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50th Episode Extravaganza

It’s hard to believe this is the 50th episode of Trivia Rewind. I thought it would be fun for the 50th episode to do something special.  So, I’m going to give you 50, yes 50 trivia questions from the past 50 episodes.  Because there are 50 trivia questions, I’m going to omit the fun facts. But the cool part is, if you want to hear fun facts about the question, all you have to do is go back and listen to the episode the question came from. Below, you will find the transcript to the show. At the end of each question and answer section, I will post which episode you can find the question on.

This is the last episode in Season 1 of Trivia Rewind.  I will be taking a several week hiatus and then I’ll be back with Season 2 of Trivia Rewind where I’ll bring you more television and film trivia and facts. If there’s a topic you’d like to see on Trivia Rewind, email me at triviarewind@gmail.com.   Don’t forget you can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Thanks again for listening!


TRANSCRIPT: Trivia Rewind Episode 50 – 50th Episode Extravaganza

[00:00:00] Hi, welcome to the 50th episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. First off, I need to say thank you to each and every listener. Because of you, I keep writing these episodes each week. I thought it would be fun for the 50th episode to do something special. So I’m going to give you 50, yes 50 trivia questions from the past 50 episodes. 

[00:00:40] Because there are 50 trivia questions, I’m going to omit the fun facts. But the cool part is if you want to hear fun facts about the question, all you have to do is go back and listen to the episode that the question came from. If you visit triviarewind.com, I will post all the questions [00:01:00] and let you know which episode the question came from.

[00:01:03] So here’s how this episode will work. I will read each question one time, pause a few seconds, and then give you the answer. Stick around to the very end and find out about season two of Trivia Rewind. So if you’re ready, let’s get started with question one. In Beverly Hills Cop, what is the name of Eddie Murphy’s character? The answer is Axel Foley.  EPISODE: MOVIE THEMED TRIVIA

[00:01:36] Question two. In 2019, which series, an adaptation of the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series? The answer is Game of Thrones. EPISODE: EMMY AWARD WINNING TV SHOWS

[00:01:55] Question three. In the 1975 movie Jaws, [00:02:00] what was the name of the resort town where the story took place? The answer is Amity Island. EPISODE: STEVEN SPIELBERG MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:02:09] Question four. In the 1995 movie Toy Story, what is the name of the restaurant that Andy and his family go to and which toy does Andy take with him? Well, the name of the restaurant was Pizza Planet and the toy Andy takes with him is Woody.  EPISODE: PIXAR ANIMATION MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:02:30] Question five. In the 2008 movie Iron Man, what is the name of Tony Stark’s AI system and for a bonus challenge, what is it an acronym for? The AI system is named Jarvis and it’s an acronym for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.  EPISODE: MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:02:54] Question six. What movie is this quote from? “I [00:03:00] feel the need, the need for speed.” That quote comes from Tom Cruise’s character Maverick in the hit movie Top Gun.  EPISODE: HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM

[00:03:11] Question seven. What 1982 series featured an artificially intelligent black car named KITT and what was KITT an acronym for? The show was Knight Rider and KITT stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand.  EPISODE: 1980’s TV SHOW TRIVIA

[00:03:33] Question eight. What movie is this quote from? “You gonna eat your tots?” This quote is said by Napoleon in the movie Napoleon Dynamite.  EPISODE: ROADS, WHERE WE’RE GOING WE DON’T NEED ROADS

[00:03:46] Question nine. At the Cobra Kai Dojo in the Karate Kid Film, sensei John Kreese reminds the students they study the Way of the Fist. What is the Way of the [00:04:00] Fist, a phrase the students repeat? That phrase was Strike First. Strike Hard. No Mercy.  EPISODE: THE KARATE KID MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:04:10] Question 10. The TV show All in the Family discussed many controversial topics and the character Archie Bunker was always at odds with his son-in-law nicknamed what? His nickname was Meathead.  EPISODE: 1970’s TV SHOW TRIVIA

[00:04:27] Question 11. What TV show is this quote from? “Friends don’t lie.” That quote is said by the character Eleven on the show Stranger Things. EPISODE: ROADS, WHERE WE’RE GOING WE DON’T NEED ROADS

[00:04:41] Question 12 .In what 1992 movie does character Jimmy Dougan say “There’s no crying in baseball.” Well, that movie was A League of Their Own.  EPISODE: SPORTS MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:04:56] Question 13. What [00:05:00] TV series is this quote from? “The truth is out there.” This quote comes from the show, The X-Files.  EPISODE: THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID

[00:05:10] Question 14. Which Peanuts character was the only one to actually believe in the Great Pumpkin? That was Linus.  EPISODE: IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN Charlie Brown

[00:05:23] Question 15. What movie is this quote from? “Would it be indecent to ask the grandparents to stay at a hotel?” That was said by Audrey Griswold in the 1989 movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  EPISODE: CHRISTMAS TV SPECIALS + CHRISTMAS MOVIE QUOTES

[00:05:42] Question 16. In the 1980s psychological horror film, The Shining, Wendy finds a huge stack of paper where Jack has typed one phrase over and over. What was that phrase? That [00:06:00] phrase was “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  EPISODE: HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:06:06] Question 17. What movie is this quote from? “Remember who you are.” This quote is from the movie The Lion King.  EPISODE: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

[00:06:20] Question 18. What is the name of the 1983 movie that features a super computer known as WOPR that types out the words, “Shall we play a game?” That movie was War Games and WOPR stands for War Operation Plan Response.  EPISODE: 1980’s BRAT PACK MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:06:45] Question 19. Which product used the slogan “Mikey likes it,” when advertising on TV? That slogan goes with Life Cereal.  EPISODE: TV COMMERCIAL TRIVIA

[00:07:00] [00:07:00] Question 20. Which film character said this line? “Don’t everybody thank me at once.” The person that said that was Han Solo.  EPISODE: USE THE FORCE, LUKE

[00:07:13] Question 21. In the 1999 film Big Daddy, Adam Sandler’s character Sonny Kofax works one day a week doing what? He is a toll booth attendant.  EPISODE: ADAM SANDLER MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:07:29] Question 22. In the 1966 animated TV special Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the Grinch’s dog? Well, his dog’s name was Max.  EPISODE: CHRISTMAS TV SPECIALS + CHRISTMAS MOVIE QUOTES

[00:07:45] Question 23. In the film Elf, what is the name of the department store where Buddy gets a job? That department store was Gimbels. EPISODE: ELF MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:08:00] [00:07:59] Question 24. In the film It’s a Wonderful Life, what is the name of the town where the story takes place? It takes place in Bedford Falls, New York.  EPISODE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

[00:08:14] Question 25. In Die Hard, what does John McClain write on his arm? He writes the names of the terrorists. EPISODE: IS DIE HARD A CHRISTMAS MOVIE?

[00:08:26] Question 26. “My neighbors are mad at me because I won’t put the plastic Frosty on our roof. My wife feels like she has to hide in our house because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it. Why am I being so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition? What movie am I in? Well, that movie was Christmas With the Kranks.  EPISODE: NAME THE CHRISTMAS MOVIE

[00:08:51] Question 27. In Back to the Future, what is the name of the town where Marty McFly lives? [00:09:00] Well, the town he lives in is called Hill Valley.  EPISODE: BACK TO THE FUTURE

[00:09:05] Question 28. In E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, what is the name of Elliott’s sister? Her name is Gertie. EPISODE: E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

[00:09:20] Question 29. In the 2013 film Monsters University, what is the name of the fraternity that Mike and Sully reluctantly join? That fraternity was Oozma Kappa.  EPISODE: DISNEY PIXAR ANIMATION MOVIE TRIVIA PART 2

[00:09:37] Question 30. What is the name of the dog on the classic TV series, The Brady bunch? His name was Tiger.  EPISODE: FAMOUS TV PETS

[00:09:48] Question 31. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic western film The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what [00:10:00] book? He is carrying the last remaining copy of the Bible.  EPISODE: DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIES

[00:10:06] Question 32. In the series, the Mandalorian, what is the birth name of the character known as the Mandalorian? His name is Din Djarin.  EPISODE: THE MANDALORIAN – Star Wars AND BABY YODA

[00:10:21] Question 33. Which product uses the slogan “Can you hear me now,” when advertising on television? That line comes from a 2001 Verizon advertising campaign. EPISODE: SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS AND ADVERTISING SLOGANS

[00:10:37] Question 34. In the eighties cartoon Inspector Gadget, who leads the criminal organization that Inspector Gadget tries to stop? Well, that bad guy’s name is Dr. Claw.  EPISODE: CARTOONS OF THE 1980’s

[00:10:54] Question 35. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was [00:11:00] the name of Betty White’s character? Her character was Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker.  EPISODE: BETTY WHITE

[00:11:10] Question 36. In what 2008 film does Jeremy Renner play Sergeant first-class William James, the new team leader for a U.S. Army explosive ordinance disposal unit in the Iraq war? That film was The Hurt Locker.  EPISODE: BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS 1990’s – 2010’s

[00:11:31] Question 37. In season three of The Brady Bunch, Marsha is the president of her school’s fan club for which musician? That was for Davy Jones.  EPISODE: THE BRADY BUNCH

[00:11:47] Question 38. On The Love Boat, a series that started in the 1970s, what was the name of the ship’s bartender? That popular [00:12:00] bartender was Isaac Washington. EPISODE: TV RERUNS – SHOWS FROM THE 50’s – 90’s

[00:12:03] Question 39. In The Sound of Music, when Nazi troops catch the Von Trapps pushing their car away from the house in the dark of night, where does Captain Von Trapp say they are going? He said they’re on their way to perform in the Salzburg Festival.  EPISODE: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

[00:12:24] Question 40. What is the name of the police show from the 1970s that focused on two detectives that had a bright red Ford Gran Torino with two white vector stripes on the sides? The name of that series was Starsky and Hutch.  EPISODE: TV COP SHOWS

[00:12:44] Question 41. In what 1988 film would you find the character Raymond Babbitt? That film was Rain Man.  EPISODE: OSCAR WORTHY FILM CHARACTERS

[00:12:58] Question [00:13:00] 42. On the TV series Little House on the Prairie, what is the name of the man that Laura married? His name was Almonzo Wilder.  EPISODE: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE

[00:13:12] Question 43. I’m on a show that premiered in 2016 and the show is still on the air. I’m the mom to three kids referred to as the big three. I am Rebecca Pearson from This Is Us.  EPISODE: TV MOMS

[00:13:31] Question 44. On the TV series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, what was the name of the framed device that Mister Rogers could project videos or slides through when he wanted to show us a video or film about how things were made? That was called Picture Picture.  EPISODE: MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD

[00:13:52] Question 45. Not only is this actor well known, so is his father. This actor has [00:14:00] appeared in a lot of movies, one of which was Major League. On TV he appeared on a sitcom that aired for 12 seasons where he starred alongside Jon Cryer. What is the actor’s name? The actor is Charlie Sheen. EPISODE: ATHLETES TURNED ACTOR

[00:14:18] Question 46. In the movie Psycho, what is the name of the motel that Janet Leigh’s character arrives at to stay the night? That was the Bates Motel.  EPISODE: MOVIE THEMED TRIVIA

[00:14:33] Question 47. What is the name of Steven Spielberg’s production company, the same name of the 1968 movie that he wrote and directed. The name of his company is Amblin Entertainment and the name of the 1968 movie was Amblin.  EPISODE: STEVEN SPIELBERG MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:14:54] Question 48. In the 2003 movie Finding [00:15:00] Nemo, what is the name of Nemo’s over-protective father? His father’s name was Marlin.  EPISODE: PIXAR ANIMATION MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:15:09] Question 49. In the Marvel film Thor, thanks to a worm-hole in what U S state does Thor find himself? That was in New Mexico.  EPISODE: MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:15:25] And question 50. In the series Family Ties, what is the name of the character played by Michael J. Fox? That character was Alex P. Keaton.  EPISODE: TV SHOWS FROM THE 1980’s

[00:15:41] Well, you made it through all 50 questions. Each of those questions came from a previous episode of Trivia Rewind. If you haven’t listened to all 50 episodes, I hope you’ll go take a look at our list of episodes and catch up on some of the ones you may have missed.

