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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, January 10, 2008

TV Trivia Thursday #8

Hello and welcome to this week's TV Trivia Thursday! As long as folks keep enjoying these, I'll keep working on them! And if you haven't seen it yet, here's last week's TTT - but note, those answers are already posted.

1) It's been a while since I've included a Star Trek question, so here's an oldie but goodie to kick off today's quiz: Name four episodes of the original show that featured duplicate Captain Kirks.

2) This long-running children's variety show featured segments like "Snake Cans", "Exercise, Exercise!", "Whose is Whose is Whose?", and "Disguise Delimit". Name the show, at least one of its regular hosts, and its classic closing theme song.

3) Back in the mid-60s, Charles Schulz introduced a Peanuts character called "5", whose family had taken on numeric-based names in protest of the government's introduction of zip codes. And while it took another three decades for there to be a TV show named for a zip code, there were no less than four series aired during the 60s that had numbers in their titles. Name as many as you can.

4) We all remember Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" and its aftermath four Superbowls back. But nearly four decades ago, an NBC flub relating to a regular-season football game also changed forever the league's relationship with its broadcasters. Name the two teams involved in this contest, and describe the infamous network error, as well as the nickname by which this game thus became known.

5) A few years earlier, it had been NBC's turn lose their cool - at the producer of this animated show, when its title character told young viewers: "Pull the knobs off your TV sets! That way, we'll be sure to be with you next week!" An estimated 20,000 tots complied!

6) And then again, sometimes it's an actor who stirs up the trouble. Which cast member of this 60s comedy clashed with its producer, because she had been under the impression that she was to be the main focus of the show and not just a supporting character? You'd think the show's title would have given her a clue!

7) And here's one more to complete today's "anger" sub-theme: This rock group performed on the Ed Sullivan show exactly once, earning the host's fury by reneging, on live TV, on an agreed change to a controversial lyric. Name the band and song, and for extra credit, the lead singer's response when told that he and his group were banned from the show forevermore.

8) To end on a sunnier note: All of the following characters were known on their respective shows almost exclusively by nicknames, but their "real" names were mentioned on the rare occasion. For each, give his/her familiar moniker and the associated series:
a) Warren Weber
b) Ernie Pantusso
c) Roy Hinkley
d) Homer Deegan
e) Jeff Albertson
f) James Anderson, Jr.
g) Maurice B. Sorrell
h) Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Fanna Bo Besca III
i) Matsuo Takahashi
j) Kent Dorfman
- Feel free to add some of you own!


At 1/10/08, 10:56 AM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

Elie, this is the hardest one yet :(
but, here goes:
3) Car 54 where are you


6)Dick Van Dyke?

7)Rolling Stones, Let's spend the night together, Mick Jagger

8) a. Potsy(happy days)
f. Bud(father knows best)
g. Buddy (Dick Van Dyke)

At 1/10/08, 10:56 AM, Blogger trn said...

3) My Three Sons comes to mind.

4) I think this was the Heidi Bowl. The network cut to a children's movie before the final play of an exciting game.

7) Was this The Rolling Stones being asked to change Let's Spend The Night Together to Let's Spend Some Time Together, or did the Stones actually follow through on that?

8b) Coach! From Cheers.

At 1/10/08, 11:44 AM, Blogger torontopearl said...

Two TV shows (hopefully from the sixties!) with names in their titles were: Hawaii 5-0... Room 227.

At 1/10/08, 12:25 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

1) Enemy within, What are little girls made of, Whom gods destroy and I'm tempted to say Return to tomorrow or Turnabout intruder, but those were possessions, not duplicates.
7) The Stones agreed to change the lyric to Let's spend some time togehter. The Doors however reneged on their promise to change lyrics in "Lite my fire." I think that Ed Sullivan objected to "We couldn't get much higher." Jim Morrison of course emphasized "higher" when he actually performed the song.

8c) Professor from Gilligan's Island. (Didn't we go down this path before?
8i) I'm guessing is Mr. T of Mr. T and Tina

At 1/10/08, 4:37 PM, Blogger trn said...

8) How about:

k) Walter Bradley
l) Irwin Handleman

At 1/10/08, 4:45 PM, Blogger trn said...


m) Francine Lawrence
n) Letitia Lawrence

At 1/10/08, 7:21 PM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Roy Hinkley is a good friend of Jonas Grumby.

Kent Dorfman is Flounder from Animal House.

At 1/10/08, 8:09 PM, Blogger Elie said...

