Archive Highlights

Tears, Dreams, and Blank Screens: A Brief History of the Series Finale

April 28th, 2016
Leave It To Beaver

Lucy accidently destroys a newly sculpted Revolutionary War statue in the town square. A grenade temporarily blinds Eliot Ness. Perry Mason successfully defends an eccentric actress in a murder case. These describe three episodes of the most successful shows of the ‘50s and ‘60s. What do they all have in common? They’re all the final episodes of their respective series.

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The Late Garry Shandling

March 31st, 2016
Garry Shandling

June Gloom hung in the sky as I frantically paced back and forth at the foot of a driveway of a beautiful home in Brentwood. I was supposed to be interviewing Garry Shandling for the Archive of American Television, and he was late. Very late.

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Valentine’s Schmalentines: Television’s Volatile Relationships

February 12th, 2016
Cheers' Sam and Diane

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d write about some of television’s famous relationships. But let’s face it, happily ever after is not all that interesting, especially when it’s in a series that is running 100+ episodes. To make it compelling you need some acrimony, some yelling, some break ups.

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Spin-offs: The Good, The Bad, and "The Tortellis"

January 26th, 2016
The Tortellis

One thing remains constant in the ever-changing landscape of American Television: where there’s a successful series, there is always the possibility of a spin-off. The temptation to remove a supporting character and give him/her a series of their own is always strong. But it can be a dangerous proposition.

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Archive Perspectives: Andy Kaufman as Tony Clifton

December 17th, 2015
Tony Clifton on Taxi

While cataloging interviews for The Archive of American Television, I hear about some topics from different perspectives.

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Happy 101st Birthday, Norman Lloyd!

November 8th, 2015
Norman Lloyd

Acting, directing, producing - longevity in any one of these endeavors is impressive. Norman Lloyd has flourished in all three. The sheer number of credits to his name are staggering by any measure, even for someone turning 101 years old.

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Garry Marshall Turns 80!

November 13th, 2014
Garry Marshall

“On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence…” So goes the opening for the TV series The Odd Couple.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Was A Trekkie

January 22nd, 2013

(Reposted from MediaPost article by Archive Director Karen Herman with permission.)

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7 pieces of comic wisdom from Phyllis Diller

March 12th, 2011

Phyllis Diller was interviewed for the Archive of American Television in 2000 about her long career in comedy, both on TV and the stage. Her trademark cigarette, fright wig, and of course, that iconic laugh were all discussed during her three-hour interview by Fred Wostbrock.

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10 things you may not know about "Star Trek"

March 3rd, 2011

The Archive of American Television has interviewed many actors, visual effects artists, directors, stuntmen, writers, and others involved in the production of NBC's Star Trek (1966-1969) as well as its spin-offs.

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