15 Lesser-Known Facts About Our Favorite Sitcoms

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Sitcoms have entertained families for years with their witty humor, relatable storylines, and lovable characters. People never forget classic sitcoms like “Friends” and “The Office” to more recent hits like “Parks and Recreation” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. As fans of these beloved sitcoms, we often focus on the most memorable scenes and catchphrases. Keep reading to find out the lesser-known facts about your favorite shows.

Friends Almost Got Canceled


Despite its popularity, “Friends” faced cancellation after its first season due to low ratings. However, N.B.C. executives believed in its potential and gave it a chance. The rest is history, as it became one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time, running for ten seasons.

Seinfeld’s Newman


Wayne Knight’s portrayal of Newman was initially intended to be a one-time appearance. However, his portrayal was so memorable that the writers kept bringing him back, eventually making him a recurring character and Jerry’s arch-nemesis throughout the series.

The Office (U.S.) Setting


The creators initially considered setting the show in a hotel before settling on the iconic “The Office” format. However, they ultimately decided on the workplace setting, drawing inspiration from the original U.K. version and the documentary-style filmmaking of shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

The Bull & Finch Becomes Cheers


“Cheers” almost had a different name. The original title for the show was “The Bull & Finch,” named after an actual bar in Boston. However, the network wisely opted for “Cheers,” a decision that undoubtedly contributed to the show’s enduring success and cultural impact.

Lucile Ball and I Love Lucy


“I Love Lucy” was a pioneer in many ways, including its use of the three-camera setup and live audience laughter. However, what’s lesser known is that Lucille Ball was the first woman to run a big television studio, Desilu Productions, which produced the show alongside her husband, Desi Arnaz.

The Simpsons Predictions


Despite its reputation for predicting the future, “The Simpsons” once missed the mark. In a 1993 episode, the show jokingly predicted that the New York Mets would win the World Series in 2012. However, the Mets didn’t even make the playoffs that year.

Frasier’s Main Character


Before landing the role of Frasier Crane, Kelsey Grammer auditioned for the role of Sam Malone on Cheers. While he didn’t get that part, his audition impressed the producers enough that they later created the spin-off series Frasier specifically for him.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Bags Will Smith


Will Smith’s casting in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was lucky. He originally attended the audition to support a friend trying out for the show. However, the producers noticed Smith’s charisma and asked him to audition, ultimately casting him as the lead.

The Final Episode of M*A*S*H


The final episode of “M*A*S*H” is one of the most-watched television events in history, with over 105 million viewers tuning in. Interestingly, the show’s creators initially wanted a different ending, where the characters would scatter to various parts of the world after the war, but C.B.S. rejected it.

The Cheers Theme Song


The iconic theme song of “Cheers,” “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” was almost a different tune. The creators initially wanted to use “People Like Us” by Huey Lewis and the News as the theme song. Still, they ultimately decided on the now-famous composition by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo.

Contracts for Each Friend Actor


In the early seasons of “Friends,” the actors had a unique clause in their contracts: they were not allowed to work on other sitcoms while filming the show. This was to prevent them from becoming associated with other characters and jeopardizing the chemistry of the ensemble cast.

Apartment Changes in Seinfeld


Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment on the show underwent subtle changes throughout its run. In the early seasons, the apartment had a neon sign that read “N.Y.C.,” which was later replaced by a Superman statue. Additionally, the layout of the apartment changed slightly as the set evolved.

Married with Children Airs in 1987


Despite its often raunchy and controversial humor, “Married with Children” is the first primetime television series to air on the fledgling Fox network in 1987. Its success played a significant role in establishing Fox as a major player in the television industry.

Twins of Full House

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In “Full House,” the character Michelle Tanner, played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, was initially supposed to be portrayed by just one child actor. However, the producers found it challenging to work with infants, so they decided to cast twins to ease the filming process and increase flexibility.

Auditioning for Will & Grace


Debra Messing, who portrayed Grace Adler on “Will & Grace,” originally auditioned for the role of Grace’s quirky assistant, Karen Walker. On the other hand, the producers saw her as a better fit for the lead role, ultimately casting her as Grace and creating one of T.V.’s most iconic friendships.


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