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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.

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The Mandalorian

So have you seen the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian yet? I’m sure you’ve seen that cute little guy that everyone is calling Baby Yoda. You don’t have to be an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise to enjoy this new series.  On November 12, 2019, when the Disney+ streaming service launched, the first season of The Mandalorian was released. This hit series is based on the Star Wars franchise.  The second season of The Mandalorian premiered on October 30, 2020 and a 3rd season is now in the works. 

So how did Disney end up creating this new edition to the Star Wars franchise? George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars sold his LucasFilm production company to Disney in 2012.  He founded LucasFilm in 1971 and this acquisition by Disney was one of the largest entertainment industry acquisitions of the last 30 years. 

In a statement, George Lucas said, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series. The story begins five years after the events in the Return of the Jedi film.  In the Star Wars movie series, Mandalorians were never mentioned by name.  However they have been mentioned in books, video games, comics and TV. You’ll find the first mention of the word Mandalorian in the 1983 comic, Star Wars number 68.  

The Mandalorian series was created by none other than Jon Favreau, the director of films like Iron Man,  Elf, and the 2019 Lion King movie just to name a few of his previous projects. I’ve talked about him in some of our previous episodes.

Something cool about The Mandalorian is that groundbreaking LED stage production technology was created for this series.  The motion picture visual effects company ILM -short for Industrial Lights and Magic came up with their new StageCraft technology with the help of Epic Games.

The Mandalorian does not use massive sets or studio backlots for their production. Through this new technology, the locations are brought right to the actors without leaving the studio.  They use a large soundstage with a full ceiling and a 360-degree view.  Twenty foot tall LED video screens create fully digital environments that they use as in-camera sets and backdrops. 

Imagine having a big LED screen backdrop behind you and you can choose whatever location you want. The show doesn’t have to travel off to some location that looks like another universe, they can create it all right in the studio with this new technology.   This series of rear-projected LED screens act as a real-time green screen.  

And how is this for coolness, The Mandalorian’s directors and cinematographer use virtual reality headsets so they can pre-vizualise scenes. Talk about a fun job!  Watching how they do this is really pretty amazing.  Check out this video titled, The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One. It’s so interesting to see how they use this new technology. You can also check out this video titled, Real-Time In-Camera VFX for Next-Gen Filmmaking.

While George Lucas isn’t involved in the Mandalorian series, he has offered technical advice or pointers when asked, said Dave Filoni, who not only is an executive producer but directs some of the episodes. George Lucas has even visited the set during the filming of seasons one and two.  You have to wonder what George Lucas thinks about the series since Star Wars was like his baby that he conceived decades ago.  Wonder what he thinks when he watches the Mandalorain from the point of view of a viewer, not a creator or director of the series?  According to Dave Filoni, Lucas didn’t give a whole lot of feedback about season one. In an article with the Hollywood Reporter, Filoni says “I think he’s enjoyed the show, and he said once [that] now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer.”

In 2020, The Mandalorian was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards including a nomination for Outstanding Drama series.  

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you ten trivia questions about The Mandalorian series.  After I give you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus fun facts.  Plus, find out what fellow podcaster and avid Mandolorain fan Jeff Hunt, host of the podcast Jeff Needs Help, says is his favorite part of the Mandalorain series.

In our fun facts segment, find out which actor in the series had never even seen one episode of Star Wars when he took his role. Plus, find out which episode caused quite the controversy on Twitter!  These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts 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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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 – Episode 34  -The Mandalorian

[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. So have you seen the Disney+ series The Mandalorian yet? I’m sure you’ve seen that cute little guy that everyone is calling Baby Yoda. You don’t have to be an avid fan of the Star Wars franchise to enjoy this new series. On November 12th, 2019 when the Disney+ streaming service launched, the first season of The Mandalorian was released. This hit series is based on the Star Wars franchise. The second season of the Mandalorian premiered on October 30th, 2020 and a third season is now in the works. So how did Disney end up creating this addition to the Star Wars franchise?

[00:00:58] Well, George [00:01:00] Lucas, the creator of Star Wars sold his LucasFilm production company to Disney in 2012. He founded LucasFilm in 1971 and this acquisition by Disney was one of the largest entertainment industry acquisitions of the last 30 years. In a statement, George Lucas said, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me. And I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”

[00:01:44] The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series. The story begins five years after the events in The Return of the Jedi film. In the Star Wars movie series, Mandalorians were never mentioned by name. However they have been mentioned in [00:02:00] books, video games, comics, and TV. You’ll find the first mention of the word Mandalorian in the 1983 comic, Star Wars number 68.

[00:02:11] The Mandalorian series was created by none other than Jon Favreau, the director of films like Iron Man, Elf and the 2019 Lion King movie, just to name a few of his previous project. I’ve talked about him in some of our previous episodes. Something cool about the Mandalorian is that groundbreaking LED stage production technology was created for this series. The motion picture visual effects company ILM short for Industrial Lights and Magic came up with their new Stagecraft technology with the help of Epic games.

[00:02:49] The Mandalorian does not use massive sets or studio backlots for their production. Through this new technology, the locations are brought right to the [00:03:00] actors without leaving the studio. They use a large soundstage with a full ceiling and 360 degree view. Twenty foot tall LED video screens create fully digital environments that they use as in-camera sets and backdrops.

[00:03:18] Imagine having a big LED screen backdrop behind you and you can choose whatever location you want. The show doesn’t have to travel off to some location that looks like another universe. They can create it all right in the studio with this new technology. This series of rear projected LED screens act as a real-time green screen.

[00:03:40] And how is this for coolness the Mandalorian’s directors and cinematographer use virtual reality headsets so they can pre-visualize scenes. Talk about a fun job. Watching how they do this is really pretty amazing. If you’d like to get a behind the scenes look at this new virtual [00:04:00] production technology, I’ll post a link to a video on triviarewind.com. It’s pretty cool to see how they do it.

[00:04:07] While George Lucas isn’t involved in The Mandalorian series, he has offered technical advice or pointers when asked, said, Dave Filoni who not only is an executive producer but directs some of the episodes. George Lucas has even visited the set during the filming of seasons one and two. You have to wonder what George Lucas thinks about the series since Star Wars was like his baby that he conceived decades ago. Wonder what he thinks when he watches The Mandalorian from the point of view of a viewer, not a creator or director of the series? According to Dave Filoni Lucas didn’t give a whole lot of feedback about season one. In an article with The Hollywood Reporter, Filoni says, “I think he’s enjoyed the show, and he said, once now he gets to watch it as a fan and watch it as a viewer.

[00:04:58] In 2020, [00:05:00] The Mandalorian was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, including a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Recently I asked fellow podcaster and avid Mandalorian fan Jeff Hunt, host of the podcast Jeff Needs Help, what he thinks of The Mandalorian series.

