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1 This show had 7 different actors win Emmys for their appearances on this show. It got it's name from a Boston drinking establishment "where everybody knows your name." What was the name of the bar and the show?
Answer: Cheers

Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long, Bebe Neuwirth, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman, and John Cleese all won acting Emmys for being on "Cheers." It seems as though you could barely step on the "Cheers" set without at least getting an Emmy nomination. The ten actors who appeared in at least 70 episodes each had at least one Emmy nomination and eight different guests garnered Emmy nominations.
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2 What was the name of Frasier's dog on 'Cheers'?
Answer: Pavlov

Frasier was forced to give the dog to Sam when it was found that Diane was allergic. Sam re-named the dog 'Diane.'
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3 On his show, Doogie Howser supposedly scored a 1600 on his SAT at what age?
Answer: 6

Yeah, like that could really happen!
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4 The parents of this sitcom family were a lawyer and a doctor, though the father may be more famous for his selection of sweaters. What show am I talking about?
Answer: The Cosby Show

While not being the first comedy centered on a successful Black family, "The Cosby Show" was more successful than its predecessors. Also, the fact that the Huxtables were successful and Black was not brought up in the show. This was a point of debate, with some people feeling that the show had a responsibility to raise awareness of African-American issues, while others felt that, by not discussing it, the show made a stronger statement.
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5 On the sitcom "AfterMASH", Col. Potter, Cpl. Klinger, and Father Mulcahy return from the Korean War to work at a Veterans Hospital. What state was the General John J. Pershing Veterans Memorial Hospital located in?
Answer: Missouri

The hospital, better known as "General General", was located in River Bend, Missouri. "AfterMASH" was on CBS from 1983 to 1984.
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6 This movie 'hunk' guest-starred on 'Growing Pains.'
Answer: Brad Pitt

Brad played a rock star (who wasn't a nice guy) in this episode. The moral? You don't have to respect a person to respect their music.
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7 On ALF, the alien was said to have hailed from what planet before his ship crashed in the Tanner's garage?
Answer: Melmac

ALF was from Melmac where his name was Gordon Schumway.
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8 This sitcom featured an alien from the planet Melmac. In the final episode of the series, the alien is captured by the Alien Task Force. At the end of the episode, we were told it was "To Be Continued..." It never was.
Answer: ALF

You'd think that they could have thrown together something so that all of those kids wouldn't have been completely traumatized by the idea of ALF being stuck in a government research facility being vivisected and such. They did come back with a TV movie 6 years later that finally tied up the loose ends.
    Your options: [ Mork and Mindy ] [ 3rd Rock from the Sun ] [ Alien Nation ] [ ALF ]
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9 Sherman Helmsley starred in this series as a lawyer who was also a Deacon of the First Community Church of Philadelphia. What was the show called?
Answer: Amen

"Amen" was on NBC from 1986 to 1991. James Brown was on the last episode in 1991. Clifton Davis co-starred as the church's new minister. He was an ordained minister in real life. He served as the assistant pastor at Loma Linda, California's Seventh Day Adventist Church while appearing on "Amen".
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10 The theme song from the short-lived teen sitcom 'Square Pegs,' was sung by this New-Wave group.
Answer: The Waitresses

This short-lived teen sitcom featured Jamie Gurtz, late-80s movie staple and guest-star on Ally McBeal.
    Your options: [ Oingo Boingo ] [ The Fuggs ] [ Devo ] [ The Waitresses ]
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11 On Cheers, Sam Malone played what position for the Boston Red Sox?
Answer: Closer pitcher

Mayday Malone was his nickname.
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12 Many television shows have been revamped in an attempt to recapture the success of the original. Which of the following was not an actual sitcom?
Answer: Bewitched...Again!

