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.
A loser is not someone you simply don’t like or someone who bugs the other characters. These losers are genuine sad sacks: they lose at everything.
Monopoly is omnipresent in American society. No wonder its history on TV can trace back to when Betty White was a TV newcomer all the way up to a fictional version based around the love life of Bart Simpson’s teacher.
The rather dim-witted airplane mechanic on “Wings” manages to come into ownership of a run-down wax museum after hitting it big with a trust fund. One of the figures in the wax museum is that of Marcia Brady. This is an especially funny reference to “The Brady Bunch”
Shh. Listen. Come closer. Do you wanna hear a secret? I have never personally known anybody who loved I Love Lucy.
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.
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.
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.”
It is no coincidence that in addition to being a conspiracy nut, Dale Gribble is also a gun nut. Have you ever noticed how paranoid members of the NRA are?
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.