[00:15:58] This is the last [00:16:00] episode in Season One of Trivia Rewind. I’m going to be taking a several week hiatus and then I’ll be back with Season Two of Trivia Rewind where I will bring you more television and film trivia and fun facts. If there’s a topic you’d like to see on Trivia Rewind, just email me at triviarewind@gmail.com. Don’t forget that you can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and at triviarewind.com. Don’t forget that on TriviaRewind.com. I will post a list of the questions from this episode so that you know which episodes you can go back and visit if you want to hear fun facts from that question.

[00:16:44] Thank you again for listening and for supporting Trivia Rewind for these past 50 episodes. Have a great week. [00:17:00] 

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are. -Mister Rogers

From 1968-2001, Mister Rogers put on his cable knit cardigan, changed into his sneakers and calmly reassured us that it was such a good feeling to know we’re alive.  For 31 seasons, he was a master at Children’s programming.  

Born in 1928, Fred Rogers spent the first 11 years of his life as an only child until his parents adopted a little girl. Growing up, Fred led a quiet life playing with puppets and making music. Part of his childhood was difficult. According to FredRogersCenter.org, “He was overweight, somewhat shy, and introverted. Fred was sometimes homebound because of his childhood asthma, even kept inside in air-conditioning during the worst air congestion of the summer months.“

Fred spent a lot of time with his maternal grandfather who gave him great guidance and built his self esteem.  FredRogersCenter.org says “Fred’s own sense of loneliness and self-doubt taught him to be aware of the insecurities and needs of small children. What he learned about himself and life as a child—much of it from his loving grandfather—prepared him to help millions of young children later.” Things did start looking up for Fred.   Once in high school, he had more confidence. He was a good student and an accomplished musician. His popularity even grew grew and he was elected president of the student council in his senior year.

After graduating from high school, Fred spent a year at Dartmouth College before transferring to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he graduated with a degree in music composition.  It was there that he met Sara Joanne Byrd, the lady that would become his wife.  According to WQED.ORG, “Rogers was preparing to enter seminary school after graduation when he saw television for the first time in his parents’ home. He decided to pursue a career in the medium in order to improve it.”  The children’s television programming that Fred saw, he found appalling. He thought it was too simple minded and knew that there was potential for giving children something better and he was right.  While working in television, Rogers was also working on his seminary degree. He would take seminary courses during his lunch hour.  Fred Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister where he had the unique charge of serving children and families through television.

Fred Rogers was a pioneer in children’s television and a champion for children everywhere. Through the television, he was able to walk alongside children during some of history’s most traumatic events including the 1968 assassinations of both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the 1970s Iran Hostage crisis and the 1980s Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. 

The last episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired on August 31, 2001 just days before the September 11th terrorist attacks.  This life altering event brought Mister Rogers out of retirement in order to release public service announcements aimed toward parents. According to Biography.com, “The post-9/11 videos Rogers made were meant to be viewed by adults, but his paramount concern was for children. He wanted to provide guidance to adult caretakers so they could ensure the next generation was not overly traumatized by such terrible events.”  

I’m sure we all have our favorite Mister Rogers memories.  In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you back to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’ll ask you ten trivia questions from the series and then give you some fun facts about Mister Rogers.

In our fun facts segment,  find out which celebrity once had a job getting to run the trolley on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Find out why Mister Rogers sued the KKK.  Plus, find out how Mister Rogers basically saved the VCR. Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode.

Things mentioned in this episode:

-The Speedy Delivery Documentary

Fred Rogers 1969 Testimony before the Senate in Washington D.C.

Mister Rogers Message to adults after the 9/11 terrorist attacks

-Visit the John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh to see the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Exhibit

Watch episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

-The letter Mister Rogers sent my daughter

The Letter Mister Rogers Sent my Daughter

Spoiler alert! Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. For more Oscar fun, look back at some of our previous episodes!


Trivia Rewind Episode 48 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

[00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. From 1968 to 2001, Mr. Rogers put on his cable knit cardigan, changed into his sneakers, and calmly reassured us that it was such a good feeling to know we are alive. For 31 seasons he was a master at children’s programming. Born in 1928, Fred Rogers spent the first 11 years of his life as an only child until his parents adopted a little girl.

[00:00:44] Growing up, Fred led a quiet life playing with puppets and making music. Part of his childhood was difficult. According to FredRogersCenter.org, he was overweight, somewhat shy and introverted. [00:01:00] Fred was sometimes homebound because of his childhood asthma. Even kept inside in air conditioning during the worst air congestion of the summer months.

[00:01:10] Fred spent a lot of time with his maternal grandfather who gave him great guidance and built his self-esteem. FredRogersCenter.org says “Fred’s own sense of loneliness and self-doubt taught him to be aware of the insecurities and needs of small children. What he learned about himself and life as a child, much of it from his loving grandfather, prepared him to help millions of young children later.”

[00:01:36] Things did start looking up for Fred. Once in high school, he had more confidence. He was a good student and an accomplished musician. His popularity even grew and he was elected president of the student council in his senior year. After graduating from high school, Fred spent a year at Dartmouth College before transferring to Rollins College [00:02:00] in Winter Park, Florida, where he graduated with a degree in music composition.

[00:02:05] It was there that he met Sara Joanne Bird, the lady that would become his wife. According to WQED.org “Rogers was preparing to enter seminary school after graduation. When he saw television for the first time in his parents’ home. He decided to pursue a career in the medium in order to improve it.”

[00:02:26] The children’s television programming that Fred saw, he found appalling. He thought it was too simple minded and knew that there was potential for giving children something better, and he was right. While working in television Rogers was also working on his seminary degree. He would take seminary courses during his lunch hour.

[00:02:48] Fred Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister where he had the unique charge of serving children and families through television. Fred Rogers was a [00:03:00] pioneer in children’s television and a champion for children everywhere. Through the television, he was able to walk alongside children during some of history’s most traumatic events including the 1968 assassinations of both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the 1970s Iran hostage crisis, and the 1980s Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. The last episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired on August 31st, 2001 just days before the September 11th terrorist attacks. This life altering event brought Mr. Rogers out of retirement in order to release public service announcements aimed toward parents.

[00:03:46] According to Biography.com, “The post 9/11 videos Rogers made were meant to be viewed by adults, but his paramount concern was for children. He wanted to provide guidance to adult caretakers [00:04:00] so they could ensure the next generation was not overly traumatized by such terrible events.”

[00:04:06] I’m sure we all have our favorite Mr. Rogers memories. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you back to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’ll ask you 10 trivia questions from the series, and then give you some fun facts about Mr. Rogers. In our fun facts segment, find out which celebrity once had a job getting to run the trolley on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Find out why Mr. Rogers sued the Ku Klux Klan. Plus find out how Mr. Rogers basically saved the VCR. Those are just a few of the fun facts in this week’s episode. Are you ready for the trivia questions?

[00:04:47] Here’s question one. What was the name of the Speedy Delivery man who often visited Mr. Rogers home?

[00:04:58] Question two. [00:05:00] In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the owl that lived in the oak tree and had trouble making decisions?

[00:05:09] Question three. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the king?

[00:05:17] Question four. What is the name of the animal character in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe that lived inside of a clock?

[00:05:27] Question five. What are the two main colors on the neighborhood trolley?

[00:05:36] Question six. Was the name of the framed device that Mr. Rogers could project videos or slides through when he wanted to show us a video or film about how things were made?

[00:05:50] Question seven. What color cardigan sweater and what color sneakers were Mr. Rogers most famously known [00:06:00] for wearing?

[00:06:02] Question eight. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what is the name of the lady that lives in the Museum-Go-Round and often isn’t afraid to stand up to the king?

[00:06:15] Question nine. After arriving at his home each day, what pet would Mr. Rogers feed?

[00:06:24] And question 10. What was the name of the queen in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe?

[00:06:32] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. What was the name of the Speedy Delivery man who often visited Mr. Roger’s house? His name was Mr. McFeely. Actor David Newell played Mr. McFeely.

[00:06:50] Originally he was hired on as the program’s Public Relations Manager and Fred Rogers cast him as the delivery man. In [00:07:00] 2008, a documentary titled Speedy Delivery was released. It follows the life of David Newell and his role on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. According to MrRogers.org, Fred Rogers originally named the Speedy Delivery character Mr. McCurdy in honor of president of the Sears Roebuck Foundation that underwrote the Neighborhood programs. But Mr. McCurdy declined the honor, so Fred turned to his own middle name, which was also his beloved grandfather’s last name, McFeely.

[00:07:34] A fan of the program, when my daughter was little, she drew a picture of Mr. McFeeley and sent it in a letter to Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers wrote her back the nicest letter. He was known to write the children who sent him letters. According to Guideposts.org, “Responding to fan mail was part of Roger’s daily routine. According to Heather Arnet, an assistant on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, kids would send him [00:08:00] letters in which they expressed personal issues they were experiencing such as the loss of a family member or pet. Arnet says Rogers received 50 to 100 fan letters per day, all of which he took very seriously.” Another thing Fred Rogers took seriously, he did not like people referring to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a show, he preferred they use the word program.

