after a moment of pondering the fact that her husband has just ignored her quiet attempt to get him to discuss his intimacy problem, Mary Hartman mind races-a-loud:

“Maybe I have a cellulite problem. No. No, this is definitely his problem. In fact, this is so much his problem it is not even any of my business! No. This is my business! In fact, this is so much my business that it is not even his problem!”

(Mary pauses, runs her finger across her teeth to be sure that there are no lipstick marks, switches the kitchen TV dial to ‘on’ — the TV starts going into detail of hostage situation at a bank — Mary puts her arms on her hips)

“…Maybe I’ll wax my floor again.” — soap opera organ music kicks in and we fade out.

God Bless Norman Lear (and Louise Lasser!)

I just read an article about how former President Nixon aide and soon to be deadpan comic actor/odd game show host Ben Stein wrote a letter which helped Lear keep his early 70’s TV show stay on the air
as censorship threatened to tear the show from television.

One would think that some 30 plus years later this satire of the US middle class and soap operas would have lost its bite. Interesting to note that the show is still rather bold, controversial, uncomfortable and oddly unsettling in what I can only describe as an innocently insightful views of contemporary life. The only things that have aged are the clothing, hairstyles and media technology.

“Everyone just relax! It’s all going to be alright! We’re going to the House of Pancakes!”

March 30, 2007. Uncategorized.


  1. Robert replied:

    That dialogue is very funny!! Smart writing to say the least!

    Have a wonderful weekend Matty. Just came here to tell you that! 🙂

  2. ing replied:

    One thing that has not aged a bit — Mary Hartman’s hairstyle. It’s prairie-chic.

    Matty, if you plan on buying roller skates tomorrow, you BETTER call me! I need skates, too. I need to get outta here and get me some skates!

    I already ate dinner, yet I’m hungry. I think I’ll go to bed now. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

  3. matty03 replied:

    Robert! Hope you’re having a great weekend as well!!! Thanks!

    Ing – Feel better and continue to rest! I think I’m well now! Yay! I’m thinking I will order my rollerskates on line because it is cheaper. The only problem is figuring out what will fit! Also, I might need to wait till next payday the last one of the month is bill and MUNI pass time!

  4. Tim replied:

    I love the sound of this programme! I can guess why it’s got such a following.

  5. matty03 replied:

    Tim — Yeah, I guess it isn’t available in the US! Do you have a region free player?!!?!?

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