When John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1962, it shattered the utopian feel-good attitude that Americans had after World War II. Because of this, many people ended up feeling lost and radical changes began. Coupled with the passing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, not only were the majority of black Americans given the right to vote (even though a law had passed in the late 1800s, several obstacles stood in the way for others), segregation in schools was becoming a thing of the past. However, there were still some states that held onto such antiquated ideas.
Because of this radical change, a lot of music and television reflected this new face of America. Epic festivals like Woodstock happened, with musical legends Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin performing. The Beatles broke out, prompting the British Invasion, making girls scream and cry all over the world. On television, an array of shows aired, including “The Brady Bunch,” which was one of the first shows to feature a blended family, “The Lucy Show,” a spin-off of “I Love Lucy,” and “The Flintstones,” the first animated cartoon to have a prime time slot.
So, here’s the question. With all these various television shows, could you name the couples who were featured in them? There's only one way to find out and that’s to take this quiz!
In 2016, Florence Henderson (who played Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch") passed away at the age of 83, making her one of the 34 celebrity deaths in 2016.
Eva Gabor, who played Lisa Douglas on "Green Acres" is the younger sibling of Zsa zsa Gabor, who is more known for her scandalous behavior, many husbands, and catchphrases.
Charles Addams (the creator of "The Addams Family") had many fans, one of which was legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. The Bates Motel, featured in the classic "Psycho" was modeled after the Victorian mansion where the Addams family lived.
Fred Rogers, the creator of the children's television show "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" was known for his quiet and subtle ways of incorporating themes into television. One of these themes was desegregating America during a volatile time. How did he do this? In 1969, he televised a foot bath between himself and Officer Clemmons, who is the first actor of color to have a recurring role on a children's television show.
In 2005, Nicole Kidman and Will Farrell attempted to recreate the magic of "Bewitched." Unfortunately with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 28%, the magic fizzled out. Many site the writing and untapped talent as the cause of this movie's flopping.
Rachel Ames, who portrayed Audrey March, R.N., on "General Hospital" has the distinction of being the longest running performer on the longest running soap. Her debut took place in 1964, when "General Hospital" was only a year old.
Six different actresses have played the troubled Victoria Lord on "One Life to Live." This television character lived a pretty long life: she was one of the original cast members in 1968 and had exited in 2012, right after the series got cancelled from network television.
After portraying Laura Spencer on "Days of Our Lives," Susan Flannery has had roles on many soap operas including "Dallas," "The Bold and the Beautiful," and "The Young and the Restless." She also had a role in the 1974 disaster film "The Towering Inferno."
Although they never married, Barney Fife dated Thelma Lou for a majority of his time on the series. In the 1986 NBC movie "Return to Mayberry." Barney and Thelma do make it down the aisle, pleasing fans of this classic television show.
After "Leave it to Beaver" had its final airing, Barbara Billingsley reprised the role of June Cleaver in five different television shows. While some of the shows were reunion shows ("Still the Beaver" and "The New Leave it to Beaver"), June Cleaver also made her way onto "The Love Boat" and the 1990s television show "Hi Honey, I'm Home."
Fred Gwynne, the actor behind Herman Munster, has had several notable roles after leaving "The Munsters." Such roles included Officer Francis Muldoon from "Car 54, Where Are You?" and Jud Crandell, the creepy neighbor and typical creepy guy on "Pet Semetary."
Born in an issue of "The Saturday Evening Post," in 1939 Eric Knight brought Lassie, the collie that could to life. There have been 11 generations of different collies that graced the screen, with roles blanketing various genres from television shows to big budget films. How many times can Timmy fall in a well anyhow?
While you may not know who Bamboo Harvester is, you'll probably recognize the role he played: Mr. Ed. When it came to talking, Bamboo had first been trained with a nylon string in his mouth. However, once he formed a bond with animal trainer Les Hilton, he would start talking on his own when his hoof was touched. The bond between the two was so great that Bamboo wouldn't perform unless Hilton was on set.
When "I Dream of Jeannie" debuted, Barbara Eden became a household name. However, it wasn't only on televisions and movie screens where this star shone. One of her many philanthropic efforts included a tour with the USO to the middle east during the Persian Gulf War with Bob Hope.
What does "Get Smart" and "Blazing Saddles" have in common? Both were created by Mel Brooks, who's a triple threat! He's written several films and albums, composed music, and acted in some of his films. One of his roles was Yogurt, a space guru in the film "Spaceballs," a parody of the Star Wars franchise.
"Please Don't Eat the Daisies" was a sitcom based off of a book and film by the same name. The film adaptation starred silver screen sweetheart Dorris Day as Kate Robinson Mackay and David Niven as Laurence Mackay. While the movie features the hilarity of a professor changing careers, the television show focuses on a family dealing with having two working parents.
While many know that Dick Van Dyke is an amazing television actor, however he is a lot more than that. He won a Tony for his role in "Bye Bye Birdie" and he later would reprise this role in the film of the same name. He's also been on a couple of Disney films like "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
After performing in Disney's "The Absent-Minded Professor" and "Son of Flubber," Fred MacMurray was approached by the producers of "My Three Sons" to star. However, they got more than they bargained for when it came to signing contracts. MacMurray's demands included 65 days of work per season and every scene that he was to be featured in would be shot first. Because the show was often shot out of order, there were continuity issues in the show.
"Petticoat Junction" was created by Paul Henning, who fathered "The Beverly Hillbillies" as well as writing the classic Steve Martin and Michael Caine comedy, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Interestingly enough, the Shady Rest Hotel, run by the Bradley Sisters, was inspired by Henning's grandparents-in-law, who owned and ran a small hotel somewhere in Missouri.
