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coffee.gif for my very 1st entries in my TV diary, I watched today Sunday 8/4/19 these programs:

 

Dark Shadows is an American Gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The show depicted the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the wealthy Collins family of Collinsport, Maine, where a number of supernatural occurrences take place.

 

The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid)  appeared ten months into its run. Dark Shadows also featured ghosts, werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, time travel, and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles; as actors came and went, some characters were played by more than one actor.

 

Dark Shadows was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors, memorable storylines, numerous dramatic plot twists, adventurous music score, broad cosmos of characters and heroic adventures. The original network run of the show lasted for nearly five years to amass 1,225 episodes.

 

 

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Episode 297 - When Barnabas attempts to suffocate Maggie, he's stunned to hear his sister Sarah singing London Bridge. 

Episode 298 - Julia hypnotizes Maggie again after she starts to recall seeing a coffin.

 

Vera is a British crime drama series based on novels of the same name, written by crime writer Ann Cleeves. It was first broadcast on ITV on 1 May 2011, and to date, nine series have aired, with the latest debuting on 13 January 2019. The series stars Brenda Blethyn  as the principal character, Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Vera is a nearly retired employee of the fictional 'Northumberland & City Police', who is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. She plods along in a constantly dishevelled state, but has a calculating mind and, despite her irascible personality, she cares deeply about her work and comrades. She often proves her superior skills by picking up small errors in her co-workers' thought processes. Vera forms a close relationship with sergeants Joe Ashworth (David leon) and Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty). On March 4, 2019 it was confirmed that the show had been renewed for a tenth series.

 

 

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Episode 3 - Home Quiet life in suburbia takes a dark turn when a woman is is discovered murdered, found lying dead in her back garden. When DCI Vera..

 

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I would be glued to the screen just watching Blethyn sweep that cottage floor.  I LOVE this character and appreciate many of the reverse-typical feminine roles in recent years; Lund, Noren, Cawood, DCI Cassie, DC Scott et al brilliant stuff that pretty much began with Tennison...

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 Mon. 8/5

The Virginian (repackaged as The Men from Shiloh in its final year) is an American Western television series starring James Drury, Doug McClure,  and Lee J. Cobb, which aired on the National Broacasting Company (NBC) television network from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was a spin-off from a 1958 summer series called Decision. Filmed in color, The Virginian became television's first 90-minute Western series (75 minutes excluding commercial breaks). Cobb left the series after four seasons and was replaced over the years by mature character actors John Dehner, Charles Bickford, John McIntire and Stewart Granger portraying different characters.

 

The series ran for nine seasons—television's third longest running western, behind Bonanza at 14 seasons and 430 episodes, and Gunsmoke at 20 seasons and 635 episodes. The series is loosely based on The Virginian: Horseman of the Plains, a 1902 western novel by Owen Wister.  Percy Faith composed the theme.

 

 

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S1 Episode 2 - Woman From White Wing Carrying a secret that could destroy Garth’s relationship with his daughter, a former friend (Barry Sullivan) of the judge’s arrives at Shiloh ranch...

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You all are going to have to indulge me for awhile as I'm in my late summer 'Ol West kinda mood for sometime... yee-haw! bullwhip.gif

 

this is my absolute all-time favorite Western TV series...

 

The Big Valley is an American Western drama television series which ran on the American Broadcasting Company Network (ABC) from September 15, 1965 to May 19, 1969—comprising 4 seasons.  The series is set in the mid-late 1800’s on the fictional Barkley Ranch in Stockton, California.  The one-hour episodes follow the lives of the Barkley family, one of the wealthiest and largest ranch owning families in Stockton, lead by the matriarch Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck) and her sons Jerrod (Richard Long), Heath (Lee Majors), Nick (Peter Breck), and daughter Audra (Linda Evans). The series begins approximately 6 years after the death of the family patriarch Thomas Barkley.  Although he is never shown in the series (other than a painting), the character of Thomas Barkley is referred to as a major plot point many times.  The character of Heath Barkley is introduced in episode one as the illegitimate son of Tom Barkley.  His presence and claim to the Barkley name is the focus of much of the dramatic plots in season one.  While the successful and rich are often portrayed, in present day, as the unscrupulous villains, the Barkley family are portrayed as the upstanding citizens of Stockton, modeling justice, fairness, and often times, going against popular sentiment to uphold the underdog’s rights.

