Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What Happened To Joyce Dewitt??:

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Joyce Dewitt was born on April 23, 1949 and in West Virginia, and also grew up in Indiana. Later on she had obtained several degrees, and became a painter for Abe Vigota.

In 1977, she starred in a situation comedy called Three's Company, and was one of the only cast members to appear in every episode throughout the series. Her character was Janet Wood, who told one of the landlords that Jack Tripper (portrayed by John Ritter) was gay as a solution to find a way for him to live there. The landlords were Stanley Roper, who was very cruel to Jack, and Helen Roper, who figured out the truth. The landlords moved, and new landlords were informed of the same story by Stanley. They were Bart Furley, who owned several buildings, and hired his brother Ralph to supervise one of the apartment complexes. Ralph was not like Stanley, who rarely picked on him, and instead made several attempts to "cure" Jack. He wasn't informed of the truth until much later because Bart would not let Jack live with women that he wasn't related to.

Joyce Dewitt went through several hair styles during the run of Three's Company. It started out straight, and then became curly by the second season. Her hair later grew out and became more volumized. Her hair was straightened and thinned by the fourth season. She had shortened her hair tremendously during the arrival of the character of Cindy Snow, and grew it out to about the same length that she had during the filming of the opening of the 4th and 5th season openings. She shortened her hair once again during the sixth season. Her hair had grown even longer afterwards, which remained that way for many years, including a recent appearance on the now retired talk show "Sally" hosted by Sally Jessy Raphael. Her hair is now closer to a medium length.

Janet Wood started out intended to be sensible compared to her blonde roommates. As the series progressed, Janet's character became more high strung and and sometimes hyperactive. She often gets angry and pounces on other people, usually Jack, who has to remind her of her blood pressure. She has also thrown him through a closed door.

If somebody that had become so popular on a TV series, why did she stop making regular appearances, and where did she go after that? It turns out that there were several problems that had occured with the production staff of Three's Company, beginning with Suzanne Somers. Several occurances have made her not want to star in anything else.

She has made several Theatre appearances, and hosted and produced Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story Of Three's Company, and has been working with people like Jeff Bridges, Valerie Harper and Dennis Weaver to end problems with homelessness, hunger, and environmental issues. According to her official website, she really enjoys getting to help out and that she has been most grateful for the privilege. She has also appeared on several talk shows.

Joyceful Living:

Joyce Dewitt has been working on developing her own company called Joyceful Living, which was planned on opening in 2007.

The Rise, Fall, And Return Of Grace Lee Whitney:

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Grace Lee Whitney was born as Mary Ann Chase on April 1, 1930 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She began a music career when she was fourteen which led her to further acting, and is also a songwriter. She has starred in many films and television series, beginning in shows and movies sugh as Some Like It Hot, in 1959 with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe. She starred in House Of Wax, The Outsider, Ironside, The Naked And The Dead, Critic's Choice, Pocket Full Of Miracles, Riding Shotgun, General Electric Theater, The New Breed, The Islanders, Mystery Range, Surfside 6, Run For Your Life, Top Banana, and A Public Affair. In The Man From Galveston, she appeared with Jeffrey Hunter, who performs the character of Christopher Pike. Others are The Untouchables, Mannix, My Favorite Martian, Batman, Bewitched, Wagon Train, Diagnosis Murder, and The Big Valley.

She has played the role of Janice Rand in Star Trek, who has only appeared in 8 episodes before being written out during the middle of the first season. The character Janice Rand was written in an early script of "The Trouble With Tribbles" but was written out by Gene Roddenberry saying that she transferred to another ship. Grace Lee Whitney left when the production staff had problems with her and when she had problems with the production staff. There were many problems both behind the scenes and with the personal life of Grace Lee Whitney, one example being a problem with a struggle with an addiction to alchohol. She has expressed problems with one of her supervisors of a sexual attack and related threats of her being fired by him. The name of this individual is not well known. The only character to star in every episode was Leonard Nimoy as Spock, with the addition of James Kirk played by William Shatner after a pilot episode "The Cage". The Menagerie was written to explain the many differences between that pilot episode and the series. A request made by her resulted in appearing in even fewer of the episodes she was supposed to appear in. This was to keep enough professional detachment between Kirk and Rand. And Gene Roddenberry explained that she might have been written out of the series anyways because of budget problems. She did not appear in any episodes of the animated series. It would be about another decade before the process of her return began.

Janice Rand returned as a transporter officer in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (and possibly was going to appear in Star Trek: Phase II). She also appeared in Star Trek III & Star Trek IV, and in Star Trek VI. She appeared in a Star Trek Voyager episode, written books involving Star Trek, and is starring in newer Star Trek Mini Series. She appears with other Star Trek actors in other series and movies, such as Diagnosis Murder with Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, George Takei, and Wil Wheaton.

There seems to be an inconsistency with Janice Rand. Grace Lee Whitney has starred in 4 of the Star Trek film collection series, but wasn't credited as Rand in most of them. She was only mentioned directly on screen in the first movie, and was credited as Commander Rand in Star Trek IV. In Star Trek III, she appeared in Space Dock, but was credited in the films credits as Woman In Cafeteria. In Star Trek VI, her named appeared in the credits, but was next to Excelsior Communications Officer. It is obvious that the character is Janice Rand, but it is just as posisble for Whitney to have the role of a different character just as the possibility of her character in Star Trek III possibly not being Rand. She has a Commander's rank in Star Trek III. In Star Trek IV, she had a completely different uniform, but is still mentioned as Commander Rand. In Star Trek VI, she wears a Lieutennant Rank, even if she has been either seen or credited as a commander previously. Both characters Whitney portrays shows recognition and familiarity to Jim Kirk and the rest of The Enterprise crew. This makes sense sense she began her Star Fleet career as Kirk's assistant. Two examples are one in Star Trek III where she shakes her head at the condition of the battle damaged Enterprise, and another in Star Trek VI where she is almost in tears when the Excelsior crew is watching "television" and are now aware of Kirk and McCoy's arrest and death sentence. It is very unlikely for two background characters (there is two since each time there are two different ranks) to have been as concerned. In Star Trek Voyager, she was credited as Commander Rand once again.

She is continuing to write books and is working behind the scenes in Star Trek mini series, and other series with Star Trek actors. One of the series is called "Of Gods And Men". There is another series that is created by fans and was originally titled "Star Trek: New Voyages", but now appears to be called "Star Trek: Phase II" (but with a new cast of the main characters) and has a nearly identical plot which is set around the time between the animated episodes and motion picture, and even around Rand's service at U.S.S. Excelsior. It does not feature a younger crew like Star Trek: Phase II (1978), Star Trek The Motion Picture, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with supervision from the main characters, and uses the older look of The Enterprise. The first attempt at Star Trek: Phase two has newer additional crew members and a partially upgraded Enterprise. Janice Rand is appearing in almost all of the episodes of this series. As of 2008, There are 8 episodes, 4 being in production and also features other characters such as Denice Crosby. It is likely for this series to be expanded to a full season production. And the possible for more series about various parts of Star Trek to be created, and to be created by fans which means new writers and producers to continue the Star Trek series. This article will be updated whenever more news becomes available, and a new article about this series is also going to be created.

The Joker's Wild:

The Joker's Wild was a game show that successfully started in 1972. It aired on CBS for a few years. It is a game show where "knowledge is king and lady luck is queen", literally. The game board is literally a gigantic slot machine with jokers, devils, cars, categories, and prize amounts; all made possible by what was close as possible to LCD screens at that time: 3 slide projectors, most likely carousels, and specifically a Sawyer/GAF group of slide projectors, each shining backwards on the other side of a clear screen. The spinning slides would pause randomly, and any slide projectors not in use would have its lamp turned off. Use of these projectors in this method would result in them malfunctioning, with having to repair and alternate slide projectors and replacing the lamp bulbs.

The studio of the Jokers' Wild resembles many game show studios and other building designs at that time. Its themes were gold and red, which are traditional colors for things that feature Kings, Queens, and jokers. A deck of cards does, and so does this studio. However, that wasn't the exact reason because many studios used this theme at the same time whether it was based on card themes or not. From 1972-1975, the lights surrounding the game board were red with a red c-shaped border. It also has white lights around each of the slots. Upon the game show's return more lights were added everywhere. The distant background was blue, and newer music was added. The original music was called "The Savers", which is an interesting one, but does not fit well for a theme on most game shows. The Joker's Wild returned in 1977, with modifications every once in a while. A version for small children was on for a short time called "Joker!, Joker!!, Joker!!" with scholarships aware a prizes. The contestants with a lower score would have a smaller amount of scholarships. In 1981, Set designer John C. Mula designed the studio for Bullseye. (A 1979-1982 series of game shows aired in the U.S. It was popular, and a U.K. verion was also made, but neither of them are related to each other). Bullseye uses the same type of slide projector screens. He also redesigned the studio for The Joker's Wild with similar blue neon running lights in place of the red C's, along with upgraded walls, and various flashing signs with joker characters on them. This provides the giant slot machine game show more of the look of a casino.

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The host is Jack Barry of Barry-Enright productions. He hosted all versions and revivals until his death in 1984. Jim Peck, host of "The Big Show Down" a popular game show which is now completely dead, was a substitute host. Expected by several people as an obvious permanent replacement, he did not do this. Instead, Bill Cullen does. Bill Cullen is a celebrity panelist that also hosts alternate versions of game shows, and most memorably, "Blockbusters". He was pulled from hosting a new game show "Hot Potato" (which would have been cancelled anyways due to yet another game show unsuccessfully adapting a celebrity only format) to hoat The Joker's Wils. He was very popular with Blockbusters compared to on The Joker' Wild, but was still considerably successful. He has mobility problems because of suffering from polio decades earlier, which prevented him to walk into the studio audience. "The Audience Game" segments phased into "The Phone Game" which he could invite the television viewers to play along. Bill Cullen provided additional length to the span of The Joker's Wild since the overhaul was completed only 3 years before Jack Barry's death. Jim Peck continued to substitute for a while longer, never taking over full time, and eventually retired from a career of sub-hosting or hosting game shows that did not last very long. He did not take over hosting after Bill Cullen stopped hosting. Jack Barry appeared to not have any intention to end The Joker's Wild when he planned retirement. Jim Peck was supposed to take over after a certain date. Since Jack Barry died before this completed, what most likely happened is that the other producers claimed (or made up) that the contract was not valid.

