Surprising Details from Your Favorite Sitcoms You Never Noticed

February 13, 2024

"Laramie" Actors Did More than Act on the Show. 

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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One of the unique things about the television western, Laramie, which ran from 1959 to 1963, was devoted to authenticity. For that reason, the show’s two main characters, Slim Sherman, played by John Smith, and Jess Harper, played by Robert Fuller, actually did the required work on the ranch. When an episode showed the characters chopping wood, the actors were really chopping the wood. They fed chickens, repaired the roof, washed dishes, and cleaned stalls. Other westerns of the time – and there were a lot of them – weren’t as dedicated to this degree of authenticity. It helped to add a dose of realism to the show. 

"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.