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Old 03-30-2012, 12:34 AM   #1
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Question Anybody Remember These Betty White One Year Wonders???

Betty White, of course, is best remembered for her roles as Rose on "The Golden Girls" and Sue Ann on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," but the actress' TV resumé also includes several less-than-lovingly-remembered series. Take these five:

1. LADIES MAN (1999-2001) -- Alfred Molina starred in the title role. He wasn't a Don Juan, but rather he was the only man in a household of women -- a wife, two daughters and a mother (played by White).

2. MAYBE THIS TIME (1995-96) -- In this comedy, White played the mother of a divorcee (Marie Osmond). Future late-night host Craig Ferguson played their cook.

3. THE BETTY WHITE SHOW (1977-78) -- When "MTM" ended, White got her own (much less successful) sitcom. She played a movie actress offered a TV role on a cop series directed by her ex-husband. ("MTM" co-star Georgia Engel was also part of the ensemble.)

4. DATE WITH THE ANGELS (1957-58) -- Comedy about a bride and her insurance-salesman husband.

5. LIFE WITH ELIZABETH (1953-55) -- White's first show was a local Los Angeles sitcom that eventually would be syndicated nationally. Each half-hour featured three separate episodes in the life of a married couple.

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I've seen 3 of them: The Betty White Show, Maybe This Time and Date with the Angels. Maybe This Time should have been a hit but it was buried on Saturday with the Jeff Foxworthy Show. The Betty White Show wasn't great but it was watchable. She was more or less playing Sue Ann again. I caught a couple episodes of Date with the Angels on the old Nostalgia Network. I thought it was pretty good but the picture quality wasn't great.
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I've seen 3 of them: The Betty White Show, Maybe This Time and Date with the Angels. Maybe This Time should have been a hit but it was buried on Saturday with the Jeff Foxworthy Show. The Betty White Show wasn't great but it was watchable. She was more or less playing Sue Ann again. I caught a couple episodes of Date with the Angels on the old Nostalgia Network. I thought it was pretty good but the picture quality wasn't great.
I've seen The Betty White Show, but remember it less than Phyllis, which I found mildly amusing. Date With The Angels and Life With Elizabeth I have on DVD, and they are pretty good, with Date With The Angels having two episodes (on my DVD set ) featuring Betty White singing (and she's pretty good).
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i hated ladies man and while i did not hate maybe this time i really didnt think it was as good as it could have been the betty white show was pretty funny im not sure why betty herself has never liked it and date with the angels was ok but nothing really special
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I highly enjoyed Ladies Man.
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Betty White, of course, is best remembered for her roles as Rose on "The Golden Girls" and Sue Ann on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," but the actress' TV resumé also includes several less-than-lovingly-remembered series. Take these five:

1. LADIES MAN (1999-2001) -- Alfred Molina starred in the title role. He wasn't a Don Juan, but rather he was the only man in a household of women -- a wife, two daughters and a mother (played by White).

2. MAYBE THIS TIME (1995-96) -- In this comedy, White played the mother of a divorcee (Marie Osmond). Future late-night host Craig Ferguson played their cook.

3. THE BETTY WHITE SHOW (1977-78) -- When "MTM" ended, White got her own (much less successful) sitcom. She played a movie actress offered a TV role on a cop series directed by her ex-husband. ("MTM" co-star Georgia Engel was also part of the ensemble.)

4. DATE WITH THE ANGELS (1957-58) -- Comedy about a bride and her insurance-salesman husband.

5. LIFE WITH ELIZABETH (1953-55) -- White's first show was a local Los Angeles sitcom that eventually would be syndicated nationally. Each half-hour featured three separate episodes in the life of a married couple.

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I saw the 1977 show and it was awful and I been trying to give it away ever since.
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I saw the 1977 show and it was awful and I been trying to give it away ever since.

lol, I didnt think it was that bad. The two older are ok its been awhile since I watched them. Ladies Man is the only one of those I dont have.
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Not a sitcom, but she also hosted a gameshow on NBC in 1983 that only lasted about 3 months. It was called "Just Men".
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I remember them all...."Life with Elizabeth" for awhile was on public domain DVDs as "The Betty White Show". I bought it thinking it was the 1977 sitcom--imagine my surprise . I had the Christmas episode of "Date with the Angels" on tape for a few years. I never understood why the 1977 show wasn't made as a Sue Ann spinoff. I also have an episode of her show called "The Pet Set", made for local LA tv (??) that is included in the Doris Day Show complete series set.
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Not a sitcom, but she also hosted a gameshow on NBC in 1983 that only lasted about 3 months. It was called "Just Men".
i hated that show it was not betty;s fault she did a great job but the game itself was just stupid and boring
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I remember them all...."Life with Elizabeth" for awhile was on public domain DVDs as "The Betty White Show". I bought it thinking it was the 1977 sitcom--imagine my surprise . ...

There's a good reason for that, and why I did the same. A $1 DVD of PD "Life with Elizabeth" was labeled as "The Betty White Show", including that show's setup which had her starring in her own cop show with her ex-husband, played by John Hillerman, directing. The company who did the packaging should probably be held accountable for false advertising, but you cannot expect much for $1 anyway.
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Another "one year wonder" role: She played Sylvia Schmitt on the second season of Bob Newhart's third sitcom, Bob, the complete series just released on dvd.
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Aren't the PD dvd releases of Life with Elizabeth and Date With the Angels pretty crappy quality? Or are they worth while to get, for the hard-core Betty White fan? I imagine they would be like the many releases of The Lucy Show public domain releases.

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Aren't the PD dvd releases of Life with Elizabeth and Date With the Angels pretty crappy quality? Or are they worth while to get, for the hard-core Betty White fan? I imagine they would be like the many releases of The Lucy Show public domain releases.
These won't look like I Love Lucy, but then they don't cost much so I think as a "hard-core" fan they are acceptable. A good sampler would be the 2-disc set simply titled "Betty White" I got it for $5.00 at Target and it contains 10 episodes of each show. Both shows are taken from complete, uncut 16mm elements, and they are not bad in quality. (No splices and not too much dirt and lines present). The Date With The Angels eps have the original sponsor bumpers (Plymouth) and 1 ep runs 29 minutes with an elaborate commercial for the introduction of the 1958 Plymouth included. In addition, Betty sings in this ep which is titled "Star Struck". I don't think it would be easy to find the 35mm elements for these shows, so this will be about as good as they get.
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These won't look like I Love Lucy, but then they don't cost much so I think as a "hard-core" fan they are acceptable. A good sampler would be the 2-disc set simply titled "Betty White" I got it for $5.00 at Target and it contains 10 episodes of each show. Both shows are taken from complete, uncut 16mm elements, and they are not bad in quality. (No splices and not too much dirt and lines present). The Date With The Angels eps have the original sponsor bumpers (Plymouth) and 1 ep runs 29 minutes with an elaborate commercial for the introduction of the 1958 Plymouth included. In addition, Betty sings in this ep which is titled "Star Struck". I don't think it would be easy to find the 35mm elements for these shows, so this will be about as good as they get.
You've sold me. I've been passing them up at Target, all the time. Now I see I should pick them up, especially for 5 bucks!
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