Maggie (1981)

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Maggie (1981)

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Loosely based on the autobiographical books by Erma Bombeck and set in her own hometown of Dayton, Ohio, Maggie revolves around the day-to-day life of Maggie Weston, a middle-aged woman who never really aspired to be anything more than a housewife. Her husband, Len, on the other hand, is the very goal-oriented vice principal of Fillmore High. They have three boys: precocious 8-year-old Bruce; wisecracking 12-year-old Mark; and 16-year-old L.J., who is never seen or heard from because he's always in the bathroom, um, doing stuff. When not cooking or cleaning, Maggie likes to spend every Friday next door at Loretta's, a home-based beauty parlor run by the motherly Loretta Davenport, with help from her spacey, pop culture-referencing manicurist, Chris, who still lives at home with her parents. Loretta's other regular customer is Buffy Croft, a snobby, rich real estate agent who babbles endlessly about her perfect husband, David, and kids, Stevie and Crystal, but much like L.J., they were an unseen phenomenon. Maggie, Bombeck's first television series, won the hearts of reviewers, but apparently not Tony Thomopoulos, who dumped it in the opening half hour on Saturday night, where ABC had not had a hit in, well, ever. After four episodes, it was yanked and replaced with the Jay Tarses & Tom Patchett show, Open All Night, which fared no better. Maggie stayed off the air for five months, long after everyone involved closed shop, when Thomopoulos brought it back, with little fanfare, after Benson (in the same time slot where Open All Night was quickly moved to). After four more episodes, he washed his hands. Bombeck, who passed away in 1996, never made another series. A little trivia: two seasons later, Billy Jacoby would go on to play the TV stepbrother of Christian Jacobs' real-life sister (and recurring guest star), Rachel, in another prime-time sitcom, It's Not Easy. ABC canned that show after four episodes, too. Theme song "Maggie (Main Title Theme)" written by Patrick Williams Maggie is an Erma Bombeck Production, in association with Marble Arch Productions Broadcast History ----------------- Oct 1981-Nov 1981, Sat 8:00-8:30 Apr 1982-May 1982, Fri 8:30-9:00 First telecast: October 24, 1981 Last telecast: May 21, 1982 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 8 Media: Tapemoreless
Christian Jacobs

Christian Jacobs

Bruce Weston

Margaret Impert

Margaret Impert

Chris (as Margie Impert)

Miriam Flynn

Miriam Flynn

Margaret "Maggie" Weston

Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts

Loretta Davenport

James Hampton

James Hampton

Len Weston

Billy Jayne

Billy Jayne

Mark Weston (as Billy Jacoby)

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