Trivia on TV Shows: 100+ Brilliant Quiz Questions on TV

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Latest TV Questions

TV Shows Quiz Round

Here are our latest ten TV trivia questions. You can find answers on our TV Shows Quiz.

  • What’s John Cho’s character’s name in Netflix’s new “Cowboy Bebop”?

    Screenshot: Cowboy Bebop / Netflix

    Ji-Young, Sesame Street’s first Asian American muppet, is of which descent?

    Screenshot: Sesame Street

    Showtime’s 2021 Dexter sequel miniseries is titled what?

    Screenshot: Showtime

    Where was Netflix's "Squid Game" produced?

    Screenshot: Squid Game, Netflix

    Which of these TV shows earned veteran actress Jean Smart her first Emmy in 12 years?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    What is the first-ever Netflix series to win an Emmy for best drama?

    Screenshot: The Crown / Netflix

    Where have you seen this face before?

    Screenshot: Pine-Sol commercial

    What’s the name of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s NBC gameshow?

    Screenshot: NBC

    Which of these reality shows did Jeopardy! Ex-Executive producer Mike Richards host?

    Screenshot: Jeopardy! On YouTube.

    Who are Elmo, Jesse, and Rosita?

    Photo: English: Petty Officer Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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Latest Classic TV Questions

Classic TV Trivia Questions 2021

Here are our latest ten Classic TV quiz questions. You can find answers on our Classic TV Trivia Quiz.

  • How did Sex and the City characters refer to Chris Noth’s role in the original series?

    Screenshot: And Just Like That… / HBO Max

    In which series did Dean Stockwell NOT appear alongside Scott Bakula?

    Screenshot: Quantum Leap / NBCUniversal Television

    Who was the first female character on television with superpowers?

    Screenshot: CBS / NBCUniversal Syndication Studios

    In Friends, who was Gunther?

    Screenshot: Friends / Warner Bros.

    Before becoming NCIS agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Mark Harmon was a medical doctor on two classic TV shows. Which?

    Screenshot: NCIS / CBS

    In which classic TV series was Omar Little a recurring character?

    Screenshot: HBO

    Which American cable news network was first to air a permanent 24-hour news ticker?

    Screenshot: Fox News

    Who is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards?

    Photo: CBS Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Which TV channel launched in 1981 with NASA footage of the historic Apollo 11 landing?

    Photo: Neil A. Armstrong, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Who hosted CBS’s The Late Show before Stephen Colbert?

    Screenshot: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on YouTube.

Our Top 21 Trivia Questions on TV Shows from 2021

Ultimate 2021 TV Trivia Quiz

As part of our 2021 Trivia Quiz Year-End Party, here is a round-up of our best TV quiz questions from 2021. You can find answers on our 2021 TV Trivia Quiz.

  • Which of these TV shows earned veteran actress Jean Smart her first Emmy in 12 years?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Kate Winslet won her second Emmy for HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.” For Which series did she win first?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    For which other TV series is The White Lotus creator Mike White responsible?

    Screenshot: The White Lotus / HBO

    What’s the name of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s NBC gameshow?

    Screenshot: NBC

    Which of these reality shows did Jeopardy! Ex-Executive producer Mike Richards host?

    Screenshot: Jeopardy! On YouTube.

    What type of show is Paris Hilton hosting on Netflix in 2021?

    Screenshot: Netflix

    Before 2021, how many times has a Netflix original won Best Series in the Emmys?

    On which of these US TV shows can you regularly catch Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton together?

    Photo: Pete Souza, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    In June 2021, who was the longest-working late-night talk show host in the United States?

    Screenshot: Conan, TBS

    LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s unscripted series “The Shop: Uninterrupted” is filmed where?

    Screenshot: “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” HBO

    "The Me You Can’t See" is the new Apple TV+ docu-series by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey. What’s the show's subject?

    Screenshot: The Me You Can’t See, Apple TV+

    Pink’s “Today’s the Day” served as which show’s theme song?

    Screenshot: The Ellen DeGeneres Show on YouTube.

    On his SNL appearance, Elon Musk claimed he was what?

    Screenshot Elon Musk on SNL / NBC

    Which ADL called to fire Tucker Carson from Fox News?

    Screenshot: Fox News

    What is The Problem with Jon Stewart?

    Photo: DoD News, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Where was Gillian Anderson born?

    Photo: Martin Kraft, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Who’s the new voice behind The Simpsons' Dr. Hibbert?

    Screenshot: The Simpsons on YouTube

    Where is Cecil Hotel?

    Photo: Jim Winstead, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Michelle Obama launched a new show on Netflix in 2021. What kind of program is it?

    Photo: Netflix

    How long did Tom Brokaw work for NBC News?

    Photo: David Shankbone, Attribution, via Wikimedia Commons

    Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson hosts an Australian Reality TV competition. Of what nature?

    Screenshot: The Drew Barrymore Show on Youtube.

Trivia Quiz Questions on Netflix

Netflix Quiz

Netflix has proven to be a prominent TV entertainment provider in recent years. These recent questions cover Netflix TV news from 2021. You can find answers on our Netflix Quiz.

  • Which movie earned Andrew Garfield his 2022 Golden Globe?

    Screenshot: Netflix

    Who’s Emily on Netflix’s Emily in Paris?

    Screenshot: Emily in Paris / Netflix

    What’s John Cho’s character’s name in Netflix’s new “Cowboy Bebop”?

    Screenshot: Cowboy Bebop / Netflix

    Where was Netflix's "Squid Game" produced?

    Screenshot: Squid Game, Netflix

    What’s Netflix’s most expensive film?

    Screenshot: Netflix

    Which TV series won Ewan McGregor his first Emmy?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    What is the first-ever Netflix series to win an Emmy for best drama?

    Screenshot: The Crown / Netflix

    What type of show is Paris Hilton hosting on Netflix in 2021?

    Screenshot: Netflix

    Where have we seen David Harbour, who plays Black Widow’s “father,” before?

    Screenshot: Black Widow, Marvel Studios, Disney+

    How old is Ricky Gervais?

    Screenshot: After Life, Netflix

    Where is Cecil Hotel?

    Photo: Jim Winstead, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Michelle Obama launched a new show on Netflix in 2021. What kind of program is it?

    Photo: Netflix

2021 Emmy Awards Essential Quiz Questions

2021 Emmy Awards Quiz

The Mid-Pandemic 2021 Emmy Awards had some interesting records breaking, worth quizzing about. You can find answers on our 2021 Emmys Quiz.

  • Who is the most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Which of these TV shows earned veteran actress Jean Smart her first Emmy in 12 years?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Which TV series won Ewan McGregor his first Emmy?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Olivia Colman won an Emmy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown. Which role landed her an Oscar?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Kate Winslet won her second Emmy for HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.” For Which series did she win first?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Which TV series won the most Emmy awards in 2021?

    Screenshot: The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix

    What is the first-ever Netflix series to win an Emmy for best drama?

    Screenshot: The Crown / Netflix

2021 Golden Globes Super Quiz

2021 Golden Globes Quiz

The 2021 Golden Globe Awards ceremony had it all: Controversy, Bicoastal broadcast, Hilarious bits, and lots of TV trivia. You can find answers on our 2021 Golden Globes Quiz.

  • 11 TV awards were given at the 2021 Golden Globes. How many did Netflix grab?

    Screenshot: 2021 Golden Globes on NBC

    2021 Golden Globes best-animated movie, “Soul,” made history as what?

    Screenshot: Soul trailer, Disney+

    Why was Jane Fonda arrested on Capitol Hill in 2019?

    Screenshot: 2021 Golden Globes on NBC

    How many of the 87-person 2021 Hollywood Foreign Press Association voting body members were Black?