[00:08:26] If you want more information on the Speedy Delivery documentary, visit TriviaRewind.com for a link. I will also post a picture of the letter there that Mr. Rogers sent my daughter.

[00:08:39] Question two. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the owl that lived in the Oak tree and had trouble making decisions? His name was X the Owl. According to MrRogers.org X the Owl got the name X because he X-caped [00:09:00] from a cage. Fred Rogers provided the voice for X the Owl. X the Owl had appeared previously on a different children’s program called the Children’s Corner that aired on WQED.  Host Josie Carey worked with Fred Rogers to develop the program.

[00:09:19] While working on that program, Fred Rogers developed many of the puppet characters that you would later see on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, X the Owl being one of them. The Children’s Corner was the first program that would feature the puppeteering of Fred Rogers and it would pave the way for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

[00:09:39] Question three. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, what was the name of the king? The king’s name was King Friday the 13th. King Friday was the ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. On the program The Children’s Corner, King Friday first appeared [00:10:00] where he ruled over the kingdom of Calendarland. Fred Rogers was the voice for King Friday.

[00:10:08] Question four. What is the name of the animal character in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe that lived inside of a clock? That character was Daniel Striped Tiger. Fred Rogers was the voice of Daniel Striped Tiger. He too was a product of the television program The Children’s Corner. Daniel was actually the very first puppet to appear on The Children’s Corner.

[00:10:34] In a video interview with the Television academy, Fred Rogers said they named Daniel Tiger after Dorothy Daniel, the general manager of television station WQED. A couple days Before the Children’s Corner went on the air, Dorothy Daniel threw a party for the program and passed out party favors. She gave Fred Rogers a little tiger puppet.

[00:10:59] In the interview [00:11:00] with TelevisionAcademy.com, Fred Rogers described how he came up with the idea to make a slit in the set and he could just poke the stuffed tiger through the slit. It just so happened that a clock was part of the set and Fred Rogers said he made a little slit in the clock and put Daniel Tiger in it.

[00:11:19] His intention was to only have Daniel appear once, but the people ended up liking Daniel so much that he stayed. He said the program was never expecting to use puppets, but this ended up being the start of puppeteering on his programs. According to Grunge.com, “As a staple of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel would tap into the uncertainty and insecurity that so many children feel growing up, but in a way, Daniel was Roger’s inner child.” Daniel Striped Tiger would later go on to be Daniel Tiger’s dad in the PBS kids program, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

[00:12:00] [00:11:59] Question five. What are the two main colors on the neighborhood trolley? Those colors are red and yellow. According to PittsburghKids.org, when Mr. Rogers was young, there were lots of trolleys in Pittsburgh, and he liked riding on them. When he began Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he decided to use a trolley as a transition between the real and pretend segments of each episode. On the program, the trolley was considered an actual character named Trolley.

[00:12:32] You may remember that he’d move back and forth and make bell noises as if he were communicating with King Friday, for instance. One celebrity once helped on the set and even got to operate the trolley. Actor michael Keaton, former Pittsburgh resident was once a stagehand at WQED in Pittsburgh and had the opportunity to help out on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on occasion. In 2018, Michael Keaton hosted a 50th [00:13:00] anniversary tribute program on PBS called Mr. Rogers, It’s You I like.

[00:13:06] Question six. What was the name of the framed device that Mr. Rogers could project videos or slides through when he wanted to show us a video or film about how things were made? That device was called Picture Picture. One of my favorite parts of the program was having Mr. Rogers show us how things were made. As a child growing up in a small town, there wasn’t much to see. I was fascinated with how things were made and by Mr. Rogers taking us to factories, a whole new world was opened up to me.

[00:13:41] Speaking of videos, did you know that Fred Rogers practically helped save the VCR and public television? Back in 1969, a $20 million grant was headed to PBS and President Nixon threatened to slash it. [00:14:00] Doing so could have destroyed educational children’s programming. A relative newcomer to TV at the time, Fred Rogers headed to Washington to defend public television.

[00:14:12] A CNN article says, “When the government wanted to cut public television funds in 1969, the relatively unknown Mr. Rogers went to Washington. Almost straight out of a Frank Capra film, his five to six minute testimony on how TV had the potential to give kids hope and create more productive citizens, was so simple but passionate, that even the most gruff politicians were charmed. While the budget should have been cut, the funding instead jumped from nine to $22 million. After the speech Senator John O. Pastore, the chairman of the subcommittee had this to say, “I’m supposed to be a pretty tough guy and this is the first time I’ve had goosebumps for the last two days he said. [00:15:00] Looks like you just earned the $20 million.”

[00:15:04] A decade later, Fred Rogers would give testimony once again, this time defending the VCR in what is known as the Betamax case. Eventually that court case went before the Supreme Court and in their decision, they cited Fred’s testimony and that testimony ultimately helped save the VCR. That same CNN article said, “Rogers also spoke to Congress and swayed senators into voting to allow VCRs to record television programs from the home. It was a cantankerous debate at the time, but his argument was that recording a program like his, allowed working parents to sit down with their children and watch programs as a family.”

[00:15:49] According to Rollins.edu, the case has served as a precedent for other popular recording and streaming technologies, including iPhones and [00:16:00] Netflix. If you’d like to watch Fred Rogers give his testimony, visit TriviaRewind.com for a link to the video.

[00:16:08] Question seven. What color cardigan sweater and what color sneakers were Mr. Rogers most famously known for wearing? Well, he was famous for wearing a red cardigan sweater and blue sneakers. While Fred Rogers were a lot of different colored cardigans, the red one is his trademark cardigan. The sweater now belongs to the Smithsonian Institute. However, it’s not currently on display. All of those iconic sweaters that Mr. Rogers wore were made by his mother who had a gift for knitting.

[00:16:44] The blue sneakers Mr. Rogers changed into at the beginning of each program were made by Sperry and they were the men’s Captain CVO style. Have you ever wondered why he changed into the sneakers? According to Pbs.org, [00:17:00] “Fred began wearing sneakers in the studio so he could run behind the set from the organ to the puppet area without being heard. He later made that an important part of his program opening.”

[00:17:12] Question eight. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe what is the name of the lady that lives in the Museum-Go-Round and often isn’t afraid to stand up to the king? Her name is Lady Elaine Fairchilde. Fred Rogers provided the voice for Lady Elaine. The character was named after his sister, Elaine Rogers. While Lady Elaine wasn’t afraid to stand up to the king, in real life Fred Rogers wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in either.

[00:17:43] Did you know that in 1990, Fred Rogers sued the Ku Klux Klan? They had been using his voice and the effects of his program to spread racist ideologies on one of their hotlines. According to AllThatsInteresting.com, a federal [00:18:00] judge ruled that the KKK must stop using the messages and ordered a temporary restraining order on the recordings a day after the suit was filed. As a result, the three men agreed to stop playing the hateful messages on the hotline and to destroy the recordings.”

[00:18:18] Question nine. After arriving at his home each day, what pet would Mr. Rogers feed? That pet was fish. The fish tank didn’t become a part of the program until after the first year. Of course in Mr. Rogers fashion, he wanted to show kids how to take care of a pet and having a fish tank would do just that. According to MrRogers.org. “It became so much a part of his routine that sometimes he’d feed the fish without saying what he was doing. Times like that disturbed a five-year old blind girl whose father put her thoughts in a letter. ‘Please say when you are feeding your [00:19:00] fish, because I worry about them. I can’t see if you were feeding them. So please say you are feeding them out loud.’ And so he did.”

[00:19:09] In one episode of the program, Mr. Rogers discovers that one of the goldfish in his tank is dead. On episode 36, titled Death of a Goldfish, Mr. Rogers walks kids through the process of taking the dead fish out of the tank and burying it. He talks with the television audience about how when he was a kid, his dog died. He discussed the grief process of losing a pet.

[00:19:37] And question 10. What was the name of the queen in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe? Her name was Queen Sara. The character Queen Sara voiced by Fred Rogers. The character was named after Fred Rogers’ wife, Sara Joanne Bird, who went by the name Joanne. The two met while attending Rollins [00:20:00] College. The two both had a love for music. According to the Los Angeles times, Fred proposed to Joanne via letter while the two were both working in separate states.

[00:20:11] Joanne Bird received a bachelor of music degree from Rollins college and went on to earn her master’s of music degree from Florida State University. The two were married for over 50 years when Fred died in 2003. In January of this year, Joanne Rogers died at the age of 92.

[00:20:32] Fred Rogers made a huge impact on children’s television. Over the years, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood won for Daytime Emmy Awards. Fred Rogers won a George Peabody award in 1993 and a Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1997. He was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Over his [00:21:00] lifetime, Fred Rogers received numerous awards, honors and dozens of honorary degrees.

[00:21:07] If you’re ever in the Pittsburgh area, visit the Senator John Heinz History Center. On the fourth floor, you will find the Special Collections Gallery, which houses the largest collection of original items from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television set on public view. I’ll give you more details on TriviaRewind.com.

[00:21:29] If you’re interested in taking a trip back in time to watch some of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes, you can head on over to MrRogers.org. According to the website, full length episodes will be posted on the first and third Monday of every month. The selections will be feature programs from the theme weeks library from 1979 to 2001. I’ll post the link on TriviaRewind.com.

[00:21:56] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. You [00:22:00] can visit Trivia Rewind on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at TriviaRewind.com. Visit the website to find all the links mentioned in this episode. Thanks for taking the time to listen and go be a good neighbor.

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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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I Need a Doctor, STAT!

Over the years there have been numerous television shows about doctors, hospitals and the medical community as a whole.  When looking into the history of medically themed TV shows, it looks like 1961 was the year that medical dramas really took off. In 1961 both Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey debuted.  Dr. Kildare ran for 5 seasons and actor Richard Chamberlain had the role of Dr. Kildare.  Ben Casey also ran for 5 seasons and actor Vince Edwards had the role of Dr. Ben Casey. 

In 1969, Marcus Welby M.D. started airing on television and introduced us to the friendly family practitioner played by actor Robert Young. This series ran for 7 seasons. During the 1970-1971 season, this show became the first ABC show to make it to the number one spot in TV’s Nielsen ratings.

Those shows paved the way for the medical series that would fill the networks in the years to come. Some of those medical shows set records.

When the M*A*S*H finale aired in 1983, it became the most-watched and highest-rated single television episode in US television history, at the time. Grey’s Anatomy is TV’s longest-running primetime scripted medical drama series. Ever. In 2008, House became the world’s most watched fiction show on television at the time. When St. Elsewhere series ended, the finale caused quite the stir and opened the biggest can of worms ever. The list goes on.

