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Interviewees discuss the origins and impact of TV's greatest entertainment moments.

Highlights
Michael Learned on The Waltons'  catchphrases and the scenes around the dinner table
Henry Winkler on crafting the voice of the Fonz
Quincy Jones on composing the theme for Sanford & Son
Al Jean on The Simpsons' effect on popular culture
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her character "Elaine Benes'" phrase "GET OUT!" on Seinfeld
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Andy Ackerman

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Andy Ackerman on how Seinfeld phrases made it into the pop culture lexicon
Andy Ackerman on what makes a successful show

Berle Adams

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Berle Adams on his understanding of why Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis broke up their act

Lee Adams

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Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on "Bye Bye Birdie" as a commentary on the then-state of Rock 'N Roll
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on how their song "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family - softened "Archie Bunker"
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on writing the theme song to All in the Family
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on audience response to the theme song to All in the Family

Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on Ernie Kovacs' fatal car accident on January 12, 1962

Robert Adler

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Robert Adler on remote control sets going into production and on the remote control system's name Space Command

Chris Albrecht

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Chris Albrecht on the ending of The Sopranos

Kay Alden

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Kay Alden on working with Jeanne Cooper who plays "Katherine Chancellor" on The Young and the Restless
Kay Alden on The Young and the Restless  character "Katherine Chancellor" played by Jeanne Cooper and the show's early story lines

Jason Alexander

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Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza," being based on Larry David
Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"
Jason Alexander on "George Costanza's" name and how he is similar to the character
Jason Alexander on the catchphrases of his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"
Jason Alexander on his favorite Seinfeld episode and lines

Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on coining the phrase "bigger than a bread box" on What's My Line?

John Amos

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John Amos on the character of "James Evans" on Good Times
John Amos on his Roots character, "Kunta Kinte"
John Amos on his character of "Percy Fitzwallace" on The West Wing

Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening sequence for Star Trek
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for The Brady Bunch
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Cheers

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on "J. Fred Muggs," the monkey on Today

John Aniston

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John Aniston on his Days of Our Lives character, "Victor Kiriakis," and on his early storylines
John Aniston on his popularity playing "Victor Kiriakis" on Days of Our Lives

Lucie Arnaz

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Lucie Arnaz on Here's Lucy and her character, "Kim Carter"
Lucie Arnaz on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton guest-starring on Here's Lucy

James Arness

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James Arness on the character of "Matt Dillon" on Gunsmoke

Beatrice Arthur

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Beatrice Arthur on "Maude's" catchphrase: "God will get you for that!"
Beatrice Arthur on fame and celebrity

William Asher

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William Asher on Bewitched 's animated title sequence and theme song

Edward Asner

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Ed Asner on "Lou Grant"'s "I hate spunk!" from The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Ed Asner on the classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
Ed Asner on his character "Lou Grant" from The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Ed Asner on The Mary Tyler Moore Show  episode "Chuckles Bites The Dust"

John Astin

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John Astin on his character, "Gomez Addams," on The Addams Family
John Astin on the theme song and opening credits of The Addams Family and on the revivals and legacy of the show

Larry Auerbach

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Larry Auerbach on how the William Morris Agency dealt with the emergence of Rock and Roll music and booking those acts on television
Larry Auerbach on Alan Freed and the payola scandal
Larry Auerbach on William Morris signing Elvis Presley

Hank Azaria

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Hank Azaria on being cast as "Moe Szyslak" and other characters on The Simpsons  and working with Sam Simon on developing the voices
Hank Azaria on playing "Moe Szyslak" on The Simpsons
Hank Azaria on playing "Apu Nahasapeemapetilon" on The Simpsons
Hank Azaria on playing "Jeff Albertson a.k.a. The Comic Book Guy," "Snake," and "Lou the Cop" on The Simpsons
Hank Azaria on playing "Kirk Van Houten" and "Professor Frink," who was based on Jerry Lewis, on The Simpsons
Hank Azaria on playing "Dr. Nick Riviera" and "Disco Stu" on The Simpsons  and improving lines on the show

Thomas Azzari

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Thomas Azzari on designing the bedroom set for the final Newhart episode
Thomas Azzari on set designing for the Seinfeld  episode "The Finale"

Buddy Baker

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Buddy Baker on Jimmy Dodd writing "The Mickey Mouse Club March" for The Mickey Mouse Club

George Balzer

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George Balzer on Jack Benny's character traits on The Jack Benny Program including Jack being cheap

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on Dinah Shore's signature of throwing a kiss on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show and on the "See the USA in your Chevrolet" theme song

Joseph Barbera

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Joseph Barbera on The Yogi Bear Show, and on the music of the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay on directing a pivotal episode of ER in which a main character is revealed to have AIDS, and seeing the power of television's reach

Richard Bare

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Richard L. Bare on working with James Garner on Maverick

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on becoming a celebrity herself

Donald Bellisario

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Donald Bellisario on "Magnum" of Magnum, P.I.  being a veteran of the Vietnam War
Donald Belisario on Scott Bakula as "Sam" in Quantum Leap
Donald Belisario on Mike Post's music for Magnum, P.I. and Quantum Leap

Harve Bennett

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Harve Bennett on Lee Majors as "Steve Austin" running in The Six Million Dollar Man
Harve Bennett on doing a famous voiceover for The Six Million Dollar Man

Lowell Bergman

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Lowell Bergman on his opinion of network news when he joined ABC and investigating Chappaquiddick

Milton Berle

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Milton Berle on the Texaco Star Theater theme song

Rick Berman

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Rick Berman on Patrick Stewart as "Captain Picard" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Leonard Nimoy appearing as "Spock" on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rick Berman on Kate Mulgrew as "Captain Janeway" on Star Trek: Voyager
Rick Berman on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  episode "Trials and Tribble-ations"
Rick Berman on Scott Bakula as "Captain Archer" on Star Trek: Enterprise
Rick Berman on the design of the ship and the theme song of Star Trek: Enterprise

Ken Berry

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Ken Berry on Vicki Lawrence as "Mama" on Mama's Family
Ken Berry on playing "Vinton Harper" on Mama's Family

Barbara Billingsley

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Barbara Billingsley on "June Cleaver's" high heels and pearls

Steve Binder

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Steve Binder on producing The T.A.M.I. Show
Steve Binder on Shindig and Hullabaloo
Steve Binder on producing and directing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special

Robert Blackman

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Robert Blackman on the "Picard maneuver" on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Lucille Bliss

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Lucille Bliss on a demonstration of the voices of "Rags" and "Crusader Rabbit" on Crusader Rabbit
Lucille Bliss on getting the role of "Smurfette" on The Smurfs
Lucille Bliss on "Smurfette's" relationship to her fellow Smurfs on The Smurfs
Lucille Bliss on the theme song on The Smurfs
Lucille Bliss on a demonstration of "Smurfette's" voice on The Smurfs
Lucille Bliss on her character "Smurfette" on The Smurfs
Lucille Bliss on the popularity of The Smurfs

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on rock and roll and R&B music

Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain on "celebrity chefs" and dealing with celebrity

Peter Boyle

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Peter Boyle on playing "Frank Barone" on Everybody Loves Raymond
Peter Boyle on "Frank Barone's" catchphrase "Holy Crap" on Everybody Loves Raymond

Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden on "Victor Newman's" attitude towards women on The Young and the Restless

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on the opening credits of Friends, how the theme song was written, and the song's popularity
Kevin Bright on how the instant success of Friends affected the cast and creators
Kevin Bright on the finale of Friends

David Brinkley

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David Brinkley on teaming up with Chet Huntley (and the origin of their "Good Night" signoffs)

Connie Britton

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Connie Britton on Friday Night Lights'  catchphrase, "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose"
Connie Britton on her Friday Night Lights  character, "Tami Taylor," and how she developed over the series
Connie Britton on her character "Rayna Jaymes" on Nashville

James L. Brooks

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James L. Brooks on the character of "Bobby Wheeler" on Taxi
James L. Brooks on the character of "Elaine Nardo" on Taxi
James L. Brooks on the inspiration for "Alex Reiger" on Taxi
James L. Brooks on the inspiration for "Louie De Palma" on Taxi

