Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Shortlived: Turnabout

It's officially John Schuck week here at Sitcom Diablo, mostly because I wanted to be the first blog in history to hold such an event (take that Aquaman shrine!) and I'm kind of fond of the guy.


After Holmes and YoYo got yanked, Shuck returned to the dreary final season of McMillan and wife now just called "McMillan" and soon found himself on another sitcom with fantastic elements in Turnabout.

I couldn't find anything relating to this 1979 mid season replacement series, no youtube link or even a still photo so I used all my photoshop might to give you an idea of what it kind of looked like, so voila!




Turnabout starred Schuck and Sharon Gless as a husband and wife who accidently switch bodies thanks to a statue or gypsy curse, I forget. He's a big ol' sloppy sportswriter who subscribes to Oscar Madison monthly and she's a dainty housewife, oh the hilarity of seeing their lives face when they do the freaky friday.

I actually did watch this show every week but it started to grind for two reasons:

a) All the humour seemed to be based on that "let's not get caught" concept, like when Sharon Gless starts puffing on a cigar in front of a girlfriend or that she knows a lot about sports.

b) The fact that it skirted the bigger (and more hilarious) issue of a gender swap. If I woke up with a vagina tomorrow, it would likely be something I would mention on a regular basis until I no longer had it. Not so with Turnabout and that's likely the fail aspect of this series.

Turnabout disappeared after only 7 episodes but the concept lived on and was made into about 385 different movies during 1987-1989.

The 1940 film version of the same novel, is superior to this series and just about as risque.


I have one more "Schuck-com" in the bag for this week and yep, it's another fantasy based show.

1 comment:

rob! said...

Ah crap, now I guess I have to scrap my John Schuck Week for the Aquaman Shrine.

I was going to talk about MASH, Star Trek IV, The new Munsters, everything! DAMMIT BRIAN!