So why are we so intrigued by medically themed television shows? A BBC article from 2012 offers some insight. Philippa Roxby, a health reporter for BBC News writes, “Without doubt, medical science is a rich source of stories and intrigue. The popularity of all forms of medical-based drama suggests that we love to watch and read about people dealing with pain and discomfort, facing problems we fear we might face too at some point in our lives. Prof George Ikkos, president of the Royal Society of Medicine’s psychiatry section, says it is more to do with learning about ourselves from other people.”

Whatever the case, people worldwide love medical shows and the popularity doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon.

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I give you ten trivia questions about various medically themed television shows. After I ask you the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which actress from a medical drama was in the bathroom when her name was announced for an Emmy Award.  And speaking of bathrooms, find out which television writer and producer came up with the idea for his medical drama while sitting on the toilet.  Those are just two of the fun facts from this week’s episode.  

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 43 – TV Doctors

[00:00:00] Hi, this is Debi Jenkins, the host of Trivia Rewind. Over the years, there have been numerous television shows about hospitals and doctors. When looking into the history of medical TV shows, it looks like 1961 was the year that medical dramas really became popular. In 1961, both Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey debuted.

[00:00:36] Dr. Kildare ran for five seasons with a total of 191 episodes. Actor Richard Chamberlain had the role of Dr. Kildare. Ben Casey also ran for five seasons and actor Vince Edwards had the role of Dr. Ben Casey. In 1969, Marcus Welby MD started airing on television [00:01:00] and introduced us to the friendly family practitioner played by actor Robert Young. This series ran for seven seasons. During the 1970/71 season, this show became the first ABC series to make it to the number one spot in TV’s Nielsen ratings.

[00:01:21] Those shows paved the way for the medical series that would fill the networks in the years to come. In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I will give you 10 questions about medically themed television shows. After the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which actress from a medical drama was in the bathroom when her name was announced for an Emmy Award. And speaking of bathrooms, find out which television writer and producer came up with the idea for his medical [00:02:00] show while sitting on the toilet. Those are just two of the fun facts from this week’s episode. Let’s get started with this week’s trivia.

[00:02:11] Question one. This show first aired in 1994 and followed a group of doctors, one of which was head surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. What was the name of the show?

[00:02:28] Question two. This show first aired in 1990 and followed a doctor sent to a small Alaska town where he became their general practitioner. What was the name of the series?

[00:02:44] Question three. What is the name of the medical drama that features Dr. Doug Ross, a pediatrician?

[00:02:53] Question four. This physician grew up in her mother’s shadow and at one [00:03:00] point in her career committed insurance fraud in order to help a young girl’s father pay for his daughter’s surgery. What is the name of the doctor and what show is she on?

[00:03:14] Question five. What is the name of the medical series that features an autistic surgical resident named Dr. Shawn Murphy?

[00:03:24] Question six. What is the name of the medical drama that features a physician dependent on pain medication and is the head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine?

[00:03:37] Question seven. What is the name of the medical television series that’s set during the Korean War?

[00:03:46] Question eight. What is the name of the medical series that takes part at Sacred Heart Hospital and focuses mainly on the hospital’s interns?

[00:03:58] Question [00:04:00] nine. What is the name of the medical series set at St. Eligius hospital located in Boston?

[00:04:10] And question 10. Which medical show features a doctor that graduated from Princeton University at the age of 10 and was a physician at age 14?

[00:04:23] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts.

[00:04:28] Question one. This show first aired in 1994 and followed a group of doctors, one of which was head surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Geiger. What was the name of the show? That show was Chicago Hope. This medical drama aired for six seasons. Actor Mandy Patinkin had the role of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger, a hot shot surgeon. In 1995 Patinkin won an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award [00:05:00] for his role as Dr. Geiger. Actor Christine Lahti played cardiac surgeon, Kate Austin. For this role, she won both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. Her 1998 Emmy Award win included a bit of potty humor. Literally. When her name was announced as the winner, she wasn’t there.

[00:05:24] She happened to be in the bathroom. A 2017 People Magazine article reminisces this moment with her and says,  “The moment became one of the most memorable in pop culture history as the crowd waited for Lahti; Robin Williams even came up on stage to entertain for a few minutes. Lahti finally came on stage and jokingly finished wiping her hands with a towel before saying ‘I was in the bathroom, mom.’ The actress now explains that it was the first thing she could think of.” Do you want to see this humorous Emmy [00:06:00] moment? Visit triviarewind.com for a link.

[00:06:04] Question two. This show first aired in 1990 and followed a doctor sent to a small Alaska town where he became their general practitioner. What was the name of the series? That show was Northern Exposure. Northern Exposure ran for six seasons and starred Rob Morrow as Dr. Joel Fleishman. For his role on the show, he was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. This series was created by the same duo that created another popular medical series, St. Elsewhere.

[00:06:45] In the fall of 2020, Deadline discuss the Vulture Festival where the cast of Northern Exposure appeared in a panel where they reminisced about their time on the show. Actor Barry Corbin said, “The casting fit, the [00:07:00] location fit, the music fit. Everything fit.” Well, a revival of the show has been in the works for several years and it’s still unknown if that will actually happen.

[00:07:12] Question three. What is the name of the medical drama that features Dr. Doug Ross, a pediatrician? Well, that show was ER and the actor that played Dr. Doug Ross was George Clooney. Before his role on ER, George Clooney had an extensive background in television. However, his big break came with ER .This role launched him into stardom.

[00:07:39] In the book titled Top of the Rock, Inside the Rise and Fall of Must-See TV, one of the producers, John Wells said, “George Clooney begged me for a part. George was the first person to audition.” He went on to say, “Our second day in the office, George showed up and wouldn’t leave until I let him [00:08:00] audition.”

[00:08:01] Well talk about persistence. I would say that his persistence paid off. Here’s a fun fact about George Clooney from Elle.com. The article says, “Ever noticed that Doug Ross spends a lot of time looking down at patients in their hospital beds, at clipboards or hanging his head? That’s because Clooney developed a technique for remembering all of his complex medical dialogue which involved writing his lines on props so that he could consult them during scenes. According to PBS’s Pioneers of Television, he started doing this while shooting ER and movies at the same time in order to deal with the workload.”

[00:08:42] ER first aired in September of 1994 and went on for 15 seasons. It’s the second longest running prime time medical drama in American television history. According to Nbc.com, “The highly acclaimed drama [00:09:00] series holds the distinction of being recognized as the most Emmy nominated series in the history of television with 124 nominations.” George Clooney left the series in 1999 but returned in 2009 for one last goodbye to the ER.

[00:09:19] The screenplay for ER was written in 1974 by author Michael Crichton. He based it on his personal experiences as a medical student. Before ER became a TV series, Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton considered making ER into a two hour movie. However, nobody picked it up so the script was shelved for 20 years. Eventually they decided to make a two hour pilot for television. And the rest is history. They pretty much used that 1974 script word for word, but they did make a few changes to characters by adding a black doctor and a [00:10:00] female doctor, instead of all white male doctors.

[00:10:05] Question four. This physician grew up in her mother’s shadow and at one point in her career committed insurance fraud in order to help a young girl’s father pay for his daughter’s surgery. What is the name of the doctor and what show is she on? Well, the character is Dr. Meredith Grey and the show is Grey’s Anatomy. Talk about a successful series. Currently Grey’s Anatomy holds the record for the longest running American primetime medical drama series. The show has been going strong for 18 seasons and even today, new episodes are airing.

[00:10:48] The series was created by Shonda Rhimes. In 2007 Rhimes was named on the list of Time Magazine’s 100 People Who Helped Shape the World. [00:11:00] Shonda Rhimes is also the creator and producer of Private Practice, a spinoff from Grey’s Anatomy.

[00:11:07] According to an article in the Hollywood Reporter, “In its 17th season, Grey’s Anatomy remains a massive asset for ABC and Disney. The series ranks as ABC’s number one drama series among total viewers and the all-important advertiser-coveted adults 18 to 49 demographic. The series is a global phenomenon and broadcast all over the world. It’s also become a cash cow with a rich streaming deal at Netflix where it ranks as one of the company’s most watched acquired shows.”

[00:11:44] Question five. What is the name of the medical series that features an autistic surgical resident named Dr. Shawn Murphy? That series is The Good Doctor and actor Freddie Highmore plays Dr. [00:12:00] Sean Murphy. This series first aired in September of 2017 and is currently in its fourth season. The show is actually based on a South Korean series by the same name.

[00:12:13] Actor Freddie Highmore was born in London and has roles in numerous films and television shows. Before The Good Doctor he had a riveting role as serial killer Norman Bates in the psychological horror drama television series, Bates Motel. In a USA Today article from 2017, he is asked about his new role on The Good Doctor and he’s quoted as saying, “It’s nice to save people after years of killing them.”

[00:12:42] Freddie Highmore does such a good job playing a character with autism that some have asked if he really is autistic in real life. Well, he isn’t. The show has an autism consultant that helps them make sure they get his character just right. [00:13:00] In a 2019 article with Digital Spy, Freddie Highmore says, “Aside from continual research or working with the consultant that we have, I’m also talking to people who feel that they have a personal connection to the show through autism and are pleased or thankful that the show is seeking to raise awareness in that way.” Highmore was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role on The Good Doctor. The series is currently airing on ABC where you can watch new episodes.

[00:13:32] Question six. What is the name of the medical drama that features a physician dependent on pain medication and is the head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine? That show is House and the doctor’s name is Dr. Gregory House. English actor Hugh Laurie plays Dr. House. The series ran for eight seasons and premiered in November of 2004. According [00:14:00] to an AFT article in 2008, House was the world’s most watched fictional program on TV. By the time the series was done airing, it had been nominated for over 160 awards. Hugh Laurie won two Best Actor Golden Globe Awards for his role.

[00:14:18] In a USA today article from 2004, Hugh Laurie discussed one reservation about playing his doctor character. He says, “One of the things that makes me feel guilty about playing this role is that my dad was a doctor. He was a very gentle soul and I think a very good doctor. And I’m probably being paid more to become a fake version of my own father.” In 2011, Hugh Laurie made it into the record books. The Guinness World’s Records listed him as The Most Watched Leading Man on Television as well as one of the highest paid actors in a television drama.

[00:14:59] Question [00:15:00] seven. What is the name of the medical television series that’s set during the Korean War? That show was M*A*S*H and in case you didn’t know, M*A*S*H is an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. M*A*S*H first aired in 1972 and ran for 11 seasons. When the series ended, its finale was the most watched television program in history. It took a Superbowl to take that record away from the series.

[00:15:32] During the show, they had to come up with a lot of names for the patients that would come through their unit. For the seventh season, they used a names from the 1978 Los Angeles Dodgers roster. And talk about stretching the war out. In real life the Korean War lasted just over three years. However, the series stretched out that war for 11 years. Thank goodness the real thing [00:16:00] wasn’t 11 years long.

