A Redundant Classic: The NBC Family



Apparently there was a time when Barbara Eden would visit Nell Carter, Charlotte Rae, Bea Arthur, and Marla Gibbs, who all lived together in a lovely home with an open floor plan.

We are still haunted by this touching song.

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  1. I am rather disturbed by the fact that Marla and Alfonso both came out of Punky's bedroom, and then Nell went in to help her get dressed.

    I am also disturbed by the fact that I used to watch these "upcoming season" specials with profound regularity.

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    1. Scoff, you crack me up! You are as disturbing as you are disturbed, and I love you for it. Because I'm the same way!

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    2. We watched, and we enjoyed. Mom and Dad sat by, with no idea how very, very badly these things were warping our sensitibilities. Six to ten years later and each and every one of us was propped up against a bar in the in the lowest dive in the nearest big city, desperately hoping tonight would be the night to get the high part when the medley turned to "One Night Only"...

      (And, of this immortal moment: there ought to be a way that Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, and Beyoncé could sue, retroactively. With or without the active participation of Jennifer Holliday.)

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    3. Six to ten years later and each and every one of us was propped up against a bar in the in the lowest dive in the nearest big city.

      So true. So very, very true.

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  2. A bit of sick just came up into my mouth. Just sayin'... Jx

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    1. That's probably a common reaction.

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  3. I can't look at Bea anymore without thinking of her pathological denial of the time she spent in the military. It's sad.

    This clip is taking everyone to a dark place! Much like watching NBC will do.

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    1. It's like the dark side of the moon. No one should ever see it.

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    2. Speaking of Bea, I just found this.

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    3. I can't believe I watched the whole thing.
      ok, yes I can.

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  4. butterscotch cloudsApril 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Christ on the cross! What forces conspired to make that happen?

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  5. I am having visions of this series actually being produced with these same stars. It gives one pause. Hit pause now please. All it needed was a weekly visit from the "light in his loafers" neighbor, Bert and his ginger haired "friend of Dorothy", Topher!

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  6. it's like a Vh1 Divas Live special, ca. 1985

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  7. There don't seem to be any bathrooms in their home. And only one bedroom. It's all so confusing!

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    1. And if there had been a bathroom in this house they would have had Sherman Hemsley and Conrad Bain in the tub signing a refrain so Honey, thank your lucky stars!

      BrianB

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  8. Alfonso was sooooo cute. Last time I saw him he was as fat as Nell Carter is here. Could Bea's shoulder pads BE any bigger ?

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  9. though there's much to learn from this,
    for me the take-away is nell's ass.

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  10. During the rehearsal, Jackee is seen being taken away in handcuffs after trying to push Marla down the stairs...a la Nomi...

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  11. haunted is one word - wow, that happened.....I think Punky Brewster is holding back a poltergeist and I just was waiting for her head to spin -her eyes already were.

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  12. Nell: "We are a FEEEEmily..." WTF? And why did the brief harmonic sections last for merely a phrase each at most? Odd. This was a hooty delight nonethless! Alphonso, Alphonso, Alphonso....

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  13. Thank's for your information ^___^
    this a nice post

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