It’s always a great time at the TV Land Awards, but the big draw is the reunions, in which former castmates come together (sometimes after a span of decades) to reminisce about making the shows beloved by so many — including the stars themselves. Even actors like Tom Hanks and John Travolta have happily hit the stage to reunite with their small-screen families. Think of it like your high school reunion, except everyone’s well, famous and better looking. We look back at a decade’s worth of the TV Land Awards’ most star-studded cast reunions.
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2003: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”
The first TV Land Awards started its reunion tradition with a bang, bestowing the Legend Award to “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In fact, series creator Carl Reiner was so inspired by the good vibes on stage that he suggested the cast get together again for a reunion episode — which later became the 2004 TV movie “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited.”
2004: “The Andy Griffith Show”
The actors from “The Andy Griffith Show” (sans Ron Howard, though he’s a little busy these days) returned to Mayberry when the show received the Legend Award in 2004. Billy Bob Thornton, who presented the award to the cast of his “all-time favorite show,” reminisced, “‘The Andy Griffith Show’ got me through my childhood. Every time I was down, I would just dream I was in Mayberry.”
2005: “The Bob Newhart Show”
“Hi Bob!” One year after immortalizing Bob Newhart with a Chicago statue of his “Bob Newhart Show” character Robert Hartley, TV Land recognized the show’s iconic status — not with more statues, but with the easier-to-carry 2005 Icon Award. After all, what was Bob without his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette)?
Any show that had the entire country — the world, really — discussing “Who shot J.R.?” deserves the Pop Culture Award, which “Dallas” won in 2006. John Schneider and Tom Wopat, who can claim their own slice of pop cultural history as Bo and Luke Duke, presented the award to the reunited cast, though sadly, only Hagman wore a cowboy hat.
2007: “The Brady Bunch”
We knew it was much more than a hunch that this group called “The Brady Bunch” would someday win the Pop Culture Award. When the lovely ladies and the men named Brady met up at the 2007 show, Susan Olsen (Cindy) thanked “all of you who enjoyed my childhood — I enjoyed it, too”; and Barry Williams (Greg) explained, “Some people are blessed with one wonderful family, and some are blessed with two, like me.”
A gaggle of Conners — including two different Beckys (Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke) — converged upon the 2008 TV Land Awards to accept the Innovator Award for their landmark show. Roseanne Barr, whom presenter Teri Hatcher deemed the original “desperate housewife,” expressed gratitude toward her TV family for giving her “the most fun you could ever hope to have in the world, for ten years.”
Accepting the Impact Award at the 2009 TV Land Awards, the cast of “M*A*S*H” proved they still had chemistry when Alan Alda grabbed Loretta Swit to re-create the kind of lingering smooch their characters enjoyed three decades before. Who says you can’t still have hot lips in your 70s?
2009: “Married … With Children”
Dr. Phil presented the 2009 Innovator Award to the cast of “Married … With Children,” saying that the Bundys were “strongest argument I’ve ever seen for mandatory birth control … the Cosbys they were not.” Taking her turn at the microphone, proud Bundy daughter Christina Applegate said, “We don’t get to see each other all that often … Thank you for giving us the opportunity to hang out at a table and be dysfunctional together one more time.”
2010: “Bosom Buddies”
Once upon a time — way back in 1980 — a young actor named Tom Hanks landed the lead on a sitcom called “Bosom Buddies.” Hanks doesn’t dress up in drag anymore (that we know of), but the Oscar winner demonstrated his loyalty to the show that gave him his break by accepting the 30th Anniversary Award, alongside Peter Scolari and the rest of their “Bosom” castmates. “For 39 measly episodes,” Hanks recalled fondly of the show’s two-season run, “all we did was laugh.”
2011: “Welcome Back, Kotter”
Before “Saturday Night Fever,” before “Grease,” before “Wild Hogs,” John Travolta was just Vinnie Barbarino, a kid with awesome hair on “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Travolta proved you can go home again — or back to school, anyway — when he reunited with his fellow Sweathogs to accept the 35th Anniversary Award, saying, “After 35 years, I wondered what Barbarino would be doing, and he’s standing here tonight very proud to be here.” Up your nose with a rubber hose right back atcha, Vinnie.