Take this quiz and find out (answers below):
1. Who played Perry Mason, the defense attorney on TV who invariably proved his client innocent, from 1957 to 1966?
a) Earle Stanley Gardner b) Raymond Burr c) William Hopper d) Raymond Massey
2) What's the longest running western on TV?
a) Gunsmoke b) Bonanza c) Wagon Train d) Rawhide
3) Where did Rob and Laura live on The Dick Van Dyke Show?
a) New London, Ct. b) New Holland, Pa. c) New Rochelle, NY d) New Brunswick, NJ
4) Who played Dr. Kildare, the medical intern who set female hearts aflutter from 1961 - 1966?
a) Vince Edwards b) Bob Newhart c) Robert Young d) Richard Chamberlain
5) Who as a young comedian was a writer for Candid Camera?
a) Woody Allen b) Dick Cavett c) Regis Philbin d) Jerry Seinfeld
6) When did the Beatles first appear on the Ed Sullivan Show?
a) Jan. 20, 1962 b) Sept. 22, 1963 c) Feb. 9, 1964 d) May 24, 1964
7) Who never appeared on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, the iconic comedy that ran from 1967 - 1973?
a) Tiny Tim b) Rod Serling c) Richard Nixon d) Bill Cosby
8) Laverne & Shirley (1976-83) was one of several shows to develop out of the groundbreaking All in the Family (1968-79). Who played Shirley?
a) Penny Marshall b) Valerie Harper c) Cindy Williams d) Suzanne Somers
9) Where did Fonzie live?
a) In back of Arnold's b) In the Cunningham's garage c) In the Cunningham's basement d) In his own apartment
10) How many kids did the Waltons have?
a) 2 b) 4 c) 6 d) 8
11) Where did Mary Richards live in the Mary Tyler Moore show?
a) Washington, D.C. b) San Francisco c) Minneapolis d) Milwaukee
12) Who played the mom on The Brady Bunch for its entire run from 1969 - 1974?
a) Shirley Jones b) Florence Henderson c) Shelley Long d) Shelley Winters
13) The final episode of M*A*S*H was by some measures the most-watched TV program of all time. When did it air?
a) March 15, 1984 b) Dec. 7, 1983 c) Feb. 28, 1983 d) Nov. 23, 1981
14) Who shot J. R. in the final episode of the 1979-1980 season?
a) Kristin Shepard b) Bobby Ewing c) Sue Ellen Ewing d) Clayton Farlow
15) Who was not an original Charlie's Angel?
a) Farrah Fawcett b) Jaclyn Smith c) Cameron Diaz d) Kate Jackson
Bonus Question: What series was named the greatest TV show of all time by TV Guide?
a) All in the Family b) The Honeymooners c) I Love Lucy d) Seinfeld
These shows were
not necessarily by or about Baby Boomers. Many of our parents watched some of these same programs. Back when the
networks reigned supreme, and TV channels were not so scattered and
specialized, we all sat down and watched many of the shows together.
I know that people like me, who are getting older, typically think
things were better back then. But, really, wasn't Dick Van Dyke, or All in the
Family or The Waltons more wholesome, more relevant and more
entertaining than Two and a Half Men, or Honey Boo Boo?
Anyway, let's look back . . . and answer the questions about those old shows.
1) Earle Stanley Gardner, a practicing lawyer and prolific novelist,
created the character of the famous defense attorney. William Hopper
played Perry Mason's trusty private detective Paul Drake. But it was the
incomparable Raymond Burr who won two Emmys playing Perry Mason (and
who also went on to star as a wheelchair-bound detective in Ironside, from 1967 to 1975).
2) Bonanza, 1959 - 1973, was branded the second-longest running western. The longest was Gunsmoke, starring James Arness, which rode the airways from 1955 to 1975.
3) Rob and Laura Petrie, and their son Richie, lived in the suburb of New Rochelle, NY.
4) Vince Edwards was Ben Casey. It was Richard Chamberlain who
played the impeccably handsome Dr. Kildare. He later went on to
mini-series fame in Centennial and The Thorn Birds, and devoted much of
his time to stage acting. Ironically, in his 2003 memoir Shattered Love, the former heartthrob revealed that he was gay.
5) Dick Cavett wrote for Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. Regis Philbin
wrote for his own local talk show in San Diego, only because he had no
budget for writers. It was Woody Allen who
worked for Candid Camera, as well as The Ed Sullivan Show and The
Tonight Show, before going on to standup comedy and his storied movie
6) Ed Sullivan happened to be passing
through London's Heathrow airport in 1963 when he saw the crowd's
reaction to the Beatles, who were arriving from a gig in Sweden. He
signed the group for three consecutive shows in America, beginning with
their live performance on Sunday night, February 9, 1964.
7) Everybody who was anybody at the time appeared on Laugh-In, from
Tiny Tim to Richard Nixon, from Bing Crosby to Flip Wilson. But the
record shows no appearance by Bill Cosby,
who may have been too busy doing standup comedy, making movies and
studying for an education degree at the University of Massachusetts.
8) Laverne & Shirley took over top TV ratings from All in the
Family in 1977, starring Penny Marshall as Laverne DeFazio and Cindy
Williams as Shirley Feeney.
9) Fonzie, of Happy
Days, used the men's room at Arnold's as his "office," but he lived in a
room over the Cunningham's garage. However, he did rent his own
apartment in the last season of the show, so give yourself full credit
if that was your answer.
10) A trick question?
Actually, I made a mistake. John Boy was the oldest Walton child, born
in 1916. Then Jason, Mary Ellen, Ben, Erin, Jim-Bob, and the youngest
was Elizabeth. Oops, count 'em. That's seven.
Mary Tyler Moore moved from New Rochelle, NY, in The Dick Van Dyke
Show, to Minneapolis, MN, for the Mary Tyler Moore show. In real life,
she was born in Brooklyn, grew up in California, and currently lives in
Manhattan, where she is active in diabetes issues and animal rights.
12) Shirley Jones was the mom in The Partridge Family. Shelley Long
played the mom in the much-maligned Brady Bunch Movie in 1995. It was
Florence Henderson who starred as the mom in the hit TV show.
14) In the final scene of Dallas in the 1979-80 season, J. R. was
shot twice by an unseen assailant. The next episode, called Who Done It?
aired on November 21,1980, and revealed that sister-in-law and mistress
Kristin Shepard (played by Mary Crosby) shot him in a fit of anger. The episode ranks second only to the M*A*S*H finale as the most-watched TV program of all time.
15) Cameron Diaz played one of Charlie's Angels in the 2000 movie, and
in the 2003 sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. But she was not in
the original TV series which aired from 1976 - 1981.
Bonus Question) TV Guide rated Seinfeld the greatest TV show of all time.
Number 2 was I Love Lucy, No. 3 was the Honeymooners and No. 4 was All
in the Family. See cbsnews for a complete list of the top 50.