After her favorite client dies in her taxi, Shirley Simmons inherits his company, Grayson Industries. She decides to run it with the help of Grayson's secretary Nancy and nephew Barton, ... See full summary »
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Shirley Hemphill ...
 Shirley Simmons (13 episodes, 1980)
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 Barton Stone (13 episodes, 1980)
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 Max Kellerman (13 episodes, 1980)
Dorothy Fielding ...
 Nancy Boyer (13 episodes, 1980)
Ralph Wilcox ...
 Duke (13 episodes, 1980)
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 Mr. Cushing (13 episodes, 1980)
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 Raymond (8 episodes, 1980)
Ann Weldon ...
 Edna (7 episodes, 1980)
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After her favorite client dies in her taxi, Shirley Simmons inherits his company, Grayson Industries. She decides to run it with the help of Grayson's secretary Nancy and nephew Barton, facing off against her nemesis Mr. Cushing. Edna and Raymond are Shirley's parents.

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Underestimated the Viewer Intelligence
24 January 2003 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

This series proved that, contrary to cynical claims, it was actually possible to underestimate the intelligence of the viewing audience.

The premise of the show was that a street-wise cabbie (Shirley) could inherit control of a powerful corporation, and make it a force for "good", where "good" is defined by the envious and illiterate. Shirley would, for example, insist that the corporation which had been extracting profit from the community begin returning that profit to the community, as if trade were a zero-sum game and profit were somehow unfair.

I have no idea whether the writers subscribed to such theories, or were attempting to pander to the worst among us. But, in any event, the worst were sufficiently few in number that the show was cancelled in its first season.


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