Parts of Coach were okay, especially the relationship building between theromantic leads. And while I'll pass on the dumber-than-humanly-possibleassistant coaches, they were only minor annoyances.
But the way this show treated football is outrageous. Hey - I'm not one ofthose zealots who thinks NCAA sports are God's own work. But the writersblew every opportunity to misrepresent anything resembling a college team.And clearly not out of ignorance - the plots that relied heavily onfootballcompletely distorted aspects of the game so as to be ridiculouslyunbelievable. A few times for the sake of plot development would have beenokay, but just about every time out they set up one unbelievable situationafter another.
The worst part about this is that the main characters strutted aroundeveryepisode as if they breathed and ate the game. I realize there areintricacies of any sport or job that need to get glossed over for the sakeof the larger audience. But the fact remains that Nelson's "Coach"characterwas interchangeable with any other macho-idealized profession. He couldhavebeen a sky-diving instructor, and the show would've followed roughly thesame path.
The real NCAA has so many unpredictable nuances (scandals, grade fixing,gambling, kickbacks, overblown media coverage - not to mention the realexcitement of the actual season) that you'd think a group of competentwriters could draw enough realistic raw material for a show. But insteadthey copped out and removed any halfway-realistic aspect in order to maketheir plots work. The most egregious example comes in the show's climax -the coach's Screaming Eagles win the national championship bowl. In ordertomake the coach look like a genius, the writers concoct a plot where heintentionally leaves his star quarterback out of the entire game, only sohecan bring him in during the last series to surprise the other team and winthe game. It's not even questionable judgment - it completely distortsboththe basic point of the game and the real intricate strategizing that goesinto games such as these.
The writers of Coach really had a no-win situation. The best part abouttheshow was that he was taking a team of nobodies and trying to turn afootballprogram around at a fictitious school that supposedly had a once greatfootball program. Minnesota State was the underdog. They started outtaking things slow. They didn't rush into making them champions. In thfirst season they were happy to just get a few wins. Then they made it totheir first Bowl game (where they got killed in a blizzard). Then Haydenbeat his mentor and won his first Bowl game. This culminated in the teamwinning the national championship.
That is where the trouble began and the producers knew it. Where do theygofrom there? Sure, the team trying to defend their championship was enoughto sustain one season. But that was it. The main reason for the showsexistence was gone.
So what did the writers do in a last ditch effort? They give Haydenanotherbunch of underdogs, an expansion NFL team. It just didn't work. Coach(theshow) was about Minnesota State. Not Florida. The shows really lost a lotof quality after that move. It was a classic example of a show that shouldhave gone out on top a season or two earlier.
A perfect trio, Coach, Luther, and Dauber. Coach fox being the ringleader, however Luther really steals the show in most episodes.
My personal favorite episode is when Coach Fox, and Luther go to aclinic for help with a snoring problem they both have.
Dauber is just an all around good guy who respects Coach as his mentor.He is a perfect fit to the other two. Christine (Coaches wife) keepsCoach in check many times against his own wishes, but in the end sheprevails. Kelly (Coaches daughter) is a good looking young girl thathas daddy tied around her little finger. I never could figure outthough how such a pretty little thing like that could or would end upwith stewart (the wimp of all wimps). I guess she doesn't end up withhim after all as they divorce (his loss).
If this show ever ends up as a DVD box set first show through finalshow, get it, it will give you hours of fun and laughter over and overagain.
