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  • TV-14
  • 1982
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.0  (3,514)

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.

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Baby, Remember My Name
24. Baby, Remember My Name
May 18, 1987
In the series finale, Alumni Week brings back some familiar faces, including Miss Sherwood, Bruno, Coco, Doris, Holly, and Montgomery, who are interviewed for the School of the Arts first video yearbook. Meanwhile, Leroy questions his ability and his desire to make it on his own after Miss Grant suggests he leave the school to pursue his dancing; and Chris lies about his success in the real world when he is asked to be a guest speaker for Mr. Seeger's class.
Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore
23. Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore
May 11, 1987
The kids hustle up a pocketful of miracles for Mrs. Berg, who has misrepresented her position to an old friend who's on his way to visit; Reggie helps a student with an aversion to frog dissection.
Of Cabbages and Kings
22. Of Cabbages and Kings
May 4, 1987
Clips from past shows illustrate the choices for the school's contribution to a time capsule; schemer Miltie may face expulsion if he fails to come up with an original song for Shorofsky.
Reggie and Rose
21. Reggie and Rose
April 27, 1987
When a cafeteria worker, who always had dreams of being a singer, is laid off, Reggie persuades her to get her high-school diploma... at the School of the Arts.
The Lounge Singer Who Knew Too Much
20. The Lounge Singer Who Knew Too Much
April 20, 1987
Jillian's computer error puts Christopher's life in danger when he comes into possession of a cassette labeled "top secret" by a conglomerate involved in national security. Meanwhile, Reggie, Ian and Dusty compete in a video contest.
Best Buddies
19. Best Buddies
March 30, 1987
Danny reacts with confusion when his longtime pal confides he's gay; Leroy and Lydia compete for the chance to choreograph a commercial.
Ian's Girl
18. Ian's Girl
March 23, 1987
Ian is torn when his old band comes to town; Lou runs for the presidency of a bowling-operators' association.
That Was the Weekend That Was
17. That Was the Weekend That Was
March 16, 1987
Christopher, Leroy, Jillian and Miltie create frustration for Jesse who, with a key borrowed from Shorofsky, lets them all into the school on a Saturday to complete a weekend project.
Stradi-various
16. Stradi-various
February 23, 1987
Reggie, Danny and Jesse learn about wishes coming true after Shorofsky receives a violin with a magical legend.
The Big Contract
15. The Big Contract
February 16, 1987
Christopher fails to heed Lou's warning that the contract offered by his brother comes with strings attached. Meanwhile, Mr. Seeger tries to establish harmony on the school newspaper.
Pros and Cons
14. Pros and Cons
February 9, 1987
Lydia connects with a high-school sweetheart who's done quite well since their last meeting; a rift widens between Ian and his father.
The Crimson Blade
13. The Crimson Blade
February 2, 1987
Jesse's role as a swashbuckling hero is being played for real in the hallways by an unlikely masked crusader fighting a substitute principal's "code of conduct."
Love Kittens Go to High School
12. Love Kittens Go to High School
January 26, 1987
A film crew's arrival has special effects on Jillian, assigned as the director's assistant; Dyrenforth, who receives a bit part; and the teenage leading lady, Maxie Sharp.
Go Softly Into Morning
11. Go Softly Into Morning
January 5, 1987
Danny struggles with guilt and Jesse with revenge when the School of the Arts loses one of their own in a drunken-driving accident.
Fame and Fortune
10. Fame and Fortune
December 29, 1986
A one-time singing idol offers Nicole a chance to sing backup on her comeback record, but fate might change everything in just a second; Danny and Jesse play matchmaker for Dyrenforth.
All I Want for Christmas
9. All I Want for Christmas
December 8, 1986
Shorofsky is a victim of mistaken identity when he's forced to spend Christmas in the same hospital as a prominent producer; Leroy burns the candle at both ends trying to please his niece Tina.
Mr. Wacky's World
8. Mr. Wacky's World
November 24, 1986
Danny slips into the second-banana position on a comedy show; Dusty misinterprets flattering comments from Jesse.
A Different Drummer
6. A Different Drummer
November 17, 1986
The plight of the homeless unites two disparate spirits: Dusty's minister father, who disapproves of the school, and Reggie, who finds disapproval from the school for her latest experiments in performance art.
All Talking, All Singing, All Dancing
5. All Talking, All Singing, All Dancing
November 3, 1986
The School of the Arts works to put together a 30's-style play for a prestigious competition, but funding issues and lead, Nicole, coming down with laryngitis may just cost them the win... and the $20,000 prize that comes with it.
Judgement Day
4. Judgement Day
October 27, 1986
A new dance student accuses Leroy of discrimination after he awards a lead role to a black dancer; Shorofsky learns a surprising fact about guitarist Ian; and Leroy introduces Dusty to the Apollo Theatre.
New Faces
3. New Faces
October 20, 1986
A cab-driving actor reluctantly joins the faculty, while an 11-year-old pianist joins the student body, and both have difficulties adjusting to their new surroundings.
The Last Dance
2. The Last Dance
October 13, 1986
Nicole's discontent with her and Jesse's relationship affects her rehearsals for a performance at the wedding of Christopher's cousin; Danny gets the once-over thrice when he dates an Irish cop's daughter who has a marine and a cop for brothers.
Back to Something New
1. Back to Something New
October 6, 1986
Graduate Christopher finds the real world less than impressed with his arrival; Shorofsky suffers from job burnout; Reggie dabbles in performance art; and a new music student Ian Ware claims friendships with the likes of Prince, Mark Knopfler and Mick Jagger.
Description

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.

Fame is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (134 episodes). The series first aired on January 7, 1982.

Where to Watch Fame

Fame is available for streaming on the Syndicated website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Fame on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 7, 1982
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (3,514)