Natalie Wood had a walk-on part in the 1979 pilot of husband Robert Wagner’s TV mystery “Hart to Hart” (ABC, 1979-84). She was billed in the closing credits as Natasha Gurdin, her real name.
April Dancer, played by Stefanie Powers, in this short-lived TV spoof of NBC’s popular “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (1964-68).
William (Bill) Loud and Pat Loud were the parents of the family on the TV series “An American Family” (PBS, 1973). Their five children included Lance, their twenty-year-old son. They lived in Santa Barbara, California. The twelve-hour TV series first aired in February 1973.
What other TV supporting roles did Ann B. Davis play besides housekeeper Alice Nelson on “The Brady Bunch” (ABC, 1969-74)?
Ann B. Davis was Charmaine “Shultzy” Schultz, secretary to Bob Cummings’s fashion photo reporter Bob Collings on “Love That Bob” (ABC, 1955-59). She was also Miss Wilson on “The John Forsythe Show” (NBC, 1965-66), besides housekeeper Alice Nelson on “The Brady Bunch” (ABC, 1969-74).
Flury S. Truman’s inauguration was the first to be televised, in January 1949.
Wilkins Coffee was the first product advertised by the Muppets, in 1957. The Muppets were featured in an eight-second commercial in which one Muppet fires a cannon at another to prevent him from drinking his Wilkins coffee.
Bullwinkle J. Moose lived in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota.
The wrestler Gorgeous George’s real name was George Wagner.
Dena Dietrich was Mother Nature in the Parkay Margarine campaign, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”. She also appeared in TV series such as “Adam’s Rib” (ABC, 1973) and “The Ropers” (ABC, 1979-80).
Loretta Swit played Chris Cagney and Tyne Daly was Mary Beth Lacey in the 1981 TV movie pilot “Cagney and Lacey”. In the series (CBS, 1982-88), Meg Foster played Cagney in the first few episodes; she was replaced by Sharon Gless. Daly continued as Lacey.
James Mason played Tiberius, John McEnery played Caligula, Richard Kiley played Claudius, and Anthony Andrews played Nero in the miniseries “A.D.” (Anno Domini) (NBC, 1985).
Susan Lucci has played villainous Erica Kane on “All My Children” (ABC, 1970) since the the TV show’s debut in 1970.
“The Andy Griffith Show” (CBS, 1960-68) spawned “Mayberry, RFD” (CBS, 1968-71) and “Gomer Pyle, USMC” (CBS, 1964-70).
Giles French (Sebastian Cabot) was the name of the housekeeper on the TV series “Family Affair” (CBS, 1966-71). On “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” (ABC, 1969-72)? Mrs. Livingston (Miyoshi Umeki). On “The Jetsons” (ABC, 1962-63)? Rosie the Robot (voice by Jean VanderPyl).
Jane Withers was Josephine the Plumber, who sang the praises of Comet Cleanser in the 1960s.
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (CBS, 1970-77) had three spinoffs, all on CBS: “Rhoda” (1974-78); “Phyllis” (1975-77); and “Lou Grant” (1977-82).
Mrs. McGillicuddy, Lucy Ricardo’s (Lucille Ball’s) mother, was played by Kathryn Card on “I Love Lucy” (CBS, 1951-57). Charles Winninger played Fred Mertz’s (William Frawley’s) father in 1954.
Agent 99’s (Barbara Feldon’s) name on the TV series “Get Smart” was never revealed, although on one episode she had the cover name of Susan Hilton.
It was eleven-year-old Robert Strom, who won $192,000 on the game show “The $64,000 Question” (CBS, 1955-58).
The Estes Kefauver investigations of politics and crime began in 1951, and like the Watergate investigations in the early 1970s, were broadcast during the day.
The name of the puppet-king in “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was King Friday XIII.
Chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs joined the “Today” (NBC, 1952) cast in January 1953. Ratings immediately soared. Muggs was let go four years later when he got too old and hard to handle. NBC said that Muggs had “decided to terminate” his position so he could “extend his personal horizons.”
The symbols Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity appeared at the beginning of “Ben Casey” (ABC, 1961-66).
Martin Agronsky and John McLaughlin the people behind “Agronsky and Company” (synd., 1969-87) and “The McLaughlin Group” (synd., 1982).
The governor’s name on the TV series “Benson” (ABC, 1979-86) was James Gatling (played by James Noble). The governor’s name on “The Governor and J.J.” (CBS, 1969-72) was William Drinkwater (played by Dan Dailey).
Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon, played by Monica Evans and Carole Shelley, respectively, were the Pigeon Sisters on “The Odd Couple” (ABC, 1970-75).
The population of Cicely, Alaska, setting of Northern Exposure was 815.
The TV series had four spinoffs: “Maude” (CBS, 1972-78); “The Jeffersons” (CBS, 1975-85); “Archie Bunker’s Place” (CBS, 1979-83); and “Gloria” (CBS, 1982-83).
Walter Cronkite, anchor of the “CBS Evening News” could be heard intoning “And that’s the way it is . . .” from April 16, 1962, to March 6, 1981.
What is the first name of “Rumpole of the Bailey” on the TV series and what is his wife’s first name?
Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) is married to Hilda Rum-pole (Peggy Thorpe-Bates, Marion Mathie) on the TV show “Rumpole of the Bailey” (Thames, 1978-88). He usually refers to her as “She Who Must Be Obeyed.” The series has appeared on PBS’s “Mystery!” (1981).
