The Time

This is where the time is. So when someone asks you “Where has the time gone?”, point them here.

  • Two shows must be present for that week to be eligible for a podcast. Three shows are ideal, four are a tight squeeze, and more than four might mean that a “B” episode is warranted, especially if there’s a clear dividing line (i.e. three shows are prime time shows, three shows are Saturday morning kids’ shows, or three shows were made and shown for American audiences, while the other three were British shows).
  • “Orphans” can be bundled together by month/serial at a later date for “dead week” shows.
  • For a lost episode to be discussed rather than just getting a verbal acknowledgement, there must be something to review – audio recordings, scripts, etc. A lost episode with no reviewable material may drop a week back under the threshold to a single show.
  • How daily strip-syndication shows will be covered: All given episodes for a week will be summarized and discussed almost as if they’re a single episode. Shows this applies to: Battle Of The Planets, Star Blazers, He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, Robotech.
  • Not included: the mid-1980s revival of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (due to lack of availability) and Mystery Science Theater 3000 (though it began in 1988 on local TV in Minneapolis, and migrated to cable in 1989, this series was, let’s face it, more of a ’90s phenomenon).

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Retrogram Timeline

1988
July 23

Friday the 13th: The Series 125

What A Mother Wouldn’t Do
Syndicated

July 24

Week 30

Week of July 24, 1988
July 1988
#1 show – Miniseries: “The Deliberate Stranger” Part 2 (repeat of 1986 miniseries about Ted Bundy)
#1 song – “Hold On To The Night” by Richard Marx

July 24

Tales from the Darkside 420

Basher Malone
Syndicated

July 30

Friday the 13th: The Series 126

Bottle Of Dreams
Syndicated

July 31

Week 31

Week of July 31, 1988
July 1988
#1 show – “Golden Girls”
#1 song – “Roll With It” by Steve Winwood

August 7

Week 32

Week of August 7, 1988
August 1988
#1 show – “60 Minutes”
#1 song – “Roll With It” by Steve Winwood

August 7

Writers’ Guild strike ends

Writers’ Guild strike ends

Hollywood writers return to work, having reached a deal that, while it doesn’t offer concessions they wanted for hour-long shows that have gone into syndication, does give them better residual payments from overseas sales of their work. At 153 days, this has been the longest strike in the WGA’s history, and led to reality programming such as Fox’s Cops starting to gain a permanent foothold in prime time.

August 14

Week 33

Week of August 14, 1988
August 1988
#1 show – “Cheers”
#1 song – “Roll With It” by Steve Winwood

August 21

Week 34

Week of August 21, 1988
August 1988
#1 show – “60 Minutes”
#1 song – “Roll With It” by Steve Winwood

August 28

Week 35

Week of August 28, 1988
August 1988
#1 show – “The Cosby Show”
#1 song – “Monkey” by George Michael

September 4

Week 36

Week of September 4, 1988
September 1988
#1 show – 1989 Miss America Pageant
#1 song – “Monkey” by George Michael

September 6

Red Dwarf 201

Kryten
BBC2

September 10

The Real Ghostbusters 401

The Joke’s On Ray
ABC

September 11

Week 37

Week of September 11, 1988
September 1988
#1 show – “A Different World”
#1 song – “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

September 13

Red Dwarf 202

Better Than Life
BBC2

September 17

The Real Ghostbusters 402

Flip Side
ABC

September 18

Week 38

Week of September 18, 1988
September 1988
#1 show – Summer Olympics coverage
#1 song – “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

September 20

Red Dwarf 203

Thanks For The Memory
BBC2

September 24

The Real Ghostbusters 403

Poultrygeist
ABC

September 24

Twilight Zone 301

The Curious Case Of Edgar Witherspoon
Syndicated
(beginning of run of Canadian-produced episodes, many written by J. Michael Straczynski, to pad out series syndication package)

September 25

Week 39

Week of September 25, 1988
September 1988
#1 show – Summer Olympics coverage
#1 song – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

September 26

Friday the 13th: The Series 201

Doorway To Hell
Syndicated

September 27

Red Dwarf 204

Stasis Leak
BBC2

October 1

Twilight Zone 302

Extra Innings
Syndicated

October 2

Week 40

Week of October 2, 1988
October 1988
#1 show – “The Cosby Show”
#1 song – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

October 3

ALF 301

Stop In The Name Of Love
NBC

October 3

War Of The Worlds 101

The Resurrection
Syndicated

October 3

Friday the 13th: The Series 202

The Voodoo Mambo
Syndicated

October 4

Red Dwarf 205

Queeg
BBC2

October 5

Doctor Who 2501

Remembrance Of The Daleks Part 1
BBC1

October 8

The Real Ghostbusters 404

Standing Room Only
ABC

October 8

Superboy 101

The Jewel of Techacal
Syndicated

October 8

Twilight Zone 303

The Crossing
Syndicated

October 9

Week 41

Week of October 9, 1988
October 1988
#1 show – “The Cosby Show”
#1 song – “Love Bites” by Def Leppard

