No Soap, Radio (TV series)
|No Soap, Radio|
|Created by||Les Alexander
|Developed by||Merrill Grant|
|Theme music composer||Patricia Kerr|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Mort Lachman|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Alexander Smith Company
Mort Lachman & Associates
Alan Landsburg Productions
|Original release||April 15 – May 13, 1982|
No Soap, Radio is an American sitcom and sketch comedy that aired on ABC on Thursdays from April 15 until May 13, 1982. Five episodes were broadcast, although a further eight were made. The five episodes also appeared on the BBC, where the deletion of commercial breaks gave the show an even more rapid-fire look.
Overall, the plots of No Soap, Radio were very loosely wound and often nonsensical, as with one episode's subplot involving a sentient, man-eating chair. Continuity and plausibility were usually cheerfully ignored, and what continuing story there was in any given episode often centered around the staff at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Pelican Hotel, a former "showplace" that was now somewhat faded. Seen most frequently were Roger, the young, optimistic but sometimes overwhelmed owner/manager; Karen, his sunny, capable assistant (replacing Sharon, who only appeared in the pilot); and Tuttle, the villainous house detective who was desperate to have Roger sell the hotel. There were also several residents of the hotel who were featured, including the ebullient Mr. Plitzky, the determinedly perky Marion, and chronic complainer Mrs. Belmont.
Somewhat inspired by Monty Python's Flying Circus, each episode of No Soap, Radio was filled with sight gags, blackouts, and non-sequiturs. The show would frequently cut away to "Special Reports" right in the middle of a scene, with a fictitious news anchor detailing an improbable story. At other times, characters would watch a television commercial that would suddenly become the focus of a scene. Still other times, doors within the hotel might be opened to reveal any sort of environment from a business to a national park, and entire scenes would play out in these "hotel rooms" with no seeming connection to the main plot.
- Steve Guttenberg as Roger
- Hillary B. Smith as Karen
- Stuart Pankin as Tuttle
- Bill Dana as Mr. Plitzky
- Fran Ryan as Mrs. Belmont
- Edie McClurg as Marion
- Jerry Maren as Morris
- Brianne Leary as Sharon (pilot only)
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 862. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
- TV Guide: No Soap, Radio episodes. Accessed 20 April 2013
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