These Fair Shores: The Commonwealth of New England

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It was a rollercoaster of emotions seeing stuff like this live and in real-time; hope we see some more!
EDIT: I'm satisfied with how this turned out. I love democracy so much.
 
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TTL USA makes me remind of "This is America" by Childish Gambino.
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This is something that me and another user worked on. It is a New England version of Till Death Us Do Part, the sitcom which inspired All In The Family (one of my favorite sitcoms).

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For Better, For Worse (New England version of Till Death Us Do Part)



For Better, For Worse is a sitcom created by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin that aired on BBC New England from January 13, 1971 to August 2, 1977 for 6 series comprising 48 episodes. It was based on the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part created by Johnny Speight. The show was considered revolutionary for its time because it brought to light issues considered taboo for New England television, including Homosexuality, Racism, Miscarriages, and Abortion. The sitcom tells the story of Alfred Williams, a dock worker in Boston Harbor and his struggles to understand the changing world he is in. Much of the show’s humor comes from Alfred’s hypocrisies and bigotry as well as from the fights between Alfred and Michael.

Main Characters:

Alfred Williams (Carroll O’Connor) is a longshoreman on the docks in Boston Harbor. He is a vehement supporter of the Conservative Party of New England. He is extremely reactionary and bigoted towards minorities and people who have a different religion. He is also traditional in his views on gender roles. In the later series Alfred softens up and becomes more accepting towards minorities and people of other religions, even though he still has a reactionary slant.

Elsie Williams (Jean Stapleton) is Alfred’s long-suffering wife. She is committed to her husband, but sometimes stands up to his tirades. She is also gullible. She may also be regarded as the voice of reason in the Williams family.

Carol Williams-Dabrowski (Sally Struthers) is Alfred’s and Elsie’s daughter. She is often caught in the middle between her husband’s and father’s arguments. Usually she sides with her husband, but on rare occasions sides with her father.

Michael Dabrowski (Rob Reiner) is Alfred’s left wing Polish son-in-law who is currently in college studying to be an academic. He is a strong supporter of the Labour Party of New England. He and Alfred disagree on everything and often get into bickering arguments regarding sex, religion, and politics.

Michael Alfred Dabrowski Jr (Albert Johns). is Carol’s and Michael’s son who was born in Series 4, Episode 8.

Albert Willis (Arthur Lange) is Elsie’s 10 year grand-nephew who becomes the foster son of Alfred and Elsie

Recurring Characters:

John Alexander (Mike Evans) is a young Black New Englander man whose ancestors emigrated from the United States. He often does repairs around Alfred’s house. Alfred is condescending towards him and gives him cheap tips. John always puts up with Alfred’s condescension and responds with sarcasm.

Mikolaj Dabrowski (Michael Conrad) is Michael’s Uncle who raised Michael after his parents died in a car accident. He owns a florist shop in Albany and is a former officer in the New England Armed Forces.

Episodes:

Series 1:

Series 1, Episode 1 “Meet the Williams”
Air Date: January 13, 1971
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Carol and Michael prepare a surprise anniversary brunch while Alfred and Elsie are at church. Alfred and Elsie arrive home early from church while Carol and Michael are doing “business” and consequently arguments start to surface.

Series 1, Episode 2 “Walk a Mile in their Shoes”
Air Date: January 20, 1971
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael and Carol go to an event that is about relieving homelessness. Upon learning about this, Alfred goes into a rant about how the homeless are just lazy and makes disparaging remarks about them consequently an argument ensues. Later, while coming home from the pub, Alfred runs into a friend that was once a successful businessman who has only recently become homeless.

Series 1, Episode 3 “Writing the Prime Minister”
Air Date: January 27, 1971
Written By: Norman Lear, Lennie Weinrib, and Paul Harrison
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael writes the Prime Minister a letter in which he expresses his dissatisfaction with how the government is handling certain issues. Alfred finds out about the letter and confiscates it. He only agrees to return the letter after he writes his own praiseworthy letter to the Prime Minister.

Series 1, Episode 4 “Ignorance is Bliss”
Air Date: February 3, 1971
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael and Alfred go to a hockey game and Alfred’s ignorance and bigotry gets him into trouble with other spectators, one of whom gives him a black eye.

Series 1, Episode 5 “The By-Election”
Air Date: February 10, 1971
Written By: Mel Stewart
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: A local by-election occurs which causes Alfred and Michael to argue about who the better candidate is.

