No Soap, Radio (TV series)

No Soap, Radio is an American sitcom and sketch comedy that aired on ABC on Thursdays from April 15 until May 13, 1982.[1] Five episodes were broadcast.[2][3] The five episodes also appeared on the BBC, where the deletion of commercial breaks gave the show an even more rapid-fire look.

No Soap, Radio
Created byLes Alexander
Ron Richards
Richard Smith
Michael Jacobs
Developed byMerrill Grant
StarringSteve Guttenberg
Theme music composerPatricia Kerr
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Mort Lachman
Producer(s)Les Alexander
Richard Smith
Bill Richmond
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)The Alexander Smith Company
Mort Lachman & Associates
Alan Landsburg Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseApril 15 –
May 13, 1982

The title is taken from a 1950s prank where "no soap radio" is given as a non-sequitur punchline to a joke.[4]


Overall, the plots of No Soap, Radio were very loosely wound and often nonsensical, as with one episode's subplot involving a sentient, man-eating chair. Continuity and plausibility were usually cheerfully ignored, and what continuing story there was in any given episode often centered around the staff at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Pelican Hotel, a former "showplace" that was now somewhat faded. Seen most frequently were Roger, the young, optimistic but sometimes overwhelmed owner/manager; Karen, his sunny, capable assistant (replacing Sharon, who only appeared in the pilot); and Tuttle, the villainous house detective who was desperate to have Roger sell the hotel. There were also several residents of the hotel who were featured, including the ebullient Mr. Plitzky, the determinedly perky Marion, and chronic complainer Mrs. Belmont.

Somewhat inspired by Monty Python's Flying Circus, each episode of No Soap, Radio was filled with sight gags, blackouts, and non-sequiturs. The show would frequently cut away to "Special Reports" right in the middle of a scene, with a fictitious news anchor detailing an improbable story. At other times, characters would watch a television commercial that would suddenly become the focus of a scene. Still other times, doors within the hotel might be opened to reveal any sort of environment from a business to a national park, and entire scenes would play out in these "hotel rooms" with no seeming connection to the main plot.



  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 862. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ Richard Irvin (2016). Forgotten Laughs: An Episode Guide to 150 TV Sitcoms You Probably Never Saw. BearManor Media. pp. 472–. GGKEY:Y33N3H4NXN4.
  3. ^ Bob Leszczak (16 May 2016). Single Season Sitcoms of the 1980s: A Complete Guide. McFarland. pp. 113–. ISBN 978-1-4766-2384-9.
  4. ^ TV Guide: No Soap, Radio episodes. Accessed 20 April 2013

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