Laugh(s) … And The Whole World Laughs With You

A few classic episodes and scenes from my favorite television sitcoms (and one movie that inspired one). Thanks for the memories, folks, and our salute to all of you who brought us such joy and much laughter.

The Sundance Network on cable (Sundance TV) shows episodes of classic sitcoms Monday through Friday beginning around 6 in the morning. Usually 3-4 hours worth. They call it “The Set.” I highly recommend.

Monday: M*A*S*H

I couldn’t find full episode “Cowboy” or a scene from it but here’s a picture of Henry Blake (played by the late McLane Stevenson) after a driver-less Jeep runs through a latrine where Henry was attending to his needs. Henry’s line was something like “Jeep … Latrine … BOOM!” I often use the picture when I’m talking about how someone (pick a coach, manager or athlete) has snatched defeat from the jaws of certain victory.

Tuesday: BARNEY MILLER
Girl friend laces Wojo’s brownies with hash and see the results.

Wednesday: ALL IN THE FAMILY
Archie “babysits” for Mike and Gloria

Thursday: THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW
The Loaded Goat.

Friday: THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW
I couldn’t find full episode, but here’s a scene from “Chuckles Bites The Dust,” maybe the greatest single episode in sitcom history.

SITCOMS I MISS

1. WKRP in Cincinnati

2. Car 54 Where Are You?

3. The Odd Couple

With apologies to Tony Randall (Felix) and Jack Klugman (Oscar), Jack Lemmon (Felix) and Walter Matthau (Oscar) did the roles just a little bit better, as you can see in this scene from the original movie penned by Neil Simon. And yes, that is Heywood Hale “Woodie” Broun, who did sports and other classic pieces for the Saturday edition of “The CBS Evening News with Roger Mudd.”

CLASSIC SITCOM SCENES
1. Taxi
Reverend Jim takes his driving test to become a taxi driver.

2. Cheers
Actor George Wendt, who once attended Notre Dame and was known as “Beerstealer” becomes he stole everyone’s beer, and a collection of his famous “Norm” entrances.

3. The Phil Silvers Show (Sgt. Bilko)
A scene from “Hillbilly Wiz.”

4. Mr. Ed I
Ed meets the Dodgers.

5. Mr. Ed II
Ed meets Clint Eastwood.

6. Bob Newhart
The finale from his second show, “Newhart,” had this classic ending.

FINALLY …
Tim Conway at his best on “The Carol Burnett Show”