Alan and Nathaniel Silver are growing up in Brooklyn during the fifties.
This show was a nostalgic look at life in Brooklyn, New York in 1956 from the point of view of a young Jewish boy, Alan Silver (Danny Gerard). The main characters were George and Phyllis Silver, their two sons Alan and Nathaniel, and their maternal grandparents Sophie and Jules Berger who lived in the same apartment building. Sophie was the strong-willed matriarch of the family, and much of the drama of the series revolved around her relationships with the rest of the family and their friends. The nostalgic and comedy elements of the series revolved around Alan’s family, friends and their neighborhood activities. Most of the boys in the series, including Alan’s younger brother Nathaniel, wore black or white Chuck Taylors high tops as did Alan’s father George on his days off from the postal service.
George Silver and the boys in the apartment building organize indoor games on a rainy day.
One episode had the boys and their father scrambling for something to do on a very rainy day, so they played hide and seek games in the apartment building corridors. Meanwhile, Sophie is concerned about unmarried Bernie’s new girlfriend, who is supposed to come over for dinner, but hasn’t arrived on time. A power failure complicates things some more. Another episode deals with the basketball team that Alan plays on. The team has made it to the championship game. Alan’s team is behind by one point, but Alan has just been fouled, and has the chance to tie and win the game for his team. Of course time outs are called to "ice" Alan and plan for team contingencies, and during all of the delays he imagines what good things will happen to him and his family if he scores the points or what bad things will happen if he doesn’t score the points.
Playing leap frog in the hall.
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