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Release Date:
28 October 1981 (USA) See more »
A middle-aged gay artist shares his New York apartment with a single mother and her little girl.
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Actor Tony Randall Dies at 84
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Actor Tony Randall Dies at 84
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 13)

Tony Randall ... Sidney Shore (44 episodes, 1981-1983)

Swoosie Kurtz ... Laurie Morgan (44 episodes, 1981-1983)
Kaleena Kiff ... Patti Morgan (44 episodes, 1981-1983)

Chip Zien ... Jason Stoller (29 episodes, 1981-1983)
Alan North ... Judge Mort Harris (18 episodes, 1981-1982)

Series Directed by
Hal Cooper (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mel Ferber (12 episodes, 1981-1982)
Tony Mordente (8 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jay Sandrich (2 episodes, 1981)
Series Writing credits
George Arthur Bloom (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Pamela Chais (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Bob Brunner (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Ken Hecht (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
April Kelly (4 episodes, 1982)
Marilyn Cantor Baker (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Oliver Hailey (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Marty Nadler (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Stephen Black (2 episodes, 1981)
Henry Stern (2 episodes, 1981)
Robert Van Scoyk (2 episodes, 1981)
Bob Colleary (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Korby Siamis (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Thelma Herman (2 episodes, 1982)
David Lyn (2 episodes, 1982)
Rod Parker (2 episodes, 1982)
Fredi Towbin (2 episodes, 1982)
Sandy Veith (2 episodes, 1982)
Arthur Julian (2 episodes, 1983)

Series Produced by
Bob Brunner .... supervising producer (1 episode, 1982)
Hal Cooper .... executive producer (1 episode, 1982)
Terri Guarnieri .... associate producer (1 episode, 1982)
Ken Hecht .... supervising producer (1 episode, 1982)
April Kelly .... producer (1 episode, 1982)
Rod Parker .... executive producer (1 episode, 1982)
Sandy Veith .... producer (1 episode, 1982)

Ernest Chambers .... producer / supervising producer (unknown episodes)
George Eckstein .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Jim Parker .... producer (unknown episodes)
Mel Tolkin .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
V. Dale Palmer (1 episode, 1981)
Series Film Editing by
John Michael (1 episode, 1982)
Series Makeup Department
Candy Carell .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1982)
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1982)
Richard Dean .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1982)
Margaret Sunshine .... makeup artist: for Miss Kurtz (1 episode, 1982)
Joe Tubens .... hair stylist: Miss Kurtz (1 episode, 1982)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Maloney .... associate director (1 episode, 1982)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Degan .... video controller (19 episodes, 1981-1983)

Joe LoRé .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Howard Feuer .... casting (1 episode, 1982)
Jeremy Ritzer .... casting (1 episode, 1982)
Series Music Department
Carol Connors .... theme song: lyrics (1 episode, 1982)
Billy Goldenberg .... theme song: music by (1 episode, 1982)
Series Other crew
Gloria Gottschalk .... script supervisor (44 episodes, 1981-1983)

Tom Milo .... production assistant (unknown episodes)

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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Even though Sidney was openly gay in the television movie that the show was based on, the producers toned down that aspect of his personality when the show premiered due to the fact that they were afraid that they would not get any sponsors for a show featuring an openly gay character.See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Quietly Groundbreaking, 18 May 2004
Author: OutOfTheAshes from Alta Loma, CA, USA

One of the earlier comments about this film is a rant about how it marred the life of a young gay. It wasn't intended to. In the day in which this show was made, you couldn't be as open about being queer as you can now and the producers were always trying to find a way to place Sidney's humanity ahead of his sexuality so that viewer's would see him first as a person and second as a gay person.

His loneliness was not the result of his being gay, it was the result of his not having made lasting relationships. Remember, Sidney wasn't all gay men, he was just A gay man. He was living outside of the stereotype the way we all do.

It wasn't a great show, but it surely was a well-intentioned one and it was very well acted by the two leads.

It's hard to appreciate now, but Tony Randall was taking a huge chance when he took this role. Playing gay used to cost actors work in other projects and if you look closely at Randall's resume, you will see that his career did take a few hits from having taken on this role.

Kudos to Randall and Swurtz and the producers and writers who were trying to tell a story about some humans and the ways that humans create connections and family. Big kudos to all of them for having the guts to make one of those characters a gay man.

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