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  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The only thing most people know about this series is that Maude has an abortion. So when she discovers in a Very Special Episode that she is pregnant, it's a pretty safe bet she won't be welcoming a new baby into the world.
  • Ear Worm: The very catchy title song, performed by Donny Hathaway and featuring famous women through "herstory". Lampshaded in a cutaway on Family Guy as Peter and Lois watch the "rarely seen full length version" of the lyrics.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "The Tax Audit", Maude recounts having a Near-Rape Experience 31 years prior. Her description of her father's reaction—blaming her, calling her a "tramp", etc—as well as Walter's dismissive attitude—"You got away, so what's the big deal?", etc, is precisely what has been stated by numerous women as the reason they didn't report instances of sexual abuse/assault/harassment.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The show was remade for UK television under the title Nobody's Perfect, which starred Elaine Stritch in the Bea Arthur role. A few years later, Stritch would audition for an American TV show called The Golden Girls, and would lose the role she was going for, Dorothy Zbornak, to Bea Arthur.
    • Herb Edelman appeared with Bea Arthur in the episode "Maude the Boss", years before the two of them played Stan and Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: More than a few viewers have admitted to watching the show just to look at Adrienne Barbeau.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Maude ran for six seasons, and was a ratings hit throughout its run, but today it is remembered for the abortion episode and little else. This was very evident when Bea Arthur died, and reporters mentioned virtually nothing else about the show. (Contrast their fond and detailed retrospectives of The Golden Girls, which has stuck far more firmly in the popular imagination.)
    • For the most part, being the first show to have a legal abortion after Roe v. Wade right in the middle of the Feminist Movement was a huge deal. However, it seems more like Maude tends to get overshadowed by Arthur's and McClanahan's success on The Golden Girls, since The Golden Girls still has a huge periphery demographic of younger people, while Maude has somewhat faded from the TV landscape.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Look, it's Dorothy and Blanche! But why is Blanche acting like Rose? Made even more apparent when we learn that The Golden Girls producers wanted McClanahan to play Rose and White to play Blanche; Bea Arthur wasn't interested in playing Dorothy under those conditions (calling it "Maude and Vivian meet Sue Ann Nivens") until McClanahan informed her that she would be playing the vamp, and White the nitwit. "Now that sounds interesting", Arthur replied, and you know the rest.
    • Herb Edelman, who would later play Stan Zbornak on Bea Arthur's later series The Golden Girls, appears as Maude's co-worker in the third season episode "Maude the Boss".
    • Fred Grandy played Carol's boyfriend in the second season.
    • Michael Keaton appeared in the fifth season episode "Arthur's Crisis".
  • Values Dissonance: The episode where Walter, in a drunken rage, hits Maude and gives her a black eye. Yes, he's sorry and all that, but the way she's comforting him and telling him it's OK, she knows he didn't mean it.... for a character portrayed as a radical feminist, this seems pretty jarring.
    • There's a similar scene when she confronts the man who tried to rape her 31 years prior. He apologizes and claims that he found her very sexy. She starts smiling and blushing and acting flattered that the reason he assaulted her was because he found her too desirable to resist.
  • Values Resonance: In response to Walter's dismissive attitude regarding her Near-Rape Experience 31 years prior, Maude angrily declares that what happened to her is not insignificant, nor are her feelings about it.
    • The third season episode "Maude's New Friend", in which Maude admires a local gay novelist, confronts her husband about his bigotry, and confronts her own preconceptions about gay people. The episode aired five years before the first gay pride march in Washington.

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