    Screenshot: 2021 Golden Globes on NBC

    Jason Sudeikis won the best actor in a comedy series award for “Ted Lasso.” Why is that a first?

    Screenshot: 2021 Golden Globes on NBC

    Who was the first woman to ever win the Golden Globes award for best director?

    Screenshot: 2021 Golden Globes on NBC

    Who was the most nominated actor in the 2021 Golden Globe Awards?

    Photo: Amazon Prime

    In what year was the Golden Globe Awards ceremony canceled?

    Screenshot: NBC

2020 TV Quiz Questions

2020 TV Quiz

Feeling nostalgic? Here are our best 2020 TV quiz questions. You can find answers on our 2020 TV Quiz.

  • Who is the world’s richest person in 2021?

    Pictures: White House

    Chuck Schumer makes history in 2021 as what?

    Photo: Senate Democrats, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    What’s historic about Georgia’s Jan. 6, 2021 vote?

    What’s the original meaning of the word ‘Capitol’?

    Photo: Tyler Merbler, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has not been seen publicly since October 2020 and is reportedly laying low. Why?

    Photo: World Trade Organization from Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Which singing sensation owns this face?

    How is The Next Batman different from the previous ones?

    Image: DC Comics

    Who is this secretive woman?

    Photo: Public domain</a, via Wikimedia Commons

    Where was WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, born?

    Photo: David G Silvers., CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Where was environmental activist Greta Thunberg born?

    Photo: Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The United States House of Representatives re-elected Nancy Pelosi as Speaker in January 2021. How many women served at the position before her?

    Nancy Pelosi, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A big fat list of trivia on TV shows questions

100+ Trivia Quiz Questions on TV Shows, Stars, Streamers, and Networks

Here is the full list of TV trivia questions as assembled by HowSmart.net.

  • What is The Green Planet?

    Screenshot: BBC

    Who’s Emily on Netflix’s Emily in Paris?

    Screenshot: Emily in Paris / Netflix

    How old is newscaster Chris Wallace in 2021?

    Screenshot: FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace

    In the third "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" special, recreating 80s TV Shows "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes" in 2021, who played Edna Garrett?

    Screenshot: Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life / ABC

    HBO Max's Harry Potter 20th Anniversary is titled "Return to…" what?

    Screenshot: HBO Max

    What’s John Cho’s character’s name in Netflix’s new “Cowboy Bebop”?

    Screenshot: Cowboy Bebop / Netflix

    What’s the subject of John Cleese’s 2022 documentary?

    Screenshot: 60 Minutes Australia

    Ji-Young, Sesame Street’s first Asian American muppet, is of which descent?

    Screenshot: Sesame Street

    Showtime’s 2021 Dexter sequel miniseries is titled what?

    Screenshot: Showtime

    What was the sentence The Jinx’s New York real estate heir Robert Durst received in his murder trial?

    Screenshot: The Jinx / HBO

    Where was Netflix's "Squid Game" produced?

    Screenshot: Squid Game, Netflix

    What does Demi Lovato explore in Peacock's "Unidentified with Demi Lovato"?

    Screenshot: Unidentified with Demi Lovato / Peacock

    For which TV endeavor did New York's former Governor, Andrew Cuomo, win an Emmy?

    Screenshot: Andrew M. Cuomo on YouTube

    Who is the most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Which of these TV shows earned veteran actress Jean Smart her first Emmy in 12 years?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Which TV series won Ewan McGregor his first Emmy?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Kate Winslet won her second Emmy for HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.” For Which series did she win first?

    Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

    Which TV series won the most Emmy awards in 2021?

    Screenshot: The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix

    What is the first-ever Netflix series to win an Emmy for best drama?

    Screenshot: The Crown / Netflix

    Where was comedian Norm MacDonald born?

    Screenshot: Norm MacDonald's Moth Joke via Team Coco on YouTube.

    In which classic TV series was Omar Little a recurring character?

    Screenshot: HBO

    Which American cable news network was first to air a permanent 24-hour news ticker?

    Screenshot: Fox News

    Who is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards?

    Photo: CBS Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Where have you seen this face before?

    Screenshot: Pine-Sol commercial

    What was the name of the character Dominic West played on The Wire?

    Photo: The Crown / Netflix

    How is the new Star Wars: Visions different from all the previous Star Wars?

    Screenshot: Star Wars: Visions / Lucasfilm Animation / Disney+

    For which other TV series is The White Lotus creator Mike White responsible?

    Screenshot: The White Lotus / HBO

    What’s the name of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s NBC gameshow?

    Screenshot: NBC

    Which of these reality shows did Jeopardy! Ex-Executive producer Mike Richards host?

    Screenshot: Jeopardy! On YouTube.

    Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings TV series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth. When is that?

    Image: Amazon Studios

    Which TV channel launched in 1981 with NASA footage of the historic Apollo 11 landing?

    Photo: Neil A. Armstrong, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    What type of show is Paris Hilton hosting on Netflix in 2021?

    Screenshot: Netflix

    Which of these Simpsons’ characters was voiced by rabbi turned comedian Jackie Mason?

    Photo: Carl Lender, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Before 2021, how many times has a Netflix original won Best Series in the Emmys?

    Who is the first transgender performer to be nominated in a lead acting category in the Emmys?

    Screenshot: Pose / FX

    On which of these US TV shows can you regularly catch Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton together?

    Photo: Pete Souza, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Who are Elmo, Jesse, and Rosita?

    Photo: English: Petty Officer Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Where have we seen David Harbour, who plays Black Widow’s “father,” before?

    Screenshot: Black Widow, Marvel Studios, Disney+

    Which acting job landed Demi Lovato the People's Choice Award?

    Screenshot: Grey’s Anatomy / ABC

    In Gossip Girl, who provided the narrator’s voiceover?

    Screenshot: Gossip Girl 2021, HBO Max

    In June 2021, who was the longest-working late-night talk show host in the United States?

    Screenshot: Conan, TBS

    Who were the titular characters of ABC’s 1968-1973 hit series “The Mod Squad”?

    Photo: ABC Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    What was the first fictional on-screen depiction of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre?

    Photo: Alvin C. Krupnick Co., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    What was the name of “The Love Boat”’s captain?

    Photo: ABC TelevisionUploaded by We hope at en.Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    In Friends, that’s the name of the grumpy neighbor living in the apartment below Monica and Rachel.

    Screenshot: Friends / Columbia Tristar

    LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s unscripted series “The Shop: Uninterrupted” is filmed where?

    Screenshot: “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” HBO

    Who hosted CBS’s The Late Show before Stephen Colbert?

    Screenshot: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on YouTube.

    "The Me You Can’t See" is the new Apple TV+ docu-series by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey. What’s the show's subject?

    Screenshot: The Me You Can’t See, Apple TV+

    How did Colin Jost celebrate his wife Scarlett Johansson winning the 2021 MTV Generation Award?

    Screenshot: 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards

    Pink’s “Today’s the Day” served as which show’s theme song?

    Screenshot: The Ellen DeGeneres Show on YouTube.

    Why was “American Idol” 2021 final-five contestant, 16-year-old Caleb Kennedy, booted off the show?

    Screenshot: American Idol / ABC

    On his SNL appearance, Elon Musk claimed he was what?

    Screenshot Elon Musk on SNL / NBC

    Steve McQueen’s anthology drama Small Axe leads the 2021 BAFTA TV nominations with 15 nods. About what is it?

    Screenshot: Small Axe / BBC

    In How I Met Your Mother, who voiced the narrator?

    Image: How I Met Your Mother DVD

    How old is Ricky Gervais?

