Saturday, September 03, 2005

News Feature: Sitcoms on Local Television, Part I

Since this is a holiday weekend and there is a shortage of news, I am launching a special news feature report for the blog. Basically, I will use these features on weekends or any other days we have no real news to report. So, what do I mean by news features? Well, I'm sure all of you are familiar with news programs on television such as World News Tonight. They report us on the day's news and they also have some interesting special news features or reports on a certain topic, such as skin cancer or whatever. We think this will be a great idea for the blog, using sitcom related material of course, and will make people come on the weekends here when the news is usually slow. Our wonderful writers from the DVD review team will contribute on some of these special reports, and you all know how good our reviews are!
I will kick-it off with a special report on Sitcoms on Local Television. This report will consist of what sitcoms are currently on local television and the sitcoms that are just not airing at all. Since there are so many sitcoms, I can't cover them all, but feel free to post a comment if you think I missed something and I will be happy enough to check and look for you. Today I will focus on the sitcoms of the 70s and 80s on local television, in part one of our special report. So, before I start, let's cue in on the news music ... then after you listen to that, start reading our special feature on Sitcoms on Local Television:

There are so many sitcoms that have aired on television. Many of them had enough episodes to air in reruns. So, why are many sitcoms not in reruns at all today? Why are some sitcoms just on few local channels? Why do some sitcoms just appear everywhere? These questions are asked by many sitcom fanatics throughout the United States. Today in part one of this report we will focus on the '70s & '80s sitcoms, and some '90s sitcoms as well.
The '90s was not that long ago, and many of those sitcoms still appear everywhere on locals and on cable, such as Seinfeld, Friends, Full House, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Boy Meets World. But what about some of the forgotten the '90s sitcoms such as Anything But Love, Blossom, Dave's World, Dinosaurs, Doogie Howser M.D., Empty Nest, Evening Shade, Hearts Afire, Herman's Head, Sports Night, and The Wonder Years? All of those are not airing anywhere locally or nationally on cable. While shows like California Dreams (filler airings on KCAL in Los Angeles), NewsRadio (few local channels), ROC (TV One) and Major Dad (Turner South) are also rare these days. The '90s is not as bad as the '70s and '80s, which I will detail much more.

With all of the channels available today, it shouldn't be too hard for almost every show that was popular and had enough episodes for syndication to have a home. For the '80s, it is sad that ALF is not airing on cable or in local syndication. The list goes on for shows not on cable or local channels: Benson, Dear John, Growing Pains, Head of the Class, The Hogan Family, Hooperman, It's a Living, Kate & Allie, Mr. Belvedere, My Two Dads, Newhart, 9 to 5, Perfect Strangers, Silver Spoons, Small Wonder, Too Close for Comfort, and Webster. Those are not airing AT ALL anywhere currently. Then there are other ones that are barely airing such as Amen (coming to TV One), Archie Bunker's Place (ME-TV thru Sept. 12), Charles in Charge (few local channels), Diff'rent Strokes (two local channels), The Facts of Life (ME-TV in Chicago), Family Ties (few local channels), Gimme a Break! (three local channels), Night Court (just started on TV Land), Punky Brewster (ME-TV in Chicago), and 227 (WCIU in Chicago and coming back to TV One in late Sept.). Even Bosom Buddies which didn't last too long is airing on some locals and nationally on TBS. Shows like Cheers, Cosby Show, and Who's the Boss? are airing a lot on cable and local channels. There are some shows that have been cable staples and are currently just on cable such as Designing Women, Golden Girls, and Mama's Family. As you can see, more are not airing than airing. It is very sad that this is happening. I didn't even list the somewhat short lived '80s sitcoms that have been popular in reruns such as Three's a Crowd, Just the Ten of Us, Out of this World, Still the Beaver, and My Sister Sam -- those are not airing either, as you probably guessed.

Moving on to the '70s, it seems to be a bit better, but not by much. It is sad that Alice is not airing on cable or in local syndication. The list goes on for shows not on cable or local channels: Doris Day Show, Here's Lucy, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Maude, Nanny & The Professor, One Day at a Time, Rhoda, Room 222, SOAP, and WKRP in Cincinnati. Then there are other ones that are barely airing such as Barney Miller (ME-TV), Bob Newhart Show (ME-TV & FOXNet), Chico and the Man (AmericanLife TV), Courtship of Eddie's Father (American LifeTV), Eight is Enough (ME-TV), The Jeffersons (few locals), Laverne & Shirley (few locals and Lifetime Real Women), Love American Style (ME-TV), The Love Boat (WBII-TV in Ashland, MS), Mary Tyler Moore Show (ME-TV & FOXNet), Mork & Mindy (few locals), Odd Couple (few locals), Partridge Family (ME-TV), Taxi (few locals), Welcome Back Kotter (AmericanLife TV), and What's Happening!! (few locals, coming to TV Land this fall). Shows like All in the Family, Brady Bunch, Good Times, Happy Days, M*A*S*H, and Sanford & Son are airing a lot on cable and local channels. Three's Company has been a staple on cable for many years, but is currently not on any locals, but airs on TV Land. I didn't even list the somewhat short lived '70s sitcoms that have been popular in reruns such as Angie, Bad News Bears, Phyllis, The Ropers, and That's My Mama -- those are not airing either, as you probably guessed.

