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The “A” Team. Adventure. Broadcast from January, 1983 until June, 1987 on NBC. At the end of their tour of duty in Viet Nam, Col. John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard) and his team were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi (which they had done, but under orders), and sent to a U.S. military prison. They escaped and went on the run, pursued first by Col. Lynch and later by Col. Decker. While on the run, they became heroes for hire, working as good-guy vigilantes. Hannibal was their leader and an expert at disguises. Face was the team’s con artist and lady’s man. B. A., officially “Bad Attitude” (Mr. T), was their mechanic, but also took care of mayhem and intimidation. The final member of the Team, “Howling Mad” Murdock (Dwight Schultz), was an expert pilot, and a certified lunatic — the A Team broke him out of a mental hospital whenever they needed him for a mission — and was seen wearing black high top chucks. Mr. T wore chucks of various designs every now and then as well, including a pair with multi-colored striping across them and in another episode a pair of gold chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
About A Boy. Family/Comedy. Broadcast on NBC from February, 2014 until July, 2015. After writing a hit song, Will Freeman (David Walton) was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He’s single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver), a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham), move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. In the show Will wears Jack Purcells. Marcus wears both black and red high tops chucks in different episodes. Click on the link to see a photo gallery. Back to TV Show Index.
About Your House. Home Improvement. Syndicated on PBS since 1997. Repairs and fix it information for your home hosted by Bob Yapp who wears chucks in different colors on the show. Back to TV Show Index.
Aftermath. Science Fiction. Broadcast on the SciFi channel since 2016. The Copeland family battles for survival when civilization comes to an apocalyptic end, triggered by massive storms, meteor strikes, earthquakes, a plague — and the rise of supernatural creatures. Taylor Hickson, who plays Brianna Copeland, wears black high top chucks in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Taylor Hickson in Aftermath.
American Gothic. Mystery/Horror Show. Broadcast between September 1995 and July, 1996. American Gothic is set in the heart of South Carolina in a small town called Trinity. In Trinity, everything is not as it seems and the towns folk look to town sheriff Lucas Buck for help and guidance, often making a devil’s bargain with disastrous results. Sheriff Buck’s son, Caleb Temple, was brought up by another family and was lead to believe that a man called Gage was his father. When Gage dies, Caleb becomes the center of a custody war. Sheriff Buck wants to raise his son in his own image, teaching him everything he knows. Caleb’s cousin Gail Emory comes to town to protect him, but may need some protection of her own. The local doctor, Matt Crower, gets curious when suddenly the Sheriff wants everything to do with Caleb, and vows to keep Buck away from Caleb. Meanwhile Caleb has one more protector, that of his dead sister-turned angel Merlyn, who knows more about Sheriff Lucas Buck than anyone. Lucas Black, who plays Caleb, wears black high top chucks in most of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
American Horror Story: Murder House. Broadcast in 2010 on FX. The first season of this series is set in a gothic mansion in Los Angeles that has a sordid past as the location for many murders. The series opens as the Harmon family moves to Los Angeles from Boston to get away from family problems there. They soon met a bevy of strange characters, some real, some spirits or ghosts as details of past crimes emerge. Evan Peters plays Tate, a psychotic teenager with outward charm but inside emotional problems who is later revealed to be a serial killer. Tate wears black high top chucks. The Harmon’s daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiqa) wears purple high tops. Click on the link above to view an article with pictures about the first season. Back to TV Show Index.
Antiques Roadshow. Antiques and Collectibles. Broadcast since 1996 on PBS. In each hour-long episode, specialists from the country’s leading auction houses — Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie’s, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby’s — and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. One of these appraisers, Gary Sohmers, from Framingham, Massachusetts always wears orange high top chucks and a matching Hawaiian shirt for his appearances on the show, which include over sixty times over the past thirteen years. Back to TV Show Index.
Gary Sohmers on Antiques Roadshow.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Mystery/Horror for Kids. First broadcast between August, 1992 and February, 1996 on Nickelodeon. The series revolved around a group of adolescent children who referred to themselves as the “Midnight Society”. Once a week, at a secret site in the woods at night, one member would tell a scary story to the group. The actual story, rather than the telling, was displayed to the television viewer. The story was shown between the group’s arrival at the site and its departure. Each storyteller would begin his story by stating “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story...” at which point he or she would toss birch bark powder into the campfire to heighten the flames and produce an eerie white smoke. The themes usually revolved around paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts, magic, vampires, haunted houses, magical curses, aliens, witches and the like. David, played by Nathaniel Moreau and Betty Ann (Raine Pare-Coull) wore blue low cut chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Betty Ann passes the birch bark powder to David by the campfire.
Arrow. Action Crime. Broadcast since October, 2012 on The CW. Based on the DC comic books. Click on the link to view an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Ash vs. Evil Dead. Horror. Broadcast since October, 2015 on Starz. A new series of episodes based on the cult classic produced by Sam Raimi in 1981 and 1992. Bruce Campbell returns as Ash, the somewhat unbalanced fighter against vampires and other paranormal creatures. Ray Santiago plays Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s sidekick and fellow employee at the Value Stop store. Ray wears charcoal grey high tops in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Ray and Ash at the Value Stop store.
Baking Bread with Father Dominic. Cooking Show. Syndicated on PBS starting in March, 2001. A cooking show hosted by a Dominican monk. The opening credits show the feet of monks, while Gregorian Chants play in the background, wearing dark sandals and socks. Soon, there is a full close up of the blue high top chucks of the main character, Father Dominic. Back to TV Show Index.
The Best Times. Drama. Broadcast in Spring, 1985 on NBC. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Beverly Hills 90210. Drama. Broadcast from October, 1990 until May, 1999 on Fox. Popular series about high school (and later college) romances centering around the Walsh family and their friends. Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) was Brandon Walsh’s best friend and for a while went steady with Brenda Walsh. Dylan was seen wearing black high top chucks in some of the episodes. Donna Martin (Tori Spelling), one of Brenda Walsh’s friends occasionally was seen wearing low cut black chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
The Big Bang Theory. Situation Comedy. Broadcast since September, 2007 on CBS. Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) are brilliant physicists, the kind of “beautiful minds” that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard’s roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow Cal Tech scientists Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar). However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities... including love. Leonard wears black chucks in most of the episodes. This show has become CBS TV’s top rated comedy series. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Blossom. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from January, 1991 through June, 1995 on NBC. Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik)was an adventuresome thirteen year old living in the world of the nineties. Her parents are divorced and she and her two brothers Joey and Anthony are living with their dad. Barnard Hughes joined the cast in the fall of the first season and played Buzz Richman, the kid’s grandfather. Blossom dealt with the problems of her life by retreating into “video fantasies” where she would get humorous advice from different celebrities like Phil Donahue, Little Richard, and Sonny Bono, or through hanging out with her best friend, Six, and her boy friend Vinnie. Blossom wore blue and red high top chucks, part of the fashionable look of the early 90s. Back to TV Show Index.
Bones. Crime Drama. Broadcast from September, 2005 until March, 2017 on Fox. Bones is a mystery/thriller, telling the story of a series of case files, solved weekly, by an unlikely alliance between Dr. Temperance Brennan’s forensic anthropology team at the Jeffersonian Institution and FBI Agent Seeley Booth. Dr. Brennan’s team brings scientific expertise (and an outsider perspective) to the world of criminal investigation, while Agent Booth brings human intuition, expertise, and “people skills“ to the table. The result is an often strained relationship, but the results are better than either side of the team could accomplish on their own. Booth sometimes wears black high top chucks on the show. Back to TV Show Index.
Boy Meets World. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September, 1993 until on May, 2000 on ABC. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Brooklyn Bridge. Comedy/Drama. Broadcast from September, 1991 until August, 1993 on CBS. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Call to Glory. Drama. Broadcast from August, 1984 until February, 1985 on ABC. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
The Carmichael Show. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from August, 2015 until August, 2017 on NBC and Netlix. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Chuck. Adventure/Comedy. Broadcast from September, 2007 until January, 2012 on NBC. Zachary Levi stars as Chuck, head of the Nerd Herd geek squad at the local Buy More store. His life changes when he receives an email from a college friend that imbues his brain with the entire contents of an NSA/CIA computer filled with classified intelligence. The rival agencies both go after him when they discover he has the information, but eventually he realizes that it gives him power over them. Chuck wears (what else?!) black high top chucks. Click here to view a photo gallery. Back to TV Show Index.
The cast of Chuck.
Clarissa Explains It All. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from 1991 until 1994 on Nickelodeon. Melissa Joan Hart stars as Clarissa, a wise-cracking teenager who has to deal with her parents and know it all younger brother Ferguson (Jason Zimbler). Clarissa wears black high top chucks in many of the shows, and her skater friend (Sean O’Neal) wears low cut black chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Cold Case. Crime Drama. Broadcast from September, 2003 - May, 2010 on CBS; since then in syndication on Ion. Cold Case stars Kathryn Morris as Lilly Rush, the lone female detective in the Philadelphia homicide squad who finds her calling when she’s assigned to “cold cases” — crimes that have never been solved. One of the best episodes of this series was “Shuffle, Ball Change”, written by Liz W. Garcia, directed by Mark Pellington, and first broadcast in season 4. When a body is found in a dumpster, the team re-opens the 1984 case of a murdered teenage high school student who wanted to become a professional dancer against his father’s wishes. The sixteen-year-old, played by Nathan Halliday, always wears red high top chucks. There are a lot of great shots of him dancing in them. Click here to view an article with photos about Shuffle, Ball Change. Back to TV Show Index.
Comedy Bang! Bang! Comedy/Variety. Broadcast on the IFC Cable Network since 2012. Scott Aukerman hosts this series which combines comedy sketches and talk show formats. He wears white slip-on chucks most of the time. Back to TV Show Index.
Scott Aukerman wearing white slip on chucks.
