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Short Lived TV show with early Annie Potts, Peter Scolari
25 May 2002
Having the look of an episode of Soap or Golden Girls, obviously from the
same creator, Goodtime Girls was about four girls, volunteers,
whatever, who share a room in D.C.
Annie Potts was the star and had the believability to be a creature of the
forties. So did Dance Fever's/T. J. Hooker's Adrian Zmed, who played
military reject (for his flat feet) cab driver Frankie. Peter Scolari, who
would go on to be in Bosom Buddies with Tom Hanks, was Frankie's roomie,
another tenant in the building, who juggled and rode a unicycle and had
few lines. I remembered one of the other girls was Georgia Engel, at that
time perhaps the biggest name, having just left the Mary Tyler Moore show.
The fourth girl was the meanie, Camille.
Having recently caught this show on TVland, it seems obvious the door was
open for Engel to leave if she chose, Camille could be written out (I did
recall she was used to a minimum) and Potts would carry on, a la Laverne &
Shirley, with her co-star, Lorna Patterson, of tv's Private Benjamin and
motion picture, Airplane.
The show didn't last that long. The opening credits alone, showing scenes
from episodes, reveal the slapstick is forced, very forced. Plot consisted
of Potts giving thoughtful Robert Reed/Mr. Brady lectures of her own, with
soft music to back her up, dealing with very little forties or WWII
but then this was the anti-American, anti-war late seventies. Zmed did
to be spared many of this sentiment and get good laughs. Guest stars were
the like of Scott Baio as Potts brother who enlists and Micheal McKean
(Lenny off Laverne and Shirley) as a bitter soldier in a
Pity the show couldn't avoid the over-emoting, because the look was as
as an American show could get.
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