Inept guardian angel Harmon Cavender is given a chance to finally earn his wings by helping an unconventional big city woman, the young, awkward Agnes Grep, who has just been fired. Cavender doesn't ask her wishes, instead he puts her in posh clothes, provides her with a fortune, and moves her uptown to a fancy Park Avenue address. Written by
It's interesting how often respectable drama TV writers come unstuck when it comes to writing out and out comedy. The likes of Nigel Kneale and J Michael Straczynski have demonstrated that it is a lot harder than it looks. So it is that Rod Serling's 'funny' episodes of "The Twilight Zone" are amongst his worst work.
"Cavender is Coming" is probably the weakest of the lot. No wonder it was not picked up for a series. It is a lumpen entry in the magical friend sub-genre, of which "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeanie" are the best known examples. Only Carol Burnett's endearing qualities make these twenty-two minutes bearable. The laugh-track is certainly annoying but even removing it doesn't improve matters much.
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