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Forgotten Sitcom - Phyl and Mikhy If you remember this short-lived CBS citcom you have a great memory and ought to report to the nearest trivia contest. Phyl and Mikhy was about two athletes (one American and one Soviet). The Soviet, Mikhail Orlov, was a decathlete who defected to the Unites States to marry Phyllis Wilson, a star athlete from Pacific Western University. The show starred Murphy Cross as Phyllis (Phyl) and Rick Lohman as Mikhail (Mikhy). Jack Dodson played the head of the school's alumni association. Michael Pataki played a blundering Soviet consulate official assigned to get Mikhy back to the USSR. It was a typical fish-out-of-water sitcom that played upon Cold War politics and the defector's comical adjustment to life in western society. Only six episodes of Phyl and Mikhy aired, beginning on May 26, 1980 and ending on June 30. The fact that the United States had announced its boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics probably made this show even more far-fetched than it already was.
Tags: CBS  sitcom  Phyl  and  Mikhy 
Added: 28th May 2015
Views: 797
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-05-28 
Murphy Cross should have entered a Bette Midler lookalike contest.
Posted by: Steve on 2015-05-29 
I'm surprised I missed this one. I was still in the service when this came out and we were desperate for anything new to watch on the 3 channels we were able to receive!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-05-29 
I pride myself on knowing most of the sitcoms--even the short-lived ones--that aired on American network TV from about 1972 to 1985. In those days I was a devoted reader of TV Guide, so I had some inkling of what the network options were each night. I had never heard of this sitcom; I came across it by chance and then researched it. If it began airing in May, I'm assuming it must have been a replacement for a show that had been cancelled.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-06-03 
Phyl doesn't look like a world-class athlete to me, but we definitely need to bring back those long socks into the track-and-field world again.
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