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The premise of the show was established in a TV movie aired earlier the same year, entitled Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend. Randall played the title character, a well-to-do gay New Yorker in his 50s, who befriends an unwed mother and the daughter she gives birth to, and then becomes the daughter's guardian when the mother leaves for California. The movie was fairly well-received, enough so that a series followed.

The series premise did not actively retcon that of the movie; the girl's mother (now played by a different actress, Swoosie Kurtz) was part of the regular cast, but it was explained that she had returned to New York when her marriage in California didn't work out. However, NBC had received complaints from special-interest groups upset about a positive portrayal of homosexuality, and so nothing in the series referred to its lead character's sexuality except oblique, coded hints. Thus, even though Love, Sidney was the first prime-time television series to have a gay character as its central lead (as opposed to one lead in an ensemble cast, like the character of Jody on Soap, or Vincent Schiavelli's character on the much earlier The Corner Bar) the character's orientation was hidden in "the closet" by network executives for all forty episodes of the show's run. Thus, while the show still represents a significant point in popular culture's portrayal of homosexuality, it is remembered today more for the risks it did not take.

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Last Airing Aug 29, 1983
Premiere October 28, 1981
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Network NBC
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
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