United States

United States (1980)

  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Creator: Gary Markowitz
  • First Air Date: 1980-03-11
  • Last Air Date: 1980-04-29
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 13
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 30 min.
  • Production Company: OTP Productions
  • Networks: NBC
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United States is a short-lived half-hour comedy-drama that NBC added to its Tuesday primetime schedule in March 1980. Larry Gelbart, the show's executive producer and chief writer, said the name United States was not a reference to the country but rather to "the state of being united in a relationship". Gelbart envisioned a series that would be "a situation comedy based on the real things that happen in my marriage and in the marriages of my friends". Episodes tackled such topics as marital infidelity, household debt, friends who drink too much, death within the family, and sexual misunderstandings. United States focused on Richard and Libby Chapin, an upwardly mobile couple who lived in a Los Angeles suburb. Beau Bridges played Richard, and Helen Shaver played Libby. Gelbart reverted to black-and-white script for the show's titles. He said that was to convey the mood of "a sophisticated '30s film." Gelbart also avoided use of background music and a laugh track. Scripts featured dialogue such as, "Just for once I'd like to be treated like a friend instead of a husband," and "Maybe you and Bob can go out and get yourselves one redhead with two straws." United States premiered at 10:30 p.m. on March 11, 1980. NBC pulled it from the schedule within two months, after only six of 13 episodes had aired. The remaining episodes were not broadcast until 1986, when the A&E cable channel aired United States.

  • Keywords: marriage, los angeles, california
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    United States Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1980-03-11
    13 Episodes

    United States Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1All Our Weapons30 min
    Season 1Episode 2Uncle Charlie30 min
    Season 1Episode 3A Touching Story30 min
    Season 1Episode 4Sometimes30 min
    Season 1Episode 5Better Than Burning30 min
    Season 1Episode 6Room Service30 min
    Season 1Episode 7Josh30 min
    Season 1Episode 8Windmills30 min
    Season 1Episode 9The Grand Funk30 min
    Season 1Episode 10Slide Area30 min
    Season 1Episode 11Broccoli30 min
    Season 1Episode 12And Baby Makes Two...30 min
    Season 1Episode 13Lysdexia is No Joek30 min
    • Helen Shaver

      as Libby Chapin
    • Beau Bridges

      as Richard Chapin
    • Justin Dana

    • Rossie Harris

    Production Larry Gelbart Producer