other TV movies (20th century)

These are things I originally saw in the 1980s and 90s. Generally speaking, I don't remember anything about them, and may barely remember they existed. Some of them I may have even completely forgotten, and then was reminded of while browsing old listings on TV Tango. In fact it's even possible there are titles that I only remember because I saw commercials for them, but never actually bothered to watch. My memory is so dim, sometimes, that I can assume I've seen things I haven't. But anyway, I feel like mentioning things, whether I definitely saw them or only probably saw them. For reasons of nostalgia. (Of course, there are probably lots of TV movies I watched back in the day, that now I wouldn't remember even if I did find the titles somewhere.)

See also other TV movies (21st century) and other miniseries


1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns, on CBS
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Sherlock was in like cryonic suspension or something. Then he woke up in the 1990's. It was kinda funny and stuff. I don't remember it well, but I definitely want to see it again someday, and write up a proper review.


Alice in Wonderland, on NBC
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It had a great cast. Aside from that I can't really remember anything about it, though I have this vague sense that I may not have liked it much. Still perhaps someday I'll see it again and write a proper review, I dunno...


Breaking All the Rules: The Creation of Trivial Pursuit, on CBC (Canada)
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Um, so I guess this aired in 1988. It was about the guys who invented the board game Trivial Pursuit. I remember one line from the movie, and that's all. But I probably thought it was fairly interesting and amusing, at the time.


Child of Rage, on CBS
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This first aired in 1992, but I'm not sure if I saw it then or some years later. The only thing I remember about it is that Ashley Peldon was in it, who I think I already knew from something, when I saw it. Possibly Guiding Light. But I'd become more familiar with her later, in a TV series called "The Mommies" (which I barely remember), and flashback scenes on The Pretender. Honestly, I couldn't say whether I'd seen either of those things before I saw this. But anyway, she played this little girl who'd been adopted, and who did some terrible things, apparently because she had previously been abused. But the thing is, whenever I try to remember "that TV movie I saw Ashley Peldon in," the one I think of is "Liar, Liar" (see lower this page), which she actually wasn't in....


A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, on CBS
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I'm pretty sure I saw at least part of this, when it aired in 1995. All I remember about it is that the stars included Eva La Rue, of whom I was a fan from All My Children, and Andrea Nemeth, of whom I was a fan from The Odyssey. And of course it's based on Annette Funicello's memoir (which I've never read). So... it seems like something I'd like to see again, to refresh my memory and write a review.


The Gambler, on CBS
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This is a series of five TV movies that aired between 1980 and 1994, all of them starring Kenny Rogers. (The series is based on his song of the same name.) I'm sure I must have seen at least one of them, but I don't really remember anything about them. Except I vaguely recall Reba McEntire being in one; I guess she was in the fourth movie, so maybe that's the one I'm most likely to have seen. Though I may have seen others, or I may have seen none of them, and just remember the commercials. Anyway, I don't particularly have any interest in ever seeing any of these movies again, but the idea isn't completely without appeal. I guess.


Ghost of a Chance, on CBS
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Every now and then, a scene pops into my head, of Redd Foxx arguing with some vendor who's selling, like, fish or something. And it's called "fresh-frozen," which Foxx's character basically thinks is an oxymoron (though I don't think he used that word). Anyway, I think that scene was in this movie, but other than that I didn't remember the title or plot or anything. But I finally decided to check Foxx's IMDb page to see if I could figure out what it was. And this is the only thing I think it could have been. Might be nice to see it again someday, to refresh my memory.


Her Wicked Ways, on CBS
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The only thing I really remember about his is that it starred Barbara Eden (from I Dream of Jeannie) and Heather Locklear. And at least one of them (Locklear's character for sure) was a manipulative bitch. That's all I can say, but I thought I'd mention the movie just because I used to watch a bunch of movies-of-the-week when I was young, and this is one of the few titles I actually remember.


I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later, on NBC
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This 1985 movie is, of course, based on the 1960s series I Dream of Jeannie. I didn't get NBC at the time, so... I'm not sure when I first saw this, or on what channel, but it was definitely a rerun. Could have been anytime from 1985 to the early 90s. I also can't remember if I'd seen any reruns of the series prior to seeing the movie, but I probably had. And I don't remember the movie very clearly, but I must have at least kind of liked it, so I'd like to see it again, sometime. There was later a TV movie called "I Still Dream of Jeannie," which I doubt I ever saw, but would probably like to.


The Kid with the 200 I.Q., on NBC
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This first aired in 1983, but I'm pretty sure I didn't see it until years later, I don't really remember when. Anyway, I might like to see it again sometime, just to write a review. But it's not too important to me.