Alton Brown

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Alton Brown on pop culture references on Good Eats
Alton Brown on characters on Good Eats - "W", crew members on camera, food experts, and the lady in the refrigerator
Alton Brown on favorite episodes of Good Eats

Harvey Bullock

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Harvey Bullock on writing The  Andy Griffith Show  episode "Opie the Birdman" starring Andy Griffith and Ron Howard
Harvey Bullock on writing for Don Knotts as "Barney Fife" on The Andy Griffith Show
Harvey Bullock on Jim Nabors as "Gomer Pyle" on The Andy Griffith Show
Harvey Bullock on writing The Andy Griffith Show  episode "One Punch Opie" and "Barney's" catchphrase "Nip it in the bud"

Carol Burnett

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Carol Burnett on how Bob Mackie's costumes helped her create characters on The Carol Burnett Show
Carol Burnett on the famous "Went with the Wind!" sketch on The Carol Burnett Show
Carol Burnett on her Tarzan laugh

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on creating "Cap'n Crunch"
Allan Burns on the theme song and opening credits of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on directing the original pilot of Star Trek  ("The Cage")
Robert Butler on the theme song to Hill Street Blues

Dann Cahn

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Dann Cahn on the construction of the Hollywoodland sign down the street from where he was born

David Canary

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David Canary on his first impressions of his All My Children character "Adam Chandler" and distinguishing him from his twin brother "Stuart Chandler"

Jim Cantore

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Jim Cantore on "The Cantore Snuggle Factor"

George Carlin

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George Carlin on the Supreme Court decision on the FCC action against his album "Class Clown" 

Glenn Gordon Caron

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Glenn Gordon Caron on how Al Jarreau came to write the Moonlighting theme song
Glenn Gordon Caron on Orson Welles introducing the classic Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
Glenn Gordon Caron on the main titles and music on Medium

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on his name
RuPaul Charles on separating his public and private personas
RuPaul Charles on the catchphrases and tag lines of RuPaul's Drag Race

Glen Charles

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Glen and Les Charles on the title character "Phyllis" on Phyllis
Glen and Les Charles on the character "Louie De Palma" on Taxi
Glen and Les Charles on the character "Alex Reiger" (played by Judd Hirsch) on Taxi
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Norm Peterson" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Sam Malone" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Coach" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Cliff Clavin" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Carla Tortelli" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on the theme song of Cheers "Everyone Knows Your Name" (and how "People Like Us" was almost the theme)
Glen and Les Charles on which characters on Cheers changed the most throughout the run of the show

Les Charles

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Glen and Les Charles on the theme song of Cheers "Everyone Knows Your Name" (and how "People Like Us" was almost the theme)
Glen and Les Charles on the title character "Phyllis" on Phyllis
Glen and Les Charles on the character "Louie De Palma" on Taxi
Glen and Les Charles on the character "Alex Reiger" (played by Judd Hirsch) on Taxi
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Norm Peterson" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Sam Malone" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Coach" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Cliff Clavin" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on the basis of the character "Carla Tortelli" on Cheers
Glen and Les Charles on which characters on Cheers changed the most throughout the run of the show

Tom Cherones

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Tom Cherones on Seinfeld  catchphrases

Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis on playing "Tony Scali" on The Commish and meeting the real man upon whom the character was based
Michael Chiklis on his character, "Detective Vic Mackey" on The Shield

Roy Clark

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Roy Clark on how fame and celebrity has impacted him over the years

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on his character, "LeBeau," on Hogan's Heroes

Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on Danny Elfman's theme song for The Simpsons and composing for the end credits
Alf Clausen on writing the theme song for ALF

Bob Claver

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Bob Claver on the characters of The Partridge Family  and the musical aspects of the show
Bob Claver on the opening sequence and theme song of The Partridge Family
Bob Claver on The Partridge Family  bus

Art Clokey

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Art Clokey on his animators and the Gumby theme song

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on hosting a teen dance show (The Nick Clooney School Salute) in Lexington, Kentucky and integrating the show

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on the Top Chef catchphrase "Pack Your Knives and Go"

Lewis Black with Emerson College

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Lewis Black and dealing with fame and celebrity, and on the trajectory of his career

Betty White with Emerson College

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Betty White on being cast as "Sue Ann Nivens" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Betty White on The Mary Tyler Moore Show  episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
Betty White on The Mary Tyler Moore Show  finale 
Betty White on playing "Rose Nylund" on The Golden Girls

Bill Dana with Emerson College

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Bill Dana on dealing with fame and celebrity

Jack Riley with Emerson College

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Jack Riley on what made his character of "Elliott Carlin" funny on The Bob Newhart Show

Gary Owens with Emerson College

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Gary Owens on being the original host of The Gong Show

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on his character, "James T. West," on The Wild, Wild West
Robert Conrad on the legacy of his The Wild, Wild West character, "James T. West"
Robert Conrad on his Eveready Battery commercial

Bill Conti

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Bill Conti on writing the theme/main title to an Esther and Richard Shapiro script called Oil, later known as Dynasty
Bill Conti on the main title theme for Dynasty
Bill Conti on composing the theme for Earl Hamner, Jr.'s Falcon Crest 
Bill Conti on composing the main title theme to Cagney & Lacey
Bill Conti on composing for the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" and creating the title song

Tim Conway

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

Richard Coogan

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Richard Coogan on the character and influence of "Captain Video" of Captain Video and His Video Rangers

Joan Ganz Cooney

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Joan Ganz Cooney on the pop culture phenomenon of the Talking Big Bird toy - a sample of what was to come with the Tickle Me Elmo mania

Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper on dealing with fame and celebrity

Hal Cooper

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Hal Cooper on Maude's funniest moment
Hal Cooper on directing Beatrice Arthur as "Maude Findlay" on Maude

Alexander Courage

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Alexander Courage on writing the theme music for Star Trek
Alexander Courage on creating the sound effect for the Enterprise on Star Trek
Alexander Courage on writing the theme for Judd for the Defense

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on participating in Saturday Night Live's  "Coneheads" sketches 
Jane Curtin on playing the mother in "The Nerds" sketches on Saturday Night Live

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on co-starring on The Bob Newhart Show as "Howard Borden" and the show's talented writers

Bill Dana

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Bill Dana on how in the early days of burlesque there would be a sign posted backstage with the "dirty words" you could not say or else be jailed
Bill Dana on writing the memorable sketches for The Steve Allen Show: "The Nutley-Hinkley-Butley-Winkley Report" and "The Question Man" with Don Hinkley and Leonard Stern
Bill Dana on the genesis of the "Man on the Street" segments on The Steve Allen Show and working with Don Knotts, Tom Poston, Louis Nye on those sketches
Bill Dana on how "Jose Jimenez" became an astronaut, based on a comment by Neil Simon 
Bill Dana on the birth of his character "Jose Jimenez" on The Steve Allen Show in 1959
Bill Dana on the perceived backlash to "Jose Jimenez"
Bill Dana on the perceived backlash to "Jose Jimenez"
Bill Dana on retiring his "Jose Jimenez" character
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
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

Greg Daniels

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Greg Daniels on writing The Simpsons episode "Homer and Apu"
Greg Daniels on writing The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Wedding"
Greg Daniels on writing the supporting characters on The Office and creating story arcs
Greg Daniels on his favorite episodes and moments of The Office

Ann B. Davis

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Ann B. Davis on her role as "Schulzty" on The Bob Cummings Show, aka Love That Bob, and her appearance on Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater
Ann B. Davis on the longevity of The Brady Bunch's continuing popularity

Richard Dawson

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Richard Dawson on his Hogan's Heroes character, "Peter Newkirk"
Richard Dawson on his Hogan's Heroes character, "Peter Newkirk"

Joe DeTullio

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Joe DeTullio on the evolution of the "home base" set of Saturday Night Live

Milton Delugg

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Milton Delugg on the rules regarding live music on television and how Dick Clark eventually changed them

Roy E. Disney

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Roy Disney on the opening of Disneyland

Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on getting cast as "Betty 'Princess' Anderson" on Father Knows Best
Elinor Donahue on her Father Knows Best character, "Betty Anderson"
Elinor Donahue on her role as "Evil Nurse Hunnicut" on Days of Our Lives

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on celebrity 

Richard Donner

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Richard Donner on directing the classic Twilight Zone  episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"
Richard Donner on the importance of television theme songs

Louis Dorfsman

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Louis Dorfsman on the design of the CBS eye logo

David Dortort

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David Dortort on the theme song of Bonanza

Roger Ebert

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Roger Ebert on the origin of "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" and trademarking the phrase "two thumbs up"

Hector Elizondo

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Hector Elizondo on his Chicago Hope  character "Dr. Phillip Watters"

Dick Enberg

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Dick Enberg on his catch phrase, "Oh my"

Danny Epstein

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Danny Epstein on the theme song to Sesame Street
Danny Epstein on the theme song to Sesame Street, contd.
Danny Epstein on the Sesame Street hit song "Rubber Duckie"
Danny Epstein on Joe Raposo writing the Sesame Street hit song "Sing"

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on "Carmela Soprano's" faith on The Sopranos and her relationship with her priest
Edie Falco on being recognized on the street for playing "Carmela Soprano" on The Sopranos
Edie Falco on the finale of The Sopranos

Jerry Falwell

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Jerry Falwell on Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's PTL Club scandal

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on how Larry Gelbart got the inspiration for "Maxwell Q. Klinger" on M*A*S*H
Jamie Farr on his input on "Klinger's" wardrobe on M*A*S*H
Jamie Farr on awkward off-camera moments dressed as  M*A*S*H 's "Klinger"
Jamie Farr on his favorite "Klinger" outfits on  M*A*S*H
Jamie Farr on his character, "Klinger" on M*A*S*H
Jamie Farr on "Klinger's" strengths and weaknesses
Jamie Farr on how he's similar to his character, "Klinger" on M*A*S*H
Jamie Farr on how "Klinger" on M*A*S*H evolved over the series
Jamie Farr on why "Klinger" stopped wearing dresses on M*A*S*H 
Jamie Farr on "Klinger's" wedding dress on M*A*S*H
Jamie Farr on his input for "Klinger's" character traits on M*A*S*H
Jamie Farr on "Klinger" on M*A*S*H being an iconic character

Irving Fein

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Irving Fein on Jack Benny's radio/TV persona and real life personality
Irving Fein on Jack Benny's guest appearance on The $64,000 Question (that led to a subsequent appearance of $64,000 Question host Hal March on The Jack Benny Program)
Irving Fein on Jack Benny's violin bit
Irving Fein on The Jack Benny Program's Eddie Anderson
Irving Fein on The Jack Benny Program's Eddie Anderson

Patricia Field

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Patricia Field on how Jimmy Choo became associated with Sex and the City fashion
Patricia Fields on not anticipating the effect that Sex and the City  had on trends

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on the use of television references in St. Elsewhere  and public reaction to the show
Tom Fontana on his favorite St. Elsewhere  episodes and the finale of the show
Tom Fontana on the Homicide: Life on the Street  episode "The Subway"
Tom Fontana on coming up with the title for Oz  and the opening credits of the show, which feature him getting an Oz  tattoo

June Foray

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June Foray on "Rocky's" catchphrase "Hoky Smoke" and other catchphrases on The Bullwinkle Show

John Forsythe

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John Forsythe on providing the voice of "Charlie" on Charlie's Angels  for producer Aaron Spelling

Fred Foy

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Fred Foy on how the "Lone Ranger"' was never portrayed as a killer
Fred Foy on his first broadcast of "The Lone Ranger" on radio and saying, "A fiery horse with a speed of cloud and dust, and a hearty Hi-yo Silver, the Lone Ranger!"
Fred Foy on developing the voice as "The Lone Ranger's" announcer and on his influences
Fred Foy performs the memorable opening narration that he did for both radio and TV's "The Lone Ranger"

Reuven Frank

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Reuven Frank on the 1968 "Heidi Game"
Reuven Frank on the "Heidi Game"

Albert Freedman

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Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One and Freedman realizing the power of television

Jonathan Frid

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Jonathan Frid on his Dark Shadows character "Barnabas Collins"

Gerald Fried

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Gerald Fried on his first job in television, for M Squad and being put on staff at the studio with John Williams to then work on Shotgun Slade
Composer Gerald Fried on working on the theme for It's About Time
Composer Gerald Fried on "Spock's theme" for Star Trek
Gerald Fried on composing music for the characters of Roots
Gerald Fried on composing the main theme for Roots

Lowell Ganz

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Lowell Ganz on Happy Days' catchphrases
Lowell Ganz on the popularity of the "Fonzie" character on Happy Days  and working with Ron Howard
Lowell Ganz on making "Lenny" and "Squiggy" the "breakout" characters of Laverne & Shirley

James Garner

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James Garner on his character, "Bret Maverick," on Maverick
James Garner on "Maverick" as the anti-hero
James Garner on the character of "Jim Rockford" on The Rockford Files
James Garner on his feelings about the press and doing interviews

Mitzi Gaynor

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Mitzi Gaynor on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the same night The Beatles were on

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on making the transition from radio to television with the Red Buttons Show

Marla Gibbs

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Marla Gibbs on creating the memorable sequence from the 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"
Marla Gibbs on her Jeffersons character, "Florence Johnston"
Marla Gibbs on memorable episodes of The Jeffersons that featured her character, "Florence," and on Billy Dee Williams appearing on the show
Marla Gibbs on fame and celebrity
Marla Gibbs on her 227 character, "Mary Jenkins"

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on "Starsky's" iconic wardrobe on Starsky and Hutch
Paul Michael Glaser on the car on Starsky and Hutch  and doing his own stunts
Paul Michael Glaser on dealing with the fame and celebrity that came along with Starsky and Hutch

Lesli Linka Glatter

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Lesli Linka Glatter on Kyle MacLachlan as "Agent Dale Cooper" on Twin Peaks, and on the 2017 revival of the show
Lesli Linka Glatter on directing the classic Mad Men episode "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency"

Gary David Goldberg

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Gary David Goldberg on how "sha-la-la-la" was added to the Family Ties theme song
Gary David Goldberg on the theme song of Family Ties
Gary David Goldberg on the theme song of Brooklyn Bridge
Gary David Goldberg on Michael J. Fox's character of "Mike Flaherty" on Spin City

Lewis Gomavitz

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Lewis Gomavitz on the Kukla, Fran & Ollie theme song

Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Louis Gossett, Jr. on playing "Fiddler" in Roots

Walon Green

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Walon Green on introducing the character "Lt. Norman Buntz" played by Dennis Franz on Hill Street Blues
Walon Green on writing the first NYPD Blue episode with Jimmy Smits as "Bobby Simone,""Simone Says"

Everett Greenbaum

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Everett Greenbaum on the creation of "Gomer Pyle" on The Andy Griffith Show
Everett Greenbaum on the death of "Col Henry Blake" on M*A*S*H
Everett Greenbaum on the characters of M*A*S*H

Monty Hall

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Monty Hall on how the concept of contestants in costumes on Let's Make a Deal

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on going to dark places while playing "Don Draper" on Mad Men and how "Don's" journey ends in the final episode (the Coca-Cola commercial)
Jon Hamm on his process for playing the "Dick Whitman/Don Draper" duality on Mad Men and his working relationship with Matthew Weiner
Jon Hamm on similarities between his father and "Don Draper" on Mad Men; on going to dark places with the character
Jon Hamm on how his life changed when Mad Men became successful and he started to get recognized more; on dealing with celebrity

Earl Hamner, Jr.

