Only 30% Of TV Fans Will Pass This Old School TV Quiz!

If there's one thing people love, it's TV shows. Shorter than feature-length movies, and filled with interesting plots, characters, and universes, TV shows are as binge-worthy as a bag of potato chips. Some people say that we currently live in the "Golden Age of TV." While that may or may not be true, there is no denying that many classic TV shows were also enthralling and full of exciting moments.

Most people know the big-name classics: shows like The Simpsons, X-Files, Seinfeld, etc. A lot of these shows are available today on streaming services, and it's easy to pick to one to watch or just put on in the background while doing something else. There are many other great classic shows than just these ones though!

The great thing about TV history is there are decades upon decades of hits to watch. Pick a top show from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s, and all of a sudden, that's six different shows to catch up on! That is quite the haul, and with a real study to detail, one can even begin to see how some shows influenced others.

Let's see how many TV show experts are out there! Let's start by seeing who can answer as many of the following questions as possible.

Question 1

Who was the main character in The Sopranos?

The Sopranos was a traditional crime drama that told the story of a mobster and the trials he faced throughout his life. There was much drama around his family members, his mafia colleagues, and his psychiatrist. Many people regard The Sopranos as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. It's received multiple awards and has even been the subject of a video game. A Sopranos movie is set to come out in the next few years. One controversy about the show was the series finale. No spoilers here, but viewers had all sorts of opinions about it (Wikipedia).

Question 2

Where did Homer work in the Simpsons?

The Simpsons is the longest-running sitcom of all time. It has aired since 1989. An animated family sitcom, the Simpsons showed the drama and the fun of a family of pretty regular people in a pretty regular city. There is a whole cast of crazy characters that interact in this simple town, and that's where the real fun lives. There's all kinds of things that hardcore Simpsons fans remember from this show: Homer's love of donuts, Mr. Burns' eccentricities, Lisa's genius, Bart's antics, and more. The Simpsons created a whole world of fun characters. Ask any Simpsons fan and they'll probably have a different favorite character (Wikipedia).

Question 3

What was the name of the person who hunted Bugs Bunny in the woods?

Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies was a cartoon series that aired from 1930 to 1969. It featured a variety of quirky characters in fantastical situations. The most famous character, Bugs Bunny, is a well-known household name across America, even to this day. Unfortunately for Bugs Bunny, he was often hunted by his biggest forest rival, Elmer Fudd. Elmer Fudd's silly mannerisms made him endearing despite his malicious intentions. He spoke in a strange way and had a funny laugh. It's too bad for Elmer Fudd that his quests to capture Bugs usually ended unfavorably for himself. A persevering character, Elmer Fudd never gave up (Wikipedia).

Question 4

What was the name of the Disney Channel show starring Hilary Duff?

Lizzie McGuire was a Disney Channel show that was relatable for many 00s teens. A teen sitcom, the show explored the interpersonal relationships and drama of the title character, Lizzie McGuire. Hilary Duff starred in this show, and she won the hearts of America with her character's many soliloquies. An interesting quirk of this show was that it often featured a cartoon version of the main character who talked to herself. We all have an inner monologue, but this show took it to another level. The show won Favorite TV Show at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2002 and 2003 (Wikipedia).

Question 5

Who was Eric's next door neighbor on That 70s Show?

That 70s Show was a sitcom that sparked the fame of many Hollywood stars, including Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon, and more. The show was a period sitcom, set in the 1970s, which should be obvious from the name. There were many fan-favorite characters on this show. Eric's dad always called him names. Eric's mom was always as sweet as could be. Eric's foreign-exchange student friend always loved candy. This show was set in Wisconsin, which added a midwest charm. The show was popular because youth found the stories humorous and adults found the setting nostalgic (Wikipedia).

Question 6

What was the name of the male lead character in X-Files?

