Anything but Love

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ABC (ended 1992)

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Anything but Love

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Anything but Love was the story of Hannah Miller and her relationship with Marty Gold. After they meet Marty gets Hannah a job in research at the magazine where he works. Hannah, an aspiring writer, sees this as an opportunity to get into the business. The show was created by Wendy Kout and developed by Dennis Koenig. Creative differences between Wendy, Jamie & Richard caused her to leave the series after the 1st season. When the show was picked up for the following fall season it had some revisions to the format. Marty, Hannah and Jules still worked at the magazine but other characters were replaced. A hip new editor was brought in and played to the hilt by performance artist Ann Magnuson. Holly Fulger was added to give Hannah a best friend to confide her thoughts about Marty with. One of the running bits between Hannah and Robin was that they called each other Mrs. Shmenkman. A name they came up with years ago when they decided they would both marry a couple of brothers named Shmenkman before they were thirty. Joseph Maher was added to round out the major cast. Other minor characters in the first part of the 2nd season were played by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore; they were also the show's executive story consultants during this time. Their characters didn't really do much and were dropped halfway through the season. Joseph Maher's character was also dropped after the second season and Bruce Weitz was brought in as Mike Urbanek, an everyman's writer. One of his primary functions was to become Marty's confidant for his relationship with Hannah. Starting in the second season each episode featured an opening vignette that featured Hannah and Marty sitting at a diner counter making observations on life, love, etc. The on-screen title (and usually the subject) for these bits are included with each episode where they appear as a note.
First air date: March 7, 1989 Last air date: June 3, 1992 Original air time: Tuesday 9:30:00 pm (Eastern)moreless
Bruce Weitz

Bruce Weitz

Mike Urbanek (1991-1992)

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Martin "Marty" Ezekiel Gold

Joseph Maher

Joseph Maher

Brian Alquist [ 2nd season only ]

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis

Hannah Miller

Louis Giambalvo

Louis Giambalvo

Norman Keil (1st Season)

Holly Fulger

Holly Fulger

Robin Dulitski [seasons 2 - 4 ]

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • That Rare Sit-Com

    9.5
    "Anything But Love", I fell in love with that show from the start. The combination of Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis was magical. The late Richard Frank added just the right touch with his gift for one-liners and his ability to just steal the scene with ease. The one thing that made me enjoy it as much as I did was that it was one of the few shows on at that time that credited the audience with intelligence. Every episode had one line that wasn't cookie cutter, that required a certain amount of knowledge of history, current events or culture to get it. Which sit-com then or even now would refer to a woman as looking like "the first runner-up in the Nina Khrushchev look-alike contest"? How many today have even HEARD of either Nina Khrushchev or her husband, Nikita Khrushchev? It was not always pandering to the basic and the common that set this show apart from the others. I still miss it.moreless
  • They did it too soon!

    8.5
    Oh how I loved this show. It seemed to stumble a bit in its first six episode spring run. But in season 2 with a new supporting cast I really thought it found its way. Jamie Lee Curtis got a new sidekick in Holly Fulger. They worked really well together. Ann Magnuson's Catherine was kind of a witch, but an honest to a fault so you couldn't help but love her. Joseph Maher's character, while not really all that important, rounded out a great cast. It was only a matter of time before Marty and Hannah got together. I really didn't expect the show to return for a third season, so season two's final episode would have been a perfect conclusion to the series. But it did return, Hannah and Marty got together and the show lost something. Bruce Weitz was added, and while a great actor, didn't bring much to the show. Still, this was a well-done show and I have a couple of episodes on tape and they still make me smile.moreless
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