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‘Maude’: The 5 Best Episodes According to IMDb | Do You Agree?

‘Maude’: The 5 Best Episodes According to IMDb | Do You Agree?

Coming off of an appearance on All in the Family, Maude Findlay proved to be a big enough hit to score her own show. Maude allowed Bea Arthur a chance to flex her acting muscles on the TV screen. She’d had quite a career on stage before playing this iconic character. One cannot talk about 1970s sitcoms without at least an acknowledgment of Maude.

Of course, this sitcom came from the world of Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. Lear was sitting on top of the world with Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker, along with the rest of that show’s cast. Lear put Arthur in her sitcom and provided some timely and, for the times, taboo subjects as episode fodder.

‘Maude’ Had a Strong Supporting Cast Alongside Bea Arthur

Besides Arthur, Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain, and Rue McClanahan costarred on Maude. In the show’s first few seasons, Esther Rolle was there as the Findlays’ housekeeper in Florida. Once she left for Good Times, though, Hermoine Baddeley came on as Nell Naugatuck. Their clashes would sometimes end up in screaming matches. Mrs. Naugatuck ended up getting married and leaving the Findlays. In Season 6, Victoria Butterfield (Marlene Warfield) comes on as the Findlays’ final housekeeper.

Maude stood up for women’s rights, liberal causes, and racial equality. The character was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party. She was on husband No. 4 with Walter (Macy), too, who suffered from alcoholism and mental breakdowns. Maude often clashed with Arthur (Bain), whose a Republican, on Maude. Their bickering becomes a place where some social issues get discussed, albeit with a twinge of humor tossed in as well.

Maude ran for six seasons on CBS. Arthur won one Primetime Emmy Award for her work, while Baddeley captured a Golden Globe Award.

Well, let’s see how those who rank episodes on IMDb viewed Maude‘s episodes.

‘Maude’s Guilt Trip’

In this Season 6 episode, Maude is simply having fits around her Aunt Tinkie (Bella Bruck) coming to visit. She’s flying in to visit the Findlays. Well, Auntie Tinkie didn’t make things comfortable for Maude. She told Maude that she took out a $50,000 flight insurance policy. See, Tinkie is flying in to meet the family. Now she names Maude as beneficiary on this policy. The adventures begin in this episode.

‘The Gay Bar’

Another Season 6 episode has Arthur in fits because he’s not a fan of having a gay bar in town. It upsets his conservative Republican sensitivities. Maude tries to set Arthur on the right side. The episode marked the first time a television network showed the inside of a gay bar. When these reruns hit in the 1980s, all references to gay and homosexuality were removed from the episode.

‘The New Housekeeper’

In a Season 3 episode, Florida is now gone. That leaves Maude to hire a new made. She does it without checking her out totally. It’s Mrs. Naugatuck and when she arrives, she starts making sure Walter is taken care of all the time. This does not sit well with Maude, so she tells her to cut it out. Hermoine Baddeley joins the cast in this episode.

‘Vivian’s First Funeral’

In this Season 5 episode, Vivian finds out that a close friend has died. Of course, she’s sad about it yet kind of hems and haws about going to the funeral. She’s never been to one before. Well, this leads Maude and Arthur to go with her to the funeral. But Vivian tells Maude she needs a brooch back that she loaned to her. Maude doesn’t have it. They go to the funeral home and when seeing the body, the brooch is worn by a woman.

‘The Analyst’

An amazing Season 4 episode finds Maude visiting a psychiatrist all episode long. Maude goes and once she’s in the office, she lets loose with a lot of different inner issues. Whether it’s feelings of resentment toward her mother or a fear of turning 50 years old, Maude covers the bases. This episode called on Bea Arthur to perform solely on camera for its entire 22 minutes. There was no person playing a therapist at all. It’s just Arthur acting magnificently in her role.