Fame Classic TV Show
Welcome to the New York High school for Performing Arts. Fame costs and right here's where you start paying, in sweat. Tough word from a tough lady as Debbie Allen leads the way in a high kicking, all singing eighties extravaganza.
Fame Fan Tributes70 Ethan Hurt from Manhattan, NYC: Giving a SHOUT OUT to all friends and fans... My Favorite "FAME" memory is in having written "Be My Music" with LEE (Bruno)... and then touring the GREAT UK!
69 Sue Morgan from New Zealand: Fame gave me the drive to return to dance as a teenager and has lead to a career as a Dance Teacher and Fitness Instructor....Thank you Debbie Allen for your fantastic dancing!
68 dianne akeroyd from w.yorks,england: as a child I loved this show and I hve fond memories of it. My fave song has to be julie singing alone a song with her cello,'u dont die of a broken heart...'
I would love to watch the show again, is it repeated anywhere? x
67 Lousia from Cyprus: I have been trying to find all the seasons, but beside season 1+2 i couldnt find anything. Does anyone have a clue where i can find them? Thank you
66 Lavinia from Delaware, USA: I loooove this show! It completely shaped my childhood. I have been trying to get old episodes. I saw that there is only the first season available. Does anybody have any ideas on how to get the other episodes and seasons? thank you!
65 Marie from sweden: Even though I was to young to enjoy Fame the first time it aired, I remember LOVING the reruns when I was a teenager. Ever since I've been trying to find Fame dvds, but so far I've only managed to get hold of season 1.
64 Antonio from Italy: Only one moment? Too hard indeed!! WHat about the episode (maybe form the very first series) when Julie lost her cello and then Leroy finds it but the police don't believe it is his like he states and so, in order to prove, he plays it and sings "Happy birthday Policemen"?? IN Italy they broadcast the series from time to time and I - with my siste - are always fascinated by and I find myself to sing the lyrics even so far in time from when I saw the episode (also my sister wonders how I can)... Manhattan, sung by Doris. Or Lionel Ritchie's "Hello" sung by Jessie, or "False Alarm" by Bruno (when he had left the school to work as waiter) or Friday Night by Danny... Too many!! A piece of my life, indeed. RIP Anthony Ray.
63 fernando from spain madrid: my favourite is lori singer (julie miller) beatiful,talent, sensibility mi song its gonna be a long night
62 BRIAN MATTOCKS from greaterManchester, Engand: Fame was more than an inspiration to me, it was my life in the 80s. Im lucky enough to enjoy every episode still as I have them all. This show was magical. Id love tomeet one fame ast ember, Valeri Landsburgs Doris will always be a fave. I miss this show so why is it not all out on DVD now anyway?? THERE aint no bigger fame fan than me.
61 KENDRA RAND from FAR ROCKAWAY,NY: My favourite parts from Fame was with Nicole and Jessie. I thought they were the perfect couple on the show. They were perfect until they broke up.
60 Joyce Jones from Bronx NY: Just wanted to say that its sad that we dont have series like when I was young (Fame was the best)!!
59 : I grew up watching Fame and now have the pleasure of watching the First series with my two teenagers. I would like to know when or how we can get all of the shows it's not like it's impossible to be done so who ever is responsible or capabible of getting in done get to it! Your "Fame" lovers are waiting.
58 Karen from Easton Pennsylvania: Carlo Imperato's ex-wife, Andrea, is a very good friend of mine. And their son, Anthony, looks so much like his dad! He currently attends the Lehigh Valley School for the Performing Arts... like father like son. Last year Andrea was replacing her bedroom furniture and gave me the set that Carlo picked out when they were married... my claim to FAME! I sleep in *Danny Amatullo's* bed every night!
57 anthony hibbitt from eastleigh: my favourite bit in fame is when actor michael thoma, who played mr crandall, was in tears when the students sang to him. It was a moving emotional scene.
56 Roberta from Italy: I'm 38 now, and a FAME fan since they first aired it in Italy in '82. Those soulful, talented characters gave me very strong emotions and still do after 23 years! I'm not an artist, but always felt a strong bond with people who are...so the Kids from FAME were a mirror of a lot of things I had inside and still have, things that couldn't find a way to come out. Add to this that they were thaught to work hard in order to become real performers, not faked ones like we have today! Doris is my fave, I've a lot in common with her - but also love Bruno, Coco, Leroy...The show was beloved in Italy, we had all the 6 series shown and rerunned many times (latest one in 2004). I'm glad this gave a lot of young people the possibility of still appreciating FAME nowadays!
