Living in Captivity (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Asking the question, "Can't we all get along?," this TV sitcom attempts to shatter stereotypes with a satirical focus on upwardly mobile suburban couples in a gated, planned community. The arrival of black radio disc jockey Curtis Cook (Dondre T. Whitfield) and his pregnant wife Tamara (Kira Arne) elicit a variety of reactions, including one neighbor who accuses the Cooks of stealing his barbecue grill and another who believes Curtis is the gun-carrying punk who robbed him at an ATM. Various neighborz in the 'hood include Prozac-popping, blocked writer Will Marek (Matthew Letscher) and his wife, Jewish attorney Becca (Melinda McGraw); plus bigoted, gold-chained muffler king Carmine Santucci (Lenny Venito) and his trophy wife Lisa (Mia Cottet). Keeping Woodland Heights safe from intruders is beleaguered security guard Gordon (Terry Rhoads), teetering on a mental precipice. After the intro to these people in the pilot, subsequent episodes turn the spotlight from racism toward sexual insecurities and other areas ripe for social satire. This series has been compared to the '70s sitcom All in the Family, starring Carroll O'Conner as lovable bigot Archie Bunker. Filmed in L.A., Living in Captivity premiered September 11, 1998 on Fox.