Saturday, September 25, 2010

“You're a midget in a kid suit…”

If you were to tie me up and threaten me with lighted matches in an effort to confess why I watched The Partridge Family as a kid, I still wouldn’t be able to tell you. My usual excuse is that it was probably one of my sisters who loved the show and that the three of us had to acquiesce to that individual’s viewing demands in the days when families had only one television set. But as much as I can remember, both my sisters were like me—they were pretty blasé about the show…truth be told, we preferred The Brady Bunch.

But the show was part of my childhood, and the fact that it premiered over ABC forty years ago on this date just goes to show that my viewing habits weren’t very sophisticated back then…and that it’s hard to believe that that much time has passed since its debut. Once again, I raised my hand and shouted “Oooh…ooh ooh!” when Ed Copeland asked if anyone wanted to have a go at writing up a little commemorative observation, and you can read all about it here.

I don’t recall the episode—it might be the one with Richard Pryor—but there was a dialogue exchange that made me laugh hard and gave me a line that I get to use every now and then if the Gods of Comedy are feeling generous. Someone compliments manager Reuben Kincaid’s neckwear with “Nice tie”—“Thanks…guy couldn’t guess my weight, so…” is his response. (Well, I thought it was funny.)

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quizshowbob said...

I'm pretty sure it was the episode with Richard Pryor and Lou Gossett, Jr. I have all the episodes on DVD, but it's been a few months since I watched any. At one point, that episode was voted by TV guide magazine as one of the top 100 episodes of sitcoms of all time.

mndean said...

In my case, why I watched can be summed up by one thing - I was 9 years old and had my own TV. I was supposed to have viewing taste? Admittedly, my taste in music was more sophisticated than in TV at that age, but I'd listened to the radio avidly from the time I was 5.

Craig Zablo said...

I like the concept of "... years ago on this date" and then you present an episode that appeared on tv. THAT has a lot of potential since you could hit show high/low lights, special, controversial episodes, etc.

Yeah, I watched the PF too, and share your feelings about it. LOL,

Linda said...

I confess, I watched TPF because Danny was cute. Well, he WAS cute back then anyway. And he had red hair.