Television is like a historical time-line for most of us now. I grew up with television as did most Americans, and can plot my ages and other events along that time-line.

Back when I was small of course, it wasn’t so important, and a lot of what I watched was syndicated stuff that had already been on for twenty years. There are only a few shows that I remember from my early childhood. Anyone remember Romper Room? That crazy lady with the mirror? I don’t remember a heck of a lot about it, but it is still in my head somewhere. Of course Sesame Street, Captain Kangaroo, and Mr Rogers were all part of it. Mr Rogers is dead, as is Captain Kangaroo. Sesame Street of course, is STILL on after all of these years. The people are all different and there are some new Muppet’s on there.

During the first couple of years of elementary school my after school staples were of course, old cartoons and the Mickey Mouse Club. The syndicated black and white version with Annette and the gang, not that crap they put on in the eighties. I remember the serials that were on there. Tripods, the Boy Scouts thing, and a couple of others. I watched them on a crappy old UHF channel local to Atlanta, channel 17. Owned and operated by Ted Turner himself. We all know about WTBS, and then CNN and what happened next. When I was young they showed the Friday Night Frights, horror movies. Man, I loved those.

In the seventies and early eighties it was all about sitcoms. My brother and I would watch TV with our parents from seven in the evening until bedtime. Occasionally we got to stay up late. Happy Days, Welcome Back Kotter, McMillan & Wife, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company,WKRP in Cincinnati. BJ and the Bear, the Dukes of Hazzard. My little brother and I were glued to the damn thing in the evenings.

Also back in the eighties came the show that changed everything. Miami Vice. Man, Crockett and Tubbs kicked ass. I was in my mid teens when that came out, and by the time the series had evolved and had finished I had been through my dark drug induced days, spent six months in a treatment center and come out the other side. I still like watching Miami Vice on cable occasionally. The A-Team, Dallas, Little House on the Prairie, Facts of Life, Mork from Ork were all staples. Knight Rider was big as was Night Court. Magnum P.I. was also one of my favorites. My mom and I watched this one.

In the mid eighties I did watch too much TV at all. I hung with my friends and had a good time. By the time I started watching it again, I was 20 and married and my son was on his way. I was managing restaurants and that took up a lot of time but I remember living in a little apartment in Atlanta and my wife and I lying in bed watching the X-Files until I had to go in to oversee shift change. Want some 80’s TV trivia? There are 197 questions below the fold to check out. The answers will be underneath.

By the time the late nineties rolled around I had spent a couple of years in college, was back in restaurant management for the second time, and had another child on the way. Still watching the X-Files and a new addition for awhile, Millennium. I still like Millennium so much that I rented the DVDs for all three seasons recently. We watched a lot of the USA Network. Reruns of Miami Vice and the Hitchhiker. Lots of made for cable movies with Brian Dennehy playing spies and cops. By this time we had a VCR and I record the stuff that I really wanted to watch but might be at work when it came on.

Now that we are in a new millennium for real, my TV watching habits have changed immensely. I only watch TV every once in a while and it is on my schedule. I have three TV tuners in my computer and BeyondTV records movies and shows that I want to watch. I cut the commercials out and shrink them down to a decent size and watch when I want. I keep the ones that I like and delete the rest. Lost, 24, Grey’s Anatomy, Battlestar Galactica, and the Sopranos are the shows I watch. Jericho is also cool. Last year I really like Invasion, but they unfortunately pulled that one. I also loved Farscape and have every episode on my hard drive along with the mini-series that finished it out after the show was canceled. Night Stalker was on for awhile last year or the year before, a remake of the show from the 1960’s and very well done. I downloaded them from iTunes last year, along with the first season of Dora the Explorer for my four year old, who loves Dora and Diego.

Even though the medium has changed over the years it still stays the same. Entertaining, riveting, well created shows spark my interest and keep me watching and I ignore the rest.

Oh, BTW, can’t forget about my secret love from the early and mid seventies. Many and evening was spent with my little brother and I pretending we were Moondog or Mr Wrestling #2 and kicking each others butts. You guys know what I am talking about.

What shows did you watch growing up and what do you watch now?

