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  • 1. 

    Who starred in "I Spy", becoming the first African-American to headline a TV show?

    • A.

      Richard Pryor

    • B.

      Bill Cosby

    • C.

      Morgan Freeman

    • D.

      Flip Wilson

    Correct Answer
    B. Bill Cosby
    Explanation
    Bill Cosby starred in "I Spy" and became the first African-American to headline a TV show. Cosby's groundbreaking role in the show was significant as it broke racial barriers and paved the way for more diverse representation on television. His portrayal in "I Spy" not only showcased his talent as an actor but also made a lasting impact on the industry and opened doors for future African-American actors.

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  • 2. 

    What was the first X-rated movie to ever win the Best Picture Oscar?

    • A.

      Midnight Cowboy

    • B.

      Hello, Dolly!

    • C.

      True Grit

    • D.

      Easy Rider

    Correct Answer
    A. Midnight Cowboy
    Explanation
    Midnight Cowboy was the first X-rated movie to win the Best Picture Oscar. This film, directed by John Schlesinger, explores the story of a male prostitute and a con man who form an unlikely friendship in New York City. Its gritty and realistic portrayal of urban life, along with its themes of loneliness and alienation, made it a groundbreaking and controversial film at the time. Despite its X-rating, Midnight Cowboy received critical acclaim and went on to win three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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  • 3. 

    What was the first pay cable television network, transmitted by Time, Inc.?

    • A.

      The Movie Channel

    • B.

      HBO

    • C.

      Showtime

    • D.

      Cinemax

    Correct Answer
    B. HBO
    Explanation
    HBO (Home Box Office) was the first pay cable television network transmitted by Time, Inc. It was launched in 1972 and initially focused on airing movies. HBO revolutionized the television industry by offering subscribers a wide range of exclusive content, including movies, sports events, and original programming. Its success paved the way for the development of other pay cable networks such as Showtime, Cinemax, and The Movie Channel.

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  • 4. 

    How long was the Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album at #1?

    • A.

      35 Weeks

    • B.

      10 Weeks

    • C.

      24 Weeks

    • D.

      16 Weeks

    Correct Answer
    C. 24 Weeks
    Explanation
    The Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album was at #1 for 24 weeks. This means that for almost half a year, the album was the most popular and best-selling album in the United States. Its long reign at the top of the charts is a testament to its immense popularity and the impact it had on the music industry.

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  • 5. 

    In what U.S. city was John Lennon murdered in 1980?

    • A.

      Dallas, TX

    • B.

      Hartford, CT

    • C.

      Los Angeles, CA

    • D.

      New York City, NY

    Correct Answer
    D. New York City, NY
    Explanation
    In 1980, John Lennon was tragically murdered in New York City, NY. This event took place outside of his apartment building, the Dakota, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The city was shaken by this shocking incident, as Lennon was a beloved musician and member of the iconic band, The Beatles. His death left a lasting impact on the music industry and his fans worldwide.

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  • 6. 

    What was the very first music video broadcast on MTV?

    • A.

      You Better You Bet

    • B.

      You Better Run

    • C.

      She Won't Dance

    • D.

      Video Killed The Radio Star

    Correct Answer
    D. Video Killed The Radio Star
    Explanation
    "Video Killed The Radio Star" was the very first music video broadcast on MTV. This song, performed by The Buggles, was chosen to be the first video played on the network when it launched on August 1, 1981. The song's catchy tune and memorable video featuring futuristic visuals made it a perfect choice to kick off MTV's era of music videos.

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  • 7. 

    Which "Who's The Boss" star married Robert Desiderio in 1985?

    • A.

      Judith Light

    • B.

      Rhoda Gemignani

    • C.

      Alyssa Milano

    • D.

      Katherine Helmond

    Correct Answer
    A. Judith Light
    Explanation
    Judith Light is the correct answer because she is the only actress listed who starred in the TV show "Who's The Boss." Additionally, she married Robert Desiderio in 1985.

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  • 8. 

    Which "Family Ties" co-star did Michael J. Fox marry in 1988?

    • A.

      Meredith Baxter-Birney

    • B.

