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Too Close for Comfort 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1980–1987)
Jackie and Sarah Rush are two grown sisters who live in half of a duplex. Their parents, Henry and Muriel, live in the other half. Though one might think this proximity may be fun, both ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Ted Knight ...  Henry Rush 129 episodes, 1980-1987
Nancy Dussault ...  Muriel Rush 129 episodes, 1980-1987
Jim J. Bullock ...  Monroe Ficus 118 episodes, 1980-1987
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ...  Jackie Rush 107 episodes, 1980-1985
Lydia Cornell ...  Sara Rush 106 episodes, 1980-1985


Jackie and Sarah Rush are two grown sisters who live in half of a duplex. Their parents, Henry and Muriel, live in the other half. Though one might think this proximity may be fun, both sides often feel that it's "too close for comfort", in this half-hour situation comedy. Written by Phil Fernando

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In an infamous episode on this show Monroe gets raped by two women. An article in AV Club describes this in detail:' "For Every Man, There's Two Women" was shot as part of Too Close For Comfort's fourth season, in 1984, though it didn't air until July 20, 1985. The episode gets right down to business. Henry, Muriel, Jackie, and Sara worry when they get a call from Monroe's boss, saying that he didn't show up for his shift as a security guard at the mall. Just then Monroe stumbles through the front door, disheveled, and tells Henry that he'd been kidnapped. Henry assumes Monroe was snatched by a gang of brawny men, but Monroe abashedly says that he was nabbed by two women. [Laughs.] "The little one" drove the van while "the big one" sat on him. [Laughs.] They demanded he cooperate, and Monroe "cooperated all night." [Laughs.] Jackie and Sara are confused by what this could mean, but Henry explains that these women desired Monroe and... "helped themselves." [Laughs.] While Monroe goes upstairs to clean up and change into his high-waisted, neatly pressed blue jeans, Henry argues with his wife and daughters, who don't think a man can be raped, per se, given the physiological response required for a man to have sex. (Apparently these women are unaware of any kind of intercourse in which an erection isn't involved.) As for Monroe, he'd rather forget the whole thing. He doesn't want to call the cops. He's "intimidated by justice" because of what happens to rape victims on TV movies. Henry says he shouldn't watch those kinds of movies, but Monroe says, "That's the only kind they make!" [Laughs.] Henry insists on calling the police, and when the detective arrives, Monroe complains that the women "broke his beeper" [Laughs.] and that while his assailants did remove his blindfold, once he got a look at them he asked for the blindfold back. [Laughs.] He also says that the women threw him into a bathtub full of Jell-O, which the detective says isn't that uncommon ("some of the real sickos go for shredded wheat"). Ultimately, the detective recommends that Monroe forget about pressing charges, since there's no way a court of law would believe that he wasn't a willing participant. Exploring rape in sitcoms was not new territory at this point; shows like "All in the Family," "One Day at a Time" and "The Facts of Life" had already gone there. And showing a man being victimized by females has been showcased on shows like "Law and Order: SVU." But having one of the leads on a sitcom raped by female characters was unique; this might be the only time in television history this ever happened. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD release of the first season is made up of the syndicated versions of episodes which are missing 2 minutes from the original network versions. See more »


Referenced in Teen Titans Go!: Oil Drums (2015) See more »


Too Close for Comfort
(theme song)
Written by Johnny Mandel
Performed by David Pomeranz
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8 January 2003 | by bad_jonasSee all my reviews

Finally Ted Knight got a hit show, the last Mary Tyler Moore alum to do so. While hardly top-notch, this sitcom was nonetheless a great 80s memory for me. Sure Jim J. Bullock was annoying as hell, but Ted Knight was good for a chuckle as Henry Rush, and watching his two on-screen daughters jiggle around didn't hurt either. The only drawback is that I now always refer to the memory of Ted's on-screen wife as "Murual" ...and only recently realized the actress had a real name: Nancy Dassault. And that theme song is just oh-so-80s.

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11 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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