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All Episodes 1980

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  • Ended
  • NBC
  • 1980-03-12T03:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 5 hours, 0 mins (10 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama
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Welcome to the United States guide at TV Tome.This show about married life was one of TV's first ungainly crosses between comedy and drama. Billed as a half-hour sitcom but with no jokes, no laugh track and no theme tune, it was cancelled within two months of its premiere. All 13 episodes were eventually shown in 1986 by the Arts & Entertainment Network, and in 2002 five of the episodes were shown by Trio as part of their "Brilliant But Cancelled" series.
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13 episodes

1x01 Uncle Charlie

  • Series Premiere

    1980-03-12T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

""sex, death and television..."" When Uncle Charlie dies, the Chapins have to figure out how to explain it to their sons.

1x02 Broccoli

  • 1980-03-19T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

""getting ready..."" The Chapins' dinner party with another couple turns into a disaster when the main topic of conversation becomes the husband's infidelity.

1x03 Josh

  • 1980-03-26T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

""advantage Richard..."" An old friend for the past 30 years suddenly reveals to the Chapins that he has been hiding his homosexuality all that time.

1x04 And Baby Makes Two...

  • 1980-04-02T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

""April, '67 moo goo gai panic"" The Chapins panic when they think that Libby is pregnant.

1x05 All Our Weapons

  • 1980-04-09T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

""the Late Show..."" Richard and Libby have a fight over his refusal to ask her father for a loan.

1x06 Windmills

  • 1980-04-16T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

""breaking out..."" Libby's ex-husband makes a surprise visit to the Chapin home.

1x07 Sometimes

  • 1980-04-23T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

""sometimes it's like this... he's wrong""

1x08 Better Than Burning

  • 1980-04-30T02:00:00Z — 30 mins

Richard and Libby separately reveal their thoughts to interviewers for a book survey.

1x09 Touching Story

  • no air date — 30 mins

""night shift..."" Libby finally confesses a shocking childhood secret.

1x10 Slide Area

  • no air date — 30 mins

""good samaritans..."" A severe storm causes their friends to have to stay over because their house is about to slide away. Richard questions his emotions when he cries for no apparent reason.

1x11 Room Service

  • 1980-03-19T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

""$28 a day... plus tax."" Staying in a motel after a fight with his wife, Richard is tempted to stray when a female friend visits to console him.

1x12 Lysdexia Is No Joek

  • 1980-04-02T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

""Laura..."" When Nicky's teacher comes to talk to them about his difficulties learning how to read, Libby feels pangs of guilt that her son seems to be inheriting her learning disability.

1x13 The Grand Funk

  • no air date — 30 mins

""Monday, probably..."" An already depressed Richard becomes even more so when Libby tells him that their son Nicky is part of a gang of kids who are going around killing cats.

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