If You Can, Name That Show

There are certain television shows from our past (and some in the present through syndication) that were/are identifiable by a tag line, or a line used over and over in individual episodes, or a part of their theme song, or a specific line from a particular episode. With this in mind, thought we’d offer a little writing exercise asking you to try to identify some of those shows by the line provided by the Voice from the Bullpen.

Yes, this is the next VFTB quiz to try and tickle your memory this morning. Hopefully you are sitting on your deck this morning, or are by the pool having a Jim Roselle “Cup of Happiness,” and need something to jump start your thought process for the day. Maybe this little exercise will accomplish that goal.

So grab your pencils and paper and see if you can name these shows by the given taglines, script lines, or theme sound bites.

1.) “This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.”

2.) “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”

3.) “Come and listen to my story about a man named Jed. . . .”

4.) “Suicide is Painless” (the instrumental theme song of a show remade from a movie where the lyrics were sung)

5.) “Good Night and May God Bless.”

6.) “And Away We Go.”

7.) “Where everybody knows your name.”

8.) “I see nothing . . . nothing.”

9.) “Sock it to me.”

10.) “Heeeeyyy” and “Exactamundo” (Thumbs up if you get this one)

11.) “Splain dat one to me.”

12.) “Good Morning, Angels.”

13.) “Nanu, Nanu”

14.) “Come and knock on our door. We’ve been waiting for you … .”

15.) “This is the city…Los Angeles, California”

16.) “There is a Fifth Dimension, beyond that which is known to man.”

17.) “Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale…”

18.) “Come ride the little train that is rolling down the tracks. …”

19.) “Space, the final frontier…”

20.) “Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ … Keep them dogies rollin’. “

21.) “Boy the way Glenn Miller played.”

22.) “Just the good ol’ boys”

23.) “Well we’re movin’ on up”

24.) “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Schlemiel, Schlemazel, Hasenfeffer, Incorporated”

25.) “..Who can turn the world on with her smile?”

26.) “Good night, Grandpa.” “Good night, Jim Bob.”

27.) “Book ’em, Danno.”

28.) “Paladin, Paladin, where do you roam?”

29.) “Hi-O Silver!”

30.) “You take the good, you take the bad. You take them both and then you have. . .”

31.) “Thank you for being a friend.”

32.) “Believe it or not, I’m walking on air. I never thought I could feel so free. . . .”

33.) “Love and Marriage, Love and Marriage”

34.) “Tonight on our stage…”

35.) “Mom always liked you best!”

36.) “Good Night, Mrs. Calabash…wherever you are.”

37.) “Hey baby, I hear the Blues a-callin’, Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs”

38.) “Say Good Night, Gracie.”

39.) “Golly”

40.) “There’s a holdup in the Bronx, Brooklyn’s broken out in fights. . .”

41.) “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. . .”

42.) “Here he comes to save the day. . .”

43.) “I’ll be there for you. . .”

44.) “Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we’re expecting you. . . .”

45.) “Hello world, hear the song that we’re singin’. C’mon, get happy. . .”

46.) Instrumental of “Danny Boy” Extra hint: Comedian with the cigar.

47.) “Ol-ee-va? (You have to sing the word according to this pronunciation)

48.) “Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity”

49.) “Faster than a Speeding Bullet. . . .”

50.) “Who’s the Leader of the Club, that’s made for you and me?”

Should have been a breeze, but just in case I’ll throw in this 5 point Bonus question:

In question No. 46, who played the lead character?

Well, there you have it, another trivial information test of memory. I’ll bet many of you were saying the lines out loud as you took this quiz. I’ll wager many of you sang the partial lyrics as you came to those particular questions, anything to help you remember and come up with the answer. No problem though…as long as it helped you get a good grade.

Here are the answers, if you need them, to self-correct. No cheating. Two points for each correct response. Hope you did well.

Bonus: Danny Thomas

And now you can total up those scores, and see how you did. If you scored 100 or better, take yourself out for an ice cream cone later today. Then have a great day and a great week.


1.) “Mission Impossible”

2.) “ABC Wide World of Sports

3.) “The Beverly Hillbillies”

4.) “M*A*S*H”

5.) “The Red Skelton Show”

6.) ” The Jackie Gleason Show”

7.) “Cheers”

8.) “Hogan’s Heroes”

9.) “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”

10.) “Happy Days”

11.) “I Love Lucy”

12.) “Charlie’s Angels”

13.) “Mork and Mindy”

14.) “Three’s Company”

15.) “Dragnet”

16.) “The Twilight Zone”

17.) “Gilligan’s Island”

18.) “Petticoat Junction”

19.) “Star Trek”

20.) “Rawhide”

21.) “All in the Family”

22.) “The Dukes of Hazzard”

23.) “The Jeffersons”

24.) “Laverne and Shirley”

25.) “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”

26.) “The Waltons”

27.) “Hawaii 5-0”

28.) “Have Gun, Will Travel”

29.) “The Lone Ranger”

30.) “The Facts of Life”

31.) “The Golden Girls”

32.) “The Greatest American Hero”

33.) “Married with Children”

34.) “The Ed Sullivan Show”

35.) “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”

36.) Any show that Jimmy Durante hosted or

appeared as guest star

37.) “Frasier”

38.) “The Burns and Allen Show”

39.) “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”

40.) “Car 54 . . . Where are you?”

41.) “The Brady Bunch”

42.) “Mighty Mouse”

43.) “Friends”

44.) “The Love Boat”

45.) “The Partridge Family”

46.) “Make Room for Daddy”

47.) “Green Acres”

48.) “Ben Casey”

49.) “The Adventures of Superman”

50.) “The Mickey Mouse Club”