    Screenshot: After Life, Netflix

    What is Warwick Davis’s day job?

    Screenshot: ITV

    Which ADL called to fire Tucker Carson from Fox News?

    Screenshot: Fox News

    What is The Problem with Jon Stewart?

    Photo: DoD News, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    What is the connection between Tashnuva Anan Shishir, Diana Zurco, Marvia Malik, and India Willoughby?

    What was Demi Lovato’s first TV appearance?

    Screenshot: Demi Lovato on YouTube

    On which of these TV shows did Piers Morgan participate as a contestant?

    Screenshot: ITV

    Where was Gillian Anderson born?

    Photo: Martin Kraft, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Where was Gillian Anderson born?

    Photo: Martin Kraft, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Who is this guy?

    Photo: Senator Chris Coons, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    11 TV awards were given at the 2021 Golden Globes. How many did Netflix grab?

    Screenshot: 2021 Golden Globes on NBC

    Jason Sudeikis won the best actor in a comedy series award for “Ted Lasso.” Why is that a first?

    Screenshot: 2021 Golden Globes on NBC

    Who’s the new voice behind The Simpsons' Dr. Hibbert?

    Screenshot: The Simpsons on YouTube

    Where do the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reside?

    Photo; Northern Ireland Office, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Where is Cecil Hotel?

    Photo: Jim Winstead, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot is producing a new TV show. For which outlet?

    Screenshot: Gal Gadot on Instagram

    Michelle Obama launched a new show on Netflix in 2021. What kind of program is it?

    Photo: Netflix

    In what year was the Golden Globe Awards ceremony canceled?

    Screenshot: NBC

    Can you recall what the dog’s name was on the 90’s sitcom Frasier?

    Which TV character was Dustin Diamond most famous for portraying?

    How long did Tom Brokaw work for NBC News?

    Photo: David Shankbone, Attribution, via Wikimedia Commons

    What was the title of Larry King’s trademark show on CNN for 25 years?

    Photo: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson hosts an Australian Reality TV competition. Of what nature?

    Screenshot: The Drew Barrymore Show on Youtube.

    In Friends 1996 episode The One With All The Thanksgivings, the gang brings up each of their respective worst Thanksgivings. In which year, according to the show, did Joey get his head stuck inside a turkey?

    Screenshot: Friends

    How many seasons did the original Sex and the City run on HBO?

  • He was the original host of "America's Funniest Home Videos."

    What was Lucy's last name in the classic American sitcom "I Love Lucy"?

    Photo: CBS Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, colorized

    How did Sex and the City characters refer to Chris Noth’s role in the original series?

    Screenshot: And Just Like That… / HBO Max

    In which series did Dean Stockwell NOT appear alongside Scott Bakula?

    Screenshot: Quantum Leap / NBCUniversal Television

    Who was the first female character on television with superpowers?

    Screenshot: CBS / NBCUniversal Syndication Studios

    In Friends, who was Gunther?

    Screenshot: Friends / Warner Bros.

    Before becoming NCIS agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Mark Harmon was a medical doctor on two classic TV shows. Which?

    Screenshot: NCIS / CBS

    How old is William Shatner in 2021?

    Photo: Super Festivals from Ft. Lauderdale, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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What was the title of Larry King’s trademark show on CNN for 25 years?

Photo: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Larry King Live

Question Explanation:

R.I.P iconic CNN host Larry King. In his 25 years on CNN’s Larry King Live, the multiple award-winning talk show host interviewed more than 30,000 guests, from movie stars to every sitting president from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama.

Larry King's death

One of the most prominent faces on television died on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, after a weeks-long battle with Covid-19. He was 87. The news was announced on his official Twitter account by the company he co-founded, Ora Media. 

LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s unscripted series “The Shop: Uninterrupted” is filmed where?

Screenshot: “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” HBO
In barbershops.

Question Explanation:

LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s unscripted series, “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” is filmed across different barbershops and features unfiltered conversations and debates.

The Shop 2021 Fact

“The Shop: Uninterrupted” returned to HBO for its fourth season. The season premiere, airing Friday, May 28, featured music mogul and 23-time Grammy winner Jay-Z, Latin rapper and singer-songwriter Bad Bunny, and WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike.

How is the new Star Wars: Visions different from all the previous Star Wars?

Screenshot: Star Wars: Visions / Lucasfilm Animation / Disney+
It’s in Japanese anime style.

Question Explanation:

Star Wars: Visions is a Star Wars Japanese anime anthology series scheduled for release on Disney+ on Sept. 22, 2021. The series includes nine short films produced by six Japanese animation studios, each telling their original stories based on the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars: Visions News Fact

Disney+ has released the trailer and unveiled the voice casts for Star Wars: Visions on Aug.17, 2021. Lucy Liu, Neil Patrick Harris, George Takei, Alison Brie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among the English voice cast for the series, which has an original Japanese soundtrack. Watch the trailer.

In the third "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" special, recreating 80s TV Shows "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes" in 2021, who played Edna Garrett?

Screenshot: Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life / ABC
Aunt Lydia from “A Handmaid's Tale.”

Question Explanation:

Ann Dowd, known as the intimidating Aunt Lydia in "A Handmaid's Tale," portrayed housekeeper turned housemother for boarding students Edna Garrett, the shared character of "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes," on ABC's "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" special, Dec. 7, 2021. The special is now available on HULU.

What happened to the original Mrs. Garrett?

Screenshot from Facts of Life

Mrs. G was played by actress Charlotte Rae, who died from bone cancer at her home in Los Angeles, California, on Aug. 5, 2018. She was 92 years old.

What is the connection between Tashnuva Anan Shishir, Diana Zurco, Marvia Malik, and India Willoughby?

They are all transgender newscasters.

Question Explanation:

Tashnuva Anan Shishir, Marvia Malik, Diana Zurco, and India Willoughby are all the first transgender newscasters in their respective countries. Anan Shishir debuted as Bangladesh's first transgender TV news anchor on Monday, March 8, 2021. Diana Zurco debuted as a newscaster on Argentinian public TV in 2020. Marvia Malik made history in Pakistan by becoming the first transgender newscaster in a conservative Muslim country back in 2018. India Willoughby became Britain's first transgender national television newsreader on Channel 5 in 2017.

More Facts:

Other transgender newscasters include American Eden Lane of PBS and India's Padmini Prakash of Lotus New. Ireland's Jonathan Rachel of RTE presents the news in both his male or female persona.

In which classic TV series was Omar Little a recurring character?

Screenshot: HBO

Which acting job landed Demi Lovato the People's Choice Award?

Screenshot: Grey’s Anatomy / ABC
Grey’s Anatomy.

Question Explanation:

Demi Lovato played a troubled teen whose parents say she has schizophrenia in the 2010 Grey's Anatomy episode Shiny Happy People. The episode earned Lovato a People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Guest Star.

Bonus Fact:

Lovato won the Teen Choice Awards for her acting role in the Disney Channel sitcom Sonny with a Chance in 2009. They have also won numerous music prizes since then.

Who is the most-awarded Black artist in Emmys history?

Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS
RuPaul.

Question Explanation:

With 11 wins, host and producer RuPaul broke the record for the most Emmy wins by a Black person as “RuPaul's Drag Race” won the “outstanding competition program” award at the 2021 Emmys. The series is the most-awarded reality competition show at the Emmys.

What other history was made in the 2021 Emmys?

No contemporary musical had won an Emmy until 2021’s “Hamilton,” as adapted for TV by Disney+. The documented Broadway musical won the 2021 Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) Emmy award, beating out Friends' and The West Wing's reunions, David Byrne’s American Utopia, Bo Burnham’s Inside, and Dave Chappelle’s 8:46.

