Monday, April 23, 2012

And Then There's MAUDE

About six months ago, Edward and I embarked on a Maude marathon. As a result, I've fallen in love all over again with a TV classic from my childhood. We watched the first season on DVD. Sadly, the remaining five seasons are only available online. It's become an almost nightly ritual to watch at least one episode (a total of 141 were filmed; we're almost to the end). Of course we find ourselves saying things like, "They don't make television like this anymore" or, more often, "What's happened to TV?"

Maude is a fiery role model: outspoken, opinionated, flawed, even self-righteous at times. She was a groundbreaking character that emerged in the early 70s and came into our living rooms once a week for over six years. Today, she serves as an inconic time capsule, a remnant of an era gone by.

Maude is also a beautiful reminder of how remarkably talented Beatrice Arthur was (along with her solid co-stars including future Golden Girl Rue McClanahan). Truth be told, there will never be another.

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