Thursday, September 30, 2004

We Got It Made


In 1983 NBC premiered the sitcom We Got It Made. The show was about two sloppy bachelors living in NYC. Since they wanted to keep their apartment clean, they decided to hire a live-in maid. Hysterical!
Of course, a more logical decision would have been to hire a weekly cleaning service, but using sitcom logic, a live-in maid was the answer.
The two roommates David and Jay had to constantly explain the purpose of the maid to their skeptical girlfriends. Hysterical!

The maid was Mickey, a super-hot blonde with no maid experience. Hysterical!
Mickey was part of an odd sitcom trend in the 1980's of giving female characters male sounding names. For example, Jo on Facts Of Life, Mickey on We Got It Made, and I am pretty sure there was a show with a hot chick named Sam. Sorry, I am way to lazy to research this.

I find it odd that they stuck with the traditional spelling of 'Made' in the title rather than the more appropriate and clever "We Got It Maid." Or they could have gone with the more formal "We've Got It Made" or "We Have It Maid."

I would have called it "Maid of Honor" and It would have been about about two sloppy bachelors living in NYC. Since they wanted to keep their apartment clean, they decided to hire a live-in maid. Then the maid would be drafted to fight in Vietnam. Serving in Hue, Da Nang and Ban Me Thuot, the Maid would've eventually award two medals for her outstanding valor. Then she would return to the New York apartment to work as a maid only to find that the two bachelors were now anti war protesters. Hilarity would ensue.
Then, years later, a Cuba Gooding Jr./Robert Deniro film called Men Of Honor would be released, and viewers would finally understand that the title was a play on words. No one would be amused.

The theme song for We Got It Made sounds like a Devo record played while Ray Charles, the voice of Lisa Simpson and Ann Jillian argue in a foreign language that only includes the phrases "Bop bah duh dah" and "Dee Dee Dee Dee," then they all shout "We Got It Made... Yeah!"

In a strange twist the show was canceled in 1984. Oh wait, that was the EXPECTED twist. The strange one was that the show was brought back in syndication in 1987 with new episodes. It only lasted one more season.




Some plot highlights included:

A sleepwalking Mickey ends up in the roommates' beds every night.

David and Jay try to talk Mickey out of working at a nightclub featuring nude entertainment.

Reading what she believes is Mickey's diary, Claudia (David's girlfriend) thinks Mickey wants to have David's baby.



Some plot highlights I just made up:

David rips his pants.

Jay slips on a banana peel.

David and Jay realize that they are gay and fire Mickey and hire a Butler. They change the show's title to "We Got It Butled"





Matt McCoy played David Tucker (one of the sloppy bachelors.) Here is his bio from the IMDB:
Spouse: ? (1985 - ?)
James Stewart is a huge role model. They were also born on the same month and day.

Guest-starred as Lloyd Braun, the gum-chewing former mental patient who befriends Kramer, on Seinfeld.

Fascinating, huh? He married someone in 1985. They might be married, today. Maybe they have a house. Might have been married in a church, or some other place. Wouldn't it be great if he and '?' got a maid? Maybe the maid could be a huge Jimmy Stewart impersonator. Really HUGE! Like 6 foot 5 and 500lbs. Then they could all chew gum. THEY would have 'it made!'

Anyone else remember this show?

15 comments:

  1. I REMEMBER THIS SHOW!!!!!!! I remember watching it in the early 1980s and then it disappearing for a while and reappearing in the late 80s. I guess the fact that it went into syndication explains why I remember such a large gap in watching it. Sweetie, here are two real plots that I really do remember.

    An Episode where Mickey tried an experimental tanning lotion for extra cash and it turned her skin blue. I remember a scene where she was crying on the bed sobbing, "I look like a giant smurf!!"

    Another episode had the two roommates get into a fight and divide thier room in half with duct tape. This featured dialogue such as one roommate saying, "I am going to enjoy a beer because the fridge in on MY side." And the other roommate responded, "I would not do that because the bathroom is on MY side."

    I can't believe how much of this show I remember.

    BTW: I am also born on the same month and day as Jimmy Stewart as well as Cher and 2 days after Mr. T!!

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  2. It is good that you are born on the same day as Jimmy. He is a huge role model.

    My role model is '?' she married a guy who was on We Got It Made.

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  3. I don't remember it at all! But, I bet Evil Kinevil will jump over it.

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  4. Rule number one: Do Not Talk about 'We Got It Made'.

    No. Seriously. Don't talk about it. Hey look I told you to shut up. The show sucked, so quit blabbering on about it.

    Yeah. I said I don't want to hear about it. Do you like the sound of your own voice? Shut up. I am asking you nicely. Please. Stop talking about those crazy mix up plots on the show.

    Alright. That's your last warning. I don't care that Teri Copley was hot in the mid 1980's. I was in Grenada. Do I have to kick your ass?

    Yeah. You want piece of this? I was trained at Fight Club. Let's dance, bitch.

