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Norman Lear revealed how Edith was able to tune Archie out
Edith loved Archie but didn't agree with him.
Carl Reiner said that this aspect of The Dick Van Dyke Show dated the series
Reiner said this aspect of the show was "sort of embarrassing."
What happened to Ann B. Davis— Alice from The Brady Bunch— when the show ended?
Here's the story of why she slowed down her career considerably.
Jean Stapleton was a true American revolutionary, according to Carroll O'Connor
"Edith helped work a change in America," O'Connor wrote.
George Lindsey used his country roots to his benefit in Mayberry R.F.D.
Turns out, Lindsey didn't have to do that much acting in order to play the part of a small-town country bumpkin.
Here's what Ken Berry had to say to people who thought Mayberry R.F.D. was ''unrelatable''
He defended his fictional hometown until the series ended in 1971.
Mayberry R.F.D. was a twist and turn in Ken Berry's life
Although acting wasn't Berry's original dream, he did it well and replaced an acting legend with ease.
How Band-Aids changed Mike Lookinland's life forever
An advertisement led to other advertisements, and eventually, The Brady Bunch!
Ken Berry reveals what it was like to replace Andy Griffith
Being the big cheese in Mayberry was a tall order.
Mayberry's Ken Berry couldn't believe he would replace Andy Griffith
Those are some pretty big shoes to fill, but luckily, Ken Berry was quick on his feet.
9 things you never knew about Ken Berry of Mayberry R.F.D.
Learn about his connections to Star Trek, The Brady Bunch, and I Love Lucy.
Bob Mackie was so good at creating costumes for The Carol Burnett Show, he didn't need to ask for approval
"He came in and was just adorable, and we hit it off and we hired him right on the spot."
Don Adams on the secret formula to Get Smart's success
Although he wasn't conducting James Bond-level spy work, his dedication to the job paid off.
Get Smart's Don Adams was a real-life Maxwell Smart
Before Get Smart he was lying about his age and performing stand-up comedy in dive bars.
Success caught Get Smart's Barbara Feldon by surprise
Forget money and fame; being Agent 99 was enough of a ''status symbol'' for Barbara Feldon.
Before becoming an actor, Don Adams was a stand-up comedian
Before Adams was on Get Smart, he was witty as a stand-up comedian onstage.
Barbara Feldon was famous for commercials before she was on Get Smart
From selling men's pomade and purring at the audience to playing Agent 99 in a spy spoof, Feldon was a queen of TV.
Rose Marie helped Morey Amsterdam get cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show
The two actors were more than costars; they were friends.
11 acclaimed actors who played minor villains and henchmen on Batman
They may have been minor sidekicks, but the performers had Oscar-worthy chops.
Wives saved The Dick Van Dyke Show from cancellation
The Dick Van Dyke Show received assistance from an unlikely source.
Ja'Net DuBois admitted that John Amos' departure from Good Times ''left such a big hole''
Fans weren't the only ones who felt the pain of James Evans' scripted passing.
8 villains from Batman 1966 you probably won't see in the next Batman movie
The Joker, The Riddler, and Catwoman made the leap from the small screen to theaters. Egghead, Bookworm, and Ma Parker? Not so much.
Adam West reveals Batman's biggest flaws
Time, it seems, was the greatest villain of all.
Here's the pilot moment that convinced Adam West to star in Batman
The scene that persuaded West to don the cowl.
Adam West remembered his first screen test with Burt Ward for Batman
The dynamic duo knew they were destined to be together.
Here's what made The Monkees a bunch of millionaires
What happens when a guy in his early 20s becomes a millionaire over night? Michael Nesmith has the answer!
The Monkees found success to be a little bit frightening
With thousands of screaming and adoring women in their faces per night, we'd be a little afraid too.
11 things you might not know about Mama's Family
Revisit Raytown and learn about the sitcom's house changes, family changes, secret theme song lyrics, presidential candidates and more!
Carol Burnett once used her ''Tarzan'' yell to prove her identity. After, she vowed to never do it in public again
''I looked around... there was nobody else on that floor but me and these two salespeople. And I did it.''
