This was a terrific comedy anthology series that aired on CBS in 1985.
Every week, it was something different. It was a half-hour show, with
each episode shot like a movie, without a laugh track.
Two episodes stand out. In one, a town has fallen on hard times. To get
money from the federal government, the townspeople fake an earthquake.
I can't do it justice, but the idea, and its execution, were absolutely
In another one, a guy moves into a neighborhood. He meets the other
husbands in the neighborhood, and they talk him into going on a weekend
outing with them. Turns out, these bland, middle-class suburban
husbands moonlight as Central American mercenaries. They take the new
guy to Central America as they hunt for a war criminal. But the funny
part is, they never change their "middle-class suburbanite" demeanor.
They're firing grenades into a military strongman's compound, while
they carry on a conversation about the best way to battle crabgrass.
These were two of the funniest TV programs I've ever seen. I would love
it if this show came out on DVD. Unfortunately, I doubt many people
would buy it. The show wasn't on the air that long, and I doubt most
people remember it.
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