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Incomplete History of the Blind
as portrayed in Movies and TV.


Television Series


LONGSTREET
Mike Longstreet and his guide dog Pax solved crimes for one season in 1971.
He never did solve the mystery of the missing Nielsen Ratings.


LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.
The Ingalls family survived explosions, gunshots, drugs and tornadoes for 9 seasons.
Mary Ingalls saw it all. But only for the first four.


Mr. SUNSHINE.
Failed mid-season replacement comedy from 1986.


SABLE
Silly Sci-Fi series that lasted 7 episodes in 1987.
Children's Book writer turns crime fighting vigilante.
Blind black friend on standby for comedy.


EARLY EDITION
Gary Hobson gets tomorrow's newspaper today.
He saves lives with the help of his friends Chuck and Marissa.
Even blind Marissa saw the stupidity of the CBS Executives for canceling this show.


SECOND SIGHT
In this 1999-2001 short-lived British series, D.C.I. Ross Tanner suffers a rare virus that causes intermittent blindness. His assistant Catherine Tulley helps him hide the blindness from his colleagues while he continues his job - as a murder investigater.


Movies


THE MIRACLE WORKER (1962)
In 1962, after a year of playing these characters on Broadway, Patty Duke plays Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft plays her teacher Annie Sullivan on the big screen in the most well known version of the true story.


WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967)
Audrey Hepburn plays a blind woman in the eery first of many movies to feature the lead blind person stalked and hunted by a killer. And as an added eery suspenseful bonus, the viewers know what's going on from the beginning as we get to watch the characters try to figure it out.


BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE (1972)
In 1972, Eddie Albert's son (Edward Albert) plays a blind guy trying to live on his own, when he meets the girl next door played by Goldie Hawn. Then his mother shows up to screw over their relationship.


ICE CASTLES (1978)
The ultimate mushy love story about a blind ice skater.
Pull your hankies out, girls.


THE MIRACLE WORKER (1979 TV Movie)
In 1979, Melissa Gilbert from "Little House on the Prairie" now plays Helen Keller.
Patty Duke, who played Helen Keller in the 1962 movie, now plays her teacher Annie Sullivan.
Together they form a friendship so powerful, Patty Duke constantly guest-stars in Melissa's TV Movies.


IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR (1982)
Marc Singer from "V" and "The Beastmaster" tries his hand at real drama by playing a blind man, and actually pulls it off.
Based on the true story of Tom Sullivan.


HELEN KELLER: THE MIRACLE CONTINUES (1984 TV Movie)
Blythe Danner and Mare Winningham play Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller.
In typical 1984 TV Movie fashion, Perry King guest-stars.


BLIND DATE (1985)
Experimental surgery restores a blind man's sight just in time to witness a murder in this 1985 cheap Thriller.


SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL (1989)
Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder comitted by a woman, but it was Dave that was looking at her, and Wally that was listening to her.


JENNIFER 8 (1992)
Uma Thurman plays Helena Robertson, the possible eighth victim of a man who kills blind people in this smash hit sequal to Jennifer's 1 through 7.


(Stephen King's) THE LANGOLIERS (1995)
A blind girl, a teacher, a musician, mystery writer, businessman and a bunch of others on a plane trip fall asleep and wake up to find everyone on the entire planet missing. And mysterious creatures called Langoliers trying to eat everything in sight doesn't help either.


MONDAY AFTER THE MIRACLE (1998 TV Movie)
Taking place after "The Miracle Worker" ends, this movie shows what happens when both Helen Keller AND her teacher Annie Sullivan BOTH fall in love with the same man. What the hell?


AT FIRST SIGHT (1999)
Hollywood pulls out another "blind-person-love-story-with-happy-ending" movie, where Val Kilmer falls in love with Mira Sorvino and gets his sight back just in time to see his acting career fail.

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