May 28, 2020
Pink Lady... and Jeff “Episode #1” (part 1 of 2)
SUMMARY: Japanese pop stars and fading TV personalities put on a show. Nobody notices.
Ah, Pink Lady… and Jeff, the high-water mark of “What the hell were they thinking?”
Most of you have never heard of this show, and with good reason. They only made six episodes, of which only five ever aired, and despite the involvement of the legendary Sid and Marty Krofft, and the fact that it gave ensemble member Jim Varney his big break, there is not one human being in existence who puts this show on their résumé.
It all began when someone at NBC saw a news story about then-legendary pop duo Pink Lady, who were sweeping Japan at a time when disco was still big (actually, now that I think about it, Japan held onto disco for a while). Deciding that that Mie and Kei would be perfect to revive the dying “low-level pop singer hosts a stale variety show” format, said executive snapped Pink Lady up, and had sets built and scripts in the hopper so quickly that no one had any time to realize that the lovely ladies didn’t even speak English.
With no time to switch things up before the show debuted, they hired Jeff Altman, erstwhile cast member of The Dukes of Hazzard to act as emcee, but between the language barrier and Pink Lady’s extensive touring schedule back in Japan, he’s basically the star of the show. Actually, Mie and Kei are barely present at all, which makes you wonder why they even bothered.