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TV Moms

“Now Wally, I want you to go in the living room and pick up those orange peels that you left on the coffee table. If your father comes home and sees them he’ll be in a terrible mood all through dinner.” – June Cleaver

Just turn on the TV and you’ll find a TV mom. Over the decades we’ve seen quite the variety of moms. We’ve seen moms that wear pearls and high heels when cleaning the house. We seen working moms, moms with blended families, single moms, moms that have adopted children, the list goes on.  While TV moms may have started out exemplifying perfection, as the decades went on, TV moms became more in tune with reality. 

“Honestly, there should be a museum for the two of you. It’ll be called the Schmoopie Center for Cuteness and I will be the curator, and people will line up for blocks just to delight in your deliciousness.” Beverly Goldberg

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you ten trivia questions about various TV moms over the decades.  In our fun facts segment, find out why one TV mom really wore pearls and high heeled shoes. It’s not the reason you think. Find out which mom word was not allowed to be said on one classic TV show back in the 50s.  Plus, find out which TV mom actress is younger than than her co-stars that play her adult kids.  Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode. 

“We are very fortunate to have the children, Cliff. Otherwise we would never know the joy of leaving them at home.” Clair Huxtable

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 47 – TV Moms

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. This week, we’re going to talk about TV moms. Over the decades, we’ve seen quite the variety of moms that go anywhere from moms that wear pearls and high heels while cleaning, to working moms, to moms with blended families, single moms, moms that have adopted children, the list goes on.

[00:00:37] While TV moms may have started out exemplifying perfection, as the decades went on, TV moms became more lined up with reality. Whether or not we like the TV moms on the list this week, each one probably speaks to someone. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 trivia questions about various [00:01:00] TV moms over the decades.

[00:01:02] After I ask you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out why one TV mom really wore pearls and high heeled shoes. It’s not the reason you think. Find out which mom word was not allowed to be said on one classic TV show back in the fifties. Plus find out which actress that plays a TV mom now is actually younger than her co-stars that play her adult children. Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode. Are you ready?

[00:01:41] Let’s start with question one. I live in the 1950s. I have two sons and I’m happily married. I’m dedicated to my family and you’ll often see me wearing pearls and high heels while cleaning the house. My youngest son often gets himself in [00:02:00] trouble but we always work it out in the end with a good lesson to be learned. Who am I?

[00:02:07] Question two. I live in the 1950s and my husband is a musician. When I told him I was pregnant, I did it with a note during one of his concerts. We named our son after my husband. Who am I?

[00:02:25] Question three. You saw me on TV in the eighties and early nineties. My doctor husband and I have five kids. We live in Brooklyn, New York. I am an attorney. Who am I?

[00:02:41] Question four. You saw me on TV in the seventies. I am the mom of a blended family. I have six kids, three are boys and three are girls. I don’t know how I’d make it without our live in maid. Who am I?

[00:03:00] [00:03:00] Question five. I’m on a show that premiered in 2016 and the show is still on the air. I am the mom to three children referred to as “The Big Three.”.

[00:03:15] Question six. I was on TV in the early 2000’s. I am a single mother to a teenage daughter who is very intelligent. She often acts more grown up than I do. Later in the show she ends up going to an Ivy League university. Who am I?

[00:03:34] Question seven. The show I was on started in the 2000’s and is still airing new episodes. I am the mom to three kids and I will do whatever it takes for them, even if it means showing up at their school in my flashy sweaters, trying to solve their problems even when they don’t want me to. Who am I?

[00:03:58] Question [00:04:00] eight. I was on TV in the early 2000’s and by the end of the series, I have five children, none of which I can really handle. To help pay the bills I work at a drug store. Our house is a huge mess and it doesn’t look like anyone has ever taken care of our yard. Honestly, I don’t care. I’m just trying to get by. Who am I?

[00:04:25] Question nine. My show was first on TV in the late eighties. I’m part of a very blue collar family and have quite the mouth on me. I’m loud, obnoxious, sloppy and I yell at my kids quite a bit. Who am I?

