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A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

TV Trivia Thursday #6

Hello and welcome to this week's TV Trivia Thursday! I've got tons of work to finish today before everyone else in the company goes on vacation next week, but I can't deprive my fellow trivial pursuers two weeks in a row! So here's a few:

1) This actor took on the role of the main antagonist on this 60s series, on the strict contractual condition that his character would never succeed.

2) Name at least three shows that had three or more prime time spinoffs, as well as the name of each spinoff.

3) What controversial early-70s comedy, lasting only a single season, featured an intermarried couple? What more successful TV family did the female lead then go on to join?

4) True or Urban Legend? Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady on "The Brady Bunch", once filmed an episode of the show while high on marijuana, stumbling and giggling through his lines.

5) We talked a lot in TTT #3 about Hanna-Barbera studios and their scores of TV toon shows, from The Flintstones on down. But can you name their very first broadcast cartoon series, aired back in 1957?

6) Name three series that continued to air, with no change in name or setting, even after the main (first billed and/or title) character left the show.

7) What animal star played opposite each of these human second bananas:
a) Wilbur Post
b) Mark Wedloe
c) Porter Ricks
d) Timmy Martin
e) Dave Garroway (sort of)


At 12/20/07, 3:50 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1) Werner Klemperer - Hogans Heroes
The reason he, and John Banner and Robert Clary all got involved was to mock Nazis.

2)a) All in the family - The Jeffersons, Maude, Archie's Place

b) Happy Days - Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy, Joanie Loves Chachi

c) Star Trek - TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT

At 12/20/07, 4:04 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

#6) The Practice (Dylan McDermott), Chicago Hope (Mandy Patinkin), Criminal Minds (Mandy Patinkin) and 8 Simple Rules for dating my daughter (John Ritter, who died).
Didn't Happy Days continue after Ron Howard left too?

7) Dave Garroway did news didn't he? I think he had a monkey.

At 12/24/07, 10:25 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Looks like nobody except Soccer Dad and I was much of a TV trivia mood this week! I'll give it until tomorrow and then supply the answers.

At 12/24/07, 12:26 PM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

okay, I'll give it a try!
2) All in the Family: Jefferson's, Maude, and something else
Happy Days: Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy. Can't think of a 3rd.
3) Bridgette loves Bernie. Meridith Baxter (Birney) went on to Family (great show)
4) gonna say true
5) Tom and Jerry?
6) (these are strictly guesses)
E.R., All in the Family, Cheers (when Shelly Long left?)
7) a) Horse (of course)
d) Lassie-dog

wow, these are really tough...but fun...thanks Elie!

At 12/24/07, 12:37 PM, Blogger LEL said...

2.All in the Family-Maude, The Jefferson's, Good Times(which was actuall a spin-off of Maude so I don't know if that counts)


At 12/25/07, 4:24 PM, Blogger Elie said...

Nice job all! Here are the full set of answers, most of which were at least partially supplied:

1) Soccer Dad is correct, and in addition to the actors he listed, General Burkhalter was also played by a Jewish actor. One of my earliest posts had more details.

2) In addition to ones already guessed, there's The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which spun off Rhoda, Phyllis, and Lou Grant.

3) Cruisin' Mom got it! This and #1 also have in common that they are two shows my mom didn't like me watching!

4) Always thought this was a UL, but it's actually true, as recently confirmed by a TV Land special!

5) The show was called "Ruff and Reddy" and starred a cat and dog team. Anyone else remember watching it? I did! (In reruns that is - I'm not that old!)

6) Well, this one surprised me! SD and CM both thought of examples I didn't. Though I'd quibble with some of them; I believe Shelley Long and Jean Stapleton were second billed, not first billed, on Cheers and All in The Family respectively.

The three examples I had in mind were:
- Happy Days losing Ron Howard/Richie (first billed)
- Welcome Back Kotter losing Gabe Kaplan/Kotter (title and first billed)
- Laverne and Shirley losing Cindy Williams/Shirley (title)

a) Mr. Ed
b) Gentle Ben
c) Flipper
d) Lassie (60s version)
e) J. Fred Muggs - though Garroway was a newscaster, not a fictional character.


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