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August 24th, 2000

The Sitcoms that Time Forgot

These sitcoms that seem to have no recognition and no storied history have been floating in my brain lately:

Out of this World, starring Donna Pescow, Doug McClure (inspiration for Troy!), Buzz Belmondo, and Maureen Flanagan. Maureen played a teen borne of Pescow’s character and the character’s husband. She was thus, half alien, and wacky hijinks ensued. The family talked with the father through a weird, shiny box thing that opened up. [Don’t ask.] She had the magical power of "gleeping" to reverse time, change objects, etc. Amazingly, I found this episode guide – one of the few resources for this short-lived sitcom on the web.

Tattinger’s, a reworked version of some other show that sucked on NBC. A couple was in charge of a bar – named Tattinger’s – and, if memory serves me right, simply interacted with folks who dropped in. I think it was trying to be like Cheers, only pseudo-serious. Which doesn’t work.

704 Hauser. If you recognize the TV address, you’ll know it’s the house of Archie Bunker. CBS tried to, uh, update the show in the late 80s or early 90s. This time, it was a black family living in Archie’s old place but, the wacky cool twist was that the head of the house was just as racist and opinionated as Archie! Ho ho ho! As you can imagine, this laughfest lasted only a few weeks.

Whoops! This was one of the pilot shows on Fox during launch. The premise: there’s been a wacky ol’ nuclear bomb… and in the fallout, only five people (or so) survive! How will they live and reproduce and keep the human race going? Who cares? -pm


Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

Victoria October 18, 2007, 11:59 am

Anyone know the name of the NBC early 90’s show…it was a farm family maybe….it was a mom and her daughter. I remember the shows theme was, “Let me ask a question, who holds the key to your happiness”


Patrick November 9, 2007, 5:06 am

OK, so I have a friend who mentioned a show to me, that I have never heard of. He said it was late 80’s/early 90’s, and it was about a family that lived next to another family, who were all about the fifties. You know, old fashioned and stuff. PLEASE HELP!!!

Maribeth May 11, 2008, 7:04 pm

Family drama, middle son named cooper, at the ending episode the mom and daughter were both pregnant. Only aired one season? ANYBODY have a clue what the sitcom was called?

Alan May 13, 2008, 4:53 am

The sitcom in the real estate office was called Duet.

Patrick August 15, 2008, 6:30 pm

Does anyon remember a FOX sitcom. It was in the early 90s. Kinda like friends, but the intro was of them taking different poses in a photo booth?

Liz September 7, 2008, 12:50 am

OMG some co workers and I started talking about old shows and we could not remember the name of that so, it has been weeks and finally I’ve found it…Out of this world! Can’t wait to tell everyone!

Mariane March 27, 2009, 1:21 am

Does anyone know where I can buy a vhs tape or dvd of sitcom “Sister Kate” which played for one season in 1989, starring Stephanie Beacham? I’ve been searching for about 15 years for them. Thanks for any help you can give.

DuetFan May 24, 2009, 8:29 pm

Does anyone have any episodes of Duet? I have been looking for years with no luck.

rnj1 December 29, 2009, 11:42 pm

Duet was about two single people who meet and start a relationship. The one with the realtors was called Open House. It was great.

Confuzzled March 31, 2010, 1:55 pm

This has been driving me crazy – does anyone remember a sitcom about a balck-and-white show that’s cancelled and moves in next door to a family whose son is obsessed with their show? Whenever the family gets stressed, the mother clicks them back into black and white for relaxation, and she also keeps saying “oh, poo!” The episode where she listens to the divorced mom next door and ruins the turkey dinner for the new boss was amusing.

Dave Walls April 1, 2010, 3:08 am

Random memory here: I remember watching an episode of 704 really wasn’t THAT bad. It certainly wasn’t All In The Family, but what was?

The one joke I remember is: One of the kids (I think the daughter?) is going on a date to a hockey game..the dad’s line? “There’s only gonna be two black things in that stadium: You and the puck.”

That was the level of humor at 704 Hauser.

Nyssa September 12, 2010, 11:08 pm

Hey…I found this site through random Googling.

Anyway, I remember the show Amanda was referring to. It was called “Second Noah” and starred James Marsden.

Lessseriously December 13, 2011, 6:36 pm

I am also trying to remember the name of the family drama where the mother and daughter were pregnant at the same time. The daughter was a soccer star and one of them ends up losing the baby. There was a brother and maybe one other kid. I think someone else also asked about this earlier. The name of the show was also the name of the family on the show, but it was sort of quirky like “The Happy’s” or something silly like that.

Lessseriously December 13, 2011, 7:09 pm

I found it! It was called THE DAYS

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