And here's to you, Mr. Robinson.
Craig Robinson, best known as warehouse foreman Darryl from TV's "The Office," has been promoted to star of his own sitcom, appropriately titled "Mr. Robinson," which premieres Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. on NBC/4. In it, he plays a substitute teacher by day while trying to make a name for himself playing with a band by night.
Of course, he's already got a good name in Robinson, which has also served as memorable moniker for these characters in movies and on TV.
'SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON' -- Long before "Gilligan's Island" came this 1960 Disney classic about five stranded castaways -- Mom and Dad Robinson and their three sons -- who are shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle. Naturally, many adventures take place, from a race in which family members ride an elephant, a zebra and an ostrich, to a standoff with pirates.
'TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD' -- Brock Peters gave a heartbreaking performance as Tom Robinson, the black man defended by Atticus Finch in a rape trial. In the novel the 1962 film is based on, Robinson also serves as one of the story's "mockingbirds," a symbol of innocence destroyed by evil.
'LOST IN SPACE' -- They could have called this series "Space Family Robinson." Set in 1997(!), June Lockhart (Lassie's "mom") and Guy Williams (TV's Zorro) headed up the Robinson clan who were stranded in space along with three kids, self-centered Dr. Smith and a robot modeled after Robby from the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet."
'THE GRADUATE' -- Anne Bancroft starred as Mrs. Robinson, the ultimate cougar who seduced the much younger Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) in Mike Nichols' 1967 classic. Among those originally considered for the role of Mrs. R were Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland and the screen's eternal virgin, Doris Day.
'SESAME STREET' -- Today's letter is R for Robinson, which is also the last name of Gordon, the owner of the brownstone "123 Sesame Street" with his wife, Susan. Roscoe Orman, the third actor to play Gordon, has been with the show since 1974. And here's something you probably didn't learn on "Sesame Street" -- the character was named after filmmaker Gordon Parks, the man who gave us "Shaft."