I've been watching TV for a long time, and some of my favorite characters I never saw. The writers on these shows were masters at giving us a character that would never show their face on camera, and some who would never even utter a line of dialogue. These are their stories.
Norm Peterson's wife on "Cheers" may have been the best known nonexistent TV character of all time. Always threatening an appearance to drag her beer drinking husband home from the neighborhood bar, we never actually got a glimpse of her. Like so many other anonymous bar widows across America, Vera stayed just on the outskirts, but everybody still knew her name.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
1. Sheldon has his own take on most things, including classic Christmas TV. He roots for the sun while watching "Frosty the Snowman":
"Excuse me, but the sun is essential for all life on earth. Frosty is merely a bit of frozen, supernatural ephemera in a stolen hat. A crime, by the way, for which he is never brought to account."
Episode: The Maternal Congruence
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
"The Waltons" 1971-1981
The epitome of family television, this family on Walton Mountain showed us the joys and struggles of a real life family. The show had us all quoting the last line nightly, "Good night, John boy!"
"Little House on the Prairie" 1974-1983
Another family classic drama came in the form of the pioneers of Walnut Grove. The Ingalls family were not perfect, but their love for each other shown through every catastrophe they faced every week and still run strong in syndication today.