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Too Close for Comfort 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1980–1987)
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A conservative cartoonist tries to meddle in the affairs of family and friends.
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Complete series cast summary:
Ted Knight ...  Henry Rush 129 episodes, 1980-1987
Nancy Dussault ...  Muriel Rush 129 episodes, 1980-1987
Jim J. Bullock ...  Monroe Ficus 118 episodes, 1980-1987
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ...  Jackie Rush 107 episodes, 1980-1985
Lydia Cornell ...  Sara Rush 106 episodes, 1980-1985


Jackie and Sarah Rush are two grown sisters who live in half of a duplex. Their parents, Henry and Muriel, live in the other half. Though one might think this proximity may be fun, both sides often feel that it's "too close for comfort", in this half-hour situation comedy. Written by Phil Fernando

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Did You Know?


In one episode, Ted Knight wore a sweatshirt with the name and logo of an actual university on it. Soon, college and university students who were fans of the show began sending logo sweatshirts for Knight to wear on the air. From then on, Knight began wearing as many different sweatshirts as possible in each episode to please the fans. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD release of the first season is made up of the syndicated versions of episodes which are missing 2 minutes from the original network versions. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Danny DeVito/Sparks (1982) See more »


Too Close for Comfort
(theme song)
Written by Johnny Mandel
Performed by David Pomeranz
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User Reviews

Great Show! But Deborah Van Valkenburg stole my heart in the 80's!!!
21 December 2001 | by Are-JaySee all my reviews

I used to watch this show back in the 80's, then watched all the re-runs, and still to this day watch it on video. The acting was great as Henry (Knight) was the over protective father with the ego who always clashed with clumsy Monroe Ficus (Jim J Bullock). This show dealt with lots of subjects and was very entertaining.

My favorite on the show was the daughters, both Sara (Lydia Cornell) and Jackie (Deborah Van Valkenburg). Both are beautiful and would steal any mans heart. Sara the blonde ditz is the one that most men would want, but I was intrigued by Jackie as a kid. She is smarter, more confident, more mature, and honestly prettier. Her black hair, pretty smile, and voice were very alluring. Her character as Jackie Rush was the prototype of the type of woman I dreamed about be married to when I got older. The blonde bimbo act can get dry after a while, but it was only an act as Lydia Cornell is a very bright woman in real life. Both these daughters were alway rebelling with their parent to be independent of them, yet always lived in the basement.

I truly miss this show as it was an all time 80's great in the ranks of Threes Company, Silver Spoons, Diff'rt Strokes, and others. How I miss the good old happy 80's. The show may be outdated, but the story lines are still good even in this day and age. Scary how we haven't really progressed by that much. Cell Phones and Internet don't really make the world go round and round.

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11 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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