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The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
Another one of those subtle comedies that make you smile instead of causing roaring belly laughs. You come away from this type of show feeling good. You’ve got good parents, good kids, good friends. Right.. an escape from reality.
After this sub-genre petered out in the 70s, we were left with a new reality style format. “Hey.. life is nothing like that and people can’t relate” they thought. Well, I don’t need to relate. I relate all day long. I want out for a half hour. How comet hey ‘real up’ TV but they don’t bother to ‘real up’ models? If everyone is so worried about reality and people not being able to relate with what they see… well, models are the biggest offenders. Advertising, I guess. Can’t blame models for being good looking.
Anyway… The Courtship of Eddie’s Father was one of those shows that made you feel good. One big reason for that was Brandon Cruz.
For 73 episodes from 1969 to 1972, we watched Brandon and Bill Bixby muddle through life together.
Once grown up, Cruz went behind the scenes in editing and has worked on quite a few projects we’d remember like South Park, the 2nd Roseanne Show, Viva LaBam and American Chopper.
He also fronted the band Dr. Know. Later.. between Jello Biafra and Jeff Penalty, Cruz was lead vocal for the Dead Kennedys. Dr. Know has since been reformed and is still going.
I’ll have to check out his music for the radio station. I especially would like to hear the remake of the Courtship of Eddie’s Father Theme in punk style with Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. Eddie Corbett and Micky Dolenz… should be interesting.
Here’s a YouTube clip of an interview with Brandon on Dr. Know, punk and life since Courtship.
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