First Row Features

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First Row Features
First Row Features title card.png
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 1 hour
Distributor Nickelodeon
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Stereo
Original release August 1980 (1980-08) – January 1982 (1982-01)

First Row Features is an American anthology series that premiered on the television network Nickelodeon in 1980 and continued to air until January 1982. It mainly carried British television films for children and family audiences, most of which were filmed in the 1950s–60s. It featured a claymation title sequence created in-house at Nickelodeon's temporary headquarters in Buffalo, New York. First Row Features was a predecessor to the similarly-formatted Special Delivery, which debuted later in the same year and eventually replaced it.

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The program featured made-for-TV films from the United Kingdom, which were selected by employees at Nickelodeon.[1] In January 1982, the Gannett newspaper The Times described the show as a collection of "one hour feature films for children ranging from comedies and adventures to dramas and semi-documentaries."[2] Although most of the content on First Row Features had been filmed and released in Europe decades earlier, the films were marketed as new to U.S. viewers.[3] New films premiered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. At the time of its creation, First Row Features was one of only five programs that were aired in a loop to fill the entire Nickelodeon schedule.[4] It was non-commercial and advertisements were never played between features.

Films featured[edit]

Title Year of film Nickelodeon airdate Reference
Title sequence 1980 August 27, 1980 (1980-08-27) [5]
What Next? 1974 December 29, 1980 (1980-12-29) [6]
Cup Fever 1965 December 30, 1980 (1980-12-30) [6]
The Rescue Squad 1963 December 31, 1980 (1980-12-31) [6]
Anoop and the Elephant 1972 January 1, 1981 (1981-01-01) [6]
The Kid from Canada 1958 January 2, 1981 (1981-01-02) [6]
All at Sea 1969 January 10, 1981 (1981-01-10) [7]
Juvenile Justice Unknown July 12, 1981 (1981-07-12) [8]
Lone Wolf Unknown July 13, 1981 (1981-07-13) [9]
Mischief Unknown July 15, 1981 (1981-07-15) [9]
Operation Third Form 1966 July 17, 1981 (1981-07-17) [9]
The Hunch 1967 July 20, 1981 (1981-07-20) [10]
Adventure in the Hopfields 1954 August 5, 1981 (1981-08-05) [11]
Bungala Boys 1961 December 6, 1981 (1981-12-06) [12]
The Christmas Tree 1966 December 25, 1981 (1981-12-25) [13]

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