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Barefoot in the Park
Genre Sitcom
Written by William Bickley
Alan Mandel
Charles Shyer
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Jerry Paris
Charles R. Rondeau
Starring Scoey Mitchell
Tracy Reed
Thelma Carpenter
Nipsey Russell
Harry Holcombe
Vito Scotti
Theme music composer Neal Hefti
Composer(s) Charles Fox
J.J. Johnson
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s) William P. D'Angelo
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 24, 1970 – December 17, 1970
Chronology
Related shows Barefoot in the Park

Barefoot in the Park is a short-lived American sitcom that aired in 1970 on ABC. Based on the Neil Simon Broadway play of the same name (The Odd Couple was another), the series cast members were predominately black, making it the first American television sitcom since Amos 'n' Andy to have a predominately black cast (Vito Scotti was the sole major white character). Barefoot in the Park was also a successful 1967 film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

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Synopsis

On the television show, Scoey Mitchell played Paul Bratter, a newlywed black attorney for the law firm Kendricks, Keene & Klein. He lived in lower Manhattan with his wife, Corie (played by Tracy Reed). The show was basically a slice of life situation comedy about surviving in New York City. Other regulars included Thelma Carpenter as Corie's mother, Mable Bates, Harry Holcombe played Mr. Kendricks, Vito Scotti played Mr. Velasquez and Nipsey Russell rounded out the cast as local pool hall owner, Honey Robinson.

Guest stars

Dead End Kids alumnus Huntz Hall and actor Jackie Coogan appeared on the 10th episode, aired December 3, 1970 and entitled Disorder in the Court (which gets its title from the 1936 Three Stooges short). Penny Marshall made one of her earliest television appearances on the fourth episode of the series, aired October 5, 1970 and entitled "In Sickness and in Health". Marshall's later co-star of the mid 1970s television success Laverne and Shirley, Cindy Williams, appeared on the sixth episode, which aired on October 29, 1970 and was entitled "The Marriage Proposal".

Production notes

It was produced by William P. D'Angelo and various episodes were written or directed by much of the same team that had developed The Odd Couple (Jerry Paris, Harvey Miller, Bruce Bilson and Garry Marshall among others).

Cancellation

The show premiered on Thursday, September 24, 1970, at 9:00 pm (It was the lead-in show for another program that also debuted on September 24, The Odd Couple). The series was canceled after star Scoey Mitchell was fired "differences of opinion" with the series' producers. Various actors auditioned for the part, but the series was instead canceled after 12 episodes were produced.[1]

Episode list

Episode Number Title Airdate
1 Pilot September 24, 1970
2 "The Bed" October 1, 1970
3 "You'll Never Walk Alone" October 8, 1970
4 "In Sickness and in Health" October 15, 1970
5 "You Gotta Have Soul" October 22, 1970
6 "The Marriage Proposal" October 29, 1970
7 "Down With the Landlord" November 5, 1970
8 "Something Fishy" November 12, 1970
9 "Corie's Rear Window" November 19, 1970
10 "Disorder in the Court" December 3, 1970
11 "No Fancy Fixture" December 10, 1970
12 "Nothing but the Truth" December 17, 1970

References

  1. ^ "Photographer Pick Most Beautiful Face In TV". Jet (Johnson Publishing Company) 39 (12): 56. 1971-03-04. ISSN 0021-5996.  

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