Do you know what these classic TV acronyms stand for?

From ALF to MASH, do you know what they mean?

It's hard to fit a seven word title on a TV screen. Which is why acronyms come in handy!

From show titles to secret organizations in spy series, classic television has given us some pretty unique — and hopefully memorable — abbreviations.

See if you can guess what these acronyms mean!

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  1. What does M*A*S*H stand for?
  2. The Tanners called him ALF. What does ALF stand for?
  3. What does 'CHiPs' stand for?
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  4. What does the R.F.D. stand for in 'Mayberry R.F.D.'?
  5. The hit 1975 action series 'S.W.A.T.' was recently remade. What does 'S.W.A.T.' stand for?
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  6. David Hasselhoff drove K.I.T.T. on 'Knight Rider.' What does K.I.T.T. stand for?
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  7. On 'Wonder Woman', Diana Prince worked for the IADC. What did that stand for?
  8. A super-intelligent computer named IRAC assists Wonder Woman on the show. What does IRAC stand for?
  9. Napoleon Solo was 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' What does U.N.C.L.E. stand for?
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  10. U.N.C.L.E. faced off against its arch enemy THRUSH What does that stand for?
  11. On 'Star Trek' the pipes aboard the Enterprise were marked "G.N.D.N." Does does that mean?
  12. Robert Loggia starred in the 1966-67 action series 'T.H.E. Cat'. What does the T.H.E. stand for?
    Image: The Everett Collection

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VBartilucci 5 months ago
I feel the need to specify that the acronym for Thrush never appeared on the series. It was coined by David McDaniel in one of his novelizations. Considering that the information came from a pair of Thrush agents, it is entirely possible that it is misinformation, as is their claim that the organization was founded by an associate of Professor Moriarty.

"Thrush" is traditionally not written in all caps as an acronym is, which furthers the idea that the name is not, in face, an acronym.
DavidWilliford 5 months ago
What? no A.P.E from Lancelot Link
The Agency to Prevent Evil.
pjones4023 25 months ago
You got 11 out of 12
We don't have to spell it out… you're a TV trivia genius!
Never even heard of THE Cat. You would have to be a Star Trek Fan to get #11 because it wouldn't be called that on the show if it had ever been mentioned.
Geronimo 27 months ago
A lot of guesses, but ace this one
12/12
idkwut2use 33 months ago
You got 11 out of 12
We don't have to spell it out… you're a TV trivia genius!
VaughnBaskin 34 months ago
I've got a super 12 out of a 12!
EllisClevenger 36 months ago
You got 10 out of 12
We don't have to spell it out… you're a TV trivia genius!
Missed #11 and #12.
Guessed on both.
#11-It was never mentioned.
#12-I never watched.
JeffTanner 36 months ago
I got 10 out of 12. ------------Got #s 8 and 11 wrong.
TVJunkie 36 months ago
I missed the one about Wonder Woman's computer and the Star Trek pipes. That was funny. I never knew that about the pipes. Those writers sure have fun when they can. But the one about THRUSH was spooky. That sounds like the shadow government that is subjugating us today.
CaptainDunsel 37 months ago
Interestingly, the picture for #11 isn't from the 1966 Star Trek series. It's from the 1996 "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", for which a number of ST:TOS sets were reconstructed.
LindaWilliams 37 months ago
You got 10 out of 12

We don't have to spell it out… you're a TV trivia genius!
Cyn_Finnegan 37 months ago
Twelve out of 12, and the last one was a total guess because I was 2-3 when "T.H.E. Cat" was on the air. I figured it had to be his name.
CaptainDunsel Cyn_Finnegan 37 months ago
One of the great bits of 1960s TV theme music. Simple but infectious.
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