I’m glad you’re crying tears of impotent rage where your loving parents give a child a second chance at life.
Also; “niglet” sounds like “nibblet” and I’m picturing both a can of corn and Desmond Pfeiffer’s dim-witted sidekick.
To that show’s credit; They made Desmond….a black man….the most intelligent, dignified and “together” character on that show. If anything, that show was offensive against Abraham Lincoln, not black people.
The thing is; It could have worked as a show and a bit of political Satire….It was basically an American version of Blackadder mixed with the old American sitcom, Benson. Both of those shows were hits. It just needed funnier jokes and not defame the Lincolns so much. If Lincoln must be funny, make him just kind of befuddled rather than a caricature of Bill Clinton being a horndog.
I always have this weird mental creative exercise I like to do when I see something MST3K-riff-worthy (In movies or TV). I try remaking it in my head with improvements. In the case of The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer….
* Lincoln would just be befuddled but well-meaning, not some philanderer and complete idiot.
* Only Nibblet would make “ugly-jokes” at Mary-Todd Lincoln’s expense and instantly get dope-slapped by Desmond (this would be a running gag) rather than everyone (including the otherwise noble Desmond) making tired ugly-jokes at Ms. Lincoln.
* Gen. (and future U.S. President) Ulysses S. Grant would just be a gruff, macho hot head rather than another skirt-chaser.
* The blonde secretary would turn out to be actually a genius and able to destroy anyone in a fight (Like Lorelei from Superman 3 mixed with Wednesday Addams).
….I’d add other stuff but I only watched Brad Jones review.