      Tracy Pollan

    • C.

      Justine Bateman

    • D.

      Tina Yothers

    Correct Answer
    B. Tracy Pollan
    Explanation
    Michael J. Fox married Tracy Pollan in 1988.

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  • 9. 

    Who took over hosting "The Tonight Show" when Johnny Carson retired in 1992?

    • A.

      Jay Leno

    • B.

      Conan O'Brien

    • C.

      David Letterman

    • D.

      Ed Sullivan

    Correct Answer
    A. Jay Leno
    Explanation
    Jay Leno took over hosting "The Tonight Show" when Johnny Carson retired in 1992. This is a well-known fact in the history of late-night television. Leno hosted the show for 17 years, from 1992 to 2009, before briefly passing the torch to Conan O'Brien and then returning as the host in 2010 until his own retirement in 2014.

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  • 10. 

    Who became the first openly gay woman to star in her own show when she came out in 1997?

    • A.

      Ellen DeGeneres

    • B.

      Suzanne Westenhoefer

    • C.

      Anne Heche

    • D.

      Rosie O'Donnell

    Correct Answer
    A. Ellen DeGeneres
    Explanation
    Ellen DeGeneres became the first openly gay woman to star in her own show when she came out in 1997. This was a significant moment in television history as it marked a major step forward in LGBTQ+ representation and visibility. Ellen's decision to publicly come out on her sitcom "Ellen" had a profound impact on the entertainment industry and society as a whole, paving the way for greater acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ+ individuals.

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  • 11. 

    Who was the winner of the second season of "American Idol"?

    • A.

      Clay Aiken

    • B.

      Ruben Studdard

    • C.

      Justin Guarini

    • D.

      Kelly Clarkson

    Correct Answer
    B. Ruben Studdard
    Explanation
    Ruben Studdard was the winner of the second season of "American Idol."

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  • 12. 

    Who hosted "The MTV Movie Awards" in 2007?

    • A.

      Paris Hilton

    • B.

      Sarah Silverman

    • C.

      Jessica Alba

    • D.

      Ellen DeGeneres

    Correct Answer
    B. Sarah Silverman
    Explanation
    Sarah Silverman hosted "The MTV Movie Awards" in 2007.

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  • 13. 

    What spooky TV show premiered in 1959 with an episode titled "Where Is Everybody"?

    • A.

      The Addams Family

    • B.

      Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    • C.

      The Twilight Zone

    • D.

      The Munsters

    Correct Answer
    C. The Twilight Zone
    Explanation
    "The Twilight Zone" is the correct answer because it premiered in 1959 with an episode titled "Where Is Everybody." This iconic TV show, created by Rod Serling, is known for its eerie and suspenseful stories that explore the supernatural, science fiction, and psychological themes. It has become a classic in the genre of spooky television shows, captivating audiences with its thought-provoking narratives and unexpected twists.

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  • 14. 

    In 1968, NBC sparked protests when they cut short a football game to air which TV movie?

    • A.

      The Enormous Egg

    • B.

      Heidi

    • C.

      Marlowe

    • D.

      Prescription: Murder

    Correct Answer
    B. Heidi
    Explanation
    In 1968, NBC received backlash and protests when they interrupted a football game to broadcast the TV movie "Heidi". This decision angered viewers who missed the game's thrilling ending, as they were instead shown the family-friendly film about a young girl named Heidi. The incident became a significant moment in television history, highlighting the importance of scheduling and the backlash that can arise from interrupting popular programming.

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  • 15. 

    What 1979 song was considered to be the first commercial rap hit?

    • A.

      Tricky

    • B.

      I Need A Beat

    • C.

      Rapper's Delight

    • D.

      The Show

    Correct Answer
    C. Rapper's Delight
    Explanation
    "Rapper's Delight" is considered to be the first commercial rap hit because it was released in 1979 and became a chart-topping success. The song was performed by the Sugarhill Gang, a group from New Jersey, and it helped to popularize rap music and bring it into the mainstream. "Rapper's Delight" features catchy lyrics, a funky beat, and a memorable rap flow, making it a landmark song in the history of hip-hop.

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