 

 

 

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S1 Episode 1 - Palms of Glory The Barkleys lead the resistance when the Coastal and Western Railroad hires bullies to force farmers to give up their land for a pittance. Meanwhile, a young man appears claiming to be Tom Barkley's bastard son.

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3 minutes ago, Scary Hair said:

Some blasts from the Past thire @Veum 

 

Doug McClure  , Lee Majors  some times i forget major stars of the 80's started out in Western series  and movies ❤🤗

 

@Scary Hair yeah I'm definitely an 'ol nostalgia type of fellow! :)

 

Nostalgia rules for me! :x

 

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The High Chaparral traces the adventures of the Cannon family in their struggle to maintain a cattle ranch in the rugged Arizona desert.  The time is the 1870's, when survival means a fight against the elements, as well as renegade Indians and outlaws.  

 In the early 1870s, a man named John Cannon comes to the Arizona Territory with his wife, Annalee, his twenty-year-old son, Billy Blue, his brother, Buck, and a dream of establishing a cattle empire in this rugged, untamed land. But unlike other settlers of his time, John dreams of building a life of peace and prosperity in cooperation with the native Apache. He has his work cut out for him, for his brother has a weakness for carousing in the nearest saloon, his relationship with his son is fraught with all of the difficulties common between fathers and sons, and his wife, though loving and supportive, is terrified by the savagery she sees around her. Within days of arriving in their new home, the army warns them off, Apaches attack, and John finds he has a hostile neighbor to the south, in Mexico, by the name of Don Sebastian Montoya - who claims the High Chaparral land as his own. As John, together with his brother and his newly hired ranch hands, struggles to get a foothold on the land, Annalee is killed in a raid, and John is forced into an arranged marriage with Don Sebastian's daughter, Victoria Montoya, as the price of peace with that adversary. He acquires a new brother-in-law, as well, Manolito Montoya, who comes initially as Victoria's protector but stays on to help establish the High Chaparral.  His son, Billy Blue, still grief-stricken over the death of his mother, is shocked by his father's hasty re-marriage and rebels, deserting the ranch for a time, until his Uncle Buck brings him back.

Faced with such obstacles, any other man would pack his bags and return in defeat from whence he came. But John Cannon is not any other man, and in fact, the Cannons, with their new allies and family, the Montoyas, are not ordinary people. They are determined to carve a home from the land they have claimed, and nothing short of death will stop them. They are the people who settled the West. This is their story.

 

 

 

Season One, especially the first half, is critical to the rest of the series because it sets up all the character profiles and relationships.  The first three episodes introduce all the characters and something of their backgrounds.  All the main horses are also established with their riders in the first season.  Some character adjustments are made during the first season - John's character becomes less cold and demanding, Blue is not quite so juvenile, Manolito, who is originally partnered with Blue, becomes paired more with Buck. By the end of the first season John and Victoria's marriage has developed from a stiff and formal arrangement to one of deep affection and passion.  

 

S1 Episode 1 - The Cannons, John, Buck, Blue, and Annalee arrive from the East at Rancho Rivera, a ranch left by the previous owners due to trouble with the Apache. Despite warnings from the Army the Cannons announce their intention to stay. Blue and Buck hire the bunk house boys in Tucson. Annalee re-names the ranch High Chaparral, but is killed during an Apache raid.

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The story is about an iconic historical figure, Daniel Boone (Fess Parker)and his adventures in and around Boonesborough, Kentucky a settlement which Boone was establishing. The time is pre-revolutionary and most of characters are fictional except Boone himself.

Boone’s best friend is a Native American named Mingo (Ed Ames), he also has a wife Rebecca (Patricia Blair) and a son Israel (Darby Hinton). The family wasn’t the center of the show but they did show up in quite a few episodes. He also had a daughter Jemima (Veronica Cartwright) but she mysteriously disappeared during the second season.

