TV Trivia Thursday #2
Thanks for your great response to last week's debut of TV Trivia Thursday! I'm having fun with this feature, though the fact-checking is proving to be a bit more effort than anticipated. One new caveat: In deference to my non-Trekkie readers (or the "Trek challenged" as we ought to politely call them), I will restrict my Trek-related trivia to just one per week! And with that:
1) A single episode of the original Star Trek was aired without the usual opening credit voice-over of "Space, The Final Frontier..." - ironically so. Name the episode title, and explain the irony.
2) List at least four non-animated (and non-Star Trek!) shows, all on-air during the mid-to-late 60s, whose title characters had supernatural abilities.
3) This guest star was seen on just three episodes of "Cheers", but had a profound impact on the show's development, being responsible for both the arrival and departure of a lead character - and arguably, a major change of direction in-between. Who was this overachieving visitor?
4) These days, it's de rigueur for every series to have a Final Episode of closure-providing, premise-ending scope, but prior to the 80s this was rather rare, restricted to high concept programs like The Prisoner and The Fugitive. The Mary Tyler Moore Show is generally credited with kicking off the modern trend with its highly publicized tear-jerker finale in 1977, but another sitcom did it two years earlier, with a good bit less shmaltz and fanfare. Name the show, and describe its finale in a sentence or so.
5) From Soccer Dad: What do the shows City of Angels, Barbary Coast, Legend and Ink have in common?
6) Well before this actor warned us that we "wouldn't like him when he gets angry" playing the Hulk's alter ego, he was considerably calmer, though quite busy, as the star of two 60s series. Name the actor and the two shows.
7) What three rural-themed shows aired simultaneously on the same network, had multiple character and setting crossovers, and were all suddenly cancelled at the whim of a hasty executive, two of them at the height of ratings success?
8) Give the first and last names of the seven Gilligan's Island castaways. As a bonus, which one of those first or last names was confirmed by the show's creator but never used on-air?
That's all for now! "Toon" in next week for an all-animated edition!