Sure, the production values were pretty shoddy on this thing, but it would have found a niche on the Fox Network. It wasn't until "Married With Children" that we began to see edgy, cynical, and dysthymic views of family life, thanks to the advent of the post-modern movement. Now, we can point to My Name Is Earl, The Riches, and most recently Raising Hope as alternative views of family units. In 1977, people were still expecting to see "The Brady Bunch" and "The Partridge Family," At six episodes, The Kallikaks barely got a foothold, let a full season to develop. Incidentally, The Beverly Hillbillies ran for nine years and initially received similar diatribes from reviewers, most notably Cecil Smith of the L.A. Times.
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