Manka Bros. Television Library




Drama

2010-2020

Preliminary (2016) - Hard-hitting drama set in the cut-throat world of real estate title insurance.

Always A Bridesmaid (2016) - Follow the adventures of Sarah as she participates in one friend's wedding after the next - week after hilariously sad week.

Playing Politics (2015) - Inspired by a ton of other shows. He's a Conservative. She's a Liberal. He works for the President. She works for the Speaker of the House. They're man and wife. how, exactly, can this possibly work?

Reservations (2014) - A group of Native Americans serve as the wait staff at the most 'exclusive' restaurant inside the Pumwumpum Casino. This serves as the backdrop for each week's trilogy of heartwarming and inspiring stories of persistence.

Severed Fingers (2013) - This exciting forensics drama follows the members of an elite county media team who just need part of one finger digit to solve any murder.

Prodigies (2013) - A 13-year-old criminal attorney; an 11-year-old concert violinist and a 16-year-old biochemist share a house in San Francisco.

Murder, Moses Lake (2012) - The police force of Moses Lake, Montana, is one guy - one lonely guy who is just dying to get some sort of crime. He basically hangs out with the other public services guys in his town (the fireman, the mailman, etc.) discussing their lives, loves and philosophy. But, finally, he got what he wished for. He probably wishes now life was back the way it was.

Dr. Cindy Barnes, Esq. (2011) - Cindy Barnes is a famous brain surgeon by day, a top criminal defense attorney at night and world-renowned painter on the weekend - all while trying to navigate the rough waters of single life.

Flu (2011) - Adapted to series from the Manka Bros. Films movie 'Avian,' a group of bird flu survivors wander a post-apocalyptic landscape. Who was responsible for the pandemic? The answer will make you gasp - for air!

Megan Fa Olean, MD (2010) - Lonely spinster Megan is the only doctor on Goose Island, Nova Scotia. Her fight is valiant - but, oh, so painfully lonely.

Suture Squad (2010) - Kids/young adult residents in a Philadelphia hospital who are always ready to help out even though they party all night, every night.

2000-2009

Workforce (2009) - Seattle's homicide sub-division has the thankless task of investigating workplace shootings in the most depressing city in the country.

The Patients Of Job (2009) - Medical drama surrounding Dr. Job, the heart specialist with a heart of gold.

Witless Protection Program (2008) - Greg Lenoxx witnessed a mob hit. Now he and his family have been relocated to Hickory, the dumbest town in America (as named by Forbes Magazine). Can this one-time rocket scientist survive as a simple florist while dodging the locals and mob henchmen?

Dreamlife (2008) - What is real and what isn't? Characters walk into each other's real lives and each other's dreams. Are they alive? Are they dead? Are they asleep? [One of the first experiments in trans media, cross-platform digital production - it failed.]

The Arena (2007) - The lusty lives and loves of our modern day gladiators: The men of Arena League Football! Follow the (fictional) Sacramento Sycamores through season-after-season of the only primetime soap that real men love.

The Long Arm Of The Law (2007) - Sam McKenna retires from professional basketball, joins the NYPD and searches for the man who killed his brother - all while looking after his slain brother's hot wife and children.

The End (2006) - A group of theologians investigate odd goings-on around the planet as they try to stop the end of the world. But can they even agree on how the end will happen if they can't even get their personal love lives in order?

Psychiatric Ward (2006) - Fresh out of school, young psychiatrist Benjamin Ward learns about life and love as he moves through the trials of his first year at Kubler-Ross Psychiatric Hospital.

Nackets (2005) - The lives and loves of tennis ball boys working on the New England tennis circuit. Adapted from the BBC series of the same name.

Baker's Dozen (2005) - Family drama and Joe and Maggie Baker and their 13 kids.

The Savage Seven (2004) - Gulf War vet Manny Savage leads a group of do-good bikers across the American Southwest, righting the wrongs and helping those who need it the most.

The Marrying Man (2004) - Raleigh Hamilton plays a kindly man of God who travels America ministering to those couples about to be married. Each week finds him in a different town, with a different and unique heartwarming story to tell.

Puzzles (2003) - A crack forensics crime team puts dismembered bodies back together to track down murderers. It's about the work - it's about living - it's about love - and crime. Can these dreamers solve the puzzle each week before the heart is put back in the chest?