At 19, Eve Plumb was determined to get rid of the Brady image
Jan Brady was just a fictional character, and Plumb wanted everyone to see a new side of her.
Jean Stapleton considered herself an introvert
Offstage, she was much more reserved.
10 things you might not know about Vicki Lawrence
With a disco album, a game show and a tie to a bit of Oscar history, she's far more than "Mama."
10 groundbreaking things you didn't know about Norman Lear
The living legend has an unusual passion for the First Amendment.
13 hail-worthy facts about Taxi
The series would have been far different with Mandy Patinkin, Sheriff Bart and Tony Clifton.
Sally Struthers broke her arm on the set of All in the Family
The cast had to be removed before filming.
At the height of success, Rowan and Martin said ''every hero can become a bum''
Despite feeling the success, Martin said they didn't feel secure.
There was a time when no one knew Rowan & Martin
"There was a time when people thought Rowan and Martin was a detergent."
Jean Stapleton partially based Edith off of a ''beloved dingbat'' in her family
Stapleton was able to pull from her family tree to find inspiration for Edith Bunker.
Dick Van Dyke did his best to avoid any changes on his hit series
He wanted to change everything about television, but nothing about The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Vicki Lawrence's lost residuals from Mama's Family
A story of death, cryogenesis, and money.
Tim Conway on the artistic freedom of The Carol Burnett Show
Conway relished the liberty afforded by Burnett herself
Here's what Lucille Ball had to say about staying young and beautiful
The Lucille Ball method: Castor oil, humor and perfume.
This was Eve Arden's advice for actors trying to get their start on TV
Eve Arden had the same successful show on two different mediums: Radio and TV.
Demond Wilson almost declined the offer to play Lamont Sanford
"I thought it was a step down. I wanted to be a movie actor."
Here's why Family Affair's Sebastian Cabot didn't like working with dogs
No dog? No problem. Cabot didn't like working with dogs for one big reason.
Kathy Garver wanted her character on Family Affair to grow up
Garver was all grown up and just wanted her character to catch up.
At first, Eve Arden didn't want to play the role of Miss Brooks
Arden almost wasn't America's favorite teacher!
Norman Lear revealed All in the Family's British roots
The producer spilled the beans (and toast!)
Sherwood Schwartz's favorite Brady Bunch episode was all about fatherhood
Schwartz was "Father of the Year" himself for getting his son a job on the sitcom.
How Edith informed Jean Stapleton's real-life views
Stapleton was a proud advocate for what she believed.
Sebastian Cabot said he developed a ''motherly image'' while on Family Affair
For a character who was all about family, the series became highly rated among families at home.
Despite earning millions, Jackie Gleason didn't care about money
Money couldn't buy happiness or The Honeymooners star.
Johnny Carson nearly starred in The Dick Van Dyke Show
It probably wouldn't have been titled The Dick Van Dyke Show!
9 odd but true facts about The Odd Couple
Did you know the classic 1970s sitcom featured 'Peanuts' siblings and Penny Marshall family reunions? It almost starred Dean Martin and Mickey Rooney, too.
It's safe to assume Garry Marshall was afraid of Spunky on Happy Days
Plus: Cindy Williams gave Garry a dog. Can you guess what he named his pooch?
In its ninth season, so-called ''boring storylines'' caused The Love Boat's ratings to decline
After several successful seasons, viewers got tired of being told to "come aboard."
Ann B. Davis revealed the hardest part about working with The Brady Bunch cast
When castmates become family, catching up sounds more fun than working.
Fame couldn't change Jean Stapleton's ''caring and down-to-earth'' personality
Being a star came second to being a good person for the actress.
Vicki Lawrence reveals why The Carol Burnett Show ended when it did
America's favorite Mama on the anti-climax of it all
Harvey Korman made Carol Burnett wet her pants on The Carol Burnett Show
A miscalculated quick change led to a lot of laughs on the show.
Carl Reiner didn't even have time to shave in the late '60s
With great power comes great responsibility.