Anoter version was made in 1990, but looked very different than the other versions. Jim Peck once again did not host.

The Amazing Chan And The Chan Clan:

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There are several different detective characters that are well known. One of them is "Sherlock Holmes" set in The United Kingdom in the 19th century era and is written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Another one was "Dixon Hill" set in The United States during the 1920s and the 1930s and was based on "Sam Spade", which was written by BLANKEY BLANK. He would later appear in the educational comedic series "Between The Lions", as "Sam Spud". There was also another series starring Charlie Chan which is set in Hawaii about an investigator that is Chinese. However, most of the actors in the films are Japanese. The original writer and creator for this detective's adventures is Earl Derr Biggers.

There was a series called The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan that is an animated series that aired on 1972. It was produced and animated by Hanna-Barbera productions and ran for 16 episodes and was about what many 1970s HB shows were about: a group of kids performing in a band. The band's name was The Chan Clan, which are the children of Charlie Chan, or "The Amazing Chan". He is called that, or just by "Mr. Chan", possibly due to copyrighting technicalities, but was credited afterwards as Charlie Chan. Charlie Chan had become an extremely controversial character in the earlier live action movies because despite the majority of the cast being Asian and African American characters, some audiences began protesting that the characters were unfair stereotypes. However, in this animated series, his personality is toned down and appears as a very laid back and calm and extremely wise person. Remember that the animated series "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan" aired decades after said movies, when some of the offense had gone down at least slightly.

Not all of the characters appear to have been featured. The cast of the characters for the animated series is Jodie Foster as Anne Chan, Gene Andrusco as Flip Chan, Stephen Wong as Stanley Chan, Michael Morgan as Scooter Chan, John Gunn and Michael Takamoto as Tom Chan, Cherlylene Lee as Mimi and Suzie, Virginia Ann Lee as Suzie, Leslie Juwai as Mimi, Brian Tochi as Alan Chan, Debbie Jue and Beverly Kushida as Nancy Chan, and Robert Ito as Henry Chan. Don Messick played Chu Chu. He is known for voicing dog characters. Keye Luke played The Amazing Mr. Chan, who was an actor for Charlie Chan live action movies as "Number One Son" Lee Chan.

The titles for the 16 episodes were (mostly being "capers") "The Crown Jewel Caper", "To Catch A Pitcher", "Will The Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?", "The Phantom Sea Thief", "Eve Of The Idol", "The Fat Lady Caper", "Captain Kidd's Doubloons", "The Bronze Idol", "Double Trouble", "The Great Illusion Caper", "The Mummy's Tomb", "The Mardi Gras Caper", "The Gypsy Caper", "The Greek Caper", "White Elephant", and "Scotland Yard". That just about wraps it up for the animated series. Perhaps you have seen some of the earlier films, or the animated series. Not much has been made in animation after one short season (usually considered two, depending on who is second-run-syndicating the epiosdes. However, even if this is considered two seasons most of the time, all of the episodes aired during the fall of 1972). More could have been made involving Charlie Chan, or perhaps not. What do you think about all of this?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To Tell The Truth:

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To Tell The Truth is a game show that has been on for a very long time. It is one of those game shows that had a radio format, where the stages weren't that big, and most of the gameplay can be completed in seated positions. This game show has been able to do this over the years while new technologies enabled game shows to have different formats.

It has an announcer, a host, and 4 panel members including long time regulars and recurring people that were hosting (or would become hosts) of other game shows.. There would be 3 guests that would say the things to the panel and each of them would claim to be the same person. Of course only one of them would match that profile, but all 3 of them lead very interesting lives.

"Black And White" Versions:

Bud Collyer hosted Beat The Clock, and also To Tell The Truth. He hosted beginning in 1956 until 1968. During this time there would also be a daytime version that ran from 1962-1965.

Various Color Versions:

There weren't that many color episodes made of the original version since it was mostly a prime time run. In 1969 Garry Moore became the host of a slightly updated version. There is an estimate of at least 860 episodes of just the daytime version. There are at least 200 prime time episodes. It is not known how many of both are color. Pay attention to the stage of To Tell The Truth. You might recognize it as a similar design of an older The Price Is Right set. Garry Moore became ill and unable to host for To Tell The Truth and Joe Garagiola eventually took over for 1977 until the end of the series. He hosted for 225 episodes, and was introduced by Garry Moore who says that Joe Garagiola is the new host of To Tell The Truth now. Garry Moore decided to announce his retirement from television on a segment of To Tell The Truth. Shortly afterwards there were minor updates to attempt to revive the show. The show didn't receive a full overhaul, and Joe Garagiola is similar performance as a game show host compared to Garry Moore. It did receive some updated music, and was eventually the game play was rushed. The show ended shortly after only a few months in 1978.

1980s Version:

Shortly after the end of the very long run of To Tell The Truth, successful ratings of second run syndication of the episodes inspired the producers to launch another version of To Tell The Truth. This time literally everything was completely different. It wasn't that long after the series had ended, and it would have been possible to make this version a bit more like the last one. (especially if it took place in the same studio as before). There was a different host named Robin Ward whose personality was more professional and less casual. A different logo was used. It was red. So was just about everything else. Many game shows of the 1970s (but not all of them) had red, brown, and white or gold sets and this studio was based on those. This stood out heavily compared to the previous blue sets. This is a "radio" game show. Like most of the game shows of the 1950s, along with the technologies that they had, nearly all game shows took place in a smaller studio with panelists and most everybody was in seated positions. Later on newer technologies and other things including designs would greatly expand the variety of game shows. This studio appears to be an attempt to make To Tell The Truth more like those other newer game shows. There was also new music, and also running lights (which were actually panels of lights). Overall, the set appears to be low budget the entire thing looks like it could be portable. There wasn't any stage doors. Instead everything was behind turntables that resembled rotating phone booths. And this game show was in the very beginning of the 1980s, where game show sets looked very advanced. The panelists were random guests. The other regulars were there but only showed up occasionally. It lasted for one year and produced 195 episodes.

Early 1990s version:

Like the early 1990s version of Match Game, there was a short version of To Tell The Truth. What was wrong with this version? Nothing except for production issues. After problems with the hosts, Alex Trebek took over hosting, which can be referred to as "The Jeopardy! Version Revival" because Alex Trebek is hosting a game show which has a studio that is designed similar to the Jeopardy! Set at the time. Both game shows had flashing letters of the shows' titles. Like the previous revival, it only lasted one year. Unlike the previous revival, it was more similar to the classic game show series. It has an updated version of the same theme music. Nearly everything was the same as it was in the 1970s with an updated look that is more appropriate to the theme of the game. Gordon Elliott hosted 40 episodes, Lynn Swann hosted 70 episodes, and Alex Trebek hosted almost all the other episodes. There were 195 episodes. This is the second time in To Tell The Truth where a person that has played sports professionally has hosted. It was Joe Garagiola in 1978, and Lynn Swann in 1990. Both people have served as interim hosts also.

In 2000, and once again about another decade later, another version was made and this time the look was completely different once again. A new logo was used but at least it still had the fingers crossing design. John O'Hurley, a host of a 21st century version of Family Feud, also became the host for this version. It was on for a few years, from 2000 to 2002. Over 265 episodes were produced, ending in 2001, but continuing to air until 2002.

Some of the panelists over the years were Bill Cullen who was a panelist on game shows and also a host of many game shows. His comedy was seen on all these shows, including To Tell The Truth. Others were Peggy Cass and the legendary Kitty Carlisle. She was on in most of the episodes, including the very beginning all the way to the 1990s series. She was even recurring in 1980 even if they did not have an official cast at the time. She made a special guest appearance on the John O'Hurley version. Regular panelists on that version were Messach Taylor and Paula Poundstone. Featured guests were muppets. Other game show hosts were panelists such as Dick Clark, Bert Convy, and Alex Trebek.

The Shirt Tales:

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There are numerous adorable characters that appear in gift shops and on greeting cards. Two of the most well known companies are American Greetings and Hallmark. American Greetings is popular for their line of Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake products. They were brought to the screen by an ongoing battle between The Incredible World Of DiC and Nelvana. There are also other products such as Pound Puppies and of course The ShirtTales. This goes along with two of Hanna-Barbera's series "The Smurfs" and "The Snorks". In 1980, The ShirtTales greeting card product line was launched, and in 1982, it was brought into animation. 5 of the characters were presented originally. The names of said characters are Pammy Panda, Tyg Tiger, Digger Mole, Rick Raccoon, and Bogey Orangutan. Bogey Orangutan was named after Humphrey Bogart. After 13 half-hour episodes, another character was added named Kip the Kangaroo. The reason why they are called ShirtTales, is because it describes their adventures, and these animals wear shirts that have different messages on them. They do everything to save the day and ride around in their Multi-Purpose Vehicle, the S.T.S.S.T. (The Shirt Tales Super Sonic Transport) which transformed into whatever vehicle that they needed to use. The opening of every episode in the series has flashing "ALERT" signs and then the characters are introduced. In addition to the S.T.S.S.T., they also had other advanced devices such as TV communication watches.

The cast of characters is Pat Parris as Pammy Panda, Steve Schratzberg as Tyg Tyger, Ronnie Schell as Rick Raccoon, Bob Ogle as Digger Mole, Fred Travalena as Bogey Orangutan, Nancy Cartwright as Kip Kangaroo, Herb Vigran as Mr. Dinkle and William Woodson as The Commissioner. Other cast members are Bob Holt of various Dr. Seuss cartoons, Tress MacNeille, the voice of Sarah Ravencroft in Scooby-Doo, Hal Smith of Famous Classic Tales, Frank Welker of Jabberjaw and The Berenstain Bears Show, and John Stevenson of The Flintstones and Famous Classic Tales. Guest stars were Richard Balin, Joe Besser, Joey Camen, Victoria Carroll, Brian Cummings, Walker Edmiston, Marshall Efron, Barnard Erhard, Laurie Faso, Ernest Harada, Buster Jones, Stanley Jones, Sherry Lynn, Sparky Marcus, Kenneth Mars, Joseph Medalis, Howard Morris, Henry Polic II, Tony Pope, Robert Ridgely, Michael Rye, Marilyn Schreffler, R.J. Segal, Michael Sheehan, Andre Stojka, Jimmy Weldon, and Ted Zeigler.

