Television shows often get cited for running for ten or fifteen years, or turning out 400 episodes.
But a team that has continuously put on difficult shows, shows that deftly combine sports and comedy, for the better part of a century certainly deserves its own "longest-running" category, too. The team we speak of is, of course, the Harlem Globetrotters, which began high-jinks-ing up the court in the late 1920s.
And the Globetrotters will be doing just that on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Honda Center, as well as Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Staples Center. Oh, and they'll be in Ontario at Citizens Bank on Monday, Feb. 20. You know some fans'll be making all three trips.
Of course, when the famous team dribbles into a town, it isn't solely about the court antics. The team is also known for its community work. Example, right here in LA? Several stars will be visiting the John Muir Middle School on Wednesday, Feb. 15. They'll be joining members of LAPD to talk safety and play a little ball.
Oh, and this is exciting; you've heard about TNT Maddox, right? The team has had its share of female stars, including the great Lynette Woodard. Now Ms. Maddox -- or TNT, if you prefer, is getting loads of acclaim.
So cheers to you, Harlem Globetrotters, as you confidently shoot for your next century. Eightysomething years along and still delighting audiences everywhere. Long-running television shows, be inspired by this franchise.