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Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby themanwho » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:35 am

The answer is

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The titles of the shows are all complete sentences:

Eight is Enough
What's Happening?
Everybody Loves Raymond
Three's Company
[don't know this one]
Orange is the New Black
She Wrote Murder
Who's the Boss?
Father Knows Best
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia


I'll add:

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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby themanwho » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:39 am

I looked closer at the one I missed. It's

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Bridget Loves Bernie


Which means we can add another el supremo crappo sitcom from my youth:

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I owned this album.
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby themanwho » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:40 am

Did all the garbage sitcoms of the 80s fit this pattern?

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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby themanwho » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:43 am

themanwho wrote:Did all the garbage sitcoms of the 80s fit this pattern?


Yup. Especially if they also featured Ann Jillian.

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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby themanwho » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:46 am

If I post any more I'm gonna trigger this message board's "Junk Post" filter. It wouldn't be wrong.

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A lot of these shows feature contractions of the word "is".
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Momma Snider » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:37 am

Is that new one I Married Joan? I vaguely remember a show with that title when I was very small, maybe late 50s. The only thing I remember about it is the theme song, which still comes to mind sometimes, but since I wasn't very verbal yet, what I remember is, "I married Joan, what a girl what a whirl what a wife, I married Joan, bada burr bada burr bada bife. Eeben deeben daben eeb waden waden..." and so on.
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Momma Snider » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:42 am

I have a few other entries for the list but don't know how to hide them, so I won't post them. Come on, I was born in the 50s! How would I know this technical stuff? :)
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby skullturfq » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:46 pm

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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Momma Snider » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:21 pm

There's I Love Lucy, Life Goes On, and Car 54, Where Are You?

You youngsters really missed out with that last show. It was very funny!
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:26 pm

Pretty funny that I thought of
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"Bridget Loves Bernie"
but left off
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"I Love Lucy"
for some reason.
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Bill » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:46 pm

I think I've got the Schrödinger’s sitcom:

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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby skullturfq » Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:24 pm

Bill wrote:I think I've got the Schrödinger’s sitcom:

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Very nice.

A related topic that sometimes comes up on the internet (on these messageboards and elsewhere) is to try to think of band names that qualify. Ken may have had a list of those once. Some examples of such bands are

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They Might Be Giants
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Yo La Tengo
Johnny Hates Jazz

Also, I can think of a "Schrodinger's band" for this list. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1991. I can interpret their name either as an imperative, or as a noun phrase.
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby rockgolf » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:36 pm

I was going to suggest "Wipeout" as a Schrodinger title.

Potentially, you could consider "The Amazing Race" as one, but I'm not sure if you'd consider it a game show.

Several other band names fit skullturfq's criteria:
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It Bites
Go West
Take That
We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Going to Use It

with a possible Shrodinger example of
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...and You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Bill » Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:55 pm

rockgolf wrote:Potentially, you could consider "The Amazing Race" as one, but I'm not sure if you'd consider it a game show.


Wow. That opens up a whole new genre. Growing Pains... Family Ties... Love, American Style, and these:

M*A*S*H: An Idaho-based cooking program on the Food Network.

Taxi: A half-hour comedy about a team of air traffic controllers who direct airplanes on the runway.

The Late Show with David Letterman: The former comedian becomes a medium conducting seances for people wishing to contact recently deceased family members.

Castle: The story of a best-selling mystery novelist who volunteers as a chess coach in his spare time.

Rockford Files: A classic series about a private detective with way too much paperwork to do.
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Bill » Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:03 pm

There is a perceived difference between the cultures in Eastern countries and Western countries. The East place a high emphasis on planning and preparation. The West wing.
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Bill » Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:25 am

"I understand you have an alibi for the time of the murder."

"True, Detective."
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Bill » Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:23 am

"Which of these 'Countries of the World' trading cards is in the highest demand?"

"America's most wanted."

Come on, Neel. You know you want to.
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Bill » Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:03 pm

How about a quiz? Can you fill in each blank with a TV show title, repurposed as a complete sentence? (Changing capitalization and punctuation is allowed.)

1. When the economy is this bad, sales of different bed sizes follow predictable patterns. King drops. Queen drops. [ _____ ]

2. My children, I remember well what it was like to be single. Oh, how I went to the dance club one evening! [ _____ ] How we danced all night!

3. Archie's choice should be simple. Betty helps all of his plans. [ _____ ]

4. How many people make a good party? 10 suck. 20 can be okay. [ _____ ]

5. Different creatures like to record memories in different ways. Frankenstein's monster blogs. The Mummy scrapbooks. [ _____ ]
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Momma Snider » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:47 am

I got all but #2! I love when I can play with the smart people!
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby rockgolf » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:00 am

Not sure on 2.
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1. Twin peaks.
2. So you think you can dance??
3. Veronica mars.
4. 30 Rock. (cuz "30... something" didn't seem specific enough
5. The vampire diaries.
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby rockgolf » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:07 am

Two random questions on TV show titles.

