Encyclopedia (TV series)
|Directed by||Joshua White|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Running time||approx. 30 min|
|Original airing||September 19, 1988, 7:30pm|
Encyclopedia is a television series created by the HBO Network and the for-profit branch of the Children's Television Workshop (CTW), Distinguished Productions. The series premiered on the HBO network in 1988.
Each episode covered a letter or series of letters in the alphabet, with short skits of sketch comedy devoted to up to twelve corresponding encyclopedia topics. Several topics were related through song. Three of the six writers of the show had also been writers for NBC's Saturday Night Live: Patricia Marx, Brian McConnachie, and Mitchell Kriegman.
The series featured the band BETTY, who performed both the opening and closing themes as well as individual songs for selected topics.
The series covered the following topics:
- Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design: Calista Hendrickson
- Outstanding Achievement in Makeup: Paul Gebbia
- The New York Times: CTW Romps Onto Cable With 'Encyclopedia' by Alison Leigh Cowan 
- Encyclopedia at the Internet Movie Database
- Encyclopedia article at The TV IV, a compendium of television knowledge. 
- Encyclopedia (TV series) at TV Guide