Friday, February 26, 2021

This Day in Tv History: Flatbush premieres on CBS

On February 26, 1979, CBS premiered Flatbush, a sitcom that generated some controversy.  It just so happens that the great Gilmore Box channel recently posted the intro on YouTube, and I don't know about you, but I really want to see at least (and probably at most) one episode.  Does this remind you of, oh, about several different things that were prominent in the culture at the time?

Here is a promo hyping the debut. Check out the accent prolific voice-over actor Michael Bell affects in this clip!

The series lasted only a handful of episodes before getting pulled.  Italian-Americans protested the depictions on the show, and the real-life president of the borough called for its cancellation, but it probably didn't help that the show was not good.  Harry and Wally's Favorite TV Shows gives it a mere half star.  You mean to tell me something with Adrian Zmed as SOCKS PALERMO isn't quality work?

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