1 9 9 5 – 1 9 9 6 (USA)
16 x 30 minute episodes
Foul-mouthed standup comic Andrew Dice Clay shortened his name and attempted to change his image in this short-lived CBS sitcom that could be described as The Honeymooners with kids.
Burt (Clay) and his wife Alice (Cathy Moriarty) were a bickering blue-collar couple living in an ageing apartment complex in Trenton, New Jersey, with their 12-year-old daughter, Danny (Raegan Kotz), and young son Sean (Sam Gifaldi).
Blustery Burt was a post office supervisor and sharp-tongued Alice worked in the parts department of a local car dealership. They fought often but they loved each other and their kids.
Living on the floor below were new parents Phyllis (Molly Price) – who was Alice’s best friend – and Lenny (Don Stark), a klutzy but well-meaning co-worker of Burt’s at the post office.
Others seen regularly were Cuba (Wren T. Brown), another postal worker, Vicki (Patricia Healy), the sexy divorced mother on the make who lived in their building, and Danny’s best friend Jane (Kimberly Cullum).
Throughout much of the short run the Claytons were trying to buy a house and move out of their rented apartment, but when they finally succeeded, the costs were such that they had to rent the house to one of Burt’s co-workers (who moved in with 22 of his relatives) and ended up back in their old apartment.
CBS cancelled the series with the last episode airing in January 1996.
Not to be confused with the more successful 1970s British sitcom of the same name.
Wren T. Brown