We Got It Made

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We Got It Made
WGIMSeason2.jpg
We Got it Made season 2 opening title
Genre Sitcom
Written by Michael S. Baser
Lynne Farr Brao
Bob Brunner
David Chambers
Chet Dowling
Gordon Farr
Jeffrey Ferro
Ken Hecht
Arnold Kane
Sandy Krinski
Susan H. Lee
Bowie Lennon
C.M. Leon
Laura Levine
Chick Mitchell
Geoffrey Neigher
Kim Weiskopf
Margaret Weisman
Fredric Weiss
Directed by James R. Drake
Alan Rafkin
Starring Teri Copley
Tom Villard
Matt McCoy
Theme music composer Tom Wells
Opening theme "We Got It Made"
Composer(s) Tom Wells
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 46
Production
Executive producer(s) Fred Silverman
Producer(s) Lynne Farr Brao
Gordon Farr
Alan Rafkin
Running time 22–24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC (1983-1984)
Syndication (1987-1988)
Original run September 8, 1983 (1983-09-08) – September 3, 1988 (1988-09-03)

We Got It Made is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 8, 1983 until March 10, 1984, and in first-run syndication from September 11, 1987 until March 30, 1988. The series was created by Gordon Farr and Lynne Farr Brao (credited as simply Lynne Farr during the 1987-88 season), and was executive produced by Fred Silverman in association with MGM Television.

Synopsis[edit]

1983 NBC version[edit]

The show focuses on Mickey Mackenzie (Teri Copley), a girl in her early 20s who applies for a housekeeping job in Manhattan. Her employers are two bachelors who share the two-bedroom apartment—conservative attorney David Tucker (Matt McCoy) and goofy, idealistic salesman Jay Bostwick (Tom Villard). Mickey is the first—and only—applicant for the job; in fact, both David and Jay are so taken by her beauty they immediately hire her.

Both David and Jay had girlfriends—David's was Claudia (Stepfanie Kramer, who left midway through the first season and found far greater fame on the NBC crime drama, Hunter), while Jay dated kindergarten teacher Beth Sorensen (Bonnie Urseth). Both Claudia and Beth were skeptical about their boyfriends having such an attractive maid living with them, but they eventually grew to accept Mickey as a friend.

When it first premiered, it appeared We Got It Made would be successful, winning its time slot early in the run.[1] But before long, negative reviews from both critics and the general viewing public eroded its viewership.[citation needed] NBC moved the series from its original Thursday night berth to Saturdays in January 1984. The change in its night and time did little in keeping the series on the air; in March 1984, We Got It Made was canceled.

1987 syndicated version[edit]

We Got It Made was revived in first-run syndication for the 1987-1988 season as part of NBC's "Prime Time Begins at 7:30" campaign, in which the network's owned-and-operated stations would run first-run sitcoms in the 7:30-8 pm time slot to counterprogram competing stations' game shows, sitcom reruns and other offerings. However, the series was picked up by non-NBC stations as well.

Teri Copley and Tom Villard were the only returning cast members, Jay and Beth no longer were a couple (Bonnie Urseth had decided not to participate this time), and David was now played by John Hillner. David, Jay and Mickey had new neighbors as well—policeman Max Papavasiolios Sr. (Ron Karabatsos) and his son, Max Jr. (Lance Wilson-White).[2] Mickey seemed to allow greater physical attention—and affection—from the now-single Jay and David, but at the same time, she doted on them as if they were her young sons. She also had a special relationship with teenage Max, who frequently came to her for advice in attracting and dealing with women—although he would have preferred putting that advice to use on Mickey alone.

As they had with the NBC version, critics lambasted the series, and We Got It Made lasted only one season in syndication.[1] The series' final original episode was released on March 30, 1988, with reruns airing until the week of September 3, 1988 in most markets.

