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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 23, 2019 4:34pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

There were all-white shows, and there were all-black shows, but how about 1970s/1980s shows with both white and black recurring characters?

Just off the top of my head:
"Punky Brewster" (1984-1988, NBC/Syndication)
"The A-Team" (1983-1987, NBC)
"Saved by the Bell" (1989-1992, NBC)
"Mixed Blessings" (1978-1980, London Weekend Television)
"The Kids of Degrassi Street" (1979-1986, CBC)
"Degrassi Junior High"/"Degrassi High" (1987–1991, CBC)
"Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels" (1977-1980, ABC)
"Josie and the Pussycats" (1970–1972, CBS)
"Love Thy Neighbour" (1972-1976, Thames Television)
"Love Thy Neighbor" (1973, ABC, remake of the above)
"Odd Man Out" (1977, Thames Television)
"Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975-1979, ABC)

Can you fine, respectable, well-dressed users of IA please name some others?

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Poster: C.S.Cameron Date: Jan 28, 2019 10:30pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Mission Impossible, (1966–1973)
Amos and Andy, (1951–1953)
Jack Benny, (1952–1954)
Sanford and Son, (1972–1977)
The Little Rascals, (Our Gang), (1929-1938, 1955)
Star Trek, (1966–1969)
Daniel Boone, (1964–1970)
Hawk, (1966)
A Man Called Hawk, (1989)
Saturday Night Live, (1975–Present)
Great Gildersleeve, (1954–1956)
Ironside, (1967–1975)
Room 222, (1969–1974)
Born Free, (1974)
Rowan And Martin's Laugh-In, (1967–1973)
Land of the Giants, (1968–1970)
The Flip Wilson Show, (1970–1974)
Night Court, (1984–1992)
Bill Cosby Show, (1984–1992)
Guiding Light, (1952–2009)
Hogan’s Heroes, (1965–1971)
Julia, (1968-1971)
Mannix, (1967–1975)
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show, (1966)
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, (1980)
Was A-Team mentioned? (1983–1987)
How about Mod Squad? (1968–1973)


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Poster: HektorT Date: Feb 15, 2019 12:39am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Mod Squad was the first one that came to mind, but you got it. You say "How about Mod Squad"

Also The Big Valley (mid-1960s) had a black butler

Can racially integrated mean other races?
Cisco Kid had 2 Mexican leads (I think)

I guess Star Trek is the real pioneer here with Uhura and Mr. Sulu. 2 non-white principal cast members. It looks like that didn't really happen again til the 1980s

Then I looked up the UK production Space 1999 (1975-1977) to see how they did a futuristic space show. They had a Burmese woman and a black man as recurring cast members (Zienia Merton and Clifton Jones).

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Feb 22, 2019 1:15pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Yes, it can include race combinations other than black and white.

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Poster: Dwight Frye Date: Feb 23, 2019 6:53am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

One I remember that I dont think is mentioned on this forum is On The Rocks.As I remember,it was advertised in tandem with Barney Miller.Think that the advertising line was "Funny Cops and Funny Robbers",or something close to that.They premiered on the same night on ABC,in 1975,I believe.

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Poster: C.S.Cameron Date: Feb 16, 2019 5:31am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

There was Charlie Wong the soda shop owner on Dobie Gillis played by James Yagi. and Peter Tong the servant on Bachelor Father played by Sammee Tong.

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Poster: MPDMedia Date: Jan 24, 2019 10:46am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

The Waltons (1971-early 80's) had black friends in the form of a nearby family; pretty good for a series set in 1930's Virginia. John Amos appeared as sportscaster Gordy on the early seasons of Mary Tyler Moore Show, before he co-starred with Esther Rolle on 'Good Times'. The Jeffersons had white neighbors in their upscale apt house, including their in-laws, who were an interracial couple.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 24, 2019 4:40pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Thanks for the reply (I was worried this was gonna be another thread by me that would die without a trace).

It be interesting to see if one can name such series from 1950s/1960s, for which I can think of a handful:
"The Larkins" (1958-1964, ATV) featured a recurring black character during its final two series.
"I Spy" (1965-1968, NBC) featured Robert Culp and Bill Cosby as world travelling spies
"Beulah" (1950-1953, ABC) also comes to mind.
"Curry & Chips" (1969, London Weekend Televison) was an awful show in which a white man played an Indian. However, it also featured an actual black actor in a recurring role, plus various white characters. The show was so offensive that it was pulled off the air after six episodes....good riddance.

Interesting that a lot of the shows mentioned so far aired on Britain's commercial stations (such as ATV and Thames).

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Poster: olderthanbw Date: Jan 25, 2019 7:07am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

"All In The Family" included Lionel and his "parents," who spun off into "The Jeffersons."

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 23, 2019 5:08pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Just thought of four more:
"Rising Damp" (1974-1978, Yorkshire Television)
"Not on Your Nellie" (1974-1975, London Weekend Television, which featured a man from an unspecified South Asian country as a recurring character during its first two series)
"Soap" (1977-1981, ABC)
"Good Morning, Miss Bliss" (1987-1989, Disney Channel)

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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Jan 28, 2019 4:21pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?


Hello again, HS.

Your mention of the great Rising Damp reminded me of another Richard Beckinsale series: the 1974-1977 prison comedy 'Porridge', starring Ronnie Barker (slightly more than half of The Two Ronnies).

The character of McLaren, played by Tony Osoba, appeared in nine of the twenty episodes, the 1979 movie, and one episode of the sequel 'Going Straight'. Even though it's been many decades since I saw this show, I still remember him describing his life in an English prison: "I've got two strikes against me: I'm Black, and I'm Scottish."


There's also the classic Canadian series King Of Kensington, a 1975-1980 show based on the ethnic diversity of the Kensington Market area of Toronto, which featured Black actor Ardon Bess as the postman in 63 of the 110 episodes (Bess appeared in the first three of the show's five seasons).

A 45-second clip of the end credits showing Bess, as well as the Kensington neighbourhood of the '70s, can be seen on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzjZV7DPN_I

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 29, 2019 3:09pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Re: "King Of Kensington", that's very interesting to me, as I've really been trying to check out Canadian television, but the shows are unbelievably hard to find here in Australia. I'm hoping that we might start to see classic Canadian shows appear on the streaming services (I'd also like to see classic New Zealand shows appear for streaming. I'd be curious if there were any such series of the 1970s/1980s with a mix of White and Maori cast members. I read that NZ television kept wiping tapes into the early 1990s, but I'm certain there must be some surviving shows out there).

EDIT: Just thought of another 1980s series: "Tripper's Day" (1984, Thames Television), which is usually considered to be a terrible show, although I watched it last year and found it to be decent (to be honest, I think it's aged better than a lot of the shows the critics liked...)

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 23, 2019 5:48pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Two more just came to my mind:
"The Rag Trade" (1977-1978, London Weekend Television, though the Black character is so stereotypical that it is kinda embarrassing now)
"Barney Miller" (1975-1982, ABC)

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 23, 2019 5:42pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Just thought of another:
"The Georgian House" (1976, Harlech Television) - Unfortunately, of the 7 episodes produced of this mini-series, 4 are believed to be lost.