Synopses & Reviews
The author does a shockingly thorough job researching one seasonsitcoms that aired in the 1980s. Each entry details not only the starring actors and season aired, but the plot, episode titles,quotes from actors, quotes from episodes, and more. Many entries also include publicity shots and stills. Sitcoms you may or may notremember include, Gilligan's Planet, The Duck Factory, Zorro and Son, and Women in Prison. Of special note is an appendix listingshows that came back for a shortened or completely different second season. The TV fanatic will rejoice.Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
As the cable TV industry exploded in the 1980s, offering viewers dozens of channels, an unprecedented number of series were produced. For every successful sitcom--The Golden Girls, Family Ties, Newhart--there were flops such as Take Five with George Segal, Annie McGuire with Mary Tyler Moore, One Big Family with Danny Thomas and Life with Lucy starring Lucille Ball, proving that a big name does not a hit show make. Other short-lived series were springboards for future stars, like Day by Day (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), The Duck Factory (Jim Carrey), Raising Miranda (Bryan Cranston) and Square Pegs (Sarah Jessica Parker). This book unearths many single-season sitcoms of the '80s, providing behind-the-scenes stories from cast members, guest stars, writers, producers and directors.