COACH, the TV series about a Minnesota State University head footballcoach and the way he tries to use everyone around him, is a classic,and you don't have to be a football fan to enjoy the show. Most of thecomedy stems from the lead man's villainous ways, and how they backfireat him. Yes, the coach is the bad guy, and that's what makes this sofunny. He surrounds himself with dopey, old school, red neckassistants, but wait! These assistants know more about computers thanhe does. They are more understanding and tolerant of homosexuals,emotional actors, and successful women than he is. They are less redneck than he is. Get the picture? He keeps coming up with a semblanceof being a respectable, informed leader, when all the time, he is thebiggest bigot on the campus. And he always gets his come uppance. Thesupporting cast make this show, and Nelson is excellent as the "J REwing" of the group. Not enough can be said about the genius of VanDyke and the others. The coach is always forced into situations hehates, such as having to get a dog to please a wealthy widow so he canget her to donate money to his program. All along, she knows he is anogre, and she plays him for the sucker. And who saves the day for him?His dopey assistant, who really cares for the dog, who really has somedignity and integrity in him. Does "Coach" learn anything about"Integrity"? Yes, each episode. He learns that you keep have to tryfaking it better. Almost every show is a classic. I'm partial to theones where he feuds with the tall woman's basketball coach, and wherehe tries unsuccessfully, to manipulate wealthy widows while assistantVan Dam (Van Dyke) will just be himself and outdo the coach each time.User: Jack Austin Crawford
This show was particularly good when the show was based in Minnesota. Whenit went to Florida, it went downhill.User: OzzyCash
Coach is awesome I love Dobber, Luther, and Haden they are 3 greatcharacters. The stories aren't always the best since it's mostly aboutfootball but the comedy is classic! This is show is very underrated likesome people on here have said and that's ashame because it's way funnierthen Friends or Seinfeld those shows suck, see Coach if you haven't!User: paulbrec
I was very upset when "Coach" ended. I always enjoyed it when it was inproduction, and I still enjoy the late-night repeats. The comedy was good,not too stupid. I always enjoyed the bickering between Coach and thewomen'scoach (Judy). The acting was excellent, and each episode had a strong,easyto follow story. I am sorry to see it gone.User: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To all you who criticize Coach for one reason or another , you fail toremember the main purpose of a comedy.It is to make us laugh and Coach didthat better than most all sitcoms, past and present.I watched everyepisodeof Coach for all 9 seasons.It was the only sitcom that I ever lookedforwardto watching week after week for those 9 seasons.When Coach went off theairin 1997 , it was like losing a family member. No comedy has ever made melaugh as hard and as long as Coach did.The only show that comes closetodayis Everybody loves Raymond. Otherwise the comedies today STINK!!! I hopetoGod that someday they release all 9 seasons of Coach on to DVD so I cancontinue to laugh whenever I want. In the meantime I will just have to besatisfied with watching the reruns on Nick at Nite. It's my nightly onehourlaugh fest.User: Grace Zeh (email@example.com)
"COACH," in my opinion, is an absolute ABC classic! I haven't seenevery episode, but I still enjoyed it. There are many episodes that Ienjoyed. One of them was where Hayden (Craig T. Nelson) and Christine(Shelley Fabares) faced wedding mishaps. If you want to know why,you'll have to have seen it for yourself. Before I wrap this up, I'dlike to say that everyone always gave a good performance, theproduction design was spectacular, the costumes were well-designed, andthe writing was always very strong. In conclusion, even though it canbe seen in syndication now, I strongly recommend you catch it just incase it goes off the air for good.User: bherdtner
I'm a long time I love Lucy lover, Coach by far exceeds any and everyshow I've ever watched.
No matter how many times I watch each and every episode I crack up. Idon't watch sports, I don't even like sports of any kind, but I lovethis show. Every character is special and adds to the show.
It's only on at 6:00 am on USA, I stay up to watch it. I never foundCheers or Seinfield entertaining or funny. Outside of Home Improvementand Everybody Loves Raymond they have not come out with a good showeven worth turning on. I do like The District,and watch alsofaithfully. I wish it was on more often. I loved it in the one episodeof the district the characters Luther and Dauber played apart of it. Ienjoyed seeing then all together again, It's to bad they could not finda spot for Christine.