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  1. Who was Mallory Keaton’s fiance?
  2. Which one of the A Team was a Pilot?
  3. What is the name of the cat in the smurfs?
  4. What’s the connection between Benson & Growing Pains?
  5. Who was the leader of the good Transformers?
  6. What was the name of the dog in Fraggle Rock?
  7. What was the name of Punky Brewster’s dog?
  8. What was Angela’s son’s name in Who’s the Boss?
  9. What was Michael Jackson advertising when he was nearly killed?
  10. What was ALF’s girlfriend from Melmac’s name?
  11. What was the name of Arnold’s fish on Different Strokes?
  12. On Three’s Company, what was Jack’s retaurant that he opened and was head chef?
  13. On Three’s Company, what’s the first name of Mr. Furley’s (landlord) tight wad brother who owned the building?
  14. On Three’s Company, what city did the trio live in?
  15. On Three’s Company, what is the name “Chrissy” is short for?
  16. On three’s company, what was Chrissy’s father’s ocupation?
  17. What current cast member of ER was on an 80’s show of the same name?
  18. Who was the bully who terrorized Arnold on Different Strokes?
  19. What was Roscoe’s dogs name on the Dukes of Hazzard?
  20. What was the name of the school mistress in The facts of Life?
  21. What were the names of the four main characters of the Facts of Life?
  22. What was the name of the bartender on The Love Boat?
  23. The Jeffersons was a spinoff from what show?
  24. What star of the Breakfast Club was also part of the orginal cast of the facts of life?
  25. What actor was famous for the line “nanoo nanoo”?
  26. What was the name of Facts of Life’s Mrs. Garret’s gourmet food shop?
  27. On facts of life, what was the name Andy thought up to give to the girls when they needed to form a singing group?
  28. What did Webster call his adoptive parents?
  29. What Facts of Life character was in The Godfather?
  30. Who shot J.R. Ewing?
  31. On Little House on the Prarie, what was the original name for the school teacher?
  32. What is the name of the Dukes of Hazzards car?
  33. On Little House on the Prairie, what was Laura’s horse’s name?
  34. On One Day at a Time, what were the two daughter’s names?
  35. Name the two sets of sibling actors that worked together in Little House on the Prarie.
  36. Who palyed Mork from Ork’s son?
  37. On the SuperFriends, what were the Wonder Twins names? (Bonus, what was the monkey’s name?)
  38. Which famous talk show host made a guest apearence on Laverne & Shirley?
  39. Name the three children on Kate and Ali.
  40. What method of transportation did Webster use to get from the upper level of the house to the lower level?
  41. In Knight Rider, what does K.I.T.T.’s name stand for?
  42. Mork and Mindy was a spinoff of what TV show?
  43. What was the name of the robot girl on “Small Wonder”?
  44. What show is The Dukes of Hazzard a spinoff of?
  45. On Laverne & Shirley, what was Laverne’s favorite drink.
  46. What actress played Laura and Almonzo’s niece on Little House on the Prairie?
  47. What is the real name of the ‘man of arms’ in ‘He man and the Masters of the Universe’
  48. How old was John Schneider when he first played as Bo Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard?
  49. On “Three’s Company” what was Larry’s (the upstairs neighbor) last name?
  50. Which professional wrestler popped both of John Stossel’s ear drums during a 20/20 interview?
  51. What was Reverend Jims real last name on TAXI?
  52. What was the name of the head master at the Eastland school for girls on the “Facts of Life” during its first premiere season?
  53. How did Ann Jillian’s character die on “Jennifer Slept Here”?
  54. On the show Kight Rider, what was the name of K.I.T.T.s evil double? (Bonus, what does it stand for?)
  55. On Punky Brewster, how was she abandoned by her mother?
  56. What actor was famous for the line “Nanoo, Nanoo?”
  57. What show was Family Matters a spin-off of?
  58. What is the connection between Jeffersons and Good Times?
  59. On Punky Brewster, her best friend Cherri was discussing marrying a guy named Donald…if she married him, what would her full name have been?
  60. In “Family Ties” who was Alex P. Keaton’s idol?
  61. What was the name of the bar that the characters from “Three’s Company” frequented?
  62. What island did Balki from Perfect Strangers call home?
  63. What was the name of the bar on Dukes of Hazzard?
  64. In Knight Rider, what’s the real last name of Michael Knight?
  65. Elizabeth was the “Starchild” on this sci-fi show.
  66. My dad was a big kid, a big RICH KID. What show was I on?
  67. What was the name of the helicopter on Riptide?
  68. What does ALF stand for?
  69. What media icon invaded Network 23?
  70. On what show would you find Gary Gnu?
  71. If you heard the words “Hey You Guys!” what TV program was about to begin?
