2004 - 158 min
Origins of SCTV
SCTV: Southside Fracas (1981)
SCTV: The Sammy Maudlin Show - Bob Hope in China (1981)
From Shout Factory comes this DVD featuring two complete episodes of the classic Canadian sketch comedy show SCTV. SCTV: Southside Fracas and SCTV: The Sammy Maudlin Show -- Bob Hope in China originally aired in the late spring of 1981 and are both presented in full-screen with Dolby Digital Stereo Sound. Also included on the disc are several clips of the show's stars performing at Second City before the advent of the series.

 

SCTV, Volume 3
SCTV 3: Second City Television Network
"SCTV - The Producers" "That's Life" - John Candy profile "SCTV Remembers, Part 3" SCTV at The Museum of Television & Radio
Side #4 -- Disc 4
13. Segment 7: The Fishin' Musician - "Jimmy Buffett" [5:50]
14. Segment 7: "Slow Boat to China" - Jimmy Buffett [3:59]

 

Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season One
Billie Piper stars in the hit series SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL, based on the real-life adventures of a high-class London escort. By day she's quiet and unassuming Hannah. But when night comes, she's Belle, the city's finest call girl. Juggling her own reality with her clients' fantasies can be difficult, but this savvy sweetheart knows every trick for doing it in style. Take a peek into SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL, the witty and provocative original series from Showtime. It's a good time you won't soon forget.

 

Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season Two
Belle couldn't find a job after University. Her impressive degree was not paying her rent or buying her food. But after a fantastic threesome with a very rich couple who gave her a ton of money, Belle realized that she could earn more than anyone she knew--by becoming a call girl. The rest is history. Belle became a 20-something London working girl--and had the audacity to write about it--anonymously. The shockingly candid and explicit diary she put on the Internet became a London sensation. She shares her entire journey inside the world of high-priced escorts, including fascinating and explicit insights about her job and her clients, her various boyfriends, and a taboo lifestyle that has to be read to be believed. The witty observations, shocking revelations, and hilarious scenarios deliver like the very best fiction and make for a titillating reading experience unlike any other.

 

SHOGUN
Based on the epic novel by James Clavell, Shogun originated as a five-part, 12-hour TV miniseries, filmed on location in Japan. Richard Chamberlain stars as John Blackthorne, a 17th century British sea pilot in charge of a Dutch vessel. Shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, Blackthorne is in danger of being executed by the suspicious, reclusive Japanese hierarchy, but before long he has been accepted into the local culture. Accordingly, he begins to think of himself as Japanese, adopting the nation's customs and, while wearing the robes of a Samurai warrior, helping to defend the land against its enemies. The arrival of Blackthorne unfortunately arouses the interest of European empire-builders, who hope to add Japan to their holdings. Toshiro Mifune costars as Toranaga, a warlord who befriends Blackthorne, and Yoko Shimada appears as Mariko, the interpreter who eventually falls in love with the Englishman. When it first aired in September of 1980, Shogun caused eyebrows to raise with its seemingly reckless disregard of certain TV taboos: for example, one man is beheaded in full view of the audience, while another relieves himself on the body of an enemy. Most of the early dialogue sequence are in Japanese, which resulted in complaints from many monolingual viewers. As a result, the 1983 rebroadcast of Shogun included English narration by Orson Welles. The 125-minute feature version of Shogun, prepared for home video, includes English subtitles—as well as several originally excised scenes of nudity and excessive violence

 

SPARTACUS: GOS OF THE ARENA
The House of Batiatus has towered above the city of Capua for many years. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena will explore its deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he carried with him. Loyalties will be tested, lives shattered, and battles waged in this thrilling prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

 

SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - Season 1
Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.

