Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wayland Flowers & Madame in Madame's Place (1982)

Obscurity factor: 7

Yesterday's post (The Beatrice Arthur Special [1979]) featured Madame, and it reminded me of this series, which ran for one season in syndication. It centered around Madame and her life at home and at work as a talk show host. She was always dealing with cost-cutting producers, inept booking agents, ditzy relations and nosy neighbors with her frank, witty retorts. There was a rushed quality to these episodes, perhaps because they were producing for the voracious animal of daily syndication - the show was on 5 days a week.

Above is the pilot episode, cut down to about 14 minutes and uploaded to YouTube by SailorsDreamHouse. The show has yet to be released on DVD, but unofficial copies can be found on sites like You can also watch quite a few more minisodes like the one above on YouTube.

Obscurity factor: 7 (Remembered by fans, not on DVD, available on YouTube)

1 comment:

  1. I love Madame. I may have even watched this when it first aired. Sounds like a laugh track, but I could be wrong. Thank you :)