Against the Odds (TV series)

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Against the Odds
Created byCy Schneider
StarringBill Bixby
Virginia Capers
Peter Brooks
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersBob Klein
Bruce Littlejohn
ProducerMarcus Keys
Original release
ReleaseJuly 4, 1982 (1982-07-04)[1] –
1984 (1984)

Against the Odds is an American documentary television series targeted to children and adolescents, that was produced and originally broadcast by Nickelodeon from 1982 through 1984. The series, hosted by Bill Bixby and narrated by Philip Proctor, profiled inspirational stories of people throughout history.

Geraldine Laybourne, then-program manager and later president of Nickelodeon, noted that her young son described the show as "a series of little tragedies" that famous people overcame on their journey to what made them so well known.[2]

The series is unrelated to the US military battlefield history series of the same name that was originally broadcast on the American Heroes Channel from 2014 through 2016.[3]


Against the Odds profiled several notable historical figures including:


  1. ^ Morgenstern Katz, Debra (1982-06-27). "Odd couples make history on "Odds"". Home News Tribune. New Brunswick, New Jersey. Retrieved 2019-05-05 – via The July 4th pilot for the series, which will begin playing regularly in September...
  2. ^ Nelson, Steve; Laybourne, Gerry (1999). "The Hauser Oral and Video History Project: Gerry Laybourne". The Cable Center. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  3. ^ "About: Against the Odds". American Heroes Channel. Retrieved 2020-11-22.

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