Can you guess the TV show by how it named each episode?

The one with the case of the incident with the log number story.

Have you ever wondered how TV writers come up with names for each episode of a show? Sometimes it’s as simple as calling them "Episode 1, Episode 2," etc. There are others shows that use a line from the episode as the title.

Certain series, however, are more inventive. The creators and writers will come up with rules for how each episode should be named. Of course, some shows stick closer to their own naming rules more than others.

The quiz below tests your knowledge of twelve classic TV shows that used specific naming conventions, whether it be each and every episode, episodes from a given season, or just the majority of the episodes in a series.

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  1. This show's episode titles all started with "The case of the..."
  2. Most of this sitcom's episodes used the names of pop songs like "Baby Love" and "Help Me Rhonda"
  3. Most episode titles of this show started with "Incident..."
  4. With a few exceptions, this show named every episode "The one with/where..."
  5. The 1950s version of this show called each episode "The Big..."
  6. "The Night of the..." is how each episode of this show is named
  7. A majority of this show's episode titles had the word "angels" in them
  8. This show started each episode name with a "Log" number for its first three seasons
  9. This show used "The _____ Story" for it's episode titles
  10. This show began each episode name with "Who Killed....?" for its first two seasons
  11. "The _____ Affair" was the title of each of this show's episodes
  12. Almost every episode of this show was named "The _____ Raid"

Can you guess the TV show by how it named each episode?

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EllisClevenger 1 month ago
You got 11 out of 12
You can really name names!
Missed #8.
DavidBarker 1 month ago
You got 5 out of 12

Wow..terrible
MrBill 1 month ago
8/12; missed #4 and the last three questions.
Lacey 1 month ago
11 out of 12.
I guess I paid more attention to titles than I thought.
JERRY6 1 month ago
10 of 12 i can really name names
tom78 1 month ago
9/12...........missed 3,4,8......!
Wiseguy 1 month ago
Jake and the Fatman, like ALF, also used song titles as episode titles.
(And why doesn't MeTV (or anybody) show Jake and the Fatman? Both the parent program (Matlock) and the offspring (Diagnosis Murder) have been shown often on many networks including MeTV.)
moax429 Wiseguy 1 month ago
Perhaps because there weren't enough episodes of "Jake and the Fatman" made in order for it to qualify it for syndication (at least 100 episodes have to be produced for that to happen).

By the way - 9/12.
Wiseguy 1 month ago
Many episodes of the first two seasons of the first revival of Dragnet also used "The Big..." in the titles.
KellyShort 1 month ago
You got 10 out of 12
You can really name names!

missed 3 and 5 WESTERNS hate the things
daDoctah 1 month ago
When I saw the premise, I said to myself "Friends and U.N.C.L.E have got to be in here".

Now here's one they didn't use: what short-lived cop series began with the narrator saying "tonight's episode..." followed by one title, while a completely different title flashed up on the screen? (Hint: the lead actor was a Canadian.)
PreciousPup daDoctah 1 month ago
Police Squad
Pacificsun 1 month ago
Reeelly good quiz, MeTV. Only problem is that many of the shows never showed their title on screen, unless it was purposefully a "feature" of the opening credits (like Perry Mason), although it's been said that every show ALWAYS named the script (story). And did so (additionally) for the purpose of submitting a particular episode for Emmy consideration!
PreciousPup Pacificsun 1 month ago
Very true. Episode titles rarely were shown on the screen (more-so in early years, less in later years) but every episode has a title. For fun go to IMDb and scroll through the episode titles for Two and a Half Men.
Wiseguy PreciousPup 1 month ago
True. Since every episode is copyrighted and to copyright an episode it needs a title, then every episode has a title.
Catman 1 month ago
9/12 ... I know what I know and I guess a lot.
MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
6/12 Another bad one.
Yeah, it was tough, because we didn't always see the name of the episode!
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