In honor of the high holidays, and the impending arrival of the holiest of holies, we present the opening to Bridget Loves Bernie, a short-lived, high-rated CBS sitcom from 1972 that was canceled by CBS execs in response to complaints from viewers about the interfaith relationship between a gentile and a gentleman that serves as the show’s core. We must thank the A.V. Club’s Primer of 70s sitcoms, which brought this forgotten program to our attention just yesterday.
What is especially interesting about this is that after the show was canceled, stars Meredith Baxter and David Birney (not a Jew) wed. And what’s especially interesting about that is that 35 years and one husband later Meredith Baxter came out as a lesbian. Now imagine what that show would have been like! Too soon, America? Too real?
Alright, the sun will soon set so get in that last slice of pizza. Let’s have an easy fast, guys. A lot of hustle, a lot of focus. And we’ll meet to break the fast tomorrow night. I’ll bring the bagels, you bring the napkins.