31 March 2003 | budikavlan
Crude and cheap
Much in the manner of many sitcoms of the time, this show was cheap and forgettable. The draw was timely racial humor (badly dated today) involving a redneck white man working under and living next door to a black man. Charlie wasn't virulently racist, but his attitude, coupled with Ferguson's combative personality, made for the typical (and obvious) conflicts. Both wives were stereotypically friendly and understanding. All four of the main cast members are talented, but the scripts for the show ensured that their talents were never tested. The sets looked like a neighborhood theater stage and were cheapened further by the use of videotape. Critics who decry the quality of programming here in the Twenty-First Century should take a look at shows like Love Thy Neighbor to realize that at least the quickie junk we have today looks halfway-decent.