X-Files was the show that explored the idea that the truth was out there. UFO nuts loved watching this show and thinking about all that could be discovered by special agents operating with secret, confidential cases. People have always been curious about the missions of FBI agents, and this show explored the possibility that FBI agents might stumble upon the paranormal. The chemistry between the two lead actors also intrigued many viewers. This classic show was inspired by earlier TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and Twin Peaks. X-Files set the bar for supernatural fiction. It also included elements of science fiction, mystery, thriller, and drama (Wikipedia).

Question 7

What holiday was invented by George Costanza's father?

Seinfeld was the first show about nothing. At least, that's what some people say. But when you really think about it, Seinfeld is actually a show about four friends trying their best to figure out life in New York City. All kinds of crazy things happen to them. One of the main characters gets hired by the Yankees, one of the main characters gets banned from a local soup restaurant... no matter how absurd the situation, it's believable because it's New York City. Jerry pulls this show together with snarky, observational humor, which is really the backbone of the imaginary holiday the characters on this show created (Wikipedia).

Question 8

What was the name of Roseanne's husband?

In a time when most shows on TV featured the perfect lives of perfect families, Roseanne broke the mold and showed a new type of family on TV. Blue-collar households across America related to the characters in this show. Roseanne Barr, already a famous comedian before starting this show, sought to portray working-class, middle-class family life as it really was. The characters on the show get in each other's hair. They upset each other. They fight. But they always make up. Roseanne and the actor John Goodman showcase a realistic marriage, one with ups and downs. Some might call that true love (Wikipedia).

Question 9

What was the name of the show Michael J. Fox was on in the 80s?

Without giving away the name of the show, this family sitcom aired on NBC from 1982 to 1989. It was an interesting take on the classic family sitcom, because it flipped the classic scenario of conservatism and liberalism. Whereas in All In The Family, the parents were conservative and the children more liberal, in this show, the parents were liberal and the children were more conservative. This hit show did not just star Michael J. Fox, but it also had a one-episode cameo with Tom Hanks. This show was filled with life lessons and wholesome moments, as well as controversial and sometimes current event themes (Wikipedia).

Question 10

What was the name of the charter boat from Gilligan's Island?

Gilligan's Island aired from 1964 to 1967 on CBS. It was a fairly innocent show, but it still had its controversial moments. The romantic tension between some of the castaways was always a topic for discussion amongst viewers. The show's premise was a charter boat carrying five passengers and two men on crew became shipwrecked after a tropical storm. The seven people survived and somehow found a way to survive on a remote island, thanks to the collected skills the group possessed. The humor in this show often came either from the spectacular ensemble cast or from Gilligan's accident-prone tendencies (Wikipedia).

Question 11

What was the theme song for All In The Family?

All In The Family was the show that broke ground by discussing issues and presenting characters with controversial viewpoints. Archie Bunker, the main character in the show, held controversial opinions regarding race relations and other topics. He didn't worry who was around him as he voiced his opinion, and surprisingly, this worked for the show. It actually made the show more popular. People were captivated by the show's honest portrayal of an imperfect man and the drama that surrounded him and his family. The show aired from 1971 to 1979 on CBS and was one of the most influential comedic programs in TV history (Wikipedia).

Question 12

What was the name of the family from Leave It To Beaver?

Leave It To Beaver was such a wholesome show that if often gets compared to other less-wholesome shows that came out in later decades. Critics have definitely pointed out that Roseanne and Married With Children were not even close to as loving and pure as the relationships between the members of the family in Leave It To Beaver. That's the difference between a functional family and a dysfunctional family in a family sitcom, and this show was definitely the former. This show aired in the 1950s in black and white. Some people think the show might have been an attempt to create an identity for families during the Cold War (Wikipedia).

Question 13

What character did Leonardo DiCaprio play on Growing Pains?

Growing pains are recurring pain symptoms that are pretty common in children as their bodies grow, and that's sort of what this show was about. Growing Pains, the show, was a family sitcom that aired from 1985 to 1992 on ABC. It starred Alan Thicke, Kirk Cameron, and even Leonardo DiCaprio. The show was about the struggles the children in the family faced as they were growing up, as well as the parent's earnest attempt to bestow wisdom upon their children. It was a wholesome show for the whole family, which is probably why it was so popular, lasting seven seasons (Wikipedia).

