publication date: Friday, February 5, 2021 (part of Winter 2021)

category: Television

clue: Television science fiction shows as divergent as Timecop, Smallville, V, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman have this man in common, so eventually the writers of another of his shows about supernatural phenomena decided to honor him by naming a character after him.

explanation: Singer inspired the name of Bobby Singer on Supernatural, one of the many shows that he has had a hand in producing, directing, or writing. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Samir Mehta, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Ruth Cichoski

Sci-Fi Namesakes: Science fiction is a genre of ideas, and the best ideas are the ones connected to reality. This two-week theme presents 14 real-life people who inspired the names of characters in sci-fi TV shows, including shows with fantastical elements not normally considered sci-fi. Dr. Who, I presume?

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Beth Schwartz

It must have been strange for this writer and producer to take over showrunning duties on a comic-book superhero show that had already named a fictional doctor after her. Go »

Harry S. Truman

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Caroll Spinney

This cartoonist lived on Sesame Street and played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. It put a big spin on things when he wrote the book The Wisdom of Big Bird. Go »

Pedro Pascal

He appeared in three different versions of Law & Order and two different versions of Wonder Woman. Go »

David Schwimmer

In the opening credits to his sitcom, while his co-stars frolicked around water, he submerged himself, in what could have been a play on his last name. Go »

Martin Starr

Oh joy! Getting knocked up by this actor could be really bad, but the good thing about this is that he shines and sparkles in the sky. Go »