23 April 2011 | earlytalkie
An underrated gem
Betty White undertook this series after her first sitcom "Life With Elizabeth" folded. Betty herself, in her autobiography describes the extant episodes as "run-of-the-mill", but I think even she is underrating this funny show. The situations are funny, and it is obvious that the writers were striving to make the show a little bit different from the plethora of family sitcoms around at the time. Several shows are set in places other than the home to give the show some scope. There is a wonderful segment set entirely on a boardwalk amusement park with a rich list of character actors along for the ride. The finale of this segment has no dialouge, just pantomime and background music. It works well. Betty White sings in several of these shows on my DVD and my only question is why didn't she sing more on her other series? She has a beautiful singing voice that is one of the pleasant surprises of this fine series.