Even though it is set in the post Civil War era, "F Troop" had something going on that many shows didn't. Instead of having a doting housewife with the kids as their female lead, Wrangler Jane Angelica Thrift was an entrepreneur, amazing shot, and a gal who went for what she wanted. This was somewhat common in the genre: Agent 99 from "Get Smart" was a far superior agent to her male counterpart, Maxwell Smart.
Jim Nabors, the man behind Gomer Pyle, was not only great at portraying his iconic character, but he also was a classically trained musician as well. After "Gomer Pyle: USMC" concluded, Nabors recorded a few albums, five of which went gold and one went platinum.
Daughter of legendary producer Danny Thomas, it would seem that becoming a star would become natural for Marlo Thomas. It was true, however after "That Girl," Marlo had a bit of a struggle getting out from under the shadow of Anne Marie and did what many actors do: play something the opposite of what she was known for. After "Jenny" was released in 1970, her fans weren't too impressed and she eventually decided to lay low for a while. By the late '70s her audience had more time to mature and they welcomed her back with open arms.
After "Gidget," Sally Field exploded on the scene. She has several appearances on television including "The Flying Nun," "The Girl with Something Extra," and "ER." More notably is her work on the big screen: in 1979, Field won an Academy Award for her performance in the drama "Norma Rae."
After her work ended on "Hazel," Whitney Blake, who played Dorothy Baxter, worked sporadically onscreen, making cameos on "Gunsmoke," "Ironside," "Hunter," and "Love, American Style." However, it wasn't because there wasn't an availability of parts: she was working behind the screen: she was the creator behind "One Day at a Time."
Sometimes when a show is created, the co-stars get to be a little more successful than the lead of the series. This is definitely true in the case of "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis." While Dwayne Hickman did a fantastic job as the lead, many will recall Bob Denver a little more than him: after "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," Denver landed himself the lead role on a pretty familiar show, "Gilligan's Island."
While playing Mary Stone on "The Donna Reed Show," Shelley Fabares performed a soulful ballad called "Johnny Angel." It was so popular it became a chart topper on the Billboard music charts. Because of this sudden popularity, Mary Stone ended up being written off the show: Mary was sent to college.
If you ever wonder where the image of the iconic 1950s mom came from, look no further than Harriet Nelson. She epitomized motherhood in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," where her family's trials and tribulations brought delight to audiences for 14 years. Interesting fact: Harriet Nelson is the grandmother of Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, known by many as the 1980s band Nelson.
Danny Thomas, who portrayed Danny Williams on "Make Room for Daddy," was a powerhouse when it came to producing comedies. Some of the shows he produced included "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Mod Squad," and "The Guns of Will Sonnett." The Thomas family talent doesn't stop there: Marlo Thomas (star of "That Girl") is his daughter.
Playing George Wilson on "Dennis the Menace" was Joseph Kearns's last role. Other shows he was featured on included, "Gunsmoke," "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," and "The Jack Benny Show."
Fess Parker, who portrayed Daniel Boone on the show of the same name, had performed as Davy Crockett on "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color." Another Disney film that Parker was in was the depressing dog tale "Old Yeller."
John McIntire, the actor behind Clay Grainger on "The Virginian," was a natural when it came to acting like a cowboy: he was raised in Montana, where he learned to raise broncos on his family's farmstead. His gravely voice lent itself to radio as well: he developed a following with his announcing of the "March of Time" radio broadcast.
Bob Denver got his start on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," where he helped Dwayne Hickman's Dobie find true love. After "Gilligan's Island," Gilligan appeared in eight different shows, including "Baywatch," "ALF," and "Meego."
Although Adam West performed as Batman for the entire run of "Batman," there were two amazing ladies who played Catwoman: Broadway star Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt, a dancer and activist.
While it was never 100% established, Cinnamon Carter and Rollin Hand had a bit of a romance. At the end or the third season of "Mission Impossible," both Hand and Carter left because it was rumored that the IMF looked down on married agents. Portrayed by real life couple Barbara Bain and Marin Landau, the chemistry was real between these characters.
Natalie and Martin Lane were the supportive and loving parents of Patty Lane and doting aunt and uncle on Cathy Lane on "The Patty Duke Show." While many teen comedies of the time would have the parental figures of a family float in and out, the Lanes were in almost every episode (Martin was only in 104 of 105 shows).
Walter Brennan, who played Grandpa Amos McCoy on "The Real McCoys" led an interesting life. While in college, Brennan could be seen at a bank as a clerk or as a lumberjack in the forests of Massachusetts. After serving in World War I, Brennan farmed pineapples and eventually made his way to LA where he dabbled in real estate. Eventually, he made his way to the silver screen as a stuntman at first and eventually he won three Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, a feat that no one else has been able to top.
Hope Lange, who portrayed the enchanting Carolyn Muir on "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," won two Emmy awards for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series during the show's run. However, once the show finished production, she never really achieved the status she had with this quaint show about a widow and ghost falling in love. She had several roles in both films and television, with one of her more noted performances being that of Charles Bronson's wife in "Death Wish."
During its six season run, "Dark Shadows" became a cult classic, with a remake of the series appearing in 1991 and a full-length feature film in 2012, with Johnny Depp playing the morose Barnabas Collins.
Even after its cancellation in 1968, "Lost in Space" continued to be nominated for awards. In 1968, Daniel C. Striepeke's makeup was nominated for a Prime time Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Visual Arts. In 2016 it was nominated for the International Film Music Critics Award in the Best Archival Release of an Existing Score - Compilation category. And it actually won a 2008 TV Land Award for Awesomest Robot.
Even thought it only ran for one season, "My World and Welcome to It" won two primetime Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series and it was nominated for four additional awards. It's no wonder: it was based off of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," a serial which ran in The New Yorker during the 1940s.