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Interviewees discuss classic episodes of TV comedies.

Highlights
Doris Singleton on the Harpo Marx episode of I Love Lucy
01:34
Jay Sandrich on the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:15
Marla Gibbs on creating the memorable sequence from classic The Jeffersons episode "Mr. Piano Man," which had her crawling under the piano in a crowded party to try to answer the front door before George Jefferson
01:41
Ron Howard on the Happy Days episode "My Favorite Orkan" (which introduced "Mork") and Robin Williams' talent
03:44
Dawn Wells on the matchmaking episode of Gilligan's Island in which Mrs. Howell tries to set up Mary Ann and Gilligan
00:28
Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Pugh Davis on the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Does a Commercial" (Vitameatavegamin)
00:39
Who talked about this topic

Jason Alexander

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Jason Alexander on his favorite Seinfeld episode and lines
02:46

Edward Asner

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Ed Asner on the classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
04:23
Ed Asner on The Mary Tyler Moore Show  episode "Chuckles Bites The Dust"
06:36

Thomas Azzari

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Thomas Azzari on designing the bedroom set for the final Newhart episode
01:49
Thomas Azzari on set designing for the Seinfeld  episode "The Finale"
01:52

Paul Bogart

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Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "Edith's 50th Birthday" (airdate: October 16, 1977), where Edith is almost raped by an intruder
03:24
Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "The Draft Dodger" (airdate: December 25, 1976)
02:39

Peter Bonerz

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Peter Bonerz on ordering a rigged up iron to create a special effect on The Bob Newhart Show episode "A Love Story"
01:01
Peter Bonerz on the Ross/Rachel kiss from the Friends season two episode, "The One Where Ross Finds Out"
01:17
Peter Bonerz on the Murphy Brown episode, "Uh, Oh, Part 2," and the criticism of Murphy's single motherhood by then U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle
08:48

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on the finale of Friends
06:51

Harvey Bullock

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Harvey Bullock on writing The  Andy Griffith Show  episode "Opie the Birdman" starring Andy Griffith and Ron Howard
05:12

Sid Caesar

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Sid Caesar on how Your Show of Show's parody of From Here to Eternity ("From Here to Obscurity") became the source of a lawsuit
01:17

Diahann Carroll

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Diahann Carroll on the "startling" 1968 opening sequence of Julia
01:38
Diahann Carroll on the "startling" 1968 opening sequence of Julia
01:38

Betty White with Emerson College

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Betty White on The Mary Tyler Moore Show  episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
04:22
Betty White on The Mary Tyler Moore Show  finale 
03:00

Tim Conway

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Tim Conway on hosting the notoriously short-lived show (it was canceled during its premiere) Turn-On
02:34

Hal Cooper

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Hal Cooper on Maude's funniest moment
03:47

Bill Dana

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Bill Dana on how he came to write the classic All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit," and how he and producer Norman Lear invented the show's premise
02:32
Bill Dana on guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. calling him from the set of the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit" to compliment him on the script
00:50

Madelyn Pugh Davis

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Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Pugh Davis on the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Does a Commercial" (Vitameatavegamin)
00:39
Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Pugh Davis on writing the I Love Lucy episode "Job Switching" (candy factory)
01:03
Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Pugh Davis on the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy's Italian Movie" (grape stomping)
00:52
Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Pugh Davis on the I Love Lucy episode "L.A. at Last" (nose catches fire)
01:33

Ann B. Davis

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Ann B. Davis on working with Don Knotts on The Bob Cummings Show, aka Love That Bob
01:18

Sam Denoff

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Sam Denoff on the "That's My Boy" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
01:35

Dick Ebersol

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Dick Ebersol on Richard Pryor's word association skit when hosting Saturday Night Live
00:43

Gerald Perry Finnerman

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Cinematographer Gerald Perry Finnerman on Orson Welles arriving on the set for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
03:33
Cinematographer Gerald Perry Finnerman on filming the black and white Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" (Part 1 of 2)
04:23
Cinematographer Gerald Perry Finnerman on filming the black and white Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" (Part 2 of 2)
04:23

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on making the transition from radio to television with the Red Buttons Show
02:57
Larry Gelbart on the episode "Abyssinia, Henry" of where one of the main characters dies which they kept a secret from cast and crew; and the response to the episode; Gelbart explains  "M*A*S*H was not all happy endings"
09:58

