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Love, American Style was a comedic television anthology, which was produced by Paramount Television and originally aired between 1969 and 1974. For the 1971 and 1972 seasons it was a part of an ABC Friday prime-time lineup. Each week, the show featured unrelated romantic comedy stories. Episodes featured different characters, stories, and locations. The show often featured the same actors playing different characters in many episodes. In addition, a large, ornate brass bed was a recurring prop in many episodes.
Some of the segments on the show also served as pilots for proposed television series and two became a series. On February 25, 1972, the show aired an episode with a segment titled “Love and the Television Set”, a story about Richie Cunningham, his family and friends, which later served as the pilot for the popular series which was the subject of my H is for Happy Days.
Two weeks earlier, on February 11, 1972, the show presented an animated segment, “Love and the Old-Fashioned Father”. This would become the pilot to a first-run syndicated animated series by Hanna-Barbera, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, which debuted that fall and was broadcast for three seasons.
At the start of the 1973–1974 fall season, the ratings for Love, American Style had plummeted. As a result, it was canceled at mid-season. The series received several Emmy nominations, including two for Best Comedy Series for 1969–70 and 1970–71. The show subsequently became a daytime standard in syndication.