On this episode, guest Rainn Wilson sports graphic print high top chucks.
Continuum. Science Fiction/Action Adventure. Broadcast on the Canadian Showcase Channel from June, 2012-14 and on the SciFi Channel in the US from January, 2013 until October, 2015. Continuum stars Rachel Nichols as a cop, Kiera Cameron, who is accidentally sent to 2012 from the year 2077 along with a very very potent terrorist group, a group that the present league of police/crime fighters are just not equipped to handle. Erik Knudsen plays Alec Sadler, a computer whiz who assists Kiera. Alec wears black chucks in every episode. Click on the link to see a short feature on Continuum. Back to TV Show Index.
Top view of Alec in his lab.
Erik Knudsen in his role as Alec Sadler in the series Continuum.
Cooking Live. Cooking Show. Broadcast on the Food Network from 1997–2002. Host Sara Moulton wore Converse All Star Chuck Taylor high tops of various colors on her show. Back to TV Show Index.
Sara Moulton with some pink high tops.
Criminal Minds. Crime Drama. Broadcast on CBS since 2005. The BAU’s resident genius Dr. Reed (Matthew Gray Gubler) has been seen wearing black Jack Purcell sneakers in most of the episodes he is in. In the ninth season he is starting to wear black low cut chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Dr. Reed is a voracious reader.
CSI: New York. Crime Drama. Broadcast on CBS from September, 2003 through February, 2013. This spin-off from CSI Miami feature Gary Sinise at the head of a forensics investigation unit in New York City. A J Buckley plays Adam Ross, a DNA lab specialist, and Danny Messer played by Carmine Giovinazzo, is a lab assistant. Both have appeared wearing black chucks in the last seasons. Back to TV Show Index.
Dead of Summer. Drama/Horror. Broadcast from June-August 2016 on the Freeform Channel. Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Stillwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses — and first kills. Stillwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Two of the counselors wear chucks. Blair Ramos (Mark Indelicato) wears red high tops, and Carolina (Cricket) Diaz (Amber Coney) wears turquiose low cuts. Back to TV Show Index.
Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drama. Broadcast October, 2001 through August, 2015 on the CTV Network. Degrassi: the Next Generation is the hit Canadian drama about a group of teens and how they deal with everyday life. The show goes through your average high school life, sex, drugs, love, fights, and more. At least two of the characters have been seen wearing chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Dennis the Menace. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from October, 1959 through September, 1963 on CBS. The comic strip drawn by Hank Ketcham was adapted for television and starred Jay North as Dennis and Gale Gordon as Mr. Wilson. Dennis was usually seen in his outfit of overalls, striped t-shirt, and black Chuck Taylor high tops. Back to TV Show Index.
Die Pfefferkörner. Crime Drama. Broadcast since September, 1999 on German Television. Die Pfefferkörner is a successful German crime series for kids. It’s about a group of friends, who begin to investigate crimes around the Hamburg harbor and help out other kids who have problems like being victimized by bullies. In the first three seasons the stars of the show were Fiete (Julian Paeth), Natascha (Vijessna Ferkic), Jana (Anna-Lena Herzog), Cem (Ihsan Ay) and Fiete’s younger sister Vivi (Aglaja Brix). In the middle of season three, Vivi becomes the lead of the show and introduced new characters to the show. Paul (Lukas Decker), Panda (Tim Patrick Chan), Katja (Jana Fomenko) and Johanna (Carlotta Cornehl) were the new team along with Vivi. But the changes didn’t improve the ratings and after four seasons the show got canceled. In 2007, two new seasons of the show were ordered with an all new cast. The new team included Lily (Laura Gabriel), Karol (Moritz Glaser), Yeliz (Mira Lieb), Laurenz (Tim Tiedemann) and Laurenz’ little sister Marie (Nina Flynn). Four of the five lead kids wear chucks in some of the episodes. Laurenz wears grey or blue high top chucks and Lily wear light colored low cuts, Marie wears black and Yeliz wears navy blue high tops. A seventh season was planned for 2009 with a fourth cast. Back to TV Show Index.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Science Fiction/Comedy. Broadcast on BBC America since October, 2016. This series is based on the Douglas Adams novel of the same name about a quirky detective (Samuel Barnett) who only investigates supernatural cases. Elijah Wood plays his sidekick, Todd, and Hannah Marks plays his sister, Amanda. Both Todd and Amanda wear black low cut chucks in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Elijah Wood as Todd in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
Do Over. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on Nickelodeon. Joel is a 34 year year old who finds himself living back in the 1980’s, and going through high school again. Occasionally he wears black chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Doctor Who. Science Fiction. Broadcast originally on BBC. Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television series produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-traveling adventurer known only as “The Doctor”, who explores time and space with his companions — in this series usually Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) — fighting evil, usually in the form of hideous monsters and aliens. The tenth incarnation of Doctor Who, played by David Tenant, sports a pair of white high top chucks and sometimes black or maroon pairs. David Tennant has been devoted to the Converse brand for more than twenty years, and was able to convince the producers that he should wear chucks with his very English looking three piece suit. Click on the link to see a gallery of photos. Back to TV Show Index.
The Dr. Fad Show. Science and Invention. Broadcast on CBS and PBS from 1988 until 1994. The Dr. Fad Show was a Saturday morning game show that encouraged creativity and inventiveness. In each episode, three children competed in a series of challenges to pitch a new invention they had created to the audience of other kids for points and prizes. The player with the most points won a trip to Earth Shuttle in EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World. The show’s host, Ken Hakuta, also known as Dr. Fad, wore Converse Chuck Taylor high tops in various colors. Back to TV Show Index.
Drake & Josh. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from January, 2004 to September, 2007 on Nickelodeon. The series is focused on a pair of stepbrothers who have opposite personalities. Drake Parker is a popular but immature aspiring musician idolized by his schoolmates and able to court a countless array of girls with ease, whereas Josh Nichols has trouble with dating and popularity. In the series, both Josh and Drake wear chucks. Click on the link to see a short feature on Drake & Josh. Back to TV Show Index.
Drake and Josh.
The Drew Carey Show. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from 1995 until 2004 on ABC. This comedy starred Drew Carey as an office manager, and dealt with his relationships with his co-workers and their lives. One of the characters, Oswald Harvey (Dietrich Bader), wears black low cut chucks in many of the episodes he appears in. Back to TV Show Index.
Dietrich Bader from the Drew Carey Show.
Eerie, Indiana. Supernatural Comedy-Drama. Broadcast on NBC from September, 1991 until April, 1992. Marshall Teller (Omri Katz) was an inquisitive 13 year old who had just moved to the strange town of Eerie, Indiana with his family from New Jersey. Along with his friend Simon (Justin Shenkarow), they would investigate all of the strange and supernatural phenomena that kept occurring in their town, which everyone else found to be normal. In most of the episodes Simon wore natural white high top chucks. An opening shot in many of the episodes shows the town basketball team, all wearing black high tops. Back to TV Show Index.
Left to right: Simon and Marshall with John Astin, Simon with some of Eerie’s strange citizens.
The Eerie, Indiana basketball team
The Ellen Degeneres Show. Daily Talk and Variety Show. Broadcast on NBC since September, 2002. In the early seasons Ellen usually wore low cut chucks on her show in various colors, and the logo of her production company is a pair of blue or black low cut chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Encyclopedia Brown. Mystery Show. Broadcast on HBO from 1989 to 1990. Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown is a ten-year-old boy genius who puts his talents to work fighting crime in the small town of Idaville. With his friend Sally nearby to protect him from Bugs Meany, the town bully, Encyclopedia exposes a variety of crooks, cheats and liars. Based on the series of children’s books by Donald Sobol. Encyclopedia Brown wears red high top chucks in all the episodes. Several other characters wear various chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Sally, a member of the historical society, and Encyclopedia Brown looking up at a statue.
Encyclopedia Brown and Sally
Eyewitness. Drama. Broadcast on USA from October, 2016 until March, 2017. Teenagers Philip and Lukas accidentally witness a triple-homicide during their first ever romantic encounter. Desperate to keep their gay relationship a secret from their small town, conservative families, they decide to not reveal what they’ve seen to anyone even though the murderer is still on the loose. This includes Philip’s new foster mother, Helen, who is the local sheriff. Tyler Young, who plays Philip, wears black low cut chucks in some of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Gil Bellows and Tyler Young in Eyewitness.
Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Home Improvement. Broadcast on ABC from December, 2003 until January, 2012. This show takes deserving families and under a time deadline rebuilds their home to be modern and more functional. Ty Pennington, the design team leader and carpenter, is often found wearing low top chucks in blue and Carolina blue. Back to TV Show Index.
The Facts of Life. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on NBC from August, 1979 until September, 1988. The show was a spin off from Diff’rent Strokes, a popular comedy. Originally the show was about Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae), formerly the Drummond’s housekeeper, and now becoming the housemother at a prestigious private academy for young women. The show went through many twists of premise and cast members and in 1986 Cloris Leachman replaced Mrs. Garrett as housemother and surrogate parent to the young girls. George Clooney who later starred in ER) appeared on the show during the last three seasons as George Burnett, the maintenance guy and carpenter who helped the rest of the cast rebuild the store they were now running after it was destroyed by fire. George wore grey or faded black high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Fame. Drama. January, 1982 until August, 1983 on NBC, then in first-run syndication until Fall, 1987. This acclaimed series was based on the 1980 movie with the same name and set at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts. The story lines of the series were based on the lives of a group of students aspiring to become professional performing artists, their fears and aspirations, and their interaction with the school’s faculty. Christopher Donlon (Billy Hufsey) was a young student who liked to wear black high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Felicity. Drama. Broadcast from September 1998 to May, 2002 on Warner Brothers Cable. Felicity (Keri Russell) is the story of a new college freshman who was all set to attend Stanford University with the full support of her parents, but suddenly at graduation, she realizes that she has missed out on a lot of life and is determined not to let that happen in college. On a whim she applies to a New York City university where Ben (Scott Speedman), a boy she barely knew in high school but secretly admired, is attending. When she is accepted and tells her parents that her plans have changed, they are devastated, and cut off her financial support. But Felicity refuses to back down, and goes to New York. The show is about her relationships with Ben, other students that she meets, and her drive to be independent. Felicity is seen wearing black low cut chucks in many scenes in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Keri Russell starred as Felicity.
