The Patty Duke Show is an American sitcom which ran on ABC from September 18, 1963 to April 27, 1966, with reruns airing through August 31, 1966. The show was created as a vehicle for rising star Patty Duke. A total of 104 episodes were produced, most written by Sidney Sheldon.
The chronicles of teacher Ralph Hinkley's adventures after a group of aliens gives him a red suit that gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately, Ralph, who hates wearing the suit, immediately loses its instruction booklet, and thus has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error, often with comical results.
Here's the story of a lovely lady named Carol Martin (Florence Henderson), a man named Brady -- Mike Brady (Robert Reed), to be exact -- and their respective children: Carol's daughters, Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb), and "the youngest one in curls," Cindy (Susan Olsen); and Mike's sons, Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight), and Bobby (Mike Lookinland). Widow Carol married widower Mike, each mate adopted the other's children, and "that's the way they all became the Brady Bunch (from the theme song of the same name!). Like producer Sherwood Schwartz's earlier sitcom Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch was dissed by critics and adored by viewers; and like Gilligan, Brady was a far better performer in off-network syndication than it had ever been during its six-season run on ABC. Some have gone so far as to describe Brady Bunch as a classic; even those who don't agree with this assessment cannot deny that the series has become one of the most conspicuous icons in American pop culture. In addition to the above-mentioned cast members, the series also featured Ann B. Davis as Alice, the level-headed, warm-hearted housekeeper of the Brady clan. Also making occasional appearances was Alice's erstwhile beau Sam (Allan Melvin), and, during the final season, the Brady kids' cousin Oliver (Robbie Rist). The plots revolved around the efforts of eight highly individualized persons to live harmoniously under the same suburban Los Angeles roof, with many of the problems resolved in rather unorthodox fashion by dad Mike, who, as a self-employed architect, was able to hang around the house as much as he liked. Also good for a few laughs was the sibling rivalry between Jan Brady and her older sister "Marcia Marcia Marcia!"; the showbiz aspirations of Greg Brady; and the various and sundry efforts by youngest children Cindy and Bobby to make themselves heard amidst all the comic cacophony (which often included spontaneous musical numbers). Debuting September 26, 1969, The Brady Bunch ran on ABC until August 30, 1974, and then seemingly forever in rerun form. The series also spawned a number of spin-offs, including the live-action The Brady Brides, the animated The Brady Kids, the comedy-variety series The Brady Bunch Hour, and a pair of theatrical feature films in the mid-'90s, which hilariously lampooned the 1970s sensibilities (not to mention hair and clothing styles) of the original.
A suburban Chicago family is pestered by nerdy, nosy neighbor Steve Urkel in this long-running spin-off of 'Perfect Strangers' (Harriette Winslow was the wisecracking elevator operator at the newspaper where Larry and Balki worked). Originally, Urkel was a supporting character but he quickly emerged as a breakout star whose shenanigans came to dominate the sitcom.
Former Married. . .With Children costar Christina Applegate returned to television in the slightly schizophrenic ABC sitcom Samantha Who? Applegate played title character Samantha "Sam" Newly, who after being stuck down in a traffic accident, awakened from an eight-day coma suffering from "retrograde amnesia," with no memory of who she was nor what she'd been. Slowly but surely, Sam confirmed that she was 30 years old, the vice president of the real-estate firm Chapman and Funk, and the ex-girlfriend of a photographer named Todd (Barry Watson). Sam's post-coma personality was one of pure "sweetness and light"--which greatly confused her friends, family members, and business associates, who recalled the pre-coma Sam as mean, overbearing, manipulating, vitriolic, and a hard-drinking, promiscuous party animal. It was up to Sam to remain as nice and pleasant as she now was, or to revert to her previous nastiness. Helping her put the pieces together was apartment-house doorman Frank (Tim Russ), who had often been the recipient of the "old" Sam's bitchiness and had a lot trouble reconciling himself to the "new" Sam, but was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Others in the heroine's orbit were her resentful mother Regina (Jean Smart) and her too-affable-to-be-true father Howard (Kevin Dunn); her best friend Andrea (Jennifer Esposito), an accomplished conniver and back-stabber in her own right; and her former childhood buddy Dena (Melissa McCarthy), who had her own special reasons for hanging around to see which of the "two" Sams would ultimately prevail. Cocreated by novelist Cecilia Hearn, Samantha Who? premiered October 15, 2007.