Joseph and Anna Bresner were Lithuanian immigrants who came to New York City to live in 1909. Every episode opened with an octogenarian Joseph narrating an episode from his past when he and Anna were struggling to survive in a new country, new culture and new language. Sidney and Ida were the Bresners' friendly neighbors in Manhattan; Louis and Leo were also friends.Written by
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After All In the Family, but before Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner did this five-episode gem. It's an interesting look at early 20th century America from the perspective of Lithuanian immigrants. It fascinated me! I had never been anyplace the size of NYC. I was oblivious to the existence of a place called Lithuania. Seeing Reiner open each episode as an old man pondering his early days made me want to go pick my grandparents' brains for stories of their childhoods.
Sadly, this brilliant series was short-lived. The early 20th century is not exactly the most popular time period in Hollywood, which makes this show stand out even more. No shoot 'em ups, car chases, scantily-clad bimbos, or many of the things that pass for TV entertainment these days. But it was well-written and engaging. I wish I could see it again.
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