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Absolutely Fabulous, on BBC One (UK)
In 1996 I watched a TV movie called "The Last Shout" (which may actually have consisted of a couple of specials or something, in the U.K., but I'm pretty sure the U.S. version was a TV movie). That came after the series Absolutely Fabulous had ended, but later there were more seasons of the show, more specials and stuff, none of which I've seen. So someday I need to rewatch The Last Shout, as well as watching everything that came after it.


American Girl
There are several TV movies in this franchise that I need to see. Next up will be Felicity: An American Girl Adventure.


And the Band Played On, on HBO
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Never saw it, on account of not having HBO. But I must have been aware of it when it first aired in 1993.


Animal Farm, on TNT
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Never saw it, but I remember rather wanting to, when it first aired in 1999. Of course it's based on a famous novel that I've never read (but totally should).


Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, on CTV (Canada)
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I don't recall whether I was aware of this when it first aired in 2008, but either way, I certainly never had a chance to watch it. And since I'm a fan of the earlier miniseries, I suppose I'd like to see this, someday.


April Morning, on CBS
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See also CBS Television Reading Program

This was a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. I feel like there's a pretty good chance I saw it when it first aired, though I don't remember for sure. It's based on a book I don't think I've ever read (but it's conceivable I might've had to read it in school sometime). Anyway, I'd definitely like to see this movie sometime (whether again, or for the first time).


Bastard Out of Carolina, on Showtime
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I guess this was originally made for TNT, but was rejected as too explicit or whatever, so it aired on Showtime, instead, in 1996. Of course I didn't get that network, so I never had a chance to see it. And I'm not entirely sure I want to, but... I might. I guess. (I get the impression it might have had a theatrical release, but I'm not sure about that. It definitely was made for TV, though.)


Beware the Slenderman, on HBO
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This documentary was made by HBO, and released at the South by Southwest festival in 2016, nearly a year before it aired on HBO.


Buffalo Soldiers, on TNT
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I don't remember if I saw this when it aired in 1997, but I'm sure I was at least aware of it. And I'm sure I'd like to see, sometime.


Class of '61, on ABC
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A Civil War thing, I don't really know anything about it.


The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold, on ABC Family
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This is a 2006 sequel (of sorts) to the 1992 theatrical film The Cutting Edge. I've never seen it and I'm not really sure I want to, but I guess I might. It does star Christy Carlson Romano, of whom I'm a fan from some other things. There were also a couple other sequels after this, which I've also never seen and have even less interest in.


The Devil's Arithmetic, on Showtime
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This something that I discovered while browsing titles on Sonar's website. I have no idea if I was aware of it when it first aired in 1999, but I certainly wouldn't have been able to watch it, since I didn't have Showtime. It's based on a book of the same name by Jane Yolen, which I didn't read until some time after learning of this movie's existence. It sounded interesting, and it has a good cast, so I figured I'd probably like to see it someday. Now that I've read the book, I definitely want to see the movie.


Don Quixote, on TNT
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I don't think I saw this when it aired in 2000, but I remember being aware of it, and I've always wanted to see it. (I'm pretty sure I've never seen any other adaptation of the novel, which I've certainly never read.)


Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, on CBS
After the series Dr. Quinn, there were two TV movies, in 1999 and 2001. I don't recall if I ever saw either one of them, but I'd probably like to. I guess.


Ellen Foster, on CBS
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A Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. I must have seen a bit of it (either when it first aired in 1997, or later as a rerun), but I don't think I saw all of it. I've always wanted to, though.


Emma, on ITV (UK) / A&E (USA)
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This is based on Jane Austen's novel, which I haven't read. It aired in 1996 in the U.K., the same year a theatrical movie based on the novel was released. The TV movie aired in the U.S. in 1997, on A&E. I'm sure I was aware of it, at the time, but I don't recall watching it. (This was about a year after the BBC/A&E miniseries "Pride and Prejudice," which I've always associated with this movie.) Anyway, I'd certainly like to see it, sometime. (In 2009 there was a BBC miniseries based on the novel, which later aired on PBS. I have less interest in that, though I might like to check it out someday. It would probably be of greater interest to me if this movie didn't exist.)


Gotham (aka "The Dead Can't Lie"), on Showtime
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This first aired in 1988, but I'm not sure if I'd ever heard of it until about thirty years later, when I discovered it listed on Thrilling Detective, and thought it sounded like something I might want to see.


Gypsy, on CBS
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I remember wanting to see this when it first aired in 1993, but I didn't. Also, there's a 1962 film with Natalie Wood that I'd like to see someday.


The Hunchback, on TNT
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I really don't remember if I saw this when it aired in 1997, but I remember being aware of it and having some interest in it.


I Am Evidence, on HBO
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This documentary was made by HBO, and released at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, a year before it aired on HBO... so I'm not quite sure whether to consider it a feature film or a TV movie. But either way, I have no idea when I might get to see it.