[00:05:19] Here’s what he had to say. “I got to say my favorite thing without a doubt about the Mandalorian series so far has to be just the fact that how many ancillary characters and you know worlds that they’ve, they’ve brought to life. You know, I, I grew up on Star Wars. Most of these things were, were toys or things that were, were, were just in our imagination that we dreamed up of how they would have, how they would have acted, how they would have talked, you know, the battles that they would have had. And they’ve really leaned into that, you know, to see, you know, the Mandalorian actually use a jet pack, you know, to see all these other characters, you know, brought, brought to life on the big [00:06:00] screen after so many years of just the Skywalker universe. It’s just been awesome. And is, it is literally like, um, you know, bringing my childhood imagination to life. And, uh, I, I it’s, it’s one of my favorite series that has ever been made.” It’s so great seeing fans get excited about this new series.

[00:06:21] Now that I’ve given you a little background on this highly acclaimed series, let’s get to the trivia and fun facts. In this episode of Trivia Rewind I’ll give you 10 trivia questions about The Mandalorian series. After I give you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which actor in the series had never even seen one episode of Star Wars when he took his role. Plus find out which episode caused quite the controversy on Twitter. These fun facts and more await you on this episode of Trivia [00:07:00] rewind. Are you ready for the questions?

[00:07:03] Here’s question one. What is the birth name of the character known as the Mandalorian?

[00:07:12] Question two. In season one, the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter is given a job to collect a 50 year old asset. What is the asset that he is assigned to collect?

[00:07:27] Question three. What is the other name for Mandalorian iron, the material that makes up the armor of the Mandalorian?

[00:07:39] Question four. What is the name of the Mandalorian’s ship?

[00:07:46] Question five. What does The Client say he will give Mando if he brings the 50 year old bounty back alive?

[00:07:58] Question six. [00:08:00] In season two of The Mandalorian, The Child eats some unfertilized eggs out of a container that belong to which character?

[00:08:11] Question seven. What is the real name of The Child?

[00:08:18] Question eight. What is the name of the former MMA fighter that plays ex-Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune?

[00:08:30] Question nine. What is the name of the leader of the Bounty Hunter Guild?

[00:08:37] And question 10. In the episode titled Chapter 16: The Rescue, who arrives to take The Child to be trained as a Jedi?

[00:08:50] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and the fun facts. Question one.  What is the birth [00:09:00] name of the character known as the Mandalorian? Well, that is Din Djarin. The Mandalorian’s birth name is not revealed until the season one finale. To most he’s known by his nickname Mando. When creating the Mandalorian character, Jon Favreau, the creator of the series was inspired by Clint Eastwood and his “Man with No Name” character seen in the old  spaghetti western films. While seeing the Mandalorian’s face would be a rarity, the man behind the Mandalorian is actor Pedro Pascal. And let me point out here that the way I’m pronouncing his name is how he said it’s supposed to be pronounced when he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

[00:09:46] To me, I associate him most from his role on the Netflix crime series, Narcos, where he plays DEA agent Javier Pena. He’s also known as Oberyn Martell, [00:10:00] a character from the fourth season on Game of Thrones. At a Star Wars Celebration Chicago event in April of 2019 Pascal talked about what it was like having the lead role.  In a Starwars.com article, they say “Star Wars was an important part of his upbringing and he had trouble putting into words how it feels to be part of the franchise he’s loved for so long. ‘I was shaped by these movies.’ He said, ‘fantasy fulfillment. That’s what it’s like. I imagined that would be the dream of a lot of kids that grew up with the Star Wars franchise.'” The first time we see Pedro Pascal’s face as the Mandalorian is in the final episode of season one.

[00:10:48] Question two. In season one, the Mandalorian, a bounty hunter is given a job to collect a 50 year old asset. What is the asset that he is assigned to [00:11:00] collect? He is to collect a child that looks like a Yoda species. While fans everywhere refer to this character as Baby Yoda, at this point in the series he’s only referred to as The Child. It isn’t until the episode titled Chapter 13: The Jedi that we find out his real name. According to Deadline.com, “The actual puppet used on the streaming show costs $5 million to make and uses two technicians to control its movements.”

[00:11:35] The puppet was designed by special effects studio, Legacy Effects. In a Hollywood Reporter article, Jon Favreau says, “He’s mostly a puppet. When it’s CG, we try to make him obey the same physical laws that he would if he were a puppet. I think a lot of times CG makes itself too obvious where you don’t create parameters creatively that allow [00:12:00] the character to keep the same identity and charm.”

[00:12:03] The team went out of their way to make sure and conceal this Baby Yoda character until the moment the episode revealing him was released. They kept him out of pre-release marketing and he wasn’t one of the original toys released for the series. In a Hollywood Reporter article Favreau says, “I think that part of what people really value is to be surprised and delighted, and I think that’s becoming all too rare. It’s very difficult to keep secrets about projects you’re working on. By holding back on that one product, we knew that we may have had the disadvantage of not having toys available day and date, but what we got in exchange was an excitement surrounding the character because everybody felt like they discovered him together. That emulated more what my experience growing up was like.”

[00:12:56] Well, I’d say it worked because fans went crazy when the [00:13:00] character was revealed and people couldn’t get enough of this Baby Yoda character. When the baby Yoda products hit the market they flew off the store shelves.

[00:13:09] Question three. What is the other name for Mandalorian iron, the material that makes up the armor of the Mandalorian? Well, it is called Beskar Steel. Beskar steel is a blaster-resistant steel. In the book titled “The Jedi Path,” Beskar is also described as being lightsaber-proof. In The  Mandalorian, Mando is often paid with Beskar for his bounty assignments.

[00:13:41] Question four. What is the name of the Mandalorian’s ship? The name of his ship is the Razor Crest. It’s a former military gunship. The people at Industrial Lights and Magic  created the Razor Crest and got [00:14:00] inspiration from military style aircraft. When coming up with a design, a model was 3-D printed and making it was quite the undertaking. For a look inside Industrial Lights and Magic as they create the Razor Crest, check out triviarewind.com where I will post a link to the mini documentary titled, Inside ILM: Creating the Razor Crest. This was some old school Star Wars that’s for sure. It’s been years since ILM filmed with models like this. Lego recently came out with a Razor Crest Lego kit and for $129 and 99 cents, you can build your very own Lego Razor Crest. That is however if you can get your hands on one. At the time of this recording, they were temporarily out of stock in the Lego Store. With the popularity of The Mandalorian, who knows how hard it will be to keep those in stock.

[00:14:57] Question five. What does The [00:15:00] Client say he’ll give Mando if he brings the 50 year old bounty back alive? He will be given a full container of Beskar steel. The client is played by German actor, Werner Herzog. Herzog has quite the career as a film director, screen writer, writer, actor, and opera director. Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau approached Herzog directly about being on the show. Can you believe that when he took the role, the 77 year old actor had never even seen an episode of Star Wars?

[00:15:36] In a Variety article he’s asked about this and here’s his reply. “I was not tossed into unknown territory. I was very well briefed. I knew what was expected of me. I knew the interior landscape of the character and I knew the exterior landscape. You shouldn’t feel upset that I haven’t seen the Star Wars films. I hardly see any films. I read. [00:16:00] I see two, three, maybe four films per year.”

[00:16:05] Question six. In season two of the Mandalorian, The Child eats some unfertilized eggs out of a container that belong to which character?? Well, that would be the Frog Lady. The Frog Lady appears in chapters 10 and 11 of the series.

