Bob and Carol Sanders are a young couple who are definitely part of the hip generation. Their slightly older friends Ted plus wife Alice Henderson are a little stodgy and shocked by things like swimming in the buff.

Creator:

Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1973  

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Documentary film-maker Bob Sanders and his wife Carol attend a group therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the opening scenes of the film. Returning to their Los Angeles home, the... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A couple, whose daughter has a life-threatening heart condition, decides to make her last days of life as meaningful for her as possible by taking her to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Director: Don Taylor
Stars: Richard Harris, Jodie Foster, Lois Nettleton
Willie & Phil (1980)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Remake of Jules et Jim following the experiences over a decade of two friends who fall in love with the same woman, enjoyably satirising the 70's through the search by the three ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Michael Ontkean, Margot Kidder, Ray Sharkey
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Bob Hope is a stressed out talk show host who is sent on a vacation to Arizona on doctor's orders and has to play Sherlock Holmes with his wife, the lovely Eva Marie Saint, to solve a series of murders that has Bob as the prime suspect.

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy
Paper Moon (1974–1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The adventures of Moses Pray, a con artist selling bibles to credulous widows, and Addie , a young girl, as they travel the roads of America during the time of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Stars: Christopher Connelly, Jodie Foster, Vern Porter
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Bob Sanders (12 episodes, 1973)
...
 Carol Sanders (12 episodes, 1973)
...
 Ted Henderson (12 episodes, 1973)
...
 Alice Henderson (12 episodes, 1973)
...
 Elizabeth Henderson (5 episodes, 1973)
...
 Sean Sanders (5 episodes, 1973)
Edit

Storyline

Bob and Carol Sanders are a young couple who are definitely part of the hip generation. Their slightly older friends Ted plus wife Alice Henderson are a little stodgy and shocked by things like swimming in the buff.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The comedy's great when bold Bob & Carol try to bring timid Ted & Alice up-to-date on today's liberated lifestyles. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 September 1973 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although 12 episodes were produced, ABC canceled the program after 7 aired. The complete series was later run on the USA network in the 1980s. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Switchcraft (1973) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A fish out of water on early '70s television
11 July 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bob and Carol Sanders are a pair of free-spirited 20-somethings, Ted and Alice Henderson are their repressed 30-something neighbors. Bob works for a TV network, Ted is a lawyer, and both of their wives are homemakers. The Sanders have a precocious young son and the Hendersons have a snarky tween daughter. Plots generally revolve around sexual frustrations and jealousies.

Loosely adapted from the hit 1969 film, the biggest problem with this show was that the material was a little too risqué for 1970s network TV (in context, this aired during the final season of "The Brady Bunch"). For example, in one episode, Alice reveals that she lost her virginity to another man prior to meeting Ted - but they had to dance all around the word "virgin." The other problem is that the characters were poorly defined. Bob and Carol were made out to be the hip, swinging couple, but you never really got a sense of that from their actions - the hippest, swingingest character was actually Alice, who was supposed to have been a wallflower.

Despite various problems with the writing, there were some genuinely funny moments, the cast was great and had appropriate chemistry. Robert Urich exuded charisma as Bob, and it was clear that he was destined for bigger and better things. Anita Gillette was absolutely charming as the flighty Alice, David Spielberg was pitch-perfect as tightly-wound lawyer Ted, and frequent guest-star Jodie Foster brought that patented brand of miniature adulthood that was present in all of her childhood roles. The weakest link was Anne Archer as Carol, though I don't think it was her performance, the problem was the lackluster writing of her character. Archer was never given much to do, and she revealed in an interview immediately after the show was canceled that she was relieved to be done with it.

Certainly not the worst offering of the '70s - and not the worst TV spin-off of a film either - but it's pretty clear why it didn't last long on the air. It's worth seeking out for fans of the cast (particularly Urich and Gillette), but fans of the movie would doubtlessly find it pretty appalling.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page