Love, Sidney is an American situation comedy television series about a gay man, Sidney Shorr, and his relationship with a single mother and her five year-old daughter whom he invites to live with him. The NBC series stars Tony Randall as Sidney, Swoosie Kurtz as Laurie Morgan and Kaleena Kiff as her daughter Patti.
Love, Sidney originated with a two-hour pilot episode which aired as a television movie on October 5, 1981, followed by its regular run as a weekly series from October 28, 1981 until June 6, 1983. The series was the first on American television to feature a gay character as the central lead, although for the series Sidney's homosexuality was almost entirely downplayed from its subtle yet unmistakable presence in the pilot.
Love, Sidney was a continuation of the television movie entitled Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend. Randall played the title character, a well-to-do gay New Yorker in his 50s, who befriends a single woman, Laurie Morgan (Lorna Patterson) and the daughter she gives birth to, and then becomes the daughter's guardian when the mother leaves for California. Laurie's daughter Patti is played in the later stages of the movie (once time lapses to her being 5 years old) by Kaleena Kiff, who retains the role in Love, Sidney.