What Is The Oldest Show Where A Complete Cast Reunion Is Still Possible?

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Love Boat is the oldest I can think of.

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  1. If you'll settle for more than 2/3rds, everyone from Silver Spoons is still alive except John Houseman and Franklyn Seales. Likewise, the only deceased cast members of Empty Nest are Richard Mulligan and Estelle Getty, no one is dead from Taxi other than Jeff Conaway and Andy Kaufman, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show still has everyone except Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight.

    All the major players from The Facts of Life are still with us, but Charlotte Rae and Cloris Leachman are both 92. Kate and Allie has yet to bury any principal cast members, either. Nor has Family Ties.

    Unlike the show itself, nobody from Valerie has kicked it yet, but somehow I doubt Jason Bateman is too eager to revisit that part of his career. He doesn't need the money and he has other unrelated work; like John Houseman before him in the 1980s, he has two shows at once now, although it's unclear how much of a future Arrested Development has. Of the two, which one would you rather have as your longest running show?

  2. MatthewA

    If you'll settle for more than 2/3rds, everyone from Silver Spoons is still alive except John Houseman and Franklyn Seales. Likewise, the only deceased cast members of Empty Nest are Richard Mulligan and Estelle Getty, no one is dead from Taxi other than Jeff Conaway, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show still has everyone except Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight.

    All the major players from The Facts of Life are still with us, but Charlotte Rae and Cloris Leachman are both 92. Kate and Allie has yet to bury any principal cast members, either. Nor has Family Ties.

    Unlike the show itself, nobody from Valerie has kicked it yet, but somehow I doubt Jason Bateman is too eager to revisit that part of his career. He doesn't need the money and he has other unrelated work; like John Houseman before him in the 1980s, he has two shows at once now, although it's unclear how much of a future Arrested Development has. Of the two, which one would you rather have as your longest running show?

    Andy Kaufman is dead from Taxi. Eddie Gilbert and Jimmy Hart said Jerry Lawler killed him with those piledrivers at the Mid-South Coliseum. 😆

  3. Bert Greene

    Aren't the main quartet of stars from "Follow the Sun" all still around? Coe, Halsey, Lockwood and Perreau?

    IMDB lists Jay Lanin as 3rd in the cast of five regulars who were in every episode. He's deceased, so that rules out this show. "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" still holds the record.

  4. Stephen Bowie

    Wide Country (1962-63), with Earl Holliman and Andrew Prine.

    Slim Pickens, now deceased, was in six of the 28 eps. of "Wide Country." Does that make him a regular? I'd say not, which would make this show the winner by three years. Good call, Stephen.

  5. I think we all need to work together and initiate a grassroots campaign to get 91-year-old Donald May back in front of the camera to host a new revival of "West Point Story." Surely that cadet uniform of his still fits.

  6. Neil Brock

    Please Don't Eat the Daisies from 1965. Mark Miller and Patricia Crowley as well as all 4 kids are still alive.

    Meanwhile, Doris Day, who was in the 1960 movie, has outlived half the cast of her 1968-1973 TV show that kept changing pretty regularly.

  7. Stephen Bowie

    Now I'm curious about the inverse of this: What's the most recent series whose principal cast members are all dead?

    I wouldn't happen to know exactly that answer, but here's one that's a definite possibility: Perry Mason (Burr, Hale, Hopper, Collins, Talman: none of them are here anymore).

  8. Most recent series with deceased cast. How about another show with only one star: LAZARUS MAN-1996 with Robert Urich?

    Does Urich still hold the record as the actor with the most starring or continuing roles in series television?

  9. MatthewA

    Meanwhile, Doris Day, who was in the 1960 movie, has outlived half the cast of her 1968-1973 TV show that kept changing pretty regularly.

    And still no Honorary Oscar or Irving Thalberg Award.

  10. Bert Greene

    I think we all need to work together and initiate a grassroots campaign to get 91-year-old Donald May back in front of the camera to host a new revival of "West Point Story." Surely that cadet uniform of his still fits.

