Getting Together

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Getting Together
Getting together bobby sherman 1971.JPG
Also known asA Knight in Shining Armor
GenreSitcom
Written byRichard Baer
Dick Bensfield
Directed byLou Antonio
Jerry Belson
StarringBobby Sherman
Wes Stern
Jack Burns
Pat Carroll
Susan Neher
Diana Ewing
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14
Production
Executive producer(s)Harry Ackerman
Producer(s)Paul Junger Witt
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Screen Gems Television
Release
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1971 (1971-09-18) – January 8, 1972 (1972-01-08)
Chronology
Related showsThe Partridge Family

Getting Together is an American musical sitcom, which aired on the ABC during the 1971–72 U.S. television season. It starred Bobby Sherman and Wes Stern as Bobby Conway and Lionel Poindexter, a songwriting duo. The pilot for the series had aired the previous spring as the first-season finale episode of The Partridge Family named "A Knight in Shining Armor", in which Lionel and Bobby were introduced to each other by the Partridges. The unaired version of this episode, entitled "Words And Music", ran 33 minutes, and featured Farrah Fawcett and Pat Boone. The 8 extra minutes of footage was filmed on March 15, 1971.

Sherman's and Stern's characters were reportedly based on the real-life songwriting team of Boyce and Hart, who had written hits for The Monkees ("Last Train to Clarksville", "Valleri"), Jay and the Americans ("Come a Little Bit Closer"), and others. New music of course was a staple of the series, provided by much of the same team that created the Partridge Family songs and records. Most of these songs were from the Bobby Sherman album Getting Together, though a few songs were from his other albums (and some songs have never been released).

Cast[edit]

  • Bobby Sherman as Bobby Conway
  • Wes Stern as Lionel Poindexter
  • Susan Neher as Jennifer Conway
  • Jack Burns as Officer Rudy Colcheck
  • Pat Carroll as Rita Simon

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Jenny, Jenny"Richard KinonCharles Shyer & Alan MandelSeptember 18, 1971 (1971-09-18)
Bobby is named his sister Jenny's legal guardian, but she runs away when she thinks that her presence is breaking up both his friendship and partnership with Lionel.
2"Cathy's Clown"TBATBASeptember 25, 1971 (1971-09-25)
Bobby decides a new girlfriend would be timely to inspire his lyricist partner to write a better love song.
3"All Shook Up"Lou AntonioSteve ZachariasOctober 2, 1971 (1971-10-02)
Bobby is shaken when he discovers that his younger sister Jenny is going to have her first date.
4"Where Are You, Little Star?"Ralph SenenskyDennis KleinOctober 9, 1971 (1971-10-09)
When Bobby goes to Lionel's high school reunion, he discovers that Lionel has exaggerated the degree of their Hollywood success.
5"Singing the Blues"Jerry BernsteinJohn D. F. BlackOctober 16, 1971 (1971-10-16)
Bobby discovers a 10-year-old potential rock superstar, not realizing the pitfalls that await him.
6"Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"Richard KinonRichard Bensfield & Perry GrantOctober 23, 1971 (1971-10-23)
Bobby and Lionel try to convince Rita that she does not love a blind date that they have arranged for her.
7"Beep, Beep"TBATBAOctober 30, 1971 (1971-10-30)
Bobby and Lionel have opposite views of an accident they have witnessed and their arguments endanger their songwriting future.
8"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You"Hal CooperWilliam S. BickleyNovember 13, 1971 (1971-11-13)
Unwittingly, Bobby double-crosses his partner by introducing Sandra to a rock superstar.
9"Memories Are Made of This"Roger DuchownyJack WinterDecember 4, 1971 (1971-12-04)
Because they need money to rent tuxedos, Bobby and Lionel enroll as human guinea pigs in a strange university experiment.
10"Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You"Ralph SenenskyWilliam S. BickleyDecember 11, 1971 (1971-12-11)
Nostalgia causes Bobby to give away his best song to an old rock and roll group (whose only hit was "Teenage Heaven") who are trying to make a comeback.
11"Blue Christmas"Jerry BernsteinRichard Bensfield & Perry GrantDecember 18, 1971 (1971-12-18)
Bobby's plans to give Jenny an old-fashioned Christmas go awry.
12"The Great Pretender"TBATBADecember 25, 1971 (1971-12-25)
After he meets an encyclopedia salesgirl, Bobby learns he should not have read his horoscope, which predicted he would fall in love.
13"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"Lou AntonioRichard BaerJanuary 1, 1972 (1972-01-01)
Bobby and Lionel break up their songwriting partnership because of a misunderstanding.
14"Broken-Hearted Melody"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1972 (1972-01-08)
When Lionel sells Bobby's bed to a pretty photographer, Bobby has to agree to get his hair cut for a commercial in order to get the bed back.

Reception[edit]

Airing in the same time slot as breakout CBS hit All in the Family, the show never gained the ratings hoped for, and was cancelled at midseason after 14 episodes. While in the same "universe" as The Partridge Family, the series is not included on that show's DVD collections.

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