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Edith (Jean Stapleton) missed her surprise 50th birthday party on “All in the Family” on CBS in 1977 when she was attacked by a rapist (David Dukes). The storyline was originally planned for Bonnie Franklin on “One Day at a Time”)… TV movie “Human Feelings” premiered on NBC in 1978. It starred Billy Crystal as an angel who falls in love with a woman. Pamela Sue Martin and Nancy Walker also starred… Drama “Smallville” starring Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk and John Schneider debuted on The WB in 2001 and moved over to The CW from 2006 thru May 13, 2011. Later in its run, Erica Durance as Lois Lane and Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow joined the show. It aired for 10 seasons…Netflix revealed its most popular original movie was Sandra Bullock’s “Bird Box” and sci-fi series “Stranger Things” for the year in 2019.
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Did You Know?
Norman Lear changed the attempted rape storyline to Edith Bunker on “All in the Family” because he wanted to make a statement that this could happen to anyone, even someone as simple and naive as Edith. The scene in the episode where Edith used the cake to attack the rapist (David Dukes) and her escape prompted the loudest cheers and applause from the audience in the history of “All in the Family.”