Angie, when will those clouds all disappear?

YouTube again proved it's position as humanity's greatest achievement the other day when I stumbled across the opening credit sequences to both seasons of Angie. Exciting! Well, to me, anyway, because for some reason, Angie was one of my very favorite shows as a little kid. I could never hope to explain why now, as in retrospect, it's probably one of the most generic "lovers from two different walks of life, OH NOES how will their families co-exist?" sitcoms ever (though it began with them already dating and getting ready to marry, so at least it didn't drag that bit out). But for whatever reason, young Bill loved it, enough to watch as much of the original run as his parents would let him stay up for, and to watch it all again through at least two different passes through the syndication cycle.

Well, I imagine part of the reason was Robert Hays, who of course was so awesome in the Airplane! movies. And Debralee Scott, perhaps the most ubiquitous actress of 70s television (truly she was the Kevin Bacon of her day) is in it, so points for that. But, true confession? As a little kid, I crushed big time on Donna Pescow. No, really. Not on the same level as Leia, Daisy Duke, Isis, or Joy from The Bugaloos, but she still managed to set my young heart aflutter. Which I guess means that even as a small child, A.) I could appreciate the difference between characters who were pure fantasy and those who were closer to people you might actually meet in real life; and B.) I had a fairly particular type or two. Huh. Who knew?

Anyhow, let's make with the Compare & Contrast YouTubing. Here's the Season 1 intro:



And Season 2:



Fun fact: I get this theme song stuck in my head at nearly every wedding I attend, since so many wedding readings eventually include the "love is patient, love is kind" bit from 1 Corinthians that is also used in the song.

Anyway, I learned 5 things rewatching these:

1. It's easy to forget in this day and age, but back then, credits sequences were damn long.
2. Need to quickly convey that two folks are in lurrrve? Cue the googly eyes!
3. You don't F with Robert Hays when he's juggling.
4. Donna Pescow has real issues with ReddiWip.
5. Sadly, I would probably buy this show if it came out on DVD. Mostly because Donna Pescow circa 1979 still kinda churns my butter.

Well, now that we've all learned disturbingly too much about me tonight, I'm off to bed.

2 comments:

De said...

Interesting. I didn't know Doris Roberts was on that show too.

Have to agree about Donna Pescow. Mrow!

fannie said...

I know nothing about this show, but am suddenly desperate to hunt down an episode or two to sample. In the season two sequence I thought the distance shots of Donna Pescow were actually Bonnie Franklin. They could, and should, play siblings in something. Ahh, Bonnie Franklin.

I miss theme songs like this. A good theme song often determined what I watched more than the quality of the show ever did.