Paul Simms, a quiet, respectable attorney living with his wife and two daughters has his life turned upside down when his eldest daughter's new husband, Howie, takes up residence in the ... See full summary »
Paul Simms, a quiet, respectable attorney living with his wife and two daughters has his life turned upside down when his eldest daughter's new husband, Howie, takes up residence in the Simms' household which drives Paul to distraction. Written by
Elizabeth Allen visited Washington, D.C., during a tour to promote the series. When told that the local ABC affiliate, WMAL-TV Channel 7 (now WJLA-TV), aired the series on weekend afternoons rather than in its scheduled prime time slot, she exclaimed rhetorically "How do they expect us to get good ratings?!" See more »
Dad, how's the rat race?
The rats are winning.
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I've seen 23 of the 26 episodes and this show really isn't as bad as most reviews let on. While it is nearly impossible to believe Paul as a straight family man, it doesn't hurt the show at all. The writing and plots tread on very familiar ground--that of many other sitcoms of the 60's and 70's--so at times, the show can get predictable. Having Paul head the show, however, is what gives it a unique twist and even when the plots may seem like they've been done before they still feel new. The first time I watched the show I was reminded of the feeling I got the first time I watched the Joey Bishop Show sitcom from the mid 60's. Lynde's character can be described as a flamboyant 1970's Joey Barnes. I do agree with the other review regarding cast chemistry which is pretty thin. Some highlights do come from the various guest stars that are sprinkled throughout, including Jerry Stiller. Recommended and entertaining!
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