Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (TV series)

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice television cast 1973.JPG
Main cast photo
Genre Sitcom
Created by Paul Mazursky
Larry Tucker
Written by James S. Henerson
Bernard M. Kahn
Directed by Rick Edelstein
Leo Penn
Starring Robert Urich
Anne Archer
David Spielberg
Anita Gillette
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (7 aired)
Production
Producer(s) James S. Henerson
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Frankovich Enterprises, in association with Screen Gems
Distributor Columbia Pictures Television, Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 26, 1973 (1973-09-26)  – November 7, 1973 (1973-11-07)
Chronology
Related shows Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is an American situation comedy broadcast in the United States by ABC as part of its 1973 fall lineup. It was based on the movie of the same title. It was produced by Screen Gems.

Synopsis[edit]

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice was of necessity somewhat different from the R-rated 1969 movie upon which it was based. The film involved the (short-lived) desire of the two title couples to engage in a sexual foursome, which would have been obviously unacceptable on U.S. broadcast television in 1973. Instead, it made do with plots which were attempts at titillation by the broadcast standards of the time, but which stood a chance of surviving the censors at the network's Division of Standards and Practices.

These included skinny dipping, premarital sex, and unmarried couples cohabiting, which were still thought to be racy topics for network television by many at the time. Generally, Ted and Alice Henderson were more conservative than the "liberated" Bob and Carol Sanders. No members of the original film cast reprised their roles in the series.

Reception[edit]

Scheduled opposite CBS's Top 10 hit The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and NBC's Top 30 hit Adam-12, the series earned very low Nielsen ratings, and was canceled less than two months after its premiere.

The show is perhaps best remembered for featuring a then eleven-year-old Jodie Foster as Ted and Alice's daughter. (This differed from the movie version, in which the characters had actually had a son, rather than a daughter.)

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Can I Help It If She's Crazy About Me?" September 26, 1973
1-2 "Alice's Wild Oat" October 3, 1973
1-3 "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (pilot) October 10, 1973
1-4 "I'm Not Jealous, Only Curious" October 17, 1973
1-5 "Open Marriage, Closed Mind" October 24, 1973
1-6 "Nobody Wants To Talk About It" October 31, 1973
1-7 "The Bare Truth Hurts" November 7, 1973
1-8 "Such Good Friends" unaired*
1-9 "Walk A Mile In My Clogs" unaired*
1-10 "Double, Double, Doyle & Trouble" unaired*
1-11 "Inadmissable Evidence" unaired*
1-12 "My Butcher Is A Thief" unaired*

*These episodes finally appeared on USA Cable Network, with the rest of the series, in 1984.

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