| Top notch writing and a wonderful ensemble cast and still this sit-com only got one season on NBC
This NBC half hour sit-com had a little something for everyone and a wonderful writing staff to make it all work. Unfortunately they couldn't get the numbers needed to secure a second season. Take the comedic talents of the veteran actors Dick Schaal and Elinore Donahue as the parents, their son, the pop singing heartthrob,( Stephen Michael Schwartz), a brash, know-it -all daughter, (Darian Mathias) and a rambunctious little genius kid brother, (Bryan Scott). Put them all together and you have Lampert Family. Father Lampert (Schaal) gives up his high tension job in a law firm to open up a TV studio in Dequeen, New Mexico, a fictitious but real sounding city. The family runs everything with a little help from the locals. One Native American is hire on as camera man. The family is relegated to doing the weather reports , a cooking show, a American Bandstand type dance show all with hilarious results. You even have a young news reporter (Marcie Barkin) who takes her job vary seriously in spite of the madness around her. Each of the 24 episodes had guest artists who came on to play various roles. Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster) was a frequent guest as was Ruth Buzzi (Laugh In) and Marcia Lewis (The Bob Newart Show). I don't know if these 24 episodes are even available anymore but if they are I would bet that they would stand up against any of the family sitcoms running today on the cable networks i.e. Disney, Family Channel, etc. If you find them let me know how I can get a copy.