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Comedy in the Mel Brooks style about Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, along with Maid Marion. Set in Sherwood Forest... See more »
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Dick Gautier ... Robin Hood (13 episodes, 1975)

Dick Van Patten ... Friar Tuck (13 episodes, 1975)

Bernie Kopell ... Alan-a-Dale (13 episodes, 1975)
Richard Dimitri ... Bertram / ... (13 episodes, 1975)

Henry Polic II ... Sheriff of Nottingham (13 episodes, 1975)
Misty Rowe ... Maid Marian (13 episodes, 1975)
David Sabin ... Little John (13 episodes, 1975)

Ron Rifkin ... Prince John (9 episodes, 1975)

Series Directed by
Peter H. Hunt (4 episodes, 1975)
Coby Ruskin (2 episodes, 1975)
Joshua Shelley (2 episodes, 1975)
Series Writing credits
John Boni (13 episodes, 1975)
Mel Brooks (13 episodes, 1975)
Norman Stiles (13 episodes, 1975)
Lawrence H. Siegel (2 episodes, 1975)

Series Produced by
Stanley Jacob .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1975)
Norman Steinberg .... producer (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Original Music by
Artie Butler (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Cinematography by
Lester Shorr (12 episodes, 1975)
Series Film Editing by
Michael Economou (8 episodes, 1975)
Allan Jacobs (3 episodes, 1975)
James E. Nownes (3 episodes, 1975)
Series Casting by
Jane Feinberg (12 episodes, 1975)
Mike Fenton (12 episodes, 1975)
Series Art Direction by
Serge Krizman (12 episodes, 1975)
Series Set Decoration by
Ira Bates (12 episodes, 1975)
Series Costume Design by
Guy C. Verhille (12 episodes, 1975)
Series Makeup Department
Tom Miller .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1975)
Sugar Blymyer .... hair stylist (12 episodes, 1975)
Series Production Management
Max Stein .... unit production manager (13 episodes, 1975)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1975)
Jack Barry .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1975)
Series Sound Department
Richard Adams .... sound editor (12 episodes, 1975)
Series Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects assistant (1 episode, 1975)
Series Stunts
Victor Paul .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1975)
Series Music Department
Lee Adams .... lyricist (13 episodes, 1975)
Charles Strouse .... title song (13 episodes, 1975)
Bickford Webber .... music editor (12 episodes, 1975)
Series Other crew
John Boni .... story editor (12 episodes, 1975)
Norman Steinberg .... script consultant (12 episodes, 1975)
Norman Stiles .... story editor (12 episodes, 1975)
Bo Kaprall .... story consultant (11 episodes, 1975)
Pat Proft .... story consultant (11 episodes, 1975)
Harry Lee Scott .... program consultant (7 episodes, 1975)

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30 min (13 episodes)
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Robert Klein was offered the role of Robin Hood but turned it down.See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
30 years later, and I'm still laughing (but only at the memories), 20 July 2005
Author: Twins65 from Lindenhurst, IL

This show ran in the fall of '75 (When Things Were Funnier). I remember laughing a bunch at Mel Brooks' latest attempt at TV humor, sitting with my dear old dad (who was roaring on the couch). Alas, it didn't even last until Mel's beloved Hannakuh that fall before ABC gave it the yank.

He revisited some of the material with his similarly themed movie which came out in '93, but it wasn't quite as biting at this show. The comic cast was way better here.

I'd sure pony up if it ever showed again on DVD. Mel, if you're out there, give it some thought.

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