Mingo was half-Cherokee, educated at Oxford University and spoke perfect English. This was a first step and helped to set the tone for the portrayal of Native Americans in the media.

The shows drama came from skirmishes with less friendly indians and the occasional scoundrel or outlaw. Boone’s inherent common sense and strong moral compass usually saved the day and set the show up as a family favorite.

 

 

S1 disc 1 Episode 1 Ken - Tuck- E - George Washington sends Daniel and Yadkin into "Ken-Tuck-E," the "dark and bloody" hunting ground of four Indian nations, to find a site for a fort. Once they arrive, they encounter representatives of two of those four nations -- Shawnee warriors chasing a lone Cherokee warrior. Daniel helps drive the Shawnee away, and the grateful Cherokee, Mingo, returns the favor by showing Daniel and Yad an ideal location to build their fort. Yad returns east while Daniel remains with Mingo to explore the country.

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coffee.gif  Fri. 8/9

 

The Lone Ranger is an American western television series starring Clayton Moore but John Hart played the part of the Lone Ranger in the series from 1952 to 1954 and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. This action packed series has 221 episodes and initially featured Gerald Mohr as the episode narrator. Fred Foy served as both narrator and announcer of the radio series from 1948 to its finish and became announcer of the television version when story narration was dropped there. This was by far the highest-rated television program on the ABC network in the early 1950s. When it came time to produce another batch of 52 episodes, there was a creative dispute with Clayton Moore so John Hart was hired to play the role of the Lone Ranger. Once again, the 52 new episodes were aired in sequence followed by 52 weeks rerunning them. Hoping the mask would make the switch between Moore and Hart workable. Hart was never really accepted by the public in the role and those episodes were not seen again until the 1980s. At the end of the fifth year of the television series, Trendle sold the Lone Ranger rights to Jack Wrather, who bought them on August 3, 1954. Wrather immediately rehired Clayton Moore to play the Lone Ranger and another 52 episodes were produced. Once again, they were broadcast as a full year of new episodes followed by a full year of reruns. The Show originally ran from 1949 until 1957. From 49 till 56 the episodes were black and white . in 1956 – 1957 the show aired in color . There were two Movies made for the theaters starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. The Lone Ranger and The Lone Ranger and the lost city of Gold.

 

 

 

 

S1 Disc 1 Ep 1 - Enter the Lone Ranger - Butch Cavendish and his band of outlaws are terrorizing the West. A tracker named Collins leads a group of six Texas Rangers, led by Captain Reid, after them. Collins, secretly working for Cavendish, leads the Rangers into an ambush in a narrow pass known as Bryant's Gap. Cavendish then goes about his business, believing all six Rangers dead.

Later that evening, a native american named Tonto comes upon the scene and finds one Ranger still barely alive. He discovers this Ranger is the same man who helped Tonto when his village was destroyed when they were both boys. Tonto tends to the Ranger's wounds and makes six graves so the outlaws will believe all the Rangers are dead. When the Ranger, the younger brother of Captain Reid, regains his strength, he decides to disguise himself with a mask and become the Lone ranger.

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coffee.gif  Fri. 8/9

 

The series is set in early 19th-century Spanish California. When the commandant of Los Angeles, AlcaldeLuis Ramone, terrorizes the people of the pueblo and oppresses them, Don Alejandro de la Vega summons home from Spain his son Diego to fight the alcalde and his men. When Diego arrives, he finds his town in a sorry state, and while pretending to have little interest in anything but books and his experiments, he creates the secret identity of El Zorro: The Fox. He and his mute servant, the teenage Felipe, battle the alcalde's tyranny.

 

 

 

S1 Disc 1 Ep 1 - Dead Men  Tell No Tales - Don Diego de la Vega shows his trusted houseboy Felipe how astronomy studies the moon, and dreams about mankind going there one day, when his telescope shows a horseman approaching the pueblo hastily. It's a certain Señor Morales, who most unkindly asks a room in her inn and commandeers señorita Victoria Escalante to wake him at dawn; when she does, she is found standing over his body, which has a bloody stab-wound, and is arrested and quickly condemned to death by Alcalde Luis Ramone. Diego investigates, and discovers the alcalde actually used his friend, Mexico City's actor Ricardo Cortes, to play dead in order to set a trap for Zorro. But The Fox is hard to bait and even harder to catch in a trap...

