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And then there's Maude! (on DVD)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2007 6:09PM

MaudeLady Godiva was a freedom rider
She didn't care if the whole world looked
Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her
She was a sister who really cooked

If you've never seen the groundbreaking 70s sitcom Maude, then you missed the theme song. It was cowritten by Dave Grusin! (It also has the line "Isadora was the first bra burner, ain't you glad she showed up? And when this country was falling apart, Betsy Ross got it all sewed up!" That's excellent.).

Yes, Maude is coming to DVD.

The first season of the classic Bea Arthur/Rue McClanahan comedy (no, the other one) will be released on March 30. The first season is 22 episodes and will be housed on 3 discs. No word on extras yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if we had some commentaries, since most of the stars (Arthur, McClanahan, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain, Adrienne Barbeau) are still with us. Esther Rolle, who played maid Florida Evans (yup, Good Times was a spinoff of Maude) died several years ago.

I used to watch this show, and it was controversial for it's time, addressing such issues as abortion, women's rights, homosexuality.

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Mark Rabinowitz

Isadora=Isadora Duncan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isadora_Duncan

January 09 2007 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

God, I'm so old! I loved this show; no one could create comedy series like Norman Lear. Shows like All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons (not my favorite), and Good Times would be lucky to see the light of day on modern broadcast television. If they did, they would have to be so sanitized, so dumbed down, for the frightened networks they would be a shell of their potential.

January 09 2007 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ed Venture

"God'll get you for that Walter."

Who's Isadora? I always thought it was "Pia Zadora was the first...".

January 09 2007 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree, Maude was a great show! "God's gonna get you for that, Walter!"

Thanks for posting those lyrics, too. I've heard the theme a million times but I never really paid attention to the lyrics before. Cool.

January 08 2007 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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