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The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, CBS
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This show didn't last long and I don't remember it particularly well, and I doubt it was of much interest to me even when it was on... but I'm sure it was okay. And I liked the cast, which included Harriet Sansom Harris, Beth Broderick, Judith Ivey, and Charlotte Ross as four of the Mrs. Buchanans, and Eileen Heckart as the other one- their mother-in-law. The show began when Ross's character, Bree, got married to the last of four brothers, all the sons of Heckart's character. She met the wives of the other three brothers, and while they were all quite different, they all had a common enemy in the mother-in-law. That's all I can say, but... the show just has the kind of title that sticks in your head, you know?


704 Hauser, CBS
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I mention this only because I believe it was the first thing I ever saw Maura Tierney in (I'd later become much more familiar with her in NewsRadio). Anyway, the basic idea was that this was Archie Bunker's old apartment (from All in the Family). Of course, the Bunkers are all gone now, and there was this African American family living there. Ernie and Rose Cumberbatch had a son named Thurgood; Ernie was a liberal and "Goodie" was a conservative. Also, he was dating a white Jewish girl named Cherlyn Markowitz (who we quite liked; played by Tierney), of whom Ernie didn't much approve, if I recall. Mainly though, father and son argued about politics. (Actually, I think maybe Cherlyn's politics were more like Ernie's, I forget.) Anyway, the show only lasted six episodes, and I don't know that it was ever very important to me. But it was okay.


All-American Girl, ABC
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It starred Margaret Cho. And Amy Hill was in it. It was about a Korean-American family. That is pretty much all I remember, but I probably liked whatever little bit of the show I saw.


Apt. 2F, MTV (The 10 Spot)
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This starred the brothers Sklar, Jason and Randy. They were funny. The other guys on the show were funny. The whole doggone thing was funny. Okay, I don't remember it well, but I know I liked it. Unfortunately, it didn't last long at all, and I don't imagine I'll ever get to see it again.


Brotherly Love, NBC / The WB
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I don't recall if I ever saw this in its original run, or just a bit of it in reruns on Disney Channel. I'm sure I couldn't have watched much of the series, and never greatly cared for it. The main reason I would have watched at all is that one of the stars was Liz Vassey (who we like), of whom I was a fan from guest spots on various shows, plus the TV movie The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space. The show is also notable for starring Joey Lawrence (of Blossom fame) and his two younger brothers, Matthew and Andy. And that's all I can tell you.


Caroline in the City, NBC (Must See TV)
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Lea Thompson (who we liked, and of whom we were a fan from "Back to the Future") played a cartoonist named Caroline Duffy. Amy Pietz (who I'd later like better in Aliens in America) played her best friend, Annie. Malcolm Gets played Richard Karinsky, a frustrated painter who was working as the colorist for Caroline's comic strip. He was quite sarcastic, and I always thought he was the best part of the show. He and Annie hated each other. There were a couple other guys named Del and Charlie who I barely remember, just because they're mentioned on Wikipedia. I don't know why my memory of this show is so lacking, but I suppose I never was a big fan of it, and probably didn't watch the whole series.


Clueless, ABC/UPN (TGIF)
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This was based on the movie Clueless. There were a lot of the same actors from the movie, though there were a few cast changes, including Rachel Blanchard taking over Alicia Silverstone's role as Cher Horowitz, the main character. I don't remember anything specific about the show, though I probably thought it was just sort of okay, bordering on lame. Or maybe I liked it more than that. I really don't remember, but I'm sure I never liked it a lot. Of course, the girls all made nice eye candy, and actually, I loved the theme song. Oh, and the show (which was created by Amy Heckerling) was later parodied in Heckerling's movie I Could Never Be Your Woman.


Crowded, NBC
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I wanted to check this out because a few of the stars were familiar to me. But I missed the first several episodes (though I did later see the pilot online, after seeing some of the middle episodes). There were only 13 episodes, of which I saw roughly half. The show wasn't very good, but I found it amusing. Not enough to be upset that it was cancelled so soon, but whatever. Anyway, it's about a guy named Mike Moore (Patrick Warburton) and his wife Martina, and their adult daughters, Shea (Miranda Cosgrove) and Stella, who move back in with them after college, or whatever. Also, Mike's father, Bob (Stacy Keach), and stepmother, Alice, were going to move away now that Bob has retired. But they didn't. Alice's son, Ethan (from a prior marriage), has also moved in with Mike and Martina. And that's pretty much all I can tell you.


