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Old 04-08-2021, 09:51 AM   #31
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It's Nell Carter not Harper.

You're saying an obese black woman couldn't be portrayed as a housekeeper today?? Since the star was black & it had another black cast member it wasn't NEARLY as "bad" as most shows back then that had either all white casts or maybe 1 non white cast member.

Plus she sang the great theme song!
I used Nell Carter's name from the show which is Nell Harper!

Even a few people had problems with GAB because of an African-American housekeeper, that's why Nell Harper's friend Addie Wilson (Telma Hopkins) joined the show.

I this GAB should be a continuum with Joey Donovan (Joey Lawrence) as a housekeeper to The Roland Family (Nell Harper marries James Roland and they have a daughter who's now Glenlawn's head chief of police since her mother told her about Carl Kaniski).
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The Friends tv show concept was taken from Living Single (4 women, 2 men) which came out in 1993. Friends producers changed up their male vs female ration but it's basically the same show just made for a different tv audience. Living Single often gets overlooked while Friends gets all of the praise in the media.

Interesting. I didn't draw that parallel.

TBH, I never gave Living Single a chance even though it has Queen Latifah and a few other known actors, and even though I used to watch shows like Cosby Show, A Different World, Family Matters, Hangin With Mr.Cooper, 227, and Amen from the late 80s/early 90s.

Perhaps if Living Single was on NBC, CBS or ABC, over FOX, it would have drawn a wider audience, even if just marginal better for it overall. FOX's primetime was more in league with UPN and WB than the other three networks, at least how I perceived then. NBC also had a strong Must See TV brand.

From this article also, Warner Bros. promoted Friends more over Living Single:
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-...941-story.html
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What other shows of yesteryear would not air today...even if it's a one-year wonder show?
Probably EVERYONE OF THEM!!!!!!

The world has become total crap........ Yes its sad!!!
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Because of the all white cast?
Because of the way Darrin controlled Sam. He told her she shouldn't use her magic all the time.
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90% of the police shows of the 70's and 80's.
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Because of the way Darrin controlled Sam. He told her she shouldn't use her magic all the time.
I always thought Endora was the controlling one, like making Darrin into an animal, and ridiculing his name. Darrin was far from being the master, always taking the punishment.

Samantha wanted to be like a mortal also. She'd just say Well... after a snafu, involving her mother or Serena.

It's probably one show that would pass compliance on basic premise in today's environment. It's always considered for reboots at least with movies.

For a rebooted TV series for today, writers would probably make her a career focused witch though than a stay at home one.
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I add Night Court due to all the sexual harassment surrounding the Dan Fielding character.
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That show wouldn't have made it past the pilot.
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In my mind we haven't seen a tv show that depicts a respectable African American family and young positive African American college students in such a critical thinking edutainment light since those two shows were aired in the 1980s, early 1990s. Nothing has come close since then in my mind. And I don't think we will ever see two shows like those ever again on mainstream television.


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Interesting. I didn't draw that parallel.

TBH, I never gave Living Single a chance even though it has Queen Latifah and a few other known actors, and even though I used to watch shows like Cosby Show, A Different World, Family Matters, Hangin With Mr.Cooper, 227, and Amen from the late 80s/early 90s.

Perhaps if Living Single was on NBC, CBS or ABC, over FOX, it would have drawn a wider audience, even if just marginal better for it overall. FOX's primetime was more in league with UPN and WB than the other three networks, at least how I perceived then. NBC also had a strong Must See TV brand.

From this article also, Warner Bros. promoted Friends more over Living Single:
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The Friends cast is way hotter & I HATE Friends!
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Probably EVERYONE OF THEM!!!!!!

The world has become total crap........ Yes its sad!!!
You are NOT joking!

Literally 80% to 95% of all shows before 2000 could NOT be made today because they either don't meet the race quota, LGBTQAZXY quota, or some other INSANE reason liberals FREAK out over!
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In my mind we haven't seen a tv show that depicts a respectable African American family and young positive African American college students in such a critical thinking edutainment light since those two shows were aired in the 1980s, early 1990s. Nothing has come close since then in my mind. And I don't think we will ever see two shows like those ever again on mainstream television.


What about Blackish, Mixedish? (Never seen Grownish but it's another spinoff)

I used to watch Blackish but got turned off a little by it, when the family was shown as too superficial/materialistic.

I enjoyed the first season of Mixedish, which showcased a more middle class family (of Bo growing up), but the formula is boring for me as I tried watching the latest season. It's too much a lesson learned in every episode.

But both shows show a respectable African American family in a family sitcom.
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None of them are "diverse enough".
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What about Blackish, Mixedish? (Never seen Grownish but it's another spinoff)

I used to watch Blackish but got turned off a little by it, when the family was shown as too superficial/materialistic.

I enjoyed the first season of Mixedish, which showcased a more middle class family (of Bo growing up), but the formula is boring for me as I tried watching the latest season. It's too much a lesson learned in every episode.

But both shows show a respectable African American family in a family sitcom.
Nope. Not even close. Black-ish (black: a color lacking light or some other negative defined term, ish: to some extent). That show is a very poor depiction thereof in comparison to The Cosby Show. It's more of a caricature tv show from my viewpoint. And Mixed-ish is even worse.

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