12 frothy facts about Cheers
Learn how Lucille Ball, Prince, pregnancy and "Hilary" relate to the beloved bar sitcom.
Ann B. Davis revealed just how alike she and Alice really were
Where did the actor and character divide?
Its ''silly'' nature is why people loved, and still love Mama's Family
''It's just silly, good laughing for no good reason.''
Here's what Robert Reed loved about working on The Brady Bunch
The Brady kids made working on the series a little bit better for Reed.
Did you know Harvey Korman was briefly fired from The Carol Burnett Show?
Burnett felt she had to send a message to Korman, and it's safe to say he got it.
Carol Burnett shared a story about how Lucille Ball had to get ''tough'' after her divorce
''No one would listen to crazy little Lucy, so she had to be truthful,'' Burnett said.
Before he was James Evans, John Amos played a weatherman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
To get the role, the actor had to audition in front of a lot of people, including Mary Tyler Moore!
Vicki Lawrence credits this famous blooper as ''unleashing the monster'' of Mama's character
"I don't know if they were relieved that Vicki had finally cut loose!"
Here are 8 of the most memorable Tim Conway sketches from The Carol Burnett Show
We knew it was a good sketch when Harvey Korman broke character multiple times.
8 of the best questions, answers and interactions from the Q+A sessions on The Carol Burnett Show
Burnett's quick-wit and situational comedy abilities made the Q+A sessions a must-watch for any fan of her variety show.
Bernie Kopell shut down when The Love Boat ended
"I said, come on, wake up, there's life that's still going on."
Carroll O'Connor almost quit All in the Family in 1977
We would've had to say goodbye to Archie if the actor's conditions weren't met.
Bob Mackie created the image of Thelma Harper, but a small twist from Vicki Lawrence brought the whole look together
Lawrence added one tiny adjustment to the fierce look, but it's one that you can notice in almost every episode.
Danny Thomas said he worked with ''Hollywood's finest child actor'' on The Danny Thomas Show
The fictional father-son duo kept up the act even after the cameras quit rolling.
Rusty Hamer was a child star who felt disrespected by adults during his time on The Danny Thomas Show
Most adults would have called Hamer "cute," but the child star didn't like being called anything but a professional.
12 tiny little goofs you never noticed in I Love Lucy
We can 'splain these minor slip-ups.
When she wasn't filming, Vicki Lawrence was a real 'Mama' at home
Not only did Vicki Lawrence play a full-time Mama on Mama's Family, but she also played a full-time mom at home.
All in the Family used an unexpected warm-up act before each show
The important job was done by a familiar face!
Tom Hanks' first television role came on The Love Boat. Here's why the actor called it 'a big deal'
Hanks' astonishing Hollywood career essentially started aboard The Pacific Princess.
Archie and Edith reminded Jean Stapleton of her own parents
Stapleton saw her family in the Bunkers.
The Love Boat's Bernie Kopell felt ''blessed and privileged''
Kopell was glad to be Adam "Doc" Bricker.
Norman Lear explained the difference between television in the seventies and the eighties
"I think most people are nostalgic for something they've never known."
Vicki Lawrence moved to Hawaii in 1979 with thoughts of retirement
"I'd love to open up a dress shop," she said.
13 fulfilling facts about Full House
Learn how Air Bud, Elvis and Alanis Morissette tie into the ultimate Nineties family sitcom.
The writers for The Carol Burnett Show hated ''The Family'' sketch at first
They didn't think Vicki Lawrence should play Carol Burnett's mother.
Dave Coulier debuted his Full House catchphrase in the second season
Who still remembers the hand movements that went with the catchphrase?
Carol Burnett was afraid of being typecast in the early 1970s
Carol Burnett was known for being a queen of comedy, and that was part of her problem.
Playing Grady on Sanford and Son was a temporary gig for Whitman Mayo
Mayo went to Los Angeles to find work for his clients but snagged a recurring role on Sanford and Son. There was one problem, he didn't want to be an actor.