Question 14

What item did MacGyver use more than any other?

The show MacGyver has been so popular that it has been brought back three times, once in the form of a reboot series in 2016 and twice in the form of two TV movies on ABC. The show features the genius problem-solving ability of the title character, who always gets himself out of precarious situations in the most unlikely ways. MacGyver is a real role model for kids. He is always peaceful except in instances of self-defense, and he uses his brain to escape tricky situations that would stump almost anyone. He always stays cool on pressure, which is important when trying to escape from a bad guy (Wikipedia).

Question 15

What was the name of the suave alter-ego of Steve Urkel?

Family Matters was such a silly show that it was enjoyed by kids and parents alike. It was a family sitcom that aired on ABC from 1989 to 1997. Steve Urkel was the fun, nerdy, lovable character that also happened to be the odd one out in a pretty regular family. Funny enough, Steve Urkel did not start off as the main character of the show, but after a while, it became obvious to everyone that he was the star. Family Matters was one of the longest-running sitcoms with a predominantly African-American cast to date, having aired 215 episodes (Wikipedia).

Question 16

What was the name of Will's male cousin on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

This show probably has the most famous title sequence of any show ever. Anyone who lived in the 90s remembers Will Smith's iconic rap to start the show. This really was the show that made Will Smith famous beyond fame. He was already a famous rapper known as The Fresh Prince. This show capitalized on that fame and made him larger than life with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In this show, Will Smith's working class background puts him at odds with the surrounding community. This is one of those fish out of water tales that works so well for sitcoms (Wikipedia).

Question 17

Who was the oldest character in Golden Girls?

The Golden Girls was one of those shows that just makes everyone feel good. In a world where people are scared of growing old, this show proved that the natural aging process doesn't have to be so bad after all. The show aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992. It starred an amazing cast, consisting of Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty. The opening theme to the show, "Thank You For Being A Friend," grounded the show in good vibes. The show followed the antics of four women who lived together in their golden years. One of these characters was actually the mom to one of the other characters (Wikipedia).

Question 18

What was the occupation of Norm on Cheers?

Many people consider Cheers to be the best sitcom of all time, but believe it or not, it was almost canceled after its first season. Cheers was a sitcom set in a bar, which was a genius concept. It allowed the show to be grounded in one location "Where Everybody Knows Your Name." It also allowed the show to become an ensemble piece, and many episodes explored different characters' lives away from the bar. Cheers was a show with laughs and a heart. The characters were relatable to all types of audience. No matter if viewers were white-collar or blue-collar, there was a character that they could relate to (Wikipedia).

Question 19

What was the name of the son in The Cosby Show?

The Cosby Show was a family sitcom created by Bill Cosby after he was already a very famous stand-up comedian. It aired from 1984 to 1992, and the show was set in Brooklyn, New York. The Cosby Show was the number one show on TV for five seasons in a row at one point. The father, Cliff Huxtable, has been named TV's "Greatest Dad." The premise of the show was that Cliff Huxtable was an obstetrician and he married an attorney. Together, they have five kids, and the show follows the family adventure and drama of the various situations they find themselves in (Wikipedia).

Question 20

What business did Sanford And Son run?

This show featured one of the catchiest, funkiest intro songs of any show. Airing from 1972 to 1977, Sanford And Son featured the adventures and family drama of a father and son duo who lived together and ran a business together. The show starred Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson. People who lived in the 70s knew Redd Foxx already from his work as a famous stand-up comedian. He brought his iconic wit to the screen in this show. Every episode he made a few remarks that were funny no matter what the plot or circumstances were. This show was considered NBC's answer to CBS's All In The Family (Wikipedia).

Question 21

What was the name of the robot from The Jetsons?

The Jetsons was an animated sitcom from the 60s and then later in the 80s. It was Hanna-Barbera's space equivalent to The Flintstones. The show featured all kinds of futuristic dreams that the creators had back in the 60s. From holograms to space tunnels, The Jetsons made for a delectable combination of science fiction and comedy. Of course, since the show was created in the 60s, it featured a stable family dynamic, but there was a twist to this classic nuclear family! This family had a robot! The robot was the household robot, doing all the housework and even some parenting (Wikipedia).