October 10

ALF 302

Stairway To Heaven
NBC

October 10

War Of The Worlds 102

The Walls Of Jericho
Syndicated

October 10

Friday the 13th: The Series 203

And Now The News
Syndicated

October 11

Red Dwarf 206

Parallel Universe
BBC2

October 12

The Real Ghostbusters 406

Short Stuff
ABC

October 12

Doctor Who 2502

Remembrance Of The Daleks Part 2
BBC1

October 15

The Real Ghostbusters 405

Robo-Buster
ABC

October 15

Superboy 102

A Kind Of Princess
Syndicated

October 15

Twilight Zone 304

The Hunters
Syndicated

October 16

Week 42

Week of October 16, 1988
October 1988
#1 show – Game 5 of the 1988 World Series (Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Oakland Athletics 2)
#1 song – “Red Red Wine” by UB40

October 17

ALF 303

Breaking Up is Hard To Do
NBC

October 17

War Of The Worlds 103

Thy Kingdom Come
Syndicated

October 18

Friday the 13th: The Series 204

Tails I Live, Heads You Die
Syndicated

October 19

Week 51

Week of December 18, 1988
December 1988
#1 show – “Roseanne”
#1 song – “Look Away” by Chicago

October 19

Doctor Who 2503

Remembrance Of The Daleks Part 3
BBC1

October 22

Superboy 103

Back To Oblivion
Syndicated

October 22

Twilight Zone 305

Dream Me A Life
Syndicated

October 23

Week 43

Week of October 23, 1988
October 1988
#1 show – “The Cosby Show”
#1 song – “A Groovy Kind Of Love” by Phil Collins

October 23

Mission Impossible 101

The Killer
ABC

October 24

ALF 304

Tonight Tonight
NBC

October 24

War Of The Worlds 104

A Multitude Of Idols
Syndicated

October 26

Doctor Who 2504

Remembrance Of The Daleks Part 4
BBC1

October 29

Superboy 104

The Russian Exchange Student
Syndicated

October 29

Twilight Zone 306

Memories
Syndicated

October 30

Week 44

Week of October 30, 1988
October 1988
#1 show – “The Cosby Show”
#1 song – “A Groovy Kind Of Love” by Phil Collins

October 30

Mission Impossible 102

The System
ABC

October 31

ALF 305

Promises Promises
NBC

October 31

War Of The Worlds 105

Eye For An Eye
Syndicated

October 31

Friday the 13th: The Series 205

Symphony In B#
Syndicated

November 2

Doctor Who 2505

The Happiness Patrol Part 1
BBC1

November 5

The Real Ghostbusters 407

Follow That Hearse
ABC

November 5

Superboy 105

Countdown To Nowhere
Syndicated

November 5

Twilight Zone 307

The Hellgramite Method
Syndicated

November 6

Week 45

Week of November 6, 1988
November 1988
#1 show – “The Cosby Show”
#1 song – “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys

November 6

Mission Impossible 103

Holograms
ABC

November 7

War Of The Worlds 106

The Second Seal
Syndicated

November 7

Friday the 13th: The Series 206

Master Of Disguise
Syndicated

November 9

Doctor Who 2506

The Happiness Patrol Part 2
BBC1

November 12

Superboy 106

Bringing Down The House
Syndicated

November 12

Twilight Zone 308

Our Selena Is Dying
Syndicated

November 13

Week 46

Week of November 13, 1988
November 1988
#1 show – “The Cosby Show”
#1 song – “Wild Wild West” by The Escape Club

November 14

ALF 306

Turkey In The Straw Episode 1
NBC

November 14

War Of The Worlds 107

Goliath Is My Name
Syndicated

November 14

Friday the 13th: The Series 207

Wax Magic
Syndicated

November 15

ALF 307

Turkey In The Straw Episode 2
NBC

November 16

Doctor Who 2507

The Happiness Patrol Part 3
BBC1

November 19

The Real Ghostbusters 408

The Brooklyn Triangle
ABC

November 19

Twilight Zone 309

The Call
Syndicated

November 20

Week 47

Week of November 20, 1988
November 1988
#1 show – “The Golden Girls”
#1 song – “Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi

November 20

Mission Impossible 104

The Condemned
ABC

November 21

ALF 308

Changes
NBC

November 21

Star Trek: The Next Generation 201

The Child
Syndicated

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