Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (TV series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice television cast 1973.JPG
Main cast photo
Genre Sitcom
Based on Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice by Paul Mazursky & Larry Tucker
Developed by Larry Rosen
Written by James S. Henerson
Bernard M. Kahn
Directed by Rick Edelstein
Leo Penn
Starring Robert Urich
Anne Archer
David Spielberg
Anita Gillette
Composer(s) Artie Butler
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (5 unaired)
Producer(s) James S. Henerson
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Frankovich Enterprises
Screen Gems
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 26 (1973-09-26) – November 7, 1973 (1973-11-07)
Related shows Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is an American sitcom broadcast in the United States by ABC as part of its 1973 fall lineup. It was based on the movie of the same title. It was produced by Screen Gems.


Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice was of necessity somewhat different from the R-rated 1969 movie upon which it was based. The film involved sexual liberation, and featured the (short-lived) desire of the two title couples to engage in extra-marital affairs, mate-swapping and group sex, all of which would have been obviously unacceptable on U.S. broadcast television in 1973. Instead, it made do with plots which were attempts at titillation by the broadcast standards of the time, but which stood a chance of surviving the censors at the network's Division of Standards and Practices.

These included skinny dipping, premarital sex, and unmarried couples cohabiting, which were still thought by many to be racy topics for network television at the time. As with the film, Ted and Alice Henderson were more conservative than the "liberated" Bob and Carol Sanders. No members of the original film cast reprised their roles in the series.


Scheduled opposite CBS's Top 10 hit The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and NBC's Top 30 hit Adam-12, the series earned very low Nielsen ratings, and was canceled less than two months after its premiere.

The show is perhaps best remembered for featuring a then eleven-year-old Jodie Foster as Ted and Alice's daughter. (This differed from the movie version, in which the characters had actually had a son, rather than a daughter.)


Episode list[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Can I Help It If She's Crazy About Me?"Rick EdelsteinDavid LloydSeptember 26, 1973 (1973-09-26)
2"Alice's Wild Oat"Rick EdelsteinBernie KahnOctober 3, 1973 (1973-10-03)
3"Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"Leo PennLarry TuckerOctober 10, 1973 (1973-10-10)
4"I'm Not Jealous, Only Curious"Rick EdelsteinTBAOctober 17, 1973 (1973-10-17)
5"Open Marriage, Closed Mind"Rick EdelsteinDavid LloydOctober 24, 1973 (1973-10-24)
6"Nobody Wants to Talk About It"Rick EdelsteinRick MittlemanOctober 31, 1973 (1973-10-31)
7"The Bare Truth Hurts"Rick EdelsteinGene ThompsonNovember 7, 1973 (1973-11-07)
8"Such Good Friends"Rick EdelsteinTBAUnaired*
9"Walk a Mile in My Clogs"Rick EdelsteinRon FriedmanUnaired*
10"Double, Double, Doyle & Trouble"Rick EdelsteinDavid LloydUnaired*
11"Inadmissible Evidence"Rick EdelsteinGeorge AtkinsUnaired*
12"My Butcher Is a Thief"Rick EdelsteinMichael Weinberger & James RitzUnaired*

*These episodes finally appeared on USA Cable Network, with the rest of the series, in 1984.


External links[edit]