- Jan 21, 2007
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So I take it Barbeau singing & dancing to "the Hustle" is there?
The bad press through the decades about how MAUDE is terribly topical and dated comes from Conservative reviewers who can't separate the character's political beliefs from the series itself. I've read about a dozen reviews now from established writers who had nothing but praise for the show after watching the set. Only the first season and perhaps some of S2 had that topicality the naysayers use to denigrate the show. I just finished S4 and I could count the few references to Gerald Ford on one hand.upperco said:It's a much funnier series than time has given it credit for being. I think it could be considered underrated by contemporary critics, especially when compared to the other hits of the era that have earned more of a comedic reputation through syndication.
I believe this DVD release is going to change a lot of opinions.
For this reason, I also have a problem with the S3 episode "Walter's Pride". To put Bill Macy in a fat suit detracted from the show's realism.FanCollector said:I don't dislike it as much as you do, probably in large part because John Byner can make me laugh by doing almost anything, but the episode isn't really in the series' comfort zone. The shows are typically grounded very much in reality, and the comedy is based in recognizable truth. This episode flirts with absurdity and it just doesn't fit the characters as well. There are other series that didn't traffic so much in realism and the contrast wouldn't have felt so sharp. But on Maude, the situation just feels unbelievable.
If the bad far outweighed the good, then why didn't they call the show Bad Times instead of Good Times? Just a thought. It seems, the way you see it, that Bad Times would have been a much better title.Brian Himes said:Of all of Lear's 70s shows, I think Good Times is by far the worst. For me, the bad far outweighed the good on that show. Again, there were times when the show was down right brilliant, but those moments were few and far between.
Kasey said:Yes, Shout did an incredible job on the music. As a diehard MAUDE fan (it's my favorite show ever) even I had forgotten some of the little bits of music that were on some of my less-than-favorite episodes ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon" for example). It was well worth the wait, and to think that five years ago, Shout "wouldn't touch [it]" due to the music issues.
bmasters9 said:If the bad far outweighed the good, then why didn't they call the show Bad Times instead of Good Times? Just a thought. It seems, the way you see it, that Bad Times would have been a much better title.
I did indeed misread what you wrote, and I stand corrected! Good catch. I just thought that you were talking about the title not matching the content.Brian Himes said:I think you misunderstood what I meant.
Good Times started off as a show about the struggles of an inner city black family and all too quickly it became all about the buffoonish behavior of J.J. and 'dyn-o-mite.' Yes, there were some very good and meaningful episodes throughout the entire run of the series but they were few and far between.
Good Times were what the Evans family was trying to find in the first place. That was the whole point of the show. It was an ironic title considering their plight and the overall mood in the country in 1974.bmasters9 said:If the bad far outweighed the good, then why didn't they call the show Bad Times instead of Good Times? Just a thought. It seems, the way you see it, that Bad Times would have been a much better title.