Yesterday I wrote about a Marcus Welby M.D. show that played on COZI TV. It was about a married guy suppressing his inner fag. I was fascinated that Welby recommended psychiatry. That would never fly today. But it is interesting to note that all of the shows were reviewed by the American Academy of Family Physicians for accuracy.
There was a time when doctors thought that it was possible for homosexuality to perhaps cause some problems that a professional could help with. Now the view is that homosexuality is the cure and nothing about it can possibly have a negative impact on a person… but nearly everything else in life can, including being white.
It turns out that that show was indeed controversial back in the day. See HERE
Today’s vintage TV review comes from an episode of The Partridge Family that was playing a little while ago on Antenna TV. (Shockingly, the show doesn’t hold up to be the masterpiece it was when I was ten.)
Danny, the rotten little capitalist, has a million dollar idea – cash in on the environmental craze and write a song around some recorded sounds of whales.
Mom is horrified that Danny could exploit the animals like that and refuses to go along. But Danny had already booked the family to play at Sea World in order to promote the yet to be written song. Bert Convy is the head of Sea World and he’s into the idea of Whale Awareness because people are turning whales into dog food. (These shows are like fever hallucinations.)
Enter another horrible capitalist pig – I think it was Dub Taylor – who somehow is going to profit from this event. (I really wasn’t watching that closely.) But Mom comes up with a scheme to shame Dub into donating the money to, I guess, the whales, by having Howard Cosell show up to interview the guy on national television. It’s craptastic.
Now, for the money shot. – the song that Partridges cobbled together for the whales. (I’m sure ABC donated all the money generated by this episode and gave it to nature/ Meanwhile the episode vilifies a ten-year old for “whale exploitation.”)
Behold, the song that makes me wanna go out and make dog food -