  72. What was Webster’s adopted mom and dad’s name
  73. What sitcom was “The Facts of Life” a spinoff of?
  74. Where was Hawkeye Pierce’s hometown in the show M*A*S*H ?
  75. What was the name of the short lived spin-off of Three’s Company?
  76. Name the children on “Just the Ten of Us”. Bonus: Name the dog.
  77. What show was Just the 10 of us spin off of?
  78. What was the name of the neighbors that lived next door to ALF??
  79. What was the name of the actress who played “Melonie” on the show “Webster and Melonie”?
  80. Who played the Uncle on Family Ties?
  81. What was ALF’s real name?
  82. What was the name of the bar/restaurant on THREE’S COMPANY?
  83. What was the connection between Family Matters & Full House?
  84. What ws Balki Bartokamus’ occupation when he lived in Mypos?
  85. On Night Court, who was Harry’s idol?
  86. Who was the famous TV painter from the 80’s?
  87. What show was a spin-off of Transformers?
  88. What TV personality did Doritos commercials?
  89. What was the connection between The Facts of Life and ER
  90. Who played Jo’s sailor boyfiend on the Facts of Life?
  91. How many children did JR Ewing knowingly have that lived on “Dallas”?
  92. What is the real name of Jem from Jem and the Holograms?
  93. What 80’s Pro-Wrestler was turned into a G.I. Joe character?
  94. In Battle Star Galactica, What was the name of the human leader of the Cylons?
  95. Who all lived in the house of “Full House” when the show ended?
  96. What were the two dogs names on Magnum PI?
  97. What was the full name of Mangum P.I.?
  98. On M*A*S*H, what was the name of BJ’s wife?
  99. What did the “P” in Roscoe P. Coltrane (from Dukes of Hazzard) stand for?
  100. What was the name of Vanessa’s last boyfriend on The Cosby Show?
  101. What was the name of the detective agency in Moonlighting?
  102. What was the name of the t.v. show with the theme song that began: “Believe it or not, I’m walking on air…”?
  103. What was the name of the woman who helped run the school for the blind on “Little House on the Prarie?” (Besides Mary Ingalls)
  104. What was the name of Murphy Brown’s news program?
  105. What was the date in 1955 did Marty from Back to the Future arrive on.
  106. On Full House, what was Jesse’s REAL first name?
  107. What is the connection between Growing Pains and Full House?
  108. What current popular sitcom star played Michael P. Keaton’s girlfriend Lauren Miller on Family Ties?
  109. What was the real name of the hospital on St. Elsewhere?
  110. In the show “The Equalizer”, what did the hero (McCall) call his former superior from the “agency”?
  111. On “Out of This World” what planet was Troy from?
  112. What was the Saved by the bell series with Hayley Mills originally called?
  113. What was the name of He-man’s legless, wizard friend?
  114. What was the primary occupation of characters in “Falcon Crest”?
  115. What was punky brewster’s best friends name?
  116. What Georgia town did the first Dukes of Hazzard episodes take place?
  117. What was Al Bundy’s nickname during the dream sequence with all of the women in his bedroom?
  118. What is the connection between Gimme a Break and Family Matters?
  119. What was the name of the Other short-lived spinoff of “Three’s Company”
  120. What 80’s spin off of a 70’s tv show did Martin Lawrence play on?
  121. What does M.A.S.K. stand for?
  122. What was crocketts first name on Miami Vice? His nick name was Sonny.
  123. Name the three main bands featured on the cartoon series ‘Jem’ during it’s entire 3 year run.
  124. What was the name of the home that Sofia Patrillo lived in before moving in with her daughter on the Golden Girls.
  125. What Famous congressman was on an episode of the Golden Girls?
  126. What Show did the Simpsons first appear?
  127. how did Rose Nilin’s husband Charlie die on The Golden Girls?
  128. Who was Michelle’s first boyfriend on Full House?
  129. Can you name the 5 original MTV VJ’s?
  130. The Jefferson’s was a spinoff of what show?
  131. In the cartoon show My Pet Monster, what were the only things that could send Beastor, Monster’s enemy, back to the monster world? Bonus: When these items were put on Monster, what did they do to him?
  132. Ben Affleck played CT on what 80’s science education television show?
  133. On Diff’rent Strokes, what pet did Arnold keep in his room? What was it’s name?
  134. What was the name of the older brother on Happy Days?
  135. If you saw a segment of “Mathnet,” what show were you watching?
  136. What was the name of the principal on Saved By the Bell?
  137. on Different Strokes, who got kidnapped?
  138. What was the name of the castle that gave He-Man his powers?
  139. Name the twins on the Thundercats.
  140. What planet did the Thundercats live on?
  141. On “Who’s the Boss?”, what was Samantha’s liscense plate on her first car?
