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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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8 of the Weirdest Gallup Polls
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Born in Jefferson, Iowa on November 18, 1901, George Gallup studied journalism and psychology, focusing on how to measure readers’ interest in newspaper and magazine content. In 1935, he founded the American Institute of Public Opinion to scientifically measure public opinions on topics such as government spending, criminal justice, and presidential candidates. Although he died in 1984, The Gallup Poll continues his legacy of trying to determine and report the will of the people in an unbiased, independent way. To celebrate his day of birth, we compiled a list of some of the weirdest, funniest Gallup polls over the years.

1. THREE IN FOUR AMERICANS BELIEVE IN THE PARANORMAL (2005)

According to this Gallup poll, 75 percent of Americans have at least one paranormal belief. Specifically, 41 percent believe in extrasensory perception (ESP), 37 percent believe in haunted houses, and 21 percent believe in witches. What about channeling spirits, you might ask? Only 9 percent of Americans believe that it’s possible to channel a spirit so that it takes temporary control of one's body. Interestingly, believing in paranormal phenomena was relatively similar across people of different genders, races, ages, and education levels.

2. ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS THINK THE SUN REVOLVES AROUND THE EARTH (1999)

In this poll, Gallup tried to determine the popularity of heliocentric versus geocentric views. While 79 percent of Americans correctly stated that the Earth revolves around the sun, 18 percent think the sun revolves around the Earth. Three percent chose to remain indifferent, saying they had no opinion either way.

3. 22 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE HESITANT TO SUPPORT A MORMON (2011)

Gallup first measured anti-Mormon sentiment back in 1967, and it was still an issue in 2011, a year before Mormon Mitt Romney ran for president. Approximately 22 percent of Americans said they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate, even if that candidate belonged to their preferred political party. Strangely, Americans’ bias against Mormons has remained stable since the 1960s, despite decreasing bias against African Americans, Catholics, Jews, and women.

4. MISSISSIPPIANS GO TO CHURCH THE MOST; VERMONTERS THE LEAST (2010)

This 2010 poll amusingly confirms the stereotype that southerners are more religious than the rest of the country. Although 42 percent of all Americans attend church regularly (which Gallup defines as weekly or almost weekly), there are large variations based on geography. For example, 63 percent of people in Mississippi attend church regularly, followed by 58 percent in Alabama and 56 percent in South Carolina, Louisiana, and Utah. Rounding out the lowest levels of church attendance, on the other hand, were Vermont, where 23 percent of residents attend church regularly, New Hampshire, at 26 percent, and Maine at 27 percent.

5. ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS DON’T KNOW WHICH COUNTRY AMERICA GAINED INDEPENDENCE FROM (1999)

Although 76 percent of Americans knew that the United States gained independence from Great Britain as a result of the Revolutionary War, 24 percent weren’t so sure. Two percent thought the correct answer was France, 3 percent said a different country (such as Mexico, China, or Russia), and 19 percent had no opinion. Certain groups of people who consider themselves patriotic, including men, older people, and white people (according to Gallup polls), were more likely to know that America gained its independence from Great Britain.

6. ONE THIRD OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IN GHOSTS (2000)

This Halloween-themed Gallup poll asked Americans about their habits and behavior on the last day of October. Predictably, two-thirds of Americans reported that someone in their house planned to give candy to trick-or-treaters and more than three-quarters of parents with kids reported that their kids would wear a costume. More surprisingly, 31 percent of American adults claimed to believe in ghosts, an increase from 1978, when only 11 percent of American adults admitted to a belief in ghosts.

7. 5 PERCENT OF WORKING MILLENNIALS THRIVE IN ALL FIVE ELEMENTS OF WELL-BEING (2016)

This recent Gallup poll is funny in a sad way, as it sheds light on the tragicomic life of a millennial. In this poll, well-being is defined as having purpose, social support, manageable finances, a strong community, and good physical health. Sadly, only 5 percent of working millennials—defined as people born between 1980 and 1996—were thriving in these five indicators of well-being. To counter this lack of well-being, Gallup’s report recommends that managers promote work-life balance and improve their communication with millennial employees.

