NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- From the "Heidi-Bowl" to Muhammad Ali
raising the torch at The 1996 Olympics to Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction
at The Superbowl, television has provided some of the most significant and
surprising moments in history. Building on the success of 2004's 100 Most
Memorable TV Moments, TV Land will premiere TV Guide and TV Land Present: The
100 Most Unexpected TV Moments on Monday, December 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This
five-part special -- which coincides with the December 1 publication of TV
Guide's editorial feature -- looks at some of the most unexpected milestones
in television history. Topics to be covered will range from the Al and Tipper
kiss to Frank Sinatra being surprised by the appearance of his new bride, Mia
Farrow, on What's My Line?
TV Guide Magazine, the premiere source for television and entertainment,
and TV Land, the classic TV experts, have partnered to narrow down the 100
most hilarious, significant, influential and shocking TV moments of all time
with this premiere and a companion issue of TV Guide Magazine. This five-night
series of one-hour specials reflects on more than 50 years of outstanding
televised moments spanning the spectrum of TV genres, including news, dramas,
soaps, comedies, talk shows and sports. The TV Land special is produced by Gay
100 Most Unexpected TV Moments on TV Land features archival clips,
original interviews and rare appearances by celebrities who discuss the impact
of television's most unanticipated moments. From the surprising reunion of
Sonny and Cher on Late Night with David Letterman to the bewildering
St. Elsewhere finale to the infamous Janet Jackson Superbowl incident, this
countdown special showcases the moments that have become indelibly etched in
our memories and continue to stand the test of time.
"TV Land continues to create originals that celebrate all that is special
about television's rich history," explains Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land
and Nick at Nite. "We are thrilled to again partner our expertise in classic
television with TV Guide's rich history of covering the entertainment industry
to bring our originals to a whole new level. The 100 Most Unexpected TV
Moments enables us both to look back at these significant moments which have
had a profound impact on our lives."
Highlights from the 100 Moments Include:
* 1 moment from the 1950s; 14 in the 1960s; 18 in the 1970s; 17 from the
1980s; 25 moments from the 1990s and 25 moments beginning 2000 and on.
* 8 Talk Show Moments such as when Sony and Cher reunited on Late Night
with David Letterman for "I've Got You Babe."
* 8 Game Show Moments like when contestant Yolanda Bowersley's top came
down on The Price is Right
* 12 Sports Moments including 3 Olympic Moments such as Muhammad Ali
making a surprise appearance to light the torch at the
1996 Summer Olympics.
100 Most Unexpected TV Moments is a Gay Rosenthal Production produced
exclusively for TV Land. Executive Producers are Gay Rosenthal and Paul
Barrosse from Gay Rosenthal Productions and Sal Maniaci, Senior Vice
President, TV Land and Nick at Nite, Development and Original Production.
Nicholas Caprio of Gay Rosenthal Productions is Co-Executive Producer.
The following are episode descriptions for TV Guide and TV Land Present:
The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments (all times ET/PT):
Monday, December 5, 10 p.m. Moments 100-81, (Close Caption) (TV-PG)
First of five shows, in which twenty moments over five acts are presented,
beginning with moment #100 and ending with moment #81, including clips from
Roseanne, South Park, Steambath, Match Game, and The Family Guy and several
others. This installment also features commentary from Carl Reiner, Melissa
Rivers, Tommy Smothers, Penn & Teller, Jenna Fisher and several Hollywood
Tuesday, December 6, 10 p.m., Moments 80-61, (Close Caption) (TV-PG)
Second of five shows, in which twenty moments over five acts are
presented, beginning with moment #80 and ending with moment #61, including
clips from Saturday Night Live, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Get Christie Love,
The 2005 Masters Tournament, The Mike Douglas Show and several others. This
installment also features commentary from John Stossel, William Shatner, Doris
Roberts, Greg Gumbel, Jim Nantz and several others.