Finders Keepers. Game Show. Broadcast from November, 1987 until July, 1988 on Nickelodeon. Finders Keepers was a kids game show. The contestants and the host wore high top chucks. The show premise was that things were hidden in different rooms in this house and the kids had to find them. Back to TV Show Index.
The Flash. Action/Adventure, Science Fiction. Broadcast since September, 2014 on CW. Based on the DC Comic and as a spin off from The Arrow, another popular series based on a comic book, the show stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. Allen has the superpower of being able to move at lightning speeds, something he obtained from an accident at a research lab after spending nine months in a coma. The series revolves around Barry’s desire to clear his father’s name who was wrongly convicted of murdering his mother, and his work as a crime scene investigator. Grant Gustin wears black high top chucks and sometimes other models in many of the episodes. Click on the link to see an article with pictures about the series. Back to TV Show Index.
The Flash (Grant Gustin) making a dramatic landing.
Flight 29 Down. Drama. Broadcast from October, 2005 through August, 2007 on the Discovery Kids Channel and NBC. When ten students from Los Angeles take off on an eco-camping adventure to the distant islands of Micronesia, they never expect that their plane will crash-land on a remote tropical island. Flight 29 Down follows the continuing story and adventures of these castaways — their crushes, competitiveness, jealousies, insecurities and goofiness — in paradise. One of the students, Cody Jackson (Johnny Pacar), is a big, quiet guy with a past who goes by his last name. Jackson is not a social animal and doesn’t care to become one. There is constant speculation why Jackson is so cool. Theories range from his having a possible juvenile-hall past; to being super-intelligent and operating on a higher plane; to being a dope and unable to communicate on any plane. Jackson is the closest to being “street” as any of these kids, and his attitude and style, which includes wearing black low cut chucks, reflect it. Back to TV Show Index.
The cast of Flight 29 Down.
Freakish. Horror. Broadcast from October, 2016 on Hulu. When a chemical plant near their school explodes, a group of high school students must struggle to survive against freakish zombie creatures from their school and town created by the disaster. Tyler Chase plays Barrett McIntyre, one of the students not affected by the explosion. He wears black high top chucks throughout the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Violet and Barrett lying on the gymnasium floor.
Freaks and Geeks. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September, 1999 until July, 2000 on NBC. This short lived series developed a cult following but only twelve episodes were originally shown. The story centers on Lindsay and Sam Weir, a brother and sister attending a surburban Detroit high school. Lindsay’s friends constitute the “freaks” — Daniel Desario (James Franco), Ken Miller (Seth Rogen), Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel), Kim Kelly (Busy Philipps); and Sam’s friends constitute the “geeks” — Neal Schweiber (Samm Levine) and Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr). As it was set in the 1980s there are many people wearing chucks at different times in the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Friday Night Lights. Drama. Broadcast from October, 2006 until February, 2011 on NBC and DirecTV. Based on the movie of the same name, this critically aclaimed series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas uses this small-town setting to address many issues facing contemporary American culture, including family values, school funding, racism, drugs, abortion and lack of economic opportunities. Aimee Teegarden wears black low top chucks in the series. Click on the link to see a feature article about the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Friends. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September, 1994 until May, 2004 on NBC. This series about six friends in their twenties living in New York City made stars out of Courtney Cox, Jennifer Anniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt Le Blanc and Lisa Kudrow. Eventually they made history by demanding $1 million each an episode and getting it from the network. The show at first dealt with their failed attempts at relationships (otherwise why would they be hanging out together all of the time), but as the show progressed, they began to get serious about each other and pair up. Ross Geller (Schwimmer) wears low cut chucks in some of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Full House. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September, 1987 until August, 1991 on ABC. Three kids and three young men made up this unlikely television family living in San Francisco. Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), one of the young children wore black high top chucks along with her younger sister Michelle, played by the Olson twins. One of the episodes shows a flash back to when Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) and Joey Gladstone (David Coulier) first met as kids, and the young Danny was wearing blue high tops and the young Joey was wearing black high tops. Back to TV Show Index.
Gary Unmarried. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September 2008 until March, 2010 on CBS. Gary Unmarried stars Jay Mohr and Paula Marshall in a comedy about Gary Barnes, a recently single painting contractor, and his controlling ex-wife, Allison, who face post-divorce mayhem after 15 years of marriage as they each embark on new relationships. He’s the fun parent and she’s the strict one. Together, they share custody of their two children — Louise, a politically correct and environmentally conscious 11-year-old, and Tom, their socially awkward 14-year-old son who is nervous around girls. Tom wears black high top chucks on the show. Back to TV Show Index.
The Get Down. Drama. 2016 on Netflix. The Get Down is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in the late 1970s. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Gimme A Break. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from October, 1981 - May, 1987 on NBC. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Glee. Comedy. Drama, Musical. Broadcast from September, 2009 to March, 2015 on Fox. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
The Grudge Match. Audience Participation. Produced September 1991-92 for syndication only. The Grudge Match was sort of a pre-Jerry Springer type of show where people took out their frustrations they had with other people. The show was co-hosted by sports announcer Steve Albert and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Other cast members included hostess Paula McClure, cornermen (for the contestants) Andy and Pete Steinfeld who always wore black high tops, referee John Pinette, announcer Michael Buffer, and cute ring girl Teresa Ring. The contestants either wore black or red high top Chuck Taylors. They would use everything and anything to try to win the match. A match consisted of three one minute rounds. Round one usually started out with oversized boxing gloves. For rounds two and three, the contestants were allowed to choose their weapons. Weapons could be fire extinguishers filled with glop and dust, buckets of syrup, cream pies, rotten tomatoes, etc. — you get the picture. The third round was usually a tug of war over a pool of chocolate pudding. At the end of the match, the audience voted for the winner, who then received a prize. Back to TV Show Index.
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. Comedy, Family, some supernatural content. Amazon Video on Amazon Prime since September, 2014. Life is anything but normal for Gortimer (Sloane Morgan Siegel) and his two best friends, Ranger (Drew Justice) and Mel (Ashley Boettcher), as they navigate Normal Street, an ordinary residential street that has a hint of something magical just beneath the surface. Gortimer wears black or blue high top chucks in some of the episodes, and other characters are also seen wearing chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Gortimer and Mel seated at a table.
Guys Like Us. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from October, 1998 until January, 1999 on UPN. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Hallmark Hall of Fame. Drama/TV Movies. Broadcast from 1955 until 2016 on NBC; now on the Hallmark Channel. The Hallmark Hall of Fame has been dedicated to bringing quality family programming in the form of feature length special presentations for almost fifty years. Programs on the series often deal with family or social issues. Characters in these programs and even in their commercials are seen wearing chucks occasionally. The Runaway, which was broadcast in December, 2000 dealt with two young boys, Luke and Sonny, growing up in the post-World War II south, one white and one black, who stumble on a murder mystery that rekindles fears and prejudices in their small town when they pretend to run away from home. Luke wears black high top chucks throughout. In Journey, broadcast in 1995, an eleven year old boy named Journey (Max Pomeranc) and his grandfather (Jason Robards) have to come to terms with each other’s reactions to the loss when Journey’s mother, Min, unable to cope with the responsibility, decides to leave Journey and his sister Cat to be looked after by their grandparents. Journey then tries desperately to reassemble the family. Pomeranc wears white high top chucks throughout the movie. To Dance With The White Dog, a 1993 production starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy is one of their best collaborations. After fifty years of marriage, Sam Peek loses his beloved wife, Cora, and no amount of fussing by his overprotective children is going to ease Sam’s loneliness or failing health until one day a beautiful white appears out of nowhere and brings positive change to his life. The only problem — no one else can see it except his chucks-wearing grandson, Bobby (Harley Cross). Back to TV Show Index.
Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, left to right: To Dance With The White Dog, Journey.
Halt and Catch Fire. Drama. Broadcast from June 2014 on AMC. Set in the 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. Mackenzie Davis in her role as computer prodigy Cameron Howe wears black high top chucks in many of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Cameron and her new husband Tom embrace.
Happy Days. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from January, 1974 until July, 1984 on ABC. Still in syndication on Nickelodeon (Nick at Night). Developed to take advantage of the nostalgia craze for the 50s, which became popular in the 70s, the series originally focused on two teenagers Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and Potsie Weber (Anson Williams) going to Jefferson High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but soon changed in focus due to the immense popularity of “The Fonz”, the greaser dropout played by Henry Winkler. The Fonz represented the ultimate in “cool” and a lot of the shows involved him counseling Richie and his friends on how to behave. As the series progressed, Fonzie became more and more involved with Richie and his family, and eventually ended up living in an apartment over their garage. In the show Richie often wore white high tops and one of the later characters Chachi (Scott Baio) wore black high tops. Most of the guys from the high school who hung out at Arnold’s Drive In, a malt shop near the high school, wore black chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
The Haunted Hathaways. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from July, 2013 until March, 2015 on Nickelodeon. Michelle Hathaway moves her two daughters, Taylor and Frankie to New Orleans where they open a bakery. They come to find out that the house where they live is haunted by three ghosts, Ray Preston and his two sons, Miles and Louie. The families learn how to live with each other using their ghost powers and normal human powers. Taylor Hathaway, played by Amber Montana, often wears black high top chucks, and Louie is seen in a ghostly pair of grey high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Stills from The Haunted Hathaways, showing Amber Montana and Benjamin Flores, Jr. wearing chucks.
