Dad wants to see if his kids will love the same sitcoms he loved growing up in the 1970s. They all watch Just One Episode Of various shows and discuss the quality, plot and whether they will watch more. Shows run about 10 minutes including original theme song.
WKRP in Cincinnati
We travel up and down the dial and wind up in Cincinnati to spend some time at struggling radio station WKRP. In the most famous episode of the show, Mr. Carlson hatches a Thanksgiving promotion involving live turkeys. Will a failed promotion lead to successful comedy?
We take a spooky detour to 1313 Mockingbird Lane to visit the Munsters this week. Eddie's teacher and principal visit after reading a surprising essay about his "normal" American family. Will my daughters be scared, amused, neither or both?
We travel to New York City to check in on That Girl, an aspiring actress played by Marlo Thomas from 1966 through 1971. Marlo/Ann meets Broadway icon Ethel Merman who somehow volunteers to cook cabbage for Ann and her boyfriend. Do the kids find this episode a tasty tart or a saggy souffle?
We take a trip to the groovy 1960s to visit with Darrin and Samantha Stevens. Samantha's is a witch who has agreed not to use her powers, but that doesn't stop Samantha's mother from creating two Darrins, one for work and one for fun. We know this won't work as planned, but does hilarity still ensue?
The Bob Newhart Show
We travel to Chicago to check in on Bob Newhart, psychologist. Can Bob get his patient to stop being afraid to live life? Why does Bob suddenly have the same problem? Is the show still funny in 2020?
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
We travel to Minneapolis when times were simpler, at least for a Mary Tyler Moore, an unmarried white woman trying to make her way in the male-dominated world of journalism in the 1970s. Mary shows her biggest fault in one of my favorite episodes. Is it still funny to my kids and me over two generations after it originally aired?
What a fun surprise!
Jason and his two teen daughters -12 and 15- review 60s and 70s episodes of shows that he ‘vets’ for each podcast. The shows in question are the classic melange that he was raised on as a budding youth during that era; ie; very dated to any young person watching them today.
But the fun is having these two bright and good-natured kids weigh in on what they liked — or didn’t like —about the various shows in question. The kids sum up their assessments — via Jason’s well thought-out questions—with a frankness and humor, and perhaps an appreciation of Dad’s quest for yesteryear and the nostalgia that comes with it.
It’s certainly a blast from the past ‘review’ for folks my age and over, but it’s also a heartwarming ode to any parent enjoying the ‘generational sharing’ thats often goes hand in hand with raising kids.
Thank you Rubins!
Adorable, good listening.
A dad and his two kids describe their take on classic sitcoms. They kids say clever things and it’s adorable to listen to.