Wednesday, December 7, 10 p.m., Moments 60-41, (Close Caption) (TV-PG)
Third of five shows, in which twenty moments over five acts are presented,
beginning with moment #60 and ending with moment #41, including clips from The
Larry Sanders Show, Cop Rock, Password, I Married Dora, the 1968 Democratic
National Convention, Late Night with David Letterman and several others. This
installment also features commentary from Norman Lear, Michael Imperioli, Ted
Koppel, Chris Matthews and several others.
Thursday, December 8, 10 p.m., Moments 40-21, (Close Caption) (TV-PG)
Fourth of five shows, in which twenty moments over five acts are
presented, beginning with moment #40 and ending with moment #21, including
clips from The Steve Allen Show, The West Wing, the 1984 Summer Olympics,
Thirtysomething and CBS Evening News. This installment also features
commentary from Ed McMahon, Sheryl Crow, Louie Anderson, Walter Cronkite and
Friday, December 9, 10 p.m., Moments 20-1, (Close Caption) (TV-PG)
Fifth and final show, in which twenty moments over five acts are
presented, beginning with moment #20 and ending with moment #1, including
clips from Six Feet Under, Seinfeld, The Smothers Brothers, Dallas, Newhart,
Nightline and several others. This installment also features commentary from
Darren Star, Patrick Duffy, Mo'Nique, Pete Townshend, Bob Newhart and several
Below is the complete list of The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments:
100 HOGAN'S HEROES THE UNLIKELY POW CAMP COMEDY. (9/17/65)
99 SNL DEBBIE DOWNER CRACK UP (5/1/04)
98 BATTLESTAR GALACTICA IN THE FIRST SEASON FINALE, BOOMER IS
REVEALED AS A CYLON, LEAVES ADMIRAL ADAMA FOR DEAD. (1/24/05)
97 ROSEANNE IN "A STASH FROM THE PAST," ROSEANNE FINDS POT AND
LECTURES DAVID, THEN PARTAKES WITH DAN AND JACKIE. LATER THEY
REALIZE THE STASH WAS THEIR OWN FROM YEARS AGO. (10/5/93)
96 YOU'RE IN THE PICTURE JACKIE GLEASON'S GAME SHOW BOMB, MAKES
95 FAMILY GUY FOX'S FAILED SERIES ARE SPOOFED IN THE EPISODE
"NORTH BY NORTH QUAHOG." (5/1/05)
94 VH1 FASHION AWARDS JIM CARREY INTRODUCES ROLLING STONES WEARING A
FIG LEAF. (10/28/97)
93 SOUTH PARK THE S*** SHOW. 162 UTTERANCES IN EPISODE
"IT HITS THE FAN." (6/20/01)
92 THE FLYING NUN SALLY FIELD SERVES GOD, TAKES FLIGHT. (9/7/67)
91 SEX AND THE CITY -- IN SERIES FINALE, BIG'S NAME REVEALED ON
CARRIE'S CELL PHONE. (2/22/04)
90 WILL & GRACE OVER CENSORS' OBJECTIONS, KAREN ADVISES LORRAINE:
"EAT ME." (5/8/03)
89 VMAS COURTNEY LOVE CRASHES MADONNA'S INTERVIEW. (9/7/95)
88 SOAP JESSICA EXORCISES THE DEVIL FROM GRANDSON WITH IMPASSIONED
87 DAYTIME EMMYS SUSAN LUCCI WINS EMMY AFTER EIGHTEEN LOSSES.
86 STEAMBATH -- BILL BIXBY & VALERIE PERRINE IN THE NUDE, SLIPPED BY
85 2003 VMAS THREE-WAY KISS: MADONNA, BRITNEY, & CHRISTINA.
