The Mothers-in-Law: On Again, Off Again, Lohengrin is the pilot episode for this very funny situation comedy that aired for two seasons. I remember this show fondly and love that it is now out on DVD to be enjoyed once again.
In this first show, we meet two familys, the Buells and the Hubbards. They bicker a lot and are just at the point of never speaking again when their children become engaged, forcing them to make some kind of truce.
The series stars Eve Arden as Mother Hubbard and Kaye Ballard as Mother Buell, as the children sometimes refer to them. Arden’s sarcastic wit is just golden and very distinctive. Ballard has that Italian loudness that was her trademark in her career which stands out. Arden versus Ballard is top comedy.
The husbands are played by Herbert Rudley and Roger C. Carmel. Rudley plays the only sane one in the bunch; he’s a lawyer, of course.
The kids are played by Deborah Walley, one of the movie Gidgets, and Jerry Fogel.
In this opener, there is a lot of wedding planning as the two couples try to learn to get along. The punch line that we get at the end is pretty funny and sets the tone for the rest of the series.