Fame the TV Show Quiz

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Baby remember my name … and remember some of the best scenes in Fame and you’ll be sure to score high on this trivia quiz.

The theme song, the characters, the dancing and singing…there is so much to love about Fame. But how well do you remember the theme song? Which of these lyrics are NOT a part of the theme song?

“I feel it coming forever, people will see me try, is NOT the correct lyric.” The correct lyric is “I feel it coming together, people will see me and cry (Fame!)”

Favorite characters! Gene Anthony Ray played the streetwise dancer in both the film and TV version of Fame. What was the character’s name?

Gene Anthony Ray played Leroy Johnson, the streetwise dancer. Ray was similar to the character he portrayed. He was born in Harlem, New York and began performing early in life, street dancing.

Lee Curreri played the intense keyboard prodigy in both the film and TV version of Fame. What was the character’s name?

Lee Curreri played Bruno Martelli, the intense keyboard prodigy. Lee was similar to the character he played. In real life Lee is a composer, music producer and keyboardist, he was also involved in the music for the long running TV series.

The theme song should be memorable as It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1980, and the Golden Globe Award the same year. Who sang it?

The song was performed by Irene Cara, who played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie. For TV, a re-recorded version of the theme, using similar instrumentation to the 1980 track, was used and sung by co-star Erica Gimpel, who played Coco. Janet Jackson was on the TV show in the fourth season, but never sang the theme song.

This TV show tells the story of the students and faculty at the New York Art School. What was it based on?

The TV show Fame was based on the successful 1980 motion picture “Fame”. And that movie was based heavily on the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

You may not have heard of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, but you can make a good guess at what it was.

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts is a public high school specializing in teaching visual arts and performing arts, situated near Lincoln Center in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of the Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City.

First Episode: Which characters are talking to Julie?“Julie maybe people in Grand Rapids get crushes. That's not the way it is in New York City.”Julie: “What do they get in New York City?”“Herpes mostly.”

In the script Julie is talking to Doris and Montgomery

In the same first episode, Metamorphosis, which teacher says this to Leroy? “Discrimination? Well, how 'bout that? Five whole syllables, there's hope for you yet.”

Ms. Sherwood says to Leroy, “Discrimination? Well, how 'bout that? Five whole syllables, there's hope for you yet.”

How many cast members from the original movie appeared in the television series?

There were four cast members from the original movie who appeared in the television series. Lee Curreri portrayed the character Bruno Martelli, Gene Anthony Ray portrayed Leroy Johnson, Albert Hague who played German music teacher Benjamin Shorofsky, and Debbie Allen who played dance instructor Lydia Grant.

Although Lydia Grant (Debbie Allen) only appeared briefly in the movie, her character was expanded in the TV series. Debbie Allen’s role was also expanded on the show. Besides acting, what else did Ms. Allen do?

The correct answer is all of the above. Debbie Allen was the show's original choreographer, in addition to directing several episodes, and co-producing one season.

Some of the characters where carried over from the movie, but played by different actors. Why did Irene Cara turn down the role of Coco Hernandez in the TV show?

Irene declined the offer to play Coco Hernandez as she wanted to focus on her singing career. Erica Gimpel portrayed the character instead on TV.

Back to favorite episodes! In Season two, the episode, “Not in Kansas Anymore” includes which of these activities?

The correct answer is all of the above occurs in the “Not in Kansas Anymore” episode.

In the episode Reggie and Rose, which actress guest stars as a cafeteria worker whose layoff gives her a new lease on life: her daughter persuades her to get her high-school diploma -- at the School of the Arts.

Carol Burnett starred as Rose, a cafeteria worker whose layoff gives her a new lease on life. Carol Burnett’s real-life daughter Carrie Hamilton played Reggie Higgins who convinces Rose to get her high-school diploma at the School of the Arts.

What song from the episode entitled "Passing Grade", was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Original Song.

"I Still Believe in Me", from the episode entitled "Passing Grade", was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Original Song. "Hi-Fidelity" and "Starmaker", reached the top ten in the U.K. “Simply the Best” is a song by Tina Turner.

In 1983 and 1984 the TV series received Golden Globe Awards for which of these?

In 1983 and 1984 the TV series received Golden Globe Awards for Television, Best Series, Musical/Comedy. Debbie Allen also won awards for Best Actress, Director and Choreographer.

Between what years did Fame air?

Fame initially aired on NBC on January 7, 1982. Despite great critical reviews ratings were less than impressive, and NBC cancelled it after only two seasons. However, the series was revived for first-run syndication in 1983, where it continued airing until May 18, 1987.

When Mrs. Berg learns that her old lover is coming to visit her, realizing that her lie of running the school has come back to haunt her, what happens?

The kids help Mrs. Berg pose as the school principal when her old lover comes to visit.

