Do you know how these TV characters got their nicknames?

Remember why they are called Hawkeye, Radar and Bones?

From the Skipper to Hot Lips, some TV characters are best known by their nicknames. Some of the most memorable characters — Fonzie, Ponch, Hoss — were known by their nicknames. The meanings of those were pretty easy to figure out

But perhaps you have wondered how the following characters got their nicknames. See if you remember — or can guess! Good luck!

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  1. How did "Gopher" on The Love Boat get his nickname?
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  2. How did "Radar" on M*A*S*H get his nickname?
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  3. Sticking with M*A*S*H, how did "Hawkeye" get his nickname?
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  4. How did "Beaver" get his nickname?
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  5. Why is Leonard McCoy called "Bones" on Star Trek?
  6. Why is Aunt Bee called "Bee" on The Andy Griffith Show?
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  7. How did Potsie get his nickname on Happy Days? (He explained it in the sixth episode.)
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  8. In the episode "The Interview Show," Tootie explains how she got her nickname on The Facts of Life. What was the reason?
  9. Why is Captain Kangaroo called "Kangaroo"?
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  10. How did Rerun get his name on What's Happening!!
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  11. How did Faceman get his nickname on The A-Team?
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  12. How did Venus Flytrap get his name on WKRP in Cincinnati?
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  13. How did the character Huggy Bear get his name?
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RobertM 11 days ago
#11's wrong--he WAS a master of disguise!
Kaydee 8 months ago
4/13 Obviously I missed the episodes where they explain how they got their nicknames.
DavidBarker 8 months ago
7 of 13...
djw1120 DavidBarker 8 months ago
Me too.
I guess I don't watch enough television.
STTOS 8 months ago
You got 13 out of 13 - Impressive stuff! You sure know your TV trivia! Knew most of them and took educated guesses on #8 and #13 and guessed right.
Moverfan 8 months ago
Venus was actually supposed to be Venus Rising (yes, it's based on his birth sign, but it was Andy's idea). When he arrived at the station, he got a little nervous and introduced himself as Venus Flytrap ("the plant that eats bugs"). Mama Carlson will do that to a person...
JDnHuntsvilleAL Kelle 8 months ago
NO. When he first walks in on the meeting ANDY introduces him as "Venus Flytrap." In a later episode which recreates the moment and adds additional scenes Andy admits "it just slipped out."
Lasagna_DelRio 8 months ago
They really screwed up with the answer to how Hawkeye got his name! Last of the Mohicans was NOT his favorite book! It was HIS FATHER'S favorite book!
Not exactly right, either. It was "the only book my father ever read."
His father, a doctor, only read one book?
srrainwater 8 months ago
8/13. Just like my grades in college 😩
AdrienneHolek 8 months ago
Hawkeye Pierce's nickname came from the book his FATHER loved. If you're going to have a quiz...
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who knew that. I probably should have read the replies before adding one of my own. :)
Repeating from above, it was NOT his father's FAVORITE book (technically I guess it was) but it was the ONLY BOOK his father ever read.
STTOS JDnHuntsvilleAL 8 months ago
And his father was "crazy about that book" so I guess that qualifies as his favorite.
Muleskinner 8 months ago
10/13. I did better than I thought I would.
BrianMoore 8 months ago
7 out of 13. I suck
BrianMoore 8 months ago
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TravisBalling 8 months ago
Hawkeye nickname came from the only book his father ever read "The Last of the Mohicans"
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anthony 8 months ago
9/13.Missed Gopher, Potsie,tootie,and Faceman.Gopher is pretty funny.I never knew that.Tootie and Faceman would of took lucky guesses for me.Potsie I would have pegged being a pots and pans banger.😋Overall without the multiple choice I get 3/13 on this one.
anthony 8 months ago
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janet0312 8 months ago
I missed Potsie and Faceman.
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