 

Space Above and Beyond - The Complete Series (1995)
In this cult fan favorite, it’s the year 2063. After 150 years of deep space exploration, the people of Earth feel certain they are alone in the universe. Then word comes that two Earth outposts light-years away from home have been brutally attacked by an advanced alien civilization. Now the new young recruits of the United States Marine Corps Space Aviator Calvary are heading for the front lines of space in the toughest battle the world has even faced.
The science fiction series Space Above and Beyond, which enjoyed a brief run in the 1995-96 season, was created by X-Files producers Glen Morgan and James Wong as a revision of the classic war series Combat!. Set in the not-too-distant future, Space Above and Beyond follows the adventures of five inexperienced Marines of the 58th Squadron, who are involved in a war against the Chigs, a race of aliens bent on conquering the Earth. Morgan and Wong gave their main characters intriguing personalities--Nathan West (Morgan Weisser) has joined the Marines to save a girlfriend captured by the aliens, while Rodney Rowland's Cooper is an artificially created human whose service is inspired by a desire to escape the violent prejudice he faces on Earth. The action and stories are gritty and dramatic, and put a fresh spin on traditional wartime stories--highlights include "The Enemy," in which the 58th is stranded behind enemy lines; "Toy Soldiers," in which West's younger brother is serving under a dangerously reckless lieutenant; and the two-part "If They Lay Us Down to Rest…" and "Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best," which brought the series to a close with the Earth on the verge of peace talks with the aliens as the military launches a perilous operation. Commentary by Morgan and Wong and the cast would have been welcome, especially if the plans for the unseen second season could've been revealed, but unfortunately, no supplemental features are included in this slickly produced, no-frills set.

 

Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996) (TV)
In the year 2015 an international TV audience watches the first manned space mission to Mars as it suffers a computer malfunction, possibly due to sabotage, endangering the crew and the entire mission. When the worlds first spaceship is close to its goal, Mars, the TV-network GNN begins it's live coverage of the last two hours. Then the problems starts. The landing-computer malfunctions, the captain Eugene Slader gets very sick and back on Earth it is discovered that big financial corporations have an interest in the failure of the mission - and we, the viewers, can see it all live on televison.
Keith Carradine, Judge Reinhold, Alfre Woodard, Philip Casnoff, Rosalind Chao, Dean Jones, Maria Mayanzet, Diane Venora

 

STAR TREK: The Animated Series
Star Trek: The Animated Series: Albatross, Star Trek: The Animated Series: Bem, Star Trek: The Animated Series: Beyond the Farthest Star, Star Trek: The Animated Series: How Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth, Star Trek: The Animated Series: More Troubles, More Tribbles, Star Trek: The Animated Series: Mudd's Passion, Star Trek: The Animated Series: Once Upon A Planet, Star Trek: The Animated Series: One of Our Planets is Missing, Star Trek: The Animated Series: Slaver Weapon, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Ambergris Element, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Counter-Clock Incident, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Eye of the Beholder, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Infinite Vulcan, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Jihad, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Lorelei Signal, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Magicks of Megus-Tu, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Pirates of Orion, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Practical Joker, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Survivor, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Terratin Incident, Star Trek: The Animated Series: The Time Trap, Star Trek: The Animated Series: Yesteryear

 

Prisoners Of Gravity
Star Trek Discussion
(1989) [TV-Series 1989-1994]
Frightened by the problems in the world, Rick Greene decides to escape Earth by attaching a rocket to his car and launches into space. The only thing that saves his life in this lame-brain scheme is that he promptly rams into a space station and is able to settle into the complex. Stuck there, Commander Rick decides to devote his time to exploring the only mediums that seem to deal with the real issues of the day, Science Fiction/Fantasy literature and comic books. In this show, Rick interviews a wide variety of writers and comic book talents about their work and how it relates to particular artistic, political and Prisoners Of Gravity is a highly acclaimed Canadian TV show created by Mark Askwith, Daniel Richler, and Rick Green that ran on TV Ontario from 1989 to 1994. It was hosted by actor Rick Green and featured discussions on science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comics. In its 139 episode run, Rick interviewed over 600 authors, filmmakers, animators, comic book legends, and futurists. Many of these interviews ended up in John Clute and Peter Nicholls's CD-Rom version of the The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. The Space Channel is currently airing reruns of Prisoners of Gravity every morning at 7:00 am.