[00:16:24] When she appeared on the series, she immediately became a fan favorite. After the episode where we see The Child eat some of the Frog Lady’s unfertilized eggs, fans went nuts on social media. People couldn’t believe the normally well-behaved child would do such a thing. An Insider.com article discusses a tweet by the LucasFilm creative arts manager, who after the episode issued a clarification about the Frog Lady’s eggs. They quote him as saying that the eggs “are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy.” I do have to [00:17:00] admit I was a little disturbed by the fact that The Child was sneaking around eating her eggs.

[00:17:04] There may be a reason why they had The Child do this. A Vanity Fair article titled “How the Mandalorian Fought to Keep Baby Yoda from Being too Cute” talks about how Jon Favreau didn’t want The Child to be overly cute. The article says, “avoiding the cutesy trap was something of an uphill battle for Favreau who found that the classic “Disney proportions” – think big round eyes and cuddly features- kept being applied to a character he wanted to keep as weird as possible.” So the incidents with the child eating the eggs looks to be an attempt at making the character a little less lovable.

[00:17:44] The Vanity Fair article says “The frog swallowing may only be the beginning of the gross things the show will let The Child do in order to underline the idea that in the end, he’s still an animal. ‘It’s like a stray [00:18:00] dog or having a little baby alligator or something,’ Favreau said, ‘then again, a baby alligator probably never sold this many toys.'”

[00:18:10] Question seven. What is the name of The Child? Well, his name is Grogu. Well, after months of people calling this cute little guy Baby Yoda, fans could finally call him by his real name, which was revealed in the episode titled Chapter 12: The Siege. The character Grogu was created by Jon Favreau. In a Hollywood Reporter article, Disney CEO Bob Iger had this to say about Grogu. “The scale of the reaction is beyond my expectations by a wide margin, says Iger. That said, the moment I laid eyes on the character, I had a strong feeling that it was going to connect with audiences. So cute. So interesting. So compelling, so [00:19:00] familiar and yet so new.”

[00:19:02] He is right about that. From the moment fans saw Grogu, The Child, everyone was in love. Imagine the amount of money being made off Grogu products.

[00:19:14] Question eight. What is the name of the former MMA fighter that plays ex-Rebel Shock Trooper Cara Dune? That is Gina Carano. The Cara Dune character is an ex-Rebel Alliance Shock Trooper turned mercenary.

[00:19:33] You may recognize Gina as Crush from the 2008 series American Gladiators. After retiring from mixed martial arts, she pursued a career in acting. She’s had several movie roles. When discussing her Mandalorian role in a Starwars.com article, she said this production called for the most secrecy of any job in her career.

[00:20:00] [00:19:59] On the series, she did most of her own stunts. A Starwars.com article quotes Jon Favreau as saying, “The only person that didn’t have any fun was Gina’s stunt double,” Favreau joked, “because they hardly got to work.”

[00:20:16] Question nine. What is the name of the leader of the Bounty Hunter Guild? His name is Greef Karga. Actor Carl Weathers plays Greef Karga in this series. You probably recognize Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed from the Rocky films. Before acting, he was a professional football player. He was once a free agent with the Oakland Raiders, where for one year he played linebacker. He then played a few seasons in the Canadian Football League.

[00:20:47] During the off season, Weathers went to San Francisco State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama. When he signed on to play Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, he told Jon Favreau [00:21:00] that he’d like to direct an episode. Well, Favreau made good on that request. Weathers is the director of the episode, Chapter 12: The Siege. When asked about his experience at a question and answer session at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago event in April of 2019, Starwars.com quotes Weather’s saying, “Of all the things I’ve been involved with, I don’t think anything has come close to this. This is insane.”

[00:21:29] And question 10. In the episode titled Chapter 16: The Rescue, who arrives to take The Child to be trained as a Jedi? Well, to everyone’s surprise that person was Luke Skywalker. In the final episode of season two, it was a huge surprise to see Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker character show up at the end. This wasn’t the older version of Luke Skywalker that we’ve seen in recent Star Wars movies. It was the younger one, like we saw [00:22:00] in A New Hope.

[00:22:01] So how they do it?  Well, it’s likely a combination of body doubles and CGI. After the episode aired and fans went crazy on social media, Mark Hamill sent out a few tweets about the episode. One tweet said, “#NoWords. Seeing fans reaction to Luke’s return is something I will cherish forever” Hamill wrote. Adding that the experience was “overwhelming” and “very moving.” And “I’m a fan myself. So I knew true fans would love it, but to see them thrilled beyond belief with the exuberance of children, whooping it up, screaming in ecstasy, the tears of sheer joy… it’s a roller coaster of emotions I’ll never forget.” I will say this was my son’s favorite part of the series so far.

[00:22:51] Mandalorian fans everywhere will be on the edge of their seat waiting for season three. When will that be you ask?  Well, [00:23:00] I’ve heard answers that range from December of 2021 all the way to sometime in 2022. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. So what’s your favorite part about The Mandalorian series?  Let me know. Email me at triviarewind@gmail.com or visit Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or on triviarewind.com.

[00:23:25] Thanks again to my guest Jeff from Jeff Needs Help, a podcast where he discusses random subjects from entertainment to sports and just about everything else in between. You can find Jeff Needs Help wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Famous TV Pets

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m talking TV pet stars. Over the years, a lot of shows have given us memorable pets from the fluffy to the scruffy.  Here’s something you probably don’t know about me.  My very first job after graduating from Baylor University with a TV/Film degree was with the PBS television series Wishbone. Remember that little Jack Russell Terrier that would delve into classic literature?  That’s him.   The dog that played Wishbone was named Soccer. He was quite the star on set. I still remember that the entire cast and crew of Wishbone celebrated Soccer’s birthday with a big cake. He was treated quite well.  Sadly, Soccer died in 2001.  

Dogs are quite popular on TV.   Lassie has been ranked as the best TV pet of all time. But in this episode, it’s not just dogs I’m talking about.  If you look back over the decades of television you’ll find pets like Mr. Ed the horse, Flipper the dolphin and even Aristotle the octopus.  We love our pets both in real life and on screen. 

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you fifteen trivia questions about TV pets. After I give you the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about each pet.  Find out which TV pet was tragically killed on a television studio’s backlot when hit by a delivery vehicle. You’ll even find out which TV pet had a net worth of 3.2 million dollars. Those and so many more fun facts await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind.   

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Trivia Rewind Episode 32 – Famous TV Pets

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

[00:00:06] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins. In this episode, I’m talking TV pet stars. Over the years a lot of shows have given us memorable pets from the fluffy to the scruffy. Here’s something you probably don’t know about me. My very first job after graduating from Baylor University with a TV/Film degree was with the PBS television series Wishbone. Remember that little Jack Russell Terrier that would delve into classic literature? That’s him. The dog that played Wishbone was named Soccer. He was quite the star on set. I still remember that the entire cast and crew of Wishbone celebrated Soccer’s birthday with a big cake. He was treated quite well. Sadly soccer died in 2001.

[00:00:54] Dogs are quite popular on TV. Lassie has been ranked as the best TV pet of all time. [00:01:00] But in this episode, it’s not just dogs I’m talking about. If you look back over the decades of television, you’ll find pets like Mr. Ed the horse,  Flipper the dolphin and even Aristotle the octopus.

