Serial (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  28 March 1980 (USA)
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It's the end of the 70s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Holroyd
Kate Linville Holroyd
Jennifer McAllister ...
Joanie Holroyd
Sam Chew Jr. ...
Anthony Battaglia ...
Sam Stone
Angela Stone
Ann Weldon ...
Dr. Leonard Miller
Jon Fong ...
Luckman Skull


It's the end of the 70s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the names or who's sleeping with who; the picture very skillfully conveys the hopeless muddle through which the many characters move as they try to Find Themselves. Written by Molly Malloy <>

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Crazy Family - Eine total verrückte Familie  »

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Harvey Holroyd: You know Kate, and the way she feels about polluting the atmosphere.
Sam Stone: What has the atmosphere ever done for you?
Harvey Holroyd: Not much lately.
Sam Stone: You know, Angela's on that ecology committee, too. Big deal. Last month they saved the condor. You ever see a condor?
Harvey Holroyd: Not up close.
Sam Stone: Scare the shit out of you!
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A Changing World
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Michael Johnson
Courtesy of EMI/Columbia
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Absolutely dead on :-)
24 December 2001 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I was always curious about this film. I had always figured that it would be a throwaway heavy-handed hit-and-miss increasingly dated piece about the 70s. Having spent the past 20 years in the SF Bay area, and "encountered" much of the new age mentality that still thrives there, I knew I'd have to at least give it a shot.

Well, Serial turned out to be a treat -- a brilliant, unexpected satire. It had me smiling or laughing from beginning to end, a few "pansy" comments notwithstanding. Sure, the pre-AIDS sexual situations are exaggerated and from another time. But nearly every target -- self-actualization, meditation, medication, cult groups, fad therapy, relationships, etc. -- is hit. Martin Mull plays the central character in the midst of all the mumbo jumbo with perfect subtlety.

Maybe some of the low votes come from people who think that people couldn't possibly talk and act the way these characters do. Well, they did and still do.

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