    I was listening to an interview with Max Baer, Jr. last weekend. He was talking about staying fit and in shape. His reference point? He kept a pair of Levi jeans that he had as Jethro and tries them on once a week to see if they still fit! 😮

  11. Ron1973

    I was listening to an interview with Max Baer, Jr. last weekend. He was talking about staying fit and in shape. His reference point? He kept a pair of Levi jeans that he had as Jethro and tries them on once a week to see if they still fit! 😮

    And I guess Max is the only one left of the principal players. Heck, I imagine most of the "recurring" guest stars are gone. Louis Nye and Larry Pennell are gone. Shug Fisher is gone from the last 2 seasons. Elvia Allman (Elverna Bradshaw in S1 and S8) is gone. You might technically count Linda Kaye Henning and Lori Saunders since they had a few spot roles as their Petticoat Junction characters, plus Lori played a secretary in the last season and Linda was a secretary in Return of The Beverly Hillbillies. Hey, Constantly Being Stalled, let's hurry up and get this show finished on DVD!!!

  12. This thread reminds me of what I was thinking in 1991 during the 25th anniversary of "Star Trek." All the principal original cast members were still alive at the time and I wondered how many would still be alive in 2016 for the 50th. Cut to 2016 and three of them had died by then: DeForest Kelley (McCoy), James Doohan (Scotty), and Leonard Nimoy (Spock), as well as secondary cast members Majel Barrett and Grace Lee Whitney. (Nimoy and Whitney both died in 2015.) But Shatner, Takei, Nichols and Koenig were all still with us (and with us today). Miraculously, they're all still active in show biz as well.

  13. Vic Pardo

    This thread reminds me of what I was thinking in 1991 during the 25th anniversary of "Star Trek." All the principal original cast members were still alive at the time and I wondered how many would still be alive in 2016 for the 50th. Cut to 2016 and three of them had died by then: DeForest Kelley (McCoy), James Doohan (Scotty), and Leonard Nimoy (Spock), as well as secondary cast members Majel Barrett and Grace Lee Whitney. (Nimoy and Whitney both died in 2015.) But Shatner, Takei, Nichols and Koenig were all still with us (and with us today). Miraculously, they're all still active in show biz as well.

    If they have to roll William Shatner around in a hospital bed, he'll be acting until the day he dies!

  14. Not counting single-star shows, Bonanza might be the most recent with an all-dead main cast. (Ended in 1973.) Mitch Vogel is still alive, but I don't know if he would count or not. He was a regular for only about 10% of the show's lifetime.

  15. Is Dawson's Creek too early to be in the running? I read some speculation online the other day about a Reboot .. (Speculation being the operative word) The ending was kind of like a reunion also with the principals being advanced in Work and Business and Jen (Michelle Williams) Dead

  16. All the stars of Chico and the Man (ended 1978) are dead, except for the kid who played the replacement Chico in the fourth and final season. Not sure if he would count.

    Otherwise, Mannix has The Odd Couple beaten by about 3 months.

  17. If you choose January 1, 1990 as the cutoff date for premiere dates, everyone but Rosetta LeNoire is still alive from Family Matters. The same can't be said of Gimme A Break!, which started burying cast members while they were still on the air.

    AndrewCrossett

    All the stars of Chico and the Man (ended 1978) are dead, except for the kid who played the replacement Chico in the fourth and final season. Not sure if he would count.

    What about Charo?

  18. AndrewCrossett

    All the stars of Chico and the Man (ended 1978) are dead, except for the kid who played the replacement Chico in the fourth and final season. Not sure if he would count.

    That replacement Chico is Gabriel Melgar, and he was born in Tijuana, Mexico in 1964 (11/26/64, to be exact).

  19. Stephen Bowie

    Now I'm curious about the inverse of this: What's the most recent series whose principal cast members are all dead?

    The original Hawaii-Five-O ended in 1980, and the principal cast members are deceased.

  20. MatthewA

    What about Charo?

    She was only in six episodes.

    Ron Lee Green

    The original Hawaii-Five-O ended in 1980, and the principal cast members are deceased.

    Unless you count Al Harrington, who was a regular for three seasons although he was only in 64 out of 281 total episodes.

    If we're being strict and saying what's the most recent show where *every* credited regular is dead, I think Mannix is still the one to beat.

  21. Stephen Bowie

    William Smith and Sharon Farrell in the final season also screws up Hawaii Five-O.

    I suppose you mean that in the sense of Five-O still having some regulars to deal with– is that right?

  22. I see a lot of Soap cast photos with only Robert Guillaume, Katherine Helmond, Robert Mandan, Richard Mulligan and Catherine Damon.

    I don’t know if these five are on a higher tier than the rest of the cast, (difference between principal and supporting) but if so, only Katherine Helmond is still alive.

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