Heroes. Drama. Science Fiction. Broadcast from September, 2006 until February, 2010 on NBC. Heroes is an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. One of the main characters is the high school cheerleader Claire (Hayden Panettiere). Both Claire and her boy friend Zach (Thomas Dekker) wear chucks in some of the episodes. Also bad guy Syler (Zachary Quinto) wears black chucks in a few episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Hayden Panettiere and Zachary Quinto wear chucks in some of the episodes of Heroes.
Homefront. Drama. Broadcast from September, 1991 until April, 1993 on ABC. This soap opera was about GIs returning from World War II, trying to reconstruct their lives and families, but discovering that things had changed forever. For example, one of the GIs, Lt. Hank Metcalf (David Newsom) returned home to marry his sweetheart Sarah, not realizing that in his absence, she had fallen for his younger brother, Jeff (Kyle Chandler). Eventually, they did marry and Jeff went on to a professional baseball career. Jeff wore chucks in some of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Hostages. Drama. Broadcast from September, 2013 until January, 2014 on CBS. Doctor Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) is a premiere Washington DC surgeon who’s scheduled to operate on the President (James Naughton). She’s thrust into a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent, Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). He orders her to assassinate the President by causing his death on the operating table. With Ellen’s family’s life in imminent danger, she faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma. Can she save her overbearing husband Brian (Tate Donovan), her secretive daughter Morgan (Quinn Shephard), and her not-so-innocent son Jake (Mateus Ward)? Jake wears black cut chucks in the show. Back to TV Show Index.
Mateus Ward plays Jake on Hostages.
House. Drama. Broadcast from September, 2005 until May, 2012 on Fox. House is a maverick physician with an acerbic, brutally honest demeanor whose unconventional thinking and flawless instincts have afforded him a great deal of respect. An infectious disease specialist, he’s a brilliant diagnostician who loves the challenges of the medical puzzles he must solve in order to save lives and he has assembled an elite team of young medical experts to help him in his effort to solve these diagnostic mysteries. Dr. House played by Hugh Laurie wears a lot of different pairs of sneakers including the occasional pair of high top chucks of varying colors. Back to TV Show Index.
Hunter Street. Comedy, Mystery. Since March, 2017 on Nickelodean. Hunter Street is about a family of foster kids adopted by Eric and Kate Hunter who live in a fabulous house that also is a museum in Amsterdam. We are introduced to the newest kid, Max (Stony Blyden) who is told by his caseworker that this is the last place he can put Max before he is sent to an orphanage. Max, who is street smart and a bit of a con man luckily fits right in with the other four kids and the Hunters but immediately a major problem looms for the first season of shows: Eric and Kaate go out to the opera that night but never return home. Now the five children must scramble to find the Hunters while fending off the authorities from the foster care system, the police, and school. Max wears black high top chucks in the series and occasionally Tess wears black and white flag high tops. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
The cast of Hunter Street.
ICarly. Comedy. Broadcast from September, 2007 until November, 2012 on Nickelodean. This is a new comedy about life in middle school with a new twist, fan-generated content shown periodically during the shows. The show is about Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) who lives with her older brother Spencer (Jerry Trainor) in a wacky apartment building along with neighbors Freddie (Nathan Kress) and best friend Sam (Jennette McCurdy). Sam and Freddie help Carly with her webcast show, and Sam is constantly getting the others in trouble with her pranks. Spencer wears black high top and low cut chucks, while Carly is seen in various models of slip-on chucks, and Sam wears various print high tops. Back to TV Show Index.
I’ll Fly Away. Drama. Broadcast from October, 1991 until February, 1993 on NBC. This series was a legal drama focusing on race relations in the south during the late 1950’s. Sam Waterston starred as District Attorney Bedford Forrest, perplexed by the turmoil surrounding him, both in the professional arena and in his home life. His wife was institutionalized in a mental hospital, leaving him to care for their three children, Nathan (Jeremy London), Francie (Ashlee Levitch), and John Morgan (John Aaron Bennett). Regina Taylor played Lilly Harper, their black housekeeper, who was involved in some of the local civil rights movement, and helped the Bedfords understand the changes that were going on. Both Nathan and John Morgan Bedford wear high black chucks casually and Nathan is seen wearing them when competing for the school wrestling team. Back to TV Show Index.
I’m In The Band. Comedy. Broadcast from October, 1991 until February, 1993 on the Disney Channel. This is a situation comedy about a teen boy who manages to be accepted in a metal band. Greg Baker (one of the band’s members) wears black high top Chucks with black laces in some of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
It Takes A Thief. Documentary-drama. Broadcast from February, 2004 until April, 2007 on the Discovery Channel. Jon Douglas Rainey and Matt Johnston, two former thieves show a different homeowner each week how vulnerable — or perhaps invulnerable — they are to a break-in as they attempt to burglarize their house ... while they (and the audience) watch. But not to worry: When it’s all over, Jon and Matt will give the house a full security makeover and show you how to better protect your valuables. Both Jon and Matt wear black chucks on the show. Back to TV Show Index.
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Comedy. Broadcast since 2005 on FX and FXX. The show is about The Gang, a group of five depraved underachievers, who are constantly referred to as the worst human beings ever. Click on the link to view an article about the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Jay Jay the Jet Machine. Children. Broadcast from November, 1998 until December, 2005 on the Learning Channel and then on PBS. This children’s show combined animated airplanes and ground vehicles with real adult actors. Eve Whittle, the actress who plays the role of Tarrytown Airport’s ace mechanic Brenda Blue, wears red Converse Chuck Taylor high tops. Brenda is in charge of the airport. She does not use the airport’s control tower but communicates with the planes by a portable two-way radio from the ground. Back to TV Show Index.
Brenda Blue and Snuffy, one of the animated planes.
Jackass. Video Stunt Features. Broadcast on MTV 2000-2003. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Jane By Design. Situation Comedy, Drama. Broadcast from January 2012 - July, 2012 on ABC Family. Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher), is a teenager, who is mistaken for an adult, as she finally gets her fashion dream job working with a world-famous designer, Gray Chandler Murray (Andie MacDowell). She has to juggle between two secret lives: one in high school, and one in high fashion. One of the characters, Billy Nutter (Nick Roux), Jane’s boyfriend in high school, wears Converse John Varvatos and other Chuck Taylor high tops in the series. Other characters also wear chucks, like Jane in red high tops playing baseball.
Jane playing baseball.
The cast of Jane By Design.
Jericho. Drama, Science Fiction. Broadcast from September, 2006 - March, 2008 on CBS. Jericho is a drama about what happens when a nuclear mushroom cloud suddenly appears on the horizon, plunging the residents of a small, peaceful Kansas town into chaos, leaving them completely isolated and wondering if they’re the only Americans left alive. Though the cloud appears in the distance, it affects all the residents in Jericho, including Dale Turner (Erik Knudsen), the 16-year-old trailer park kid everybody picks on, who wears black high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
The cast of Jericho.
Knight Rider. Adventure, Science Fiction. Broadcast on NBC from September, 1982 until August, 1986. This series had an episode in season three with Jason Bateman called “Lost Knight.” Click on the link to see an article about the series and episode.
Kyle XY. Drama, Science Fiction. Broadcast on ABC Family and ABC during the summer of 2006. Kyle (Matt Dallas) is a teenage boy found wandering alone and naked in the woods. He has no name. He has no past. As innocent as a newborn, he doesn’t speak and he seems to look at the world as if for the first time. With no place else to take him, the police send him to juvenile hall where he’s given the name Kyle. It’s obvious that Kyle isn’t like the other kids, but when it’s discovered that he has no bellybutton, an administrator begins to realize just how different Kyle might be. He calls in Nicole Trager (Marguerite MacIntyre), a kind-hearted social worker, to help with the case. Sensing something special about Kyle, Nicole takes him home, much to the chagrin of her husband, teenage daughter and boisterous young son. Settling into the Trager’s busy household isn’t easy. There is so much Kyle doesn’t know, and yet he demonstrates amazing abilities in mathematics, the ability to learn languages and information, and physical strength no one can explain. His talents are just the tip of the mystery, and the questions are just starting to grow: Who is Kyle? Where did he come from? Who is the man watching him? Every day, Kyle encounters something new... music, a pretty neighbor, a wild party, danger, lies, jealousy, humor, touch, trust, love. And each day, the Tragers think they are getting to know him. But the mystery surrounding Kyle is just beginning. Kyle is seen in the show wearing optical white and later green chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Kyle and Steve look out from the roof of their house.
The L Word. Drama. Broadcast on Showtime Cable from January, 2004 until March, 2009. Set in the chic world of Los Angeles, this humor- laced dramatic series explores the lives of a group of lesbians, their friends, family and neighbors. Shane, played by Katherine Moennig, is a up and coming hairdresser. Shane often wears black or red low cut chucks on the show. Back to TV Show Index.
Land of the Lost. Adventure/Fantasy. 1991-92. Independent Distribution. Puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft produced this remake of an earlier series by the same name. The plot centers around the Porter family, Tom (Timothy Bottoms), Kevin (Robert Gavin), and Annie (Jennifer Durgan), who get sucked into an alternative prehistoric world through a time-warping “dimensional gate” while taking a family vacation. The family meets all kinds of prehistoric creatures, including dinosaurs, lizard like creatures, and a jungle girl who apparently had the same thing happen to her as the Porters. Kevin wear red high tops and Annie wears pink high tops in some of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
The Larry Saunders Show. Situation Comedy. January, 1992- May, 1998 on HBO. Comedian Gary Shandling starred as Larry Sanders, the insecure host of a late night talk show. You would see some of the show “on the air” and other portions “behind-the-scenes” to reveal Larry’s humorous interactions with the shows writers, producers and guests. Rip Torn co-starred as Artie, Larry’s over-protective producer, and other regulars included Jeffrey Tambor as Hank (“Hey now!”) Kingsley, Larry’s fawning announcer and sidekick, Wallace Langham as the comedy writer Phil, and Megan Gallagher and Kathryn Harrold as Larry’s ex-wives. In the series, Phil is one of Larry’s writers and is about 30, though rather boyish. His chief preoccupation seems to be with members of the opposite sex which leads him to announce a “Pussy Alert” when any attractive young woman is around. His other main hobby on the series is provoking Hank who suffers numerous practical jokes at his hands. Phil is acerbic, anarchic, and totally laid-back except when in love. In the earlier seasons of the show he’s often seen wearing black chucks and eating junk food. Back to TV Show Index.
