Besides cute kids, another thing that can make a show great is a dog. They jump around, they frolic. They cover their faces with their paws when somone on the show does something dumb. Here's five TV dogs that don't belong in the doghouse.
1. Eddie (Frasier)
Frasier Crane's dad's dog probably was a boon to Jack Russell Terrier breeders. He was the perfect foil for the three Crane men: Frasier's pompousness, Niles' prissiness and Martin's crankiness. He could be cheeky, but also sweet.
2. Buck (Married With Children)
Even the DOG gave Al Bundy crap. Well, who wouldn't, having an owner who was a shoe salesman that was married to an obnoxious redhead and had two of the most conniving, but ultimately stupid, teenagers on the planet. Buck's voiceovers were always awesome.
3. Lassie (Lassie)
Lassie was ultimately about the bond between a boy and his dog. Poor Lassie was always rescuing Timmy from all kinds of trouble, like him falling down a well or something equally dangerous. It was set in a simpler time though. In a modern show, they'd be saying, "What's that, Lassie? Timmy fell for another Nigerian scam e-mail and is in danger of being kidnapped?"
4. Rin Tin Tin (The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin)
Representing really old school here: this show aired in the fifties, when there were like only three channels and even satellites were a novelty. This dog gave German Shepherds their good name. Of course, this being set in the time that it was, it was almost unbearably squeaky clean and wholesome. If filmed today, he'd be getting in trouble when off-duty, getting in fights, just being generally gritty.
5. Brian Griffin (Family Guy)
This dog isn't included just because he shares the same last name as the author. He really makes a good foil for Stewie Griffin. The fact that no one on the show is even fazed by a walking, talking dog just heightens the absurdity. I hope they never do something dumb and make a live-action Family Guy movie and try to use a real dog for Brian.
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In today's corgi news, one of everyone's favorite short-legged dogs has been fired from her co-starring duties in the West End alongside Helen Mirren. Seven-year-old Lizzy was set to play one of Queen Elizabeth's famed canine companions in The Audience, which stars Mirren. After 16 failed attempts to hit her mark, however, Lizzy had to be let go.
According to The Telegraph, Lizzy was supposed to run across the stage on Mirren's cue — but over a dozen times during previews, she just sat in the wings. Fail to run onstage once, you're a dog who missed a command. Fail to run onstage 16 times, and you're a stubborn mutt who may not be set out for showbiz.
Stephen Daldry, The Audience's director, says of Lizzy's disobedience, "She was excited the first three times, and then I think she decided she didn’t want to be an actress any more. She decided to retire from the British stage."
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Lizzy has now been replaced by fellow corgi Coco, who managed a flawless debut on Saturday after only 20 minutes of rehearsal.
With her new replacement set, Lizzy is now happy to leave the bright lights for a more sedate lifestyle. “Now she’s back home, a resting actress, resting by the fire," Daldry tells The Telegraph.
But what could have caused Lizzy's sudden reluctance to act? According to trainer Des Jordan, of Animal Actors (Lizzy's agency — yes, she has an agency), Lizzy may have been put out by her co-star. Not, Mirren, but five-year-old corgi Rocky.
"Because Lizzy was older, she was not as fast as Rocky, so he was first to the treats," Jordan says of the dogs' ability to reach the rewards waiting for them in the wings. "There may have been a bit of jealousy involved," he adds.
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While we may be wont to shake our heads at Lizzy's sloth — what, was running 40 feet simple not worth it for fewer than five treats? — who knows what our most esteemed canine stars would do if faced with a younger companion? Did Lassie ever have to race some other collie to rescue Timmy from the well? Rin Tin Tin was never forced to battle another dog for screen time.
Somehow, however, Scooby Doo managed to make it work when Scrappy was introduced. Seems there were plenty of Scooby Snacks to go around.
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A continuation of the "Jeff's Collie" Lassie series. Shortly after the death of Gramps, a seven-year-old boy named Timmy runs away from an orphanage. Found by Lassie, he is brought to the Miller farm and given a temporary home. Ellen, who is alone and unable to run the farm, sells it to Paul and Ruth Martin, a childless couple who later adopt Timmy. Jeff, who is unable to take Lassie to the city with him, gives her to Timmy. Stories relate the adventures shared by a boy and his dog. "Timmy and Lassie" is the syndicated title for the 1957-1964 episodes of "Lassie."