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Veteran writer David Lloyd dead after a long illness

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 11th 2009 6:33PM
CheersDavid Lloyd was one of those TV writers whose work spread across the history of television. He worked on shows ranging from The Tonight Show in the 60s to Frasier in the 90s and early 2000s.

Lloyd died last night after a long illness.

Lloyd had a part in many memorable TV shows over the years, as a writer and/or a producer, including Cheers, Wings, Taxi, Lou Grant, Rhoda, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Phyllis, The Tony Randall Show, Dear John, The Dick Cavett Show, The Associates, The Best of the West, and many other shows.

Ken Levine has a great tribute to Lloyd
on his site, including a discussion of how Lloyd was as a writer. It includes an example of Lloyd's script for the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Chuckles Bites The Dust."

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To the family of David Lloyd: He brought us laughs and poignant thoughts, comfort during tough times and thousands of major memories of enjoying all of these brilliant shows with our families and friends over all those years. He set a precedent of writing excellence. He will truly live on forever through all that he brought us, and all that he will continue to bring us in our re-watchings. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you are all coping ok... Please remember- he will always be alive through all of what he gave us! It is absolutely without a doubt, that he bettered and most likely extended countless of other lives with all of that laughter! What a gift to the world...

November 24 2009 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lynda Stufflebean

So sorry to see him go. What a great legacy of laughs.
Thank you, Mr. Lloyd.

November 21 2009 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kevin conway

Good thing Mr. Lloyd managed to continue on late in life.

Gary Goldberg, producer of Family ties, Spin City and his pal Marta Kauffman, producer of "Friends" would have thrown his scripts away because he was over 29.

November 19 2009 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

DJL: thank you for leaving a note. I've corrected the date. Sorry about your loss.

November 12 2009 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for your kind words about my father. However, please correct. He died on the evening of the 10th, surrounded by family. Not the 11th. We appreciate the tribute.

November 12 2009 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Very sad...Bob, I hate to use this news to nitpick, but maybe you could have mentioned that David's son Christopher is also an acclaimed sitcom writer, and co-creator of Modern Family?

November 11 2009 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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And another son (Stephen Lloyd) is a writer and co-producer on How I Met Your Mother.

November 12 2009 at 1:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

That's one hell of a resume. Some of the greatest TV of all time listed there. Unfortunately his death will go largely unnoticed by the general public because he wasn't a household name.

November 11 2009 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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David Cook is my Idol!

I hate to admit, but I had to look at the list of TV shows to figure out who he was myself. Sitcom writers from the past 5-10 years or so should have learned a few things from him.

November 11 2009 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sad but true, HD. The talking heads can't be bothered to talk about a true talent like David Lloyd because it would mean taking two minutes away from talking about Lindsay, Justin and Britney.

November 12 2009 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Cook is my Idol!

How sad. A bunch of his sitcoms are favorites of mine, especially Taxi, Cheers, Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob NewHart Show, and Wings. May he rest in peace and be remembered for the many years of laughs he provided.

November 11 2009 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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