A Lost TV Classic: He & She

He & She is one of those TV series that had a brief life and then disappeared forever.

For those of us who saw it when it ran, we never forgot it.

That’s how good it was.

It’s part of The Greatest TV Ever.

I happened to search for it today on YouTube and was shocked to find a complete episode!

This was never repeated after its initial network run (wikipedia differs on that point; but I didn’t personally see any reruns). It’s never been put on DVD. There’s no way to buy it.

More than forty years later, it’s still hilarious!

Everyone who worked on it went on to make an impact on television. Jay Sandrich. Arne Sultan. Reza S. Badiyi, who did the title montage, is famous for the montages he did for two of the best-known TV series: Hawaii Five-0 and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Jack Cassidy was instantly memorable in his Jetman role. He was the prototype for the vain and dimwitted newscaster Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Series stars Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss were just absolute perfection.

With talents such as those, how could a series not have been magical?

One thing I want you to notice: there are no insults in it. All of the humor originates in the situations and in the interactions of the characters. The humor is funny, not assaultive.

That’s what TV comedy used to be. When adults wrote it.

A note about the video itself. I don’t know why, but it’s in the wrong aspect ratio. It should be fullscreen, not letterboxed. Don’t let that dissuade you. Once you start watching, you’ll be gripped and not even notice it.

Now click the link below and sit back and marvel at what the network nitwits canceled ages ago.

He and She…1967

He and She…1967 – Part 2

He and She…1967 – Part 3

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3 Comments on “A Lost TV Classic: He & She”

  1. John Says:

    Great post. I’ve heard rumors of an impending DVD release of He & She, but nothing has materialized yet.

    This show was really terrific — a type of sophisticated comedy that simply does not exist on television anymore.

    A few years ago, I was fortunate to see Dick and Paula in an off-Broadway play, Power Plays, and they were as funny as ever.

    Thanks for posting this!

  2. upperco Says:

    For the first time ever, a guide to the best episodes from one of the best single season multi-camera sitcoms of all time, HE & SHE (1967-1968)! Check it out here: http://jacksonupperco.com/2014/05/06/the-twelve-best-episodes-of-he-she/


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