4. Keep It In The Family
Dudley and Muriel Rush own and live in a multi-storey house, of which the ground floor has been converted into a flat. The ground floor flat had been rented from them and, when the tenant dies, the former tenant’s family arrive to carry off all his possessions. Dudley and Muriel have two daughters, Jacqui (in her early twenties) and Susan (in her late teens). Jacqui and Susan want to have the vacant downstairs flat for themselves, so they can escape from the parental home and from Dudley’s obsessive gaze. Dudley wants to rent out to the flat to somebody else but his daughters’ pleas win the day and the two girls move into the flat. Dudley’s obsessive and possessive gaze, though, is still on them and he objects to the young men who, he notices, visit his daughters.
Dudley is a talented illustrator and he earns his living from drawing his cartoon strip “Barney – the Bionic Bulldog” which he does while holding a pencil in the paw of his ventriloquist lion glove puppet. Dudley draws the cartoon strip under protest for his literary agent Duncan Thomas, who sells Dudley’s cartoon to newspapers. Dudley would rather do anything than draw the cartoon strip and he keeps procrastinating to such an extent that he keeps missing the deadline for his illustrations, much to the frustration of the long-suffering Duncan. As well as objecting to Duncan trying to keep him to publishing deadlines, Dudley also jealously objects to Duncan’s obvious approval of Dudley’s wife, Muriel and he also objects to Duncan’s eager consumption of Muriel’s delicious cakes. Dudley is also a compulsive practical joker, with his long-suffering agent, Duncan Thomas, usually being on the receiving end of such jokes.
5. Benji Zax & The Alien Prince
Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince is a live-action Hanna-Barbera and Mulberry Square children’s science fiction television series created by Joe Camp, the creator of the Benji film franchise. The series aired Saturday mornings on CBS in 1983 with repeats airing in the United States and internationally for a number of years through the 1980s. The series was taped in various parts of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, with interiors taped at the Las Colinas studios in Irving, Texas. The entire series was released to DVD by GoodTimes Home Video as four separate releases of 3 or 4 episodes each and a single release with all 13 episodes.
A tyrant named Zanu has taken control of the distant, red planet of Antars which is “way off in another galaxy” as Yubi describes in the episode “Double Trouble” while rehearsing exactly who he is and where he comes from. Zanu has the king of Antars killed and imprisons the queen. Lisa LeMole plays the queen in the episode “Goodbye Earth.” Yubi’s monologue from the episode “Double Trouble” puts it nicely, “My mother is there, probably in prison. My father is dead. I have a guardian. Sorta. He’s not really a person. He’s a droid. Also from Antars. And those people in the black van. You guessed it! From Antars!”
Automan is an American soft science fiction superhero television series produced by Glen A. Larson. It aired for 12 episodes (although 13 were made) on ABC between 1983 and 1984. It consciously emulates the stylistic trappings of the Walt Disney Pictures film, Tron, in the context of a superhero TV series. Automan (the “Automatic Man”) follows the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer named Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz, Jr.), who has created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (Chuck Wagner) able to leave the computer world at night and fight crime.