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#1 Mr. Vixen

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 02:18 PM

Since the show is returning into syndication on Hallmark, I thought it was time to start a thread!

Any fans of the show here? Any specific reason?

Here are my thoughts...

I love the show! Obviously the first four seasons are probably the best, with the original cast. I loved Kristy McNichol, and I was very sad when she left. I didn't enjoy season 4 that much, as the "other sister" Emily got on my nerves. Thank God they canned her.....I did however love seasons 6 and 7 because Estelle Getty joined the cast.

Park Overall was a comic genius and I still can't believe she never did more after the show ended. She is so FUNNY!
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 03:47 PM

I wasnt a fan of the show but if it came out on dvd...I'd purchase the dvd. The show was ok but it was no Golden Girls.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 03:55 PM

I loved this show along with Nurses

As far as sisters go, I couldnt stand Carol. She bugged me. Barbera was my favorite sister
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 06:52 PM

I watched some of it yesterday and liked it. Definitely not up there with The Golden Girls, but it was only the first season, so I'll keep watching whenever it comes on regularly.

Park Overall was my favorite part of the whole show...I still don't understand why they dumped her after only a few episodes on "Reba."
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:18 PM

I didn't remember that episode where Dorothy guest starred, her nephew dating Barbara. That show went through so many changes during the end, I mean, Estelle Getty, Marsha Warfield?? :wacko:
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 08:01 PM

I love Park Overall! She is so funny.

Empty Nest was definitely not the Golden Girls, but I do really like it.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 09:33 PM

I watched this show so much as a kid. I was borderline obsessed with it I think. (Between that one, Full House, and Perfect Strangers, I was obsessed with sitcoms in general)

I remember being about 4 and my mom buying me a stuffed dog for some reason that looked like Dreyfuss. So, I named it that. Still have it to this day and had to have it setting by me when I watched the marathon yesterday. I felt like a kid again. So amazing! :wub:


When I watching at a child I only remember Kristy McNichol in one season I watched. Well, actually 1 1/2 seasons (She left in the middle of season 5) But, it was a better show with her on it. The comedy kinda slipped when she left cause they couldn't play off Barbara's cop career anymore or the fights between her and Carol. So, it got kinda bland.


On the subject of Laverne. OMG. She was hilarious. That accent. Those stories. It was so funny how she even mentioned that people were married to their cousins in her town. :lol:


After watching as an adult for the first time yesterday. I can certainly say that I 'get' the show more now. I never noticed as a child how much sexual innuendo it had. Geez. And, Charley's like a living breathing Glen Quagmire. Right down to the hairstyle. Giggity!

Edited by weareclouds, 27 February 2011 - 09:36 PM.

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#8 DRW50

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 09:36 PM

I loved the show when Dinah Manhoff and Kristy Macnichol were there. In many ways I enjoyed it more than GG because GG was lurching towards one-note status. But after Kristy left and they brought the other sister in I quit. The first episode she was in was my last.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 09:39 PM

As far as what I can remember of the episodes with Emily. She was boring. Very very boring. I think she was on around the time that ABC had Perfect Strangers airing on Saturday though. So, I only seen a few episodes with Lisa Rieffel (the chick that played her) anyways.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 09:44 PM

I remember being very annoyed with her first episode and that was too much for me. I think it involved hijinks at a bar. I thought she was smug and unpleasant.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 09:49 PM

Yes, I remember that one. I think I only watched that one and one other with her on it.

She sucked!

I just remembered while reading IMDb yesterday I missed the series finale. I had to have. Cause, I don't remember it and it aired 4/29/95. That was the weekend after my dad died and I was in Texas at my aunt's and she didn't have a TV (I'm dead serious...who didn't have a TV in the mid 90s besides her). Probably would have cheered me the eff up to have watched it that weekend. So, I know I missed it. I hope Hallmark airs it sometime.

Edited by weareclouds, 27 February 2011 - 09:52 PM.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:16 PM

I loved Saturday nights in the early 90's! Golden Girls, Empty Nest, The Nurses, and Sisters... Oh, if only they'd release Sisters on DVD
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#13 Mr. Vixen

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:53 PM

I wonder if they'll ever put Nurses into syndication.

Hallmark should try to recapture the NBC Saturday Night spark

Saturday Nights:
9 PM: Nurses
930 PM: Nurses
10 PM: Empty Nest
1030 PM: Empty Nest
11PM - 1AM: Golden Girls


I know I'd watch!
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 08:52 PM

If other networks were airing Mama's Family, 227, and Amen in the hours leading up to it, that would be a lot of fun.
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#15 Mr. Vixen

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 09:02 PM

They need to can this Frasier idea.

Go with 227, Mama's Family, Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Nurses, Who's the Boss, The Cosby Show.

Keep Little House on the Prarie in the mornings.

I think if they continue to strengthen up their syndicated programming, they could successfully launch some original stuff.
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Posted 02 March 2011 - 11:58 AM

Yay! Empty Nest joins regular Hallmark Schedule next week on March 8th:


http://blog.sitcomso...r-hallmark.html
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Posted 02 March 2011 - 02:46 PM

Yes!!!! :D

*does happy dance!*

I agree with Soapboy. They need to have like an NBC retro night on Hallmark.

Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Amen, 227, Sisters, and Nurses. And, throw in older ones that I still slightly remember like Dear John too. I miss that show. And, I had the hots for Jere Burns when I was younger. :lol: Also, they could throw in another Saturday night show just for fun. Maybe Something Wilder. Hillary B. Smith was on that one. :) I'd like to see it again.
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Posted 02 March 2011 - 04:22 PM

Marathon must have done well, which is awesome :D
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#19 Mr. Vixen

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 05:12 PM

Im upset. They're bumping Who's the Boss. I watch it at 4am sometimes but I also love the 6pm showing. And they cancelled the marathon?

I'm sorry but who's the boss belongs on hallmark more than little house on the prarie. Keep that show on in the AM but let the comedies stay in primetime.
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Posted 02 March 2011 - 05:38 PM

Ugh now I'm pissed, I love WTB? This must mean ratings aren't good for the daily airings :( I thought since it was getting a marathon it was doing good :(
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