Danger Theatre, FOX
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A half hour sketch comedy anthology kind of thing, which only lasted seven episodes. It was hosted by Robert Vaughn, who would introduce two 15 minute segments each week. The only one I really remember, even vaguely, is "The Searcher," about a motorcycle-riding hero played by Diedrich Bader. The other segment was "Tropical Punch," which featured Adam West, so I'm surprised I don't remember it. Anyway, it was a pretty stupid show, but funny, and I'd like to see it again someday.
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Do Over, WB
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(Around the time this premiered on the WB, there was a similar new show on ABC called "That Was Then," see other hour.)

This 34 year old guy, Joel Larsen, accidentally got shocked by defibrillator paddles and woke up back in the early 80s when he was 14. The only person he told about this was his best friend Pat. Joel tried to change his past (and that of his friends and family) for the better, though it didn't always work out. Not sure what else to say. But it was pretty funny, and we kinda liked Angela Goethals and Natasha Melnick.


Down Home, NBC
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I think this is the first thing I really remember seeing Judith Ivey in, though I may have seen her in a movie a few years earlier. I'd later see her in the final season of Designing Women, and in "The 5 Mrs. Buchanans" (higher this page). And I must know her from some other stuff, like voicing Eleanor in The Critic. Anyway... I don't remember this show clearly, but I'm sure I enjoyed it for the one season it lasted. (I didn't get NBC at the time, but my local CBS station must have aired it.) It was a kind of quirky little sitcom set in a Texas coastal town. (Though looking back, I always think of it as having been in a Maine coastal town, probably because I'm confusing the expressions "Down Home" and "Down East.") Um... looking online for info about the show, I see Ivey played a New Yorker who moved back to her home town in Texas to help save her family's struggling cafe & bait shop. That's basically the premise I remember, except I wasn't quite sure where she'd been or what the business was she returned to. I gotta say... cafe & bait shop? I like that. Anyway, the only other character I remember at all was a guy named Tran, who I think was like a waiter or something. And he was an Asian-American immigrant... I remember one joke about his sister, who I think had emigrated to America some time before he had, and he (and probably their whole family) had stopped speaking to her after receiving a letter in which... she said something that Tran had misinterpreted, since his English had been poor, at the time. I won't reveal the joke, though. Not that you're ever gonna see the show. Sigh. I do wish I could see it again sometime, but it seems terribly unlikely.


Dweebs, CBS
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This lasted less than a full season. I don't remember it well, but I'm sure I liked it at the time. In retrospect, I think it feels kind of like a spiritual predecessor to The Big Bang Theory, though of course it wasn't nearly as good as that show. Anyway, Farrah Forke (whom I knew from Wings) played a woman named Carey, who was hired as the office manager at a software company. She knew nothing about computers, but she was in charge of a bunch of computer programmers (the "dweebs" of the title). They included Vic (played by Corey Feldman); Warren (played by Peter Scolari); Morley (played by David Kaufman, who I would later know for voice work on various cartoons); Karl (played by Stephen Tobolowski, who I may have seen in other stuff before, and certainly after); and Todd (whose actor I don't think I know from anything else). Honestly, I wouldn't remember any characters' names, without looking at info online. I did remember Forke, Feldman, and Tobolowsky being in the show. And I remember liking the show basically because I saw myself as a dweeb, or whatever (even if I wasn't as smart as these people, and hadn't had much access to computers, prior to the time the show aired; certainly I could never be a programmer). I don't know how much I'd like the show if I watched it now, and I haven't got a lot of interest, anyway. But yeah, it was fun while it lasted, I guess.


Family Affair, The WB
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There was a show by this title which aired on CBS from 1966-71, which I never saw (since it was before my time). However, I was vaguely are of it later, I suppose, from pop culture references. And I checked out this remake when it aired on the WB in 2002. I remember Tim Curry (of whom I'm a fan from various things) playing a butler (or valet) named Mr. French, and Caitlin Wachs (whom I'd later see on Commander in Chief) playing a girl named Sigourney "Sissy" Davis (who we kinda liked). Looking at the cast list now, I'm reminded that her Uncle Bill was played by Gary Cole (of whom I was a fan from American Gothic and Crusade). And Sissy had a younger brother and sister named Jody and Buffy. Uncle Bill had to raise his nieces and nephew after their parents died, I guess. I don't remember anything specific about the show, and I doubt I cared much about it, but I might as well mention it, I guess, since it did at least star three people of whom I'm a fan. In other stuff.


