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Tracey Ullman Show, The

1 9 8 7 – 1 9 9 0 (USA)
52 x 30 minute episodes

Originally a chorus dancer for comedian Les Dawson (a job from which she was sacked for forgetting to attire herself in underwear one performance), Tracey Ullman first came to notice in Three Of A Kind.

Stints on A Kick Up The Eighties and Girls On Top followed before she headed to Hollywood and her own series, The Tracey Ullman Show.

ullmanshow5Much taken by Ullman’s characterisations (eg: yuppie Sara Downey, Tina the postal worker, anthropologist Cecil Beckwith) and mimicry, the Americans awarded her a 1990 Emmy, although when the series was sold to the UK the material seemed weak, and Ullman and supporting cast (including Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta) underused.

Among some of her recurring characters was Francesca, a 14-year-old girl raised by two gay dads; ageing actress Sandra Decker; Australian pro golfer Kiki Howard-Smith; radio announcer Summer Storm; and singer Angel Tish.

Not the least important aspect of the series was that it aired short animations between the sketches about a dysfunctional yellow family, that became The Simpsons. Ullman later tried to sue for a share of Simpsons gross profits but to no avail.

Each show closed with Tracey, dressed in a robe and delivering her catchphrase to the audience: “Go home, go home”.

Tracey Ullman
Julie Kavner
Dan Castellaneta
Joe Malone
Sam McMurray
Anna Levine