Laker Girls, on CBS
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This is a title that jumped out at me while I was browsing TV Tango. All I remember about it is that Tina Yothers (whom I knew from Family Ties was in it. And it was about some girls trying out for the Laker Girls cheerleading team.


Liar, Liar, on CBC (Canada) / CBS (USA)
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This is about an 11-year-old girl named Kelly, who claimed her father had sexually molested her, but no one believed her. Because she was always lying about other stuff, and she had other reasons to be mad at her father. I don't remember the movie well at all, but I think I probably thought she was lying, too. But eventually I guess it turned out to be true. Anyway, she was played by Vanessa King (who I vaguely know from some other stuff), but whenever I think of the movie, I picture Ashley Peldon in the role (apparently because I'm confusing this movie with "Child of Rage," see higher this page).


Not of this World, on CBS
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I probably saw this when it first aired in 1991, but I don't really remember anything about it.


Outback Bound, on CBS
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This is a title that jumped out at me while I was browsing TV Tango. I suddenly remembered it was something I had seen, though I don't remember anything about it. Except Donna Mills played an American woman who went to Australia, for some reason. Chances are you'd be better off just watching "Crocodile Dundee," but I probably enjoyed this at the time. I dunno.


Project: ALF, on ABC
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I don't think I saw this when it first aired in 1996, but I know I saw it sometime. It could have been later that year, or anywhere up to the early 00s. But now I don't remember anything specific about it, beyond the basic premise. So I'd like to see it again, to write a review. It was, of course, a follow-up to the NBC series ALF, which had ended on a cliffhanger six years earlier. However, ALF himself is the only character from that show to appear in the TV movie.


River of Rage, on CBS
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I can't say for certain that I watched this, but I think I did. It starred Victoria Principal (best known for Dallas). I think the plot is probably similar to the later theatrical movie "The River Wild," which I also don't remember if I saw or not.


Susie Q, on Disney Channel
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I guess this first aired (in the U.S.) in 1996, which is like a year before Disney Channel movies became DCOMs. I barely recall seeing this, and probably never would have thought of it if I hadn't seen it on a list of Disney Channel movies, on Wikipedia. It's about a girl who died in the 50s and comes back as a ghost in the 90s, I guess. It might be interesting to see it again, if I ever get the chance.


Sweet Temptation, on CBS
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I only remember one scene from this, so it's possible I only saw it while channel surfing, maybe as a rerun on Lifetime or something. I'm not sure. Anyway, it doesn't really seem like my kind of thing, but Jenny Lewis was in it, so I might like to try watching the whole thing someday. Or not.


Tarzan in Manhattan, on CBS
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I'm sure I must have seen and enjoyed this, but now I only remember the title. It might be nice to see it again sometime.


Terror on Highway 91, on CBS
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Ricky Schroder played Clay Nelson, an eager young deputy who just joined the local sheriff's department. However, he soon finds that the sheriff and most of the other deputies are corrupt, which greatly disturbs him. But there's not much he can do about it, without becoming a target. Meanwhile, he started dating a girl, though I think she was the daughter of the sheriff or some other corrupt person in town. I don't remember the movie clearly at all, but I'm sure I must have felt sympathetic frustration and outrage on Clay's behalf. My main recollection of the movie, however, was one scene which began with a pan-up shot of a woman (possibly the girl's mother, I forget) sitting in a bar. I think it was probably one of the earliest instances of my realizing I'm a leg man, and in particular a calf man (or leg/calf boy, at the time). Anyway, that's all I can tell you, but I'd say this was fairly typical of the movie-of-the-week type things I used to watch in my youth (back when CBS was essentially the only channel I got, aside from PBS and CBC).


Turn Back the Clock, on NBC
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Basically all I remember about this is that Connie Sellecca starred in it, and that her character made a wish on New Year's Eve to relive the past year... and her wish was granted. Um... I'm not sure what channel I saw it on, since I didn't get NBC at the time, but then again, I'm not sure that when I saw it was when it first aired. I might have seen a rerun a few years later. I also don't really remember whether I even liked the movie, but I'm trying to be completist about listing as many things as I can remember watching, however vaguely. Anyway, it was an interesting concept, I guess.


Who Gets the Friends?, on CBS
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This is a title that jumped out at me while I was browsing TV Tango, though I think I actually remembered the title on my own, and just ignored it until I saw it on Tango, and then decided to mention it here. It was about a married couple who got divorced. That's all I can tell you. Except, I do think the question posed by the movie is an interesting one.


Women of Valor, on CBS
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This is a title that jumped out at me while I was browsing TV Tango. I think I watched it, but I couldn't say for sure. Nor could I tell you anything specific about it. But it had a decent cast.



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