Download episodes of Vic and Sade
Written by Paul Rhymer, Vic and Sade was an early sitcom featuring
accountant Victor Rodney Gook (Art van Harvey) and wife Sade (Bernadette Flynn), and their adopted son Rush (Bill Idelson).
They lived on Virginia Avenue "in the small house halfway up the next block." Each fifteen-minute adventures focused
on the family's domestic life and struggles.
Listening to them today, nearly seventy years after the series ended its regular run
(it ran from 1932 until 1944, then intermittently until 1946) is an enthralling exercise. On the one hand the series'
emphasis on the domestic reninds us of just how powerful an influence the ideology of the nuclear family exerted over
contemporary American cultures in the mid-twentieth century. Nowadays this might be described as "cozy," but at the
time it was considered a social norm. On the other hand, the series' humorous dialogue reminds us of just how good the
tradition of American comic writing actually is; Rhymes had the capacity to make even the most ludicrous events seem commonplace.