Hello. Are are you feeling? Do you have a favorite food? What are your plans for today? What is your favorite vacation destination? Are you wondering if I lost my mind? Well, it’s National Ask a Question Day tomorrow. In honor of that celebration, we have a tv quiz. I decided to feature my 20 top favorite television shows with a question from each. So, grab a piece of paper and a pen; answers are at the end of the quiz. Hint: If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’ve seen the answers to many of these questions, but no peeking. Good luck.
(1) The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet – Don DeFore played their neighbor Thorny. In 1961 he would star in his own show. What was it?
(2) The Andy Griffith Show – Who was Aunt Bee’s neighbor and best friend?
(3) Bachelor Father – Bentley Gregg lived in Beverly Hills and worked with a lot of stars. Was he:
(a) An attorney (b) A family doctor (c) A film writer
(4) Big Bang Theory – Leslie Winkle, a physicist played by Sara Gilbert, dated two of the main characters. Who were they?
(5) The Bob Newhart Show – Bob’s sister Ellen ends up marrying another character on the show. Who was it? (a) Dentist Jerry Robinson (b) Neighbor Howard Borden (c) Patient Elliott Carlin
(6) The Brady Bunch – What was the name of the kids’ dog?
(7) The Burns and Allen Show – Blanche and Harry Morton lived next door. During the show’s run, Harry was replaced more than once. They found interesting ways of introducing the new person; e.g., they ended one year with Blanche holding a pan over his head. The next year, they started the show telling her to get back into place with the pan, but it was a different Harry under it. How many Harry Mortons were there from 1950-1958?
(8) The Dick Van Dyke Show – Morey Amsterdam plays Buddy Sorrell, a writer on the show. He always refers to his wife by a “food” name. Was it:
(a) Sugar Plum (b) Cupcake (c) Pickles
(9) The Donna Reed Show – Donna had two children Mary and Jeff, played by Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen. These two kids had something else in common in real life. Was it:
(a) There were cousins (b) They had famous mothers (c) They recorded hit songs
(10) Family – Matthew Broderick, married to Sara Jessica Parker, had a famous relative on this show. Who was it?
(11) Green Acres – The Ziffels owned a pig that was smarter than almost everyone in Hooterville. What was his name?
(12) Love American Style – This show featured three to four skits each week with television and movie stars. A famous show from the 1970s first appeared as a skit on this show. What was it?
(13) M*A*S*H – Here’s a two-parter. What was Radar O’Reilly’s favorite drink and for a bonus, what was his real first name?
(14) Modern Family – Both Gloria and Lily were born in other countries. What countries were they?
(15) My Three Sons – The oldest son, Mike, left the show after 1965. At the end of that year, he marries his high school sweetheart, moves away to teach at a college, and is only mentioned 4 times during the next 6 years. What was his girlfriend’s name?
(a Julie (b) Maureen (c) Sally
(16) The Partridge Family – This show was loosely based on a real-life family band? What was it?
(17) Petticoat Junction – Kate Bradley had three girls: Billy __, Bobby ___, and Betty ___. They had two-part names and they all had the same second name. Was it: (a) Ann (b) Jo (c) Kay
(18) Rizzoli and Isles – Maura, the ME, is extremely intelligent and a fashion plate, but in high school, the kids called her “Maura-the-Bore-A.” She has a pet named Bass. Was it:
(a) a chimpanzee (b) a tortoise (c) A skunk (de-fumed)
(19) That Girl – Ann Marie moves to New York City from a smaller town in New York. Was it: (a) Brewster (b) Bedford (c) Brighton
(20) thirtysomething – This show about a group of friends was set in a Pennsylvania city. Was it:
(a) Erie (b) Harrisburg (c) Philadelphia
Ok. Are you ready to check your scores? If you score between 15-20, you are a well-rounded person, at least regarding classic sitcoms. If you score 10-15, you just need to add some of these shows to your DVD library. If you scored 5-10, you need to go back and re-read all my old blogs. If you scored less than 5, make up another score, because I don’t want to hear that.
- Leonard and Howard
- (b) Neighbor Howard Borden
- (c) Pickles
- (c) They recorded hit songs. Fabares recorded “Johnny Angel” which hit number 1 in 1962. The same year, Petersen’s “My Dad” hit number 6.
- James Broderick who played the father Doug Lawrence
- Happy Days
- Grape Nehi; Walter
- Colombia and Vietnam
- (c) Sally
- The Cowsills
- (b) Jo
- (b) A tortoise
- (a) Brewster
- (c) Philadelphia