[00:04:43] Question 10. I was on a show in the mid 2000’s. My family is upper middle class and I am bi-racial. My husband is African-American. I am an anesthesiologist. Who am I?

[00:05:00] [00:05:00] Well, those were our 10 questions about TV moms. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. I live in the 1950s, have two sons and I’m happily married. I’m dedicated to my family and you’ll often see me wearing pearls and high heels while cleaning the house. My youngest son often gets himself in trouble but we always work it out in the end with a good lesson to be learned. Who am I?

[00:05:30] I am June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver. Leave it to Beaver debuted in October of 1957. TV mom June Cleaver was played by actress Barbara Billingsley. Those of us that didn’t grow up in the fifties wondered, did moms really wear pearls every day? Surely moms didn’t really clean the house and cook in high-heeled shoes. Well in an interview with The Archive of American Television, [00:06:00] Barbara Billingsley explains why she wore pearls and high heel shoes. She said that she has a hollow in her neck and she wore the pearls to hide it.

[00:06:10] In an interview with The Washington Post, she said, “In those days, cameras and the film weren’t as good as they are today so I used to wear different kinds of jewelry around my neck to hide that spot. So no matter what I was doing, cleaning, cooking, or answering the phone, I had those darn pearls on.” And the high heel shoes? Well she wore those because the boys grew and the producers didn’t want her to be shorter than the kids. In that same Washington Post article, she said, “The high heels also had a reason. In the beginning of the series, I wore flat shoes, but then Wally and the Beaver began to get taller. That’s why they put me in heels. The producers wanted me to be as tall or taller than the kids. Sometimes I would stand on the stairs [00:07:00] for a scene so I could have some more height.”

[00:07:03] In a 1997 TV Guide Magazine interview, Barbara Billingsley described her character as “The ideal TV mother.” She said, “Some people think she was week-ish, but I don’t. She was the love in that family. She set a good example for what a wife could be.” And here’s something interesting about the night that Leave it to Beaver premiered. According to Metv.com “As Leave it to Beaver was premiering on CBS on October 4th, 1957, the Soviet Union was celebrating the launch of its Sputnik 1 satellite.”

[00:07:41] Question two. I live in the 1950s and my husband is a musician. When I told him I was pregnant, I did it with a note during one of his concerts. We named our son after my husband. Who am I? I am Lucy Ricardo from [00:08:00] I Love Lucy.

[00:08:01] Lucille Ball had the role of TV mom Lucy Ricardo. Lucy’s real life husband Desi Arnaz played her TV husband, Ricky Ricardo. Would you believe that when the show was on the air, the censors would not let them use the word “pregnant.” Lucy and Ricky couldn’t even sleep in the same bed. It all started when they shot the premiere of the show.

[00:08:26] Lucille Ball was actually pregnant with their first child, Lucy Arnaz. While you can tell that she’s pregnant in the show, there is no mention of it in the storyline. During the second season, Lucille Ball becomes pregnant again and this time they wrote it into the storyline of the show. A USA Today article says, “In a TV fantasy world, Lucy Ricardo’s pregnancy prompted by the real life pregnancy of Lucille Ball, was a major risk. The plot worried [00:09:00] CBS, which was afraid viewers might pause to consider how Lucy got pregnant, a thought process the twin beds were designed to circumvent. But the show was allowed to proceed with one stipulation. The word “pregnant” was never uttered. Lucy was “expecting.” When those expectations were fulfilled and Lucy gave birth, the show’s ratings hit their peak and a major barrier between TV and the real world collapsed.”

[00:09:33] According to The Huffington Post, “When Little Ricky was born on I love Lucy on January 19th, 1953, coinciding with Ball’s real life delivery of Desi Arnaz Jr. via scheduled Caesarean section, more than 44 million viewers tuned in.”

[00:09:52] Question three. You saw me on TV in the eighties and early nineties. My doctor husband and [00:10:00] I have five kids. We live in Brooklyn, New York and I am an attorney. Who am I? I am Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show. Actress Phylicia Rashad had the role of TV mom Clair Huxtable. Not only is she the wife of her physician husband, she is the mother of five children and an attorney.