Ironside 2002 (2002) - When your only evidence is a few scattered atoms, you'll want Detective Hawking on the case. Conceived and produced with what was thought to be the OK from Stephen Hawking. [It actually wasn't approve and production was shut down after several episodes.]

Hope Against Hope (2001) - Split personality Hope Benson is a criminal at night and an attorney by day. At some point, her personalities will cross paths and then... really horrible shit could happen.

Guy Dreams Adventures From Inside A Coma (2000) - Story about a guy that dreams of adventures from inside a coma. [When the writers failed to come up with a suitable title, an executive in the TV group said 'Why not call it what it is?' - and they did.]

1990-1999

The Defense Rests (1999) - Young defense lawyers live and love in the murder capital of the world - Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tonky Honk (1999) - Set in Memphis, a struggling musician and his friends break all the rules - including the rule about murder.

Knight School (1998) - Sir Galahad trains future Knights of the Round Table with an iron fist and devil tongs.

Pepper Grinder (1998) - Life in a 'spook' compound where top-secret projects are housed. [Manka Bros. received full cooperation from the CIA which led to breaches in national security and the cancellation of the show. The producers were sent to jail.]

Sophomoric (1997) - Three freshmen in college are doing the best they can - but it's hard to stay drunk all the time.

Scott Free (1997) - Twice-divorced career woman moves back to the States determined she's never going to date the Scottish again! [Based on the 1986 Manka Bros. Films movie 'The Bride Wore Plaid.']

Hospital Corners (1996) - After a heavy drinking binge, four frat guys are given community service as candy stripers in a VA hospital. And while it sounds hilarious, it is far from funny. These boys learn a little something about themselves along the way.

C.P.A. (1996) - Things are a little boring at the office during the day... but at night? Watch out! The C.P.A.s are on the loose and are looking for blood.

Counter-Guerilla Force 5B (1995) - Cover operations carried out by the most covert of them all - the CCF5B.

Red-Headed Step Child (1995) - It's tough to have a different mother in a house full of blondes.

Bare in Mind (1994) - Divorced father trying to raise four kids does the best he can to maintain a normal life after an unforgettable encounter with a grizzly bear as a young boy that killed the girl that would go on to be his imaginary wife.

Middle Of The Road 1993) - What happens when an ultra-Conservative Senator falls in love with the lesbian head shop owner across the street? Guess they're just going to have to meet in the 'Middle Of The Road.'

Praying Mantis (1992) - A human size bug makes a go of it in Lexington, Kentucky, as a mega-church minister.

Intermission (1992) - A young man finds comfort from his abusive father - in the theatre!

Mule (1992) - Story of a lumbering, not-so-smart sophomore in high school, Jerry Mularski, and how he made it through school without friends.

I, Amphibian (1991 - mini-series) - A nightmarish journey from warm to cold blooded as documented by one tortured man's diary. [Based on the Manka Books best seller.]

Disappearing, Inc. (1991) - Need a new identity? Make an appointment with the folks at this company.

Nostradamus O'Reilly (1991) - Irish man is named Nostradamus because a mystic told his mom years ago she would give birth to a great prophet. It turns out he can't predict anything and can barely keep a job.

Sheriff Father Flanagan O'Brien, MD (1990) - Boy, this man has a lot of jobs! A pioneer renaissance man battles his way through plains of uncharted territory. Starring McCoy Chance as Flanagan.

Snubnose .38 (1990) - He's the tough Chicago detective that will never turn 40.

1980-1989

100 Days To Live (1989) - Each show depicted one day of the remaining life of Gene. [The show was canceled with 87 days left to live.]

Six Wishes (1989) - Show about a boy who finds a magic genie who grants him six wishes. [The show ran out of steam by episode seven as the boy had already used all his wishes. It was set up in the first episode that he could not wish for more wishes. In Episode 8 , the boy and Genie play Monopoly - it was canceled the next week.]

Gene Roddenberry's Flat Earth (1988) - Gene Roddenberry brings us yet another possibility in the exploration of our Universe.

Insomniac (1988) - If you can't sleep, you may as well fight crime.

Bastard Cops (1988) - Asshole jerk cops without fathers attempt to clean up the mean streets of Denver, Colorado.

The Year 5,000,000,000 (1988) - An advanced breed of Extra-Terrestrials have created a world that looks exactly like Los Angeles in 1988.