[00:16:02] Question eight. What is the name of the medical series that takes part at Sacred Heart Hospital and focuses mainly on the hospital’s interns? That show is Scrubs. Scrubs first aired in 2001 and ran for nine seasons. The first eight seasons of the series were narrated by the character, Dr. John Michael “JD” Dorian portrayed by actor Zach Braff. The show had 17 Emmy nominations. Since you’re listening to this episode of Trivia Rewind, I know you’re a fan of podcasts in general. So in case you didn’t know, Scrubs co-stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison started their own podcast in 2020 called Fake Doctors, Real Friends, where each week they take one episode from Scrubs and discuss it.

[00:16:56] Braff tells Entertainment Weekly, “It’s almost like DVD [00:17:00] commentary. We’ll sit around and talk about funny stories and things we remember behind the scenes.” You can find that podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.

[00:17:11] Question nine. What is the name of the medical series set at St. Eligius hospital located in Boston? That is St. Elsewhere. Do you know why the hospital was nicknamed St. Elsewhere? It got that nickname for housing the rejects of the more prestigious hospitals in town. St. Elsewhere first aired in October of 1982 and ran for six seasons. St. Elsewhere was ranked number 20 on TV Guides 2002 list of The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

[00:17:47] In a 1983 issue of TV Guide, they ranked it the best drama series of the 1980s. Many people thought that the series finale was mind boggling, weird, [00:18:00] strange, you name it. A BBC News article titled TV’s Strangest Endings says, “The show was over except for a spooky last scene in which the entire six years of the drama were revealed to have been imagined by Dr. Westphall’s autistic son.” Watch the last minute of the finale and decide for yourself. I’ll post the link to it on triviarewind.com. The series was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards and won 13. It was also nominated for and won multiple other awards.

[00:18:35] And question 10. Which medical show features a doctor that graduated from Princeton University at the age of 10 and was a physician at age 14? That show was Doogie Howser, MD. Doogie Howser MD first aired in September of 1989 and aired for four seasons. Actor Neil Patrick Harris [00:19:00] had the role of Doogie Howser. Steven Bochco created the series. In an interview with the Archive of American Television, he tells how he came up with the idea for the show.

[00:19:11] He said he was sitting on the toilet reading an issue of New York Magazine and the article was about gifted kids and that gave him an idea. He said by the time he was finished with his shower, he had the whole idea for Doogie Howser thought out. He said it only took 30 minutes for him to have it all laid out in his head.

[00:19:34] He wrote the first script with David E. Kelley. Bochco said the network was very reluctant after they saw the pilot. However, after it went on the air it was an instant hit and he said the network was stunned. Thanks to the show, the name Doogie Howser went on to be used many times in the news whenever someone young excelled at something.

[00:19:57] In an Orlando Sentinel article, [00:20:00] a reader wrote in and asked, “The kid on Doogie Howser MD seems to have grown a lot over the season. Has he gotten taller in real life?” The newspaper’s answer was, “Indeed he has. Neil Patrick Harris, the 17 year old star of the show grew so much that his shoe size changed five times and they went through several wardrobes during the eight month course of filming the ABC show.”

[00:20:27] And here’s another fun fact, an Entertainment Weekly interview with Neil Patrick Harris tells what they used in the suture scenes. Harris says, “They gave us suture packs and told us to go to Ralph’s and get a chicken breast. And actually, we would use raw chicken on set. They’d cover all the edges of it with gauze and such so it looked essentially like skin.”

[00:20:51] Fans of the show will be glad to hear that supposedly Disney+ is working on a reboot of the show that’s set to be released in [00:21:00] 2021. The reboot will feature a female Doogie that 16 years old and it will be set in Hawaii. The show is called Doogie Kamealoha MD. So be watching for that sometime this year.

[00:21:16] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode all about television’s medical shows. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. You can visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and all the links mentioned in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com, where I will also post a transcript from the show.

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TV Reruns – 1950s – 1990s

Over the decades, we’ve all watched a lot of memorable television shows.  Some of the shows may have been before our time but thanks to reruns, we are able to watch shows that we weren’t around for. Much of my TV viewing as a kid was in the form of reruns. I can remember loving shows like Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show….the list goes on. I think having such a wide variety of television shows from different years helped give me a love for television. 

Back in the early years of television broadcasting, shows were live and not recorded.  The time zone difference between the east and the west was one reason for studios deciding to record shows.  For example, if a network broadcast a television show in New York at 7pm eastern time, people on the west coast may not get to see it because they’d still be at work at 4:00.  They were out of luck. 

The other day I thought to myself, I wonder who even invented the concept of reruns? Well, I found the answer. Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball are who we have to thank for reruns.  According to Entrepreneur.com, “Arnaz and Ball offered a simple solution: produce the show on film and dispense with kinescopes altogether. CBS wasn’t exactly thrilled with this suggestion. Using film would double production costs. To offset the added cost, Arnaz and Ball agreed to cut their joint weekly salary from $5,000 to $4,000 on the condition that Desilu retained all rights to the show. CBS agreed, and in one fell swoop Arnaz and Ball invented reruns, paved the way for syndication, and pulled off what would become one of the most lucrative deals in television history.” 

The article goes on to say “By insisting that “I Love Lucy” be recorded on film, which could be easily stored and broadcast over and over again without any degradation of picture quality, Desi Arnaz initiated the industry practice of airing reruns, which made summer hiatuses possible and opened up a new market for the sale of film rights.” The first television series to be rerun was I Love Lucy. Thanks to Desi and Lucy for paving the way!

Today, thanks to streaming services, we have quite the menu of shows we can watch from every decade of television. Imagine a few decades ago someone telling you that in the future, you could watch TV shows on a telephone that fits in your hand while on the go. We’ve come so far!

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I have 10 trivia questions for you about television shows that aired between the 1950s and the 1990s.  Maybe you watched them in real time. Maybe you watched them as reruns. Whatever the case, these were some great shows. After I ask you the ten questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers plus some fun facts. The fun facts are always my favorite part!

In our fun facts segment, find out which actor recently made the news touting his “stay-awake-spray” and commenting that it may have helped Tiger Woods avoid his recent accident.  Find out which TV couple couldn’t stand each other in real life and why that was.  I’ll tell you which young actress’ controversial film role and topless photos got her in trouble with her TV dad. Those are just a few of the fun facts I will tell you about in this episode. 

And as promised in the episode, here’s the trailer for the new series Bel-Air. I’m looking forward to this new television show where Will Smith is one of the producers.

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 41 – TV Reruns – Shows from the 50s to the 90s

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hey there, I’m Debi Jenkins, the host of Trivia Rewind. Over the decades, we’ve watched a lot of memorable television shows. Some of the shows may have been before our time but thanks to reruns, we are able to watch. In this day and age, the concept of reruns is definitely taken for granted. Back in the early years of television broadcasting, shows were live and not recorded.

[00:00:39] The time zone difference between the East and the West was one reason for studios deciding to record shows. For example, if a network broadcast a television show in New York at 7:00 PM Eastern time, people on the West coast may not get to see it because they’d still be at work at [00:01:00] 4:00 PM and they would be out of luck.

[00:01:04] Well, thanks to Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, they came up with a solution. According to Entrepreneur.com, “Arnaz and Ball offered a simple solution. Produce the show on film and dispense with kinescopes altogether. CBS wasn’t exactly thrilled with this suggestion. Using film would double production costs.

[00:01:29] To offset the added cost, Arnaz and Ball agreed to cut their joint weekly salary from $5,000 to $4,000 on the condition that Desilu retained all rights to the show. CBS agreed and in one fell swoop Arnaz and Ball invented reruns, paved the way for syndication, and pulled off what would become one of the most lucrative deals in television history.”

[00:01:59] The first [00:02:00] television series to be rerun was I love Lucy. The article goes on to say, “By insisting that I love Lucy be recorded on film, which could be easily stored in broadcast over and over again without any degradation of picture quality, Desi Arnaz initiated the industry practice of airing reruns, which made summer hiatuses possible and opened up a new market for the sale of film rights.” So thanks to Desi and Lucy for paving the way.

[00:02:33] In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I have 10 trivia questions for you about television shows that aired between the 1950s and the 1990s. Maybe you watched them in real time. Maybe you watch them as reruns. Whatever the case, these were some great shows. After I ask you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which [00:03:00] actor recently made the news, touting his stay-awake spray and commenting that it may have helped Tiger Woods avoid his recent accident.

[00:03:09] Find out which TV couple couldn’t stand each other in real life. I’ll tell you which young actress’ controversial film role and topless photos got her in trouble with her TV dad. Those are just a few of the fun facts I’ll tell you about in this episode. Well, if you’re ready, let’s get this started with the first question.

[00:03:33] Question one. On the 1960s sit-com The Andy Griffith Show, what town was Andy Taylor the sheriff of?

[00:03:43] Question two. On the 1970s series Happy Days, what was the name of Richie Cunningham’s best friend?

[00:03:54] Question three. On the 1950s series I love Lucy, [00:04:00] what were the names of Lucy and Ricky’s landlords?

[00:04:04] Question four. On the 1970s series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was the name of Mary’s boss at the TV station?

[00:04:16] Question five. On the eighties series, Magnum PI, what kind of car did Thomas Magnum drive?

[00:04:26] Question six. On The Love Boat, a series that started in the 1970s, what was the name of the ship’s bartender?

[00:04:38] Question seven. On the 1970s series, Little House on the Prairie, what was the name of the former professional football player that played the character Jonathan Garvey?

[00:04:52] Question eight. On the nineties sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, from what city did Will [00:05:00] Smith’s character move from in order to live with his aunt and uncle?

[00:05:06] Question nine. On the late sixties, early seventies series, The Brady Bunch, what was the name of Alice’s boyfriend?

[00:05:16] And question 10. On the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, what was the name of the college that Denise attended?

[00:05:26] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and review, I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts.

[00:05:34] Question one. On the 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, what town was Andy Taylor the sheriff of? Well, everybody knows that he was the sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina. Andy Griffith had the role of Andy Taylor and from the looks of it, being a sheriff in Mayberry was about as easy as drinking lemonade on the front porch. [00:06:00] According to Andy Griffith, the show’s creator Sheldon Leonard didn’t want the show to be set in North Carolina. He wanted it in the South, but not there. Griffith didn’t like the town names they were tossing around. One of the ideas was to call the town Mt. Pilot. Many say that Mayberry is meant to be Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Things were quite laid back in Mayberry, well for the men at least. When the show started, none of the female characters wore pants, just dresses or skirts.

