MCA Television

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MCA Television
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Founded 1950
Dissolved 1996 (became Universal Television Enterprises)
Notable Works Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Xena: Warrior Princess
My Three Sons (seasons 1-5)
Queen for a Day

MCA Television (also known as MCA TV) is the original name of the television production and distribution company now known as NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, a unit of NBCUniversal.


MCA TV was formed in 1950 by parent company MCA (Music Corporation of America) to serve as the distributor for shows produced by its TV production arm, Revue Studios, and for independently-produced shows later acquired for syndication, as well as operating as a production company in its own right. From 1987 to 1996, it also had a specialty production division called MTE (for MCA Television Entertainment) which produced cable-TV movies and series, most notably the sitcom Dream On.

Some of the best-remembered and most popular series produced by MCA TV include My Three Sons, which it co-produced only for its first five seasons (see footnote below for details), and the syndicated 1990s adventure series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, both of which were the flagship series of MCA TV's syndicated action/adventure block, Action Pack.

With the acquisition of MCA by Canadian company Seagram in 1996, MCA TV was renamed Universal Television Enterprises. In 1998, Barry Diller bought the company (along with other former MCA television and cable-TV properties) and renamed and revamped it as the syndication division of Studios USA.

List of shows produced by MCA Television

Note: For shows distributed by MCA TV from the libraries of Revue Studios, Universal Television, Alan Landsburg Productions/Reeves Entertainment Group and certain shows from Carson Productions, Talent Associates, Dick Clark Productions and other independent companies, see those articles for their lists of shows.

Title Format Buyer Year(s)
The Adventures of Kit Carson Western Syndication 1951–55
General Electric Theater Anthology CBS 1953–62
Queen for a Day Game Shows NBC 1956–60
ABC 1960–64
My Three Sons Sitcom ABC 1960–65
MCA TV, which originally co-produced the series with Don Fedderson Productions, produced only the episodes that aired on ABC before the show moved to CBS in 1965, at which point CBS took over co-production duties with Fedderson. The entire series is now owned and distributed by CBS Media Ventures
CBS 1965–72
You Bet Your Life Game Shows Syndication 1980
Out of This World Sitcom Syndication 1987–91
Probe Sci-fi ABC 1988
Tequila and Bonetti Sitcom CBS 1992
Last Call Roundtable chat Syndication 1994–95
Vanishing Son Drama Syndication 1995
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Adventure Syndication 1995–99
Produced from 1997 to 1998 by Universal Television
Produced after 1998 by Studios USA
Xena: Warrior Princess Adventure Syndication 1995–2001
Produced from 1997 to 1998 by Universal Television
Produced after 1998 by Studios USA
Team Knight Rider Sci-fi adventure Syndication 1997–98
Produced from 1997 to 1998 by Universal Television
Young Hercules Adventure FOX 1998–99
Produced after 1998 by Studios USA

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