Nickelodeon's Special Delivery

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A comprehensive (as much as possible) list of all the programs that aired on this showcase of the early days of Nickelodeon

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1. The Lion Who Thought He Was People (1971)

G | 89 min | Adventure, Documentary

The lion who thought he was people

Director: Bill Travers | Stars: Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, George Adamson, Terence Adamson

Votes: 251

2. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Michel's Mixed-Up Musical Bird (1978)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Live-Action/animation special featuring Michel Legrand in a true story about the bird that inspired him while studying at the Paris Conservatory of Music.

Director: Michel Legrand | Stars: Michel Legrand, Olivia Barash, Michael Barbera, Rita Lynn

3. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: My Mom's Having a Baby (1977)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Curious about his mom's pregnancy, a ten-year-old seeks answers to where babies come from.

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Lendon H. Smith, Shane Sinutko, Jarrod Johnson, Rachel Longaker

Votes: 26

5. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: The Magical Mystery Trip Through Little Red's Head (1974)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Two youngsters are shrunk so they can enter their teenage sister's head, and discover how the mind works.

Director: Herbert Klynn | Stars: Lennie Weinrib, Diane Murphy, Ike Eisenmann, Sarah Kennedy

Votes: 15

7. Reggie Jackson's Wide World of Sports (1981–1982)

30 min | Family, Sport

Reggie Jackson sports on active health and fitness, mixed with competitions.

Star: Reggie Jackson

8. Livewire (1980– )

30 min | Talk-Show

Talk and current events show aimed at children and teenagers.

Stars: Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Mark Cordray, Afrika Bambaataa, R.E.M.

Votes: 9

9. The Ransom of Red Chief (1975 TV Movie)

27 min | Comedy

Two con artists kidnap an unruly son of a wealthy industrialist only to be hopelessly victimized by their own kidnapping victim.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Joe Spinell, Robbie Rist, Burton Gilliam

10. Matt and Jenny (1979–1980)

25 min | Adventure, Family

A brother and sister, who are new to Canada, are in search of their uncle after their mother passes away on-board the ship from England.

Stars: Derrick Jones, Megan Follows, Neil Dainard, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 39

11. Dusty's Treehouse (1968–1980)

30 min | Family

A live action series featuring "Dusty" and his puppet friends as they embark on their weekly adventures. Periodic guests also show up.

Stars: Tom Logan, Stu Rosen, Peter R.J. Deyell, Robert V. Greene

Votes: 16

12. Kids' Writes (1981–1983)


This show aired on the childrens' network Nickelodeon. Kids would send in their original stories and the actors would act them out. Typical of the early 80's fashions, all actors wore brightly colored spandex bodysuits.

Stars: Carlo Grossman, John Rousseau, Steve Rifkin, Wynn White

Votes: 6

15. I'll Find a Way (1977)

26 min | Documentary, Short

Nadia DeFranco lives in Toronto and she has spina bifida. This film follows her through some of her daily activities as she goes to school, works with her therapists, visits her relatives and lives life with her family.

Director: Beverly Shaffer

Votes: 51

16. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: One of a Kind (1978)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Free spirited mother realizes her daughter is no longer a little girl, and tries to give her more independence. Meanwhile the daughter is puzzled by her mother's lack of attention.

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Diane Baker, Stephanie Brown, Ken Hill, Patrick Finnegan

Votes: 8

17. Wild Rides (1982)

Not Rated | 27 min | Documentary, Short, Family

Add a Plot

Director: Robert C. Hughes | Star: Matt Dillon

Votes: 15

18. The New Wizard of Oz (1914)

59 min | Family, Fantasy, Adventure

A wicked king has taken over the Emerald City, and wants his daughter, Princess Gloria, to marry the horrid courtier Googly-Goo, though she loves Pon, the Gardener's Boy. The camera now ... See full summary »

Director: J. Farrell MacDonald | Stars: Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Pierre Couderc, Fred Woodward

Votes: 407

19. The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)

G | 99 min | Family, Mystery, Fantasy

A mysterious, very old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the ... See full summary »

Director: Lionel Jeffries | Stars: Laurence Naismith, Graham Crowden, Dorothy Alison, Benjamin Smith

Votes: 1,055

21. The End of the Game (1976)

29 min | Short, Drama

Robin Lehman presents an intimate view of the panorama of African wildlife, giving a sense of what it is really like to be there, and in a dramatic climax makes a poignant plea for ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Lehman

Votes: 22

22. Big Apple Birthday (1978)

23 min | Family, Musical, Short

Every day is boring and the same to Amy, even her birthday. All the evidence her family puts forth that each day is different she rebuts with well-thought out responses of sameness. She is ... See full summary »

Director: Nick De Noia | Stars: Kelly Ellen Collins, Lea Collins, Bill Drew, Warren Ball

Votes: 13

24. Marie Ann (1978)

88 min | Adventure, Western, Drama

About a young married woman who, after a kidnapping, becomes attached to an Indian.

