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Old 01-31-2001, 04:39 AM
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Name some actors or actresses who have starred in at least 3 (reasonably) successful TV series

The rules[list=1][*]Each series must have lasted at least 80 episodes (about 3 or 4 seasons)1 on U.S. primetime network television[*]The actor must have played a major character on the series for at least 3 seasons (but not necessarily for the entire run of the series).[*]No actor gets credit for playing the same character in a second series[*]Playing the voice of a major character counts (Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson counts, but William Conrad as the narrator of "Buck Rogers" doesn't)[/list=1]I can think of only a few who (probably) fit the bill:

Michael Landon: Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven
Lee Majors The Big Valley, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy
Heather Locklear: Dynasty, T. J. Hooker, Melrose Place (and Spin City if she stays on the show a total of 3 years)
Bill Cosby: I Spy, The Cosby Show, Cosby
Kate Jackson: The Rookies, Charlie's Angels, Scarecrow and Mrs. King (I'm not sure she was a major character in "The Rookies". I don't think I've ever seen the show).

Surely there are others. Aren't there? It kept me up for a couple of hours last night trying to think of some, but these five were the only ones I could come up with. There is no shortage of people who have starred in two successful series.
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Old 01-31-2001, 05:05 AM
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Majel Barrett. She does the voices for the ships computers in the three latter-year Star Trek series. Not exactly a "starring character", but a crucially prominent one.

I think, nowadays, most actors are chosen not so much for their diversity, but because they fit the role. Typecasting seems much more common these days than it was forty years ago... and while, then, it was seen as something to avoid, now it seems to be considered beneficial to a career (if you're successful enough to be typecasted... cha-ching!).
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Old 01-31-2001, 05:55 AM
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William Shatner in (of course) Star Trek and TJ Hooker and y'know, that other one...umm...
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Old 01-31-2001, 06:47 AM
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RATS! I wanted to say Kelsey Grammar for Cheers, Frasier and Sideshow Bob. But the first two are the same character.
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Old 01-31-2001, 07:35 AM
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William Shatner in (of course) Star Trek and TJ Hooker and y'know, that other one...umm...
Are you thinking of "Rescue 911"? I had completely forgotten about that. It's not exactly what I had in mind, but I guess it does qualify.
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Old 01-31-2001, 07:47 AM
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Harry Morgan
Pete and Gladys
Dragnet
M*A*S*H
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Old 01-31-2001, 08:20 AM
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Can we count Jane Curtain for SNL, Kate & Allie, and Third Rock?
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Old 01-31-2001, 08:33 AM
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Carroll O'Connor:

All in the Family
Archie Bunker's Place
In the Heat of the Night


Shatner was also in "Barbary Coast, but I doubt that went to 80 episodes

James Garner?
Maverick
Rockford Files

I think he was in another series, but can't think of one



Bill Cosby has had a LOT more than 3 series:

I Spy
The Cosby Show (he played a high school atheltic instructor)
The Cosby Show (a variety show. It featured one of the last TV appearances of Groucho Marx)
The Cosby Show (Dr. Huxtable)
The Cosby Mysteries
The Cosby Show (the one where he's a retiree)
Little Bill
Fat Albert
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Old 01-31-2001, 08:46 AM
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Betty White:
"The Betty White Show" (1950s)
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970s)
"Golden Girls" (1990s)
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:01 AM
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:15 AM
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I'm sure David Hasselhof(sp?) must have been in something besides Night Rider and Baywatch. Don't know what though.
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:16 AM
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Bill Bixby:
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:22 AM
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do you want to open the floodgates and include game show hosts, too?

[nitpick alert](by the way Carrol O'Connor wouldn't count under the rules, since the character of Archie Bunker was the same for both AB's place and AITF).[/nitpick alert]
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:24 AM
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Bob Newhart:

The Bob Newhart Show
Newhart
Bob
I was thinking of him, but I don't think Bob meets the 80 episode criterium.