The names of the episodes are: "The Case of the Golden Armor", "Crumblings Circus Caper", "Shirt Napped", "Game Masters", "Elephant on the Loose", "Big Foot Incident", "Horsin' Around", "Humbolt Ghost", "Mission Mutt", "Vacation for Dinkel", "Digger Runs Away", "Wingman", "Figby the Spoiled Cat", "The Commissioner is Missing", "The Terrible Termites", "Raiders of the Lost Shark", "Moving Time", "Back To Nature", "Save the Park", "Pam-Dora's Box", "Hapless Hound", "The Nearsighted Bear", "The Magical Musical Caper", "The Very Buried Treasure", "Dinkel's Ark", "The Duke of Dinkel", "Bogey Goes Ape", "Digger's Three Wishes", "The Rain, the Park and the Robot", "Digger's Double", "Kip's Dragon", "Taj Mahal Tyg", "Double Exposure", "The Outer Space Connection", "Brass Bogey", "The Forbidden Island", "T.J.'s Visit", "Pleasure Valley", "Saturday Night Shirt Tales", "Kip's to Caper", "Dinkel's Buddy" "the Big Setup", "The Ghost Out West", "Dinkel's Gift", "Mayhem on the Orient Express", and "The Cuckoo Count Caper".

After the 1980s the line of The Shirt Tales had closed down. The Strawberry Shortcake and The Care Bears line of products have both been relaunched since then, but so far The Shirt Tales hasn't.

Top Cat:

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Top Cat is an early prime time animated series that was released by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The title is word play on "Top Hat". It has an earlier type of jazz and theatre music for the theme song, and the show is about a group of alley cats that often get into trouble and usually cause trouble by themselves. Some of them are domesticated, while Top Cat, for example, lives in an old metal Trash Can next to a telephone pole that has a telephone next to it. This telephone is to be used by police officers only, but Top Cat uses it anyways. Remember that this was before wireless mobile phones. There is an often flickering light on top of the pole, and he keeps his toothbrush in a utility box mounted on the pole. In addition to using a phone that isn't theirs, their activities are usually illegal.

Officer Dibble is in charge of the area and the alley, where the cats are usually at and are up to something. They all really like him, but the feelings are rarely mutual. His life with an annoying group of cats can be stressful, but his life without the group of cats could be boring. He is voiced by Allen Jenkins.

"Top Cat" is a light yellow cat whose colors almost resembles a vanilla flavored dessert. His regular voice actor is Arnold Stang, who provides a sly and casual personality.

"Choo-Choo" is a pink cat that has a white tip on his furry tail that resembles a fox's tail. His white shirts resemble lab coats. He has a lot of fur that is similar to Tom's fur when he was drawn by Chuck Jones. He looks like a strawberry dessert. He is also an attorney on Family Guy. He is voiced by Marvin Kaplan.

"Benny The Ball" is a short blue-violet cat that looks like a blueberry dessert. He appears to be one of the most intelligent cats or at least has the most common sense. But this could also just simply be him being cowardly and not wanting to do most of the risky activities that the group does. He is voiced by Maurice Gosfield.

"Brain" is an orange cat that looks like a pumpkin flavored dessert. His eyes describe absent-mindedness and sleepiness.

"Spook" is a green cat that looks like a mint flavored dessert. He is voiced by Leo De Lyon.

"Fancy-Fancy" is a burnt orange cat that looks like a coffee and chocolate flavored dessert. He is voiced by John Stevenson, who voices Mr. Rockhead/Slate on "The Flinstones", and a voice actor for "Famous Classic Tales".

The lyrics for the Top Cat theme song is:


"Top Cat,

The most effectual Top Cat,

Who's intellectual close friends get to call him T.C.

Providing it's with dignity.

Top Cat,

The indisputable leader of the gang.

He's the boss, he's a pip, he's the championship.

He's the most tip top,

Top Cat.

Yes, he's a chief, he's a king,

But above everything,

He's the most tip top,

Top Cat.

Top Cat!"


Top Cat was released in 1961 and 30 episodes were made. The group would appear in movies that starred other cartoon characters made around that time such as Snagglepuss and Huckleberry Hound. It has reappeared in syndication almost as many times as "The Brady Bunch", although there weren't any follow up series made regularly of "Top Cat".

The Midnight Special:

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The Midnight Special is a television series that aired from 1972 to 1981. This sweet idea was created by Burt Sugarman. (That terrible pun was unfortunately intentional. Feel free to not pay any attention to it if it is driving you crazy). It aired on NBC on Friday nights for 90 minutes. It featured many performances by many people and groups, both musical and comical. The time slot was after Johnny Carson, which aired 5 days each week. After that, The Tomorrow Show aired Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with The Midnight Special airing on Fridays. Eventually both of these late night programs were both 90 minutes for each episode, and they also ended around the same time. The background usually was filled with many lights of the same color except for the lights that spelled out the guests' names. A similar show is "Soul Train", which is similar with musical performances, but it is a fancy dance floor with music playing constantly. Another similar show is "Saturday Night Live", because it is 90 minutes and also aired on NBC. It aired on Saturday Nights of course, and more people transitioned into working on that show after The Midnight Special had ended. Saturday Night has a regular cast, but a rotating cast of hosts. This is similar to The Midnight Special, who usually also had guest stars or guest hosts, or a rotating cast of hosts. Below is a listing of some of the guest stars on The Midnight Special. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful and informative. It isn't every guest star that appeared on the series, but many of the ones that are on there you might be able to recognize.

Some of the guest stars on The Midnight Special were
 Franklyn Ajaye,
 Lynn Anderson,
 Joan Baez,
 Richard Belzer,
 Elvin Bishop,
 David Bowie,
 Beach Boys,
 Bonnie Bramlett (called "Bonnie Sheriden" on "Roseanne" TV Series),
 Doobie Brothers,
 James Brown,
 George Carlin,
 Ray Charles,
 Jim Croce,
 George Cummings,
 Billy Crystal,
 Billy Joel,
 Elton John,
 Bo Diddley,
 Brooklyn Dreams,
 Rik Elswit,
 Peter Frampton,
 Aretha Franklin,
 Billy Francis,
 Marvin Gaye,
 William Griffin,
 Wolfman Jack,
 Jackie Jackson,
 Rick James,
 Randy Jones,
 Andy Kaufman,
 B.B. King,
 Gladys Knight & The Pips,
 Kris Kristofferson,
 Cheryl Ladd,
 Gordon Lightfoot,
 Dennis Locorriere,
 Fleetwood Mac,
 Chuck Mangione,
 Barry Manilow,
 Steve Martin,
 Johnny Mathis,
 Paul McCartney,
 Bette Midler,
 Van Morrison,
 Eddie Money,
 Olivia Newton-John,
 Michael O'Donoghue,
 Roy Orbison,
 Dolly Parton,
 Billy Preston,
 Richard Pryor,
 Cliff Richard,
 Helen Reddy,
 Linda Ronstadt,
 Diana Ross,
 Todd Rundgren,
 Leo Sayer,
 Ray Sawyer,
 Carly Simon,
 Rod Stewart,
 Donna Summer,
 The Bee Gees,
 The Cars,
 The Spinners,
 The Three Degrees,
 Lily Tomlin,
 Cheap Trick,
 Ike Turner,
 Tina Turner,
 Jimmie Walker,
 Anita Ward,
 Dottie West,
 Slim Whitman,
 John Wolters...


It isn't airing regular new episodes anymore. It has not done that for years. The Midnight Special is well remembered anyways. It is being released little by little provided by companies such as Time Life, who has released other collections from the 1965-1989 era such as various music collections. There is an informercial that airs frequently about The Midnight Special. Watch out for it; you might be able to catch it after your local NBC affiliate has finished airing Saturday Night Live. Some NBC stations air paid advertisements right after Saturday Night Live, and the first one has been about The Midnight Special collections.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Television Families: The Jetsons

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George Jetson is an orange-haired thin individual with a big nose (which is common among half of animated characters) what usually wears a white shirt and works at Spacely Space Sprockets who repeatedly gets fired by his demanding boss. The work schedule is not that long, but sometimes the job can be very difficult and equipment malfunctions. The company manufactures machine components. A rival company called Coswell Cosmic Cogs does the same thing. Coswell's company appears to be very well maintained compared to Spaceley's.

Jane Jetson is pretty much a homemaker that relies on all of the appliances to do the work. She gives up on them, and instead relies on a housemaid. She also has orange hair and a purple dress.

Judy Jetson is a white haired teenage daughter that is into fashion, music, and boys... especially ones that are celebrities. Sometimes all of this is too loud for George to handle.

Elroy Jetson has blonde hair and wears some kind of green and white thing. He also wears a dark green hat. His eyes are different than of any of the other characters. He is a genius and he is into sports.

Rosie is a robot that is technically obsolete but is still considered part of the family. She is capable of doing many different things, but she also uses other appliances. She is found at a "Rent-A-Maid" service but stays with The Jetsons and can pretty much take care of The Jetsons forever since the owner of the shop introduced her as an economy model, and as a homely robot and her services are unable to come with a guarantee. She is blue colored and wears a black apron. She has two flashing antennas in the location of where ears would be that occasionally flash and beep. She is also capable of flattening leftover food and turning into rolled roast beef. When Spacely invites himself to The Jetsons for the purpose of eating their food because he is tired of his wife's cooking, he does not like the idea of Rosie being there and thinks that George is being paid too much or possibly working at a rival job. She smacks him with an upside-down upside-down-cake that Spaceley on the way home enjoys and inspires him to un-fire George and insists that he keeps Rosie around.

Astro is a talking dog, but does not talk fluently, and is about the same size of Scooby Doo. The kids find him and George does not like Astro and instead recommends an efficient, reliable, but ultimately boring robot dog. In the end the robot dog is given to the police department. He also appears in his own series "Astro And The Space Mutts". He is also featured in other cartoons like "Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics".

Orbity is a space alien that Elroy discovers on a field trip and becomes part of the family. He is capable of different colors depending on his mood and can stretch his coiled legs and stick to the ceiling.

Di-Di (pronounced "Dye-Dye") is a pair of electronic floating lips that records Judy's messages. She is of course a Diary, but can have conversations with Judy and can give her advice.

