These are the Tates and these are the Campbells, a
A spoof of daytime soap operas, "Soap" was considered quite controversial even before its prime-time debut on ABC in 1977. Its cast of characters included the lecherous Chester Tate (Robert Manden), his airhead wife Jessica (Katherine Helmond), wisecracking butler Benson (Robert Guillaime), Jodie Dallas the crossdressing homosexual (Billy Crystal), the schizophrenic comedy team of Chuck Campbell and his dummy Bob (Jay Johnson), and, my personal favorite, Richard Mulligan as the manic Burt Campbell, who teeters the brink of insanity and believes he can make himself invisible by snapping his fingers. The central arc in Season 1 involves a mother-daughter affair with Peter the tennis pro (Robert Urich), whose murder places the Tates and Campbells as the prime suspects and culminates in a trial with a cliffhanger verdict. Confused? You won't be after watching Season 1 of "Soap".
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