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"The Gay Bar"
Season 6, episode # 9
# 126 overall in series (141 episodes)
"Maude" episode
Series: Maude
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date December 3, 1977
Production code 611 (6x9)
Teleplay by: Bill Davenport & Arthur Julian
Story by: Michael Ender & Thad Mumford
Directed by: Hal Cooper
Guest starring: Larry Gelman
Kraig Metzinger
Frank Campanella
Macon McCalman
Craig Richard Nelson
Frank Vohs
Phillip Mote
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The Gay Bar was the ninth episode of Season 6 of  Maude, and the 126th overall episode in the series. Directed by Hal Cooper, the episode, which was prepared for TV as a teleplay written by Bill Davenport & Arthur Julian from a story penned by Michael Ender and Thad Mumford, originally aired on CBS-TV on December 3, 1977.

"The Gay Bar"
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Arthur does not like having a gay bar in town.


Maude is fed up with Arthur's conservative bigotry and she especially gets fed up when she learns the Harmons are moving in with them while their house is being fumigated. Meanwhile, Arthur becomes obsessed when he learns that a gay bar has opened up in the neighborhood and he sets out to do all that he can to get it closed down, something that Maude is staunchly against.

Did You Know?[]


  • This episode marks television's first look inside a gay bar.
  • The name of the gay bar is The Gay Caballero.
  • Adrienne Barbeau does not appear in this episode.
  • Arthur's claim that the patrons of the gay bar sit around looking at pictures of Al Pacino is a reference to his role in Dog Day Afternoon (1975) in which he played a bisexual bank robber.

Alternate Versions[]

Syndicated versions during the 1980s eliminated all mention of gays and homosexuals.


Soundtrack Credits
  • And Then There's Maude (series theme) - Written Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman and Dave Grusin, Performed by Donny Hathaway

Scene excerpts[]


  • Arthur: Do you approve of homosexuals?
  • Maude: Arthur, it doesn't matter whether I approve or disapprove. They are human beings; they exist.

  • Maude: [answering Arthur's question about whether she approves of homosexuals] That's like asking me if I approve of dwarfs.
  • Arthur: Well, that's different, there's no such thing as gay dwarfs.
  • Maude: Come on, Arthur. You've read Snow White. Seven little men living together like that, wake up and smell the coffee
  • Arthur: Oh, come on, Maude. That's just a fairy tale

[looks perplexed as he realizes the double-meaning of 'fairy']

  • Maude: See!

  • Arthur: [to Maude] This is nation of laws, something that you fuzzy-headed liberals seem to forget.

  • Arthur: [presuming what men do in gay bars] They're in there dancing with each other. Exchanging phone numbers. Looking at pictures of Al Pacino.

  • Arthur: [scouting the gay bar with Maude] There are laws that prohibit places like this and this one should be closed down.
  • Maude: Oh, come on, you don't care anything about the law. You just want to persecute people whom you thing are different than you are.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Larry Gelman as Hubie Binder
  • Kraig Metzinger as Phillip Traynor, Carol's son
  • Frank Campanella as Bartender
  • Macon McCalman as Mark Duncan
  • Craig Richard Nelson as 1st Man
  • Frank Vohs as 2nd Man
  • Phillip Mote as Bar Patron (uncredited)

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