How about Ted Knight? He had at least two. If I was at home, I could consult a couple of books I have and I'm sure we'd discover even more.
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:26 AM
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Shatner was also in "Barbary Coast, but I doubt that went to 80 episodes

Neither did Star Trek - 68 eps.
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:30 AM
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Carroll O'Connor:

All in the Family
Archie Bunker's Place
In the Heat of the Night
He played the same character in the first two shows, so I don't think it counts.

Markie Post was in three series that each lasted at least three seasons (Night Court, The Fall Guy, and Hearts Afire)

Howie Mandel has been in three series that each lasted three seasons, but the last two were cartoons (St. Elsewhere, Muppet Babies (he did the voices of Animal, Bunsen and Skeeter), and Bobby's World.
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Old 01-31-2001, 10:03 AM
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What about Don Knotts? Dick Van Dyke? William Daniels!!!

I'm not sure if his frequent appearances in "Matlock" count, but he was certainly in both "Andy Griffith Show" and "Three's Company".

Also, not sure about the longevity of "The New Dick Van Dyke Show", but pair that with the original, and "Diagnosis Murder".

Hmm, this is harder than i thought!

Ok, this one for sure:

William Daniels: "St. Elsewhere", "Boy Meets World", and "Knight Rider"!
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Old 01-31-2001, 10:15 AM
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William Daniels also starred in the series "Captain Nice" in the early 1960s
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Old 01-31-2001, 10:40 AM
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Does Lucille Ball count?

I Love Lucy
The Lucy Show
Here's Lucy

Basically the same character, just different last names.
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Old 01-31-2001, 10:48 AM
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Bob Newhart

Aside from the fact that "Bob" only ran a season, you really can't even give him credit for two series, as he played the same character in both, though granted, the bulk of "newhart" was a vast and elaborate dream sequence...
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Old 01-31-2001, 11:40 AM
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And what about that one with him and Judd Hirsch? That was on for a season as well. And I'd consider the first two as different characters, gimmick ending notwithstanding,
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Old 01-31-2001, 11:44 AM
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Richard Boone:

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The Richard Boone Show
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Old 01-31-2001, 11:57 AM
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Julie Kavner:

Rhoda
The Tracey Ullman Show
The Simpsons


And yep, TheNerd

David Hasselhoff:

The Young and the Restless
Knight Rider
Baywatch


In addition to his unusual career as a German rock star, Hasselhoff has worked almost continuously since 1975. Just goes to show that talent is not necessarily the primary ingredient of success.
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Old 01-31-2001, 01:00 PM
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The 80 episode/3 season requirement is a killer. But I played this as a parlor game without that reuqirement, and here's who we found were the featured actors with the most series credits:

Harry Morgan (he's already been mentioned)
Shelly Fabares
Elinor Donahue

Granted, Elinor Donahue has mostly done recurring characters rather than featured roles, but Shelly Fabares (Donna Reed Show, One Day at a Time, Brian Keith Show and Coach) surely qualifies.

And let's not forget James Garner!
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Old 01-31-2001, 02:42 PM
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A notable "almost" is John Astin, who did The Addams Family, McMillan & Wife, and Operation Petticoat. Not to mention a few appearances as The Riddler on the Batman series after Frank Gorshin wouldn't do it anymore.

Just to point out a technicality, I think Shatner might be disqualified for his role in Star Trek. Weren't there only 79 episodes?
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Old 01-31-2001, 03:10 PM
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Just to point out a technicality, I think Shatner might be disqualified for his role in Star Trek. Weren't there only 79 episodes?
Somebody earlier said it was 68, but you're right. It was 79. On the other hand, he also played Captain Kirk on the Animated Series. can that count as an extension of the original one, pushing them over the 80 ep minimum?