What type of show is Paris Hilton hosting on Netflix in 2021?

Screenshot: Netflix
A “cooking” series.

Question Explanation:

Netflix launched Paris Hilton’s unscripted reality series Cooking with Paris on Aug 4, 2021. On the trailer, released July 27, the show is described as a Netflix “cooking” series.

Who were the titular characters of ABC’s 1968-1973 hit series “The Mod Squad”?

Photo: ABC Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Hippie undercover cops.

Question Explanation:

The Mod Squad main characters were three rebellious “hippies” working as undercover detectives to avoid jail. The show was among the first TV programs to feature African-Americans as stars.

The Mod Squad News Fact

R.I.P Clarence Williams. The actor who starred as Linc Hayes, a young, hip undercover police officer on ABC’s “The Mod Squad,” died on Friday, May 4, 2021, in Los Angeles. He was 81. Following his breakout television role on The Mod Squad, Williams appeared as Prince’s father in 1984’s Purple Rain, FBI agent Roger Hardy in the second season of Twin Peaks, and Samson Simpson in 1998’s Half Baked, not to mention a variety of TV guest appearances including roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Everybody Hates Chris, Empire, and Justified.

What is The Problem with Jon Stewart?

Photo: DoD News, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
His new Apple TV+ show.

Question Explanation:

The Problem with Jon Stewart is Jon Stewart's new Apple TV+ series.

When will The Problem with Jon Stewart air?

Legendary former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will host and executive produce the new current events series, which premieres in the fall of 2021. Each weekly episode of The Problem with Jon Stewart will be an hour-long. The show will also feature a companion podcast series.

Bonus Question: Which current event shows feature former "The Daily Show" correspondents?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Larry Wilmore's Wilmore, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee are hosted by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart alumni. Of course, The Daily Show itself continues with Trevor Noah.

What’s the name of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s NBC gameshow?

Screenshot: NBC
"Family Game Fight"

Question Explanation:

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are hosting NBC's "Family Game Fight" (Wednesdays, 9 EDT/PDT), which premiered on Aug. 2021, right after the Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Family Game Fight News Facts

In their first TV collaboration, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who wed in 2013, host and compete against each other as members of dueling foursomes compete for a chance to win $100,000. In the competition, contestants can be hit in the face with a sweet treat in "Pie Rollers" or punished with a “Brain Freeze.” The show is inspired by the couple’s 2019 appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

What is Warwick Davis’s day job?

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Hosting a daytime game show.

Question Explanation:

Warwick Davis is the host of Tenable, a UK daytime game show. Davis has been at the helm of ITV’s Tenable since its debut in 2016.

What’s new?

Tenable’s long-time host, Warwick Davis, will be sharing his presenting duties from now on with Coronation Street and Mount Pleasant star Sally Lindsay.

Why is Warwick Davis missing from Tenable?

Davis is to star in an upcoming sequel to Ron Howard’s dark fantasy film Willow, which was announced for Disney Plus last year. As Tenable airs daily, this would pose a scheduling conflict, avoided by sharing the host duties.

11 TV awards were given at the 2021 Golden Globes. How many did Netflix grab?

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6

Question Explanation:

Netflix won six of the 11 television awards on offer. 

Another fun fact:

With Amazon and Apple winning one category apiece in the 2021 ceremony, the streamers dominate 73% of the small-screen categories' wins.

Can you recall what the dog’s name was on the 90’s sitcom Frasier?

Eddie.

Question Explanation:

Eddie was the dog on Frasier. A redo of “Frasier” is in discussions at the ViacomCBS streaming service, Paramount Plus. Variety reports those discussions are said to be in the very early stages, although it’s safe to assume Eddie the dog will not be returning to the show, as the dog portraying him died in 2006. Paramount Plus will also be the home to a revival of the Nickelodeon series “iCarly” and is currently prepping a series about making the classic film “The Godfather.” 

Before 2021, how many times has a Netflix original won Best Series in the Emmys?

None.

Question Explanation:

Netflix has won no Emmy awards for Best Series since it started producing original content in 2013, until 2021.

The Crown’s 2021 Emmy facts:

Netflix’s “The Crown” received its fourth nomination for best series in 2021 and won the streaming service its first best drama series award alongside honors for acting, writing, and directing. Netflix won a leading total of 44 awards in the 2021 Emmys, equaling the record set back in 1974 by CBS.

In Friends 1996 episode The One With All The Thanksgivings, the gang brings up each of their respective worst Thanksgivings. In which year, according to the show, did Joey get his head stuck inside a turkey?

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1992

Question Explanation:

In Friends' classic 1996 Thanksgiving episode, the gang brings up each of their respective worst ThanksgivingsJoey gets his head stuck inside a turkey in his story of the 1992 Thanksgiving.

Mr. Bean VS. Friends Fact

Rowan Atkinson accused Friends of stealing this joke from his Mr. Bean sitcom in a Jan. 2021 ITV series Happy Birthday Mr. Bean, honoring the comedy character’s 30th anniversary. In the show, Atkinson remembered a 1992 Mr. Bean scene where his character ran around with a turkey on his head. He blamed Friends for repeating the joke on its 1996 Thanksgiving episode. Interestingly, Joey gets his head inside the turkey in the '92 story - The same year the Mr. Bean joke aired.

Who is the first transgender performer to be nominated in a lead acting category in the Emmys?

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Mj Rodriguez of “Pose”.

Question Explanation:

Mj Rodriguez of “Pose” is the first trans performer to be nominated in a lead acting category. The show also earned a best drama series nod. The series from Steven Canals and Ryan Murphy broke ground with the casting of transgender actors as trans characters.

How did Colin Jost celebrate his wife Scarlett Johansson winning the 2021 MTV Generation Award?

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He slimed her, Nickelodeon style.

Question Explanation:

Scarlett Johansson slimed at 2021 MTV Awards

Screenshot: 2021 MTV Film & TV Awards

Comedian Colin Jost slimed wife Scarlett Johansson for her Generation Award at the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards in Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards style. "MTV, you got slimed," said Jost. "That's Nickelodeon," Johansson blurted. "I'm very, very sorry," he said, as he promised to "get a towel." Watch it.

What’s the MTV Generation Award?

The award celebrates "beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names." Actors who previously received the award include Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, Reese Witherspoon, Adam Sandler, and Tom Cruise.

HBO Max's Harry Potter 20th Anniversary is titled "Return to…" what?

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Hogwarts.

Question Explanation:

HBO Max named its highly anticipated 2022 Harry Potter reunion "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts." The special airs on Jan. 1, 2022, 20 years after the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone — the first film of J.K. Rowling's franchise. Watch the trailer.

Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings TV series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth. When is that?

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Thousands of years before the events of the Lord of the Rings

Question Explanation:

Amazon Studios’ The Lord of the Rings series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth — thousands of years before the events of the Lord of the Rings films and the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien on which they were based.

Amazon’s Lord of the Ring Facts:

Amazon purchased the television rights to The Lord of the Rings for nearly $250 million in 2017. Subsequently, the studio made a five-season production commitment, worth around $1 billion - the most expensive TV series ever installed. The Lord of the Rings series will premiere on Prime Video on Sep 2, 2022.

What was Demi Lovato’s first TV appearance?

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On children's television series Barney & Friends.

Question Explanation:

In 2002, Demi Lovato, then ten years old, began her acting career on the children's television series Barney & Friends.

What other notable TV appearances did Lovato have?

They appeared on Prison Break in 2006 and played the lead character in Camp Rock in 2008. In May 2012, Lovato became the youngest ever judge and mentor for the American The X Factor's second season.

What’s new?

