I wrote single episodes for all these shows, none of which lasted more than a single season. Teech lasted a whopping four weeks. But these shows got me into the WGA, Writers Guild of America. I was considered a freelance TV comedy writer. I had a bad TV agent, but, hey, I was happy anyone would bother with me at that time.
And, my first produced credit appeared in 1990, an episode of True Colors, “Tooth or Consequences.” The show was about an interracial relationship and the mother/in-law was slightly racist. In my episode, she goes to the dentist, has a molar removed and turns nice. Hey, alright, it wasn’t Hamlet, but I saw my name on TV for the first time. It was thrilling.
I was a part-time professional writer. The promised land, a staff job on a show, eluded me. But I just kept pumping and hoping for a big break in TV, even though I really didn’t want to work in TV. I wanted to write movies.