[00:01:13] We love our pets both in real life and on screen. In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I’ll give you 15 trivia questions about TV pets. After I give you the questions, I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about each pet. Find out which TV pet was tragically killed on a television studio’s back lot when hit by a delivery vehicle. You’ll even find out which TV pet had a net worth of $3.2 million. Those and so many more fun facts await you on this episode of Trivia Rewind. This should be a lot of fun. So are you ready?

[00:01:51] Here’s question one. What is the name of the dog on the classic TV series The Brady Bunch?

[00:02:00] [00:02:00] Question two. What is the name of the dog seen on the television  drama series Lost?

[00:02:10] Question three. On The Gilmore Girls what is the name of Lorelai’s dog?

[00:02:19] Question four. On the sitcom Friends what is the name of Ross’s pet monkey?

[00:02:27] Question five. On the animated television series SpongeBob Square Pants what is the name of SpongeBob’s pet snail?

[00:02:37] Question six. In the 1980s series Miami Vice what kind of pet did Don Johnson’s character Sonny Crockett have and what was his pet’s name?

[00:02:51] Question seven. What is the name of the dog owned by Paul and Jamie on the nineties sitcom Mad About You?

[00:03:01] [00:03:00] Question eight. What is the name of the Jack Russell Terrier on the sitcom Frazier?

[00:03:08] Question nine. What is the name of the Tanner’s dog on the sitcom Full House?

[00:03:16] Question 10. What is the name of the pet greyhound that belongs to the Simpson family on the animated series The Simpsons?

[00:03:27] Question 11. In the 1970s series Baretta, what kind of pet did Robert Blake’s character have and what was the pet’s name?

[00:03:40] Question 12. In the 1960s series Green Acres what was the name of their pet pig?

[00:03:48] Question 13. On the sixties television series Gentle Ben, what kind of pet was Ben?

[00:03:57] Question 14. [00:04:00] What is the name of the cat on the eighties sitcom ALF?

[00:04:05] And question 15. What is the name of the French Bulldog on the sitcom Modern Family?

[00:04:14] Well, those were our 15 questions. Let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. What is the name of the dog on the classic TV series The Brady Bunch? Well, his name was Tiger and he was played by a dog with the same name. We all may know that Tiger was a dog on The Brady Bunch, but did you know that he only appeared in 10 episodes?

[00:04:39] I guess that dog house in their backyard made us think of him even when he wasn’t there. So what happened to Tiger? Well, the news isn’t good. According to metv.com the dog that played Tiger was hit by a delivery vehicle on the Paramount Studios lot. This tragic event happened when the [00:05:00] show was filming the episode titled “Katchoo.”

[00:05:03] The article talks about how the trainer found a replacement dog at the pound but he was not trained like the original Tiger. The trainer tried to replace Tiger without telling the actors or producers but it soon became obvious that the dog they were trying to work with was not the original Tiger. In an article on cheatsheet.com, Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz once addressed this topic. Schwartz asked, “You put an untrained dog in the center of a set and we’re filming?” The trainer simply replied, “I was hoping it would work.”  If you watch season one and season two and look at Tiger, you’ll be able to tell that there was more than one dog used to play him. The fur color is different for one.

[00:05:50] Barry Williams, the actor that played Greg Brady confirmed the sad tale about Tiger’s untimely death years ago in his 1992 memoir [00:06:00] titled, Growing up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg. Another book titled The Encyclopedia of TV Pets discusses the dog situation in more detail and reveals that five dogs in total were used on The Brady Bunch.

[00:06:16] Even though he was only around for a short time Tiger was memorable enough for fans to remember him. Tiger ranked 50th in Animal Planet’s 2003 television special 50 Greatest TV Animals.

[00:06:31] Question two. What is the name of the dog seen on the television series Lost? Well, his name was Vincent. A Hawaiian dog named Madison played Vincent on the series. Madison is a female Labrador Retriever. She was in 16 of the shows 24 first season episodes and was the dog of the character Walt. In an article in Pittsburghlive.com they [00:07:00] once interviewed Kim Stahl, Madison’s owner and trainer who said, “She loves being the center of attention. She loves all the commotion. What people see on television is one thing but if the camera were to turn 180 degrees, so people could see what was going on behind the camera, it’s really quite amazing. She loves being in the middle of that.” The article also says, “Stahl said her highlight of the first season was in the finale when Madison had to swim out after a raft the survivors had launched. Stahl hid on the raft to get Madison to come to it.”

[00:07:36] In an article from the website called All Labs they quote Madison’s trainer as saying,  “The attention that Madison gets while she’s at work is paycheck enough for her, which is why she does not manage her own career.” Stahl added with a laugh. Fans of the show will remember the series ending when Vincent truly proves he’s man’s best [00:08:00] friend.

[00:08:01] Question three. On the show Gilmore Girls, what is the name of Lorelai’s dog? Her dog’s name was Paul Anka. The name of the dog that played Paul Anka was Sparky. Paul Anka was adopted by Lorelai Gilmore in season six of the series and is a Polish Lowland Sheep Dog. Paul Anka remained a part of the series through the final season.

[00:08:29] For those younger TV viewers out there, they may not know that there is actually a real Paul Anka. He was once a successful Canadian-American singer songwriter who wrote and performed the 1960 song “Puppy Love.”  Paul Anka even made an appearance on The Gilmore Girls in the episode titled “The Real Paul Anka.”

[00:08:52] Question four. On the sitcom Friends what is the name of Ross’s pet [00:09:00] monkey? His name is Marcel and he has sometimes been referred to as the seventh Friend. Marcel was a white headed Capuchin monkey. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, two female Capuchin monkeys played Marcel. They were named Katie and Monkey.

[00:09:21] Marcel appeared through part of the second season of Friends. Katie was used in the more action-oriented scenes and Monkey was used for the sitting still scenes. In the summer of 2000 the pair shared duties as the rally monkey for the Los Angeles Angels baseball team. Katie was also in the movie Bruce Almighty as well as other productions.

[00:09:46] In a Today.com article they share what Friends star Matt LeBlanc had to say about Marcel. The article says, “LeBlanc remembered one time when the show’s stars were shooting on the soundstage and Marcel decided to make [00:10:00] a run for it, climbing the stage lights until she was high above everyone else. The monkey just goes whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, right to the ceiling.” LeBlanc recalled “and just disappears into the blackness of the stage.”  LeBlanc and his co-stars were forced to stop shooting while the monkey’s handlers tried to capture the tiny diva.”  In The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, it notes that the monkeys seem to like Matt LeBlanc the most, even though he wasn’t the Friend that had the monkey as his pet.

[00:10:31] There was one actor that didn’t like the monkey so much. A 1995 Entertainment Weekly article revealed who that person was. They quote David Schwimmer, the actor that played Ross as saying, “I hate the monkey.” And he says, “I wish it were dead.” I’m assuming he’s joking. He went on to say,  “The trainers won’t let me bond with it.” Schwimmer explains. “They’re really, really possessive. It’s like [00:11:00] land on your marks. Do your job. Don’t touch or bond with the monkey. It’s a bummer.”  Last I heard Katie the Capuchin has a new job. She has been cast as the monkey on the upcoming FX series Y: The Last Man.

