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Fun Facts About Sitcoms
Television sitcoms are feel-good shows that make you laugh and keep you entertained. Many times they can be a much-needed escape from the stress of everyday life. Some of the best sitcoms have stood the test of time and remain beloved by fans everywhere. Let's take a look at some wholesome facts about your favorite sitcom shows.
1. In The Golden Girls, Estelle Getty (Sophia) is 1 year, 2 months, and 12 days younger than Bea Arthur (Dorothy), even though she portrays her mother. It took Getty 45 minutes to be transformed into Sophia.
2. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were chosen for the part of Michelle on Full House because they were the only twin babies who didn't cry at the audition.
3. Married...with Children star Katey Sagal came up with the idea for her character Peg Bundy to dress in 1960s-inspired clothing because she wanted to parody the '60s housewife. For her audition Sagal brought her own red bouffant wig, and when she won the role producers approved the image for the show.
4. Jerry Seinfeld turned down an offer from NBC that would have made him $110 million for a 10th season of Seinfeld.
5. After Ted Danson (Sam) announced that he was leaving Cheers, NBC wanted Woody to take over the bar. However, Woody Harrelson refused to continue on in the series without Danson.
6. When Friends' Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey, he had 11 dollars to his name. When the cast got their first paychecks, the first thing that LeBlanc bought was a hot meal. Courteney Cox bought a car.
7. All in the Family's Archie and Edith's iconic easy-chairs are now on display at the Smithsonian.
8. The series finale of M*A*S*H is the highest-rated American show of all time, with a 60.2 percent rating and 125 million viewers.
9. The ladies of The Golden Girls consumed over one hundred cheesecakes during the show's seven-year run. In reality, Bea Arthur (Dorothy) hated cheesecake.
10. On I Love Lucy, William Frawley (Fred Mertz) had a well-known and longtime issue with alcoholism. He was advised in the beginning to stay sober or be terminated. If you look closely, a majority of his scenes display his character having his hands in his pockets. This would mask his trembling hands, due to his alcoholic withdrawals.
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11. CBS never gave The Jeffersons a proper series finale. Sherman Hemsley (George) read about the cancellation in the newspaper. The cast, bitter that they never got the chance to say goodbye, reunited years later for a stage play based on the sitcom.
12. Steve Carell only watched a few minutes of the British version of The Office before permanently stopping such viewing; he didn't want to copy Ricky Gervais' performance as the office manager. On the other hand, John Krasinski was an avid viewer of the original.
13. Dr. Cox's (John C. McGinley) trademark of calling J.D. by girls' names is what McGinley does in real life (jokingly) to his neighbor, John Cusack.
14. Even though Jack Hunter is Shawn's older brother on Boy Meets World during seasons 5-7, Matthew Lawrence (Jack) is 2 months younger than Rider Strong (Shawn).
15. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Will Smith revealed the IRS took 70 percent of his checks during the first 3 seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air until he repaid his debt. He had said, "It's terrible to have that kind of success and have to quietly be broke."
16. Sanford and Sons has gone down in history as the show that killed The Brady Bunch. In 1974, both shows were on in the same time slot, with Sanford and Sons on NBC and The Brady Bunch on ABC. Throughout the entire 1973-74 season, Sanford beat the Bradys in the ratings until ABC ultimately pulled the plug.
17. On The Wonder Years, a reoccurring storyline is a falling out between Kevin and Winnie, who becomes a background player for a few months until they reconcile. The main reason for this part of the story was that Danica McKellar had a growth spurt and Fred Savage (already being shorter) had to catch up.
18. Although Fonzie loved motorcycles on Happy Days, Henry Winkler was terrified of them. Most of the scenes of Fonzie riding the motorcycle were shot with the bike attached to a platform, being pulled by a truck.
19. Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt (Andy) was such a good physical comedian that frequently the writers would just write "Andy does something physical" into the script, trusting he would come up with something in the moment.
20. For his work on 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin won the SAG Award for Outstanding Lead Actor every year from the show's inception in 2006 to 2013. This feat has not been held by any other actor in either a drama or comedy.
21. Kelsey Grammer has been Emmy-nominated for playing the same character on three different shows: Cheers (1982), Frasier (1993) and a guest appearance on Wings (1990).
22. Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory fame auditioned for the role of Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother.
23. Mila Kunis was just 14 when she had her first kiss in real life on That 70's Show; she kissed co-star Ashton Kutcher (Kelso). The pair are now married and have two children together.
24. Peter Boyle claimed that he was aided in getting the part of Frank Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond by events prior to his audition in New York City. He had gotten lost and couldn't find the location of the audition, and when he showed up he was sarcastic and agitated.
25. On It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney (Mac) gained 50 pounds in between seasons in 2011. He stated that he noticed characters from sitcoms got better looking as the series progressed, but wanted his character to do the opposite. Co-star Glenn Howerton started referring to the character of Mac as "Fat Mac", and when McElhenney asked if he could be called "Big Mac", Howerton said he would call him, "Big, fat Mac."
26. The main characters on The Simpsons were given a yellow coloring to attract the attention of channel hoppers.
27. Paul Giamatti, Bob Odenkirk, Martin Short and Hank Azaria all auditioned for the role of Michael Scott on The Office. Odenkirk portrayed a nearly exact copy of Scott at another office shown in the series.
28. Modern Family's Nolan Gould, who plays "dumb" Luke Dunphy, has actually been a member of Mensa since he was four years old.
29. Though The Brady Bunch bathroom was seen many times, not once was a toilet shown. The running joke was that the Bradys were so wholesome, clean and good that they didn't even go to the bathroom. In reality, the network censors would not allow one to be shown.
30. Jaleel White went through puberty as Family Matters progressed. To retain Steve Urkel's appearance, he was required to shave daily and avoid weightlifting. As White got older, Urkel's clothing got baggier to hid his growing muscles.
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