Bridget Loves Bernie (1972–1973)

Greener Pastures 

Bridget and Bernie consider moving away from the city.

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Bernard Slade (created by), Rick Mittleman
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
David Birney ... Bernie Steinberg
Meredith Baxter ... Bridget Fitzgerald Steinberg
Harold J. Stone ... Sam Steinberg
Bibi Osterwald ... Sophie Steinberg
David Doyle ... Walter Fitzgerald
Audra Lindley ... Amy Fitzgerald
Ned Glass ... Uncle 'Moe' Plotnick
Robert Sampson ... Father Mike Fitzgerald
William Elliott ... Otis Foster (as Bill Elliott)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Galloway Pamela Galloway ... Rachel Melton
Gordon Rigsby Gordon Rigsby ... Arthur Comstock
Marco St. John ... Roger Melton
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Bridget and Bernie consider moving away from the city.

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Comedy

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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To Move or Not to Move?
5 June 2018 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

A friend of the Fitzgeralds, Providence Dispatch owner Arthur Comstock (Gordon Rigsby), has offered a job to Bernie. He considers the move from the chaotic metropolis to Rhode Island. Amy and Sophie are despondent at the thought while Walt and Sam feels leaving the crazy city wouldn't be a bad thing. When Bridget and Bernie decide to move they advertise to sublet their apartment, but an interested newlywed couple may change their perspective.

Reflecting upon the series, "Bridget and Bernie" had likable characters in a show that struggled at times to maintain plot. After a fine entry to lay the groundwork, some episodes seem to take one concept that could have been handled as a minor detail and stretched it as the entire episode. A number of episodes floundered, in my opinion, with a lean, linear, unsharpened plot. Things seem to pick up near the end, however, with the highlight being three consecutive hilarious offerings: "Into Every Life a Little Snow Must Fall", "To Teach or Not to Teach", and "Painting, Painting - Who's Got the Painting?".

The chemistry between the series stars was genuine, as mentioned, but not especially warm and they rarely offered more than light comedy. The same level of comedy came from the Steinbergs' Jewish characters. The real laughs came from the hilarious interactions between Walt and the dimwitted Amy Fitzgerald. Audrey Lindley was a key ingredient here much like she was to the successful "Three's Company".

"Bridget Loves Bernie" attempted to bring up a taboo subject in really the best way possible. It wasn't preachy like today's mainstream news that willingly sacrifices credibility to push bought and paid for views. It just offered a light setting with laughs where you can follow their lives with a theme of love conquers all. But, does it gloss over the fact that religion doesn't seem very important to the couple, compared to their parents? The series in no way had the makings of a hit and with intense pressure that included death threats by Jewish leaders, the decision was made to pull the plug.


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