A look at what happens when shows film on location, including “The Brady Bunch” in Hawaii and “Everybody Loves Raymond” in Italy. Also: “Charlie's Angels” on the beach; a “Lost” evacuation; tourists on “Las Vegas.”
A look at series finales, featuring an alternate ending for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and Bob Newhart's secret about “Newhart.” Also: a second chance for “What's Happening!!”; on the set for the finale of “Malcolm in the Middle.”
TV actors who are guilty of stealing scenes. Included: Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing on “Dallas”; and the introduction of Robin Williams as Mork from Ork on “Happy Days.” Also: characters who were written off their shows.
People involved with the making of hit TV shows, including “M*A*S*H” and “Little House on the Prairie,” describe the process of writing, rehearsing and recording. Also: how Bill Cosby's penchant for improvisation came into play on “The Cosby Show”; and the challenge of coming up with new and different chase scenes for Hazzard County's good ol' Duke boys.
Ways in which real life and TV fiction intersect. Examples are given from “Bewitched,” “Barney Miller,” “Dynasty,” “Sports Night,” “Scrubs” and “24,” among others. Those who comment include Carlos Bernard, Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Joan Collins, Barbara Eden, Jorge Garcia, Robert Guillaume and Hal Linden.
Incidents of network meddling are recalled by cast and crew members of “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Happy Days,” “Soap,” “Taxi” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” among others. Featured are remarks by Tom Bosley, Barbara Eden, Robert Guillaume, Marilu Henner, Judd Hirsch and Anson Williams.