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  5. I would have called it "Maid of Honor" and It would have been about about two sloppy bachelors living in NYC. Since they wanted to keep their apartment clean, they decided to hire a live-in maid. Then the maid would be drafted to fight in Vietnam. Serving in Hue, Da Nang and Ban Me Thuot, the Maid would've eventually award two medals for her outstanding valor. Then she would return to the New York apartment to work as a maid only to find that the two bachelors were now anti war protesters. Hilarity would ensue. Sweetie, you have ripped off the story of my life. I expect royatlies!!!!! Or you'll hear from Teresa's lawyers.

    See I was a bachelor living in New Haven, Connecticut who went off to Vietnam with my maid and butler and cameraman and I came home an anti-war protestor.

    My butler spent ten years in the Hanoi Hilton. He's now a senator from Arizona. Perhaps, you've heard of him? His name is John McCain.

    My maid went on to become the first woman CO of Seal Team Six. She later had a sex change operation, had a career as a pro wrestler and then became Governor of Minnesota. Her name? Jesse Ventura.

    I think the cameraman was KIA. But I did get his film. If only Richard Nixon had required worker's comp insurance. Then his family might have been cared for. Damn the Imperialistic U.S. pigs!!!!!!

    Anyway, upon my return from Vietnam. I moved to Boston. Married an heiress and hired two more servants. Neither were elected to anything and as per the pre-nup they stayed with my first wife when we divorced. But I testified before Congress about atrocities that occurred in Vietnam. Like the time, that I couldn't wind surf down the Me Kong River. God, did that suck!

    Subsequently I was elected Lt. Governor of Massachussetts and then Senator in 1984. Upon being elected to the Senate, I was cyrogenically frozen and unthawed in 2004 just in time to run for President of the United States and save the Democratic Party from a Howard Dean candidacy. Due to some complications in the unfreezing process, I now have the amazing power to argue both sides of every issue. And my skin turns orange before major television debates.

    Oh and while I was frozen, I married another really really really rich heiress in 1994. I think you could stretch more than one season on NBC and a season of syndication out of my life story.

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  6. NO, I NEVER HEARD OF THIS ONE.

    PRETTY FUNNY ARTICLE, I KNEW JOHN KERRY WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THE VITNAM STUFF. LOL

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  7. This show sounds almost as good as The New Odd Couple but more jolly!!

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  9. Gene Hackman is so cool that reruns of "We've Got it Made" syndicate him!!

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  10. I have been in negotiations with several studios to create a feature-length film based on this show. Some of the changes I'm going to make, include moving the bachelors to Philadelphia, one of the bachelors is now a creepy 8-year old, and the film will be really really awful. I am also planning a surprise ending, where it's revealed that she's actually paying them to make the apartment a mess! Bet you didn't see that coming, did you? What? Why is she doing that? ummm....uh....

    Oh, I'm so done. Hey Sen. Kerry, how about a campaign commercial where at the end of 30 seconds, it's revealed that your actually President Bush? Pretty cool, huh?

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  11. Not be totally off topic but:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HILARY DUFF!!!!!!!!

    Hilary Ann Lisa Duff turns 17 today. Many Blessings and sincere hope for many many great years of enjoying this amazing singer, dancer, actress, ventroliquist. She's a great talent and I want ALL her birthday wishes come true. I can't think of a better way for to celebrate than releasing a new albulm, which I am going to mall and buying immediately after I finish posting.

    Wouldn't she make a great Mickey in updated version of "We've Got It Made"?

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  12. I Hate Sweetie: How can Evel Knievel jump over a show? It's two dimensional. That talk is just silly.

    But you know what would be AWESOME? If there was an episode where Mickey invited Evel Knievel to jump over the roommates as a way to impress thier girlfriends and have them fall even further in love with the 2 roommates. But the girlfriends misunderstand the idea after overhearing Mickey on the phone and assume she is inviting Evel Knievel to jump over the roommates as plan for her to confess her love them!! They start to beat her senseless, but Evel Knievel shows up at the last minute with surprise Jean Claude Van Damme, who immediately kicks some sense into the girlfriend. Then Knievel jumps over the roommates and the misunderstanding is resolved. But one of the girlfriends says asks Knievel to jump over her favorite tv show, but he says he doesn't know how he could do that, because the show is two dimensional and such talk is crazy. Oh man that would be SSSSSWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Never saw this, but it sounds like a lamer Charles In Charge (if Charles was a woman.)

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  14. The other guy on the show sadly passed away several years ago of AIDS-related illness. I think his name was Tom Villard, but I'm not sure. Check out IMDB if you care. He was also in the classic 80's film "One Crazy Summer," starring John Cusack, Demi Moore, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Curtis "Booger" Armstrong.
    By the way, Sweetie, the hot female with the manly-sounding name of Sam that you couldn't think of was Alyssa Milano on "Who's The Boss?"

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  15. Strutter,
    I was sad to read about Tom's death. He appeared in one of my favorite TV films, High School USA. He had a line that I used to try to use all the time.

    Tom walks in with his shoes on the wrong feet.
    OTHER GUY: Hey, your shoes are on the wrong feet.
    TOM: No they're not, these are MY feet.

    It might lose something in print, but the line was HYSTERICAL.

    And, as for Alyssa Milano, I belive she was the hot 'Sam' I was searching for, and her last name is a kind of cookie.

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