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7 TV Shows That Premiered Immediately After The Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl draws in the largest TV viewing audience of the year, so it makes sense that the network that hosts the Big Game takes advantage of the ratings bump by showcasing either new or fan-favorite television shows. This year, New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air immediately following Super Bowl XLVIII. Here are 7 TV shows that made their TV debuts after the Big Game.

1. The Wonder Years // Premiere date: January 31, 1988

In 1988, the single-camera comedy-drama The Wonder Years premiered after Super Bowl XXIII on ABC. The series’ pilot episode retained over a third of the Big Game’s viewing audience—approximately 29 million viewers of the Super Bowl’s estimated 80 million. Over the years, The Wonder Years would go on for 114 additional episodes over six full seasons of television after ending its original series run in 1993.

2. The Good Life // Premiere Date: January 20, 1994

In 1994, after the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII, NBC premiered new series The Good Life. The comedy was set in Chicago and starred comedian John Caponera as a middle manager of a lock company and Drew Carey as his best friend and co-manager. After 13 episodes, The Good Life was unceremoniously canceled that May.

3. AirWolf // Premiere Date: January 22, 1984

In 1984, after Super Bowl XVIII, CBS aired the two-hour series premiere of the action TV series Airwolf. The show centered on the crew of a top-secret high tech military helicopter, codename: “Airwolf.” Although the new series failed to retain at least 50 percent of the game’s estimated 77 million viewers—about 28 million tuned in—Airwolf managed to find a fan base and stay on the air for four complete seasons, ending its original run in 1987.

4. American Dad! // Premiere Date: February 6, 2005

After Super Bowl XXXIX, Fox kicked off a new animated series from Seth MacFarlane, American Dad!, after a new episode of The Simpsons in 2005. The show followed the misadventures of a CIA Agent and his eccentric family. American Dad! is currently in its 10th season and is part of Fox’s Animation Domination Sunday lineup, which also includes The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers.

5. Davis Rules // Premiere Date: January 21, 1991

In 1991, ABC premiered a new sitcom, Davis Rules, after Super Bowl XXV. The comedy followed actor Randy Quaid as Dwight Davis, an elementary school principal who—after the death of his wife—is also a single father. Dwight’s father Gunny Davis, played by Jonathan Winters, moves in with his son to help him raise his boys. Winters won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Davis Rules.

Despite the Super Bowl lead-in, Davis Rules was canceled after one season, but it was picked up for a second season on rival network CBS in 1992. The comedy was re-tooled, adding Giovanni Ribisi and Bonnie Hunt to its cast, but the network change and new castmembers didn't help: The series was canceled again after 16 episodes.

6. Undercover Boss // Premiere Date: February 7, 2010

Based on the British reality series of the same name, the American version of Undercover Boss premiered after the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. The reality show placed upper management of major companies undercover, performing entry-level positions to find the shortcomings of their corporate brand. Undercover Boss only managed to retain about 38 million viewers from the Super Bowl’s estimated 106 million for its series premiere—but the show also gained the largest audience for a new TV show following the Super Bowl since 1986.

Undercover Boss is now in its fifth season with its season finale due to air on March 14, 2014.

7. Family Guy // Premiere Date: January 31, 1999

In 1999, Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy made its debut on Fox with the episode “Death Has a Shadow” after Super Bowl XXXIII. The animated series quickly became a pop culture phenomenon, but also drew some harsh criticism for its similarities to another animated Fox show, The Simpsons. While Family Guy grew in popularity, Fox canceled the show after its third season in 2003. However, Fox brought back Family Guy after strong DVD sales and high ratings on Comedy Central in 2005.

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5 Bizarre Comic-Con News Stories from Years Past
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At its best, Comic-Con is a friendly place where like-minded people can celebrate their pop culture obsessions, and each other. And no one can make fun of you, no matter how lazy your cosplaying might be. You might think that at its worst, it’s just a series of long lines of costumed fans and small stores crammed into a convention center. But sometimes, throwing together 100,000-plus people from around the world in what feels like a carnival-type atmosphere where anything goes can have less than stellar results. Here are some highlights from past Comic-Con-tastrophes.

1. MAN IN HARRY POTTER T-SHIRT STABS ANOTHER MAN IN THE FACE—WITH A PEN

In 2010, two men waiting for a Comic-Con screening of the Seth Rogen alien comedy Paul got into a very adult argument about whether one of them was sitting too close to the other. Unable to come to a satisfactory conclusion with words, one man stabbed the other in the face with a pen. According to CNN, the attacker was led away wearing handcuffs and a Harry Potter T-shirt. In the aftermath, some Comic-Con attendees dealt with the attack in an oddly fitting way: They cosplayed as the victim, with pens protruding from bloody eye sockets.

2. MEMORABILIA THIEVES INVADE NEW YORK

Since its founding in 2006, New York Comic Con has attracted a few sticky-fingered attendees. In 2010, a man stole several rare comics from vendor Matt Nelson, co-founder of Texas’ Worldwide Comics. Just one of those, Whiz Comics No. 1, was worth $11,000, according to the New York Post. A few years later, in 2014, someone stole a $2000 “Dunny” action figure, which artist Jon-Paul Kaiser had painted during the event for Clutter magazine. And those are just the incidents that involved police; lower-scale cases of toys and comics disappearing from booths are an increasingly frustrating epidemic, according to some. “Comic Con theft is an issue we all sort of ignore,” collector Tracy Isenhour wrote on the blog of his company, Needless Essentials, in 2015. “I am here to tell you no more. It’s time for this garbage to stop."

