Unusual Facts and Trivia About Some Classic Sitcoms
In the pilot, Danny’s arrested in Mayberry by Andy Taylor, who’s not only the sheriff, but the justice of the peace, newspaper editor, and the mayor (in the pilot). ‘Andy Taylor” was such a hit, that an entire series was built around him.
When Don Knotts saw the pilot, he thought that Andy should have a deputy and called to make the suggestion history was made!
The pilot episode’s town drunk was Hill Hoople, played by Frank Cady, who rose to greater fame as storekeeper Sam Drucker, featured on both Green Acres and Petticoat Junction. Once the series went underway, the town drunk was of course, Otis Campbell, played by Hal Smith.
Golden Girls was the 11th TV series for Betty White.
Ted Danson enrolled in (graduated from) bartender’s school for his role as Sam Malone in Cheers. And he actually finished second (!) in his class at the AmericanBartendingSchool.
The show’s creators didn’t think Danson looked very athletic, so his character became an ex baseball player; Sam Malone was originally supposed to be an ex football player.
Cheers had a total of 275 episodes (1982 1993).
Keenen Ivory Wayans had a bit part in episode 2!
After the fifth season, Shelley Long left the series.
The original pilot for All In The Family was under the title Those Were The Days. Another working title was Justice For All (The series was based on a British sitcom).
The Bunkers were originally known as the Justice family.
The series total of episodes was 204 (1971 1979).
The success of episode no. 44, “The Bunkers and the Swingers”, was partially responsible for the creation of Three’s Company.
It was Jackie Gleason himself who came up with The Honeymooners title and concept.
Ralph Kramden, Gleason’s character was originally a cop, but Gleason changed him to a bus driver he felt they get more upset.
The series ran from 1955 1956 (39 episodes in the original syndication package).
Jeffersons star Isabel Sanford, who played Sherman Hemsley’s wife (Louise or ‘Weezie”) was actually 21 years older than he was! When the series premiered in January 1975 (to 1985, for a total of 253 episodes), she was 57 and Hemsley was 36.
Series regular Roxie Roker was the mother of rock star Lenny Kravitz.
Matthew Broderick was first choice for the role of Alex P. Keaton on :Family Ties. Broderick turned down the TV role, because his father, actor James Broderick (Family TV series, among other things) was gravely ill in New York City. His son didn’t want to leave him.
The Clampett mansion on The Beverly Hillbillies had 32 rooms and 14 bathrooms!
How did Mr. Ed talk? The actual technique remains a secret to this day!
Clint Eastwood (then known for the TV western series Rawhide) was one of the few actors to work with both Mr. Ed (as a guest star) and Francis the Talking Mule (Francis In the Navy, 1955).
In the 1950s, the sponsor’s commercials were not only done by the actors, but the plugs were actually worked into the story lines of the show.