Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Forgotten TV: Double Trouble (1984)

Liz & Jean Sagal, daughters of writer-producer Boris Sagal, parlayed a lengthy gig as Wrigley's Doublemint twins into their one and only sitcom, Double Trouble, which aired as a spring replacement series in both 1984 & 1985, since it wasn't generating enough ratings to be brought back in the fall each time.

Most of you probably caught the show in reruns on USA during the late 80's or early 90's. Before we go further, let's serve up the season 1 intro. Danny Dark (Super Friends) was an NBC studio announcer at the time, and is heard at the start.

When Double Trouble returned in the spring of '85, Donnelly Rhodes had been written out, having played the twins' father, and replaced by Barbara Barrie (ex-Barney Miller), who played their aunt. The supporting cast also included Michael D. Roberts (ex-Barreta) and Patricia Richardson, better known for her 90's gig on Home Improvement. The twins' dance moves come naturally, too. Their stepmom was Marge Champion. Older sister Katey has become better known thanks to lengthy runs with Married....With Children, Futurama, and the just concluded Sons of Anarchy.

No rating.


magicdog said...

I remember the show but wasn't a regular viewer. It was too formulaic IMO.

I do remember that there was fear of confusion because the character's names were Kate and Allison ("Ally") and some suits thought viewers would confuse them with the series, "Kate & Allie" which was in competition with them on CBS.

hobbyfan said...

Actually, Double Trouble aired on Sundays, I think, whilst Kate & Allie was a Monday entry.