February 28th, 2008

10-S, 10-D

Ten random things: February 28

Ten TV shows featuring a foreign-born domestic:

  1. Will & Grace (Rosario Salazar, Salvadoran maid)
  2. Mr. Belvedere (Lynn Belvedere, British butler)
  3. Batman (Alfred Pennyworth, British butler)
  4. Benson (Gretchen Kraus, German cook)
  5. The Courtship of Eddie's Father (Mrs. Livingston, Japanese housekeeper)
  6. Frasier (Daphne Moon, British housekeeper)
  7. Family Affair (Giles and Nigel French, British butlers)
  8. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Geoffrey Barbara Butler, British butler)
  9. The Young and the Restless (Miguel Rodriguez, Mexican houseman)
  10. Arrested Development (Lupe, Mexican maid)

This list grew out of a discussion at dinner last night, where it was observed that both Family Affair and The Courtship of Eddie's Father featured foreign-born housekeepers. When I remembered that conversation during a slow moment at work earlier today, I started listing other shows like that; I came up with five more off the top of my head (nos. 1, 2, 3, 8, and 10), thought of another two when I sat down to make the list (nos. 4 and 6), and found one more (no. 9) after a little research. I should say that I don't know for sure that Lupe was Mexican, but I do know that her uncle was a professor at the University of Mexico City, so close enough.

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