 

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coffee.gif  Sat. 8/10

 

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S1 D1 Ep3 - Throw a Long Rope - The ranchers are losing cattle, with homesteaders suspected of rustling, but they nearly hang an innocent man. Judge Garth's decision to fall back on the law of the range in dealing with the homesteaders drives a wedge between him and his foreman.

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coffee.gif  Sun. 8/11

 

The Addams Family is a sitcom based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons that aired for two seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1966. It is often compared to its working-class rival, The Munsters, which ran for the same two seasons, and achieved somewhat higher ratings. The show is the first adaptation of the characters to feature "The Addams Family Theme".

The Addams Family television sitcom portrayed a monster family whose moribund physical appearances were counteracted by each family member's exuberance for passion and adventure. Premiering the same year as The Munsters, this short-lived series was one of the first two shows to take issue with the Leave It To Beaver aesthetic that dominated television throughout the 50s, in which perfect families narrowly defined normality in the American home. Instead, it starred a family feared by neighbors, who within the boundaries of their haunted Victorian mansion invented their own thriving, not to mention fun, culture. The Addams Family proved that outsiders could be extremely gracious, educated, and interesting, even if eccentricities rendered their looks a threat. 

The Addams Family were a macabre and wealthy family who lived on North Cemetary Ridge where the family members included rather odd individuals including Gomez who was the head of the house and had rather destructive instincts. His wife Morticia was the beautiful but somber lady of the house. Their oddball children were son Pugsley and morose daughter Wednesday. Grandmama was the family witch who notorious for casting spells on other family members. Uncle Fester was Gomez's wacky older brother who was always seemed to cause trouble. Lurch, their butler, was a seven-foot-tall warmed-over Frankenstein monster whose dialogue usually consisted solely of two words, "You rang?". Other recurring characters were Cousin Itt and Thing, a disembodied hand who was always willing to help out. 

Each episode opened with one of the most famous snap-happy theme songs of all time. Who could ever forget the opening verse 'They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together ooky... The Addams Family!'
 

 

S1 Side A Ep1  The Addams Family Goes to School The Addams family receive a visit from Mr. Hilliard, the school Truant Officer. He informs them that Wednesday and Pugsley by law must attend school. The kids then come home in tears after being read Grimm's Fairy Tales and the Addams decide to do something about it.

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coffee.gif  Mon. 8/12

 

Private Detective Varg Veum lives, and is consulted in various criminal cases, in Bergen on the west coast of Norway.

 

 

 

Bitre Blomster (Bitter Flowers) -A successful female politician hires private-detective Varg Veum. She wants him to find her missing daughter without attracting attention. During his investigation Veum becomes aware of an international company and its dealings with corruption, black-business, and murder.

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coffee.gif  Wed. 8/14

 

The Munsters is an American sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters starring Fred Gwynne as Frankenstein's monster-type head-of-the-household Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as his vampire wife, Lily Munster, Al Lewis as Grandpa, the over-the-hill vampire who relishes in talking about the "good old days", and Beverly Owen as their teenage niece whose All-American beauty made her the family outcast and Butch Patrick as their half-vampire, half-werewolf son Eddie Munster.

 

 

 

S1 D1 Ep1  Munster Masquerade - The Munsters are invited to a masquerade party by Marilyn's boyfriend. With carefully-picked costumes for the event everyone is shocked when Herman wins…for wearing one mask under another one.

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coffee.gif  Fri. 8/16

 

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S1 D2 Ep4  The Big Deal - Garth has a visitor from Colombia, Enrique Cuellar, who has inherited a critical piece of property in the middle of Shiloh used to move cattle. When Enrique learns Garth has held back information on it, he decides to put crippling pressure on Garth.

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coffee.gif  Sun. 8/18

 

Shetland is a Scottish television crime drama television series, made by ITV Studios for the BBC and broadcast on BBC One, that first broadcast on 10 March 2013. Initially based upon the novels of Ann Cleeves, the series was brought to screen by David Kane, who has remained a principal writer through all five series.

