An American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1968 to 1971. It starred Diahann Carroll as Julia Baker, a nurse and single mother whose husband died in The Vietnam War. It's notable as the first TV show to star an African-American woman in a non-stereotypical role.
The show was not without its critics. There were those who objected to the fact that it was a light-hearted sitcom that did not seriously address the plight of black Americans. Gil Scott-Heron was following this line of criticism when he mentioned "Bullwinkle and Julia" in The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
This show provides examples of:
- Billed Above the Title: The opening credits begin with, "Diahann Carroll as Julia."
- Disappeared Dad: Julia's son Corey doesn't have a father.
- Full-Name Basis: Corey almost always addressed Earl J. Waggedorn by his full name.
- Romancing the Widow: Julia, a widow, had recurring love interests played by Paul Winfield and Fred Williamson.