Rhoda (1974–1978)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy


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After spending several years in her young adult life in Minneapolis but with her brash Bronx Jewish upbringing in tow and with its associated sarcasm, artistically inclined Rhoda ... See full summary »

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  • Valerie Harper in Rhoda (1974)
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James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, David Davis, Lorenzo Music

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5 April 2015 | Lejink
8
| La-la-la-laughter
"Rhoda" was, if I remember rightly, the only U.S. MTM sit-com to get a set screen-time on British television. The original "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its other spin-off "Phyllis" were treated as schedule-fillers at best and even the dramatised "Lou Grant" ended up on the graveyard shift. But "Rhoda" I'm sure was shown on BBC2 at 9 o'clock on Tuesday's for I believe all its series showings and I loved it as a youngster at the time. Back then, I knew very little of Valerie Harper's character's origins on the Tyler Moore show, but that didn't matter, the laughs were there from the start as well as the strong supporting characters of Rhoda's waspish mother played by Nancy Walker, fresh from "McMillan and Wife" and Julie Kavner (later the voice of Marge Simpson) as her man (and food) hungry kid sister Brenda, while the insertion of their boozy off-stage doorman Carlton also made for some off-beat humour.

The humour was of the sharp and sassy New York Jewish type and largely set-bound in Rhoda's massive apartment. Valerie Harper was a delight in the title part, by turns confident and insecure, independent but mother-dependant. Romance entered her life in the form of hunky construction company boss Joe, played by Davud Groh, but the marriage wasn't to last.

I remember later episodes playing up Brenda's eccentric choice of boyfriends, some of which worked (klutz-type Nick Lobo) and some of which didn't (smarmy type Gary Levy). I also seem to recall the series ending with Rhoda working for old sourpuss Kenneth MacMillan's clothing company and some enjoyable sparring between the two of them, but my main memories will always be the bright, sunny early series and that distinctive "La La La" theme music.

Would love to see it again.

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