Tue, 03/20/2007

And Then There's Maude Season One

Walter: Maude, did you wreck the car again?

Maude: Did you hear that, everybody? Did you hear that? Not "Maude, are you sick?" Or "Maude, are you unhappy?" Or even, "Maude, are you pregnant?" No, "Maude, did you wreck the car again?"

Walter: You're right, darling. You're absolutely right. I'm sorry. So tell me, are you sick?

Maude: No.

Walter: Are you unhappy?

Maude: No.

Walter: Are you pregnant?

Maude: Yes.

-- from the episode "Maude's Dilemma" which first aired on November 14, 1972

The long awaited Maude: Season One is out on DVD today. Maude was the liberal counterpoint to All in the Family's Archie Bunker.

In part 3 of her interview, Beatrice Arthur talks about the character of Maude and the tone of the show. PRESS THE PLAY ARROW IN THE PLAYER ABOVE TO WATCH THE SEGMENT NOW.

The Archive of American Television has interviewed several of the notables involved with the show's production including: Beatrice Arthur ("Maude Findlay"), Hal Cooper (director/executive producer), Norman Lear (creator), Rue McClanahan ("Vivian Cavender Harmon") [online soon], Rita Riggs (costumes designer), and Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf (writer/producers).