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Early '80s sitcom "It Takes Two"

Anyone remember Susan Harris's short-lived, post-"Soap" and "Benson"/pre-"Golden Girls" sitcom about a dual career couple living in a Chicago high rise? It starred Richard Crenna and Patty Duke as the couple, with Anthony Edwards (who was hot back then) and Helen Hunt as their kids.

The kitchen set used in the show (seen beginning at the 4:15 mark in the following video) was preserved after its cancellation and later used as the "Golden Girls" kitchen, with the only major change being the exterior backdrop seen through the kitchen window, which was switched from a view of neighboring Chicago high-rise buildings to that of palm trees and bushes for "The Golden Girls".

by Anonymousreply 6901/16/2016

I watched it because I liked Richard Crenna.

by Anonymousreply 104/27/2013

I don't remember if I ever watched it, but I remember its existence. Which is more than it deserves.

by Anonymousreply 204/27/2013

How/why did the studio keep these sets on ice? Or did they reconstruct them?

I remember that random sets from Soap popped up on Golden Girls too. Fr. Flotsky's mother's house was the same as the house Dorothy grew up in.

by Anonymousreply 304/27/2013

Was Richard Crenna raped in this one?

by Anonymousreply 404/27/2013

[quote]How/why did the studio keep these sets on ice?

Per Wikipedia, the producers felt the kitchen set would have use in the future.

by Anonymousreply 504/27/2013

It looks like they recycled the typeface in the opening credits for GG, too.

Also, worst theme song EVER.

And how did Oscar winner PDA get billed below Richard Crenna?

by Anonymousreply 604/27/2013

PDA was lucky to get the job, coming off years of being "unreliable".

That is not an appropriate sitcom theme song.

Helen Hunt has a pretty strong presence.

by Anonymousreply 704/27/2013

Witt/Thomas/Harris used that typeface for all their shows, R6.

Soap, Benson, I'm a Big Girl Now, Golden Girls, Nurses, It's a Living, Golden Palace...

(But not Empty Nest, for some reason.)

God knows why on both counts.

by Anonymousreply 804/27/2013

Helen Hunt and Anthony Edwards were in it.

by Anonymousreply 904/27/2013

Anthony Edwards was HAWT with a full head of luscious blond hair.

He lost that shit fast.

by Anonymousreply 1004/27/2013

Yes, R9, we've established this.

by Anonymousreply 1104/27/2013

I was in middle school and really liked this show. Anthony Edwards was cute. Billie Bird was crazy. Helen Hunt wasn't too annoying.

Although I suppose I should have known I was gay by then, I had a girlfriend at the time. I used to try to get her to watch it and I would sing that Crystal Gale theme song to her when we would talk on the phone.

And I agree that song isn't good for a sitcom.

by Anonymousreply 1204/27/2013

I developed my crush on Helen Hunt watching the show. I think my favorite character was the grandmother.

by Anonymousreply 1304/27/2013

OP, now that I know that fact, what do I do?

by Anonymousreply 1404/27/2013

Another 1980s thread.

by Anonymousreply 1504/27/2013

Were Helen Hunt and Anthony Edwards in this?

by Anonymousreply 1604/27/2013

Good Lord.. Did Anthony Edwards lose his hair overnight? Wasn't he mostly bald by the mid-80's?

by Anonymousreply 1704/27/2013

He still had his hair in both Revenge of the Nerds movies. I think he started to lose it by the time he did that movie "Downtown" in the late 80s.

by Anonymousreply 1804/27/2013

Thanks for posting, OP. I remember that show. Patty Duke--a national treasure.

by Anonymousreply 1904/28/2013

So yall dont like the theme song for this sitcome, how come the theme song to Family Ties worked? To me they are similar...

by Anonymousreply 2004/29/2013

Even better than The Facts of Life and Blossom.

by Anonymousreply 2104/29/2013

Susan Harris always had the worst looking shows. You could tell it was a Witt/Thomas/Harris production with the drab sets, lighting, and washed out video. Porn of that era had better production values.

by Anonymousreply 2204/29/2013

R20, Family Ties used sentimental visuals in their opening (the original one, anyway), and that was a pretty good match for the theme song.

