Jean G

The Psychic - S1-E28

Trivia: Watch the drive-in theater marquis when Briggs drives in to pick up his assignment. It reads "Geller and Solow / Spend the Money" - an in-joke reference to producer Bruce Geller and Desilu executive Herb Solow.

Jean G

Season 1 generally

Trivia: Throughout season one, the stack of photographs Briggs peruses in selecting his mission team includes one of a man in black-rimmed glasses. It's a shot of the show's creator/producer, Bruce Geller.

Jean G

11th Oct 2013

Hogan's Heroes (1965)

Trivia: Hogan's Heroes was originally conceived as a comedy set in a U.S. Penitentiary. Creator Bernard Fein tried for four years to sell it, gave up, and was headed home on a plane when he saw a passenger reading the novel Von Ryan's Express. That gave him an idea. He flew back to Hollywood with a proposal for a show now set in a German P.O.W. Camp, and sold the series in four days.

Jean G

26th Jun 2013

Burke's Law (1963)

Who Killed Eleanora Davis? - S1-E13

Trivia: In-jokes were the 1960s equivalent of DVD Easter eggs. Here, Burke does a double take at a fake tombstone in the roadside horror show. The epitaph reads, "He called Bat Masterson a Liar!" Prior to Burke's Law, Gene Barry starred in the title role of the Western series Bat Masterson.. (00:05:30)

Jean G

26th Jun 2013

Burke's Law (1963)

Who Killed Alex Debbs? - S1-E6

Trivia: Sammy Davis Junior's offbeat character, Cordwainer Bird, is an in-joke on the part of scriptwriter Harlan Ellison, who uses the Bird pseudonym to disassociate himself from productions that substantially rewrite/change his stories.

Jean G

20th Mar 2013

Switch (1975)

Big Deal in Paradise - S1-E21

Trivia: In an homage to the king of Hawaii-based cop shows, Hawaii Five-O, Don Ho tells MacBride and Ryan at the end that if they ever break up his night club again, he's going to call McGarrett. Ryan gives MacBride a baffled look and just before the freeze-frame, queries, "Who's McGarrett?"

Jean G

1st Aug 2012

Leverage (2008)

The Mile High Job - S1-E8

Trivia: Someone on Leverage's writing staff is a Dr. Who fan. When the team is on the escalator at the airport, Hardison asks Nate over the ear piece, "What IDs have you got on you?" Nate replies, "Let's see, we've got Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, and I have a Tom Baker." Sophie chirps, "Oh! I have a Baker as well!" Nate and Sophie then board the plane as Mr. and Mrs. Tom Baker. This was the first of what would become a running gag: the Tom Baker alias and several other Who references recur throughout the series. (00:12:00)

Jean G

Pilot (1) - S1-E1

Trivia: A number of in-joke Dr. Who references crop up throughout the series pilot. A group of doctors and scientists are introduced as Hartnell, Troughton, and Baker; there's a business card for I. M. Foreman in Totters Lane; and the cover of a science magazine sports headlines such as "Time and Relative Dimension in Space" and "Playing the Game of Rassilon."

Jean G

7th Jun 2012

Route 66 (1960)

Is It True There Are Poxies at the Bottom of Landfair Lake? - S4-E14

Trivia: This is the only Route 66 episode in the entire series in which the iconic Corvette does not appear at all.

Jean G

Trivia: According to Ancestry.com, Have Gun, Will Travel star Richard Boone was descended from George Boone (1738–1820), a brother of famed American frontiersman Daniel Boone.

Jean G

11th Sep 2011

Hawaii Five-O (1968)

A Bullet for El Diablo - S6-E10

Trivia: The sleazy, posterior-scratching landlord was played by Charles Dubin, who usually worked behind the cameras. He directed dozens of Hawaii Five-O episodes. (00:42:45)

Jean G

Trivia: Donald Pleasence was an RAF pilot and a genuine POW. His plane was shot down, and he was interned in a German camp. In an interview about The Great Escape he said that the film's producers weren't interested in hearing his suggestions about making the camp scenes more realistic, so "I simply learned to shut my mouth."

Jean G

Trivia: David McCallum, whose character is killed at the railway station while trying to escape, says that his daughter Sophie has never been able to watch this movie, "Because she cannot stand the thought of seeing her father shot."

Jean G

Far Beyond the Stars - S6-E13

Trivia: Sisco purchases a copy of Galaxy at the newsstand. In an homage to the original Star Trek, the mock-up magazine's cover art is a matte painting of "Starbase 11" that appeared as a background in the episodes "Court Martial" and "Menagerie, Part 1."

Jean G

30th Oct 2010

Ragtime (1981)

Trivia: James Cagney was granted several "special dispensations" when he agreed to appear in this film. He was given an opt-out clause allowing him to quit at any time should he deem the schedule too grueling; his presence convinced the unions to allow Ragtime to continue shooting during a major strike, a privilege afforded no other movie in production at the time; and when the ailing 81-year-old Cagney had trouble memorizing lines, director Mike Nichols had cue cards prepared for him.

Jean G

30th Oct 2010

Ragtime (1981)

Trivia: During Evelyn's silent movie shoot on the beach, there's a brief close-up of a scruffy pirate. He's played by Jack Nicholson in an uncredited cameo.

Jean G

30th Oct 2010

Babylon 5 (1994)

Trivia: Watch for the Psi Corps recruiting commercial that appears in the episode "And Now for a Word." It contains a subliminal message that says "The Psi Corps is your friend. Trust the Corps."

Jean G

30th Oct 2010

Babylon 5 (1994)

Trivia: J. Michael Staczynski wanted to create mature, adult science fiction — not a kids' show. His rule was that any cute kids that appeared in an episode had to be killed off by the end of that episode (e.g. "Believers" and "Confessions and Lamentations.").

Jean G

30th Oct 2010

Babylon 5 (1994)

Trivia: Jerry Doyle says that his favorite episode was "Points of Departure" because his character spent the entire episode in a coma - but Doyle received full salary for the role anyway.

Jean G

30th Oct 2010

Babylon 5 (1994)

Trivia: Special effects artist Ron Thornton based the design of the Vorlon ships on the shape of a bulb of garlic.

Jean G

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