Fired Up, NBC (Must See TV)
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This starred Sharon Lawrence as Gwen and Leah Remini as Terry (both of whom we liked). Both of them got fired from their old place of employment (where Gwen was Terry's boss), and then they end up going into business together as partners. The show also featured Terry's brother, Danny, and his boss, Guy (who was always hitting on Gwen). I don't remember anything really specific about the show, but I'm sure I found it amusing for awhile.


The Golden Palace, CBS
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This was a spin-off of The Golden Girls, which lasted a single season on CBS (rather than its predecessor's NBC). Dorothy wasn't in this show, but the other characters from Golden Girls- Blanch, Rose, and Sophia- all were. The three of them bought a struggling hotel called the Golden Palace. It also starred Don Cheadle as hotel manager Roland Wilson. (This may not be the first thing I saw him in, but I think it's the first thing I remember him from.) And Cheech Marin played a chef named Chuy Castillos. (Before this, I was vaguely aware of him being part of comedy duo Cheech & Chong, and I may have known him for voice work such as in Oliver & Company, but this is possibly the first thing I actually saw him in.) Anyway, I don't remember anything else specific about the show. I don't think I cared for it much, but it was probably kind of okay. I guess it's worth mentioning that I watched it.


Good Advice, CBS
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I had forgotten this existed, until I was looking at old listings on TVTango.com, but I'm sure I watched at least some of it. I have no idea how much I may have liked it. But anyway, it starred Shelley Long (best known for Cheers) as a marriage counselor whose own marriage didn't work out. And also she ended up sharing office space with a divorce attorney played by Treat Williams. Teri Garr was also in the show, which I'm assuming was the biggest draw, for me. Dunno what else to say.


Here and Now, NBC
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Mainly what I remember about this is that it starred Malcolm-Jamal Warner (of The Cosby Show fame) as Alexander "A.J." James. Also I remember its theme song was "Tennessee" by Arrested Development, which is odd, given that the show wasn't set in Tennessee. Anyway, Warner played a psych major in post-grad school, who became a counselor at a youth center in Harlem. I also vaguely recall Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (who I would shortly thereafter see in The John Larroquette Show) playing T, who worked at the youth center. And I vaguely recall A.J. had a potential love interest in Danielle (who we liked; played by Rachael Crawford, who I knew from E.N.G., see drama nostalgia). I'm sure there were other characters, including kids who attended the youth center. But I really don't remember any of the other characters much at all. And even the ones I've mentioned, I couldn't have told you their names without looking online. It was probably a decent show, so it's a shame I don't remember it better. But it's not something I really miss, or anything.


Hippies, BBC Two (British)
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A six episode series which I must have seen at least a couple episodes of on BBC America, at some point. It was kinda stupid in a way, but very amusing. I don't remember it that well, so I'm not sure what to say about it. There were like four hippies in the 60's or whatever, and they put out this little underground newspaper or whatever, but it didn't sell very well and probably wasn't really all that good. Anyway, the characters were all fairly different personalities who really didn't work very well together, professionally or personally. But as an ensemble on a sitcom, they were pretty good. One of the stars was Simon Pegg, who later did some movies I hope to see someday. (He also played Scotty in the Star Trek reboot, which I did see.) Another star was Julian Rhind-Tutt, who I later saw on Keen Eddie. The other stars were Sally Phillips and Darren Boyd, neither of whom I think I've seen in anything else. But I probably wouldn't mind doing so.


Hope & Gloria, NBC (Must See TV)
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The only thing I remember about this is that it co-starred Cynthia Stevenson (who I had previously quite liked in Bob) and Jessica Lundy (who I had previously liked in "Over My Dead Body," see lower this page). I think I probably liked the show well enough while it was on, but I doubt it was ever anything I expected to remember. Though it seems there were other people in the cast whose work I've enjoyed in other shows.


I'm With Her, ABC
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David Sutcliffe (who I knew from a recurring role on Gilmore Girls) played a high school teacher named Patrick Owen, who started a relationship with a famous actress named Alex Young (who we liked; played by Teri Polo, who I knew from the movie "Mystery Date" and the final season of Northern Exposure). The series only lasted one season, which I think is a bit disappointing. I'm sure I liked the show, and I wish I could remember it better. What I remember mainly is that the theme song was a cover of Is She Really Going Out With Him?


