Friday, August 28, 2015

Forgotten (?) TV: Dave's World (1993)

Humorist Dave Barry became the subject of a sitcom, and they didn't invite him to appear as himself. Not that there was anything wrong with that, but would it have hurt if Barry actually tried dramatizing his own life?

Dave's World spent 4 seasons on CBS, but at present, for whatever reason, is not available anywhere, except maybe on DVD. Harry Anderson (ex-Night Court) returned to television to play the fictional Barry, a far cry from Judge Harry Stone, of course, but a breath of fresh air nonetheless. Anderson is joined by Meshach Taylor (ex-Designing Women) and Shadoe Stevens (American Top 40, ex-Max Monroe, Loose Cannon, Hollywood Squares).

In this sample clip, off Stevens' YouTube channel, Dave is forced out of the house when his son comes down with the mumps, and takes refuge in Kenny's (Stevens) bachelor pad.......

Anderson hasn't had a series since. Meshach Taylor moved on to To Tell The Truth, then Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (for Nickelodeon). Stevens eventually left American Top 40 and, prior to becoming Craig Ferguson's announcer-sidekick, took his last acting job in animation, spending a year on UPN's animated Incredible Hulk.

Rating: A-.

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