Trouble with Tracy, The (Series) (1970-1971)

Aka: The Married Youngs

The Trouble with Tracy was a CTV sitcom which aired on weekday afternoons for one season, lasting 130 episodes.

The show was set in New York City and featured a newlywed couple. Tracy Young was the dishy wife to Doug Young, a young advertising executive and exasperated husband. Other regular characters were Doug's weirdo brother-in-law Paul, who was constantly asking Doug for love, and a cute, sweet, mother-in-law, Mrs. Dana Sherwood.

Originally piloted under the title The Married Youngs, the show was renamed when it went to series.

Diane Nyland....Tracy Young
Steve Weston....Doug Young
Bonnie Brooks....Sally Anderson
Franz Russell....Paul Sherwood
Ben Lennick....Tony Marshall
Sylvia Lennick....Tracy's Mother
Arch McDonnell....Jonathan Norris
Sandra Scott....Margaret Norris

Original Broadcaster(s): CTV

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byClick here to see the profile of this user greazychikkin, November 1, 2009
Was it the canned layghter, the cheap sets, the quality of the video tape, the actors, ? YES ! this show was so bad , even as a kid it gave me acid reflux!! thanks for the memories Diana was cute though .
This show is the "Plan 9 From Outer Space" of Canadian television.

For starters, it was a DAILY sitcom. It's impossible to do a quality sitcom on a daily basis, without sacrificing quality of writing, production and everything else.

It had ramshackle sets that would be taken down and moved the moment a scene had finished, and unless something went completely FUBAR (i.e. set falling completely apart, somebody being horribly injured), scenes would be shot in one take. A mere line fluff or slight stumble did not merit a re-take. A wall wobbling a little when someone slammed a door did not merit a re-take. A shot in which the wooden brace holding up a set happened to appear on-camera did not merit a re-take.

The scripts were written by legendary U.S. radio comedy star Goodman Ace. In fact, they were the identical scripts, word-for-word, as he'd used on his own radio show, "Easy Aces", back in the 1940s. And we all know how much sitcom comedy had evolved between the 1940s and the 1970s.

It even had loud canned applause and laughter---the last refuge of the desperate comedy show.

The cast tried their best. Really, they did. But the whole project was doomed.

Someone has thoughtfully posted the opening titles and part of an episode on YouTube, so you can see for yourself.

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