A very funny under-rated show that deserved a longer life
This is a very under-rated program that many people don't even know about. It was hosted by Gene Kelly and basically many comedy situations were played out with a major guest star and the regular cast. The regulars were five couples from different racial and social areas. There was the African-American couple played by John (Happy Days) Amos and Teresa (Get Christie Love) Graves, The Upper class couple played by comedy writers Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon (Who together created the Mamma and Eunice sketch on Carol Burnett Show), the middle class couple played by Warren Berlenger and Patty Finley, the senior citizen couple played by Burt Mustin and Queenie Smith and the young teenage couple played by Michael Lembeck and Cindy Williams.
I remember one week in particular where the guest star was Jack Benny. In one sketch he buys something thing with a dollar bill, which goes from one couple to another till it comes back to Jack. He turns to Gene Kelly and announces that it's the same bill that he started with. Gene asks him how does he know that. Jack explains, "From the serial numbers". Gene then says, "You memorized the serial numbers" to which Jack replies, "Doesn't everybody". The episode ends where Gene Kelly announces that for the first time on any stage, Jack Benny and a Million dollars. We see Jack alone on stage with the money which had to be seen to be believe. I only wish I had a VCR back then because I'd love to see that episode again.
It was a fun show that I only wish had lasted a while longer. I'd love to see it again.
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