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This sitcom from CBS/Screen Gems starred Meredith Baxter as Bridget Theresa Mary Colleen Fitzgerald - a young school teacher from a wealthy Catholic Irish-American Republican family. Cultural and ethnic hilarity ensued when Bridget married hard working Jewish taxi driver and struggling young writer, Bernie Steinberg, whose unsophisticated parents live over the top of their Steinberg's Delicatessen.

The widely divergent ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds of the Steinberg and Fitzgerald families, and their attempts to reconcile for the sake of the young couple, provided most of the plot situations.

The series scored highly in the ratings at first but was cancelled after one season, either because the writers were running out of ideas or because of the controversy it caused, focusing as it did on the religious divide. So evidently convincing was the pairing, however, that Bridget and Bernie fell in love in real life too, Meredith Baxter and David Birney marrying in 1973.

The series had been the first on US television to show a married couple canoodling in bed - obviously it was a particularly nice feeling. As Meredith Baxter-Birney, the star went on to headline in Family Ties .

Show Description Credit: Nostalgia Central
 
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Last Airing Sep 08, 1973
Premiere September 16, 1972
Episodes 24
Network CBS
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
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