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Let's take the Fruits and Vegetables Test  

    This will be easy. Imagine you are lying on a couch in a therapy session. You are given the names of fruits and vegetables and told to answer quickly the first thing that comes into your mind. Except, in our quiz we want you to think about how fruit and vegetables relate to TV trivia. So, take a deep breath, relax, look over the list and make your guesses. 

Click each term to go to the answer on the page. 


APPLES - The Snapple Lady - Wendy Kaufmann, a plump, 5-foot 2-inch Long Island native otherwise known as "The Snapple Lady," was the bubbly spokesperson for the Snapple Beverage Corporation, the maker of such all-natural beverages as Snapple Apple, Mango Madness and Amazin' Grape. Other choices: Applejacks Cereal commercials; Larry Appleton (Mark-Linn Baker), discount store worker and later newspaper editorial assistant/reporter] on the sitcom PERFECT STRANGERS; or the sitcoms APPLE PIE or APPLE's WAY; Tiny little blue elves ["only three apples high"] on the cartoon THE SMURFS; .The USS Appleby,  Naval destroyer on the military comedy ENSIGN O'TOOLE; The Righteous Apples, a group of five Sherwin High School musicians in Boston who decided to help others less fortunate on the PBS series THE RIGHTEOUS APPLES/PBS/1980; Crabapple Corners, the hometown of Korean War surgeon Hawkeye Pierce on the sitcom M*A*S*H; the Disney Movie The Apple Dumplin Gang; and The Big Apple (a.k.a. New York City), the home of such great TV shows as NYPD BLUE, FRIENDS, LAW  & ORDER.

BANANAS - Miss Chiquita Banana, a female banana character (first drawn by artist Dik Browne) who wore a headdress of fruit and sang the trademark Chiquita Banana song (voice first provided by singer Patti Clayton) that began "Hello Amigo...I'm Chiquita Banana and I've come to say/You eat the banana in a special way/When its fleck with brown and has a golden hue/That's when bananas are the best for you...." (Music © 1945 Shawnee Press Inc.).  Other possible choices: the children's programs BANANAS IN PAJAMAS (B1 & B2), the cartoon superhero BANANA MAN or the puppet adventure hour THE BANANA SPLITS; Billy Banana, one of the characters played by Chuckles the Clown on his WJM-TV show on the MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW; and bananas were the favorite food of orange-furred Goriddle Gorilla on the daily children's program THE GREAT SPACE COASTER.

BEANS - Teenage spy Beans Baxter on the espionage comedy THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BEANS BAXTER. Other choices: Beanpole, a childhood nicknames given to tall Susan Kean (on the sitcom SUDDENLY SUSAN; Stringbean, the nickname given to comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) on THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW; Aunt Betty's Coffee and Bean Shop managed by widow Ann McNeil (Ann Jillian) on the ANN JILLIAN SHOW;  The Silver Soy Bean Award given to news reporter Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) by the Plowing Patriots of Omaha, Nebraska on the sitcom WKRP IN CINCINNATI; Beany "Beany Boy!" and his sidekick Cecil the Sea Serpent on MATTIES FUNDAY FUNNIES; the monstrous "Frankenbean" (David H. Fletcher) living in the Hillhurst haunted mansion on the action adventure BIG BAD BEETLEBORGS; Beantown, the nickname for the city of Boston and part of the title of the CBS sitcom GOODNIGHT BEANTOWN; Judge Roy Bean, the self-appointed Texas lawman on the western JUDGE ROY BEAN; Mr. Bean, the goofy man on the British comedy series MR. BEAN; and just for fun, I must mention the fireside "Bean" scene in the motion picture Blazin Saddles.

 BROCCOLI -  The pejorative nickname given by Ensign Crusher to Lt. Reginald "Broccoli" Barclay (Dwight Schultz) first heard on episode No.69 "Hollow Pursuits" on the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94. Other choices: Broccoli is the one of three key ingredients in the beverage "Veggie Boy" on the sitcom CHEERS; and Oh yeah, President Bush, (the first one) announced to the media while in office that he hated to eat Broccoli - the vegetable). 

CARROTS - Mr. Bunny Rabbit, a hand puppet with black-rimmed glasses who got scolded for stealing carrots from the Captain on the children's program CAPTAIN KANGAROO. Other possible choices: The Trix Rabbit "But I hate carrots. I like Trix!"; Humphrey Carrotfoot, the white rabbit in a black cape on the puppet series THE BERTIE THE BUNYIP SHOW first aired on Channel 3 WRCV-TV in Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s; Tybo, an intelligent carrot creature on an episode LOST IN SPACE; and the ever popular cartoon character Bugs Bunny as he chomps on a carrot and says "Eh, What's up Doc?" 

CORN - The Frito Olay Bandit on the Frito Lay Corn Chip commercials in the late 1960s. Other choices: Cornelius J. Cobb, the town's storekeeper on the classic children's program HOWDY DOODY; Cornflake "Corny" S. Pecially who owned a rocking chair factory on MR. ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD; Don Cornelius, the host of the weekly black musical TV program SOUL TRAIN; Beavis a.k.a. "Cornholio!" on the cartoon BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD; Cornfed the Pig (voice of Gregg Berger), the assistant on the cartoon DUCKMAN;  Laura's Cornucopia Catering Service on the sitcom Duet/FOX/1987-89 and Corny the Clown on the WABC-TV program TIME FOR FUN in 1953.
 

GRAPES - Grape Nehi, the favorite soda pop drink of army clerk Radar O'Reilly on the sitcom M*A*S*H.  Other choices: The Great Ape, a large 2000-pound purple ape on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon THE GREAT GRAPE APE SHOW/ABC/1977-78; or The "Grape Guy" underwear mascot who wears a cluster of grapes in the Fruit of the Loom commercials.

PARSLEY - Green herbaceous plant enjoyed by Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler), a cool, garage mechanic on the sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84. When Fonzie ate lunch (usually at Arnold's Drive-In Restaurant), he enjoyed a garnish of parsley with his sandwich. When Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold's asked "Why do you eat that stuff?" the Fonz replied "Why does Popeye eat Spinach?" Although the Fonz like Parsley, he detested Liver and anybody who had anything to do with it.    

PEACHES Affectionate nickname bestowed on tomboy Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence by big brother Willie Lawrence (Gary Frank) on the domestic drama FAMILY/ABC/1976-80. Peaches was also the nickname used by the father of public defender Christine Sullivan (Markie Post) to describe his daughter on the sitcom NIGHT COURT/NBC/1984-92. Other choices: The Peach Pit Restaurant, the hangout for the guys and gals on the teen drama BEVERLY HILLS 90210;  Captain Peter "Wrongway" Peachfuzz, on the cartoon ROCKY & BULLWINKLE; The Rockford Peaches, a 1940s all-girl baseball team on the sitcom A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN; and Sam Peachpit, an American Indian on the railroad adventure CASEY JONES.

PEANUTS The Peanut Gallery, the fortunate 40 kids who comprised the audience on the classic 1950s children's show HOWDY DOODY. Other choices: Mr. Peanut, the debonair advertising mascot with his top hat, monocle (over his right eye), spats, white gloves and cane for the Planters Peanuts. Company; Skippy Peanut TV commercials hosted by former mouseketeer Annette Funnicello; or the allergy source to such TV characters as Kenny Beckett on DAVE'S WORLD, Bill Haverchuck on FREAKS & GEEKS, and Nina Van Horn on JUST SHOOT ME.

PICKLES - The nickname of the wife of New York comedy writer Maurice "Buddy" Sorrell on the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66. Actresses Barbara Perry and Joan Shawlee appeared in the recurring role of Buddy's shrill, blond-haired wife Pickles, a former showgirl with a bubble brain and a voracious appetite. Her maiden name was Fiona Conway. Other choices: The Stork mascot on the Vlasic Pickles TV commercials; Tommy Stu and Didi Pickles who live at 1258 N. Highland on the cartoon RUGRATS; Pickles Oblong (Jean Smart), Bob's bald wife who wears a wig on the cartoon THE OBLONGS; and the pickle jar that holds the head of the sheriff on the western NED BLESSING 

POTATOES Frank William Tucker, a.k.a. "Frank the Potato Man" (David Proval), a homeless Vietnam veteran who wandered around the town of Rome, Wisconsin carrying a five-pound bag of Idaho potatoes on the drama PICKET FENCES/CBS/1992-95. Other choice: Spud, the pejorative nickname of Bud Bundy (David Faustino) given to him by his sister, Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) on the sitcom MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN; "Sweet Potato," the nickname of Reverend Reuben Gregory (Clifton Davis) on the sitcom AMEN; A "Couch Potato", a person who loves watching TV and the name of the  syndicated 1989 game show COUCH POTATOES®; and Mr. Potato Head, the first toy advertised on national television (in 1952).

PUMPKIN - Affectionate nickname of teenager Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) used by her father Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) on the sitcom MARRIED WITH...CHILDREN/FOX/1987-97. Since Kelly was not the brightest girl around, this vegetable nickname suited her quite well. Pumpkin was also used as a nickname by Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) on the sitcom FRIENDS/NBC/1994+; by six-year-old Mary Sue (Rachel Duncan) on the sitcom THE TORKELSONS and by six-year-old daughter, Sophie Wilder (Tina Majorino) on the sitcom CAMP WILDER. Other choices: The perennial favorite holiday special It's A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966); or Pot-Bellied Pumpkin, one of the many mean names Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) called the ship's robot on LOST IN SPACE.

TOMATOES Vegetable villains on the Saturday morning cartoon ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES/FOX/1990-92 based on the 1980 sci-fi film spoof of the same name and its sequel Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988). The Killer Tomatoes were the by-product of nefarious experiments performed by mad scientist Dr. Putrid T. Gangreen who like all mad scientists wanted to rule the world with the help of his veggie creations. Other choices: Heinz 57 Ketchup TV commercial with Carly Simon's hit song "Anticipation" heard as viewers waited for the slowly pouring ketchup to leave the bottle; Campbell Soup Twins, mascots for Campbell's condensed tomato soup; Colonel Sherman T. Potter (Harry Morgan) was allergic to tomato juice on M*A*S*H; and Ginger Szabo the  network radio spokeswoman for "Lemo Tomato Juice Girl" on the drama HOMEFRONT/ABC/1991-93.


 

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