1988 television series debuts

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  1. Aaron's Way

    Aaron's Way (1988)


    Aaron's Way is a 1988 American family drama series that aired on NBC. The series stars Merlin Olsen as Aaron Miller, the husband and father of an Amish family that moves to California. The series follows the attempts of family members to adapt to California culture while retaining their personal values. Also appearing on the series were Samantha Mathis and Belinda Montgomery.

  2. Abigail

    Abigail (1988)


    Abigail (1988-1989) is a Venezuelan telenovela that was produced by and seen on Venezuela's Radio Caracas Televisión. It was written by Elizabeth Alezard, Alberto Gómez, Mariana Luján, Amparo Montalva, and María Helena Portas and directed by Tito Rojas. This telenovela lasted 257 episodes and was distributed internationally by RCTV International.

  3. ALF Tales

    ALF Tales (1988)


    ALF Tales is an animated American series that ran on the NBC television network on Saturdays from August 1988 to December 1989. The show was a spinoff from the series ALF: The Animated Series. The show had characters from that series play various characters from fairy tales. The fairy tale was usually altered for comedic effect in a manner relational to Fractured Fairy Tales.

  4. Bebê a Bordo

    Bebê a Bordo (1988)


    Bebê a Bordo is a Brazilian telenovela produced and displayed at the time of 19 hours by Rede Globo, June 13, 1988 to February 11, 1989 in 209 chapters.

  5. China Beach

    China Beach (1988)


    China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, which was nicknamed "China Beach" in English by American and Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. The ABC TV drama aired for four seasons, from 1988 to 1991.

  6. Day by Day

    Day by Day (1988)


    Day by Day is an American sitcom starring Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith (all in 33 episodes), and Thora Birch (21 episodes). Day by Day was telecast from February 29, 1988, through June 25, 1989, on NBC.

  7. Don't Just Sit There

    Don't Just Sit There (1988)


    Don't Just Sit There is a television show on Nickelodeon that first aired in 1988 and lasted for three seasons. The show was a talk show mixed with a comedy sketches. Segments included making food or taking things apart such as a Nintendo. The basic concept of the show was to give kids ideas for different things they could do rather than just sitting and watching TV, hence the title. Out of Order was the house band on the series, they would later get to sing on the show as well as participate in sketches.

  8. Don Tonino

    Don Tonino (1988)


    Don Tonino is an Italian television series.

  9. Dulce desafío

    Dulce desafío (1988)


    Dulce Desafío (Sweet Challenge) is a Mexican telenovela starring Adela Noriega and Eduardo Yáñez.

  10. Echoes

    Echoes (1988)


    Echoes is a four-part Irish drama miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Maeve Binchy. It was produced for Channel 4 by Working Title Films in association with RTÉ.

  11. Encyclopedia

    Encyclopedia (1988)


    Encyclopedia is a television series created by the HBO Network and the for-profit branch of the Children's Television Workshop (CTW), Distinguished Productions. The series premiered on the HBO network in 1988.

  12. Eurocops

    Eurocops (1988)

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    Eurocops is a European television crime TV-series produced between 1988 and 1992. It is a co-production between seven European TV stations in which each station produced a number of episodes which were then pooled, dubbed and otherwise adapted when needed and broadcast by all participating stations, a format used earlier in the German crime series Tatort. The participating networks were ZDF from Germany, ORF from Austria, SRG from Switserland, RAI from Italy, TVE from Spain, Antenne 2 from France and Channel 4 from the United Kingdom.

  13. El extraño Retorno de Diana Salazar

    El extraño Retorno de Diana Salazar (1988)


    El extraño retorno de Diana Salazar ("The mysterious return of Diana Salazar") is a 1988 Mexican telenovela starring Lucía Méndez and Jorge Martinez. It is an unusual example of a telenovela which addresses supernatural topics.

  14. Family Feud

    Family Feud (1976)


    Family Feud is an American game show in which two families compete against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey question posed to 100 people. The show was created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman in the United States, and now airs in numerous local formats worldwide.