It Takes Two used a theme song that was even more romantic ("hopelessly falling in love once again") but used typical crass sitcom opening visuals -- just clips from the actual episodes. No one wants to hear Crystal Gayle seductively singing the lyric "that's where love spends the night" while watching Billie Bird and her wig mugging for the camera. It's off-putting.

by Anonymousreply 2304/29/2013

I loved the this too bad it was renewed. I read that Patty said she could have done this show for many years, b/c of the cast and crew. It was during this time that she was diagnosed as a manic depressive.

by Anonymousreply 2405/01/2013

and btw PDA looked beautiful in this show.

by Anonymousreply 2505/01/2013

r24 here let me try the first sentence again..I love this show, too bad it wasn't renewed....

by Anonymousreply 2605/01/2013

This thread is why I love DL; I am a swf (not THE swf) in my 40s and you people are the only ones who have these thoughts and discussions...until I found this thread I thought I was just a sad nostalgic weirdo. Well I still think that but now I know there are more out there.

by Anonymousreply 2705/01/2013

r27 LOVE U :-)

by Anonymousreply 2805/01/2013

Didn't they do an episode where Edwards' teenage character has an affair with his adult tutor? I seem to remember a hot shirtless bed scene with him...

by Anonymousreply 2905/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 3005/01/2013

Jesus, R29. It's the scene that OP linked! Christ, some idiots need to be spoonfed everything.

by Anonymousreply 3105/01/2013

Crystal Gayle and PAUL WILLIAMS, bitches!

I never imagined a day that I would miss his weird little voice and strange pronounciations.

by Anonymousreply 3205/01/2013

Just figured it was the opening title sequence or something, R31. Didn't EVER expect someone to have kept an actual recording of that episode, Edwards hotness notwithstanding...

by Anonymousreply 3305/01/2013

I watched religiously and always cracked up at the senile grandma Billie Bird. The show was actually supposed to be renewed for a second year but got cancelled due to red tape at the network. WITT THOMAS had too many shows on ABC or something like that, and the network was forced to choose between IT TAKES TWO or another season of BENSON which would give the latter show enough episodes for syndication. Of course, IT TAKES TWO lost out.

by Anonymousreply 3405/04/2013

[quote] I never imagined a day that I would miss his weird little voice and strange pronounciations.

Oh Dear!!!

by Anonymousreply 3505/04/2013

The whole re-used set issue happened with a lot of older shows. They really didn't spend much on budgets for sets on many shows - it was later, post 1980 Dynasty and Dallas years, that sets got more expensive and complex.

Even on a show like Mary Tyler Whore, you could tell that it essentially had a few sets - Mary and Rhoda's place, the newsroom, and also a third place that would be Murray, or Lou, or Ted's place whenever needed. And I know there were shows that I saw that reused other sets - there's a set somewhere that used the same kitchen and living room from Maude.

by Anonymousreply 3605/04/2013

R27 I hear you.

I remember a lot of these TV shows from the late 70s and 80s fondly. Some of it is the shows themselves, especially the good ones. And some of it was the memory of watching TV with my family.

My mom's been gone for almost six years, the house we grew up in sold a few years back, and my sister took her life - and died far too young. So yes, sometimes I like to watch those shows, or listen to old music, and spend a little time remembering that period, too.

by Anonymousreply 3705/04/2013

I can't quite tell from that scene; does Anthony Edwards have a tragic case of tinynips? He's cute, but no Robby Benson.

by Anonymousreply 3805/04/2013

He is also no Bubba from Mama's family.

by Anonymousreply 3905/04/2013

Aren't Richard Crenna and Jon Astin the same person?

by Anonymousreply 4003/05/2014

PDA was lucky to get the job, coming off years of being "unreliable".

Broke and desperate. Her kids say she was still a tyrant at home.

by Anonymousreply 4103/07/2014

I didn't know that was a real show which aired. I thought it was just an unused pilot that was used as bait for Focus groups.

by Anonymousreply 4203/07/2014

[quote]Even on a show like Mary Tyler Whore, you could tell that it essentially had a few sets - Mary and Rhoda's place, the newsroom, and also a third place that would be Murray, or Lou, or Ted's place whenever needed. And I know there were shows that I saw that reused other sets - there's a set somewhere that used the same kitchen and living room from Maude.

