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Writer:
Susan Harris (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
13 September 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Groundbreaking Comedy Series! See more »
Plot:
The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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(107 articles)
User Reviews:
These questions, and many more, will be answered... See more (39 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 93)

Katherine Helmond ... Jessica Tate (87 episodes, 1977-1981)
Rod Roddy ... Announcer (87 episodes, 1977-1981)

Richard Mulligan ... Burt Campbell (85 episodes, 1977-1981)

Cathryn Damon ... Mary Campbell (82 episodes, 1977-1981)

Ted Wass ... Danny Dallas (77 episodes, 1977-1981)
Robert Mandan ... Chester Tate (75 episodes, 1977-1981)

Billy Crystal ... Jodie Dallas (74 episodes, 1977-1981)

Jennifer Salt ... Eunice Tate / ... (65 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jimmy Baio ... Billy Tate (63 episodes, 1977-1981)

Arthur Peterson ... The Major (60 episodes, 1977-1981)

Diana Canova ... Corinne Tate Flotsky / ... (59 episodes, 1977-1980)
Jay Johnson ... Bob Campbell / ... (59 episodes, 1977-1981)

Robert Guillaume ... Benson DuBois (50 episodes, 1977-1980)

Donnelly Rhodes ... Dutch Leitner (38 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Series Directed by
Jay Sandrich (51 episodes, 1977-1979)
J.D. Lobue (32 episodes, 1979-1981)
 
Series Writing credits
Susan Harris (86 episodes, 1977-1981)
Stu Silver (52 episodes, 1978-1981)
Dick Clair (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jenna McMahon (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Danny Jacobson (7 episodes, 1981)
Tony Lang (6 episodes, 1977)
Barry Vigon (6 episodes, 1981)
Jordan Crittenden (4 episodes, 1978)

Series Produced by
Susan Harris .... producer / executive producer / ... (83 episodes, 1977-1981)
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer (83 episodes, 1977-1981)
Tony Thomas .... executive producer (83 episodes, 1977-1981)
Andrew J. Selig .... associate producer (67 episodes, 1977-1980)
Marsha Posner Williams .... assistant producer / associate producer (31 episodes, 1979-1981)
Dick Clair .... producer (14 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jenna McMahon .... producer (14 episodes, 1980-1981)
Stu Silver .... producer (14 episodes, 1980-1981)
J.D. Lobue .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1979)
Harry Waterson .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Original Music by
George Aliceson Tipton (81 episodes, 1977-1981)
 
Series Cinematography by
Larry Boelens (11 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Film Editing by
Gary Anderson (42 episodes, 1977-1979)
Jerry Greene (27 episodes, 1979-1981)
Harold McKenzie (24 episodes, 1978-1980)
Bill Petty (9 episodes, 1980-1981)
Barry Cohen (6 episodes, 1978)
Abe Schwartz (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Vince Humphrey (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Casting by
Judith Weiner (23 episodes, 1980-1981)
Linda Otto (3 episodes, 1977-1980)
 
Series Production Design by
Edward Stephenson (83 episodes, 1977-1981)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Robert Checchi (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Costume Design by
Judy Evans (71 episodes, 1977-1981)
 
Series Makeup Department
Ray Steele .... makeup artist (67 episodes, 1978-1981)
Joyce Conroy .... hairdresser / hair stylist (48 episodes, 1978-1981)
Shanon Ely .... hairdresser (11 episodes, 1977-1978)
Maurice Stein .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1977-1978)
Silvia Abascal .... assistant hair stylist (9 episodes, 1981)
Larry Abbott .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1977)
Sim Simpson .... hairdresser (7 episodes, 1978)
Joe Blasco .... alien makeup (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Production Management
Don Richetta .... post-production supervisor (71 episodes, 1977-1981)
Alan C. Duncan .... unit manager (35 episodes, 1978-1980)
Barry Haworth .... unit manager (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
Steve Auer .... unit manager (16 episodes, 1980-1981)
Andrew J. Selig .... executive in charge of production (15 episodes, 1980-1981)
Tom Bruehl .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J.D. Lobue .... associate director (44 episodes, 1977-1979)
Phil Ramuno .... associate director (37 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bob Lally .... associate director (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Art Department
Edwin McCormick .... props (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Sound Department
Joyce Grossman .... audio (34 episodes, 1979-1981)
Rich Jacob .... audio (26 episodes, 1978-1981)
Allen Patapoff .... re-recording mixer / re-recording (15 episodes, 1980-1981)
Art Morgenstern .... audio (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
Doc Siegel .... audio (11 episodes, 1977)
Ken Becker .... audio (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Stunts
Jim J. Poslof .... stunts (1 episode, 1980)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
D.J. Diomedes .... camera operator (67 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jan Lowry .... camera operator (60 episodes, 1977-1981)
Richard Hissong .... lighting director / video (59 episodes, 1978-1981)
Blair White .... camera operator (51 episodes, 1978-1981)
Larry Boelens .... lighting consultant (43 episodes, 1977-1979)
Eric Clay .... video (37 episodes, 1979-1981)
Alan Keath Walker .... lighting director (31 episodes, 1978-1979)
Art LaCombe .... camera operator (23 episodes, 1979-1981)
Ken Tamburri .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Stephen A. Jones .... camera operator (17 episodes, 1980-1981)
Warren Cress .... camera operator (16 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ralph Alcocer .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jim Balden .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1977-1978)
Don Jones .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1977)
Chuck Reilly .... video (11 episodes, 1977)
Rocky Danielson .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1977)
Gary Stanton .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1977)
Richard Engstrom .... video operator / video (10 episodes, 1978)
Irv Waitsman .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1977)
Mark Buxbaum .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bud Holland .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1978)
Mike Keeler .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1977)
Jack Denton .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Leigh Nicholson .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
Ken Dahlquist .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1977)
John Gillis .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1977)
Larry Heider .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1977)
Jim Ratcliffe .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1977)
Dick Watson .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1977)
George Wood .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1977)
Bill McCloud .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Bill Scott .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1979)
Carol Wetovich .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donald Rehg .... costumer (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Judy Evans .... costume supervisor (11 episodes, 1977)
Al Lehman .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Editorial Department
Ellen Gittelsohn .... editorial supervisor (34 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jean Jellinek Jones .... post-production coordinator / editorial supervisor (32 episodes, 1979-1981)
Larry Mazzeo .... post-production coordinator (32 episodes, 1979-1981)
Scott McKinsey .... editorial supervisor (15 episodes, 1980-1981)
Gil Junger .... editorial supervisor (14 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ralph Riskin .... editorial supervisor (7 episodes, 1978)
John Richard Banicki .... editorial supervisor (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
 
