- Julia (TV series)
show_name = Julia
runtime = 30 minutes
country = USA
September 17 1968
March 23, 1971
num_seasons = 3
num_episodes = 86 |
"Julia" was a 1960s
television series, best remembered as being one of the first weekly series to depict an African Americanwoman in a non-stereotypical role. Previous television series featured African American lead characters, but the characters were usually servants. The show starred actress and singer Diahann Carroll, and ran for 86 episodes on NBCfrom September 17, 1968to March 23, 1971.
In "Julia", Carroll played widowed single mother Julia Baker (her fighter pilot husband had been shot down in Vietnam) who was a
nursein a doctor's office. The doctor, Morton Chegley, was played by Lloyd Nolan, and Julia's romantic interests by Paul Winfieldand Fred Williamson.
Though "Julia" is now remembered as being groundbreaking, while on the air, it was derided by a significant segment of the African American community as not being "political" or "angry" enough, owing largely to its status as a standard, lighthearted sitcom. [http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/_nyt-black_white.htm]
Carroll won the 1968 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a television series for her role in "Julia". [http://www.thegoldenglobes.com/welcome.html?nominee/carroll_diahann.html]
Julia's son, Corey (Marc Copage) was approximately 6 to 9 years old during the series run. He had barely known his father before he died. Corey's best friend is Earl J. Waggedorn (called by that precise full name each and every time).
The Waggedorns lived downstairs in the same apartment building, with Len (Hank Brandt), Marie (Betty Beaird), son Earl (Michael Link) and infant daughter.
The first two seasons included Nurse Hannah Yarby (
Lurene Tuttle), who left to be married at the beginning of the third season, just as the clinic's manager, Brockmeyer, ordered downsizing — and removal of minorities from employment. (Chegley let Yarby go but kept Julia in defiance of the manager's edict.) The second and third season included Richard (Richard Steele) as a character some one or two years older than Corey. Chegley's father, Dr. Norton Chegley (also played by Lloyd Nolan) made two appearances.
Julia hired Roberta (Janear Hines) as a housekeeper.
Diahann Carroll, in an interview, said the show ended when she asked to be let out of her television contract having grown tired of the controversy surrounding the show since its inception.
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