Series 1, Episode 6 “Carol Becomes Pregnant”
Air Date: February 10, 1971
Written By: Norman Lear and Jerry Mayer
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Carol becomes pregnant by Michael which leads to Alfred and Michael having an argument about how Michael will be able to support the child. Alfred later warms up to becoming a grandfather, only to find out that Carol has a miscarriage.

Series 1, Episode 7 “Unequal Pay for Unequal Work”
Air Date: February 17, 1971
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Carol is in for a shock at work when she finds out another clerk is being paid more money for less work and accuses her employers of sexism.

Series 1, Episode 8 “All that Glitters is not Gold”
Air Date: February 24, 1971
Written By: Norman Lear and Burt Styler
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred is annoyed Michael’s effeminate friend is going to come over for a visit. Alfred believes the friend is gay due to the behavior and clothes he is wearing. Alfred is in for a shock when he finds out that his best friend, a former hockey player, turns out to be the one who is gay.

Series 2:
Series 2, Episode 1 “Chasing an Ambulance”
Air Date: March 15, 1972
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael gets involved in an accident at his college and a shady attorney comes by to get him to sue the other person.

Series 2, Episode 2 “ Trapped in the Cellar”
Air Date: March 22, 1972
Written By: Norman Lear and Don Nicholl
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred accidentally locks himself in the cellar and as a result goes into a drunken stupor.

Series 2, Episode 3 “Wild Party”
Air Date: March 29, 1972
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: While Alfred and Elsie are away for the week, Michael and Carol decide to hold a wild party at the Williams residence with disastrous results.

Series 2, Episode 4, “Alfred Gets Marked”
Air Date: April 5, 1972
Written By: Norman Lear and Vin Bogert
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: When somebody paints a racist symbol on Alfred’s door, Alfred immediately dismisses it as a prank by some kids, but Michael believes that something more serious is going on.

Series 2, Episode 5 “Carol the Victim”
Air Date: April 12, 1972
Written By: Norman Lear, Austin Kalish, and Irma Kalish
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Carol is victim of an attempted sexual assault and is conflicted about whether or not she should inform the police.

Series 2, Episode 6 “John Goes Out”
Air Date: April 19, 1972
Written: Norman Lear, Michael Ross, and Bernard West
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred is infuriated when his niece whom he hasn’t seen in years is going out with their errand boy John Alexander.

Series 2, Episode 7 “The Gambling Problem”
Air Date: April 26, 1972
Written By: Norman Lear, Michael Ross, and Bernard West
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael begins to develop a gambling problem and as a result goes into debt with a loan shark which leads to Alfred having to bail him out of debt.

Series 2, Episode 8 “Roach Infestation”
Air Date: May 3, 1972
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: The Williams Family is in turmoil when the house gets infested with roaches.

Series 3
Series 3, Episode 1 “Workplace Accident”
Air Date: July 3, 1973
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred and his other colleagues start to make callous jokes when a fellow worker dies in a freak vending machine accident.

Series 3, Episode 2 “Marriage Counseling”
Air Date: July 10, 1973
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: After a massive argument about some meaningless issue Carol decides that she and Michael need to attend marriage counseling.

Series 3, Episode 3 “Painting the House”
Air Date: July 17, 1973
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred decides to try and paint his home, but unfortunately for him mishaps happen and hilarity ensues.

Series 3, Episode 4 “Provocative Dancing”
Air Date: July 24, 1973
Written By: Norman Lear, Michael Ross, and Bernard West
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Carol learns a new dance which Alfred considers to be too provocative, and as a result Michael and Alfred get into an argument about decency.

Series 3, Episode 5 "Taking Drugs"
Air Date: July 31, 1973
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael soon becomes addicted to cocaine and Alfred must help him get clean and sober.

Series 3, Episode 6 “First Meeting”
Air Date: August 7, 1973
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Elsie reminisces about the first time she and Alfred met and how they had their first date.

Series 3, Episode 7 “Income Inequities”
Air Date: August 14, 1973
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: After hearing a lecture on income inequality, Michael decides to organize a protest in order to promote awareness for income inequality, which Alfred is deeply opposed to hearing about.

Series 3, Episode 8 “The Art Gallery”
Air Date: August 21, 1973
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: The Williams goes to the Boston Museum of Art for an exhibition which Alfred finds to be too obscene.

