Golden Girls

The Golden Girls

It's not too hard to understand why a sitcom based around women over sixty might be a hard sell in a town perpetually obsessed with youth. To overcome this obstacle, NBC assembled a formidable ensemble cast for The Golden Girls, with decades of sitcom success under their collective belts. This quartet provided the Midas touch that won the hearts of viewers, young and old alike. Continue reading...

Quincy

Quincy M.E.

There are few people in this world who can make a successful career transition from sportswriter to coroner. But after winning television audiences over as perpetual slob Oscar Madison on the hit 70s sitcom The Odd Couple, actor Jack Klugman wasn't quite finished with the prime-time spotlight. This time around, he donned a set of medical scrubs and endeared himself to millions as Quincy M.E. Continue reading...

Cheers

Cheers

Welcome to a bar called Cheers, a Boston hangout where everybody knows your name, is always glad you came, and never nags you about taking out the garbage. Cheers wasn't just a loafer's paradise; it was a sitcom lover's dream, and it became one of the most popular TV comedies of all time. Continue reading...

Family Ties

Family Ties

In a reverse of the traditional family dynamic, liberal, hippie parents Elyse and Steven gave birth to right-wing Republican Alex P. Keaton. Played by Michael J. Fox in the role that would launch his career, Alex Keaton wore a suit and tie every day, slept under a portrait of William F. Buckley, Jr. and was a die-hard fan of Reaganomics. He regularly tested his parents patience on Family Ties, one of the 80s most enduring and endearing sitcoms. Continue reading...

The Facts of Life

The Facts of Life

It all started with the 70s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. When daughter Kimberly Drummond’s school’s housemother quit her job at Eastlake Academy the day before the campus play, disaster was imminent. Who would make the costumes? Edna Garrett, the Drummond’s maid, rises nobly to the occasion. In fact, she so impresses the school that Steven Bradley, the headmaster, asks her to be the new housemother permanently. With a fond farewell to Arnold, Willis, and Kimberly (who continued to go to Eastlake, even though she was seldom seen in this new spinoff), Mrs. G took her place in The Facts of Life, one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1980s. Continue reading...

Seinfeld

Seinfeld

They called it "a show about nothing," but you'd be hard-pressed to stretch "nothing" into nine seasons of hit comedy. Really, Seinfeld was about everything: sex, parents, the buttons on your shirt, baked goods, cold cereal, "man hands," yada yada yada... It was the little things in life that mattered on Seinfeld. You would never see "a very special episode" about drugs or childbirth, and nobody ever, ever gave hugs. Continue reading...

Monster Squad

Monster Squad

For many a decade, monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man spent their time terrorizing movie audiences at every opportunity. But, like any career choice, things can get a little boring after a while. And when it was time to consider a new vocation, they brought their formidable talents to the exciting world of crime fighting, in the campy 1976 live-action series, Monster Squad. Continue reading...

I Dream of Jeannie

I Dream of Jeannie

In decades past, few shows were ever been able to rival sports programming when it came to capturing the attention of the adult male television demographic. Why, to do that, one would first need a beautiful woman – perhaps a subservient beautiful woman – okay, how about a beautiful subservient woman that not only worships her male master but has the power to grant his every wish. To borrow from sports terminology – Game, set, match. This winning, testosterone-inducing formula helped make I Dream of Jeannie one of the most popular and successful sitcoms of all time. Continue reading...