Ubu Productions is an independent production company founded in 1982 by producer Gary David Goldberg. Ubu’s had made some pretty famous shows, including Family Ties and Spin City. If the name sounds familiar, it might be that you love those shows or it is more likely because at the end of many Ubu produced shows, you had a photo of a black Labrador Retriever with a Frisbee in his mouth.
And when that dog appeared, you would hear a voice say, “Sit, Ubu, sit! …Good dog!”, followed by the sound of a bark.
That voice is that of Ubu founder Goldberg and the dog in the picture is his beloved traveling companion and pet, Ubu Roi playing in the Tuileries Garden close to the Louvre Museum in Paris. Ubu passed away in 1984, but he was immortalized by his owner and friend and is probably more of a household name then some of the stars that appeared in Ubu produced sitcoms.
Every Christmas, you hear about the Rudolph, Frosty and Charlie Brown specials. But Andre (Black Nerd Comedy), along with Roger Barr of I-Mockery.com and creator of Abobo’s Big Adventure, count down 11 strange specials from sitcoms and cartoons that you don’t remember… or forgot for good reason. He-Man, She-Ra, Power Rangers, Tiny Toons, Fresh Prince, Family Matters, Pac-Man, Pee-Wee, Weird Al, Super Mario… and of course the Star Wars Holiday Special.
There were crossovers. There were guest stars. And then there were promotional cameos, when a (usually music) star appeared in a (usually sitcom) TV show to shamelessly plug themselves or their recent products. My favorite promotional cameo of all time was Ray Parker Jr.’s appearance on Gimme A Break. The script kept finding ways for Parker Jr. to ask, “Who you gonna call?”, to which the girls all gleefully shouted, “Ghostbusters.” The entire episode can be seen here.
There were many others, though. Here are a few I could remember and find:
There were many more than these, of course. I doubt any were as cheesy, but I doubt any were as effective, either. Yes, obvious though these promotional cameos were, they still achieved their goal of making you want the (advertised) product. In fact, they’re still achieving that goal today. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go listen to “Two of Hearts” right now.
Welcome to the Retroist Threes Company Podcast. On today’s show we talk all about the comedy television series, Three’s Company. We talk about the characters and actors on the show, the talent behind the show, the cast changes and its availability today. What are the best episodes of Three’s Company? You will find out because, we also have a brand new top 5 list from metagirl.
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