In their YouTube Originals documentary series, Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, which premiered on March 23, 2021, Lovato opens up about past traumatic experiences as a teenager working for the Disney channel. Watch Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil’s official trailer.

Ji-Young, Sesame Street’s first Asian American muppet, is of which descent?

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Korean.

Question Explanation:

Korean American Ji-Young, the newest muppet resident of "Sesame Street," is the first Asian American muppet on "Sesame Street."

When is the new Ji-Young puppet introduced?

Ji-Young will be introduced in "See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special." Simu Liu, Padma Lakshmi, and Naomi Osaka appear in the special, launching Thanksgiving Day on HBO Max, "Sesame Street" social media platforms, and local PBS stations.

What's the meaning of Ji-Young in Korean?

Ji means intelligent or wise, and Young means heroic (among other things). Ji also means sesame.

Showtime’s 2021 Dexter sequel miniseries is titled what?

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Dexter: New Blood.

Question Explanation:

Showtime’s 2021 Dexter sequel is titled Dexter: New Blood. The 10-episode miniseries, which premiered Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, is set 10 years after the last episode of the original series.

"The Me You Can’t See" is the new Apple TV+ docu-series by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey. What’s the show's subject?

Screenshot: The Me You Can’t See, Apple TV+
Mental health.

Question Explanation:

“The Me You Can’t See” is a new docu-series co-created by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry for Apple TV+ that explores mental health and emotional well-being with stories from people around the world.

What’s new?

Prince Harry and Meghan

The prince shared the trailer for “The Me You Can’t See” during Mental Health Awareness Month on May 17, 2021. He talked about how important it is for people to seek help for their mental health struggles. Watch the trailer (with a cute cameo by Meghan Markle and their son, Archie.)

Which TV series won Ewan McGregor his first Emmy?

Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS

Jason Sudeikis won the best actor in a comedy series award for “Ted Lasso.” Why is that a first?

Screenshot: 2021 Golden Globes on NBC
It’s the first award for Apple TV+.

Question Explanation:

At the 2021 Golden Globes, Apple TV+ scored its first major award when Jason Sudeikis won the best actor in a comedy series for the streamer’s “Ted Lasso.”

More Facts:

Jason Sudeikis wore a rainbow tie-dye hoodie from his sister’s clothing line as he picked up the award. The sweatshirt, which retails for $110, whipped up buzz on social media, prompting Fey to joke after Sudeikis accepted his trophy: “If anybody wants to know where they can get Jason Sudeikis’ hoodie, go to nbc.com/globesfashion.” The page doesn’t exist.

What’s the subject of John Cleese’s 2022 documentary?

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The cancel culture.

Question Explanation:

John Cleese’s 2022 documentary, “Cancel Me,” will explore positive and negative aspects of cancel culture. In the British channel four docuseries, the 82-year-old actor will meet famous people who have found themselves on the receiving end of cancel culture, as well as the activists doing the canceling.

Michelle Obama launched a new show on Netflix in 2021. What kind of program is it?

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A cooking show featuring puppets.

Question Explanation:

Former First Lady Michelle Obama launched a kids' cooking show on Netflix featuring two puppets, Waffles and Mochi. Their names are also the new show's title, available for streaming since March 16. In a message tweeted Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Obama said the show would help children 'discover, cook, and eat delicious food from all over the world'.

Kate Winslet won her second Emmy for HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.” For Which series did she win first?

Screenshot: The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards / Television Academy / CBS
Mildred Pierce.

Question Explanation:

Kate Winslet won her first Emmy award in 2011 for HBO’s miniseries Mildred Pierce, adapted from James M. Cain's 1941 novel of the same name. In Mildred Pierce, Winslet portrays an overprotective single mother during the Great Depression.

What’s Winslet’s role in “Mare of Easttown”?

On Mare of Easttown, The British Kate Winslet plays a Pennsylvania police detective investigating a teen girl’s murder. The role requires a harsh Philly accent.

Why was “American Idol” 2021 final-five contestant, 16-year-old Caleb Kennedy, booted off the show?

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Because of a video circulated showing him sitting next to a KKK-white-hood wearing friend.

Question Explanation:

“American Idol” 16-year-old contestant Caleb Kennedy won a spot in the show’s final-five group of contestants only to lose it after a video circulated online showing him sitting next to a friend wearing a Ku Klux Klan white hood. Kennedy announced his departure from the show Wednesday, May 12, 2021, and apologized for the video in a statement posted to his social media accounts.

What will air instead?

This Sunday’s American Idol episode will feature the top four finalists instead.

When was the Caleb Kennedy video shot?

According to the young singer's mother, the three-second video, which was sent on Snapchat, was taken when the singer was 12 years old. She also said the clip was not referencing the KKK, but rather the movie “The Strangers: Prey at Night.” Judge for yourselves.

What was the sentence The Jinx’s New York real estate heir Robert Durst received in his murder trial?

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Life in prison without a chance of parole.

Question Explanation:

New York real estate heir Robert Durst, 78, received a sentence of life in prison without a chance of parole Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, for the murder of his best friend Susan Berman in December 2000. Durst was arrested in 2015 following his decision to participate in The Jinx, a documentary that unearthed new evidence and caught him in a stunning confession.

Did Robert Durst serve his sentence?

On Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, just two days after Durst was sentenced, his defense attorney Dick DeGuerin said Durst was admitted to the hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. DeGuerin told multiple media outlets that Durst is on a ventilator. The convicted real-estate heir finally died in a hospital lockup on Jan. 10, 2022, aged 78.

How many seasons did the original Sex and the City run on HBO?

6.

Question Explanation:

Sex and the City ran for six seasons on HBO, from 1998 to 2008. The series also spawned two feature films, in 2008 and 2010, and The Carrie Diaries, a two-season prequel series on The CW.

Sex and the City News Fact

A new series based on Sex and the City, called "And Just Like That…" that will follow Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte as they navigate friendship in their 50s, was announced by HBO on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Production on the series will begin in late spring 2021 in New York.

Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot is producing a new TV show. For which outlet?

Screenshot: Gal Gadot on Instagram
National Geographic.

Question Explanation:

Gal Gadot’s latest project is as an executive producer of "Impact," a short-form documentary series that debuts April 19 on the National Geographic channel. The six-part series follows women in Brazil, California, Michigan, and Puerto Rico, among other places, who overcome extraordinary obstacles

Who are Elmo, Jesse, and Rosita?

Photo: English: Petty Officer Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Sesame Street characters.

Question Explanation:

Elmo, Jesse, Grover, Rosita, and Abby Cadabby are among the most notable characters on “Sesame Street.” But wait, there’s more.

Sesame Street News Fact

“Sesame Street” introduces a new character to the show — a white-and-brown puppy named Tango. Tango will join “Sesame Street’s” 52nd season as both an animated character and a live-action Muppet, debuting this fall on HBO Max and streaming on PBS KIDS in 2022.

Who hosted CBS’s The Late Show before Stephen Colbert?

Screenshot: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on YouTube.
David Letterman.

What was the name of the character Dominic West played on The Wire?

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Jimmy McNulty.

Question Explanation:

The character English actor Dominic West played on HBO’s The Wire was named Jimmy McNulty. He played Noah Solloway on Showtime’s The Affair, but soon you’ll know him as no other than Prince Charles on Netflix’s The Crown.

The Crown Season 5 News Facts

On Aug. 17, 2021, Netflix released the first photos of Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Dominic West as Prince Charles for Season 5 of The Crown. Also appearing in the season will be Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip. Season 5 of The Crown is expected to stream no sooner than 2022.

What is the first-ever Netflix series to win an Emmy for best drama?

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The Crown.