55 Dennis Haddock from Walled Lake Michigan USA: Fame means everything to me, I used to be a performer, and the reason being was largly because of the TV series> I am no longer Performing professionaly now i gave it up to take on my most important role ( Daddy)
I have meet so many wonderful people, threw Fame They have become my family, ( www.fameforever.com) I wish they would put the series out on DVD . The series taught me alot about the importance off being creative, in your daily life. The songs were/ are a backdrop or anthem for our lives. " Baby look at me , and tell me what you see , you aint seen the best of me yet, give me time i'll make you forget the rest" !
54 gina from london, uk: Why hasn't the whole complete series every been shown on UK television ??? It is such a shame that Fame was only aired in the US for the last final years. Fame was a part of my youth and is still a part of me now. I met Valerie Landsberg (Doris) last month and she is still an inspiration to me and to my generation and future generations to come. Is Fame gonna live forever? Yes! it already has done. RIP Gene Anthony
53 Richard from Connecticut: When Leroy fought Bruno ... all America thought it was Joe Lewis v Snelling of American TV. We wanted Bruno's ass kicked but good....
52 hassan from england: the tv seris was what made me choose a career in dance and drama as my hero was leroy (aka;gene anthony ray who i sadly miss). those actors were my insiration to fullfill my dreams which i did. i never missed an episode and still have some on video. what happy days. dreams can come true.
51 charlton myers from alliance ohio: I was watching an episode where there was a youth about 13 or 14 playing keyboards like the one bruno was playing. Bruno, lydia, leroy and mrs sherwood are my favorites.
50 kerrilyn from new jersey: unfortuantly i wasnt even born when the series for FAME came out...but when i saw the movie last year i was hooked on it...i am 14 now and would love to see the series...but sadly they are unavailable...but maybe in time they won't be...
my fave character and actor in the movie was Gene Anthony Ray...a.k.a. leroy johnson...he was sooo talented and jusst a thrill for me to watch...especially when he danced...he was an inspiration to me to follow my dreams of becoming a dancer...im sure he is up in heaven know teaching those angels how to dance...love ya Gene...LIVE FOREVER BABY!
49 Reba (Ayers) Coleman from Center, Texas: The first two seasons of Fame was my favorite because there were plots. Once CoCo left there seemed to be more dancing and singing and not enough plots. Favourite was the scene between Debbie and Norm.
48 catherine Mcccabe from manchester: My favourite fame memory is danny.. he's dreamy
47 Franklin from the Netherlands: When I was 12 years old The Kids from Fame were touring Europe, but my mother thought I was too young to visit a pop concert. What a disappointment it was to read later that children of 6,7 and 8 years old DID see the concert and LOVED it! I still feel bad about that...
There are so many wonderful episodes I love: the one in which Lydia and Coco both auditioned for the same show and sang/danced 'I Still Believe'; the episode in which Doris prevented a friend from committing suicide by playing a scene with him: HE had to talk HER out of doing it... Boy, there are so many great episodes.
46 laurie dodez from nc: Theres many many moments or memories that I can't pick just one. I know that I use many lessons I learned on Fame to this day. I'm sure that many of you know what I mean. THANKS FAME FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!
45 TIM WEBB from YEOVIL,ENGLAND: THE BEST MOMENTS WERE;
1. WHEN BRUNO WAS PLAYING A SONG ABOUT MR. SHOROFSKY, AND GOT BUSTED.
2. WHEN THE KIDS DID 'HIGH FIDELITY' IN THE MUSIC SHOP
THE WHOLE FAME THING WAS ONE IN A MILLION.
44 sammy from aberdeen scotland: The Wizard of Oz episode was the best ever!!!!! I used to watch it 4 times a day until my dad threw away the tape. grrrrrrrrrr!!!
43 Kerry Kane from Northern Ireland: I was so sorry to read about Gene, my first reaction was what a tragic waste. A real good looking talented guy, my friend and I used to fight over who loved him the most, Gene you will be sadly missed
42 Sandra Rose from Saskatoon, Sask: Hi:
I was wondering if you could help me. I'm entering a contest for free tickets for "Fame The Musical" and I need some answers to three questions.