84 THE DATING GAME PAUL LYNDE IS BACHELOR #1. CONTESTANT: "I'VE JUST
GIVEN YOU BACHELOR #2. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH HIM?" LYNDE:
"GO DANCING!" (6/1/68)
83 THE SURREAL LIFE TELEVANGELIST TAMMY FAYE MEETS PORN STAR RON
82 MATCH GAME PANEL REVOLTS: STOPS THE SHOW WHEN THEY DON'T AGREE
WITH JUDGES. LEGENDARY "SCHOOL RIOT." (7/8/77)
81 DUKES OF HAZZARD COUSINS "COY" AND "VANCE" REPLACE ORIGINAL "BO"
AND "LUKE" AFTER CONTRACT DISPUTE. (9/24/82)
80 AMERICAN IDOL WILLIAM HUNG'S "SHE BANGS" (1/27/04)
79 20/20 STOSSEL SLAPPED BY WWF CHAMP 'DR. D'. WRESTLER BANNED,
STOSSEL COLLECTS. (2/21/85)
78 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE LORNE MICHAELS OFFERS $3000 TO BEATLES FOR
77 FAMILY FEUD FRED BAEDEKER BOMBS OUT ON THE BIG BOARD WITH INSANE
76 1977 SCIENCE FICTION FILM AWARDS HOST WILLIAM SHATNER SINGS
"ROCKET MAN." (1/21/78)
75 1994 VMAS MICHAEL JACKSON AND BRIDE LISA MARIE PRESLEY "KISS."
74 '01 INAUGURAL BUSH DANCES WITH RICKY MARTIN. (01/18/01)
73 MARRIED ... WITH CHILDREN BUNDY'S ADOPT NEPHEW, WHO PROMPTLY
DISAPPEARS. MONTHS LATER, PICTURE APPEARS ON MILK CARTON. (4/24/94)
72 HARDBALL BLUE DOG DEMOCRAT ZELL MILLER CONFRONTS CHRIS MATTHEWS
DURING THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION IN NEW YORK CITY.
71 MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN DROWNING BY CHICKEN SOUP. (3/4/76)
70 NEWLYWEDS: NICK & JESSICA JESSICA SIMPSON'S "CHICKEN BY THE SEA"
MOMENT. IS IT CHICKEN OR FISH? (8/19/03)
69 '00 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, LOS ANGELES AL KISSES TIPPER.
68 THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW ROB OPENS CLOSET DOOR; WALNUTS AND LAURA
SPILL OUT. (2/6/63)
67 THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW -- JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO CO-HOST. MUSICAL
GUEST CHUCK BERRY PLAYS "JOHNNY B. GOODE," ACCOMPANIED BY WAILING
66 FELICITY THE HAIRCUT. (10/3/99) - USING ONLY STILLS AND NEWS
65 GET CHRISTIE LOVE! IN THE ORIGINAL MOVIE OF THE WEEK,
CHRISTIE POSES AS HOOKER, CALLED "N*****." "NO, N***** LOVER."
64 THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW PHYLLIS'S BROTHER IS GAY. (1/13/73)
63 2005 MASTERS TOURNAMENT TIGER WOODS' TRULY AMAZING SHOT.
62 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND MARIE'S VAGINA SCULPTURE. (10/22/01)
61 DYNASTY THE MOLDAVIA MASSACRE. (5/15/85)
60 THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW AFTER AN OVERLY-FRIENDLY ENCOUNTER, LARRY
QUESTIONS DAVID DUCHOVNY'S SEXUALITY IN THE EPISODE "EVERYBODY
LOVES LARRY." (11/13/96)