"The Jetsons" appeared in 1962 as one of the prime time animated comedy shows that features background laughter. By the time that most animation was very much improved in the 1960s, Hanna-Barbera cartoons were not as much and most of them had obvious budget techniques such as bland picture quality and limited animation (such as the same thing in the background while somebody is either driving or running and it looks like sometimes the characters are just going in circles instead of going forward). During the 1960s and decades before that, there was an idea of how the future would look. The series is set exactly 100 years later in 2062. There are flying cars very similar to flying saucers with enormous dome ceilings, various appliances, a telephone that has a screen in it, holograms, jet packs, conveyer belts, automatic doors, elevators everywhere including one directly into the apartment rooms, and various other things. At first the look of these gadgets and style of clothes and future slightly reflected the 1950s era. The series was cancelled after one year and would not be around again for several more years. Astro started appearing in other cartoons by himself and after that The Jetsons returned in the 1980s. This time the same setting was supposed to be during the 24th century. This is when Orbity came along and Rosie was seen more. (and her name was spelled differently. In the 1962 season it was spelled "Rosey". Now it is spelled "Rosie"). R.U.D.I. was also added, and Di-Di, and numerous other characters were added. There were more plots, and there was much better color quality, picture quality, sound quality, and music. Despite the fact that this now wasn't a prime time comedy series with background laughter, it still had a prime time comedy show feel because of it featuring music that is commonly found in situation comedies. The ending credits that had George walking on a treadmill with Astro were replaced because of the added production staff which would not have fit correctly in the old closing scenes. There were several movie specials made of The Jetsons, such as a crossover series "The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones" which paired the stone age characters with the characters of the future. There was another one called "Rockin' With Judy Jetson." Well after the end of The Jetson's run, a movie was made. It was of course called "Jetsons: The Movie". It was animated and had even more improved picture quality. It resembles toon-shaded 3D CGI animation, because that is exactly what a lot of it was. The movie was the first time of the absence of Janet Waldo who voiced Judy Jetson, and also easily recognized as Glumdalclitch in a Hanna-Barbera-Australia cartoon.

Other characters of The Jetsons included Henry, who is the mechanic for all of The Sky Pad Apartments, where enormous housing space is available. The Jetsons most likely live in a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom unit, but with numerous additional living space especially since one time Jane Jetson redesigned and added onto it which suggests a lot of open space and giant rooms for that to be possible.

Cosmo Spacely is George Jetson's boss who is losing his hair (most likely because he probably keeps yanking it out). He is very stressed about his company, which isn't one of the best, and puts an enormous amount of work and responsibility for George's 3 hour a day, 3 day work week.

H.G. Cogswell runs a rival business which has counterparts to George Jetson and Miz Galaxy.

R.U.D.I. is a shakey voiced computer system.

Television Families: The Flintstones:

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"The Flintstones" (yes, "FLINTstones", there is in fact a letter "T" in there) is a series obviously named after a family called The Flintstones. Their name by itself suggests that the story is set in the Stone Age, since Flintstone is one example of a rock. They live in a town called Bedrock, in Cobblestone Lane, and Fred and usually Barney work at a rock quarry, and there are several other examples.

Fred Flintstone was voiced by Alan Reed and performed in live action by John Goodman. Both of these people slightly resemble Fred Flintstone.

Wilma Flintstone becomes Fred's wife and her usually staying at home gives everybody the opportunity of seeing what stone-age characters use for their appliances. This involves a live animal as a garbage disposal, a beehive and mammoths and other things just outside each bathroom window for water with the mammoth's trunk used as a hose for a shower stall. Another mammoth would be used for vacuums, and sometimes they would be used as air pumps. When an animal is not used as an appliance, there would simply be the same thing that we have today, only made of wood, rocks, and shells. Wilma has dark red hair, but is usually orange, and she wears a white necklace and a white dress. Her mother is named Pearl. Wilma was at first voiced by Jean Vander Pyl, who was also the voice of Rosie and Ma Rugg.

Barney Rubble has blonde hair and in some episodes sounds completely different than how he usually did. His eyes are also different. Sometimes they were small black circles, and the rest of the time they were black dots. He wears brown clothing and is often unemployed for the purpose of the story lines in some episodes, but otherwise works with Fred at the Quarry. Even when Fred is not that smart, he is said to be more intelligent compared to Barney, or at least Barney is not as good of a test taker. Barney has an enormous sense of humor especially compared to Fred, who is usually grumpy. Mel Blanc Provided his voice most of the time. Afterwards it was usually Jeff Bergman and Frank Welker. Mel Blanc was hospitalized during the original broadcast of The Flintstones and upon recovery a portable studio was set up around his hospital bed. Rick Moranis portrayed Barney in Live Action in 1994.

Betty Rubble has black hair and was portrayed by Bea Benaderet, the voice of "Granny", a lady who cared for pets that chased each other. Her replacement was not June Foray, although she probably would have been able to do this based on how she sounds portraying other female characters. Gerry Johnson did the voice for Betty afterwards in animation, and Rosie O'Donnell in 1994 live action motion picture.

Dino is their pet "dog". He is sometimes called a dogasaurus, (but that is not the name of his species) and his name is pronounced "Dean Oh", which Dean is probably what his name would have been if he weren't a stone age character. His mumbles and vocal effects are voiced by Mel Blanc and Frank Welker. He is capable of speaking in alternative reality segments such as dream sequences. He was blue for a short time at first but later became the more familiar shades of pink and/or purple.

Baby Puss is a giant kitten that was created for the purpose of fighting either with Dino or with Fred. Baby Puss would physically pick up Fred and throw him outside whenever Fred tried to do this with him.

Hoppy is a hopping dinosaur pet for The Rubbles that was added after the 4th season.

Pebbles is the daughter of Fred and Wilma who doesn't say much and usually crawls instead of walks. She was born on the 3rd season.

Bamm Bamm is the Rubble's adopted son, and is capable of extreme strength. He also swings a club and says BAMM!! Over and over again. In an episode of "Family Guy", he does the same thing, and then says "You want to take it from here, Emeril?" With Emeril Lagasse appearing and saying his version of "BAMM!!".

Both Pebbles and Bamm Bamm are young for the original series. In other spin offs and movies, they are sometimes shown in different ages. The Pebbles And Bamm Bamm Show focuses on their teenage years.

Mr. Rockhead: Mr. Rockhead is Fred's Boss at the Quarry, where the cranes of course are large talking dinosaurs. He is tall and bald and wears thick glasses and one of his business partners, Mr. Slate, a short man with black hair is also Fred's Boss. One of the many continuity errors resulted in these two people with their names reversed, which explains why Mr. Slate is known today as the tall bald man character. The original Mr. Slate inspired the idea of Mr. Cosmo Spaceley in "The Jetsons", who is another short man with black hair. But this character is bald, which is probably a combination of the two bosses at the quarry. Also, Mr. Cogswell looks very much like the original Mr. Rockhead. The original Mr. Slate character was phased out (he probably retired or left the company to start his own company. If so, that would also explain how the Spaceley Sprockets vs. Cosmo Cogs was created into "The Jetsons"). It seems that the short character with black hair and mustache and the name "Mr. Rockhead" was later replaced by another "Joe Rockhead" with a different role that was one of Fred's friends, not one of his bosses. One of the voice actors is John Stevenson, who also did voice acting for Famous Classic Tales such as The King Of Brobdignab in Gulliver's Travels.

Opening and Closing segments:

The theme music is:

"Flintstones: Meet The Flintstones. They're the modern Stone Age family.

From the

Town of Bedrock

They're a page right out of history."

"When you're with The Flintstones

You'll have a ‘yabba-dabba-doo' time

A ‘dabba-doo' time

You'll have a gay old time!"

Added lyrics for the opening segments are:

"Let's ride

with the family down the street

Through the

courtesy of Fred's two feet"

Added lyrics for the closing segments are:


maybe Fred will win the fight

and that

cat will stay out for the night."

With a second "You'll have a gay old time!" followed by Fred shouting "WILMA!!".

Both theme music is Jazz but was the type of Jazz that was around right before the popular Jazz/Disco Space Age Pop Music from 1965-1989. "The Jetsons" theme song was the same type of music, with a slightly modified music for the opening and closing segments. "Top Cat" is another example of this Jazz music that reflected early jazz music of programs that aired in the early 1960s.

But that isn't all.

There is a completely different (and in my opinion, better) set of opening and closing segments. The theme is called "Rise And Shine" and shows Fred leaving work, doing errands, and coming home to Wilma, and turning on the television. Dino is blue in this opening. The closing segment shows a neighborhood in Bedrock turning out their lights for the night. Fred putting the empty milk cartons outside to be refilled and then puts the "cat" outside. Instead of crawling through the open window, it darts after Fred and throws him outside and locks him out. One by one the lights start turning back on because Fred is banging on the locked door saying "Wilma?? Wilma!! Come On Wilma, Open This Door!! WIL-MA!!" The text of the credits are of a different font and at the end of each of these segments there is "A Screen Gems Film Presentation" at the very end. Perhaps the reason why this set of opening and closing segments actually looks newer than the rest is because it was edited and remastered during its second run syndication. This originally ran during the first 2 seasons of The Flintstones. The next two seasons featured the theme that had lyrics in them and the bird squawking and Just the Flintstones were featured. After that there was the same opening segment but the bird sounds more like a whistle instead of squawking. The chorus sounded like they were singing through a fan. (and they probably were). The Flintstones go to The Rubbles and get them and bring them to the Movies. Dino and Hoppy are there and Pebbles and Bamm Bamm are put on Dino's head.

There are just about as many related series of "The Flintstones" as there are with "Scooby-Doo".

Some of them are a motion picture made after the end of the run of "The Flintstones" called "The Man Called Flintstone".

The Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm Show for 2 years (one season)

The Flintstone Comedy Hour for 2 years (one season)

The Flintstone Comedy Show for 5 years (3 seasons)

The Flintstone Kids (one of several 80s "kids" series where HB has popular characters as children). Captain Caveman is their favorite TV series (this makes sense; He is after all "Captain <i> Caveman"). Captain Caveman makes several guest appearances in this series but The Teen Angels do not. This is probably because The Teen Angels are not stone age characters.

There were two live action motion pictures as of 2008.

One of the specials was called "Wacky Inventions".

