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The series follows babes a trio of plump siblings who had other things on their mind besides their weight: like work, relationships, popularity, and starting a family. The ladies also shared a small one-bedroom apartment in New York City, which added to the comic friction. The Gilbert sisters include Darlene (Susan Peretz), the eldest, who was a dog groomer and recently divorced (her husband had an affair with their weight-loss counselor); Charlene (Wendie Jo Sperber), the middle sister, who was a makeup artist for a commercial photographer and was the most active one out of the three; and Marlene (Lesley Boone), the youngest sister, a former toll collector (and later an actress in a pantyhose commercial and a soap opera), who was seen as a dreamer with a naive, yet trusting, personality. Also in the cast was Charlene's boyfriend, Ronnie Underwood (Rick Overton), a restaurant owner. He disappeared at mid-season, as a result putting all three sisters on the dating market. At that time,...
Three beautiful women, fabulous writing, a host of first-rate guest stars from Phil Proctor to Dolly Parton, and direction that was so far above anything else in sitcoms of the day . . . how could you miss? Well, first, you could be on a small netlet unavailable to much of the country. Then you could make sure the show got scheduled at less than the best possible time. Third, you could fail to pander to stereotypical beauty. Finally, you could cancel after the first season, before the mainstream audience had a chance to catch on.
That said, 'Babes' is still one of the most truly funny--and original!--shows of the past twenty-five years. Since the death of Totie Fields, the U. S. had been needing a reality check as to the loveliness and wit of the larger ladies in its ranks, and 'Babes' delivered wholeheartedly. At least 20 of its 22 episodes should be on the "must see" list of any lover of sitcoms; all 22 have an honored place in the hearts of anyone who has ever seen them.
We're all so lucky that the gorgeous Lesley Boone is still with us, and it's great to see her pop up from time to time in various shows; hey, casting directors--we want more of her, please! And a fond farewell to Susan Peretz and Wendie Jo Sperber, still making 'em laugh on the other side of the great divide. Oh, when these three were together, it was pure magic on the screen.
H'mmm . . . you know, a DVD set of this show's complete run would only take a couple of double-sided discs . . . how about it, folks?
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