Dinosaurs

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Season 3, Ep 3, Aired 10/16/92
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  • Episode Description
  • After test screening new television shows for a shady network, Earl becomes Vice President of Programming. He introduces shows like "The Test Pattern" and "The Happy Colors Show," making viewers stupid. When IQ levels drop so low that civilization as a whole becomes threatened, Earl must find a way to smarten up his shows, as well as his viewers.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sam McMurray

    Voice of Roy Hess

  • Sally Struthers

    Charlene Sinclair

  • Florence Stanley

    Grandma Ethel

  • Stuart Pankin

    Earl Sinclair

  • Gary Owens

    Narrator

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Fran: Earl, that was Charlene, she needs a ride home, she can't remember where we live. Earl: That doesn't prove a thing, she never was the brightest kid. Fran: Earl you've got to put smarter shows on the air, everybody's gotten too dumb.

    • Fran: I was just at the market speaking to some of the other mothers, and they all say their kids are doing badly in school, they're like zombies. (sees Ethyl, Baby and Robbie in a zombie-like state watching TV) This has gotten way out of hand, if we're going to watch TV we're going to watch the news. Robbie, turn on channel 8. Robbie: (lifts up the remote to Fran) Huh? Oh, which one's 8? Fran: What? Oh give me that.

    • Earl: This isn't fair. The one time in my life I'm good at something, and I wind up destroying society.

    • Baby: Not the pajamas, not the pajamas. Ethyl: It's amazing how a phrase like that can catch on.

    • Stu: (on the phone) I don't care if it's a good or bad show! Does it fill an hour? Does it eat up all the space between commercials? Good! Get it on!

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    Notes (1)

    • Some of the shows mentioned in this episode spoof "Cops", "90210", "E.R.", "Gilligan's Island" and "Hee-Haw".

    Trivia (1)

    • The show Earl and Roy watch to test its intelligence level would later be repeated in "Baby Talk", but only the audio dialogue, the actual show was never shown on the TV again.

    Allusions (2)

    • Gilligan's Island: When Earl is watching "The Professor Show" he wonders if it be a be a better show if a professor was stranded on an island with a movie star and a millonaire. This is a reference to Gilligan's Island.

    • Baby Cuddlebunny and his phrase "not the pajamas! Not the pajamas!" is a take on Baby Sinclair and his phrase "Not the mama!"

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