Marla Gibbs

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Marla Gibbs on creating the memorable sequence from classic The Jeffersons episode "Mr. Piano Man," which had her crawling under the piano in a crowded party to try to answer the front door before George Jefferson
01:41

Sherman Hemsley

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Sherman Hemsley on his first entrance as "George Jefferson" on All in the Family
02:04
Sherman Hemsley on some of his favorite episodes of The Jeffersons
01:28

James Hong

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James Hong on his approach to the role of the maitre d' on the classic Seinfeld episode "The Chinese Restaurant"
04:21

Ron Howard

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Ron Howard on using the death of a pet in real life to reach the emotions needed in The Andy Griffith Show episode "Opie the Birdman"
01:56
Ron Howard on The Andy Griffith Show 's "The Pickle Story"
01:18
Ron Howard on The Andy Griffith Show episode "Mr. McBeevee"
01:50
Ron Howard on the "Howdy Doody" episode of Happy Days
00:58
Ron Howard on playing a drunk scene in the Happy Days episode "Richie's Cup Runneth Over"
00:48
Ron Howard on the Happy Days episode "Hollywood" which ushered in the TV term "jump the shark"
02:08
Ron Howard on the Happy Days episode "Richie Almost Dies" and Henry Winkler's contribution
01:01
Ron Howard on the Happy Days episode "My Favorite Orkan" (which introduced "Mork") and Robin Williams' talent
03:44

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman on the episode of Sports Night where her character, "Dana Whitaker" kissed Peter Krause's character, "Casey McCall"
00:50

Al Jean

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Al Jean on The Simpsons episode "There's Something About Marrying"
01:55
Al Jean on The Simpsons episode "Blame it on Lisa"
00:43
Al Jean on The Simpsons episode "A Streetcar Named Marge"
01:11

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on having to perform a dance number on the first The Facts of Life episode on which she appeared ("Cousin Geri")
03:26

Barry Kemp

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Barry Kemp on the Newhart series finale
02:28

Sheldon Leonard

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Producer Sheldon Leonard on the classic Dick Van Dyke Show episode "That's My Boy?" (airdate: September 25, 1963)
02:15

Gavin MacLeod

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Gavin MacLeod on the series finale of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:59

Will Mackenzie

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Will Mackenzie on directing the Family Ties episode "A, My Name is Alex", featuring Michael J. Fox
07:49
Will Mackenzie on directing the Moonlighting episode "Atomic Shakespeare"
01:56

Garry Marshall

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Garry Marshall on The Odd Couple episode "The Odd Monks" (airdate: October 13, 1972)
01:36
Garry Marshall on The Odd Couple episode "Password" (airdate: December 1, 1972)
00:44
Garry Marshall on the Happy Days episode "Richie Almost Dies" (airdate: January 31, 1978) (Fonzie cries)
01:28
Garry Marsahall on the Happy Days episode "Hard Cover" (airdate: September 27, 1977) (Fonzie gets a library card)
01:11

Beth McCarthy-Miller

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Beth McCarthy-Miller on directing the final episode of 30 Rock
03:37

Burt Metcalfe

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Producer Burt Metcalfe on the most effective line in M*A*S*H: "The Interview"
03:01
Burt Metcalfe on the M*A*S*H  finale "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen"
09:54
Burt Metcalfe on the next-to-last M*A*S*H  episode "As Time Goes By"
04:17

Mary Tyler Moore

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Mary Tyler Moore on initially disliking The Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Never Bathe on Saturday" (airdate: March 31, 1965), when Laura's toe is stuck in a faucet
02:03
Mary Tyler Moore on The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust" (airdate: October 25, 1975)
02:18

Carroll O'Connor

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Carroll O'Connor on his contribution to the All in the Family episode "Two's a Crowd," and the ad-libbing by he and co-star Rob Reiner
02:43
Carroll O'Connor on All in the Family episodes: "Edith's Problem" (Edith enters menopause), "Gloria Has a Belly Full" (Gloria has a miscarriage), "Edith's Crisis of Faith" (Edith shuns her faith when friend Beverly LaSalle is killed), "Sammy's Visit (Sammy Davis, Jr. appears as himself), and "Archie's Brief Encounter" (Archie has an affair)
03:33
Carroll O'Connor on his acting with Danielle Brisebois in the Archie Bunker's Place episode "Archie Alone," that reveals Edith Bunker's death
01:29

