Can you place these TV characters in the correct decade?

Sort through the best characters in TV history!

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Sorting out the best characters in TV history is a matter of personal taste, but today, your mission is much more straightforward than that. 

Just scroll through the TV Guide covers below and see if you can place iconic TV characters in the correct decade they sprang from.

Time will only tell if you're a TV character expert... so go ahead and take the quiz to find out now!
  1. Lucy Ricardo was the star of I Love Lucy, which means we met Lucy when the series debuted in which decade?
  2. As a TV icon, The Fonz has stuck his thumb out for decades, but do you remember which decade the character was introduced in when Happy Days premiered?
  3. We met Barney Fife when The Andy Griffith Show premiered in which decade?
  4. Don't Perry Mason and Della Street make a nice pair? Some met these characters in books and on radio, but we finally had faces to the names since Perry Mason premiered on TV in which decade?
  5. Here's another pair from classic TV, Gilligan and Ginger. We met them when they ended up stranded on Gilligan's Island in which decade?
  6. In many ways, Hoss Cartwright was introduced as the heart of Bonanza when it premiered in which decade?
  7. Columbo was a character on TV through 2003, but do you remember the decade when viewers first met him?
  8. ALF's wisecracks were a perfect time capsule of the decade the character was born in. Which decade was it?
  9. We first met George Jefferson on All in the Family, but his spin-off show, The Jeffersons, also premiered in the same decade. Which decade was it?
  10. Lucas and Mark McCain were a great father-son Western duo who first started taking viewers on adventures on TV in which decade?
  11. Frank Cannon was one of the fanciest cops we ever saw on TV, with a deep appreciation for the finer things in life. In which decade did he first appear on TV?
  12. Andy Travis turned up in the first episode of WKRP in Cincinnati to shake things up at the radio station and bring in all kinds of new characters. In which decade did we meet him?
  13. Here's one more detective who recently got rebooted on TV: Captain Steve McGarrett of Hawaii Five-O. Do you remember the decade when we first met him on TV?

Can you place these TV characters in the correct decade?

Your Result...

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DeborahRoberts 13 months ago
Columbo's first pilot premiered in 1968. So I got them all right, but ME-TV missed one.
RedSamRackham 23 months ago
* ALF seemed too much like some MLB team mascot. ♣
DarioWiter 47 months ago
A PERFECT 13!!!!! 👌👌👌👌👌👍👍👍👍👍 😁😁😁😁😁
remodel18 62 months ago
I missed one. Pretty good for this old mind.
rycki1138 62 months ago
We "first met" Columbo in 1968 in the TV movie "Prescription : Murder", 3 years before the character got his own series.
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