Fastidious Philadelphia Judge Walter Franklin has a plummy housekeeper, a sloppy court clerk, an icy secretary, and an obnoxiously ingratiating assistant District Attorney.
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.

Director: George Pal
Stars: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell
Crime | Mystery | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Tony Randall, Robert Morley, Anita Ekberg
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not been invented yet while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
The Odd Couple (1970–1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences.

Stars: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A hypochondriac thinks he's dying this time, and makes plans for his wife which she discovers and misunderstands.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
Baretta (1975–1978)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The cases of maverick undercover New York detective Tony Baretta.

Stars: Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Basic Instinct, Sleeping With The Enemy, Cape Fear and others. A cop/attorney (yes he's both) is ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Nelligan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hustling drug addict checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law, and realizes that it's exactly what he needs.

Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
Stars: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman
The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily
Foxy Brown (1974)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Jack Hill
Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Felix's daughter Edna is getting married, and his wife Gloria throws him out of the house for a few days, so that she can plan the wedding herself, without him getting in the way. Felix ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Klane
Stars: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Barbara Barrie
Love, Sidney (1981–1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A middle-aged gay artist shares his New York apartment with a single mother and her little girl.

Stars: Tony Randall, Swoosie Kurtz, Kaleena Kiff
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 Judge Walter Franklin (44 episodes, 1976-1978)
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 Jack Terwilliger (38 episodes, 1976-1978)
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 Miss Janet Reubner (37 episodes, 1976-1978)
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 Mrs. Bonnie McClellen (32 episodes, 1976-1978)
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 Oliver Wendell Franklin (24 episodes, 1976-1978)
Devon Scott ...
 Roberta Franklin (18 episodes, 1976-1977)
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Fastidious Philadelphia Judge Walter Franklin has a plummy housekeeper, a sloppy court clerk, an icy secretary, and an obnoxiously ingratiating assistant District Attorney.

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According to Gary David Goldberg in his memoir "Sit, Ubu, Sit", creators Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses did not get along with Tony Randall, nor did they get along with each other, and also refused to take calls from ABC president Fred Silverman. Despite good ratings, Silverman canceled the series due to his unhappiness with their behavior. When the series was picked up by CBS for a second season, Randall returned under the condition that he would not have to work directly with Patchett and Tarses. See more »

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Judge Walter Franklin: Your name is Mario Lanza? Any relation?
Mario Lanza: To who?
Judge Walter Franklin: To Mario Lanza.
Mario Lanza: I *am* Mario Lanza.
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Referenced in Trudeau (2002) See more »

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One Of The Best Of The 70s
18 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series only ran for two seasons, but not because it wasn't funny. It was perhaps one of the funniest series of the 70s -Certainly it holds up better than 99% of its contemporaries. The show had good ratings, but the network and the show's star found the creative team difficult to work with, and so it wasn't renewed.

The show centered on Judge Walter Franklin (Tony Randall), his family and staff. The cast included seasoned stage performers like Allyn Ann McLerie, Barney Martin, and Rachel Roberts. The scripts were impressively well-written, eschewing topical humor and pop- culture references in favor of witty dialog and subtle digs:

(Walter is mooning over his daughter's picture -she has gone off to college) WALTER: I remember her first day of school. Went off carrying a little lunch pail with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans on it. (singing) Happy trails, to you. Until we meet again... MISS REUBNER: You know they've stuffed Trigger? WALTER: Why do I try to talk sentiment and feeling to you? MISS REUBNER: Is this a riddle? WALTER: Happy trails, Miss Reubner. And when we meet again, may you have something in common with Trigger.

(An escaped convict has threatened revenge on Walter, and the insufferable Mario Lanza is sent to protect him.) MARIO: I'm on leave from the DA's office. Assignment: protect Judge Franklin. Even if it means throwing myself on your body to shield you from an assassin's bullet. Although frankly I hope it doesn't come to that. WALTER: That's where you and I differ, Mario.

The series was never released on video in any format, which is a crime.


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