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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STTOS 21 months ago
You got 13 out of 13 - Impressive stuff! You sure know your TV trivia! Now THAT'S more like it. Knew most of them but took an educated guesses on #s 8 and 13. I guess I guessed correctly.
RedjacArbez 27 months ago
Number 7 is false...."Potsie" explained he like to bang on pots and pans as a kid so his mom called him "POTSIE"
rycki1138 RedjacArbez 24 months ago
Actually he said he got the name because he used to make pots out of clay when he was a kid, so his mother called him "Potsie". He said this in the episode "The Deadly Dares".
WordsmithWorks 32 months ago
11/13. If "Bee" was short for "Beatrice," why wasn't her name spelled "Bea?"
DerekBird 35 months ago
You got 11 out of 13
Impressive stuff! You sure know your TV trivia!
MMeans1 35 months ago
11/13. Lots of good guesses, lol
RobertM 46 months ago
#11's wrong--he WAS a master of disguise!
MMeans1 RobertM 35 months ago
Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, a B-movie actor and leader of the A-Team, was the master of disguise. Face was the conman who 'scammed' stuff for the team :)
Kaydee 54 months ago
4/13 Obviously I missed the episodes where they explain how they got their nicknames.
DavidBarker 54 months ago
7 of 13...
djw1120 DavidBarker 54 months ago
Me too.
I guess I don't watch enough television.
STTOS 54 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 54 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 54 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."
Moverfan JDnHuntsvilleAL 34 months ago
I've seen that flahback episode I don't know how many times (it opens with Andy and Venus playing Hide The Chair) and it was years before I realized Catol Bruce had reshot all the scenes from the pilot--which features Sylvia Sidney.
bobsr1701 54 months ago
13 had to think this one out
Lasagna_DelRio 54 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 54 months ago
8/13. Just like my grades in college 😩
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