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I can remember as a little kid watching this very short-lived series. In fact, we had the pilot episode recorded and have watched it several times. 'Babes' centered on three overweight sisters and the various situations they found themselves in. The one show I remember was fall-down funny throughout the entire run, and it's a shame that the show was canceled so quickly. Unfortunately it seems that FOX has an uncanny ability to dump the good shows and keep the ridiculous ones.
This short lived show was a breath of fresh air in the stale and pre-packaged atmosphere of TV-land. Not only did it feature (very) beautiful women with real figures, but it actually contained fresh plot ideas mixed with wonderful oddball humor. Wendie Jo is always a delight, and Rick Overton (a true genius) steals every scene he is in. Great stuff.
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?
"BABES," is my opinion, is an absolute FOX classic! I don't think I've seen every episode, but I still enjoyed it. It's hard to say which episode was my favorite. However, I think it was always funny when a mishap occurred. I always laughed at that. Despite the fact that it was a short-lived series, it was nice that the three main characters stayed with the show throughout its entire run. It seems that no one stays with a show throughout its entire run. Everyone always gave a good performance, the production design was spectacular, the costumes were well-designed, and the writing was always very strong. In conclusion, I hope they bring it back on the air for fans of the show to see.
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