Danny Thomas was the perfect choice to play the grandpa on Happy Days
Plus, Danny Thomas inspired Garry Marshall to pop the question to the love of his life!
Arthur Lake said playing the role of Dagwood Bumstead ruined his career
He had been playing the role of Dagwood for so long that he had trouble finding another part!
Pamela Britton on the evolution of Blondie: From comic strip to TV
Blondie was just as successful on the page as it was on our TV screens.
Suzanne Pleshette on her TV marriage with Bob Newhart
Pleshette loved her onscreen marriage with Bob Newhart just as much as we loved watching it unfold on our TV screens.
Stephanie Tanner singing Ace of Base is peak Nineties Full House
The final season episode featuring Girl Talk was so iconic, they reunited the band in the reboot.
Fashion designer Bob Mackie made over 16,000 outfits for The Carol Burnett Show
Bob Mackie designed around 65 to 70 costumes per week, and that was just for The Carol Burnett Show.
Art Carney praised Jackie Gleason in a 1977 interview for his ''generosity''
There would be no Ralph and Ed without the connection between Art Carney and Jackie Gleason.
Demond Wilson recalled the moment he and Redd Foxx became friends
The Sanford and Son stars' friendship began with a hilarious story about Wilson being asked to stick his head in a tire!
These candid photos show the messy aftermath of I Love Lucy’s famous grape stomping scene
The iconic moment looks hilarious on camera but was perilous to film.
Harvey Korman wanted to stay relevant for as long as he could
Comedy may not have been easy, but Korman made it look that way.
All in the Family changed Sally Struthers over the course of nine seasons
Sally Struthers changed her attitude because of her role in All in the Family. It also brought her closer to her real-life family.
Lauren Tewes had the nicest response to critics of The Love Boat
Critics were not in love with the boat. So, the cruise director addressed it.
John Stamos rocking with The Beach Boys goes far beyond a couple Full House episodes
This actor-band relationship has been playing together for over 35 years.
Here's the advice Lucille Ball gave to aspiring actors and entertainers
What's Lucy's secret to success? Grape stomping, bear wrestling, silliness and a lot of hard work.
Bob Newhart was the expert of playing himself onscreen
If you ever noticed a similar theme across all of Newhart's series, there's a reason: He puts himself into everything he does.
Esther Rolle said Good Times proves that you can be happy anywhere
The Evans family proved that true happiness was still possible without much money.
Vicki Lawrence got her start through Carol Burnett when she was only 17
Vicki Lawrence and Carol Burnett's friendship started in one of the most unique ways.
Full House has a deep connection to Sixties Beach Party movies
Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello even dropped by the show!
The Love Boat's Ted Lange once wrote a rock musical
Who knew this bartender on The Love Boat was so rock and roll?!
Why Mary Tyler Moore's pants were such a big deal in the 1960s
Laura Petrie's capris paved the way for Mary Richards.
One Brady Bunch actress ''felt sorry for'' Joe Namath when he visited the set
Alice was ''crazy about the guy and had a bit of a crush on him too'' until he showed up
Here's what everyone was doing after The Dick Van Dyke Show ended
The Dick Van Dyke Show was a hard series to leave behind, but these stars had future plans!
The Love Boat's Lauren Tewes enjoyed getting fan mail
Lauren Tewes loved acting and the perks that came with it, including fan mail.
Cindy Williams loved playing the role of Shirley on Laverne & Shirley
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall were surprised when Laverne & Shirley became one of the most-watched TV series in the country.
Robert Reed lived in half of a mansion during The Brady Bunch
Robert Reed lived in a giant mansion in the early '70s! Well, he lived in half of one actually.
Vivian Vance begged The Lucy Show writers to keep her character feminine
"I wanted to get away from those tough, hard-bitten, masculine sounding jokes."
All in the Family got rid of ''live laughs'' and the live studio audience
The show changed for its ninth season. Apparently, people in the live audience didn't enjoy the jokes.
Bea Benaderet on the importance of taking a deep breath
Benaderet's success can be boiled down to breathing.
