Monday, August 16, 2021

Forgotten TV: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973)

 Four years after an Oscar-nominated movie of the same name, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice was tried out as a sitcom by Screen Gems for ABC. Where the movie featured Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, & Dyan Cannon, the series version marked the TV debut of Robert Urich (who obviously recovered from this bomb), Anne Archer, Anita Gillette (ex-Me & The Chimp), and David Spielberg.

But as often happened in those days, a promising series ends up in gridlock behind one or two established hits. In this case, it was Adam-12 (NBC) & The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (CBS). Thanks for coming. ABC punted after 7 weeks, and the 5 remaining episodes surfaced on USA Network 11 years later.

This sampler is a compact adaptation of the movie. Future Oscar winner Jodie Foster co-stars.

Anita Gillette spent the rest of the decade appearing on game shows before signing on to a supporting role on Quincy. Robert Urich's resume included S. W. A. T., Soap, & Vega$ for the balance of the decade.

No rating. Didn't see the show.

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