Cue the Bunny on the Rainbow: Tales from TV's Most Prolific Sitcom Director

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Syracuse University Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 179 pages
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In this autobiography, Rafkin recounts his behind-the-scenes experiences working in more than eighty television series. Some of the most beloved sitcoms of all timeThe Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, M*A*S*H, Murphy Brown, and Coach - adorn his directorial resume and illuminate his ability to change with the times and persevere in the young world of show business. Rafkin recounts how his directing of temperamental actors, as he confronted their frustrations and dodged their blows, made life on the TV set a world unto itself. Indeed, having a good sense of humor helped him survive three divorces and as many open-heart surgeries.
 

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Contents

The last episode of The Verdict Is Yours frontispiece
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2 From Gofer to Director in Five Years
16
Tales of Mayberry and Jeannie in a Bottle
32
The cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show
37
The funniest actor I ever worked with Don Knotts
43
In between Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden
49
4 When Love Was American Style and a Chimpanzee
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5u Mending My Heart while Directing MASH
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6 Sailing with the Love Boat and Some of Sitcoms
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Committing to More Than One Day at a Time
101
Advertisement appearing in the trade papers when
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8 Another Marriage Another Heart Surgery
119
With Garry Shandling on the set of his series
124
Breaking Up with Murphy Brown Coach
136
With the cast of Coach
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