I and my husband (both police officers at the time) worked as partners on patrol with a local police department. We, too, initially kept our marriage secret for fear of problems with the department. So, naturally, I was intrigued by the concept of the new series "MacGruder and Loud." To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
This show is supremely offensive. Particularly so was a scene wherein MacGruder and Loud pull into a back lot and kiss passionately, in uniform, in the police unit. What's next? A scene where MacGruder and Loud stroll hand-in-hand up to the doorway of a disturbance call? The show is an affront to those of us to whom our uniform is a source of pride not to be sullied by unbridled displays of inanity.
Shari V. Barberic, Redondo Beach
Network TV has struck again with an anemic blob of one of Hollywood's greatest stars, Errol Flynn. "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" should have been titled "My Dull, Bland, Censored Ways" after CBS got through with laundering Flynn's dashing offscreen life. Duncan Regehr looked and sounded more like Ronald Colman than Flynn, but lacked the presence, charisma and talent of either man.
Why do the networks even bother producing such hackneyed biographies when they are inevitably disappointing because the films cannot be anywhere near as titillatingly trashy as advertised? That's the only reason to make this biography in the first place as far as I can see--for the ratings, certainly not for history.
Sam Frank, Van Nuys
I had thought that author Charles Higham wrote the last word in trashing Errol Flynn's life with his scurrilous 1980 fantasy. Now CBS trashes the man's memory in almost his own words. I knew we were in trouble when Duncan Regehr (as Flynn) stepped off the Super Chief sounding like an ersatz Ronald Colman.
R. Alen, Inglewood
The popularity of "The Cosby Show" is an indicator that TV viewers want to see something better than the sex and violence and garbage that has invaded the little screen and belongs in the trash can.
Ed Klein, Los Angeles
There is nothing wrong with "The Jeffersons" that a couple of talented writers couldn't fix. The actors are all wonderful and I would hate to see the show canceled after 10 successful seasons because of low ratings.
Helen Hayward, Torrance
What a beautiful scene in the Jan. 16 episode of "St. Elsewhere" as Luther escorted a victim of Elephant's Man disease to surgery. Congratulations to the writers for evoking such heartwarming emotions. It would certainly be unfortunate if this series were not picked up for next year due to its poor ratings.
Elliot Semmelman, Marina del Rey
No, Joyce Clarke (Viewers' Views, Jan. 20) is not the only one who is turned off by the loud, abrasive and overbearing Nell Carter on "Gimme a Break." It's too bad, because the character could be nice, gentle, well-mannered and still be a lot of fun. The same goes for the youths portrayed in "Fame," a show that, unfortunately, my children watch. The world can do without all that obnoxiousness.
Ted Wu, Los Angeles
I am appalled at the content of "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." The program presents the rich and famous flaunting their wealth in absurd ways, with the attitude of "Don't you wish you were as lucky as we are?" How about a program on the rich and famous helping people who are not as well off as they are? Maybe it could be called "The Kindness of the Rich and Famous."
George Gouldsmith, Irvine
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