Television writers went into the current strike knowing it could be a long one... knowing that the studio bosses won’t do a fair deal out of the goodness of their hearts.
But all the ups and downs and twists and turns between now and strike’s end are of diminishing interest to me.
What I’d rather do is celebrate TV writers. And remind the world of what we do... and why we deserve respect.
So, for as long as this strike continues, I’ll be shining a spotlight on some good TV writing. Starting with “All in the Family,” a brilliantly written show, a jewel of American pop culture.
I’m streaming a 4-minute audio clip from a Season 1 episode of “All in the Family.” To hear it, click here. I realize television is a visual medium, but I’m using audio for a reason: So we can focus on the words.
The clip I selected comes from Episode 8, titled “Lionel Moves Into the Neighborhood.” The credited writers are Don Nicholl and Bryan Joseph. This scene was included on an “All in the Family” LP released in the early ’70s. (Yes, my vinyl stacks are deep!)
I believe this is the first episode of the show written by Mr. Nicholl, who went on to bigger things. He and two other “All in the Family” writers – Michael Ross and Bernie West – co-wrote the pilot script for “Chico and the Man” (along with James Komack).
The partnership of “Nicholl Ross West” struck gold when it created “Three’s Company.” Don Nicholl also wrote the lyrics to the “Three’s Company” theme song. (Joe Raposo wrote the music.)
Hope y’all enjoy this flashback. And the ones to come.