[00:11:15] Katie now in her thirties is doing quite well. Capuchin monkeys in the wild have a lifespan of 15 to 25 years. However, Capuchins in captivity have been known to live as long as 50 years. Hopefully Katie has many more years ahead of her in her entertainment career. The show Y: The Last Man is slated to stream on FX on Hulu in 2021.

[00:11:43] Question five. On the animated television series SpongeBob Square Pants what is the name of SpongeBob’s pet snail?  SpongeBob’s pet was a sea snail named Gary who meows like a [00:12:00] cat. Actor Tom Kenny provides the voice or I guess you’d say the Meow for Gary. He is also the voice of SpongeBob.  In 2018 and 2019 Tom Kenny won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. He got his start as a standup comedian.  Well, actually before his standup comedy work a TV Guide biography on Tom Kenny said he bagged groceries at Price Chopper for six years before leaving his hometown to pursue a comedy career.

[00:12:33] Originally in SpongeBob Square Pants, Gary was just a background character. But as the show went on, Gary’s personality flourished and on March 22nd, 2000, he became one of the 10 main characters.

[00:12:49] Question six. In the eighties series Miami Vice what kind of pet did Don Johnson’s character Sonny Crockett have and [00:13:00] what was his pet’s name? His pet was an alligator named Elvis. While Elvis wasn’t a snuggly sidekick he did keep things in line on Sonny Crockett’s boat. A South Florida Sun Sentinel article from 1985 mentions that Elvis’s owner was named George Harwell of Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida.

[00:13:23] The article says. “Elvis is dark green, about eight and a half feet long and weighs about 300 pounds. Elvis’ is stand-in Presley is a few inches shorter and a few pounds lighter.” Harwell says Elvis was chosen for the role because of his size, not because he was trained. He said you can’t train an alligator.

[00:13:47] Sadly Elvis is no longer with us. A 2011 article from the Sun Sentinel said that Elvis is buried on the property of Flamingo Gardens. There is no mention of when or how Elvis died.

[00:14:00] [00:14:00] Question seven. What is the name of the dog owned by Paul and Jamie on the nineties sitcom Mad About You? The dog’s name was Murray and he was played by a dog named Maui. His breed is a Collie mix.  Word is that a Hollywood animal trainer found the dog at a shelter. Maui started out his career by doing TV commercials and he was the understudy for the circus dog Bingo in the 1991 film of the same name. After being discovered Murray even once graced the cover of TV Guide.  On June 18th, 1994, both Murray and another popular Hollywood dog star shared the cover of TV Guide.

[00:14:47] Question eight. What is the name of the Jack Russell Terrier on the sitcom Frazier? That dog’s name was Eddie and he was played by a Jack Russell [00:15:00] Terrier named Moose. Moose appeared as Eddie for 192 episodes of Frasier. In a BBC article it says that during the height of Frazier’s popularity, Moose received more fan mail than any of his human counterparts.  On the show Moose played the role of Eddie for seven seasons and then his son Enzo had the role for the final four seasons. In a Reader’s Digest article titled “Millionaire Pets,” it’s reported that Moose made $10,000 per episode giving him a net worth of $3.2 million.

[00:15:40] Not only did Moose have the role of Eddie on Frazier, he was also in the 2000 film My Dog Skip where he played the older dog Skip. Eddie ranked fifth in Animal Planet’s 2003 television special 50 Greatest TV Animals. Moose [00:16:00] died in 2006 at the age of 15.

[00:16:04] Question nine. What is the name of the Tanner’s dog on the sitcom Full House? The Tanner’s dog was a Golden Retriever named Comet. Comet first appeared on Full House during season three in the episode titled “And They Call It Puppy Love.” Supposedly a rescue dog named Buddy had the role of Comet. Well, maybe. Some say it was a dog named Comet. I did find some controversy about this topic.

[00:16:37] One Buzzfeed article I found claims that the internet has it all wrong and that a dog named Comet actually had the role. The author of the article claims that Buddy did play the role of Comet in one episode only. An episode about basketball. It seems that the dog actors Buddy and Comet have gotten confused a lot over the years.

[00:17:00] [00:17:00] The dog named Comet also had a lead role in the movie Fluke. On Wikipedia they call this dog  Buddy and link to an article that calls the dog Comet. Wow. Can this get any more confusing? Buddy the dog is known for his basketball skills and he starred in the movie Air Bud. So that would make sense that he appeared as Comet in the Full House episode about basketball.

[00:17:25] Sadly cancer took the life of Buddy. He died on February 10th, 1998 at the age of 10. According to The Spokesman Review, “his leg had been amputated six months earlier in an attempt to save him. Luckily he lived out his remaining days peacefully and died in his sleep in his San Diego home. “Whether it was Buddy or Comet that played  the role of Comet, he was a loved dog by the Tanner family and fans alike.

[00:17:54] Question 10. What is the name of the pet Greyhound that belongs to the [00:18:00] Simpson family on the animated series The Simpsons? That dog’s name is Santa’s Little Helper. The little orange and Brown dog named Santa’s Little Helper appeared on the first episode of the Simpsons, the 1989 Christmas special titled “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.”  He is abandoned by his owner after coming in last place in a race at the dog track. Homer and Bart bring him home and he becomes the family’s pet. Santa’s Little Helper ranked 27th in Animal Planet’s 2003 television special 50 Greatest TV Animals. He ranked seventh in a 2008 poll by Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan, that determined the best loved television dog of all time. Supposedly, the name is a spoof of the Rolling Stones song “Mother’s Little Helper.”

[00:18:58] Question [00:19:00] 11. In the seventies series Baretta, what kind of pet did Robert Blake’s character have and what was the pet’s name? The character Tony Baretta had a pet cockatoo named Fred. The main cockatoo that played Fred was a female named LaLa and she was owned by famed animal trainer Ray Berwick. Other birds did sometimes help LaLa with stunts. A cockatoo named Harold sometimes did stunts and flying scenes for LaLa. After Harold had an untimely death, a bird named Flying Sweetheart helped with the stunts as well as birds named Pooky and Lion Country Sweetheart.

[00:19:43] The cockatoo Fred was detective Tony Baretta’s sidekick. In real life one of the cockatoos that played Fred had his own run in with some criminals. In 1990, one of the Fred cockatoos was stolen from the San Diego Wild Animal [00:20:00] Park. A UPI article says that “after his rescue, Fred was a bit upset by his recent experience and had some roughed and tattered tail, breast and leg feathers, but appeared fine otherwise” the zoo said. The article also said “police surmised that Fred’s abductors probably became fearful of apprehension following intense publicity over the bird’s disappearance and simply dumped him by the side of the road.” 

[00:20:29] In an article by Claire Britain-Warren she quotes a bird show trainer named Steve Martin who said “personally, I feel Fred did his fair share of harm to his wild counterparts. Many cockatoos were taken from their forest homes because people wanted to have a “Fred bird.” I did not realize it then but now I understand the impact that Fred had on wild populations of cockatoos and on all parrots in general.” After Baretta was [00:21:00] over trainer Ray Berwick showed off the birds in his animal show at the Universal Studios Tour in Southern California and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. There are a lot of white cockatoos out there named Fred whose names are inspired from the Baretta series.  According to tvbanter.net LaLa died at the age of 70.

