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  • 1992 - People's Choice Awards - Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series - winner

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Mark Foster
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Two and a Half Men

12 Seasons
A hit sitcom built on often-raunchy material, starring Charlie Sheen and, later, Ashton Kutcher begins with the premise of a Malibu bachelor (Sheen) whose life is disrupted when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move in with him. In the ninth season, Kutcher replaces Sheen, playing a billionaire with a broken heart. Briskly written and performed, the sitcom had fun spoofing Charlie Sheen's bad-boy reputation (which ultimately led to his exit from the series) and Jon Cryer's nervous energy.
67   Metascore
2003 TV14 Family, Comedy, Other


14 Seasons
Power, passion and duplicity drive this landmark saga set at the Southfork ranch, home of the oil-rich Ewing clan and ground zero for prime-time soaps in the late '70s and through the '80s. The most successful prime-time soap in TV history, 'Dallas' spawned the popular 'Knots Landing' and inspired a plethora of clones, most notably its chief ratings challenger, 'Dynasty.' It also ushered in the use of cliffhanger endings to bolster interest and ratings with its 1980 'Who Shot J.R.?' episode.
1978 TV14 Drama, Family, Soap

The Andy Griffith Show

8 Seasons
The pilot for the long-running CBS sitcom The Andy Griffith Show was seen on February 15, 1960, as an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, "Danny Meets Andy Griffith." As originally conceived, Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) was not only the sheriff of the sleepy North Carolina town of Mayberry, but he was also the mayor, justice of the peace, and newspaper editor. Child actor Ronny Howard (who, as Ron Howard, would in adulthood enjoy a spectacularly successful career as a film director) was seen in the pilot as the widowed Andy's son Opie, but Frances Bavier played an entirely different role than she would in the actual series, while Frank Cady rather than Hal Smith was cast as town drunk Otis Campbell. While there would be changes in concept and casting, the laid-back character of Andy Taylor "clicked" with TV audiences, ensuring that The Andy Griffith Show would join the Monday night CBS lineup come October 3, 1960. Introduced as regulars during season one were of course Andy Griffith, Ronny Howard, and Frances Bavier (now as Aunt Bee, housekeeper for Andy and Opie Taylor), with the significant and salutary addition of Don Knotts as Andy's tightly wound deputy Barney Fife. The rapport between Andy and Barney contributed mightily to the series' success during its shakedown season, with nominal leading character Andy often voluntarily taking a back seat to Barney's overzealous antics. Subsequent additions to the cast included Jim Nabors as bucolic gas station attendant Gomer Pyle (later spun off into his own series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.); George Lindsey as Gomer's cousin, Goober Pyle; Howard McNear as dithery barber Floyd Lawson; and Hal Smith as the aforementioned Otis Campbell. Taking advantage of Andy Taylor's widower status, the series' writers tried to pair the character off with a number of eligible young ladies, beginning in the first season with Elinor Donahue as drugstore sales clerk Ellie Walker. But only when Aneta Corsaut joined the cast as Opie's schoolteacher Helen Crump did Andy find the "right" girl. Indeed, Andy and Helen would become engaged during the series' final season. Conversely, Barney Fife had but one steady girlfriend, Thelma Lou, played by Betty Lynn. Don Knotts left the series at the outset of its sixth season (the show switched from black-and-white to color at the same time); it was explained that Barney had accepted a deputy position in Raleigh, permitting Knotts to make a handful of memorable return guest appearances. Barney was briefly replaced by Deputy Warren Ferguson, played by Jack Burns; later on, Goober Pyle became Andy's unofficial deputy. The post-Don Knotts episodes brought forth several other new recurring characters: Jack Dodson as town clerk Howard Sprague, Paul Hartman as handyman Emmet Clark, and Hope Summers as Aunt Bee's best friend, Clara. During the Emmy-winning series' eighth season, Andy Griffith decided to leave the show. At this point, Ken Berry was added to the cast as widowed farmer and later town councilman Sam Jones, with Buddy Foster as Sam's son Mike and Arlene Golonka as Sam's girlfriend, Millie Hutchins. After the final telecast of The Andy Griffith Show on September 16, 1968, the series continued for three additional seasons under the title Mayberry RFD, with Ken Berry taking over as star and with most of the familiar Andy Griffith Show supporting characters still in attendance. One of the most consistently popular sitcoms of all time, The Andy Griffith Show lasted 249 half-hour episodes, and also spawned the high-rated 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry.
1960 TVG Family, Comedy, Other