1. Name a famous alumni from the "Fame School"
2. In 1980 how many Academy Award Nominations did the movie receive?
3. On a yearly basis, The Fame School Receives _____ applications.
41 Sasha from Bournemouth: My favourite Fame memory has to be 'Not in Kansas anymore'. They all dressed up like characters from the Wizard Of Oz, at the time it was so funny!
40 karen from cheshire, uk: I was really shocked to hear that my teenage hero died the other week and it is so sad. he played a great part in my growing up and how us girls used to drool over him, hope you rest in peace karen xx
39 New York: Sorry to hear of the death of Leroy..... a major part of Fame. He will be missed!!!!!
38 Rhonda from Indiana, USA: I have been a Fame fan for years and years. I never missed an episode of the series. My favorites were with Nia Peeples, Jesse Borrego, and Carlo Imperato. My favorite episodes are "Danny Debegerac" and "Savage Streets".
37 Tess from Norwich: Please show kids from fame at the royal albert hall again, i was at that concert but have never seen it on tv, even after all these years!
36 Joanna Simmons from Chicago, Illinois: My favorite episode is when Ian Ware is first introduced. The way some of them behaved was kind of funny you would have thought the character was from Mars instead of London.
35 Novelette Joell from Philadelphia now live in New York: My favorite part of Fame was When The student's started singing and dancing in the streets.
"I'll alway's love Fame"
34 Renson from Delft - The Netherlands: I will never forget Fame. Not only the big stars from the series but also the others like Ann Nelson who played Mrs Berg and Michael Delorenzo who played the dancer Michael. One of my favourite songs is "Songs" sung by Erica Gimpel and Jimmy Osmond.
I wish the series was broadcasted again on tv
33 Rhiannon from Kent: Fame is timeless, except for the fashion! What a great show that still is. Why not check out Lee Curreri's fan club in the 'Yahoo Groups' section of Yahoo - we look forward to seeing you!
32 Darleen Holland from Gates County: I loved watching "Fame!" The show was great, Debbie Allen played her part fantastically... I have a sixteen and eighteen year old and i would love for them to be able to see the reruns from the show.. and i think it would be great for this generation to see what possibilities young people could do with their life, as portrayed in the old series. They might have actually inspired a young person to pursue a career in arts and could still happen today. Please if the reruns are ever published or return to tv, notify me if at all possible! Thanks
31 Zani Nondzimba from South Africa: All the shows were FANTASTIC. I cannot begin to pick one from a great many because each show had an impact on me as an aspiring actress. I wish there were more shows like FAME where there is clean acting without any vulgarity that we are polluted with in our days. FAME will always be the best ever.
30 Kamilla from Berks: My favourite Fame of all time has got to be when Doris dreams she's in The Wizard Of Oz, it made a change from the usual school episodes. Look forward to seeing that one again soon!
29 linda from scotland: when i first saw fame i was 8 and now 21 years later i still love it. my fav characters were doris and bruno.
28 Pat Doohan from Nottingham: My favourite episode was also the one where the teacher (was it Mr. Shorofsky?) was leaving and the cast sang "Starmaker" It brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. Back when the series was on TV regularly, me, my husband and (then) teenage son dropped everything to watch it avidly and we all enjoyed it. Watching it again brings back such happy memories. Please keep showing it. We have only recently signed up for Sky and I've been saying for years that Fame ought to be rerun and now I've discovered that it is being! Many thanks.
27 Paul from GATESHEAD: My favorite episode was -Mr Wacky's World- from the 6th series.
26 timothy branson from bedford: My Favorite Fame Moment was when they wer singing Star Maker to one of the Teachers who was leaving the Show
25 Doris Limpings from Glasgow: I'm the biggest Fame fan in the world, quite literally. It inspired me to enquire about dancing lessons in the early 80s but I fell over doing a star jump and have been house bound since. But I'm keeping the dream and will one day learn how to fly...high.
24 Tina from Sussex: Fame is the greatest! And if you're a huge fan of Lee Curreri (Bruno), then contact him personally by email - email@example.com. Keep showing Fame, and I'll keep watching it!!!!
