Did these things happen in hit TV show pilots or did we just make them up?

Root out the truth about the start of classic TV shows.

The start of hit TV shows for many viewers marks the beginning of a beautiful friendship between you and the most cherished classic TV characters. You watched the casts of hit shows like The Andy Griffith Show, M*A*S*H and Bonanza for seasons, and now that they're iconic, it's true fans who truly remember how each of these iconic shows really got their start.

Or is it? That's what today's quiz seeks to test: How well do you actually remember the pilot of episodes of iconic TV shows? 

Here, we've mixed up some true first episode synopses with some definitely false episode capsules. Sometimes we've just changed one glaring detail, and other times we've fabricated the episode summary entirely.  See if you can root out the truth about all these hit TV shows. Good luck!
  1. In the first episode of ALF, ALF crash-lands his ship right on the Tanners’ garage.
  2. In the first episode of The Brady Bunch, Mike and Carol divorce their former spouses.
  3. In the first episode of Gilligan's Island, the S.S. Minnow shipwrecks 10 castaways on an uncharted island.
  4. In the first episode of The Andy Griffith Show, Opie plays pranks to scare the Taylors’ former housekeeper away.
  5. In the first episode of Cheers, Diane gets dumped.
  6. In the first episode of Lost in Space, stowaway Dr. Smith’s extra weight throws the Robinsons’ ship off course in a meteor shower.
  7. In the first episode of M*A*S*H, Korean houseboy Ho-Jon gets accepted to Frank Burns’ alma mater.
  8. In the first episode of Wonder Woman, war hero Robert Hogan is downed over the Bermuda Triangle, and crashes on Wonder Woman’s native island.
  9. In the first episode of Bonanza, the Cartwrights must protect their land from ruthless mine owners who want the Ponderosa for timber.
  10. In the first episode of The Twilight Zone, a man who can’t remember his own name finds himself in a town with no people.

Did these things happen in hit TV show pilots or did we just make them up?

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WILD 1 month ago
You got 10 out of 10
Hugs all around, we're so touched you remembered!
BobZayas 1 month ago
Danger! Danger! Will Robinson. I read somewhere that the Dr. Smith character was not in the pilot for Lost in Space. However that episode, which was filmed in black and white, may never have been aired.
TijuanaSlim 1 month ago
MASH & Bonanza threw me...

I was thinking it was Burns' 'alma mater' as a commentary about Frank's attitude towards inclusion.
- the Primary Plot being Hawkeye & Trapper doing the fundraiser, I missed the detail about what school he got into... should have known it'd be a place with Positive connections

w/ Bonanza I was thinking the "Pilot" would/could/should have some sort of 'Catalyst' event
- almost* every one else on the list has such an event (the "False" questions coming down to 'details') ala Alf Arrives, the Bradys take it to the next level, the Minnow sets sail, the housekeeper leaves, Diane arrives, the Robinsons Launch, HoJon leaves, the Island is found
* Twilight Zone being an anthology is the exception (I only knew the plot because I saw/watched the episode listed on a Free Roku app some months back expressly ID'd as the TZ Pilot
idkwut2use 1 month ago
You got 9 out of 10

Hugs all around, we're so touched you remembered!
Runeshaper 24 months ago
You got 7 out of 10
Maybe you just needed a cup of coffee to jog your memory?

I think that's actually pretty decent LOL
Rickey 26 months ago
You got 9 out of 10
Hugs all around, we're so touched you remembered!
Hope 33 months ago
I got 8 out of 10. This was fun.
EllisClevenger 33 months ago
You got 10 out of 10
Hugs all around, we're so touched you remembered!
UTZAAKE 33 months ago
5/10. Pitiful. "Can't remember his own name" threw me off on #10.
djw1120 33 months ago
9 out of 10
I got # 5 wrong, but that is only because I never watched "Cheers" (and I never will either).
ETristanBooth djw1120 33 months ago
9/10. Missed #1 because I never watched Alf.
Barry22 33 months ago
9/10, missed The MASH one.
JeffTanner 33 months ago
You got 9 out of 10 -----------Hugs all around, We're so touched you remembered!
cperrynaples 33 months ago
10/10! Mike and Carol were both widowed!
MrsPhilHarris cperrynaples 33 months ago
Mike was. It was never said whether or not Carol was widowed.
True. But if Carol was divorced, her ex-husband didn't appear to have any visitation with the girls. (Perhaps this happened between episodes.)
cperrynaples ETristanBooth 33 months ago
Well, divorces weren't allowed on 60's sitcoms and it was stated in the second movie that Carol's first husband was dead! Add it all up!
teire 33 months ago
9/10, too quick on my missed question, knew I was wrong as soon as I clicked it.
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