Friday, 20 May 2011

Waiting till Father Gets Home!

The Boyle family home

Jamie and Alice collide

Chet crashes the car

Irma

Harry handing out hard earned cash

Harry coming home

"I love my Mum and Dad and my brothers too,

and the groovy way we get along"

"Everytime the slightest little thing goes wrong

Mum starts to sing this familiar song"

"Wait 'till your father gets, until your father gets

Wait 'till your father gets home"

"Dad's not so bad and he seldom gets mad

And we aren't about to desert him"

"Kids today like to have their own way

And what Daddy doesn't know won't hurt him"

"I think my Mum's just swell but she starts to yell

Everytime we have a fight"

"Just...wait 'till your father gets,

until your father gets

Wait 'till your father gets home!"

Wait 'Till your Father Gets Home was a thirty minute animation shown in the early - late 1970s. Originally made in 1972 this animated sitcom was way ahead of the likes of the Simpsons and Married With Children. It focused around a house in Elm Street owned by the Boyle family, Harry the father, Irma the mother, Alice the teenage daughter, Chet the teenage son and Jamie the youngest son, oh and not forgetting the Boyle family dog. Harry worked long hours and was the major bread winner in the family. Irma took care of the housework and the family whilst the kids were typical kids. Alice was constantly trying one diet after another - sometimes several diets all at once. Chet was a dreamer (nicest way of putting it). Jamie was clever and cunning and was never short of money.

Harry
Harry Boyle

Irma
Irma Boyle

Alice
Alice Boyle

Chet
Chet Boyle

Jamie
Jamie Boyle

Ralph
Ralph

Claude the  hippy
Claude

The Boyle family lived in a large house in Elm Street and were neighbours with Ralph. Ralph was the leader of the Elm Street local company 'B' vigilante group. He saw communism from Russian and Red China everywhere. Anything that stood for love and peace was a threat to "the American way of life." (Those were Ralph's words). Poor Harry had to deal with his neighbours as well as all the trouble with his growing kids. It was a time when kids began to think and act for themselves and Harry and Irma (mostly Harry though) often had problems dealing with this. I think there were four seasons of this animated sitcom lasting a total of 48 episodes.

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