Bridget Loves Bernie

CBS (ended 1973)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 24

    Greener Pastures

    Aired 3/3/73

  • S 1 : Ep 23

    The Information Gap

    Aired 2/24/73

  • S 1 : Ep 22

    Steinberg And Son

    Aired 2/17/73

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    Painting, Painting--Who's Got The Painting?

    Aired 2/10/73

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    To Teach Or Not To Teach

    Aired 2/3/73

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meredith Baxter Birney

    Bridget Fitzgerald Steinberg

  • David Birney

    Bernie Steinberg

  • David Doyle

    Walt Fitzgerald

  • Audra Lindley

    Amy Fitzgerald

  • Harold J. Stone

    Sam Steinberg

  • show Description
  • Bridget Loves Bernie was a reasonably successful 1970s situation comedy about the marriage of two young people from vastly different backgrounds. The show starred Meredith Baxter as a Catholic girl from a wealthy family and David Birney as a Jewish boy with ambitions to be a writer (the two married in real life after the program ended).The series focused on the differences between the families and how the young married couple tried to bridge the gaps between them. Though Bridget Loves Bernie had good ratings and aired between All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, it was somewhat controversial among some religious groups and CBS cancelled the show after one season.moreless

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  • Quotes (4)

    • Mrs. Fitzgerald: Bridget! You got married without us? Bridget: Mother, look at it this way, how many parents get to attend the honeymoon?

    • Bernie: Our parents have one thing in common. They don't like to, ah, get involved. Bridget: Well that's just a "cross" we'll have to bear. No offense!

    • Bridget: (to Bernie) So stop acting like I don't know boiled potatoes from matz...matz...matzoh balls!

    • Walt Fitzgerald (Bridget's Father): Oh, well your Mother said you might join as at lunch at "21" and Charles said...why are you making a corned beef sandwich? Bridget: Well the Steinbergs are at a wedding and I'm in charge. Walt Fitzgerald: This is what happens to the beautiful people when they intermarry!

    Notes (3)

    • This marks another of the roles Nancy Walker played that convinced many viewers that the non-Jewish actress was Jewish.

    • Series stars David Birney and Meredith Baxter became engaged soon after the series ended and the two married in 1974.

    • Some sources maintain that Bridget Loves Bernie was the highest-rated show ever to be cancelled by a major network. Though M*A*S*H earned slightly higher ratings in the same timeslot in the Fall of 1973, early season broadcasts of Bridget Loves Bernie consistently ranked higher than the program that followed it - The Mary Tyler Moore Show. An article in Time magazine suggested that this may have been the result of home viewers gradually leaving CBS for other networks after All in the Family ended and never returning for The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    Trivia (3)

    • As introduced, Bridget comes from a wealthy Catholic family and is an elementary school teacher. Bernie comes from working-class Jewish roots, drives a taxi, and hopes to one day be discovered as a writer. They first meet when Bridget hails a cab. She later reveals her full name as Bridget Theresa Mary Colleen Fitzgerald.

    • After eloping in the first episode, Bridget and Bernie live above the Steinberg family deli.

    • In this episode, Bernie gives Bridget a much more expensive ring as a replacement.

    Allusions (4)

    • The title of this installment is a take-off on the 1962 Tony Award-winning musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

    • The title of this episode alludes to the 1969 Neil Simon play The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

    • The title here is a parody of the Harold Arlen song "Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe" that debuted in the theater production (and later, the movie) Cabin in the Sky.

    • This episode takes its title as a spin-off of the class comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner, a 1939 Broadway play made into a movie in 1942.

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