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Old 05-10-2021, 02:40 PM   #16
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80's hair was the worst. Guys with mullets and everyone with just big hair. I think the show that suffered the worst was The Facts Of Life. Nothing but shoulder pads and giant sprayed hair. Awful.
People had big hair in other decades as well. Farrah Fawcett's hairstyle was big, Afros, and beehive hairdo are big. I don't see the big deal with shoulder pads, but some people wore them and some didn't. There is good and bad in all decades.
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Well I will agree Season 8 episodes were a lot lamer compared to the earlier seasons.

The edge was gone. While I don't think it was the clothes that killed the show, it didn't help.

And yeah, shoulder pads were never sexy.

The same fashion problem happened in Season 5 of Rhoda. Rhoda's hair and clothes were ugly compared to the other seasons.

And let's not forget the puffy poodle hair look on gals in the 80s. Not good.
Poofy hair was in the 70s. I liked Janet's hair a lot better in the 80s.
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TC got its start as jiggle TV. Girls (plus Jack) in tight-fitting outfits engaged in various comedic high-jinks. Then along came the 80s: shoulder pads, flowing, oversized clothes. Gone was the jiggle.

TC dropped DRAMATICALLY in the ratings between the 7th season and the 8th. Could it be that oddly conservative, 80s fashions killed the show?
I don't think it was the fashion as much as A) the writers had really run out of ideas. They'd pretty much done all they could with the characters, and B) After Suzanne Sommers and Jennilee Harrison, they didn't want to have another dumb blond roommate. Terri Alder definitely wasn't dumb, but they didn't give her much character development. She was a single nurse, period. End of story.
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I would say the lack of creativity from the writers/producers killed the show.
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No, despite Ralph Furley’s valiant wardrobe attempts.
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I would say the lack of creativity from the writers/producers killed the show.
This was it as John Ritter said himself.

He said they knew they were running out of ideas when they tried to hide a puppy from Roper early in the series & then they tried to hide a cat from Furley later in the series!
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This was it as John Ritter said himself.

He said they knew they were running out of ideas when they tried to hide a puppy from Roper early in the series & then they tried to hide a cat from Furley later in the series!
I know you and others have mentioned running out of ideas before, but I wanted to restate it in harsher terms, since many of the ideas the writers and producers "came up with" were the dozens of scripts that they purchased from the original English version of the show. Plus their spinoffs were identical to the ones from England as well!

I consider the main achievements by the writers and producers to be changing the show to a more physical form of comedy (especially with John Ritter), casting Don Knotts to play the Ropers' replacement, and maybe promoting Richard Kline to cast regular. Other than that, the credit for the show's success lies mostly with the actors and actresses IMO.
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Nothing killed the show, it lasted 8 seasons with a continuation season and was in the top ten for 7 of those seasons
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