Thomas comments on why he thinks the series was unique.
"It was a show that honored the lives of people that were not -- at least on the surface -- exceptional," he says.
"They weren't powerful lawyers or doctors or cops or sexy young people or sexy old people. It wasn't geared in that respect to the marketplace, so people felt their own less romantic and simpler lives honored in a way that they didn't anywhere else.
"And I think they responded to that a lot. That was also a show in which a husband and wife equally raised the family, meaning the mother, the grandmother, the girl children -- those women were strong and wise, as well as foolish and frail. So you had something for everyone in the family. And you had something very rare in this country -- respect and veneration for the elderly. You had people who were 6 years old and 80 years old and it was not a cynical view of either age or youth -- although a lot of the flaws and foolishness of age and youth are portrayed."
(Luaine Lee is a California-based correspondent who covers entertainment for Tribune News Service.)
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