Thursday, June 24, 2010

TV Dinners: Mother knew best

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 2:00 AM

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In a simpler, less complicated time, television sitcoms featured happy families where Dad had a good job, Mom stayed home (and frequently had a cook or cleaning lady to help) and the kids were well-groomed, well-behaved, popular in school and sports and, better yet, were sexy teenage heartthrobs, like Ozzie and Harriet's Ricky Nelson or the Donna Reed Show's Paul Peterson.

The first commenter to correctly answer the five questions about famous TV moms, dads and housekeepers before midnight tomorrow -- Friday, June 25 -- will win a vintage, slightly worn copy of the 1961 cookbook What Cooks in Suburbia, which features recipes for the kind of dishes you would expect Donna Reed or Mary Tyler Moore to be whipping up in their spotless kitchens: Mock Cheesecake, Fresh Blueberry Roly-Poly and Nesselrode Pie. The questions follow...

1. Carol Brady was a stay-at-home suburban Mom who never seemed to be cooking, cleaning or cleaning toilets on The Brady Bunch. Why should she? She had live-in cleaning gal Alice to do the work. What actress played Alice?

2. In the 1992 episode of this popular sitcom, the father of the family sneakily orders junk food while his wife is away at a conference, but is caught when the take-out man arrives with pizza, chicken wings and ice cream. What was the name of this sitcom?

3. In an episode of this 1980s sitcom, a business dinner is nearly ruined when Rick agrees to babysit for ... a boa constrictor! What was the name of this sitcom?

4. In a famous episode of a classic 1950s sitcom, the title character baked a loaf of bread that nearly engulfed the kitchen. What was the name of this sitcom?

5. In this 1960s comedy series, a widowed father of a precocious little boy invites his aunt to move in as housekeeper and cook. What was the name of this sitcom?

 

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