Lassie. Adventure. September, 1954 - September, 1971 on CBS. In first run syndication from 1971-74. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Last Chance Detectives. Adventure/Mystery. Made for Television Short Films, (1994-96). The Last Chance Detectives were four kids — Mike Fowler (Ryan Calhoun) leader of the group and son of a Air Force pilot who was killed in the line of duty, Winnie Whitefeather (Crystle Lightning) a Navajo girl with great instincts, Ben Jones (Davin Jacob Carey) the average kid in the group, and Spence (David Netter), son of a scientist working on a long term research project and the nerdy brains of the group — living in a desert town who had a detective club in an abandoned B-17 fighter plane. Three films were made in the series: Legend of the Desert Bigfoot, Mystery Lights of Navajo Mesa, and Escape from Fire Lake. The plots of the films are typical kid detective stories, that are given religious messages to deliver at the end. Davin Carey in his role as Ben Jones wears black high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Laverne and Shirley. Situation Comedy. January, 1976 - May, 1983 on ABC. This comedy, set in Milwaukee in the 1950’s, was about two girls who worked on the assembly line in a brewery. It started as a spin-off from Happy Days. The writing was mostly slapstick, and featured screwball characters like Lenny and Squiggy, two truck drivers at the plant who often wore black high tops. Shirley’s boyfriend was Carmine Ragusa (Eddie Mekka), who wore black low cuts. Back to TV Show Index.
Les compagnons de l’aventure. Adventure. October, 1989 - 1992 on French Television. This was a five season children’s adventure series. During August, the French vacation season, various children were left at a rambling house in the French countryside, while their parents were traveling. This allowed for a variety of castmembers over each season. Several of the castmembers wore chucks, and many of the kids wore American t-shirts and hoodies. Various kids would become involved in mysteries or crimes during the series of eighty episodes.
Various cast members in the series wore high top or low cut chucks.
Little People, Big World. Documentary. March, 2006 through 2014 on The Learning Channel. The Roloffs are an extraordinary family composed of both little and average-sized people. Parents Matt and Amy Roloff are both little people — 4 feet tall — but they are determined to succeed in a world that isn’t always accepting of differences. Matt has risen through the ranks of the business world, closing deals with some of Silicon Valley’s most well-known companies. After being laid off, Matt decided to pursue his dream of owning his own business. Originally a stay-at-home mom but now holding down two jobs, Amy has raised four children: 15-year-old twins, Jeremy and Zach, 12-year-old Molly and 8-year-old Jacob. Together they own and operate Roloff Farms, a sprawling 34-acre farm in Oregon. Jeremy likes to wear Celtic green, red, and black and red foldover high top chucks. Click on the link to see a photo gallery. Back to TV Show Index.
The Roloff family sitting on their front porch.
London Spy. Drama, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller. Broadcast from November, 2015 to December, 2015 on BBC; now on Netflix and BBC America. Danny and Alex, two men from very different worlds fall in love. Their relationship comes to an abupt and terrifying end when Alex, who turns out to be a genius and working for British intelligence, is murdered and Danny is framed for the crime. Against all odds, Danny fights to learn the truth about what happened. Ben Whishaw who plays Danny wears optical white and blue low cut chucks in the five part series. Back to TV Show Index.
Ben Whishaw is Danny Holt in London Spy.
Lost. Drama, Science Fiction. Broadcast from September, 2004 to May, 2010 on ABC. Lost follows the survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet, flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. One of the stars of the show was Matthew Fox, who played troubled surgeon Jack Shephard. In the sixth season, which was set in two different timelines, life on the island and present day Los Angeles, Dylan Minette played Jack’s son David, who is a talented pianist. David wore black low cut chucks in his epsiodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Dylan Minette and Matthew Fox in Lost, Season 6.
Lovejoy. Mystery. Broadcast from January 1986 until December 1994 on PBS. A BBC/Lionheart Broadcasting program. Lovejoy is an antiques dealer and collector who often gets embroiled in mysteries or scams involving the buying or selling of antiques. Sometimes on the edge of being unscrupulous, Lovejoy basically has a good heart and often uses his sleuthing skills and knowledge of antiques to help someone out who has been ripped off or is trouble. Occasionally Lovejoy is seen wearing black high top chucks in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Mama’s Family. Situation Comedy. January, 1983 - August, 1985 on NBC, then in first-run syndication until September, 1990. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Married... With Children. Situation Comedy. April, 1987 - June, 1997 on Fox. Married... with Children was about the Bundys, a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The show follows the lives of Al Bundy, a once glorious high school football player turned hard-luck women’s shoe salesman; his obnoxious wife, Peggy; their attractive, promiscuous, and clueless daughter, Kelly; and their girl-crazy, wisecracking son, Bud. Bud, who was played by David Faustino, wore black high top chucks during the first few seasons. Most storylines involve Al’s schemes being foiled by his own cartoonish dim wit and bad luck. Back to TV Show Index.
Peggy, Al, and Bud Bundy.
M*A*S*H. Comedy/Drama. Broadcast from September, 1972 until September, 1983 on CBS. This classic series based on the film of the same name was about the medical staff of a mobile Army field hospital during the Korean War. During the last few years of the series, BJ Honeycutt (Mike Farrell), one of the surgeons, was seen wearing black high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Melrose Place. Drama. Broadcast from July, 1992 until 1999 on the FOX network. This nighttime soap opera is about the lives of the many residents of an apartment complex located on Melrose Place in Los Angeles. Billy Campbell (black high top chucks-wearer Andrew Shue) is an aspiring writer and is a roommate (at first platonic) with Alison Parker (Courtney Thorne-Smith). Back to TV Show Index.
The Messengers. Science Fiction. Broadcast on the CW in 2015. A mysterious object plummets to Earth, sending out a shock wave that causes five strangers to die, only to miraculously come back to life moments later. The group becomes The Messengers. Drawn together by fate and biblical prophecy, the “Messengers” discover that they now have supernatural gifts that might be the only hope for preventing the impending destruction of mankind. One of the messengers is Peter (Joel Courtney), a troubled high school student and orphan from Little Rock, Arkansas. Peter wears black low cut chucks throughout the series.
Peter and some other Messengers on a mission.
The Mick. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from January, 2017 on Fox. Kaitlin Olson plays Mackenzie Murphy, a hard-living young woman who is forced to take care of her wealthy sister’s spoiled kids after the mom flees the country to avoid criminal charges. Mackenzie wears black high top chucks in many of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Kaitlin Olin spraying champagne on the cast of The Mick.
The Middle. Comedy. Broadcast on ABC since September 2009. Situation comedy about a family living in Orson, Indiana. A man of few words (every one a zinger), Mike is a manager at the town quarry and his wife Frankie is the third-best used car salesman (out of the three) at the local dealership. Frankie may not be a high-powered career woman, but when it comes to her family, she’ll go to just about any length. And with kids like these, she had better. There’s Axl (Charlie McDermott), her outgoing teenage son conceived while under the influence of Guns N’ Roses; Sue (Eden Sher), the awkward teenage daughter who fails at everything... but with the utmost gusto; and their seven-year-old son Brick (Atticus Shaffer), whose best friend is his backpack. Axl wears black high top or low cut chucks most of the time. Click on the link to see an article with photos about The Middle. Back to TV Show Index.
Axl Heck jogging.
Mighty Med. Comedy/Science Fiction. Broadcast on the Disney Channel from October, 2013 until September, 2015. Kaz and Oliver, two young teens who are big fans of superhero comics, accidentally discover Mighty Med, a hospital for super heroes. They end up getting jobs at the hospital and the episodes in the series are about the adventures they have helping various superheroes and their confrontations with supervillains. Characters wearing chucks include Gus, who wears red high tops, Skylar Storm, who wears grey low, Jordan, who wears black extra high tops, and several of the adult characters seen in black and white high tops. Back to TV Show Index.
Lots of people are wearing chucks at Logan High School in this series.
The Mindy Project. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September, 2012 until April, 2015 on Fox. Seasons 4 and 5 are broadcast on Hulu since May, 2015. The series follows obstetrician/gynecologist Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) as she tries to balance her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small medical practice in New York City. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Modern Family. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on ABC since September, 2009. Using documentary style, Modern Family follows the fictional lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. Pritchett’s family includes his second wife, his stepson, and infant son, as well as his two adult children and their spouses and children. Ariel Winter in her role as Alex Dunphy is often seen wearing chucks in the series. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Mutt and Stuff. Show for Kids. Broadcast on the Nickelodean Channel since 2015. Set in a unique school for dogs, the series stars Calvin Millan and his dad, Cesar, interacting with a cast of both real dogs and puppets at a canine school called Mutt and Stuff. Calvin wears black high top chucks as part of his regular uniform in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Calvin Millan and a four legged friend.