59 THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL THE LEGENDARY CBS GALACTIC
SPECTACULAR. (11/17/78) PHOTOS ONLY
58 FRIENDS AT ROSS'S WEDDING IN LONDON, MONICA AND CHANDLER IN BED.
57 HERE'S LUCY JACKIE GLEASON'S SURPRISE CAMEO AS RALPH KRAMDEN IN
EPISODE #2, "LUCY VISITS JACK BENNY." (9/30/68)
56 SOPRANOS "LONG TERM PARKING": ADRIANNA GETS WHACKED. (5/23/04)
55 JIMMY SWAGGART TELECAST SWAGGART TEARFULLY CONFESSES TO ADULTERY
BEFORE A NATIONAL AUDIENCE. "I HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU AND I BEG
YOUR FORGIVENESS!" (2/21/88)
54 WHAT'S MY LINE A BLINDFOLDED FRANK SINATRA IS ONE OF THE
PANELISTS WHEN MIA FARROW, HIS NEW BRIDE, IS INTRODUCED AS MYSTERY
53 COP ROCK STEPHEN BOCHCO'S MUSICAL SALUTE. (9/26/90)
52 TEXAS AT CLEVELAND JOSE CANSECO'S INFAMOUS "HEAD-BALL" HOMER.
51 DINAH! ANDY KAUFMAN AS "TONY CLIFTON" SAYS BULL****. (9/19/79)
50 PASSWORD JACK BENNY GIVES CLUE "ME" TO PASSWORD "MISER" (5/29/62)
49 I MARRIED DORA FINAL EPISODE ACKNOWLEDGES SHOW'S DEMISE: "IT'S
BEEN CANCELLED." "WHAT, THE FLIGHT?" "NO, THE SERIES." (12/18/87)
48 DIANA ROSS - CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK STORM RAGES, FANS RAMPAGE,
47 MORTON DOWNEY JR. SHOW AL SHARPTON/ROY INNIS FIST FIGHT AT THE
46 '68 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, CHICAGO RIOTS; MAYOR RICHARD
DALEY MOUTHS OBSCENITIES. (8/29/68)
45 LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN SONNY AND CHER: "I'VE GOT YOU
44 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER MUSICAL EPISODE "ONCE MORE WITH FEELING"
HAS TOWNSFOLK REVEALING THEIR INNERMOST THOUGHTS-IN SONG. (11/6/01)
43 MTV TOWN HALL MEETING - 17 YEAR-OLD LAETITIA THOMPSON FAMOUSLY ASKS
PRESIDENT CLINTON, "BOXERS OR BRIEFS?" (4/19/94)
42 '92 VICE-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE PEROT RUNNING MATE ADMIRAL JAMES
STOCKDALE ASKS, "WHO AM I? WHY AM I HERE?" (10/13/92)
41 SURVIVOR RICHARD HATCH SLITHERS HIS WAY TO THE MILLION - IN THE
40 THE JERRY LEWIS TELETHON TELETHON SHOCKER! AFTER TWENTY-YEAR
FEUD, JERRY LEWIS AND DEAN MARTIN REUNITED BY FRANK SINATRA.
39 TWIN PEAKS FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE DANCING DWARF. (4/19/90)
38 GIMME A BREAK! JOEY LAWRENCE APPEARS IN BLACKFACE AT NELL'S
CHURCH BENEFIT. (12/8/84)
37 THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW - ELVIS SINGS TO HOUND DOG (7/1/56)
36 THE WEST WING LEO NOMINATED FOR V.P. (MONTHS AFTER MASSIVE HEART-
35 VMAS DIANA ROSS GRAB'S LIL' KIM'S BOOB. (9/9/99)
34 '72 OSCARS SACHEEN LITTLEFEATHER ACCEPTS FOR MARLON BRANDO.
(3/27/73) - PHOTOS
33 MELROSE PLACE KIMBERLY PULLS OFF WIG. (4/27/94)
32 24 IN FIRST SEASON FINALE, JACK'S WIFE KILLED AS CLOCK RUNS DOWN.
31 WKRP IN CINCINNATI LIVE TURKEYS DROPPED FROM COPTER. (10/30/78)
30 THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON ED AMES AND THE TOMAHAWK
29 '84 SUMMER OLYMPICS, LOS ANGELES MARY DECKER/ZOLA BUDD BUMP IN
3000 METER RUN. DECKER DECKED, BUDD BLAMED. (8/10/84)
28 STAR TREK "THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER" - JOAN COLLINS.
27 THIRTYSOMETHING GAY COUPLE IN BED. (11/7/89)
26 '68 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, CHICAGO RIOTS; WILLIAM F.