8. THE WORLD IS BECOMING SLIGHTLY MORE NEGATIVE (2014)

If you seem to feel more stress, sadness, anxiety, and pain than ever before, Gallup has the proof that it’s not all in your head. According to the company’s worldwide negative experience index, negative feelings such as stress, sadness, and anger have increased since 2007. Unsurprisingly, people living in war-torn, dangerous parts of the word—Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, and Sierra Leone—reported the highest levels of negative emotions.

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11 Times Mickey Mouse Was Banned
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Despite being one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved characters, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Mickey Mouse, who turns 89 years old today. A number of countries—and even U.S. states—have banned the cartoon rodent at one time or another for reasons both big and small.

1. In 1930, Ohio banned a cartoon called “The Shindig” because Clarabelle Cow was shown reading Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn, the premier romance novelist of the time. Check it out (1:05) and let us know if you’re scandalized:

2. With movies on 10-foot screen being a relatively new thing in Romania in 1935, the government decided to ban Mickey Mouse, concerned that children would be terrified of a monstrous rodent.

3. In 1929, a German censor banned a Mickey Mouse short called “The Barnyard Battle.” The reason? An army of cats wearing pickelhauben, the pointed helmets worn by German military in the 19th and 20th centuries: "The wearing of German military helmets by an army of cats which oppose a militia of mice is offensive to national dignity. Permission to exhibit this production in Germany is refused.”

4. The German dislike for Mickey Mouse continued into the mid-'30s, with one German newspaper wondering why such a small and dirty animal would be idolized by children across the world: "Mickey Mouse is the most miserable ideal ever revealed ... Healthy emotions tell every independent young man and every honorable youth that the dirty and filth-covered vermin, the greatest bacteria carrier in the animal kingdom, cannot be the ideal type of animal.” Mickey was originally banned from Nazi Germany, but eventually the mouse's popularity won out.

5. In 2014, Iran's Organization for Supporting Manufacturers and Consumers announced a ban on school supplies and stationery products featuring “demoralizing images,” including that of Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Sleeping Beauty, and characters from Toy Story.

6. In 1954, East Germany banned Mickey Mouse comics, claiming that Mickey was an “anti-Red rebel.”

7. In 1937, a Mickey Mouse adventure was so similar to real events in Yugoslavia that the comic strip was banned. State police say the comic strip depicted a “Puritan-like revolt” that was a danger to the “Boy King,” Peter II of Yugoslavia, who was just 14 at the time. A journalist who wrote about the ban was consequently escorted out of the country.

8. Though Mussolini banned many cartoons and American influences from Italy in 1938, Mickey Mouse flew under the radar. It’s been said that Mussolini’s children were such Mickey Mouse fans that they were able to convince him to keep the rodent around.

9. Mickey and his friends were banned from the 1988 Seoul Olympics in a roundabout way. As they do with many major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, Disney had contacted American favorites to win in each event to ask them to say the famous “I’m going to Disneyland!” line if they won. When American swimmer Matt Biondi won the 100-meter freestyle, he dutifully complied with the request. After a complaint from the East Germans, the tape was pulled and given to the International Olympic Committee.

10. In 1993, Mickey was banned from a place he shouldn't have been in the first place: Seattle liquor stores. As a wonderful opening sentence from the Associated Press explained, "Mickey Mouse, the Easter Bunny and teddy bears have no business selling booze, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has decided." A handful of stores had painted Mickey and other characters as part of a promotion. A Disney VP said Mickey was "a nondrinker."

11. Let's end with another strike against The Shindig (see #1) and Clarabelle’s bulging udder. Less than a year after the Shindig ban, the Motion Picture Producers and Directors of America announced that they had received a massive number of complaints about the engorged cow udders in various Mickey Mouse cartoons.

From then on, according to a 1931 article in Time magazine, “Cows in Mickey Mouse ... pictures in the future will have small or invisible udders quite unlike the gargantuan organ whose antics of late have shocked some and convulsed others. In a recent picture the udder, besides flying violently to left and right or stretching far out behind when the cow was in motion, heaved with its panting with the cow stood still.”

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