Post Number: 1373
|Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 10:57 pm: || |
Were there any Sitcoms that referenced Detroit in a good or bad way?
I'm specifically was looking for the good on sitcoms from the 50s and 60s. I do know the Big 3 provided the automobiles featured on these shows. However, any Sitcom from any decade in any way will surely be appreciated.
Post Number: 1396
|Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 10:59 pm: || |
There was Martin in the 90's
Post Number: 474
|Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 11:02 pm: || |
Home Improvement of course.
Post Number: 1397
|Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 11:04 pm: || |
I didn't see anything relating to the 50's or 60's
I will search a little deeper and post on the forum
Post Number: 4341
|Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 11:45 pm: || |
On Seinfeld George had to go to a funeral in Detroit. No negativity came into that funny event.
However, when Jerry and George wanted to make one of George's girlfriends fall asleep, they said that they would show her a home video of George's boyhood trip to Michigan. The hilarity of this makes up for the slight towards the state of Michigan.
Post Number: 1603
|Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 11:46 pm: || |
There was also the Seinfeld episode where Kramer and Newman tried to drive to Michigan with a mail truck full of cans to return.
Post Number: 3198
|Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 11:55 pm: || |
You might have some problems finding what you're looking for, Detroitrise
From what I've read about TV at that time, one of the things that they did was to make them as "universal" as possible, and didn't really specify where a particular show took place.
But the person to ask about all things TV, would be Ed Golick.
If he hasn't responded to this thread, you can find
his website is here.
Post Number: 80
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 12:18 am: || |
There was a sitcom in the late 70's about a guy who worked construction with his son ,then there's "Rhythm & Blues"-set in a Detroit rap radio station debuted same time as Martin, "8 Simple Rules", "Freaks & Geeks"-as far as these shows go it's not really bragging rights-I mean when I take visitors around Seattle we'll go to the basement of the Elliot Bay Book Co. because that's the prototype of where Niles & Frasier Crane go to lunch but there's nothing like that in a Detroit sitcom, frankly
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C ategory:Television_shows_set_i n_Michigan
Post Number: 1779
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 12:34 am: || |
8 simple rules for dating my teenage daughter a lot of these shows take place in royal oak. sister sister was g.p.
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 6:47 am: || |
In the 70's there was short lived show called "joe's world"
set in Detroit. the show was on there air for a very short time
I remember the guy that played Peter Brady was on this show
Post Number: 1006
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 8:01 am: || |
Just one episode, but The Munsters had one called "The Fregosi Curse." The Munsters fly to Detroit to meet with Henry J. Fregosi, the CEO of Amalgamated Motors to break the Fregosi curse.
(Message edited by rjk on January 14, 2008)
Post Number: 74
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 8:10 am: || |
In "Good Times", Louis Gosset, Jr. played a Cousin from Detroit of Esther Role's. This was after John Amos left the show.
Post Number: 1356
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 8:23 am: || |
Also, on the show Sister Sister they went to U of M and stayed on campus
Post Number: 513
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 8:37 am: || |
Throughout the Mary Tyler Moore show, Lou references how he worked in Detroit at the Free Press.
Post Number: 309
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 9:26 am: || |
Freaks & Geeks took place in some un named suburb but was based on the writers experiences at Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Twp.
Post Number: 263
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 9:32 am: || |
In South Park after Satan kills saddam, Satan asks, "how did you get back here", to which Saddam replies "where was I gonna go, Detroit?"
I know, I know too much about South Park.
Post Number: 243
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 10:53 am: || |
Not necessarily a sitcom, but the female lead (I can't remember her name right now) on Northern Exposure was from Grosse Pointe. One episode had her taking the good Jewish doctor there to meet her WASPish family.
Post Number: 1374
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 11:15 am: || |
Thanks everyine fir the comments. I would definitely love to watch that episode of The Munsters, and see how they pictured Detroit at that time.
Oh, and I know of 2 other shows. Good Times referenced Detroit several times, but in sort of a competitive manner (we were in the same league at the time). Then, on Family Matters, Harriet had a younger cousin from Detroit who came to visit, but she sent him back because of his "disrespectful" ways and how he got Eddie and Steve into some mess.
Post Number: 906
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 3:48 pm: || |
There's one more Munsters episode that references Detroit, "All-Star Munster" with Pat Buttram.
Post Number: 6132
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm: || |
Detroitrise... all Munsters episodes were filmed in sound stages... no on site locations, even when Detroit references were included. Now as for the Fregosi Emerald... that curse is real!
Post Number: 1379
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 7:09 pm: || |
Gistok, I know that. I'm sure they had scenes of the city though during the episodes.
Post Number: 119
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 8:25 pm: || |
On the sitcom 'Sanford and Son'...Lamont and Rollo pretended to be bourgeois to impress a couple of coquettish women that flew in from Detroit...As it turned out, the women where not impressed by Lamont and Rollo's fallacious and highfalutin act.
I recall, later on__in one scene the two Detroit girls 'diss'n' the imported wine that Rollo offered...I think is was pronounced 'Bour-zo-lay', but becoming very excited when Fred(Lamont's Father) offered them a glass of Ripple__(funny stuff!)