Eric Pierpoint portrayed a teacher at The School of Arts, what was his name?

Eric Pierpoint portrayed acting teacher Paul Seeger.

In the episode "First in Line" Olivia Barash makes her first appearance as Maxie Sharp what happened after that?

In the episode "First In Line" Olivia Barash makes her first appearance as Maxie Sharp. She was signed as a guest star in this episode, but was promoted to regular in the very next episode.

In the episode “Gonna Learn How to Fly- Part 1” who says this to Bruno when learning Bruno’s father is dying? “For the rest of your life, he'll be the first person to hear every song you write.”

When Mr. Shorosfshy learns that Bruno’s Father is dying he says, “For the rest of your life, he’ll be the first person to hear every song you write.”

Doris has just completed her audition and Mr. Shorofsky says, “Very nice Miss Schwartz. We'll let you know.” Who says, “You keep her out of this show and I'll yank that beard out by its roots.”

Mr. Reardon says to Mr. Shorofsky: “You keep her out of this show and I'll yank that beard out by its roots.”

In the episode “Appearances” two characters have to portray a love scene in Hamlet, who are the two characters?

Chris and Holly had to perform a love scene in Hamlet. After listening to everyone’s advice as to who Hamlet was in love with, Chris decides Hamlet was in love with himself and walks off. After considering this, Holly says, “I can believe that.”

When Doris has a makeover, who says, “Scotty beam me up, that’s Doris!”

Bruno say “Scotty beam me up, that’s Doris!”

A new substitute teacher arrives and Dwight recognizes the woman as his babysitter from years ago and remembers how the woman used to be a very famous singer, but something made her stop performing. What is the name of the episode?

The correct name of the episode is Home Again. In it, Dwight and Doris help the substitute teacher get back on her feet.

When Danny looks for advice on what to do when he becomes attracted to Doris, he asks, “What do you do when you find yourself attracted to your best friend?” Who says, “Touch me and you’re dead Amatullo!”?

Chris said, “Touch me and you’re dead Amatullo!” Later in the scene after observing Danny and Doris he says, “Friends should not be allowed to touch!”

Who is Mr. Shorofsky talking to when he says this? “Twenty years ago when the four mop-tops from Liverpool appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, I thought “Gott in Himmel, it’s the end of civilization!” Now, twenty years later, I love their stuff. In twenty years I’m sure I’ll appreciate yours. Why wait?”

Mr Shorofsky was answering Cassidy’s question as to why he was selected for the festival.

Who says this famous quote from the movie, “You’ve got big dreams? You want fame? Well fame costs. And right here is where you start paying, in sweat.”

In the opening credits, Ms. Lydia Grant says this line to her students.

When Steven Spielberg signs Cassidy’s hand, what does she decide to do?

The correct answer is get it tattooed. Here’s the actual conversation:Suzy Detroit: Steven Spielberg signed your hand?Cassidy: Paper lacks any real intimacy.Chris: So what happens when you wash your hand?Cassidy: Wake up Chris. I'm having it tattooed on first thing in the morning.

What was the name of the character who played a Shakespearean actor and school alumnus who tries to use the school’s anniversary show to revitalize his career?

Trevor Kane, played by Anthony Newley, is a Shakespearean actor and alum who tries to revitalize his career through performing at the school’s anniversary show.

What happens in the episode “Danny De Bergerac”?

In the episode “Danny De Bergerac”, Danny’s attraction to Nichole increases when she gets into a fight with Jesse.

What character did Janet Jackson play?

Janet Jackson played Cleo Hewett in Season Four of Fame.

In the fifth season opener, a new girl named Dusty joins the school and tries to adjust to her new life. Who is she?

The bubbly yet shy Dusty is a girl from Pueblo, Colorado whose father doesn’t like that she is living in New York and wants her back home as soon as possible.

Nia Peeples, who played Nichole went on to do more acting, in what other shows did she star?

Nia Peeples plays Pam Fields, the mother of Emily Fields on hit TV drama, Pretty Little Liars (TV series), she also played Karen Taylor Winters on The Young and the Restless, and portrayed Sydney Cooke on Walker, Texas Ranger.

In the final episode, when Chris is being interviewed for the video yearbook, he's asked who is his favorite entertainer? What does he answer?

Chris’ favorite entertainer is himself. In his words, “This might sound a little conceded, but it’s me.”

What character when interviewed said, “Growing up, I always felt like the world was a black tuxedo, and I was a pair of brown loafers. I just didn’t seem to fit in anywhere…”

The correct answer is Montgomery. He also said, “… then I started classes at School of the Arts, and I instantly felt comfortable here … I also found out that I had this special talent – I was a good actor. All of a sudden … (smiles) I was somebody.”

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