Useless Facts [Part 15]

  • I Love Lucy was a takeoff on a radio show that Lucille Ball was doing called My Favorite Husband.
  • Lucy was a registered communist due to her socialist grandfather.
  • William Frawley was a notorioius drinker and was contractually bound to complete sobriety during I Love Lucy’s production.
  • Redd Foxx’s given name was John Elroy Sanford. His brother’s name was Fred Sanford, which he used for the sitcom Sanford and Son. He was called Redd because of his reddish hair and complexion.
  • Redd Foxx’s mother was half-Seminole.
  • Redd Foxx began his comedy career introducing strippers in the 1950’s.
  • When Redd Foxx died of a heart attack during a rehearsal break on the TV show The Royal Family, the cast members thought he was doing the “I’m coming, Elizabeth!” fake heart attack shtick that he was famous for.
  • Captain Kirk never said “Beam me up, Scotty,” in any episode of Star Trek.
  • Lloyd Bridges and Jack Lord both turned down an offer to play the part of Kirk.
  • The Star Trek theme song has lyrics.
  • The kids’ bathroom on The Brady Bunch had no toilet.
  • For the first couple of seasons, Barbara Eden had to hide her navel on I Dream of Jeannie, for fear of being censored. It does briefly slip out a few times on some episodes.
  • The first toilet flush heard on TV came from Archie Bunker’s upstairs bathroom.
  • Good, girl? All of the Lassie dogs were male.
  • There were seven Lassie movies before Lassie began airing on CBS for seventeen seasons.
  • Contrary to popular myth, Lassie never saved Timmy from falling down a well.

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