88% of People Can't Figure out These Great TV Shows in History! Can You?

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Television has been one of the most interactive forms of media since the early 20th century. But, few shows stand out as much as the greatest TV shows in history. From drama to comedy these shows stand out. How many can you figure out from an image? Take this quiz to find out!

Bewitched was at its heart a zany family sitcom. However, the addition of witchcraft made for much broader comic possibilities, especially with Agnes Moorhead (and Shirley MacLaine) playing the mischievous mother-in-law!

We really, really liked Sally Field as Sister Bertrille, who was able to fly thanks to her huge starched cornette and slight build. The show ran for three seasons, but never cracked the top 30 in the Nielsen ratings.

This stupendously popular Western, led by Lorne Greene, managed to comment on a lot of modern-day social issues while delivering wholesome aw-shucks plotlines. Over its run, it dealt with racism in various forms, government overreach, women's rights and many other topics.

Good Times broke new TV ground by showing a working-class black family dealing with everyday trials and tribulations. It wasn't a "black" show, but rather a family sitcom where the cast happened to be mostly African-American.

Divorce was just becoming to not be a taboo subject when "The Brady Bunch" premiered, bringing not just divorce but a blended family into the full spotlight. From footballs to the nose to driving lessons, the show tackled just about every hilarious aspect of bringing up kids and family life.

Norman Lear continued chronicling American life in a sitcom mold with "The Jeffersons." The couple, introduced as Archie Bunker's neighbors, went on to years of TV success.

Bob Keeshan's "Captain Kangaroo" was the king of live-action kid's TV for nearly three decades. Keeshan put on the Captain's suit more than 9,000 times over the show's run!

One thing that's missing from most of today's shows is a catchy theme song. "The Beverly Hillbillies'" song is still one of the most-recognized theme songs every written!

"Hee Haw" was a variety show for the burgeoning population of country-music fans. With an in-house cast including the legendary Roy Clark, recurring humor bits that got quoted the next day and everyone who was anyone in country music guest-starring, it was like "Saturday Night Live" with banjos.

Years before Larry Hagman chewed scenery as J.R. Ewing in "Dallas," he was married to Jeannie. Between managing her fish-out-of-water foibles and keeping her hidden, he rarely had a moment's peace.

Redd Foxx was already a legendary (and bawdy) standup comedian when this show premiered. With a mix of urban sensibility and slapstick, it ran for five seasons on NBC.

The spy genre was huge in the '60s and '70s, with Cold War tensions fueling the story fires. It was ripe for parody, and Don Adams' Maxwell Smart was just the laugh generator needed.

Unlike the highly polished talk and variety shows of today, "The Dean Martin Show" did everything in one take, with Martin adopting his usual slightly boozy, freewheeling persona. However, the highball glass in his hand was frequently filled with apple juice, not liquor.

Here's a fun fact for you: Oscar the Grouch was originally orange, not green! If you look up clips online, you can see his first performance of "I Love Trash" in vibrant orange.

Alf was the cat-devouring (he wished) alien who took up residence with a normal suburban family. He served as the id for the family, saying the things that most polite people wouldn't.

This spin-off of Growing Pains centered on a large Catholic family in California. It landed a spot as part of ABC's TGIF lineup for two seasons, but didn't last.

This show was a very different sort of sitcom, following the life of Kevin Arnold in the late '60s. This made it relatable for its target audience, and garnered it all manner of Emmy love.

Murphy Brown started out as a fairly generic media-centered sitcom, but star Candice Bergen took it far beyond that. The show won 18 Emmy awards over its 10-year run, and frequently made the news for political commentary.

If you like "Suits" and other modern lawyer shows, thank this show. From high-pressure law to corporate bonding retreats (most memorably involving paintball), this show set the tone.

This show was a launchpad for a lot of 21st-century talent. Before she heated up "90210," Tiffany Thiessen starred with Mark Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez.

Longtime actress Angela Lansbury headlined this tremendously popular show about a mystery writer who seems to end up in the middle of crime scenes. It was a bit like a distaff Perry Mason, but with far better wardrobe.

This long-running sitcom had one of the most engaging sets of characters in TV history. Norm, Cliff, Frasier and Carla were all supporting players, but they all had their own fervent fan bases.

Pee-wee's Playhouse was one of those shows that a certain subset of adults loved just as much as their kids. It was zany, with a rotating cast of characters that seemed to drop in and out at will, all fueled by Paul Reubens' manic Pee-wee glee.

British comedian Tracey Ullman's show was a prime-time variety offering in an era where those shows generally didn't do well. It lasted four seasons, and spawned the comedy juggernaut known as "The Simpsons," which originally appeared as crudely drawn shorts on her show.

This cornerstone of the TGIF lineup made stars out of just about its entire cast. Bob Saget made headlines a few years after the show ended when he started doing a standup routine that mentioned the show and went into hilariously obscene riffs.

Here's the answer to the trivia question, "What sitcom starred Bob Uecker?" Christopher Hewett played the title character, a British butler observing a typical American family to gather material for a book.