I think that the word 'classic' gets tossed around far too frequently.Theworld simply is not so full of classics as we would like to believe. Intherealm of TV sitcoms, there have probably been only a dozen or two trulyclassic series in the history of the medium. 'Coach' is definitely notamongthose hallowed numbers.It is, however, a good journeyman effort. While never hitting theheightsof delirious inventiveness and wit of a classic sitcom, it also remainedconsistently good throughout its run, a feat that most classic sitcomscouldnever manage. It is a good, strong peasant of a show, not a blueblood orpurebred show.I think that the contribution of Bill Fagerbakke should not beoverlooked.In a series that usually spotlighted Craig Nelson and Jerry Van Dyke, Mr.Fagerbakke played a wonderful 'third banana' in Dauber. He was often themoral center of the show, grounding the other characters and stillprovidingmore than enough comedic moments. Fagerbakke gave a sensitivity andsweetness to the big dumb guy that made the character somehow more specialthan those of the two stars.A good show overall.User: Lho3323370
My dad loves sports so he has got to like this TV series. It is about acollege football coach who is always bothered. Every guest star is whatmadethe show so funny. This show should have stayed on longer. Even the endingmade it funny.User: Jerry L. Glendenning JR. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the only series of its kind. I believe that they targetted the oldercrowd. I may be 17 but I wouldn't miss it.User: Florian MARTENS (email@example.com)
Let me begin by saying that "Coach" is my all-time favorite Sitcom. Wait aminute. Sitcom? This TV-series is actually more than that; it clearly standsout from a vast pool of mediocre comedy-series'. The acting is superb,especially Coach Hayden Fox (Craig T. Nelson; "Poltergeist" et al), whogives a new meaning to the word "obnoxious", and Luther (Jerry Van Dyke;Dick Van Dyke's brother), who is the most lovable fool on earth, make up asensational combo.
I'd argue that despite its underlying football theme, "Coach" is a showenjoyable for the whole family; the characters are wonderfully scripted andacted so that it's easy to identify with and embrace them. Sit back, relaxand join Coach Fox & Co. on their journey.
If you're a cable subscriber, consider yourself lucky and try to catch therepetitions on TVW, for example. Believe me, it's one of the best inTV-comedy history! And it makes addictive.
In my opinion, Coach was one of the all time classics. I waited for itevery week and now watch it every night on Nick Classics. Hayden was theperfect character and Craig played him perfectly. The supporting cast hadthe whole scene down pat. I don't analyze the story line, but I do wishthat they had kept it on the air. There was so much they could have doneinFlorida with an expansion team and Hayden and Christine being parents.Canyou imagine Hayden having had a teenage son, the trials he'd have gonethrough? Or watching Kelly become a mother and Hayden and Christinegrandparents? There was so much they could have followed up with. Ireallymiss seeing new episodes, but I'm glad to have it in any form, evenreruns.I'd love to see a Coach reunion. If they did it with the Brady Bunch, whynot with a really good show. I'll be watching it until they take it offtheair again, but just in case, I'm taping every episode, I mean, why take achance? Ya know?User: thepegsdave
i am one of the biggest coach fans. I love the show. watch it everyday. This was a show that didn't need swearing and nudity to make itfunny. its a show that anyone can watch. Craig t nelson and jerry vanDyke, no one could beat em they were they best pairing in comedy. theshow ran for 9 seasons and i didn't see the show until it was in rerunsbut when the season finale was on i could help shed a tear when Craig tnelson said good "good byes are never easy" but jerry van Dyke wasfunny at the end when he refused to believe the show was over. I havethe out most respect for everyone on this show and i wish it could comeback on TV just for 10 final episodes just to see how they are alldoing now. the show will come on DVD soon i hope.User: JackBauer112
