Barefoot in the Park (TV series)
|Barefoot in the Park|
|Written by||William Bickley
|Directed by||Bruce Bilson
Charles R. Rondeau
|Theme music composer||Neal Hefti|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Executive producer(s)||William P. D'Angelo|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Paramount Network Television|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original run||September 24, 1970– December 17, 1970|
|Related shows||Barefoot in the Park|
Barefoot in the Park is an American sitcom that aired in 1970 on ABC. Based on the Neil Simon Broadway play of the same name, the series cast members are predominantly black, making it the first American television sitcom since Amos 'n' Andy to have a predominantly black cast (Vito Scotti is the sole major white character). Barefoot in the Park had also previously been a successful 1967 film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.
Scoey Mitchell plays Paul Bratter, a newlywed attorney for the law firm Kendricks, Keene & Klein living in lower Manhattan with his wife, Corie (played by Tracy Reed). The show was a slice-of-life situation comedy about surviving in New York City. Other regulars included Thelma Carpenter as Corie's mother, Mable Bates, Harry Holcombe as Mr. Kendricks, Vito Scotti as Mr. Velasquez and Nipsey Russell as local pool hall owner, Honey Robinson.
Dead End Kids alumnus Huntz Hall and actor Jackie Coogan appeared on the 10th episode, aired December 3, 1970, entitled Disorder in the Court (which gets its title from the 1936 Three Stooges short). Penny Marshall made one of her earliest television appearances on the 4th episode of the series, aired October 5, 1970, entitled "In Sickness and in Health". Marshall's later co-star of the mid-1970s television success Laverne and Shirley, Cindy Williams, appeared on the sixth episode, which aired on October 29, 1970 and was entitled "The Marriage Proposal".
The series was canceled after star Scoey Mitchell was fired due to "differences of opinion" with the series' producers. Various actors auditioned for the part, but the series was instead canceled after 12 episodes had been produced.
The show was produced by William P. D'Angelo, and various episodes were written or directed by much of the same team that had developed The Odd Couple (Jerry Paris, Harvey Miller, Bruce Bilson and Garry Marshall among others).
|Series #||Season #||Title||Notes||Original air date|
|1||1||Pilot||A fledgling lawyer and his unpredictable bride set up housekeeping in a run-down Manhattan walk-up.||September 24, 1970|
|2||2||"The Bed"||Paul and Corie buy a bed from Honey's friend -- and it collapses as soon as they get it home.||October 1, 1970|
|3||3||"You'll Never Walk Alone"||Paul gets himself into trouble when he attends a charity auction party where Corie will be modelling an expensive dress.||October 8, 1970|
|4||4||"In Sickness and in Health"||Paul helps a pregnant neighbor to the hospital, where he is mistaken for a patient.||October 15, 1970|
|5||5||"You Gotta Have Soul"||Paul hires an incompetent secretary who redecorates his office with Mod-Afro decor.||October 22, 1970|
|6||6||"The Marriage Proposal"||No synopsis available.||October 29, 1970|
|7||7||"Down With the Landlord"||Paul learns that Sugar Ray Robinson is the owner of the apartment building.||November 5, 1970|
|8||8||"Something Fishy"||When Corie's aunt comes to visit, Paul and Honey go fishing, only to get themselves arrested.||November 12, 1970|
|9||9||"Corie's Rear Window"||Corie tries to prove to Paul that she saw a man killed in the apartment across the street.||November 19, 1970|
|10||10||"Disorder in the Court"||Paul is reluctant to help Mabel when she is sued by a crooked cabbie.||December 3, 1970|
|11||11||"No Fancy Fixture"||Corie bought an inflatable chair that won't inflate, so Paul goes after the shifty shopowner who sold it to her.||December 10, 1970|
|12||12||"Nothing but the Truth"||Corie decides that she and Paul must always be honest with each other -- even when the boss comes to dinner.||December 17, 1970|