Series 4
Series 4, Episode 1 “Michael’s Graduation
Air Date: October 7, 1974
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael is worried about his graduating from college and his ability to find a job. Later it turns out that he is offered a job as a social worker.

Series 4, Episode 2“Michael’s Uncle”
Air Date: October 14, 1974
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael’s Uncle from Albany comes to visit and he and Alfred get into a fight about Catholicism

Series 4, Episode 3 “Carol’s Sickness”
Air Date: October 21, 1974
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Carol gets sick at work and worries everyone, but it later turns out that she is pregnant with Michael’s child.

Series 4, Episode 4 “House Hunting”
Air Date: October 28, 1974
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: In order to have some space for them and their child, Michael decides that it is time for him and Carol to move out. They later find a house that is right across the street from Alfred and Elsie’s house.

Series 4, Episode 5 “Moving Day”
Air Date: November 4, 1974
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael and Alfred have difficulties moving the furniture into Michael and Carol’s new house.

Series 4, Episode 6 “Elsie’s Problem”
Air Date: November 11, 1974
Written By: Norman Lear, Burt Styler, and Steve Zacharias
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Elsie starts to go through menopause which interferes with her and Alfred’s trip to Adirondack.

Series 4, Episode 7 “Carol’s Delivery Pt.1”
Air Date: November 18, 1974
Written By: Lou Derman, Bill Davenport, Larry Rhine & Mel Tolkin
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Carol starts to have contractions and needs to get to the hospital. Alfred unfortunately is stuck at work and his boss won’t let him leave his job.

Series 4, Episode 8 “Carol’s Delivery Pt.2”
Air Date: November 25, 1974
Written By: Milt Josefsberg and Ben Starr
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred finally is able to leave work after convincing his boss. On his way to the hospital he gets stuck in traffic.

Series 5
Series 5, Episode 1 “Alfred’s Lawsuit”
Air Date: July 7, 1976
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred gets injured at work and files a lawsuit that earns him 15,000 pounds.

Series 5, Episode 2 “Alfred’s Fish & Chips”
Air Date: July 14, 1976
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred uses part of the settlement from the accident to purchase a rundown Fish & Chips restaurant that he hopes will help him make more money.

Series 5, Episode 3 “The Interview”
Air Date: July 21, 1976
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred hopes that an interview he gives will help give him publicity that will bring in more customers.

Series 5, Episode 4 “Job Offer”
Air Date: July 28, 1976
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael gets a job offer from a social services department in Australia but is conflicted on whether or not to leave Alfred and Elsie behind.

Series 5, Episode 5 “Managing the Restaurant”
Air Date: August 4, 1976
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred struggles to find a person that can help keep the books on the restaurant.

Series 5, Episode 6 “Finding Out”
Air Date: August 11, 1976
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Michael finds out about Alfred’s not so easy childhood while helping out Alfred at the restaurant.

Series 5, Episode 7 “Babysitting Michael Jr.”
Air Date: August 18, 1976
Written By: Norman Lear, Lou Derman, and Bill Davenport
Directed By: John Rich
Synopsis: Alfred offers to babysit Michael Jr. while he and his buddies play poker.

Series 5, Episode 8 “The Stivics Go Down Under”
Air Date: August 25, 1976
Written By: Norman Lear, Bob Weiskopf, and Bob Schiller
Synopsis: The Dabrowski's leave for Australia leaving Alfred and Elsie alone.

Series 6
Series 6, Episode 1 “Foster Parents”
Air Date: June 14, 1977
Written By: Norman Lear, Mel Tolkin and Larry Rhine
Directed By: Paul Bogart
Synopsis: Alfred and Elsie become the foster parents to Elsie’s 10 year old grand-nephew Albert Mills.

Series 6, Episode 2 “PTA Meeting”
Air Date: June 21, 1977
Written By: Norman Lear, Larry Rhine and Mel Tolkin
Directed By: Paul Bogart
Synopsis: Alfred and Elsie must attend a PTA meeting at Albert’s School, where Alfred gets into a conflict with the PTA President.

Series 6, Episode 3 “The Williams Go To Australia”
Air Date: June 28, 1977
Written By: Norman Lear, Milt Josefsberg, Phil Sharp, Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf
Directed By: Paul Bogart
Synopsis: The Williams go to Australia to visit Carol, Michael, and Michael Jr. only to find the house empty.

