Dave Mitzman | November 5, 2004
Per another posting (link)
I decided to start a little tv trivia posting. Let's test our awesome (or pathetic) knowledge of all things television. I'll start with a tough Simpsons one (and Ho, this is dedicated to you):

How did Grandpa Simpson get his house (the one he sold to help out Homer with some money problems)?

Scott Hardie | November 6, 2004
I remember the episode, but I couldn't give you the answer without research.

I'll add my own question: Without looking it up, on what sitcom did John Kerry once make a guest appearance as himself? That one isn't too hard to guess.

Dave Mitzman | November 8, 2004
Cheers!
and I'll give you the answer to the first one: He won it on a crooked gameshow and then ratted the producers out and kept the prizes.

Todd Brotsch | November 8, 2004
Herbie Stempel

Dave Mitzman | November 9, 2004
Yup. Mister Van Doren didn't fare too well in that scandal did he?

Jackie Mason | November 15, 2004
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Steve West | November 15, 2004
Adlai Stevenson. Fonzie ran the youth campaign for Ike with the simple debate platform of, "Hey, he won the war, didn't he?"

What was the hometown of the Beverly Hillbillies?

Todd Brotsch | November 15, 2004
Bugtussle, Tennessee

Steve West | November 15, 2004
Okay, what was the name of the experimental aircraft that Col. Steve Austin was flying before crashing, leading to his replacement bionic limbs in the Six Million Dollar Man?

John E Gunter | November 15, 2004
Don't know what they called it in the show, but the real aircraft was a M2-F2 "flying body", and the footage is from the craft's real crash during a test flight. Amazingly enough the pilot survived the crash as well, but loss of his eye was the worst injury he sustained from the crash.

In the original Star Trek series, what powered the Enterprise?

John

Lori Lancaster | November 15, 2004
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Scott Horowitz | November 15, 2004
What were the following TV shows spinoffs of?

Laverne and Shirley
The Jeffersons
The Tortellis
Family Matters

Anthony Lewis | November 15, 2004
In order:

Happy Days
All In The Family
Cheers
Perfect Strangers

Scott Horowitz | November 15, 2004
Impressive... Most Impressive

Anthony Lewis | November 15, 2004
Ask harder questions next time. :-p

Scott Horowitz | November 15, 2004
Oh dip. Here's one: What television show had the first inter-racial kiss in television history?

Lori Lancaster | November 15, 2004
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John E Gunter | November 15, 2004
Nice guess Lori, but not exactly correct. The Dialithium Crystals focused the power. Anyone else?

Don't feel bad, that's the answer most people respond with even Trekkies who are more geekie about the show than I am.

The Star Trek kiss was implied, even though it was the first one.

John

Jackie Mason | November 15, 2004
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Steve West | November 15, 2004
In the Six Million Dollar Man the airplane was referred to as the HL-10.

Steve West | November 15, 2004
What Oscar winner's father played a fictional TV detective in the 1970's?

Scott Horowitz | November 15, 2004
mira sorvino

Kris Weberg | November 15, 2004
The Enterprise was technically powered by an anti-matter reactor dealie-o, if I recall correctly.

John E Gunter | November 15, 2004
And the point goes to Kris!

Most people don't realize that it was a matter/anti-matter reactor that produced the power necessary to run the Enterprise. Course, I also believe they had backup fusion reactors as well, but the main power was the matter/anti-matter reactor.

Which also ran the newer ships as well.

John

Steve West | November 15, 2004
That may also be true ScottieHo (and good job if it is) but the one I had in mind was Timothy Hutton (Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Ordinary People) whose father, Jim Hutton, was Ellery Queen in the mid '70s.

Scott Horowitz | November 15, 2004
Paul Sorvino played Bert D'Angelo on the show of the same name.

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Steve West | November 15, 2004
Fair enough. How about this. Who was the first couple on television overtly shown sharing a bed?

Scott Horowitz | November 16, 2004
I believe that was Mike and Carol Brady

Lori Lancaster | November 16, 2004
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Scott Horowitz | November 16, 2004
well, Lori.... at least great minds think alike!

Steve West | November 16, 2004
Great minds perhaps, but still wrong;) The first "couple" was actually Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Scott Horowitz | November 16, 2004
What was the first TV show where a woman said "I'm pregnant" instead of saying "I'm going to have a baby?"

Scott Hardie | November 16, 2004
We are agreed that we're not looking up the answers, just going off the top of our heads, right?

Jackie: I will guess that "Who's the Boss?" is the answer, because the other two dropped cast members like flies. "ER" is another show that lost so many characters over the years with no mention whatsoever of what happened to them. The one that always bugged me was "Married... With Children": If they said what happened to Peggy's unborn son, which had been the center of a pregnancy arc for most of the season, I must have missed that episode. (I do remember what happened to Steve Rhoades and the original Lucky, for whatever that's worth.)

My turn: Can anyone name the first woman to say the word "period" on television (in a Tampax commercial)?