I watched a Bob Newhart episode the other night where Bob and Jerry went out of town to watch a Chicago Bulls game that was blacked out in Chicago. The hotel room was Jerry's apartment, barely redressed -- and it was incredibly obvious, since his apartment was used earlier in the episode.

by Anonymousreply 4303/07/2014


by Anonymousreply 4409/07/2014

I vaguely remember this show.

Anthony Edwards and Helen Hunt played the kids.

Anthony still had hair back then!

I think there was an episode where Edwards has an affair with an older woman, and he's shirtless in one episode.

by Anonymousreply 4509/07/2014

You and R29 must have seen the same episode, R45.

by Anonymousreply 4609/07/2014

same interlude music used on SOAP and GG.

by Anonymousreply 4710/06/2015

I remember being creeped out by the 20 year age difference between RC and PDA. He should have been playing her father.

by Anonymousreply 4810/06/2015

That actually was not bad considering the state of sitcoms in 1982. There were definitely far worse ones out there at the time, and while she is not a favorite around here, you can see Helen Hunt was more talented than the average sitcom teen (same with Anthony Edwards. Billie Bird's lines were pure Golden Girls Sophia..

by Anonymousreply 4910/06/2015

AE was famous for his wholesome tiny nips.

by Anonymousreply 5010/06/2015

[quote]which was switched from a view of neighboring Chicago high-rise buildings to that of palm trees and bushes for "The Golden Girls".

I really don't ever need to see "bushes" and "Golden Girls" in the same sentence ever again.

by Anonymousreply 5110/06/2015

Another Richard Crenna sitcom that didn't last - this time co-starring DL fave Bernie Peters. (And later in the run, Michael Keaton.)

by Anonymousreply 5210/06/2015

Richard Crenna was also in a good show called "Slattery's People" about an idealistic legislator. It didn't last either.

by Anonymousreply 5310/06/2015

God, I loathe Susan Harris.

by Anonymousreply 5410/06/2015

I had a major crush on young Anthony Edwards and his beautiful blond head of hair.

by Anonymousreply 5510/06/2015

How old was Billie Bird!? She was in The Wizard of OZ in 1939 for god's sake.

by Anonymousreply 5610/06/2015

Richard Krenna was incredibly hot on The Real McCoys. That show was the only reason I gave All's Fair and It Takes Two a chance. I thought All's Fair was going to be political satire, but it was just a typical comedy set in Washington DC and not funny. I did like the theme song, though.

by Anonymousreply 5710/06/2015

I didn't know about the age difference between RK and PDA. I guess that in my early teens, everyone over the age of 35 looked old! Plus PDA's hairstyle made her look older than she probably was.

by Anonymousreply 5810/06/2015

I preferred The Two of Us with Mimi Kennedy, Peter Cook and DL icon Dana Hill.

by Anonymousreply 5910/06/2015

R56 That was Billie BURKE, widow of Flo Ziegfeld.

by Anonymousreply 6010/06/2015

Patty was only 36 when she did this show.

by Anonymousreply 6110/07/2015

I thought Patty DUke looked WAY BETTER with RIchard Crenna than she did with that ugly John Astin aka GOMEZ ADDAMS. He had her when she looked the best she ever did.

by Anonymousreply 6201/15/2016

Patty Duke looked amazing in this show.

by Anonymousreply 6301/15/2016


by Anonymousreply 6401/16/2016

His nips are tiny, r38.

by Anonymousreply 6501/16/2016

Goes to show that Helen Hunt never had any charisma at any time in her career.

by Anonymousreply 6601/16/2016

I, actually thought Hunt came off better than anyone else on the brief clip I saw. Like she actually understood how to deliver a comedic line, the same cannot be said for Duke.

by Anonymousreply 6701/16/2016

Yes -- I think I posted on this thread a long time ago that Helen Hunt was much better than the average sitcom teen. I know she is not popular around here, and she probably became overrated and should not have won the Oscar etc, but she did have some talent. While the show has probably not aged well, and the last few years were bad,she was good on the first few seasons of Mad About You.

by Anonymousreply 6801/16/2016

Beware the Patty Duke Troll, r67.

by Anonymousreply 6901/16/2016
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