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Sitcom factfinder, 1948-1984 : over 9,700 details from 168 television shows
Terrace, Vincent, 1948-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

Physical Description:
vii, 226 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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On The Andy Griffith Show, deputy Barney Fife's duties included fly swatting and changing the jail's pillowcases. As a kid, Mike Brady of The Brady Bunch was the checkers champion of Chestnut Street. Whether it's called trivia, nostalgia, or useless information, over 9,700 facts from 168 television series broadcast from 1948 through 1984 on ABC, NBC, and CBS and in syndication can be found in this work. It covers the popular, well-known series but also the lesser-known series that were a part of television's earlier days. Information on the origins, spin-offs, television movie updates, and extension series is given for the more popular series.

Author Notes

Vincent Terrace is also the author of Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of Over 1800 Shows (1999) and Television Sitcom Factbook: Over 8,700 Details from 130 Shows, 1985-2000 (2000). He lives in Bronx, New York

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Almost 170 sitcoms--from The Abbott and Costello Show to WKRP in Cincinnati--are listed in alphabetical order. For each show, details such as character names (and variations), addresses, cars and license plate numbers, pets, favorite foods, and important episode plots appear in narrative form, which makes for good reading but also makes it difficult to find answers to reference questions. The shows were broadcast between January 1, 1948, and December 31, 1984. Related information includes reunion shows, radio origins, syndication, and spin-offs. Entries range in size from one paragraph for shows that were not on very long or for which there are only a few existing episodes (The Hathaways, Karen, My Little Margie), to several pages for those that were long-running and popular (Andy Griffith, Cheers, Leave it to Beaver). Defining a sitcom would have been helpful and might have explained the omission of shows such as F-Troop and Julia. What could have been an excellent manual for TV trivia buffs has several errors. For example, in the entry for The Addams Family, one of Gomez's nicknames for Morticia is given as "Caita," not "Querida." In the entry for M*A*S*H, Major Winchester's sister is mistakenly called "Hanoria" rather than "Honoria." Cheers' Cliff Claven belongs to the Knights of the Scimitar, not, as it is spelled here, "Semitar." These are small details, but in a resource like this, details count. The book is fun, nicely written, and filled with facts, much of them just what people want to know. It is clear that the homework has been exhaustively done for the shows that are included and that the author has a love for the subject. A little more research, editing, or clarification would have made this an even better book.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
The Abbott and Costello Showp. 5
The Addams Familyp. 6
Alicep. 10
All in the Familyp. 14
The Amos 'n' Andy Showp. 19
The Andy Griffith Showp. 20
The Ann Sothern Showp. 23
Arniep. 24
Bachelor Fatherp. 24
The Bad News Bearsp. 26
The Betty Hutton Showp. 26
The Beulah Showp. 27
The Beverly Hillbilliesp. 27
Bewitchedp. 31
The Bickersonsp. 34
The Bing Crosby Showp. 34
Blansky's Beautiesp. 34
