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Too Close for Comfort 

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
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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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11 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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After being canceled by ABC, the series aired in first run syndication. The original syndicated episodes were produced by Metro Media, and aired largely by Metro Media's owned and operated stations. This was an attempt by Metro Media to help develop a fourth commercial TV network, and helped pave the way for the FOX TV Network. See more »

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Too Close for Comfort
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Written by Johnny Mandel
Performed by David Pomeranz
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one of the greatest shows of the 80s

need i say more, this show is from the 80s, its already a classic. this show is hilarious. this show was also the most popular show in 1981.

Henry Rush, a conservative San Francisco cartoonist of children's comic book heroine, Cosmic Cow, resided in the upstairs apartment of a two story home with wife, Muriel, a former big band singer, (which allowed us to occasionally hear Nancy Dussault's terrific voice), and free-lance photographer. Their college-aged daughters, pretty brunette Jackie, a bank teller and sexy blonde Sara, a freshman at San Francisco State, wanting independence, moved into the downstairs apartment. Guys came and went and Henry agonized over his 2 "little girls".Other characters in the show included Henry's boss, tiny Mr. Wainwright, Monroe, Sara's goofy school friend and thorn in Henry's side, Mildred Rafkin, the sister of the deceased former transvestite downstairs resident and Henry's Cosmic Cow puppet, which he always wore when he was drawing.During the subsequent seasons, Henry's hippie niece April stayed with the family for a year, Muriel became pregnant and gave birth to son, Andrew, Henry's hated mother-in-law Iris was a semi-regular, Jackie became a fashion designer and was engaged to a policeman, Brad, but broke the engagement, and went to Italy to pursue her career. Sara became a TV weather girl and eventually Monroe and she graduated from college.When the show's title changed from "Too Close for Comfort" to "The Ted Knight Show", there was a huge format change. Henry purchased a 49% share in a weekly newspaper, the Marin Bugler, and Muriel, Andrew and he moved to Mill Valley, CA to be closer to his new business. Jackie and Sara were not seen as they were now on their own. Monroe, who had lived with the Rush family in San Francisco and worked as a security guard, worked for Henry at the newspaper, but had his own place, which was never seen. The Rushes' gained a Hispanic housekeeper, Lisa, and the publisher of the Bugler, 51% owner, Hope Stinson, who enjoyed her conflicts with Henry, the editor. Muriel worked as a staff photographer. "The Ted Knight Show" was due to go into its second season of production when its star, who was ill with cancer, passed away.


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