Short-Lived Shows: Married People - VIDEO
My roommates and I were obsessed with this show when it was on in 1990. We were all living in the same condo, all of them in college and me...not. We'd spend our time playing tennis, eating subs and Chinese, and watching Star Trek: TNG, MacGyver, reruns of Spenser: For Hire, and this show.
Married People was a short-lived sitcom on ABC. It was about the lives of several married couples who all lived in the same building in New York City. The star of the show was Jay Thomas, who was married to Bess Armstrong (they were the "middle" couple). The "older" couple (also the landlords in the building) was played by Ray Aranha and Barbara Montgomery, and the "younger" couple was played by Chris Young (from Max Headroom) and Megan Gallivan. Several episodes were directed by veteran director Asaad Kelada.
On the surface this might seem like a typical sitcom, but the writing was a lot better than you'd expect. And by structuring the show are three different types of couples (the older black couple that was wise, the middle couple that was a bit sarcastic (Armstrong was a lawyer while Thomas played a work-at-home freelance writer - maybe that's one of the reasons I latched on to this show), and the younger couple who always had questions about their marriage, etc), it gave the show a definite personality you don't often see on network sitcoms. It's really a shame this show didn't last longer.
Below are the opening credits from the show. Believe me, it was better than the credits (which almost seem like a Saturday Night Live parody of what sitcom credits are like) might suggest.