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Earl Hamner on working with Rod Serling and writing teleplays for The Twilight Zone
Earl Hamner on how the "Goodnight John Boy" trademark came into being
Earl Hamner on working on the TV version of The Homecoming with actress Patricia Neal in the role of the mother
Earl Hamner on working on the TV version of The Homecoming with Richard Thomas in the role of John Boy and other members of the cast
Earl Hamner on where sayings originated for The Waltons

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on dealing with fame and celebrity

Jeffrey Hayden

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Jeffrey Hayden on Quincy's plots, including the episode "Seldom Silent, Never Heard," that influenced the passing of the Orphan Drug Act (ODA)

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on the development of "Carol Brady" on The Brady Bunch
Florence Henderson on "Carol Brady" and the concept of The Brady Bunch

Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner on the Taxi  theme song
Marilu Henner on the character of "Elaine Nardo" on Taxi
Marilu Henner on working with Andy Kaufman as "Latka Gravas" and Tony Clifton on Taxi

Paul Henning

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Paul Henning on Buddy Ebsen agreeing to star as "Jed Clampett" in The Beverly Hillbillies
Paul Henning on the theme songs to Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Petticoat Junction

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on fame and celebrity, and on being part of an acting company

Ron Howard

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Ron Howard on his first recollection of a big cultural change when the Beatles became popular
Ron Howard on The Andy Griffith Show episode "Mr. McBeevee"

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"
Felicity Huffman on her character on Sports Night, "Dana Whitaker"
Felicity Huffman on her conflicted feelings about the relationship between her character on Sports Night, "Dana Whitaker" and Peter Krause's character, "Casey McCall"
Felicity Huffman on her Desperate Housewives character, "Lynette Scavo"
Felicity Huffman on her character on season 2 of American Crime, "Leslie Graham"
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on the duet they performed as presenters at the 2012 Golden Globes
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on receiving their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on casting Jack Kelly as "Bart Maverick" on Maverick
Roy Huggins on the Maverick  episode "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres"

David Isaacs

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on "Hawkeye Pierce," played by Alan Alda, and "Max Klinger," played by Jamie Farr, being their favorite M*A*S*H characters to write for
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on developing the characters of Cheers and creating the character of "Eddie LeBec," played by Jay Thomas
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the relationship between "Sam Malone," played by Ted Danson, and "Diane Chambers," played by Shelley Long, on Cheers
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the relationship between "Frasier Crane," played by Kelsey Grammer, and "Lilith Sternin," played by Bebe Neuwirth, on Cheers
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on writing for "Sam Malone," played by Ted Danson ,and "Diane Chambers," played by Shelley Long, on Cheers
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on how "Frasier Crane," played by Kelsey Grammer, changed from Cheers to Frasier
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the relationship between "Niles Crane," played by David Hyde Pierce, and "Daphne Moon," played by Jane Leeves, on Frasier

David Jacobs

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David Jacobs on casting Dallas

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney on her West Wing character, "C.J. Cregg, and what she brought to the role

Al Jean

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Al Jean on the town of Springfield on The Simpsons
Al Jean on The Simpsons episode "There's Something About Marrying"
Al Jean on The Simpsons episode "Blame it on Lisa"
Al Jean on The Simpsons episode "A Streetcar Named Marge"
Al Jean on Julie Kavner as "Marge Simpson" on The Simpsons
Al Jean on Nancy Cartwright as "Bart Simpson" on The Simpsons
Al Jean on the opening credits of The Simpsons
Al Jean on the names of The Simpsons characters and Matt Groening's involvement
Al Jean on the voices and catchphrases of The Simpsons
Al Jean on the catchphrases of The Simpsons
Al Jean on The Simpsons' effect on popular culture

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")

George Clayton Johnson

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George Clayton Johnson on The Twilight Zone episode "Penny for Your Thoughts"
George Clayton Johnson on The Twilight Zone episode "The Four of Us Are Dying"

Russell Johnson

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Russell Johnson on "The Professor" being asexual on Gilligan's Island
Russell Johnson on the theme song to Gilligan's Island and being part of "the rest"

Shirley Jones

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Shirley Jones on the character of "Shirley Partridge" on The Partridge Family, and on the writers getting ideas from Shirley Jones' life
Shirley Jones on The Partridge Family bus

Chuck Jones

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Chuck Jones on How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on directing Claire Danes and Jared Leto on My So-Called Life

Bob Keeshan

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Bob Keeshan on playing the character of "Clarabell the Clown" on Howdy Doody
Bob Keeshan on remaining in character as "Clarabell the Clown", and his opinion on the Howdy Doody  finale where "Clarabell" spoke for the only time
Bob Keeshan on Hugh Brannum, "Mr. Green Jeans" on Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on Cosmo "Gus" Allegretti, who played "Mr. Moose", "Bunny Rabbit", and "Grandfather Clock" on Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan on the character of "Captain Kangaroo"
Bob Keeshan on the character of "Tom Terrific" on Captain Kangaroo

Asaad Kelada

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Asaad Kelada on the theme song for Family Ties

David E. Kelley

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David E. Kelley on the importance of music in his shows, including Ally McBeal

Barry Kemp

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Barry Kemp on the opening theme to Newhart and the opening sequence
Barry Kemp on the characters "Larry", "Darryl" and "Darryl" on Newhart
Barry Kemp on the Newhart series finale

Larry King

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Larry King on his distaste for tabloid news
Larry King on meeting Paul McCartney and on Arthur Fiedler's remarks about The Beatles
Larry King on his trademark suspenders
Larry King on the public's fascination with tabloid news; he prefers sports

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on playing "Catwoman" on Batman

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on his Quincy, M.E. character being two heroes in one

Don Knotts

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Don Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show's setting of Mayberry (and the episode "Man in a Hurry")
Don Knotts on performing his Three's Company character "Ralph Furley's" "fainting spell" backward falls

Walter Koenig

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Walter Koenig on attending Star Trek  conventions 
Walter Koenig on his  Star Trek character "Pavel Chekov"
Walter Koenig on his favorite episodes of Star Trek

Bernie Kopell

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Bernie Kopell on his character, "Doc's," prowess with the ladies on The Love Boat, and on Charo and Tom Hanks guest-starring on the show
Bernie Kopell on The Love Boat theme song

Sid Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on the theme songs to H.R. Pufnstuf

Marty Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on the theme songs to H.R. Pufnstuf

Lisa Kudrow

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Lisa Kudrow on "Smelly Cat" and other popular Friends songs her character sang

Sheila Kuehl

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Sheila Kuehl on her Many Loves of Dobie Gillis character "Zelda Gilroy"

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on her many nominations, but no wins, of the Emmy Award

Jack Larson

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Jack Larson on the instant popularity of "Jimmy Olsen" and being typecast as an actor

Glen A. Larson

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Glen A. Larson on the theme songs to BJ and the Bear  and Battlestar Galactica
Glen A. Larson on the theme song for Battlestar Galactica
Glen A. Larson on creating "Kitt" the car on Knight Rider
Glen A. Larson on composing the theme to Knight Rider
Glen A. Larson on composing the theme song to The Fall Guy

Louise Lasser

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Louise Lasser on her character, "Mary Hartman," on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie on portraying "Catherine Martell" on Twin Peaks

Lucy Lawless

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Lucy Lawless on the character of "Xena" on Xena: Warrior Princess

Michael Learned

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Michael Learned on her character of "Olivia Walton" on The Waltons
Michael Learned on The Waltons'  catchphrases and the scenes around the dinner table

David Lee

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David Lee on Frasier's  running gags
David Lee on the difference between "Frasier Crane" on Cheers  and Frasier
David Lee on the never-seen character of "Maris Crane" on Frasier 

Stan Lee

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Stan Lee on the enduring nature of the Spider-Man character

Ken Levine

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on "Hawkeye Pierce," played by Alan Alda, and "Max Klinger," played by Jamie Farr, being their favorite M*A*S*H  characters to write for
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on developing the characters of Cheers  and creating the character of "Eddie LeBec," played by Jay Thomas
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the relationship between "Sam Malone," played by Ted Danson, and "Diane Chambers," played by Shelley Long, on Cheers
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the relationship between "Frasier Crane," played by Kelsey Grammer, and "Lilith Sternin," played by Bebe Neuwirth, on Cheers
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on writing for "Sam Malone," played by Ted Danson ,and "Diane Chambers," played by Shelley Long, on Cheers
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on how "Frasier Crane," played by Kelsey Grammer, changed from Cheers  to Frasier 
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the relationship between "Niles Crane," played by David Hyde Pierce, and "Daphne Moon," played by Jane Leeves, on Frasier

