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Goodtime Girls 

Four young women share a Washington, D.C. apartment during World War II.
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1980  
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Complete series cast summary:
Annie Potts ...  Edith Bedelmeyer 13 episodes, 1980
Lorna Patterson ...  Betty Crandall 13 episodes, 1980
Georgia Engel ...  Loretta Smoot 13 episodes, 1980
Francine Tacker Francine Tacker ...  Camille Rittenhouse 13 episodes, 1980
Marcia Lewis Marcia Lewis ...  Irma Coolidge 13 episodes, 1980
Merwin Goldsmith ...  George Coolidge 13 episodes, 1980
Peter Scolari ...  Benny Loman 13 episodes, 1980
Adrian Zmed ...  Frankie Millardo 13 episodes, 1980
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Four young ladies--levelheaded Edith, girl-next-door Betty, dumb blonde Loretta and stuckup Camille--are forced to share a one-room apartment in Washington, D.C. during World War II. The four learned to live together and help each other, and took jobs to help in the war effort. The Coolidges were their landlords, Frankie was a cab-driving buddy of the girls and Benny was a pal of Frankie's. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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The house where the Goodtime Girls supposedly lived, as shown in the establishing shots, is 421 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003. Its value in 2014: about $1.7 million. The house is owned by UPS and is used for political events. See more »

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When Everyone Cared
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Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Short Lived TV show with early Annie Potts, Peter Scolari
25 May 2002 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

Having the look of an episode of Soap or Golden Girls, obviously from the same creator, Goodtime Girls was about four girls, volunteers, secretaries, whatever, who share a room in D.C.

Annie Potts was the star and had the believability to be a creature of the forties. So did Dance Fever's/T. J. Hooker's Adrian Zmed, who played military reject (for his flat feet) cab driver Frankie. Peter Scolari, who would go on to be in Bosom Buddies with Tom Hanks, was Frankie's roomie, another tenant in the building, who juggled and rode a unicycle and had very few lines. I remembered one of the other girls was Georgia Engel, at that time perhaps the biggest name, having just left the Mary Tyler Moore show. The fourth girl was the meanie, Camille.

Having recently caught this show on TVland, it seems obvious the door was open for Engel to leave if she chose, Camille could be written out (I did recall she was used to a minimum) and Potts would carry on, a la Laverne & Shirley, with her co-star, Lorna Patterson, of tv's Private Benjamin and the motion picture, Airplane.

The show didn't last that long. The opening credits alone, showing scenes from episodes, reveal the slapstick is forced, very forced. Plot consisted of Potts giving thoughtful Robert Reed/Mr. Brady lectures of her own, with soft music to back her up, dealing with very little forties or WWII issues, but then this was the anti-American, anti-war late seventies. Zmed did seem to be spared many of this sentiment and get good laughs. Guest stars were the like of Scott Baio as Potts brother who enlists and Micheal McKean (Lenny off Laverne and Shirley) as a bitter soldier in a wheelchair.

Pity the show couldn't avoid the over-emoting, because the look was as close as an American show could get.


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