If Friends (aka Full House 2) had known when to leave, it never would have come on the air to begin with. It is an insult to the likes of truly great shows such as Cheers, Mary Tyler Moore, and especially St. Elsewhere*, to lump such an embarrassingly bad, obnoxious, painfully unfunny, and often quite offensive show in with them. Actually, I was thinking of Mary Tyler Moore this morning in the context of the fact that she also returned to TV in early 1986 in a CBS show just called Mary. But her show didn't even outlive Valerie Harper's ill-fated character on her formerly eponymous NBC show!** And put that in the context of Betty White co-starring in the studio-saving mega-hit Golden Girls*** along with Cloris Leachman replacing former roommate Charlotte Rae on the Facts of Life that fall, buying it another two years. And her male co-stars had had hits after MTM ended, two of which ended in 1986, one with Ted Knight's death, the other because…well, all ships must dock eventually, and even The Love Boat is no exception. But there's a sad irony that so many cast members had hits after it except for her when it was her show to begin with. And regarding the Battle for Control of the Hogans, Edie McClurg also pushed out Christine Ebersole. *Has anyone asked Chad Allen how he feels about a character he played being the name of a theory about a unified TV universe? **If it had been a success, that would have left Katey Sagal unavailable for Married with Children. That as much as anything else would have changed the course of TV history. A recast show might not have lasted as long, and thus the controversy that put Fox and the show on the map may not have happened. ***Before that, Disney hadn't had a narrative TV series hit since Guy Williams played Zorro! Even that was only on for two years. The battle over ownership between them and ABC kept it off the air and soured Walt on the network his company would go on own three decades after he died.