And he also starred in an episode or two of The Twilight Zone (hey, you didn't say it had to be a recurring role!)
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Old 01-31-2001, 03:46 PM
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Julie Kavner:

Rhoda
The Tracey Ullman Show
The Simpsons


And yep, TheNerd
And Julie Kavner had a recurring role on (shudder) Herman's Head, one of Fox's early ill-concieved sitcoms.
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Old 01-31-2001, 03:48 PM
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Ak! I meant Yeardley Smith!
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Old 01-31-2001, 04:52 PM
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Aw, Peg!

The only one I could come up with was Ted McGinley - Marcy's husband "Jefferson D'arcy" on Married With Children (that made her married name "Marcy D'arcy"!), "Ace" the photographer on The Love Boat, and Roger Phillips on Happy Days.

Given the long runs of each of those shows, I'd have to count them successful, good taste or not!

I wanted to tout my hero, Bruce Campbell, but the character he played on Hercules is the same character he played on Xena, and his other shows (Jack of All Trades and Brisco County, Jr.) didn't last long enough.

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Old 01-31-2001, 05:12 PM
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ya honkies! how can ya forget opie?

The Andy Griffith Show
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Happy Days



And I happened to like Herman's head. Then again, I liked The Legend of Billie Jean, so what do I know?
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Old 01-31-2001, 05:25 PM
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First TV appearance was as "Happy Hotpoint" the Hotpoint Appliance elf, in commercials aired during the "Ozzie and Harriet Show" (1955)
"Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (1957)
"Peter Gunn" (you only saw her legs!)(1958)
"Dick Van Dyke Show, The" (1961)
"Mary Tyler Moore Show, The" (1970)
"Mary" (1978)
"Mary Tyler Moore Hour, The" (1979)
"Mary" (1985)
"Annie McGuire" (1988)
"New York News" (1995)
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Old 01-31-2001, 05:59 PM
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Tony Danza? I can't think of the third show but I thought he had one... I know of Taxi and Who's the Boss
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Old 01-31-2001, 06:07 PM
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Re: ya honkies! how can ya forget opie?

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The Andy Griffith Show
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Happy Days



And I happened to like Herman's head. Then again, I liked The Legend of Billie Jean, so what do I know?
Er, SORRY sweetcheeks, but "Opie" (Ron Howard) wasn't on "The Courtship of Eddie's Father." That was Brandon Cruz.
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Old 01-31-2001, 06:14 PM
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Tony Danza? I can't think of the third show but I thought he had one... I know of Taxi and Who's the Boss
I think Danza currently plays a lawyer on Family Law.

And Alzarian, I think we can credit Bob Newhart for 2 series. Newhart was a different show from the Bob Newhart Show, regardless of how they ended the series' run (which was a great joke, BTW).
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Old 01-31-2001, 06:18 PM
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Michael Landon

"Bonanza"
"Little House on the Prairie"
"Highway to Heaven"
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Old 01-31-2001, 06:20 PM
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Oh, piss ant, I just read the OP. Sorry for the repeat.
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Old 01-31-2001, 06:36 PM
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Ron Howard wasn't in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father."

How about Robert Urich? More shows overall than anyone else, with at least three hits: "Vega$," "Spenser: For Hire," and "Soap" (though only in one season of that). "S.W.A.T." was a big smash, but didn't have a long run.

When you start dealing with voice actors, the list grows quite quickly:

Lorenzo Music: "Rhoda" (live, though you never saw him), "Darkwing Duck," "Garfield and Friends," "Tale Spin"
June Foray: "Rocky & Bullwinkle" "The Incredible Hulk" (live), "Heathcliff," various Bugs Bunney compilation shows.
Don Messick: "The Duck Factory" (live), "Scooby-Doo," "Tiny Toons," "Jonny Quest"
Frank Welker: "Garfield and Friends," "The Real Ghostbusters," "Muppet Babies," "Heathcliffe," "Scooby Doo," and many others.
Tresse MacNeille: "Simpsons," "Tiny Toons," "Animaniacs," "Freakazoid," "Rugrats," "Smurfs," and many others.

