Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A hark back to the screwball comedies of the 1930s, this made-for-TV movie stars real-life married couple Susan Clark and Alex Karras. When Catherine Abel (Clark), a divorced pro-feminist lawyer, advertises for a live-in maid to take care of her family mansion and look after her two children, who should arrive at her doorstep but unemployed laborer Cal Bullington (Karras). Noting that he has cared for his large family all his life, Cal insists that he would be a perfect maid. Catherine disagrees, insisting that she wanted a woman for the assignment. Using Catherine's own liberal-feminist agenda, Cal takes her to court -- and wins. As Cal begins his domestic duties for the simmeringly hostile Catherine, her sagacious old dad (Fritz Weaver) looks on with amusement, while her stuffy Ralph Bellamy-like fiancé (David Spielberg) suspects that all is not "strictly business" in the Abel household. Maid in America debuted September 22, 1982 on CBS.
father, feminism, fiancee, gender-roles, lawyer, maid