Coming of Age

Sure, we can hear you saying, “Coming of what?”

You mean to tell us you don’t remember the ridiculously short-lived CBS sitcom starring Paul Dooley and Phyllis Newman that debuted in March 1988 and only lasted 11 episodes in three different time slots before being yanked permanently and never spoken of again?

Well, that’s why we’re here.

You see, not everything was Cheers and Miami Vice in the 80s. There were more than a few shows that came and went without so much as a whisper, and Coming of Age may well be at the top of that list.

Dooley starred as Dick Hale, a former pilot who, in the wake of mandatory retirement, headed out to the desert and found himself a nice little old-folks village in Arizona with his wife Ginny (Newman). Only problem was, he hated everything about it: the heat, the horrible TV reception, the boredom, the retirement community manager (played by a then-unknown Kevin Pollack), and the neighbors.

While it certainly had its moments (including the last-ever TV appearance of comedy greats Bob & Ray), Coming of Age never really found its footing. It debuted opposite Moonlighting on Tuesday nights at 9 in March 1988, promptly got clobbered, and was pulled off the schedule after only three episodes. CBS refused to give up though, and brought it back for another shot that fall on Mondays at 8:30, opposite MacGyver (which we ♥!). Four episodes later? Strike two. CBS burned off the last four episodes in the summer of 1989. Alas, Coming of Age was done.

While we’re not going to sit here and pretend Coming of Age was better than The Golden Girls, or that its even worth re-visiting any time soon (if ever), we will proudly wave its flag and sing its praises to all who will listen…because it came from the 80s. And for every Cosby Show, there was a tiny, little fledgling show that no one watched and, thirty years later, no one even remembers.

And it is our mission to chronicle it all and celebrate it all…because, you know…the 80s!

We ♥ Coming of Age.


~ by weheart80s on April 6, 2017.

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