[00:10:23] She showed how a woman could be both a mom and have a career outside the home. She was able to get it all done without outside help. During the third season of the show, Phylicia Rashad  became pregnant in real life. The producers didn’t want to add another child to the Huxtable family so they had to get creative, hiding her growing belly. People Magazine told us one way that they did it. The article says, “The most clever was having Rashad fall ill and hollowing out a piece of mattress so that she could lie in the bed without showing her growing [00:11:00] belly.” Other ways they hid her belly were by one time having her hold a huge teddy bear while sitting on the couch or having her stand somewhere strategically placed so that her stomach wouldn’t show.

[00:11:13] Question four. You saw me on TV in the seventies. I am the mom of a blended family. I have six kids, three are boys and three are girls. I don’t know how I’d make it without our live in maid. Who am I? Well, I am Carol Brady of The Brady Bunch. Actress Florence Henderson had the role of TV mom Carol Brady. Carol Brady was more of a progressive mom when it came to classic TV moms. In a People Magazine article, she discusses how when producers wanted her to do something she may not agree with, she’d often have to put her foot down.

[00:11:51] The article says, “She insisted Carol was painted as a relatable character for young mothers out there and pushed for [00:12:00] progressive scenes not often seen on television.” The article quotes Henderson as saying, “For instance, I would never wear an apron,” she said. “They tried to make me wear an apron.”

[00:12:12] Florence Henderson has said that she used to beg the producers to give her character a job. It wasn’t until a reunion show that she finally had one. She was a realtor.

[00:12:24] Question five. I’m on a show that premiered in 2016 and the show is still on the air. I am the mom to three children referred to as “The big three.”

[00:12:39] I am Rebecca Pearson from This Is Us. Actress Mandy Moore plays Rebecca Pearson. In This Is Us, Mandy Moore’s character Rebecca takes on a myriad of parenting topics that range from the pregnancy of triplets, stillbirth, multiracial adoption, the death of a [00:13:00] spouse, single motherhood, and so on. We get to see Rebecca being a mother for decades.

[00:13:06] Here’s a fun fact that you may not have known about Mandy Moore. Did you know that she’s the youngest of her co-stars? All of the adults that play her children in the series are older than her in real life. The hair and makeup crew do a great job of taking her through all the age transitions on the show which have been from the twenties to the sixties.

[00:13:30] For her older age, it takes three and a half hours in the makeup chair for her to make the transition to older mom and grandmother.

[00:13:39] Question six. I was on TV in the early 2000’s. I am a single mother to a teenage daughter who is very intelligent. She often acts more grown up than I do. Later in the show she ends up going to an Ivy League university. Who am I? I am Lorelai [00:14:00] Gilmore on the Gilmore girls. Actress Lauren Graham plays mother Lorelai Gilmore. Because she had her daughter Rory at the young age of 16, the two’s relationship was often more of sisters or friends rather than mother daughter. The mother daughter duo was so popular that the two even made it onto Entertainment Weekly’s list of The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years.

[00:14:27] When the show was over, Lauren Graham found out in the strangest of ways. In an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, she said, “We shot the last episode and we had no idea. There was some back and forth about what was going to happen. I was in a restaurant and I had turned off my phone. So the waiter comes to the table and he was like, “Are you Lauren Graham?” And I was like, “yes.” He goes, “Your agents on the phone.” I thought I was in a forties movie or something. I was walking to the house [00:15:00] phone and I was like, “Hello.” And he goes, “It’s canceled.” and that’s how I found out it was the end.”

[00:15:08] Question seven. The show I was on started in the 2000’s and is still airing new episodes. I am the mom to three kids and I will do whatever it takes for them, even if it means showing up at their school in my flashy sweaters, trying to solve their problems, even when they don’t want me to. Who am I? Well, I am Beverly Goldberg of the Goldbergs. Actress Wendy McLendon-Covey has the role of the ultimate eighties TV mom Beverly Goldberg. She’s over-protective, manipulative and often embarrasses as her kids, but she does it all in love. When talking to her kids, she’s known to address them as “schmoopie.”

