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Too Close for Comfort (1980–1987)

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Jackie and Sarah Rush are two grown sisters who live in half of a duplex. Their parents, Henry and Muriel, live in the other half. Though one might think this proximity may be fun, both ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
 Henry Rush (129 episodes, 1980-1987)
 Muriel Rush (129 episodes, 1980-1987)
 Monroe Ficus (118 episodes, 1980-1987)
 Jackie Rush (107 episodes, 1980-1985)
 Sara Rush (106 episodes, 1980-1985)


Jackie and Sarah Rush are two grown sisters who live in half of a duplex. Their parents, Henry and Muriel, live in the other half. Though one might think this proximity may be fun, both sides often feel that it's "too close for comfort", in this half-hour situation comedy. Written by Phil Fernando

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Release Date:

11 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Ted Knight Show  »

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The show was an American adaptation of Brian Cooke's British TV sitcom Keep It in the Family (1971). Another of his successful transatlantic adaptations was the UK show Man About the House (1973) becoming the US show Three's Company (1977). See more »


Referenced in Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal (2003) See more »


Too Close for Comfort
(theme song)
Written by Johnny Mandel
Performed by David Pomeranz
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Too Good For TV
29 April 2001 | by (Collinsport, Maine) – See all my reviews

This was a break out hit for its time. Fans of the old Mary Tyler Moore Show knew that Ted Knight was a valuable talent, and changing him from an unbearable idiot newsman to an overprotective likeable father of two gorgeous daughters was a great stretch for him. One made even more likeable by making him a cartoonist for the fictional Cosmic Cow cartoon. Making the series even more enjoyable was the casting of sexy Lydia Cornell and adorable Deborah Van Valkenburgh as his daughters who tried to prove that they could live on their own in the bottom half of their duplex. The jokes ran rampant over Cornell's incredible figure: "Don't overload the washing machine again." "It was Jackie's blue jeans that did it." "It wasn't my jeans; it was your bra !" The series probably would have worked equally as well as a vehicle more for the daughters than Knight as Jackie contemplated cosmetic surgery for herself and Copley turned out to be smarter than her character, but then in walked one annoyingly grating actor named Jm J. Bullock. Hired for a one-shot performance as an idiot who followed Cornell home, he stayed and stayed and stayed and stayed..... The jokes got worse instead of better, and the show was given the final nail in the coffin by having the mom, played by Nancy Dussault, get pregnant. Reworking the show for syndication didn't help. The girls vanished, the baby became five years old and Bullock stayed to get in the way and ruin the show. What a lousy end to a once good show.

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