|TWENTY TOTALLY USELESS FACTS ABOUT TELEVISION
- The World's first nationally networked three-dimensional television programme was an edition of a science series The Real World (TVS) at 7pm on 29th November 1982. The required 3D specs were given away with that week's TV Times magazine.
- Rod Serling did not invent the term "Twilight Zone." Air Force pilots used the phrase to describe "a moment when a plane is coming down on approach and it cannot see the horizon."
- Besides Star Trek, William Shatner, Leonard Nemoy, James Doohan, and George Takei have all appeared at one time or another on The Twilight Zone.
- Mr. Spock's blood type was T-Negative.
- Muppets creator Jim Henson first created Kermit in 1955 - as a lizard. He was made from Henson's mother's coat and two halves of a Ping-Pong ball.
- Cheryl Ladd (of Charlie's Angels fame) played the voice, both talking and singing, of Josie in the 70s Saturday morning cartoon Josie and the Pussycats.
- The role of Flipper was played by a dolphin named Suzy.
- Ralph Kramden the main character in The Honeymooners made 62 dollars a week.
- The characters of Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie were given the same first names as Simpsons creator Matt Groening's real-life father, mother, and two sisters.
- The characters in "The Addams Family" did not have names in the "New Yorker" cartoons; Charles Addams created their names when the television series in the 1960s was developed.
- On the cartoon show 'The Jetsons,' Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.
- Lucy Ricardo's maiden name was McGillicudy.
- Jamie Farr (who played Klinger on M*A*S*H) was the only member of the cast who actually served as a soldier in the Korean War.
- The first programme about dogs was in April 1931 on the Baird sound-and-vision experimental public service when Mrs Rhoda Flanders gave an illustrated talk on a number of canines and their characteristics.
- The famous dum-de-dum-dum theme, from 'Dragnet', was actually composed by Miklos Rozsa for the 1946 film noir classic,'The Killers'.
- The first toy product ever advertised on television was Mr. Potato Head. Introduced in 1952, taking advantage of TV's explosive growth to gain access to tens of millions of newly "plugged-in" households.
- The first soap opera on TV was 'A Woman to Remember'. It began on the DuMont TV Network on February 21, 1947.
- The first British domestic television recorder was produced by the Nottingham Electronic Valve Company Ltd in 1963. It was demonstrated on 24th June by recording the Nine O'Clock News and then re-transmitted on the same programme."
- Comedian/actor Billy Crystal portrayed Jodie Dallas, the first openly gay main character on network television on ABC's Soap, which aired from 1977 to 1981.
- Producers of the Dick Van Dyke show originally considered casting Johnny Carson as 'Rob Petrie'.
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