Down And Out (1987) - From the Production Coordinator of 'L.A. Law' comes this drama that takes place at the law firm run by Frank DOWNey and Jan TrOUTman.

The Sir Isaac Newton Mysteries (1987) - Damn, he was one smart guy. Crime has no chance as long as he's on the case.

Gothic Nights (1986) - Weird stuff happens in King of Prussia, PA, after the sun goes down.

Benefit Of The Doubt (1986) - Tommy is as fair a cop as you're going to find. Almost too fair. The neighborhood he patrols is the most dangerous in the country because he always gives criminals the 'benefit of the doubt.'

Rainbow (1986) - Based on the Broadway hit 'For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.' [The studio marketing department at the time had trouble with 'Colored Girls' and 'Suicide' in the title.]

Get Will Soon (1985) - Will Soon has escaped from prison and it's only a matter of time before he kills again.

Doubting Thomas (1985) - The boy detective who trusts no one!

The Rays of Rutherford County (1984) - The Mayor, the Sheriff, the Deputy and the High School Coach are all named Ray.

Hard Bargain (1982) - The cop who doesn't need bullets - he's got REASON on his side.

Ain't We Got Fun? (1981) - Ted Danson and Imogene Coca star in the drama sequel to the short-lived sitcom 'Who's Got Fun?' The sitcom turned dramatic after Imogene Coca's character got Altzheimers.

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker (1980) - Leslie Butcher, Roy Baker and Allen 'Candlestick' Maker are private detectives hired by the CIA to investigate the influence of Soviet spies in the White House.

Wallet (1980) - Each episode is three vignettes of a Lost and Found worker who imagines taking on the lives of the people who lost their wallets.

1970-1979

Leftie (1979) - Hall of Fame pitcher Leftie Clark takes on a new career as a homicide detective in the violent north side of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jack-Of-All-Trades (1978) - A Quinn/Martin Production. When you're in trouble, you'll be glad Jack is around. When Jack's not around - you're in trouble.

The Duchess Of Malfi (1976) - Contemporary drama series of the famous 17th Century play by John Webster - set in modern day Gary, Indiana.

Controlled Environment (1976) - Scientist father raises six kids while working on the Manhattan Project. When there is no baby sitter available, the kids really cause havoc in the lab - almost derailing the entire project.

Norway 10 (1976) - Detective show about a bureau of blonde cops from Norway working in Hell's Kitchen.

'57 Chevy (1976) - The cast looks like they could be from 'Happy Days' - but it's not funny because they're on the wrong side of town.

The Whetherman (1975) - You never know whether he's going to punch you in the gut or kick you in the face.

Pandora's Box (1974) - Inspired by 'Night Gallery' (but completely different). Whose mailbox will it appear in this week? [Episode 1: The Clock Struck One - A possessed clock terrorizes a dysfunctional family. They better not get caught snoozing!]

Spaceship '83 (1973) - The adventures of spacemen in the future year of 1983.

Dim (1972) - Psychological drama spin-off of the dumb thug Dim from 'A Clockwork Orange.'

Volunteer Doctor Force (1971) - Some doctors just don't want to get paid.

SPN-age '70 (1970) - Steve, Paula and Nat may only be 19, but they're still the best undercover cops in Chicago.

1960-1969

SPN-age '69 (1969) - Steve, Paula and Nat may only be 18, but they're the best undercover cops in Chicago.

Rose By Any Other Name (1968) - On the run from the law for a crime she didn't commit, Rose must adopt a new identity and life each week.

Go West (1967) - Crime drama starring Alan West (Adam West's brother) as Detective West.

Druish (1966) - Kids can be cruel when your mom is Jewish and your dad is a Druid. [One of the first American dramatic shows with a Jewish leading character and THE FIRST American drama with a Druid leading character. Canceled after 3 episodes.]

Behind The Greene Door (1965) - Hosted by Lorne Greene. He introduces dramatic vignettes of mystery and horror from his personal library.

Pistales (1964) - Popular Old West anthology series.

70 M.P.H. (1963) - Rebels without causes drive way too fast!

1950-1959

Junior G Men (1959) - Research guys waiting... and waiting for their first big case.

Underwood Noiseless Typewriter Mystery Hour (1957) - The world's greatest mysteries brought to you by the world's greatest typewriter that will 'Never Go Out Of Style.'

Dada (1955) - It's tough being a kid whose father has negated all current aesthetic and social values.