Question 22

What was the name of the crime-solving unit in Scooby-Doo?

Originally broadcast from 1969 to 1975, Scooby-Doo became an instant classic. It was one of those great Saturday-morning cartoons. Back in the 1960s through the early 1990s, many cartoons were scheduled to air on Saturday mornings. Children would wake up and bolt out of bed to flip on the TV and watch their favorite shows. Nowadays, due to streaming services and many channels on cable TV, the idea of a Saturday-morning cartoon might not seem so enticing, but back then, it was all the rage. Scooby-Doo featured a group of teens and their dog solving mysteries by ripping masks off supernatural monsters to reveal it was someone unexpected the whole time (Wikipedia).

Question 23

What was the name of the teacher from The Magic School Bus?

The Magic School Bus was one of those fun educational shows from the 90s. 90s kids probably learned more from this show than from their actual teachers. In fact, some teachers probably played episodes of this show to teach what they were too uninteresting to teach themselves. What set this show apart from others like it was that it was also a kids' adventure show. The teacher was the energetic leader of this raucous bunch, sending her students inside the human body or to the stars -- wherever adventure and curiosity led. Accompanying the class on every trip was the class pet, a chameleon (Wikipedia).

Question 24

Which actress played the lead role in Buffy The Vampire Slayer?

Buffy The Vampire Slayer was based on the 1992 film with the same name. The series began five years later in 1997 and aired until 2003. The TV show followed the story of Buffy Summers, who was the born as a "Vampire Slayer." This trope of the chosen one helped the series to explore concepts such as destiny, good vs. bad, and more. This show spanned many genres, from supernatural drama to teen comedy-drama. The series received critical acclaim, and it is often featured on lists of great TV shows. The show aired on the WB Television Network, a smaller network, but good things come in small packages (Wikipedia).

Question 25

What occupation did Al Bundy have on Married With Children?

Married with Children was one of those shows that broke the mold. While most family sitcoms showed a wholesome family dynamic, this show featured the exact opposite. Characters barely got along and they all got into all sorts of trouble. At the end of the day, at least they loved each other. Married With Children starred Ed O'Neill, whose fame from the show helped him to appear as a side character in the popular movie, Wayne's World. Most storylines on the show involved Al's schemes and his failure to carry them through successfully. The show was a classic in the late 80s and 90s (Wikipedia).

Question 26

From which show was Frasier a spin-off?

Frasier was a show that gained a reputation for being the smartest show on TV. It aired in the 90s and early 00s. A revival of the show has been discussed recently. The show starred Kelsey Grammer in the lead role, and he used his success on the show to star in some movies, such as Down Periscope. Frasier was a show about a psychiatrist, Dr. Frasier Crane, who lives in Seattle and has to deal with a divorce in his own personal life. The funny concept of the show is that a psychiatrist has personal problems of his own (Wikipedia).

Question 27

Which actor played Jesse on Full House?

Full House ran from the late 80s to the early 90s, and a sequel was made in 2016 called Fuller House. The series was never a favorite of critics, but it had mass appeal which ultimately matters a lot more. The show featured widowed father, Danny Tanner, and two other men, his brother-in-law and his best friend. Together, these three men raised Danny's three daughters. One of the daughters was played by the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen twins. They did this to get past Child Labor Laws, and luckily for these two actresses, this show led to their future fame (Wikipedia).

Question 28

Which character on Friends fled their wedding at the beginning of the show?

Friends was an aptly named show, because it starred a group of friends. And over time, this group of friends basically became America's TV friends. The show was set in New York City, and it featured the drama and relationships of six friends who were trying to figure out life together. Episodes always had casual names, such as "The One With The Cake." This show led to the fame of many successful Hollywood stars, such as Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer. Coincidentally, a big plot point in the show was these two characters' romance. Charming, sweet, and filled with life lessons, Friends was one of those shows that will never grow old (Wikipedia).