1. What recent network series can lose the first letter from its title leaving the title of an older and more successful TV series?
2. What NBC series title forms the title of a different NBC series when a verb suffix is attached? (Hint: Both shows were on the air at the same time.)
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Bill » Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:38 am

rockgolf wrote:Two random questions on TV show titles.

1. What recent network series can lose the first letter from its title leaving the title of an older and more successful TV series?
2. What NBC series title forms the title of a different NBC series when a verb suffix is attached? (Hint: Both shows were on the air at the same time.)


I wasn't able to get these. Maybe more hints would help.

You (and surely Momma Snider) got all of mine but #2, which was intended to be:

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How I met your mother!


I wouldn't have used "So You Think You Can Dance" for this, because it legitimately fits Ken's original criteria (game show or otherwise). I didn't state it explicitly, but the quiz was part of my extended riff on your creative "The Amazing Race" genre of answers.

And now it's time to get truly ridiculous:

6. 79 percent of professional basketball players execute their vertical leap based on how they were taught at university. [ _____ ]

7. The small whimper practicality. [ _____ ]

8. Law-abiding citizen doesn't care about stricter penalties. [ _____ ]

9. Monday morning dims my mood. [ _____ ]

10. Change Jackie's diaper. Take out the trash. Set the timer on the coffee maker. [ _____ ] Then, put her to bed.
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Neel Mehta » Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:02 am

rockgolf wrote:Two random questions on TV show titles.

1. What recent network series can lose the first letter from its title leaving the title of an older and more successful TV series?
2. What NBC series title forms the title of a different NBC series when a verb suffix is attached? (Hint: Both shows were on the air at the same time.)


Don't know the second. I had a little fun with the first question, imagining shows like...

TATE OF AFFAIRS: Tate Donovan tries to live a double life in a small town.
ARKS AND RECREATION: Chris Pratt is a slacker archaeologist student who pursues Biblical relics.
IKE & MOLLY: Ike Turner and Molly Ringwald have a tempestuous singing partnership.
THE DD COUPLE: David Duchovny and Danny DeVito get enormous breast implants.
OM: Jenna Elfman loses patience but gains clients when the A/C breaks in her yoga studio.
HARK TANK: In a time of peace, military reservists use an expensive vehicle to herald parades.
REY'S ANATOMY: NFL player Rey Maualuga shares the stories behind his scars.
ART OF DIXIE: Southern con artists amass a fortune selling forged Confederate sculptures.
HOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?: Volunteer firefighters try not to cross the streams.

But the answer you're looking for is
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SMASH --> M*A*S*H


Bill wrote:And now it's time to get truly ridiculous:

6. 79 percent of professional basketball players execute their vertical leap based on how they were taught at university. [ _____ ]

7. The small whimper practicality. [ _____ ]

8. Law-abiding citizen doesn't care about stricter penalties. [ _____ ]

9. Monday morning dims my mood. [ _____ ]

10. Change Jackie's diaper. Take out the trash. Set the timer on the coffee maker. [ _____ ] Then, put her to bed.


I've abstained from this because I'm not very good at coming up with them, and only slightly better at solving yours. Took a while, but I got them all.

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6. 21 Jump Street
7. The Big Bang Theory
8. Criminal Minds
9. Friday Night Lights
10. Nurse Jackie
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Bill » Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:37 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:I've abstained from this because I'm not very good at coming up with them...


Yet in the very same post, you do a similarly extended riff using a different gimmick. You and I are more alike than you'd care to admit, Neel Mehta.

However, we can agree that you are skilled in solving mine, as you went five for five, and I thought some of them were quite difficult.

And I did eventually get the answer to Rockgolf's second question:

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ER --> E-Ring
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Re: Just the Ten of Us (Jan 27 blog)

Postby Neel Mehta » Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:46 pm

Bill wrote:
Neel Mehta wrote:I've abstained from this because I'm not very good at coming up with them...


Yet in the very same post, you do a similarly extended riff using a different gimmick. You and I are more alike than you'd care to admit, Neel Mehta.


Fair enough.

Solving yours: false modesty. #10 was the only easy one for me, but I had enough context clues to eventually figure out the others. #6 was particularly enjoyable.

Making TV titles sound like sentences: real modesty. I've thought about this topic even before you called me out the first time, and came up with nothing. I can be good at gimmicks, but this is not one of them. I can't even think of good TV titles.

So... I pulled up a long list of TV titles from Wikipedia and found only 6 that I could possibly reverse engineer. And I'm only doing 5 of them, because I can't find a way to make White Collar not sound racist.

11. I get no positive feedback among the living, but the [ _____ ].

12. When the NFL and NBA commissioners meet for lunch, you see a contrast in styles. Goodell uses a fork to pick up his rice. [ _____ ]

13. The union representative followed a predictable approach to the conflict: Please Labor. [ _____ ]

14. We had five interrogators pry information from the young students, splitting them by gender. 3 of them got the boys to talk. [ _____ ]

15. The world can never know about these idiots and their time traveling machine. Go ahead and brainwash Bill if you want, but you [ _____ ].
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