Kate & Allie

Season 2 Episode 2

Landlady

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 1984 on CBS
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Landlady
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Kate and Allie try to avoid a rent increase by convincing their landlady they are a gay couple instead of separate families.

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  • Ahead of its time, by about thirty years...

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    Wow, how far backward we've travelled. A mainstream, family show like Kate & Allie today probably wouldn't go near this issue for fear of the conservative backlash. But the message of this episode isn't so much about whether it's okay or not to be gay but rather that families can be defined in many ways and as long as a group of people love, care and provide for one another, it should be respected. It is nice though to see an older lesbian couple, portrayed as domesticated and motherly. It helps negate that idea that lesbianism is something you try out in college and then grow out of!moreless
Gary Beach

Gary Beach

Gary Ross

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Chevi Colton

Chevi Colton

Miriam Goodman

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Gloria Cromwell

Gloria Cromwell

Janet Franklin

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Paul Hecht

Paul Hecht

Charles Lowell

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    • In 1984, Bill Persky was nominated for an Outstanding Directing -- Comedy Series emmy for this episode.

    • Editor's Note: I think there are good arguments on both sides of this issue. However, given the era in which this episode was produced and aired, it was probably one of the most positive depictions of gays and lesbians in its time.

    • I would say this is an affront to the Gay rights movement. Kate's need for Allie is a simple economic necessity. This is later proven, when Allie moves out Kate will get another roommate.

      Although this is a show about blending families, Kate and Allie are clearly avoiding a rent increase by appealing to unapt logic.

      If Allie hadn't moved in Kate STILL would have had to get a new roommate.

    • In its gentle way, this was a landmark television episode for non-judgmental depiction of gays and lesbians. When Kate & Allie argue that their landlady is showing the same prejudice against blended families that others show toward gay families, she is taken aback and admits that they are right.

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