This entry might not make much sense if you don’t know about Stuckeyville.
In the early days of the twenty-first century, we were brought to Stuckyeville every Wednesday night on NBC.
For me, it began a perfect evening of television.
From Stuckyville, we were brought to the West Wing, and thereafter HBO gave us a taste of the mob as portrayed in The Sopranos.
Three different shows, but each is a special show in its own right.
You probably know more about the West Wing and the Sopranos than you do Stuckyville.
Stuckyville was a small town, probably in the midwest though it was never clear.
Ed Stevens was the lead character, and his name served as the show’s title.
But ED had several interesting and lovable characters, of which Ed Stevens was only one.
There is Ed’s childhood buddy, Mike, a local doctor. Mike’s wife Nancy, their friend Molly and then the love of Ed’s life, Miss Carol Vessey.
I don’t know how many seasons we waited for Ed and Carol to get together. But they finally did.
Stuckeyville appeared to be the small town that America wishes it still had.
There were no gerrymandered districts or failing infrastructures. The school provided a quality education, and there was no bullying, and of course, there were no social media to incite it. Thankfully, only flip phones existed in 2000.
There were teenagers with angst either because they were in love with the wrong girl and didn’t recognize the perfect mate right before their eyes.
There were heroes and villains, although the villains always appeared to be a love interest of Carol, who was not Ed. They were rightfully hissed whenever they slighted Ed.
It was a fun show that depicted a delightful town, and there don’t seem to be too many fun towns around anymore.
Ed was like a decaffeinated Seinfeld. The humor was there to be enjoyed, but it was soft and more functional than dysfunctional. It was like Cheers because, Stuckeyville, everyone did know your name.
But in the end, it was too good to stay on the airwaves for too long.
It was so nice to visit there even if it was for only one hour a week.