While there never was a sitcom titled "Bewitched...Again," there was a "Bewitched" spin-off. It was called "Tabitha" and it followed Samantha and Darrin's daughter as she learns how to deal with being a witch. It lasted less than one season. "The Munsters Today" lasted 72 episodes, longer than the original. "The New Leave it to Beaver" lasted 4 seasons spread over three networks. "AfterMASH" lasted 30 episodes, but actually had a spin-off of its own, titled "W*A*L*T*E*R." It lasted only one episode, which was aired as a special presentation.
    Your options: [ The Munsters Today ] [ AfterMASH ] [ The New Leave it to Beaver ] [ Bewitched...Again! ]
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13 On the ABC comedy "Diff'rent Strokes", Willis and Arnold came to live with the Drummonds after their mother died. What was the relationship between their mother and Mr. Drummond?
Answer: She was his housekeeper

The boys were adopted by Mr. Drummond after their mother, his housekeeper, died. Nancy Reagan appeared in an episode about drug abuse in 1983. "Diff'rent Strokes" was on the air from 1978 to 1986.
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14 This actor portrayed Wesley on 'Mr. Belvedere'
Answer: Brice Beckham

That Wesley was quite a terror, wasn't he?
    Your options: [ Christopher Hewitt ] [ Bob Uecker ] [ Jeremy Miller ] [ Brice Beckham ]
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15 On Married ... With Childen, Al and Peg Bundy got a surprise left to them by Peg's idiot Wanker cousins. The surprise came in the form of a child. What was his name?
Answer: Seven

Seven was named after what else ... His Age.
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16 Six different shows won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series between 1980 and 1989 with three different series winning the award multiple times. Which of these classics did NOT win multiple Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series?
Answer: The Cosby Show

Surprisingly, despite all its popularity, "The Cosby Show" only won one Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Additionally, none of the main cast won an acting Emmy while on "The Cosby Show" and Bill Cosby was never nominated. And who knew that "The Golden Girls" was so popular?
    Your options: [ The Golden Girls ] [ Taxi ] [ Cheers ] [ The Cosby Show ]
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17 The series that was to become "Roseanne" was originally called something else before Roseanne Barr signed on. What was it originally slated to be called?
Answer: Life and Stuff

The show was tentatively titled "Life and Stuff" until Roseanne Barr signed on and became the focus. Roseanne and John Goodman both won Emmy Awards for "Roseanne". The show was on the ABC from 1988 to 1997.
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18 Finish this line from the theme from 'Small Wonder:' She's a Small Wonder, pretty and bright with...
Answer: soft curls

A girl unlike other girls.
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19 Chip, Jenny, and Emma lived in the same house with their mothers in what show?
Answer: Kate and Allie
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20 Sticking with the Emmys, wins by Richard Mulligan bookended the decade, with Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1980 and 1989. He won for two different shows, and won no Emmys in between. What two shows was he on when he won?
Answer: Soap and Empty Nest

Richard Mulligan, a veteran of television who appeared in over 40 different television shows, finally got his big break when he played Burt Campbell on the sitcom, "Soap," for which he earned his first Emmy. After "Soap" ended, Campbell made a few guest appearances on "The Golden Girls" as Dr. Harry Weston before his character was given his own show, "Empty Nest," which ran for 8 seasons and earned him his second Emmy.
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21 Richard Mulligan played Dr. Harry Weston in NBC's "Empty Nest". Kristy McNichol played his daughter, and David Leisure (Joe Isuzu) played his freeloading neighbor. What was Harry Weston's dog named?
Answer: Dreyfuss

A dog named Bear played the dog, Dreyfuss. Most sources, including the show's producers, say he was half St. Bernard and half Golden Retriever. "Empty Nest" was on the air from 1988 to 1995.
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22 What teen sitcom began its life on The Disney Channel as "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" and starred Hayley Mills?
Answer: Saved by the Bell

"Good Morning, Miss Bliss" lasted one year before being dropped by The Disney Channel. It was then picked up by NBC, who had originally held the rights to the pilot, and some major changes were made. The show no longer centered around Miss Bliss, and Hayley Mills was not brought back. Additionally, the students were shaken up. The characters of Zach Morris, Screech Powers and Lisa Turtle returned, while the rest of the students were replaced. Also, Mr. Belding returned, now as the students' foil, and the setting was moved from Indiana to California.
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23 On the CBS sitcom "Kate & Allie", two divorced women share an apartment, along with their children. What neighborhood is that apartment in?
Answer: Greenwich Village

Kate (Susan St. James) and Allie (Jane Curtin) share an apartment in New York's Greenwich Village. The show was on the air from 1984 to 1989.
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24 Leonardo DiCaprio got noticed when he was in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and became world famous after starring in "Titanic." But, before any of that, he was a late season addition to what sitcom?
Answer: Growing Pains