[00:06:33] The first character on The Andy Griffith Show to wear pants was Andy’s  love interest, nurse, Peggy McMillan. The show ran for eight seasons with a total of 249 episodes. Only seasons six through eight were in color. And the show always ranked very high in the ratings. In 1991, actor Andy Griffith was inducted into The Television [00:07:00] Hall of Fame. In 1997, he won a Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album. He even has a highway named after him. In 2005, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The list goes on. Sadly in 2012, Andy Griffith died of a heart attack.

[00:07:24] Question two. On the 1970s series Happy Days, what was the name of Richie Cunningham’s best friend? Well, his best friend was Potsie Weber. On the show, Ron Howard had the role of Richie and Anson Williams had the role of Potsie. We all know that Ron Howard today is an award-winning film director, but what is Anson Williams up to? After he left Happy Days, he started a career in directing television shows. Coincidentally, when I was doing the research for this [00:08:00] episode, I saw that he was just in the news for something totally unrelated to entertainment.

[00:08:05] It turns out he is the second cousin to Dr. Henry Heimlich, the man we credit for what’s known as the Heimlich Maneuver. Heimlich is also Anson’s real last name. Well in a Page Six article, it says “Six years ago, his cousin told him to keep awake during long drives, a squeeze of lemon juice acts as a bolt of instant adrenaline. They quote him as saying, “I called Henry and I said, Why don’t we put citric acid in a spray, and he said that would save more lives than the Heimlich Maneuver. I promised him we’d get it done. He passed away four years ago and he made me promise to get it out.” Then the topic of Tiger Woods’ accident came up and they quote him saying With Tiger Woods, the forensic experts feel that he fell asleep.

[00:08:58] I’m so glad he is going to be [00:09:00] okay, but he’s bringing attention to this major problem. He continued. If you take this little spray (Alertdrops), you’re up, you’re alert, it’s safe. It’s natural. It’s really Dr. Heimlich’s legacy. He was a beautiful human being.” The article said that Anson Williams is still close with his Happy Days friends and even recently dined with 92 year old Marion Ross, the actress that played Mrs. Cunningham.

[00:09:30] Question three. On the 1950s series I love Lucy, what were the names of Lucy and Ricky’s landlords? Their landlords were Fred and Ethel Mertz. William Frawley had the role of Fred and Vivian Vance had the role of Ethel. While the two meshed together well on the show, in real life, not so much. Supposedly they hated each other.

[00:09:58] Why? [00:10:00] Well, a MeTV article says “It all started on the first day of rehearsals when Vance found that Frawley, 22 years her senior had been cast as her husband. He’s old enough to be my father, she complained. Unfortunately, Frawley had been within earshot when she made the remark and the battle lines were drawn.”

[00:10:21] Both William Frawley and Vivian Vance were nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards for their roles on the show. Frawley was nominated five times for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy and Vivian Vance was nominated four times and won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

[00:10:43] Question four. On the seventies series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was the name of Mary’s boss at the TV station? Her boss was Lou Grant. Actor Ed Asner played Lou Grant on the show. [00:11:00] After The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ed Asner went on to star in a spin-off of the series called Lou Grant. In 1996 he was inducted into The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

[00:11:13] From 1981 to 1985, he was the president of the Screen Actors Guild. Ed Asner holds the record for being the male performer with the most Emmy Award wins. He has a total of seven Emmys. Ed Asner is still going strong. In 2020 he had several roles in television and film. This year Asner will be 92 years old.

[00:11:40] Someone else that auditioned for the role of Lou Grant was Gavin McLeod. It ended up that he was better suited for a different role on the show. He played Murray Slaughter, the head writer of the news.

[00:11:53] Question five. On the eighties series Magnum PI, what kind of car did [00:12:00] Thomas Magnum drive? I’m sure we can all picture it in our minds, but it was a Ferrari 308.

[00:12:08] Actor Tom Selleck starred as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator. According to ScreenRant.com, Tom Selleck was too big for the sports car and some modifications had to be made. They said that the car “had to have padding removed, tops cut into, and seats permanently removed so that he could fit in comfortably.” Ferrari experienced a big boost in sales after the series began gaining popularity. The show was set in Hawaii, but that wasn’t always the plan. In 1980, CBS ended production of their show Hawaii Five-O. They had a great production facility created for the show and didn’t want to shut it down. I’m thinking maybe some executives wanted an excuse to be in Hawaii.

[00:12:54] So it was decided that Magnum PI would be shot in Hawaii and utilize the production [00:13:00] facilities that CBS had there. The series went on for seven seasons and had a series finale where everyone assumed Magnum died. Supposedly fans were so upset, that Tom Selleck agreed to come back for a short eighth season where we find out he really didn’t die. In 2017, Insider did a piece about The 20 Most Watched TV Show Finales of all Time and Magnum PI ranked fifth.

[00:13:29] Tom Selleck was nominated for multiple awards for his role and he took home one Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. And here’s an interesting fact. Tom Selleck could have been Indiana Jones, but he was already contractually committed to the Magnum PI series.

[00:13:51] Question six. On The Love Boat, a series that started in the 1970s, what was the name of the ship’s [00:14:00] bartender? That popular bartender was Isaac Washington. Actor Ted Lange had the role of Isaac. In addition to acting, Ted is also a director and screenwriter. He even directed some of The Love Boat episodes and was a screenwriter for some as well.

[00:14:17] According to Mashable.com, “When Ted Lang’s agent told him he should play the part of a bartender on a new television series set on a cruise ship, he thought it sounded boring. And that part, which was minimal in the beginning, wasn’t worth it. My agent says, have you ever been on a cruise? Well think of it as a vacation, you’ll get a chance to see Mexico, Lang told Mashable. And it was fantastic.”

[00:14:44] The Love Boat had 250 episodes and Ted Lange was only one of three actors to appear in every single episode. Ted Lang’s Isaac Washington character went well beyond the series. His character [00:15:00] appeared in Charlie’s Angels, Martin, Weird Science and Love Boat the Next Wave. I imagine this show did a lot for the cruise industry. I can remember watching the show as a kid and dreaming about what it must be like to go on a cruise.

[00:15:15] Question seven. On the 1970s series, Little House on the Prairie, what was the name of the former professional football player that played the character Jonathan Garvey? That person was Merlin Olsen. Merlin Olsen played in the NFL for 15 seasons. He was a defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams. He even played in the Pro Bowl for 14 of those years. He’s a member of The Pro Football Hall of Fame. After his football career, he appeared in a few films and TV series when Michael Landon approached him to be on Little House on the Prairie. Olsen had the role of Jonathan Garvey, the father of one of Laura’s friends. Olsen [00:16:00] appeared in over 50 episodes.

[00:16:02] A close friend of Michael Landon, Merlin Olsen gave the eulogy at Landon’s funeral. In 2010, cancer took the life of Merlin Olsen.

[00:16:13] Question eight. On the nineties sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from what city did Will Smith’s character move from an order to live with his aunt and uncle? He moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

[00:16:29] Actor Will Smith had the role of the character named Will Smith on the show. On the show, he played a fictionalized version of himself. The show ran for six seasons and had 148 episodes. In real life, Will Smith was part of a hip hop duo called DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. They too hailed from Philadelphia.

[00:16:53] When Will Smith started his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he was way over his head in [00:17:00] debt and owed the IRS $2.8 million in back taxes. According to the book Will Smith: A Biography, for the first three years he was on the show, the IRS took 70% of his paychecks. The book quotes Will Smith saying, “There’s nothing more sobering than having six cars and a mansion one day and you can’t even buy gas for the cars the next.”

[00:17:27] Things have definitely improved for Smith. According to WealthyGorilla.com, in 2021 his net worth is $350 million. I have a feeling he is much better at budgeting money now. And did you hear that a new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is on the way? The new series is called Bel-Air and one of the executive producers is will Smith. This version leaves the comedy behind and it will fall into the drama category. I’ll post a [00:18:00] trailer for it on triviarewind.com.

[00:18:03] Question nine. On the late sixties, early seventies series The Brady Bunch, what was the name of Alice’s boyfriend? Well, his name was Sam Franklin. Actor Allan Melvin had the role of Sam the butcher on the show. While it feels like we all know Sam so well, did you know that he actually only appeared in eight episodes? While appearing in hundreds of various television episodes over the years, many remember him for his role as Sam. That innocent butcher even made his way into the lyrics of a Beastie Boys song. You’ll hear him mentioned in the lyrics to their 1989 song Shake your Rump. Allan Melvin also had several roles doing voice work. One of those roles was the voice of Magilla Gorilla on the sixties animated television series, The Magilla Gorilla Show.

[00:19:00] [00:19:00] And question 10. On the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, what was the name of the college that Denise attended? Well, she went to Hillman. On the Cosby show, actress Lisa Bonet had the role of Denise Huxtable. When the storyline of the show sends Denise off to Hillman, supposedly there was a reason for sending her off. There came a point when Lisa Bonet got on the bad side of Bill Cosby. She co-starred in the movie Angel Heart, a horror film that almost had an X rating.

[00:19:36] Then Bonet appeared in topless photos, leaked to the media. According to MentalFloss.com, “Cosby had her much younger TV siblings to consider. Denise was the most popular Huxtable according to the fan mail so Cosby solved the problem by spinning her off into A Different World, a series set at Hillman College. Bonet [00:20:00] only appeared for the first season of A Different World.

[00:20:03] In 1987, the year A Different World started, Lisa Bonet married musician Lenny Kravitz and in 1988 announced she was pregnant. The producers of A Different World didn’t want a pregnant college freshmen so she was let go. She later appeared back on The Cosby Show during season five, where her character left the country to go on a photography assignment. In 1993, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz divorced. In 2017, she married Aqua Man star Jason Mamoa.

[00:20:41] That’s it for this week’s episode. The next time you watch a rerun, think of Lucy and Desi. We owe it all to them. For more visit Triviarewind.com on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and at triviarewind.com. Thank you [00:21:00] for listening and be back next week for another episode.

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Cartoons of the 80s

If you grew up in the 80s, there was one thing and one thing only on your mind when it came to Saturday mornings and that was binge watching Saturday morning cartoons.  Kids today have no idea what life was like in the 80s.  Children’s television was not available on demand at all hours of the day and night like it is today.  Saturday mornings were your prime viewing opportunity for cartoons. 

On one of my typical childhood Saturday mornings, I totally remember sprawling out on our green shag carpet with a bowl of the latest sugary cereal and watching my favorite cartoons.  For a large majority of kids back then, there were no calendars full of sports activities or classes to go to. We could just relax and be kids until our parents said enough TV and sent us outside to play.  Saturday mornings belonged to the kids.  