The Flinstones characters (usually Fred and Barney and sometimes Pebbles) are in commercials for cereals made by Post. They of course are called Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles. This was decades after promoting cigarettes, and these commercials are instead usually about Barney stealing the cereal which apparently belongs to Fred, who responds "Bonnie!! My Pebbles!!"

There were a few Christmas specials. "A Flintstone Christmas" in 1977, "A Flintstone Family Christmas" in 1993, and "A Flintstone Christmas Carol" in 1994.

They co-starred in a crossover movie called "The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones".

In 2001, The Flintstones appeared in an oddly-drawn cartoon called "The Flintstones On The Rocks". It was slightly more adult themed (but that was its original intention anyways being a 1960s prime time family situation comedy, only animated...but on the other hand it is adult themed compared to any other Flintstones cartoon). It stars Jeff Bergman as Fred, Tress MacNeille as Wilma, Grey Delisle as Betty, Kevin Michael Richardson as Barney, with Tom Kenney and Frank Welker.

Mysterious Clips On Sesame Street:

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Sesame Street is a series that began in 1969 by the former CTW. It teaches children letters and numbers, and also other things like colors and shapes. Some of the main characters are from Jim Henson, who created The Muppet Show, and other series and films. Other CTW programs are The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact, and Square One Television. The Sesame Street end credits are somewhat longer than usual because they are mixed with the people that star on that show and they are dancing in an animated background. When the credits end, Big Bird says that Sesame Street is a production of the Children's Television Workshop, until the name is changed, in which Big Bird's saying is edited out completely. There are several clips and music videos that are shown on shows like Sesame Street. They have several purposes, and some of them are mainly for entertainment, byt some of them are educational, and many of them you may not know the names of. If you want to know more about them and couldn't find the details in the credits, here is some more information about some of them.

Pinball Number Count - Immagination, Inc. produced 11 original segments with music by The Pointer Sisters from #s2-12. They didn't make an original segment for one, and sometimes other people have mixed together all of the segments involving all of the numbers. The music supervision was arranged by Walt Kraemer, and Ed Bogas. It was directed by Jeff Hale and Vince Collins. It begins and ends the same way, with somebody starting the pinball machine, and having the same background in the closing. Every time that The Pointer Sisters sang "One-Two-Three Four Five Six-Seven-Eight Nine Ten, Eleven, Twelve". The segment themes are "A Day At The Carnival", "Circus Capers", "Fore", "Arabian Nights", "Down On The Farm", "World Tour", "Forest Follies", "Play Ball", "Medieval Times", "Wild Things", "Sightseeing USA". The music is very similar to the space age pop music that was also composed by music people such as Dean Elliott, Doug Goodwin, and Carl Brandt.

Numbers In The Park - These are live action segments of numbers that appear and disappear in the park. They seem to be rising out of the ground. If you remember a segment about numbers in a park, and are wondering what they are called, the segments are literally called Numbers In The Park.

Animal Department Store - This music video series starts at the top floor of a department store building. As the elevator makes its way to the ground floor, more animals and their families come inside.

Suzie Kabloozie - Mo Willems, who created Sheep In The Big City, also created the characters in these segments. He also made other clips.

The Word Is No - Sung By Maria & Gina, in an 80s style music video.

Crayons - A segment of moving crayons that colors pictures stop suddenly when a differently shaped crayon approaches, but later work together. The next segment is a little girl drawing pictures with crayons pauses and holds one of them up while creative music plays when the rest of the segment describes crayons being made in a factory. They are melted, colored, cut up, wrapped, sorted, boxed, and cased, and then the girl sees the crayon and puts the crayon into the box labeled "different", meaning that the particular box has multiple crayons with different colors.

The Monster In The Mirror - Grover wakes up and describes what is seen in his mirrors and other reflections. Part of this video has several celebrities singing with him.

Noodles & Nedd - These animated segments are created by John R. Dilworth.

Sing After Me - One time Madeline Kahn and Grover sang together in a song called "Sing After Me" where she would reach and be able to hold very high notes, while Grover struggles to keep up.

Pixar Lamps - Pixar has animated several movies with Disney, but has also made several animated shorts that are shown on Sesame Street.

Arnold - The famous "football head" appears in a Craig Bartlett short.

Cecille The singing ball appears in many segments that are supervised by Teresa Drilling.

There were several letter and number segments. Some of the most memorable ones are the alphabet in fireworks, and some tropical themed number segments.

You can also find many of these segments online.
Pinball Number Count
How Crayons Are Made:
The Monster In The Mirror:
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Number Rap:
Animal Department Store:
The Word Is No:

Katherine Helmond:

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Katherine Helmond was born on September 12, 1925 in Galveston, Texas. She starred in SOAP as Jessica Tate. SOAP was a situation comedy that mimmicked the drama in soap operas. Unfortunately, many people back then didn't appreciate some of the things that were involved in the series. The series is similar to The Bold and The Beautiful, since is has 30 minute episodes, and some of them are a full hour, although the episodes are sometimes divided in two parts. It ended in 1987.

Later, she starred in "Who's The Boss?" as Mona Robinson, who is the mother of Angela. The show is title is based on that there are three adults living in one house when one of them is working at an advertising agency. It took the entire show's run for Tony and Angela to form a relationship, and she was very impatient of how slowly things were going. She acts very young for her age, and is able to predict things before anybody tells her. For example, she looks at Tony and says to him "You got lucky last night". "Who's The Boss?" aired at the time that Katherine changed her hair style.

After That, she was Lois on "Everybody Love's Raymond" along with Robert Culp, who played Lois's husband who was named named Warren. She voiced a character on The Wild Thornberrys and also voiced a character named Lizzie in Cars, which is a PIXAR Animated film about cars, car races, and information about U.S. Route 66. Other films that she has starred in have been Brazil, Lady In White, and Time Bandits. She has been nominated for several awards, including Emmy and Tony awards, and has been listed as #9 TV's Best Nymphos by Maxim Magazine because of her role of Mona Robinson.

Katherine has several homes. She has a place in London, Long Island, New York City, and Los Angeles. She has been married to David Christian.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reviewing Scooby Doo And Scrappy Doo:

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, at least in its first season... picks up
where "The Scooby-Doo Show" left off. The Scooby-Doo is actually a
retitled group of episodes that aired during The Scooby-Doo Dyno-Mutt
Hour. These 40 or something episodes aired in the mid 1970s with an
overhauled look of Scooby-Doo, to fit with the action packed
opposite-of-ukulele music of that time period. At the same time, they
began to phase out the music that is heard in the background of "Scooby
Doo, Where Are You?". Also they had improved backgrounds. This is
something worth paying attention to because many Hanna-Barbera cartoons
are very low quality. They introduced a few new characters, such as
Scooby-Dee (who I think was supposed to be his girlfriend) and
Scooby-Dumb, a male cousin. And of course, they paired Scooby-Doo with

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In 1979, they overhauled the show once again with Scooby's nephew,
"Scrappy-Dappy-Doo". The show was named "Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo",
but Scrappy ended up getting the most lines than ANYBODY. As far as
Scooby is concerned, we have a "Talking Dog" that partially speaks
English but with Scrappy, who is YOUNGER than Scooby, can speak fluent
English. Scrappy gets to close the show first, and then Scooby chimes
in with "and Scooby-Dooby-Doo, too!"

Scrappy is obviously and literally stealing the show.

He takes away air time from the other characters. The first season is
16 episodes. Scrappy in the first season is voiced by Lennie Weinrib
and all characters are present. During this show, there is an episode
where Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, and a few of Scrappy's friends are in
the majority of the episode. Later, Velma (for whatever reason) gets
changed from voice actor Pat Stephens of "The Scooby-Doo Show/Scooby
Doo and Dyno-Mutt Hour" years to Marla Frumkin. Velma has no lines in
episode 16. There might have been a casting issue with Velma that they
just did not want to worry about and this in combination of Scrappy's
character development could have been the reason of why Velma (and
Fred, and half the time, Daphne!) were all dropped. There was also
pressure from the network executives (who are always Cancel-Happy) to
change the format. This is why they added many new features, pacing,
types of mysteries, and pairing with Dyno-Mutt. Instead of putting the
show on hiatus and trying again in a few years, they decided to exhaust
the plot and setting with the new character Scrappy-Doo.

And exhaust they did. There was three more years of Scrappy-Doo, with a
different voice actor now. He was at first a loving, ambitious "puppy"
and was amusing at first because of his opposite personality of Scooby.
Scrappy rarely thought about his actions, which is something that his
other puppy friends thought he should have been more cautious. But his
personality became an annoyance after just one season and yet they
decided to continue.

Further episodes were reduced to Segments, and there was little
character development. However, this was the time when The Production
Staff began to explore "real" or supernatural villains instead of
criminals in a clever disguise.

By the fall of 1983, Daphne was added back to the cast, for a period of
three years. The next year, Fred and Velma were given recurring
appearances alongside a Michael-Jackson Theme and the name was changed
to "The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries". The year after that, Velma and Fred
were gone once again with the addition of "focus group material"
Film-Flam and a spooky albeit comic setting guided by "Vincent Van
Ghoul". Daphne was dropped after that show (canceled mid-season I
should add) and then no show was around. There were three movies
continuing the "13 Ghosts Of" format EXCEPT without Daphne (and the new
characters) and in 1988 there was another "Kids" show which had
significant character development, with huge focus on (usually) well
written comedy. (but did I forget to mention that "A Pup Named" is one
of those Hanna-Barbera "Kids" Shows?!)

Nobody got to see "The Gang" together again until the four 1990s
"anime" films, without Scrappy and was put together the way the three
80s movies COULD have and SHOULD have been. After this, we have two
"Where Are You?" styled films and then several "What's New" styled

Like I said in the title, the Mid 1970s is a Golden Age of Scooby-Doo.
It unfortunately did not last, and neither did the 1990s Golden Age of
Scooby-Doo. Frankly Scooby-Doo has not been the same since either of
these golden ages. "Mystery Incorporated" is interesting, just like
"What's New", but neither are I guess the word is Spectacular in
comparison to the two Golden Ages.

1979's "Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo" is a rare and short-lived time of
the first Golden Age. And it was in the process of declining at the
same time. There is even MORE exciting music added, even more improved
backgrounds, and even improved Mysteries. It is a very promising show,
but during these 16 episodes, it began declining with unfortunate focus
on Scrappy. And then it declined even further with about eight
additional years of various "Scrappy" settings.