 

The Making Of Star Trek The Next Generation: Reading Rainbow
A truly great excerpt from the PBS series READING RAINBOW on the making of the TV series Star Trek - The Next Generation.
STAR TREK COLLECTION - DVD-R 2

 

The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation To The Next
Directed by Donald R. Beck
Written by Stephen R. Wolcott
Produced by Donald R. Beck
Hosted by Patrick Stewart
This television special, produced in 1988, provides a brief history of Star Trek up through it's 20th Anniversary. . There is a behind-the-scenes look at "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and a look at the upcoming "Star Trek V" feature film.
this television special, produced in 1988 as part of The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation to the Next, a 2-hour retrospective special hosted by Patrick Stewart which contained interviews with Gene Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, Rick Berman, Mel Harris and cast members from the old and new series, clips from both series and features I through IV.

 

Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments
2000 - 60 min. - Television
Jason Alexander is your host for this tribute to the phenomena of Star Trek, collecting classic moments from all four television series — Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — as well as the run of successful theatrical motion pictures. Along with celebrating great moments from classic episodes and presenting fans' choices in such categories as Best Villain and Most Beautiful Guest Star, The Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments features brief comedy sketches with Alexander parodying William Shatner's portrayal as Capt. James T. Kirk, and includes a tribute to the life and career of the late DeForest Kelley, known to Trek fans for his performances as Lt. Cmdr. "Bones" McCoy.
Silly but nostalgic, this UPN special from 1999 throws a bone or two to hard-core fans of sundry Star Trek television series and feature films. Seinfeld's Jason Alexander hosts, playing a faux James Tiberius Kirk and perfectly capturing the peculiar music of William Shatner's authoritative curtness and halting pontifications. Alexander's Enterprise captain is on a mission to note popular choices of longtime viewers in a number of areas, from "ultimate one-liner" to "best episode," with the winners previously selected via online voting. Naturally, one is going to take issue with many of the lists--"great beauties" is dominated by Kirk's various conquests, for instance--but that's half the fun, and in any case several categories are total no-brainers: Has there ever been a better Trek villain than Q (John DeLancie)? Speaking of the latter, DeLancie is the most ubiquitous presence in a welcome blooper reel culled from Deep Space Nine and Voyager, the erudite actor of stage and screen hilariously elocution-challenged at times. (The other delightful revelation is visual proof of those rumors that Tim Russ, who plays the starchy Tuvok on Voyager, is the biggest cut-up in Trek production history.) Besides that unexpected treat, there's a fine tribute to the late DeForest Kelley,--Dr. McCoy on the original series--including a couple of non-Trek moments featuring the once-busy character actor opposite Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. As for the "best episode" award, well, the debate over the greatest of Star Trek shows will not likely be satisfied by this program's somewhat dubious winner. Let the argument rage on.

 

Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek - The Next Generation (1994)
51 min. - Documentary
There's probably never been a television series that has won so loyal a cult following as the original Star Trek, and in 198X, Star Trek: The Next Generation had the unenviable prospect of trying to follow in that show's footsteps. But Star Trek: The Next Generation rose to the occasion, not only pleasing most Trek fans but developing a loyal audience among contemporary sci-fi enthusiasts as well. Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation is a documentary which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and production of this landmark in science fiction television, featuring a look at how the show's make up and visual effects were created, interviews with the cast, thoughts from notable guest stars, and the production of the show's final episode. Jonathan Frakes narrates.
Journey's End is a retrospective look back at the seven eventful seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and a preview of the two-hour series finale, and it originally aired immediately ahead of the finale All Good Things. You get a little summation of each character as he/she has evolved over the years, with a lot of emphasis on the first season, and the leading actors all have a moment to comment on their experiences over the years. The character of Dr. Pulaski, who replaced Beverly Crusher as ship's medical officer for at least one season, is completely ignored, which sort of rubs me the wrong way (not that I actually liked her character, but she deserved at least a mention) - especially since I had to look at several old clips featuring Wesley Crusher (thankfully, though, there was no interview with Will Wheaton).  The special was hosted by Jonathon Frakes, and he takes you through a little mini-tour of some of the sets, answers a few questions people have often asked about the ship, and shows you how a few different special effects are brought to life. The real stars of the special are the crucial men and women behind the cameras, as they get their moment in the sun to show and tell you a little bit about their jobs. You also get a look at one of the largest Star Trek conventions of 1994 when Jonathon Frakes makes a surprise appearance among the throng of ardent Trekkies.
 There are a lot of references to and previews of the final episode, which in itself brings everything around full circle with its revisit of the events from the premiere episode of the series. Frakes also talks about the movie then in production which incorporated Captain Kirk, Scotty, and Chekhov into the world of ST:TNG, the series Deep Space Nine, and the upcoming Voyager series.
It's basically an informal tribute to the success of ST:TNG, and it was probably meant as a comfort of sorts to the legions of fans having to cope with the end of a beloved show. If so, it performed both jobs quite well indeed.

