Interesting Facts: Television Shows, Movies & Actors

  1. MASH was the #1 most watched series finale in 1983 with its 105.9 million viewers.
  2. Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster’s real name was Sid.
  3. Jim Davis, who played patriarch Jock Ewing on the original Dallas died in his sleep on April 26, 1981 at age 65.
  4. The gold chains that Mr. T wore on the series The A-Team weighed between 30 and 40 pounds.
  5. Psycho was the first movie to have a toilet flushing in a scene.
  6. On Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Mr. Roger’s sweaters were all hand knitted by his mother
  7. Disney turned down the chance to make Back to the Future claiming the mother/son relationship was too risqué.
  8. A Superman figure is hidden in every episode of Seinfeld.
  9. In summer of 1976, “Theme From Happy Days” was a hit single, peaking at #5 on the national charts.
  10. Gilligan’s Island Producer Sherwood Schwartz picked Gilligan’s name at random out of a phone book.
  11. John Stamos played an uncle on Full House his name was going to be Adam but in the end his character was called Uncle Jesse.
  12. During the last season of The Facts of Life, David Spade was in an episode that was supposed to be turned into a spin-off series called “Big Apple Blues” about college roommates living in New York City, but it never materialized.
  13. On The Brady Bunch, the sliding glass door in the back of the Brady house actually never had a glass screen in it. It was simply put on the sliders with no glass to prevent glares from lighting while filming.
  14. When Fonzie made his first appearance on Happy Days he wore a windbreaker instead of his trademark leather jacket because television executives thought leather made him look like a hoodlum.
  15. The first episode of I Love Lucy aired when Lucille Ball was 41.
  16. Twenty-seven actors got their start from appearing in the 1980s sitcom Miami Vice.
  17. On the show Friends, Monica and Joey were originally going to be an item before writers/creators decided to have Monica and Chandler get together.
  18. Laverne & Shirley, Joanie Loves Chachi, and Mork & Mindy were all spin-off shows from Happy Days.
  19. During the filming of the Dukes of Hazard pilot episode, two directors were eating breakfast in the town square when they heard a car drive by that played the opening bars to “Dixie” as the horn. This, they thought, must be in the show. They chased down the owner, bought the horn out of his car for $300, and installed it in a General Lee.
  20. Carroll O’Connor auditioned for the part of the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island, but Schwartz rejected him. O’Connor went on to become the famous Archie Bunker on All in the Family.
  21. The refrigerator in Monica’s apartment on Friends actually worked and was filled with soda and water for crew and cast.
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