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Day By Day , which was created by Gary David Goldberg aired from February 1988 until June 1989 on NBC.

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A Review from The New York Times

TV Review; Superman At 50, A Special

Published: February 29, 1988

BETWEEN 8 and 9 this evening, you can choose between two specials. At 8, CBS is mounting a pop-culture party in ''Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel.'' At 8:30, NBC has a preview (another is scheduled Thursday), of a new sitcom called ''Day by Day,'' which will have an official premiere in its regular time period next Sunday night at 8:30. Supposedly there is method behind these scheduling intricacies.

With Lorne Michaels (''Saturday Night Live'') as executive producer for Broadway Productions, ''Superman's 50th Anniversary'' reviews highlights of the pop icon's career since his debut in Action Comics in 1938. Alias mild-mannered Clark Kent, the man in the funny looking suit and cape has been one of the most extraordinarily durable artifacts of American culture. On a recent flight between New York and San Juan, my 4 1/2-year-old companion insisted on bringing along his Superman pyjamas. Once in the air, he rushed into the lavatory only to emerge minutes later, much to the applause of the other passengers, portraying the world renowned defender of truth, justice and the American way. When it comes to universal identity, few products can compete with the Superman image.

Unfortunately, this television special is a bit self-conscious about taking Superman seriously. Directed by Robert Boyd and written by Rosie Shuster, Adam Green, Bruce McCulloch and Robert Smigel, the show takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to a subject that has already been pickled in tongue-in-cheek treatments via the four films starring Christopher Reeve.

Dana Carvey, the ''church lady'' of ''Saturday Night Live,'' is an appealingly enthusiastic host, and he's fine when dealing with a straightforward history of Superman in comic books, movie and television serials and films. But too often he has to introduce labored comedy sketches that, despite the participation of names such as Hal Holbrook, Peter Boyle, Jimmy Breslin and Ralph Nader, are sadly uninspired. At this stage of the pop game, Superman deserves more than a soggy, albeit good-natured sendup.

The sitcom ''Day by Day'' could be Gary David Goldberg's retirement annuity. The creator of ''Family Ties'' has now put together, with Andy Borowitz, the kind of weekly series that, if it hits, could cash in forever on its juvenile and adolescent tie-ins. ''Day by Day'' has a basic premise that just might be pounced on as a trend. Brian and Kate Harper (Doug Sheehan and Linda Kelsey) have given up successful careers -he was a stockbroker, she a lawyer -to open up in their own living room a day-care center for tots of assorted colors and persuasions. Looking to do something meaningful with their lives, Brian and Kate are, in short, television entertainment's first victims of yuppie burnout.

There is the smell of audience research hovering about the project. With babies fashionable once again, movies and television shows are already crammed with the patter of little feet and mouths. A series has an added bottom-line asset. Viewers can watch the youngsters grow up, possibly to have their own series some day, like the Cosby kids. And, not taking any chances, ''Day by Day'' gives Brian and Kate a teen-age son, the kind who might do as much for the ratings as Michael J. Fox did for ''Family Ties'' or Kirk Cameron is doing for ''Growing Pains.'' In this case, C. B. Barnes, formerly of ''Starman'' and a Cameron lookalike, is a promising contender.

And ''Day by Day'' has something else going for it - proven talent. Mr. Goldberg doesn't take silly chances. Tonight's episode is written by Mr. Borowitz and directed by Will Mackenzie, who has picked up several awards for his work on ''Family Ties'' and ''Moonlighting.'' Mr. Borowitz and Mr. Mackenzie are executive producers of the series. Janis Hirsch, once of ''It's Garry Shandling's Show,'' is supervising producer and a writer.

The dialogue is snappy and the performers, even the precocious kids, are attractive. An expecially clever character is Eileen (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Brian's former business associate who is still appalled at his decision to give up being a workaholic. ''Well, well,'' chirps Eileen in her best Mr. Rogers put-on as she enters the day-care room, ''it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.'' That's ''Day by Day'': cute with an edge.

A Review from USA TOADAY


This represents the cloying penultimate of family TV comedy. Never have so many cuddly babies and doting parents been together in the same place.

In that, Day by Day verges on being oppresively treacly. Family life is never this good, never this sane . Babies aren't this cute all the time.

This takes the notion that you can have it all-inside and outside the home-and smashes it. Here, the universe exists exclusively inside the home. Outsiders knock and seek entry, Of course, in true sitcom tradition, all are welcome.

Yet the message, in this age of AIDS and post-stock-market-crash reassessment of values is clear: Beware of any who are not your own. Day by Day expouses a theory of " us" and " them." Us, our little family; them, anyone who isn't.

Doug Sheehan and Linda Kelsey play the late-30's leads who decide after the birth of their second child, to stay home and run a day-care center.

The family room has been given over to finger paints and graham cracker crumbs. " Six months ago," he says " I knew where every French restaurant was in town. Now, I know where to go to get the freshes graham crackers.

