ABC (ended 1979)
|I think they all complimented each other. The show could have kept going if they didnt have the problems behind the scenes.|
|I had actually found some stuff about the goings-on of the show. It was a lot of tragedy on and off the set. Dee had lost her stepfather and suffered injuries in a car crash. Monte Irvin, who wrote the pilot, ended up homeless after he was blackballed by Hollywood. |
I agree with Mabel King, though. Here she was, the mother, and she was being upstaged by her 9 year-old "daughter". The guys got more advice from Dee in the entire series than anyone else. One of Mabel King's most spoken lines was, "This is true...". And, I read that she also re-wrote the scripts because her lines were just that bad. It was just too reminiscent of "Good Times" problems, right down to the writers sending Mrs. Thomas to Arizona with a new husband and introducing a younger castmate (Little Earl). It was bad enough that many of the actors were recycled from "Good Times"...but, to have the same issues was beyond ridiculous.
|I agree. The father was remarried and out of the picture, so Dee basically had NO parents. I don't even know how the writers thought that would fly.|