Question 29

Which character did James Franco play in Freaks And Geeks?

Freaks And Geeks was another one of those shows that was so good when it was on the air but people just didn't fully appreciate it until it was canceled. It's like Van Gogh or Emily Dickinson - famous just a little too late. Freaks And Geeks was a show that only aired 12 episodes even though 18 episodes were shot! Still, it ranks highly on lists of best TV shows, meaning people learned to value it after it was gone. The series was directed by Judd Apatow and starred many famous celebrities people love today, such as Seth Rogen and James Franco (Wikipedia).

Question 30

Where did Josh work in Drake and Josh?

This teen sitcom was a fan-favorite on Nickelodeon from 2004 to 2007. It featured the antics and fun of two high school aged boys who were forced to live together, despite having opposite personalities. Drake was a popular musician, while Josh was a bookworm who has trouble fitting in. The two boys navigate through many challenging teenage problems and grow to like each other over the course of the series. The two actors, Drake Bell and Josh Peck, acted together on The Amanda Show which aired before this show was created. The show led to two TV films that aired on Nickelodeon (Wikipedia).

Question 31

What car did "the Duke boys" drive on The Dukes Of Hazzard?

The Dukes Of Hazzard was unique and still stands out in viewers' minds today because it was an action-comedy. There aren't a lot of action-comedies out there, but even if there were, the Dukes of Hazzard might have them beat. The show ran from 1979 to 1985. Starring John Schneider and Tom Wopat, the show was about the adventures of "the Duke boys," which consisted of cousins Bo Duke and Luke Duke. Set in Georgia, the show drew on Southern culture and sent these boys on car-chasing adventures. The show is famous for freeze-frames, during which a narrator would ponder what would happen next (Wikipedia).

Question 32

Which character had a crush on Arnold in Hey Arnold?

Move it, football head! That's what the title character, Arnold, heard in this show all the time. This late 90s and early 00s animated sitcom centered on a fourth grader who lived in a boarding house with his grandparents. It's always nice when the main character is an underdog. In this show, Arnold runs into all kinds of childhood adventure. There's even an episode where they go to an opposite world and every character's look-alike has the opposite personality. Pretty absurd stuff for a kid's show! This show was a Nickelodeon show, and there was even a movie released in 2002 (Wikipedia).

Question 33

What was the name of the group of kids in Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

There's not a lot of top of the list spooky story and fantasy themed TV shows, but that's exactly what this show was. The show aired from 1990 to 1996, and then it got brought back from 1999 to 2000. This show was unique, because every episode began with the group of kids telling a spooky story to each other. Soon after the narration began, the scene would cut away to show the story happening in real time. 90s kids would turn on Nickelodeon and shake in their boots while watching this show that was actually filmed entirely in Canada (Wikipedia).

Question 34

What did Kel love more than anything on Kenan And Kel?

Name a more iconic duo than Keenan And Kel. Okay, maybe Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello, Penn and Teller, but the point is these two stars carried the long-standing tradition of a two-man act. That's exactly what this show was. Similar to the other show mentioned in this quiz, Drake And Josh, Kenan And Kel was a show about two high school students who couldn't be more opposite. Kenan worked at a local grocery store, and Kel was pretty much just clumsy. Interestingly, this show always began and ended with the characters breaking the fourth wall and interacting with the audience (Wikipedia).

Question 35

What was the setting for Northern Exposure?

Northern Exposure was a comedy-drama. It ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995. It received 57 award nominations, which sure seems like a lot. This show earned it, as one critic called it "the best of the best television in the past 10 years." The show followed a character from New York City who moved up north and had to find a way to adjust to the different kind of life he now had to live. The show is a classic fish out of water tale, the kind of thing that inspires people who find themselves in settings and circumstances beyond their wildest dreams (Wikipedia).

Question 36

Where did Dale Cooper work in Twin Peaks?