23 Martin Durkin from Long Eaton: I've been a Fame fan since Episode 1, and I actually wept with joy the first time I heard Bruno play the piano. The episode "Street Kids" is my all time favorite. It features the sleek, black love bomb that is Leroy in all his dancing glory. Leroy has been a great influence on my life, showing that you do not have to come from a privileged background to succeed.
22 Debbie from Portsmouth: I enjoyed watching Fame from the 2nd episode in 1982, I missed the first! One of my favourate charaters was Nicole from series 4 onwards. As a result of this my 4 year old daughter is called Nicole but she is yet to start singing and dancing but she has watched the odd episode of Fame.
21 Ange from Suffolk: You've gotta keep repeating this show forever, it's the coolest!!!!!!!! I love all the original characters, especially Bruno and Coco. The music is so catchy!
20 Cathie Constable from Kent, UK: I love the song "I still believe" from Fame. This song is what I am about and I sometimes say the words over in my head at work when things get tough. It helps!
19 Lemon from UK: FAME IS SO FAB!!!! And I cannot understand why the BBC haven't repeated it yet. I teach Stage school kids, and we still sing the songs!! They are in no way too "80's" for today! Fame was the S Club of my childhood, and I'm SURE kids today would love it just as much as I did!
18 Janet from London: I've enjoyed watching Fame the second time around as much as the first and remembering all the words to the songs!
My fav.characters are Doris, Bruno, Leroy and Danny, basically everybody! So to keep getting my Fame fix I watch my videos of those already shown along with my friends!
17 Danni Walters from Florida, USA: Just a quickie, love fame even though I am now a little bit older, we still get the show over here in the states, all of them though and not in spats. I was an actor when it came out and did very small parts, you know the ones where you're name isn't on the credits!!! I was in two episodes of fame; walking past the others as they talked, I met Ken Swofford who played Mr Morloch, he was a very nice and kind man, very funny and would always ask how you were. Nice people and great memories. Still have not seen my episodes yet here in the states, great to see the show is doing so well over here in the UK.
16 Helen from Birmingham: The Fame series inspired me to join a dance school, study drama at college and a performing arts degree at university. The series dealt with real & sensitive issues that helped me when growing up. My favourite characters were Leroy and Danny - My friend Kim and I used to sing along to Danny's song "Friday nights going to be alright!" I don't think a re-make could ever match the old series - it reminds me of my childhood and was magical... Pink legwarmers, sweat bands, jumping onto yellow taxi cabs and bursting into song!...
15 Carol Allen from Lancashire: I too am one of the many who are enjoying the fame re-runs, so many good memories,the legwarmers and the cheesy songs (although i do still own all the original LPs from the series.) I must say that Lydia was my favourite - what a tough cookie she was.
14 Kathryn from Kent: Fame started when I was a mere 8 years old, but it made a big impression on my life, at the time I used to go to Ballet and Tap classes, I really looked up to the characters Leroy and Lydia. Now seeing the show 20 years on, it's still as fresh and inspirational as it was back in the early 80's. The original characters were by far the best, what a classic show that is!!!
13 Tamsin from Kent: I attended the same Ballet and Tap classes as my bestest pal, Kathryn. We used to try to copy all the dance moves while we watched episodes of Fame. Leroy, Coco and Lydia were my favourite characters, but I also had a mad crush on Bruno, well at 8 years old it was more of a 'I want him to give me a big hug', young and innocent!! Anyway, keep repeating them, it's the coolest show ever!!!!
12 Leroy Johnson from London: I know what you must be thinking. Huh, isn't he a character in the programme? But no, I'm not. Instead I happen to share the name of on of the leading characters. It really is an honour too, as I love Fame and Leroy is my fave character. I also know someone called Coco too. She works in my office. It's a small world when you think about it isn't it? I really hope that Fame captures the hearts of many for years to come, just like it has mine!
11 Kath McCarron from Birmingham: There is no other show that ever affected me like Fame did. I have waited *years* for them to be shown again. Hurrah! Watching them again has brought back lots of memories - including all the song lyrics which are still embedded in my memory. Doris, Bruno and Shorofsky are still as wonderful as they always were and, with 20 years hindsight (and 5 years teaching experience!) Lydia Grant rocks too! All my friends think I'm mad. Maybe I am but I don't care - Fame always said its ok to be different!
