The Seventh Annual TV Land Awards to Honor ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘Married with Children,’ ‘Home Improvement,’ ‘Magnum P.I.,’ ‘Knots Landing’ and ‘Two and a Half Men’ Among Others
The Legacy of Laughter Award Recipient is
All of this year’s honorees are cultural icons representing a cross-section of classic and modern television that viewers love. The Legacy of Laughter Award will be presented to television actress and “Seinfeld” alum
Below are details on this year’s honorees:
THE LEGACY OF LAUGHTER AWARD
This award is presented to an entertainer whose comedic work continues to serve as an inspiration and a guiding force. This year’s recipient is
THE IMPACT AWARD
This award is given to a show that offered both entertainment and enlightenment, always striving for both humor and humanity, with comedy that reflected reality. This year’s recipient is “M*A*S*H.”
Based on the 1970 Robert Altman film of the same name, “M*A*S*H” revolves around life at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. The show stars
THE FAN FAVORITE AWARD
The Fan Favorite is awarded to an All-American classic that won the hearts of television viewers, with characters who became our friends, stories we could all relate to and irresistible laughs. The 2009 Fan Favorite is “Home Improvement.”
Launching stand-up comedian
THE HERO AWARD
The Hero Award salutes a lead character whose crime-solving feats were astounding, yet remained thoroughly authentic, offering equal parts of street smarts, wit and charisma — in this case, all wrapped up in floral prints. This year’s recipient is “Magnum P.I.
“Magnum, P.I.” starred
THE INNOVATOR AWARD
This award is presented to a series whose influence is still felt and evident in television today. It is most exemplified by a show that carved out new territory, re-defining elements of the genre and opening pathways for others to follow. TV Land will honor “Married with Children” as this year’s recipient.
One of the first primetime and controversial sitcoms that established FOX as a legitimate network, “Married with Children” redefined the meaning of a tight-knit family and also helped break barriers for comedies to continue to discuss unsuitable topics, much like “All in the Family” did in the late 1970s. The comedy focused on
THE ANNIVERSARY AWARD
TV Land will celebrate “Knots Landing’s” 30th Anniversary as one of the longest-running primetime soap-operas in television history. With its unpredictable storylines, intriguing characters and surprising plots, it charmed audiences and critics alike while creating a pathway for future programs.
Originally conceived as a spin-off of another popular soap-opera — “Dallas” — “Knots Landing” aired on CBS from 1979-1993. Loosely based on the 1973 film “Scenes From a Marriage,” creator
THE FUTURE CLASSIC AWARD
This award was unveiled by TV Land in 1998 and is presented annually to a show that best exemplifies the qualities of a television show that will stand the test of time and become a television classic. “Two and a Half Men” is this year’s recipient of the Future Classic Award.
“Two and a Half Men” stars
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