When I think of television network sitcoms—and I don’t think about them very often—I wonder if the people who put these shows together are proud of them, especially the writers. I mean the people who write “Two and a Half Men,” do they think their work is good? They can’t, can they?
Now I’m thinking of Gary David Goldberg. On television, he did work to be proud of. He passed away last Saturday.
Among other shows, he was a writer on “Lou Grant” before creating the situation comedy “Family Ties.” This was back in the 1980’s and he wrote a lot of those shows himself. This sitcom stood out as a cut above the rest of the crap. Most of the time, it was pretty smart.
When the show was on the air, I wanted my life to be like “Family Ties.” There’s no point in me writing about that here as I already did that back in 2011 in CityBeat. What I said there is true. Life isn’t a sitcom.
Some years ago, the cast of “Family Ties” did a reunion interview on “The Today Show” and Mr. Goldberg took part in it. Just for the hell of it, I’m going to put it up here.
Mr. Goldberg, you did good work. In the world of television network sitcoms, I wish there were more people like you around to make it better.
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