Eartha Kitt with her granddaughter Rachel Shapiro in 1998.
The John Cleese/Connie Booth UK original classic, 1975
Below, are bad-to-horrible US remakes of this wonderful television show. Too bad such great talent was wasted on these projects.
Harvey Korman and Betty White in ‘Snavely’ or ‘Chateau Snavely’, 1978
Bea Arthur in ‘Amanda’s’ or ‘Amanda’s by the Sea’, 1983
John Larroquette in ‘Payne’, 1999
It wouldn’t take much more than a few moments with the relentlessly squiggly, jarringly dry Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, which premiered on Comedy Central in 1995, to understand that it was a different beast entirely than most other animated series of the era. While perhaps too challenging in aesthetic and humor to ever reach the status of The Simpsons or any of Mike Judge’s projects, Dr. Katz carried enough esteem to win producer Loren Bouchard and star H. Jon Benjamin to develop a like-minded (and like-styled) animated series with up-and-comer Brendon Small. The fruit of this team’s labors would turn out to be Home Movies.
Top of the Pops original broadcast