Here's why Norman Lear was the man behind all the hits
Get an inside look into the mind behind the man!
Bea Benaderet wasn't worried about anyone stealing her scenes in Petticoat Junction
There were two things some actors worried would steal their scenes: dogs and children. Benaderet was worry-free.
Danny DeVito's character on Taxi was made just for him
DeVito hatched a plan in order to get the part of Louie on Taxi.
10 things we learned from George Schlatter's book: ''Still Laughing: A Life in Comedy"
He bought Sammy Davis Jr. a house, was friends with Frank Sinatra and produced Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. And now he has a book.
Mary Frann found being Newhart's TV wife challenging
Mary Frann had to follow in the footsteps of Newhart's first onscreen wife.
Petticoat Junction was like a second home for Edgar Buchanan
The actor's life before fame was similar to his life at the Junction. Except, he wasn't scheming like Uncle Joe Carson.
Penny Marshall was afraid of stardom during her time on Laverne & Shirley
Penny Marshall dealt with different degrees of pressure during her time on the show. One of those pressures came from herself.
Before playing the role of a waitress on Cheers, Rhea Perlman was a real waitress in NYC
She worked as a waitress in New York and spilled spaghetti all over David Rockefeller and his friends. No, we aren't talking about an episode of Cheers.
John Stamos was haunted by Uncle Jesse's mullet
He has often spoken of his struggles stepping out from under that mullet.
John Amos wanted to be a professional football player before acting
After being cut from various teams, Amos threw away the shoulder pads and did something new.
8 times Full House got sporty
Football, hockey, karate, and... dogs playing basketball?
The Love Boat's Lauren Tewes was said to be the next Mary Tyler Moore
Lauren Tewes had a few things in common with Mary Tyler Moore, including her love for acting.
Bea Benaderet and her character on Petticoat Junction had some key differences
Benaderet called herself a "slob" (her words, not ours) compared to her hardworking and organized character on Petticoat Junction.
Linda Henning had big plans for her future after Petticoat Junction
That sweet country sound! Here's how Petticoat Junction inspired Linda Henning to go into the music business.
7 Edith Bunker moments that had us cheering at our television screens
Remember that episode of All in the Family where Edith told ARCHIE to stifle?
Bern Nadette Stanis was happy that Thelma got away from the ''bathroom bit''
Remember when Thelma spent a lot of time in the Evans bathroom? Producers didn't know what to do with the character until season three.
Did you know they tricked Carol Burnett into doing those Q&A sessions before every show?
Talking to the audience actually made the showstopper ''very nervous.''
Lucille Ball on what it was like using stilts, falling down and cracking up on her show
She used props to aid her comedy and Band-Aids to help put her back together.
Vicki Lawrence put the meaning of family in Mama's Family
Burnett helped inspire the family members of Mama's Family, and Lawrence wasn't sure she was ready to be head of the household.
Jean Stapleton said that the cast of All in the Family were invited to add their own ideas to the script
During the episode read-through, the actors were encouraged to share their thoughts on the script.
Henry Kissinger's unlikely encounter with The Brady Bunch
Barry Williams called it "sort of an eerie commentary on the power of the tube."
Valerie Harper's real-life pregnancy depended on her television career
Valerie Harper already had so much going for her, so why not add a baby to the mix?
Harvey Korman considered himself a variety show survivor
Harvey Korman was one of the many talented actors to be affected by both the rise and decline of variety shows.
Carol Burnett performed all the songs on her show without ever learning to read music
She drew “little squigglies” on the lyrics to remember the tune.
LaWanda Page said Redd Foxx rehearsed with her so she wouldn't get fired
When producers wanted to replace Page, Foxx stood up for his longtime friend and rehearsed lines with her.
Taxi's Marilu Henner hailed a cab and rode it all the way to success
Henner would receive high praise, gifts and even a special license from Taxi drivers all over the country.
Florence Henderson's children once asked why she wasn't as nice as Carol Brady
Carol Brady was the mom that everyone loved, even Florence Henderson's children.
