Pioneers of Television

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 02, 2008 on PBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Joyce Randolph: (of Jackie Gleason) He ran everything, everything. He picked the costumes, you know, everyone deferred to him for every question. It was amazing! And he seemed to be right most of the time; instinctively he knew what was right, even though he wasn't a well-schooled man. Theatrically, he knew.

    • Marlo Thomas: (about Danny Thomas) He said, "If you're going to get an audience to follow you, you have to tell the truth the whole way."

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