[00:15:53] She asks them for “huggies” and “nubbies.” In real life. Wendy doesn’t have any children. [00:16:00] An article on Bustle says, “Though McLendon-Covey doesn’t have children of her own, she says of Beverly’s parenting style, “I wouldn’t be any different. I would be just as annoying cause you know, it all comes from love.” But doesn’t mean her time as the ultimate mom on the Goldbergs has influenced her in real life. “It’s fun to play, but it also makes me think, yeah, I made the right decision not having kids. This is exhausting,” she says.

[00:16:31] One of the coolest things about this series is that it is based on the real life of series creator Adam F. Goldberg. One thing the character Beverly Goldberg is known for is her over the top themed sweaters that you can see her wear on each episode. Many of those sweaters actually belong to the real life Beverly Goldberg, Adam’s mother. Costume designer Keri Smith gets the fun job of dressing the over the [00:17:00] top TV Beverly. A Chicago Sun Times article says, “When the show first aired in 2013, the real Beverly shipped boxes of sweaters and accessories she’d saved for decades, to Smith. Many have made appearances on the show.” You can even find the real Beverly Goldberg on Twitter sharing her real life Beverly Goldberg moments.

[00:17:26] Question eight. I was on TV in the early 2000’s and by the end of the series, I have five children, none of which I can really handle. To help pay the bills, I work at a drug store. Our house is a huge mess and it doesn’t look like anyone has ever taken care of our yard. Honestly, I don’t care. I’m just trying to get by. Who am I? Well, I am Lois from Malcolm in the Middle. Actress Jane Kaczmarek has the role of Lois. Lois is far from [00:18:00] the perfect TV mom. Some might even call her unconventional.

[00:18:04] However, it’s not all Lois’ fault. She has some wild kids that really make her job as a mom difficult. But in the end, the kids always get caught and Lois wins. When Malcolm in the Middle first came out, the Orlando Sentinel did an article about the show and said this about Lois. “She not only altered our perceptions of the perfect television family, but redefined the role of the sainted television mom as well.”

[00:18:36] When asked about TV moms, they quote her saying, “The TV mom I identify most with is Donna Reed, because I grew up in that era. What I really like about Lois is that she has depth. Mothers on television tend to not grow, they tend to be kind of wise, nodding, influencing kind of funny moms. Lois isn’t that. She yells and is [00:19:00] kind of the mouthpiece for the family. She’s just kind of normal.”

[00:19:04] Regardless of all the chaos that goes on in her household, Lois loves her kids. During the first season of the show Kaczmarek was pregnant and she had to hide her pregnant belly. She told TV Guide Online, “If you check out the shows, you can see me indulging in the fine art of keeping my tummy off camera.”

[00:19:26] She told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she was forced to hide behind chairs, frying pans, and refrigerator doors. She was also pregnant for a second time on the show in real life. Jane Kaczmarek has been nominated for multiple awards for her portrayal of Lois.

[00:19:45] Question nine. My show was first on TV in the late eighties. I’m part of a very blue collar family and I have quite the mouth on me. I’m loud, obnoxious, sloppy, and I yell at my kids quite a [00:20:00] bit. Who am I? I am Roseanne Conner on the show Roseanne. Actress Roseanne Barr plays TV mom Roseanne Conner, mom to four kids. The show centers around a lot of family dysfunction.

[00:20:15] However, the show addresses a broad range of issues that you may not see other TV mom’s take on. Judine Mayerle, professor of television at Marquette University and author of a 1991 essay on Roseanne in the Journal of Popular Culture, said this about the series. “It has broken new ground on the prime-time television stage where the players can never be too rich or too thin, where children and relatives are charming. It has given us instead, characters who are just getting by financially, who are overweight and not concerned about dieting and exercise, whose children and relatives are not always pleasant.”

[00:20:57] A 1997 Baltimore [00:21:00] Sun article quotes Sheri Parks, an associate dean and professor who teaches courses in television at the University of Maryland saying, “It was the first show I ever saw where people were talking about bills and wondering how they were going to pay them. Bills are not something TV families talked about.”

[00:21:20] Roseanne Barr won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of TV mom Roseanne.