[00:21:24] Question 12. In the sixties series Green Acres what was the name of their pet pig? That pig was named Arnold Ziffel and he was owned by animal trainer Frank Inn. Supposedly Arnold the pig was a mere piglet. Piglets don’t stay piglets for long so each year a new piglet had to be trained for the role of Arnold. According to his bio on Findagrave.com. “Arnold could write his name, change channels on a television set, play the piano, drink with a [00:22:00] straw, deliver letters and newspapers, play cricket with a bat while predicting weather with his curly tail. He attended school while carrying a lunchbox in his mouth. Arnold was the main contributor to the success of the show and its ratings. He received thousands of fan letters.”

[00:22:17] Starting in 1967, Arnold won three Patsy awards, an award that was originated by the Hollywood office of the American Humane Association in 1939.  Patsy is an acronym for Picture Animal Top Star of the Year. It’s kind of like the equivalent of an Academy Award that a human actor wins. There has even been an urban legend about Arnold the pig. Some say that when the show wrapped, the cast ate him. According to snopes.com that is false. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, at one point, Arnold got more fan mail than the show’s [00:23:00] star Eva Gabor. One of the pigs that played Arnold is buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles and his date of death is reported as 1972.

[00:23:13] Question 13. On the 60s televivision series Gentle Ben, what kind of pet was Ben? Ben was a male North American Black Bear. Not a pet I’d want to snuggle up with on the couch. Originally the bear was owned by a man named Anthony Pelky who raised the bear from a Cub and while living with him, the bear was called Smokey. An animal trainer working on the upcoming series Gentle Ben bought the bear from Pelky for $600. Smokey wasn’t the only bear to play Ben. He was the bear seen in this series opening segment each week.

[00:23:54] Another bear named Bruno also played Ben in the series. Bruno came from [00:24:00] the Africa USA animal theme park. Bruno was known to love Coca-Cola. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, a bear named Buck often was the double for Bruno.

[00:24:13] Question 14. What is the name of the cat on the 80 sitcom ALF? Well, that cat’s name was Lucky and its breed was American Short Hair.  ALF was an alien that lived with the Tanner family. He came from a planet where they ate cats. So imagine the Tanner’s family cat Lucky having to live with ALF who always desires to eat him but ALF restrained himself. According to The Encyclopedia of TV Pets, a cat named Sparks had the lead role of Lucky. Other cats would share the role and their names were Gordo, FatCat, Electra and Sparkle. Imagine being a cat that has to be trained to work with a [00:25:00] puppet .

[00:25:01] And question 15. What is the name of the French Bulldog on the sitcom Modern Family? That dog’s name was Stella. There were two dogs that played Stella. One was Brigitte and she was introduced in season two when the character Jay Pritchett played by Ed O’Neill gets a dog. The other dog was Beatrice and she took on the role in season four. In 2012, Brigitte won the award for Best Dog in a Television Series at the inaugural Golden Collar Awards. Sadly Beatrice died just days after the series wrapped.

[00:25:43] Well, there have been a lot of memorable TV pets over the years. In this episode, I decided not to include any pets that would give away the name of the show based on their name.  So that’s why TV, pets like Lassie, Wishbone, Flipper and Mr. Ed were left out of this. [00:26:00] So who’s your favorite TV pet? Come tell me on one of Trivia Rewind’s social media sites. You’ll find Trivia Rewind on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can visit triviarewind.com for links to our social media sites as well as more about this episode, including a transcript of the show. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening. I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Guess the Christmas Movie

It’s almost Christmas and time to wrap up our month of  special Christmas episodes. This week, I have something new for you.  This episode will be a little different than what you’re used to.   In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m going to describe 30 Christmas movies or TV specials and you have to guess what movie or TV special the clue is based on.  There will be no fun facts on this episode, just 30 straight clues.  Here’s an example of what you’ll find.

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 own 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?

Here’s how it will work. I will read you the question and then I’ll wait a few seconds before giving you the answer.  So, if you’re playing this with friends or family, you can pause after each question if you want to have more time to guess the answer before I reveal it.  This will be fun! 

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Trivia Rewind Episode 28 – Guess the Christmas Movie

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind

[00:00:05] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:05] Merry Christmas, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host for Trivia Rewind. It’s almost Christmas and time to wrap up our month of special Christmas episodes. This week, I have something new for you. This episode will be a little different than what you’re used to. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m going to describe 30 Christmas movies or TV specials, and you have to guess which movie or TV special the clue is based on. There will be no fun facts on this episode, just 30 straight clues. It should be a lot of fun.

[00:00:38] Here’s how it’ll work. I’m going to read you the question and then I’ll wait a few seconds before giving you the answer. So if you’re playing this with friends or family, you can pause after each question if you want to have more time to guess the answer before I reveal it. So are you ready? Let’s play.

[00:00:57] Here are the questions. Question [00:01:00] one. My name is Kate and I work as an elf at a Christmas shop in London. Several years ago I had a heart transplant. What movie am I in?  The answer is Last Christmas.

[00:01:20] Question two. I’m a Netflix original and the two kids in my movie set up a trip wire and a hidden camera to try and catch Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. What movie am I?  The answer is The Christmas Chronicles.

[00:01:39] Question three. On Christmas morning, I opened my presents and the one thing I wanted most wasn’t under the tree. Yes. I’m a little disappointed, but my dad secretly hid one last present and when I opened it, there it was, the exact thing I wanted. [00:02:00] What movie am I in? The answer is A Christmas Story.

[00:02:08] Question four. 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 own home because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it. Why am I so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition? What movie am I in? The answer is Christmas with the Kranks.

[00:02:35] Question five. My wife died and all I want for Christmas is for my grown kids to come home for the holidays and get along. What movie am I in? The answer is Almost Christmas.

[00:02:52] Question six. I did a house swap over Christmas. Someone used my house in Los Angeles and I [00:03:00] used their house in London. Both of our lives changed for the better that Christmas. What movie am I in? The answer is The Holiday.

[00:03:13] Question seven. My brother dreamed of leaving town and one day going to college and traveling the world. However, he gave me the money that was supposed to be for him to go to college. I went instead and I even fought in World War II where I earned the Medal of Honor. But in the end I call my brother the real hero. What movie am I in? The answer is It’s a Wonderful Life.

[00:03:43] Question eight. I discover a reindeer in the woods and hide him in the shed to protect him. What movie am I in? The answer is Prancer .

[00:03:58] Question nine. [00:04:00] Santa gave me a bell, but when I first got it, I couldn’t hear it ring when I shook it. Eventually I did here it ring. Santa, let me keep it so I put it in the pocket of my robe to take home. What movie am I in? The answer is The Polar Express.

[00:04:21] Question 10. I am a department store Santa and I tell someone that they can get the item they want at a competitor’s department store. People don’t think I’m really Santa and they try to have me committed. What movie am I in? The answer is Miracle on 34th street.

