- Fame (1982 TV series)
show_name = Fame
caption = "Fame" Season 1 DVD Cover
runtime = 60 minutes
creator = Christopher Gore
Debbie Allen Albert Hague Carol Mayo Jenkins Lee Curreri Erica Gimpel Carlo Imperato Valerie Landsburg Gene Anthony Ray Lori Singer
country = USA
NBC(1982-1983) & Syndication (1983-1987)
January 7, 1982
May 18, 1987
num_seasons = 6
num_episodes = 136
list_episodes = List of Fame (1982 TV series) episodes
imdb_id = 0083412|
"Fame" is an American
television seriesthat ran from 1982 to 1987. The show was based on the 1980 motion pictureof the same name that tells the stories of the students and faculty at the "New York City High School for the Performing Arts."
The show was produced by MGM Television and was first broadcast on the
NBCtelevision network in the US, the BBCin the United Kingdomand Channel 7 in Australia. After NBC cancelled the series, the show continued for an additional four seasons in first run syndication. The popularity of the film and television productions was such that its cast members went on the road to perform live concerts, even after the show's cancellation.
Two versions of the series were syndicated in reruns. The original hour-long episodes which usually contained a primary plot, a sub plot and two or more musical numbers. The second version was stripped of the musical numbers and the sub plot and was a half-hour in length.
The show's theme song was a pop hit for singer
Irene Cara, having been featured in the motion picture. A re-recorded version of the theme, using similar instrumentation to the 1980 track, was used in the TV series and sung by co-star Erica Gimpel, who played Coco Hernandez. Although Gimpel left the series as the show moved from NBCto first-run syndication in 1983, her opening vocals were still heard on the show for two more seasons. An updated version of the song, featuring a modern, synthesized hard-rock flavor, was introduced in the fall of 1985and performed by new cast member Loretta Chandler (Dusty). This version ran for the final two seasons of "Fame".
"I Still Believe In Me", from an episode of the series entitled "Passing Grade", was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Original Song. It was performed by
Erica Gimpeland Debbie Allenand co-written by Gary Portnoywho would go on to co-write and sing the Theme from Cheers (Where Everybody Knows Your Name). In the UK, two singles credited to The Kids from Fame, "Hi-Fidelity" and "Starmaker", reached the top ten. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which held the distribution rights for all post-1985 MGM television series until May 31, 2006 (including "Fame", which was in production prior to 1985), released the first season of "Fame" on DVDon November 1, 2005. [http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=4122] . Future releases will be handled by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainmentthrough a new deal made by MGM.
The series won a number of Emmy awards and in 1983 and 1984 was voted the .
Actress, director and choreographer Debbie Allen, who had a small role in the motion picture but played a major character in the television version, also won several awards.
Debbie Allenas Lydia Grant
Albert Hagueas Benjamin Shorofsky
Graham Jarvisas Principal Bob Dyrenforth (episodes 98-136)
*Carol Mayo Jenkins as Elizabeth Sherwood (seasons 1-5)
*Ann Nelson as Mrs. Gertrude Berg (episode 66-136, recurring previously)
Eric Pierpointas Paul Seeger (episodes 115-136)
Morgan Stevensas David Reardon (season 2, recurring seasons 3 & 4)
*Ken Swofford as Quentin Morloch (episodes 40-97)
Michael Thomaas Greg Crandall (recurring season 1)
Olivia Barashas Maxie Sharp (season 6)
Jesse Borregoas Jesse Velasquez (seasons 4–6)
Michael Cerverisas Ian Ware (season 6)
Loretta Chandleras Dusty Tyler (seasons 5–6)
Lee Currerias Bruno Martelli (seasons 1–3)
Cynthia Gibbas Holly Laird (seasons 3–5)
Erica Gimpelas Coco Hernandez (seasons 1–3)
Carrie Hamiltonas Reggie Higgins (seasons 5–6)
Page Hannahas Kate Riley (seasons 5)
Elisa Heinsohnas Jillian Beckett (season 6)
Billy Hufseyas Christopher Donlon (seasons 3–6)
Carlo Imperatoas Danny Amatullo
Janet Jacksonas Cleo Hewitt (season 4)
Valerie Landsburgas Doris Schwartz (seasons 1–4)
P.R. Paulas Montgomery MacNeil (season 1)
Nia Peeplesas Nicole Chapman (seasons 4–6)
Gene Anthony Rayas Leroy Johnson
Lori Singeras Julie Miller (seasons 1–2)
Dick Milleras Lou Mackie (season 6, recurring previously on seasons 4 & 5)
Carmine Caridias Angelo Martelli (seasons 1–2)
Michael DeLorenzoas Michael (seasons 1–3)
Denny Dillonas Corky (season 6)
David Greenleeas Dwight Mendenhall (seasons 2–5)
Robert Romanusas Miltie Horowitz (seasons 5–6)
Carolyn J. Silasas Laura Mackie (season 6)
Sam Slovickas Cassidy (season 4)
Bronwyn Thomasas Michelle (season 1–4)
Caryn Wardas Tina Johnson (seasons 5–6)
*"See" List of Fame episodes
Sony Pictures Home Entertainmentreleased the first season of "Fame" on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time on November 1, 2005.
The Kids from "Fame"- an article on the recording group.
Un Paso Adelante (TV series)"(Spanish series based on "Fame")"
* [http://hulu.com/fame Fame] at
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