08-20-2013   Leave a comment

I love supplying all of you with tons of useless trivia but today I think I’ll change things up a little.  I’ll be asking the questions and hopefully some of you will supply the correct answers.

We’ve all been raised sitting in front of the television and I don’t see that lessening any time soon.  With the addition of smartphones and tablets it should increase every year for the foreseeable future.

With that in mind I’m supply you with twenty trivia questions concerning television over the last fifty years.  Let’s see just how well you can do with them.  I’ll supply the answers tomorrow and you can see just how well or how badly you’ve done. Lets begin.

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  1. What are the names of the two old codgers who wisecrack from their box seats on the Muppet Show?
  2. What was Johnny Carson’s famous reply when a reporter asked what he would his epithet to be?
  3. What 1949 television program was the very first coast-to-coast network show?
  4. Who played Beau Maverick on the TV western comedy series Maverick?
  5. What were the only words spoken by Clarabell the clown on the Howdy Doody Show?
  6. What was the address of Big Birds nest on TV’s Sesame Street?
  7. What popular stand-up comic turned down the role of Trapper John McIntyre in the TV sitcom M*A*S*H before Wayne Rogers signed on for the part?
  8. How many opening monologues did Johnny Carson deliver during his 30 years as host of the Tonight Show?
  9. What role did Art Carney play in Jackie Gleason’s very first Honeymooners sketch?

10.  Who was the first mystery guest to appear on the TV quiz show What’s My Line in 1950?

11.  What TV sitcom family lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane?

12.  What was the theme song Jack Benny played off-key on his violin?

13.  What character actress provides the voice of mother Marge on TVs animated sitcom The Simpsons?

14.  What car did TVs Archie Bunker recall fondly in “Those Were the Days”, the theme song of the sitcom All in the Family?

15.  On what TV show did Robert Guillaume first portray the sharp-witted, sharp-tongued butler Benson?

16.  Who played Kato, the faithful Philippine valet-chauffeur, on the TV show The Green Hornet?

17.  Who portrayed Arnold Ziffel on Green Acres, the late 1960s TV sitcom that starred Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor?

18.  How many cases did Perry Mason lose in the nine seasons Raymond Burr appeared on TV as the ace defensive lawyer?

19.  What were the names of the three sons in the TV sitcom My Three Sons, which featured Fred Mc Murray as widower Steve Douglas?

20. What is the meaning of kemo sabe the words Tonto used to address the Lone Ranger?

Bonus Question (Worth 2 Points): What actress’s unpublished home telephone number did comedienne Joan Rivers give out on national TV in 1986 when she was hosting The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers?

So how do you think you did? I won’t tell you my score because it sucked.  I thought I knew a lot but once again I may have been mistaken.  The answers will follow tomorrow.

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