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Fame 2 Seasons 1982

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (77) IMDb 6.9/10

Fame Season 1

Starring:
Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato

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1. Metamorphosis

This fun and footloose series begins when Julie tries her best to fit in at the New York School for the Performing Arts, with a little bit of help from Doris and Montgomery. Coco Hernandez wants Bruno to help her bring music to the lunch room.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: January 7, 1982
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2. Passing Grade

Coco and Lydia vie for a part in a show, and Lydia has a bigger chance because her boyfriend is running the auditions. Danny wants to meet Johnny Carson, so he becomes a waiter so he could approach him

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: January 14, 1982
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3. Tomorrow's Farewell

The School Board orders the School of the Arts to have a Gym because of the mandatory P.E. class that students have to take. It takes a dance off between Lydia's class and a bunch of football players for the school board to see her point. Meanwhile, Leroy tries to save his brother Willard from a life of crime.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: January 21, 1982
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4. Alone in a Crowd

Bruno is afraid of performing in public, and when he loses hope, a special occasion helps him beat his fear.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: January 28, 1982
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5. To Soar and Never Falter

Bruno is in love with a dance major named Kathleen Murphy. When he is to write a piece of music for her, she performs for him and gets injured. It turns out that she has Multiple Sclerosis, and Miss Grant employs Leroy to help out Bruno. Unknowingly, the gang is helping Kathy to keep her audition.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: February 4, 1982
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6. The Sell-Out

When Bruno's uncle buys him a new synthesizer, Bruno gets a job to buy new music. He is doing a song for his aunt, sho just had a baby. Meanwhile, Julie wonders why Coco is suddenly so rude to her while they are doing a very important number together.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: February 11, 1982
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7. The Strike

A teachers' strike spells disaster for a contemporary student production of "Othello" and the shock waves awaken a new found togetherness between the strikers...and the struck. The intense devotion to their classes, coupled with a demonstration of dedication by students themselves, awakens new hopes for the futures of all concerned as School of the Arts not only takes on Shakespeare ...but wins.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: February 18, 1982
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8. Street Kid

Doris, while pretending to be a hooker (for her acting assignment), meets a real hooker named Tracy, and tries to help her out.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: January 7, 1984
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9. But Seriously Folks

Danny Amatullo's (CARLO IMPERATO) night club debut is marred when his friends and family cannot attend because of the late hour of his performance. Meanwhile, his career itself comes to an abrupt halt when the owner discovers Danny's still a minor. The comic recovers from this setback when, with the help of his mother, he performs at the local parish hall, earning both professional esteem of his cohorts and the long-awaited affection of his father

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: March 4, 1982
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10. Come One, Come All

A big star, Melinda MacNeil, is in town and everyone goes ga-ga, except Monty. Miss Grant offers her to help them put up a school's production, but things get out of hand when she starts making drastic changes that nobody approves of.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: March 11, 1982
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11. The Crazies

Doris learns that sometimes honest is not always the best policy. She and Montgomery decide to tell only the truth for 24 hours, but the pact will turn out to be a total fiasco. When Shorofsky is hospitalized, Bruno realizes that he is important to his life. When Miss Sherwood learns that Miss Grant doesn't believe that her newest plan, an Africal Tribal dance, will suceed, she asks Leroy to help her.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: March 18, 1982
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12. Expose

When Julie gets replaced by a mannequin in a production number, she feels unimportant until a new student teacher arrives and they fall for each other. But, the student may not be the person everyone thinks he is.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: March 25, 1982
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13. A Musical Bridge

When Bruno expresses his desire to write music, Montgomery tries to convince him to cash in his ability. Although he thinks it's not a good idea, he goes along with it.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 1, 1982
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14. A Big Finish

Miss Sherwood catches two guys living with a dog in the school basement. The gang decides to help them live in a better place and they offer them money, but they are too stubborn to take "charity," so the gang decides to have a benefit concert to collect money for them.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 15, 1982
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15. Reunions

An old flame of Mr. Shorofsky's shows up. Leroy wants his mother to come in for parents' day, but neither of them have the money to afford it, so the gang decides to surprise Leroy.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: April 29, 1982
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16. A Special Place

Budget cutbacks prompts the School Board to fire one of the dance school's teachers. Bruno learns that a famous composer stole the music material he wrote.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: May 6, 1982
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By Movie Mania VINE VOICE on December 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Fame originally appeared on NBC for a couple of years. This series was a bigger hit in Europe, than in the US. When NBC cancelled the show, the European syndicators wanted it to continue. The producers decided to try this out in syndication. What happened was TV history. The show became a breakout hit in the US and for the first time a syndicated show became viable. This lead the way to the all the other syndicated shows including Baywatch, Hercules and Highlander.

