Room 222 was a comedy-drama series which ran on ABC from 1969 to 1974. It earned three Emmy Awards during its run. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the beautiful theme song. It’s one of my favorites plus it’s a TV theme song with numbers in it, two things which viewers of my blog seem to like.
I used to think the instrument here was a flute but now I’m pretty sure it’s a recorder. It could be an ocarina or something else altogether but I’ve conveniently decided ignore that fact. I have also decided that I NEED to learn to play this song! I’ve ordered my ten dollar “How To Play The Recorder” kit so, if all goes well (and what could possibly go wrong), I’m just a few weeks from fulfilling my dream! If I manage to figure it out (and that’s a really big IF), I’ll upload a video of myself playing the tune and write a blog post about it. I can just envision the opening blurb now… “Beautiful Mind was only 43 when she started to learn to play the recorder. Her career was cut tragically short by her crippling lack of attention span…” It’ll be better than MTV’s “Behind The Music” if you ask me! (It’s probably good that no one ever asks me…)
Brief show runs require brief summaries: seventeen One Season Wonder sitcoms summarized in 5 words or less.
- Our Man Higgins (1962-1963) -Proto “Mr Belvidere”
- I’m Dickens. He’s Fenster (1962-1963)- “Odd Couple” with construction workers.
- The Baileys Of Balboa (1964-1965) – CBS answer to “Gilligan’s Island”
- Mickey (1964-1965) – Cancelled by Samee Tong’s suicide.
- No Time For Sergents (1964-1965) – Based on the movie
- Wendy And Me (1964-1965) – George Burns riffs a housewife.
- Karen (1964-1965) – Girl “Leave It To Beaver”
- Tammy (1965-1966) – Loosely based on the movies
- Gidget (1965-1966) – Sally Field: Surfer girl
- My Mother The Car (1965-1966) – Freudian nightmare number 146
- Captain Nice (1967) – Proto Greatest American Hero.
- The Pruitts Of Southampton (1966-1967) – Riches to rags
- The Ugliest Girl In Town (1968-1969) – Cross dressing love story.
- Occasional Wife (1966-1967) – It featured a fire escape!
- Love On A Rooftop (1968-1969) – Newlywed wackiness
- He & She (1967-1968)- Writer, actor, & wife make comedy!
- Good Morning World (1967-1968)- Proto WKRP
You can see full episodes of a lot of these on You Tube and all 30 episodes of “My Mother The Car” can be watched on Hulu. TV Guide voted it the second worst show ever made so every self respecting MSTie should tune in!
On a personal note, even though these are almost all before my time, I actually watched and liked both “Captain Nice” and “Gidget” in reruns. Also, I was watching the theme song video on my phone at work and two friends popped into the break room while it was playing. We formed a theme song singing lounge act that would put the Mandrell sisters to shame! Twas nice to finally check “shaming Mandrells” off my bucket list!