[00:21:27] And question 10. I was on a show in the mid 2000’s. My family is upper middle class and I am bi-racial. My husband is African-American. I am an anesthesiologist. Who am I? I am Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson from the TV show Black-ish. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross plays TV mom Bow Johnson, mother of five children. Not only is she an anesthesiologist, the [00:22:00] Detroit News describes her as “A mom of five, struggling to provide a sense of cultural identity for their kids as the only black family on their upper middle-class Los Angeles block.”

[00:22:14] Essence calls her “The perfectly imperfect TV wife and working mom.” In the series when she is pregnant with her fifth child, Ross had to wear a prosthetic bump which was actually quite heavy. Heavy enough that she ended up at a chiropractor with neck pain. In the season three finale, the show branched out and went where most TV shows don’t go when it comes to pregnancy. 40 year old Bow was experiencing dangerously high blood pressure caused by preeclampsia and two months before her due date, she had to have an emergency C-section.

[00:22:53] An article on Refinery29 says, “On TV, pregnancy is often idealized and [00:23:00] treated like an experience that everyone goes through in the same way. It almost always ends in an overdramatized, but complication-free delivery scene with a healthy (and usually three months too old) baby to show for it. While it may not be a common scenario to see on a family comedy, life-threatening complications during pregnancy can and do happen.”

[00:23:25] And speaking of moms, here’s a fun fact about actress Tracee Ellis Ross. Her mom in real life is none other than singer Diana Ross. Tracee Ellis Ross has won multiple awards for her role on the series.

[00:23:41] Well, that was a look at just 10 TV moms. Each of those TV moms has a unique trait that makes them special to some TV fan out there. As we close out this episode, I’d like to wish all of the moms, a Happy Mother’s Day, including my own.

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That’s What She Said

Do you remember which television series the line “That’s what she said” comes from? That line is one of the quotes in this week’s Midweek TV Quotes episode of Trivia Rewind.

Here’s how this episode works. I’ll give you five quotes from TV shows.  After the quotes, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts.  You’ll find out which actress bought an oceanfront home in Malibu at the young age of 11 years old.  And one of the shows we’re talking about was nominated for 62 Emmy awards.  One actor from that show had his first gig in a ketchup commercial. I won’t give away who so don’t watch this commercial until after you listen to the episode.

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Trivia Rewind – Midweek TV Quotes

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hey there. This is Debi Jenkins, your host of Trivia Rewind. It’s time for another bonus episode of Midweek TV Quotes. Here’s how it works. I’ll give you five quotes from TV shows. After the quotes, you’ll get some fun facts. This week, you’ll find out which actress bought an oceanfront home in Malibu at the young age of 11 years old. And one of the shows we’re talking about was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards. Are you ready to play?

Debi Jenkins 0:39
Here’s quote one. “How you doin’?”

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Quote two. “The truth is out there.”

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Quote three “You got it dude!”

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Quote four. “Marsha, Marsha Marsha.”

Debi Jenkins 0:58
And quote five. “That’s what she said.”

Debi Jenkins 1:02
Those are our quotes. Let’s go back, review, get the answers and fun facts.

Debi Jenkins 1:08
Quote one. “How you doin’? “This quote comes from this sitcom Friends and is said by Joey Tribbiani played by actor Matt LeBlanc. In over 10 seasons and 236 episodes, Joey said this line less than 20 times. The first time he said it was halfway through season four. Matt LeBlanc was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his role as Joey on Friends. In high school and then into trade school, LeBlanc studied carpentry with plans of becoming a carpenter but his dreams turned to acting. His first acting gig was in a Heinz ketchup commercial. I’ll put the link to this commercial on the Trivia Rewind website if you’d like to see Matt LeBlanc trying to sell ketchup. Friends was on for 10 seasons and was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards. Fans will be happy to know that a Friends reunion special is in the works with HBO Max. It was supposed to shoot earlier this year but the Covid pandemic stopped that from happening. The special will bring all six of the cast members back together for the first time since Friends wrapped in 2004.