This is the first season starts like the movie with the auditions and finishes with the end of the school year. It has four DVD's with 4 episodes on each. Note: the episode listing on my show five episodes on the first two DVD's, four on the third and two on the last. This is incorrect. The packaging is two slim line packages, making the box just slightly larger than a single DVD package!!

The following is a summary of the 16 episodes:

Disc 1

METAMORPHOSIS - Cellist Julie Miller is accepted to the school. She and her mother have moved to NYC from the Midwest. The kids all pick on her and to her mother's dismay she rebels to more like the others. This episode introduces the cast: the teacher Ms. Grant (dance), Mr. Crandall (drama), Mr. Shorofsky (music) and Ms. Sherwood (English) plus students Coco (triple threat), Leroy (dancer), Doris (drama), Danny (comedian), Julie (cello), Bruno (composer) and Montgomery (stagehand). Look for a cameo by Fran "The Nanny" Drescher.

Musical Numbers:TAKE ME - Erica Gimpel; FAME - Erica Gimpel; RED LIGHT; MILES FROM HEAR

PASSING GRADE - Lydia's old boyfriend comes to town with news, he's directing a new musical and there's a part in it perfect for Lydia. At the audition she runs into Coco.
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Alan Parker's film Fame (1980) about the artistically gifted musicians and dancers at the New York City High School for the Performing received enough acclaim to turn into a television show with the same name. The TV-series kept some of the original cast from the film such as Debbie Allen who had a minor part in the film as the dance instructor Lydia Grant who became one of the driving forces in the TV series. Contrasting Allen's kinesthetically aptitude, the show also brought the inspiring music teacher Mr. Benjamin Shorofsky (Albert Hague) from the original film to sway the students and perfect their talents. Unfortunately, the show did not reach the quality of Parker's film, as the series on occasion felt a little two dimensional and simplistic. Despite this, Fame still portrayed some intriguing elements of coming of age while trying to reach out of the shadow into the light of fame.

The first season opens with an introduction to the school of the extraordinarily gifted student, as the school receives a new group of students in the episode Metamorphosis. Through the first episode and forward the audience gets to experience the difficulties of being a teen in a highly competitive environment where success means almost everything. Yet, the show manages to touch on several different issues such as compassion in A Big Finish where they help the janitor back on his feet. There are also many other coming of age issues that come into focus including friendships, drugs, and education. One of the more amusing episodes, Tomorrow's Farewell, provides an interesting perspective on how dance compares with physical education, as it also offers movement and coordination versus a football team.
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This is not so much a review on this DVD set as it is a plea to the proverbial Powers That Be to now release the remaining few seasons of FAME on DVD. As soon as I saw this TV series was available (finally!) on DVD, I rushed to purchase it. I was not disappointed. These are TV programs you can watch over and over again because of the vast talent of the incredibly underrated ensemble. No matter how many cast changes there were during the few years this show was on the air (later in syndication only), the cast members always complemented each other and it was that ensemble success that always impressed me; well, that and, of course, the amazing talent, choreography (thanks to Debbie Allen) and excellent pop music of the day. Yes, this entire set is a trip down Memory Lane for me as I'm sure it is for others; and there is nothing wrong with that! Now, as I wrote earlier, my hope is that the remaining years of FAME after it went into syndication are released very quickly - and I mean VERY quickly. Sometimes, it takes those proverbial Powers That Be way too much time between releases. I personally would like it if they would just go ahead and release the rest of the FAME series together so we don't have to wait between seasons. Let's just have the remaining FAME seasons released all at the same time! I believe there is a market for it. If you have only seen the movie, this is more family friendly fare. (I should add that Erica Gimpel does an amazing job of making the character of Coco her own - a difficult task after being portrayed so well in the movie by Irene Cara.) However, with all that said, I would also say that these TV episodes (and even moreso the later year's episodes I'm begging to have released on DVD soon!) have even more character depth and talent than the movie.Read more ›
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