  15. Fauji

    Fauji (1988)


    Fauji (Devanagari: फौजी, Nastaliq: فوجی, translation: "Soldier") (1989) was a TV series following the training of an Indian Army commando regiment that aired on India's national channel DD National in 1989. It was produced by New Film Addicts pvt ltd. Colonel Raj Kapoor was a Director in this company. Fauji starring Shahrukh Khan that went on to become a mega success. This was not his debut role as is popularly believed. His debut role in TV serials was in Dil Dariya where he went quite unnoticed. The character of Abhimanyu Rai was based on the exploits of Lt Col Sanjoy Bannerji of the Bombay Sappers, Indian Army.

  16. Guns of Paradise

    Guns of Paradise (1988)


    Paradise (later renamed Guns of Paradise) is an American Western family television series, broadcast by CBS from 1988 to 1991. Created by David Jacobs and Robert Porter, the series presents the adventures of fictitious gunfighter Ethan Allen Cord, whose sister left her four children in his custody when she died.

  17. Hannay

    Hannay (1988)


    Hannay was a 1988 spin-off from the 1978 film version of John Buchan's novel The Thirty-Nine Steps which had starred Robert Powell as Richard Hannay.

  18. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat (1988)


    HeartBeat is an American television series in the medical drama genre. The series aired for two seasons on ABC from March 1988 to April 1989.

  19. Hey, Vern, It's Ernest!

    Hey, Vern, It's Ernest! (1988)


    Hey Vern, It's Ernest! is a short lived American children's television program. It aired on Saturday mornings on CBS for one season in 1988. Each episode involved short sketches based around a certain theme or scenario (much like You Can't Do That on Television), featuring the popular fictional character Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney), his unseen friend Vern, and various others. The filming locations were in Nashville, Tennessee and Burbank, California. It was a production of Ernest creator John Cherry's production company, The Emshell Producers' Group, in association with CBS, and was distributed by DIC Entertainment. This series was later rerun on The Family Channel in the early 1990s.

  20. In the Heat of the Night

    In the Heat of the Night (1988)


    In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the motion picture and novel of the same name starring Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs. It was broadcast on NBC from 1988 until 1992, and then on CBS until 1994. Its executive producers were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett and Carroll O'Connor. TGG Direct released the first season of the series to DVD on August 28, 2012.

  21. Just the Ten of Us

    Just the Ten of Us (1988)


    Just the Ten of Us is an American sitcom starring stand-up comedian Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach Graham Lubbock, a teacher and the head of a large Catholic family with eight children living in Eureka, California. The series is a spin-off of Growing Pains, in which Kirchenbauer portrayed the same character on a recurring basis. As the series progressed, Coach Lubbock's four eldest daughters, the teenagers Marie (Heather Langenkamp), Cindy (Jamie Luner), Wendy (Brooke Theiss), and Connie (JoAnn Willette), became the primary focus of the show.

  22. Kevin Arnold

    Kevin Arnold


    The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Carol Black and Neal Marlens. It ran for six seasons on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988 after ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXII.

  23. Madeline

    Madeline (1993)


    Madeline is a television series, part of the Madeline media franchise. It began as a series of television specials, and then was continued as various seasons of the TV show.

  24. Mahabharat

    Mahabharat (1988)


    Mahabharat is an Indian television series based on the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The 94-episode Hindi series originally ran from 2 October 1988 to 24 June 1990 on DD National. It was produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his son Ravi Chopra . The music was composed by Rajkamal. Each episode ran for approximately 45 minutes. Costumes for the series were provided by Maganlal Dresswala.

  25. Mirza Ghalib

    Mirza Ghalib (1988)


    Mirza Ghalib is an Indian biographical television drama series written and produced by poet Gulzar (Sampooran Singh Kalra). The series was aired on Doordarshan National in 1988. The lead actor was Naseeruddin Shah who played the role of Mirza Ghalib, the famous classical Urdu and Persian poet from Mughal Empire during British colonial rule. The series featured ghazals sung and composed by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh. It music has since been recognised as Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh's magnum opus enjoying a cult following in the Indian subcontinent.

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