Ink, CBS
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Ted Danson (of Cheers fame) played a hotshot newspaper journalist named Mike Logan. At the start of the series, another journalist, Kate Montgomery (Mary Steenburgen), became managing editor of the paper Mike worked for. This was complicated, because they had once been married, and had a teenage daughter together. The paper's staff also included a police reporter named Ernie Trainor (played by Charles Robinson, from Night Court), a financial reporter named Alan Mesnick (played by Saul Rubinek, who I'd later get to know better in Warehouse 13), an editorial assistant named Donna French, and... some other people. I'm afraid I don't remember the show well at all, but I'm sure I liked it while it was on, and it's a shame it only lasted one season. I suppose I'd vaguely like to see it again someday.


It Had To Be You, CBS
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A very short-lived sitcom, which I barely remember. There was a socialite named Laura Scofield (Faye Dunaway), who started an unlikely romantic relationship with a carpenter named Mitch Quinn (played by Robert Urich, whom I knew from Spenser: For Hire). In fact, the only thing I could have told you about it was that it starred Dunaway and Urich, though apparently there were at least a couple other actors on the show whom I'd later see in other things. Anyway, the presence of these two stars was a draw, for me. I don't really remember how much I liked the show, but I probably thought it was okay, and should have lasted longer.


A League of Their Own, CBS
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This was based on the movie of the same name. It was pretty stupid, and got cancelled pretty quick. Really the only reason I watched it was because Wendy Makkena was in it, and I had quite liked her in the movie "Sister Act." And in this... well, let's just say, she wasn't exactly playing a nun, okay?


Life on a Stick, FOX
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Not a terribly good show, really, but I still found it pretty amusing. I didn't think it would last long, and it didn't; but I thought it should've lasted a little longer. It's about this 18 year old guy named Laz, who just lost his job at a corn dog stand in the mall, when he stood up for coworker Lily, when their boss, Mr. Hut, was yelling at her. They start going out. Or not, it's complicated. Anyway, Laz's rather weird, but funny friend Fred (who, btw, went on to voice Spud on American Dragon: Jake Long) also quit working there in support of Laz. But all three of them very quickly returned to the job. Meanwhile, Laz's dad Rick and stepmom Michelle (played by Amy Yasbeck) have been pushing him to move out of the house, which he doesn't want to do. But then they decide to let him stay, hoping he'll have a good influence on Michelle's somewhat angry daughter Molly. Also, Molly became friends this guy named Jasper. She thought they were going to date, I guess, but it turned out he already has a girlfriend, so for now they're just friends. Oh, and Rick and Michelle have a 9 year old son named Gus, the only child they had together. Everyone seems to go to him for advice, including the parents. And that's all I can think to say about the show, except that it was fairly quirky and weird. In a good way.


Lush Life, FOX
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A very brief series, which was probably one of the earliest FOX shows I had a chance to watch. All I really remember about it now is that it starred Lori Petty (of whom I was a fan from Tank Girl) and Karyn Parsons (of whom I was a fan from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I don't even remember how well I liked the show, but I don't think I ever found it a great loss that it was cancelled so quickly. However, looking back now (in 2012), it occurs to me that the premise must have been a lot like Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23.


Material World, CBC (Canadian)
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A cute and funny and quirky little show from the early 90s. I liked the theme song (which I just discovered in 2012 was called "What the Astronaut Noticed & then Suggested," by Bob Wiseman, which you can find here). Anyway, there was this fashion designer named Kitty Reeves (who we liked), and her roommate, Angela (who we liked). But I'm afraid I don't really remember anything specific about the show. I'd like to see it again someday, but I doubt that'll happen. Also I should say, it apparently ran for four seasons, but I very much doubt I saw all of them. I think I saw maybe one or two seasons, and probably not the first one. In fact, probably not the first two. I may not have been aware the show existed until the third or fourth season, but I don't recall having been aware that it wasn't new, when I started watching.


