No Soap, Radio

ABC (ended 1982)


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No Soap, Radio

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Steve Guttenberg played Roger, the manager of the seedy Pelican Hotel in Atlantic City, where he dealt with the residents' problems. The show ran for five weeks before ABC put it out of business.
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  • A very odd comedy show.

    This was a pretty good television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites ( and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.

  • An obscure little gem.

    I am not, and never really have been, a fan of Steve Guttenberg. However, this show is memorable to me, not because of him, but just that it was so ODD. Kinda like an American version of Monty Python, with a bit of Zucker/Abrahms/Zucker thrown in for good measure. One particular site gag I remember vividly. In one of the hallways of the hotel was a fireman in uniform holding an axe behind a pane of glass. Painted on the glass were the words "In Case of Fire: Break Glass". Okay, a little obvious to us now, but at the time, the ZAZ style of sight gags and visual puns in "Airplane!" and "Police Squad" was huge, and this show did it's best to join in that fun. Unexpected and quirky, I remember this show fondly.moreless
  • For some reason, I remember this show!

    No Soap, Radio takes its name from the old joke about two elephants sitting in the bathtub. One says "Pass the soap!" The other replies, "No soap, radio!" Hahahahahahhahahahhaha! Do you get it?? What's wrong with you, are you stupid??? This is a HILARIOUS JOKE!

    Actually, it's not. The backstory is that you're supposed to secretly tell everybody in the room beforehand to laugh at the joke -- except for one poor soul who gets it right in the self-esteem-bag. So when everyone's laughing, one guy just doesn't get it. "What's wrong with me?" he asks himself with sorrow. "Why don't I get the joke?" Alas, poor yutz.

    So that's where the show got its name. And apparently Stuart Pankin (Not Necessarily the News) was in it, as was Police Academy's Steve Guttenberg.

    I seem to remember some type of Hamburgler character, and a horror movie parody called "The Day Everyone's Name Became Al." The cut to commercial break was especially scary.

    "We'll be right back ... Al."

    Sheer brilliance! Bring this show back!!!

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