How was it possible? Who in America would be brave enough to produce it? Who would be brave enough to watch?
It appeared in August just before my junior year in high school, on Saturday nights, in block with reruns of The Jeffersons, Mary Tyler Moore, and Bob Newhart.
Five episodes aired. I watched one.
Other cast members soon to achieve tv stardom:
1. Christopher Hewitt of Mr. Belvedere.
2. Nana Visitor of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
I don't remember any gay subtexts. No beefcake (too cold in Moscow to take off your shirt!).
But still, I liked the show (I watched only one episode because I was busy on the other nights it aired). Not for the characters or the plotlines, certainly not for the local color, but because I wasn't supposed to be watching. I wasn't supposed to think of Soviets at all, except as raving monsters who wanted to eat us. The thrill of breaking the rules, going against social expectations, made that one Saturday night in August special.
Maybe that's why I still remember the theme song after more than 40 years.