Easy Street (1986–1987)
User ReviewsAdd a Review
I think the show didn't have a chance, coming as it did right in the shadow of Loni Anderson's WKRP success. People were either waiting for Anderson to bomb, or wanting her to be Jennifer Marlowe again. The show was not given enough time to develop, nor was it allowed to stand on its own merits without the inevitable comparisons to WKRP.
I wish Lifetime or TVLand would show reruns of it again. Just long enough for me to see the episode where James Cromwell gets in a fist fight at a Lakers game again.
The supporting cast was fantastic, though I wish I could remember the names - James Cromwell was the yuppie husband of his evil socialite wife, who is a great actress. Jack Elam was fantastic, and had he not passed away a couple of years back, would have been great to have seen in an update.
I thought this show was intelligent - it showed some of the world of the "snobs" - including some of the very real pressures on them, in a very comical setting. And of course, Loni Anderson looked great!
This series was obviously a rehash of 'The Beverly Hillbillies' with a fish out of water scenario.
The premise: Two elderly grizzle impoverished rednecks have nothing better to do than joke about killing themselves when Loni Anderson arrives as one of their long lost daughter or granddaughters.
Anderson has hit it big time as a showgirl gold digger and married a Beverly Hills billionaire. After a brief marriage she's become a mega rich widow and come to rescue her grizzel father or grandfather and his friend from a life of poverty.
The troubles in paradise come from the late husband's family headed by villain James Cromwell. ('Babe') The fact that I can still remember the plot after all these years means it was either really good or really bad. But I honestly cannot remember which.