Not the Sport of Kings, but a Very Good Sport as Well: Memorable Bowling Moments in TV History

Bowling has been very good to TV. Much better than, say, soccer or rugby or even hockey. Here are some of the most memorable moments in bowling in TV history…including one moment that changed the very face of one sitcom.

Memorable Homicidal Robots in TV History

Wow. Talk about your homicidal robots! Ted’s appearance on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has always seemed slightly off-kilter and out of step with the primary focus of evil in Sunnydale. And yet there is no denying that Ted belongs fully to the creepy zeitgeist infecting this oddball little town. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ted–other than the fact that he is played by John Ritter–is that he is a homicidal robot that was built in the 1950’s.

Memorable Episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati

There is nothing especially funny about this episode, but it is the epitome of the ability of the makers of WKRP to produce a show that felt like nothing else on TV. There is a disconnected feeling to this episode that very closely approaches the surreal. It is simply a series of extended conversations that take place between characters that have turned to the bottle to keep warm when the heat has gone off inside the building.

Memorable Post-Episode Stingers in TV History

Just about every major character from “King of the Hill” got their opportunity to act as the coda for an episode, and it was difficult to tell while watching the show which particular line would be singled out for stinger immortality following the last chord of the closing theme music. Among my own personal favorites is Bill Dauterive saying “The monkeys must never find out.”

Memorable Fictional Architects in TV History

Tired of big city life, George Apple moved his family to a small town. The coolest thing about the show and it’s primary tie to George’s career as an architect was the old grist mill which was transformed into the house in which the Apple family lived. Most definitely one of the coolest houses in TV history. Like Larry Hagman, Ronny Cox would later find greater success as an actor playing particularly smarmy bad guys.