Looking back, The Production Staff might have realized that they
shouldn't listen to too many focus groups.

Reviewing McGee And Me:

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I was trying to find out more about the TV series "Arthur". While doing research about the various outsouced animation studios (BESIDES the ones in canada lol) I mean they used Cinar/Cookie Jar and now they are using 9 Story Entertainment. But those are all Canadian companies and they do the voice casting for the animated segments of Arthur. Much of the animation is produced in South Korea and Hong Kong. One of these studios apparently produced McGee and Me.

And then this TV show came back to haunt me. So I am now here to bash it. I hated it then, and I hate it now. This is what McGee and Me is: It is produced by Focus For The Family, Focus On The Family... something. While that is good advice, it is the name of a production company that likes to have agendas, censorship, and corruption. A similar production company, Feature Films For Families, censored Lolo The Penguin. I don't care why they felt the need; Lolo is NOT an adult cartoon. I guess because "only the rest of the world is violent", if it enters U.S.A. it will be censored. Lolo's story and music was altered also, and it was like FFFF took the credit for somebody else's work.

I don't like these Christian production companies. I don't care if you think I am evil for saying this. I have every right to say what I want. Personally I am not religious and I believe that Religion = Corruption, and that many devil people are attending church to try to disguise themselves as angels. If "all is forgiven", then the past is erased. I don't believe that trick. Furthermore I don't believe in halfway houses and I am an advocate for sending such people to life in prison.

What about the rest of this show? It was made in the stupid 1990s. Just look at the logo design. They had a lot of "funky" shapes and colors back then. Look at the entire production design. Look at the music. Also the title "McGee and Me" is annoying.

This is a mixed media show. It has animation and live action. The animated character is this extremely stupid looking and I don't like it when these preachy &/or educational shows try to act cool. Also McGee reminds me of that "Max-A-Roni" commercial. McGee (I am guessing is the name of the drawing, and I don't care if it isn't) is pretty much an imaginary character... either way he is not from our universe. This approach reminds me very much of Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue. That was some joint (LOL) project... I mean, that was some joint-project from Buzzco, Southern Star, Buena Vista, McDonalds, and The U.S.A. Government. ...give or take. but I think I remembered the producers correctly. And Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue was animated, and still had other animated shows as fictional characters. In other words they weren't in the same universe as Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue. But they "magically" come to life to talk to some "high" kid and so the entire thing is unrealistic. If Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue made more episodes, perhaps they would have covered more drug addictions besides "pot".

McGee and Me is a little different. It is a dozen episodes in slightly improved production quality and isn't as headache-and-vomit-inducing as Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue. It is STILL similar because it was made in the 1990s, by a corrupt company, and was extremely preachy.

Also McGee and Mee wouldn't make much sense today. Kids will do what they want, and many of them are doing the opposite of what is recommended by these preachy episodes.

and Baseball is dumb. it is equally corrupt.

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This Is Post Number 50.

Reviewing Nick And Noel:

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Film Roman produces this Christmas Special back in the days when it was more than a post-production company.

It is a nice special and I actually only got to see part of this on a very badly aged VHS. I thought the piano music in the beginning was synthesized!! But I was able to rewatch the entire thing.

It is about a large townhouse duplex where a journalist father and her daughter and cat named Noel. The other half of the house is bought by a singer named Leslie Lee and her dog named Nick. There is a mouse named Barnaby that escapes detection from the humans and is friends with the pets. He lives between the townhomes, almost similar to the "Catty Cornered" cartoon.

The neighbors occupations clash with each other and this causes tension. Additionally the dog and cat do not get along. But they must work together because the daughter only wants her mother who passed away a year earler, to come back...especially to be together for Christmas. Nick & Noel decide to find Santa Claus to see what can be done. And then they look for a mother figure to become a stepmother to the girl.

It is not that difficult to figure out what happens, and who becomes the stepmother.

You should dig up this special and watch it. It contains the very sappy family films, but at the same time it is VERY well written and this makes up for the sappiness. The dog and cat keep insulting each other, it is also very cute when they go off to search for Santa and find a theme park instead. And then it is even more adorable when they search for a mother and then they find a pig. She says "Shouldn't you be looking for a human mother?" which is hilarious. They then search for human women that are mothers but then they decide that this idea is far from perfect. There is a scene where Noel gets run over by a train and they don't show her after the train passes by.

The pets are gone and the girl misses Noel. Ms. Lee begins singing to the girl and the song and the entire moment is just beautiful. Later, she is still worried but then Nick and then seconds later, Noel both reappear.

I won't tell you the ending because it is exactly who you think it is that becomes the stepmother. It is a beautiful special and you should watch it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Reviewing Barney & Friends:

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Barney is just silly and cheaply produced. It is only for entertainment purposes. I actually remember my Kindergarten teacher putting Barney on TV 50% of the time. We were sitting on the floor, the TV was wall mounted towards the ceiling. My neck hurt! And in addition to that, it just means that parents and teachers can just put this on TV just for the SOLE purpose of keeping kids entertained. And if you haven't figured it out what I am also trying to say... it is not that educational.

Here is Barney, a deputy sheriff, I mean, a stone-age neighbor, I mean... a purple dinosaur. He is an adorable little soft plush toy. And then the kids BREAK INTO SCHOOL to play with him, with supervision by a TOY. Their imagination causes him to manifest in to this 7 feet tall dinosaur. Still purple, (exact hue or whatever it's called changes each season) short arms, huge feet, giant mouth that the kids could easily become his lunch (after school snack?) and pretty much a giggling GUY IN A COSTUME. People usually don't respond too good to people that they can't see...the more people hide, covered up, masked, etc. The more fearful they become. Barney also disguises himself with the happiness of a hustler.

And there is so much sugar-coating with pretty much every episode. There are a few "realistic" stories, but otherwise, and especially with the I Love You song, it is similar to a halfway house with it's slap a smile on your face and don't ever talk about your past or other issues or whatever you are really feeling, obliterate any trace of individuality that you have, etc. ...except this is directed at a much younger audience, underestimating the intelligence of preschoolers.

You should NEVER take advice from a purple dinosaur that says "I Love You". It just does not look right. It makes him look weak, and at the same time it makes him look like a pedophile. "with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, won't you say you love me too" see what I mean?

supporting characters are two COMPLETELY imaginary dinosaurs, B.J., P.J., or whatever... and Baby Bop. They do not appear to originate from toys, just out of thin air.

Perhaps the most redeeming part of the show is when they had shoes on the television for end credits. Each time the credits changed, there was a different variety of shoes. At the same time there were more characters such as a PURPLE female bird, and a squirrel named Scooter McNutty. They also brought in an (possibly imaginary) adult human named Stella. Either that, or she was a space alien from an alternate universe. During this time, they added quite a bit more education. They brought in all these extra characters to make it look like these kids weren't unsupervised.

At the end of pretty much every episode, a kid turns out the lights. This is probably the most useful tip: Save Electricity; Save Money. lol.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Star Trek: Voyager:

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Star Trek Voyager is another live action Star Trek series that premiered in 1995, and ran until 2001. It is UPN's first program and was created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor. Captain Kathryn Janeway was played by Kate Mulgrew and was the first series that had a female Captain. The captain of the Saratoga is also woman in Star Trek IV. During the first episode of the series, Voyager is sent to chase after a Maquis ship and gets towed 70,000 lightyears to the Delta Quadrant Of The Milky Galazy where a very powerful, yet dying Nacene alien called The Caretaker was located. The Kazons were attacking the Ocampans, which are a telepathic civilization with a very short life span. They lived underground in underground buildings while The Caretaker sends them everything that they need in order to compensate for the damage that was caused to the Ocampan planet by the Nacene. He took several ships from all across the galaxy to try to find somebody to take over. He couldn't succeed in time, so when his space station was damaged in the attack and was also no longer able to destroy the station himself, he begged the crew to destroy it as soon as possible. They used tricobalt devices to destroy the station, which caused subspace ruptures, when a ship snuck in and grabbed some technology from the station. The Kazon's ship collided with one of the Kazon ships, and the Maquis crew and the Star Fleet crew both merged and served under the command of Janeway. The captain is very protective of her ship and crew and will do anything to get them home. Robert Beltran played Chokatay who was a Maquis officer that became second in command when the Voyager's first officer was lost. Kes is an Ocampa that helped Voyager and also became a crew member to continue in guiding Voyager through the Delta Quadrant. She became a nurse in Sickbay. Unfortunately, the Ocampa do not live very long and age very rapidly. She was also injured around the time of the war between the Borg and Species 8472. She leaves Voyager and manages to get Voyager closer to The Alpha Quadrant. She returns, to try to send back a younger version of herself to her home planet, but later manages to get home herself. Her hair is short at the beginning of the series, but grows longer, possibly to easily show her different ages. Neelix is played by Ethan Phillips who has worked with Star Trek as other characters, such as a Ferengi. On Star Trek Voyager, he played the part of a Talaxian merchant that found a new home on Voyager. He is a chef, and also the ship's ambassador and morale officer. He also appoints himself to other positions, such as chief cosmetics officer and relief medical officer (which was actually a Neelix serving as a relief medical officer on a ship of short lived duplicates) Roxann Dawson plays B'Elanna Torres whose mother is a Klingon and her father is a human. She was a maquis officer that is the chief engineer on Voyager. Tom Paris is played by Robert Duncan McNeill, and was released from prison by Captain Janeway and became a navigator. The Doctor is an EMH MkI holographic life form on Voyager that became Chief Medical Officer after the medical staff and several other members were killed when The Caretaker pulled Voyager 70,000 lightyears. He is created by holographic expert Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, and the Zimmerman name was given to the Voyager EMH, and a variety of names based on Zimmerman was used for him. That name was occasionally used for his name during the captions and subtitiles, but he was referred to as "The Doctor" through the entire series. These character names are based on Herman Zimmerman, and Jeri Lynn Zimmerman, a.k.a. Jeri Ryan. He is also one of the educators for any students on Voyager. Annika Hansen was assimilated by the borg when her parents were exploring. Her designation was Seven Of Nine Tertiary Adjunct Of Unimatrix Zero One, and people usually call her Seven. She became a member of Voyager's crew later and her appearance was restored, and usually wore catsuits. She still had some borg implants and some visible borg implants above her left eye, her neck, and one of her hands, and also regenerates in a borg alcove in one of the cargo bays. She is very efficient, and organizes efficiency drills, and seems to enjoy waking the captain in the middle of the night. She has to recover a lot and she also had "assimilated" some star fleet training. Tuvok is a vulcan that taught at Star Fleet Academy, and because of this, he is another educator on Voyager. He is well over 100 years old, but he won't tell you that. He is friends with Neelix, and helps B'Elanna is deal with stress. Harry Kim, played by Garret Wang, is the operations officer on Voyager. He pursues several impossible relationships, and also saves the lives of Voyager in an alternate timeline, but is very puzzled. Samantha Wildmen is the young human mother of Naomi Wildmen. Naomi is part human, and is very clever and is guided by Voyager's medical officer and Tuvok. Neelix is her Godfather, and she later becomes friends with Seven and the children that were former drones. They both have worked together to save Voyager from destruction. What had looked like a journey of at least several decades to get back home, but only took about seven years. During the mission, they advanced in science and technology and made first contact with over 400 Delta Quadrant inhabitants, as well as the Borg and several Borg Queens, (which are composed of severed organic heads with mechanical skulls, spinal columns, and bodies. ) that intercept Voyager whenever she thinks it is necessary. The aliens that they have discovered are Nacene, Ocampa, Talaxian, Kazon, Vidiian, Species 8472, Hierarchy, Malon, Hirogen, Krenim, Turei, and Vaadwaur. There are several things that happen to them, like being attacked by flying life forms that have been abused by another stranded Federation ship, having their identities stolen and reputations damaged, and Voyager's medical officer being kidnapped to an overcrowded world desperately needing medical attention. They also have other people join their crew, and all come back safely.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:

