Special Delivery (TV series)

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Special Delivery
Nickelodeon Special Delivery title card.png
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 1-2 hours
Production company(s) Various
Distributor Various
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format NTSC
Audio format Stereo
Original release 1980 (1980) – 1993 (1993)

Special Delivery was an American anthology series on Nickelodeon, broadcast during weekend afternoons from 1980 until 1993, when the network's original programming output was deemed sufficient to discontinue the block. Special Delivery mainly carried a variety of productions for children purchased by Nickelodeon, including both live-action and animated programming. Much of this programming was made up of children-focused made-for-TV movies produced in Canada in the 1970s and 80s, short films originally made for the ABC Afterschool Special and CBS Schoolbreak Special anthology series, sports specials (often with the time purchased from Nickelodeon by the event's distributors), and some unsold television pilots adapted to an hour-long timeslot.

Overview[edit]

Presentations on Special Delivery were varied in focus and origin. A May 1984 issue of Boys' Life referred to the programs shown on Special Delivery as "fill-in shows" compared to the rest of Nickelodeon's lineup.[1] Most programs were aimed at family audiences, but in an attempt to emulate the success of sister network MTV, Nickelodeon occasionally aired rock-and-roll concerts as part of the block.[2] The earliest Special Delivery broadcast was an animated rendition of "Hansel and Gretel", aired on Christmas Day in 1980.[3] According to a March 1983 interview with Nickelodeon's acquisitions manager Eileen Opatut, potential acquisitions for the series were tested in schools before being chosen to air.[2]

Episodes[edit]

Title Original Airdate Reference
Hansel and Gretel December 25, 1980 (1980-12-25) [3]
The Ransom of Red Chief September 20, 1981 (1981-09-20) [4]
Robinson Crusoe November 1, 1981 (1981-11-01) [5]
The American Hero Show July 3, 1982 (1982-07-03)
Santa Fe Trail July 18, 1982 (1982-07-18)
The Stowaway July 18, 1982 (1982-07-18)
Wild Rides July 25, 1982 (1982-07-25)
David Johansen in Concert July 25, 1982 (1982-07-25) [6]
Let the Balloon Go August 7, 1982 (1982-08-07) [7]
The World According to Nicholas August 7, 1982 (1982-08-07) [7]
End of the Game August 8, 1982 (1982-08-08) [2]
The Adventures Of Dinosaur Badlands August 21, 1982 (1982-08-21)
Clay Creatures September 2, 1982 (1982-09-02) [8]
We Are All One People September 17, 1982 (1982-09-17)
His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz October 9, 1982 (1982-10-09)
Mandy's Grandmother November 28, 1982 (1982-11-28)
The Water Babies December 5, 1982 (1982-12-05)
A Gift to Last December 12, 1982 (1982-12-12)
Clarence and Angel December 19, 1982 (1982-12-19)
Clever Jack January 2, 1983 (1983-01-02)
Kävik the Wolf Dog January 29, 1983 (1983-01-29) [9]
Voice Of The Fugitive February 13, 1983 (1983-02-13)
Clarence and the Ottaway March 5, 1983 (1983-03-05) [10]
Circustown March 9, 1983 (1983-03-09) [11]
Portrait of Grandpa Doc March 1983 (1983-03) [2]
Adam & the Ants: The Prince Charming Revue March 26, 1983 (1983-03-26) [12]
Silver City April 9, 1983 (1983-04-09)
Quarterflash May 1, 1983 (1983-05-01)
Duran Duran in Concert June 26, 1983 (1983-06-26) [13]
Haircut 100 in Concert June 26, 1983 (1983-06-26)
Talk Talk And Depeche Mode In Concert July 2, 1983 (1983-07-02)
Avengers of the Reef July 9, 1983 (1983-07-09) [14]
Beware, Beware, My Beauty Fair July 9, 1983 (1983-07-09) [12]
Someday, Sometime July 16, 1983 (1983-07-16)
Introducing Janet November 6, 1983 (1983-11-06)
Raisins and Almonds December 25, 1983 (1983-12-25) [15]
The Nutcracker December 25, 1983 (1983-12-25)
One Last Ride January 8, 1984 (1984-01-08)
UFO Kidnapped January 14, 1984 (1984-01-14) [16]
School Daze April 7, 1984 (1984-04-07) [17]
A Time To Be Brave April 7, 1984 (1984-04-07)
Bob Welch and Friends April 14, 1984 (1984-04-14) [18]
BMX World Championships May 5, 1984 (1984-05-05) [18]
Cody June 1984 (1984-06)
Wings in the Wilderness June 3, 1984 (1984-06-03) [16]
Kajagoogoo June 9, 1984 (1984-06-09)
Sneak Peek June 30, 1984 (1984-06-30)
