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Old 09-29-2018, 03:19 AM   #1
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Question In hindsight, does MTM suffer from having too many nasty/mean-spirited characters

Lou Grant, Sue Ann Nivens, Phyllis Lindstrom (before she had to be watered down for her own sitcom), and Ted Baxter.
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I was just watching MTM and thinking about how much I dislike Ted. It's the episode where he has a chance to go to New York and host a game show and Lou convinces him to stay, and I couldn't figure out why any character on that show would want him to stay or say they'd miss him, and why would he stay? He's really NOT a "newsman" and he would be getting so much more money working on the game show.

I don't know if the show suffers from having too many nasty characters, because I think the writers/producers or whoever must have thought that there was something likeable about even the nastiest character on the show.

Ted and Phyllis are characters I could do without (I feel like I'm in the minority on this) but I thought Lou managed to show a good side and Sue Ann was annoying but tolerable.

Other than Ted or Phyllis it's Georgette that I can't stand. I've been muting her scenes because her voice is so annoying, she sounds so ridiculous - that voice and soft sweetness is OTT for me.
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Even when I was a kid, I thought that Murray was just relentlessly mean to Ted. I'm pretty sure that that relationship was copying Buddy and Mel from Dick van Dyke, but: (1) Mel was Buddy's boss; (2) everyone else respected Mel; and, (3) Mel did get his occasional licks in. Mel's little "yecch" thing told everyone the feeling was mutual, while Ted just sort of wandered around oblivious to most of what Murray was saying.

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I was just watching MTM and thinking about how much I dislike Ted. It's the episode where he has a chance to go to New York and host a game show and Lou convinces him to stay, and I couldn't figure out why any character on that show would want him to stay or say they'd miss him, and why would he stay? He's really NOT a "newsman" and he would be getting so much more money working on the game show.
It's almost like this is the point where they forget that they're a fictional TV show, and not actual news people. Even being a crappy reporter is better than being good at something else. That episode kind of points toward all the tedious WKRP episodes where they have to show you that being in radio is not just funny, but noble.
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