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Mona McCluskey - Forgotten Sitcom Mona McCluskey was an NBC sitcom starring Juliet Prowse and Denny Miller. Prowse played the title character, a glamorous movie star, who is forced to live a more frugal life on the salary of her serviceman husband. The series was produced by George Burns. It debuted on September 16, 1965 and was axed after its 26th episode was broadcast on April 14, 1966. Here's the brief opening sequence.
Tags: Mona  McCluskey  sitcom  NBC  Juliet  Prowse 
Added: 7th February 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Alls Fair - Forgotten Sitcom According to the critics, All's Fair, a Norman Lear sitcom, was the can't-miss new offering for the 1976-77 TV season. Nevertheless, it missed. Set in Washington, D.C., All's Fair centered around a 49-year-old conservative newspaper columnist Richard Barrington (Richard Crenna) and his romance with a 23-year-old liberal photographer Charlotte Drake (Bernadette Peters). With so many differences between Barrington and Drake, the main characters spent a great deal of time shouting at one another (leading one critic to call it a "high-decibel comedy"). All's Fair premiered on CBS on September 20, 1976 and got generally favorable reviews. Peters was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role. The public never took a liking to All's Fair, though. It was off the air by the end of April 1977 after just 24 episodes.
Tags: Alls  Fair  CBS  failed  sitcom   
Added: 14th February 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Smith Family - Forgotten Show The Smith Family was an ABC program that couldn't decide if it wanted to be a comedy or a drama, so it tried to be both. It ran from January 1971 to June 1972. It had two very different openings for its two seasons, as this clip shows. Henry Fonda starred as Chad Smith, a veteran Los Angeles police officer. Janet Blair played his wife Betty. Ron Howard (billed as Ronny Howard) played the oldest son. The first season focused on the light-hearted family aspect of officer Smith's life. When that failed to generate the expected ratings, the emphasis was put on the policing aspect of Smith's life in the second season.
Tags: Smith  Family  Henry  Fonda  Ron  Howard 
Added: 28th February 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Charley Chase - Forgotten Comedian One of the overlooked comedy greats from the silent-screen era was Charley Chase. Chase began working in films at age 19 in 1912 and was still amusing audiences well into the sound era. Chase performed in comedies under Mack Sennett at Keystone but he is more famous for his long association with Hal Roach Studios. Chase often played a luckless character who was frequently the victim of unfortunate circumstances. Wrote one film historian, "Charley Chase was always innocent--but he got caught anyway." Often the setup to Chase's film gags was long and complex. Consider this clip from the 1924 film Accidental Accidents. Sadly, Chase died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of 46.
Tags: Charley  Chase  silen  film  comedian 
Added: 7th March 2014
Views: 126
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Posted By: Lava1964
Karen - Forgotten Sitcom Anyone remember a 1964 NBC sitcom titled Karen? Here's the opening montage--which looks remarkably similar to what Happy Days used to open its show a decade later. The theme song was sung by The Beach Boys! According to Total Television, Karen was one of three rotating 1964 NBC sitcoms set in 90 Bristol Court--an apartment complex. The other two (Against the World and Tom, Dick and Mary) were cancelled quickly. Karen lasted a full season until August 30, 1965. Pretty Debbie Watson played typical teenage girl Karen Scott. Richard Dreyfuss--who would go on to much bigger and better things in Hollywood--occasionally appeared as one of Karen's many friends. After Karen was cancelled, Debbie Watson was given the title role in another sitcom--Tammy. Like Karen, Tammy lasted just one season before getting the ax. Watson retired from acting in 1971 at age 22 after making an appearance on Love, American Style.
Tags: Karen  NBC  sitcom   
Added: 10th March 2014
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Melba - Forgotten 1986 Sitcom Flop Singer Melba Moore was the star of a barely remembered 1986 CBS sitcom aptly tiled Melba. Moore played Melba Patterson, a recently divorced black mother. Along with running the Visitors' Center in Manhattan, Patterson was trying to raise a spunky nine-year-old daughter (Tracy) with the help of her mother (Rose) and her white "sister" (Susan Slater)--a childhood pal who had been raised by Melba's mom. Before it had even aired once, critics who had seen sneak previews of Melba strongly took a dislike to the show. Nevertheless, Melba's debut occurred at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 1986: the same day of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. Apparently few people were in the mood to watch a new sitcom later that night: Melba's ratings were the worst in CBS' prime-time history. It got a 13% viewer share--an awful number in the days of just three networks and limited competition from cable stations. Despite the Challenger tragedy, The A-Team (NBC) and Who's The Boss? (ABC) still managed to pull in respectable ratings opposite Melba. Panicky network executives swiftly yanked Melba from CBS' lineup. However, five other Melba episodes aired in August and September on Saturday nights when ABC and NBC were showing reruns. The ratings for Melba were still unacceptably low, so CBS killed it for a second and final time. Here's what the show's opening montage looked like.