In the late 80s, the decline of Saturday morning cartoons began.   Along came cable and satellite TV where Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network provided cartoon viewing around the clock.  People started getting VHS players and could rent or buy shows to watch whenever they wanted.  Slowly Saturday morning cartoons faded into the past.

When I was a kid, some of my favorite cartoons were reruns from the decades prior.  Shows like The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Tom and Jerry were up there on my list.  Did you see that later this month, a new live-action/computer-animated Tom & Jerry movie is coming to theaters as well as HBO Max?   It’s set to debut on February 26th.  Thanks to archival voice recordings, William Hanna, Mel Blanc, June Foray and Frank Welker voice everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo, Tom and Jerry. It’s pretty cool that they can use the archival voice recordings to keep the voices we all grew up hearing on the cartoon.  

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you on a trip down memory lane where I’ll give you 20 trivia questions about cartoons that we watched during the 80s. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

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Trivia Rewind – Episode 36 – Cartoons of the 80s

[00:00:00] Intro: [00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:07] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:07] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. Well, if you grew up in the eighties, there was one thing and one thing only on your mind when it came to Saturday mornings and that was binge watching Saturday morning cartoons

[00:00:34] KIds today have no idea what life was like in the eighties. Children’s television was not available on demand at all hours of the day and night like it is today. Saturday mornings were your prime time viewing opportunity for cartoons. On one of my typical childhood Saturday mornings, I totally remember sprawling out on our shag green carpet with a bowl of the latest sugary [00:01:00] cereal and watching my favorite cartoons.

[00:01:03] For a large majority of kids back then there were no calendars full of sports activities or classes to go to. We could just relax and be kids until our parents said enough TV and sent us outside to play. Saturday mornings belonged to the kids. In the late eighties the decline of Saturday morning cartoons began. Along came cable and satellite TV where Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network provided cartoon viewing around the clock.

[00:01:34] And people started getting VHS players and could rent or buy shows to watch whenever they wanted. Slowly Saturday morning cartoons faded into the past. When I was a kid, some of my favorite cartoons were reruns from the previous decades. Shows like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Tom and Jerry were up there on my list.

[00:01:57] Did you see that later this month, [00:02:00] a new live-action/computer animated, Tom and Jerry movie is coming to theaters as well as HBO max. It’s set to debut on February 26th. Thanks to archival voice recordings, William Hanna, Mel Blanc, June Foray and Frank Welker voice everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo Tom and Jerry. It’s pretty cool that they can use the archival voice recordings to keep the voices we all grew up hearing on the cartoon.

[00:02:32] In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m taking you on a trip down memory lane where I’ll give you 20 trivia questions about cartoons that we watched during the eighties. Before we get to the questions, I will review how this particular episode will work. Usually I give you the questions and then some fun facts. This week, it’s a little different. I’m giving you 20 trivia [00:03:00] questions with no fun facts. So after I read you the question, I’ll wait a few seconds, then give you the answer before moving on to the next question.

[00:03:10] So pretend that you’re still in your pajamas and have your bowl of sugar cereal, and let’s see what you remember about cartoons from the eighties. Are you ready?

[00:03:24] Here’s question one. In the eighties animated television series The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, what were the names of the four Ninja turtles?

[00:03:37] They were Donnatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

[00:03:45] Question two. In the cartoon The Smurfs, what was the name of the cat that belonged to the Smurf’s sworn enemy the evil wizard Gargamel?

[00:03:59] His [00:04:00] mangy cat was named Azrael. 

[00:04:04] Question three. In the cartoon, The Transformers what was the name of the leader and warlord of the Decepticons who had a purple face-like insignia?

[00:04:19] His name was Megatron.

[00:04:23] Question four. In the eighties cartoon series GI Joe: A real American Hero, the GI Joe elite strike force is fighting against the terrorist forces of which group?

[00:04:39] The group they are fighting against is called Cobra.

[00:04:44] Question five. On the eighties cartoon Thunder Cats, on what planet do these cat-like humanoid aliens live?

[00:04:57] The name of their planet is Third [00:05:00] Earth.

[00:05:02] Question six. In the eighties cartoon Inspector Gadget, who leads the criminal organization that Inspector Gadget tries to stop?

[00:05:15] Well that bad guy’s name is Dr. Claw.

[00:05:21] Question seven. In the eighties cartoon, Garfield and Friends, what is the name of Garfield’s Teddy bear?

[00:05:31] His bear’s name is Pooky.

[00:05:35] Question eight. In the eighties cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, what does Prince Adam have to say when holding his sword up in order to be turned into He-Man?

[00:05:50] He has to say, “By the power of Grayskull .”

[00:05:56] Question nine. In the eighties [00:06:00] cartoon, Alvin and the Chipmunks, what was the name of the group that consisted of three female chipmunks and the sometimes girlfriends of the Chipmunks?

[00:06:12] They were the Chipettes and consisted of Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor Miller.

[00:06:20] Question 10. In the eighties cartoon The Incredible Hulk, what was the name of Bruce Banner’s sidekick and friend?

[00:06:31] His name was Rick Jones.

[00:06:36] Question 11. In what animated series would you find the Fraggles, Doozers, Gorgs and Silly Creatures?

[00:06:47] That show was Fraggle Rock.

[00:06:51] Question 12. What is the name of the animated series that featured Jerrica Benton, the owner and [00:07:00] manager of Starlight Music where her alter ego was the lead singer of a rock group?

[00:07:08] That show was Jem and the Holograms.

[00:07:13] Question 13. In the animated show Speed Racer, what is the name of the car that Speed Racer drives?

[00:07:25] That car was Mach Five.

[00:07:29] Question 14. In Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers, what is the name of Chip and Dale’s main nemesis, a cat?

[00:07:41] His name was Fat Cat.

[00:07:45] Question 15. In the animated series Danger Mouse, what kind of animal is Penfold, Danger Mouse’s sidekick?

[00:07:58] He was a [00:08:00] hamster.

[00:08:01] Question 16. In the Looney Tunes cartoons, who is always after the road runner?

[00:08:12] That would be Wile E. Coyote.

[00:08:16] Question 17. In the Yogi Bear Show, what is the name of Yogi Bear’s sidekick?

[00:08:27] That was Boo-Boo Bear.

[00:08:31] Question 18. In the cartoon The Flinstones, what is the name of Fred’s best friend and next door neighbor?

[00:08:42] That was Barney Rubble.

[00:08:46] Question 19. On the cartoon The Jetsons, what is the name of the Jetson’s maid?

[00:08:56] Her name was Rosie.

[00:09:00] [00:08:59] Question 20. In the animated series Scooby Doo Where Are You, what is the name of the van that the gang travels in?

[00:09:12] That van was called The Mystery Machine.

[00:09:16] So how did you do on all those questions? Did you remember all those cartoons? I’d love to know what your favorite cartoon was back in the eighties. Visit us on Instagram and come tell me about it.

[00:09:29] You can also visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter and at triviarewind.com. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. [00:10:00]

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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.

After listening, please leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. I hope you’ll tell your friends about Trivia Rewind and subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

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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No More Great Pumpkin on Network TV?

Just add this to the #2020 list. One of October’s greatest TV traditions is going away…kind of. Ever since 1966 when It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown first aired on network television, you could count on seeing it every year on CBS until ABC bought the rights in 2001. There was just something special about watching it that one night it aired on TV each year.

Well it looks like someone has sold out. This is the first year that you will only be able to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on a streaming device. (Of course you can watch it on VHS or DVD but that’s not the same) In 2020, this beloved classic will only air on Apple TV+. Is this some marketing ploy to get more Apple TV subscribers? Probably. We’ve all fallen for those tactics before. Who hasn’t signed up for a free trial of a streaming app just to watch some special anticipated show?

Many fans are disappointed mostly because it’s a matter of principle. When traditions are frequently going by the wayside, little 25 minute pieces of enjoyment like this TV special mean more than most would think. Sure, how hard is it to get a free subscription to Apple TV and watch it that way? Well, not everyone has access to streaming devices so that cuts out a portion of the population.

With all that’s going on in the world, it seems like a mundane thing to complain about. But many, including myself just want a little piece of history to cling to. Can some things just stay the same?

If you’re a fan of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, come see what you remember about this beloved show and listen to the Trivia Rewind episode devoted to this iconic special. This Trivia Rewind episode was released the same day the change in venue news hit social media.

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“Friends Don’t Lie”

Which TV series does the quote “Friends don’t lie” come from? That’s one of the quotes in this week’s Trivia Rewind episode called Midweek TV quotes. The past several weeks our quotes episodes have been about movie. This week, I’m switching things up and all the quotes are based on TV shows.

Along with the five quotes, you’ll learn some interesting facts to go along with them. Find out which actress is deaf in one ear plus you’ll never guess which TV tough guy is afraid of flying.  Challenge your friends and family and see who can guess first. After listening, please leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Don’t look below unless you’ve already listened to the episode because you’ll find the answers below.


Trivia Rewind – Midweek TV Quotes – Friends Don’t Lie

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hey there Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. It’s bonus episode time. Our last few bonus episodes have been about movie quotes. This week it’s all about television quotes. You’ll learn some fun facts about the actors who said the famous lines that we will discuss. I had fun doing all the research and now it’s your turn to have fun playing Trivia Rewind. Here’s how it works. I’ll read you five quotes from TV shows. Then I’ll go back and give you the answers and fun facts. When the episode is over, I’d love it if you’d go to Apple podcasts and write a positive review about Trivia Rewind. Are you ready to play?

Debi Jenkins 0:53
Here’s quote one. “Friends don’t lie.”

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Quote two. “Winter is coming.”

Debi Jenkins 1:04
Quote three. “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

Debi Jenkins 1:11
Quote four. “No soup for you.”

Debi Jenkins 1:16
And quote five. “Rut roh!”

Debi Jenkins 1:21
Those are the five quotes. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and fun facts. Quote one. “Friends don’t lie.” This quote is said by the character Eleven on the show Stranger Things. Eleven is played by British actress Millie Bobby Brown. First of all, can you believe she’s only 16 years old. She was born in Spain, but her nationality is British. Millie Bobby Brown is deaf in one ear after being born with hearing loss. Her role as Eleven on Stranger Things was a huge springboard for her acting career. This breakout role earned her Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. When she took on the role, she didn’t realize she was going to have to shave her head but she went right along with it. Not only did she have to shave her head, she had her first kiss on the show when she had to kiss her co-star Finn Wolfhard. At the young age of 16 she already has her own production company, her own skincare line and she is the youngest person to ever be appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She’s definitely on her way up.