I won't be posting the answers until Sunday but just a couple of early comments:

- On #3, three answers were already given beyond the four I originally had in mind! So there at least seven numeric shows from the 1960s! Keep looking for the rest

TRN, I don't know any of yours additions to #8, good ones!

Soccer Dad, on 8c, we went down the path a lot more recently than that! But if you really want to dig through all my old posts and their comments, you'll find the full answer to #1 somewhere too (you got 3 out of 4 so far).

At 1/10/08, 11:16 PM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

soccer dad: very good on the stones/doors thing.
francine lawrence= Gidget

At 1/11/08, 1:20 AM, Blogger LEL said...

4.The New York Jets and Oakland Raiders. The game was dubbed the "Heidi Bowl" because the network cut into this crucial playoff game which had gone into overtime I believe, in order to air the movie "Heidi" which had been previously scheduled to air that night.

6.Tina Louise?

7.The Doors, "Light My Fire". Jim Morrison had said "we played the Ed Sullivan Show" or something to that effect.

8.c.Roy Hinkley-The Skipper
i.Matsuo Takahashi-Sulu?

At 1/11/08, 1:26 AM, Blogger LEL said...

2.I'm going to take a guess and say it was "Wonderama".

3.77 Sunset Strip

At 1/11/08, 12:10 PM, Anonymous Big Fan said...

8h. Dot (Animaniacs)

At 1/12/08, 5:59 PM, Blogger Baila said...

2. definitely "wonderama", with host bob mcallister, ending with the song "kids are people, too", waakedoo, waakedoo, waakedoo....

At 1/14/08, 2:42 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 got three out of four; the other is "Mirror Mirror", which featured the Kirks of two alternate realities, albeit not on-screen at the same time.

2) LEL and Baila win! I have so many fond memories of that show. Is there anything anywhere near that good on for kids today?

3) Once again, I was happy to receive more answers than I thought of on my own! So good work Cruisin Mom, TRN, Pearl, and LEL, and here are the seven shows that fit the clue; in numeric order:
- My Three Sons
- Adam-12
- Hawaii 50
- Car 54, Where Are You?
- Route 66
- 77 Sunset Strip
- Room 222

4) TRN and LEL both have details of the story, though it was a regular-season game, not a playoff. In its aftermath, the NFL wrote into all network contracts that they must show each game until its bitter end, no matter what the score. But as all fans know, as soon as they start thanking the producers, its basically over!

5) This happened on The Bullwinkle Show, with the ingenious, irreverent, and irrepressible Jay Ward the culprit. The following week, the Moose advised the kids to put the knobs back on - with glue!

6) LEL guessed it! Tina Louise, who played “The Movie Star” on Gilligan's Island, was furious when she found out she wasn't to be the star of the show, to which other cast members replied "umm- didn't you notice what the show is titled?" Louise's negative feelings persisted; she was the only one of the seven not to reprise her role for the subsequent animated series and movies.

7) SD and LEL filled in both parts of the answer. And SD is correct, unlike Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger kept his word, although he visibly rolled his eyes at the camera when singing the altered lyric.

8) You got many of them; here's the whole list. I admit one or two were quite obscure!
a) Potsie/Happy Days
b) Coach/Cheers
c) The Professor/Gilligan's Island
d) Speed/Odd Couple. On the episode where Murray the Cop busts his own poker game, Speed's real name is revealed. Oscar: You’re "Homer Deegan"?? Speed: What, you think my mom and dad named me "Speed"??
e) Jeff Albertson is the real name of - drum roll please - the Comic Book Store Guy on the Simpsons! This secret was casually revealed on a recent episode, much to many fans' chagrin. Can the long-hidden identity of Springfield's home state be next??
f) Bud/Father Knows Best
g) Buddy/The Dick Van Dyke Show
h) Dot/Animaniacs
i) Arnold/Happy Days
j) Flounder/Delta House (the short-lived TV sequel to the Animal House movie; if he were only a movie character, it wouldn't count for a TV quiz!)

TRN, when you’re ready, please give us the answers for #s k-n!

At 1/15/08, 8:44 AM, Blogger trn said...

Thanks Elie!

k) Walter Bradley is Theo's friend Cockroach of The Cosby Show.

l) Irwin Handleman is neighbor Skippy of Family Ties.

m) Francine Lawrence is correctly identified by Crusin Mom as Gidget (of Gidget).

n) Letitia Lawrence is younger daughter Buddy of Family.


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