Friday, March 30, 2007

Still discovering 'Still Standing'

For some reason TV shows seem to do better when they are stripped (syndicated 5 days a week) than in their original run. "Still Standing" is a case in point.
Linda and I love watching the show about the Millers and I don't even remember watching it when it was on CBS TV. In fact, thanks to cable we can watch different episodes pretty much continually from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Take the episode that just ended.
Bill and Judy Miller, the antithesis of the couple on the Donna Reed Show and light years away from Ozzie and Harrie, have met a new couple. The couple seems to like them both but then begin working things out so they can be with Judy and not Bill.
Bill and Judy think it's because one of them is the Marian in the Fitz and Marian couple they know.
Marian doesn't seem to fit in with anyone. So, Bill and Judy begin competing to prove which one of them is "the Marian".
Meanwhile, their brainiac son, Brian (Taylor Ball), and his friend happen upon a video Judy's sister made for her husband. It gets Brian's friend's hormones worked up and he talks Brian into getting a photo of a mole on Judy's sister's butt because it looks like it might be a melanoma.
It turns out Brian's friend is just a voyeuristic guy who thinls the aunt is hot.
If you haven't seen the show, how can I explain it to you?
The Flintstones in the 1990s? Yeah, that would pretty much sum it up.
Judy is definitely hot (played by Jami Gertz). Bill (Mark Addy) is definitely a neaderthal, whose best years as a high school football player are really behind him. Now he sells bathroom fixtures at a Chicago area mall.
The family is rounded out by daughters Lauren (Renee Olstead) and Tina (Soleil Borda).
The sister, Linda (Jennifer Irwin), spends way too much time at Bill and Judy's. Linda was obviously dropped on her head once too often as a child.
It's just a really fun show and I was disappointed when I learned it had been cancelled before we started watching.
Check out for more information on the show and the actors.