Tags: Melba  CBS  sitcom  flop 
Added: 21st March 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Forgotten Sitcom - Chicago Teddy Bears The Chicago Teddy Bears was a short-lived CBS sitcom that debuted as part of the network's fall lineup in 1971. The Prohibition-era comedy was set at Linc & Latzi's Speakeasy in Chicago. Dean Jones played Linc McCray. John Banner (from the recently cancelled Hogan's Heroes) was lovable Uncle Latzi, Linc's partner. Because The Chicago Teddy Bears was a sitcom, there was no overt mob-related violence shown on the screen. It was only vaguely referenced. The show was yanked after just 13 episodes due to poor ratings. Here's the opening sequence.
Tags: Chicago  Teddy  Bears  sitcom  CBS 
Added: 5th April 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Diaper Pins Tags: Diaper  Pins  forgotten  items 
Added: 16th April 2014
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Posted By: Cathy
Ernie Kovacs Fatal Car Crash Early on the morning of January 13, 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Beverly Hills. He was 10 days away from his 43rd birthday. Kovacs had attended a party at the home of Milton Berle to celebrate the Christening of Berle's son. Kovacs and wife Edie Adams arrived in separate cars. Adams left the party not long before her husband. During a sudden rainstorm, Kovacs lost control of his vehicle on a curve. It slammed into a utility pole, partially ejecting Kovacs from the car. He died instantly from massive head and chest injuries. Police theorized Kovacs may have lost control of the car while groping for one of his trademark cigars. Kovacs was driving a Corvair, a vehicle later exposed by Ralph Nader for being unsafe in turns. Many newspapers featured a photo of Kovacs' dead body at the accident scene. Largely forgotten today, Kovacs was a brilliant comedian whose off-the-wall humor was years ahead of his time. David Letterman cites Kovacs as a huge influence. At the time of his death Kovacs was deeply in debt with the IRS. (Kovacs believed the taxation system was unfair so he steadfastly refused to pay income tax.) His widow worked for years to clear his debt. A daughter of Kovacs and Adams also died in a car crash in 1982.
Tags: Ernie  Kovacs  death  car  accident 
Added: 30th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Hal Block Hal Block was a regular panelist on What's My Line from 1950 to 1953. He started his career as a joke writer in Chicago and once toured overseas with Bob Hope. He was not well liked by the other WML panelists because of his lack of dignity. Years later Bennett Cerf referred to Block as 'a clod.' WML producer Gil Fates recalled, 'Hal was a strange man. He was rumored to have come from a very wealthy family in Chicago, where he wrote material for some of the standout, stand-up comics in the business. He was stocky with curly black hair, heavy lips, and rather bulging eyes. He wore bow ties, stood around with his hands clasped behind his back, and smiled most of the time. He seemed completely uninhibited by either sensitivity or propriety. He referred to Ethel Barrymore as 'you doll' and planted big wet kisses on both Sister Kenny and Helen Hayes as they passed down the panel to say goodbye. For our deodorant sponsor he gratuitously coined the phrase, 'Make your armpit a charmpit.' Hal was totally oblivious to the panel's distaste for his jokes or to the icy correctness with which John Daly would greet one of his appalling observations. 'You're the prettiest nun I ever saw,' he once complimented a Dominican Sister in full habit. 'So what was so wrong?' he asked in defense. 'She was a real doll.' You couldn't teach the meaning of good taste to Hal any more than StarKist could teach it to Charlie the Tuna. Hal's relationship to the show was much like that of the small-town, stay-at-home wife to her rising young corporate executive husband. Hal had served his purpose when the program was young, but now that we were a class product his gaucheries were no longer tolerable.' In March 1953 Block was quietly replaced on the WML panel by the much more urbane Steve Allen. Block died, pretty much forgotten, from injuries he suffered in an apartment fire, in 1981 at age 67.
Tags: Hal  Block  Whats  My  Line  panelist 
Added: 17th November 2009
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