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8 January 1980 (USA) See more »
After her favorite client dies in her taxi, Shirley Simmons inherits his company, Grayson Industries... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 10)
Shirley Hemphill ... Shirley Simmons (13 episodes, 1980)

Richard Paul ... Barton Stone (13 episodes, 1980)

Carl Ballantine ... Max Kellerman (13 episodes, 1980)
Dorothy Fielding ... Nancy Boyer (13 episodes, 1980)
Ralph Wilcox ... Duke (13 episodes, 1980)

Keene Curtis ... Mr. Cushing (13 episodes, 1980)

Mel Stewart ... Raymond (8 episodes, 1980)
Ann Weldon ... Edna (7 episodes, 1980)

Series Directed by
Peter Baldwin (11 episodes, 1980)
Lee Bernhardi (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Writing credits
Bernie Orenstein (2 episodes, 1980)
Saul Turteltaub (2 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
Sid Dorfman .... producer (12 episodes, 1980)
Arnold Kane .... producer (12 episodes, 1980)

Bud Yorkin .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
John Sweeney (1 episode, 1980)
Series Other crew
Brett Crutcher .... stage manager (10 episodes, 1980)

Bernard F. Basley .... stage manager (unknown episodes)

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3 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Underestimated the Viewer Intelligence, 24 January 2003
Author: Athanatos from San Diego, CA

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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