Question: What smash 1987 comedy was hyped: “They changed her diapers. She changed their lives”?
Last Question: What hit series shipped off two of its characters to L.A. for the spinoff Beverly Hills Buntz?
Answer: Hill Street Blues
Before Dennis Franz and his ass-cheeks became huge stars on NYPD Blue, Franz played Norman Buntz in the classic ’80s cop-drama Hill Street Blues. The network executives at NBC must have sensed that Dennis Franz had the potential to be a big star, so they spun off his character into the new show, Beverly Hills Buntz. In the show, Norman Buntz quit the police force, and became a private investigator. While Hill Street Blues was an hour long dramatic series, Beverly Hills Buntz was a half hour show that was more of a comedy. This was the opposite of what happened in the late ’70s, when the sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show spun off the dramatic series, Lou Grant. Beverly Hills Buntz was not very successful as it only lasted around 9 episodes during the 1987-88 season.
Here are the opening credits of Beverly Hills Buntz:
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