And your final comment is 100% accurate. The more intelligent the show, the worse its going to do. There are far more morons than there are bright people. That's why Gilligan's Island sells well and Murphy Brown doesn't.
Well, in their original runs Gilligan only went 3, while AITF went 9 and Murphy Brown went 10. And while I'd agree that GI was certainly more silly than anything else, I despised AITF and Murphy Brown and never considered either intellectually stimulating. They both were too preachy for my tastes. But to each his own.
Gary "never a Norman Lear fan" O.