[00:04:45] Question 11. In my movie, I feature love stories about couples five weeks before Christmas. What movie am I? The answer is Love [00:05:00] Actually.

[00:05:02] Question 12. All I wanted was to reconcile with my wife and I ended up taking down a bunch of bad guys on Christmas Eve. What movie am I? The answer is Die hard.

[00:05:20] Question 13. I really hate Christmas and I can’t stand all the singing. I have reached my breaking point and I’m going to try and stop Christmas. What movie am I in? The answer is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

[00:05:40] Question 14. I heard a noise during the night and went outside to investigate. Santa fell off my roof. That was the end of him. Why did I put on the Santa suit? What movie am I in? The answer is The [00:06:00] Santa Clause.

[00:06:02] Question 15. I thought I’d go to Chinatown and buy my son a Christmas present. What a mistake that was! Worst gift ever. What movie am I in? The answer is Gremlins.

[00:06:22] Question 16. My dad can’t handle the Santa’s duties any longer. One child’s toy has been lost. That’s unacceptable. My brother wants the job. Even though I’m kind of clumsy my dad ends up giving me the job instead of my brother, because my dad sees that I really do care about others. What movie am I in? The answer is Arthur Christmas.

[00:06:52] Question 17. My boss fired me on Christmas Eve and with the little bit of money he paid me, [00:07:00] I bought Christmas dinner for my family. My boss has a big change of heart that night and the next day he re-hires me and even buys my family a Turkey. What movie am I in? The answer is A Christmas Carol.

[00:07:19] Question 18. I really messed up and want to buy my son a Turbo Man toy for Christmas. I never should have waited until the last minute. What movie am I in? The answer is Jingle All the Way.

[00:07:38] Question 19. My family accidentally locked me in the attic on their way to the mall. I pass the time by watching old family movies. I even shed a tear or two. What movie am I in? The answer is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

[00:08:00] [00:08:00] Question 20. I thought I picked out a good Christmas tree, but my friends sure didn’t think so. I’m not going to let commercialism ruin my Christmas. What Christmas show am I in? The answer is A Charlie Brown Christmas.

[00:08:20] Question 21. I don’t want to be an elf and make toys and Santa’s workshop. I want to be a dentist. I’m outta here. What show am I in? The answer is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

[00:08:39] Question 22. An angel is sent to help me at my church. Through the whole ordeal, I realize that my family really is the most important thing in my life. When the angel leaves, he gives my family a decorated Christmas tree. What movie am I in? The answer is [00:09:00] The Preacher’s Wife.

[00:09:03] Question 23. You would think that there would be snow in Vermont at Christmas time. Well, there was no snow when we arrived here to put on a show. We’re going to do something special for our former General, General Waverley. What a surprise it will be. Oh, and can you believe it finally snowed? What movie am I in? The answer is White Christmas.

[00:09:31] Question 24. Thank goodness my family keeps a lot of junk in the basement. All that stuff really helped me fool some bad guys. What movie am I in? The answer is Home Alone.

[00:09:47] Question 25. The shower at my apartment wasn’t working so I decided to shower at work. I’m singing a classic Christmas tune and the next thing I know, I hear some guy singing along with [00:10:00] me. What movie am I in? The answer is Elf.

[00:10:06] Question 26. My TV station has a live production of A Christmas Carol to shoot on Christmas Eve. I’m making everyone work. Who cares that it’s Christmas Eve. What movie am I in? The answer is Scrooged.

[00:10:25] Question 27. I give my son a harmonica and jokingly tell him it’s magical. After I die in a car accident, you won’t believe what happens when my son builds a snowman and plays that harmonica. What movie am I in? The answer is Jack Frost.

[00:10:48] Question 28. You know, I was known as the Christmas guy in town before that new guy with his trophy wife moved in. Now he’s trying to take over my title. [00:11:00] By the end of this movie, our wives have had it with us. What movie are we in? The answer is Deck the Halls.

[00:11:11] Question 29. I have a lot going on in my life. First, my son is on the naughty list for vandalizing the school with spray paint. His principal is not happy. And to make matters worse, I need to get married before Christmas Eve or my life will change as I know it. What movie am I in? The answer is the Santa Clause 2.

[00:11:37] And question 30. I got myself into a lot of trouble in the big city. Thanks to a pigeon lady who I become friends with, she helps me out of the mess. At the end of the movie, I give her a ceramic turtledove as a token of our friendship. What movie am I in? The answer [00:12:00] is Home Alone 2:  Lost in New York.

[00:12:05] Well, that was our last question. I hope you enjoyed this special edition of Trivia Rewind. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Don’t forget that there are a lot of Trivia Rewind episodes that you can go back and listen to over the holidays. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind. .

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Advertising Slogans Trivia

TV commercials. You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. TV advertising is what makes it possible for television networks to financially operate. Every once in a while, an advertising agency does such a good job coming up with a product slogan that people remember the product decades later. I can still remember the slogans and catchy jingles from my hours of childhood TV viewing. And today, there are some that I find myself singing to myself during the day. When done right, advertising works.

In this episode of Trivia Rewind, all the questions revolve around advertising slogans. I’ll give you ten slogans and you’ll have to guess which product the slogan goes with. In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out which brand changed their successful slogan because of Covid-19. (I will call them CHICKEN for doing this)  Find out which superstar athlete came out with a special edition soda. Plus lots more fun facts.  And as promised in the episode, here’s a link (Don’t go there until after listening to the episode) to a French commercial that uses their version of a popular slogan that I discuss in the podcast.

After you listen to the episode, come back here and watch the slogans in use in some various commercials. I’ll list the slogans below by number as mentioned in the episode instead of by name so that there are no pre-listening spoilers.

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What’s your all time favorite commercial or advertising slogan? Share it with me!

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Trivia Rewind Episode – Advertising Slogans

Debi Jenkins 0:03
Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this episode of Trivia Rewind it’s all about those memorable slogans from television commercials. You know an advertising agency did a good job when just a few words remind someone what product or company the slogan goes with. In our Fun Facts segment, you’ll find out which brand changed their successful slogan because of Covid. Find out which superstar athlete came out with a special edition soda. Before we get to the questions, I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll give you 10 slogans. Then I’ll go back and review and give you the answers and some fun facts about each product. Are you ready to see how much you know? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

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Here’s slogan one. “Where’s the Beef?”

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Slogan two. “Snap! Crackle! Pop!”

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Slogan three. “Mikey Likes It.”

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Slogan four. “Finger Lickin’ Good.”

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Slogan five. “When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best.”

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Slogan six. “Breakfast of Champions.”

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Slogan seven. “Obey Your Thirst.”

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Slogan eight. “The Quicker Picker Upper.”

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Slogan nine. “Good to the Last Drop.”

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And slogan 10. “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands.”

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Well, those are our 10 advertising slogans. Let’s go back and see how you did. Slogan one was “Where’s the beef?” Well, this slogan is from the fast food chain Wendy’s. In 1984 this slogan was introduced in a television commercial for Wendy’s. Eighty One year old actress Clara Peller became famous overnight for saying those three words that instantly became a popular catchphrase. That slogan ran from 1984 through 1986 but it’s so memorable that people even today associate this slogan with Wendy’s. This line was even brought up in the 1984 U.S. presidential election when Walter Mondale directed the phrase to competitor Gary Hart. Mondale said, “When I hear your new ideas, I’m reminded of that ad, Where’s the beef.” The current slogan for Wendy’s is “We Got Y ou.” Not real catchy in my opinion.

