Fame

Season 1 Episode 8

Street Kid

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Aired Unknown Feb 25, 1982 on
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Doris, while pretending to be a hooker (for her acting assignment), meets a real hooker named Tracy, and tries to help her out.

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  • Music and a difficult issue blended together, with so much air in the final product that it's difficult to even call it dessert.

    3.1
    After receiving an assignment to study new personalities, Doris tries to help a young girl living the life of a streetwalker.



    "Fame" is so much a confection of youth "me" culture, Debbie Allen choreography, and broad characters that I sometimes have a hard time believing people "remember its name". Nevertheless, this stands as a good example of the series. The issue of note here is runaways and the problems they can often encounter. But it's scraped fingernail deep, the protagonist is not shown as really suffering any consequences - no possible drug problems, safety issues of prostitution etc. are even superficially examined. Instead, the young woman wants to "belong" by singing and dancing and "being herself" at the school. In the manner of the series, the parents are always written as mouthpieces to validate the kid's opinions, and Madlyn Rhue is wasted as Doris's mother in this example. All this, of course, along with the usual melange of over-the-top production numbers in the hallway and the cafeteria.



    Not helping matters is the fact that the resolution involves deciding to move home again, not because of the imminent danger of the lifestyle, but because it's difficult to sing the song "Blue Moon" to the standards of the "School for Performing Arts".



    I was never a huge fan of the series, but I remember watching a few of these episodes on the odd Saturday afternoon in the 80s. While the stories don't hold up at all, the characters can be likeable, Valerie Landsburg does a decent job here. Which is good, because in a "world" run by Debbie Allen, the kids are in charge of the school.moreless
Dominique Dunne

Dominique Dunne

Tracy

Guest Star

Del Monroe

Del Monroe

Detective Dellinger

Guest Star

Madlyn Rhue

Madlyn Rhue

Angela Schwartz

Recurring Role

Jasmine Guy

Jasmine Guy

Dancer

Recurring Role

Michael Thoma

Michael Thoma

Gregory Crandall

Recurring Role

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