My Mad Fat Diary. Comedy/Drama. Broadcast on UK Channel 4 since 2013. Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the show tells the tragic and humorous story of a very troubled young girl Rae, who has just left a psychiatric hospital, where she has spent four months after attempting suicide, begins to reconnect with her best friend Chloe and her group, who are unaware of Rae’s mental health and body image problems, believing she was in France for the past four months. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
My Name Is Earl. Comedy. Broadcast on NBC from 2005 to 2009. Jason Lee stars as a reformed criminal who sees the light when he loses a winning lottery ticket after getting hit by a car. He decides his bad luck can be chalked up to bad karma, and sets about making amends with everyone he has ever wronged. This very long list includes a former victim of Earl’s schoolyard bullying, whom he helps to come out of the closet, and a one-legged girl from whom Earl once stole a car. Ethan Suplee plays Earl’s slow but good-hearted brother and sidekick, Randy, and Jaime Pressly plays Earl’s ex-wife, Joy. Noah Crawford plays Earl as a boy. Noah wears black high top chucks in the scenes he is in. Back to TV Show Index.
Noah Crawford plays a young Earl Hickey in the series My Name Is Earl.
MythBusters. Video Stunt Features. Broadcast since 2003 on the Discovery channel. It’s a tough job separating truth from urban legend, but the MythBusters are here to serve. Each week special-effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take on three myths and use modern-day science to show you what’s real and what’s fiction. Through trial and error they actually demonstrate each idea to prove whether it’s true or is “busted”. Co-host Jamie Hyneman often wear red high top chucks on the show, and show associate Kari Byron often wears black high tops. In at least one episode Adam Savage is wearing olive green slip on chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.
Adam Savage testing Pykrete (made from newspapers) by standing on it.
Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Comedy. Broadcast on the Comedy Channel from 1988 to 1999. When zany mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) and his loopy assistant Frank (Frank Conniff) get bored with their work at the Deep Thirteen research center, they kidnap Joel the janitor (Joel Hodgson), blast him into orbit on the Satellite of Love, and force him to watch the worst movies in the world to determine which movie, when inflicted on the rest of the world, will cause mass insanity and allow Forrester and Frank to take over the world. To combat this, Joel invented several robots Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy) and Crow T. Robot (also Trace Beaulieu) to keep him company and to heckle the movies mercilessly to ensure his sanity. After several years, Joel escaped to be replaced by Mike Neslon, a temp worker without a clue. Both Joel Hodgson and Mike Nelson were always wearing chucks with their jump suits. Back to TV Show Index.
Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. Comedy. Broadcast on Nickelodean from September, 2004 until June, 2007. Ned Bigby (Devon Werheiser) is a smart but small middle school student who along with his friends Cookie (Dan Curtis Lee) and Moze (Lindsey Shaw) are trying to survive in a world of bullies and teachers. They often get into trouble with hilarious results. Ned wears black low cut or red high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Devon Werheiser plays Ned Bigby on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.
Newsradio. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on NBC from March, 1995 through May, 1995. Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) was a young Wisconsin news director brought into an all-news radio station in New York City in this comedy somewhat patterned after the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Somewhat in over his head, Dave is surrounded by a cast of eccentric comedy characters who included Matthew (Andy Dick) a wacky reporter who wore red chucks high tops in a number of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Northern Exposure. Drama. Broadcast on CBS from July, 1990 through May, 1996. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Numb3rs. Crime Drama. Broadcast on CBS from January, 2005 until March, 2010. Don Eppes (Rob Morrow), an FBI agent and team leader recruits his mathematical genius brother Charlie (David Krumholtz) to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles by using his problem solving ability to spot trends and patterns in criminal activities. Charlie is a mathematics professor at a prestigious Los Angeles university, and is often assisted by his esoteric colleague Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol) and by his assistant and later fiancee Amita Ramanujan (Navi Rawat). Amita usually is seen wearing low cut chucks in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
The O.C. Drama. Broadcast on Fox from September, 2003 until May, 2007. Fashion conscious prime time soap opera that focuses on a group of teenagers living in Newport Beach, a wealthy enclave in Orange County, southern California. Seth (Adam Brody) wear black high top chucks in some of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Cast members of The O. C.
The Odd Squad. Children’s Show. Broadcast on PBS and TVO Kids since November, 2014. Designed for viewers aged 5-8, Odd Squad follows two young agents, Olive and Otto, who are part of an agency that seeks to save the day using math when odd things happen. Other members of the squad are Oscar and Ms. O. The cast all wear business clothing with high top chucks in bright colors: red, green, and light purple.
Cast members of The Odd Squad all wear different colored high top chucks.
The Odyssey. Adventure/Science Fiction. Broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Network and syndicated in America from 1992 until 1994. Three season of episodes. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
One Tree Hill. Soap Opera. Broadcast on Warner Brothers and the CW from July, 2003 until April, 2014. Aside from a love for hoops, it would seem that Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan (James Lafferty) are two young men with little in common, but they are bound by the dark secret that they share the same father. Arrogant and assured, Nathan is the star of the high school basketball team and hails from a wealthy family. Quiet and driven, Lucas is the only child of a single working mom. He is also a legendary playground basketball player. After growing up on opposite sides of the tracks in the same small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, the two boys’ lives suddenly collide when a twist of fate puts Lucas on Nathan’s high school basketball team and the half-brothers compete, not only for control of the court, but also for the heart of Nathan’s beautiful girlfriend Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton). Peyton has a pair of high tops she often wears. There’s an episode where she and her friend Brook go skinny dipping off of her boat, and the shoes are shown sitting on board with all the other clothes. Back to TV Show Index.
Cast members of One Tree Hill.
Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on the Fox Network from September, 1990 until August, 1993. This high school comedy in the tradition of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starred Corin Nemec as the bright, resourceful, popular, and cool Parker Lewis, a junior at Santo Domingo High School somewhere in southern California. Despite the efforts of principal Grace Musso (Melanie Chartoff) and her lackeys Frank Lemmer (Taj Johnson) and Shelley Lewis (Maia Brewton), Parker’s bratty younger sister, to expell Parker, he is able to glide along in life with the able assistance of his best friend Mikey (Billy Jayne) a would be rocker, and Jerry Steiner (Troy Slaten), a nerdy sophomore who idolizes him. Other regulars in the cast included Larry Kubiak (Timothyh Stack) a giant hulking dumb jock with a voracious appetite, Parker’s parents Martin and Judy Lewis (Timothy Stack and Anne Bloom), and Nick Comsotck, the counterman at the Atlas Diner who dispensed advice along with the sodas. Parker wore either low cut black chucks, or white running shoes, while Jerry always wore black high top chucks. One of the things that made this series successful was its extensive use of video special effects and hidden cameras as part of the plot lines. Back to TV Show Index.
Perception. Crime Drama. Broadcast on TNT from July, 2012 through March, 2015. Dr. Daniel Pierce is an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the FBI solve complex criminal cases. Pierce has an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. He also has an uncanny ability to see patterns and look past people’s conscious emotions to see what lies beneath. However, he has many issues, due to the paranoid schizophrenia that he suffers from on occasion. Rachael Leigh Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on certain cases. Unlike her colleagues, Kate is willing to look past Daniel’s peculiarities. Dr. Pierce is played by Eric McCormack who played Will in Will & Grace for seven seasons as well as many other roles. He wears black or navy blue high top chucks most of the time. Click on the link to read an article about Perception. Back to TV Show Index.
Dr. Daniel Pierce at the FBI offices.
Pierce consulting with Kate.
Pete and Pete (The Adventures of). Situation Comedy. Broadcast on the Nickelodeon Network from 1993 until 1996. Comedy about an oddball group of family and friends. The older Pete, played by Michael Moronna, wears white low cut chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Phil of the Future. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on the Disney Channel from June, 2004 until August, 2006. Phil (Ricky Ullman) is a teenager from the year 2121, who has gotten stuck in this century with his family when their time machine breaks down. His easy going personality helps him adapt to his new school and make new friends. Plus, he’s got all those futuristic gadgets to use along the way. In the series Phil wore black and plaid high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Phil kicks back in plaid high tops.
Phil checks out a strange light coming from under the sink.
Power Rangers Super Mega Force. Action/Adventure, Science Fiction. Broadcast on Nickelodeon since February, 2014. This is the 21st season of the show Power Rangers. When an alien armada led by Prince Vekar plans to invade the Earth, Gosei gives the Megaforce Rangers new Morphers and special keys to allow them to become the Super Megaforce Rangers and also imbues them with the power to transform into any past Power Rangers. Their leader is Troy Burrows, the Megaforce/Super Megaforce Red Ranger, played by Andrew Grey. Andrew wears black high top chucks when he is not suited up in his Red Ranger garb. Back to TV Show Index.
Troy Burrows (Andrew Gray) with the other Rangers.
Doing a blindfold test of skills.
Preacher. Drama. Broadcast on the AMC Channel since May, 2016. Developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, the series is an adaptation of the DC comic book series Preacher created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Dominic Cooper stars as Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher with a criminal past and a newly discovered superpower to command others to do as he says. Joseph Gilgun plays Cassidy, a vice-loving vampire who’s proud to join Jesse on his search for God. In the second season Cassidy wears black high top chucks with black shoelaces. Click on the link to see an article with photos. Back to TV Show Index.
Psych. Drama. Broadcast on the USA Channel from July, 2006 until March, 2014. Psych stars James Roday as young police consultant Shawn Spencer who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute the precinct detectives think he’s psychic — at least that’s what he lets them believe. Psych also stars Dule Hill as Shawn’s best friend and reluctant sidekick, Gus, and Corbin Bernsen as Shawn’s disapproving father, Henry, who ironically was the one who honed his son’s “observation” skills as a child. James Roday wore blue high top chucks in some of the first shows. Young Shawn (Liam James), age 11, wears black high tops all the time and has been in many episodes in flashbacks. Back to TV Show Index.
Corbin Bernsen, James Roday, and Dule Hill star in Psych.
Liam James plays young Shawn.