Rene Auberjonois: "Benson," "Star Trek DSN," "Smurfs."
Bea Benaderet: "George Burns & Gracie Allen Show," "The Flintstones," "Beverly Hillbillies" (recurring role), "Petticoat Junction." She also did voice work in a string of Bugs Bunny shows.
Dann Florek: "L.A. Law," "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." The latter hasn't reached 80 yet, but probably will eventually. However, he didn't appear in 80 shows of any of these.
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Old 01-31-2001, 07:19 PM
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How about...

Mike Farrell
--Days of Our Lives
--M*A*S*H
--Providence (although it's current and not yet at 3 years or 80 episodes, it certainly looks like it's headed that way)

Pernell Roberts
--Bonanza
--Trapper John M.D.
--FBI: The Untold Stories

Charles Siebert
--Search for Tomorrow
--One Day at a Time
--Trapper John M.D.

Howard Hessman
--WKRP in Cincinnati
--One Day at a Time
--Head of the Class
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Old 01-31-2001, 07:33 PM
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Hah, got one I haven't seen yet:

Gavin McCloud in ...
McHale's Navy
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Love Boat
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Old 01-31-2001, 08:04 PM
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Richard Deacon:

"The Dick Van Dyke Show"
"Leave it to Beaver"
"The Beverly Hillbillies"


Vivian Vance:

"I Love Lucy"
"The Lucille Ball Show"
"Here's Lucy"


Howard Morris:

"The Andy Griffith Show"
"The Flintstones"
"Your Show of Shows"
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Old 01-31-2001, 08:23 PM
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Haven't thought of any of my own yet, so I will comment on the contributions of others:

Lee Majors: In addition to the three series mentioned by bibliophage, Majors had a fourth series make it three seasons, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, there were only 70 episodes, however.

Bill Cosby: I Spy barely qualifies Cosby because it only had 82 episodes. The first Bill Cosby Show (1969) likely does not meet the 80 episode requirement, though it lasted around three seasons.

Kate Jackson: In addition to bibliophage's listing she starred in Dark Shadows, qualifying show; however, she was not on it for three seasons.

William Shatner: If you include the the animated series, William Shatner played Captain Kirk in 101 episodes of something. You do have to include Rescue 911 to get three series as Barbary Coast was his next most successfull series with just 14 episodes.

Harry Morgan: Pete and Gladys only had 70 episodes so it does not qualify on its own, Morgan's character, however, was a spin-off of December Bride which had 146 episodes.

James Garner: Does not qualify. Maverick had 124 episodes (though Garner was only in 55), and Garner then revived the character in Bret Maverick in 1981 (another 18 episodes). The Rockford Files had 123 episodes (and several TV movies). Unfortunately, none of his other series (Nichols, Man of the People, God, the Devil and Bob) lasted even one season.

Carroll O'Connor: Does not qualify. All in the Family (210 eps.), Archie Bunker's Place (97 eps.), and In the Heat of the Night are his only successful TV series. As mentioned the first two are the same character. However, with over 450 TV episodes, he must be one of the most successfull in that count.

Betty White: Uncertain. Her first show, Life with Elizabeth, lasted '53-'55 so it may have 80 episodes. None of the THREE The Betty White Shows lasted more than a year. Mama's Family had 130 episodes, but White was only on for the first two seasons. Her clear qualifications are The Mary Tyler Moore Show (168 eps.) and The Golden Girls (180 eps. with another 24 eps from Golden Palace).

Bob Newhart: Does not qualify. The second The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart both qualify, but none of Newhart's other shows do.

Bill Bixby: Uncertain. The Courtship of Eddie's Father only had 75 episodes. My Favorite Martian had 107 episodes and The Incredible Hulk had 85, that give him two. Trying to find a third we have a show he hosted called Once Upon a Classic; I don't know how many episodes there were, but it ran from 1976-1979 so it may have hit 80. In addition to those named, he starred in another qualifying show (though for only one season), The Joey Bishop Show.

