TV Trivia Thursday
and he's tellin' me more and more
about some useless information
supposed to fire my imagination"
- Rolling Stones, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
I'm still gathering my thoughts and sifting through my feelings about last weekend's retreat for bereaved parents, and will likely be sharing more in a day or so. Meanwhile, though, I have a new, rather lighter blog-feature to inaugurate today, as sort of a follow-on to the Musical Monday quizzes alternately hosted by Soccer Dad and myself.
Introducing TV Trivia Thursday, a chance for the world to see whether anyone else has as much "useless information" rattling around in their brainpan as I do.
These mini-quizzes will consist of 7-10 TV-related trivia questions, some original, some researched. As with my musical selections for the Monday quiz, the shows of my childhood and adolescence - i.e., mid 60s thru early 8os - will predominate, but by no means will that be a firm restriction.
Without further ado, here's today's quiz. Have fun!
1) Name at least two shows that had beginning and ending themes with different lyrics.
2) Well before the modern trend towards breaking the "fourth-wall", these two stars of a 70s sitcom literally "met their maker", in a clever cameo by the author of the original work on which the show was based. Name the show and characters, and for extra credit, the "creator" they encountered.
3) This was the last television show produced by Mel Brooks, a commercial failure but still remembered fondly by those few of us who watched it.
4) Only once in television history (AFAIK) was a new, never before broadcast scene added to an episode when it was re-shown in a summer rerun. As a hint, the added scene related to an upcoming spinoff of the show. Name the original and spinoff series.
5) This actor first appeared on a popular series in a one-time guest shot, but so stole the show that he was soon brought in to replace one of the leads, playing an entirely different role. Name the show and actor.
6) Which two shows were famously revealed, in their respective last episodes, to be entirely fictitious - i.e., none of the previous several seasons' worth of events ever really "happened"?
7) Which sitcom birth so captivated the nation that it knocked a presidential inauguration off the headlines the next day?
8) What show and episode featured television's first interracial kiss?
9) Name at least two of the three men who flunked their auditions to star in "The Monkees", only to later achieve musical fame on their own.