It's time for more "March Miscellany." I have been doing something different, and posting multiple times throughout the month of March. This is post #4.
Did you know that TV's "Archie Bunker" had his own card game? Well he did, and my brother had the game when we were kids. For those who don't know, Archie Bunker was a character from the TV show, "All In The Family." The show aired on the CBS network, from 1971 to 1979, and was #1 in the television ratings for 5 years in a row. In 1972, Milton Bradley created a card game, themed to the show's characters.
The contents of the game included playing cards, and "Ding Bat Tallies."
Each of the four main characters, were featured on the cards. In addition, there were "Ding Bat" cards.
The Ding Bat Tallies were used in the play of the game, and also to keep track of the players' scores.
I remember playing this game as a kid, but now when I read the instructions, it seems kind of convoluted. The game was intended for "Ages 10 to Adult."
Inside the lid of the box, there was a much simpler explanation given on how to play the game. It was written as if it were being told by Archie, in his "unique" way of speaking.
While I was scanning the individual pieces of the game, my cat decided that she wanted to sit on the scanner!
Members from the cast of "All In The Family" appeared on the cover of TV Guide, at least eight different times. I was able to find two of those covers, within my collection of vintage TV Guides. I'm including the covers here, along with the related articles from inside.
The cover art from this January 1979 issue, was drawn by the famous American caricaturist, Al Hirschfeld.
This article was written during the final season of the original series. At this time, two of the main stars, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner, had already left the show, and Danielle Brisebois had been added to the cast.
F.Y.I.....home pregnancy tests had become available in the U.S., just two years earlier.
F.Y.I.....don't smoke, even if the cigarettes are marketed as, "low tar." They are still dangerous to your health. The Surgeon General says so!
This issue is from September of 1979. This was the first season for the "spin-off" of the show, "Archie Bunker's Place." This new show was a success and ran for another 4 seasons.
This article was written by Carroll O' Connor ("Archie Bunker"), himself. He reflects on what it was like working on the show for 9 seasons, and why he agreed to come back for the "spin-off" series.
Again....don't smoke! Is that guy lighting his cigarette with a roasted marshmallow on a stick?
Attention Kmart shoppers!
Since this was a Fall issue of TV Guide, there were a lot of listings for new shows, and the season premieres of returning shows. Let's take a look at some of those listings for the week.
"CHiPs" was doing the "disco thing" again. I've previously posted a TV Guide listing for the show, which described the officers delivering a baby at a discotheque. I want to see Ruth Buzzi and Nancy Kulp on roller skates! And I guess NBC's attempt to "Out-Bond Bond" didn't work, because "A Man Called Sloane" was cancelled after only 12 episodes. According to Wikipedia, it was the last series produced by Quinn Martin.
Michelle Lee alert! "Disney's Wonderful World" was showing The Love Bug. According to the ad, it was the film's first time on TV. I could have sworn that I saw it on TV, prior to 1979.
The retooled "All In The Family" was returning as, "Archie Bunker's Place," this week. Martin Balsam was joining the cast as Archie's business partner. Who could forget him in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, as private investigator, ARB-O-GAST?
Telly Savalas was guest starring on the 4th season premiere of "Alice." "Who love's ya baby?" And "The Jeffersons" was beginning it's 6th season. To date, it is one of television's longest running sitcoms (11 seasons).
This was the 7th season for "Happy Days." And Don Knotts was joining the cast of "Three's Company," as the roommates' new landlord, Mr. Furley.
Shelley Hack was joining the cast of "Charlie's Angels," after Kate Jackson's departure from the series. To quote Bea Arthur in "The Golden Girls," "IT WOULD BE BETTER WITH SHELLEY HACK, ROSE!"
A new series called, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," was debuting that week. Buster Crabbe, who had played the title character in the the 1930s serialized version of Buck Rogers, was guest starring.
The cast of "Hello, Larry" was visiting the cast of "Different Strokes," for a special one-hour episode. Everyone remembers the "Different Strokes" spin-off, "Hello, Larry," right? Well, don't feel so bad, it only lasted a season and a half. In 2002, TV Guide ranked the series as number 12, on their list of the "50 Worst Shows of All Time."
I wonder what show ranked at number 1? "Holmes and Yoyo"? "Pink Lady and Jeff"? "Joanie Loves Chachi"? What would be your pick, as the worst show in television history?
****Post Update - 8-24-22****
Since originally writing this post, I have found two more issues of TV Guide, featuring Carol O'Connor as "Archie Bunker," on the cover. Each issue also included a "cover story" article.
From March 29, 1980:
The article in this issue was about Martin Balsam (also featured on the cover), who played "Murray Klein," Archie Bunker's business partner.
From August 8, 1981: