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Thank our lucky stars, fall prime-time TV is finally back. And in homage to the past and present shows that have shaped our lives over the years (yes, we're TV addicts, we admit it), we decided to put together a little page on all things television. When we were done, we realized we might actually need to give up the tube. Or at the very least, cut back. Drastically. - John Gonzalez

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The Guessing Game

1. Notoriously, the first toilet flush on prime-time TV was heard on this show.
2. The main character from this show tells a polygraph examiner that his address is 129 West 81st Street.
3. Walter Bradley was the real name of Cockroach on what show?
4. This show won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in each of its first four seasons.
5. At the 2000 Emmys, what show won a record nine awards - the most for any season of a TV series?
6. On Cheers, the role of Sam was originally slated to be played by whom?
7. Which famous longtime TV character said, "Alcohol - the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."

Television ... permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
- T.S. Eliot

Now You Know
-Television was first introduced to the American public at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City.

-A total of 369 Dodge Chargers were used as the General Lee car throughout the course of The Dukes of Hazzard (because the car took so much wear and tear).

-Ben Jones (Cooter) on Hazzard was actually a U.S. congressman in the late '80s but lost his reelection bid to Newt Gingrich.

-MASH, set during the Korean War, lasted 11 seasons. The actual Korean War lasted three years.

-In the Italian version of The A-Team, B.A. is known as P.E., or Pessimo Elemento ("terrible element").

-Barney Fife kept one bullet in his shirt pocket and his citation booklet in his cap.

-On Magnum P.I., producers wanted Orson Welles to be revealed as Robin Masters, but Welles died before the series ended its run.

-Jorge Garcia (Hurley) missed his sister's wedding to shoot an episode of Lost.

- Wisteria Lane includes houses used that have appeared on-screen numerous times in the past. Their names include the "Hardy Boys House," the "Leave It to Beaver House," the "Providence House," and the "Animal House."

-On 24, each episode is supposed to take one hour of real time, but in actuality, three minutes are gradually added to the timer during the commercial breaks. The last three minutes of air time are used for commercials, station identification, and scenes from the next episode.

-On CSI, under the glass top of Grissom's desk, there is a photo of the series's executive producer, Jerry Bruckheimer.

-On The Office, Dwight has a "Froggy 101" bumper sticker on the filing cabinet next to his desk. Froggy 101 is the top-rated country-western station in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the setting for the show.

- On 24, cast members are required to have their hair trimmed every five days.

-Scrubs was originally planned to air on ABC, but then ABC turned it down and NBC picked up the show.

-The first TV broadcasts with a modern level of definition (240-plus lines) were made in England in 1936.

Sources: IMDB.com, Wikipedia.com, ClassicTV.about.com