Pioneers of Television

Sitcoms

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 1/2/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Interviews with stars from five of the biggest sitcoms in television history (I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Make Room for Daddy, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show) are combined with comments from actors who worked with them to give a behind-the-scenes look at what made these shows the ground-breaking hits they became.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joyce Randolph

    Herself

  • Marlo Thomas

    Herself

  • Andy Griffith

    Himself

  • Mary Tyler Moore

    Herself

  • Dick Van Dyke

    Himself

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  • Quotes (7)

    • Dick Van Dyke: (about Carl Reiner) His great talent was hearing your speech patterns, and your tempo and the way you spoke, and he wrote it so that you didn't have to do anything but the line. It was written the way that actor spoke. He did it for Mary, for Morey. He had Morey's (snaps fingers) rapid-fire– and it was so easy! That's great writing.

    • Barbara Eden: I enjoyed being on the Andy Griffith Show because it wasn't an obvious comedy. This was real life in a different world that a lot of people in America don't understand and can't relate to, but they love to watch it. And I think Andy knew that. He was– this was a brilliant man.

    • Jim Nabors: (about "The Andy Griffith Show") I'd never acted before in my life, and so I remember Andy announced to the crew and to all the cast, he said, "Now listen," he said, "everybody here," he says, "this here is Jim Nabors," he said, "this is his first time to do this, he doesn't know what he's doing, so all you help him out as much as you can."

    • Art Linkletter: Danny Thomas – he was a great storyteller humorist. He could tell one joke, and take 12 minutes to tell it, but it's funny all the way through. And then it's funniest at the end.

    • (About sitcom actors' need of a live audience.) Mary Tyler Moore: You get a jolt from the audience when they laugh at you, and it just gives you that "oomph!" to go do the next part even better.

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    Notes (1)

    • Archive Footage: The Andy Griffith Show – Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Jim Nabors, Howard Morris, Ronnie Howard Bye Bye Birdie – Dick Van Dyke, Paul Lynde, Janet Leigh, Mary LaRoche The Dick Van Dyke Show – Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Matthews Du Barry Was a Lady – Lucille Ball, Red Skelton Head of the Family: Carl Reiner, Gary Morgan, Sylvia Miles, Morty Gunty The Honeymooners – Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, Pert Kelton I Love Lucy – Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Barbara Eden The Lucy Show "Lucy and Viv Put In a Shower" – Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance Make Room for Daddy – Danny Thomas, Jean Hagan, Rusty Hamer, Sherry Jackson, Angela Cartwright, Andy Griffith My Favorite Husband (radio) – Lucille Ball, Richard Denning

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