What do a henpecked family man, female detectives and high-school glee club members have in common?
They're all being celebrated for their roles in television classics.
"Everybody Loves Raymond," "Charlie's Angels" and Fox's current "Glee" are among the series being honored at the eighth annual TV Land Awards, which the nostalgia-driven channel televises Sunday, April 25. Also feted will be "Bosom Buddies," for which stars Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari are reunited, and "The Love Boat."
Hosted by Tim Allen, the event also salutes Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, major contributors to the Sid Caesar-starring 1950s comedy-variety classic "Your Show of Shows."
"Raymond" co-star Brad Garrett hosted the sophomore edition of the TV Land Awards in 2004, and he's pleased to return as an honoree.
"I'm proud of the writers (on 'Raymond') still," says deep-voiced Garrett, who starred more recently in " 'Til Death" on Fox. "As we go through life and do other projects, it just becomes evident how rare something like what we had on that series is."
But Garrett recalls the show almost met a quick fate when it began on Fridays, as "we were just getting pummeled (in the ratings).
"Back in the day, when executives believed in things, they stayed with them long enough. They moved us after Bill Cosby's later show on Mondays, and that was it. Positioning has a lot to do with it. You have to get eyes on you."
"Charlie's Angels" never had a problem with that, thanks to its attractive leading ladies -- originally Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett. "This many years later, it's an honor," says Smith of the TV Land Awards salute. "You just feel proud that you were in a show that is acknowledged, and that you had fun doing."
Smith is the one actress who was with "Angels" for its entire five-year ABC run (1976-81). "It paved the way for a lot of things for me," the former model reflects. "It was the right direction, the right move. It was a great training ground, and I made friends I still have today. I'm nothing but grateful for 'Charlie's Angels.' "