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Who Are Your Favorite TV Parents?

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Mar 9th 2010 3:00PM
Parenthood on NBC review
Since NBC's new family dramedy 'Parenthood' premiered last week, it's time to reflect on the best of primetime parents. All of us who grew up watching TV had favorites -- the kind of parents we measured the very notion of parenthood by, and sometimes even our own mothers and fathers, because they were so sweet and loving or patient and smart or fun and free-spirited -- or all of the above. Here's your chance, as Inside TV readers, to pick your favorite set of fictional TV parents. Don't see your personal faves as a choice, just tell us in the comments.

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Bill Cosby awarded Mark Twain Prize

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 27th 2009 9:03AM
Bill Cosby: HimselfOne of America's greatest TV icons has been officially recognized as one of its greatest humorists. Yes, he's still one of the greatest TV icons, but giving him another honor for his work in TV is like giving Jay Leno a free car.

Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday at the Kennedy Center.

The event, set for broadcast on PBS on Nov. 4., featured presentations and words from comedy notables such as Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. It also featured a Cosby Show reunion of sorts with Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. It's a good thing Dr. Huxtable didn't take his boy out of the world after all.

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A handy guide to sitcom homes

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2009 1:02PM
sitcom housesDamn, I wish I had thought of this.

Artist and writer Dan Meth has created a series of cool pop culture charts at his web site, and the one on the right is a handy guide to sitcom homes. Sense a pattern? The shows in the top half all have kitchens on the left and living rooms on the right (how we see them via the camera angle), and the ones on the bottom have the living room on the left and the kitchen on the right.

I guess there are only so many things you can do on a sitcom, especially if it's filmed in front of an audience as many of these were.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2008 6:06PM
I Dream of JeannieHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Wow, this is quite a week for TV fans of all types. You can get the complete series sets for The Sopranos and I Dream of Jeannie, and anniversary sets for such TV classics as The Cosby Show and The Long Ranger. I even see a season 2 set for Mister Peepers! I didn't even know there was a season 1 set already released, so I'll have to look into that.

The Studio One anthology is a real gem, and I'll have a review of it later this week.

  • 7th Heaven - Season 7
  • Band of Brothers - Miniseries (Blu-Ray)
  • Chuck - Season 1 (Blu-Ray)
  • The Cosby Show - 25th Anniversary
  • Father Knows Best - Season 2
  • Firefly - Complete Series (Blu-Ray)
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Complete Series
  • Little House on the Prairie - Complete Series
  • The Lone Ranger - 75th Anniversary
  • M Squad - Complete Series

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Get your very own Cosby sweater

by Erin Martell, posted May 29th 2008 5:23PM
Bill Cosby and Phylicia RashadI love Cosby sweaters--those loud, patterned fashion monstrosities that look good on no one. Bill Cosby is auctioning off three sweaters from his days as Heathcliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Proceeds from the eBay auction will benefit Hello Friend/The Ennis William Cosby Foundation, which supports education. Cosby started the foundation in 1997 to honor his son's memory.

The auction will run from June 2 to June 18, with opening bids starting at $5,000 per hideous sweater. It's all for a good cause, though. Hello Friend donates books to underfunded schools and helps train teachers, among other things. Ennis Cosby was studying to be a teacher at the time of his death, and his family wanted to continue his work.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 4th 2007 6:55PM

Johnny CarsonNew TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Chappelle's Show - Best Of
  • CHiPs - Season 1
  • The Cosby Show - Seasons 3 and 4
  • Dark Angel - Seasons 1 and 2 (Thin)
  • The Dead Zone - Season 5
  • Doctor Who - Stories 115, 116 and 117
  • The Fall Guy - Season 1, Volumes 1 and 2 and also a Season 1 set
  • The Henry Rollins Show - Season 1
  • Hex - Season 1
  • Hogan's Heroes - Season 6
  • Mission: Impossible - Season 2
  • The Outer Limits - Vol. 1
  • Rescue Me - Season 3
  • Robin Hood - Season 1
  • Seinfeld - Season 8
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - Bikini Bottom Adventures
  • Survivorman - Survivorman
  • The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - Best of Standup Comedians and The King of Late Night
  • Wait Till Your Father Gets Home - Season 1
  • What's New Scooby Doo? - Season 2