10 Jen Curtis from Rugby: I think Fame is one of the most uplifting shows you can watch. I love the classic Miss Sherwood/Doris/Leroy moments!! They always make me giggle especially the episode "Not in Kansas anymore" We need more Fame!!!
9 Titrinka Totsy from Devon: It's fab! I love Fame and I always will! The characters are the best, the story lines are brill and the songs rule. Go on Fame, you're gonna live forever!!!!
8 Nicola Griffiths from Milton Keynes: I loved Fame so much when I watched it in the eighties, I would love to see all the episodes again, particularly those featuring Jesse, Nicole and Holly. Fame always made me feel great or made me cry my eyes out, either way it was great.
7 Meg from Essex: Fame was the best programme of the 80's, I was 13 when the show started back in 1982. My fave characters were Leroy and Danny, and they still are 20 years on, please keep repeating them forever more!!!!!!
6 Casey Dodondee from Manchester: I love Fame. It's one of my fave shows. I am 14 now, and even though it is about 25 years old i think it still deals with a lot of issues around today. My fave characters are Leroy, Doris and Bruno. I think it gives people a lot of inspiration, and helps them to realise that dreams do come true! It really did "live forever!"
5 brian mattocks from wigan: It is 20 years old on the 17th of this month when fame began. I was 12 and missed the first one. But i love it now and 20 years on i still do. fame really does rule.
4 Caroline Sarah Warren from Lancaster: The music and characters are so fresh and original and the issues apply as much today as they did 20 years ago. I'm nearly 23 and I think Fame is a lot better than many of today's shows. I have a lot of the shows recorded now to watch again and again. I also watch shows with any mention of Fame actors on them. However I wasn't fond of the film of Fame - the TV show was much better. Bring back a new series soon, I never miss an episode.
3 Gemma Korotoga from London: "Fame" is fantastic for many reasons but- being a fan of that tasteless decade, the 1980s, can I just say two things? LEGWARMERS and BIG HAIR. Not to mention a classic theme tune.
2 Katheryn Cliffe from Sheffield: It reminds me of when I was a kid! I used to have dance lessons & wanted to be like Coco!
1 Leigh Clark from Beverley, East Yorkshire: I was 8 when Fame was first aired and it led me to believe that music came out of nowhere and that everyone would immediately know the same dance routine and join in. Imagine my dissapointment at infant school when I wrote FAME on the blackboard and started singing. As you can imagine nobody joined in they just thought my behavior was cause for some concern. I was forced to stand in the corner and face the wall for the rest of the day but it didn't put me off, I've got all the albums and know all the songs off by heart. I am still believed to be cause for some concern particularly from my girlfriend who I frighten with my sporadic dance moves... Fame Rules!!
Debbie Allen as Lydia Grant
Albert Hague as Mr. Benjamin Shorofsky
Carlo Imperato as Danny Amatullo
Ann Nelson as Mrs Gertrude Berg
Gene Anthony Ray as Leroy Johnson
Carmine Caridi as Angelo Martelli
Lee Curreri as Bruno Martelli
Judy Farrell as Mrs Charlotte Miller
Cynthia Gibb as Holly Laird
Erica Gimpel as Coco Hernandez
Bill Hufsey as Christopher Donlon
Janet Jackson as Cleo Hewitt
Carol Mayo Jenkins as Elizabeth Sherwood
Valerie Landsburg as Doris Rene Schwartz
P.R. Paul as Montgomery MacNeil
Nia Peeples as Nicole Chapman
Lori Singer as Julie Miller
Morgan Stevens as David Reardon
Ken Swofford as Quentin Morloch
Michael Thoma as Mr. Gregory Andrew Crandall
Bronwyn Thomas as Michelle
Ice T, Jimmy Osmond, Lawrence Tierney, Joan Baez, Anthony Newley and Dermot Mulroney
Fame won the 1983 and 1984 Golden Globe for Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical.
Debbie Allen also won the 1983 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical.
Debbie Allen won the 1982 and 1983 Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.
Michael A. Hoey also picked up the American Editors award for Best Edited Episode from a Television Series.
1982-08-02: Fame by Irene Cara was number one.
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