Director: Martin Walters | Stars: Andrée Pelletier, John Juliani, Tantoo Cardinal, Gordon Tootoosis

Votes: 17

25. The Stowaway (1977)

23 min | Comedy, Short, Drama

Peter stows away on a ship from Italy, and arrives in New York, pursued by the ship's captain. He is advised that he will find other Italians in Little Italy, so he goes there, where ... See full summary »

Director: Nick De Noia | Stars: Alex Paez, Phil Black, Sid Baird, Phil Rash

26. Let the Balloon Go (1976)

G | 92 min | Drama, Family

While his brother is fighting in WWI, a small independent Australian boy who lives in the countryside with his overbearing mother and pet dog and who must wear a leg brace decides to overcome his handicap no matter what.

Director: Oliver Howes | Stars: Robert Bettles, Janet Kingsbury, John Ewart, Ben Gabriel

Votes: 29

27. Robinson Crusoe (1973)

G | 92 min | Adventure

Sailor is stranded on a desert island.

Director: Stanislav Govorukhin | Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Irakli Khizanishvili, Evgeniy Zharikov, Aleksey Safonov

Votes: 201

28. We Are All One People (1980)


A documentary film about minority children from the United States visiting their pen pals of eight years in Israel.

Director: Gabor Kalman

29. Alex and the Wonderful Doo-Wah Lamp (1978)

23 min | Family, Short, Comedy

A young boy who continually questions his own worth, polishes a magic lamp and conjures up three genies who promise to grant his every wish. After experimenting with numerous ... See full summary »

Director: Nick De Noia | Stars: Alex Paez, Jesse M. Cohen, Robin G. Cooley, Kathy Ingraham

Votes: 8

31. Mandy's Grandmother (1979)

30 min | Short, Drama, Family

A young tomboy and her prim grandmother quickly forget the disappointment of their first meeting and become friends.

Director: Andrew Sugerman | Stars: Maureen O'Sullivan, Amy Levitan, Kathryn Walker, Philip Carlson

Votes: 8

32. The Water Babies (1978)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

This children's fantasy tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who discovers a complex underwater world where young children are held prisoner by an evil shark and an eel.

Director: Lionel Jeffries | Stars: James Mason, Bernard Cribbins, Billie Whitelaw, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 1,149

34. Clarence and Angel (1980)

72 min | Drama

Clarence is a new boy in school, recently arrived in New York from the rural south. Angel is already there, Hispanic and proud of it. Clarence has dyslexia, a reading difficulty; Angel is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Gardner | Stars: Darren Brown, MarkAnthony Cardona, Izola Armstrong, Christine Campbell

Votes: 11

35. The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A boy and his sled dog against the elements.

Director: Peter Carter | Stars: Ronny Cox, Linda Sorensen, Andrew Ian McMillan, Chris Wiggins

Votes: 127

36. Voice of the Fugitive (1978)

29 min | Short, Drama

A group of escaped slaves try to make their way from the US into Canada.

Director: René Bonnière | Stars: George Ashley, Taborah Johnson, Arleigh Peterson, Dennis Picaud

37. Tuck Everlasting (1981)

90 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

In turn-of-the-20th-century upstate New York, Winnie Foster, a 12-year-old girl, discovers a family living in the woods near her family's home who never ages thanks to a magical spring they... See full summary »

Director: Frederick King Keller | Stars: Margaret Chamberlain, Paul Flessa, Fred A. Keller, James McGuire

Votes: 303

38. Blue Fin (1978)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Based on the children's novel by celebrated South Australian author 'Colin Thiele', this is an emotional father and son story about tuna fishing of Southern Blue Fin tuna in South ... See full summary »

Directors: Carl Schultz, Bruce Beresford | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Greg Rowe, Liddy Clark, John Jarratt

Votes: 187

41. Rubberface (1981 TV Movie)

PG | 48 min | Comedy, Drama

A funny schoolgirl (Adah Glassbourg) befriends a stand-up comedian who is struggling with his career.

Directors: Glen Salzman, Rebecca Yates | Stars: Lynne Deragon, Adah Glassbourg, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Helene Udy

Votes: 792

42. Performance (1974–1976)
Episode: Raisins and Almonds (1974)


Based on the memoirs of Fredelle Bruser Maynard, who grew up on the Prairies in the 1920's.

Director: Don S. Williams | Star: Doreen Brownstone

43. The Nutcracker (1973)

27 min | Animation, Short, Romance

A young chambermaid finds a neglected nutcracker under a Christmas tree. It comes to life, but the Nutcracker is really an enchanted prince.

Director: Boris Stepantsev | Stars: Hans Conried, Shirley MacLaine

Votes: 739

45. UFO Kidnapped (1984)

TV-G | 51 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two teenage boys, Alasdair and Kevin, out camping in the Ontario woods are abducted by a spaceship and are held with two other captives, a cat burglar and a teenage intellectual, by two ... See full summary »

Directors: Geoffrey Darby, Roger Damon Price | Stars: Alasdair Gillis, Kevin Kubusheskie, Les Lye, Klea Scott

Votes: 75

46. The Righteous Apples (1980– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Focuses on the activities of The Righteous Apples, five Boston-area high school musicians, who in a troubled world, seek to help people in distress.

Stars: Eric Chun, George M. Chappell, René Le Vant, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 41

47. Spirit Bay (1984–1986)
Episode: A Time to Be Brave (1984)

29 min