Watched the first episode of The McLean Stevenson Show (12.1.76). Stevenson plays a hardware store owner who lives with his children- his son lives in the basment, his daughter's moved back in with her two sons. His wife's mother lives with them in a spare room and she's "The Mother-In-Law" character. I made it eight minutes into the show before I had to cry "Mercy." The show ran from December 76 to March 77, broadcasting ten of the twelve filmed episodes. That's nine too many.
As a palate cleanser after that, I watched The Price Is Right (1.6.76). Game shows are good for mindlessness. Amazingly, it's just like I remembered. I think that has more to do with the fact that the show was the same thing for decades rather than my memory being sharp.
I finished the evening off with What's Up, Doc? (1972), the Peter Bogdonovich tribute to screwball comedies like Bringing Up Baby, starring Ryan O'Neal and Barbara Streisand. I'm not a fan of Streisand's more recent projects and antics, but this was before she was "BARBARA", and she's a remarkably good comic actress. Lots of mistaken identities and luggage mixups, it's just a romp that doesn't take itself too seriously.