Cast[edit]

We Got it Made first season cast photo featuring Villard, Copley and McCoy.
  • Teri Copley..... Mickey Mackenzie
  • Tom Villard.....Jay Bostwick
  • Matt McCoy.....David Tucker (1983–1984)
  • John Hillner.....David Tucker (1987–1988)
  • Bonnie Urseth.....Beth Sorensen (1983–1984)
  • Stepfanie Kramer.....Claudia (1983–1984)
  • Ron Karabatsos.....Max Papavasilios Sr. (1987–1988)
  • Lance Wilson-White.....Max Papavasilios, Jr. (1987–1988)

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Production Code Episode Title Airdate
1 3120 Pilot September 8, 1983
2 3126 "Mickey Sleepwalks" September 15, 1983
3 3127 "The Boyfriend" September 22, 1983
4 3129 "Mickey Goes Topless" September 29, 1983
5 3124 "David's Birthday" October 13, 1983
6 3122 "Mickey the Shoplifter" October 20, 1983
7 3128 "Mickey's Mom" October 27, 1983
8 3129 "Mickey Gets Married (Part 1)" November 3, 1983
9 3130 "Mickey Gets Married (Part 2)" November 10, 1983
10 3131 "The Super" November 17, 1983
11 3121 "Am I Blue?" November 24, 1983
12 3132 "Mickey's T-shirt" December 1, 1983
13 3123 "Sexiest Bachelor" December 8, 1983
14 3134 "Mickey's Misconception" January 7, 1984
15 3135 "Mickey's Poster" January 14, 1984
16 3136 "The Other Tucker" January 21, 1984
17 3137 "The Break-up (Part 1)" February 4, 1984
18 3138 "The Break-up (Part 2)" February 11, 1984
19 3141 "Miss Mom" February 18, 1984
20 3133 "The Fight" February 25, 1984
21 3140 "A Paige in David's Life" March 3, 1984
22 3139 "Mickey Makes the Grade" March 10, 1984

Season 2[edit]

Episode # Production Code Episode Title Airdate
23 201 "Instant Family" September 11, 1987
24 203 "The Three Faces of Mickey" September 18, 1987
25 207 "And David Makes Three" September 25, 1987
26 202 "Mickey Meet Mr. Right?" October 2, 1987
27 204 "Hello, Dolly" October 16, 1987
28 210 "Prisoner of Love" October 30, 1987
29 212 "On the Ropes" November 6, 1987
30 215 "The Naked Truth" November 13, 1987
31 208 "Man Around the House" December 4, 1987
32 224 "Upstairs, Downstairs (a.k.a. Christmas Clip Show)" December 11, 1987
33 218 "A Dog's Life" December 25, 1987
34 219 "Save the Last Dance for Me" January 8, 1988
35 220 "Mickey Times Two" January 15, 1988
36 222 "Fatal Distraction" January 20, 1988
37 221 "Jay's on the Roof" January 27, 1988
38 223 "Centerfold Mickey" February 3, 1988
39 217 "Confidence Man" February 10, 1988
40 216 "Not for Love or Money" February 17, 1988
41 213 "La Vie en Jay (Part 1)" February 24, 1988
42 214 "La Vie en Jay (Part 2)" March 2, 1988
43 211 "Four Loves Have I" March 9, 1988
44 205 "Crime Busters" March 16, 1988
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"Temporary Mickey" March 23, 1988
46
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"Video Mickey" March 30, 1988

In popular culture[edit]

Around the original network airing of the show, SCTV did a satirical television ad for a show starring Pirini Scleroso (Andrea Martin) called 'We Got a Maid' in which Pirini is the maid to two bachelors instead of the expected Teri Copley type that people would usually see.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hofstede, David (2004). What Were They Thinking: The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History. Back Stage Books. p. 89. ISBN 0-8230-8441-8. 
  2. ^ "Television Obscurities - The Syndicated Season: 1987-1988". tvobscurities.com. 2005-02-15. 

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