Alias is one of those television shows that sucks you in form the minute it starts till the concluding episode. Alias was made after J.J. Abrams wanted to put a little spice into Felicity series and decided to start a new series with a new lead girl instead. The original premise of the show is that Sydney Bristow, play by Jennifer Gardner, is in college trying to get her Master’s degree. At the same time she is also a spy for what she thinks is the United States government, a black ops branch called SD-6. In the first episode she finds out that she is actually working for a terrorist organization that killed her fiancée. Sydney is a “super spy” and one of the best things about the show is seeing all the costume changes she goes through each episode. As the series goes on it has many twists and turns but you will always hear the name “Milo Rambaldi” thrown about. In the series he is part prophet and inventor (in the same vein as Leonardo da Vinci). He has laid clues all over the world and they all lead to one thing that somehow involves Sydney. Watch as the plot gets uncovered and the all delicious twists and turns it takes to get there.
Do you consider yourself a survivalist, or think that you can beat any challenge no questions asked? Well if you think you are consider what the contestants of this new television series has to do. They are taken to a remote place somewhere in the world, so far it has been a remote island, swamps of Louisiana, jungle, and many other desolated placed. Then they are given one survival item. Many people might still say this is a piece of cake. The final thing they must do is undress before the cameras. Yes, they have to be completely naked with one survival tool. To make it even more interesting, they can only meet their partner once they are both naked and each team is made up of one guy and girl. It is up to both members to get over the fact that they are nude, and try to carry their weight and try to survive for 21 days in the world’s most extreme places. Many places have snakes whose venom is extremely deadly to worries of horrid weather conditions. This new show really puts people to the test. At the end of each episode they are rated on how they survived. You will be surprised which of the team members comes out on top each week. This is a show not to be missed.
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour aired in 1962 on CBS, hosted by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. This series is a revival of the Alfred Hitchcock presents series, keeping the same basic format with a change in name. Each episode starts with Alfred Hitchcock’s monotone voice with, “Good Evening” along with a short monologue of what to expect in the hour long evening tale. This series has a different story in each episode with twists and turns centering on murder, mystery, horror, and thrills. The ending of the tales are always an unpredictable outcome. There were a total of 93 episodes that stared actors including Peter Fonda, Robert Strauss, Roddy McDowall, R.G. Armstrong, Angie Dickinson, Jack Cassidy, Ray Milland, Leslie Nielsen, Christopher Lee, Tony Randall, and Jayne Mansfield. Many of the hour long episodes are stories brought to life from many famous writers of thrillers. Ray Bradbury wrote the story in season 1, episode18, Shopping for Death. Alfred Hitchcock ends each episode with an overview of the episode and the outcomes that could have been avoided.
After Hours with Daniel Boulud is a reality show hosted by world renowned chef, Daniel Boulud, as he explores where chefs dine in the culinary world. This series follows Boulud as he takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of America’s top restaurants. The first season starts in New York and plays host to a diversity of restaurants such as Blue Ribbon Restaurant, wd~50, BLT Prime, Maremma Trattoria Toscana, and Dinosaur BBQ. In season two, Boulud travels to the West Coast exploring various cuisines by top chefs. Season three ventures to the deep south with a culinary adventure into the taste, music, and life in Louisiana. In season three Boulud continues in the South with the cuisines of Miami, Florida. The first stop in season three begins with a stop at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami with owner Michael Schwartz. The third season takes a twist with an array of special guests like writer and producer, Rob Long, actor and musician, Harry Shearer, and Miami Heat’s Dorell Wright.
Airwolf is an action series that aired on CBS about a former pilot for the CIA that finds himself caught in a conspiracy game. This series follows former pilot and loner, Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) who spends most of his solitary life in a secluded cabin with his Coonhound, Tick. Hawke’s surroundings include priceless paintings that were left to him by his grandfather. Besides Tic, his only friend is Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine), who raised Hawke after the death of his parents. In earlier years Hawke was a pilot for a supersonic helicopter called Airwolf. This stealth helicopter was built by a sector of the CIA that went by the Firm. The Firm’s director, Michael Coldsmith Briggs III (Alex Cord), calls on Hawke to find Airwolf when it is stolen by it’s own creator, Dr. Charles Henry Moffet (David Hemmings). To persuade Hawke to take the mission, the Firm holds his most valued possessions as a sort of ransom. Hawke takes on the mission and recovers Airwolf only to not return it to the Firm. The series continues on with its twists and turns of government plots and action.
