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

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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 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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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Ausgeflippten See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(93 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Inga Swenson played the villainous Swede with the thick Germanic accent, Ingrid Svenson. She was Corrine's real mother, and proved a painful thorn in the Tates' side early in the series. Interestingly, Swenson's character shared a similar name to her real-life name. In addition to Robert Guillaume, Swenson was also the only performer from this show to land a role in the spin-off Benson (1979). On Benson, Inga played Gretchen Krause, still Swedish, but no longer villainous, Gretchen was just a comic thorn in Benson's side, and eventually the two became friends. Caroline McWilliams also appeared in both series. See more »

Quotes

Jessica Gatling Tate: Billy go get mother... something...
Billy Tate: Why can't anybody in this family talk in front of me? For years I went around thinking a surprise party was being planned for me!
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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 »

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Timeless hilarity!
7 January 2002 | by duke33See all my reviews

Truthfully, i was too young to remember this show when it originally aired back in the late 70's. I do remember a lot of controversy about it, and that some stations chose to air it late rather than during primetime, because they thought it too racy.

A few years ago, I managed to catch this show on Comedy Central, and I have to admit that it is quite possibly the finest sitcom ever created. The characters were not the bland, shallow, unimaginitive figures you see on tv today. There was Jodie, the homosexual that was always unsure of his own sexuality; Chuck, the shy ventriloquist that always carried around his dummy Bob, whom Chuck thought was real, and there was NOTHING he wouldn't say; Burt, the delusional construction worker who had frequent encounters with the paranormal; Danny, the dimwit son of Burt that was mixed up in the mafia and later became a deputy sheriff; Chester, the wall street financier who slept with every woman in town except his own wife; and on and on. The cast (which includes billy crystal) was perfect...everyone played their roles so believably that you truly feel like you are watching a real dysfunctional family.

The writing and jokes were also timeless...This show was designed to take a direct pot shot at the absurdity of modern soap operas, and it hit it's mark perfectly. Most of the plotlines were like something out of a supermarket tabloid which always added to the hilarity of the show. Burt being abducted by aliens, burt thinking he can make himself invisible by snapping his fingers, jessica being captured by central american freedom fighters, jodie's baby being possessed by satan, etc...

Even 20+ years later, this show will not disappoint. While it may be tame by today's standards, it was clearly a pioneer that paved the way for a lot of today's programming.


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