There have been many common themes in episodes from sitcoms over the past five decades, including the appearance of a look-alike for one of the characters. “The Brady Bunch” employed the technique several times, the first being when Peter (Christopher Knight) meets his exact double at school. Later in the series, the double of housekeeper Alice (Ann B. Davis) appears in the form of her military-obsessed cousin.
On “Gilligan’s Island alone, different episodes featured a double for Gilligan (Bob Denver), another for Ginger (Tina Louise) and still another for Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus).
That series also relied on another overused plot scenario, when the castaways decided to have a beauty contest. Gilligan had the unenviable duty of choosing the winner, which ended up being neither Ginger nor Mary Ann nor Mrs. Howell.
Here are seven other classic sitcoms that have placed a main character as the judge of a beauty pageant in at least one episode.
The title character (Ernest Borgnine) and the favorite