Love, Sidney


Love, Sidney was a groundbreaking and subsequently controversial sitcom that aired on NBC from 1981 to 1983. It made the bold choice to feature its entire cast singing the theme song, something only ever approached in the 30 years since by That’s So Raven. Oh, and it was also the first American TV show with an openly gay lead character. It wasn’t terribly integral to the plot and outside of the pilot TV movie, never outwardly mentioned at all, but it still got people all up in a tizzy because people were more horrible back then and the show was cancelled before its time. Love, Sidney should also be noted for being one of the most staggeringly sad sitcoms of all time. The maudlin theme song hints at that, but this is a show about a divorced woman (when that was still somewhat taboo) having to move in with a man she barely knows, and that man is incredibly lonely because, as it’s alluded to in a later episode, his partner is dead.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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4 thoughts on “Love, Sidney

  1. jamie says:

    oih my god i rember this . wow talk about a blast from the past. i have not herd that theme in a long time or the show. i almost laughwd when i herd the theme again. friends forever. all i can say its a hell of a lot better then the alice theme intro with lynda lavin and her singgung the theme talk about bad . like nails on a chalk board . ekkkkkk. hey maybe next you could put up the gentle ben theme intro lol . or how about the mathew star intro also lol.

  2. I remember 3 things about this show
    1. Tony Randall
    2. My intro to Swoozie Kurtz (how can you forget that name?)
    3. The little girl yelling “YAAAAAAAA!”

  3. “because people were more horrible back then”

    My favorite line from this post. I unfortunately have no recollection of this show but will be hunting for episodes on YouTube this weekend.

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