Burt tries to end his relationship with Sally; Eunice and Dutch have visitors at the farmhouse; Detective Donohue reports Chester's death, unaware that he's now a stranded hobo, still suffering from ...
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>
The show was intended to run for only five seasons. Even if ABC renewed the series, there would only have been one more year to resolve all of the cliffhangers. See more »
[in a sex therapist's office]
What seems to be the problem?
Mary Gatling Dallas Campbell:
Burt can't have sex with me.
Great. Why don't you tell the whole world, Mary. Or better yet put it in the Yellow Pages under Burt.
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Original network broadcasts opened with an on-screen content warning. This was one of the first TV programs to include such a warning, though such disclaimers are now commonplace. See more »
A 12-disc Region 1 DVD set is available. All 90 episodes are featured, but some scenes are not present. For example, when Jessica dies and goes to Heaven, she tells Mary she went there, and a still of her sitting on steps in Heaven is present in the next episode recap, but we never see the scene. See more »
I remember when this premiered on TV. I was in high school and this played at 9:30 at night. The original airings had a warning saying that "some material may not be suitable for younger viewers". Naturally every high school kid in the country tuned in! It was ahead of its time. It dealt with senility, racism, adultery, murder, sex...all in a funny manner! Also it had the first positive gay character on TV--Jodie played by Billy Crystal (in fact he said many gay men thanked him for how well he played it). Also it had a great cast--Katherine Helmond and Cathryn Damon especially (both won Emmys for their work on this).
I was unsure of seeing this again on DVD but--it still works! It's dated of course (especially in the clothes and hair styles) and it's nowhere near as shocking as it once was, but it's still very funny and the cast works exceptionally well together. The first three seasons are the best--it really started to fall apart during season four (it's last). However the dramatic parts never really worked--they didn't jell with the comedy well and were HORRIBLY written. Still the focus on the show was the comedy so it worked almost all of the time.
DVD: Season one is OK but the colors are faded and I've noticed bits and pieces missing from certain episodes. I assumed they got the originals but maybe not. The color got better with seasons 2 and 3. No extras on any of the discs--couldn't there have been a few little interviews with the surviving cast members? Still--I would rather have these than not. Recommended highly.
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