Tuck Everlasting July 1, 1984 (1984-07-01)
Kansas in Concert July 8, 1984 (1984-07-08) [19]
Rolex Junior Tennis Championships July 14, 1984 (1984-07-14)
Atomic Legs September 2, 1984 (1984-09-02)
The Raccoons: Let's Dance! October 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)
The Boy Who Couldn't Lose October 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)
Mariposa October 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)
The Adventures of Marco Polo Jr. November 3, 1984 (1984-11-03) [20]
The Amazing Mr. Blunden November 4, 1984 (1984-11-04)
Meeting Halfway November 17, 1984 (1984-11-17)
The Americanization of Elias November 17, 1984 (1984-11-17) [20]
Mighty Moose and the Quarterback Kid November 17, 1984 (1984-11-17)
Joshua's Confusion December 2, 1984 (1984-12-02)
The Snowman December 15, 1984 (1984-12-15)
Doctor Snuggles January 5, 1985 (1985-01-05)
Brother Tough January 12, 1985 (1985-01-12)
Kids' Writes January 20, 1985 (1985-01-20) [21]
Sometimes I Wonder March 9, 1985 (1985-03-09)
Do Me A Favor... Don't Vote For My Mom March 17, 1985 (1985-03-17)
Black Magic April 13, 1985 (1985-04-13)
Grandma Didn't Wave Back April 14, 1985 (1985-04-14)
Backstreet Six May 4, 1985 (1985-05-04)
1985 Rolex Junior Tennis Championships July 6, 1985 (1985-07-06)
The Magic Laser July 13, 1985 (1985-07-13) [22]
Road To The Stars July 14, 1985 (1985-07-14)
Keiko August 3, 1985 (1985-08-03)
The Magic of Lassie October 5, 1985 (1985-10-05)
Today's Special: Live On Stage December 1, 1985 (1985-12-01)
Little Lord Fauntleroy December 7, 1985 (1985-12-07)
Benji's Very Own Christmas Story December 14, 1985 (1985-12-14)
Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure January 4, 1986 (1986-01-04)
Stanley, the Ugly Duckling January 5, 1986 (1986-01-05)
The Tap Dance Kid February 2, 1986 (1986-02-02)
The Boy Who Never Was February 2, 1986 (1986-02-02)
My Mother Was Never a Kid February 8, 1986 (1986-02-08)
The Mystery of the Million Dollar Hockey Puck March 2, 1986 (1986-03-02)
The Little Princess April 5, 1986 (1986-04-05)
The Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid April 6, 1986 (1986-04-06)
The Treasure of Alpheus T. Winterborn April 6, 1986 (1986-04-06)
The Brave Frog's Greatest Adventure June 14, 1986 (1986-06-14)
A Movie Star's Daughter June 15, 1986 (1986-06-15) [23]
A Tale of Two Cities July 5, 1986 (1986-07-05)
Revenge of the Humanoids July 6, 1986 (1986-07-06)
David Copperfield August 2, 1986 (1986-08-02)
Zoom the White Dolphin August 3, 1986 (1986-08-03)
Little Women September 6, 1986 (1986-09-06) [24]
Snowbound September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
The Incredible Book Escape September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)
Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile October 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
The Witches and the Grinnygog October 5, 1986 (1986-10-05)
Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
Santa's Pocket Watch December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
Abra Cadabra January 10, 1987 (1987-01-10)
The Courage of Rin Tin Tin February 7, 1987 (1987-02-07)
The Haunting of Harrington House February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15) [24]
Misunderstood Monsters March 1, 1987 (1987-03-01)
Prince and the Great Race March 7, 1987 (1987-03-07)
Really Rosie March 7, 1987 (1987-03-07) [25]
Pick Up Your Feet August 8, 1987 (1987-08-08)
Dinky Hocker August 8, 1987 (1987-08-08) [26]
Miss Peach of the Kelly School September 5, 1987 (1987-09-05)
Chocky's Children October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
The Little Fox November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07) [27]
The Pinballs November 8, 1987 (1987-11-08) [26]
Uncle Marvin November 8, 1987 (1987-11-08) [26]
Oliver and the Artful Dodger December 6, 1987 (1987-12-06)
Master of the World January 3, 1988 (1988-01-03)
The Mysterious Island February 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
Psst! Hammerman's After You! February 7, 1988 (1988-02-07)
Moon Madness March 5, 1988 (1988-03-05)
Trouble River April 3, 1988 (1988-04-03)
A Home Run For Love April 9, 1988 (1988-04-09)
Dynaman 1988 (1988)
Cuckoo Land June 5, 1988 (1988-06-05)
Spirit Bay June 5, 1988 (1988-06-05)
