Bakersfield PD was a short-lived US sitcom that aired from September 1993 to August 1994. Created by Larry Levin, it starred Ron Eldard, Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), and Bill Murray’s older brother Brian Doyle-Murray.
I never saw it, but this clip is fun:
Mark Lewisohn concludes:
Bakersfield PD was a cut above the norm, and was in style far removed from traditional sitcom, but its well-rounded characters, loose but effective plots and sharp dialogue guaranteed plenty of whimsical smiles as well as the odd belly laugh.
Astronauts was written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, and script edited by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. It aired on ITV at the end of 1981.
Three astronauts, Christopher Godwin, Carmen du Satoy, and Barrie Rutter are launched into space for six months with a dog and only a small two room tin can to live in. The series did not fare well on British TV, and the US pilot did little better, in spite of Henry Blake’s role.
So, David Lynch made a sitcom. Co-written with Mark Frost, it was called On The Air, and only stayed on the air for three episodes. Although ABC cancelled it, the BBC showed all seven episodes that were made.
Lynch and Frost ended their creative partnership just before the show premiered.
Opening my Radio Times Guide To TV Comedy to a random page, we stumble across a little know Simon Nye sitcom called My Wonderful Life.
Originally it was conceived as a single one hour drama, but it was soon turned into a six part sitcom. Nye was in the United States working on the remake of Men Behaving Badly, so only wrote two of those episodes, while Amanda Swift and Paul Dornan worked on the remaining four.
It ran from May to June on ITV in 1997, and starred Emma Wray (Watching), Phillip Glenister, and a critically acclaimed performance from Tony Robinson as a new-age eco-warrior.
Here’s the opening few moments of one episode:
So what do you think? Would you seek it out and watch the rest? Do you remember it when it was first on? Do you like Philip Glenister’s hair?