Saturday, August 27, 2005

Flashback Friday: Good Grief

There was once a TV show that was set in the unlikely location of a funeral home. The series revolved around family members who run the home who argue over how best to run the home, all the while getting involved in the wacky world of death. I know what you're thinking; you're talking about the hit HBO series, Six Feet Under. No, actually I'm talking about the TV show Good Grief. It came out in 1990 and starred Howie Mandel, for crying out loud. It was a straight-out comedy and the episodes were mainly about Howie's character doing inappropriate and wacky things. But I can't help wondering if the creators of Six Feet Under saw it. It's certainly a huge coincedence, otherwise.

Research:
There was a tribute written at Jump The Shark, which surprisingly argues it was a great show. There's also an episode guide that reminded me what a bizarre show this was. Check out some of the plot summaries. Seriously.

Surprisingly enough, some people do remember Good Grief and have made connections to it and Six Feet Under. Entertainment Weekly published an article on the similarities between the two series. One article claims there's a nod to Good Grief in the casting one of the lead actors from the show (Joel Brooks) as a florist in Six Feet Under.

1 comment:

Mauricem said...

HA! I thought I was the only one who thought of this show when I heard about "Six feet Under". I remember seeing the opening of one episode, but that was pretty much it. It sounds like an incredibly wierd and hilarious show. I'm sorry I missed it. Maybe it'll hit DVD one day.
There was a whole wierd comedy block FOX had at that time since "Get a life" came on right after it.
Thanks for the memories.