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Poster: MPDMedia Date: Jan 24, 2019 10:46am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

The Waltons (1971-early 80's) had black friends in the form of a nearby family; pretty good for a series set in 1930's Virginia. John Amos appeared as sportscaster Gordy on the early seasons of Mary Tyler Moore Show, before he co-starred with Esther Rolle on 'Good Times'. The Jeffersons had white neighbors in their upscale apt house, including their in-laws, who were an interracial couple.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Jan 24, 2019 4:40pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

Thanks for the reply (I was worried this was gonna be another thread by me that would die without a trace). It be interesting to see if one can name such series from 1950s/1960s, for which I can think of a handful: "The Larkins" (1958-1964, ATV) featured a recurring black character during its final two series. "I Spy" (1965-1968, NBC) featured Robert Culp and Bill Cosby as world travelling spies "Beulah" (1950-1953, ABC) also comes to mind. "Curry & Chips" (1969, London Weekend Televison) was an awful show in which a white man played an Indian. However, it also featured an actual black actor in a recurring role, plus various white characters. The show was so offensive that it was pulled off the air after six episodes....good riddance. Interesting that a lot of the shows mentioned so far aired on Britain's commercial stations (such as ATV and Thames).
This post was modified by HappySwordsman on 2019-01-25 00:34:45
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Poster: olderthanbw Date: Jan 25, 2019 7:07am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 1970s/1980s TV series with a racially integrated cast?

"All In The Family" included Lionel and his "parents," who spun off into "The Jeffersons."