- 6 Seasons
Fame is an American television show based on a 1980 movie of the same name focusing on the lives of students and teachers at a New York school for the performing arts. Produced by MGM Television for NBC the show was one of the first to become more popular outisde the U.S. than in the country and secure funding for later series from foreign TV companies. The show has attracted a cult following since its cancellation in 1987 after six seasons beginning in 1982. The first two seasons of Fame were broadcast and produced for American network NBC; despite critical success the show was cancelled because of low ratings and only returned to the television screens after receiving funding from the U.K., Australia and Italy. The 136 episodes of Fame are loosely based on the real Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and performing Arts. The school in Fame is called the New York City High School for the Performing Arts created by series creator Christopher Gore. Fame tackles social issues and academic problems facing young people living in New York from a variety of different backgrounds. One of the most famous and popular characters in the show was transferred from the motion picture in the form of Leroy Johnson, a petty criminal from the poor areas of New York who has the ability, but not always the commitment to learn to dance. Other characters that transferred from the movie included Bruno, whose stories focused on the academic problems he faced with piano teacher Shorofsky. Other characters were drawn from a mixture of backgrounds and explored social issues through the clash of cultures and availablity of money. Each episode of the show generally focused on a stand alone story and a number of smaller, less significant stories; each episode usually included at least two musical numbers including singing and dancing by the characters in the show.