Family

Season 2 Episode 10

Rites of Friendship

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Aired Unknown Dec 28, 1976 on ABC
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Rites of Friendship
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A friend of Willie's comes out of the closet; Buddy, after getting invited to the "Junior Jump" by a popular boy, asks Nancy to teach her to dance.

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  • This episode should be remembered for generations. It tells the story of a young man courageous enough to define his sexuality at a time when young people still didn't dare to.moreless

    9.0
    I remember this most memorable episode from its first broadcast when I was 15 years old. The series "Family" had already made its mark on me and, as a gay youth, I was so impressed with this episode's frankness, dignity and honesty in dealing with such a delicate subject at that time. Most other portrayals of gay men in that day used rather typical stereotypes and made gay men seem to be laughable at best and pittiable at worst. This episode did just the opposite.



    The gay character, was a charming and handsome teenage boy with good qualities. He wasn't just a gay character in an episode of a television show; the viewer saw him to be a whole human being, just as it really is in the human experience. He teaches the already open-minded Lawrence family and he teaches the individual viewer as well. That was most impressive for the mid 1970s.



    This important episode of "Family" deserves to be remembered in the record of our era.



    John Martin, 46

    Fort Worth, Texasmoreless
Meredith Baxter Birney

Meredith Baxter Birney

Nancy Lawrence Maitland

Kristy McNichol

Kristy McNichol

Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence

Sada Thompson

Sada Thompson

Kate Skinner Lawrence

James Broderick

James Broderick

Doug Lawrence

Gary Frank

Gary Frank

Willie Lawrence

Biff McGuire

Biff McGuire

Simon Remsen

Guest Star

Brian Byers

Brian Byers

Zeke Remsen

Guest Star

Robert Doran

Robert Doran

Carl Baker

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