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Condo aired from February until June 1983 on ABC.

The declining fortunes of an opinionated WASP brought him next door to an upwardly mobile Latino family in this 1983 comedy. Insurance salesman James Kirkridge ( McLean Stevenson who was in his sixth sitcom in fifteen years ) found it necessary to move his All-American family from their rambling house to a smaller condominium, where his next door neighbor turned out to be Jesse Rodriguez ( Luis Avalos), whose success in the landscaping business had recently allowed him to move up from the barrio. As if the clash of cultures wasn't enough for traditionalist Kirkridge , his son Scott ( Mark Schubb), and Jesses's daughter Linda ( Julie Carmen) soon announced they were getting married and expecting a baby. Also featured in the cast were Brooke Alderson as Jame's wife Margaret " Kiki" Kirkridge; Marc Price as their younger son Billy; Yvonne Wilder as Jesse's wife Maria; and James Victor as Maria's father Jose Montoya .Race and religion jokes flew thick and fast between James and Jesse, but not fast enough to save this series.

A Review From The New York Times


Published: February 13, 1983
Assorted sages and analytical researchers have observed that the history of literature can lay claim to about a half-dozen basic story plots. Television's situation comedy, it seems, can get along with even fewer. As the mid-season schedule adjustments get under way, summary descriptions of the new sit-coms can trigger severe deja-vu. Clearly, variations, however slight, are all.

For example, ABC has just launched two new series back-to-back on Thursday evenings. ''Condo,'' at 8, stars McLean Stevenson as a WASP and Luis Avalos as a Hispanic who find themselves to be neighbors in a condominium development. At 8:30, Beatrice Arthur, formerly known as the title character of ''Maude,'' returns in ''Amanda's,'' playing the owner of a seaside hotel. Coincidentally, the premiere episodes of both of these new shows happened to have been directed by John Rich.

The executive producers of ''Condo'' are Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas. In the past, with Susan Harris, they have created such series as ''Soap,'' which would indicate that they are partial to insult humor. Sheldon Bull, who created ''Condo'' and wrote the first episode, would seem to be quite proficient in that particular genre. His specialty, though, is the racial/ethnic insult, a type of comedy that came into its own in the early 1970's with ''All in the Family'' and its ''lovable bigot'' Archie Bunker. That show then went on to spin off ''The Jeffersons,'' which let black and irascible George Jefferson sound off frequently, and sometimes pointedly, against his white neighbors. ''The Jeffersons'' provides the key blueprint for a series like ''Condo.''

Set in Southern California, ''Condo'' has James Kirkridge (Mr. Stevenson) undergoing economic hard times and giving up his big family home to move into a smaller two-story condominium. With James are his somewhat dizzy wife Kiki (Brooke Alderson), his older son Scott (Mark Schubb) and younger son Billy (Marc Price). Billy, whose head is usually wrapped in the headset of a personal stereo, is genuinely stupid. His report cards from school afford his father ample opportunities for sarcasm: ''Words cannot describe what a joy you are to me.''

Meanwhile, directly across a low dividing wall, Jesse Rodriguez (Mr. Avalos) is moving up from the barrio as the owner of a landscaping company. He has his wife Maria (Yvonne Wilder, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Isabel Sanford, who plays George Jefferson's wife), his beautiful daughter Linda (Julie Carmen) and his father-in-law Jose (James Victor), who is not too happy about moving away from the ''old ways.'' The basic situation is thus symmetrically and rather laboriously established.

It could hardly come as a surprise that when Kirkridge, wearing the kind of garishly colored leisure trousers that only an expensive store would have the nerve to sell, walks out onto his patio and spots Rodriguez arranging plants next door, he assumes the man is the development's gardener. ''Excuse me,'' he says haughtily, ''habla usted ingles?'' Eventually discovering his mistake and the true identity of his new neighbor, Kirkridge exclaims, ''Oh, my God!'' An unimpressed Rodriguez responds, ''If you have one, pray to him for intelligence.''

Three months later, Christmas arrives and Kirkridge has a fine time ridiculing the colored lights and assorted holiday displays covering the Rodriguez home. A neighborly visit by the Kirkridges turns into a strained ritual employing glasses of wine and chunks of fruitcake. All the while, however, a romance has been developing between the Kirkridges' older son and the Rodriguezes' daughter. When Linda and Scott are caught kissing on the patio, Rodriguez is furious, but Kirkridge, taking the macho approach, is patronizingly reasonable: ''What is it with you people? One little kiss and you flip your taco.'' Then, another three months later - making this an unusual sit-com episode simply in terms of time elapsed - it is revealed that the young lovers have been secretly married and that she is pregnant. And there you have the essential variation, itself little more than another turn on a device that goes back at least as far as ''Abie's Irish Rose.''

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