A character named Eileen ( Julia Louis-Dreyfus)represents the alien mentality. A career woman who shrinks at the sight of toddlers. Eileen is tolerated, but just barely, by the lead characters. She's the ghost of their clawing, self-absorbed pasts.

Day by Day is also about making amends, relieving guilt and getting the chance to start over-provided you do it at home base.

An Article from The New York Times

Day Care Series Hailed For Highlighting Issue

Published: March 19, 1988

''Day by Day,'' the new situation comedy about day care that had its premiere with much fanfare two weeks ago on NBC, is not just a success in the Nielsen ratings. It is also a hit with the nation's day-care establishment.

Gary David Goldberg, the creator of ''Family Ties,'' was the co-creator of ''Day by Day,'' and the show was based on Mr. Goldberg's own experiences in child care.

''Day by Day,'' a midseason replacement, was given an unusual premiere week when three episodes were shown in the time slots after ''Alf,'' ''The Cosby Show'' and ''Family Ties.'' The show is about two spouses - a former stockbroker and a lawyer - who give up their high-powered careers to run a day-care business in their home so they can spend more time with their 15-year-old son and infant daughter.

In its first week,''Day by Day'' received the second-highest ratings of any prime-time program; last week's ''Day by Day,'' which was broadcast Sunday at 8:30 P.M., was second in its time slot behind ''Murder, She Wrote,'' and beat out the premiere of ''Supercarrier,'' a new series on ABC. ''Day by Day'' rated 26th out of 78 prime-time shows, ahead of ''Hooperman,'' ''Designing Women'' and ''Dynasty.''

''We got the idea for the show from our own experience,'' said the 43-year-old Mr. Goldberg. In 1971 he and his wife, Diana Meehan, opened the Organic Day Care Center in their home in Berkeley, Calif., and for two years cared for 12 children aged 2 to 5. Remembered Incidents

A few lines in the first show came from Mr. Goldberg's own memories of day care, including some dialogue about the ''look of fear on the faces of shopkeepers when a crowd of day-care kids comes into their store,'' he said.

''We knew that look so well,'' he added, ''because our motto at the Organic Day Care Center was, 'Rain or shine, we take your kids on a trip every day!' ''

In the late 1970's, Mr. Goldberg began to write ''Day by Day'' as a feature film, but received little encouragement ''and put it down,'' he said. ''I guess eight years ago - that just wasn't the right time for it. Now there's a real groundswell out there, a yearning for something to be done about day care.''

Mr. Goldberg is an advocate of more and better day care. ''However, to the degree we're preaching or sermonizing, we've failed as writers,'' he said.

Nine more episodes of ''Day by Day'' will be shown this season, on Sunday nights after ''Family Ties.'' Since the episodes have already been taped, they are unaffected by the film and television writers' strike. 'A Landmark Show'

Child-care experts are saying that the show is the first network drama to portray day care favorably and that it demonstrates the arrival of child care as a mainstream issue in American life. In addition, they think it may win support for child-care legislation now pending before Congress.

''I think it's a landmark show,'' said Ellen Galinsky, president-elect of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. With 55,000 members, it is the largest association of early-childhood professionals.

''For so many years, in every TV show, the care of children has been an invisible aspect of life on television,'' Ms. Galinsky said. ''On programs like the Cosby show, all child care happens as if by magic.''

Others praised the show for focusing on family day care provided in the home, as distinct from out-of-home, center-based care. ''Family day care is by far the most common form of child care for children under the age of 3, and a big piece of the over-3's,'' said Dr. Sheila B. Kamerman, professor of social policy and planning at the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Dr. Kamerman estimates that, nationally, five million children are in family day care, most of them under the age of 6. ''I'm struck by how clearly child care has become a mainstream issue,'' she said. ''The show helps society to validate these child-care workers. It could contrib=ute to a climate of acceptance of pending Federal legislation.'' Congress Considers Help

Currently before Congress, among other day-care bills, is the Act for Better Child Care, a $2.5 billion bill supported by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and professional groups. It would improve the quality and expand the availability of day care.

Some child-care experts criticized ''Day by Day'' for what they called a ''cutesy'' portrayal of children. ''But I think we can stand a little cutesy, in comparison to all the negative coverage child care has received,'' said Ann Muscari, a vice president at Kinder-Care Inc., the largest national chain of child-care centers.

Several experts praised the show's portrayal of a man, played by the actor Doug Sheehan, giving loving care to children. Many men have left the child-care field after publicity given to child-abuse scandals.

Even those running family day-care homes have praise for ''Day by Day.'' ''I've been waiting for years to see something like this on television,'' said Molly Sullivan, who cares for six 2-year-olds in her Berkeley home.

She added: ''I was a dropout, too -in 1981, I wanted to integrate my work and family life, and wanted to give to other kids the kind of child care I give my own. It's been wonderful for my husband and two children.''

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