Muddling Through, CBS
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This starred Stephanie Hodge (who I already knew from "Nurses," see below) as Connie Drego. She had two daughters; the elder one, Madeline, was played by Jennifer Aniston, who would become quite famous soon after this short-lived series ended, when her next series, Friends, became a huge success. Anyway, according to the internet, Connie returned to the hotel she owned after a couple years in prison, at the starts of the series. I didn't even remember that much of the plot. All I remembered was that Jennifer Aniston was in it and that I found both her and her character's younger sister, Kerri, attractive, and um... I probably found the show kind of funny. I guess. Honestly, I can't even remember for sure whether I liked it or not. I didn't even remember any of the characters' names. (Thanks again, internet.)
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The Naked Truth, ABC / NBC (Must See TV)
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All I really remember about this is that it starred Téa Leoni and Holland Taylor, and was set at a tabloid newspaper. And it was funny and kinda wacky, or something. I wish I remembered it better.


Nurses, NBC
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This was a spin-off of Empty Nest. As the title suggests, it was about a group of nurses. Who worked at a hospital in Miami. They included Annie, Sandy, Julie, Gina, and Greg. (I don't quite remember Greg, but Wikipedia said he was written out after the first season, so that's probably why.) I definitely remember thinking Julie was cute, and probably Gina, too. And they were all reasonably amusing. And there was a doctor named Hank Kaplan. There was also an orderly named Paco. In the second season, there was a white collar criminal named Jack Trenton who had to do community service at the hospital, but he did as little work as possible. Mostly what I remember about this show is Jack hanging out with Paco, and basically using him in whatever silly schemes he thought up. Or something, I dunno. They were probably my favorite thing about the show. But I never cared a great deal about the show, I guess. But it was okay. Not something I miss, really.


Oddville, MTV
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This show was kind of bizarre. It was a sort of a talk show, sort of a variety show. But it was insane. Kind of stupid, but I liked it. It was funny in a way. It had a weird, dorky host, and a really weird cohost who never spoke and just sat on the couch not moving or anything. He kind of seemed like he should be in an asylum; he was funny, but also rather disturbing, in a way. And some of the guests were really crazy, eating lightbulbs and whatnot. We liked the announcer, Melissa, though. And they had cool musical guests sometimes. Well, that's about all I can think to say. But it would be cool to see this again sometime. Which will never happen.


Partners, FOX
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I remember really loving this show. It was funny and I enjoyed the whole cast. Maria Pitillo and Catherine Lloyd Burns were cute. Anyway, the main two characters, played by Jon Cryer and Tate Donovan, were architects. That's really all I can tell you. Um... and it must have been one of the first things I ever got to watch on Fox, on a regular basis, because it aired the fall that I started college. Which is the first time I had regular access to cable- without which you couldn't get Fox where I lived. Anyway, it's a shame the show didn't last longer.


Police Squad!, ABC
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This originally aired on ABC in 1982, but was cancelled after just six episodes. However, I didn't know anything about that. It led to the successful theatrical movie "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" in 1988, which I probably saw on TV at some point, I don't really remember. The movie had two sequels, one in 1991 and one in 1994. I don't recall how many or which ones of them I saw, I just know that I never saw any in the theater. Anyway... also in 1991, reruns of Police Squad! aired on CBS, which is where I saw the show for the first time. It's kind of odd, learning that a movie or movies I had seen or was at least aware of had been based on a show I don't think I'd ever heard of. (Even though the first movie had the name of the show in the official title, I don't think I'd heard it called anything but just "The Naked Gun.") Anyway, Leslie Nielsen played police detective Frank Drebin. The show was really funny, in an absurdist way. But I'm afraid I don't remember anything specific about it, now. It'd be nice to see it again, someday.


The Powers That Be, NBC
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I don't think I ever saw much of this, and I'm not sure how interesting I foudn it. But it was probably amusing. It was about this dysfunctional family in Washington, D.C., the patriarch of which was a senator named William Powers. I think the show is mostly remembered by not only myself, but TV viewers in general, for the fact that the cast contained a bunch of people who were or became famous for other things. There was Holland Taylor, who I'd later see in "The Naked Truth" (see above), though she's more famous for "Two and a Half Men" (in which I have very little interest). There was Peter MacNicol, who I'd later see in Chicago Hope and Ally McBeal (among other things). Valerie Mahaffey, who I already knew from a recurring role in Northern Exposure. David Hyde Pierce, who I'd later see in Frasier. Elizabeth Berridge, who I'd later see in The John Larroquette Show. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who I'd later see in 3rd Rock From the Sun (among other things). And... probably any number of other good actors. So I might like to see it again, someday.


