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Old 06-16-2012, 09:37 PM   #46
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I believe it was on right after All in the Family, so how could it be too controversial? Except specifically-- religious leaders both Catholic and Jewish objected to the inner-faith marriage.

Well that explains the high ratings and if the show had been renewed it probably would have been on a different night as the lead in. Kind of like how CBS moved AITF to Saturday after doing well on Tuesdays
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Well that explains the high ratings and if the show had been renewed it probably would have been on a different night as the lead in. Kind of like how CBS moved AITF to Saturday after doing well on Tuesdays
Meredith Baxter even wrote in her autobiography, "No offense to our show, but CBS could have aired a show about cleaning carpets and it would have done well in that time slot."
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Meredith Baxter even wrote in her autobiography, "No offense to our show, but CBS could have aired a show about cleaning carpets and it would have done well in that time slot."


Yeah right in between All in the Family and Mary Tyler Moore. Nice slot lol
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What's kind of ironic is that David Birney is Irish Catholic in real life, just like the character Meredith played.
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I based my earlier post on my 40-year old memory of watching this show. Thinking I could change my opinion, I saw the pilot last night. I stand by my original view. The humor is heavy-handed and forced. The ethnic jokes are groaners and play offensively even today. The reaction of Audra Lindley to her daughter's boyfriend possibly being black is cringe-inducing, and just to top it all off, they cribbed a line from the Love on a Rooftop pilot when David Birney says: "You're rich!" Baxter counters with: "You make it sound like some sort of disease". Line for line. If this didn't make it following All In The Family, it's possibly because it isn't funny? If this got better ratings than Mary Tyler Moore it could be that people who started to watch this following Family switched channels midway through. Only Jerry Fielding's nice theme music comes through unscathed. A dreadful show.
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MB said in her book that while it wasn't a great show, she was happy to be working with a great veteran cast and as a single working mom at the time, the pay was great. She knew that they weren't reinventing the wheel, but learned a lot from her co-stars. DB basically trashed the show to her and the media whenever he got the chance, and she basically said he probably wasn't wrong.
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I based my earlier post on my 40-year old memory of watching this show. Thinking I could change my opinion, I saw the pilot last night. I stand by my original view. The humor is heavy-handed and forced. The ethnic jokes are groaners and play offensively even today. The reaction of Audra Lindley to her daughter's boyfriend possibly being black is cringe-inducing, and just to top it all off, they cribbed a line from the Love on a Rooftop pilot when David Birney says: "You're rich!" Baxter counters with: "You make it sound like some sort of disease". Line for line. If this didn't make it following All In The Family, it's possibly because it isn't funny? If this got better ratings than Mary Tyler Moore it could be that people who started to watch this following Family switched channels midway through. Only Jerry Fielding's nice theme music comes through unscathed. A dreadful show.
Elaborating on your points, with the controversial humor on AITF, we were laughing at the ignorance of Archie Bunker, as opposed to the subject matter, where as on BLB, that's not necessarily the case. So now I can see more how Bridget Loves Bernie could be considered more controversial.
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Now you guys have me very curious. When I get a chance to watch an episode or two, I'll chime in here with my thoughts.
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It's always hard to know what to think when you have two completely opposite views of something, in this case, the stars' relationship. One conclusion is obvious; someone is lying.

Kind of a bummer, too. I remember (dimly) watching this show as an 8 year old with my mom on Saturday nights and liking it, though to be honest I've no idea if I would like it today, it's been so long ago.
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I based my earlier post on my 40-year old memory of watching this show. Thinking I could change my opinion, I saw the pilot last night. I stand by my original view. The humor is heavy-handed and forced. The ethnic jokes are groaners and play offensively even today. The reaction of Audra Lindley to her daughter's boyfriend possibly being black is cringe-inducing, and just to top it all off, they cribbed a line from the Love on a Rooftop pilot when David Birney says: "You're rich!" Baxter counters with: "You make it sound like some sort of disease". Line for line. If this didn't make it following All In The Family, it's possibly because it isn't funny? If this got better ratings than Mary Tyler Moore it could be that people who started to watch this following Family switched channels midway through. Only Jerry Fielding's nice theme music comes through unscathed. A dreadful show.

My reaction to this show is a wierd one. I kinda liked it even though it was uneven. Yes, it had its share of leaden moments, but it had tender ones too. Like the opening. And the premise was cute. I also think David Doyle is a good character actor. The show tried to be ground breaking and it gets an A for effort. But sometimes it tried too hard, which could make it trying.

Also for me it has nostalgic value. So, while I would enjoy watching eps that came my way for free (You Tube etc.), or might spend a few dollars for a 5 ep sampler, I would not likely collect it.
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The pilot gave me a chance to see life in NYC in 1972 and I enjoyed it
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The pilot gave me a chance to see life in NYC in 1972 and I enjoyed it
You're really a 1970s NYC guy at heart, aren't you, Sol?
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The pilot gave me a chance to see life in NYC in 1972 and I enjoyed it
The show was not without its measure of charm, despite its flaws. As someone who lived in NYC in the 70s I can attest that it captured the flavor of the city well.
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You're really a 1970s NYC guy at heart, aren't you, Sol?

I love NYC so much. Always have and was so excited when I had dinner in Manhattan 2 years ago and wanted to cry when it was time to leave and come back to philly
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The show was not without its measure of charm, despite its flaws. As someone who lived in NYC in the 70s I can attest that it captured the flavor of the city well.
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