In episode 61, we talked about the season when NBC owned and operated stations had primetime starting at 7:30. We talked about one of those 5 shows, We Got it Made, in episode 66. Another show from that experiment is this show's focus. Marblehead Manor follows the antics of a wealthy family and their staff at their palatial residence.
Schuckapalooza forges on with this reboot of a 1960s classic with our hero this week playing Herman Munster, a role made famous by Fred Gwynne. In this sequel series, the Munster family wakes up from a 22-year sleep and has to mostly deal with Grandpa's crappy inventions.
Soap was riding high in 1980. Its producers gave who would likely be the 6th most popular cast member on that show her own vehicle, with a cast that includes a comedy icon and a future comedy icon. I'm a Big Girl Now was one (season) and done.
McCormick from Hardcastle and McCormick and Audrey Griswold #3 star in a sitcom about marrying someone to ensure they aren't deported from the country. Of course, hilarity ensues. The best moment of the show came at the very end of the final episode, when everybody knew the writing was on the wall.
Marvel Month nears its end with one of the more recent shows this podcast has covered. Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier and others showed a lot of promise when this debuted, but the plug was quickly pulled at Netflix. Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me! was just a bland comedy which relied on many tropes.
Bob Saget is playing a widower taking care of his daughters, but it's not Full House. It's the early 2000s, this show is on the WB, and the two daughters on the show went on to much bigger and better things in the upcoming decades. Marvel month rolls on with Raising Dad.
CBS was having a tough go in the late 80s, in an era dominated by NBC. They gave a pilot not unlike UHF spearheaded by Eddie Murphy a chance, but it was one and done. Don't change that channel and discover What's Alan Watching?
We start our 2nd annual "Lost in Translation" week with a hit comedy from Australia which bombed in the States in 2008. Kath and Kim was to be the next big NBC Thursday night comedy. Despite a plum time slot, a great cast, and a plethora of great guests, it was sent packing after 17 episodes.
Without question, Lucille Ball is a legend. Unfortunately, even legends make missteps. Life with Lucy in 1986 was Lucy's misstep. Thirteen episodes were shot and only eight aired. In this episode, we look at the reasons why this misfired, was it because ABC was that desperate for a hit? was it because audiences were weary of Lucy's physical comedy at her age? was it because the executives were afraid to say no to Lucy?
On a lighter note, enjoy our discussion of a Pre-Life Goes On Kelle Martin on Card Sharks in 1986.
One of this podcast's favorite people is Chris Elliott. Post-Letterman, Elliott starred in the FOX sitcom Get a Life. While hilarious and brilliant, it might have been a little too out there, even for the hip and relatively new network. This episode has been Handsome Boy approved.