Don Ohlmeyer

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Executive Don Ohlmeyer on the final episode of Seinfeld
02:32
Executive Don Ohlmeyer on the final episode of Cheers
01:52

Suzanne Pleshette

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Suzanne Pleshette on her cameo on the series finale of Newhart
03:41

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on the final episode of Newhart
01:12

Joyce Randolph

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Joyce Randolph on the "TV or not TV" episode of The Honeymooners
00:49
Joyce Randolph on the "The Sleepwalker" episode of The Honeymooners
00:26
Joyce Randolph on the "Better Living Through TV" episode and other episodes of The Honeymooners
01:14
Joyce Randolph on her favorite episodes of The Honeymooners
00:55

Phylicia Rashad

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Phylicia Rashad on favorite moments/ guest stars from The Cosby Show episodes
01:06
Phylicia Rashad on fan favorite episodes from The Cosby Show
00:55
Phylicia Rashad on the final moments of taping of The Cosby Show
00:44

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on the M*A*S*H episode "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet"
04:00
Producer Gene Reynolds on the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
04:39

John Rich

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Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
01:04
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
00:42
John Rich on memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
05:04
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
03:51

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on the Everybody Loves Raymond episode "The Wallpaper" where "Marie" and "Frank" crash a car into "Ray's" living room
01:17

Jay Sandrich

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Jay Sandrich on the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Does the Tango" (1957) in which Lucy dances and crushes the eggs she's trying to hide from Ricky
01:22
Jay Sandrich on the classic episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show which introduced Betty White as "Sue Anne Nivens"
01:04
Jay Sandrich on the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:15
Jay Sandrich on the challenges faced by the writers and cast for the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
03:18
Jay Sandrich on a scene in Soap which deals with sexual tension, written from a woman's perspective
01:15
Jay Sandrich on The Cosby Show episode "Denise's Friend," and directing an episode that didn't start out as being funny and finding the humor
04:49

Bob Schiller

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the "Lucy Does the Tango" episode of I Love Lucy
02:00
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the final episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, "Lucy Meets the Mustache" with Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams
01:08

George Schlatter

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George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53

Garry Shandling

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Garry Shandling on the finale of The Larry Sanders Show
03:08

George Shapiro

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George Shapiro on Andy Kaufman reading "The Great Gatsby" on Saturday Night Live
01:19

Doris Singleton

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Doris Singleton on the Harpo Marx episode of I Love Lucy
01:34
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy, "Baby pictures" episode
03:46
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy "Lucy Tells the Truth" episode
02:16
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode, "The Dancing Star," with Van Johnson 
02:10
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode, "Lucy and Superman"
02:31
Doris Singleton on the "Edith Has Jury Duty" episode of All in the Family
01:54

Yeardley Smith

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Yeardley Smith on Michael Jackson guest starring on The Simpsons
02:15
Yeardley Smith on Dustin Hoffman guest starring on The Simpsons on the episode "Lisa's Substitute"
02:14

Suzanne Somers

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Suzanne Somers on working with John Ritter in the classic Three's Company episode "Handcuffed"
01:23

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on the All in the Family episode "Edith's Christmas Story," which dealt with breast cancer
01:01

Johnny Stearns

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Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on how Mary Kay and Johnny (one of TV's earliest sitcoms) came about
03:12

Mary Kay Stearns

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Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on how Mary Kay and Johnny (one of TV's earliest sitcoms) came about
03:12

Jeremy Stevens

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Jeremy Stevens on memorable episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond
05:55

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on his favorite Cosby Show  episodes
08:12

Bob Weiskopf

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the "Lucy Does the Tango" episode of I Love Lucy
02:00
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the final episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, "Lucy Meets the Mustache" with Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams
01:08

Dawn Wells

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Dawn Wells on the matchmaking episode of Gilligan's Island in which Mrs. Howell tries to set up Mary Ann and Gilligan
00:28
Dawn Wells on her favorite episodes of Gilligan's Island
02:37
Dawn Wells on the "V is for Vitamins" episode of Gilligan's Island
01:13

Tucker Wiard

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Tucker Wiard on the famous Carol Burnett Show sketch "Went With the Wind"
02:11

Henry Winkler

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Henry Winkler on satirizing his iconic character "Fonzie" on Arrested Development ; and jumping the shark.. twice
00:28

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