The Most Famous Furniture In TV History
Playing second fiddle to the stars of hit TV shows is a tough enough pill to swallow, considering actorly egos and all. But imagine the plight of the truly neglected players: the furniture, damnit!
In order to give these old couches and tables their due, we rounded up some of the more memorable set pieces from a few of our favorite shows, new and old. It's a tough gig here at Supercompressor, but someone's got to do it.
Martin Crane's recliner on Frasier
The favored retreat for the elder Crane, this ratty eyesore may have detracted from the rest of the apartment's sophisticated vibe, but who cares—Martin is the sh*t, and so is his chair.
Central Perk's couch on Friends
The velvety hangout appeared in nearly every episode, but curiously, none featured an altercation between the gang and the other caffeine-addled customers who surely would've grown pissed off at their hogging what's clearly the best lounging area every minute of the day.
James T. Kirk's Captain's Chair on Star Trek
Even though the original Star Trek set may look like it was pieced together with some craft store construction paper and wooden dowels, the captain's chair always stood out. We may owe Shatner and his wildly distracting vocal pattern for that.
The Bundy couch on Married With Children
Perhaps the least offensive member of the family, this floral number put up with more than its fair share of Al with a hand down his pants.
Jerry's new couch on Seinfeld
Sure, Jerry's old couch was a mainstay, but the new couch played a pretty big role in "The Couch," when Kramer's DIY pizza business partner Poppie leaves quite a puddle of pee on the cushion.
The coffee table inside "Monk's" restaurant on Seinfeld
It's a tie. Many of the show's iconic scenes took place right here. "I tell you he was 10 stories high if he was a foot!"
The Dick Van Dyke Show's ottoman
Okay, so it's admittedly an oldie, but this list wouldn't be complete without a nod to the hazardous foot prop that Van Dyke was constantly tripping over. Dude, you've got a beautiful wife and a pretty great kid. Be careful!
Chairy from Pee-Wee's Playhouse
The world's favorite anthropomorphic armchair, it had potential—like much of the set on the trippy kid's show—to be enormously creepy. But it's soothing and cheery voice and genuine love for Pee-Wee make it hard to feel anything but comfort at the sit.
So sad to see she's fallen on such hard times.
Norm Peterson's bar stool on Cheers
As the perch of the bar's most loyal customer, Norm's red leather stool never buckled under his weight, and was almost as dear to him as his beer.
The Golden Girls' kitchen table
Apparently, when you're a woman in her twilight years living with three other older ladies, you all talk out your problems over cheesecake in robes at three in the morning. This table saw and heard a whole lot. Blanche may have even tried to flirt with it.
The Simpsons' Couch
Having played a central role in every single opening sequence for the 25-year-old show (in some shape or another), the couch and its recurring "gag" have their very own Wikipedia article. Wonder what it's like to be an A-list sofa.
The Wonder Years' kitchen table
As the centerpiece to most Arnold family meals, it was the formica-clad witness to the highs and lows of Kevin and company trying to figure it all out in '60s suburban America. Damn, that show was good.
Beavis and Butthead's couch
Can you imagine having these two boneheads sit on you all day long? Well, this ratty loveseat put up with it, and for that, we give it love.
The Max booth table on Saved By The Bell
We all secretly wished our own high school haunts were a little more like The Max, complete with crutch dance-offs, magicians who moonlight as waiters, and A.C. Slater pulling up a backwards chair to hang out. Right?
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor.com. He may or may not still watch Saved By The Bell on the regular.