Actors With More Than One Hit TV show

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Luvtemps, Aug 12, 2017 at 7:22 PM.

  1. Obtuse1

    Obtuse1 Forum Resident

    Mayim Bialik- Blossom, Big Bang Theory

    Staci Keenan- My Two Dads, Step By Step

    Paul Reiser- My Two Dads, Mad About You

    Howard Hesseman- WKRP in Cincinnati, Head Of The Class

    Kim Fields- The Facts Of Life, Living Single

    Alec Baldwin- 30 Rock, Match Game

    Steve Harvey- The Steve Harvey Show, Family Feud

    Damon Wayans- In Living Color, My Wife And Kids

    ...lots of sketch show alumni (SNL, In Living Color), actually.
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  2. HGN2001

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  3. bmasters9

    bmasters9 Member

    Fountain Inn, SC
    Patrick Duffy: Dallas from 1978-91 (barring the 1985-86 dream season) on CBS (and for a time on TNT from 2012-14), and Step By Step (on ABC from 1991-97, and CBS from 1997-98)
  4. MidnightRocks

    MidnightRocks Well-Known Member

    Dublin, Ireland
    Roger Moore.. Ivanhoe, the Saint, the Persuaders... some of his American series like The Alaskans and Maverick might have been hits too?
    David Jason... Open All Hours, Only Fools and Horses, A Touch of Frost
  5. OldSoul

    OldSoul Forum Resident

    Vallejo, CA
    Kelsey Grammer: Cheers and Frasier
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  6. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    The interesting discussion is three hit series (by a strange coincidence I was just thinking about this yesterday)

    And this is essentially an American topic, as shows have to run an agonizing four years here to be considered hits.

    Don't think anyone will argue these two:

    Lucille Ball
    Michael Landon

    Then there's Lee Majors. $6M Man and Fall Guy. Big Valley ran 4 years, though he was not the chief star. If you can count Bonanza for Landon, we can count BV for Lee, as they were essentially the same show.

    Somebody mentioned Harry Morgan. Dec Bride, Dragnet, and MASH. The nitpick is Dragnet was not a network hit, running only three years -- but it was a huge hit in reruns. I'll allow him.
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  7. Bill Bixby - My Favorite Martian (ok, not a hit after the second year, but did well enough to enter syndication), The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Incredible Hulk.
    Special mention: The Magician
    Bill Daily - I Dream Of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show
  8. stereoguy

    stereoguy Forum Resident

  9. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member


    It could be argued that STAR TREK was never a "hit", and that Nimoy's turn on MISSION was after its glory days, but both properties are durable even to this day.
  10. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Richard Belzer. Playing the same guy, on Homicide: Life On The Street AND Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
    (Technically, I'm not sure if SVU is actually a hit...or, it's been on so long they just keep forgetting to cancel it.)

    Actually, I think a cooler thread would be, name series where Detective Munch would have been an inspired choice for cast member (Scrubs, for instance...undercover, surveilling the Janitor!).
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  11. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    You're contradicting yourself here

    BV was an ensemble show, like its model Bonanza. Long was actually billed first; BS got an "And Starring Miss BS" at the end

    Majors had the breakout success with the show, and writers began emphasizing his character. This led to some unpleasant confrontations on the set between LM, BS, and especially RL, whose alcoholism was already becoming a problem.

    I'm a Virginian man myself
  12. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    John Larroquette

    Harry Anderson
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  13. GroovyGuy

    GroovyGuy Well-Known Member

    Halifax, NS Canada
    Tim Allen - Home Improvement and Last Man Standing
    John Ritter - Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daugther
    Larry Hagman - I Dream Of Jeannie and Dallas
    William Shatner - Star Trek and TJ Hooker
    Carroll O’Connor - All In The Family and In The Heat Of The Night
    Bob Newhart - The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart
    Michael Landon - Bonanza and Little House On The Prarie
    Michael J Fox - Family Ties and Spin City
    Bea Arthur - Maude and Golden Girls
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  14. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    Greater St. Louis
    First one I thought of. :righton:
  15. Chazro

    Chazro Forum Resident

    West Palm Bch, Fl.
    Edie Falco - The Sopranos & Nurse Jackie
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  16. Mr. Fernando

    Mr. Fernando Well-Known Member

    Some of these are questionably "hit shows".
  17. stereoguy

    stereoguy Forum Resident


    Joze: Barbara S was *The* Star on The Big Valley. The fact that Long was billed first was meaningless. Breck was actually better known at that time. Stanwyck was the only one to get billed as "And Starring". There can be no question that BS was the star of the show. She had been a top draw movie star, none of the others had.

    And "The Virginian" was a pretty good show in its own right. Honestly, I like ALL Westerns.

    Check THIS out.....its 1961, OK? The following Westerns are ALL on TV at the same time:

    The Gunslinger
    Wagon Train
    The Rebel (Johnny Yuma)
    Wanted Dead or Alive
    Bat Masterson
    Wyatt Earp
    The Rifleman
    Whispering Smith
    Have Gun Will Travel (reads the card of a man)
    The Deputy
    Frontier Circus
    Shotgun Slade
    The Tall Man
    Stagecoach West
    Tales of Wells Fargo
    Zane Grey
    The Americans
    The Outlaws
    Death Valley Days
    Two Faces West
    Frontier Justice

    If you were a Western fan in 1961 you were in all your Glory!~! I was only a year old, but I'm told I watched some of these.
  18. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    I continue to be in shock that Kevin James not only has two hit shows, they're basically the same show:



    How is this possible?
  19. DesertChaos

    DesertChaos Forum Resident

    Does "cult hit" count as a hit? Am I stretching it too much to suggest Bill Mumy in Lost In Space and then Babylon 5? I suppose neither were huge hits.

    Same for Leonard Nimoy - Star Trek and Mission Impossible. Trey wasn't a hit at the time but we all know how that changed over time.
  20. Benno123

    Benno123 Forum Resident

    Someone mentioned John Ritter. Besides Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules he also had Hearts Afire for several seasons.

    Bill Cosby had I Spy, The Cosby Show, and Cosby.
  21. neo123

    neo123 Forum Resident

    Northern Kentucky
    Also, don't forget about "In Search Of..." for Leonard Nimoy in addition to Trek.
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  22. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Neil Patrick Harris
  23. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    We'd need a more definitive criterion than just the word "hit." Is a show a hit if it once rated in the top 10 for one week? Two weeks? 16 weeks? The top 20? The top 30? What about a Top 60 "hit"? What about shows that lasted two or more seasons? Three or more? Four or more? 50 episodes? 70 episodes? 100 episodes? 150 episodes?

    How many of those episodes would have to be in a Top 20 or a Top 10 for a show to be considered a hit?

    There are too many variables here, I think.
  24. fasto

    fasto Active Member

    Alyson Hannigan - Buffy / How I Met Your Mother
    Lauren Graham - Gilmore Girls / Parenthood
    John Nettles - Bergerac / Midsomer Murders
    Michael C. Hall - Six Feet Under / Dexter
    Jeffrey Tambor - Arrested Development / Transparent
    Thomas Gibson - Dharma & Greg / Criminal Minds
    Michael J. Fox - Family Ties / Spin City
    Dulé Hill - The West Wing / Psych
    John Cleese - Monty Python's Flying Circus / Fawlty Towers
  25. pdenny

    pdenny Blow up your TV


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