What were some of the “critters” Elly May had on the TV series”The Beverly Hillbillies” (CBS, 1962-71)?
Some of the “critters” Elly May (Donna Douglas) had on the TV series “The Beverly Hillbillies” (CBS, 1962-71) included a bear, a pigeon, a rooster, a cat, a dog, a skunk, and a hippopotamus.
Ian Carmichael was the original Lord Peter Wimsey on the PBS TV series. Edward Petherbridge has also played the role. The “Lord Peter Wimsey” stories originally aired on the BBC in Great Britain (1972-75, 1987) and have been carried by PBS on “Masterpiece Theatre” (1971) and “Mystery!” (1981).
Yes, Jay Silverheels (Tonto on “The Lone Ranger,” ABC, 1949-57) was a Mohawk who grew up on a reservation in Canada.
Jonathan Winters, who hatched from an egg sprouted from Mork’s navel in 1981, played Mork and Mindy’s baby on the TV show “Mork & Mindy” (ABC, 1978-82).
The animated ad featuring a cartoon child crying, “I want my Maypo” first aired in 1956. Maypo is a maple-flavored oatmeal, new at the time.
It meant the kids had to move out of the master bedroom when their show-business father (Danny Thomas) returned from a tour on the TV series “Make Room for Daddy” (ABC, CBS, 1953-64).
“Winner Take All” (CBS, 1948-51, NBC, 1952) was the first Mark Goodson-Bill Todman TV game show production. Other Goodson-Todman hits have included “Beat the Clock,” “I’ve Got a Secret,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Password,” “The Match Game,” and “What’s My Line.”
Sonny Bono has been mayor of Palm Springs, California, since 1988.
Catherine Coulson played the Log Lady on the TV series “Twin Peaks” (ABC, 1990-91).
Only fifty kids at a time sat in the Peanut Gallery on “Howdy Doody”.
What were the names of Kate Bradley’s (Bea Benaderet’s) daughters on “Petticoat Junction” (CBS, 1963-70)?
Kate Bradley’s (Bea Benaderet’s) daughters on the TV series “Petticoat Junction” were named Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Betty Jo. Billie Jo was played by Jeannine Riley (1963-65), Gunilla Hutton (1965-66), and Meredith MacRae (1966-70). Bobbie Jo was played by Pat Wood-ell (1963-65) and Lori Saunders (1965-70). Betty Jo was played by Linda Kaye (Henning) […]
The “ten-minute ticker” is a rule devised by Michael Weisman, NBC Sports producer, requiring production assistants covering a game to update the scores for other games every ten minutes.
The title character in the TV series “My Mother the Car” was a 1928 Porter with Ann Sothern’s voice. The “Porter” is a fictitious make.
Kenneth Clark’s “Civilisation,” first broadcast on BBC2 in 1969, was the first British “educational blockbuster” miniseries to be carried by PBS. It was followed by Alistair Cooke’s “America” (BBC, 1972) and Jacob Bronowski’s “Ascent of Man” (BBC, 1974).
CNN began broadcasting in 1980.
Jay North of “Dennis the Menace” (CBS, 1959-63) and Jon Provost of “Lassie” (CBS, 1957-64), tied at age seven were the youngest actors to play the lead in his own TV series. “Lassie” actually ran from 1954-71, but Provost was not on all those years.
Ernie Bilko (Phil Silvers) served in the army in “The Phil Silvers Show,” which ran from 1955 to 1959.
At the opening of “Mission: Impossible” (CBS, 1966-73), how long would it take for the tape to self-destruct?
At the opening of “Mission: Impossible” (CBS, 1966-73), it took five seconds for the tape to self-destruct. What was the name of the force that responded to the call? The I.M. Force.
Flip Wilson’s “Reverend Leroy” was affiliated with The What’s Happening Now Church.
Just before reporter Edison Carter (Matt Frewer) crashed a motorcycle, he saw the words, “Max Headroom, 2.3 m.” on the TV series “Max Headroom” (ABC, 1987). His memory impulses create a new character, Max Headroom.
Liberace’s real name was Wladziu Valentino Liberace.
Playwright Arthur Miller wrote the teleplay for the CBS TV movie “Playing for Time” (1980). Vanessa Redgrave played Auschwitz prisoner Fania Fenelon.
“The George Burns and Grade Allen Show” (CBS) was on radio eighteen years-1932-1950 before it started on TV. It was on on both TV and radio for one year-1950. The TV version ran until September 1958.
Leonard Bernstein led the Young People’s Concerts, for CBS.
George Reeves shot himself on June 16, 1959. The police ruled that the former star of “The Adventures of Superman” (1952-57) had committed suicide, though some have suspected murder. He was planning to be married at the time.
The first televised baseball game was a May 1939 game between Columbia and Princeton.
Arnold Ziffel’s parents on the TV series “Green Acres” (CBS, 1965-71) human parents were Fred and Doris Ziffel of Hooterville. His porcine parentage is unknown.
“The Andy Griffith Show” (CBS, 1960-68) was a spinoff of “The Danny Thomas Show” (ABC, CBS, 1953-64).
How many cast members have received residuals from the endless reruns of “The Honeymooners” (CBS, 1955-56)?
Only Audrey Meadows, who played Alice Kramden, received residuals from the endless reruns of “The Honeymooners” (CBS, 1955-56). Her manager negotiated for TV residual rights before most people took them seriously.
Miss Brooks’s first name was Connie on the TV series “Our Miss Brooks”. The character was played by Eve Arden on “Our Miss Brooks” from 1952 to 1956 on CBS.