Barry Levinson

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Barry Levinson on Richard Belzer's Homicide: Life on the Street character, "John Munch," being a crossover character with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Steve Levitan

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Steve Levitan on Ty Burrell as "Phil Dunphy" on Modern Family
Steve Levitan on Ed O'Neill as "Jay Pritchett" on Modern Family
Steve Levitan on Sofia Vergara as "Gloria Delgado-Pritchett" on Modern Family
Steve Levitan on Julie Bowen as "Claire Dunphy" on Modern Family
Steve Levitan on Jesse Tyler Ferguson as "Mitchell Pritchett" on Modern Family
Steve Levitan on Eric Stonestreet as "Cameron Tucker" on Modern Family
Steve Levitan on Rico Rodriguez as "Manny Delgado" on Modern Family
Steve Levitan on Sarah Hyland as "Haley Dunphy" on Modern Family
Steve Levitan on Ariel Winter as "Alex Dunphy" on Modern Family
Steve Levitan on Nolan Gould as "Luke Dunphy" on Modern Family

Judith Light

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Judith Light on her One Life to Live character "Karen Wolek" and her famous courtroom scene
Judith Light on her Who's the Boss? character "Angela Bower's" wardrobe and the costumes for the cast
Judith Light on her Ugly Betty character "Claire Meade" and working with America Ferrera as "Betty Suarez"

Hal Linden

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Hal Linden on the character "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller
Hal Linden on the weaknesses of "Barney Miller" on Barney Miller and other traits of the character

William Link

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William Link on Lt. Columbo's trademark raincoat, car and cigars

Art Linkletter

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Art Linkletter on his friendship with Walt Disney and on hosting the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland

Charles Lisanby

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Charles Lisanby on his close friendship with Andy Warhol

Warren Littlefield

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Warren Littlefield on replacing Nicholas Colasanto as "Coach" with Woody Harrelson on Cheers
Warren Littlefield on replacing Shelly Long as "Diane" with Kirstie Alley as "Rebecca" on Cheers

Jay Livingston

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Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on writing the theme to Bonanza
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on their hit song "Que Sera, Sera"
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on the importance of a theme song to a show
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on "Que Sera, Sera" becoming the theme to The Doris Day Show
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on writing the theme song for Mister Ed
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on writing the theme to Bonanza
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on their hit song "Que Sera, Sera"
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on the importance of a theme song to a show
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on "Que Sera, Sera" becoming the theme to The Doris Day Show
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on writing the theme song for Mister Ed

Barry Livingston

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Barry Livingston on his My Three Sons character "Ernie Thompson Douglas" and how he moved from the boy next door to adopted son; on "Ernie's" strengths and weaknesses

Norman Lloyd

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Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock's on-screen introductions on Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Jar"
Norman Lloyd on what he thought of the final episode of St. Elsewhere

John J. Lloyd

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John J. Lloyd on memorable episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents  - "The Glass Eye"

Kurt Loder

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Kurt Loder on Michael Jackson and MTV
Kurt Loder on Madonna and MTV
Kurt Loder on celebrities in popular culture

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on how iconic Seinfeld  became and when she first realized how big an audience the show had amassed
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her character "Elaine Benes'" phrase "GET OUT!" on Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her character "Elaine Benes" on Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on developing her character "Selina Meyer" on Veep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on "Selina Meyer's" strengths and weaknesses on Veep; on making the character relatable

Sam Lovullo

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Sam Lovullo on the Hee Haw theme song

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane" 

Will Mackenzie

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

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on the live episode of ER
William H. Macy on playing "Dr. David Morgenstern" on ER
William H. Macy on his Shameless character, "Frank Gallagher" falling in love in season 5
William H. Macy on playing his Shameless character, "Frank Gallagher," as sober after many seasons of his character being frequently drunk

Ann Marcus

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Ann Marcus on the catchphrases of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

Rose Marie

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Rose Marie on her Dick Van Dyke Show character "Sally Rogers"

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on the character of "Laverne DeFazio" on Laverne & Shirley
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on how the characters of "Laverne DeFazio" and "Shirley Feeney" changed in the transition from Happy Days  to Laverne & Shirley  and the wardrobe and set design of the show
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on working on the set of Laverne & Shirley  and how "milk and pepsi" came about
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on the theme song and opening credits to Laverne & Shirley

Dick Martin

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Dick Martin on the catchphrases of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Jerry Mathers

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Jerry Mathers on how he got the part of "The Beaver" on Leave It To Beaver
Jerry Mathers on how the name "Beaver" was chosen for his character on Leave It To Beaver
Jerry Mathers on "Beaver's" manner of speaking on Leave It To Beaver

Beth McCarthy-Miller

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Beth McCarthy-Miller on directing Janet Jackson's infamous "Nipplegate" incident during the Super Bowl  halftime show
Beth McCarthy-Miller on Michael Jackson appearing on The MTV Music Awards
Beth McCarthy-Miller on directing the final episode of 30 Rock

Rue McClanahan

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Rue McClanahan on the Maude episode "Maude's Dilemma," and on her fan mail
Rue McClanahan on "Blanche Devereaux's" accent and wardrobe on The Golden Girls

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on getting acting advice from Will Lee ("Mr. Hooper") while working together on Sesame Street
Bob McGrath on how Will Lee's passing was handled on Sesame Street - the famous "Farewell, Mr. Hooper" episode
Bob McGrath on his character of "Bob" on Sesame Street
Bob McGrath on his fond memories of working with Carroll Spinney as "Big Bird" and "Oscar The Grouch" on Sesame Street

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on his "Here's Johnny!" introduction on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, which started on the first episode of the show
Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson theme song, co-written by Paul Anka and Carson
Ed McMahon on Tiny Tim getting married on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Jayne Meadows

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Jayne Meadows on her sister Audrey Meadows as "Alice Kramden" on The Honeymooners

Burt Metcalfe

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Burt Metcalfe on the laugh track in M*A*S*H
Producer Burt Metcalfe on the most effective line in M*A*S*H: "The Interview"
Burt Metcalfe on the death of "Col Henry Blake" on M*A*S*H
Burt Metcalfe on the M*A*S*H  finale "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen"
Burt Metcalfe on the next-to-last M*A*S*H  episode "As Time Goes By"

David Milch

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David Milch on Ian McShane as "Al Swearengen" on Deadwood

Mitch Miller

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Columbia Records executive Mitch Miller on providing Studio One with the title song for the production "Let Me Go, Lover" which became an instant hit for unknown singer Joan Weber

Vic Mizzy

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Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
Vic Mizzy on the legacy of The Addams Family theme song
Vic Mizzy on scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Kentucky Jones
Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Pruitts of Southampton
Vic Mizzy on the role of music in a TV show
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to The Addams Family
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to Green Acres

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on The Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
John Moffitt on directing music on The Ed Sullivan Show (i.e. Rolling Stones; Dave Clark Five)
John Moffitt on Andy Kaufman's notorious surprise fight sketch on Fridays

Ricardo Montalban

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Ricardo Montalban on the Fantasy Island character "Tattoo" and actor Herve Villechaize
Ricardo Montalban on his ads for Chrysler's Cordoba
Ricardo Montalban on the opening sequence of Fantasy Island

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
Mary Tyler Moore on her "Oh Rob!" catchphrase on The Dick Van Dyke Show
Mary Tyler Moore on tossing hat in the air for the opening of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Mary Tyler Moore on The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song
Mary Tyler Moore on The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust" (airdate: October 25, 1975)

Harry Morgan

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Harry Morgan on playing "Bill Gannon" on Dragnet
Harry Morgan on his M*A*S*H character, Colonel Sherman Potter

