Series: Love American Style
Love American Style (1969–1974) was a comedy anthology show on ABC that did a collection of small skits relating to romance, sex or people's love lives. The general format opened with a short (30-second) skit where (usually) a guy would try something and end up becoming the butt of a joke, like trying to make out with a girl and then discover it's a guy, or the woman is willing but her husband is lying asleep in the same bed. (Oh, don't worry about it, he's so drunk he'll never notice.)There would then be a much longer skit, running anywhere from 10 minutes to the rest of the show. It would be followed by another 30-second short, then if time remained, another longer skit. This format was not always followed; a few episodes were Poorly Disguised Pilots that ended up becoming regular series, such as Happy Days and Wait Till Your Father Gets Home.
Tropes featured include:
- Animated Adaptation: Luvcast USA, produced by De Patie Freleng Enterprises for The ABC Saturday Superstar Movies.
- Framed Face Opening: Several examples, such as this set of opening credits.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode has a title like "Love and the ______" or "Love in the _____".
- Murphy's Bed: "Love and the Vertical Romance", in which a woman tries to cure her husband of his irrational fear of beds.
- Pie in the Face: In the episode with Susan Howard.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: As called out in the main text. Not quite as obvious as most invocations of this trope; the anthology format meant that the show was already visiting differing and unrelated sets of characters from one episode to the next.
- Pretty in Mink: "Love and the Fur Coat" was about a guy trying to get a fur coat for his girlfriend without his wife knowing about it. His wife gets it instead after a mix up.
- The Remake: In 1987 ABC created a short lived The New Love American Style.
- Title Theme Tune: "Truer than the red, white and blue-hoo-hoo-HOO!"