Robinson J. Peepers taught biology on the TV series “Mr. Peepers” (NBC, 1952-55).
Jane Withers was Josephine the Plumber, who sang the praises of Comet Cleanser in the 1960s.
The name of the puppet-king in “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was King Friday XIII.
Daniel Stern, who played a burglar in Home Alone (1990) and a bicyclist in Breaking Away (1979), was the grown-up voice of Kevin Arnold, narrating “The Wonder Years” (ABC, 1988). Fred Savage plays the young Kevin Arnold.
“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).
Eleanor Roosevelt endorsed Good Luck Margarine on TV. She was paid $35,000 for the endorsement.
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).
Two actors have played Mickey Spillane’s detective Mike Hammer on TV: Darren McGavin, in “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” (synd., 1957-59); and Stacy Keach in “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” (CBS, 1984-87).
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).
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.
Walter Cronkite hosted the TV game show “It’s News to Me” (CBS, 1951-54).
Yes, Casablanca (1942) was a TV series twice. In the 1955-56 season, “Casablanca” (ABC) was a short-lived thirty-minute series starring Charles McGraw as Rick Jason (changed from Rick Blaine). In 1983-84, ABC attempted another “Casablanca.” Rick Blaine was played by David Soul.
Archie and Edith Bunker of “All in the Family” (CBS, 1971-79) lived at 704 Houser Street in Queens, New York.
“The Guiding Light” (CBS, 1952) was the daytime TV drama which the rock group the B-52s once performed on.
The TV movie “The Homecoming,” the original pilot for “The Waltons” (CBS, 1972-77) starring Patricia Neal and Richard Thomas, aired on CBS in 1971.
ABC telecast the match between Billie Jean King play Bobby Riggs at 8:00 P.M. on September 20, 1973. It was played in the Astrodome in Houston. The prize was $100,000. King won the five-set match.
In cable TV language, a dedicated channel is a channel that offers only one kind of programming, weather, rock music, home shopping.
Barth Gimble, played by Martin Mull on the TV show “Fernwood 2-Night” (synd., 1977). He was the twin brother of Garth Gimble, a character on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” (synd., 1976-78).
Ted Koppel was born in Lancashire, England, in 1940. He has hosted ABC’s “Nightline” since 1979.
In the 1960s, Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels (The Lone Ranger and Tonto, respectively) advertised Jeno’s Pizza Rolls.
Johnny Carson took over NBC’s “Tonight Show” (NBC, 1954) in 1962. He left the show in May 1992. When did he introduce Carnac the Magnificent? Aunt Blabby? Art Fern? In 1964, 1964, and 1971 respectively.
Harry Dickens (John Astin) and Arch Fenster (Marty Ingels) were carpenters and handymen. They starred in “I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster” (ABC, 1962-63).
Jim McKay appeared on several shows for ABC, “Sports Spot” (1951), “Make the Connection” (1955), and “The Verdict Is Yours” (1958) before “ABC’s Wide World of Sports”. In 1961, he appeared on “Wide World of Sports” and has never left.
The chimp’s name on the TV series “Me and the Chimp” (CBS, 1972) was Buttons, played by Jackie. The chimp’s human sidekick was Mike Reynolds, played by Ted Bessell.
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.