Series 6, Episode 4 “Celebration”
Air Date: July 5, 1977
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: Paul Bogart
Synopsis: Alfred celebrates having his 1000th customer with disastrous results

Series 6, Episode 5 “Adirondack Here We Come”
Air Date: July 12, 1977
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: Paul Bogart
Synopsis: Alfred gets into trouble while on vacation in Adirondack.

Series 6, Episode 6 “Alfred’s Gambit”
Air Date: July 19, 1977
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: Paul Bogart
Synopsis: Alfred decides to try and start franchising out his restaurant.

Series 6, Episode 7 “The Abortion”
Air Date: July 26, 1977
Written By: Norman Lear
Directed By: Paul Bogart
Synopsis: One of Elsie’s friends becomes pregnant and decides to have the child aborted, which Alfred overhears and is dead set against.

Series 6, Episode 8 “Elsie has Jury Duty”
Air Date: August 2, 1977
Written By: Norman Lear, Susan Harris, Don Nicholl and Bryan Joseph
Directed By: Paul Bogart
Synopsis: Elsie gets called for Jury Duty, much to Alfred’s chagrin.
If "Those Were The Days" is still the opening theme song, Hebert Hoover's name would have to be replaced by a New England politician.
 
What's going on with that big lake west of Tache? It's too big and far north to be the Salton Sea (and that seems to be missing itself, which makes sense).

EDIT: Nvm, looked it up. It's interesting that it still exists ITTL - is there just less agriculture in the Central Valley to divert water?
 
What are the other countries on the Australian contienent?
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Quite a few, although judging from the spelling only Australia, Westralia, and Darwin are the White-Majority nations. The rest are aboriginal.
So is ttls Australia actually all separate countries or "separate" like native countries are in the usa otl, or much looser federation?

Westralia is the only white-majority country on the continent. Darwin and Australia are dominions of the British Empire. All of the Aboriginal countries in Australia are... technically independent, fully and completely. The British Empire just has a series of treaties with them that more or less prevent international relations and diplomatic affairs. However, it's not that large of an issue, and for the most part are completely left alone, most of their trade is with Darwin and Australia. The Gunwinyguan Confederacy and Yolngu are generally the most independent of them all, as they do have international relations.

Why did Bonaparte families set sail back to Europe?
Did Russian Empire goes against Britain? How did the Imperial Duma handle with tense relations?
What’s going on with the Prussian authorities dealing with war criminals?

- Bonaparte wants to rule France.
- The Russian Empire generally opposed the British.
- Germany is dealing with them, not Prussia.

Those landlocked Australian states look way too economically unviable.

Luckily they have been existing like that for around 50,000 years - so they'll continue to bump along.

100 DAYS TWO: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO*
*not really since there wasn't a first 100 days ittl but it still counts

Memeposting aside, stellar work as always! Nice to see a non-Empire based perspective on things for once.

EDIT to point out my favorite part of this article

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Thank you!! I was hoping someone noticed that part of the article.

Expect more non-Imperial sources in the future.

What kind of newspaper is "Russian Word" supposed to be? It seems to take on a very anti-British slant, which would contradict the Russian Ministry's statement on Contractr if it were a national broadcaster akin to BBC.

The Russian Empire has complete freedom of the press. Russian Word is not affiliated with the government at all.

How Biggly do the French like Napoleon Trumperpart?

Napoleon is believed to be highly popular in France.
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I can honestly say that I haven't been this excited about a TL graphic in some while.

It's intriguing that a Russian newspaper would call the Anglo-American War "imperialist" despite itself residing within an empire, going so far as to rebuke the Russian government's position of supporting the British against the U.S. How does Russia see itself as a nation, both domestically and in relation to the international community? Has it ever had a reckoning concerning its history of conquest and expansion against Asiatic peoples?

Thank you!!!

Since Russia has press freedom, they can pretty much print whatever the hell they want. This is just the viewpoint of a single newspaper/editorial board. As for a reckoning... there has been no such movement within the Russian Empire. However, the delicate balance in Central Asia remains as it was during its initial conquest, and have generally been given more leeway -- as well as having a separate judicial system from the rest of the Russian Empire.

Well, vive l'empereur !
Who is currently in charge in France and which superpower are they aligned with?
How determined is the British establishment to go to war with France in the event of an Imperial Restoration?
Thank you very much for your work, it is always a pleasure to read your many quality articles and infoboxes !

