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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Genre Comedy
Written by James S. Henerson
Bernard M. Kahn
Directed by Rick Edelstein
Leo Penn
Starring Robert Urich
Anne Archer
David Spielberg
Anita Gillette
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Screen Gems
Original channel ABC
Original run 26 September 1973 – 19 December 1973
Status Ended

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice was a situation comedy broadcast in the United States by ABC as part of its 1973 fall lineup. It was based on the movie of the same title.

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice was of necessity somewhat different from the R-rated 1969 movie upon which it was based. The film involved the (short-lived) desire of the two title couples to engage in a sexual foursome, which would have been obviously unacceptable on U.S. broadcast television in 1973. Instead, it made do with plots which were attempts at titilation by the broadcast standards of the time, but which stood a chance of surviving the censors at the network's Division of Standards and Practices. These included skinny dipping, premarital sex, and unmarried couples cohabiting, which were still thought to be racy topics for network television by many at the time. Generally, Ted and Alice Henderson were more conservative than the "liberated" Bob and Carol Sanders. No members of the original film cast reprised their roles in the series.

Apparently the show was too tame to appeal to the crowds who had gone to see the movie, but still too risqué for much of the general television viewing public, as it received very low Nielsen ratings, also because it had to compete with CBS's Top 10 hit The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and NBC's Top 30 hit Adam-12 and was canceled less than two months after its premiere.

The show is perhaps best remembered for featuring a then eleven-year old Jodie Foster as Ted and Alice's daughter. (This differed from the movie version, in which the characters had actually had a son, rather than a daughter.)



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