Soap

Soap

Two sisters, with different and rather dysfunctional families were the focus of the controversial ABC sitcom, Soap, which arrived on the airwaves in 1977 and redefined what was acceptable to talk about on television. Often bizarre, usually hilarious, Soap broke down barriers and introduced America to the most colorful characters ever seen on a soap opera. Considering the usual fodder of daytime soap operas, that’s saying something. Continue reading...

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

The idyllic sitcoms of the 60s rarely presented the struggles of single parents raising children. Perhaps that's why The Courtship of Eddie's Father still resonates with viewers after all these years. Debuting in 1969, the series didn't achieve the same syndication love as its fellow sitcoms from the era, but enough so to maintain a legion of fans who considered the title character to be their fantasy father figure. Continue reading...

What's Happening!!

What’s Happening!!

Light on the social commentary and heavy on the laughs, the 70s sitcom What's Happening!! focused on the importance of family and friendship, specifically a teenager named Raj, his single mother, evil little sister, and two best friends, all doing their best to make the most of life while living in the impoverished community of Watts, California. Continue reading...

Doogie Howser MD

Doogie Howser, M.D.

The teenage years are tough for any kid to navigate, with all those societal pressures, raging hormones and parental expectations. Doogie Howser faced all of the challenges that adolescence had to offer, on top of tending to his surgical duties as the youngest licensed doctor in the country, on the hit ABC series, Doogie Howser, M.D. Continue reading...

Barney Miller

Barney Miller

The year was 1975, and after an divisive war and political scandal, America was yearning for a little honesty and a lot of humor. Barney Miller delivered on both counts. Sporting a theme song just as funky as its characters, this beloved sitcom won the hearts of millions with its hilarious depiction of daily life within a NYC police precinct. Continue reading...

Flipper

Flipper

Film and television producer Ivan Tors had a strong affinity for nature, especially the marine variety. As a result, he produced a string of marine-themed shows like The Aquanauts. However, the most famous and popular of these productions was the hit show Flipper. It was strongly reminiscent of Lassie, but replaced that show's dog character with a more water-friendly dolphin. Continue reading...

Golden Girls

The Golden Girls

It's not too hard to understand why a sitcom based around women over sixty might be a hard sell in a town perpetually obsessed with youth. To overcome this obstacle, NBC assembled a formidable ensemble cast for The Golden Girls, with decades of sitcom success under their collective belts. This quartet provided the Midas touch that won the hearts of viewers, young and old alike. Continue reading...

Charlies Angels

Charlie’s Angels

When Aaron Spelling first introduced the ground-breaking television series Charlie’s Angels in 1976, it was a radical concept. No longer were women relegated to the role of helpless victim or happy homemaker. For the first time, they were gun-wielding crime fighters, perfectly capable of putting their male adversaries in their place. It was brave new territory, and it proved enormously successful. Continue reading...