What began as a public-access show in Minnesota became a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Lampooning bad movies with a mix of slapstick, puns and obscure cultural references, the MST3K crew spawned a genre that's still going strong.

Reginald VelJohnson, known to movie fans as the doughnut-loving cop from "Die Hard," played the patriarch of this family. The real star was Jaleel White, whose Urkel was a fountain of catchphrases and silliness.

Designing Women hit its niche squarely, and had a successful seven-season run. Delta Burke and Dixie Carter, as the Sugarbaker sisters, anchored a stellar comic cast.

And here we have the show that's primarily known for introducing the world to one Mr. Will Smith. He rapped, danced and smooth-talked his way into a stellar movie career courtesy of the show.

At the time this show debuted, there had never been a major-network show centered on a black suburban family. With two working parents and kids who were "real" kids, it blazed a new trail in diversity programming.

This hip, youth-fueled cop drama helped launch the fledgling Fox network. It also introduced the world to Johnny Depp, whom you might have heard of.

Very few shows have captured the popular imagination at the teenage level more than 90210. It spawned a spinoff, and many of its actors went on to bigger and better things.

"The Honeymooners" (created by and starring Jackie Gleason) ran for only one season -- 39 episodes. That was enough, however, for it to secure a place as one of the most iconic TV series of the 50s and 60s. It is widely believed that Hanna Barbera’s The Flintstones was based on "The Honeymooners'" characters and theme.

Although the character, Lassie, is female, she has always been played by a male dog. The dog who originally portrayed Lassie was named Pal, but while he appeared in seven Lassie films and did the pilots for the TV series, he retired soon after. His descendants continue to be cast in the role.

When Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were expecting their second child, the pregnancy was written into their show, "I Love Lucy." Since the TV station would not allow the word “pregnancy” to be said on air, “expecting” was used. Desi Arnaz’s character, Ricky Ricardo, would hilariously pronounce this as “spectin'."

"Dragnet" featured unmistakable theme music and matter-of-fact narration from Sergeant Joe Friday (portrayed by Jack Webb). The show was created by Webb from its beginnings as a radio series. Webb starred in the radio episodes, as well as both the 1951 – 1959 and 1967 – 1970 TV series.

"Wagon Train" ran from September, 1957 – May, 1965 with Ward Bond taking on the starring role of wagon master. Ward had earlier played opposite John Wayne in the 1930 epic western, "The Big Trail."

George Reeves played Superman in this 1952 – 1958 television series. His surname is, coincidentally, very similar to Christopher Reeve’s who later played the film role to overwhelming success.

Both Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale were Emmy Award winners for their portrayal of Perry Mason and his ever-present secretary, Della Street. Burr and Hale both appeared in their roles for over 30 years, including the TV series and numerous Perry Mason TV movies.

"The Twilight Zone" was created by Rod Serling, who wrote over 90 of the 156 episodes in the series and was its narrator. Serling won numerous awards (including at least six Emmys) for his writing on several projects, including "The Twilight Zone."

"Rawhide" co-starred Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood. While several episodes focused on Eastwood’s character, Rowdy Yates, Eric Fleming, who portrayed trail boss Gil Favor, almost always received top billing. In the eighth season (which ran for only 13 episodes), Fleming left the show and Eastwood took over as trail boss.

During the shows five-season run, Jay Siverheels acted as Tonto, the Lone Ranger's American Indian companion. "The Lone Ranger" was, however, portrayed by two actors – Clayton Moore in seasons 1, 2, 4 and 5 and John Hart in season 3.

The "Peter Gunn" title theme was composed by Henry Mancini (who also composed the widely known Pink Panther title theme). Mancini also composed several jazz-themed pieces which can be heard throughout the "Peter Gunn" TV series.

The "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" TV series was later renamed "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and extended from its original running time of 25 minutes to 50 minutes. This was an indication of the show’s popularity, which saw it running for a total of 10 years (1955 – 1965) and 360 episodes.

"Have Gun – Will Travel" starred Richard Boone as Paladin, a gun-for-hire based out of San Francisco. Although he was a high-priced gunslinger, he much preferred solving his clients’ “problems” without violence – when he could. "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry wrote 24 of the show’s 225 episodes.

Howard Hesseman went from being Dr. Johnny Fever to being a teacher at a high school for gifted kids in this sitcom. In its final season, Scottish funnyman Billy Connolly took over the class.

Robin Williams burst into the public consciousness with this sitcom, which barely contained his manic energy. Things got even wackier when Jonathan Winters joined as Mork and Mindy's son.

James Garner, Jack Kelly, Roger Moore and Robert Colbert all took turns as lead actor of the "Maverick" TV series. There were some episodes that featured two of the leads, but never more. Garner led off the series as the sole lead, but was joined in the first season by Kelly. Upon Garner’s departure, Moore was added, and later Colbert.

Burt Reynolds, in an amusing bit of casting, played the alien father of a teen girl in this show. The main character was his half-alien daughter, who developed various otherworldly powers as the show continued.

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