35 PIECES OF TRIVIA: TELEVISION EDITION, VOL. II

All previous lists I've done can be found here: Every Trivia List I've Done So Far
  1. During the first two seasons of "Adventures of Superman", George Reeves wore a costume that substituted brown for red, grey for blue, and white for yellow because they showed up better on black and white film.
    When the show began to film in color, the costume was converted over to its iconic colors of red, blue, and yellow.
  2. The caricature of Alfred Hitchcock used in the opening credits of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" was drawn by the famed director who had actually begun his career as an illustrator of title cards for silent movies.
  3. After inviting viewers to submit their own scripts for "The Twilight Zone", creator Rod Sterling was flooded with over 14,000 of them.
    Of the five hundred he got around to reading, he found only two of them to be of good quality but couldn't use them because they didn't fit the show's format.
  4. Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first animated married couple to be shown in bed together.
    The first couple ever were Mary Kay and Johnny from the sitcom of the same name.
  5. The original title of "The Flintstones" was "The Flagstones".
    However, the name was changed after the creators of the comic strip "Hi and Lois" threatened to sue William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
  6. Lucille Ball asked The Beatles to appear on "The Lucy Show", but they declined.
  7. "The Jetsons" was the first show to be broadcast in color on ABC in 1962.
  8. The lagoon set from "Gilligan's Island" was the same one used in the 1954 film, Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  9. Raquel Welch auditioned for the role of Mary Ann while Carroll O'Conner and Dabney Coleman auditioned for the parts of The Skipper and The Professor on "Gilligan's Island".
    On the flip side, Jayne Mansfield and Jerry Van Dyke declined the roles of Ginger and Gilligan.
  10. While promoting "Star Trek", NBC had Spock's pointed ears and eyebrows airbrushed out of magazine ads because they feared no one would watch due to his resemblance to the Devil.
    It was all for naught, though, because not only did Spock turn out to be one of the show's most popular characters, he also became an unexpected sex symbol for young women.
  11. Most of the alien artwork and wall hangings on "Star Trek" were styrofoam pieces that had been spray painted and arranged into various forms.
  12. Despite its popularity and place in pop culture history, the line, "Beam me up, Scotty" is never actually spoken by Captain Kirk during the original run of "Star Trek".
    In fact, the closest he comes is in the animated spin-off series when he says, "Beam us up, Scotty."
  13. The make-up artists on "Batman" were forced to paint over Cesar Romero's mustache because he refused to shave it for his role of The Joker.
  14. "Dark Shadows" was the first soap opera to be syndicated.
    It was also the first soap opera on ABC to be broadcast in color on August 14, 1967.
  15. Most of the scenes for "Dark Shadows" were shot in a single take due to the show's grueling five- shows-a-week schedule and the high expense and difficulty of editing.
    It's because of this that mistakes like actors flubbing lines and searching for teleprompters, malfunctioning props, collapsing sets, crew members walking into shots, and microphones and secondary cameras being caught on screen routinely ended up in the show's final prints.
  16. Contrary to the popular joke, the real reason why Daphne, Freddy, and eventually Velma were always sent off together when the gang split up on "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" was because the writers found writing for them to be boring.
  17. "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" was the first Saturday morning cartoon to use a laugh track.
  18. Velma's famous line, "My glasses; I can't see without them!" wasn't genius on the writers' part but rather came from Velma's voice-over actress, Nicole Jeffe.
    During a table read, Jaffe— who like Velma, was extremely nearsighted— uttered a variation of the line after discovering she had misplaced her glasses. The writers ended up liking it so much that they made Velma losing her glasses a regular gag on the show.
  19. An episode of "The Brady Bunch" has aired somewhere in the world every day since the show went into syndication in 1975.
  20. Had "The Brady Bunch" been renewed for a sixth season, the character of Mike Brady would have either been killed off or recast due to frequent clashes between actor Robert Reed and the show's creator, Sherwood Schwartz.
  21. Big Bird's teddy bear on "Sesame Street" was named Radar after the character Walter "Radar" O'Reilly from "M*A*S*H" who had a teddy bear of his own on the show.
    After a stint at the Smithsonian, Radar's bear sold at a July 2005 auction for $11,800.
  22. The dog tags worn by Klinger on "M*A*S*H" were Jamie Farr's actual dog tags from his military service.
  23. The term "jumping the shark" originated from the three episode "Hollywood" arc during the fifth season of "Happy Days" where Fonzie jumped over a shark while water-skiing.
    Many critics and fans agree that the quality of the show significantly deteriorated after this and thus the term was born.
  24. The flashes from Wonder Woman's bullet-deflecting bracelets were controlled by a remote control hidden in Lynda Carter's clasped hands.
  25. Lucille Ball was such a fan of "Cheers" that she actually met with producers about playing Diane's mother on the show.
    In the end, though, she decided against it because she didn't feel like viewers would accept her as anyone other than her "Lucy" character.
  26. Because Nicholas Colasanto (Coach) had trouble remembering his lines, he was known to write them around the "Cheers" set.
    One example of this was when he wrote his line, "It's almost as if he's still with us now" on one of the wooden slats to the right of the front door. After Colasanto's sudden death during season three, the cast would touch that slat each time they entered until it was painted over during a touch up of the set. According to Ted Danson, this so upset the cast members that a few of them went so far as threatening to quit.
  27. Estelle Getty suffered from intense stage fright and often froze during Friday night tapings of "The Golden Girls".
    Being the least experienced of the four main actresses, she continuously worried that her co-stars and the show's fans would realize she wasn't as good as the other actresses and call her a fraud.
  28. Rue McClanahan and Betty White would leave each other riddles and word puzzles on the kitchen set's bulletin board.
  29. When Dorothy and Sophia dress up like Sonny & Cher during the season five episode, "An Illegitimate Concern", Blanche mistakenly calls them Cheech and Chong. Coincidentally, Cheech Marin would later star with Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White in the "The Golden Girls" spin-off, "The Golden Palace".
  30. During the height of "Married with Children", Ed O'Neill would agree to fans' requests to make birthday and holiday calls on the condition that he be allowed to call collect in order to stay true to Al Bundy's cheapskate nature.
  31. Peg Bundy's 1960s-inspired wardrobe was Katey Sagal's idea because she wanted to parody the classic idea of the housewife.
  32. Although she played his younger sister on "Blossom", Mayim Bialik is actually four months older than Joey Lawrence.
  33. Teri Hatcher was considered for the role of Jamie Buchman on "Mad About You", but lost out at the final audition.
  34. Wagstaff Middle School from "Bob's Burgers" is named after Groucho Marx's character, Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff from the 1932 film, Horse Feathers.
    Additionally, Louise Belcher's nemesis, Logan, attends Huxley High School which was named after the school (Huxley University) that Marx's character presided over.
  35. The Belcher's live in a town informally known as Seymour's Bay among the writing staff of "Bob's Burgers".
    Loren Bouhchard revealed this during SDCC 2015.