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30 Years of Friday Night TV

written by: Gilligan
The school and work week is over, you've had dinner, and now it's time to click on the boob tube to enjoy a little Friday night TV. Let's take a look at what kept people on their couches from 1965 to 1994 on Friday evenings.

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1965 was the first year that the majority of prime-time network programming was broadcast in color. "The Flintsones" happened to be ABC's first color series. Finish the lyrics to the show's theme song: "Flintstones, meet the Flintstones. They're a modern stone age family. From the town of Bedrock, they're a page right out of history. Let's ride with the family down the street, through the courtesy of Fred's ________ _______.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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"Hogan's Heroes" aired at 8:30 PM in 1966. In addition to Bob Crane as Hogan, the cast included Richard Dawson (who would later gain fame as host of "The Family Feud" and panelist on "The Match Game") who played this character.
Sergeant Schultz
Corporal Newkirk
Corporal LeBeau
Technical Sergeant Carter

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In 1967, the Friday evening time slot belonged to "Star Trek" on NBC. Who is the famed creator of this television series?
Sidney Sheldon
Sherwood Schwartz
Gene Roddenberry
Irwin Allen

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"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." aired on Friday evenings in 1968. The program was a spin-off from which of the following television shows?
Peyton Place
Green Acres
The Andy Griffith Show
Petticoat Junction

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Question 5:

In 1969, "The Brady Bunch" aired at 8:00 on Fridays. Which Brady was played by actor Mike Lookinland?
Peter Brady
Cousin Oliver
Bobby Brady
Greg Brady

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"The Partridge Family" aired on Friday nights in 1970. Which of the following was a theme song for the show?
"I Woke Up in Love This Morning"
"I Think I Love You"
"I'll Meet You Halfway"
"C'Mon, Get Happy"

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"Sanford and Son" was NBC's 1971 competitor against ABC's one-two punch of "The Brady Bunch" and "The Partridge Family." On the show, Fred Sanford would often clutch his chest and fake a heart attack by saying "Oh, this is the big one! You hear that, _______? I'm comin' to join ya, honey!" (Fill in the blank)

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At the end of every episode of the 1972 Friday night variety show, "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour," the two hosts would sing this song.
"Love Will Keep Us Together"
"The Beat Goes On"
"I Got You Babe"
"Don't Go Breakin' My Heart"

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The opening narration of "Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?" began each episode of "The Odd Couple" which aired on Friday evenings in 1973. Who wrote the original stage play, from which the show (and the 1968 film) were based?
Sidney Sheldon
Woody Allen
Mel Brooks
Neil Simon

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Which character served as Steve Austin's superior in 1974's Friday night show "The Six Million Dollar Man"?
Oscar Gamble
Oscar Madison
Oscar de la Hoya
Oscar Goldman

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Sadly, what may be remembered most about the1975 Friday night sitcom, "Chico and the Man", may be the tragic 1977 suicide of __________, who played the main character, Chico Rodriguez.
Freddie Prinze
Cesare Danova
Jose Feliciano
Tony Orlando

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A famous song performed on the "Donny & Marie" Friday night variety show was "I'm A Little Bit Country," in which Donny was a 'little bit country', while Marie was a 'little bit rock-n-roll'.

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In 1977, a popular Friday night program was "Wonder Woman". Lynda Carter played the title role, while this actor, who was primarily known for his roles on "The Carol Burnett Show', was selected to play the key role of Steve Trevor.
Harvey Korman
Lyle Waggoner
Robert Goulet
Steve Lawrence

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Question 14:

This 1978 Friday night program began with the narration: "Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."
The Incredible Hulk
The Rockford Files
Barnaby Jones
Hawaii Five-O

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In 1979 "The Dukes of Hazzard" aired on Friday evenings. You were guaranteed in each episode to find Bo and Luke running from the law in their 1969 Dodge Charger, The General Lee. The car was orange with a Confederate battle flag painted on the roof, and this number on each door.

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On Friday night in 1980, ABC aired the sitcom "Benson" starring Robert Guillaume as Benson DuBois. What earlier program had the character Benson DuBois originally appeared on?

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"Bosom Buddies" aired on Friday nights in 1981. What Billy Joel song was used as the show's opening theme music?
"Just the Way You Are"
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"My Life"

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A science fiction series starring Louis Gossett, Jr. and Peter Barton aired on Friday evenings in 1982. The show dealt with the Prince of Quadris (Barton) and his adventures posing as an earthling attending Crestridge High School and dodging alien assassins. What was the name of this show which only lasted one season.
The Tomorrow People
The Powers of Matthew Star

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This 1983 Friday night progam centered on a shape-shifting man who could turn himself into any animal.
Species X

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In 1984, the Emmanuel Lewis show "Webster" aired on Friday nights. Webster's parents were played by Alex Karras and Susan Clark (who were married in real life). What was their last name on the show?

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"Knight Rider" aired on Friday nights in 1985. In the series, Michael Knight (Hasslehoff) drove a suped-up ___________ , a car equipped with artificial intelligence known as KITT.
Pontiac Trans Am
Lamborghini Diablo Roadster
Ferrari Testarossa
Porsche 911

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"Miami Vice" followed the "A-Team" on Friday nights in 1986. On "Miami Vice" Sonny Crockett lived on a sailboat with his pet named Elvis. What type of animal was Elvis?

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In 1987, an influential television program aired on Friday nights on ABC. Name the show whose title character (and Coca-Cola spokesperson) resembled a computer generated talking head.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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In 1988, ABC aired "Perfect Strangers", a sitcom which revolved around the high strung character, Larry Appleton, who shares his apartment with his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous. What was Balki's catchphrase?
"How sweet it is!"
"We are two wild and crazy guys!"
"Don't be ridiculous"
"Well, isn't that special?"

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records (2007), "Baywatch" is the most watched TV show in the world of all time. It occupied the Friday night slot on NBC in 1989. Which of the following actresses did not play a lifeguard on the show?
Yasmine Bleeth
Jenny McCarthy
Pamela Anderson
Nicole Eggert

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Often referred to as "Cheers in an airport", the show "Wings" aired on Friday night in 1990. The show centered around two brothers who run the small "Sandpiper Airlines" at an airport in this location.
Savannah, Georgia
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Providence, Rhode Island
Tacoma, Washington

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The parents in the 1991 Friday night sitcom "Step by Step" were portrayed by Suzanne Somers and Alan Thicke.

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In 1992, "Designing Women" occupied a Friday night spot on CBS. Which of the following Designing Women was a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member?
Julia Duffy
Jan Hooks
Delta Burke
Dixie Carter

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On Friday nights in 1993 we learned that "The Truth is Out There" from one of the most influential and acclaimed science fiction programs of all time, "The X-Files". What was Fox Mulder's parter, FBI agent Scully's first name?

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Which 1994 ABC Friday night show, featured in the image provided, starred Mark Curry and Holly Robinson?
Malcolm & Eddie
Living Single
The Parkers
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper

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