Quintuplets, FOX
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This lasted just one season, and I seem to recall mostly thinking it was fairly stupid. But it could be sort of funny, I guess. It starred the always funny Andy Richter (who I knew from Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter Controls the Universe) as Bob Chase, the father of five teenagers (the quintuplets of the title). He and his wife, Carol, had a hard time raising all these kids, largely because of how much money it cost. The kids themselves included a popular and athletic boy named Parker, a weird boy named Pearce, an intellectual nonconformist girl named Penny (played by April Matson, who I'd later see in Kyle XY, though looking at pictures of her from Quintuplets now, I can't help thinking she looked like Ariel Winter of Modern Family), a pretty and shallow girl named Paige, and an annoying boy named Patton (who I remember best of any of the characters, mostly because of his annoying catch phrase, "You likey?") Um, I liked the theme song, "Suk or Shine" by Chris & Tad. And I suppose all the girls were cute. But I don't remember the show well at all, and I don't have much interest in ever seeing it again.


The Royal Family, CBS
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When this show started, I was vaguely aware of its star, Redd Foxx, having been famous for other work, which was before my time. The same was probably true of costar Della Reese (with whom I'd later become more familiar in Touched by an Angel). I don't remember much about the show, but I'm sure I must have liked it while it lasted.


Someone Like Me, NBC
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This only lasted six episodes, and I'm not sure I saw all of them. Pretty much the only thing I remember about the show is that it starred Gaby Hoffmann, who was pretty good in it. There is actually one scene I remember, but... I'd rather not explain it. Anyway, it would be good to see the show again someday.


Something So Right, NBC/ABC
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This starred Jere Burns (who I knew from "Dear John": see comedy nostalgia) as Jack Farrell and Mel Harris as Carly Davis. They were both divorced (Carly twice), and each had kids from their previous marriages, when they married each other. Carly had a son named Will from her first marriage, and a daughter named Sarah from her second. Jack had a daughter named Nicole (Marne Patterson). We occasionally saw Carly's ex-husbands and Jack's ex-wife. And I'm sure there are other characters who I don't remember at all. In fact I don't remember much about this show other than the title, but I'm sure I found it amusing, while it was on.


Sons & Daughters, ABC
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Okay, this was a partially improvised comedy about a sort of dysfunctional family. I thought it was kind of amusing, I guess, but I never liked it as much as the critics did. Um, it centered on a guy named Cameron Walker. His family included his second wife, Liz, their kids Ezra and Marni; Cameron's son Henry, who recently came to live with them; Cameron's mom, Colleen, and her husband, Wendal Halbert, who helped raise Colleen's kids when their father left her; Cameron's sister Jenna, who has a young son named Danny with a guy named Whitey; Cameron's other sister, Sharon, and her husband, Don Fenton, and their kids, Carrie and Jeff. And maybe there's some other people, but that's enough for now. Anyway, my favorite characters were Carrie and Henry. Um... well I think everyone was a bit odd, to say the least. And Cameron was rather frustrated by everything. And um... I dunno. It's all kinda weird. I dunno what else to say. I don't remember it at all well, and I don't exactly care that it got cancelled so early (after one season of only 11 episodes). But it was okay. At least I admired the sort of experimental nature of the show. But I guess I prefer scripted stuff over improv.


Step By Step, ABC (TGIF)
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This starred Patrick Duffy (who of course I knew from Dallas) as Frank Lambert and Suzanne Somers (who we like, and who I of course knew from Three's Company) as Carol Foster. Frank was divorced and Carol was widowed, and then they met each other and got married. They both had some kids, so the family got blended, Brady Bunch-style. (So they all became step-siblings. Get it?) Carol's oldest kid was Dana (who we liked; played by Staci Keanan, who I probably vaguely knew from having seen a very little bit of "My Two Dads"). Frank's oldest kid was J.T. And Frank and Carol each had at least a couple other kids, who I don't remember so well. And Frank had a nephew named Cody (played by Sasha Mitchell, who I also knew from "Dallas"). Anyway, I couldn't tell you much about the series, because I didn't watch it a lot. Because for the most part, I thought it was pretty insipid. Dana was the best character, because... well, she was intelligent, and generally annoyed by much of the same stuff that annoyed me about the show (except of course that for her, it was life). Cody was mildly amusing, though, in a dim but likable way. And I guess the show could be kind of funny, if never really clever. Mainly, though, the only reason to watch it at all was that Carol and Dana (and probably a couple other girls) were easy on the eyes.