The Jeffersons

11 Seasons
The African American Jefferson family had been introduced in 1971 as the across-the-street neighbors of the lily-white Bunker family on the groundbreaking CBS sitcom All in the Family. For a long time, the only Jefferson we ever saw was Lionel (Michael Evans), son of George and Louise Jefferson, who dropped in at the Bunkers to trade pleasantries with Edith, Gloria and Mike and to subtly mock the racist views of xenophobic Archie Bunker (who never quite caught on that he was being mocked!) Gradually, Lionel's mom Louise Jefferson (Isabel Sanford) began showing up, as did Louise's brother-in-law Henry (Mel Stewart). Only in 1973 did Louise's husband George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) make his first appearance. The owner of a thriving dry-cleaning establishment, the cocky, pugnacious George had as low an opinion of white people as Archie Bunker had of blacks, and their frequent tiltings became All in the Family highlights. It was halfway through Season Five of Family that George Jefferson, who through acquiring a chain a dry-cleaning stores had managed to accumulate a great deal of money, moved his family out of the Bunkers' blue-collar neighborhood in the Bronx and into a "dee-luxe" high rise apartment on Manhattan's East Side. Thus began the spin-off sitcom The Jeffersons, which made its CBS debut on January 18, 1975. Still as blustery and overbearing as ever, George hoped to use his wealth to hobnob with Manhattan's upper crust, and in this spirit was forever putting on pretentious airs--only to be brought back to earth by his soft-spoken, no-nonsense spouse Louise (or "Weezy", as he liked to call her). Also letting George know when he was getting too big for his britches was the Jeffersons' wisecracking maid Florence (Marla Gibbs), who steadfastly refused to behave like a "normal" domestic unless she was under great duress. Many of the series' best episodes found George and Florence at each other's throats, though in fact they were extremely fond of one another. Likewise targeted for George's wrath were his new neighbors Tom and Helen Willis (Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker), an interracial couple with a daughter named Jenny (Berlinda Tolbert). As outraged as George was over the fact that Helen has "sold out" and married a white man, he was apoplectic when his son Mike and the Willis' daughter Jenny became sweethearts (Louise, of course, approved of the match wholeheartedly). Another of George's neighbors was a well-spoken Englishman named Harry Bentley (Paul Benedict), whose education and erudition was both a source of irritation and envy for the social-climbing Mr. Jefferson (When Benedict departed the series for a couple of seasons, the writers contrived a lengthy stay in Russia for Bentley, who worked for the UN). Making occasional drop-ins were George's domineering mother Olivia (Zarah Cully, who passed away in 1978) and the apartment building's ebullient doorman Ralph (Ned Wertimer), his palm forever outstretched for the tip that George never gave him. Mike Evans left the series at the end of its first season; he was promptly replaced in the role of Mike by Damon Evans (no relation), who remained in the role until Mike Evans' return at the beginning of Season Six. In 1976, Mike and Jenny were married, a fact that took some getting used to for the racially-sensitive George. Also during Damon Evans' tenure, Ernest Harden Jr. briefly joined the cast as Marcus Garvey, a streetwise youth who worked in the East Branch of George Jefferson's dry-cleaning empire; and Jay Hammer was added to the cast during the 1978-79 season as Jenny Willis' white brother Allan. In the fall of 1981, Mike Evans again ankled The Jeffersons, this time for good. It was explained that, despite landing a good job as an electrical engineer after graduating from college, Mike had drifted away from Jenny and the couple had separated (they later divorced). Jenny herself made only occasional appearances thereafter, usually to report on her career as a fashion designer. In 1984, Ebonie Smith joined the cast as Jenny and Lionel's daughter Jessica, who'd moved in with George and Louise. That same year, George went into business with Tom Willis as the owners of Charlie's Bar (just as Archie Bunker had become a tavern owner when All in the Family morphed into Archie Bunker's Place). For the record, Danny Wells played Charlie. After eleven seasons and 253 episodes, The Jeffersons ended its CBS run on July 23, 1985.
1975 TVPG Family, Comedy, Other

