Tuesday, March 30, 2010

There is a new blog logo. Discuss.

Passover prep distracted me from posting the new logo yesterday, but it's up now. This week's theme was suggested by reader Mike Willis.

And, as always this post contains links to, and explanations for, all the previous logo themes.

38 comments:

septembergrrl said...

They were all #1 shows for their time? But that seems too broad.

Mel said...

Supporting characters who stole the show?

Anonymous said...

Breakout characters--originally secondary characters who became the most popular or prominent element of a show.

Anonymous said...

I would have said supporting characters who stole the show (or at least provided the comic relief of the show) except that Alan already used that logo theme a few weeks ago.

PS said...

Characters with famous one word catchphrases? (I've got the Fonz and Homer under that...don't know about the other two fitting the bill)

Anonymous said...

he easily could have found solo pictures of the happy days/andy griffith stars, so we should probably take it to mean something that they're together...

Anonymous said...

Considering there's a Time article titled "10 Shows that Overstayed Their Welcome" with a picture of Happy Days on the cover I'll go with that. Though I admit, I don't know if that applies to the Andy Griffith Show or to NCIS.

KerryB said...

I was going to go with "Shows That Spun Off Other Shows" but it doesn't work for the Simpsons.

Happy Days = Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy

NCIS = LA NCIS

Andy Griffith = Gomer Pyle & Mayberry RFD

Anonymous said...

Spin-offs that are more well-known than the original?

I'm not sure about Andy Griffith, though.

Sam Hobart said...

Close on the spin-off. They all started as part of another show.

Happy Days - Love American Style
The Simpons - The Tracy Ullman Show
NCIS - JAG
Andy Griffith - The Danny Thomas Show

Otto Man said...

I was going to go with "Shows That Spun Off Other Shows" but it doesn't work for the Simpsons.

Unless you count the "Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" episode where they mocked the phenomenon with "Lovematic Grandpa," "wiggum p.i.," and "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour."

Otto Man said...

Damn, Sam Hobart has it. Good one.

Sam Hobart said...

Anonymous is also right of course that they are more famous than than the show they originated on.

Jim said...

Though I admit, I don't know if that applies to the Andy Griffith Show or to NCIS.

I've never seen NCIS, but TAGS got almost unwatchable after Don Knotts left.

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srpad said...

I am not sure NCIS would be fair here. Wasn't that just a back door pilot unlike the other three which were true spin offs?

BF said...

My guess would have been "400 pounds of fun", if not for the NCIS chick.

Is the selection of "King-Size Homer" as opposed to "Original Recipe Homer" relevant to the logo?

Sam Hobart said...

"I am not sure NCIS would be fair here. Wasn't that just a back door pilot unlike the other three which were true spin offs?"

Depending on your definition of spin off, none of them were really spin-offs since none were new shows featuring recurring characters from an old show. Happy Days was an unsold pilot repurposed for an anthology show and then sold into series, Andy Griffith was one of the first back door pilots in that the episode was almost an episode of The Andy Griffith Show guest starring Danny Thomas (much like NCIS/JAG). And The Simpsons was obviously just a series of short cartoons as part of a sketch comedy show.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Is the selection of "King-Size Homer" as opposed to "Original Recipe Homer" relevant to the logo?

Only in that "King-Size Homer" might well be my favorite episode, and that looking at Homer in his muumuu always makes me smile.

"The fingers you are using to dial are too fat. To obtain a special dialing wand, please mash the keypad with your palm..."

Alan Sepinwall said...

And good on Sam. 33 minutes may, sadly, be the record for longest interval it's taken for someone to figure it out.

katie71483 said...

actors that way older than their characters are supposed to be

srpad said...

Thanks Sam! I consider myself educated!

Sam Hobart said...

"Thanks Sam! I consider myself educated!"

Sorry, I got so excited when it clicked into place for me that the trivia started pouring out. My wife keeps telling me not to do that and I may even listen to her one day.

Anonymous said...

Yay, I provided a bit of a stumper!
-Mike Willis

srpad said...

I wasn't being snarky or sarcastic, I meant that. At least about the Andy Griffith Show. I also wasn't aware Happy Days was a pilot, I thought it was just a normal episode of Love, American Style.

Adam said...

They all did have spinoffs as well -- The Critic is just as much a spinoff of The Simpsons as Happy Days is of Love, American Style -- both were backdoor pilots, no?

Alan Sepinwall said...

Adam, "A Star is Burns" (the Simpsons episode with Jay Sherman that I still quote from daily) aired more than a year after "The Critic" debuted on ABC. It was used, I think, to help introduce the show to the Fox audience (and Matt Groening was so mad that it's the only episode of the series that doesn't have his name, or his voice on the DVD commentary), but the show had already been around a while.

Adam said...

Fine. As the Fonz would say, I was wrr.... I was wrrr...

themightypuck said...

So the one two one two business was a red herring.

themightypuck said...

Er 2 1 1 2.

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7s Tim said...

now I'm thinking of Clue...2+1+1+2...

JMC said...

"When I touch it, it gives forth a sound..."

belinda said...

Where's Homer's hat? It completes the outfit, man.

Hatfield said...

"Communism was just a red herring"

"1 + 2 + 1 + 1 is..."

Schmoker said...

I was going to say repressed homosexuality, but I'm not sure Homer (ironically enough) fits that description.

I'll go with breakout characters, but only because others pointed that out. I never would have got that one on my own.

Scott J. said...

I tried (unsuccessfully) to make "characters who love soft drinks" fit.

Abby can barely function without Caf-Pow.
King-Size Homer tries to order a Tab with his computer's TAB key.
Richie and Fonzie... enjoyed fountain drinks at Arnold's?
And... I should catch an episode of the Andy Griffith Show someday.

Anyway, you'd really need Radar O'Reilly in there for that.

Luis PJ said...

Better then the Orginal
Laverne & Shirley
The Tracey Ullman Show
JAG
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C