The Steven Banks Show, PBS
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This show aired for just a little while on PBS. I mean, an original PBS sitcom, which is a pretty unique thing to be, right? I'm afraid I don't really remember much of anything about it, except that I liked it. And it was kinda quirky. I'd really like to see it again sometime and write a proper review....


Suddenly Susan, NBC (Must See TV)
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This starred Brooke Shields (who we like), and Judd Nelson, and Nestor Carbonell, and Kathy Griffin (who we kinda like), and some other people whom I don't remember. It was set at a magazine. I don't remember anything about the plot, or how much of the show I actually watched, or how much I liked it. But I know I at least watched it for a little while, and I liked the cast. That's all.


Sunday Dinner, CBS
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Probably the first thing I saw Teri Hatcher in. The whole cast was good, especially Robert Loggia. I enjoyed the show. Hmmm, but what was it about? Loggia played a widower named Ben Benedict, who had a few grown children. And he started dating this younger woman named TT Fagori (Hatcher), who started coming to Sunday dinner with the family. Ben's daughters, Diana and Vicky, didn't like their dad dating someone about their age, but his son, Kenneth, didn't mind. I forget what Ben's sister, Martha thought about the relationship. In fact I don't remember the show well at all, but I know I liked it. It's a shame it didn't last longer, but I don't really miss it.
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Tom, CBS
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I must have seen at least a little bit of this, but I don't really remember anything about it. Anyway, it only lasted 11 episodes. It starred Tom Arnold, who is probably best known for having been married to Roseanne Barr (for whose sitcom, Roseanne, he did some writing and on which he occasionally appeared). Their marriage lasted about four years, and this show came out, I think, around the time they divorced. I think Tom tends to get less credit than he deserves for his sense of humor, but... I'm still not sure how much I liked this show. Looking at the cast list, I see some other familiar names, most notably Alison La Placa (the only other person I recall, vaguely, besides Tom, being in the show). I'd later get to really like her on The John Larroquette Show, but I guess I saw her in this first. Actually, it's possible I saw her in something else even earlier, which I don't remember at all. Can't think what else to say about the show, except I think it may be due to an interview with Tom Arnold around the time that this came out that I started thinking of the phrase "Tom Tom the Tom," in association with him. Or maybe that happened sometime later, I dunno. Anyway, it might be nice to see the show again, someday, but it's not really important to me.


Twitch City, CBC (Canadian)
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This only ran for 13 episodes, over two seasons. I watched one season on CBC, which was very short. Then a long time went by and I rarely watched CBC, but I tuned in one night just to see if anything was on, and there was a new season. But I didn't get to see much. Anyway, there's this guy Curtis who just sits around in his apartment watching TV, taping everything. He especially watches one particular daytime talk show. Um... his roommate goes out to get some food for the cat and ends up like accidentally killing a homeless man or something. And went to jail. And his girlfriend Hope (who we like) moved in with Curtis and they soon developed a relationship. And started looking for new roommates. And stuff. Curtis never leaves the apartment, he's a complete shut-in. Psychologically not capable of leaving, though I think he was drugged once so he could be transported somewhere else for a little while. Anyway, um... I don't remember it too well, but it was a very sort of bizarre and interesting show. I liked it alot, and I'd probably like to see it again sometime. That's about all I can think to say.


Viva Variety, Comedy Central
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Weird show, mildly amusing. The premise was that it was a European variety show which was brought to America (though of course it was totally fake), and hosted by a divorced couple, Mr. and the former Mrs. Laupin. Of course they were just fake characters. And the other guy was Johnny Bluejeans, who was kinda dumb, but thought he was really cool. Not much else to say. Yeah, often stupid, occasionally funny.


Welcome to New York, CBS
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This show didn't last very long. I barely remember it, but still I felt like mentioning that I did watch it for awhile. Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan played a weatherman from Indiana (also named Jim Gaffigan, I believe), who got a job in New York City, where everyone seemed pretty weird. His boss, Marsha Bickner, was played by Christine Baranski. And he had an assistant or something, played by Sara Gilbert. And there were some other characters whom I'm afraid I don't remember at all. But the show was reasonably amusing, I guess.



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