- MASH was the #1 most watched series finale in 1983 with its 105.9 million viewers.
- Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster’s real name was Sid.
- Jim Davis, who played patriarch Jock Ewing on the original Dallas died in his sleep on April 26, 1981 at age 65.
- The gold chains that Mr. T wore on the series The A-Team weighed between 30 and 40 pounds.
- Psycho was the first movie to have a toilet flushing in a scene.
- On Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Mr. Roger’s sweaters were all hand knitted by his mother
- Disney turned down the chance to make Back to the Future claiming the mother/son relationship was too risqué.
- A Superman figure is hidden in every episode of Seinfeld.
- In summer of 1976, “Theme From Happy Days” was a hit single, peaking at #5 on the national charts.
- Gilligan’s Island Producer Sherwood Schwartz picked Gilligan’s name at random out of a phone book.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The first episode of I Love Lucy aired when Lucille Ball was 41.
- Twenty-seven actors got their start from appearing in the 1980s sitcom Miami Vice.
- 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.
- Laverne & Shirley, Joanie Loves Chachi, and Mork & Mindy were all spin-off shows from Happy Days.
- 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.
- 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.
- The refrigerator in Monica’s apartment on Friends actually worked and was filled with soda and water for crew and cast.
I am a very patient person; however, when it comes to television commercials, even a 3-second commercial would be about 4-seconds too long for me.
…there is one particular Subway commercial I love watching and never gets old. Whoever is the marketing guru behind this series of commercials is a genius.
Todd’s closing part is the BEST. “I got a phone call, Todd…this is Todd”
Watch for yourself and enjoy.
MeTV = Memorable Entertainment
As I spend countless hours tossing and turning in bed each night (Ms. Insomnia instead of Mr. Sandman has been my bed mate for quite a while now, however that is an entirely different post); many months ago I was scanning the boob-tube searching for something that would offer “white” noise and hopefully…sleep inducing . Even with the 500+ channels to choose from, my television watching is mostly contained to the big four, NBC, ABC, CBS, and TNT. I occasionally meander over to the Hallmark and Lifetime channels to see what movies are slated for the weekend and should one or two pique my interest, I’ll set the digital recorder for viewing at a later time.
So, on one of my channel surfing excursions, I found myself wandering in the 180 channel range and before my eyes I saw in the program guide “Family Affair”. Quickly I hit the info button to see if it was indeed the “Family Affair” from my childhood that immediately flashed in my mind. I was pleasantly surprised when my secret hopes were confirmed. (I always had a crush on Brian Keith.)
Some of the characters who provided much entertainment and enjoyment in my youth….and 40-some years later are displayed blow. They are still entertaining my sleepless nights/mornings.
How many do you remember?
A Childhood Memory
There are a few shows that have yet to resurface on MeTV; however, I am hopeful they will cycle through at some point in time since the Fall lineup of shows is a little different from what was aired earlier this year in the Spring.
One show in particular that I would love, love, love to see return would be The Munsters. Herman, his childlike antics and his laugh were so genuinely funny; he was a kid at heart.
As a kid, something that always struck me as odd were the “other characters” (actually the story line) on the show. The story line characters thought the Munster family was a little “off“, but really never commented that they were an off-shoot of “freaks”, especially for the 1960’s.
Then you had the niece Marilyn who was perfectly “normal” in comparison to the rest of the family.
Not that it really made any sense to me then, but their address of 1313 Mockingbird Lane fit them perfectly.
And then there was Grandpa…well let’s just say Grandpa could have carried the show practically on his own with all of his crazy shenanigans.
Now that I think about it, Grandpa from The Munsters and Uncle Fester from The Addams Family were each other’s counterparts, just in different shows.
Entertaining “Me” with MeTV
So, on my long nights when sleep eludes this body yet again, I am ever so grateful for the technology of digital recording and MeTV. Not only do the shows occupy my nocturnal hours, they also let me revisit a time in my childhood where there were no cares in my world (oh yeah…and I got to watch groovy shows like these).