Question Explanation:

The Crown’s season four received the best drama award on the Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, Emmy Awards. It’s the first time the streaming service won the prestigious trophy. “The Crown” also took all four dramatic acting categories at the 2021 ceremony. Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit picked the Best Limited Series / Mini-Series award.

How many Emmy Awards did Netflix win in 2021?

Netflix won a leading total of 44 Emmy awards in 2021, meeting the record set in 1974 by CBS.

Which TV channel launched in 1981 with NASA footage of the historic Apollo 11 landing?

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MTV.

Question Explanation:

NASA footage of the historic Apollo 11 landing on the moon in 1969, with footage of the 1981 launch countdown of the Columbia space shuttle, and the MTV flag, were the first images to appear on MTV when it launched, on August 1, 1981. The moon landing images were shown right before airing the then music station’s first music video - the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

MTV Moon Person News Fact

On Sunday, Aug 1, 2021, MTV celebrated its 40th anniversary by revealing a large-scale “Moon Person” during a ceremony at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. In an interview with The Associated Press, MTV Entertainment President and CEO Chris McCarthy said that the image of space travel fit well with the spirit of its young audience.

Pink’s “Today’s the Day” served as which show’s theme song?

Screenshot: The Ellen DeGeneres Show on YouTube.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Who is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards?

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Ed Asner.

Question Explanation:

Ed Asner is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven. He is also the most nominated actor for the Emmys, with 17 nominations - a tie-in with Michael J. Fox. Asner won five of his Emmys for portraying Lou Grant (three in the comedy series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and two on its dramatic spin-off "Lou Grant"). His other Emmys were for "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976) and "Roots" (1977).

Ed Asner News Fact

Ed Asner died on Sunday, Aug 29, 2021, at age 91. His family confirmed the death on the actor's Twitter feed, writing, "We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight, dad. We love you."

In June 2021, who was the longest-working late-night talk show host in the United States?

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Conan O’Brien.

Where was Netflix's "Squid Game" produced?

Screenshot: Squid Game, Netflix

What does Demi Lovato explore in Peacock's "Unidentified with Demi Lovato"?

Screenshot: Unidentified with Demi Lovato / Peacock
UFOs.

Question Explanation:

Peacock's "Unidentified with Demi Lovato" is a four-part series that follows Lovato's exploration of UFOs, as well as their attempt to make contact with alien life. Watch the trailer.

Is Alien a derogatory term?

In a recent interview with Pedestrian.TV, Demi Lovato said, "I think that we have to stop calling them aliens because aliens is a derogatory term for anything," and added, "that's why I like to call them ETs." The term "aliens" has been under debate in recent years, as many deem it derogatory to use toward illegal immigrants.

Who’s the new voice behind The Simpsons' Dr. Hibbert?

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Cleveland from Family Guy.

Question Explanation:

The Simpsons' Dr. Hibbert gets a new (Black) voice. After more than 30 years in the role, The Simpsons are replacing Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls from This is Spinal Tap) with Kevin Michael Richardson (better known as Cleveland's voice from Family Guy). Shearer's replacement in the role reflects the show's commitment to no longer feature white actors voicing black characters.

Where was comedian Norm MacDonald born?

Screenshot: Norm MacDonald's Moth Joke via Team Coco on YouTube.

Which TV character was Dustin Diamond most famous for portraying?

Screech in Saved by the Bell.

Question Explanation:

R.I.P Dustin Diamond, best known as Screech on the hit '90s sitcom "Saved by the Bell." Diamond was hospitalized in January 2021 and died Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, after a three-week fight with carcinoma. He was 44.

Screenshot: Saved by the Bell

How old is newscaster Chris Wallace in 2021?

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74.

Question Explanation:

Chris Wallace was born on Oct. 12, 1947, which makes him 74 in 2021. He’s the son of legendary “60 Minutes” reporter Mike Wallace.

Is Chris Wallace leaving Fox News?

News anchor Chris Wallace has left Fox News on Dec. 12, 2021, after 18 years for CNN+, CNN’s new streaming service, expected to debut in early 2022.

On which of these US TV shows can you regularly catch Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton together?

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The Voice.

Question Explanation:

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are both coachers on the US version of The Voice.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton 2021 Fact

Popstar Stefani and country star Shelton celebrated their nuptials over the Fourth of July holiday during a weekend wedding in Oklahoma and posted photos of their wedding on Monday, July 5, 2021.

In How I Met Your Mother, who voiced the narrator?

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The father from Full House.

Question Explanation:

In How I Met Your Mother, the story is framed by a voiceover from Bob Saget - better known in the 80s as the father from Full House.

What’s new?

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Hulu gave a 10-episode straight-to-series order to How I Met Your Father, starring Hilary Duff as the new protagonist. There's no word yet on when How I Met Your Father will start shooting or when it might premiere on Hulu.

On which of these TV shows did Piers Morgan participate as a contestant?

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The Celebrity Apprentice

Question Explanation:

Piers Morgan participated as a contestant on Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice. He won the 7th season of the show. Morgan also publicly supported Trump during the 2016 elections but retracted his support amid Trump's handling of the Coronavirus breakout in 2020.

New fact:

On Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021, ITV announced that Piers Morgan decided to leave Good Morning Britain immediately following negative comments about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in the days after the Mar. 7 US airing of the Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan and Harry. Morgan has been hosting ITV's Good Morning Britain since 2015. UK's communications regulator Ofcom received over 41,000 complaints from viewers, including a complaint from the Duchess of Sussex herself. On Jan. 17, 2022, Morgan told the BBC he would return to breakfast TV on News UK's new TV channel, talkTV, this spring.

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson hosts an Australian Reality TV competition. Of what nature?

Screenshot: The Drew Barrymore Show on Youtube.
Dog grooming.

Question Explanation:

Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids star Rebel Wilson hosts Pooch Perfect -  an Australian dog grooming competition show also aired in the UK.

Pooch Perfect 2021 Fact

Wilson announced on Instagram Wednesday, Jan. 13, that her show is coming to US network ABC in 2021. On a different note, Wilson revealed during a Jan. 13, 2021 episode of British Sky One’s Straight Talking series, she was once kidnapped at gunpoint and held overnight while staying in Mozambique.

In Friends, that’s the name of the grumpy neighbor living in the apartment below Monica and Rachel.

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Mr. Heckles.

Question Explanation:

In Friends, the grumpy neighbor living in the apartment below Monica and Rachel is Mr. Heckles.

Friends Facts:

Mr. Heckles’s name is apparently a fact hard to remember, even for cast members. On HBO Max’s highly anticipated Friends Reunion, released May 27, 2021, David Schwimmer recreates his quiz from series four and asks the female cast members to identify Mr. Heckles’s voice. "Mr. Hinkle?" ventures Lisa Kudrow. “Mr. Wriggles?" tries Jennifer Aniston. Both guessed wrong.

What happened to Mr. Heckles in Friends?

Mr. Heckles dies in the third episode of the second season of Friends, leaving all his possessions to Monica and Rachel. Actor Larry Hankin, who portrayed Mr. Heckles, is still very much alive, at 80. He later appeared on TV as junkyard owner Old Joe in Breaking Bad and reprised his role in the Netflix sequel 2019 film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.

Who’s Emily on Netflix’s Emily in Paris?

Screenshot: Emily in Paris / Netflix
Phil Collins’s daughter.

Question Explanation:

Lily Collins, Phil Collins's daughter, is Emily in "Emily in Paris." The Netflix series' second season premieres on Dec. 22, 2021. Watch the season 2 trailer.

Where was Gillian Anderson born?

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United States.

Question Explanation:

Actress Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, then moved to New York City to further her acting career.

Where did Gillian Anderson acquire her British accent?

