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Old 03-18-2017, 08:13 PM   #16
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I like the Johnsons' scenes in Hazel but to be honest I don't see them as the type of characters that could support an entire show. They were great with those little side stories from time to time with Hazel saving the day, but to have a sitcom centered around them they would've needed to be fleshed out a bit and given more backstory. It might have worked, but to me they worked best as simple side characters in small doses.

That being said, I wish they had made more appearances in Hazel.
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They were over-the-top from the get-go. When the football lodged in the chimney and the fireplace started to smoke, they were at a total loss. The way they were portrayed I'm surprised they were even able to dress themselves.
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I like the Johnsons' scenes in Hazel but to be honest I don't see them as the type of characters that could support an entire show. They were great with those little side stories from time to time with Hazel saving the day, but to have a sitcom centered around them they would've needed to be fleshed out a bit and given more backstory. It might have worked, but to me they worked best as simple side characters in small doses.

That being said, I wish they had made more appearances in Hazel.


I love The Johnsons! Especially the Thanksgiving episode and the episode when they were finding a replacement for their maid Phoebe.
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I think the Johnsons are a hoot too. I just saw the Thanksgiving episode and when she called Hazel to find out what "baste the turkey" means, someone rang Hazel's doorbell and when Hazel said "Well, someone's at the door, I have to go," Mrs Johnson hung up and said to Mr Johnson, "Hazel says someone's at our door, would you go see who it is?"

These are people who have been taken care of their whole lives, and while the characters were definitely exaggerated, I love that they were also good natured, willing to try, and always seemed to have positive attitudes in any situation. They also were not as snooty toward people-- at least not as snooty as some of the other wealthy characters were-- like those who snubbed Hazel and anyone in the working class. I think if they were ever to have their own show, in order to succeed it would have had to play up those characteristics and tone down just a tiny bit the exaggeration, and make sure when their ineptness was portrayed, it was fresh and funny and not too far over the top. Of course, then again-- 60's tv was a little different-- look how far over the top Gracie Allen was, and that show went on for awhile.
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I dunno. I thought their ineptitude was waaaay too contrived. I mean, having two seniors act so puzzled over something like boiling water...as though it were something like learning advanced nuclear physics...was a bit much.

But they were a sweet couple; the writer's just needed to TONE DOWN the tired dumber-than-dumb schtick.
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I liked the episode where everyone found out their real name was Delvecchio, and that the reason for the confusion was that "Mr. Johnson" was Mrs. Delvecchio's pet name for her husband.
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