Punky Brewster. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on NBC from September, 1984 through September, 1986. In first run syndication during 1988 and 1989. Punky Brewster (Soliel Moon Frye) was a young girl living in an apartment in Chicago, who was abandoned by her parents, but maintained an upbeat outlook on life. Discovered living alone with her dog, Punky was soon adopted by Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes) the stern old bachelor apartment manager who couldn’t resist her cute personality and contagious optimism. The stories often revolved around the interaction between the two as they learned to adjust to each other. Other characters included Punky’s friends at school, Cherie and Margaux, and the apartment building handyman, Eddie. Punky commonly wore Chuck Taylors of many different colors. Sometimes shoes from two pairs were even mixed together, for the “Punky Brewster” look in chucks wear. Later an animated series It’s Punky Brewster was spun off from this series. Back to TV Show Index.
Pushing Daisies. Drama. Science Fiction. Broadcast on ABC from October, 2007 until June, 2009. Ned (Lee Pace) has an unusual talent. He can touch dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor. As a result of this, he opens a pie shop. He can even bring a dead person back to life but there is a complication: if he ever touches the person again, he or she dies again, this time for good. When private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) finds out about Ned’s secret, he convinces the cash-strapped Ned to help him solve murder cases (and collect the hefty reward fees) by raising the dead and getting them to name their killers before sending them back. His childhood sweetheart, Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel), is murdered on a cruise ship under strange circumstances. Her death brings him back to his hometown of Coeur d’ Coeurs to bring Chuck back to life, albeit briefly, and solve the crime. But once reunited with Chuck, Ned can’t bring himself to send her back. Chuck becomes the third partner in Ned and Emerson’s PI enterprise, but she encourages them to use their skills for good, not just for profit. Ned is overjoyed to be reunited with Chuck, the only girl he’s ever loved. But Ned is wary of becoming close to her, because one brief touch will send her back to the dead. Back to TV Show Index.
Emerson and Ned in his new pie shop.
Quantum Leap. Science Fiction. Broadcast on NBC from March, 1989 through August, 1993. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. To purchase a VHS video of Quantum Leap from The ChucksConnection, click here. Back to TV Show Index.
Quarry. Crime Drama. Broadcast on Cinemax since September, 2016. Quarry is the story of Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green), a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. Mac wears optical white high top chucks in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Logan Marshall-Green and Jodi Balfour star in Quarry.
Reaper. Science Fiction. Broadcast on CWTV from September, 2007 until May, 2009. On his 21st birthday, slacker Sam (Bret Harrison) discovers that his parents sold his soul to the devil before birth. This is why they have always allowed him to slide through life, endlessly playing video games, avoiding responsibility and college, and now working in a dead end job at a Work Bench warehouse hardware store. Soon the devil himself (Ray Wise) stops by and tell Sam that he now must become his bounty hunter, searching for escaped souls from hell and collecting them into vessels like a Dirt Devil (what else!) vacuum cleaner. Sam is seen in the show wearing black low cut chucks with black laces. Ben (Rick Gonzalez) is one of Sam’s co-workers enlisted to help him Ben, the son of a reverend, immediately grasps the seriousness of Sam’s situation. Ben wears black high top chucks in the show. Though his life has suddenly turned weird and scary, Sam is surprised to find that he somehow feels good about his newfound “mission”. Back when nothing was expected of him, Sam never had to push himself to achieve. Now, with his friends and his trusty vessel-of-the-week at his side, Sam is ready to face his destiny as the Reaper. Back to TV Show Index.
Sam with his co-workers Ben and Sock.
Ben sitting at a table in the patio department.
Richie Rich. Comedy. Broadcast on the Disney Channel from 2013 until 2015. Richie Rich is a boy genius who figured out how to turn vegetables into a clean energy source. As a result, Rich now has over a trillion dollars. Rich lives with his his dad Cliff, who loves naps, and his jealous sister, Harper, in a mansion filled with toys, contraptions, and Irona, Rich’s robot maid. His best friends Darcy and Murray are always by his side. Murray helps manage and save his money while Darcy figures out ways to spend it. Jake Brennan, who plays Richie is seen wearing a variety of high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Rin Tin Tin K-9 Cop. Adventure. Broadcast on the Family Channel from September, 1988 through 1993. This modern day remake of the the old western series Rin Tin Tin featured Andrew Bednarski as Stevie Katts, the teenaged nephew of Office Hank Katts. In this series, the famous German shepherd was part of the K-9 corps in an anonymous big city, continually facing crime and violence, with dog handlers Hank and Stevie. Hank became Stevie’s guardian in the first season when his mother died; in the third season Hank adopted Stevie as his son. In the first season at least, Stevie wore black high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Riverdale. Crime, Drama, Mystery. Broadcast on The CW since January 2017. This is based on the comic book series Archie and Jughead, that was about teenagers in the 1950’s. The television series is much darker in tone, however, focusing on crimes and mysteries. K.J. Apa stars as Archie Andrews and wears black high top chucks in the series. Sometimes Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is also seen wearing a pair. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
K.J. Apa wears black high tops in Riverdale.
Roseanne. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on ABC from October, 1988 through 1996. A blue collar type comedy in the tradition of All in the Family, with “controversial” elements in the writing trying to reflect the times. Roseanne (Roseanne Barr-Arnold) was a grouchy mom, fast with the one-liners, but ultimately having a heart of gold. Roseanne was married to Dan (John Goodman) an intermittently employed mechanic who eventually opened a motorcycle shop. As the series went on, the storylines often focused on the romances of their two daughters, Becky and Darlene (Sarah Chalke and Sara Gilbert). Darlene and her mixed up boyfriend David (Johnny Galecki) had an on-again off-again relationship until she left for art school. David then moved into the Conner household because his parents had broken up. David wears chucks at least a few times in the episodes after he moved in with the Conners. He could be seen lounging on the couch with one foot up on it, wearing his chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Roswell. Drama, Science Fiction. Broadcast on WB from 1999-2002. This series focus on four teenagers who live among the citizens of Roswell, New Mexico but are actually human/alien hybrids, sent here as replacements for the royalty of a dying alien race on the spaceship that crashed there in 1947. These hybrid aliens have special gifts, including the ability to heal fatal wounds. The crash was covered up by the government and these children were kept in incubation pods for ten years until they emerged as six-year-olds. Jason Behr plays Max Evans, one of the four aliens, and is often seen wearing black high top chucks. Before a fateful day in 1999, the teens hid their gifts. The event that forever changed their lives was when Max healed Liz Parker (a classmate) after she was fatally shot in the stomach in a dispute between two customers at the restaurant where she waitresses. A close relationship then developed between Max and Liz. The series mostly focuses on the various relationships that develop between the four and their human friends at Roswell High School. Back to TV Show Index.
The cast of Roswell; Max and Liz on the run.
Safe at Home. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on WTBS from 1985 until 1986. Michael J. Cutt plays Dan Ford, a Chicago sportscaster. His sidekicks on the show are Tatum McCoy and Roger Kyle. In one episode, all three are wearing high black chucks because they are on the TV station basketball team and they are in uniform. Dan Ford is a real big Chicago Bears fan and he wears his high black chucks in several episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Salvation. Drama, Science Fiction, Adventure. Broadcast on CBS from June, 2017 until September, 2017. MIT grad student Liam Cole makes a staggering discovery: an enormous asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Without alerting the public, Cole and tech billionaire Darius Tanz team up to save humanity from this impending apocalypse. Keeping it secret will complicate life for Liam and those closest to him. Meanwhile, the government has its own approach, and their previous actions complicate things. Charlie Row plays Liam Cole and wears black slip-on chucks in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Charlie Row and Santiago Cabrera star in Salvation.
The Sarah Jane Adventures. Science Fiction/Action Adventure. Broadcast on BBC from January, 2007 until October, 2011. This spin-off from the Dr. Who series was developed by Russell T. Davies and the same writers for the Dr. Who series. Sarah Jane Smith, a freelance journalist, but actually a savior of the world against alien invaders, battles against Bane, Slitheen, Gorgon, Kulak, Beserkers, Sontaran and other intergalactic species who continually plot against the earth. Sarah Jane is ably assisted by trusted teenaged companions, her neighbors on Bannerman Road, Clyde, Maria, and in the second year Rani, along with her adopted son Luke who was created by the Bane in human form. Luke turns out to be a boy wonder and genius who often helps save the day in their adventures. In the third season, Luke finally starts to get hip and begins wearing black high top chucks, as does his best friend Clyde, who wears white high tops. In the second half of the first season Maria wears monochrome black print high tops. Back to TV Show Index.
Maria, Luke, Sarah Jane, and Clyde in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Maria and Luke
Luke and Sarah Jane accessing the computer.
Luke lacing up his black high top chuck.
Saved by the Bell. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on NBC from August, 1989 until September, 1993 when it was retitled Saved By the Bell: The College Years, and broadcast for another year until February, 1994. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
School of Rock. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on Nickolodean since March, 2016. This remake for television of the popular Jack Black film features Tony Cavelero in the role of Dewey Finn and Breanna Yde as Tomika, one of the students. Dewey wears black high top chucks and Breanna is seen wearing Chuck Taylor platform high tops in in bright blue, maroon and camo green. She also wore black Chuck Taylor Lux Mid Wedge sneakers in some episodes.
The School of Rock cast rocking out.
Scorpion. Drama. Broadcast on CBS from September, 2014. Scorpion is an American drama television series loosely based on the life of self-proclaimed genius and computer expert Walter O’Brien. In the series, O’Brien recruits other geniuses to help solve complex, global problems. One of his team members is Toby Curtis, played by Eddie Kaye Thomas. Toby wears black high top chucks in most of his scenes.
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Ari Stidham, Katherin McPhee, and Eddie Kaye Thomas in Scorpion.
Seinfeld. Situation Comedy. Broadcast originally from 1990 through 1999 on NBC. Still in syndication on cable TV. This long running popular comedy series had great quirky characters, none more so than Kramer, who occasionally wore chucks. In the episode “The Parking Garage” he is seen wearing tri color high tops. Back to TV Show Index.
