My Favorite Things

RemingtonGreg Brady getting selected to be the next “Johnny Bravo” because he “fit the suit” on The Brady Bunch.

Jimmy McNulty on The Wire.

Any Seinfeld episode involving Frank Constanza or David Puddy.

Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football.

The theme to Hill Street Blues.

The theme to St. Elsewhere.

The theme to Miami Vice.

The theme to Cheers.

Paul Newman making a cameo on David Letterman’s Late Show premiere on CBS.

Dick Van Dyke avoiding the ottoman during the opening of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko on You’ll Never Get Rich.

Magnum’s red Ferrari on Magnum, p.i.

Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble performing with Ann Margrock on The Flintstones.

The New Year’s Day marathon of The Honeymooners on WPIX.

Don Corleone assuring Johnny Fontaine that his problems in Hollywood will disappear in The Godfather.

The 1969 Mets.

The 1986 Mets.

The 1927 Yankees.

The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers winning the franchise’s only World Series during its Brooklyn tenure.

Wrigley Field.

Fenway Park.

Dodger Stadium.

Ebbets Field.

Reggie Jackson hitting three home runs in Game Six of the 1977 World Series.

Don Larsen throwing a perfect game in Game Five of the 1956 World Series.

Leo Durocher guest starring as himself on The Munsters and The Beverly Hillbillies.

Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers giving a tearjerking speech about teammate Brian Piccolo’s devastating illness in Brian’s Song.

Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey shouting “Merry Christmas” while racing down Genesee Street in Bedford Falls after Clarence, Angel Second Class, shows him what life would be like if he had never been born in It’s A Wonderful Life.

Roy Scheider as Sheriff Brody killing the shark at the end of Jaws.

Charles Bronson as vigilante Paul Kersey making a gun with his hand at the end of Death Wish.

The In-Laws with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin.

Rocky.

Casablanca.

The Young Philadelphians.

Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Justice in Smokey and the Bandit.

Major League.

Stealing Home.

The Sandlot.

My Favorite Year.

The Bishop’s Wife starring Cary Grant and David Niven.

Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O’Hara and John Payne.

The Odd Couple movie starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

The Odd Couple television series starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.

NBC’s prime time lineup in the 1980s.

Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

Herman Wouk’s novels The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

Jeffrey Archer’s novels Kane & Abel and The Prodigal Daughter.

Ayn Rand’s novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss.

Celebrity by Thomas Thompson.

The Philadelphian by Richard Powell.

Any novel by Clive Cussler.

Any movie with Tom Hanks.

The novel M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker.

The movie M*A*S*H.

The television series M*A*S*H.

Ronald Reagan’s D-Day speech at Normandy in 1984.

Johnny Carson hosting The Tonight Show for 30 years.

The NBC peacock.

The CBS eye.

20th Century Fox’ spotlights.

Paramount’s mountains.

MGM’s lion.

MTM Productions’ kitten.

Columbia’s lady.

Those who create to entertain, inform, and distract us from the everyday challenges, obligations, and obstacles of life.

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