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Top 5 Television Objects Of Our Affection

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These iconic items from classic TV shows deserve their own Emmys.


Archie Bunker's Chair

The beat-up thrift store purchased iconic chair from "All in the Family"

Chair used by Archie Bunker in TV show All in the Family.

Photo Credit: Courtesy National Museum of American History & Smithsonian Institution Archives.

The blue-collar bigot on All in the Family held court from this upholstered wing chair. The CBS props department bought this TV relic from a thrift store—for $8! Mike (Rob Reiner) prophetically predicted that the chair "might even end up in a museum"—it's now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise swoops past an alien planet in a clip form the opening credits of the 1960's Star Trek.

The U.S.S Enterprise or the Starship Enterprise.

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"Space...the final frontier," narrated William Shatner during the original's opening credit sequence, as the Starship Enterprise whizzed by in warp speed. Although the fictional ship measured 947 feet, the prop used in the intro was only 11 feet and donated to the National Air and Space Museum in 1974.

Stream full episodes of classic Star Trek on CBS All Access.

Mary Richards' "M"

A cast photo from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Betty White, Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Mary Tyler Moore, Gavin MacLeod, Cloris Leachman, and Georgia Engel from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Everett Collection.

TV's OG working woman proudly displayed her independent sense of self with her initial on her wall—a design element mid-century modern interior decorators have incorporated since.

M*A*S*H Signpost

A signpost with arrows pointing to hometwons and major cities from the television show MASH.

Signpost prop from television show "M*A*S*H".

Photo Credit: Courtesy National Museum of American History & Smithsonian Institution Archives.

The Army hospital staff used humor to cope with the harsh reality of war—and this post pointing to "anyplace but here" perfectly encapsulated that.

The 60 Minutes Stopwatch

The iconic ticking stopwatch from the television news show 60 Minutes.

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Is there a more iconic image—and sound—than the tick-tick-tick intro to America's most watched news program? The stopwatch was used until the late 90s, when it was replaced by a CGI version.

60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7/6c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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