Love, American Style

ABC (ended 1974)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 62

    Love and the Phobia

    Aired 1/11/74

  • S 5 : Ep 61

    Love and Mr. Bunny

    Aired 1/11/74

  • S 5 : Ep 60

    Love and the Image Makers

    Aired 1/11/74

  • S 5 : Ep 59

    Love and the Forever Tree

    Aired 1/11/74

  • S 5 : Ep 58

    Love and the Competitors

    Aired 1/11/74

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kenneth Mars

  • Henry Gibson

  • Stuart Margolin

  • Jessica Walter

  • Joyce Van Patten

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  • Love, American Style entertained viewers with stories about common people finding love in all walks of life. In this anthology series, each hour-long broadcast consisted of a group of vignettes, aired sequentially and separately and each with an introductory title card. Normally there were three or four vignettes to a show, although occasionally there were as few as one or as many as five. Short blackout skits would be shown in between segments whenever time allowed. The skits featured a recurring cast of players which included James Hampton, best known as Hannibal Dobbs from F Troop, and veteran character actor Stuart Margolin, brother of executive producer Arnold Margolin. The syndication rerun package consisted of 30-minute broadcasts that were edited from the original hour-long broadcasts, except for those which aired in the first half of season 2, which ran in a 30-minute time slot. The show never ranked above #25 in the Nielsen Ratings. Time slots that Love, American Style originally aired in: September 29, 1969 to January 12, 1970: Mondays, 10:00 to 11:00. January 23, 1970 to September 18, 1970: Fridays, 10:00 to 11:00. September 25, 1970 to January 15, 1971: Fridays, 9:30 to 10:00. January 22, 1971 to January 11, 1974: Fridays 10:00 to 11:00. In 1970, the show received a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Show in a Musical or Comedy. It also won two Emmys for Charles Fox's musical compositions and was nominated for two more. The theme song was originally sung by the pop group, the Cowsills, but later replaced by an uptempo version, credited to the "Love American Style Singers." There was a short-lived revival in 1986 called The New Love, American Style, which aired on ABC's daytime schedule. One of the segments, "Love and the Happy Days," spawned a successful spin-off series, Happy Days.moreless

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  • Quotes (209)

    • Gary: You want to hang around, don't you? Huh? Want to see what she looks like, huh? Agnes: No, I wanna hang around and watch you make an ass of yourself.

    • Agnes: (inspecting engagement ring) It's gotta be a diamond. Nobody could afford a zircon this small.

    • Gary: You are not leaving here with this ring! You got it on. Why won't it come off??? Agnes: Because that's the way knuckles work.

    • Agnes: (about Gary) He's probably the only writer who was rejected by Jack and Jill because his stories lacked "spunk."

    • Big Red: (showing Mercy around) This is it honey, this is my place of business, this is where I make my living. I guess you could call me something like a doctor. Yeah this is my operating room, this is my operating table and this is my scalpel. Would you send in the patient please! I'm ready to remove his bankroll! Wooooo~ Where's the patient? It's three minutes to eight, maybe he's suffering from jaundice of the spine. Roscoe: The only thing my man is suffering from is the quickening of the senses. Big Red: Yeah well I'm gonna give him five minutes and if he don't show, I take the dough.

    • Ellen: (to her square husband about their daughters situation) Don't you read Cosmopolitan? What do you think they've been doing for two years? S-E-X.

    • Bert: (trying to prove to Dennis that they're hip) We read Esquire and Look. We've seen "Goodbye, Columbus".

    • Harvey: I suppose your busy for dinner tonight. Barbara: Yes I am. Harvey: So am I. I'm going to prepare an intimate dinner for two at my place. Barbara: You are? Harvey: Yes I'm sorry I can't stop and chat but I have to get my bird into the oven. Barbara: Your bird? Harvey: Yeah duckling, you ever notice how blondes seem to love duckling? The prettier they are, the hungrier they get. So I better get going because this one is a living doll.

