Can you match classic TV shows to their syndication titles?

Even TV shows have alter egos.

Back in the day, hit television shows had multiple personalities. The notion of reruns was a fairly new concept in the 1960s. To avoid confusion, networks would retitle shows for their daytime reruns, so viewers would not mistake them for new episodes.

Popular shows made it to syndication, so lots of classics have alternate titles. How well do you know the syndicated titles of classic shows?

See if you can match the TV show to its rerun title — or vice versa. Good luck!

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  1. What did they call daytime reruns of The Andy Griffith Show?
  2. This Western was known as Marshal Dillon in its half-hour reruns.
  3. This show was called Ponderosa in reruns.
  4. Sergeant Bilko is the familiar syndication title for which classic sitcom?
  5. What did they call reruns of Happy Days?
  6. This show was known as Badge 714 in reruns.
  7. What did they call AM reruns of The Beverly Hillbillies?
  8. It is known as Black Sheep Squadron in syndication, but what was Robert Conrad's war series originally called?
  9. What was the syndicated title of The Bob Cummings Show?
  10. This series was known as Major Adams—Trailmaster in syndication.
  11. What was Emergency! called in reruns?
  12. Which series was known as Robert Young, Family Doctor in reruns?

Can you match classic TV shows to their syndication titles?

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DerekBird 14 months ago
You got 12 out of 12
You sure know your TV reruns!
LynCarceo 14 months ago
Never heard of those names in reruns. I just figured it out (except for #7) by logic and good guesses.
JDnHuntsvilleAL 24 months ago
Well I got them all right, but I have never actually seen any of these "titles".
LRWilliams 27 months ago
You got 11 out of 12
You sure know your TV reruns
LindaAdams900 29 months ago
If memory serves, Baa Baa Black Sheep's title was changed for the second season, not for syndication. It may be that original title wasn't attracting viewers.
Tammy 30 months ago
You got 12 out of 12
You sure know your TV reruns!
Diz 30 months ago
The earlier "Lassie" episodes are still sometimes seen as "Jeff's Collie".
Wiseguy 30 months ago
The original Dragnet was syndicated under the title "Badge 714." The newer version (the one currently shown on MeTV) was always syndicated (even after it left NBC) as "Dragnet" (without the year). It wasn't until Dragnet returned to network TV (Nick at Nite, MeTV) that the year was shown again.
DavidBarker 30 months ago
You got 10 out of 12
You sure know your TV reruns!
MrsP58 30 months ago
11/12. And there were, in fact, 12 questions. But they numbered 16. Four of the were ads. Two ads were actually the same question as to whether I would vote for Trump in 2020. That's not a question or an ad, but since it's no secret, that would be a resounding NO!
MrBill 30 months ago
9/12; not too bad - I got all the ones I knew.
Sooner 30 months ago
I've never heard any of these called by those names. Reruns on my TV were always the same name.
MrsP58 Sooner 30 months ago
Same here. And that includes living in Detroit, South Florida, Wyoming and South Florida again. Except "Emergency One!".
Wiseguy MrsP58 30 months ago
In general, the old rule was you couldn't show a series on a network and a local station at the same time with the same title. Once the series was no longer on a network the syndicated reruns returned to the original title so if you didn't see the reruns during that time you missed the alternate title. Laverne & Shirley was called "Laverne & Shirley & Co.," The Rockford Files was "Jim Rockford, Private Investigator" and Ironside was "The Raymond Burr Show." CBS Network reruns of Hawaii Five-0 after the series was already in syndication under the original title were called "McGarrett."
Lacey 30 months ago
11/12 I watched a lot of daytime TV in my convalescing youth.
Odd about Black Sheep Squadron and Happy Days. Those were 1970s shows and reruns were not so new by then.
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