Garrett Morris

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Garrett Morris on his character "Wheels" on the TV show Roll Out!
Garrett Morris on Kat Dennings' character on 2 Broke Girls
Garrett Morris on Kat Dennings' character on 2 Broke Girls
Garrett Morris on one of his most beloved Saturday Night Live characters - "Chico Escuela", created by Bill Murray and Brian Doyle Murray
Garrett Morris on one of his most beloved Saturday Night Live characters - the news announcer for the hard of hearing, created by Chevy Chase
Garrett Morris on impressions he did on Saturday Night Live
Garrett Morris on impressions he did on Saturday Night Live
Garrett Morris on Jonathan Kite's character "Oleg" on 2 Broke Girls

Tony Mottola

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Tony Mottola on writing the theme to Danger

Michael Moye

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Michael Moye on Jimmie Walker's catchphrase "Dynomite" on Good Times
Michael Moye on Jackee Harry's character "Sandra Clark" on 227
Michael Moye on Ed O'Neill as "Al Bundy" on Married...With Children
Michael Moye on Katey Sagal as "Peggy Bundy" on Married...With Children
Michael Moye on Christina Applegate as "Kelly Bundy" on Married...With Children
Michael Moye on David Faustino as "Bud Bundy" on Married...With Children
Michael Moye on David Faustino as "Bud Bundy" on Married...With Children

E. Roger Muir

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E. Roger Muir on how the peanut gallery got its name on Howdy Doody, and on how "Clarabell the Clown" got his name
E. Roger Muir on the Howdy Doody's theme song and music

Bill Mumy

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Bill Mumy on appearing in the classic Twilight Zone  episode "It's a Good Life"
Bill Mumy on appearing in the classic Twilight Zone  episode "Long Distance Call"
Bill Mumy on his Lost in Space character "Will Robinson"

Frank Nastasi

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Frank Nastasi on Soupy Sales' trademark pie in the face

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on the catchphrase "Hi, Bob!" from The Bob Newhart Show

Nichelle Nichols

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Nichelle Nichols on what her character's name "Uhura" meant in Swahili - freedom
Nichelle Nichols on the famous Star Trek scene where her character kisses William Shatner's character in TV's first interracial kiss; the response from the South

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy on his Star Trek character "Mr. Spock's" trademark eyebrow arching
Leonard Nimoy on being influenced in his Star Trek "Mr. Spock" characterization by something he saw Harry Belafonte do on stage circa the 1950s
Leonard Nimoy on his Star Trek character "Mr. Spock"
Leonard Nimoy on his make-up as Star Trek's "Mr. Spock" and how it eventually gravitated toward a "cooler, more controlled" look
Leonard Nimoy on his Star Trek character "Mr. Spock's" inclusion being questioned within a network television system that relied on the norm
Leonard Nimoy on his discovery that the original marketing campaign of Star Trek tried to de-emphasize his character "Mr. Spock's" "devilish" look
Leonard Nimoy on his creation of "Mr. Spock's" Vulcan salute and its use in the episode "Amok Time"
Leonard Nimoy on his creation of "Mr. Spock's" Vulcan nerve pinch
Leonard Nimoy on the Star Trek episode "The Devil in the Dark," and "Spock's" mind meld ability

Nicolas Noxon

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Nicolas Noxon on Secrets of the Titanic

Bill Nye

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Bill Nye on the theme song to Bill Nye, The Science Guy
Bill Nye on how much of a persona he has on Bill Nye, The Science Guy

Carroll O'Connor

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Carroll O'Connor on the source of "Archie Bunker's" malaprops and on series developer/executive producer Norman Lear's contribution to the nicknames "Archie" used
Carroll O'Connor on the perception of "Archie Bunker" by the viewing public
Carroll O'Connor on his character, "Archie Bunker," on All in the Family
Carroll O'Connor on the donation of Archie and Edith's chairs from the set of All in the Family to the Smithsonian Institution

Ed O'Neill

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Ed O'Neill on his Married... with Children character, "Al Bundy"
Ed O'Neill on how he's like his Married... with Children character, "Al Bundy"
Ed O'Neill on his Married... with Children character, "Al Bundy" and his strengths, weaknesses, stance, and catchphrases
Ed O'Neill on audience reaction to Married...With Children
Ed O'Neill on his Modern Family character, "Jay Pritchett"

Don Ohlmeyer

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Don Ohlmeyer on "Must See TV"

Don Pardo

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Don Pardo on an SNL skit where he plays "Ron Lardo" and recites his famous line "It's Saturday Night Live"

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on the costume he wore for Davy Crockett, including the iconic coonskin cap
Fess Parker on being recognized from Davy Crockett

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on his character, "Salami," on The White Shadow
Timothy Van Patten on his "story by" credit for the "Pine Barrens" episode of The Sopranos
Timothy Van Patten on the character "Tony Soprano"

Suzanne Pleshette

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Suzanne Pleshette on her cameo on the series finale of Newhart
Suzanne Pleshette on being a "movie star" who appeared on television
Suzanne Pleshette on her cameo on the series finale of Newhart

Mike Post

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Mike Post on writing the theme song to Magnum, P.I.
Mike Post on writing the theme song to L.A. Law
Mike Post on writing the theme song to The Greatest American Hero
Mike Post on writing the theme song to Doogie Howser, M.D.
Mike Post on the theme to Lassie
Mike Post on writing the theme music for The Rockford Files
Mike Post on writing the theme song for Richie Brockelman, Private Eye
Mike Post on writing the theme song for Baa-Baa Black Sheep
Mike Post on writing the theme song for Toma
Mike Post on writing the theme song to The White Shadow
Mike Post on working on Hill Street Blues  with writer/producer Steven Bochco
Mike Post on writing the theme song to The A-Team
Mike Post on writing the theme music for L.A. Law
Mike Post on writing the theme song to Quantum Leap
Mike Post on composing for Cop Rock
Mike Post on writing the theme for and scoring Law & Order
Mike Post on writing the theme for and scoring NYPD Blue

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on the final episode of Newhart

Jacques Pépin

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Jacques Pépin on his "happy cooking" sign-off

Joyce Randolph

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Joyce Randolph on her role as "Trixie" on The Honeymooners

Dan Rather

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Dan Rather on his sign-off, "And that's a part of our world"

Della Reese

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Della Reese on continuing to work as she got older, and on using her celebrity for various causes

Del Reisman

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Del Reisman on Rod Serling's celebrity
Del Reisman on Rod Serling's on-camera introductions for The Twilight Zone
Del Reisman on being on set for the filming of The Twilight Zone episodes "The Invaders" and "Eye of the Beholder"

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on the M*A*S*H  episode "Point of View"
Gene Reynolds on casting Alan Alda as "Hawkeye Pierce" on M*A*S*H
Gene Reynolds on killing off "Henry Blake" on M*A*S*H
Gene Reynolds on the theme song to M*A*S*H, "Suicide is Painless"
Gene Reynolds on the M*A*S*H  episode "Sometimes You Hear The Bullet"
Producer Gene Reynolds on the classic M*A*S*H  episode "The Interview"

John Rich

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John Rich on memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on All in the Family's "Archie Bunker"
John Rich on using props to tell backstory of characters - as he did with Sherman Hemsley's "George Jefferson"
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
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")

Maria Riva

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Maria Riva on the difference to the public between a movie star and a television actor as she noted when approached by a fan while accompanying her mother Marlene Dietrich in the 1950s

Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers on her catchphrase "Can We Talk?" and building her humor

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

Cliff Robertson

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Cliff Robertson on the classic Twilight Zone episode "The Dummy" (SPOILERS!)

