Overlooked Facts About Beloved Sitcoms That Will Take You Back In Time

June 4, 2024

Age Meant Nothing on "Our Miss Brooks".

This collection of colorized images from classic 1950s and 1960s black-and-white television shows will have you reminiscing about some of your favorite past series. If you were a fan when these shows originally aired, you will love to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets, fun facts, feuds, and tragedies that were not publicly known about these classic shows at the time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a blast from the past with these colorized screen stills from classic black-and-white television shows.

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Did you know that Richard Crenna was the first actor who was over the age of 21 and was cast to play a teenage high school student? He played the role of high schooler Walter Denton in Our Miss Brooks even though he was 25 years old at the time. To make it seem more plausible, Crenna spoke in a higher-pitched voice. Crenna set a standard for adults portraying teens on the small screen and big screen. For example, Stockard Channing was 33 when she played Rizzo in Grease. Alan Ruck was 29 when he played Cameron, Matthew Broderick’s wingman in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And, Ben Platt, age 27, recently starred as a high school student in Dear Evan Hansen

"My Favorite Martian" Nearly Ruined Ray Walston's Acting Career. 

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When it debuted in 1963, My Favorite Martian was the first television sitcom with a science fiction theme. It was often lumped with Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie as the earliest sci-fi series, but the later two are really based in magic, whereas My Favorite Martian is a focused on science and technology. Character actor Ray Walston was cast as the title role. Later, Walston said he regretted taking the role, but he did so because he needed the money. After the show ended in 1966, Walston had trouble landing other roles. Casting directors had trouble seeing him in more serious roles. Despite this, Walston said that the best thing about the show was meeting his co-star, Bill Bixby. Walston and Bixby became good friends.