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Top 20 '80s TV shows (or so they say)

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 26th 2007 3:04PM

perfect strangersHenry and Matt at Brohans.com have compiled what they are absolutely, positively sure are the twenty greatest '80s television series ever. They are:

  • Mr. Belvedere
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Knight Rider
  • Night Court
  • ALF
  • Perfect Strangers
  • The Golden Girls
  • Growing Pains
  • Married ... with Children
  • Who's the Boss?
  • Magnum P.I.
  • Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • The Cosby Show
  • The A-Team
  • Miami Vice
  • The Wonder Years
  • MASH
  • MacGyver
  • Cheers
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Do you know your sitcom homes?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 14th 2006 1:29PM

Silver SpoonsI took this quiz over at Mental Floss and scored 100%. You have to match the sitcom with the house/setting they show in the opening credits.

By the way, I'm not bragging about that score, the test is just incredibly easy, especially since two of the pictures are very, very easy to identify, which means you can guess the others by process of elimination, if you don't know one or two of them. I mean, one of the shows is The Love Boat, so you know there's going to be a boat involved, right?

This might prove to be very satisfying, that you know you TV homes as much as you do your own. On the other hand, it might be kind of scary that somewhere in your mind you have actually memorized what sitcom family homes look like (and from shows that you probably haven't seen in a long time).

Also, just so you know, scroll down very slowly and stop when you get to the sitcom names. If you go any further you'll see the answers, and you don't want that to happen.

[via Pop Candy]

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Cosby takes on black parents... again

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 3rd 2006 10:52AM
Bill CosbyBill Cosby's overly-earnest public speaking career has him aiming for a South Park send-up. His latest potentially controversial outing came Saturday at Los Angeles' Maranatha Community Church.

Cosby's address at a forum entitled "Education is a Civil Right" took on black parents and educators for not setting goals for children or being able to answer their questions about why education is important. Saturday's speech offered none of Cosby's past, more inflammatory criticisms of young African-Americans for squandering the progress made by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Has television's ideal dad aged into an unfunny curmudgeon, a much-needed public intellectual or just another self-important celebrity?

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The Life and Times of Alan Smithee

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 31st 2006 4:11PM

As devoted TV and movie fans know, "Alan Smithee" is the name that a director uses on a project when he or she doesn't like the final version of a film, because of editing, cutting, or some other process that destroys his vision of the film. Or maybe he just doesn't want his name associated with it for some reason. It's usually against Director's Guild rules, but the director can appeal and have their name replaced.

"Alan Smithee" has an impressive body of work. He directed two episodes of MacGyver, including the pilot. He has also directed episodes of Nero Wolfe, The Cosby Show, Red Shoe Diaries, Karen's Song, the 80s version Twilight Zone, Paper Dolls, and Mrs. Columbo, as well as Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" video and the TV movies The O.J. Simpson Story and The Birds II. His most recent credit was 2005's Living Better with Steve Spitz, whatever that is. There was an even a big screen movie named An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, which was directed by...Alan Smithee! (In reality, Arthur Hiller.)

[via Jason Kottke]

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 7th 2006 9:07AM
Every Tuesday here on TV Squad , we will highlight the week's TV-on-DVD releases. Some noteworthy releases today, March 7, 2006:

  • three's companyAndromeda - Vol 5.4
  • Baby Looney Tunes - Volume 1: Playday Pals; Volume 2: Let's Play Pretend
  • The Brady Bunch - The Complete 5th Season
  • The Cosby Show - Season 2
  • The Electric Company - The Best of The Best of The Electric Company
  • The Flintstones - Season 5
  • Hogan's Heroes - The Complete 3rd Season
  • Lily the Witch - Volume 1; Volume 2
  • Multiple Shows - Star Trek: The Borg Fan Collective
  • Police Woman - The Complete 1st Season
  • The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour - The Complete Series
  • Three's Company - Season 6
  • Underdog - The Best of Go-Go Gophers; The Best of Tennessee Tuxedo
  • Walking Tall - The Complete Series
  • Wild 'N Out - Season 1

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