Love, American Style

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ABC (ended 1974)

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Love, American Style

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Love, American Style entertained viewers with stories about common people finding love in all walks of life. In this anthology series, each hour-long broadcast consisted of a group of vignettes, aired sequentially and separately and each with an introductory title card. Normally there were three or four vignettes to a show, although occasionally there were as few as one or as many as five. Short blackout skits would be shown in between segments whenever time allowed. The skits featured a recurring cast of players which included James Hampton, best known as Hannibal Dobbs from F Troop, and veteran character actor Stuart Margolin, brother of executive producer Arnold Margolin. The syndication rerun package consisted of 30-minute broadcasts that were edited from the original hour-long broadcasts, except for those which aired in the first half of season 2, which ran in a 30-minute time slot. The show never ranked above #25 in the Nielsen Ratings. Time slots that Love, American Style originally aired in: September 29, 1969 to January 12, 1970: Mondays, 10:00 to 11:00. January 23, 1970 to September 18, 1970: Fridays, 10:00 to 11:00. September 25, 1970 to January 15, 1971: Fridays, 9:30 to 10:00. January 22, 1971 to January 11, 1974: Fridays 10:00 to 11:00. In 1970, the show received a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Show in a Musical or Comedy. It also won two Emmys for Charles Fox's musical compositions and was nominated for two more. The theme song was originally sung by the pop group, the Cowsills, but later replaced by an uptempo version, credited to the "Love American Style Singers." There was a short-lived revival in 1986 called The New Love, American Style, which aired on ABC's daytime schedule. One of the segments, "Love and the Happy Days," spawned a successful spin-off series, Happy Days.

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  • An groundbreaking show for it's time that still holds up today

    9.0
    People often forget how innovative this show was when it first appeared on TV 40 years ago, why was it so innovative? well, for starters it was a comedy anthology show, which has never been done before up until it came out, and it was hour long, while most comedy shows before Love American Style were restricted to the half hour sitcom format (except for the Variety Sketch Comedy Shows such as Carol Brunnet and the Smothers Brothers),. Also, most episodes of the series were filmed neither with a laugh track or a live studio audiance, so it set the standard for many of the comedy shows we see today, such as Modern Family or the Office.



    in Conclusion, Love American Style had a Fantastic concept for a show of it's time and it shouldn't be forgotten today. it's a shame it's not on TV anymore (at least it's on DVD finally)

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  • My first "grown-up" show as a kid!

    10
    What can I say about Love American Style? It's a funny show and I'm happy it's finally on DVD. You have a cavalcade of stars in tales of love in some of the funniest situations. Also, there was that groovy theme song and score to remember, those funny blackouts between each story and yes, the big brass bed in every story and blackout skit. I'm sure at the time of it's original run, these were racy and by today's standards, these would be G-rated. Still, Love American Style was the first "adult" show I ever saw as a kid!moreless
  • A fuuny, camp classic!

    8.0
    I loved the series"Love American Style"!!! It was a funny, campy classic! I had to watch it on DVD, as it went off the air when I was only three, but it had such a great flavor of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Each week another group of crazy love stories with the "Only In America" treatment. Just so juicy and never, ever, dull. I do wish this one series could be brought back, but sadly, the times have passed where this type of innocent silliness would be condidered marketable. Oh, for the good old days and the flavor of another time!!!moreless
  • The show just popped in my head!

    8.0
    I was 7 when the show ended. I remember that it made me feel like I was getting something I shouldn't be getting. Often on way past bedtime but I still enjoyed the stories and characters - Flip Wilson, Artie Shaw and many others that were ahead of their time. I sure wish it was on DVD!!
  • mmmmmmmmmmmmm sexy...

    6.5
    Inspired many a naughty thought in the middle of the night... The wedding at the nudist colony... The couple that couldn't stop kissing... The episode on Wife Swapping... Naiively prompting me to enter into a conversation on the subject with my mother! Who clearly saw it in a very different light to me. And the orgasmic fireworks at the start of the show... Seriously that is a show I'd like to see again... Is it out on DVD yet? I guess its not the kind of show you'd release...moreless
  • OUT THIS WEEK IS SOUTH PARK IMAGINATIONLAND: THE UNCENSORED DIRECTOR'S CUT. HOW WILL THE OUT-OF-CONTROL ANTICS OF THE SOUTH PARK BOYS CARRY THEM THROUGH? HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT 30 DAYS BEHIND BARS MIGHT BE LIKE? WONDER NO MORE BY CHECKING OUT 30 DAYS SEASON TWO WHEN IT HITS THE SHELVES!

    March 11, 2008 DVD Releases

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