The daily struggles of two newlyweds: rich Catholic Bridget and Jewish cabbie Bernie.

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Complete series cast summary:
David Birney ...
 Bernie Steinberg (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 Bridget Fitzgerald Steinberg (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 Sam Steinberg (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
Bibi Osterwald ...
 Sophie Steinberg (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 Walter Fitzgerald (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 Amy Fitzgerald (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 Uncle 'Moe' Plotnick (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 Father Mike Fitzgerald (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
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 Otis Foster (13 episodes, 1972)
Ivor Barry ...
 Charles (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
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Wealthy white-bread Bridget Fitzgerald and lower-class cabdriver Bernie Steinberg meet, fall in love and marry. Even though their love for each other is never in doubt, both are constantly forced to deal with their parents, who are uncomfortable with their kids' differences in social status and religion. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Despite excellent ratings (it was the highest-rated new show of the 1972-73 season) this show was cancelled after only one season. The "official" reason for its cancellation was that it was scheduled between two mega-hits, All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and its ratings weren't strong enough considering its choice position in the line-up. Even series star David Birney conceded that, "They probably could have run rat races in that time slot and people would've tuned in." (This idea was debunked in 1974 when "Paul Sands in Friends and Lovers" debut in that position and was cancelled after five shows.) See more »

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Love is Crazy
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Music by Jerry Fielding
Lyrics by Diane Hildebrand
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Cute newlywed sitcom but interfaith marriage is no tea party
13 May 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

While this is a cute little newlywed sitcom and I realize TV programs can be just light, fluffy entertainment rather than intended as anything serious, I have my misgivings with the message that all is rosy as long as the couple is in love.

The series amusingly depicts the daily struggles of a wealthy Irish Catholic girl, Bridget Fitzgerald, who, despite parental misgivings, marries a Jewish cab driver, Bernie Steinberg. The role of Bridget is played by the lovely Meredith Baxter, who went on to the much more successful TV series, Family Ties. David Birney portrays Bernie, and the couple married in real life (though later divorced).

The show features a touching love story between this pair from such different backgrounds and assorted laughs at their newlywed problems & family obstacles. However, the reality is that interfaith marriage is rife with difficulty. It's lovely & heartwarming to think of respecting each other's different faith traditions and simply celebrating every holiday...Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, Passover, and so forth. The real problem emerges with children, what exactly are you going to teach them to believe? Exposure to both would prove very conflicting for this particular mix.

Even without children, it's not like the couple disagreeing about which type of movie or food they prefer. Maybe Bridget and Bernie aren't really that committed to their respective religions, but if your faith is important to you and you want genuine emotional intimacy, best to choose a partner who shares your basic beliefs. So, it's a fun sitcom and of course Bridget and Bernie are portrayed as the typical doting newlyweds. However, I wouldn't take its message to heart as it simply isn't true that 'all you need is love'. Viewers should take this sitcom for the light little bit of fluff that it is.


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