This dark but funny sitcom lasted only one season, 1987 - 88, and is probably forgotten by most people today, if they ever heard of it to start with. But I really enjoyed it. Dabney Coleman was perfectly cast as an abrasive, old-fashioned sportswriter on a newspaper in a southwestern city. The great character actor Bill Cobbs was a philosophical bartender. And this was the first show where I saw the beautiful actress Megan Gallagher, who I've been smitten with ever since. Mostly, though, it was very well written and acted, with a lot of poignant moments as Slap tried to adjust to a modern world in which he found himself out of place. I've never forgotten the line, "I look at the future and I see a big dog growling in the dark." I really like that. I've felt like that many times.
I haven't seen THE SLAP MAXWELL STORY since it aired the first time, so I don't know if it holds up, but I suspect it does. It's not available on DVD, though, at least not officially.