Classic Sitcom Characters Who Attend Memorable High School Reunions

This summer marked number 35 for me, and I celebrated it the same way I did all of my other high school class reunions. I stayed home.

Of the 320 people who graduated with me way back in 1981, I have kept in touch with the half dozen I was close to back then. The others, while I wish them no misfortune, I really have no desire to reconnect with.

Even though class reunions are not for me, I have enjoyed TV shows with characters who have attended theirs. Here are seven classic sitcoms that aired an episode on which at least one regular member participated in a high school class reunion.

All in the Family

Archie (played by Carroll O’Connor) reluctantly agrees to accompany Edith (played by Jean Stapleton) to her reunion, where the most anticipated guest will be her high school sweetheart Buck Evans. The former track star, now obese and bald, is unrecognizable to everyone but Edith.

The Andy Griffith Show

Deputy Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts) anticipates rekindling his romance with Thelma Lou (played by Betty Lynn) when their Mayberry class gets together, only to find that she has married someone else.

The Love Boat

Julie McCoy’s (played by Lauren Tewes) fellow grads are celebrating their tenth on board The Princess, where she finds that her former boyfriend is still attracted to her and her favorite teacher (played by Raymond Burr) is an alcoholic.

Married With Children

Peg Bundy (played by Katy Sagal) attends her reunion with the sole intention of being elected as Prom queen, a goal she manages to accomplish with some underhanded help from son Bud (played David Faustimo and daughter Kelly (played by Christina Applegate). By the way, the reluctant Al (played by Ed O’Neill) found himself in a fight with a fellow grad.

The Simpsons

An episode titled “The Front” is centered on the reunion of the Springfield Class of ’74 of which both Homer and Marge were members, only Homer finds out from Principal Dondelinger that he never actually graduated.

Family Guy

Peter Griffin goes to his high school reunion and meets NFL quarterback Tom Brady in an episode appropriately called “Patriot Games.”

Golden Girls

“Home Again, Rose” is the name of the episode in which a heart attack forces Rose (played by Betty White) to miss her class reunion. Instead, the gals all later attend Blanche’s (played by Rue McClanahan) and pretend to be other people.

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From Stage To Screen: Toning It Down While Keeping It Real

Ah, the stage! The glorious live performance. When you’ve had years of experience on the stage, every cell in your body knows what performing feels like. Your body knows to be bigger, louder. It feels full, grand, real and you can hear the audience react. How rewarding. How deliciously rewarding!

Then you do film or TV for the first time and your eyebrows act like caterpillars on crack. You look like a bobblehead or cartoon character. You’re surprised your eyes don’t pop out of your head to the sound of an old fashioned horn. There’s no way around it; you’re simply horrible.

You’re told, “Be small! Be still! Tone it down! Don’t do anything!” So you stop: you stop moving or doing anything. You try to keep those caterpillars – and the rest of your body – contained.

And you certainly see a difference. It’s not nearly as big as it was before. But now instead of Roger Rabbit, you look like Robbie the Robot. You’re empty. Uncaring. Boring. Weird. Like you’re stuck in a cage, frozen.

You’re afraid to move, feel, express or be yourself.

So where is the happy medium between cartoon character and robot? And how do you get there?

For any actor that has ever been told to be small, still, contained, and not do anything, let’s free you from that cage. Here are your keys:

Key #1: You’ve been given horrible direction.

With all due respect to whomever told you to “be small, be still, don’t do anything,” those words are inaccurate and make you self-conscious about what you’re doing. What you should have been told is:

Allow your behavior to be the same as it is in your everyday life. You don’t need to perform anymore. You just need to be real.

Key #2: You don’t think about your behavior in your everyday life.

You just live. You wish your best friend didn’t move or hope your boss doesn’t make you stay late or wonder if the cute guy at the party will notice you. As you experience life, your thoughts and feelings result in organic and unconscious behavior. You just live and react without ever thinking about it.

Key #3: So that means stage acting is unnatural.

Stage performance, while a rush, is nowhere near our true reality. It requires so much more than our everyday behavior. You consciously put in effort to manufacture unnatural behavior – bigger and louder behavior – to reach the 500th row. (And I’m sure you do it brilliantly.)

Key #4: Guess what? TV and film acting reflects everyday life behavior. (aka: natural behavior)

When we’re truthfully experiencing our daily life, our minds, faces, bodies and voices are exquisitely alive with that life. We don’t try to advertise our thoughts and feelings, they are already seen.

And so it is with acting for the screen. If you’ve used your imagination to create your relationship to your best friend, boss and the cutie pie as full experiences, we will see it on your face, in your eyes and in your behavior.

You won’t have to think about being still or small or real; you just will be. No effort required.

Key #5: Why? Because the camera is inside your head.

The audience isn’t 500 rows away, they’re just a few feet away – right where another human being would be, if not much closer. In fact, the camera is so close, it’s practically reading your thoughts. That’s how much it – and the audience – can see.

And here’s the best part:

Key #6: When it comes to natural behavior, TV and film acting is easier than stage acting.

For the delicious theater experience, we must consciously adjust our behavior to show our love or anger. But for TV and film, if we simply truly feel love or anger, the audience will see it. Just like real life.

So you can drop the rabbit and the robot. Stop trying so hard to keep still inside that cage of non-behavior. That is not real, nor authentic. You are. When you invest in your relationships and circumstances, your voice and body follow. Your behavior follows. Unconsciously. Organically.

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How to Move Up in the Workplace Via The Office Characters


Moving up in the workplace is essential in the business field. The great thing about The Office is that even though it is a humorous hit television series, they apply real business concepts and situations within the show. Analyzing through the seasons, we find that certain characters use different strategies in order to proceed in higher rankings within the company of Dunder Mifflin. This article will introduce some ways that a few characters got promoted and moved to higher positions.

The Ryan Howard Technique

Ryan Howard started off hired as just a temp (temporary employee). Although it was not expected for Ryan to be a permanent employee, he got a hold of the company’s culture and was able to adapt into his position. When Ryan’s sales continued to increase, he was then hired on as a sales representative. Corporate saw much potential in this young sales rep and continued to observe how his new position increased the company’s sales. Corporate was even so pleased, that they promoted him to join the corporate workforce as vice-president of sales. Unfortunately, Ryan began using different drugs which distracted him from doing his job. He was later demoted back to a sales rep in Scranton. Through the ups and downs, we can learn what and what not to do to achieve higher rankings within a company.

The Robert California Technique

Robert California began his journey as he was interviewed for the Scranton branch manager position in Scranton after Creed Bratton was demoted from that position. As mentioned in other blogs and articles, Robert California had a mind of a genius. He was able to manipulate people with logic in order to get the things that he wanted. When he was hired as branch manager, he incorporated the company’s culture within one day. He then convinced the current CEO Joe Bennett at the time to give him her job and because of those great manipulation skills, he succeeded.

The Darryl Philbin Technique

Darryl Philbin was an interesting character to observe because he began his career at Dunder Mifflin as an ordinary warehouse worker. He was always undermined by Michael Scott and was never given a chance to express his ideas. When Dunder Mifflin was bought out by Sabre, Joe Bennett came to visit and gave the opportunity for everyone in the company to express their ideas. Darryl was able to share and made Joe very pleased with what he came up with. Against Michael’s wishes, Darryl was then promoted and given his own personal office.


We see here that people can start from different positions and different skills but can use what they have in order to succeed within a company. By watching the television series, one could learn multiple was to climb the business food chain and become successful.

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