Fred Rogers

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Fred Rogers on the sweaters he wore on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Fred Rogers on the parodies of "Mister Rogers"

Al Roker

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Al Roker on rules for Today

Andy Rooney

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Andy Rooney on dealing with the fame that resulted from his appearing on-camera

Phil Rosenthal

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Phil Rosenthal on differences between Ray Romano and "Ray Barone"
Phil Rosenthal on the relationship between "Ray" and "Marie Barone"
Phil Rosenthal on "Marie Barone " - Everybody Loves Raymond's villain
Phil Rosenthal on how Doris Roberts differs from "Marie Barone
Phil Rosenthal on how the character "Ray Barone" changed over time
Phil Rosenthal on the Everybody Loves Raymond character "Ray Barone"
Phil Rosenthal on the character "Debra Barone"
Phil Rosenthal on the relationship between "Ray" and "Debra Barone"
Phil Rosenthal on the differences between Brad Garrett and "Robert Romano" and why the character with the least amount of power is always the audience favorite
Phil Rosenthal on the relationship between "Ray" and "Robert Romano"
Phil Rosenthal on the relationship between "Robert Romano" and his parents
Phil Rosenthal on the character of "Frank Barone"

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on Adam West as "Batman" and Burt Ward as "Robin" on Batman
Stanley Ralph Ross on writing the Batman episode "The Lady and the Tiger," which introduced "Catwoman"
Stanley Ralph Ross on the catch phrases of Batman

Marion Ross

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Marion Ross on her fame once she was cast on Happy Days
Marion Ross on her Happy Days character, "Marion Cunningham"
Marion Ross on how the young cast of Happy Days dealt with fame
Marion Ross on the Happy Days fan mail

Mark Rothman

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Mark Rothman on inventing the Happy Days  catchphrase "Sit on it!"
Mark Rothman on "Fonzie" becoming the central character of Happy Days
Mark Rothman on Henry Winkler as "Fonzie" on Happy Days
Mark Rothman on developing the characters of Laverne and Shirley

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
Jay Sandrich on how Gene Reynolds and Alan Alda had to fight the network to keep the laugh track off of M*A*S*H
Jay Sandrich on the popularity of Don Adams' "Would you believe" catchphrase from Get Smart
Jay Sandrich on a scene in Soap which deals with sexual tension, written from a woman's perspective
Jay Sandrich on the challenges faced by the writers and cast for the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Jay Sandrich on the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Jay Sandrich on the classic episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show which introduced Betty White as "Sue Anne Nivens"
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

Isabel Sanford

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Isabel Sanford on The Jeffersons theme song

William Schallert

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William Schallert on the theme song of The Patty Duke Show
William Schallert on the music featured on The Patty Duke Show
William Schallert on his character(s) "Martin Lane" (and his identical brother) on The Patty Duke Show
William Schallert on why "Martin Lane" on The Patty Duke Show resonated with audiences
William Schallert on playing "Admiral Hargrade" on Get Smart

Richard Schiff

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Richard Schiff on The West Wing episode "In Excelsis Deo"
Richard Schiff on his character "Toby Ziegler" from The West Wing

Bob Schiller

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the "Lucy Does the Tango" episode of I Love Lucy
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the characters on Maude

Thomas Schlamme

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Thomas Schlamme on Martin Sheen as "President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet" on The West Wing

George Schlatter

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George Schlatter on the catchphrases of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Lorenzo Semple, Jr.

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Lorenzo Semple, Jr. on Adam West as "Batman" in Batman
Lorenzo Semple, Jr. on the origin of Batman's "Robin" saying "Holy!"
Lorenzo Semple, Jr. on Burt Ward as "Robin" in Batman
Lorenzo Semple, Jr. on the Batmobile on Batman

Paul Shaffer

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Paul Shaffer on Sonny and Cher's reunion (November 13, 1987) on Late Night with David Letterman

Esther Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on the creation of Joan Collins' character ("Alexis Carrington") on Dynasty

Richard Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on the creation of Joan Collins' character ("Alexis Carrington") on Dynasty

George Shapiro

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George Shapiro on how Andy Kaufman got the role of on Latka on Taxi
George Shapiro on Andy Kaufman reading "The Great Gatsby" on Saturday Night Live

William Shatner

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William Shatner on his Star Trek character "Captain James T. Kirk"

Jack Shea

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Jack Shea on "George and Louise Jefferson" on The Jeffersons

Judith Sheindlin

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Judith Sheindlin on being called "Judge Judy"
Judith Sheindlin on her trademark lace collar
Judith Sheindlin on the catchphrases, or "Judy-isms" of Judge Judy
Judith Sheindlin on dealing with the fame that resulted from Judge Judy

Sidney Sheldon

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Sidney Sheldon on Friz Freeleng animating the opening sequence of I Dream of Jeannie

David Shore

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David Shore on the House  catchphrase "Everybody lies"
David Shore on developing the character of "Gregory House" on House
David Shore on Hugh Laurie as "Gregory House" on House

Treva Silverman

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Treva Silverman on creating the character of "Georgette," played by Georgia Engel, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Abby Singer

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Abby Singer on "the Abby Singer shot"

John Singleton

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John Singleton on being nominated for Academy Awards for "Boyz N the Hood"
John Singleton on directing Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" music video, and his vision for putting Michael Jackson with "a whole bunch of black people"
John Singleton on black culture's impact on American pop culture: "Black culture has always been pop culture"

Erika Slezak

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Erika Slezak on her role as "Victoria Lord" on One Life to Live and some of her character's early storylines
Erika Slezak on her character, "Victoria Lord's," children on One Life to Live
Erika Slezak on how her One Life to Live character, "Victoria," has changed over the years

Gary Smith

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Gary Smith on the state of rock and roll on television when Hullabaloo came along

Bob Smith

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"Buffalo" Bob Smith sings the theme song from The Howdy Doody Show

Jaclyn Smith

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Jaclyn Smith on the effect of Charlie's Angels on pop culture and the merchandising of the show
Jaclyn Smith on her Charlie's Angels character, "Kelly Garrett"
Jaclyn Smith on the various adventures of her Charlie's Angels character, "Kelly Garrett," and her favorite episodes

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on working with Aerosmith and writing the "Wayne's World" theme on Saturday Night Live
G.E. Smith on the infamous Sinead O'Connor "Pope ripping" incident on Saturday Night Live

Sid Smith

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Sid Smith on the puppets on The Jimmy Durante Show

Yeardley Smith

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Yeardley Smith on The Simpsons spinning off from The Tracey Ullman Show, and its immediate success
Yeardley Smith on remaining fairly anonymous when The Simpsons first aired because the producers didn't want the actors out there (partially because they didn't want people to know that "Bart" was voiced by a woman)
Yeardley Smith on her relationship to fame and celebrity
Yeardley Smith on Paul and Linda McCartney's guest appearance on The Simpsons, and how they made the writers promise that "Lisa" would remain a vegetarian for the rest of the series
Yeardley Smith on Michael Jackson guest starring on The Simpsons
Yeardley Smith on Dustin Hoffman guest starring on The Simpsons on the episode "Lisa's Substitute"

Dick Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air

Tom Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on composing the theme song to The X-Files
Mark Snow on the influence of The X-Files theme and score on television and commercials that have come since
Mark Snow on composing the theme song to The Lone Gunmen

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on hiring Alexander "Sandy" Courage to be the composer on Star Trek
Herbert F. Solow on NBC's response to "Mr. Spock's" ears on Star Trek
Herbert F. Solow on how NBC didn't initially want "Mr. Spock" on Star Trek
Herbert F. Solow on his impression of the original idea for "Mr. Spock" on Star Trek
Herbert F. Solow on Leonard Nimoy's obvious popularity and "Mr. Spock" becoming the second lead on Star Trek

Suzanne Somers

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Suzanne Somers on her Three's Company character, "Chrissy Snow"
Suzanne Somers on working with John Ritter in the classic Three's Company episode "Handcuffed"
Suzanne Somers on how her hairstyle and trademark laugh came about for Three's Company character "Chrissy Snow"

Caroll Spinney

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Caroll Spinney on the name "Muppets"