Debi Jenkins 2:49
Slogan two. “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” Rice Krispies is the home to the Snap! Crackle! Pop! slogan. This slogan has been a part of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies for decades. In 1928, this cereal was released to the public. The snap, crackle and pop name has to do with the sound the cereal makes when the milk hits it in the bowl. See if you can picture this in your mind. In a 1939 Life magazine advertisement there’s a picture of a little boy with a speech bubble above his head with the words “Say mom, hear that snap, crackle, pop?” Next to him is his mom and her speech bubble says “Yes, Bobby. Only Rice Krispies make that sound. They’re so crisp.” Have you ever thought about how different languages say snap crackle pop. Remember those words have to do with the sound the cereal makes when the milk hits it. So instead of using a straight translation of the words, they use something called onomatopoeic sounds. Well, what that means is that they form a word to match a sound. For example, many animal noises we make fall under this. Here’s how the Canadian French say their version of snap, crackle, pop. They use the words “Cric! Crac! Croc!”. I’ll post a link to the French commercial on our website. Cartoon characters named Snap, Crackle and Pop have represented the brand for years. They were the first cartoon characters to represent a Kellogg’s product.

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Slogan three. “Mikey Likes It.” This slogan goes with Life cereal. You might have to be a certain age to remember this commercial. In the commercial you see two little boys talking about the bowl of Life cereal in front of them and how it’s supposed to be good for you, yet none of them want to try it. So what do they do? They give it to their younger brother Mikey. He doesn’t like anything. Well, Mikey tries it and he likes it. The Gilchrist brothers John, Michael and Tommy were the stars of the commercial that aired in the 70s. John Gilchrist had the role of Mikey. John was three and a half years old when he appeared in the commercial. And in an article with Newsday, he said he doesn’t even remember it being that he was so young. He may not remember but everyone that has watched the commercial knows how iconic it is. In the 1999 list of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Commercials Of All Time, this commercial ranked number 10.

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Slogan four. “Finger Lickin’ Good.” Everyone knows that Kentucky Fried Chicken is finger lickin’ good. This popular catchphrase was first used by Kentucky Fried Chicken in the 1950s. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed things at KFC. In a CNN Business article from August of 2020, it was announced that KFC had decided to pause using the slogan. I guess they didn’t want to encourage people to be licking their fingers during the middle of a pandemic. But I’m under the thought that if you wash your hands before you eat, why can’t you lick your fingers while eating? The article quotes the chief marketing officer as saying “the slogan will return when the time is right.”

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Slogan five. “When you care enough to send the very best.” Well that slogan goes with Hallmark cards. This slogan first started being used by Hallmark in 1944. Ed Goodman, a Hallmark sales and marketing executive is the one that wrote down this phrase on a three by five card and it ended up becoming the slogan for the Hallmark company. Hallmark was founded in 1910 by JC Hall. If you ever visit Kansas City, Missouri, you can go to the Hallmark Visitor’s Center at their headquarters and see exhibits about the company’s history.

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Slogan six. “Breakfast of Champions.” That product is Wheaties. This cereal has been the breakfast of champions since 1924 when it was first introduced to the marketplace as Washburn’s Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flakes. In 1927 Wheaties started associating itself with sports, first through minor league baseball. The first time the breakfast of champions slogan was used was at the ballpark where the minor league team the Minneapolis Miller’s play. A Minneapolis advertising agency employee named Knox Reeves came up with the slogan and it was put on a signboard inside the ballpark. In 1934, photos of athletes started appearing on the Wheaties boxes, with Lou Gehrig being the first. His photo actually appeared on the back of the box. In 1936. Jesse Owens was the first black athlete to be featured on the back of the box. In 1958, the first athlete to appear on the front of the box was Olympic vaulter Bob Richards. The first female athlete to appear on the front of the box was Olympian Mary Lou Retton in 1984. In October of 2020, it was announced that basketball superstar LeBron James will be the next athlete to grace the front of the Wheaties box.

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Slogan seven. “Obey Your Thirst.” The soft drink Sprite is the product that goes with. Sprite was actually developed with a different name in West Germany in 1959. I won’t attempt to try and pronounce the German name but the translation is Clear Lemon Fanta. The drink came to the United States in 1961 and was called Sprite. Sprite is part of the Coca Cola company and Coca Cola wanted to have a lemon lime drink to compete with 7-UP. If you hear Sprite described as having a lymon flavor, that means it’s both lemon and lime flavored. For decades Sprite has been associated with youth. In 1994, the “obey your thirst” slogan was first used and a new advertising campaign featured hip hop artists. In 2014, LeBron James partnered with Sprite and came out with his own limited edition Sprite drink called Sprite Mix 6. It was Sprite infused with cherry and orange.

Debi Jenkins 9:42
Slogan eight. “The quicker picker upper.” This slogan goes with Bounty paper towels. Bounty was introduced in 1965. Their 2-ply towel was touted as thicker, softer and more absorbent than any other paper towel on the market. The quicker picker upper catchphrase was said in Bounty TV commercials starting in the 1970s. Actress Nancy Walker played a waitress named Rosie in the commercials. In 2020 there was a paper towel shortage. Due to people hoarding paper towels, Bounty paper towels saw a massive surge in sales. The company was not expecting there to be a run on paper towels, so they were left unprepared. This year Amazon has been accused of price gouging when selling paper towels from their website.

Debi Jenkins 10:35
Slogan nine. “Good to the last drop.” Well, that goes with Maxwell House coffee. Maxwell House was introduced in 1892 and until the late 1980s, it was the highest selling coffee brand in the USA. Want to know where the Maxwell House name comes from? Well, back in 1884, a wholesale grocer named Joel Cheek worked out a deal to sell coffee to the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Six months later, they agreed to let him name the coffee Maxwell House. In 1907 President Teddy Roosevelt visited the hotel and had some coffee. Some say that President Teddy Roosevelt said that the coffee was “good to the last drop.” There’s no proof but it makes for a good story, especially when trying to sell coffee. Maxwell House created an ad claiming Teddy Roosevelt said it was “good to the last drop.” In 1961, on Christmas, the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville burned down.

Debi Jenkins 11:44
And slogan ten. “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.” That slogan goes with M&M’s, that colorful chocolate candy that originated in 1941. One of their first customers was the U.S. Army. During World War II the candy was very popular among soldiers because they could take chocolate with them without it easily melting. The “melts in your mouth not in your hand” slogan was first used in 1949 and trademarked in 1954.

Debi Jenkins 12:21
Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. And all the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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That’s What She Said

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

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

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Trivia Rewind – Midweek TV Quotes

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

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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.”

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And quote five. “That’s what she said.”

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Those are our quotes. Let’s go back, review, get the answers and fun facts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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1980s TV Show Trivia

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

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – 1980s TV Show Trivia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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