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    Notes (99)

    • An air date for this story is needed.

    • Yvonne Craig was best known as Batgirl in the 1960s show Batman.

    • From 1968 to 1975 Gail Fisher played secretary Peggy Fair on CBS' series "Mannix".

    • At the time this episode first aired, Arte Johnson was a "verrrry interesting" regular on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" on NBC which aired from 1968 to 1973.

    • From 1965 to 1971, Robert Clary played Cpl. Louis LeBeau on "Hogan's Heroes" on CBS.

    • At the time this episode aired, Stefanie Powers and Gary Lockwood were married in real life.

    • Bob Crane was the star of "Hogan's Heroes" when it aired on CBS from 1965 to 1971. He played Col. Hogan.

    • Michael Callan and Penny Fuller were previously featured in the story, "Love and a Couple of Couples" in episode 1.

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    Trivia (53)

    • In the beginning of the story, the song heard playing in the background is called, "Enjoy", written by Charles Fox and Arnold Margolin.

    • "Goodbye, Columbus" was written by Philip Roth in 1959 and made into a movie in 1969.

    • The song heard in this story is titled, "To Make Love Grow", composed by Charles Fox (music) and Arnold Margolin (lyrics).

    • The flowers Francis brings for Marion he calls cymbidiums, the are a boat orchid first discovered in 1799.

    • Maureen replies to Paul that Harry Dorfman the phone company man made a deal so they could get a refund from his cousin J.K. Lewis the bed salesman. In return he gave his cousin a phone number to match his name J.K. Lewis: the number being 555-3947.

    • J.K.:(to lawyer Paul Brader): And if it makes "Judd for the Defense" here happy, it's a deal. The comment is made in reference to the television series Judd For the Defense starring Carl Betz who plays the lawyer.

    • Mother: What! Don't they have regular tap water, ice water makes me sick.

    • Carol Wayne appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine February 1984.

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    Allusions (16)

    • Mrs. Bradbury: (to Harvey) Don't raise your hands to me you Bluebeard. I saw you murder that poor defenseless girl. Allusion to Bluebeard, a character from Charles Perrault's book "Les Contes de ma Mere L'Oye" first published in 1697. Bluebeard murdered all his wives and hung them on the walls in a secret room.

    • The episode is similar to Neil Simon's Barefoot In the Park play and movie starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.

    • Grisdale: I'm trying to run a business office here not a resort for Playboy bunnies. Alludes to Hugh Hefner's magazine Playboy were the models are called Playboy Bunnies.

    • Phil makes an allusion to singer/actor Frank Sinatra being so popular that back in the day he could have any girl.

    • Phyllis: (kissing Ken) And think of the music just drawing us closer and closer. (record drops with Adolf Hitler's speech playing) oh that Hitler! Ken: Where'd you get the Hitler record? Phyllis: Oh ah it's a World War II album I bought a long time ago. A World War II Hitler allusion.

    • Jack: You better dump Emerson and get Melvin Belli. These women are serious. Pal, you're in real trouble. Alludes to famous lawyer Melvin Belli who represented Jack Ruby, after Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, President John F. Kennedy's assassin.

    • Hello, Dolly! the 1969 film starring Barbra Streisand as matchmaker Dolly Levi. Dawn an aspiring actress watches this movie over and over so she can learn the part for an upcoming role.

    • Gladys says the line "Love means never having to say your sorry." this is from the movie "Love Story" where a couple forgive each other.

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  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • An groundbreaking show for it's time that still holds up today

    By SamWilliams4, May 20, 2012

  • My first "grown-up" show as a kid!

    By TerryTV76, Nov 02, 2005

  • A fuuny, camp classic!

    By koberfan, Jun 08, 2007

  • The show just popped in my head!

    By cbett1, Mar 22, 2006

  • mmmmmmmmmmmmm sexy...

    By nzmadmannz, Jan 22, 2006

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