 

Star Trek * Bloopers Collection & William Shatner SNL
Star Trek Bloopers (1966)     This is the infamous Blooper Reel. Yeah, the picture quality is horrendous.  Its real value to a Trekker is that it's part of Star Trek history. Most of the early fans watched this at conventions. Foundational books such as "The World of Star Trek" (David Gerrald) to "The Making of Star Trek" (Stephen Whitfield) positively gushed over the Blooper Reel. So, for better or worse, you too can share in that experience with this video.      Think of it as primary research. It doesn't have to be pretty. It just has to be.       Live long and prosper.

 

ABC Primetime Live:
Star Trek * The Next Generation  "To Boldly Go"
(documentary on TNG) STAR TREK COLLECTION DVD-R 1

 

Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special
1991 - 100 min. - Television, Color 
This special celebrates the cultural phenomenon that is Star Trek with many of the original cast members, including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Featured are interviews with the show's creator Gene Roddenberry and excerpts from the television series and feature films as well as a compilation of bloopers.
Talk about slapdash. Here's a tribute to Star Trek hosted by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, and within the first half-hour they've run out of things to talk about related to Star Trek. Though there are clips from both classic Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, they seem like an afterthought: montage fodder that only occasionally chooses a topic (like humorous catch phrases of the characters) and looks at it thoroughly. Otherwise, there's way too much time devoted to letting Nimoy shill for the Star Trek VI movie and reminisce about the special effects in Star Trek IV (which he happened to direct). Aside from superficial treatment of the Trekkie phenomenon (better explained in the movie Trekkies), the fan base is barely mentioned--and what's the deal with LeVar Burton's tour of Space Camp? It looks like an outtake from Reading Rainbow. This doesn't even count as a greatest-hits video because the organization is so haphazard. The whole thing smacks of moneymaking exploitation.

 

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond
1996 - Television 
Originally broadcast on network television in 1996, this tape might almost be seen as a companion to William Shatner's Star Trek Memories. Indeed, the companionship is so close that, on occasion, the two share anecdotes, film clips, and even phraseology. Constructed as a tribute hosted by Ted Danson, it features ample helpings of classic Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space 9 and Star Trek: Voyager TV shows, as well as the various Star Trek movies, in several well-crafted montages of film clips. All of the principals are on hand (live or on tape) and a number of them give speeches, along with such celebrities as Jerry Stiller (who riffs on the depth of his Star Trek obsession) and Joan Collins (who recalls her role in the popular 1967 Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever"). There are, in fact, probably too many speeches--and what was the deal with that Voyager skit featuring the cast of Frasier? High point: a clip from The Simpsons, spoofing the movies featuring the original (and aging) cast.

 

CAPTAINS OF THE FINAL FRONTIER
STAR TREK is the most influential science fiction television series of all time. In the 44 years since its inception, Star Trek has spanned six series and 11 movies, indisputably paving the way for every science fiction series that has followed. What began as a cult following, stands today as a worldwide phenomenon that only grows stronger and more widespread with each iteration. With its most recent blockbuster film breaking all previous franchise box office records, it’s clear the STAR TREK buzz has never been louder!
And at the center of it all stand the fearless captains of each STAR TREK generation: a class of iconic characters whose leadership and choices changed the course of their own universe forever. So in the next 2 hours, The Captains of the Final Frontier a show for Trekkies, Trekkers and the casual observer alike is riding shotgun on the incredible triumphs and epic dark moments of the most legendary captains in Starfleet’s history, one by one, and comparing them against each other as leaders and lovers.
Taking a hard look at the creation, background and history of these captains, this show will delve into their development and examine the evolution of the role of CAPTAIN itself, as it progressed with each consecutive series and film. We’ve assembled and incredible cast of experts from creators and directors, episode writers, novelists and Star Trek actors to bring the story behind the story to life they’ll reveal how these characters came to be, who was up for the roles and will compare their styles across the leadership spectrum.
This cast of experts will not only bring new perspective to the onscreen action, but will be the ultimate source for revealing the dramatic decisions that were made everywhere from the writers room to the screen…and beyond. So step onto that transporter, because we’re boldly going where no show has gone before, taking a telescopic view of the most powerful men and women in the STAR TREK universe.
Prepare to engage…this is The Captains of the Final Frontier.