  142. What short-lived sitcom featured Snow White and Prince Charming living as husband & wife?
  143. On M*A*S*H, what was Walter ‘Radar’ O’Reilley’s home town?
  144. What did Archie Bunker on ‘All In The Family’ call his son-in-law Mike?
  145. On the show Tour of Duty, for each of the three seasons the show ran for what were the three locations the team was based?
  146. On night Court what was Bull’s IQ? (hint: it’s the same upside down as it is right side up.)
  147. What was Rosanna Arquette’s character’s name in “Desperately Seeking Susan”?
  148. In “Desperately Seeking Susan” two different women circle Jim’s personal ad in the newspaper. With what(name both)?
  149. In Desperately Seeking Susan: what’s the name of the shop from where Susan gets the sequinned boots and later Roberta buys Susan’s jacket?
  150. Name the connection bewteen the “A-Team” and “Battle Star Gallactica?”
  151. What was the name of the robot on Buck Rogers?
  152. What planet did Alf come from?
  153. What was the name of the helicopter service that was the cover for Airwolf?
  154. What are the names of the Simon brothers from Simon & Simon?
  155. What did AJ stand for in Simon & Simon’s AJ Simon?
  156. In Simon & Simon, what unusual thing did Rick live in? (Bonus: Where was it located?)
  157. In Simon & Simon, what kind of vehicles did Rick and AJ Simon drive? (Bonus: what was the NAME of Rick’s vehicle?)
  158. Where did Simon & Simon take place?
  159. What was the name of Magnum PI’s suave superspy alterego?
  160. Where did Thomas Magnum grow up as a kid?
  161. In Magnum PI, what was the name of the charter service that TC ran?
  162. In Magnum PI, Rick was not Rick’s real name. What was his real name? Bonus: Why did he call himself Rick?
  163. In Magnum PI, what was the name of the club?
  164. In Magnum PI, what kind of car did Higgins drive?
  165. In Magnum PI, where did Higgin’s “illegitimite half brothers” come from? What did they do?
  166. Thomas Magnum’s dad was played by what actor? Bonus: What other show was that actor also a regular on?
  167. Why was Wesley from Mr Belvedere afraid to go to junior high?
  168. What is the connection between Good Times and Different Strokes?
  169. What were the 3 Chipettes names on Alvin and the Chipmunks?
  170. On Knight Rider, who was Garthe Knight?
  171. What is the name of the cartoon that had ponies of all colors of the rainbow, and had a design on their butt, there were pegasus, unicorns, and earth ponies and they talked? Bonus: What was the name of the girl that took care of the ponies???
  172. Name the spinoff show from Who’s the Boss? Bonus: name the connection between it and Tom Hanks.
  173. Who replaced Bo and Luke Duke?
  174. On Magnum, P.I., what type of vehicle was Robin 3? Robin 2?
  175. Who are the three annoying neighbors in “Small Wonder”?
  176. What city provided the setting for One day at a time?
  177. On the show Cheers,What was the name of the restaurant above the bar.
  178. What is Iola cat that died on the episode of Mamma’s Family.
  179. Who steals a new razor on Little house on the praire?
  180. What was the name of the home of the Care Bear Cousins?
  181. What is MacGyver’s first name?
  182. On “It’s Your Move,” what is the name of the rock band that Mark and his friend Eliot pretended to be?
  183. In the cartoon Jem and the Holograms, what was the name of Jems computer.
  184. On Night Court, Harry had a “statue” of what animal in his office?
  185. What was the first name of Sledge’s partner on the show Sledge Hammer! ?
  186. What is the connection between “Silver Spoons” and “Family Ties” ?
  187. In the show Cheers, what was the name of the bar that always played practical jokes on the gang at Cheers?
  188. What were the names of Amanda’s boys on Scarecrow and Mrs. King?
  189. What was the club house of the Get Along Gang?
  190. What was the name of the comic strip that “Henry Rush” (Too Close for Comfort)wrote?
  191. Who was the leader of the bad guys on Hulk Hogan’s Rock N Wrestling that annoyed Hulk Hogan and his freinds?
  192. On “You Can’t Do That on Television”, what were the two things that dropped out of the sky onto the actors’ heads and what had to be said to activate them?
  193. What did He-man say when he lifted his sword and gained his strength?
  194. What 80’s group sang the theme song to “Square Pegs”.
  195. What 80’s cartoon theme song did Ricky Martin sing?
  196. What 80’s cartoon was a showcase for ‘New Wave’ Music videos?
  197. What cartoon featured a boy with a community of tiny people living in his wall

By the way, I stole the trivia from ‘In the 80’s‘. If I am going to be a content stealing stinker, the least I can do is send you there to check the site out. The answers are there of course.


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