3. CATWOMAN SAVES THE DAY

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Adrianne Curry, winner of the first cycle of America’s Next Top Model, has made a career of chasing viral fame. Ironically, it was at Comic-Con in 2014 that Curry did something truly worthy of attention—though there wasn’t a camera in sight. Dressed as Catwoman, she was posing with fans alongside her friend Alicia Marie, who was dressed as Tigra. According to a Facebook post Marie wrote at the time, a fan tried to shove his hands into her bikini bottoms. She screamed, the man ran off, and Curry jumped to action. She “literally took off after dude WITH her Catwoman whip and chased him down, beat his a**,” Marie wrote. “Punched him across the face with the butt of her whip—he had zombie blood on his face—got on her costume.”

4. MAN POSES AS FUGITIVE-SEEKING INVESTIGATOR TO GET INTO VIP ROOM

The lines at Comic-Con are legendary, so one Utah man came up with a novel way to try and skip them altogether. In 2015, Jonathon M. Wall tried to get into Salt Lake Comic Con’s exclusive VIP enclave (normally a $10,000 ticket) by claiming he was an agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and needed to get into the VIP room “to catch a fugitive,” according to The San Diego Union Tribune. Not only does that story not even come close to making sense, it also adds up to impersonating a federal agent, a crime to which Wall pleaded guilty in April of this year and which carried a sentence of up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In June, prosecutors announced that they were planning to reduce his crime from a felony to a misdemeanor.

5. MAN WALKS 645 MILES TO COMIC-CON, DRESSED AS A STORMTROOPER, TO HONOR HIS LATE WIFE

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In 2015, Kevin Doyle walked 645 miles along the California coast to honor his late wife, Eileen. Doyle had met Eileen relatively late in life, when he was in his 50s, and they bonded over their shared love of Star Wars (he even proposed to her while dressed as Darth Vader). However, she died of cancer barely a year after they were married. Adrift and lonely, Doyle decided to honor her memory and their love of Star Wars by walking to Comic-Con—from San Francisco. “I feel like I’m so much better in the healing process than if I’d stayed home,” he told The San Diego Union Tribune.

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10 Pieces of Lying Lingo from Across the United States
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Maligner. Fabricator. Fibber. Con artist. There are all sorts of ways you can say "liar," but in case you're running out, we’ve worked with the editors at the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) to come up with 10 more pieces of lying lingo to add to your storytelling stash.

1. HASSAYAMPA

This term for a liar originally referred to a gold-rusher in Arizona, according to DARE. It can also be used to describe an old-timer, especially one who likes to exaggerate. The word hassayampa (also hassayamper) comes from the Hassayampa River, which is located in the Grand Canyon State. According to the Dictionary of American Folklore, “There was a popular legend that anyone who drank of the Hassayampa River in Arizona would never again tell the truth.”

2. JACOB

“You’re a Jacob!” you might say to a deceiver in eastern Alabama or western Georgia. This word—meaning a liar, a lie, and to lie—might be based on the Bible story of twin brothers Jacob and Esau. Esau, the elder and firstborn, stood to inherit his parents' estate by law. At the behest of his mother, Jacob deceived their father, blinded in old age, into thinking he was Esau and persuaded him to bestow him Esau’s blessing.

3. LIZA

Liza or Liza Jane can mean a lie or a liar. Hence, to lizar means to lie. Like Jacob, Liza is an eastern Alabama and western Georgia term. However, where it comes from isn’t clear. But if we had to guess, we’d say it’s echoic of lies.

4. STORY

“What a story you are,” you might say to a prevaricator in Virginia, eastern Alabama, or western Georgia. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), story, meaning a liar, is mainly used in the phrase, “You story!” Story as a verb meaning “to give a false or malicious account, lie, tattle,” is an English dialect word, according to DARE, and is chiefly used in the South and South Midland states. “You storied to me about getting a drink,” you might tell someone who stood you up.

5. LOAD

To load or load up means to trick, mislead, or “deceive by yarns or windies,” according to cowboy lingo in northwest Texas. The term, which can also be a noun meaning a lie or liar, might also be heard in northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks.

6. YARN

To spin a yarn, or to tell a long tale, began as nautical slang, according to the OED, and comes from the idea of telling stories while doing seated work such as yarn-twisting. (The word yarn comes from the Old English gearn, meaning "spun fiber, spun wool.") By extension, a yarn is a sometimes marvelous or incredible story or tale, and to yarn means to tell a story or chat. In some parts of the U.S., such as Arkansas, Indiana, Maryland, and Tennessee, to yarn means to lie or tell a falsehood. “Don’t yarn to me!” you might say. Street yarn refers to gossip in New York, Kentucky, and parts of New England.

7. WINDY

Telling a windy in the West? You’re telling an “extravagantly exaggerated or boastful story,” a tall tale, or a lie, says DARE. Wind has meant “vain imagination or conceit” since the 15th century, says OED.

8. LIE

In addition to being a falsehood or tall tale, a lie in the South and South Midland states can refer to the liar himself.

9. STRETCH THE BLANKET

You’ve probably heard of stretching the truth. How about stretching the blanket? This phrase meaning to lie or exaggerate is especially used in the South Midland states. To split the blanket, by the way, is a term in the South, South Midland, and West meaning to get divorced, while being born on the wrong side of the blanket means being born out of wedlock, at least in Indiana and Ohio.

10. WHACK

In the South and South Midland, whack refers to a lie or the act of lying. It might come from the British English colloquial term whacker, meaning anything abnormally large, especially a “thumping lie” or “whopper,” according to the OED. In case you were wondering, wack, as in “crack is wack,” is probably a back-formation from wacky meaning crazy or odd, also according to the OED. Wacky comes from whack, a blow or hit, maybe from the idea of being hit in the head too many times.

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