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).
Dick Gautier played Hymie the Robot on “Get Smart” (NBC, CBS, 1965-70). He later played Robin Hood on “When Things Were Rotten” (ABC, 1975).
The seventeen-year Goodson-Todman production “What’s My Line” was hosted by John Daly and featured these panelists: Hal Block (1950-53), Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen (1950-65), Louis Untermeyer (1950-51), Bennett Cerf (1951-67), Steve Allen (1953-54), and Fred Allen (1954-56).
On their syndicated TV show, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert have been putting thumbs up and down to movies since September 1982. They first gained national fame on PBS’s “Sneak Previews” in 1977.
Their first names of Scott, Chekov, and McCoy on “Star Trek” are as follows: Montgomery Scott Pavel Andreivich Chekov Leonard McCoy
The four Lennon Sisters were Diane, Peggy, Kathy, and Janet. They were regulars on “The Lawrence Welk Show” (ABC, 1955-71) from 1955 to 1968.
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.
Walt Whitman High School was the high school in the TV series “Room 222” (ABC, 1969-74). In “Welcome Back, Kotter” (ABC, 1975-79)? James Buchanan High School. In “Head of the Class” (ABC, 1986-91)? Millard Fillmore High School.
Quinton, as in “Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale” (Ernest Borgnine), was McHale’s first name on “McHale’s Navy” (ABC, 1962-66). What was Captain Binghamton’s first name? Wallace (Joe Flynn). What was Ensign Parker’s first name? Charles (Tim Conway).
NBC began national nightly newscasts in April 1944. CBS began national nightly newscasts in May 1948, read by Douglas Edwards. ABC began national nightly newscasts in August 1948, read by H. R. Baukhage and Jim Gibbons.
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.
Who were the lead cave dwellers befriending the lost astronauts on “It’s About Time” (CBS, 1966-67)?
Joe E. Ross was Gronk and Imogene Coca was Shad, the lead cave dwellers befriending the lost astronauts on “It’s About Time” (CBS, 1966-67).
Larry Hagman was offered “The Waverly Wonders” (NBC, 1978), a sitcom about a high school basketball coach (starring Joe Namath) the same year he was offered “Dallas” (CBS, 1978-91). Hagman favored this series, which lasted one month; but his wife advised him to take “Dallas.”
There was an entire family of performers under Buffalo Bob (Bob Smith) and Howdy Doody. They included Clarabell the Clown (Bobby Nicholson), the Princess (Judy Tyler), and Chief Thunderthud (Bill Lecornec). Howdy was operated by Lee Carney.
Lalo Schifrin wrote the catchy theme song for “Mission: Impossible” (CBS, 1966-73). He was also the composer for Clint Eastwood movies like Dirty Harry (1971) and Magnum Force (1973).
Walter Winchell (1897-1972), the veteran newsman who began his television career with “The Walter Winchell Show” (ABC, 1952-55), narrated “The Untouchables” (ABC, 1959-63).
WGBH in Boston produces Masterpiece Theatre (PBS, 1971). “The First Churchills,” in twelve episodes beginning on January 10, 1971, was the first series broadcast on “Masterpiece Theatre” (PBS, 1971).
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.
Chet Huntley and David Brinkley first teamed up for the 1956 presidential conventions. Their patter led to places as anchormen of the NBC nightly news that fall. Their show was called “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” ( 1956-71).
Tiny Tim and Miss Vicky were married on “The Tonight Show” on December 17, 1969.
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 four dancers known as the Ding-a-Ling Sisters came from the larger dancing group, the Golddiggers. They appeared on “The Dean Martin Show” (NBC, 1965-74) from 1970 to 1973.
Ernie Bilko (Phil Silvers) served in the army in “The Phil Silvers Show,” which ran from 1955 to 1959.
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).
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.
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.”
Ted Cassidy’s hand played Thing on the TV series “The Addams Family” (ABC, 1964-66). He also played the butler, Lurch.
Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) rode in a Pontiac Trans-Am named KITT (voice by William Daniels) on the TV series “Knight Rider” (NBC, 1982-86).
Mr. Magoo’s full name was Quincy Magoo. His voice in the 1964-65 comedy series, “The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo” (NBC), was provided by Jim Backus.
Almost 100 million, nearly half the population of the United States, watched the concluding episode of the TV mini-series “Roots” (ABC, 1977). The miniseries was broadcast on eight consecutive nights beginning January 23, 1977. It became the most-watched dramatic show in TV history.
Earl Hamner was the grown-up voice of John-Boy, narrating “The Waltons” (CBS, 1972-81), Jr., the show’s co-executive producer, who based the series on his own recollections of growing up in rural Virginia. Richard Thomas played the young John-Boy.
What were the names of the pigeons played by Red Skelton on “The Red Skelton Show” (CBS, NBC, 1951-71)?
