Dear Inman: Every time I see Kim Richards on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” I think about a sitcom she was on in the 1970s. It’s not “Nanny and the Professor” – it was later than that and she played a smart-aleck kid. Can you tell me the title and when it ran? – H.F., via e-mail
Dear H.F.: That would be “Hello, Larry,” which ran on NBC from 1979-80. McLean Stevenson played Larry Alder, a radio talkshow host and a single dad of two daughters – Diane (played by Donna Wilkes and then Krista Errickson) and Ruthie, played by Richards.
Ruthie was the wisecracking daughter, playing a role very similar to that of Arnold (Gary Coleman) on “Diff’rent Strokes.” In fact, there was even a “Hello, Larry/Diff’rent Strokes” crossover episode. I even watched it. And because I cannot forget it, I will now kill myself.
Here are the “Hello, Larry” opening credits: