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j123vt_99
02-26-07, 08:30 PM
I was watching Seinfeld today and noticed a ton of 'stars' have been on the show as guests. Kirsten Davis and Chris Parnell were on the episode I just watched. I know Debra Messing, Jane Ives were on a episode as well as a ton of others. I'm not saying Seinfeld is responsible for making these people stars, just kind of odd how many people went on to decent careers. So what sitcom has had the most people move on to bigger careers?

movieguru
02-26-07, 11:03 PM
M*A*S*H had quite a few. Probably more than Seinfield as it ran for 11 seasons.

GoldenJCJ
02-27-07, 12:06 AM
M*A*S*H had quite a few. Probably more than Seinfield as it ran for 11 seasons.
The few I can think of off the top of my head:
John Ritter
Patrick Swayze
James Cromwell
Rita Wilson
Teri Garr
Pat Morita

resinrats
02-27-07, 12:31 AM
Taxi
Happy Days

mmconhea
02-27-07, 09:58 AM
cheers

MrE
02-27-07, 10:44 AM
This question needs more parameters. "Friends", for instance, guested more big names than most of the shows named.

superdeluxe
02-27-07, 10:47 AM
I was watching Seinfeld today and noticed a ton of 'stars' have been on the show as guests. Kirsten Davis and Chris Parnell were on the episode I just watched. I know Debra Messing, Jane Ives were on a episode as well as a ton of others. I'm not saying Seinfeld is responsible for making these people stars, just kind of odd how many people went on to decent careers. So what sitcom has had the most people move on to bigger careers?


Ned and Stacy?

mphtrilogy
02-27-07, 11:14 AM
Mary Tyler more was pretty great:

Almost every character re-appeared on another sucessful follow up TV show:
Ed Asner - Lou Grant
Murray/Gavin - Love Boat
Ted - Too Close
Rhoda - Rhoda
Betty White - Golden Girls

vegasbaby
02-27-07, 11:27 AM
I believe 'Battle of the Network Stars' had the most stars come from it ...

vegasbaby
02-27-07, 11:28 AM
Since when is Kristen Davis a 'Star' ?

Shannon Nutt
02-27-07, 12:40 PM
Considering it ran for 15 years and spawned 6 spin-offs (7 if you count "704 Houser"), ALL IN THE FAMILY has to be up there.

GatorDeb
02-27-07, 12:42 PM
Simpsons?

Red Dog
02-27-07, 12:50 PM
Mary Tyler more was pretty great:

Almost every character re-appeared on another sucessful follow up TV show:
Ed Asner - Lou Grant
Murray/Gavin - Love Boat
Ted - Too Close
Rhoda - Rhoda
Betty White - Golden Girls


Yep. That was the first one I thought of. Stellar cast. Plus you had John Amos who went on to a hit show in Good Times.

fujishig
02-27-07, 01:22 PM
This question needs more parameters. "Friends", for instance, guested more big names than most of the shows named.

I think we're talking about people who had cameo roles while they weren't that famous, and went on to bigger things. IIRC, most of the Friends cameos are famous actors who wanted to make a guest appearance. For those kinds of appearances, Will and Grace must be up there... I didn't really watch the show, but it seemed like they had a new celebrity on every week.

ben12
02-27-07, 01:27 PM
I'd say Law & Order, but it's not a sitcom (or is it?).

mrhan
02-27-07, 01:33 PM
Miami Vice. I know it wasn't what the OP was asking for but it had a lot of stars that were unknown at the time it was on.

Ving Rhames, Julia Roberts, Helena Bonham Carter, Esai Morales, John Leguizamo are a few I remember that have decent careers today that appeared on that series.

madcougar
02-27-07, 02:13 PM
Miami Vice. I know it wasn't what the OP was asking for but it had a lot of stars that were unknown at the time it was on.

Ving Rhames, Julia Roberts, Helena Bonham Carter, Esai Morales, John Leguizamo are a few I remember that have decent careers today that appeared on that series.

Another guest star who went on to have a decent career was a guy named Bruce Willis.

mrhan
02-27-07, 02:17 PM
Another guest star who went on to have a decent career was a guy named Bruce Willis.

Damn, I forgot the most obvious one besides J. Roberts. :)

cdollaz
02-27-07, 02:43 PM
There are a ton of them in Seinfeld. It seems like most episodes have someone who went on to bigger and better roles. I wouldn't say that Seinfeld "produced" them as they are usually bit parts, but, like L&O, there are a ton of actors on TV today who were once in a Seinfeld episode.

vegasbaby
02-27-07, 03:15 PM
Another guest star who went on to have a decent career was a guy named Bruce Willis.

jimmy smits was the partner in the pilot.

movieguru
02-27-07, 03:40 PM
Mary Tyler more was pretty great:

Almost every character re-appeared on another sucessful follow up TV show:
Ed Asner - Lou Grant
Murray/Gavin - Love Boat
Ted - Too Close
Rhoda - Rhoda
Betty White - Golden Girls

weren,t they the main characters and not guests though?

Sweet Baby James
02-27-07, 04:26 PM
Since non-sitcoms are being mentioned, I'll throw The Rockford Files into the mix. There were a number of future stars that appeared on that great show, including two of my favorites, James Woods & Ed Harris.

JIF
02-27-07, 07:28 PM
Damn, I forgot the most obvious one besides J. Roberts. :)

Let's not forget Liam Neeson, who also did a guest scint on Miami Vice.

Lee Harvey Oswald
02-27-07, 07:51 PM
Growing Pains had Brad Pitt, Leo, and Matthew Perry.

They also had a guy named Boner on the show. And Ben glued his butt to the coffee table in one episode. Pretty edgy.

madcougar
02-28-07, 09:35 AM
Growing Pains had Brad Pitt, Leo, and Matthew Perry.

They also had a guy named Boner on the show. And Ben glued his butt to the coffee table in one episode. Pretty edgy.

Let us not forget that Boner AKA Andrew Koeing once played the Joker!

cornflakeguy
02-28-07, 11:13 AM
This thread is not what I was expecting.

The title is "Which sitcom PRODUCED the most stars?"

That means, to me, people cast in sitcoms that went on to become stars.

It doesn't mean, to me, someone who happened to cameo on a sitcom and then became a star on their own, having NOTHING to do with the cameo they did years before on the sitcom.

Am I missing something?

Patrick G
02-28-07, 11:44 AM
Courtney Cox and Denise Richards also appeared on Seinfeld early on.

Lee Harvey Oswald
02-28-07, 01:55 PM
Courtney Cox and Denise Richards also appeared on Seinfeld early on.

Cox was also on Family Ties before that. And of course so was Michael J Fox. So, that's two stars.

River Phoenix and Tom Hanks also made a guest appearances on the show.

Lee Harvey Oswald
02-28-07, 02:04 PM
This thread is not what I was expecting.

The title is "Which sitcom PRODUCED the most stars?"

That means, to me, people cast in sitcoms that went on to become stars.

It doesn't mean, to me, someone who happened to cameo on a sitcom and then became a star on their own, having NOTHING to do with the cameo they did years before on the sitcom.

Am I missing something?

I think you could make an argument, maybe a small argument - but still an argument, that someone who is still basically unknown makes an appearance on a show and gets exposure that it helps their career.

Like Pitt on Growing pains. I don't think it played into Fincher's decision to cast him in Fight Club, but it at least gets his name on the screen and something to give him some exposure.

The Bus
02-28-07, 03:14 PM
This thread is not what I was expecting.

The title is "Which sitcom PRODUCED the most stars?"

That means, to me, people cast in sitcoms that went on to become stars.

It doesn't mean, to me, someone who happened to cameo on a sitcom and then became a star on their own, having NOTHING to do with the cameo they did years before on the sitcom.

Am I missing something?

You're not. I agree with you. The question was also a bit vague. A clearer question might be:

Which sitcom transformed the greatest amount of cast members into stars?

That's still a bit unclear, but you get the idea.

I honestly don't know enough TV to answer the question.

If we're talking about "shows" there's absolutely no competition: Saturday Night Live. I'm not double-checking each of these, but even if only half this list is correct, it's a huge list:

Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Chevy Chase
Bill Murray
Eddie Murphy
Jim Belushi
Christopher Guest
Joan Cusack
Robert Downey Jr.
Anthony Michael Hall
Jon Lovitz
Dennis Miller
Randy Quaid
Dana Carvey
Phil Hartman
Dennis Miller
Mike Myers
Chris Farley
Tim Meadows (debatable :lol:)
Chris Rock
Adam Sandler
Rob Schneider
David Spade
Janeane Garofalo (not a "star" but a household name among some)
Will Ferrell

(Billy Crystal doesn't count, he started with Soap)

The only show which even comes close is The Tonight Show and that has more to do with Carson's influence in show business at the time, IMHO.

movieguru
02-28-07, 03:58 PM
You're not. I agree with you. The question was also a bit vague. A clearer question might be:

Which sitcom transformed the greatest amount of cast members into stars?

That's still a bit unclear, but you get the idea.

I honestly don't know enough TV to answer the question.

If we're talking about "shows" there's absolutely no competition: Saturday Night Live. I'm not double-checking each of these, but even if only half this list is correct, it's a huge list:

Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Chevy Chase
Bill Murray
Eddie Murphy
Jim Belushi
Christopher Guest
Joan Cusack
Robert Downey Jr.
Anthony Michael Hall
Jon Lovitz
Dennis Miller
Randy Quaid
Dana Carvey
Phil Hartman
Dennis Miller
Mike Myers
Chris Farley
Tim Meadows (debatable :lol:)
Chris Rock
Adam Sandler
Rob Schneider
David Spade
Janeane Garofalo (not a "star" but a household name among some)
Will Ferrell

(Billy Crystal doesn't count, he started with Soap)

The only show which even comes close is The Tonight Show and that has more to do with Carson's influence in show business at the time, IMHO.

The begining of the post refers to the guest stars of the show moving on to bigger things after appearing on a sitcom; not the main cast members of the show.

Lone Wolf
03-01-07, 02:48 PM
Kung fu had quite a few people pop up on it. I don't have time to look right now though.

JustAn0th3rFace
03-01-07, 05:28 PM
Friends

dx23
03-02-07, 08:38 AM
I didn't know that SNL was considered a sitcom. I always thought it was a sketch show.

Jericho
03-02-07, 05:36 PM
I think you could make an argument, maybe a small argument - but still an argument, that someone who is still basically unknown makes an appearance on a show and gets exposure that it helps their career.

Like Pitt on Growing pains. I don't think it played into Fincher's decision to cast him in Fight Club, but it at least gets his name on the screen and something to give him some exposure.

What about Pitt's stellar turn on Head of the Class? In fact, I believe he was in two episodes!

HE Pennypacker
03-02-07, 06:02 PM
Megan Mullaly or whatever her name is was also in a Seinfeld episode.

Fishingeek
03-02-07, 06:09 PM
The Love Boat also had guest stars

Robertwoj
03-02-07, 07:28 PM
The Love Boat also had guest stars
As did Fantasy Island

Jimmy James
03-02-07, 09:28 PM
Wasn't the idea behind The Love Boat/Fantasy Island booking people who were already semi-famous? They got a bump in exposure, sure. The show also benefitted from the name recognition. I'm not sure it fits the pattern here, though I'm still a bit cloudy on what the pattern is. Courtney Cox was mentioned for her role on Seinfeld, but she had been around forever by then.

This might be too close to the Fantasy Island syndrome itself, but I'd think something like Dr. Katz would be pretty high up there taking into account the number of episodes it had (a sort of star per episode slugging percentage).

Coral
03-02-07, 11:12 PM
The few I can think of off the top of my head:
John Ritter
Patrick Swayze
James Cromwell
Rita Wilson
Teri Garr
Pat Morita

Adding:

George Wendt
Shelley Long
Lawrence Fishburn
Blythe Danner
Joe Pantoliano
Leslie Neilsen (I guess he was somewhat popular before MASH)
Ron Howard (ok, so he was Opie before MASH)

Tscott
03-03-07, 01:49 AM
I don't know about the most, but I've been watching The Bob Newhart Show and I've seen Teri Garr, Henry Winkler, Howard Hessman and Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey) as guest stars. And that just in half of one season.

When watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show on DVD, I recall seeing Henry Winkler and Penny Marshall among some of the guest stars.

It's something that would happen with any long running show.

Ronnie Dobbs
03-03-07, 08:45 PM
The Larry Sanders Show had:

Jeffrey Tambor
Jeremy Piven
Sarah Silverman
Jon Stewart (before the Daily Show)
Megan Mullaly appeared in an episode