Wednesday, November 16, 2005

She Who Can, Does

Take a look at tonight's TV schedule—you can watch the ''Delta Does Detroit'' episode of ''E-Ring'' on NBC. Of course this ep title plays off the famous 1978 porn movie, Debbie Does Dallas.

It took nearly 10 years before any TV writer dared pay homage to this classic. Was it taboo? Were writers embarrassed to admit they had seen the film? Did the 1986 Attorney General's Commission on Pornography push the film into pop culture and remove the porn stigma?

Regardless of the reason, a number of TV writers give props to Debbie Does Dallas through episode titles. Here is a small sampling:
  • Vickie Does Prison (''Women in Prison,'' 10/11/1987)
  • Debbie Does Dishes (''Adderly,'' 12/2/1987)
  • Tony Does Golf (''Who's the Boss?,'' 4/25/1989)
  • Kelly Does Hollywood (''Married…with Children,'' 11/10/1991)
  • Kimberly Does L.A. (''Melrose Place,'' 11/20/1995)
  • Cybill Does Diary (''Cybill,'' 10/21/1996)
  • Dharma Does Dallas (''Dharma & Greg,'' 2/20/2001)
  • Brian Does Hollywood (''Family Guy,'' 7/18/2001)
  • Debbie Does Djkarta (''The Agency,'' 2/1/2003)
  • Daphne Does Dinner (''Frasier,'' 2/11/2003)
  • Wanda Does Vegas (''Wanda Does It,'' 10/12/2004)

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