M*A*S*H didn’t have a laugh track when it was broadcast overseas in the UK, this was how the show’s creator intended it. However, in the United States CBS required a laugh track because they had never produced a comedy without one.
The writers of “That 70’s Show” theme song get $70 each time the show airs. He refers to it as “That $70 Show”.
North Korea had a show called “Let’s trim our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle”.
There’s a TV show in Iceland called “Keeping up with the Kattarshians”. It’s a 24 hour live broadcast of cats in a tiny model house.
The show Deadliest Catch negatively impacts the entire Bering Sea crabbing industry by artificially lowering the operating costs of the boats on the show due to their subsidy from Discovery, allowing them to undercut the competition.
In 1984 Michael Larson was a contestant on Press Your Luck. Using the stop-motion on his VCR, he noticed that the presumed random patterns of the game board weren’t actually random, and memorized the sequences. He won 45 consecutive spins and earned a total of $110,237 in cash and prizes.
In the 1950’s, TV shows were not allowed to use the word “pregnant” as it was considered indecent.
For a man in China, the show “Friends” never ended. The man — who goes by the name Gunther and has a son named Joey — decided to live his life Friends-style. After he went through a bad breakup, a friend recommended Friends as a way to cheer him up. And, in Gunther’s words, “It’s changed my life.”. He quit his job to open his own coffee shop (called Central Perk), replicating the Friends cafe down to custom-made couches. The Central Perk in Beijing is where Gunther and his fellow “Friends” lovers can watch and talk about the show.
When That 70s Show started, the directors required all actors to be 18 or older. Mila Kunis, 14 at the time, told the casting directors she would be 18 but did not say when. Ashton Kutcher, Kunis’ boyfriend in the show, was 20 years old at that time.
There is an official Russian spinoff of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” called “It’s Always Sunny in Moscow” that focuses on the owners of a Moscow bar named Philadelphia.