Scott Horowitz | November 16, 2004
I just saw Jackie's question. It's Family Matters. They eliminated the younger sister, without an explanation. Side note: She went on to become a porno star.

Amy Austin | November 16, 2004
Wasn't it "I Love Lucy"? Preggers was a big controversy then... *long* before couples started sharing beds!

Scott Horowitz | November 16, 2004
Good job, Amy! You've won the grand prize. Which is, in about 59 minutes, you get to guess tomorrow's goo.

Scott Hardie | November 16, 2004
Not if I forgot to upload it again...

Amy Austin | November 16, 2004
Hahaha... YAY, a prize I was (or was not, according to Scott!) getting anyway!

Anthony Lewis | November 16, 2004
ScottHard: (Gee...that doesn't sound good at all)

They did a Bobby Ewing with Peggy's baby. Becuase of Katey Sagal's miscarriage, the powers that be decided to just make it seem like the whole pregnancy arc was a dream.

Jackie: Night Court bailiff was named Bull.

Scott Horowitz | November 16, 2004
Here's one: Name the only time that Joss Whedon appeared on screen in either an episode of Buffy or Angel.

Amy Austin | November 16, 2004
Anthony, she asked about the "janitor", not the bailiff...

Anthony Lewis | November 16, 2004
Oh damn! I'm still revved up about the Voting Fraud thread.

I can't answer without cheating. Maybe I should run for Pres-O-Dent.

Cheap shot. I know.

Scott Hardie | November 17, 2004
The answer to my question is Courteney Cox. Maybe I should have asked who danced with Bruce Springsteen? Nah, too easy. Well, continuing on the Courteney Cox angle: What famous singer-entertainer's son starred with her in "Misfits of Science" and died in a plane crash right the show was canceled?

Scott Hardie | November 17, 2004
Whoa, maybe I should stop discussing Courteney Cox, before Congressman Hostettler outlaws this web site.

Steve West | November 17, 2004
On Gilligan's Island, what role did the Skipper portray in their musical version of Hamlet?

Scott Horowitz | November 17, 2004
There was a musical version of Hamlet? Why am I scared all of a sudden? Was it called "Funny Boy"?

Steve West | November 18, 2004
No, oddly enough it was called "Hamlet". The Skipper portrayed Polonius. Shakespeare's words were cleverly set to the music of Bizet's Carmen.

Scott Horowitz | November 18, 2004
"Funny Boy" was a The Producers reference.

Steve West | November 18, 2004
I know. I was kidding, too. Easy Flintstones, maybe. What kind of dinosaur was Dino?

Scott Horowitz | November 18, 2004
brontosaurus

What earlier TV show was the Flintstones based on?

Steve West | November 18, 2004
I believe Dino was a snarkosaurus.

Anthony Lewis | November 18, 2004
Da' Honeymooners

Anthony Lewis | November 18, 2004
What was the name of Steve's car on Married With Children?

What was the name of the Rhoades' dog?

Jackie Mason | November 18, 2004
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Anthony Lewis | November 25, 2004
The car was named "Klaus".

The dog was named Bella. Al shot and killed the dog in the middle of a bowel movement.

Ahhhhhh...classic TV. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

Brad Htnck | November 29, 2004
Which Beach Boys song did Uncle Jesse sing to Rebecca at their wedding on Full House?

Sub-Question: Which Beach Boy sings lead vocals on the studio recording of this song?

Todd Brotsch | November 29, 2004
Forever; Dennis Wilson.

Brad Htnck | November 29, 2004
Very good.

Since that one took only 4 minutes to answer, I'll throw out a few more before retiring for the night...

-What is Stewie's full name on Family Guy?
-Name the three incarnations of the final mountainous challenge on Nickelodeon's game show "Guts". This includes "Global Guts".
- Name all the teams on the Nickelodeon game show "Legends of The Hidden Temple", including their colors. There were 6.
- What was the name of the female stagehand on "Double Dare"? There were probably multiple female stagehands, but the one I'm referring to is the most well known and most often seen on TV.

Yes, I have an unhealthy Nickelodeon game show viewing habit.

Jackie Mason | November 29, 2004
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Scott Hardie | November 30, 2004
Ah yes, the annual Great Jazz Musician Ass-Kiss episode of "The Cosby Show." I forgot about that. I guess I only really minded celebrity cameos on "Scooby-Doo," since they were a) animated and b) even more obnoxious than normal episodes.

Jackie Mason | November 30, 2004
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Scott Horowitz | November 30, 2004
I don't think I have ever seen anyone examine the dynamic fiscal structure of Full House like you just did, Jackie.

Dave Mitzman | November 30, 2004
Brad, the only one i remember was Robyn the female assistant from Double Dare. My favorite game show for kids on tv wasn't a Nick show. I forgot what channel it was on, but it was called Fun House hosted by J.D. Roth.

Scott Horowitz | November 30, 2004
Fun House was syndicated. It aired on WPIX 11 for us back in the day.

Dave Mitzman | November 30, 2004
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