Summer Switch July 3, 1988 (1988-07-03)
Hewitt's Just Different July 3, 1988 (1988-07-03)
Animal Talk October 2, 1988 (1988-10-02)
Heidi October 8, 1988 (1988-10-08)
A Family of Strangers November 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)
Luke Was There November 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)
The Red Balloon November 12, 1988 (1988-11-12)
Theresa at the Palace December 4, 1988 (1988-12-04) [28]
A Very Merry Cricket December 10, 1988 (1988-12-10) [29]
The Electric Grandmother January 8, 1989 (1989-01-08) [30]
The Hand-Me-Down Kid January 8, 1989 (1989-01-08)
The Fabulous Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen January 14, 1989 (1989-01-14)
Fat Chance February 4, 1989 (1989-02-04)
The Gnomes' Great Adventure April 2, 1989 (1989-04-02) [31]
Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics 1989 (1989) [32]
Davy Crockett on the Mississippi June 10, 1989 (1989-06-10)
The Three Musketeers June 10, 1989 (1989-06-10)
A Far Out Fourth July 2, 1989 (1989-07-02)
The Great Gilly Hopkins November 4, 1989 (1989-11-04)
It Isn't Easy Being a Teenage Millionaire November 11, 1989 (1989-11-11)
The Zertigo Diamond Caper December 2, 1989 (1989-12-02)
The Box of Delights December 3, 1989 (1989-12-03)
Santa's Magic Toy Bag December 9, 1989 (1989-12-09) [29]
Mowgli's Brothers January 6, 1990 (1990-01-06)
The White Seal January 6, 1990 (1990-01-06)
Young American Bowling Alliance February 3, 1990 (1990-02-03)
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi February 10, 1990 (1990-02-10)
The Kids of Degrassi Street February 10, 1990 (1990-02-10)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea February 10, 1990 (1990-02-10)
Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents? March 3, 1990 (1990-03-03)
Night of the Red Hunter March 10, 1990 (1990-03-10)
The Count of Monte Cristo April 8, 1990 (1990-04-08)
Black Beauty April 8, 1990 (1990-04-08)
Wind in the Willows April 14, 1990 (1990-04-14)
Around the World in 80 Days August 5, 1990 (1990-08-05)
AYSO Championships September 2, 1990 (1990-09-02)
All-American Soap Box Derby November 4, 1990 (1990-11-04) [33]
The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane October 5, 1991 (1991-10-05) [34]
The Witch Who Turned Pink October 5, 1991 (1991-10-05) [34]
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde October 5, 1991 (1991-10-05) [34]
Voyager October 13, 1991 (1991-10-13) [35]
The Nightingale January 18, 1992 (1992-01-18) [36]
The Tin Soldier January 18, 1992 (1992-01-18) [36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levitt, H.N. (May 1984). "Nickelodeon: A television channel just for you". Boys' Life. Boy Scouts of America. Special Delivery. Fill-in shows that go along with the regularly-scheduled programs with things like films, rock concerts and documentaries. 
  2. ^ a b c d "What's New on Nickelodeon..." (PDF). Fulton History. Tom Tryniski. March 28, 1983. Special Delivery shows are acquired from all over the globe: from Russia, China, and Australia, to Spain, England and Canada... Potential acquisitions are tested in schools... Some cater to the specific tastes of the younger set, such as rock concerts, whose popularity has been demonstrated by the success of MTV. 
  3. ^ a b Seideman, Tony (December 21, 1980). "Christmas specials are plentiful on the cable". Newspapers.com. New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. The lead offering on Nickelodeon will be "Hansel and Gretel," a Special Delivery starring animated models backed by human voices. Cute is the operating word here, though all the nasty remarks about witches eating children should be enough to keep the kids glued to the screens while the parents open their presents. 
  4. ^ "The Portal to Texas History - The Fort Hood Sentinel Vol. 40, No. 20". University of North Texas. September 17, 1981. 
  5. ^ "The Portal to Texas History - The Fort Hood Sentinel Vol. 40, No. 26". University of North Texas. October 29, 1981. 
  6. ^ "The Portal to Texas History - The Fort Hood Sentinel Vol. 41, No. 12". University of North Texas. July 25, 1982. 
  7. ^ a b "Television schedule". Press-Republican. August 7, 1982. 
  8. ^ "The Portal to Texas History - The Fort Hood Sentinel Vol. 41, No. 18". University of North Texas. September 2, 1982. 