Twin Peaks was a mystery, a thriller, and a drama all wrapped up into one crazy fun show. It aired from 1990 to 1991 on ABC. Directed by David Lynch, this show featured a lot of melodrama, surrealism, and distinctive, one of a kind cinematography. The show followed an investigation being carried out by Special Agent Dale Cooper, who was played by Kyle MacLachlan. The show resembled a classic detective story, but its uniqueness in other areas set it apart. It was one of the top rated shows in 1990, and it still has a cult following to this day (Wikipedia).

Question 37

What was the name of the character played by Mr. T in The A-Team?

America was spoiled in the 80s, mostly because of this show. The A-Team aired from 1983 to 1987 on NBC, and it was such a cult classic it still gets referenced all the time to this day. They even made a movie out of it in 2010. One of the most iconic actors quite possibly of all time, Mr. T had a starring role in the original TV show. The four characters in the show were outlandish mercenaries, a crack squad intent on taking names and serving justice. The team usually carried out unorthodox plans to surprising success, winning the day with brains and brawn (Wikipedia).

Question 38

What real-life stand-up comedian created and starred in The Larry Sanders Show?

The Larry Sanders Show was one of those genius shows that changed things forever. It aired from 1992 to 1998 on HBO, and anybody who was anyone watched it to see celebrities playing self-parodying versions of themselves. The actor who played Larry Sanders was an actual stand-up comedian and a very good one at that. He even was a guest host for The Tonight Show. He brought his experiences with him to the writing room for this show, and that's what helped make the show as successful as it was. Anyone who watched this show remembers Hank Kingsley's famous line, "Applesauce" (Wikipedia).

Question 39

What was the actual name of ALF?

Airing from 1986 to 1990, this goofy show was based on the story of an alien who crashed his spacecraft into the garage of a middle-class family in Texas. As it often does, hilarity ensued! Funny enough, the company that produced ALF was called Alien Productions. The show starred Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, and Benji Gregory, but the real star was the man behind the ALF puppet, Paul Fusco. ALF was a real hit because the title character, the alien, was eccentricity sarcastic and witty. Imagine that - an alien who crashes on Earth and then is funnier than most people on the planet (Wikipedia).

Question 40

What was the primary setting in Xena: Warrior Princess?

Some shows are so ridiculously amazing they just form a cult following no matter what the plot even is. Luckily, the plot for this show is usually well-written. Xena: Warrior Princess aired from 1995 to 2001. The show features the adventures of Xena who is, as expected, a warrior princess. The show takes place in the past, which adds to its already fantastical elements. Xena was an infamous warrior who sought redemption for her past by helping the innocent whenever she could. This often meant fighting bad guys. Since the show ended, there have been many comics, books, video games, and more created to carry on the story (Wikipedia).

Question 41

What city was the setting for Charlie's Angels?

Charlie's Angels was a light-hearted crime drama that featured the police work of three female cops who were intent on disproving negative gender stereotypes by bringing the bad guys to justice. The show aired from 1976 to 1981 on ABC, and it starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith. A funny, recurring gag in the show was that the "Angels" never met face to face with Charlie, even though he was the one who gave them all their assignments. The Angels graduated from the police academy and then served the city with swift action, cunning instincts, and dashing skills (Wikipedia).

Question 42

Which character created the Feeny Call on Boy Meets World?

Boy Meets World was a lot like Growing Pains but with a different cast of characters and a whole slew of new problems to solve as the kids grew up and experienced life. Boy Meets World aired from 1993 to 2000 on ABC. Cory Matthews was the main character who eventually went on to date and marry Topanga in the show, always accompanied by his best friend Shawn. And don't forget about his older brother, Eric, who was always up to crazy schemes and goofy adventures. This show was packed with life lessons. There was even a teacher, Mr. Feeny, who lived next door (Wikipedia).

Question 43

What was Malcolm's defining characteristic in Malcolm In The Middle?

