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23 September 1976 (USA) See more »
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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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 17)

Tony Randall ... Judge Walter Franklin (44 episodes, 1976-1978)

Barney Martin ... Jack Terwilliger (38 episodes, 1976-1978)

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Miss Janet Reubner (37 episodes, 1976-1978)

Rachel Roberts ... Mrs. Bonnie McClellen (32 episodes, 1976-1978)

Brad Savage ... Oliver Wendell Franklin (24 episodes, 1976-1978)
Devon Scott ... Roberta Franklin (18 episodes, 1976-1977)

Series Directed by
Harvey Medlinsky (12 episodes, 1976-1978)
Tony Mordente (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Michael Zinberg (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
Asaad Kelada (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
James Burrows (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Hugh Wilson (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Alan Myerson (2 episodes, 1976)
Jay Sandrich (2 episodes, 1976)
John C. Chulay (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Series Writing credits
Tom Patchett (44 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jay Tarses (44 episodes, 1976-1978)
Gary David Goldberg (7 episodes, 1976-1978)
Hugh Wilson (6 episodes, 1976-1978)
Patricia Jones (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Donald Reiker (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Earl Pomerantz (3 episodes, 1977)
David Lloyd (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Sy Rosen (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
David Isaacs (2 episodes, 1977)
Ken Levine (2 episodes, 1977)

Series Produced by
Tom Patchett .... producer (22 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jay Tarses .... producer (22 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gary David Goldberg .... producer / executive producer (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Hugh Wilson .... producer (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Tim Berry .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Original Music by
Patrick Williams (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Cinematography by
Edward E. Nugent (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Film Editing by
Mike Wilcox (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Casting by
Bob Manahan (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Art Direction by
Sydney Z. Litwack (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Set Decoration by
James Hassinger (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Makeup Department
Jerry Cash .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Production Management
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Abby Singer .... production manager (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald A. Baer .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Art Department
Robert Flynn .... property master (2 episodes, 1976-1977)

Allan Gordon .... property master (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Richard Weaver .... re-recording mixer / re-recording (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
James R. Wright .... production mixer (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Ozment .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Stan Reed .... key grip (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert M. Moore .... costumer: men / costumes: men (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Ele Parker .... costumer: women (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Music Department
Ed. Norton .... music editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Other crew
Lionel A. Ephraim .... production executive (44 episodes, 1976-1978)
Paula Hollander .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gloria Morgan .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Michael Zinberg .... title visualization / creative consultant (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Joyce Armor .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gil Clasen .... technical coordinator (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Meryl O'Loughlin .... executive in charge of talent (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
David L. Rosner .... technical advisor (2 episodes, 1976-1977)

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30 min (44 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
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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One Of The Best Of The 70s, 18 February 2013
Author: fshepinc from United States

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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