 

TREKKIES
Thirty years ago, science-fiction editor Art Saha coined the term "trekkies" when he saw a few fans of Star Trek's first season wearing pointy ears. Today, the word is found in the Oxford dictionary, and aficionados of the long-run series have seen their subculture achieve stratospheric status. In this documentary on the fan mania surrounding Star Trek, Denise Crosby (Star Trek: the Next Generation) serves as tour guide, stopping off at a radio talkshow, visiting fans in their homes, interviewing actors of both the original and later series, and visiting fan clubs and conventions. Starbase Dental, a Trek-themed drilling station operated by dentist Dr. Denis Bourguignon, is only one of the unusual fan homages revealed here. World premiere at the 1997 Hamptons and AFI Los Angeles film festivals

 

Inside the New Adventure: Star Trek: Voyager
Air Date: 1-9-95 Star Date:
Hosted by Robert Picardo
Summary: Introducing the cast and premise of the new series, with interviews with the cast, producers, directors, writers and creators explaining. Each of the regulars is spotlighted with a longer interview with the new Captain, a first for Star Trek, a female.
Author(s): Stephen R. Woolcott Director:Donald R. Beck

 

Stargate - The Ark of Truth
Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter Dr. Daniel Jackson Vala Mal Doran and the alien Tealc all members of the elite Stargate SG-1 team travel to the ruins of Dakara in hopes of finding the fabled Ark of Truth. Built by the Alterans (builders of the stargates) millions of years before this ancient artifact may be the sole means remaining to defeat the Ori armies who have thus far proven unstoppable in their quest to conquer the universe in the name of their religion

 

Stargate - Continuum
Baal travels back in time and prevents the Stargate program from ever being started. SG-1 team must somehow restore history and once again save the galaxy from oppressive domination

 

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
George Lucas continues his most popular franchise's legacy with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a computer-animated 3-D film that takes place between Star Wars: Episode II and III. The first-ever animated feature from Lucasfilm Animation, this action-packed space adventure follows the heroic Jedi Knights as they attempt to maintain order and restore peace during a time of monumental galactic strife. The Clone Wars have engulfed the galaxy in chaos, and as the dreaded droid army of the Separatists wipes out everything in its path, the future of the Galactic Republic becomes increasingly uncertain. Meanwhile, Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan learner Ahsoka Tano embark on a pivotal mission that pits them directly against the dreaded Jabba the Hutt and his criminal minions while Count Dooku enlists the aid of Asajj Ventress and the rest of his sinister agents in ensuring that the young Jedi fails in his noble mission. Back on the front lines of the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda attempt to fend off the forces of the dark side with the assistance of a massive clone army.

 

