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Tim and Joe ran a Fly By Night Airline company in this one-season comedy. It wasn't too bad, it just needed touching up. Tim was the inept pilot, and Joe was the exasperated Manager. You can almost imagine the premise that the two Navy veterans went into business together, much like Forrest Gump and his lieutenant.
"The Tim Conway Show", not to be confused with Tim's 1980 variety show
of the same name, seemed to draw inspiration from the feature film
"McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force", and even has a few of the same
writers as "McHale's Navy". Like "AfterMASH", it could've easily been
titled "AfterMcHale" because Tim and Joe are basically the same
characters from the previous series, only this time they're on the same
side with the common enemies being the owner of Crawford Airfield and
her weaselly son. Tim and Joe had wonderful comedic chemistry together
and it's a real shame the show wasn't given another shot.
It aired as a Mid-season replacement on CBS Friday nights at 8pm as the lead-in to the popular "Hogan's Heroes" and opposite "The Brady Bunch" on ABC and "The High Chaparral" on NBC. CBS in 1970 was gearing up for the big "rural purge" so it's anyone's guess if "The Tim Conway Show" would've survived even if it had gotten decent ratings.
This series really could've gone about 2 seasons max. if it had gotten a lucky break. The 2 episodes I've seen of the show are quite creative and funny. Really wish there were more episodes of this sitcom out there, or even available on a retail DVD but unfortunately it's very unlikely to happen.
I love the show except that the show was moved around to different
times and days or it was interrupted by some other TV event. It nearly
happen to the hit 1980s show Hill Street Blues. Veronica Harmel who
play Joyce Davenport in that show stated that even her family complain
that they couldn't find the show in the TV Guide.
One of the best episode was is where Joe Flynn and Tim Conway had a baby in the cockpit while they were up in the air. The baby started crying and Conway was rocking the airplane and singing Rock a Bye Baby. In the words of Larry the Cable Guy "That's funny." The same thing happened to the show Shark with James Wood. It should have been left on Thursday night after CSI Las Vegas.
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