Yes, it was a 1969 theatrical film and a short-lived ABC skein.
Why is the show important? B&C&T&A represents the early and long-lived impact of pop cultural references.
Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon were nominated for Academy Awards. Seven months after that Academy Awards ceremony, TV writers for ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show'' gave the first nod to B&C&T&A in an ep title. That's pretty fast.
Twenty-five years later, the writers for ''Will & Grace'' still paid homage to this controversial classic film.
I'm most interested to see how long B&C&T&A lives in the pop lexicon. Will future generations forget about the movie's impact? Or will the next great TV writers call out the pop cultural reference instead of the movie itself?
I've compiled the following list of TV ep titles that refer to B&C&T&A to give you a clearer picture of the breadth and depth of its impact.