When she was 15 months old, her family relocated to London, UK, where she grew up until returning to the US at the age of 11.

What’s new?

Alec Baldwin has deleted his Twitter account following a backlash to a tweet he posted referencing Anderson speaking in her natural American accent at the 2021 Golden Globes, despite usually speaking with a British accent in her roles. In a video posted to Instagram on Mar. 3, 2021, Baldwin says he’s a “huge fan” of Anderson’s, but that Twitter is “where all the assholes in the United States and beyond go to get their advanced degrees in assholiness.”

Which of these reality shows did Jeopardy! Ex-Executive producer Mike Richards host?

Screenshot: Jeopardy! On YouTube.
Beauty and the Geek.

Question Explanation:

"Jeopardy!" Executive producer Mike Richards hosted 31 episodes of Beauty and the Geek between the years 2006 and 2008. He was also the host of other game shows such as 2008’s High School Reunion, 2012’s The Pyramid,  and 2017’s Divided.

Mike Richards "Jeopardy!" News Fact

After weeks of guest hosts on “Jeopardy!” following the death of Alex Trebek, the daily syndicated quiz show chose its executive producer, Mike Richards, as the successor to the late legendary host, in a statement made Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. Richards stepped down two days later, after a report of past demeaning comments he had made about women and others on a podcast. By Aug. 31, Richards stepped down as producer of "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune."

Mayim Bialik "Jeopardy!" News Fact

Sony also named “Big Bang Theory” actor and actual scientist Mayim Bialik as host for “Jeopardy!” prime-time and spinoff series, including “Jeopardy! National College Championship.”The prime-time ABC show will feature 15 colleges from across the country competing over two weeks.

On Aug. 23, 2021, Sony Pictures Television announced that Bialik would also guest-host the daily quiz show for three weeks of episodes. “Jeopardy!” returns for its 38th season on Sept. 13.

Which American cable news network was first to air a permanent 24-hour news ticker?

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FOX News.

Question Explanation:

On Sep. 11, 2001, at 10:49 am ET, FOX News employed a 24-hour news ticker for the first time in the US (Sky News did the same - on the same day - in the UK). FOX News removed its on-screen ticker on Monday, April 26, 2021.

FOX News and 9/11 Facts

In the days after the 9/11 attacks, FOX News’s audience surpassed CNN for the first time. In time for the Iraq invasion in 2003, the right-wing news network was reaching 3.3 million Americans. A year later, its Republican party conference broadcast ratings beat those of the three major broadcast networks.

Steve McQueen’s anthology drama Small Axe leads the 2021 BAFTA TV nominations with 15 nods. About what is it?

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The lives of West Indian immigrants in London.

Question Explanation:

Small Axe, Steve McQueen’s BBC and Amazon anthology drama based on the real-life experiences of London's West Indian community between 1969 and 1982, won an impressive 15 nominations at the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards June 6 ceremony.

What about The Crown?

The Crown is the second most nominated TV show for the 2021 BAFTA TV awards, receiving ten nominations.

Which ADL called to fire Tucker Carson from Fox News?

Screenshot: Fox News

Where have you seen this face before?

Screenshot: Pine-Sol commercial

Which TV series won the most Emmy awards in 2021?

Screenshot: The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix
The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit in a tie-in.

Question Explanation:

Netflix’s Chess drama "The Queen's Gambit" tied with Netflix’s "The Crown" for the most wins in the 2021 Emmy Awards overall. Each won 11 honors.

How old is Ricky Gervais?

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He’s turning 60 in 2021.

Question Explanation:

Famously a late bloomer, comedian Ricky Gervais turned 60 on June 25, 2021.

What's new?

Ricky Gervais has confirmed the third series of "After Life" started filming on Monday, April 19, 2021. "After Life" 's third and final series hits Netflix by the end of 2021.

What was the first fictional on-screen depiction of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre?

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2019’s Watchmen series.

Question Explanation:

HBO's 2019 series Watchmen is considered the first time the entertainment industry depicted the 1921 Tulsa Massacre  (Three documentaries preceded it).

Tulsa Massacre facts:

The Tulsa massacre (AKA Black Wall Street massacre) took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when many white residents deputized and given official city weapons, attacked Black residents, and burned businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Joe Biden and the Tulsa massacre

US President Joe Biden marked the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, declaring Tuesday, May 1, 2021,  that he had "come to fill the silence" about "one of the nation's darkest — and long-suppressed — moments of racial violence."

How long did Tom Brokaw work for NBC News?

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Since The Beatles last toured.

Question Explanation:

Tom Brokaw joined NBC News in 1966, the year The Beatles made their final onstage tour.

Brokaw 2021 Fact

After 55 years on the network, the seasoned TV journalist announced retirement on January 22, 2021.

Where have we seen David Harbour, who plays Black Widow’s “father,” before?

Screenshot: Black Widow, Marvel Studios, Disney+
Stranger Things.

Question Explanation:

David Harbour, who plays Black Widow’s pretend “father” in the 2021 movie, was better known until now for his portrayal of Jim Hopper in the Netflix series Stranger Things.

Where do the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reside?

Photo; Northern Ireland Office, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

What is The Green Planet?

Screenshot: BBC
David Attenborough’s plant life docuseries.

Question Explanation:

The Green Planet is a five-part series presented by the veteran naturalist David Attenborough about plants. The series started airing on the UK’s BBC One on Jan. 9, 2022.

For which other TV series is The White Lotus creator Mike White responsible?

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Enlightened.

Question Explanation:

Mile White was the co-creator, executive producer, writer, director, and actor on the HBO series Enlightened. He also created, wrote, and directed the 2021 HBO satire comedy miniseries The White Lotus, as well as wrote screenplays for films such as The Good Girl (2002), School of Rock (2003), and Nacho Libre (2006).

The White Lotus News Facts

HBO renewed The White Lotus for a second season which would tell the story of a different group of travelers during their stay at another White Lotus property. The White Lotus focuses on the lives of staff and guests at a Hawaii tropical resort over a week. The first season ended its 6 episode run in August 2021.

For which TV endeavor did New York's former Governor, Andrew Cuomo, win an Emmy?

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His daily, televised briefings on the coronavirus pandemic.

Question Explanation:

New York former Gov. Andrew Cuomo received the special Emmy Award in 2020 for his daily, televised briefings on the coronavirus pandemic. He also participated in a televised reading of “James and the Giant Peach with Taika and Friends,” hosted by Actor and filmmaker Taika Waititi that year. Andrew Cuomo’s brother, Chris, hosts CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time.

 Did Andrew Cuomo keep his Emmy?

Hours after Andrew Cuomo left office, in late August 2021, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said it took away the prize and removed any reference to him in its official materials. Cuomo resigned amid a flood of sexual harassment allegations,

Which of these Simpsons’ characters was voiced by rabbi turned comedian Jackie Mason?

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Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky.

Question Explanation:

R.I.P Jackie Mason, who, among other roles, voiced The Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown’s father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, between the years 1991 and 2019. Mason was a rabbi in real life before turning to comedy.

Jackie Mason News Fact

Jackie Mason died Saturday, July 24, 2021, after being hospitalized for over two weeks. He was 93. Among his notable cameo appearances is an uncredited appearance as the voice of robot tailor in Woody Allen’s 1973 futuristic comedy Sleeper and Jew #1 in Mel Brooks's “History of the World, Part I.”

What’s John Cho’s character’s name in Netflix’s new “Cowboy Bebop”?

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On his SNL appearance, Elon Musk claimed he was what?

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The first person with Asperger's to host the show.

Question Explanation:

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk told viewers of the US comedy sketch series Saturday Night Live (SNL) on May 8, 2021, he was "the first person with Asperger's" to host the show. It is probably the first time Musk has spoken about his condition.

