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Thursday, August 02, 2018

The Wiz's Quiz! They Said It In the 70s

"Welcome Back Kotter"
These television programs from the 1970s each lent lasting phrases to the North American lexicon. How many can you remember?

1. 1970: This variety show debuted on NBC in the fall of 1970 and quickly became a hit with phrases that were widely copied such as "The devil made me do it" and "What you see is what you get." Name the show.

The Flip Wilson Show
Hee Haw
Rowan and Martin's Laugh In
Saturday Night Live

2. 1971: The top rated show of the '71-72 season often featured the lead character telling his wife, whom he lovingly called a dingbat, to "stifle yourself." Which television classic is this?

Hogan's Heroes
All in the Family
Marcus Welby MD
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

3. 1972: What show began its long run during the '72-73 season and featured the phrase "God will getcha for that, Walter"?

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour

4. 1973: Which popular cop show that ranked #5 for the '73-74 season featured the memorable closing words "Book 'em, Danno"?

Hawaii Five-O

5. 1974: The second-rated show of the '74-75 season often had the lead character clutching his chest as if having a heart attack and shouting to his dead wife "You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!" when he wasn't getting his way. Which program was it?

Chico and the Man
The Rockford Files
The Jeffersons
Sanford and Son

6. 1975: "Up your nose with a rubber hose!" was one of many sayings that made this show popular, especially with teen-agers, when it debuted in the fall of 1975. Name it.

Happy Days
Joanie Loves Chachi
Barney Miller
Welcome Back Kotter

7. 1976: What was the #2 ranked show of this season that opened with the words "Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated"?

Laverne and Shirley
Police Woman
0ne Day at a Time
The Partridge Family

8. 1977: For the five seasons this show aired, the lead character always received the same greeting whenever she called down to her drunk-sounding doorman (who was heard but never seen): "Hello, this is Carlton, your doorman." Name this spin-off of another tv classic.

Good Times
ary Tyler Moore Show

9. 1978: Four words from this Top 20 show of 1978 say it all: "Ze plane! Ze plane!"

Fantasy Island
The Love Boat
The Bob Newhart Show

10. 1979: This sitcom ran on CBS from 1976-1984 but peaked in the ratings at #4 during the '79-80 season with signature lines like "Kiss my grits!" Which is it?

The Andy Griffith Show
The Beverly Hillbillies

1. The Flip Wilson Show
Flip Wilson was one of the first African-American entertainers to star in a leading role on television. The show also featured well known skits like the "Church of What's Happening Now" and Flip dressed as the female character Geraldine.

2. All in the Family
"All in the Family" producer Norman Lear is said to have wanted veteran actor Mickey Rooney for the lead role of the bigoted father. When Rooney declined because he felt the show wouldn't last more than one season, television history was made when the perfect actor was cast in the role he was meant to play: Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker.

3. Maude
"Maude" was one of several spin-offs of "All in the Family." Bea Arthur had originated the role of Edith Bunker's cousin, outspoken Maude Findley, on that show in 1972.

4. Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O peaked in the Neilson ratings for the '72-73 season. The show's instrumental theme song was a hit song for the Ventures. The character of young cop Danny "Danno" Williams was played for each of the program's 12 seasons by actor James MacArthur, son of legendary playwright Charles MacArthur and actress Helen Hayes.

5. Sanford and Son
"Sanford and Son" starred veteran actor/comedian Redd Foxx as junk dealer Fred Sanford. Another hit from the 70s by mega-producer Norman Lear, it was based on a British show called 'Steptoe and Son.'

6. Welcome Back Kotter
Welcome Back Kotter launched the career of John Travolta, who portrayed juvenile delinquent Vinnie Barbarino. It also spawned the hit song of the same name by former Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian.

7. Laverne and Shirley
A schlemiel is a Yiddish word for a habitual bungler, while a schlimazel means a born loser. Hasenpfeffer is a traditional German rabbit stew. "Laverne and Shirley" opened with actresses Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams chanting this phrase as they hopscotched down the street.

8. Rhoda
Actress Valerie Harper originated the role of eccentric window dresser Rhoda Morgenstern on the 'Mary Tyler Moore Show'. Carlton was voiced by MTM show creator Lorenzo Music. He went on to greater fame as the voice of cartoon cat Garfield.

9. Fantasy Island
Who can forget Herve Villechaize running up to the bell tower on the fictional island in the Pacific and uttering his signature phrase? The French Villechaize never achieved similar fame after "Fantasy Island" ended and he fell into depression and alcoholism, committing suicide in 1993.

10. AliceLinda Lavin reprised Ellen Burstyn's Oscar-winning role, as the single mother working as a waitress at Mel's Diner, on CBS. The "kiss my grits" bit was the signature line of the waitress Flo, played by Polly Holiday. Lavin won two Golden Globes for the role of Alice Hyatt.

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