Question: What was the name of a short-lived comedy series about Pilgrims and what were the names of the actors on the show? It aired in the late '90s. — Gary, Columbus, Ohio

Televisionary: You're thinking of the much-maligned (and deservedly so) CBS "comedy" Thanks, which focused on the Winthrops, a family coming off their first winter in the New World. (Whose bright idea that was, I don't know, but I can't help but think of my second-grade teacher yelling at us for some idiotic stunt or another, saying, "Didn't any of you, at some point, stop to think that maybe this wasn't something you should go and do? Anyone?")

Tim Dutton played Plymouth store owner James Winthrop and Kirsten Nelson was Polly, his wife. Their three Pilgrim kids were Abigail (Erika Christenson), Elizabeth (Amy Centner) and William (Andrew Ducote), and Cloris Leachman, who certainly deserved better, played randy Grammy. The townspeople included Cotton (Jim Rash) and Reverend Goodacre (Keith Szarabajka).

The series launched in August 1999, but the audience found reason for thanks when it was yanked after just a month on the air.