We can't help it -- we always tune in and cry at weddings


March 09, 2003|By Newsday

Weddings and TV seem made for each other. Long before Married by America, hitchings provided some series with basic premises (Brady Bunch, anyone?) but usually they've just been a way to bring in extra viewers.

Here are some we watched:

* Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger (The Tonight Show, 1969) -- It could have been a mean little sideshow. But Johnny Carson and company treated the occasion with respect. The result: a TV wedding as sweet as it was ridiculous.

* Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles (1981) -- Pomp, circumstance, coaches, footmen -- a fairy-tale wedding worthy of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

* Niles Crane and Daphne Moon (Frasier, 2002) -- How fitting that a snob like Niles would marry his Cockney sweetheart at an ultra-tacky Vegas chapel called Lucky 7.

* Luke Spencer and Laura Vining (General Hospital, 1981) -- The most watched daytime soap event of all time.

* Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and Manjula (The Simpsons, 1997) -- The Kwik-E-Mart proprietor's backyard ceremony was worthy of a Bollywood musical.

* Amanda Carrington and Prince Michael of Moldavia (Dynasty, 1985) -- Sure, Krystle and Blake Carrington's wedding was more elegant, but it didn't end in a cliffhanger massacre like the terrorist-besieged nuptials in Moldavia.

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