As you can see, if we take out that ME-TV local channel in Chicago, we basically have nothing really. The '70s sitcoms are not as bad as the '80s sitcoms in terms of not airing, but still needs work as you can see. Tomorrow we will look at the '50s and '60s sitcoms, so tune in to see if they are more rarely seen than the '70s and '80s or not. Some final thoughts will be included in that story as well. So come back tomorrow for part duex!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, September 21

none scheduled

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 20)

Tuesday, September 21

  • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Catch Billy Bob on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Fred Savage (The Grinder/Crumbs/Working/The Wonder Years) - Fred appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Elisha "EJ" Williams (The Wonder Years) - Elisha "EJ" is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Bill will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mr. Corman/3rd Rock from the Sun) - Joseph appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) - Jeremy talks about FBI on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan (check your local listings) and on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community) - Ken will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leslie Odom Jr. (Central Park/Love in the Time of Corona/Big Day) - Leslie talks about The Many Saints of Newark on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Karla Souza (Home Economics) - Karla talks about Home Economics on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Young Rock) and Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch/Two and a Half Men/That '70s Show) - The Rock, Ashton and Jake Gyllenhaal come clean on their bathing habits on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June-September)

Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

06/08 - The Critic - The Complete Series
06/08 - Fuller House - The Fifth and Final Season
06/08 - Fuller House - The Complete Series
06/08 - Our Cartoon President - Season 3
06/15 - The Office - Season 1 (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
07/07 - No Activity - Season 2
07/13 - The Unicorn - Season 2
07/20 - Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season
07/27 - Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - The Neighborhood - Season Three
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Deluxe Edition (100 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Standard Edition (50 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/24 - The Jim Gaffigan Show - Season 2
09/07 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
09/21 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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Recent SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Posts

09/21 - Family Guy, King of the Hill, The Cleveland Show and Futurama Joining FXX; HBO Max's Ten Year Old Tom Details
09/20 - 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards Winners; Turner Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month with George Lopez, Tacoma FD and More
09/19 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of September 20, 2021)
09/18 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Comes to an End; FXX Goes Full Blown Animation Domination with New Acquisitions
09/17 - Fri-Yay: NBC Reportedly Wants to Reboot The Office; Remembering Norm Macdonald of The Norm Show/Norm
09/16 - Comedy Central Fall 2021: Seinfeld Joins Lineup; Apple TV+ New Comedy Acapulco Premieres Oct. 8
09/15 - Only Murders in the Building Renewed for Season 2; HBO Max's Love Life New Season Starts Oct. 28
09/14 - Columbo 50th Anniversary Marathon on COZI TV; BET+ R-Rated Sitcom Renewed for Season 2
09/13 - Anthony Anderson and Mama Doris Headlining Halloween on Discovery+; The Last O.G. Is Back Oct. 26
09/12 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of September 13, 2021)
09/11 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Fox Mulls Future of Animated Comedies; Saturday Night Live Season Premiere Date Set
08/10 - Fri-Yay: A.P. Bio Quietly Continues Its Daring Humor on Peacock; Remembering Producer/Writer Irma Kalish, Michael Constantine of Room 222 and Art Metrano of Joanie Loves Chachi
09/09 - Wheel of Fortune Hosts Extend Contracts; Dancing with the Stars Announces Season 30 Cast
09/08 - Netflix Comedy On My Block's Final Season; Parks and Recreation Podcast Premieres Sept. 14
09/07 - FX on Hulu's Reservation Dogs Renewed; Comet and Stirr Celebrate Star Trek Day
09/06 - TV Marathons on Labor Day 2021
09/05 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of September 6, 2021)
09/04 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Life Goes On Reboot in the Works with Kellie Martin Reprising Original Role; Martha Plimpton Cast in Greg Garcia Comedy
09/03 - Fri-Yay: 30 Rock Returns to Netflix As It Attempts to Build Back Its Library; Did I Do That to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story Coming to Cartoon Network
09/02 - Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween Schedule; MeTV Network and Decades Remember Ed Asner
09/01 - The Game Returns Nov. 11 on Paramount+; New Bel-Air Series Announces Casting of Will Character
08/31 - Run the World Gets 2nd Season; Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. Trailer and Guests Revealed
08/30 - Remembering the Legendary Ed Asner of The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Cobra Kai Season 5 Ordered Before Season 4 Premiere
08/29 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of August 30, 2021)
08/28 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Steve Harvey to Become Judge in Unscripted ABC Series; The Goldbergs to Pay Tribute to George Segal
08/27 - Fri-Yay: Apple's Ted Lasso Continues to Impress In Its Second Season; TCA Summer Press Tour: ABC
08/26 - Home Economics Returns with NFL Themed Premiere; New Flintstones Goes from Stone Age to Streaming Age on HBO Max
08/25 - New Baking Series Hosted by Two Comedy All-Stars; Showtime Orders The Wood to Pilot
08/24 - New Adult Swim Comedy Premieres Sept. 19; NBC Taps British Top Comedian for New Comedic Game Show
08/23 - Superstar: John Ritter Airs Wednesday (Aug. 25) on ABC; Two HBO Max Comedies Add More Cast Members
08/22 - Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of August 23, 2021)
08/21 - SitcomsOnline Digest: Peacock Cancels Punky Brewster Reboot; The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Arrives on DVD from Time Life