"Lady Godiva was a freedom rider,
She didn't care if the whole world looked,
Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her,
She was a sister who really cooked."
Of course, it was YEARS before I understood why any of this was humorous, but even then I knew it was catchy.
I'm pretty sure I watched most of this, which at least one, if not both of my parents, but I only remember one episode in any detail. Nope not the abortion episode.
It happened in 1976, so I was either 11 or 12. It was a two part episode called "Maude's Mood" Parts 1 & 2, which was actually the first time I'd ever heard of manic-depression. Maude decides that Henry Fonda should run for president. She makes up a theme song and is so excited and manic that she sort of gets people to go along with her. Then in the 2nd part, she somehow arranges for Henry Fonda to show up for
what he thinks is some kind of promotional appearance. He then gently lets her down and she totally collapses. In retrospect, and probably at the time (12 years, old mind you) it was one of the most devastating things I'd ever seen on television, which certainly speaks to what was actually possible on TV back them as well as the acting skills of Miss Bea Arthur. She won the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical in 1977, which must have had a lot to do with this episode.
I loved her and Walter's relationship on the show. For a 70's sit-com marriage, it seems very real and certainly less one-sided and borderline abusive than what a lot of sit-com marriages look like with our woke eyes.
Bill Macy's acting was beautiful in the manic-depression episode. He's everything a supporting actor should be. I probably proto-shipped them on some level and may have had an early girl-crush on Adrienne Barbeau.
That uncompromisin', enterprisin', anything but tranquilizin',
Right on Maude!