We Got It Made

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We Got It Made
WGIMSeason2.jpg
We Got it Made season-two opening title
GenreSituation comedy
Created byGordon Farr
Lynne Farr Brao
Written byMichael 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 byJames R. Drake
Alan Rafkin
StarringTeri Copley
Tom Villard
Matt McCoy
Opening theme"We Got It Made"
Composer(s)Tom Wells
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes46
Production
Executive producer(s)Fred Silverman
Producer(s)Lynne Farr Brao
Gordon Farr
Alan Rafkin
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)InterMedia Entertainment Company
The Farr Organization Inc.
MGM/UA Television
Release
Original networkNBC (1983–1984)
Syndication (1987–1988)
Original releaseSeptember 8, 1983 (1983-09-08) – March 30, 1988 (1988-03-30)

We Got It Made is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 8, 1983 to March 10, 1984 and in first-run syndication from September 11, 1987 to March 30, 1988. It starred Teri Copley as a young woman who works as a maid for two bachelors in New York City, played by Matt McCoy (replaced by John Hillner for the syndicated version) and Tom Villard. The series was created by Gordon Farr and Lynne Farr Brao (credited as simply Lynne Farr during the 1987–88 season). The executive producer was 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 after episode #19 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, We Got It Made looked to be successful, winning its time slot early in the run.[1] Before long, though, 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 cancelled.

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 ran first-run sitcoms in the 7:30–8:00 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 teenaged 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 as Mickey Mackenzie
  • Tom Villard as Jay Bostwick
  • Matt McCoy as David Tucker (1983–1984)
  • Bonnie Urseth as Beth Sorensen (1983–1984)
  • Stepfanie Kramer as Claudia (1983–1984)
  • John Hillner as David Tucker (1987–1988)
  • Ron Karabatsos as Max Papavasilios Sr. (1987–1988)
  • Lance Wilson-White as Max Papavasilios, Jr. (1987–1988)

Notable guest stars included Elaine Joyce (as Mickey's mother), Edie McClurg, Julie Brown, Scatman Crothers, Alice Ghostley, Richard Paul, Billie Bird, Joel Brooks, Jack Bannon, Peggy Pope, and Jean Kasem.

NBC Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating[3] Tied With
1983-84 22 September 8, 1983 March 10, 1984 73 13.8 "Ripley's Believe It Or Not"

Episode list[edit]

Season 1: 1983–84[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Air date PC
11"Pilot"Alan RafkinGordon Farr & Lynne Farr BraoSeptember 8, 1983 (1983-09-08)3120
22"Mickey Sleepwalks"TBATBASeptember 15, 1983 (1983-09-15)3126
33"The Boyfriend"Alan RafkinGordon Farr & Lynne Farr BraoSeptember 22, 1983 (1983-09-22)3127
44"Mickey Goes Topless"Alan RafkinLaura LevineSeptember 29, 1983 (1983-09-29)3129
55"David's Birthday"TBATBAOctober 13, 1983 (1983-10-13)3124
66"Mickey the Shoplifter"TBATBAOctober 20, 1983 (1983-10-20)3122
77"Mickey's Mom"TBATBAOctober 27, 1983 (1983-10-27)3128
88"Mickey Gets Married: Part 1"TBATBANovember 3, 1983 (1983-11-03)3129
99"Mickey Gets Married: Part 2"TBATBANovember 10, 1983 (1983-11-10)3130
1010"The Super"TBATBANovember 17, 1983 (1983-11-17)3131
1111"Am I Blue?"TBATBANovember 24, 1983 (1983-11-24)3121
1212"Mickey's T-shirt"TBATBADecember 1, 1983 (1983-12-01)3132
1313"Sexiest Bachelor"TBATBADecember 8, 1983 (1983-12-08)3123
1414"Mickey's Misconception"TBATBAJanuary 7, 1984 (1984-01-07)3134
1515"Mickey's Poster"TBATBAJanuary 14, 1984 (1984-01-14)3135
1616"The Other Tucker"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1984 (1984-01-21)3136
1717"The Break-up: Part 1"TBATBAFebruary 4, 1984 (1984-02-04)3137
1818"The Break-up: Part 2"TBATBAFebruary 11, 1984 (1984-02-11)3138
1919"Miss Mom"TBATBAFebruary 18, 1984 (1984-02-18)3141
2020"The Fight"TBATBAFebruary 25, 1984 (1984-02-25)3133
2121"A Paige in David's Life"TBATBAMarch 3, 1984 (1984-03-03)3140
2222"Mickey Makes the Grade"TBATBAMarch 10, 1984 (1984-03-10)3139

Season 2: 1987–88[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Air date PC
231"Instant Family"TBATBASeptember 11, 1987 (1987-09-11)201
242"The Three Faces of Mickey"TBATBASeptember 18, 1987 (1987-09-18)203
253"And David Makes Three"TBATBASeptember 25, 1987 (1987-09-25)207
264"Mickey Meet Mr. Right?"TBATBAOctober 2, 1987 (1987-10-02)202
275"Hello, Dolly"TBATBAOctober 16, 1987 (1987-10-16)204
286"Prisoner of Love"TBATBAOctober 30, 1987 (1987-10-30)210
297"On the Ropes"TBATBANovember 6, 1987 (1987-11-06)212
308"The Naked Truth"TBATBANovember 13, 1987 (1987-11-13)215
319"Man Around the House"TBATBADecember 4, 1987 (1987-12-04)208
3210"Upstairs, Downstairs"
"Christmas Clip Show"
TBATBADecember 11, 1987 (1987-12-11)224
3311"A Dog's Life"TBATBADecember 25, 1987 (1987-12-25)218
3412"Save the Last Dance for Me"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1988 (1988-01-08)219
3513"Mickey Times Two"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1988 (1988-01-15)220
3614"Fatal Distraction"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1988 (1988-01-20)222
3715"Jay's on the Roof"TBATBAJanuary 27, 1988 (1988-01-27)221
3816"Centerfold Mickey"TBATBAFebruary 3, 1988 (1988-02-03)223
3917"Confidence Man"TBATBAFebruary 10, 1988 (1988-02-10)217
4018"Not for Love or Money"TBATBAFebruary 17, 1988 (1988-02-17)216
4119"La Vie en Jay: Part 1"TBATBAFebruary 24, 1988 (1988-02-24)213
4220"La Vie en Jay: Part 2"TBATBAMarch 2, 1988 (1988-03-02)214
4321"Four Loves Have I"TBATBAMarch 9, 1988 (1988-03-09)211
4422"Crime Busters"TBATBAMarch 16, 1988 (1988-03-16)205
4523"Temporary Mickey"TBATBAMarch 23, 1988 (1988-03-23)--
4624"Video Mickey"TBATBAMarch 30, 1988 (1988-03-30)--

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.
  3. ^ "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".

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