Alf is a science fiction sitcom that aired on NBC about a little hairy alien that comes to live with a middle-class family on earth. When a spaceship crashes on the Tanner family garage, there was little warning at to what was in store for them. Out of the spacecraft came an ill mannered loveable alien named Gordon Shumway from the planet Melmac. Taken in by the Tanner family who includes dad, Willie (Max Wright), mom, Kate (Anne Schedeen), and children, Lynn (Andrea Elson), and Brian (Benji Gregory). Gordon Shumway becomes best buds with the youngest Tanner, Brian, who gives him the name Alf (Alien Life Form). Alf turns into one of the family members except for the fact that he just happens to like to eat cats and has eight stomachs. In every episode Alf is getting himself or one of the other Tanner’s in some sort of trouble with a harmless prank. Often the Tanner’s constantly have to bail Alf out of trouble barely escaping the government finding out about him.
Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition is a reality dance competition that aired on the Lifetime Network. Heading up the series is the outspoken and often loud, Abby Lee Miller, from the series “Dance Moms”. Hosted by former MTV host, Kevin Manno, this series follows twelve boys and girls from ages 6 through 13 competing for the grand prize. The grand prize winner receives $100,000 cash and a scholarship to the Young dancer program at the Jeffrey Ballet School in New York City. Judging the competition with Abby is celebrity choreographer, Richard Jackson, and founder of the Pussy Cat Dolls, Robin Antin. Each episode follows the young dancers as they are given weekly challenges and learn new dance routines to perform in front of the judges. Abby is known for her yelling and often shrewd behavior throughout the serious. The contestants are coached by their own mother, who is also maneuvering in shark infested waters against and around other competitive parents. One child is eliminated by the judges each week after competing in the often stressful, yet rewarding competition.
Alias Smith and Jones was a western series that aired in 1971 on ABC about two outlaw cousins trying to reform. Hannibal Heyes (Pete Duel) and Jedediah “Kid” Curry (Ben Murphy) are the most famous bank and train robbing outlaws in the West. After realizing that they can’t keep up with the changing modern times, they decide to get out of the outlaw business. Heyes and Kid never actually killed anyone in their outlaw escapades, so they are able to make a deal with the territory governor. If the two can keep out of trouble for a period of time then the governor will grant them a pardon. The one catch they face is that they still remain on the wanted list until the deal is complete. Heyes and Kid take on the aliases of Smith and Jones to hide themselves from bounty hunters and law men that are out to bring the pair to justice. The new Smith and Jones take on an honest living with retrieving stolen items and taking down other outlaws. Often the pair find themselves being stuck in sticky jams where they are forced to commit crime or avoiding being caught.
Adam 12 was a police drama series that aired from 1968 to 1975 on NBC. The show focused on two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) and Jim Reed (Kent McCord), as they patrol the streets of Los Angeles. The series gave one of the first realistic looks into the everyday life and work of police. The premise of the show is centered around the officers working in the patrol unit 1-Adam-12, thus giving the name for the series, Adam 12. In the beginning of the first season, Reed is a fresh out of the police academy rookie who finds himself partnered up with veteran officer, Malloy. In the weeks preceding Malloy had lost his partner, who was killed in trying to apprehend a bank robber. After the death of his partner, Malloy was debating on even staying on the police force when he realized that his new rookie partner is not ready to be working in the streets of L.A. alone. Malloy and Reed partner up and ever episode takes on new plots from police chases to burglaries.
The Academy is a reality series that aired on Fox following new police recruits as they go through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy. This series goes behind-the scenes with the new police recruits as they go through 18 weeks of rough training. The first season started with 111 recruits in class 355 for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department along with recruits for other city police departments. In each episode there are recruits separated, or dropping out of the strenuous training academy. Out of the 111 recruits there were 24 separated for personal choice, injury, failed exams, or due to instructor’s advice. The class is led by head drill instructor, Deputy Miley or “the Ramrod”, who doesn’t always think the class, has what it takes. This reality series has everything from action, drama, to even romance when two classmates fall for each other. Each season leads up to the graduation when they realize their hard work paid off in the badge they awarded.