The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

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 Jessica Tate (87 episodes, 1977-1981)
Rod Roddy ...
 Announcer (87 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Burt Campbell (86 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Mary Campbell (84 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Danny Dallas (79 episodes, 1977-1981)
Robert Mandan ...
 Chester Tate (77 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Jodie Dallas (76 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Eunice Tate / ... (67 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jimmy Baio ...
 Billy Tate (65 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 The Major (62 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Corinne Tate Flotsky / ... (61 episodes, 1977-1980)
Jay Johnson ...
 Bob Campbell / ... (61 episodes, 1977-1981)
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 Benson DuBois (51 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 Dutch Leitner (38 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Parody of television soap-operas--the show's humor relies on exaggerating soap-operas' characteristic plot implausibility and melodrama to ridiculous extremes, then adds a fair bit of the truly bizarre, including some remarkable characters. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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13 September 1977 (USA)  »

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(93 episodes)

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Trivia

The series ended with several cliffhangers unresolved, including Jessica about to be executed by a communist firing squad. A 1983 episode of spin-off series Benson (1979) mentions Jessica's disappearance, noting the Tate family is seeking to have her declared legally dead. In this episode, Jessica appears as an apparition whom only Benson can see or hear, revealing to Benson that she is not dead, but in a coma somewhere in South America. The other cliffhangers are not referenced, leaving it to the viewers' imagination as to what might have happened. See more »

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Mary Gatling Dallas Campbell: I have one son who's about to become my daughter, another son whom people are trying to kill, I have a lunatic stepson and a dummy living in my home and a husband who won't make love to me. That's not life, that's something by Tennessee Williams!
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Original network broadcasts opened with an on-screen content warning. This was one of the first TV programs to include such a warning, though such disclaimers are now commonplace. See more »

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Still holds up
30 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember when this premiered on TV. I was in high school and this played at 9:30 at night. The original airings had a warning saying that "some material may not be suitable for younger viewers". Naturally every high school kid in the country tuned in! It was ahead of its time. It dealt with senility, racism, adultery, murder, sex...all in a funny manner! Also it had the first positive gay character on TV--Jodie played by Billy Crystal (in fact he said many gay men thanked him for how well he played it). Also it had a great cast--Katherine Helmond and Cathryn Damon especially (both won Emmys for their work on this).

I was unsure of seeing this again on DVD but--it still works! It's dated of course (especially in the clothes and hair styles) and it's nowhere near as shocking as it once was, but it's still very funny and the cast works exceptionally well together. The first three seasons are the best--it really started to fall apart during season four (it's last). However the dramatic parts never really worked--they didn't jell with the comedy well and were HORRIBLY written. Still the focus on the show was the comedy so it worked almost all of the time.

DVD: Season one is OK but the colors are faded and I've noticed bits and pieces missing from certain episodes. I assumed they got the originals but maybe not. The color got better with seasons 2 and 3. No extras on any of the discs--couldn't there have been a few little interviews with the surviving cast members? Still--I would rather have these than not. Recommended highly.


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