Leave It to Beaver

6 Seasons
One of the undisputed classics of American television, the weekly, half-hour sitcom Leave It to Beaver was created by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, who had risen to prominence as principal writers of the TV version of Amos 'n' Andy. Fulfilling their ambition to create a warm, credible sitcom about modern suburban life as seen through the eyes of small children, Connelly and Mosher came up with a pilot film, "It's a Small World," in 1957. This trial balloon featured Jerry Mathers as six-year-old Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, Paul Sullivan as his 11-year-old brother Wally, Casey Adams (aka Max Showalter) as their accountant father Ward, and Barbara Billingsley as their housewife mother June. Also appearing in the pilot were Diane Brewster, Richard Deacon, and, in the one-scene role of a wise guy neighbor kid named Frankie, a very young Harry Shearer. Though the concept did not fly as "It's a Small World" (the pilot would be folded into a syndicated anthology series, Studio 57), CBS evinced interest when it reemerged, with several new cast members, as Leave It to Beaver, which debuted October 4, 1957. Carried over from "It's a Small World" were Jerry Mathers and Barbara Billingsley, while new to the cast were Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver and Tony Dow as Wally. Likewise retained were Diane Brewster and Richard Deacon, albeit in different roles as respectively, Beaver's schoolteacher Miss Canfield and Ward's co-worker Fred Rutherford. The basic original premise was also kept on, with Beaver and Wally trying to interpret the ways of the world through their own youthful and naïve perspective. The Cleavers lived in the town of Mayfield, and shared many of the same trials and tribulations as the "nuclear families" who comprised the series' fan base. What really sold the series was the warm, realistic rapport between the Cleaver kids and their parents, and the authentic-sounding dialogue, full of the slang and idioms common to youngsters of the Eisenhower era. The huge supporting cast included Rusty Stevens as Beaver's chubby pal Larry Mondello, who was invariably seen chomping on an apple and who lived in fear of his disciplinarian father who always seemed to be on a business trip to Cincinnati (Madge Blake, aka Batman's Aunt Harriet, was occasionally seen as Larry's mom); Stanley "Tiger" Fafara as another Beaver buddy, the adenoidal Whitey Whitney; Stephen Talbot as young Gilbert Bates, who spent most of his time talking Beaver into getting in trouble; Richard Correll as Richard, evidently brought in during the series' third season as a Larry Mondello replacement; Jeri Weil as snotty, insulting Judy Hensler, Beaver's classroom nemesis; Frank Bank as Wally's school chum (and Fred Rutherford's son) Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford, an amiable, none-too-bright oaf; Pamela Beard as Mary Ellen Rogers and Cheryl Holdridge as Judy Foster, Wally's erstwhile girlfriends; and Sue Randall and Doris Packer respectively as Miss Canfield's successors at Beaver's school, Miss Landers and Miss Rayburn. By far the most famous and celebrated of the series' supporting players was Ken Osmond as Wally's pal Eddie Haskell, that juvenile Uriah Heep who laid on the insincere charm whenever he was around Beaver's parents ("Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. Cleaver. My, Mrs. Cleaver, you're looking lovely tonight. Are Wallace and Theodore at home?"), but who reverted to his true personality as a weaselly, conniving creep whenever he was alone with Wally and The Beav. Moving from CBS to ABC for its second season, Leave It to Beaver ultimately lasted six seasons and 234 episodes, signing off only because Tony Dow and especially Jerry Mathers had outgrown their roles. The final network episode aired on September 12, 1963; one week later, the series entered rerun syndication, where it has flourished ever since. And in 1985, most of the original cast (minus the late Hugh Beaumont) were reunited in their same roles in a new series, The New Leave It to Beaver, which was a spin-off of the earlier retro special Still the Beaver, and which remained in production until 1989. While the newer version is not held in terribly high esteem by fans, the original remains an audience favorite.
1957 TVG Family, Comedy, Other

Diagnosis Murder

8 Seasons
Dr. Mark Sloan dabbles in detective work to help the L.A. police department in this hit for Dick Van Dyke, who first played the sleuth on an episode of 'Jake and the Fatman' in 1991, and then in three TV-movies.
1992 TVPG Drama, Family, Other

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