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Sherwood Schwartz dead at 94


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#1 OFFLINE   fluffybear

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:31 AM

On July 12, 2011, Sherwood Schwartz died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. He was surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred Schwartz, and four children Don Schwartz, Lloyd J. Schwartz, Ross Schwartz and Hope Juber.

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#2 ONLINE   MysteryMan

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:38 AM

He was the writer, creator and producer of "Gilligen's Island", "The Brady Bunch" and "My Favorite Martian"......RIP Sherwood.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:55 AM

He's gone from sin into syndication.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:58 AM

As a kid growing up, thanks for the fun TV shows……!

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:04 AM

I know many many people grew up watching The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island in reruns....that was a good part of my childhood.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:12 AM

You make me feel old. I remember Gilligan's Island on its first run.

I'll show you how low class I am. I remember being bummed out when it was canceled.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:48 PM

Sherwood Schwartz, who created “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch,” two of the most affectionately ridiculed and enduring television sitcoms of the 1960s and ’70s, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 94.
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Sherwood Schwartz with Florence Henderson, left, and Dawn Wells, stars of “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island,” in 2008.
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His death was announced by the Archive of American Television.

Mr. Schwartz weathered painfully dismissive reviews to see his shows prosper and live on for decades in syndication. Many critics suggested that they were successful because they ran counter to the tumultuous times in which they appeared: the era of the Vietnam War and sweeping social change.

Give or take a month or so, the original network run of “The Brady Bunch” coincided with two major upheavals in American society. The show, about a squeaky-clean blended family in California, began in 1969, shortly after Woodstock, and ended in 1974, soon after President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation following the Watergate scandal.

Mr. Schwartz’s work may have been seen as lighthearted entertainment, but some scholars of popular culture took it very seriously. David Marc and Robert J. Thompson, authors of “Prime Time, Prime Movers,” in which they advance an auteur theory of television, considered Mr. Schwartz an innovator who made a “surgical strike into the national psyche.”

Describing the advent of “Gilligan’s Island,” which told the story of seven very different castaways stranded on a desert island, they wrote, “Schwartz was pioneering a dramatic matrix built upon the emerging cultural concept of the ‘support group’: a collection of demographically diverse characters thrown together by circumstance and forced to become an ersatz ‘family’ in order to survive.”

Mr. Schwartz, in a 1996 interview, said that he had always planned the series as a social statement, the message being, “It’s one world, and we all have to learn to live with each other.”

Once or twice a year, he added, he received word of an academic paper whose author claimed to have uncovered the “real meaning” of the series, also stating that its creator probably had no idea what he was really saying.

Not so. Mr. Schwartz remembered describing the idea of “Gilligan’s Island” to William S. Paley, then chairman of CBS, as a microcosm. Mr. Paley, he recalled, blanched and replied, “Oh, God, I thought it was a comedy show,” to which Mr. Schwartz quickly answered, “But it’s a funny microcosm!”


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