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Release Date:
11 March 1980 (USA) See more »
Short lived (6 weeks) sitcom about Richard and Libby Chapin and their two children Dylan and Nicky.... See more »
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2 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 4)

Beau Bridges ... Richard Chapin (13 episodes, 1980)

Helen Shaver ... Libby Chapin (13 episodes, 1980)

Series Directed by
Will Mackenzie (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Larry Gelbart (7 episodes, 1980)
Gary Markowitz (4 episodes, 1980)
Carol Gary (2 episodes, 1980)
Cathy Gelbart (2 episodes, 1980)
Everett Greenbaum (2 episodes, 1980)
Tom Whedon (2 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
Larry Gelbart .... producer (unknown episodes)
Gary Markowitz .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Jack Elliott (4 episodes, 1980)
Series Art Department
Edwin McCormick .... construction coordinator (4 episodes, 1980)

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30 min (5 episodes)
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"United States" is *still* ahead of its time (sigh), 25 June 2006
Author: jeremy_shops from United States

A witty couple, obviously nuts about each other, who relate to each other the way people relate to each other in real life, albeit, a bit smarter.

One wonders how it might have worked if they'd layered in canned laughter. In 1980, people weren't ready to decide what is funny on their own, perhaps. As if sit-coms have advanced all that much since them.

There was genuine chemistry between Bridges and Shaver, but one wonders if it's the actors' contribution or the sheer honesty of the writing.

I saw all "United States" episodes at the Museum of Radio & Television in Beverly Hills. (There are a couple of episodes that were never run before it was canceled.) It's not consistently brilliant, but there are plenty of moments that (had it been given a chance) might have changed the way half-hour episodic television works.

A quarter of a century later, "United States" still seems ahead of its time. It's almost voyeuristic in its honest portrayal of people who deal with situations that, as in all of our lives, combine humor, pathos, irony, love, naiveté (even the kids aren't all *that* obnoxious), and honesty.

Alas, it appeared on television the same year America preferred to elect Ronald Reagan. I don't think America was in the mood for honesty just then. I'm not sure we're ready for it yet.

Instead, people tune in to "reality" shows, which are fake as hell.

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