Gertrude and Murgatroyd were the names of the pigeons played by Red Skelton on “The Red Skelton Show” (CBS, NBC, 1951-71).
Leonard Bernstein led the Young People’s Concerts, for CBS.
Jesse White, also known as the lonely Maytag Repairman appeared regularly on three series: “Private Secretary” (CBS, NBC, 1953-57), “The Danny Thomas Show” (ABC, CBS, 1953-64), and “The Ann Sothern Show” (CBS, 1958-61).
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).
Ted Koppel was born in Lancashire, England, in 1940. He has hosted ABC’s “Nightline” since 1979.
In the original British TV series, “The Avengers”, Patrick Macnee’s Steed played opposite Honor Blackman as Cathy Gale. Blackman later became known as James Bond’s love interest, Pussy Galore, in Goldfinger. By the time the series was imported to America in 1966, Diana Rigg, as Emma Peel, had replaced Blackman.
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).
Neal Hefti composed the eminently hummable theme for TV’s “Batman” (ABC, 1966-68). Danny Elfman wrote the score for the 1989 movie.
What TV game show announcer was famous for shouting “Come on down” on “The Price Is Right” (NBC, 1956-65; CBS, 1972–)?
Johnny Olson was the famous TV game show announcer shouting “Come on down” on “The Price Is Right” (NBC, 1956-65; CBS, 1972). Olson worked on the show from 1972 until his death in 1985.
Francine Lawrence was the real name of “Gidget”, played by Sally Field on the TV show “Gidget” (ABC, 1965-66).
David Leisure was the pathological liar in the 1980s Isuzu car commercials. He has also appeared on the TV sitcom “Empty Nest” (NBC, 1988).
Appearing long before “Peyton Place” (ABC, 1964-69), the first prime-time soap opera was “A Woman to Remember,” starring Patricia Wheel. The series, which was based on a daytime serial, ran on the DuMont network from May to July, 1949.
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.
Clint Eastwood’s character in “Rawhide” was Rowdy Yates on the CBS Western that ran from 1959 to 1966.
As the announcer never failed to remind us, the TV show, “The F.B.I.”, was a “Quinn Martin Production.”
Bud Collyer was the host when the show “To Tell the Truth” ran on prime time on CBS. When it went into syndication in 1969, Garry Moore took over.
Daniel J. Travanti and JoBeth Williams played Adam’s parents John and Reve Walsh, who became crusaders for missing children after their child Adam was kidnapped and murdered in the TV movie “Adam” (1983). A sequel, “Adam: His Song Continues” (1986) followed, with Travanti and Williams reprising their roles.
What was the name of Hope and Michael Steadman’s dog on “thirtysomething” (ABC, 1987-91) and hat were the names of their children?
The names of Hope and Michael Steadman’s children on “thirtysomething” were Grendel, Janie, and Leo, respectively.
Penny Singleton did the voice of Jane Jetson in the original run of “The Jetsons”. She played Blondie in the Blondie film series that ran from 1938 to 1950.
The symbols Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity appeared at the beginning of “Ben Casey” (ABC, 1961-66).
Yes, Mike Wallace hosted five game shows: “Majority Rules” (194950); “Guess Again” (1951); “Who’s the Boss?” (1954); “The Big Surprise” (1956-57); and “Who Pays?” (1959). Mike Wallace also became a correspondent on “60 Minutes” (CBS, 1968) in 1968.
The bad guys on the TV series “Batman” (1966-68) were: Penguin—Burgess Meredith Catwoman—Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, and Lee Merlwether Joker—Cesar Romero Riddler—Frank Gorshin and John Astin King Tut—Victor Buono Egghead—Vincent Price The Archer—Van Johnson Lola Lasagne—Ethel Merman Lord Marmaduke Ffogg—Rudy Vallee The Siren—Joan Collins Chandel—Liberace Louie the Lilac—Milton Berle
Shirley Jones (Shirley); David Cassidy (Keith); Susan Dey (Laurie); Danny Bonaduce (Danny); Jeremy Gelbwaks (Christopher, 1970-1971); Brian Forster (Christopher, 1971-1974); and Suzanne Crough (Tracy) played the Partridges in TV’s “The Partridge Family” (ABC, 1970-1974).
On “The Flip Wilson Show” (NBC, 1970-74), what was the name of the boyfriend of the character Geraldine?
On “The Flip Wilson Show” (NBC, 1970-74), the name of the boyfriend of the character Geraldine was Killer.
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).
The name of the puppet-king in “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was King Friday XIII.
The song that made Carol Burnett famous was “I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles,” which she introduced in a New York nightclub in the late 1950s and debuted nationally on “The Tonight Show” with Jack Parr.
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.
Gunilla Knutson coaxed men to “take it off” with Noxzema shave cream, to the strains of “The Stripper” in the 1960s.