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The NBC sitcom starred McLean Stevenson as Larry Alder, a radio talk show host who leaves Los Angeles after getting divorced and moves to Portland, Oregon with his two teenage daughters.
Given Stevenson’s successful history on M*A*S*H, both the network and the viewers had high expectations for the series. But the show proved disappointing, quickly earning a bad reputation as a poorly written, unfunny sitcom.
It earned an overwhelmingly negative response and was often the subject of jabs in Johnny Carson’s late-night monologues on The Tonight Show.
The series added new characters at midseason and had cast members of then-popular Diff’rent Strokes make cross-over appearances. Nothing helped.
This was McLean Stevenson’s third failed sitcom following his departure from M*A*S*H.
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