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS * part one
Make no mistake, Clone Wars is honest-to-goodness authentic Star Wars. The animated series takes place between Episode II, Attack of the Clones and Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. If the feature films covers the beginning and end of the war, Clone Wars depicts the actual battles and events that made heroes into legends. Don't expect too much character development, as the episodes tend to be driven more by flat-out action than by dialogue (which can be a good thing, considering some Star Wars dialogue). We see such familiar faces as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Mace Windu in combat, and we meet the elite ARC (Advanced Recon Commandos) clone troopers plus new Jedi--the amphibious Kit Fisto and two women, Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee. We also see a little more development of Anakin--showing off the best pilot skills in the army, defying Obi-Wan, and engaging in a deadly duel with Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress. But just when it's clear that the Separatist droid armies are no match for a Jedi, the tide begins to turn with the introduction of the menacing General Grievous, who plays a crucial part in Episode III. The cast mostly consists of veteran voice actors, but Anthony Daniels does appear as C-3PO.
Clone Wars was created by Genndy Tartakovsky, whose resume includes such stylish series as Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory, and The Powerpuff Girls, and the program won a 2004 Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or More). These 20 episodes, which played on the Cartoon Network, can be viewed as a seamless 69-minute whole or as individual chapters. DVD features include two commentary tracks, a making-of featurette, video game and Episode III trailers, and an Xbox playable demo of the stealth game Republic Commando. If you're a fan who can't wait for Episode III, Clone Wars is essential viewing. --David Horiuchi
The saga continues with the Emmy-winning "Star Wars: Clone Wars," available for the first time ever on DVD. This animated micro-series, directed by Genny Tartakovsky, captures George Lucas' vision in a dynamic animated style that is a visual delight for all ages. "Star Wars: Clone Wars" Volume One reveals the epic adventures that bridge the story arc between Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Follow the valiant Jedi Knights and the brave soldiers of the Republic's clone army as they battle against the droid forces of the Separatists, led by the evil Sith Lord, Count Dooku. Witness the battles that made galactic heroes out of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and along the way get a first look at the new menace from Episode III, General Grievous. This is a must-have for any Star Wars DVD collection.

 

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS * part two
Immediately after the events of Star Wars-Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the Clone Wars continue. The Separatists launch masses of Battle Droids while the Republic has an entire arsonal of Clone Troopers to blow them away. Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker are also participating in the fights against Count Dooku and his defiant separaists. Jedi Masters Yoda and Mace Windu, take part in the battle as well. While down on Coruscant, Padme Amidala, Chancellor Palpatine, C-3PO and R2-D2 hope nothing but good for our heroes. Will the Republic emerge triumphant? Will Dooku and his separatists be brought to their knees? And will Anakin truly bring balance to the Force, or will he bring absolutely tyranny?

 

Super Pay Cards * Barry Vs Bertha
The game show Super Pay Cards has it hands full with 2 crazy and wacky contestants Bertha Dechanie and Barry Wight.

 

Time Trax
[TV-Series 1993-1994]
Time Trax was a syndicated American/Australian co-produced science fiction TV series that first aired in 1993.
Format Science Fiction
No. of episodes - 44
In the year 2193, over a hundred criminals became fugitives of law enforcement by travelling back in time two hundred years, using a time machine called Trax. Darien Lambert was a police detective of that period who was sent back to 1993 in order to apprehend as many of the fugitives as possible. He was assisted by SELMA, an extremely small but very powerful computer—disguised for the mission as an AT&T MasterCard—who communicated through a holographic interface which took the visual form of a prim British nanny (SELMA was an acronym for Specified Encapsulated Limitless Memory Archive). Lambert was also equipped with a MPPT disguised as a keyless car alarm remote, which could stun the target or engulf the target in an energy field which would render him transportable to the future, at which point Selma would execute the transmission sequence to send the criminal on his way. Lambert's biggest enemy was Mordecai Sahmbi, who was responsible for sending the fugitives to 1993, and who tried several times to kill him.
Captain Lambert, fearing the possible consequences of altering the timeline, did not actively attempt to interfere with the natural flow of history, although he frequently left messages for his colleagues in 2193 (via the 'personals' sections of assorted newspapers). The series did not have a proper ending - as of the final episode, Lambert was still in 1993 and had not yet completed his mission.
Season 1: "It began in the future. A scientist turning to evil, a time machine called TRAX, beings who vanish and a lawman with a mission. He has one weapon and a computer named SELMA."
SELMA: Good Morning Captain Lambert.
"With them he will travel to a time more innocent than his own. Now he is among us. A special breed of man, a hunter, traveling through our world searching for fugitives from his own, knowing he can not go home until he has found them all. His name is Darian Lambert and this is his story."
Season 2: "It began in the future. A time machine called TRAX, criminals who vanish, and a lawman who must pursue into the past. Now he is among us, a special breed of man. He has one weapon and a computer called Selma. With her, he will travel through our world, searching for fugitives from his own, knowing he cannot go home until he has found them all. His name is Darien Lambert and this is his story."