- France is pretty much isolated and on its own. This is by design.
- The British establishment? They'd absolutly drag their feet and would have no intention of getting bogged down in another war. The Imperial establishment? That's a different story...
- Thank you!! I am glad you enjoy reading it :coldsweat:

Imperialism doesn't require having an Empire. Perhaps this is a kinder, gentler Russia that has decried running around and invading people.

...I mean, stranger things have to have happened, right?

Eh.... not entirelly. In reality, the Soviet Union also denounced the United States and the west as Imperalists.

IIRC, isn't Russia supposed to be one of the most liberal states ITTL?

Of course, that doesn't mean that it can't be a 363kg* gorilla.


*about 800lb

It is generally speaking very liberal.

It certainly seems to be high on freedom index, if we believe that sidebar headline

If you can believe it ;)

Or the British Empire is the inevitable realpolitik enemy of Russia, and it doesn't actually matter what kind of government either superpower has.

This is more or less the case. The two superpowers have significant geopolitical reasons to dislike each other, and there would be tensions between the two, have been for nearly 200 years, and it's not going to stop now, especially with Russia on the continued rise.

I mean, whether Russia is actually imperialist or not is not that relevant to criticizing Britain for imperialism.

It changed whether they are hypocritical or not but isn't that big of a deal.

The thing is Russia is literally officially called "The Russian Empire", they have an Emperor and everything.
When you are openly and proudly Imperial using "imperialist" in the negative context seems a bit weird.

Indeed, it doesn't matter what Russia is, they can still call the British whatever the hell they want.

That being said, it may be the Russian Empire, sure. But the connotation used in that article was not against the imperial structure of government, but the expansion of political/military control in an imperalist fashion. It's pretty much a fine line they are walking, and requires some suspension of reality in the minds of most Russian readers, but generally, the Russian Empire is good, the British are bad. That's generally the mindset.

Maybe Russian Word here is supposed to be a bit on the fringe?

It is a privately owned and operated newspaper out of St. Petersburg. That's all I'll say!

Or that they don't percieve themselves as imperialistic, but do see their geopolitical rivals that way- how many OTL Americans see their country's actions in those terms, for example?

Bingo.

Glorious work as always!! Super jealous of the sheer scale and quality of your work :love:

I am absolutely fascinated by the nations of the Australian continent. I imagine you're going to flesh them out in due course, but looking at the WorldA ths internal borders of Australia look complicated. What's going on with Darwin (what's it like?) and the Paman Settlements (why is it separate to Australia?). Also, has there every been an Indigenous Australian equivalent to the OTL Maori King Movement?

Thank you!!

Oh yes of course. I shall go into much more detail about the Australian continent in due time. Darwin is a densly populated port city, that is primarily focused on being the east-west link between Africa/West Asia and the Pacific. It's population reflects its extremely international position. The Paman Settlements are governed by a separate treaty, and thus are wholly independent from Australia, and that country cannot influence them outside of regular Imperial affairs.

As for any Māori King Movement equivelents... the indigenous Australians inside the (country of) Australia still have their own polieties that operate within the framework of the country. I will have much more on this soon...

@CosmicAsh -- this just came to me. It's a slightly random question, but... when did Alexander Hamilton die ITTL? It seems safe to assume that his bid for governor of New York was butterflied, what with him being too busy being founding father and patron saint of the USA, so Aaron Burr wouldn't have shot him.

For how long did he rule?

Alexander Hamilton died in 1825. He remained on the Privy Council until his death.

Is Prussia pro-Bonaparte or is it just this newspaper?

Only time will tell...

But Russia is also very anti-Britain, and since Britain is anti-Bonaparte, it seems like the anti-britainness matters more, from the tone of the russian reporting on the attempt on Bonapart's life

I would say... this is the correct tone to read.

My guess is that it would resemble American pop culture from Rumsfeldia, with all literature, comics, movies, television programs, and music geared towards pushing "true American" values.

While I generally do not work on culture - I would absolutely say that this is the case.

What's going on with that big lake west of Tache? It's too big and far north to be the Salton Sea (and that seems to be missing itself, which makes sense).

EDIT: Nvm, looked it up. It's interesting that it still exists ITTL - is there just less agriculture in the Central Valley to divert water?

There's not as much agriculture, yes - as well as a concentrated effort to make sure the lake levels don't get too low, it's a valuable economic source in its own right.

And VOCA was also involved in voter intimidation as well as you can see in the controversies segment of the wiki.

Every one of the controversies section dealt with VOCA, yeah.
 
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