By the early 1970s, the dominance of such rural-based television shows as Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies andThe Andy Griffith Show had ended. Advertisers wanted to sell automobiles and they wanted to attract a wider market. With the success of All in the Family and Sanford and Son, the focus was on a more urban and ethnically diverse audience. Although a new situation comedy called Bridget Loves Bernie seemed exactly right for the times, it turned out to be a hot potato.
|A scene from Bridget Loves Bernie|