 

The Triangle
Debut: Part 1 of three. Billionaire Eric Benirall (Sam Neill) assembles a team of experts to investigate the disappearance of his ships in the Bermuda Triangle. Howard Thomas: Eric Stoltz. Emily Patterson: Catherine Bell. Meeno Paloma: Lou Diamond Phillips.
Part 2 of three. Military personnel capture the team and take them to an underwater facility for questioning. After the interrogations, the team wakes up on a beach and begins to experience altered realities. Bruce Geller: Michael Rodgers.
Conclusion. Severe weather emanates from the Bermuda Triangle; Benirall's personal motive for assembling the team is revealed; a plot that involves the Navy is exposed. Stan Lathem: Bruce Davison. Eric Benirall: Sam Neill. Emily Patterson: Catherine Bell.

 

TRIPPING THE RIFT: THE PILOT
Spun off from a 5-minute CGI short by King of the Hill alumnus Chris Moeller, the weekly, 30-minute computer-animated series Tripping the Rift was a broad and ribald spoof of science fiction TV shows in general and the Star Trek franchise in particular. The action was set aboard the starship Jupiter 42, commanded and co-owned by Chode (voice provided by Stephen Root), a purple-skinned alien whose efforts to play-act the "Captain Kirk" role were compromised by his cowardice, his sexual hangups, and the simple fact that he was a liar and a petty thief. Chode's crew included the sexy (actually rapacious!) female alien Six of One (voiced first by Gina Gerhson, then by Carmen Electra) , whom he rescued from the dreaded Federation and who thus loved Chode despite his digusting personal habits; T'nuk (voiced by (Gayle Garfinkle), a homely four-legged alien feminist who never let Chode forget that she was half-owner of Jupiter 42; Whip (voiced by Rick Jones), Chode's pimply, dull-witted, hormone-driven nephew; Gus (voiced by Maurice LaMarche), an incompetent cyborg; and Bob, the ship's neurotic, alcoholic computer-navigator (his voice provided by longtime Howard Stern sidekick "Stuttering" John Melendez). The villain of the peace was harvested from Star Wars territory: Darth Bobo (voiced by series creator Chris Moeller), as dumb as he was dangerous. The series version of Tripping the Rift premiered March 4, 2004, on cable's @Sci-Fi Channel.

 

TRIPPING THE RIFT
Season One
Introduced in 2002 with a 5-minute "pilot", the savagely satirical CGI science-fiction series Tripping the Rift offers thirteen half-hour episodes in its first season. The opener sets the tone for all to come, as Chode, the larcenous purple-skinned commander of the starship Jupiter 42, links up with the incompetent cyborg Gus to solve the mystery of their existence—and end up killing God in the process. Things don't get much better in subsequent episodes, wherein the Confederation of Chode and the Dark Clowns of arch-enemy Darph Bobo square off in the Mutilation Ball Championship; Chode's sexy second in command Six of One enters the Miss Galaxy 5000 Pageant, which is clearly rigged in favor of Darph Bobo's homicidal daughter Babette; the crew end up on a planet where polluting is a capital offence, and where Chode signs his own death warrant for spitting out a gum; and a deal between Chode and the Devil yields only a widescreen plasma TV. Later, android Gus is recalled and replaced by an even more clumsy "upgrade"; Darph Bobo tries to corrupt "2001 Space Idiocies" on a faraway planet; the Bush-Kerry presidential race is skewered when the crew lands on Floridia 7 during a hotly contested political campaign; a trip to Muldavia 5 finds Chode confronting his identical twin, King Regis Philbrick; Chode's nerdish nephew Whip is kidnapped, resulting in a symbolic castration at the hands of Darph Bobo; and in the season finale, Six of One meets an old android boyfriend at an intergalactic male strip bar.