When I first started watching Coach back in 1994-95 the show looks sopromising to watch and I said I'd like to give it a shot. Well, itturns out that Coach became one of my favorite shows on TV. The first 7seasons of Coach was set in the good old days of Minnesota and the goodold Minnesota Screaming Beagles football team. The whole time they shotCoach in Minnesota, at least we saw for the first 4 seasons of Coach,we saw Hayden's daughter Kelly Fox (Played by "Point Pleasant's" ClareCarey), her boyfriend Stuart and also we saw Judy on the show. WhenKelly came back in 1994, she smooched with Dauber (don't really knowwhy), but at least it showed a lot of interest for the show. The bigchange was in the 1995-96 season when after 7 seasons at University ofMinnesota, Hayden gets a job offer to head coach of the OrlandoBreakers. In the last 2 seasons of the show, Hayden took the reigns ashead Coach of the Orlando Breakers and moved out of the cabin that wesaw for the 7 seasons of Coach, when they were at Orlando, the new headowner of the Breakers, Doris Sherman (Katherine Helmond) was cast andthe Burleigh's Howard and Shirley were also bounded for Orlando. Butfor the last 2 seasons ABC slotted Coach on Saturday Nights, which isreally great since I can watch it but because during the 1995-96 seasonABC had one bug popular show called Drew Carey and that was why Coachdwindled after 200 episodes and 9 seasons. But the big ending to Coachwas the 3 part finale "Leaving Orlando" In which the Foxes, theBurleighs, Dauber and Luther decided to retire back in Minnesota. Coachwas a great show all throughout so my rating of Coach is
10/10! Great Coach game plan that goes in and out! Coach rules and isstill one of my favorite shows on TV! The show now airs on the USAnetwork and if you can't get up early to watch it, well, just Tivo it!
This show is a classic. In my opinion, its not quite as good as SeinfeldorCheers, but its definately in the same place as the older episodes ofFriends (Not anymore, the show is getting ridiculous and not funny..)andWings. My favorite character is Dauber, the guy is just so dumb yetloveable and so is Luther and Hayden. The whole cast had great chemistryasdid some of the supporting characters like Kelly's husband, Stewart. Thiswas a great show and hopefully it will go to Nick-At-Nite, like I hear itwill...Thanks..User: Sm5454 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coach Hayden Fox(Craig T. Nelson) and his friends Luther Van Dam(Jerry VanDyke) and Michael 'Dauber' Dybinski(Bill Fagerbakke) try to lead theScreaming Eagles to greatness while keeping his relationship with ChristineArmstrong intact.
This is a hilarious show about football and life. I loved the episodes whereLuther lost his bird, Luther owns "Turtle World", Dauber loses the playbook,and the episode where Hayden lets Luther get some of the media'sattention.
I watch this every weekday morning on TBS. I wished this show came out onDVD. A must watch for anybody who likes to laugh or likesfootball.
To be truly honest I can count on only one hand the number oftelevision sitcoms from the last twenty years or so that I could say Iboth enjoyed and was more than willing to call four star entertainmentall the way! "Coach" was of course one of those shows. The immenselyreliable Craig T. Nelson plays the lead character of Hayden Fox: Youratypical everyman who just happens to be the head coach of a respectedand award-winning college football team. With wacky situations thatarise from his far from perfect friends/co-workers (Jerry Van Dykeactually surpasses his brother in my book in the kooky, but lovablebuddy department), a loving and often indifferent girlfriend (played by50's bubblegum pop-music sensation Shelly Fabres) and a highlypassionate and level-headed daughter Nelson's oft frustrated characteryearns from episode to episode for moments of clarity and sanity whenhe is able to just sit back and let things work themselves out withouthis constant attention and care. In an era when adult televisionprogramming began to lean towards the moronic and disgusting "Coach"remained a funny and brilliantly acted situation comedy that I couldalways be assured would never slip into that seemingly emptynever-ending cycle of stupidity and lame gross-out jokes. Howeverthough, with that being said the last two seasons did in fact begin tofeel a little stale in terms of the writing and performances but that'sto be expected with almost any sitcom particularly one that's been onTV for more than half a decade! Altogether, I am of the opinion thatit's high time for a DVD release. However, the way things look rightnow I doubt that it's going to come any time real soon for us die-hardand all too patient fans out here. If it never does actually make it tothat long-awaited point it will most assuredly be a damn shame if everthere was one!