What is this obscure TV series?

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by tharpdevenport, Jan 6, 2022.

  1. tharpdevenport

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    SOLVED by Jayson1: The TV series is "One in a Million" (1980).

    This is all I got; I spent two hours trying all kinds of search terms and ideas. What I got:

    It's a short-lived 1970's (maybe 1980's) half-hour American comedy series.

    I only know it by the opening credits I found on YouTube years ago. The opening has a (black?) man driving a car and the music is funky goodness; possibly a black sitcom. I thought it was by R. Dale Butts or Harry Betts, but ASCAP didn't show any results (I did not check BMI). I swear it was one of them and that I had found it on BMI or ASCAP.

    I seem to recall I found the opening credits on YouTube while searching for the old TV series "Cool Million" and that it came up in the side bar of suggested videos. I am using a wifi system which has nearly everything on YouTube blocked by Google administrator settings (including the official and legal YouTube movie channel where you can see movies legally), so I can't reproduce the circumstances.

    I did all the searches I found think of, including by composers and lists of obscure 1970's TV series, etc.
     
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  2. Morpheus 02

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    Sanford and Son?
     
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  3. The Old Mixer

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    ^ That was my thought as well, though it was neither obscure nor short-lived.

     
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    That's the copy of Steptoe and Son right?
     
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    Yes.
     
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  6. tharpdevenport

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    That is not it.
     
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  8. Mojochi

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    That's a good guess. Obscure, Short lived, but the opening doesn't have any driving or funky music. It's all 80's Magnum P.I. style cutaways of Ben Vereen & Jeff Goldblum in their wacky antics, set to 80's goofball music.

    I was going to guess "That's My Mama!" but there's no car driving in it. :shrug:
     
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  9. Vanyel

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    Maude has a opening theme song that's pretty cool and funky and it filmed from the vantage point of a person driving a car. But that series ran for 6 years or so and it is not obscure.


    So you're looking for an obscure short lived American sitcom from the 1970s or 1980s? (There would be a 1000+ over 20 years.)
    Possibly a black sitcom.
    Funky theme song which can't be by R. Dale Butts whose credits go up until 1966.
    The theme song is of a black man driving around.

    I suggest you go through Harry Betts IMDb page. He has plenty of TV credits.
     
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  10. Jayson1

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    I think I might have found it for you. It's a show I have never heard about so I can't speak to the quality of said show. It is called "One In A Million."

     
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    And that's not a man, baby--it's Shirley Hemphill, previously the waitress on What's Happening!!
     
  12. tharpdevenport

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    Thank you, Jayson1 -- that's it.

    Upon some quick research, I found that's the theme to the pilot, but the series had a song (a shame). I also found it's considered a "lost" series, where no episodes have shown up since it aired.


    Just a quick note to Vanyel: I did say I did all the obvious. IMDb is user contributed, and Harry Bettes credit is missing. Without episodes to see, it's impossible to really know his contribution; he could have done the pilot theme, he could have done the music for the song or an instrumental arrangement for the end credits, possibly even scored episodes. I contribute missing composer credits to TV shows every week I IMDb, so I know how frustrating it can be. I've had to solve many series or finish some all by myself. Last year alone, for example, I did "Harry O" all by myself save one or two preexisting credtis on IMDb.


    And I honestly had no idea I was looking at a woman.
     
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  14. Vanyel

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    So it was Harry Battes not Harry Betts as in your now updated post?
     
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