CBS (ended 1966)
|Poor Mel! He has to listen to Alan Brady's insults and degrading criticism all day, and then whenever he enters Rob's office, he has to listen to Buddy's insults. I remember one episode in which Rob and Sally were asking Buddy why he's always insulting Mel, and Buddy said it was because Mel was tall, and some other reason. Buddy was very funny, and his insults were funny too, and the show wouldn't have been the same without him or his wisecracking. Still, you've got to feel for poor Mel, working for his creepy brother-in-law while listening to Buddy's bald jokes.|
Mel was such a kiss-up. I think that that is why Buddy delighted in picking on him.
I wonder how the actor, Richard Deacon, felt about being typecast in those stuffy, pompous roles (like Fred Rutherford in Leave it to Beaver)?
There are a few things about Richard Deacon that I found rather surprising: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Deacon_%28actor%29. Also here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0212586/.
Now it's Buddy's turn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morey_Amsterdam, and
Morey Amsterdam was a pioneer in television following a distingushed radio career, back when radio was much like TV is today, with real programs and series, many of which were turned into familiar TV series. It's also worth mentioning that he was married to the same woman for 54 years until his death in 1996. I wonder if she was anything like Pickles.
Sometimes continuity issues result from mistakes, other times not. On The Lucy Show, for instance, the setting completely changed in the middle of its run, but that was intentional.
On the other side, everyone knows about Happy Days and the "Chuck Cunningham syndrome". As for single episode writing, that might have been the case with Gunsmoke. I've gone into a few of those issues on that show's forum. Also, if you add up all its episodes into one saga, Matt Dillon must have killed about 500 or more people. That would surely get the attention of the Attorney General and other interested parties.
Mel Cooley was so darned funny! His feud with Buddy was hilarious. I always got the impression that both men secretly enjoyed trading insults. Buddy had a ready made target for all his one-liners. And Mel had a safety valve to vent his frustrations. I mean, he couldn't blow up at his boss Alan Brady. But he could let out all of his frustrations on Buddy. "YUCK!!!!"
Also there was an episode where Buddy quit or was fired. Somehow it was beause of Mel. Rob and Sally hired a comedian to fill Buddy's job and insult Mel. Mel couldn't seem to take insults from anyone else because at the end of the episode he yells"Get me Buddy!!
cI also had the impression that Mel was married to Alan's sister. I didn't think Alan's wife was Mel's sister. But I did wonder about something in the scene where Alan is mumbling a woman's name in his sleep. Mel informs them thatAlan was mumbling the name of another woman, not his wife.
Now why on earth would Rob, Buddy and Sally NOT know the name of Alan's wife? They'd been working for him for years. Buddy and Sally had been with him longer than Rob. They had all been to the bos's house for parties. It seems like they would know Mrs. Brady's first name!