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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The highest-rated show ever to be cancelled. It ranked fifth in the ratings of all shows that season. See more »

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Referenced in Repossessed (1990) 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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Still slight after all these years.
21 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an impressionable 10 year old, I liked the "love conquers all" philosophy of the 70s sitcom "Bridget Loves Bernie." I did understand the controversy, which was about the romantic complications between a Jewish cab driver (David Birney) and an Irish Catholic school teacher (Meredith Baxter) and both sets of parents (Harold J. Stone and Bibi Osterwald as Bernie's parents; Audra Lindley and David Doyle as Bridget's parents) who have issues with the young couple's interfaith marriage.

Looking at the show now with years of personal life experiences, I am amazed that the show was even a success for one, albeit, highly-rated season. Created by veteran TV writer Bernard Slade, who a few years after the show's cancellation would write the successful play "Same Time, Next Year", "Bridget Loves Bernie" was a very light, superficial comedy that collapsed under its own airy weight.

There was no denying the real-life chemistry between Birney and Baxter. But, in later years, both actors have shown that they are better actors in other projects (Birney in his short-lived role in "St. Elsewhere" and Baxter in "Family" and "Family Ties"). Here, they were trying to breathe life in a show that needed a much gritter comic edge, which might have given the complications more depth to a very controversial subject.

The show aired Saturday nights between two CBS powerhouses: "All in the Family" and "Mary Tyler Moore". Both of those shows were smart, funny and had enough of an edge (more so on the former that the latter) that kept my interest in the situation and the characters. "Bridget Loves Bernie" was not very smart and only had some occasional chuckles.

This was another example of a show that really was not as good as I remembered.


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