Maude

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  • TV-PG
  • 1972
  • 1 Season
  • 7.1  (3,703)

This television comedy follows the life of the title character and her family and friends. Maude is a liberal woman who has had four husbands. Now in middle age, she and her fourth husband live in an upper-middle class neighborhood in New York. The show is provocative in the social and political issues it examines. Maude is the main character and is an independent woman, representative of the women's liberation movement of the 1970s. Her husband is Walter, who usually loses many of the arguments between the two. Maude's daughter, Carol, and her son, Phillip, also live with the couple in their suburban home in New York. Carol is divorced, and the feminist theme of the show is also displayed through her character, who freely dates several men at once. While the show tackles many social and political issues such as alcoholism and abortion, it also pokes gentle fun at the main character, who vocally claims to be a political liberal and champion of the poor even though she rarely witnesses their plight from the comfort of her middle-class existence. This theme often plays out in the interactions between Maude and her housekeepers.

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The Perfect Marriage
22. The Perfect Marriage
March 6, 1973
Maude and Walter return from a fun-filled vacation with two of their best friends, Chuck and Vivian, only to learn that their friends' twenty-one-year marriage is breaking up. Maude needles a sleepy Walter into analyzing their own marriage -- which isn't too good an idea at one o'clock on Monday morning with only a few hours before Walter has to go back to work.
Maude's Night Out
21. Maude's Night Out
March 5, 1973
Maude is looking forward to a smart dinner party but Walter gets home late, takes a nap, and wakes up grumpy and ready to battle. All Maude wants from Walter is a little friendly enthusiasm, advice as to which dress she should wear and, above all, reassurance that she will be the most beautiful woman at the party. Walter's cooperation stops considerably short of Maude's goals.
Maude's Good Deed
20. Maude's Good Deed
February 27, 1973
Would Maude let a simple thing like hate -- instead of love -- between a mother and daughter keep her from bringing the two of them together to patch up their differences? Not at all; it's just inspiration for Maude to arrange a peace council over her dinner table. Maude arranges a dinner for her recently widowed school chum, Jane, and without informing her, also invites Jane's estranged daughter, Linda. But Maude learns that her personal charm -- and considerable combat experience -- is not enough to make everyone live happily ever after.
Walter's Secret
19. Walter's Secret
February 20, 1973
Walter, a victim of the "male?past fifty" syndrome, is caught having a cocktail with a former secretary and then tries to lie his way out of it. Maude knows nothing about Walter's alleged infidelity until Arthur forgets to corroborate Walter's lie. Then Maude tricks Carol into admitting she saw Walter with "another woman" and the domestic battle of the year is on.
Florida's Problem
18. Florida's Problem
February 6, 1973
Maude and Florida discover that male chauvinistic pigs come in all colors when Florida's husband demands she stop working for white people. When Florida's husband, Henry, insists she quit her job with the Findlay's, Maude sides with Florida and Walter sides with Henry, bringing on a double domestic argument that wipes out all race, color, and creed barriers and boils down to wives versus husbands.
Arthur Moves In
17. Arthur Moves In
January 30, 1973
When fire damages his house, Arthur moves in temporarily with Maude and Walter, a move which wreaks havoc on the already battle-scarred Findlay household. Moving into the Findlay's den, Arthur monopolizes the family bathroom, the family newspaper and even the family husband as Walter and Arthur begin to re-live their bachelor days.
Maude and the Medical Profession
16. Maude and the Medical Profession
January 23, 1973
When Maude takes on the medical profession, the battle is destined to be one-sided -- in other words, the medical profession doesn't have a chance of winning. Maude and Walter are within hours of leaving for a second honeymoon in Italy when Maude develops a rash. Arthur suggests it is a reaction to a tetanus shot but sends her to a Dr. Tasko for confirmation of the diagnosis. The new doctor's treatment stops the rash but marks the beginning of a malpractice suit.
Walter's 50th Birthday
15. Walter's 50th Birthday
January 16, 1973
Walter's 50th birthday is near and everyone except Walter is excited, so Maude plans a surprise birthday party for him. As the happy day arrives Walter goes into a deep depression and even Maude's special surprise gift fails to achieve the desired effect.
The Convention
14. The Convention
December 26, 1972
Maude accompanies Walter to an out-of-town business convention where they find themselves trapped in a shoddy, run-down motel room. The crummy motel roam triggers a squabble over why Walter had never invited Maude to go to conventions with him before. Maude decides she is a prototype of all wives who are forced by society into a second-class-citizen situation.
The Slum Lord
13. The Slum Lord
December 12, 1972
Thanks to an investment made by their accountant, Maude and Walter unwittingly became part owners of a ghetto tenement. When they realize what has been done, they desperately try to get out of the deal only to find themselves faced by a possible loss of several thousand dollars -- and a picket marching in front of their house.
Grass Story
12. Grass Story
November 28, 1972
When one of the teenagers on the block is busted by the police for marijuana possession, Maude, the people's defender, heads a group to keep the youth out of jail. Maude frantically tries to buy some marijuana which she plans to distribute among the ladies of her vigilante group and then insist they all be arrested.
Maude's Reunion
11. Maude's Reunion
November 21, 1972
