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Name this North American TV show I saw, in the 1970's?
April 28, 2014 6:57 AM   Subscribe

Can you tell me the name of a North American TV show I saw in the 1970's? (details within)...

IIRC:

It was a sitcom, around 1975.

The plot revolved around a guy and his ethnic wife (I believe she was latin american, and I think from south america).

The wife had a real thick latino accent.

The one episode and joke that I remember was where the guy was looking into burial options for a funeral (can't recall if it was for him or his mother?) Anyhow he gets the idea that a mausoleum is the best choice. He tries explaining it to his friend: 'where would you want your mother buried, in the cold ground, or in a nice warm mausoleum?'

'Mausoleum?' his wife asks. 'Isn't that where they have the dinosaur bones?' :)

I was a kid when I that but the joke stuck with me.

What was the show?
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
 
Here's a list of all the 70's TV Sitcoms.

It may be that you're thinking of ancillary characters on a larger sitcom. Was it filmed or on videotape? That may narrow it down a bit, the look and feel between the two matters. Mary Tyler Moore products were on film, Norman Lear on tape, to give you an idea between the two.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:13 AM on April 28


Sounds like Chico and The Man, post Freddy Prinze era.
posted by jquinby at 7:20 AM on April 28 [2 favorites]


If I had to guess, it sounds like it could be "I Married Dora", but this was the mid to late 80s, not the mid-70s.
posted by inturnaround at 9:57 AM on April 28


I have a hunch this was Charo and the Sergeant, since that sort of thick accent and misunderstanding comedy was pretty much her entire schtick as a comedienne (aside from her bust). Only the pilot ever aired on ABC in 1976, but Wikipedia says a few more episodes may have aired on the Armed Forces Network (in-story her husband was a Marine).

That pilot includes a role as "chaplain" for Dick Van Patten, which would possibly work with a funeral storyline.
posted by dhartung at 12:11 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]


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