WHAT THE SIMPSONS once did for the Clinton decade, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home did for Nixon-era America, as titular dad Harry Boyle, voiced by TOM “HAPPY DAYS” BOSLEY and his wife Irma continually fretted about their three kids (fat frumpy Alice, proto-slacker Chet and annoying brat Jamie) and whether they were shagging around or smoking dope. Bit of a departure for H-B then, being based on the success of All In The Family (the American version of TILL DEATH US DO PART), and their last primetime effort in the States, although more usually to be found here on a Sunday afternoon or just before the News at 5:45. Despite the presence of that singular Hanna-Barbera canned laugh, you didn’t get the jokes when you were seven, apart from the sliding-down-bannister/crockery-smashing incident in the titles, memorable also for Harry Boyle driving along the show’s title in 1970s colourful lettering in the credits, before the roof flew off the family house at the end. Doubtless watched by Matt Groening on more than a few occasions, though the wacky next-door-“neighbor” in this case was anti-Communist nutcase, Ralph.
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Here’s a Christmas staple that’s lasted longer than Creamguide, and like us is clearly struggling to find ways to present the same material as every year in a slightly different guise. These days because it’s the only one they do – although given how frequently they repeat them, we don’t know why they don’t do some more – it’s also a repository for any other bits and bobs that may have turned up over the last twelve months, with “rare footage of Kate Bush” promised, though don’t get too excited.
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