Can you guess the character name for these classic sitcom stars?

Just who do these TV stars think they are...

In the 1950s, '60s and '70s, many sitcoms took their names from their stars. Among the most enduringly popular of these early series were classics called The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The gimmick proved a great way to alert viewers that your show's star was soon to be a household name, and for many shows, it totally worked!

Fans of these shows know, though, that it was just as common for stars of these shows to keep their first name, but then adopt a fictitious last name for their characters. Others would change both names, creating even more confusion for viewers catching up with classic shows today who are today accustomed to shows being named more for the plot and characters than for the actor who played the starring role.

Here, we've collected some of the best early sitcoms that took their names from their stars and challenge you to search your memory for the correct names of their leading characters. See how many of these classic character names made a lasting impression and stuck in your mental Rolodex. Good luck!

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  1. What was Andy's last name on 'The Andy Griffith Show'?
  2. What was Rob, Laura and Ritchie's last name on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'?
    Image: Paul Brownstein Productions
  3. If you went to visit this TV psychologist from 'The Bob Newhart Show,' what would you call him?
  4. What was Mary's last name on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'?
  5. After 'I Love Lucy," Lucille Ball went on to star in 'The Lucy Show,' where we knew her as:
  6. On 'The Phil Silvers Show,' what was Phil Silvers' famous character called?
  7. What was the family name on 'The Patty Duke Show'?
  8. On 'The Danny Thomas Show,' the dad did his best to make time for his family, which were given which last name?
  9. For 'The Ann Sothern Show,' the series star takes what name for her character?
    Image: 20th Century Fox Television
  10. The 'Danny Thomas Show' spinoff 'The Joey Bishop Show' featured a family with this last name:
    Image: SFM Entertainment
  11. On 'The Donna Reed Show,' the family was Donna, Alex, Mary and Jeff. Do you remember their last name?
  12. Here's a wink from 'The Doris Day Show,' starring Doris Day by this other name:

Can you guess the character name for these classic sitcom stars?

Your Result...

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Snickers 1 month ago
11 out of 12. Never saw the Joey Bishop show.
ndebrabant 9 months ago
11/12. Missed The Ann Southern Show. Don't remember that one.
rycki1138 9 months ago
11 out of 12. I missed the Ann Sothern Show.
DouglasMorris 9 months ago
11/12! missed number 9 which did me in.
kimmer 16 months ago
10/12....Funny what names stick in your head...lol
ndebrabant 32 months ago

You got 11 out of 12
Nice work! We see these fictional last names have made a lasting impression on you!
Missed Number 9. Too far back to remember the Ann Southern Show.
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