Lotsa Luck (1973–1974)

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New York City bus company's lost-and-found department manager and bachelor Stanley Belmont lives with his bossy mother, his sister Olive and her unemployed husband Arthur all of who live ... See full summary »

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 Stanley Belmont (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
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 Iris Belmont (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Wynn Irwin ...
 Arthur Swann (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Beverly Sanders ...
 Olive Swann (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
Jack Knight ...
 Bummy Pfitzer (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
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New York City bus company's lost-and-found department manager and bachelor Stanley Belmont lives with his bossy mother, his sister Olive and her unemployed husband Arthur all of who live off Stanley. Arthur is perfectly content to live with Stanley and avoid finding a job. Bummy is Stanley's long time friend and co-worker who drives a bus. They take lunch breaks together when they scheme to resolve Stanley's problems. Written by J.E. McKillop <jmckillo@notes.cc.bellcore.com>

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Based on the UK series On the Buses (1969). All the characters kept their original first names except Bummy - called Jack in Britain - although ironically the actor's name was Jack. See more »

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No Luck
23 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was curious to see if anyone remembered this flop and surprised to find five reviews on file. The only reason the show is fresh in my mind is that I happened to attend the pilot taping in Los Angeles in 1973. I was no Dom Deluise fan, but like almost any other TV viewer of that time, I was an admirer of Carl Reiner and his creative team from the "Dick Van Dyke" show.

So it came as a considerable shock and disappointment to see how bad "Lotsa Luck" turned out to be. I was not alone in my opinion, and I don't think the taping audience and I managed more than two unforced laughs during the entire ordeal. Believe me, the common conception that laugh tracks are frequently used to cover bad writing was entirely accurate in that case. The pilot, as reviewer "Aldanoli" mentions, turned entirely on the purchase of a new toilet. There was exactly none of the warmth that had underlain even the most caustic "Van Dyke" humor. It was just a bunch of unpleasant people screaming at each other.

I can well remember Persky and Denoff pleading with the audience prior to the taping to give the characters a chance to win us over. It didn't happen, and obviously didn't happen when the thing went on the air either. One curious point was that Carl Reiner was nowhere to be seen that night. Perhaps he had an inkling of how hopeless it was.


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