 

TRIPPING THE RIFT
Season Two
Season two of the brutally satirical CGI sci-fi series Tripping the Rift follows the same pattern as Season One, with one major change: Carmen Electra replaces Gina Gershon in the role of Six of One, the oversexed second-in command of Jupiter 42 skipper Chode. In the season opener, Chode's pimply nephew Whip takes charge of his uncle's starship, ultimately ending up a celebrity on the planet Kraven. Later, Chode tries to unload an unwanted cargo on the all-gay Fabulous Planet; deadly-but-dumb space villain Darph Bobo takes a horrible revenge when Chode steals his credit card; the Jupiter 42 crew confronts their innermost fears and some substandard animation on a ghost ship; and Chode's Grandpa Benito wants to get even with Darph for a past slight, hiring Joey No-Balls for that purpose. Also: the mystery of Roswell New Mexico is finally solved when Chode passes through a time warp while escaping the victims of his latest scam; Darph Bobo tries to be "cool" at his high school reunion (villains need reassurance sometimes). Confederatin leader Captain Adam disappears on the hostile planet Creaturepalooza; and in the season finale, Six of One's past comes back to bite her where the moon don't shine, in an episode featuring Patty Hearst as the voice of Haffa Dozen.

 

TRIPPING THE RIFT: THE MOVIE
A routine mission to protect a contentious princess devolves into a seriously warped space adventure in this full-length animated comedy featuring the voices of Stephen Root, Jenny McCarthy, and John Melendez. Chode and his crew are safeguarding a royal pain in the backside when a team of indestructible clown assassins and insanely horny housewives send things spiraling out of control. Now, as a time-traveling assassin threatens to transform a boozy birthday party into a blood-soaked crime scene, it's up to Gus, Six, T'nuk, Whip, and Bob to ensure that their tempestuous charge arrives at her intended destination in one piece.

 

Twilight Zone * 01
An updated version of the famous 1960's TV series created by Rod Serling. Each week presents a stand-alone episode about some unusual situation that turns out to be even more unusual than initially suspected. Whether the tone of the story is horror, suspense or humor, there is always a surprise twist at the end 

Twilight Zone * 02
An updated version of the famous 1960's TV series created by Rod Serling. Each week presents a stand-alone episode about some unusual situation that turns out to be even more unusual than initially suspected. Whether the tone of the story is horror, suspense or humor, there is always a surprise twist at the end

 

TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH
This atmospheric Doctor Who spin-off follows a clandestine group of investigators who delve into extraterrestrial phenomena. From the Torchwood Institute's underground headquarters in Cardiff, the team's edgy ensemble harnesses otherworldly technologies to battle both earthbound and alien threats. In this five-part miniseries, Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) face a deadly new menace that might mean the end of humankind. When every child in the world stops moving, Torchwood leaps into action to discover the terrible meaning behind their frozen states.

 

The Unit: Season 4
Packed with explosive action and edge-of-your-seat suspense, The Unit delivers a non-stop blast of spectacular thrills and hard-edged excitement! Risking their lives on deadly undercover missions around the globe, the Unit is a highly skilled, ultra-secret contingent of special forces soldiers operating outside the traditional chain of military command. Now, the hunters become the hunted as the team and their families are targeted by a deadly and far-reaching conspiracy. And, as they are forced to relocate and assume new identities, Season Four follows the complicated day-to-day lives, intricate military operations, and extraordinary heroism of the world’s finest counter-terrorism strike force – The Unit!

Unit: Season 4 Disc 1: 182 Minutes
Forced Trailers
Sacrifice
Sudden Flight
Sex Trade
Conduit
Disc 2: 176 Minutes
Dancing Lessons
Inquisition
Into Hell Part 1
Into Hell Part 2
Disc 3: 176 Minutes
Shadow Riders
Misled & Misguided
Switchblade
Bad Beat
Disc 4: 176 Minutes
The Spear of Destiny
The Last Nazi
Hero
Hill 60
Disc 5: 176 Minutes
Flesh & Blood
Best Laid Plan
Whiplash
Chaos Theory
Disc 6: 152 Minutes
End Game
Unknown Soldier

 

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1
The Walking Dead tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, traveling in search of a safe and secure home. The world has changed and they need to figure out how to survive it. But they need to figure out how to survive one another…

 

THE WINDS OF WAR
This World War II epic drama, based on the book by Herman Wouk, follows the life and trials of a career naval officer (Robert Mitchum) sent to Germany during Hitler's rise to power, who witnesses the gradual escalation of the war.