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Bye Coach, Hello Woody. Sigh.....
on April 12, 2015
Show was beginning to lost it's sharp edge here, and the loss of Coach was clearly evident. Woody was a decent character, but his character had a fine line to walk between innocent naive youth and outright stupidity. To his credit, his humor and appeal hit far more often than it missed, and he was a worthy addition to the cast. Diane's character was still very charming, cute, and true to form.Her jabs at Sam's intelligence were growing thin by this point though, and Sam's fixation of himself also grew increasingly tiresome and trite. What were once off the cuff, flippant and funny comments were deteriorating into increasingly sleazy and arrogant behavior. I'm not a prude at all, but this detracted from the overall allure of the show. Cliff and Norm's characters were still spot on, although the ideas for witty banter and back and forth were apparently losing steam. The appearances of Frasier were very welcome, and a refreshing interlude of what was becoming a more and more mundane viewing experience. Carla was always the weak link in this show, and her insults missed the mark even more than usual than the show's first 3 seasons. She got a good one off now and then, like one every 2 or 3 episodes. Overall a very fun and enjoyable show though, and head and shoulders above the shows it was competing against in the era. But the unraveling had undeniably begun. Then again, what do I know? Season 4 and 5 marked the 2nd part of the series, in between the Coach years and the dismal Kristie Alley years. Not great. Not horrible. And not overly memorable either. For me, it's a One Time View Season and it'll sit on the shelf for ages before it sees any play again. Increasingly ridiculous, unbelievable story lines and a light hearted view of failing marriages and infidelity keep the eyes rolling. Each cast member from time to time slips so far out of character credibility is strained to the breaking point.