Can you guess the connection between these classic TV shows?

What connects The Defenders to The Brady Bunch or The Carol Burnett Show to The Rifleman?

Many classic TV shows share things in common and connect in ways both obvious and obscure. Some may feature the same actor, others take place in a shared fictional “universe” and have the same characters appear in both shows.

Here are 12 pairs of classic TV shows. Can you guess what ties each of them together?

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  1. What’s the connection between Green Acres and Petticoat Junction?
  2. What’s the connection between The Honeymooners and Mama’s Family?
  3. What’s the connection between M*A*S*H and Dragnet?
  4. What’s the connection between The Andy Griffith Show and Star Trek?
  5. What’s the connection between Gunsmoke and Perry Mason?
  6. What’s the connection between Bonanza and Laugh-In?
  7. What’s the connection between The Defenders and The Brady Bunch?
  8. What’s the connection between The Flintstones and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century?
  9. What’s the connection between The Carol Burnett Show and The Rifleman?
  10. What’s the connection between I Love Lucy and Mission: Impossible?
  11. What’s the connection between Happy Days and The Waltons?
  12. What’s the connection between The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mod Squad?

Can you guess the connection between these classic TV shows?

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Lacey 2 days ago
11/12 and I was sure about #9 but decided to second guess myself.
I should really learn.
bnichols23 1 month ago
11 -- bollixed the flintstones/buck rogers one.
Irish 1 month ago
9/12... didn't pay much attention to the credits
DJS3 1 month ago
8/12 with lucky guesses.
6/12 with knowledge and memory.
rahaindy 1 month ago
12/12 first time I answered all correct.
JDnHuntsvilleAL 1 month ago
#11: Not only did Ron Howard appear in both, so did Linda Purl.
JewelsChuck 1 month ago
8/12 - I guessed on most of them. Not to shabby said dear abbey, lol.
mslawrence 1 month ago
Not bad 1 wrong outta 12👏🏾👏🏾
JERRY6 1 month ago
0 of 12 not bad made a few stupid mistakes
scp 1 month ago
12 out of 12.

Sammy Davis, Jr. played on a number of Westerns; I remember seeing him on The Wild, Wild West once.
MarkSpeck 1 month ago
Another connection between The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mod Squad...Danny Thomas had a hand in producing both shows (DVD...Executive Producer, Sheldon Leonard, in association with Danny Thomas, Mod Squad, he's the 'Thomas' in Thomas/Spelling Productions).

In the name of the production company, he's the 'da' portion (Calvada...'Ca' for Carl, as in Reiner, 'l' for Leonard, as in Sheldon Leonard, 'da' for Danny and 'va' for Van Dyke.
MarkSpeck 1 month ago
11 out of 12. I thought Harvey Korman, who did do some dramatic TV, may have appeared on The Rifleman. Turns out Sammy did his cowboy act on both The Rifleman and Burnett.
Martin 1 month ago
Another connection between the Flintstones and Buck Rogers is that they both had characters named Wilma.
Careycat 1 month ago
11/12 Not bad... 😺 I didn't realize Earl Hagen did both theme songs (question #12).
MarkSpeck Careycat 1 month ago
I would say that Earle Hagen was the go-to guy for music for Danny Thomas-produced shows. If you read my post above, you'd see that Danny had a role in producing both of those series.
MarkSpeck Careycat 1 month ago
Hagen also wrote "Harlem Nocturne", which became the theme song for Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, yet another show that Hagen did the music for.
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