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Star Trek Deep Space Nine is another Star Trek series created by Rick Berman and Micheal Piller that aired beginning in 1993 that takes place on an old Bajoran space station that is being reconstructed by The United Federation Of Planets, and assigned Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) in charge of the station and also the captain of a small ship called The U.S.S. Defiant. He works with Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) who is a Bajoran with the rank of Colonel and also gets a Star Fleet commision rank of Commander. Constable Odo (Rene Auberjonois) is a security officer on the space station. He is a Changeling. Dax is a character that is a Trill and relies on hosts to communicate with humanoids. The hosts are Jadzia (Terry Farrell) and Ezri (Nicole de Boer) . Cirroc Lofton plays Jake Sisko, and Alexander Siddig plays Dr. Julian Bashir. There are several Ferengin that are on the space station. Armin Shimmerman, who has played numerous Ferengi, played Quark, a bartender that is also a community leader. He has a brother named Rom (Max Grodénchik) works with Quark, and is also an engineer. His son is Nog (Aron Eisenberg) , who is friends with Jake Sisko, and also became the first Ferengi in Star Fleet. Leeta (Chase Masterson) also works with Quark and is married to Rom. She is a Bajoran. Wallace Shawn plays Zek, a Grand Nagus for the Ferengi Alliance. Andrea Martin & Cecily Adams play Ishka. Elim Garak (Andrew J. Robinson) is a Cardassian that lives on the space station. He is a tailor, and has a shop, and also worked with Star Fleet. Several of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members appered, such as Worf, Son Of Mogh (and grandson of Colonel Worf) played by Michael Dorn, Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien, and (Rosalind Chao)

The Bajorans are victims of a Cardassian war and request assistance from The Federation. They arrive with Benjamin Sisko, who becomes very familiar with the Bajorans and their customs. They respect and honor him, and he can also communicate with The Prophets, which are aliens that constructed a stable wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant. Their enemies are called The Pah-Wraiths. Star Fleet travels through the wormhole, and meet The Dominion, which is a very powerful organization with The Founders, which are Changlings that hate most of The Alpha Quadrant, but still care for Odo. Other members are Vorta, Jem'Hadar, Dosi, Karemma, Yaderans, T-Rogorans, and also Breen, Cardassians, and The Romulans also fought on their side. Members of Section 31 in Star Fleet attempted genocide to wipe out The Changelings, which made them very sick. The series ends after a horrible war, many people have died, Sisko becomes a Prophet, Odo returns to his people, and Kira is in full control of Deep Space Nine.

Star Trek: The Next Generation:

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Star Trek The Next Generation

Star Trek The Next Generation is another Star Trek series that aired decades after the original live action series, and also after the original animated series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and most of the other original Star Trek films. The first episode aired in 1987, with a new galaxy class starship Enterprise 1701-D, which had several new designs and an incomplete crew. The First Officer, Chief Medical Officer, and several other members, including a chief engineer, which wasn't established in the pilot episode. The next episode involved Main Engineering, and there was a chief engineer named Sarah Macdougal, played by Brooke Bundy. She had only appeared for that episode. The next time that an episode that involved engineering, there was a different cast member named Lt. Cmdr Argyle, played by Biff Yeager. Will Riker said that the efficiency tests on the engines had to be supervised by one of the Chief Engineers. He also helped assemble Lore, and he was mentioned in several other episodes, until another chief engineer named Logan was working and had several arguements with Geordi who was in command of the Enterprise. Geordi gave him command of half of the ship so he could escort the crew to safety while Geordi (Levar Burton) had to battle with flying robot weapons. Mr. Logan didn't appear in any other episodes after that since he took half of the ship to a starbase. The explanation given for the multiple engineers and the fact that an engineer didn't appear in the regular cast was that the enterprise had a team of supervising chief engineers until later, when Geordi became the chief engineer. However, this moved the gap to the helm control, which was filled by Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton), who left for Star Fleet Academy. After that, Ensign Ro Larren (Michelle Forbes) became the navigator, but several other crew members with the rank of Ensign, such as Ensign Raegar, Ensign Gates, Ensign Lynne, and a few that aren't named. Furthermore, The science officer, and relief helm officer are never mentioned, but still appear on the bridge.

Some Other Civilizations:

The Klingons:

The Klingons have had problems with The Federation because of improper first contact, but now work together very well. A Klingon was raised by Humans and works with The Federation and has lived on The Enterprise.

The Q:

When they go to Farpoint, they meet a representative from The Q Continuum, who studies the mortals, and finds out that humans have a very shady history of doing things such as killing each other in wars. He wants to extinguish all of them because of this, unless the crew of The Enterprise can show him that they have changed. They continue to meet him along the way and discover that they are not the only group of people that think he is a nuisance, since he often causes problems and does things that the rest of The Q doesn't agree with. All of The Q call themselves "Q".

The Ferengi:

The Ferengi are merchants that steal an energy converter, and were not their true selves during first contact. They also recover the U.S.S. Stargazer, a constellation class starship that Picard took command of, and used a technique with the warp drive to confuse an enemy ship, which turned out to belong to The Ferengi. The father of the DaiMon (captain) of the ship that was destroyed by Picard gives him The Stargazer so that he could defeat Picard in a battle. He has an illegal mind control device, and got in trouble for a mission that was very unprofitable. Another Ferengi wants to use Betazoid telephathic abilities in competitive trade negotiations.

The T'Kon Empire is very powerful civilization that trap The Enterprise and The Ferengi on one of their planets, and give them several challenges. They are dormant because of one of their stars going supernova, and one of the guardians on one of their outpost planets did not even know that this had happened and how much time that had passed. They are very similar to the Ikonian Empire.

The Ikonian Empire are very similar to the T'Kkon Empire and are equally powerful. It is obvious that they were attacked but some of them have escaped by using their incredible technology. Nobody from The Federation has met any people from The Ikonian Empire.

The Traveler: The Traveler is an alien from Tau Alpha C who has a difficult name to pronounce.

The Romulans:

These very close relatives of The Vulcans have grown apart and live on Romulus and Remus. There are problems with The Borg assimilating outposts along the Neutral Zone. They agree to work together to try to figure things out since they don't know much about The Borg. They cause some problems with The Federation later on.

The Borg: The Borg are species that assimilate other civilizations. They kidnap them, and insert many implants both inside and outside their victims, robbing their individuality, and forcing them to serve The Borg Collective and assimilate others. They have the ability to evolve and adapt whenever it is necessary, making it very difficult for people to defend themselves against them. They have a Queen that is made of a severed head with mechanical skull and spinal column, that can combine with a mechanical body. They help in communicating with other people and also Borg members, and have to step in to make sure that assimilation and "perfection" is accomplished whenever it might become difficult. The Borg can also assimilate species through viruses. They have little enemies that pose a threat to them. The Borg are believed to have assimilated V'Ger, they caused the near destruction of The El-Aurians in System J-25, and also destroyed and assimilated the outposts on The Neutral Zone. They are later introduced to Captain Picard by Q, where 18 Enterprise-D crew members and part of The Enterprise got assimilated. The rest of the ship and crew barely escaped. Captain Picard got assimilated after the assimilating assimilation of the New Providence Colony and had an individual character named Locutus Of Borg, who communicated with and supervised the assimilation of Sector 001: The Terran/Sol System.

The Bajorans: They live on the planet Bajor and were victims of The Cardassians.

The Cardassians: The Cardassians tried to overthrow The Bajoran Civilization.

