There's a lot of magic and humor practiced in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Written and directed by John Hughes, this energetic and offbeat comedy captures the best feelings about being young.
We knew, even in the beginning, that the Monkees' song 'Last Train to Clarksville' was a good record, and that this new musical group was going to go places whether we liked it or not.
While television hardly needs another cop series, 'Starsky and Hutch' may be one of the better reasons to turn on a TV set this fall There's a quality there.
His style at WKRP finds him falling asleep at the turntable as he puts a needle to the station’s current playlist. But then everything changes, and as creatures trapped at a station in transition, the WKRP folk are quite funny.
The creators of Murphy Brown were convinced that she was the best actress to play a TV news anchorwoman struggling to rebuild her life and her career. And they were right.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show features Mary in the role of Mary Richards, a small-town single girl who moves to the big city (Minneapolis-St Paul) and lands a job as associate producer of a news program on a local TV station.
In 'Full House,' Bob Saget portrayed a widowed talk-show host whose brother-in-law, a rock musician played by John Stamos, and best friend, a comic played by David Coulier, help him raise his three young girls.
Bob Crane, a breezy, articulate ex-drummer and recent disc jockey-turned-actor, stars in Hogan's Heroes, a CBS comedy series which has Col. Hogan (Crane) as the leader of Allied prisoners in a German POW camp in World War II.
Playing off the popularity of the traveling exhibit of the Treasures of Tutankhamen, actor and comedian Steve Martin debuted his parody song "King Tut" on an episode of Saturday Night Live in the spring of 1978.
Airplane! uses disaster movie conventions as platforms to interject humor at every turn. Like a streamlined club act, it's all over before the welcome gets worn. Stars Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Julie Hagerty, Robert Hayes. Also: See the Airplane movie trailer!
In her first special, "Diana!" on ABC. Sunday. April 18th, Diana Ross displays not only her exciting singing talent, but a flair for comedy and impersonation. And in her choice of guest stars -- Danny Thomas, Bill Cosby and the Jackson Five -- she demonstrates sound judgment as well,
"The Odd Couple" TV show recounted the madcap experiences of Felix Unger (Tony Randall) and Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman), two of Neil Simon's most endearing and enduring characters.
"I Love Lucy," a domestic comedy series reduces the role of husband to roughly that of the male spider, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if, at the end of the season, Miss Ball ate him.
"Safety Last!" was one of the best-known movies of the silent film era -- not only because people found it hilarious, but also because of the iconic image of the Harold Lloyd, dangling off the edge of a building -- his grip on a clock hand the only thing keeping him from falling.
The original Gilligan's Island pilot, 'Marooned,' was filmed in 1963, and featured three actors who were cut before the series began. The show also had a completely different Calypso-style theme song, written by the legendary John Williams. See it here!
Catchphrases have a way of enlivening our lives. Catchphrases become code words for some not-so-secret organization of people whom the catch-phrases have hooked.
What do you get when you mix equal parts Mel Brooks and James Bond? Get Smart - one of the most hilarious spoofs on spies and private eyes ever to be presented on television or in any other medium. (Also see the memorable opening credits!)
Get a blast from the past with this 1978 Ebony article about the popular sitcom, "What's Happening!!", which soared past its expectations at the time.
Like most basically nice - and occasionally nutty - youngsters, The Monkees are in the throes of that "we-have-opinions-too" age. What follows is an exclusive interview granted, under rather mad-cap conditions, on the set.
For the new comedy series that debuted in 1969, Sherwood Schwartz created the character of Mike Brady, the father of three boys. Next, he brought to life the very feminine Carol, mother of three girls. All together, they comprise 'The Brady Bunch.'
Underneath a heavy layer of slapstick and some terribly obvious joke lines, Sherwood the satirist maintains there is an undercurrent of sharp and significant byplay on the new show, Gilligan's Island.
In an exclusive magazine interview, Valerie Harper admits, 'Our main similarity is that she is someone who doesn't like herself very much.'
Johnny Carson is a slender, good-looking looking man with an uptilted nose and a casual comedy manner. When his Thursday night CBS show first premiered, here's what happened.
The Betty White Show is a snappy, well-executed comedy that should appeal to anyone who likes to laugh at real humor -- witty, cerebral humor.
Mel Brooks' Spaceballs may not be quite in the league of Blazing Saddles, it is sharp enough to make it clear that Brooks is back in fine form.
Talking with Alan Thicke by Frank Sanello "Growing Pains" has an unusual premise for a situation comedy. The hit ABC show, which is its fifth ye... Click to read more...
Here Come The Brides was an hour-long comedy/Western TV series set in Seattle in the 1870s about a family of loggers in the new West who had to bring in 100 women as potential brides. While the show was set in the past, it impacted the present -- like launching Bobby Sherman and David Soul as teen idols.
Johnny Cash kicked off his country-music series, The Johnny Cash TV Show, with guests Bob Dylan, singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell and Doug Kershaw, and comedienne Fannie Flagg. Here, see a video performance with Roy Orbison.
In “Young Frankenstein” Mel Brooks does for the horror movie what he did earlier for the Western in “Blazing Saddles.” The result is a very, very funny movie.
The show is not designed to be a throw-back to the tranquil TV families of the ’50s. Every now and then the doctor and lawyer come home “and find the wheels coming off,” says Bill Cosby.
Charlie Chaplin says he never wanted to be a famous funny man by Elizabeth Peltret Los Angeles, Feb 9 - Sitting in a large arm chair in his dres... Click to read more...
Any movie that includes a gigantic pie-throwing scene featuring 40 swishing dancers, Tarzan, Cheetah and Adolf Hitler can’t really be called ordinary. Particularly when it’s a western, set in 1874.
"Laugh-In" got people talking about television again. Its rapid-fire gags, many of them dreadful, were repeated by millions every Tuesday morning.
For Dick Van Dyke, the 70's were as barren and joyless as the 60's were rich and bountiful... he's come back swinging with a double play that is likely to guarantee a golden glow over his next decade.