The leadership (defined broadly as ‘head of state’ ) of the USSR and the airing timeline of Scarecrow and Mrs King is as follows:
Kuznetsov (acting H of S): Nov 1982- June 1983
Kuznetsov (acting H of S): 9 Feb 1984- 11 Apr 1984.
He was replaced by Chernenko between Fearless Dotty and Weekend!
Kuznetsov (acting H of S): 10 Mar 1985 – 27 July 1985.
He was replaced in the break between season 2 and season 3 (break was from May 13 to 23 Sep 1985)
Gorbechev: 1 October 1988 – 25 May 1989
In terms of leaders of the Communist party for the time of SMK the dates are as follows:
General Secretaries of the Central Committee
Brezhnev: 8 Apr 1966 – 10 Nov 1982
Andropov: 12 Nov 1982 – 9 Feb 1984
From the start of SMK to between Fearless Dotty and Weekend.
It will be interesting as we walk through the episodes to keep our eyes out for political references! I remember there was a portrait of Gorbachev in at least one smk episode.. stemwinder maybe?? We’ll find out when we get those dvds in a few days!
Of course, I am no expert on Russian history [or SMK for that matter!] so if any of the dates are wrong please let me know and I’ll fix it – thanks!
[Also, not wanting to neglect USA politics I double checked and Ronald Reagan was president for the entire duration of SMK ]