Step by Step was a moderately successful family sitcom TV show that aired for seven seasons from 1991 to 1998. The show featured a very late guest appearance by Don Knotts right on time for Christmas, as he appeared in the 11th episode of the third season as a deputy chief.
This episode was a happy reunion for Don Knotts and Suzanne Somers, who both acted together previously in the popular TV show “Three’s Company”.
Don Knotts' popularity peaked around the '50s and '60s as he starred in numerous films and TV shows in both leading and supporting roles. He was one of the crowd's favorites and managed to draw audiences who fell in love with his skits, authenticity and brilliant sense of humor. The actor made a short appearance in 1973 on the popular sitcom Here's Lucy starring Lucille Ball. The series also starred her boyfriend Gale Gordon and her two children.
Don had an extremely good decade in the '70s in relation to his acting career, with countless acting opportunities flowing his way after his immense popularity gain in the previous two decades. The actor made many guest appearances on TV shows, and the episode where he appeared in Here's Lucy ended up becoming the season's most beloved and most watched one.
Another one of Don Knotts' popular guest appearances was on the successful show Fantasy Island where he appeared multiple times from 1978 until 1979. This was one of the most popular shows in the '70s and had numerous guest stars and celebrities making their appearances on the show. It was so popular in its time that the studio tried to revive it fourteen years after the show had ended in 1984.
The revival only made it for one season though.In the episode where Don Knotts appeared, he was set to play the part of a private eye, and discover at the end of the episode that his "suspects" were actually a bunch of actors.
The Love Boat
One of Don Knotts last guest appearances on TV shows was his role in the popular comedy-drama TV show The Love Boat which was set on the luxury passenger cruise ship S.S. Pacific Princess. The show aired from 1977 until early in 1987 and revolves around the ship's captain and a handful of its crew and passengers. Don Knotts appeared in episode 7 of the show's third season, he played as a famous TV celebrity disguised as a shoe salesman in an episode that is still considered today one of the better ones of the season.
In the episode, an attractive woman, played by Julie Newmar, tries to put her magic on Don Knotts character. He eventually relents and reveals his true identity to her.
The Muppet Show
In what promised to be one of the coolest mashups of popular comic geniuses, Don Knotts joined and helped host the 201st episode of the popular Muppets Show that premiered in late 1977. The Muppets Show was a half-hour variety show featuring the lovely and iconic dolls of Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets, as the group put on various musical and comical events featuring many weekly guest stars.
This was the first episode of the show's second season, and Don Knotts did an amazing job helping out on many of the sketches such as "Beat of the Week" and the musical closing number, Lullaby of Birdland, in which Don played the bass until it blows up due to the frenetic pace of the song. One of the funniest sketches on the episode was the one where Fozzie couldn’t talk to Knotts because he was wearing pitch-black sunglasses that blocked him from seeing anything. The sketch ended with Don falling off the stage! On that note, our journey into the life and career of Don Knotts also comes to an end! We hope you enjoyed yourself and also learned a thing or two about the beloved actor!