I love trivia. Trivial Pursuit was a game I could have played for hours. So when it comes to television moms, they are a topic that has to be fun and I shouldn’t have any problem.
Barbara Billingsley played the proper 1950’s mom June Cleaver who did her housework in pearls, a nice dress and heels in “Leave it to Beaver.” What was her husband’s name? Her youngest son’s nickname was “The Beaver,” what was his real name? Finally there was a friend of her oldest son Wally who was as phony as a three-dollar bill. He acted nice but was a trouble maker. What was his name?
Harriet Nelson was the mom on the show “Ozzie and Harriet” that starred the entire family. What was the name of their two boys? Their youngest son became a rock-and-roll star. What instrument did he play and can you name one of his smash hits? Sadly he died a tragic death. How did he die?
Donna Reed played Donna Stone on “The Donna Reed Show,” a woman who had a good head on her shoulders. She was married to Dr. Alex Stone and they had two kids, young Jeff who was a wise guy and Mary the quintessential teen daughter from the early sixties. Mary was played by Shelly Fabares. Who was her best friend in real life?
Laura Petrie on the “Dick Van Dyke Show” was played by Mary Tyler Moore and was probably the first “sexy mom.” Who was her next-door neighbor and best friend who had been in the USO with her? Also, her husband Rob worked for Alan Brady as a comedy writer. Alan Brady was portrayed by whom?
“All in the Family’s” Edith Bunker was the constantly frazzled and long-suffering wife of bigot Archie Bunker. What was the name Archie called her son-in-law Michael? Once, however, Archie criticized her ability to have sex at her age. What well-known phrase did she wail at him?
“Everybody Loves Raymond” is a show where the husband’s parents live across the street and the long-suffering wife Debra has to live with Raymond’s constant self-centeredness. What does she call Raymond? What does his brother Robert do every time he takes a bite of food? Ray accidently kills his daughter’s hamster. How does the hamster die and what was its name?
Another mother that the whole world loved was lazy Peggy Bundy in “Married…With Children.” What did her husband Al do for a living? Once Peg got into the cosmetics business and only had one customer. Who was that customer? What was the name of the county Peg was from? Finally, what was the name of the Bundy’s dog?
The answers to the questions are:
June Cleaver’s husband’s name was Ward.
“The Beaver’s” real name was Theodore.
Wally’s friend was Eddie Haskell.
Harriet Nelson’s two sons were named David and Ricky.
Ricky Nelson played the guitar.
Songs by Ricky Nelson included “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man and “It’s Late” to name a few. I’ve linked to some songs if you care to listen to them.
Ricky Nelson died in a plane crash. Harriet Nelson never recovered from the grief.
Shelly Fabares’ best friend in real life was Annette Funicello.
Laura Petrie’s best friend on The Dick Van Dyke Show is Millie.
Alan Brady was portrayed by Carl Reiner.
Michael on All in the Family was called “Meathead.”
When Edith’s sex drive was challenged she exclaimed “I’m in my prime!”
Debra routinely calls Ray an Idiot.
Robert always touches food to his chin before he eats it.
The hamster that got killed was named Pumpernickel and he got stuck to a box of fudge pops.
Peggy Bundy’s husband Al sold shoes.
Peg’s one and only cosmetics customer was herself.
Peg was from Wanker County.
The Bundy’s dog was named Buck.