The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

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Susan Harris
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Katherine Helmond ...  Jessica Tate 88 episodes, 1977-1981
Rod Roddy Rod Roddy ...  Announcer 87 episodes, 1977-1981
Richard Mulligan ...  Burt Campbell 86 episodes, 1977-1981
Cathryn Damon ...  Mary Campbell 85 episodes, 1977-1981
Ted Wass ...  Danny Dallas 79 episodes, 1977-1981
Robert Mandan ...  Chester Tate 78 episodes, 1977-1981
Billy Crystal ...  Jodie Dallas / ... 77 episodes, 1977-1981
Jennifer Salt ...  Eunice Tate / ... 67 episodes, 1977-1981
Jimmy Baio ...  Billy Tate 66 episodes, 1977-1981
Arthur Peterson ...  The Major 62 episodes, 1977-1981
Diana Canova ...  Corinne Tate Flotsky / ... 61 episodes, 1977-1980
Jay Johnson ...  Bob Campbell / ... 61 episodes, 1977-1981
Robert Guillaume ...  Benson DuBois 51 episodes, 1977-1980
Donnelly Rhodes ...  Dutch Leitner 38 episodes, 1978-1981
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Storyline

Parody of television soap-operas--the show's humor relies on exaggerating soap-operas' characteristic plot implausibility and melodrama to ridiculous extremes, then adds a fair bit of the truly bizarre, including some remarkable characters. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

13 September 1977 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(93 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Richard Mulligan and Dinah Manoff worked together again on another Susan Harris-created sitcom, Empty Nest (1988). See more »

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Burt: [about the alien who will be impersonating him] Is he - is he gonna sleep with my wife?
Chief Alien Creature: Why do you think he's jumping up and down? He has not had sex for two thousand years!
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16 August 1999 | by selfhelpradioSee all my reviews

I began watching this show when I was rather young - elementary-school aged, really, & because of its episodic nature (for I read comic books voraciously, & loved "to be continued" storylines) - well, probably because I liked the guy with the puppet - I was hooked. I watched it weekly & remember praying to God that it wouldn't be cancelled. The magic of the show was that it taught me so much. I knew little or nothing about homosexuality, infidelity, racism, hell, even the Mafia or Central American revolutions, until I watched this show. It was genuinely funny - Bert thinking he could turn invisible, Benson's "I ain't getting that," everyone talking to Bob when they knew damn well Chuck was throwing his voice - I laughed & laughed.

As I watch TV now, I really miss the topicality of this show - the fact that, with a simple parody of soap operas, they managed to bring important issues of the day to the forefront. No one was safe - even alien abductions were lampooned, years before there was an X-Files that could stand a bit of ribbing.

Yeah, it's dated, & when I saw a few episodes in repeats a while back, I was more moved by my old feelings - these were friends I hadn't seen in ages! - than by the story & the jokes. But the point was, it was brave - like "All In The Family," like "Good Times" - though not a Norman Lear creation - braver than anything on right now. Someone else suggested you watch from day one - that's not all that important, because you'll catch on soon enough (it's a soap opera, after all), but I do believe you'll come to care for the characters & their ridiculous predicaments soon enough. & you'll be amazed at how utterly clever it is.

Be warned, though - like "Twin Peaks" it doesn't really end, & if you're coming at it for the first time, you'll be sad when you get to season four's end & there's nothing following. I was.


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