John Ritter returns to TV in a genial sitcom, playing an aide to a senator. His life is somewhat complicated by his wife's father having spent a long stretch in prison for financial impropriety, and her somewhat-unnecessary attempts to re-integrate him with society.
I watched this when it aired on television and it was the days of the big box tv , black and white even!
I've been pleasantly surprised to watch it again on Amazon Prime and enjoy it so much! The Thomasons created 'Designing Women,' which frankly, I don't think I can stomach any more - the cloying sassy progressive women who embrace careers ('The Sugarbaker Women' ) would be difficult to watch. This show, on the other hand, has aged well.
John Ritter has a reputation for having great comedic chops but this series really highlights his smooth sexy boyish charm. One of the most romantic scenes I have ever watched was in season 1. it featured Ritter wearing a gold lame dress and it was oh, so romantic. Really! The guy knew his way around a woman's psyche and was obviously a fantastic kisser! Either he was just very talented in all the best moves or he and Markie Post were having a hot hot HOT affair off-screen for three seasons.
The script is amusing but sometimes inspired. The Thomasons could get away with a lot. They brought back Conchita Farrell in a completely different role - yet strangely similar to a previous role (from the first season to the second). They switched the environment from government to newspaper publishing in a heartbeat. They plopped Billy Bob Thornton into the home of the central characters, accompanied by his little daughter like a puppy. Where family ends and where family begins - who can tell in this show?
I probably will watch this entire series again from start to finish. It's full of humor, it romantic, and it has good family values. What's not to love? '
Stumbled across this show while looking for a series to binge on. I have thoroughly enjoyed the first season and would recommend it. It is a typical John Ritter comedy and I don't consider that a bad thing. The cast also includes Ed Asner, Billy Bob Thornton and Markie Post. All the characters are funny, some are hilarious. Unfortunately, the basic premise of the show changed. I thought it was better when the show revolved around working for a senator versus owning their own newspaper.
Keep in mind I could only manage half of the first episode in Season 1, when the series is set in some idiotic conswrvative senator's office revolving around people who work there. The fact that the office is of a conservative senator is part of the contrived humor as Post plays a journalist in need of a temp job while finishing a book, and the character is as liberal as the senator (and presumably his staff) are conservative. The characters include every stereotype possible, either straightforwardly or reversed from what you'd expect, and the jokes are 100% as stereotypical as the characters. Those who recall Ritter in the late 70s/early 80s comedy Three's Company may miss his ridiculous character as the one here is more of a straight man, but the same tired old ridiculous contrived adult version (political, regional characteristics, economic class, sex, etc) of the pre-teen crowds' perennial (fart, burp, pee, and poop) equally unfunny jokes are very much in evidence in this series as well. If you like that sort of funny (I obviously don't) you will probably like this show; if it irritates you instead don't watch Hearts Afire.
This show from the early 1990's sort of came and went in only a few seasons, which is kind of too bad, because parts of it were absolutely hilarious. Parts 1 & 2 of the second season are examples of the kind of laugh-out-loud humor I often enjoy.
The premise is simple: The main characters from the first season, where they worked in a Senator's office, have struck out on their own, going back to John's small hometown to start a newspaper. The second season just relates their trials and tribulations.
I thought the first episodes of the season were the best. John Ritter is not such a buffoon as usual, while Billy Bob Thornton is in his glory back when he was normal, and Markie Post is OK as John's wife, Georgie. Linda Bloodworth Thomason has written some dynamite throw-away lines for all three characters, and I found Thornton to be the scene-stealer in much of the production. Conchata Ferrell appears as a depressed psychologist tenant in the newspaper office where the trio has set up shop, and she is very funny as well.
If you don't want to buy the entire season, just download the first two episodes to check it out. I laughed so hard at times that my nose started to run.
I first saw this episode back in 1993 and I've remembered how much I liked it ever since. Downloading Parts 1 & 2 was the best thing I've done in a long time. Check this out!
I adore Hearts Afire. Of course...I adore John Ritter and love just about everything he's ever done. But this one is extra special. My favorite sitcom of all time. It's witty, intelligent, beautifully done, and SO incredibly romantic! I have never seen an onscreen couple with stronger chemistry than John Ritter and Markie Post. I especially LOVE the first season. A must see.
I really wanted to like it, I loved John Ritter in three's company, but I hated every joke spoken or implied, and on top of that the acting felt so stilted and contrived. I was surprised to see Billy playing such a dead pan typical male chauvinistic pig. I honestly didn't make it past the journalist applying for the job. Her over acting switching from drab to pathetic was just so sad. I do not recommend this one.