How Vivian Vance became a big Hollywood star by accident
Vivian Vance had the audition of a lifetime in front of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz – and she had no idea.
Bob Saget loved working with kids for his role on Full House
He had a daughter in real life and three on the series – that's one busy dad!
Eve Arden was a champion for teachers during her time on Our Miss Brooks
Many considered her to be their favorite teacher, and she wasn't even a real one!
Bob Newhart used humor to help cope with life's hardest moments
Newhart used humor to get through life's hardships and suggested you do the same.
Esther Rolle had an issue with J.J. Evans, not Jimmie Walker
Rolle had a lot of love for Jimmie Walker, who played her eldest son on Good Times. However, his character was another story.
8 of the most glamorous Lisa Douglas looks on Green Acres
You can't mention style icons without thinking of Eva Gabor! Here are some of her most iconic looks on Green Acres.
Before Green Acres was on television, Granby's Green Acres was on radio, starring Bea Benaderet
Benaderet knew a thing or two about Green Acres, even before it became a hit rural comedy.
In 1966, Eddie Albert explained how he stayed young during his time on Green Acres
One of the oldest actors on Green Acres gave some advice on how to stay young.
Carol Burnett loved a good spoof on The Carol Burnett Show
Carol Burnett was the queen at spoofing, but not everyone wanted to be part of the joke.
The Brady Bunch creator wanted to offer viewers a ''people comedy''
What did a stranded island, a family of eight and a housekeeper all have in common? Sherwood Schwartz.
Ted Knight's character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a lot like him
There were some days Ted Knight would look in the mirror and only see Ted Baxter.
Ted Lange loved the perks that came along with The Love Boat
Ted Lange fell in love with The Love Boat and all the perks that came with working on a cruise ship.
Redd Foxx's connection to Sanford and Son went beyond acting
I love Sanford because that's me. That's just Redd Foxx fifteen years from now," he added.
Eddie Albert loved seeing green as a conservationist while on Green Acres
He was known for two different kinds of Green Acres!
Arnold the pig almost had his own show after Green Acres
The real star of 'Green Acres' was almost the star of his own show, too!
Richard Moll was once called himself ''The Midwest Mr. T''
A bald, seemingly intimidating actor who overcame many obstacles in life — textbook Mr. T and Mr. Moll.
Here was Esther Rolle's advice to young actors in 1977
Rolle was a seasoned acting veteran with a lot of knowledge to give. Here's some advice she had for young students in '77.
Norman Lear had a special message hidden inside Sanford and Son and All in the Family
Norman Lear did what he wanted and didn't care who saw — even if it was thousands of TV viewers.
During his career in comedy, Tim Conway found hope in his failures
Conway looked back at his career and his many failures in both television and in real life.
Raymond Bailey was ''the banker's hero'' after his role on The Beverly Hillbillies
His success as The Clampetts' banker was so unexpected, he wouldn't have even put money on it.
Henry Winkler didn't want his fans to only remember him as The Fonz
"When somebody calls me Fonzie, I don't let it go by. My name is Henry Winkler."
Carroll O'Connor said that criticism of his shows got to him
Carroll O'Connor had a candid critique of TV critics.
Ron Howard used Happy Days as a chance to shed his ''Opie'' image
His role as Richie helped him grow up and grow out of his "Opie" character.
Carol Burnett shrugged off bad ratings on The Carol Burnett Show
When life gets you down, simply just shrug it all off. It worked for Burnett.
About that time Max Baer Jr. played Jethro's twin sister on The Beverly Hillbillies
Max Baer Jr. was a man who looked like a lady, or a man who looked like his twin sister.
The Love Boat's Fred Grandy preferred to be on land
When Grandy wasn't filming for The Love Boat, he said he would avoid boats altogether.
Marion Ross loved the similarities between her Happy Days family and her real one
Marion Ross loved her own family just as much as Marion Cunningham loved Richie and Joanie.
Sally Struthers assumed that the first episode of All in the Family would also be its last
Struthers assumed that the series would have a very short life.
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