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Old 05-26-2014, 10:28 PM   #31
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TV What a difference 47 years make...

I don't understand the fuss being made over "My Son, the Sheepdog." The problem is we've had 47 years between its airing and today's date--and considering I was not quite 14 when this show originally aired, that's the bigger problem than corny writing.

If this episode were to be remade today, you'd have Harold and Jeff wearing tattoos, hair-color stripes and ripped jeans, and the music would probably garner a TV-PG or TV-14 rating. Remember that in 1966 hair only a half-inch longer than a typical barber-shop cut it back then was greeted with all the paranoia once reserved for Russians during the Cold War.

I remember in my senior year (1969-70) one of my classmates wore hair that just hung over his ears--and a mustache--and he wasn't even allowed to attend graduation because his hair violated the dress code. Now, you'd be looked upon strangely if you were as clean-shaven as Harold and Jeff were in 1966!

Just enjoy the episode as an example of how simpler--and sillier--things were way back then.

And for my part, Ray Fulmer and Lynn Borden never replaced Don DeFore and Whitney Blake...
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Old 01-30-2016, 04:34 PM   #32
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I had watched "Hazel" when it originally ran, but I'm sure I never saw the last season. So these episodes I'm watching now are a first for me.
Just finished the 6th one. I've read that Shirley Booth's health wasn't so great the final year of 1965-66. What I've noticed is there is less smiling, less cheerfulness, less joking around. That's my perception anyways. I even went back and watched the first couple episodes from season 1. Yes, as soon as they start, she's smiling, singing, it just kind of confirmed for me there was a change.
And who doesn't like Don Defore? I miss the Crazy Johnsons'. I miss looking at Whitney Blake. It's just different, this last season. I know it's just me, because the last season had good ratings. It probably would have been picked up again, had Shirley been feeling better.
So for me, I hold dear those first four seasons. It doesn't look like I'm going to care much for this last one. Not so far anyways, and I've got 23 more episodes to watch.
Then I'll start back on the first four years again.

Why exactly did DeFore and Blake not stay with the series? Was it their choice to leave? This has probably been covered here somewhere I'm sure, but I think the departure of DeFore and Blake is what killed the show. The chemistry between Booth and DeFore was necessary. Fulmer and Borden just seemed to not have good "comedy chops". They were rather stiff and phony in their performance. My guess is that Shirley Booth saw the quality of the show go down significantly in the final season and elected not to return, health issues or not.
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Why exactly did DeFore and Blake not stay with the series? Was it their choice to leave? This has probably been covered here somewhere I'm sure, but I think the departure of DeFore and Blake is what killed the show. The chemistry between Booth and DeFore was necessary. Fulmer and Borden just seemed to not have good "comedy chops". They were rather stiff and phony in their performance. My guess is that Shirley Booth saw the quality of the show go down significantly in the final season and elected not to return, health issues or not.

I read both DeFore and Blake wanted to do other things. Then I read they had wanted more money.
The chemistry between them and Shirley is what made the show for me.
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The last season includes the guest shot of Claude Akins as an artist, which for me is easily the best episode in the series. Pinyon nut?
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Yes, I like seasons 1-4 more but I've never understood all the hate for season 5. Season 5 was still good, in my opinion---it had its moments.
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:35 PM   #36
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Thumbs up It ain't perfect but it's still great

I agree. Hazel was still Hazel in Season 5 and Harold was still there not to mention Deidra & Rosie. I think most people are just too cheap to buy and use "it's so bad" as an excuse to keep the change in their pockets.

Of course, given a choice I too would rather have the original Mr. B & the hot Dorothy and I'd also love further visits from Mr. Griffin. But all that is still not reason enough to abandon the series like an old car.
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I don't understand all the hate for Steve and Barbara either (one comment somewhere else referred to them as "those two a**h*l*s" which was childish and unnecessary). Ray Fulmer and Lynn Borden were fine in their roles and if it meant a fifth season or nothing, I would definitely have green-lighted the new format. Hazel wasn't able to chide Mr B. about his weight any longer since Steve was trim, but that was getting stale anyway so it wasn't missed.
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Did Ray Fulmer do anything else?
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He was also a soap opera actor in the 1970s.
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