Picks and Pans Review: American Family Revisited: the Louds Ten Years Later
HBO (8-9 p.m. ET)
As the focus of a controversial 1973 PBS documentary series, they were supposed to be like the rest of us—quintessential Americans. For seven months filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond lived with Bill and Pat Loud and their five kids at home in Santa Barbara, Calif. By the end of the 12-week series, the Louds had unraveled before our eyes. Bill and Pat announced their divorce, son Lance came out as a homosexual. A decade later the Raymonds return to examine the carnage. Pat, 56, is now a New York literary agent. Bill, 62, is remarried and still heads the American Western Foundry in Santa Barbara. Delilah, 27, and Grant, 29, who appeared on The Dating Game, are in California pursuing careers in advertising and theater, respectively. Kevin, 30, is a Houston oil trader and Michele, 25, works in New York’s garment center. Predictably, Lance remains the lost soul in the lot. “I hate to say it,” he says, “but even though I am 31, I feel like the same idiot I was back then.” This introspective special is a revealing blast from the past.