The series stars Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez, a detective inspector working for the Shetland police, Alison O'Donnell as Detective Sergeant Alison "Tosh" Macintosh, and Steven Robertson as Detective Constable Sandy Wilson. Mark Bonnar, Lewis Howden, Erin Armstrong, Julie Graham, and Anne Kidd are also credited as principal members of the cast.

The story takes place largely on the eponymous Scottish archipelago, although much of the series' filming takes place on the Scottish mainland, with only some location filming actually taking place on Shetland.[3] Five series have been broadcast to date.[4] Douglas Henshall won the 2016 BAFTA Scotland award for best actor for his role as Jimmy Perez, and the series received the award for Best TV Drama.

 

 

 

Series 5 Ep1 - A Shetland beach is transformed once a severed hand washes up. When a bag containing further body parts are discovered the beach becomes a murder scene. Perez quickly determines this murder has connections to a modern slave trafficking ring. The beach victim is discovered to be Daniel Ugara who was in Shetland to find his sister Zezi, both originally from Nigeria.

EP2 - After the Hayes family are questioned, suspicions are raised beyond the police and the family are brutally attacked. Perez relates Daniel's murder and his sister Zezi's disappearance to the trafficking ring. Their estranged mother Olivia Lennox becomes increasingly distraught at both her perception of pace of the investigation and her sense of guilt regarding her absence from her children's live. She is conflicted as she left them mainly in order to protect them from dangers in Nigeria.

EP3 - A Glasgow man, Aaron McGuire, is connected to the case; Perez, believing McGuire is a crucial figure in the gang, travels to Glasgow. Another suspect, Callum, commits suicide and, as custody officer, DC Sandy Wilson is under investigation.

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coffee.gif  Mon. 8/19

 

 

Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated SG-1) is a Canadian-American military science fiction adventure television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is based on the 1994 science fiction film Stargate by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The television series was filmed in and around the city of Vancover, British Columbia, Canada. The series premiered on Showtime on July 27, 1997 and moved to the Sci Fi Channel on June 7, 2002; the final episode first aired on Sky1 on March 13, 2007.

The story of Stargate SG-1 begins about a year after the events of the feature film, when the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets. SG-1 is an elite United States Air Force special operations team, one of about 20 teams from Earth who explore the galaxy and defend against alien threats such as the Goa'uld, the Replicators and the Ori. The series draws upon Egyptian mythology, Greek mythology, Norse mythology and Arthurian legend.

 

 

 

SG-1 S1 D4 Ep17 Enigma - SG-1 rescues a group of highly advanced Tollan from their homeworld, P3X-7763. The military and the NID take an interest in their technology, and attempt to imprison them for research purposes before Daniel helps them take refuge with the Nox.

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coffee.gif  Tues. 8/20 📺

 

 

Spooks (known as MI-5 in some countries) is a British Television drama series that originally aired on BBC One from 13 May 2002 to 23 October 2011, consisting of 10 series. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the series follows the work of a group of MI5 officers based at the service's Thames House headquarters, in a highly secure suite of offices known as The Grid. It is notable for various stylistic touches, and its use of popular guest actors. In the United States, the show is broadcast under the title MI-5. In Canada, the programme originally aired as MI5 but now airs on BBC Canada as Spooks.

The series continued with a film, Spooks: The Greater Good, which was released on 8 May 2015.

 

 

S1 Disc 2 Program File 03  Whilst on a routine check of the bugs in the Turkish Embassy, Zoe and all the other people in the embassy are taken hostage by terrorists who wish to negotiate the release of their parents from prison. If Zoe's cover as a PR consultant is blown she will almost certainly be killed. Things worsen when Harry realises that the attack on the embassy was all just a distraction from something much, much bigger.

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coffee.gif  Thurs. 8/22

 

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S1 Side A Ep 3 Boots with my Father's Name - Victoria starts brooding about how Tom could truly love her if he was unfaithful and fathered a bastard child. She journeys to Heath’s hometown to try to find the truth about Tom’s relationship with Heath’s mother.

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