Here's another one of those shows from the early 00s that seemed to almost celebrate an incredibly dysfunctional family. Airing from 2000 to 2006 on Fox, this show's main character, Malcolm, was a quirky kid surrounded by family chaos. This show is what made Frankie Munoz famous, and it also starred Bryan Cranston about a decade before he went on to star in Breaking Bad. Even though some people might not like shows like this for their, at times, negative portrayal of family life, the show generated praise from critics and was very popular when it aired on Fox (Wikipedia).

Question 44

What were the last names of the main characters on Miami Vice?

Miami Vice was one of those cop shows that just felt cool. Every character on the show was as cool as could be, and even the viewers at home probably felt cool just for watching the show. This show was a classic TV buddy cop genre. It aired from 1984 to 1988, and it starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as the two lead cops. The show was famous for its use of music in the soundtrack, often using popular pop and rock hits of the 1980s. There was even a film adaptation of this show that was released in 2006 (Wikipedia).

Question 45

What was the rank of Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce on M*A*S*H?

M*A*S*H was a hit TV show that aired from 1972 to 1983. M*A*S*H stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and the show revolved around the heroics and adventures of a medical unit in the Korean War. This show was one of the highest rated shows in TV history. Viewers and critics praised it for its strong ensemble cast. Another thing that made this show great was that it was not strictly a comedy. Like many other great classic TV shows, M*A*S*H was a war comedy and a war drama. Combining both elements brought viewers on a journey that was filled with tears and laughs (Wikipedia).

Question 46

Which actor played the first doctor on Doctor Who?

There may not be a more iconic TV show than Doctor Who. Filled with fantasy and science fiction, Doctor Who began in 1963 and still airs to this day. The show is a significant part of culture in the UK, and it has gained a cult following across the world. In recent years, the "Doctor" has been played by top-name actors like David Tennant and Matt Smith. The actors who play the "Doctor" change every couple of seasons due to the long-lasting nature of the show. Thank goodness for the "Doctor," because if it wasn't for him, the world would be overrun by Daleks and other fantastical beasts (Wikipedia).

Question 47

What was Herman Munster's occupation?

One part family sitcom, one part spooky, The Munsters broke ground by showing a family unlike any other. There was Herman Munster, the father, played by Fred Gwynne. Yvonne De Carlo played his vampire wife, Lily Munster. A fan favorite was Grandpa Munster, played by Al Lewis. Grandpa lived in the attic and was a scientist, which was very noble for a vampire. He had a dungeon, too. One fun quirk that Herman had was his extraordinary strength. It did not fit his gentle personality, but what can one do when they have the body of a Frankenstein's monster (Wikipedia)?

Question 48

What state did Gilmore Girls take place in?

Gilmore Girls was a dramedy, which means half comedy and half drama. The show aired from 2000 to 2007 on The WB. It's always interesting when shows from smaller networks like that gain so much appeal. It usually means the writing and production of the show were top-notch, and in the case of Gilmore Girls, that is largely true. The show focused on the relationship between a mother and daughter. The mother was single, which added drama as well as a romantic possibility for this lead character. The show takes place in a small town with a bunch of crazy characters (Wikipedia).

Question 49

What nickname did they have for the grandma on Beverly Hillbillies?

The title song for this show tells the story of a family of hillbillies who strike oil on their rural property. Now that they are rich beyond their wildest dreams, they do what anyone would do -- they move to Beverly Hills, and all kinds of comedy ensues. The Beverly Hillbillies aired from 1962 to 1971 on CBS, and it consistently ranked as a top program for most of its run. The characters in the show are all fishes out of water, which is always a fun trope to show in a sitcom. They get themselves into situations they'd never seen back home, and it's fun to watch them figure it out (Wikipedia).

Question 50

What was the nickname for the character played by Martin Sheen in The West Wing?

The West Wing was one of those shows that changed TV forever. Some people claim The West Wing invented the scene where two people walk down a hallway, busy as could be, while discussing important information and details relevant to the plot. This same type of scene would occur in many dramas that followed. Martin Sheen played the leader of the United States in this show that was primarily set in the West Wing of the White House, where the Oval Office is located. Rob Lowe was also in this show, as well as Alan Alda. With a stellar cast, it's no surprise this show was a success!

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