Season 1 Episode 3

The Tortelli Tort

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 1982 on NBC



  • Notes

    • TV Guide Citation: In the October 9, 1982 issue of TV Guide, Ted Danson is the subject of a feature article. This excerpt contains his early impressions of Sam Malone along with writer Edwin Kiester Jr.'s description of the new series.

      "As Sam Malone, he plays a former star relief pitcher and reformed alcoholic("I quit because of elbow trouble, I bent it too much.") who now operates a Boston bar. Into the bar comes blonde Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), an animated fugitive from the academic world who stays on to work as a waitress. The series is a comedy built around their deepening romance, but it's filled with poignant moments, as the former hero tries to cope with faded glory and the occasional temptations of the bottle. "True for him, true for me," Danson says, "We both have light sides to our lives, and dark sides, and they'll both be there. I think I express myself best in humor, but to play the other side of life with integrity excites me, too."

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