The Bob Newhart Showp. 35
Bosom Buddiesp. 35
The Brady Bunchp. 36
The Brian Keith Showp. 39
Bridget Loves Berniep. 39
Car 54, Where Are You?p. 39
The Cara Williams Showp. 42
Charles in Chargep. 42
Cheersp. 44
The Cosby Showp. 48
The Courtship of Eddie's Fatherp. 51
A Date with Judyp. 51
Dear Phoebep. 51
December Bridep. 52
Dianap. 52
The Dick Van Dyke Showp. 52
Diff'rent Strokesp. 55
Dobie Gillisp. 57
The Donna Reed Showp. 59
The Doris Day Showp. 60
Double Troublep. 60
Duffy's Tavernp. 61
The Dukes of Hazzardp. 61
The Egg and Ip. 64
Eight Is Enoughp. 64
The Facts of Lifep. 68
Family Tiesp. 71
Father Knows Bestp. 72
Father of the Bridep. 74
The Flying Nunp. 75
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susannap. 76
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Showp. 76
Get Smartp. 78
The Ghost and Mrs. Muirp. 80
Gidgetp. 81
Gilligan's Islandp. 83
Gimme a Breakp. 86
The Girl with Something Extrap. 88
Glynisp. 88
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.p. 88
Good Morning Worldp. 90
Good Timesp. 90
Goodnight, Beantownp. 92
The Governor and J.J.p. 92
The Great Gildersleevep. 92
Green Acresp. 93
Guestward Hop. 95
The Halls of Ivyp. 95
Happy Daysp. 96
Harper Valleyp. 99
The Hathawaysp. 100
Hazelp. 100
He and Shep. 102
Heaven for Betsyp. 102
Hello, Larryp. 103
Here We Go Againp. 103
Hey Landlord!p. 103
Hey, Mulliganp. 104
Hogan's Heroesp. 104
The Honeymoonersp. 106
How to Marry a Millionairep. 109
I Dream of Jeanniep. 111
I Love Lucyp. 113
I Married Joanp. 118
Ichabod and Mep. 119
I'm Dickens ... He's Fensterp. 119
It's a Livingp. 119
It's Always Janp. 122
The Jack Benny Programp. 122
Jackson and Jillp. 124
Jamiep. 124
The Jean Arthur Showp. 125
The Jeffersonsp. 125
Jennifer Slept Herep. 126
Joe and Mabelp. 126
The Joey Bishop Showp. 127
Karen (1964)p. 127
Karen (1975)p. 128
Kate and Alliep. 128
Laverne and Shirleyp. 128
Leave It to Beaverp. 130
The Life of Rileyp. 133
Life with Luigip. 134
Love That Bobp. 134
Love That Jillp. 137
Madame's Placep. 137
Make Room for Daddyp. 137
Mama's Familyp. 140
Margiep. 142
The Marriagep. 142
The Mary Tyler Moore Showp. 142
M*A*S*Hp. 145
Mayor of the Townp. 151
Meet Corliss Archerp. 151
Meet Milliep. 152
Mister Edp. 152
The Monkeesp. 153
Mork and Mindyp. 154
The Mothers-in-Lawp. 154
The Munstersp. 155
My Favorite Martianp. 158
My Friend Irmap. 159
My Little Margiep. 161
My Living Dollp. 163
My Mother the Carp. 163
My Three Sonsp. 164
Nancyp. 165
Nanny and the Professorp. 165
The New Loretta Young Showp. 166
Newhartp. 166
Night Courtp. 168
The Odd Couplep. 171
One Day at a Timep. 173
Our Miss Brooksp. 175
Ozzie's Girlsp. 175
Paper Moonp. 176
The Partridge Familyp. 176
The Patty Duke Showp. 178
The Paul Lynde Showp. 180
The People's Choicep. 181
Pete and Gladysp. 181
Peter Loves Maryp. 182
Petticoat Junctionp. 182
The Phil Silvers Showp. 183
Private Secretaryp. 183
Professional Fatherp. 184
Punky Brewsterp. 184
The Real McCoysp. 186
The Sandy Duncan Showp. 189
Sanford and Sonp. 189
So This Is Hollywoodp. 191
Star of the Familyp. 192
Stockard Channing in Just Friendsp. 192
The Stu Erwin Showp. 192
Sugar Timep. 193
The Tab Hunter Showp. 193
Tammyp. 194
The Tammy Grimes Showp. 194
That Girlp. 194
That's My Boyp. 197
This Is Alicep. 197
Three's Companyp. 197
The Tom Ewell Showp. 201
Too Close for Comfortp. 201
Topperp. 203
Two Girls Named Smithp. 205
Valentine's Dayp. 205
Welcome Back, Kotterp. 206
Wendy and Mep. 209
Who's the Boss?p. 210
WKRP in Cincinnatip. 211
Performer Indexp. 217