What's Asperger syndrome?

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, nonverbal communication, and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

Which of these TV shows earned veteran actress Jean Smart her first Emmy in 12 years?

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Hacks.

Question Explanation:

Jean Smart became a staple of elite TV in the past few years, with Emmy nominated roles on “Fargo,” “Watchmen,” and “Mare of Easttown.” HBO’s Hacks earned her her first Emmy win in 12 years in 2021.

What were Jean Smart’s previous Emmy wins?

Jean Smart won two Emmys for her guest role as Frasier’s love interest on Frasier in 2000 and 2001. She won the supporting actress in a comedy award in 2008 for the sitcom “Samantha Who?”.

In what year was the Golden Globe Awards ceremony canceled?

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In 2008, because of a writers’ strike.

Question Explanation:

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony was replaced in 2008 with a press conference due to writers' threats of picketing the event as part of the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike that year. That was the only year in which the Hollywood Foreign Press association canceled the ceremony. In 2020 Ricky Gervais hosted the show in an empty Beverly Hilton auditorium.

New fact:

Feb. 28, 2021, ceremony was the first to be held bicoastally, with Amy Pohler hosting in Beverly Hills and Tina Fey hosting from New York’s Rainbow Room. The 2021 Golden Globe Awards marks the duo's fourth time hosting the show, after hosting it regularly between 2013 and 2015.

What was the name of “The Love Boat”’s captain?

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Merrill Stubing.

Question Explanation:

The name of the ship captain on ABC’s 1977-1986 TV hit “The Love Boat” was Merril Stubing.

Love Boat News Fact

Gavin MacLeod, the veteran actor who achieved stardom playing cheerful Capt. Stubing on “The Love Boat” has died early Saturday,  May 29, 2021, at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 90.

In Gossip Girl, who provided the narrator’s voiceover?

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Frozen’s Princess Anna.

Question Explanation:

In Gossip Girl, the narrator, omniscient blogger "Gossip Girl," is voiced by Kristen Bell, who also was the voice behind Princess (and later, queen) Anna in the Frozen franchise.

Gossip Girl News Fact:

Kristen Bell returns as the narrator for Gossip Girl’s 2021 reboot. The new series takes place eight years after the original Gossip Girl blog went dark when a new generation of New York private school teens is introduced to Gossip Girl's social surveillance. The Gossip Girl reboot hits HBO Max on July 8. Watch the official trailer.

Where is Cecil Hotel?

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Downtown, Los Angeles.

Question Explanation:

Cecil Hotel, AKA Hotel Cecil, currently named Stay on Main, is a budget hotel in downtown Los Angeles. It is the star of Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, which explores the mysterious death of Canadian student Elisa Lam and the conspiracy theories it spawned.

Where was Gillian Anderson born?

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United States.

Question Explanation:

Actress Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, then moved to New York City to further her acting career. When she was 15 months old, her family relocated to London, UK, where she grew up until returning to the US at the age of 11

What’s new?

Alec Baldwin has deleted his Twitter account following a backlash to a tweet he posted referencing Anderson speaking in her natural American accent at the 2021 Golden Globes, despite usually speaking with a British accent in her roles. In a video posted to Instagram on Mar. 3, 2021, Baldwin says he’s a “huge fan” of Anderson’s, but that Twitter is “where all the assholes in the United States and beyond go to get their advanced degrees in assholiness.”

Test your own Classic TV Knowledge

In Friends, who was Gunther?

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The Central Perk barista.

Question Explanation:

Gunther was the Central Perk barista who had a crush on Rachel in Friends. James Michael Tyler, who starred as Gunther in the sitcom, died on Oct. 24, 2021, at the age of 59, from prostate cancer. Tyler appeared in almost 150 episodes of the comedy.

In which series did Dean Stockwell NOT appear alongside Scott Bakula?

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Battlestar Galactica.

Who was the first female character on television with superpowers?

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Isis.

Question Explanation:

In 1975's "The Secrets of Isis," Isis was the first female character on television with superpowers. An archaeology teacher by day, Andrea Thomas battled evil when she wore an ancient amulet that transformed her into the Egyptian goddess, Isis. "The Secrets of Isis" premiered in September 1975, two months before Lynda Carter's first appearance as Wonder Woman. "The Bionic Woman," starring Lindsay Wagner, began in January 1976.

Is Isis dead?

JoAnna Cameron, who portrayed Isis, died of stroke complications on Oct. 15, 2021, in Oahu, Hawaii. She was 73.

Which Guinness World Record did JoAnna Cameron hold?

The Guinness Book of World Records said in 1979 that Cameron had appeared in more than 100 commercials on network television, more than anyone else in advertising history.

What was Lucy's last name in the classic American sitcom "I Love Lucy"?

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Ricardo.

Question Explanation:

The title character from "I Love Lucy" is Lucy Ricardo, famously portrayed by Lucille Ball.

Who portrays Lucille Ball in 2021's "Being the Ricardos"?

Nicole Kidman portrays legendary comic Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin's 2021 movie, "Being the Ricardos." The film depicts one week of "I Love Lucy" 's production. Ball is accused of being a Communist by the media. There are reports that her husband Desi Arnaz is being unfaithful to her, and she discovers she's pregnant. "Being the Ricardos" hits US theaters on Dec. 10 before streaming on Amazon on Dec. 21. Watch the trailer.

He was the original host of "America's Funniest Home Videos."

Bob Saget.

Question Explanation:

Bob Saget, best known as single dad Danny Tanner from "Full House," was the original host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" in the '90s. His "Full House" partner Dave Coulier hosted America's Funniest People around the same time. Saget died while on a stand-up tour on Jan. 9, 2022. He was 65.

How old is William Shatner in 2021?

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90.

Question Explanation:

William Shatner was born on Mar. 22, 1931, which makes him 90 years old in 2021.

Is William Shatner the oldest person in space?

William Shatner and the Blue Origin Crew

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William Shatner became the oldest person to travel to space as he joined the four-person crew aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard launch vehicle on Oct. 13, 2021. The "Star Trek" actor is flying as a guest of Blue Origin. The company says it has also sold nearly $100 million in tickets to paying customers. Pioneering woman aviator Wally Funk, 82, was the oldest person to reach space when she joined Bezos on the July 2021 flight.

Before becoming NCIS agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Mark Harmon was a medical doctor on two classic TV shows. Which?

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Chicago Hope and St. Elsewhere.

Question Explanation:

Before becoming NCIS agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Mark Harmon was a medical doctor on ‘80s medical drama St. Elsewhere and ‘90s Chicago Hope.

Is Mark Harmon leaving NCIS?

Monday’s, Oct. 11, 2021, episode of NCIS was Mark Harmon’s final leading the long-running CBS procedural. He exits the show after 18 years of playing agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, dating back to the character’s introduction to the legal drama JAG in 2003.

How did Sex and the City characters refer to Chris Noth’s role in the original series?

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Mr. Big.

Question Explanation:

Chris Noth portrayed John James Preston, AKA Mr. Big in the original Sex and the City series. The show creators only revealed Mr. Big's real name in the series's final episode. In Sex and the City: The Movie, Mr. Big and Carrie Bradshaw quietly marry at New York City Hall, celebrating afterward at a diner with their friends.

Are Mr. Big and Carrie Bradshaw still together in "And Just Like That…?"

The first official trailer for HBO Max's Sex and the City revival "And Just Like That…" shows the characters of Mr. Big and Carrie Bradshaw still happily married in their 50s. The 10-episode spin-off series will premiere on HBO Max with the release of its first two episodes on Dec. 9, 2021. Watch the trailer.