BUCKLEY BATTLES GORE VIDAL. (8/28/68)
25 LAW & ORDER WHEN ASSISTANT DA SERENA SOUTHERLYN IS FIRED BY HER
BOSS, SHE SHOCKS BOTH HIM AND THE AUDIENCE WITH HER REVELATION, IN
THE FORM OF A QUESTION: "IS IT BECAUSE I'M A LESBIAN?" (1/12/05)
24 THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN DREW BARRYMORE'S TOPLESS
BIRTHDAY SALUTE. (4/12/95)
23 SURVIVOR MICHAEL SKUPIN BURNED, MEDIVAC'D. (3/1/01)
22 '88 VICE-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BENTSEN TO QUAYLE:
" ... AND SENATOR, YOU'RE NO JACK KENNEDY." (10/5/88)
21 CBS EVENING NEWS WITH WALTER CRONKITE - WALTER CRONKITE PRONOUNCES
THE VIETNAM WAR A STALEMATE. (2/27/68)
20 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE BARBRA STREISAND CRASHES COFFEE TALK.
19 THE PRICE IS RIGHT YOLANDA BOWERSLEY COMES ON DOWN, FALLS OUT OF
18 SIX FEET UNDER NATE DIES (7/31/05)
17 OAKLAND AT PITTSBURGH "IMMACULATE RECEPTION" CONSIDERED GREATEST
PLAY IN NFL HISTORY. (12/23/72)
16 CAL/STANFORD BIG GAME WILD ENDING, BAND ON FIELD. (11/20/82)
15 M*A*S*H RADAR ANNOUNCES COL. BLAKE'S DEATH. (3/18/75)
14 THE DICK CAVETT SHOW GEORGIA GOVERNOR LESTER MADDOX WALKS OFF.
13 1996 SUMMER OLYMPICS MUHAMMAD ALI MAKES A SURPRISE APPEARANCE WITH
THE OLYMPIC TORCH. (7/19/96)
12 ER HELICOPTER BLADE RIPS OFF ROMANO'S ARM; SEASON LATER,
HELICOPTER FALLS FROM ROOF, FINISHING HIM OFF. (9/26/02, 11/20/03)
11 NIGHTLINE AL CAMPANIS CLAIMS BLACKS "LACK THE NECESSITIES" FOR
BASEBALL MANAGEMENT. (4/6/87)
10 ST. ELSEWHERE FINALE: ENTIRE SERIES IMAGINED BY AUTISTIC CHILD.
9 '94 WINTER OLYMPICS, LILLEHAMMER TONYA HARDING/NANCY KERRIGAN
SCANDAL CULMINATES WITH TONYA PLEADING TEARFULLY TO JUDGES ABOUT A
BROKEN SHOELACE. (2/25/94)
8 SEINFELD GEORGE'S FIANCEE LICKS CHEAP ENVELOPES, DIES. (5/16/96)
7 CAMPAIGN '04 DEAN SCREAM. (1/19/04)
6 THE "HEIDI-BOWL" NBC PREEMPTS FINAL 1:05 OF JETS-RAIDERS GAME
WITH MOVIE "HEIDI". TWO TOUCHDOWNS WENT UNSEEN BY IRATE FANS.
5 THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR THE WHO GOES UP IN FLAMES FOR
"MY GENERATION" WHEN KEITH MOON OVERLOADS EXPLOSIVES IN HIS DRUMS.
THREE INJURED. (9/17/67)
4 SUPER BOWL '04 JANET JACKSON'S "WARDROBE MALFUNCTION" (2/1/04)
3 DALLAS BOBBY EWING ALIVE, SEASON NINE A DREAM. (5/16/86)
2 WBA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TYSON V. HOLYFIELD. MAN BITES EAR
1 NEWHART SERIES FINALE (5/21/90)
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