  9. ^ Smethurst, James. "The Town Talk - January 22, 1983". Newspapers.com. The Town Talk. Nickelodeon's Special Delivery will present the saga of "Kavik the Wolf Dog" on Jan. 29. The drama, starring a Siberian husky and co-starring Ronnie Cox and John Ireland, describes the 2,000-mile odyssey of a champion sled dog attempting to rejoin a young boy who once saved his life. 
  10. ^ "TV Times" (PDF). Fulton History. Tom Tryniski. March 5, 1983. 
  11. ^ "The Meade County Messenger" (PDF). Fulton History. Tom Tryniski. March 9, 1983. 
  12. ^ a b "The Portal to Texas History - The Fort Hood Sentinel Vol. 42, No. 9". University of North Texas. July 7, 1983. 
  13. ^ "The Portal to Texas History - The Fort Hood Sentinel Vol. 44, No. 15". University of North Texas. August 15, 1985. 
  14. ^ "The Portal to Texas History - The Fort Hood Sentinel Vol. 44, No. 15". University of North Texas. August 15, 1985. 
  15. ^ "The Portal to Texas History - The Fort Hood Sentinel Vol. 43, No. 31". University of North Texas. December 6, 1984. 
  16. ^ a b "The Free Lance-Star Vol. 100, No. 224". Google News Archive. September 22, 1984. 
  17. ^ "TV Times" (PDF). Fulton History. Tom Tryniski. August 4, 1984. 
  18. ^ a b "TV Times" (PDF). Fulton History. Tom Tryniski. August 4, 1984. 
  19. ^ "The Free Lance-Star Vol. 100, No. 218". Google News Archive. September 15, 1984. 
  20. ^ a b "The Sundance Times: 01/17/1985, Page 14". January 17, 1985. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ "The Sundance Times: TV Log". January 17, 1985. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. 
  22. ^ "The Sundance Times: TV Log". July 11, 1985. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Daytime TV Schedule" (PDF). Fulton History. Tom Tryniski. October 19, 1986. 
  24. ^ a b "Sunday Highlights". Google News. The Victoria Advocate. February 15, 1987. 
  25. ^ "Saturday, Nov. 21" (PDF). Fulton History. Tom Tryniski. November 21, 1987. 
  26. ^ a b c "The Free Lance-Star Vol. 103, No. 263". Google News Archive. November 7, 1987. 
  27. ^ "Complete Sunday Television Listings" (PDF). Fulton History. Tom Tryniski. November 21, 1987. 
  28. ^ "TV week: April 2 thru April 8 - Harlan News-Advertiser". April 1, 1989. 
  29. ^ a b Lipton, Lauren (December 16, 1990). "Of, By and For the Children - More Kids' Shows". The Los Angeles Times. An hourlong Special Delivery (Saturday at 2 p.m. Nickelodeon) includes two animated specials. A Very Merry Cricket concerns the holiday adventures of a cat, a mouse and a cricket named Chester, and Santa's Magic Toy Bag reveals what happens when a well-meaning elf accidentally shrinks Santa's sack of toys. 
  30. ^ "TV week: July 16 thru July 22 - Harlan News-Advertiser". July 14, 1989. 
  31. ^ "Daily Listings - Harlan News-Advertiser". July 14, 1989. 
  32. ^ Erickson, Hal (June 30, 2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. p. 386. ISBN 0786420995. Grimm's Fairy Tales: This collection of fast-moving hour long versions of classic fairy tales (fast-moving so that the English language voice actors could match the rapid lip movements of the original Japanese animation) was broadcast on weekends as part of Nickelodeon's long-running Special Delivery anthology series. 
  33. ^ Lipton, Lauren (November 4, 1990). "Not soap-but kids clean up at 'The All American Soap Box Derby' on Nick". The Los Angeles Times. ...soap box racers probably come closest to that description. See for yourself with Nickelodeon's Special Delivery: The All American Soap Box Derby... The high-speed sports spectacular was taped Aug. 11-13 and shows that even though soap-box derbies have been going on from time immemorial, the sport is far from being all washed up. 
  34. ^ a b c "The Free Lance-Star Vol. 107, No. 229". Google News Archive. September 28, 1991. 
  35. ^ "The Free Lance-Star Vol. 107, No. 241". Google News Archive. October 12, 1991. 
  36. ^ a b Linan, Steven (January 12, 1992). "Of, By and For the Children - More Kids' Shows". The Los Angeles Times. Special Delivery (Saturday at 2 p.m. Nickelodeon) presents adaptations of two Hans Christian Andersen stories: 'The Nightingale' and 'The Tin Soldier.'