Guest star Barbara Rush appears as Phyllis Nash, Maude's best friend in high school who pays her a surprise visit some twenty-five years later. Maude is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her old school chum, hoping to be able to gloat a bit since she knows Phyllis has never married. Expecting her to be an embittered old spinster, Maude gets the surprise of her life.
Maude's Dilemma - Part II
10. Maude's Dilemma - Part II
November 14, 1972
Maude's unexpected pregnancy wreaks havoc in the lives of Maude and Walter while they try to decide what to do about it, in the conclusion of a two-part story. Along with morning sickness and a sudden urge for pickles, Maude gets advice about her problem from Carol and Florida while Walter commiserates with Arthur in a nearby bar.
Maude's Dilemma - Part I
9. Maude's Dilemma - Part I
November 7, 1972
Maude comes home from a routine visit to her doctor with the unexpected news that she is pregnant, which brings strangely divergent reactions from both her daughter and her husband.
Flashback
8. Flashback
October 24, 1972
Arthur is watching the national election results on television with Maude and Walter and reminds them of their stormy courtship days. In a flashback sequence, guest star Van Johnson appears as Henry, one of Maude's suitors. Maude was as worked up over the previous election as she is now, and Walter's refusal to see her point of view caused Maude to start dating other men. One of them was Henry (Johnson).
Love and Marriage
7. Love and Marriage
October 17, 1972
The news that Carol is remarrying is taken in stride by Walter, but Maude considers it a disastrous affront to her position as her daughter's best friend and confidante. When Carol announces that she plans to marry George Snyder (guest star Frank Aletter), an old friend whom she's been dating for two years, Maude accuses Carol of marrying for convenience instead of love. Carol "politely" informs Maude that her own four marriages hardly make her an expert on true love, and Walter, as usual, is left to restore peace and tranquility to the home scene.
The Ticket
6. The Ticket
October 10, 1972
Maude is given a speeding ticket by an eager young traffic cop who insists she was doing 34 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone. In performing his duty he gets the argument of his life. When young Officer Cosgrove follows Maude home to give her a ticket for exceeding the speed limit, she tries threats, charm, and even milk and cookies to talk him out of it but to no avail. Then, Arthur offers to have the ticket "fixed," but Maude will not hear of it and insists on a full court trial.
Maude and the Radical
5. Maude and the Radical
October 3, 1972
Guess who's coming to Maude's fund-raising party for a black militant? Well, it's almost time for the guests to arrive and even Maude doesn't know who is coming and who isn't. When the black guests Maude has invited call to cancel and the guest of honor is late, Maude panics and insists Florida change clothes and act the role.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
4. Like Mother, Like Daughter
September 26, 1972
Carol learns all about the "wrath of a woman scorned" when she starts dating a man who jilted her mother before she married Walter. Refusing to admit she is still suffering the pangs of a ten-year-old rejection, Maude pulls out all the stops to ruin the romance. Walter feels a few pans of rejection himself, as Maude recalls the intimate details of her previous affair.
Maude Meets Florida
3. Maude Meets Florida
September 19, 1972
Maude hires a black housekeeper to prove her liberalism and insists that they become close personal friends. Esther Rolle is introduced as Florida Evans, a conscientious housekeeper who wants to be left alone to do her work. But Maude, determined to prove their equality, insists on "helping" Florida and treating her like one of the family regardless of comfort, convenience, or choice.
Doctor, Doctor
2. Doctor, Doctor
September 12, 1972
When Maude's grandson and Arthur's granddaughter are discovered playing "doctor" behind the garage, war is declared between Maude and Arthur over what punishment -- if any -- the boy should be given.
Maude's Problem
1. Maude's Problem
September 5, 1972
Maude, a woman who believes in fighting city hall -- or anything else in her path -- tangles with a psychiatrist who is treating her daughter. When Maude learns that Carol is being psychoanalyzed, she feels this is direct attack on her image as a model mother. Getting no help from Walter, Maude pays an unexpected call on the psychiatrist, determined to put an end to the analysis sessions.
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This television comedy follows the life of the title character and her family and friends. Maude is a liberal woman who has had four husbands. Now in middle age, she and her fourth husband live in an upper-middle class neighborhood in New York. The show is provocative in the social and political issues it examines.

Maude is the main character and is an independent woman, representative of the women's liberation movement of the 1970s. Her husband is Walter, who usually loses many of the arguments between the two. Maude's daughter, Carol, and her son, Phillip, also live with the couple in their suburban home in New York. Carol is divorced, and the feminist theme of the show is also displayed through her character, who freely dates several men at once.

While the show tackles many social and political issues such as alcoholism and abortion, it also pokes gentle fun at the main character, who vocally claims to be a political liberal and champion of the poor even though she rarely witnesses their plight from the comfort of her middle-class existence. This theme often plays out in the interactions between Maude and her housekeepers.

Maude is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (22 episodes). The series first aired on September 5, 1972.

Where to Watch Maude

Maude is available for streaming on the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Maude on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 5, 1972
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (3,703)