The distracting thing about â€œLove American Styleâ€ is that it is so very much a product of the â€˜Swinging Sixtiesâ€™, and might set off a veritable tsunami of riotously amused laughter from oneâ€™s offspring at the costumes, the haircuts and the sets, to say nothing of a round of cringing at the open and unashamed display of what was once held to be hip, mod, and up to date. The series is a peep into a world that may only seem to us to have been the day before yesterday, but was indisputably almost four decades ago.
For those who do not remember, or have forgotten â€“ â€œLove American Styleâ€ was an hour long serio-comic anthology show, with three or four original short sketches dealing with love in its many aspects. Meeting, dating, marriage, jealousy, love requited and otherwise, sex â€“ complicated and otherwise, flirting, the rules of engagement and attractionâ€¦ the whole deal, told with varying degrees of pathos, wit and relevance. Was there ever a time when a gentleman host wore a coat, shirt and tie for a dinner tete a tete in his apartment? Yes there was. And there was also apparently a time when a gentleman could wear a paisley patterned shirt and plaid trousers without anyone nearby him wincing painfully at the sight. And the sets are straight out of James Lilekâ€™s Interior Desecrations, in all their harvest gold and avocado green glory.
Itâ€™s almost as much fun playing â€œspot the starâ€ in this series, for there were many and some of them almost recognizable in their early careers â€“ why, there is Harrison Ford in a sketch from 1969, which was broadcast with other sketches featuring Rich Little, Jane Wyatt and Dana Wynter. Other episodes feature stars of an earlier age – Margaret Oâ€™Brien, Sid Caesar, Broderick Crawford and Bob Crane, among the generous grab-bag of guest stars. This would make a splendid â€œspot the face you recognizeâ€ challenge for movie and TV trivia fans.
â€œLove American Styleâ€ Season 1 Vol. 1 is available here from from Amazon. and other retail outlets.
Sgt. Mom is a free-lance writer who lives in San Antonio and blogs at The Daily Brief. Her current book â€œTo Truckeeâ€™s Trailâ€ is available here. More about her books is at her website www.celiahayes.com.