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Old October 15 2012, 06:26 PM   #44
DeepSpaceWine
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Re: First-run syndicated television dramas from the late 80s-90s

Ok, the list of first-run syndicated television series (excluding cartoons, game shows, court shows, talk shows, and international shows sold in US syndication [i.e. some British & Canadian series] unless they were explicitly co-productions):

Action/Drama
* Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94)
* Friday the 13th: The Series (1987-90)
* Sea Hunt [II] (1987-88)
* Superboy (1988-92)
* War of the Worlds (1988-90)
* Dragnet [III] (1989-90)
* 21 Jump Street (1990-91) [aired on Fox from 1987-90]
* She-Wolf of London (1990-91)
* Dracula: The Series (1990-91)
* Street Justice (1991-93)
* Baywatch (1991-2001) [aired 1 season on NBC in 1989-90]
* Highlander (1992-98)
* Renegade (1992-96) [aired on cable channel USA in 1996-97]
* Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-99)
* The Untouchables [II] (1993-94)
* Time Trax (1993-94) [aired as part of PTEN]
* Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993-97) [aired as part of PTEN]
* Cobra (1993-94)
* Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1993-94) [had a 2nd season air internationally only, not in the US]
* Babylon 5 (1994-97) [aired as part of PTEN. Aired on cable channel TNT in 1998]
* Universal Action Pack (1994) [wheel series of 2-hour movie of potential series. Among the aspiring series: Hercules, Vanishing Son, Knight Rider, Bandit, TekWar, Midnight Run]
* Robocop: The Series (1994)
* Thunder in Paradise (1994)
* Forever Knight (1994-96) [aired on network in 1992-93]
* Sirens (1994-95) [aired on network in 1993]
* Robin's Hoods (1994-95)
* Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-99)
* Vanishing Son (1995)
* Pointman (1995) [aired as part of PTEN]
* Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001)
* One West Waikiki (1995-96) [aired on network in 1994]
* Baywatch Nights (1995-97) [LOL. Does anyone remember this series?]
* Flipper [II] (1995-97) [aired on PAX 1998-2000]
* Land's End (1995-96)
* Lazarus Man (1996) [aired concurrently in syndication & on TNT]
* Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996-2000)
* Viper (1996-99) [aired on network in 1994]
* The Adventures of Sinbad (1996-98)
* F/X: The Series (1996-98)
* Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996-97)
* The Cape (1996-97)
* Two (1996-97)
* Earth: Final Conflict (1997-2002)
* Pensacola: Wings of Gold (1997-2000)
* Nightman (1997-99)
* Soldiers of Fortune Inc. (1997-99)
* Team Knight Rider (1997-98)
* Conan (1997-98)
* Mike Hammer, Private Eye [4] (1997-98)
* Due South (1997-98) [aired 1994-96 on network]
* V.I.P. (1998-2002)
* The Magnificent Seven (1998-99)
* Highlander: The Raven (1998-99)
* Mortal Kombat: Conquest (1998-99) [aired concurrently on TNT]
* The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998-99)
* The New Adventures of Robin Hood (1998-99) [aired 2 seasons in 1997 on TNT, then 1 season in US syndication in 98-99, and a 4th & final season internationally only in 1999]
* Beastmaster (1999-2002)
* The Lost World (1999-2002) [Season 1 episodes aired concurrently in syndication/on DirecTV]
* Relic Hunter (1999-2002)
* Amazon (1999-2000)
* Cleopatra 2525 (2000-01) [part of the Back-2-Back Action Hour]
* Jack of All Trades (2000) [part of the Back-2-Back Action Hour]
* Andromeda (2000-05) [04-05 season aired concurrently on Sci-Fi Channel as well]
* Sheena (2000-02)
* Queen of Swords (2000-01)
* The Immortal (2000-01)
* Mutant X (2001-04)
* Tracker (2001-02)
* She Spies (2002-04)
* Adventure Inc. (2002-03)
* Legend of the Seeker (2008-10)


Anthology
* Tales from the Darkside (1984-88)
* The Twilight Zone [II] (1988-89) [aired on network from 1985-87]
* Monsters (1988-91)
* Freddy's Nightmares (1988-90)



Second-Run
These series premiered on premium cable (Showtime) and within a year, that same season aired in syndication. This was very profitable for such shows because they recouped all their costs with their original airing so everything in syndication was bonus revenue for them. As Showtime discontinued its sci-fi block, Sci-Fi Channel picked up many shows. These shows continued the practice of going to syndication. They had a larger audience in syndication than even on Sci-Fi until 2005 or 2006 or so.

