TV By The Numbers!


Last week’s Friday Five presented five shows with numbers in the title, and I asked for some other examples. And I got almost enough suggestions for a Thursday Ten. So, I added three more and we have our Thursday Ten: TV shows with numbers in the title!

24. My Uncle Jack says “I was a big “24” fan with Kiefer Sutherland. Never missed an episode.” I have to admit, I never watched the show, but I know it had a dedicated following, and there was a lot of excitement when the ninth season, subtitled “Live Another Day,” came out. Here is a montage of scenes assembled by Cal_290.

Third Rock From The Sun. Both Halfmoon Mollie and Madilyn Quinn mentioned this one. We saw most of it when it was in syndication, and it was a riot watching them try to bluff their way through human situations. Kirsten Johnston, playing a character who’s male in extraterrestrial life, was especially funny. Here’s a trailer from the DVD’s of Season One.

Two Broke Girls. Halfmoon Mollie suggested this. I watch this, but don’t listen to it; Mike & Molly is on after it on Monday nights, and since there’s nothing else on, we put on CBS and turn off the sound. Looks pretty funny, but not really our style. This is kind of a sweet clip from the show.

Room 222. Michele from Angels Bark suggested this. I think this is one of the first TV shows to show a lot of racial diversity; all I remember is that it was a pretty good show, and starred some outstanding actors. Here’s the open.

Three’s Company. Elen Grey suggested this one. One of the infamous “jiggle TV” shows from the late ’70’s and early to mid-’80’s, it starred John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers, Richard Klein, Norman Fell, and Audra Lindley in its early days. Suzanne Somers left before the 1981 season, and was replaced by Priscilla Barnes and Jennilee Harrison, and when Fell and Lindley’s characters were spun off into their own show (The Ropers), Don Knotts took over as the landlord. This clip was recorded by someone holding a video camera to the screen, so I apologize for the sound quality. It features Leon Askin (from Hogan’s Heroes) and is typical of the comedy on the show.

Reno 911! Madilyn Quinn also suggested this. Not a show I watched, though it did look like it might be funny. Here’s a short clip.

One Step Beyond. Arlee Bird suggested this one. Very similar to The Twilight Zone, with the same sort of paranormal suspense. It ran from 1959 to 1961, and was hosted by John Newland. WGN in Chicago had the rights to it, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Science Fiction Theater during the 1960’s and showed them practically every night. Here is a full episode, “Encounter,” episode 29 of season 2, which originally aired April 12, 1960. There are many episodes from the series on YouTube.

Hawaii Five-O. I’m kind of surprised this wasn’t the first show with a number in the title I thought of. It had one of the best theme songs in TV history. Here it is.

227. This show starred Marla Gibbs from The Jeffersons, Hal Williams, and Jackée Harry. It ran for five seasons and was the story of the residents of 227 Lexington Place, Washington, DC. Here’s the show’s open, that shows the rest of the cast. They were superb.

VR.5. I’ve never been much of a fan of science fiction, but for some reason Mary and I watched this show every week for the ten weeks it aired on Fox in 1995. There were thirteen episodes in all. It’s hard to explain (it was twenty years and one stroke ago), so check out the writeups on IMDb and Wikipedia. The show starred Lori Singer, Michael Easton, Will Patton, and Anthony Head, and featured performances by Louise Lasser, Tracey Needham, and David McCallum. Here’s the show’s open.

And that’s your Thursday Ten for August 27, 2015.


Author: John Holton

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5 thoughts on “TV By The Numbers!”

  1. I binged watch 24 but with gap in time before the series was renewed for the 9th season, I guess I was cured because I fave yet to watch past the 1st episode. I remember Room 222. I loved that show. Karen Valentine was great. She seemed to be on Love American style a lot too.


  2. I always liked Third Rock. Hubby and I watched Two Broke Girls for awhile, but it was way too raunchy for my taste. I’ve seen and liked most of the other shows, but I loved One Step Beyond. I was surprised to find out how old it was, which means I had to have watched reruns. I doubt I would have remembered it from when I was a baby. LOL


    1. A good many of the “One Step Beyond”s are available on YouTube. The original ran from 1959 to 1961, but the reruns were on all through the 60’s, and WGN aired them practically every night. I don’t remember the original run, either.


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