The San Pedro Beach Bums (1977)
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1977-78 was my senior year in high school and I was so busy making sure I had my civic/scholastic ducks in a row for college resumes and a scholarship. I only watched a few of the episodes from the show, but I use the line a lot. Like every time my hubby and I get out of the car to go into Costco or Walmart, one of us says, "Football" and the other says "You Bet!"
It is always in the looking back, comparing shows of then to shows of today we think of the old ones as lame or boring or whatever the description. But truthfully, it is today's shows that are boring. All cookie cutter, all ridiculous angles and quick cuts. I stopped watching television in 2003. We have a TV to play DVD's, but television programming stinks anymore. Maybe if television programming had more "lame" programs like this I'd buy cable again...but I'm not holding my breath.
In that episode, the bums got a football team together, and as things went along they needed a kicker, who ended up being some foreign fellow who could only say the English words "Football, you bet." He had a permanent smile on his face -people would ask him questions and he'd say "football, you bet." He goes in the huddle, he's told what to do, and all he can say is "Football, you bet." I guess you had to be there - when you added in the accent he used, which we all mimicked the next day, it made for some pretty good TV hilarity for an adolescent in the mid 1970's.
Alas the show was cancelled a few weeks later - they never recaptured the magic again. I wouldn't mind seeing that episode again.- if I'm not mistaken it may have been the debut episode.
ABC really hyped this one when it came out. I was maybe eleven years old at the time. Being a young kid in Delaware, the idea of living with my pals on a beach in California seemed like a really cool way to live.
Come to think of it, it still doesn't seem like such a bad idea.
The main two things I remember about the show are Stuart Pankin and that there was a womanizing character named Boychick. Pankin's a great actor and this is probably one of the first things I saw him in. I'm glad he went on to a successful career in movies and television.
It'd be fun to see an episode of this show again. I doubt I'll ever have a chance, but they don't make shows like this anymore - and that's kind of a shame. There's something to be said for the kind of light, fun kind of shows they made back in the Seventies.
I said the line to my wife the other day and she had no clue as to what I was referring to.
I remembered it was from a sitcom and I do remember being in school the next day and everyone was saying it all day. I think I was in 7th grade. After Googleing it, now I know the origin. As a twelve year old, I vaguely remember liking the show, even though I'm sure it was pretty bad.
But through the magic of Google you can find anything, even this one-line wonder. So I figured I'd write down my homage to "The Line" here as well. And like the rest of you, I'm not even sure why it was funny at the time. Or why at age 11 I was even watching the show in the first place, especially with my 8 year old brother. I am grateful he watched it with me though, since he is the only other person I can mention it to that will understand the reference.
Hey, who knows why things stick with you. But one of the quirkiest, most fun things about life is that they do, and are sure to bring a knowing smile to your face, even if that makes the rest of the world question your sanity.
if i were a Hollywood producer, i would do a re-make immediately.
and then there would be the film, parts 1, 2 & 3, and of course, the action figures, and the comic book, and the reruns, and ....
well, you get the idea.
but seriously, what could be better than bums on the beach? in constant sunshine? never working? now that i think of it, watching this show was probably a formative experience, setting the template for my future dating life which, converted to a sitcom, would be called "LA Slacker Musicians".
i should have been watching Marcus Welby, MD.