Once in a while, a TV actor will come along and will suddenly find their name burned on the minds of the show watching public. Sometimes this is a good thing, but sometimes it means that we no longer can see them as anyone but themselves. Here's a looks at some of television's most memorable names, and the list of shows they brought their name to.
"Ellen" - Ellen Morgan
"The Ellen Show" - Ellen Richmond
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" - Herself
Sometimes if you do something well, it's okay to try it again. The appeal of Ellen has always been that goofy core she has, which has been brought to two different sitcoms and a hugely successful talk show. So as the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
"Happily Divorced" - Fran Lovett
"Living with Fran" - Fran Reeves
"The Fran Drescher Show" - Herself
"The Nanny" - Fran Fine
Though all her characters have been named Fran, they always seemed to be a variation on the character she created so well on "The Nanny." Sure Fran Reeves was a single mom and Fran Lovett was a woman who found out her husband of 18 years was gay, but once the voice jokes chime in, we are back to square one. Would you want it any other way?
"Taxi" - Tony Banta
"Who's the Boss" - Tony Micelli
"The Tony Danza Show" - Tony DiMeo
I will give Danza some credit; later in his TV career he did attempt to play characters that were not named Tony, but for the early years, it seemed that the "Taxi" star could not shake his "Tony" image, which also spread to the '80s classic "Who's the Boss" and a self-titled sitcom. This begs the question, if you change the name of the character, does it make them a different person?
"I Love Lucy" - Lucy Ricardo
"The Lucy Show" - Lucy Charmichael
"The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" - Lucy Ricardo
"Here's Lucy" - Lucy Carter
"Life with Lucy" - Lucy Barker
Perhaps it is fitting the queen of all sitcoms have the most characters with her first name, because let's be honest, could you really picture her as anyone else? Perhaps that is why her big screen attempt at "Mame" was so unsuccessful, because audiences just never saw her as anyone but Lucy. All in all, that really is not such a bad thing.
Can you think of anyone else?
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- Ellen DeGeneres