Ted Knight: Does not qualify. Two qualifiers are The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Too Close for Combfort. The closest to a third was voice work on New Adventures of Superman, in which he was the voice of Perry White. Only 70 episodes, though.

Markie Post: Does not qualify. Heart's Afire had only 54 episodes. The Fall Guy and Night Court do qualify, though.

Howie Mandel: Just barely qualifies as Bobby's World had exactly 80 episodes. The Howie Mandel Show (talk show) may have made it to 100 episodes considering the higher number of episodes for talk shows.

Don Knotts: Qualifies with not three, but four series. Search for Tomorrow was a soap opera on-air from '51-'86; Knotts was on from '53-'55. Five seasons on both The Andy Griffith Show and Three's Company are obvious, but Knotts was also the voice of Vice Principal Bone on Doug

Dick Van Dyke: Qualifies with The Dick Van Dyke Show, The New Dick Van Dyke Show (different character), and Diagnosis Murder.

Richard Boone: Does not qualify. Neither The Richard Boone Show or Hec Ramsey reached 80 episodes.

Shelley Fabares: Qualifies with four, Annie Oakley, The Donna Reed Show, One Day at a Time,and Coach.

Elinor Donahue: Father Knows Best and The Odd Couple are the only two shows that qualify.

John Astin: Does not qualify. Gomez Addams is a character with more than 80 episodes, but only if you include the animated series as well.

Yeardley Smith: Does not qualify, but barely. Brothers and The Simpsons are clear winners, but Herman's Head only had 72 episodes.

Ted McGinley: Does not qualify. Only appeared in two seasons of The Love Boat. Happy Days and Married...with Children qualify though.

Mary Tyler Moore: Does not qualify. Only The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show qualify.

Tony Danza: Does not qualify. Does not have a third show to join Taxi and Who's the Boss?. Family Law may change that some day, however.

Robert Urich: Does not qualify. Not one of his shows has made it to even 80 episodes (Spencer: For Hire only had 66).

Mike Farrell: Does not yet qualify.

Pernell Roberts: Does not qualify. FBI: The Untold Stories was only on for two seasons. It is unlikely it reached 80 episodes.

Charles Siebert: Does not qualify. He has only on Search for Tomorrow for two years.

Howard Hesseman: Does not qualify. He was only on One Day at a Time for two seasons.

Ok, to sum up we have:

Gavin McCloud
Michael Landon
Julie Kavner
Harry Morgan
Shelley Fabares
David Hasselhoff
Lucille Ball
Dick Van Dyke
William Daniels
Don Knotts
Howie Mandel
Lee Majors
Heather Locklear
Bill Cosby

Betty White and Bill Bixby are uncertain.
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Old 01-31-2001, 08:33 PM
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Betty White:
"The Betty White Show" (1950s)
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970s)
"Golden Girls" (1990s)
Don't forget, "Mama's Family" and "The Carol Burnett Show" (though often the character from "Mama's Family" was the character on "Carol Burnett"--she did have other roles on that variety show). And she was a regular on hte early "Tonight Show" and "Jack Parr Show."

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A notable "almost" is John Astin, who did The Addams Family, McMillan & Wife, and Operation Petticoat. Not to mention a few appearances as The Riddler on the Batman series after Frank Gorshin wouldn't do it anymore.
Don't forget, "Night Court."