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on her marriage to producer/director William Putch and maintaining her career
Jean Stapleton on the professional reasons for not giving her age
Jean Stapleton on refusing to reprise "Edith Bunker" or a likeness of her in television commercials
Jean Stapleton on her initial characterization of "Edith Bunker," and seeing a single episode of the British show on which All in the Family was based, Till Death Do Us Part
Jean Stapleton on creating "Edith Bunker's" characterization, including her constant hurrying and nasal voice
Jean Stapleton on her description of All in the Family's "Edith Bunker"
Jean Stapleton on performing "Those Were the Days," the theme song from All in the Family, and a lyric that proved problematic
Jean Stapleton on dealing with fame
Jean Stapleton on the decision to have the character of "Edith Bunker" die, in the Archie Bunker's Place episode "Archie Alone"
Jean Stapleton on the All in the Family episode "Edith's Christmas Story," which dealt with breast cancer
Jean Stapleton on the growth of "Edith Bunker" over the course of All in the Family, as seen in such episodes as "Edith's Night Out"
Jean Stapleton on Bette Davis (who she was with when "Archie" and "Edith's" chairs were being donated from the set of All in the Family to the Smithsonian Institution)

Darren Star

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Darren Star on controversial storylines on Beverly Hills, 90210, including "Brenda Walsh" sleeping with "Dylan McKay" in the first season's "Spring Dance" episode
Darren Star on a memorable moment on Melrose Place: "Kimberly Shaw" taking off her wig

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on coming up with the catchphrase "Whatchu talkin' 'bout Willis?" for Diff'rent Strokes

Jeremy Stevens

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Jeremy Stevens on Peter Boyle as "Frank Barone" on Everybody Loves Raymond
Jeremy Stevens on Brad Garrett as "Robert Barone" on Everybody Loves Raymond
Jeremy Stevens on Patricia Heaton as "Debra Barone" on Everybody Loves Raymond
Jeremy Stevens on Doris Roberts as "Marie Barone" on Everybody Loves Raymond
Jeremy Stevens on memorable episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond

Bob Stewart

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Bob Stewart defines the genres of game shows versus panel shows

Jerry Stiller

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Jerry Stiller on his Seinfeld character "Frank Costanza"

Gale Storm

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Gale Storm on her My Little Margie character "Margie Albright"
Gale Storm on how her My Little Margie character, "Margie Albright" was not a typical American woman
Gale Storm on her character "Susannah Pomeroy" on The Gale Storm Show (aka Oh Susanna)
Gale Storm on recollections of My Little Margie via B-roll footage

J. Michael Straczynski

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J. Michael Straczynski on Michael O'Hare as "Jeffrey Sinclair" on Babylon 5
J. Michael Straczynski on Susan Ivanova as "Claudia Christian" on Babylon 5
J. Michael Straczynski on Bruce Boxleitner as "John Sheridan" on Babylon 5
J. Michael Straczynski on Jerry Doyle as "Michael Garibaldi" on Babylon 5
J. Michael Straczynski on the title Babylon 5 and the concept of the Rim

Charles Strouse

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Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on "Bye Bye Birdie" as a commentary on the then-state of Rock 'N Roll
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on how their song "Those Were The Days" - the title song to All in the Family - softened "Archie Bunker"
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on writing the theme song to All in the Family
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on audience response to the theme song to All in the Family

Jeffrey Tambor

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Jeffrey Tambor on his Larry Sanders Show  character "Hank Kingsley"
Jeffrey Tambor on "Hank Kingsley's" Larry Sanders Show  catchphrase "Hey Now"
Jeffrey Tambor on his impressions of "George Bluth" and his relationship to his family on Arrested Development

June Taylor

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June Taylor on choreographing Stage Show, and on Elvis Presley making his television debut on Stage Show

Richard Thomas

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Richard Thomas on working with The Waltons creator Earl Hamner, Jr., and on the character of "John-Boy Walton"
Richard Thomas on The Waltons "goodnight" catch phrase
Richard Thomas on his character, "John-Boy Walton," on The Waltons
Richard Thomas says "goodnight" to interviewer Adrienne Faillace

Mel Tolkin

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Mel Tolkin on the challenges of writing for the "Archie Bunker" character on All in the Family, and on story ideas he had for the show

Daniel J. Travanti

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Daniel J. Travanti on his character, "Captain Frank Furillo's," function on Hill Street Blues

Neil Travis

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Neil Travis on editing Kunte Kinte's capture in part one of Roots

Ret Turner

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Ret Turner on the impact of television on fashion; on the changing standard of beauty

Bill Tush

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Bill Tush on interviewing celebrities for CNN's Showbiz Today
Bill Tush on the culture of celebrity 

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on getting recognized on the street after appearing on Sing Along with Mitch and the extra pressure she felt as an African American woman in the spotlight

Helen Wagner

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Helen Wagner on the development of her character "Nancy Hughes" on As the World Turns

Clint Walker

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Clint Walker on the theme song to Cheyenne
Clint Walker on his approach to playing "Cheyenne Bodie" on Cheyenne
Clint Walker on his character, "Cheyenne Bodie", on Cheyenne; on riding horses

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on his character, "J.J. Evans," on Good Times, and on "Michael Evans" played by Ralph Carter
Jimmie Walker on his Good Times catch phrase, "Dyn-o-mite!" and on how Norman Lear felt about it

Joseph A. Wapner

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Joseph Wapner on the catchphrase on The People's Court - "Don't take the law into your own hands"

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on his character "Theo Huxtable" on The Cosby Show
Malcolm-Jamal Warner on his favorite Cosby Show  episodes
Malcolm-Jamal Warner on meeting his fans and the pitfalls of fame

Ruth Warrick

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Ruth Warrick on developing her All My Children character "Phoebe Tyler," and learning that an audience can accept a villainous character that they "love to hate"
Ruth Warrick on All My Children's  casting and staying true to her character "Phoebe Tyler"
Ruth Warrick on what she's learned from her All My Children  character "Phoebe Tyler"

Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Keenen Ivory Wayans on how the Fly Girls came to be on In Living Color; on wanting the dancers to carry a multi-ethnic feel; on some of the Fly Girls (Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Perez)
Keenen Ivory Wayans on the "Men on Football" sketch on In Living Color, parodying Carl Lewis, and the negative response to it

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on using The Beatles' song "Tomorrow Never Knows" on the Mad Men  episode "Lady Lazarus"
Matthew Weiner on using real life products and companies on Mad Men  leading up to the Coca-Cola commercial finale 
Matthew Weiner on getting Mad Men  memorabilia into museums

Bob Weiskopf

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the "Lucy Does the Tango" episode of I Love Lucy
Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on the characters on Maude

Ellen Wheeler

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Ellen Wheeler on her Another World  character "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon"

Tucker Wiard

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Tucker Wiard on the famous Carol Burnett Show sketch "Went With the Wind"
Tucker Wiard on Dan Quayle's comment about the character of "Murphy Brown"

Fred Willard

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Fred Willard on playing "Jerry Hubbard" on Fernwood 2-Night

Cindy Williams

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Cindy Williams on her Laverne & Shirley  character "Shirley Feeney"
Cindy Williams on "Shirley Feeney"'s character and love life on Laverne & Shirley
Cindy Williams on her input on "Shirley Feeney" on Laverne & Shirley  and how "Boo Boo Kitty" came about
Cindy Williams on "Laverne DeFazio" and "Shirley Feeney's" favorite song "High Hopes" on Laverne & Shirley
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on how the characters of "Laverne DeFazio" and "Shirley Feeney" changed in the transition from Happy Days  to Laverne & Shirley  and the wardrobe and set design of the show
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on working on the set of Laverne & Shirley  and how "milk and pepsi" came about
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on the theme song and opening credits to Laverne & Shirley

Hugh Wilson

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Hugh Wilson on the theme song to WKRP in Cincinnati 

Henry Winkler

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Henry Winkler on crafting the voice of the Fonz

Terence Winter

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Terence Winter on writing characters for The Sopranos - "Tony Soprano"
Terence Winter on the series finale of The Sopranos
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire - "Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson"
Terence Winter on the opening sequence of Boardwalk Empire

Jane Wyatt

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Jane Wyatt on her character "Margaret Anderson" on Father Knows Best and becoming an iconic TV mom

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on the first episode of Saturday Night Live  following 9/11

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on writing the character "Roseanne Roseannadanna" with Gilda Radner for Saturday Night Live, and on their writing process
Alan Zweibel on Chevy Chase being the first breakout star of Saturday Night Live
Alan Zweibel on Garrett Morris on Saturday Night Live, and on creating and writing his "Chico Escuela" character

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