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Primetime Show Reviews
Review by Suzanne 5/28/07
Till Your Father Gets Home - The Complete First Season
This is a cartoon sitcom from the early 70's. Unlike most
cartoons back then, it ran in primetime. It was sort of an animated
version of All in the Family, but it wasn't nearly as funny or well-written. I
was a kid then, so I loved it. It's cute and people who are nostalgic for that
time might like it. Kids might like it, too, but they may not understand parts
of it. Even though it ran from 72-74, it had more of a 60's feel to it. It
was more peace signs than disco.
Tom Bosley, most well-known for playing the father on "Happy
Days", was the voice of the father on this show. Willie Ames, who later
got famous with the show "Family" and then "Charles in Charge", voiced the young
boy Jamie. Later he was replaced by Jackie Earle Haley, who recently was
nominated for an academy award. They were both still boys then. The other
names were not anyone you probably would have heard of.
The art will look familiar to anyone who grew up with all of the
Hanna-Barbera cartoons. In fact, daughter Alice looks just like Velma on Scooby
Doo, if she gained 50 lbs. The writers for this show previously worked on "Love
American Style" and "The Flintstones", neither of which is exactly stimulating
to the brain. WTYFGH, however, is not the typical kids' show in that it is
talky and doesn't have much action. They probably tried to gear it toward
adults, but to me the jokes and stories are not very challenging for adults,
even for back then. It does not wear as well as "All in the Family", even
though it deals with issues like racism and sex.
The disk set comes with two special features about the animation
(one is more about how the world was back then). It ran two seasons, so
this is just the first season, 24 episodes. Honestly, I don't think this
show is anything special, but you might enjoy it, so rent it and find out!
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