Post Number: 291
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 9:27 pm: || |
Homer Simpson's half-brother Herb Powell. Herb Powell, who looks just like Homer, except taller, slimmer and with more hair, is the head of eponymously-named automobile manufacturer Powell Motors, which is in danger of being taken over by the Japanese because of otherwise poor management. He is very rich, but is quite unhappy not knowing who he is and where he comes from. He is overjoyed upon hearing of his half-brother and invites the entire Simpson family to stay at his mansion in Detroit.
Post Number: 82
|Posted on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 9:28 pm: || |
Tayllik, yup that's the show-"Soul Man" took place in Royal Oak for some reason; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt01 18473/
Post Number: 6143
|Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 4:14 pm: || |
Detroitrise, maybe you will understand this... NO scenes, NO aerial shots, NO photos, NO footage of Detroit were ever shown on The Munsters... NONE!
Post Number: 43
|Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 5:53 pm: || |
On Alf, there was some (recurring?) bit about a place on his home planet called Detroit. All the best R&B bands came from there.
Good old Alf.
Post Number: 103
|Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 6:00 pm: || |
In reference to the Sanford and Son episode...I believe it was pronounced "bo-jo-lay" and Fred wooed the ladies with not just ripple, but a pot of onion stew as well
Post Number: 1362
|Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 6:03 pm: || |
Is that ONION- STOO-OOH-OOH lol... Fred came in and showed the ladies a good time. I remember one of the chicks being named Della lol.
Post Number: 1384
|Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 6:05 pm: || |
Gistok, well thanks for bursting my balloon.
I will be highly disappointed now if I ever saw that episode.
Post Number: 777
|Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:10 am: || |
The Simpsons have countless Detroit references some of my favorite are when the family spend a lot of time in the country they become like laid back country folk. When they are ready to leave you see Homer leaning on the car and comments harshly on the rich people by the fence and their fancy fur coats. Marge tells homer that they are Moose. Homer then yells at the Moose"Go back to Grosse Pointe" Then there is the time Marge shows her ability to toss a drunk out by throwing Homer which Homer responds " Ah yes! Detroit style very nice" There is also when Homer says "We have a saying around here....let Michigan handle it!"
Post Number: 8
|Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:31 am: || |
That would be Farmington Hills native Al Jean's influence with the Detroit/Michigan references on the Simpsons
(Message edited by 14andhayes on January 16, 2008)
Post Number: 10
|Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:41 am: || |
I think this Home Improvement spin off was Detroit based also.
Post Number: 4469
|Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:59 am: || |
Does "City Council" on local cable count?
Not picking on Detroit either, almost all metro city councils are on local cable.
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:23 pm: || |
The TV show Scrubs has a character Dr. Cox who often wears a Detroit Red Wings hockey jersey or a Cheli's Chili shirt. Sometimes, he'll make all his residents wear Red Wing stuff too.
Post Number: 112
|Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:32 pm: || |
Crash, thats because John is a friend of Chris Tselios
Post Number: 44
|Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 3:53 pm: || |
Robocop: The Series was in Detroit.
/wait, INTENTIONALLY comedic?
//got nothing else then.
Post Number: 6983
|Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 4:01 pm: || |
Sister Sister is probably filmed scenes in Grosse Pointe, MI.
And Home Improvement film scenes in Keego Harbor, MI.
Post Number: 60
|Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 3:28 pm: || |
"Soul Man" with Dan Aykroyd was a failed Home Improvement spin-off. He was a widowed motorcycle driving priest in Royal Oak....
Post Number: 61
|Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 3:45 pm: || |
I got a speeding ticket in 2001 on that corner they show between scenes on Martin - over on Jefferson & Rivard I think it is. . . (the apartment where his lives on the show is in the "River Place Apartments)
Post Number: 250
|Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 8:47 pm: || |
Dale on king of the hill once mentioned a double murder in Detroit while reading a newspaper.
Post Number: 1190
|Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 9:38 pm: || |
One of Lily Tomlin's characters, an uptight society matron, is "the Grosse Pointe Lady".
Post Number: 917
|Posted on Saturday, February 02, 2008 - 10:59 am: || |
...who is a takeoff of WXYZ-TV's Lady of Charm, Edythe Fern Melrose.
Post Number: 174
|Posted on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 3:32 pm: || |
I don't know if it was the same Sanford and Son episode mentioned before but there was one where Fred mentioned a stripper named Lottie The Body. I am sure many here know more about her than I do but she was working in the 90's at Bomac's jazz club at the foot of Gratiot. She was very funny and acted like she was still "the body".
Post Number: 69
|Posted on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 4:14 pm: || |
Not a sitcom, but "Animal Cops: Detroit"
Post Number: 665
|Posted on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 4:20 pm: || |
Post Number: 36
|Posted on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 5:03 pm: || |
Yeah, Ms. Lottie was and still is Cool.
Post Number: 658
|Posted on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 10:17 pm: || |
Not a sitcom, but there was a short lived drama back around 1995 or so called Easy Streets that was at least partially filmed in Detroit. I remember it had some great shots of downtown. It starred Ken Olin, and was cancelled mid season.
Post Number: 175
|Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 2:49 am: || |
I think the WB had a short lived show called Grosse Pointe...