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"Soap," "Who's the Boss?" and "Coach"

Ed Marinaro
"Laverne & Shirley," "Hill Street Blues," and "Sisters"

Scott Baio
"Happy Days," "Charles in Charge," and "Diagnosis: Murder"

Willie Aames
"Family," "Eight is Enough," and Charles in Charge"

Tom Poston
"Mork & Mindy," "Newhart," and "Grace Under Fire"

Marion Ross
"Happy Days," "The Love Boat," and "The Drew Carey Show"

Barbara Babcock
"Dallas," "Hill Street Blues," and "Dr. Quinn"

Crystal Bernard
"Happy Days," "It's a Living," and "Wings"

Gail Edwards
"It's a Living," "Full House," and "Blossom"
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Jason Bateman
"Little House on the Prairie," "Silver Spoons," and "Valerie/Valerie's Family/The Hogan Family" (same show, three name changes)
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Where are people finding the exact number of episodes? I've only been able to find series length in years and have been guestimating that a show must run for 4 years to qualify for 80 epsidoes.
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:03 PM
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How about Robert Conrad?

"Hawaiian Eye"
"Ba Ba Black Sheep"
"Wild Wild West"

Has anyone mentioned Burt Reynolds?

"Gunsmoke"
"Evening Shade" (may not be the right name)
"Dan August"

Gary Moore had three but all of them were as himself as was Steve Allen's and Johnny Carson's.
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:04 PM
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Hmmmm if the Twilight Zone counts..
I'd have to add Jack Klugman

The Odd Couple
Quincy, ME

I am wracking my brain trying to recall any others he was in but drawing a blank....
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:12 PM
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Don't forget, "Night Court."


Kathryn Helmond
"Soap," "Who's the Boss?" and "Coach"

Ed Marinaro
"Laverne & Shirley," "Hill Street Blues," and "Sisters"

Scott Baio
"Happy Days," "Charles in Charge," and "Diagnosis: Murder"

Willie Aames
"Family," "Eight is Enough," and Charles in Charge"

Tom Poston
"Mork & Mindy," "Newhart," and "Grace Under Fire"

Marion Ross
"Happy Days," "The Love Boat," and "The Drew Carey Show"

Barbara Babcock
"Dallas," "Hill Street Blues," and "Dr. Quinn"

Crystal Bernard
"Happy Days," "It's a Living," and "Wings"

Gail Edwards
"It's a Living," "Full House," and "Blossom"
Hmmm...does anyone else see a recurring pattern of Peta's TV habits when she was younger? (She probably watched the Monekees too!) I'm surprised you had time to watch all these and keep up on your reading.
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:13 PM
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Wasn't Elinor Donahue also a regular on Andy Griffith?
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Old 01-31-2001, 09:33 PM
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Bill Bixby: Uncertain. The Courtship of Eddie's Father only had 75 episodes. My Favorite Martian had 107 episodes and The Incredible Hulk had 85, that give him two. Trying to find a third we have a show he hosted called Once Upon a Classic; I don't know how many episodes there were, but it ran from 1976-1979 so it may have hit 80. In addition to those named, he starred in another qualifying show (though for only one season), The Joey Bishop Show.[/b]
Another almost ran, Goodnight, Beantown, but that was only a year and a half.

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Ted Knight: Does not qualify. Two qualifiers are The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Too Close for Combfort. The closest to a third was voice work on New Adventures of Superman, in which he was the voice of Perry White. Only 70 episodes, though.
Hmmm..if you count cartoon voiceovers, you have to include Journey to the Center of the Earth which lasted 2 years. No idea how many episodes.

Thanks, obfusciatrist, I didn't feel like paging through Fifty Years of Television by Vincent Terrace (awesome book) all night.

And I don't think Marion Ross was a "major character" (as per the OP) on Drew Carey for three years.
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Old 01-31-2001, 10:00 PM
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Ya um....I'm gonna have to give myself a big here.

See, I thought of Ron Howard and I said "self, you know he's been in Andy Griffith and Happy Days. Anything else? Nope. Let's go check IMDB." So, off I went. I scanned through his bio and I saw The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Good enough for me! Off I went to post.

Turns out it was the film TCOEF, which was made about 6 years before the tv series. mea culpa. I'll shut up now.
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