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Trivia Quiz - Obscure Television Shows of the 1980s


Some very strange shows were on television in the 1980s. These ten questions are about some of the lesser known shows of that decade. Good luck!

Quiz Number: 2412
Date Submitted: April 16, 2008
Quiz Categories: TV, Radio & Stage
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Author: Samurai Sam
Average Score: 44.7 percent
Times Taken: 105 times
Taken by Registered Users: 20

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Obscure Television Shows of the 1980s
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1. This 1981 CBS show featured Marla Gibbs as Florence, the housekeeper on "The Jeffersons", in her new job as executive housekeeper at a posh New York hotel. What was the name of this show?
  A.   Maid to Order
  B.   Checking In
  C.   Checking Out
  D.   No Reservations

2. Before "Law and Order" made him a star, Benjamin Bratt played the leader of a volunteer group of ex-gang members who helped the cops fight inner city crime in what 1988 CBS show?
  A.   Knightwatch
  B.   Shadows of the Night
  C.   Night Patrol
  D.   The Knights of Darkness

3. Anthony Franciosa starred in what short lived 1984-85 CBS show about a detective who helped people find former loves?
  A.   Love Lost, Love Found
  B.   Finder of Lost Loves
  C.   Finding Love
  D.   The Love I Lost

4. What 1985 TV series about an international insurance investigator played by Robert Wagner was doomed even before the first episode was aired?
  A.   Canterbury Row
  B.   Ivory Towers
  C.   Lime Street
  D.   Destination Boulevard

5. This 1988 ABC series starred Parker Stevenson as a eccentric scientist who solved high tech crimes. Despite having sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov as one of its co-creators, it was off the air a month later. What was the name of the show?
  A.   Discovery
  B.   Eureka
  C.   Probe
  D.   Scientific Powers of Deduction

6. Nick Mancuso starred in what 1985-87 NBC series about a mysterious stranger who drove a black Corvette and helped others in return for a promise to return the favor someday?
  A.   Mystery Man
  B.   Corvette
  C.   Vette Man
  D.   Stingray

7. ABC tried to revive the premise of the mysterious stranger helping out those in need in return for a favor in this 1988-89 show featuring Michael Madsen as Mr. Chapel. What was the name of this show?
  A.   Avenging Angel
  B.   Vengeance Unlimited
  C.   Killer Angel
  D.   Do Me This Favor

8. What 1982 NBC program show starred Rock Hudson as a private detective who teams up with son he had as the result of a one night stand when he was younger?
  A.   You Gotta Be Kidding Me!
  B.   The Devlin Connection
  C.   The Delphi Duo
  D.   Rock and Roll

9. This 1986 CBS sitcom starred Harvey Korman and Valerie Perrine as a married New Jersey couple who become wealthy and move to Beverly Hills, where they try to fit in with the society crowd. What's the name of this show?
  A.   The Nouveau Riche
  B.   Shore to Shore
  C.   Liz & Leo in Beverly Hills
  D.   The Jersey Jerks

10. In what 1981-82 NBC show did James Arness trade in his horse and tin star to become a cop who comes out of retirement to solve crimes "Dirty Harry" style?
  A.   McClain's Law
  B.   The Law and Jim McClain
  C.   McCain's Law
  D.   Plainclothes Error


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