You all have seemed to have read my mind regarding this show and the characters.
And on AITF the lights were so bright that their heat caused Carroll O'Connor and Rob Reiner to sweat visibly in their more demanding scenes. I don't think I've seen that happen in any other show, comedy or drama.
I have. On an episode or two of Good Times, the Florida character could be seen sweating. In one episode, which I can't remember right now which one it is, but I know it is during season one, where you can see this drip going down Esther Rolle's face from her hair and it is black. I am guessing Esther had her hair sprayed dark to cover gray hair and with all the sweating, the dye and sweat began to run down the side of her face.
Yes, I could not help but notice those damn tight pants Barbara wore. It was more obvious when she was a bit older and had a bit more weight in the hip/thigh area. Camel toe anyone? As for James Evans, it was those tight, tan pants that always caught my attention. LOL He looked good!
Barbara's hairline, which was low on her forehead, is what bugged me. It was during the early seasons when she had her hair long and parted in the middle.
Was hard to watch Julie....I'm sorry, but there is a way to express yourself to your parents and still be respectful.
I know. Julie was the original Becky Conner (Roseanne). Whenever I watch Becky Conner in action whenever she rants, yells and demands that Roseanne allow her to do what she wants even though she is still a teen, I can't help but think of Julie Cooper and how she mastered that.
It was hard for me to watch Julie be such a bitch to Ann because me and my siblings knew how to respect our parents and never raise our voices. We would never think of ever acting like Julie did with all that screeching and yelling. However, Julie was an example of how many teens DID talk to their parents in that manner. I knew of at least two girls in my neighborhood who treated their mothers in that same manner with the yelling, the back-talk, the threats of leaving. So, in that respect, I think ODAAT did good by showing us a teen like Julie who didn't behave in the manner that we had become accustomed with other teens on previous sitcoms such as Ozzie & Harriet, Leave It To Beaver, Donna Reed Show, etc. In that respect, I can appreciate the reality that this show brought forth because unfortunately not all teens respect their parents.
There was something about yelling that was consistent in the Norman Lear shows. There was Julie Cooper of course, Mike aka "Meathead" from All in the Family along with Archie Bunker, James Evans from Good Times, and George Jefferson from The Jeffersons.
As for the over-the-top dramatics by Ann, I am guessing this was also a Norman Lear thing because I know the Thelma Evans character on Good Times seemed to over-do it at times in her scenes, most notably during the early seasons. I want to say Sally Struthers from All in the Family was a bit dramatic with how she emphasized her lines on the show as well. I would be annoyed with how all three of those ladies came off on their respective shows at times. Throw in Rob Reiner too, he had his moments.
Edited by kemon, May 17, 2012 @ 12:41 PM.