Series Music Department
Scott Gale .... music coordinator (16 episodes, 1980-1981)
 
Series Other crew
Carl Lauten .... stage manager (81 episodes, 1977-1981)
Gerry Bucci .... technical director (71 episodes, 1977-1981)
Marsha Posner Williams .... script supervisor / assistant to producers / ... (53 episodes, 1977-1979)
Kimberly Hill .... production secretary (44 episodes, 1978-1980)
Phil Ramuno .... stage manager (43 episodes, 1977-1979)
Tony Neely .... production coordinator (38 episodes, 1979-1981)
Jim Wycoff .... production coordinator / studio supervisor (32 episodes, 1977-1979)
Susan Beavers .... script supervisor / production associate (31 episodes, 1979-1981)
Christopher Cookson .... engineering supervisor (29 episodes, 1977-1979)
Sue Snyder .... production secretary (26 episodes, 1979-1981)
Linda Day .... script supervisor / assistant to the producer (24 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gil Junger .... production associate (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Eugenie Kahn .... production secretary / production assistant (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Robert Spina .... production assistant (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
Howard Ritter .... stage manager (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Arleen Mahoney .... production secretary (20 episodes, 1979-1980)
Adria Horton .... production secretary (15 episodes, 1980-1981)
Anita Cooper-Avrick .... stage manager (14 episodes, 1980-1981)
Susan Palladino .... production secretary (14 episodes, 1980-1981)
Linda Hamner .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1978)
Burt Schwartz .... technical manager (13 episodes, 1979-1981)
Ana Krewson .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bud Untiedt .... engineering supervisor / technical manager (10 episodes, 1979)
Norm Silvers .... technical manager (10 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bob Jones .... technical director (9 episodes, 1977)
Christalla Kyriacou .... production secretary (8 episodes, 1981)
Randy Blim .... engineering supervisor (7 episodes, 1977)
William F. Wallace .... technical manager (5 episodes, 1979)
Nancy Rogow .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1979)
Linda C. Valles .... production secretary (4 episodes, 1979)
Jerry Cell .... technical director (2 episodes, 1977)
Lynn Derwin .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1977)
Steve Dichter .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1977)
Mike Maloof .... technical director (2 episodes, 1977)
Lincoln Harrison .... technical manager (2 episodes, 1980)
Liv Ballard .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1981)
Jeanine Fox .... technical manager (2 episodes, 1981)
 

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30 min (93 episodes)
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Certification:
Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:M (some episodes)

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Trivia:
Gordon Jump appeared as Chief of Police Tinkler on this show in the season just before landing his best-known role as Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson on "WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978). Jump appeared alongside his future WKRP co-star Howard Hesseman in several late first season episodes.See more »
Quotes:
Mary Gatling Dallas Campbell:[at the sex therapist's office] This is a perfectly normal office.
Burt:Normal, huh? Take a look at some of these books: "Sexual Perversion: Fact or Fiction" Normal? "Sexuality in Infancy" Oh, I like that one a lot. "The Frigid Woman", "The Impotent Male" - I have to get out of here.
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30 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
These questions, and many more, will be answered..., 16 August 1999
Author: Gary Dickerson (gary@selfhelpradio.net) from Lexington, KY

I began watching this show when I was rather young - elementary-school aged, really, & because of its episodic nature (for I read comic books voraciously, & loved "to be continued" storylines) - well, probably because I liked the guy with the puppet - I was hooked. I watched it weekly & remember praying to God that it wouldn't be cancelled. The magic of the show was that it taught me so much. I knew little or nothing about homosexuality, infidelity, racism, hell, even the Mafia or Central American revolutions, until I watched this show. It was genuinely funny - Bert thinking he could turn invisible, Benson's "I ain't getting that," everyone talking to Bob when they knew damn well Chuck was throwing his voice - I laughed & laughed.

As I watch TV now, I really miss the topicality of this show - the fact that, with a simple parody of soap operas, they managed to bring important issues of the day to the forefront. No one was safe - even alien abductions were lampooned, years before there was an X-Files that could stand a bit of ribbing.

Yeah, it's dated, & when I saw a few episodes in repeats a while back, I was more moved by my old feelings - these were friends I hadn't seen in ages! - than by the story & the jokes. But the point was, it was brave - like "All In The Family," like "Good Times" - though not a Norman Lear creation - braver than anything on right now. Someone else suggested you watch from day one - that's not all that important, because you'll catch on soon enough (it's a soap opera, after all), but I do believe you'll come to care for the characters & their ridiculous predicaments soon enough. & you'll be amazed at how utterly clever it is.

Be warned, though - like "Twin Peaks" it doesn't really end, & if you're coming at it for the first time, you'll be sad when you get to season four's end & there's nothing following. I was.

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