Comedy about Robin Hood, who was a complete idiot, and his band o incompetents in Sherwood Forest. Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and their gang were even more incompetent. Maid ... See full summary »
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Comedy about Robin Hood, who was a complete idiot, and his band o incompetents in Sherwood Forest. Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and their gang were even more incompetent. Maid Marion, Robin's girlfriend, was a played as a twit. The show lasted three months. Written by
J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop_<>_worldnet.att.net>>>
"...Stole from the rich, gave to the poor ... except what they kept for expenses..."
I don't know if the proper question is "Why do I remember this short-lived series so well, when nobody else has even HEARD of it?" or "With the writing & acting talent behind it, why didn't When Things Were Rotten make it big?"
With Mel Brooks creating & writing the series and some of the top comedic directors of the 1970s behind the camera, it was a hilarious spoof of the Robin Hood legend. All I have seen of the show as an adult are three episodes on video, with guests Sid Ceasar, Dudley Moore and John Byner. These episodes, though, are as funny as I remember them being as a 12 & 13-year old.
Start with the theme song. This is one of the classic 1960s-70s TV themes... "They laughed, they loved, they fought, they drank, they JUMPED a lot of FENCES... stole from the rich, gave to the poor -- except what they kept for EXPENSES!" :o)
What about the cast? Well, Dick Van Patten (Friar Tuck) and Bernie Kopell need no introduction. Dick Gautier, who played Robin Hood, never quite made the big time. He did turn in good work as the robot Hymie on "Get Smart," though, and is solid as the straight man for countless bafoons in Sherwood Forest. Misty Rowe is an absolute sexkitten and quite funny at the same time, as the airheaded Maid Marian. Richard Dimitri, Hnry Polic, II and David Sabin are also great -- as are the guest stars.
If you ever get a chance to rent or buy the video (or if Nick-at-Nite or one of the other cable channels comes to its senses & begins running these for the first time since 1975), be sure & give it a view! It's Mel Brooks humor at its best!
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