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Old October 11 2012, 10:16 AM   #1
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First-run syndicated television dramas from the late 80s-90s

Anyone have fond memories this era of first-run syndication? Production costs for one-hour dramas were up and profits from one-hour reruns were down. So syndication became a pretty popular model during this time.

Everyone on this board already knows about Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Highlander and Babylon 5. And Baywatch was the top show in the world.

We had everything from Hercules and Xena to Forever Knight, Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda. And a lot of stuff in between. Probably a lot more shows than we even know about, both short-lived and successful, and some that were pretty awful.



























I have a soft spot for the Action Pack lineup:

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Old October 11 2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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Pensacola was downright awfull.
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Old October 11 2012, 10:50 AM   #3
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Re: First-run syndicated television dramas from the late 80s-90s

Man this thread brings back some memories... I watched a LOT of those shows when I was a kid.
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Old October 11 2012, 05:57 PM   #4
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Bonus points for remembering The Cape.
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Old October 11 2012, 05:58 PM   #5
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Re: First-run syndicated television dramas from the late 80s-90s

I watched far more of these shows than I did what was on the main broadcast networks. In the days before infomercials took over local stations, these shows often aired in non-primetime slots in my area when nothing else was on. Sure, they were campy as hell, but that's what I liked about them.
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Old October 11 2012, 06:08 PM   #6
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Bonus points for remembering The Cape.
When I saw it, they were airing it in the middle of the night here if I recall correctly.

I remember enjoying it a lot and probably still have at least some of them recorded on tape somewhere.
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Old October 11 2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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Re: First-run syndicated television dramas from the late 80s-90s

Looks like they're making a comeback:

Dolph Lundgren To Star In Emmett/Furla’s ‘Rescue 3?; Tribune Gives
Show 2-Year Order


Now the company has found an U.S. distributor in Tribune Broadcasting, which will launch Rescue 3 on its stations in primetime in fall 2013.
Tribune has picked up the series with a massive two-year order with a 104-week guarantee. “We are very happy that first-run scripted programming is back in syndication,” said Sean Compton, President of
Programming and Entertainment at Tribune. Indeed, Rescue 3 is a throwback to old times, when action-adventure series like Baywatch, Xena, Hercules and Andromeda heated up the syndication market.
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Old October 11 2012, 08:54 PM   #8
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That'sa good to hear. I really miss solidly-based action-adventure shows on TV.

But I guess in hindsight what really made these types of shows somewhat unnecessary in syndication was the influx of so many shows from the various broadcast and cable networks. Unlike the networks, local stations could buy reruns of proven shows with built-in audiences rather than take any kind of chance on unknown shows that could be hit or miss with viewers.
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Old October 11 2012, 09:14 PM   #9
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I think the only ones I watched regularly were War of the Worlds and Time Trax.

I was never able to get into Hercules and Xena, and got tired of Earth: Final Conflict after the first season.

And most of those "action" shows were just lame as hell.
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Old October 12 2012, 01:27 AM   #10
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I only saw a few episodes, but I couldn't help but like V.I.P.E.R.. It's kind of funny how it was viewed as a rip-off of Knight Rider, but the recent Knight Rider series kind of ripped it off with K.I.T.T.'s ability to morph.

Speaking of which, I only saw one or two episodes, but there was also T.K.R. (Team Knight Rider).
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Old October 12 2012, 01:31 AM   #11
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Re: First-run syndicated television dramas from the late 80s-90s

Don't think I watched a single one.
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Old October 12 2012, 02:16 AM   #12
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Re: First-run syndicated television dramas from the late 80s-90s

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Man this thread brings back some memories... I watched a LOT of those shows when I was a kid.
Same, I remember quite a few of these shows O_O.
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Old October 12 2012, 02:41 AM   #13
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Really liked War of the Worlds first season and Hercules wasnt bad for what it was.
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Old October 12 2012, 03:03 AM   #14
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Re: First-run syndicated television dramas from the late 80s-90s

I remember some of these, but can't recall watching any of them.
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Old October 12 2012, 03:50 AM   #15
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LOTS of memories. But you left out a few like Time Cop and Tek War.

Secret Adventures of Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle's: The Lost World came in at the very tail end of the 1st run syndie era.
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