1 9 7 8 (USA)
2 (8) x 30 minute episodes
This short-lived Depression-era sitcom followed the Hollyhock ‘family’, headed by Ginger-Nell (Rue McClanahan) – a lonely spinster from Oklahoma with no relatives – who had acquired her nutty family through newspaper advertisements in the Gazette.
‘Daughter’ (Caitlin O’Heaney) Anna Marie knew she was very sexy and titillated the boys by revealing her gorgeous legs. She attended Kansas City University – as did Junior, the ‘son’ (Derrel Maury).
A ‘husband’ turned up in the person of bank robber-on-the-run “Fast Eddie” (Dabney Coleman), a Forever Fernwood alumni, and a middle-aged romance was born.
Jack Gilford played the blind, cane-whacking, Roosevelt-hating ‘grandpa’.
The ‘family’ lived at 93600 Morning Glory Road. Ginger-Nell owned the Hollyhock Beauty Salon and paid a home mortgage of $43 a month to the First National Bank of Kansas City.
Dabney and McLanahan actually managed to generate some real emotion in the midst of the chaos, producing a schism between themselves and the rest of the cast.
ABC cancelled the show after just two of the eight filmed episodes were aired.
Fast Eddie Murtaugh
Anna Marie Hollyhock
Pilot*** | Fast Eddie Slows Down | Ginger-Nell Goes Hollywood | Rich Man, Poor Girl*** | The Tornado*** | Ginger-Nell Loses Her Touch*** | A Man from Ginger-Nell’s Past*** | They Walk Among Us
NB: Episodes marked *** were not broadcast.