* The Outer Limits [II] (1995-2002) [Showtime 95-01, Sci-Fi Channel 01-02]
* Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996-2000) [Showtime 96-98, Sci-Fi Channel 99]
* Stargate SG-1 (1998-2008) [Showtime 97-02, Sci-Fi Channel 02-07]
* Total Recall 2070 (1999-2000) [Showtime 99]
* Stargate Atlantis (2005-10) [Sci-Fi Channel 04-09]
* Stargate Universe (2010-12) [Syfy 09-11]


Sitcoms/Family Series
* Fame (1983-87) [aired on network from 1982-83. From what I hear, this is something like Glee done in the '80s]
* Too Close for Comfort (1984-87) [aired on ABC from 1980-83. The first big sitcom to thrive in syndication (Ted Knight), it helped pave the way for many more]
* Small Wonder (1985-89)
* What's Happening Now!! (1985-88)
* It's a Living/Making a Living (1985-89) [aired on network from 1980-82. Yeah, it's technically considered the same show despite being off the air for a few years]
* Webster (1986-89) [aired on network from 1983-86]
* Mama's Family (1986-90) [aired on network from 1983-84]
* Silver Spoons (1986-87) [aired on NBC from 1982-86]
* 9 to 5 (1986-88) [aired on network from 1982-83]
* The New Gidget (1986-88)
* Out of This World (1987-91)
* Charles in Charge (1987-90) [aired on network from 1984-85]
* Punky Brewster (1987-88) [aired on NBC from 1984-86]
* She's the Sheriff (1987-89)
* We Got It Made (1987-88) [aired on NBC in 1983-84. Both seasons had the same cast despite the gap in time]
* The Munsters Today (1988-91)
* The New Lassie (1989-92)
* They Came from Outer Space (1990-91)
* Harry and the Hendersons (1991-93)
* The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991-93)
* Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1997-2000) [filmed in Alberta in a studio made from a former military base]
* Police Academy: The Series (1997-98)


And worth noting is The Jetsons (1985-87). It aired on ABC in 1962-63 in primetime (1 of 3 animated shows in primetime from then. Many would know The Flintstones but I bet few know what the 3rd show is) and was revived in syndication 22 years later.


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I won't list all the shows from the '50s in syndication because it will draw blank stares from almost everyone except maybe some old-timers but I will list the few big and/or recognisable ones-

* The Lone Ranger (1950-57) [aired on/off season by season due to having huge seasons it would take a full year to rerun the season]

* The Cisco Kid (1950-56) [actually was produced in color the entire time]

* The Abbott & Costello Show (1952-54)

* The Adventures of Superman (1952-58) [The series people remember, with George Reeves. Actually produced in color from 1955-58. Note that Bonanza premiered in Fall 1959]

* Death Valley Days (1952-1970?) [Long-running Western anthology. Information is sketchy about this series. Indications are it ended in 1970 but aired several more years til 1975 as reruns]

* Flash Gordon [I] (1954-55) [aired on what was left of the DuMont Network in its final season with non-sports content and in syndication]

* Highway Patrol (1955-59) [one of the top-rated shows until Star Trek: TNG. Filmed on the outer parts of LA or well out from the city in the countryside. If you want a good look at Southern California towns, streets, downtowns in the mid-late '50s and those classic cars, this is the show. AFAIK, Highway Patrol and Route 66 are the only tv series that filmed away from studios that give you a good look at what America looked like outside NYC & LA from the early '60s on back. Route 66 (CBS, 1960-64) filmed across the country in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Montana, Maine]

* Sea Hunt (1958-61) [one of the top-rated shows until Star Trek: TNG. Might be the series with the largest percentage of screentime spent underwater. Aired on odd, calendar year format compared to even syndicated series of the time. Only a handful of '90s shows did (Robocop, Thunder in Paradise, PTEN shows except Babylon 5, which got stuck inbetween the 2 formats, explaining its odd airing pattern, a few others). The father of The Dude played diver Mike Nelson]

* Mr. Ed (1961) [aired on CBS from 1961-66. Yeah, it premiered in syndication and the network picked it up. Racket Squad was too. Only a small handful of shows went the other way; the vast majority went from network to syndication]

And just name-dropping some others: Boston Blackie, I Led Three Lives, Annie Oakley, Decoy, The Silent Service, Gray Ghost, Harbor Command, Lock-Up, Shotgun Slade, COronado 9, The Everglades, King of Diamonds, Ripcord and a few dozen shows nobody has heard of.




And inbetween, there were a few that dabbled in syndication:
* Lassie (1971-73) [aired on network from 1954-71]
* Dusty's Trail (1973-74)
* Future Cop (1977)
[There might be one or two extemely short-lived series from the late '70s as well. Future Cop lasted mere weeks]
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