The rest of the crew positions are filled throughout the series, such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who is French and lost his heart at an early age. He ordered Jack Crusher to his death, which caused slight friction between himself and Beverly and Wesley. He didn't like Wesley at all at first, but realized that his intelligence and capabilities helped him to save The Enterprise, which Picard later recommended that he attends Star Fleet. Picard overcomes his distrust of children and also gets to know Wesley a lot more. Picard also commands The Stargazer before he took command of the newly designed Galazy Class Enterprise D. He is highly educated and loves archaeology. Beverly (played by Cheryl Gates McFadden) is a chief medical officer on The Enterprise. She leaves to become a head of Star Fleet Medical, but returns later, (during this absence you see her shuttle craft, she is mentioned frequently, and appears in stock footage. Diana Muldaur, who has previously starred as scientists in Star Trek, comes for 21 episodes as Katherine Pulaski. She leaves to work at Star Fleet. ) Beverly has the authority to relieve The ship's captain of duty whenever it might be needed. She sometimes disobeys orders, and the two argue about this a lot. Picard says "I should have beamed you up." Beverly says "You wouldn't dare" "Oh, yes I would, and should" "Without my permission?!" "You don't follow orders!" "If you'd give reasonable orders, I'd obey!" Some of the medical staff that Beverly works with is a vulcan named Dr. Selar (Suzie Plakson) , and several nurses, inluding Alyssa Ogawa (Patti Yasutake) . Wesley and Beverly both have encountered The Traveler (Eric Menyuk) whose actual name is difficult to pronounce. He recognizes their intelligence, and says that Wesley is a prodigy, who comes with him, but Wesley is later seen as a graduate of Star Fleet Academy, another Star Fleet commission, and married to Robin Lefler (Ashley Judd) . Deanna Troi is a telepathic Bethazoid (with a human father) and her mother (Majel Barrett) appears on the ship each year. She is an ambassador to her planet, and has a valet named Mr. Homn (Carel Struycken) . Deanna also has the authority to relieve people of duty. William Thomas "Will" Riker (Jonathan Frakes) served on the Pegasus, The Potemkin, The Hood, and now on The Enterprise. He has an identical duplicate of himself named William Thomas "Thomas" Riker. Riker was split into two people by a transporter accident and Thomas was stranded and wasn't discovered until later. He grows a beard and becomes very seasoned, and is pushed to get his own command. One of the new first officers, Commander Shelby (Elizabeth Dennehy) is much younger than he is, and also became a captain of her own ship before he did. Natasha Yar (Denise Crosby) and Ishara Yar (Beth Toussaint) were sisters that were raised on the falling apart planet Turkana IV. Yar left to join Star Fleet, and became the chief security officer. She was killed by the slimey Armus, but several alternates of herself appeared. Ishara helped to recover missing crew members, but also took advantage of the opportunity to sabotage the other half of the planet that her side was at war with. Worf, Son Of Mogh, (Michael Dorn) and grandson of Colonel Worf (also by Michael Dorn) was raised by Kahlest (Thelma Lee) and Sergey Rozhenko (Theodore Bikel) and Helena Rozhenko (Georgia Brown) and has brothers named Kurn, Son Of Mogh, (and grandson of Colonel Worf) who was played by Tony Todd, and Nikolai Rozhenko (Paul Sorvino), and has a son named Alexander Rozhenko, whose mother is K'Ehleyr (again by Suzie Plakson) and has Klingon father and Human mother. She is also an ambassador, but was killed by Duras. Duras was killed by Worf. The Duras family constantly ruins Worf's family's reputation. Data is an android that is made by Doctors Noonian Soong (Brent Spiner), and Julianna O'Donnel Soong Tainer (Fionnula Flanagan) . They lived on a planet constructing androids (most of them also played by Brent Spiner) and each of them had imperfections. Data is one that appears to function the best, but their colony is destroyed by what is believed to be an life form that consumes anything that is alive. Juliana dies in the disaster, and Dr. Soong reconstructs her as an android, who functions as close to a human as possible. He is friends with Geordi. Mr. Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz) is a diagnostic engineer that specializes in holograms. He has even become addicted to holodeck programs. Chief Miles Edward O'Brien (Colm Meaney) is a pilot, security officer, and later a transporter chief. Keiko O'Brien (Rosalind Chao) is a plant biologist and teacher. They have two children. Whoopi Goldberg plays Guinan, an El-Aurian whose home was lost in a disaster with The Borg. She also knows Q. She is very empathic, and even sense an alternate Timeline. She gives advice to Captain Picard, Riker, and Beverly, and everybody else. She is a bartender. Picard, Keiko, Guinan, and Ro, were all transformed into children, and plants were turned into seedlings. The actors for them are David Tristan Birkin, Megan Parlen, Caroline Junko King, and Isis J. Jones.

Star Trek Animated Series:

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Star Trek is a series that began in 1964 with captain Robert April, and Christopher Pike. The series continued two years later with Jim Kirk commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise, and the series went through a very rough start which ended after three seasons.

Several Years later, Star Trek continued this time in animation. Most of the original actors provided the voices for their now animated characters, and also provided the voices for most of the guest stars, and also some of the other cast members. Mr. Kyle appeared on the series, but was not voiced by John Winston. He was voiced by James Doohan instead. Checkov did not appear at all in these animated episodes, but Walter Koenig became a writer for the show. New Bridge Officers were added such as Lt. Arex and Lt. M'Ress, and there is a much wider variety of characters, including an anthropormorphic bird, cat, and also tripedal aliens.

Filmation Associates produced the cartoon, and twenty-two episodes were made. The production staff was Lou Scheimer, Norm Prescott, Hal Sutherland, and D.C. Fontana. Technology and props were both extrememy limited at the time that the live action episodes were filmed, but the use of animation provided a wider variety of technology, graphics, and ideas and immaginations were expanded. They used an under water shuttle craft to travel below the surface of water on planets, life support belts for any place where the crew wouldn't be able to survive, and holodecks.

The series was made on a limited budget, resulting in several scenes that did not include the animation of their mouths when they were saying something. Instead, the characters were usually off screen when they were speaking. They had reused the same sound and music, (but so did the original series) and, of course, Checkov didn't appear at all in animation and most of the guest stars were performed by the regular cast members. There has been several arguments if that the original animated series is canon with the rest of Star Trek. However, there are numerous things that were introduced in this series that was used later on. This is also the only appearance of Robert April.

Until recently, this has been the only animated series of Star Trek. There is a new series in development set in the future beginning in the year 2528 with the characters named Capatin Alexander Chase, Commander Barric Holden, and Commander Kaylen Donal. This new animated series is very similar to the animated series that was made in the 1970s. The series is in between the original series and the motion pictures, since it has some advanced technology, but much of the ship and style of uniforms did not change. The series in development has uniforms that are very similar to this series, since the gold and red colors are identical in both animated series. The captain, for example, does not wear a red uniform. Kaylen Donal, however, does wear a red uniform. The look of the new animated series looks very similar to the look of the other animated series. The Enterprise series ended shortly and the new animated series was made as a response to Enterprise's shorter run. This is also very similar to the original series, which had many problems and ended after three years, and was followed by an animated series a few years later.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country:

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1991 marked the end of a series of movies starring Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Checkov, Chapel, Rand, Kyle, and Saavik when Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released. The title itself is a phrase from Hamlet, and the movie contains several quotes from classic literature. Sulu is not a member of The Enterprise A anymore; he is commanding the starship that he has always wanted to, with Rand as his communications officer. They are nearby when Praxis explodes, leaving The Klingon Empire helpless. The Federation, especially Spock, are wanting to help out, but Kirk is resisting because of the problems that have occured between him and them. There are also many other people from both sides that are resisting, which causes even more problems since somebody obtains one of his log entries and uses it against him when the message is carried to The Klingon Empire. Some Klingons are invited to The Enterprise and when they return the Klingon ship has been fired on and they lose their gravity and was boarded by people in space suits which shoot and kill the crew members, including the Chancellor of the High Council. The space suits have magnetic boots and it is impossible to see who is inside them. They are Star Fleet space suits, and the torpedos that knock out the gravity come from the direction of The Enterprise. Kirk and McCoy are framed and were set up, and then sent to a very bad mining operation. Spock figures out how to save them, and make plans to rescue them. They refuse to give up, and are even going to disobey orders to accomplish their very important mission. Everybody figures out that some Star Fleet Officers and some of The Klingons are uneasy about The Federation and the Klingon Empire working together.

Grace Lee Whitney appears in this film, obviously as Janice Rand, but is listed in the film's credits as Excelsior Communications Officer. This has also happened before when she was credited as Woman In Cafeteria. There is also an inconsistency with her Star Fleet Rank.

Rene Auberjonois appears as Colonel West, the only Star Fleet Officer known to have that rank. Colonel West was originally edited and then restored. Rene Auberjonois would later appear as Constable Odo in Deep Space Nine.

The Federation President is an Efrosian, who looks very similar to the Helm Officer of the USS Saratoga. They are not the same actor. The Efrosian Helm Officer is portrayed by Nick Ramus. The Federation President is portrayed by Kurtwood Smith.

The Renovated Enterprise & Enterprise A & The Enterprise D share much of the same set. The corridors are very similar, while the Enterprise D isn't as chrome as the other Enterprises. The engine rooms are alike, with changes to what is on the computer consoles. The crew quarters, transporter rooms, and sickbays are the same, and the laboratory is part of Beverly Crusher's office. The officer's lounge is the same room as the Observation Lounge (even when there was an Enterprise D officer's lounge the episode "Haven") and the Federation President's office is part of Ten Forward with curtains in front of the windows, a projection screen in the office where the counter is in Ten Forward, and different Federation logos in the windows of the doors to the room. (and possibly another area of Ten Forward could have been used for part of the Enterprise A had a mess hall and kitchen)

Some of the cast of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is William Shatner as Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, DeForest Kelley as Bones, James Doohan as Scotty, George Takei as Sulu, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, Walter Koenig as Checkov, Grace Lee Whitney As Commander Janice Rand, June Cattrall as Valeris, Mark Lenard as Sarek, Michael Dorn as Colonel Worf, Rene Auberjonois as Colonel West, and Kurtwood Smith as the Efrosian Federation President.

Other cast members are Iman, Shakti, David Anderson, John Bloom, Jim Boeke, Michael Bofshever, Todd Bryant, Carlos Cestero, Douglas Dunning, Edward Clements, Rosana DeSoto, Robert Easton, Doug Engalla, Darryl Henriques, Matthias Hues, Katie Johnston, Boris Lee Krutonog, Judy Levitt, Tom Morga, David Orange, Dennis Ott, Brock Peters, Christopher Plummer, Brett Porter, Paul Rossilli, Jeremy Roberts, Leon Russom, Clifford Shegog, John Schuck, William Morgan Sheppard, Christian Slater, Michael Snyder, Eric A. Stillwell, Angelo Tiffe, Guy Vardaman, J.D. Walters, and David Warner.

B.J. Davis & Alan Marcus played Yeoman Burke and Samno. Jeff Imada is a Stunt Double.

Stunt Performers are Ed Anders, Jeff Bornstein, Eddie Braun, Charlie Brewer, Hal Burton, Greg Baxley, Brett Davidson, Dorothy Ching-Davis, Maria Doest, Joe Farago, Sandy Free , Joy Hooper, Tom Huff, Jeffrey S. Jensen, Robert King , Scott Leva, Cole McKay, Eric Norris, Noon Orsatti, Deeana Pampena, Gary T. Pike, Donald B. Pulford,

Joycelyn Robinson, Danny Rogers, Don Ruffin, Spike Silver, and Erik Stabenau.