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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Show Notes: Episode 10-3: Maude

*The video playlist is now active! You will see promos, commercials, and clips (including a few from the episode we discuss), but more importantly, you will see an anti-drug PSA with Adrienne Barbeau, awards show moments you won't forget, and Lawrence Welk (it makes sense if you listened to the podcast...sort of)! And if you only watch one clip, go right to the end and make sure you catch the last one! Or start the whole thing by clicking below:



*You can visit our official YouTube channel anytime for past podcasts and episode-specific playlists for each one!

*Maude aired 6 seasons (1972-1978) on CBS and lasted 141 episodes (Tuesdays 8:00, Mondays 9:00). The series earned multiple Emmy nominations but just one win: Bea Arthur as Best Actress in 1977.

*The Maude character debuted on All in the Family in December 1971 (Season 2's "Cousin Maude's Visit") and made one more appearance before getting her own series.

*What is YOUR definition of the Learverse? Does it have infinite boundaries? Is it more self-contained? There may be no one correct answer.

*Here is our Happy Days episode and our Eight Is Enough episode if you want to check out other musical episodes (of non-musical series) that we covered on the podcast.

*In the early days of the show, Bea Arthur seemed to downplay some of the similarities between her liberalism and that of the character. However, note that in this 1972 piece, when the show is just beginning, she clearly aligns herself with Maude. In this NY Times story coinciding with the series' departure, it's indicated that she became more like Maude as the show progressed.

*This article discusses the abortion episode and how it played out while also pointing out the first character to get a procedure on TV was on a 1964 installment of Another World.

*As of this writing, IMDB-TV, now FreeVee, still has seasons 1 and 2 of Maude, while Tubi has seasons 3 and 4. The complete series is available on DVD from Shout! Factory.

*"Maude the Musical" premiered November 13, 1973 at 8:00 on CBS, followed by Hawaii Five-0 and Hawkins. ABC countered with Temperatures Rising and John Wayne's The Cowboys, while NBC offered Snoopy Directs the Ice Follies, a Bob Hope special, and The Blue Knight (part 1). You can see clips of some of these in the playlist this week!

*Florida Evans was replaced by Englishwoman Mrs. Naugatuck, who got married and moved to Ireland. She in turn was replaced by Victoria Butterfield from the West Indies, who was seldom used compared to the previous two housekeepers.

*Arthur and Vivian announced their engagement several episodes after this one, and the episode before this one is when Maude set the two of them up.

*Some of the other episodes we mention include:
"Arthur Moves In" (Season 1 Episode 17)
""Florida's Problem" (Season 1 Episode 18)
"Florida's Affair" (Season 2 Episode 6)
"Maude Takes a Job" (Season 2 Episode 7)
"The Office Party" (Season 2 Episode 14)

*And that was Maude!


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