Ivanhoe, on CBS
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So. I remember having the novel "Ivanhoe" sitting around for... well, as long as I can remember... but I've never actually read it. I vaguely recall seeing some adaptation on A&E, or at least being aware of it. It seems that was a British serial from 1997, though I find it difficult to believe I'm thinking of something that recent... although I wouldn't have been able to see anything on A&E too much earlier than that, so whatever. I might want to check that version out someday. But I also feel like I might be confusing it with something from the 80s, such as this 1982 movie. I have no idea if I actually saw it, because I would have been too young at the time to really remember it. But I'd like to see it sometime, because there are some good people in the cast. Also I should read the book, someday.


The Josephine Baker Story, on HBO
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Never saw this, on account of not having HBO. I do remember being aware of it, when it first aired in 1991, probably read about it in Entertainment Weekly or something, I dunno.


The Late Shift, on HBO
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Never saw it, on account of not having HBO. Though I remember being aware of it, when it first aired in 1996. It probably would have been of a lot more interest to me to see back then than it would now, but I suppose I might not mind seeing it sometime. Maybe. I guess.


Legends of the Hidden Temple, on Nickelodeon
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This is a 2016 movie based on the 1993-95 game show, which I never saw. (I think it ended shortly before I first got access to cable. But it's probably not something I would have been interested in, anyway.) And now I don't have access to Nickelodeon anymore, so I didn't get to see the movie, either. I'm really not sure whether I would have liked it at all, but I think it's more of a scripted drama, without the game show element of the old series. So it could be interesting, I guess. I have a vague interest in finding out.


Norma Jean & Marilyn, on HBO
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Never saw it, on account of not having HBO. But I'm sure I was aware of this when it first aired in 1996 (must have read about it in EW), and I wished I could see it.


O Pioneers!, on CBS
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A Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. I'm sure I was aware of this when it first aired in 1992, but somehow I didn't see it. So, I'd kind of like to.


Pirates of Silicon Valley, on TNT
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I feel like I probably saw this when it first aired in 1999, but I don't clearly remember it.


The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, on HBO
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I never saw this, on account of not having HBO. But I was aware of it when it first aired in 1993, and the title alone made me want to see it.


Psych: The Movie, on USA Network
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This first aired in December 2017, three years after the series Psych ended. It's set during the holidays, so maybe if I ever get to see it, I'll put my review under "holiday movies," but I'm not sure. Unfortunately, I don't currently get USA Network. But this does kind of remind me of the mid-to-late 2000s, when USA shows like Psych, Monk, and The Dead Zone would sometimes do holiday episodes in December while their regular seasons were on hiatus. (Man, it feels weird to be nostalgic for such a recent era.) Anyway, I definitely hope I can check this out sometime.


Rainbow, on NBC
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This is something I discovered while browsing titles on Sonar's website. It first aired in 1978, when I was three years old, so I can't imagine I saw it then. I doubt I ever saw it, but there's something about it that seems not entirely unfamiliar, so I guess it's possible I caught a bit of it on a rerun sometime... but again, I doubt it. Still, it seems like it might be interesting.


The Rat Pack, on HBO
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Never saw it, on account of not having HBO. I don't remember whether I was aware of it when it first aired in 1998, but I am kind of interested in it.


Robin of Locksley, on Showtime
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This is something I discovered while browsing titles on Sonar's website. I feel fairly sure that I wasn't aware of it when it first aired in 1996. But anyway, it has a good cast, so I might be interested in seeing it someday.


Sarah, Plain and Tall, on CBS
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A Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. I must have been aware of this when it first aired in 1991, but I probably didn't see it. Maybe. I dunno. Anyway, I guess I'd like to see it. And if I end up liking it, I'd probably like to see the 1993 sequel, "Skylark," and the 1999 sequel, "Sarah Plain and Tall: Winter's End."


The Scarlet Pimpernel, on CBS
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This is from 1982, but I think I first heard of this particular adaptation in 2020, when my cousin Erin wanted my sister and me to watch it while our cousins were visiting. But we never got around to that, so... I'm making a note of it here that I want to see it sometime. (It's a British production, but I've been unable to find any mention of it having aired in the UK... which doesn't mean it didn't. I just don't know.)


The Snapper (Ireland/UK)
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This is the second movie in the Barrytown Trilogy, after The Commitments. Um... I get the impression that it aired on TV, in Ireland and the U.K., before being released theatrically, in 1993. So it's hard to really say if it should be considered a TV movie or not. I have no idea what network it would have aired on (well, maybe one of the BBC channels, would be my guess). So anyway, for now I have it listed under "TV movies I want to see," but if I ever do get around to seeing it, I might move it to my feature films section. I just don't know.


Stormy Weathers, on ABC
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This aired in 1992, at which point I didn't have access to ABC. But I was obviously aware of the movie's existence, because one day, many years later, the title randomly popped into my head. So... I had probably seen an ad for it in a magazine or something, before it aired. Or maybe I saw an ad on TV years later, on cable. I don't really know. But anyway, it was apparently a pilot for a potential series that never got made. And I'm not sure how likely I'd be to like the movie if I saw it; it'd probably just seem kind of cheesy. But it did star Cybill Shepherd, and I do like her, so I'd kind of like to check it out someday, if I can.


The Tale, on HBO
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I have nothing to say about this, for now.


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