Thursday, April 30, 2009

Don't Deaf TV Viewers Love Classic TV Sitcoms??

  I recalled that many deaf people don't care about the pre-captioned tv sitcoms of the 70s, 60s and 50s. Some pre-captioned deaf people enjoyed "I Love Lucy" classic tv sitcoms due to the physical comedy by actress Lucille Ball. Other post-captioned deaf generation viewed "Three's Company" with same formula of physical comedy by actor John Ritter.  

  My deaf mother's deaf 50s female friend constantly viewed the "Golden Girls" and never got tired of seeing the repeats on the Lifetime TV channel. My deaf mother never was a big fan of television sitcoms which she considered them "pointless" and repetitive".

 Here is the treat for all of you seeing Bea Arthur mocked the SATC show and other more - 

   The SATC parody of poopy Mr. Big character played by Al Fischer which he appeared in the classic "Barney Miller" tv sitcom of the blastin' 1970s. Deaf actress Phyllis Flerirch once appeared as a "tough cookie" prostitute in "Barney Miller".

  Deaf actress Linda Bove also appeared as the most popular sitcom character, the Fonz's girlfriend. No questions about some tv viewers ridiculed Bove's presence on the ABC-TV's 
"Happy Days" to be too old for the Fonz (Henry Winkler) character.  Winkler defended the casting of actress Linda Bove.

  That's how actor Henry Winkler embraced the future Oscar winner, Marlee Matlin from her school play. Seem like that Winkler got the real good impression from real Linda Bove as an excellent ambassador of the deaf community at large. 

  The SATC parody involved the former classic tv sitcom stars - Sally Struthers of the "All in the Family" as morally upstart Samantha in twisted version. Others are Charottle Rae of "Fact of the Life" as  Charottle and Katherine Helmound of  "Who is the Boss" as  Miranda.           

  Many deaf performers appeared on various classic tv sitcoms of educating the general public what deaf people were all about. Don't we get nowaday on the 2000s TV? 

  My deaf mother always love watching the raunchy Brit's "Benny Hill"  tv show, chasing the female skirts.  Mr. Alfred Hargraves, deaf and Gallaudet graduate himself,  former WV School for the Deaf (WVSD) photography instructor dearly loved "Benny Hill", too. Hargraves was once an English instructor, but he quitted in protest against the audist hearing principal and felt comfortable with the CODA vocational principal.  

  Benny Hill tv show -

  Any of you recall the favorite American and British television sitcoms which they bring out the best of deaf people appeared on the television screen? 

   If any of you could not recall your favorite or childhood American television sitcoms. Here are the complete list of those sitcoms -

  Of course, here are the listing of British sitcoms -  (Many British sitcoms often appeared on America's PBS (Public Broadcasting System) tv network (government-funded). 

  My deaf mother found odd about my hearing brother (CODA) why he love watching "Hot Baltimore", a short-lived mid-1970s tv sitcom. My deaf mother eventually understood about my eldest brother enjoyed hearing full-fledged profanities before the use of profanity became very common on network television. My deaf mother and I always were pissed off with my hearing brother abruptly changed the tv channel or insisted of having "Hot Baltimore" or other hearing stuff all to himself without the entire family together enjoy the tv show or movie on tv. That was considered very audist way of my brother doing to me and my deaf mother.

  I always enjoyed watching "Who is the Boss?" American tv sitcom with shirtless Tony Danza -  whenever I went home for winter break from Gallaudet College (before it became University in '86). I found out later that actor Tony Danza was politically conservative himself. I lost my interest in Tony Danza, but he still looked great at age of 60's. 

ASLize yours,
Robert L. Mason (RLM)



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