The four main characters of Seinfeld: Jerry, Kramer, Elaine, and George.
Smallville. Drama, Science Fiction. Broadcast from October, 2001 until May, 2011 on WB and the CW. This series revolved around the time that Superman was growing up in the Kansas town of Smallville. In the sixth season aspiring photographer Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore) joined the cast of Smallville. Jimmy Olsen is seen wearing black high tops in some of his scenes. Back to TV Show Index.
Sha Na Na. Variety. Broadcast from 1977 until 1981. Click on the link to read a feature with photos. Back to TV Show Index.
Jon "Bowzer" Bauman of Sha Na Na.
Spooksville. Drama, Science Fiction. Broadcast on the Hub Network from October, 2013 until May, 2014. Based on the book series by acclaimed author Christopher Pike, Adam Freeman (Keann Johnson), the new kid in town discovers that he holds the key to a battle between good and evil that has been taking place for centuries in a bizarre small town that plays host to a wide array of supernatural and unexplained occurrences. He is helped by local genius Watch (Nick Purcha) and Sally Wilcox (Katie Douglas), a teenager who has a crush on Adam. Watch wears natural white high top chucks in all the episodes while Adam wears black low cut chucks in many episodes.
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Watch (Nick Purcha) and Adam (Keann Johnson) with Sally and some other friends.
Watch and Adam with Moorpark, Ann Templeton’s enforcer.
Stranger Things. Drama/Science Fiction. Broadcast from July, 2016 on Netflix. When a young boy disappears, his mother, older brother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Drama. Broadcast from September, 2006 until June, 2007 on NBC. In this drama series, Aaron Sorkin lays bare the backstage politics, romances and delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives in an instant text-messaging world. Prominent are Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet, “Syriana”), a savvy new network entertainment chief who inherits a massive public relations disaster on the series — even before she starts her first day — and Matt Albie (Matthew Perry, “Friends”) and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford, “The West Wing”), a brilliant creative team that she wants to resurrect the program. Matthew Perry wears black chucks in some of the episodes. Back to TV Show Index.
Sun Records. Drama. Broadcast from February, 2017 on CMT. This series is based on the play of the same name about the birth of American rock and roll in a small recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Drake Milligan, who plays Elvis Presley in the series, wears black high top chucks. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Taxi. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on ABC from September, 1978 until June, 1982 and then on NBC from September, 1982 until July, 1983. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Teen Wolf. Horror and Drama. Broadcast from June, 2011 on MTV. Teen Wolf is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott, who is bitten by a werewolf and must cope with how it affects his life and the lives of those closest to him. Click on the link to view an article with pictures on the series. Back to TV Show Index.
That 80s Show. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from January - June, 2002 on the Fox Network. Actress Tinsley Grimes was seen wearing red high top chucks in this sequel to That 70s Show. Back to TV Show Index.
Tinsley Grimes with the cast of That 80s Show.
13 Reasons Why. Drama, Mystery. Broadcast from April, 2017 on Netflix. Sophomore Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) is shocked and surprised when he receives a posthumous package of casette tapes from Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a classmate and friend who recently committed suicide. On the tapes, Clay is ordered to listen to them all in sequence and if he doesn’t, bad things will happen to him. He is also surprised by the involvement of his friends and acquaintances at Liberty High School on the tapes as they are unveiled in a series of flashbacks. In the series, Clay wears black low cut chucks. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Dylan Minette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why.
30 Rock. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September, 2006 until January, 2013 on NBC. 30 Rock is told through the comedic voice of SNL alum Tina Fey (Liz Lemon) and features Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy) as a top network executive and Tracy Morgan (Tracy Jordan) as the unpredictable star of Lemon’s hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Lemon has her hands full juggling corporate interference from Donaghy and off-the-wall star antics from Jordan, all while attempting to salvage her own personal life. Liz frequently wears chucks and they were even the highlight of one episode (“Blind Date”) where her boss sets her up on a blind date with a woman based on the fact that she’s wearing chucks. She says she’s straight and her boss says “Those shoes are definitely bi-curious”. Back to TV Show Index.
The Thundermans. Situation Comedy. Broadcast since October, 2013 on Nickelodeon. The Thundermans is about a family of super heroes whose #1 concern is trying to keep their super-human quirks under wraps and lead a normal life. But the two oldest siblings — Phoebe and Max — share a healthy rivalry that’s turbo charged by their top-notch powers! Their younger brother Billy has a hyperactive nature that kicks his super-speed into turbo, making things a little difficult. Billy wears black and blue high top chucks in the series. Max occasionally wears black low cuts. Click on the link to see a feature article about The Thundermans. Back to TV Show Index.
The Thundermans family. Billy Thunderman.
The Tomorrow People. Science Fiction. Broadcast from October, 2013 until May, 2014 on the CW. The Tomorrow People are humans who have developed special powers (telepathy, teleportation, and telekinesis) as a result of genetic evolution. They are pursued by the Ultra, a paramilitary group of scientists trying to control them. The series focuses on Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell), who is just discovering his powers. Stephen wears black high top chucks with blue shoelaces in the series. Click on the link to view an article with pictures about the series. Back to TV Show Index.
Robbie Amell plays Stephen Jameson.
Peyton List plays Cara in The Tomorrow People.
Torchwood. Science Fiction/Crime and Mystery. Broadcast from September, 2006 through 2011 on BBC. In this spin off from the Doctor Who series, Captain Jack Harkness becomes a member of Torchwood Institute, a renegade criminal investigation group founded by Queen Victoria in the 21st century to battle hostile extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. Institute member Eve Myles wears black low cut chucks throughout the series in her role as Gwen Cooper. Back to TV Show Index.
Trading Spaces. Home Improvement Show. Broadcast from 1999 through 2008 on TLC. You have 2 days, 2 designers, 4 friends, 1 carpenter, and $1000 to completely redesign and change a room or space in your house. That’s the premise behind The Learning Channel’s most popular show, Trading Spaces. One of the show’s designers, Frank Bielec, is often seen wearing black chucks on the show. Back to TV Show Index.
Under One Roof (Spencer). Situation Comedy. Broadcast from December, 1984 through July, 1985 on NBC. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
The War At Home. Situation Comedy. Broadcast on Fox from September, 2005 through April, 2007. Three teens cause havoc for their parents, and vice versa, in a brash family-oriented sitcom that employs a confessional space for characters to vent their meant-to-be-humorous feelings. Fifteen year old Larry (Kyle Sullivan) is seen wearing black high top chucks. Back to TV Show Index.
Welcome Back Kotter. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September, 1975 through August, 1979 on ABC. This show was about a high school teacher, Gabe Kotter (Gabriel Kaplan) who came back to his old high school in the inner city to teach the toughest remedial students (a group called the Sweathogs) who were streetwise but unable to function in normal academic classes. The sweathogs included Vinnie Barbarino (John Travolta), the greaser who was the group’s leader, Arnold Horshak (Ron Palillo), the class yo-yo, “Boom-Boom” (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), the hip black kid, and Juan Epstein (Robert Hegyes), the Jewish Puerto Rican who wore black high top chucks. Many times he wore his chucks with no socks. They were also the old fashioned chucks with the black patch on the rubber sole. Epstein was a joker, somebody who does not let anything bother him. He always said what was on his mind and kept a positive outlook on himself and life. Some of the best regularly occurring bits in the show were the notes he would always give Mr. Kotter from his Mom and the infamous Epstein walk. He was one cool dude! Back to TV Show Index.
Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Comedy Improvisation. Broadcast from August, 1998 through September, 2007 on ABC and ABC Family. Now seen on the CW since July, 2013. This is an improvisational comedy show, which was originally hosted by Drew Carey on ABC and ABC Family. A revival of the show, hosted by Aisha Tyler, began airing on The CW in 2013. The series is a spin-off of the British show of the same name and features Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady as its regular performers with the fourth seat occupied by a guest panelist, most often Brad Sherwood or Greg Proops. The show consists of a panel of four performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improvisation games. Topics for the games are based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host, who would set up a game and situation that the performers would improvise. Since the revival on the CW, Ryan Stiles has been wearing either black or gray low cut chucks on the show. Back to TV Show Index.
Who’s the Boss. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September, 1984 through September, 1992 on ABC. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
WKRP in Cincinnati. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from September, 1978 through September, 1982 on CBS. A situation comedy about a radio station that is suddenly changed from a sedate, easy listening format to a top 40 rock station by Andy Travis, a new program director hired to shake things up and make the station profitable. The show was filled with eccentric characters like Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) the pompous and naive news director, Arthur Carlson (Gordon Jump) the bumbling station manager, Jennifer Marlowe (Loni Anderson) the sexy receptionist, and two hip and colorful disk jockeys Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid) and Dr. Johnny Fever (Howard Hessman). Dr. Johnny Fever wore black high tops in the later seasons of the show. Back to TV Show Index.
The Wonder Years. Situation Comedy. Broadcast from March, 1988 through September, 1993 on ABC. Still in syndication on Nickelodeon (Nick at Night). Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
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Workaholics. Situation Comedy. Broadcast since April, 2011 on Comedy Central. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Worst Year of My Life Again. Situation Comedy. Broadcast in 2014 on Australia Television. Now on Netflix. High schooler Alex King (Ned Napier) wakes up on his birthday to discover he has gone back in time and must relive must relive every miserable moment of the past twelve months once more. His friends Simon Birch and Maddy Kent convince him he's being offered a second chance and maybe this time around, he can get it right. Alex wears black chucks in the series. Back to TV Show Index.
The cast of the Worst Year of My Life Again.
You Again? Situation Comedy. Broadcast from February, 1986 until March, 1987 on NBC. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. Back to TV Show Index.
Zoom. Activity show for children. Syndicated on PBS from January, 1999 until May, 2007. Click on the link to see an article with pictures. To purchase a VHS video of Party With Zoom The ChucksConnection, click here. Back to TV Show Index.
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