Debi Jenkins 2:44
Quote two. “Winter is coming.” This quote comes from this series Game of Thrones. “Winter is coming” is the motto of house Stark. The first time this line was used was by Ned Stark, the head of house Stark. This role was played by English actor Sean Bean. Before Game of Thrones, Sean Bean was widely recognized for his role as Boromir on the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Bean has been married five times, has three kids and is even a grandfather. Sean Bean should not be confused with the quirky character Mr. Bean played by Rowan Atkinson. If you think that’s a ridiculous thing to say, it has actually happened multiple times when he’s received fan mail meant for the other Bean. And who would have guessed that this tough guy is afraid of flying. Supposedly during the filming of The Fellowship of the Ring, he would hike to their shooting location instead of going by helicopter with the rest of the actors. And he was in full costume when he made the hike.

Debi Jenkins 3:56
Quote three. “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” This line comes from the show Friday Night Lights. Coach Eric Taylor says this line. Eric Taylor is played by actor Kyle Chandler. Unlike most shows, Friday Night Lights was filmed on location. The only thing made for the show was the locker room. All five seasons were filmed in the Austin, Texas area. Peter Berg the executive producer required that the show be filmed in Texas. It has been reported that the actors never rehearsed their roles. They just went for it. The producers wanted the acting to be authentic. Actor Kyle Chandler and his family must have liked Texas because they left their Los Angeles home and bought 33 acres in Dripping Springs, Texas, where he’s even been a volunteer firefighter.

Debi Jenkins 4:53
Quote four. “No soup for you.” Well, this line comes from the sitcom Seinfeld, and it is said by the Soup Nazi. Actor Larry Thomas played the Soup Nazi on the popular show. The character was inspired by a real life soup vendor in New York City. Supposedly the vendor made it known that he was quite offended, saying the whole Soup Nazi thing ruined his life and he demanded an apology. However, something good did come out of the Soup Nazi character. Actor Larry Thomas has used his celebrity status to help homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Larry Thomas was nominated for an Emmy Award for his guest performance on the show.

Debi Jenkins 5:40
Quote five. “Rut Roh!” This quote was actually heard on two different shows. The very first show was The Jetsons and the second show was Scooby Doo. On The Jetsons it was said by the dog Astro. On Scooby Doo, it was said by Scooby himself. Both Astro and Scooby were Great Danes. Don Messick was the voice actor for both Astro and Scooby. Astro from 1962 to 1963, and Scooby from 1969 to 1996. Over the years, he voiced many characters in over 100 programs. When he was a young teenager, he taught himself the art of ventriloquism where he learned to do many of his voices. In 1944 when drafted into the Army, he took along his ventriloquist dummy and entertained the troops.

Debi Jenkins 6:41
Well, that’s the end of our Trivia Rewind bonus episode. 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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1970s TV Show Trivia

Let’s go back to the groovy decade of the 1970s. If you grew up in this decade, you’ll remember having to wait until Saturday morning for cartoons to come on. And speaking of the TV, we didn’t have a remote. WE were the remote. That meant we had to get up and turn the dial.  We also had to adjust the antenna to get the show to come in clearer.  Times have sure changed. But some of the TV shows that came out of that decade are unforgettable.  And that’s what we’re talking about on this episode of Trivia Rewind.

Do you know what TV series had the first audible toilet flush?  You’ll find out the answer in our fun facts!   Find out what show Jason Bateman was on as a little kid, way before his popularity on shows like Ozark.  When you’re finished with this episode, I know you’ll leave knowing something new.  

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Debi Jenkins  0:04  
Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. This is Debi Jenkins your host. Let’s go back to the groovy decade of the 1970s, shag carpet. If you grew up in this decade, you’ll remember having to wait until Saturday morning for cartoons to come on. And speaking of the TV, we didn’t have a remote. We were the remote. This meant we had to get up and turn the dial ourselves. We also had to adjust the antenna to get the show to come in clearer. Times have sure changed. But some of the TV shows that came out of that decade are unforgettable. And that’s what we’re talking about this week on Trivia Rewind. 

Debi Jenkins  0:50  
Here’s a quick review of how Trivia Rewind works. First, 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 Trivia Rewind. 

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Question one. The TV show All In The Family discussed many controversial topics and character Archie Bunker was always at odds with his son-in-law nicknamed what?

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 Question two.  In the 1972 series, The Waltons, what famous line from the show is said in the sequence that closes out each episode?

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Question three. On what television series does John Ritter play the character Jack Tripper? 

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Question four. The long running series Little House on the Prairie was centered around what family? 

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Question five. In the sitcom The Jeffersons, what kind of successful business was George Jefferson the owner of?

Debi Jenkins  2:11  
Question six. In what war was the television series MASH set? 

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Question  seven. On the popular series Happy Days first telecast in 1974, what is the popular three word catchphrase that the character Fonzie would often say? 

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Question eight. On the show Facts of Life, what is the name of the house mother at the Eastland School, an all girls boarding school? 

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Question nine. On the show The Brady Bunch, what is the name of the family’s dog? 

Debi Jenkins  3:00  
Question 10. What spin off from Happy Days featured two roommates that worked as bottle cappers in the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

Debi Jenkins  3:14  
 Well, those are the questions. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and fun facts. Question one. The TV show All in the Family discussed many controversial topics and character Archie Bunker was always at odds with his son-in-law nicknamed what? The nickname of his son-in-law was Meathead. Many consider All in the Family to be one of the greatest television shows of all time. Did you know that it was the first major American TV series to be taped in front of a live studio audience? Canned laughter was never used in this show. It was all the real thing. And here’s a history making event worth making noise about. All in the Family had the first audible toilet flush on TV. Before this show, the first time a toilet was even seen on TV was on Leave it to Beaver in 1957. 

Debi Jenkins  4:16  
Question two. In the 1972 series The Waltons, what famous line from the show is said in the sequence that closes out each episode? Well, the answer is, “Goodnight John Boy” and it was said by Elizabeth Walton, the sister of John Boy. After her line everyone else in the family was told goodnight but for some reason the goodnight John Boy is the only one that stuck. If you grew up in the 70s I’d be surprised if your family didn’t use that line at least once. I know ours did, more than once. Here’s a fun fact about The Waltons. A replica of The Walton house has remained on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California. The exterior was used as the pre-renovated Dragonfly Inn on the show Gilmore Girls. 

Debi Jenkins  5:14  
Question three. On what television series does John Ritter play the character Jack Tripper? Well, that show was Three’s Company. This show ran for eight seasons. John Ritter was the only cast member to be in every single episode. Actor Billy Crystal tried out for the role of Jack Tripper. In the 1970s Three’s Company was considered a controversial show. It fell into a category called “jiggle television.” 

Debi Jenkins  5:49  
Question four.  The long running series Little House on the Prairie was centered around what family?  Well, that was the Ingalls family. In season one, the Ingalls family included Charles, Caroline, Mary, Laura and Carrie. A few other family members were added as the seasons went on. While the show looked real pure from your TV set, things going on behind the scenes were quite the opposite. There was a lot of drinking on the set. It was not uncommon for Michael Landon to be drinking vodka throughout the day. In her autobiography, Melissa Gilbert talks about Michael Landon and the crew abusing alcohol. Did you know that actor Jason Bateman was in 21 episodes of Little House on the Prairie. He played the character James. He was adopted by the Ingalls family after his parents were killed in a wagon accident. Today Jason Bateman is really pretty well known for his show Ozark which is on Netflix. 

Debi Jenkins  6:56  
Question five. In the sitcom, The Jeffersons, what kind of successful business was George Jefferson the owner of? Well, he owned a chain of dry cleaning stores. Here’s a fun fact. The Jeffersons is one of the longest running sitcoms with 11 seasons. Unfortunately, it was abruptly canceled and the lead actor Sherman Hemsley found out about the cancellation by reading about it in the newspaper. Real classy CBS. Actress Isabelle Sanford set records by being the first African American actress to win an Emmy Award in the category of Best Actress in a Comedy Series. 

Debi Jenkins  7:43  
Question six. In what war was the television series MASH set? That was the Korean War. While laugh tracks were all the rage back then, they agreed not to use a laugh track in the scenes that were set in the operating room. Probably a smart idea. Usually there isn’t much laughing going on in a surgical hospital in the middle of a war zone. MASH wasn’t the only time you’d see Alan Alda in the role of doctor.  In 1999, he was in five episodes of the hit show ER, playing Dr. Gabriel Lawrence. MASH was nominated for an amazing 100 plus Emmy Awards over its 11 year run. 

Debi Jenkins  8:31  
Question seven. On the popular series Happy Days, first telecast in 1974, what is the popular three word catchphrase that the character Fonzie would often say? It was “sit on it.” Happy Days ran for 11 seasons and was one of ABCs longest running primetime programs in the ABC network’s history. Seven shows spun off of Happy Days. They were Laverne and Shirley, Blanksy’s Beauties, Mork and Mindy, Out of the Blue, Joanie Loves Chachi, and then two animated series, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, and Laverne and Shirley with the Fonz. 

Debi Jenkins  9:16  
Question eight. On the show Facts of Life, what is the name of the house mother at the Eastland School, an all girls boarding school? Her name was Mrs. Garrett, and she was played by actress Charlotte Rae. Did you know that the Facts of Life was a spinoff from the Diff’rent Strokes television series. Mrs. Garrett was the housekeeper for the Drummond family on that series. One of the people that wrote the theme song for the series was actor Alan Thicke. You’ll remember him as Jason Seaver on Growing Pains.

Debi Jenkins  9:52  
Question nine. On the show The Brady Bunch, what is the name of the family’s dog? The dog’s name was Tiger. If you watched the pilot episode, you may have noticed the girls had a pet cat named Fluffy. Fluffy never appeared in any other episodes. The Brady Bunch was never nominated for any awards during its run, even though it seems like it was such a popular show and it is still watched today. Recently, the Brady kids reunited for an HGTV show called A Very Brady Renovation. They came together to renovate the actual house that was used for exterior shots in the 1970s Brady Bunch series. This HGTV series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Structured Reality Program category. 

Debi Jenkins  10:48  
And question 10. What spin off from Happy Days featured two roommates that worked as bottle cappers in the Shotz brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin? The answer is Laverne and Shirley. The actors that portrayed Laverne and Shirley were Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. Here’s a fun fact. Penny Marshall’s brother is Gary Marshall, a creator and executive producer of the series. In 2013, the two actresses were reunited on the Nickelodeon show Sam and Cat. It had been 30 years since they were in a scripted show together and this show rekindled their friendship. 

Debi Jenkins  11:33  
Well, those were our 10 trivia questions about just a few of the great shows from the 1970s. The next time you hear a toilet flush, maybe you’ll think about the All in the Family series. I hope you enjoy Trivia Rewind. Please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. And I’d love it if you’d leave us a positive review. Visit us at triviarewind.com for links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening. Come back next time and join me for more Trivia Rewind.

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