39: Gimme a Break’s Gay Evening


“The Chief’s Gay Evening” (November 13, 1982)

Though beloved to a certain age range of 1980s babies, Gimme a Break doesn’t get its due praise for its “serious issue” episodes. This one, in which the Chief finds out that one of his officers is gay, handles the subject matter better than many more-acclaimed sitcoms would in the years that followed. In fact, our only complaint is that this series sole gay-themed episode doesn’t feature enoug Nell Carter, whom we will remind you was a star. We miss you, Nell.

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This episode’s outro track is Happy Together / Runaway by Tony Orlando and Dawn


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