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Love American Style was a 1970s comedy show that did a collection of small skits relating to romance, sex or people's love lives. The general format opened with a short (30 second skit) where (usually a guy) would try something and end up becoming the butt of a joke, like trying to make out with a girl only to discover it's a guy, or the woman is willing but her husband is lying asleep in the same bed. (Oh, don't worry about it, he's so drunk he'll never notice.)
There would then be a much longer skit, running anywhere from ten minutes to the rest of the show. It would be followed by another 30-second short, then if time remained, another longer skit. This was not always followed, a few episodes were Poorly Disguised Pilots for shows that ended up becoming regular series, such as Happy Days and Wait Till Your Father Gets Home.
Tropes featured include:
- Foot Focus: "Love and the Vertical Romance" has a closeup of a woman's bare foot activating a Murphy's Bed.
- Framed Face Opening: Several examples, such as this one.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: This show has chock full of them, from Burt Reynolds to Ozzie and Harriet.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode has a title like "Love and the ______" or "Love in the _____".
- Murphy's Bed: "Love and the Vertical Romance", in which a woman tries to cure her husband of his phobic fear of beds.
- Pie in the Face: In the episode with Susan Howard.
- Title Theme Tune: "Truer than the red, white and blue!"