Post by A Friend Post by Adam H. Kerman Post by Horace LaBadie
She deserved a better career.
I've seen a few episodes of Julia. It was decent enough, clearly of its
era. It was more of a drama than a comedy.
JULIA was supposed to be a very big deal when it first ran, but I was
there, and it really wasn't. TV was, as usual, behind the
social-reform wave. There was nothing that seemed weird about a black
woman headlining a TV series in 1968. The fact didn't seem unusual or
bizarre in any way, even though it was (almost) the first time it had
"Frequently starring Lloyd Nolan." The unusual credit attracted both
attention and jokes. BTW Lloyd Nolan shouted all his lines because
he'd gone deaf.
The only real criticism of JULIA I remember hearing was that her white
neighbors were portrayed as one-dimensional dolts. Of course, this had
never been done on TV before.
Post by Adam H. Kerman
Her recurring character on White Collar was fun on most episodes.
Yes! There was also the joke about how they should have added a credit
that read "Frequently Starring Diahann Carroll," which just goes to
show that old jokes are not necessarily the best jokes.