Debi Jenkins 2:29
Quote two. “The truth is out there.” This quote comes from the show The X-Files and is said by FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder played by actor David Duchovny. David Duchovny has quite the education to brag about. He graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. He then received a Master of Arts degree in English literature from Yale University. He was working on his doctoral degree when he decided to go full time with his acting career. He is the author of several books and is a New York Times best selling author. In the year 2000, David Duchovny was the first celebrity to appear on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Celebrity Edition.

Debi Jenkins 3:20
Quote three. “You got it dude!” This quote is said by Michelle Tanner on the sitcom Full House. Michelle Tanner was played by two people, twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Due to child labor laws, the show used the twins who could take turns doing the role of Michelle. When Mary Kate and Ashley were nine months old, they started their role on Full House. Fans got to watch them grow for eight seasons of the show. When it came time for college, the duo attended NYU. After a year and a half Mary Kate dropped out. Ashley only had a year and a half left before she was set to graduate when she dropped out. The two have made the news in recent years for their smoking habit. The magazine In Touch Weekly has an entire article devoted to their chain smoking. Not the way we want a picture Michelle Tanner that’s for sure. The two jointly own their own company called Dual Star. And here’s something you wouldn’t expect. The last I heard they don’t have social media. In 2016 Netflix released a sequel series called Fuller House and most of the original actors are back except for Mary Kate and Ashley.

Debi Jenkins 4:40
Quote four. “Marsha Marsha Marsha.” Well this one should be super easy. It’s said by Jan Brady on the Brady Bunch. Actress Eve Plumb plays the role of Jan. This line from the Brady Bunch is iconic, but did you know it was only said one time during the series run? The line was said in season 3 episode 10 in the episode titled My Sister’s Shadow. In the 1995 Brady Bunch movie, Jan uses this line multiple times. Actress Eve Plumb started her career at age six. Here’s something you don’t hear every day. At the age of eleven, Eve Plumb (with the help of her parents) bought her first home, an oceanfront property in Malibu, California. And talk about a good investment. When she purchased the house in 1969 it was just over $55,000. In 2016, she sold it for $3.9 million. For the past few decades, Eve Plumb has been a painter with her work being shown in galleries. She also occasionally has small roles on television shows.

Debi Jenkins 5:59
And quote five. “That’s what she said.” This quote was said by character Michael Scott on The Office. Michael Scott is played by actor Steve Carell. Life Magazine once named Steve Carell America’s Funniest Man. Before getting into acting, Carell went to college and got a degree in history. He even considered law school. Like a lot of people he felt he owed it to his parents to have a serious career. In an NJ.com interview he said that his parents sat him down and said, “look, you need to do what makes you happy.” He then started off on his acting career and the rest is history. Bob Odenkirk the star of Better Call Saul was almost cast to play Michael Scott. While the roll went to Steve Carell, Odenkirk did have a guest role in the last season of the show. Remember Michael Scott’s realtor girlfriend Carol? Well, the actress is Nancy Carell, Steve Carell’s real wife. They have been married since 1995. Currently you can see Steve Carell on Netflix in the series Space Force. He also has a series on Apple TV+ called The Morning Show and stars alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Debi Jenkins 7:20
Well that’s it for this week’s Midweek TV Quotes. I hope you had fun and learned something new. Please subscribe and leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. And visit us online at triviarewind.com where you’ll find links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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1980s TV Show Trivia

This week we are going back to the 1980’s. There are so many great television series that aired during the 80s and we’ll talk about ten this week. One of the shows we’ll talk about was listed as the top television show of all time by TV guide. And during this decade one actor was given the Guinness book of worlds records title of THE most watched man on television of all time. So let’s rewind a few decades and see what you remember! I’ll give you ten questions, the answers and then some fun facts about each show!

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – 1980s TV Show Trivia

[00:00:00]Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners, Debi here. This week, we are going back to the 1980s. There are so many great television series that aired during the eighties, and we’ll talk about ten this week. One of the shows we’ll talk about was listed as the top television show of all time by TV Guide. And during this decade one actor was given the Guinness Book of World’s Records title of The Most Watched Man on Television of all Time. So let’s rewind a few decades and see what you remember. Here’s a quick review of how Trivia Rewind works.  I’ll read you 10 questions, then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers as well as a few fun facts about each show. Are you ready? Let’s play. 

