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On March 5, 1986, a short-lived television version of Fast Times at Ridgemont High debuted. The series – titled Fast Times – was based on the hugely successful 1982 movie. In its favor, the sitcom brought along several key creative minds who were behind the original film. Amy Heckerling, who directed the movie, served as […]

“Hollywood has run out of original ideas!” It’s a familiar battle cry from critics who lament sequels and reboots in the modern entertainment industry. Still, fact is Hollywood has been recycling ideas for generations, especially when it comes to turning successful films into TV shows. The trend really took off in the ‘70s and ‘80s, […]

The showrunner of the revamped Scooby-Doo cartoon series revealed it was easy to land Axl Rose as guest star for the most recent episode, adding that the singer was easy to work with too. The Guns N’ Roses frontman lent his voice and likeness to Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? after a member of the production team suggested […]

Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is known as one of the most animated frontmen in music. Now he’s literally getting animated in an upcoming episode of Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? In the episode, the Mystery Gang – made up of Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby – heads out on a road trip along […]

In the right context, cursing on the job can be cathartic. But in the wrong setting, it can stain a career — like in the infamous case of Charles Rocket, who was fired from Saturday Night Live soon after dropping an F-bomb during an episode on Feb. 21, 1981. This wasn’t the dismissal of a frivolous bit player […]

In February 1996, VH1 launched one of the most important series in the network’s history with the premiere of Storytellers. After originally beginning as the ugly stepsister to MTV – the music-video powerhouse that became a massive influence on pop culture – VH1 had slowly started to create its own identity in the late ‘80s and […]

There is no holiday that’s off limits to TV producers and networks looking to create a “very special episode” of your favorite shows. Like the many Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving specials before it, Valentine’s Day has brought together some of television’s finest as they searched for love, found love, struggled with love or completely forgot […]

Television shows have a long history of booking A-list musical guest stars to attract viewers and higher ratings. Although Miami Vice was the king of the cameo during the ’80s, the show wasn’t alone in seeking out top talent. On Feb. 11, 1986, long-running action show The A-Team booked ’80s pop star Boy George to […]

On Feb. 9, 1991, Saturday Night Live welcomed a new cast member who would go on to become one of the show’s biggest stars and a massive Hollywood celebrity. But viewers watching at home likely missed Adam Sandler’s debut. The comedian’s career had begun just a few years earlier. Appearing in a handful of episodes of The […]

On Jan. 27, 1976, television welcomed its first female-fronted blue-collar comedy, Laverne & Shirley. The characters had originally shown up on TV in 1975, appearing for the first time in an episode of Happy Days. Garry Marshall, the hugely successful television producer, based the duo on two women he’d met during his dating days in Brooklyn. “We […]