The Golden Girls

Season 4 Episode 8

Brother, Can You Spare That Jacket?

Aired Unknown Dec 03, 1988 on NBC

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  • Comedy can have it's touching moments, but it certainly should not be a downer.

    Good sitcoms are not meant to make you feel bad or guilty and this is exactly the effect "Brother, Can You Spare That Jacket?" had on me. Except for one or two funny moments, this episode is utterly depressing. The minute the girls enter the shelter, the show becomes a drama and not a very subtle one either. Anyone tuning in during this segment will think they are watching a telethon to raise money for the homeless. There is the single mother, the PhD turned addict, the poor abandoned old lady... And there is the song "Brother, Can You spare a Dime" playing as the camera slowly shows the poor people in their beds. Not a very good recipe for comedy.
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