[00:00:54] Question one. Which 1986 TV series featured an alien from the [00:01:00] planet Melmac?  Question two.  The series Chips was about two California motorcycle cops who were partners. What were their names? Question three.  What 1982 series featured an artificially intelligent black car named KITT and what was KITT an acronym for?  Question four. In season two of Full House, what is the name of the morning show that character Danny Tanner co-hosts? Question five. In the series Cheers, what is the name of the character that sits in the same seat at the bar every day. And when he enters the bar, what does everyone say?

[00:01:51] Question six. In the series, Family Ties, what is the name of the [00:02:00] character played by Michael J.  Fox? Question seven.  In  the show, Growing Pains,  what is the name of Mike’s honors student sister? Question eight. In the sitcom Family Matters. what is the name of the Winslow’s nerdy neighbor? Question nine. The long running sitcom Seinfeld is described as a show about what?

[00:02:32] And for a bonus question, what is the name of Jerry’s neighbor with the trademark hairdo? And question 10. In the hit comedy, The Golden Girls, what were the names of the four characters that shared a house in Miami? And for an extra question, what dessert did those girls love to eat?

[00:02:59] Well, [00:03:00] those are our 10 questions. Let’s go back and review and I’ll give you the answers and fun facts. Question one. Which 1986 TV series featured an alien from the planet Melmac? That was ALF and ALF is the acronym for Alien Life Form. Here’s a fun fact.  In early episodes of the series you see ALF drinking alcohol. Well, NBC put the brakes on that because they wanted the show to be more family friendly.

[00:03:32] And here’s a cool fact. All of the episode titles are song titles, such as Wild Thing, and Come Fly with Me. How fun to be the person that got to pick a song title for each of the nearly 100 episodes of the series.

[00:03:48]Question two.  The series CHiPS was about to California motorcycle cops who were partners. What were their names?

[00:03:57] Well, their names were Ponch [00:04:00] and John. Ponch had the reputation of being a troublemaker and John was more straight-laced. During the filming of the series there was a lot of tension between the two actors. Their names were Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox. In season five, Erik Estrada, the actor that played Ponch, he went on strike over a monetary dispute and he was temporarily replaced by Bruce Jenner. In an ABC news interview

[00:04:27] Erik Estrada said that Ponch and John never drew their guns on the show. Why? Because of the time of day it was on. Many families watch TV during this time slot. When the show started, Erik Estrada had never written a motorcycle before. And here’s a hard fact to stomach. Erik Estrada turned 71 years old in 2020.

[00:04:53] Question three. What 1982 series featured an artificially intelligent black [00:05:00] car named KITT and what was KITT an acronym for? That show was Knight Rider. And KITT stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand. Here’s something you probably have no idea about .The Guinness Book of World ‘s Records gave star David Hasselhoff  the honor of being named The Most Watched Man on Television of all time. His two most popular roles were on Knight Rider and Baywatch.

[00:05:29] And speaking of KITT, KITT was a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans am. I bet you didn’t know that the voice of KITT was provided by actor William Daniels who played Mr. Feeney on Boy Meets World. I thought that was a pretty cool fact.

[00:05:48] Question four. In season two of Full House, what is the name of the morning show that character Danny Tanner co-hosts? The answer is Wake [00:06:00] Up San Francisco and his co-host was Rebecca Donaldson. Here’s a fun fact. The family’s dog in this series named Comet,  well, that was also Buddy in the original Air Bud movie.  And John Stamos, the actor who played Uncle Jesse, well, he has performed on tour with the Beach Boys. He can even be seen in their Kokomo music video.

[00:06:25] Question five. In the series Cheers, what is the name of the character that sits in the same seat at the bar every day? And when he enters the bar, what does everyone say? Well, that character is Norm Peterson played by actor George Wendt. Whenever he would enter the bar, everyone would yell “Norm!” Well, almost everyone. The barmaid Diane would call him Norman. Did you know that Norm is actually his middle name. His official first name was [00:07:00] Hillary, the same name of his grandfather. Have you ever wondered if Norm was drinking real beer? Well in a Fox News article, it mentions that he wasn’t drinking real beer, but instead something called Near Beer. It did have 3% alcohol.