Late in a show's run, it is not uncommon to run low on plot ideas. In order to create new plotlines and generate viewer excitement, many shows will bring in a new character. Leonardo DiCaprio was Luke, a homeless friend of Mike Seaver (Kirk Cameron) who was taken in by the family. A number of the episodes in the last season revolved around the character of Luke and DiCaprio earned a Young Artist Award nomination for his portrayal.
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25 Judd Hirsch played John Lacey, a newly single man, on NBC's "Dear John". What was the name of the singles club he joined?
Answer: The One-Two-One Club

The One-Two-One Club met at the Rego Park Community Center. The show was based on a British show of the same name. It was on the air from 1988 to 1992.
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26 Which of the following was an original show and was not a spin-off from a previous show?
Answer: Night Court

"A Different World" showed the college life of Denise Huxtable, the oldest daughter from "The Cosby Show."
"Family Matters" centers on the life of the Winslow family. Harriet Winslow was originally a character, specifically the elevator operator, on "Perfect Strangers."
"Benson" was originally the butler of the Tate family on "Soap."

"Night Court" was based on an original concept, the courtroom comedy as opposed to the courtroom drama, and was very successful, running for 9 seasons.
    Your options: [ A Different World ] [ Benson ] [ Family Matters ] [ Night Court ]
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27 "Joanie Loves Chachi" was a spin-off of "Happy Days". When Joanie and Chachi left Milwaukee, where did they move?
Answer: Chicago

They moved to Chicago to start a band. When the show was cancelled after one season they moved back to Milwaukee and rejoined the cast of "Happy Days".
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28 On the television show "Night Court", who portrayed Judge Harry Stone's father?
Answer: John Astin

John Astin, who was better known as Gomez Addams, played the judge's father. Harry Anderson and Mel Torme were friends in real life, which led to Torme's frequent appearances on the show.
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29 Tom Hanks played Kip Wilson in the ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies". Who played Henry Desmond, the other "man in drag", in the show?
Answer: Peter Scolari

"Bosom Buddies" borrowed its gimmick, two guys in drag, from the Tony Curtis-Jack Lemmon-Marilyn Monroe movie "Some Like It Hot". The show was on the air from 1980 to 1982.
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30 Which of the four daughters on "The Cosby Show" wasn't in the first episode?
Answer: Sondra

Sondra was added to the cast after it was decided that the Huxtable family should have a child who had been through the grind and succeeded. When she appeared on the show it was explained that she had been away at college. The show was on NBC from 1984 to 1992.
    Your options: [ Rudi ] [ Denise ] [ Vanessa ] [ Sondra ]
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31 All of the following actors won Emmy Awards for their work on the sitcom "Cheers". Who won the most awards?
Answer: Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman won for Best Supporting Actress four times. Ted Danson won two Emmy Awards. Shelly Long and Woody Harrelson won one each. "Cheers" narrowly escaped cancellation after its first season. It was on NBC from 1982 to 1993.
    Your options: [ Ted Danson ] [ Shelly Long ] [ Woody Harrelson ] [ Rhea Perlman ]
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32 When Alex Keaton graduated from Harding High on "Family Ties", where did he go to college?
Answer: Leland College

Michael J. Fox became a star after the focus of the show shifted from the parents to the kids due to network research. Ironically, NBC executives initially balked at the producers' suggestion of Fox for the role of Alex.
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33 What was the name of the interior decorating firm the four women on "Designing Women" worked at?
Answer: Sugarbakers

Sugarbakers was based in Atlanta, Georgia. "Designing Women" was on CBS from 1986 to 1993.
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34 On the sitcom "One Day at a Time", Bonnie Franklin starred as Ann Romano. She had two daughters, Julie and Barbara. What was the girls' last name?
Answer: Cooper

Julie and Barbara Cooper used their father's last name. Their mother used her maiden name. Howard Hesseman and Nanette Fabray were also cast members. The show was on CBS from 1975 to 1984.
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35 On ABC's "Growing Pains" there were initially three kids: Mike, Carol, and Ben. After three or four years Maggie Seaver gave birth to a fourth child. What was his/her name?
Answer: Chrissie

Maggie gave birth to a daughter, Chrissie. Leonardo DiCaprio also appeared in the show as Luke Bower during the final season. The show was on from 1985 to 1992.
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