[00:07:18]Well, not everything starts off on a high note.  The first week that Cheers debuted, it came in last in the Nielsen ratings. Because of this, the series was almost cancelled. It ended up running from 1982 to 1993 and in its last season, it placed first in the ratings and everyone knew its name. Ted Danson, the actor that played Sam Malone actually went to bartending school to prepare for his role as bartender in the show. The show’s creators did their part too. They visited bars to listen to conversations of bar patrons. Some of that dialogue was [00:08:00] actually used in the show’s scripts.

[00:08:03] Question six. In the series, Family Ties, what is the name of the character played by Michael J. Fox? The character’s name is Alex P Keaton.  In the series Alex was a staunch Republican while his parents were liberal ex-hippies.  For  his role Michael J. Fox won three Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Speaking of Alex, Matthew Broderick could have had the role of Alex, but he didn’t want to move to California. Family Ties was so popular that President Ronald Reagan once said that it was his favorite show. Maybe it had something to do with Alex being a Reagan Republican.

[00:08:50] Question seven. In the show Growing Pains, what is the name of Mike’s honors student sister? Well, her name is [00:09:00] Carol and she was played by actress Tracey Gold. Here’s a fun fact. Tracey Gold and Kirk Cameron, the actor that played Mike, had actually worked together once before.  They were in a McDonald’s commercial and in the commercial, they played brother and sister.

[00:09:18] Speaking of brother and sister, you probably already know this, but Kirk Cameron is the real life brother to Full House actress, Candace Cameron. The theme song titled As Long As We Got Each Other was so popular that in 1989, it made it to number seven on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

[00:09:41] And here’s kind of a gross fun fact. In an ABC interview, Alan Thicke, the actor who played Mike’s father. Well, he said that before each episode, the cast had a ritual where they’d stick their chewed up piece of gum in a pile. By the end of the series, that pile of gum [00:10:00] weighed 11 pounds. Now that is gross.

[00:10:03]Question eight. In the sitcom Family Matters, what is the name of the Winslow’s nerdy neighbor? Well, his name was Urkel and he was played by actor Jaleel White. The nerdy Urkel was cast to be a one-time character, but as you know, he ended up with a full time role on the series. The popularity of the character caused some division on the set between Jaleel White and the other cast members. Did you know that Family Matters was a spinoff from the series  Perfect Strangers?

[00:10:38] Question nine.  The long running sitcom Seinfeld is described as a show about what? And for a bonus question, what is the name of Jerry’s neighbor with the trademark hair? Well, Seinfeld is described as a show about nothing and Jerry’s neighbor is [00:11:00] Cosmo Kramer played by actor Michael Richards.

[00:11:03] Here are a few fun facts about the show. When Steven Spielberg was in Poland filming Schindler’s List, he would watch episodes of Seinfeld to help pull him out of the depression he often felt. And remember the episode with the puffy pirate shirt? Well, Jerry Seinfeld donated that shirt to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Seinfeld was ranked by TV guide as the best TV show of all time.

[00:11:35] And question 10 . In the hit comedy The Golden Girls, what were the names of the four characters that shared a house in Miami? And for a bonus question, what dessert did they love to eat? Well, these were the four Golden Girls. They were Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia, and they loved cheesecake.

[00:12:00] [00:12:00] Well, how’s this for souvenirs. The actress Rue McClanahan who played Blanche, well, she supposedly got to keep all of the outfits that she wore on the show. It was reported that she had a clause in her contract allowing her to do so. Well lucky her. And speaking of that cheesecake, during the filming of the series, the ladies ate over 100 cheesecakes. In real life, actress Bea Arthur, she’s the one that played Dorothy,  she actually hated cheesecake. So that was no treat for her.

[00:12:35] Well, those are our trivia questions for this week. I hope you enjoyed going back to the eighties. There are so many more shows from the eighties that we can do trivia about. So we’ll do some more on another episode sometime soon.

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