A crusty down-to-earth professor with no previous political experience is elected to the U.S. Senate.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Sen. Joe Kelley 7 episodes, 1978-1979
 Maj. Gen. Kevin Kelley 7 episodes, 1978-1979
Sparky Marcus ...
 Kevin Kelley, Jr 7 episodes, 1978-1979
Michele Tobin ...
 Kathleen Kelley 7 episodes, 1978-1979


Joe Kelley was a popular and outspoken professor of political science at a California university who, at age 66, was forced to retire. When a pair of candidates for the U.S. Senate were tarnished by scandal, Kelley jumped into the race--despite his lack of political experience--and won the election. Moving to Washington, D.C., Senator Kelley used his particularly honest and down-to-earth style to make his country a better place, despite the interference of his bumbling son Kevin, an Air Force general. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Release Date:

7 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nonno va a Washington  »

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(11 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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NBC gave Jack Albertson a contract for thirteen episodes with an option to pick up thirteen more. Even though the rating were high the first two weeks, by the sixth episode it was apparent that the show was losing viewers and after thirteen shows it would be canceled. After the 10 episode, which was the lowest for any NBC sitcom, they canceled the series. Since episode 11 had been filmed they paid Jack Albertson for two shows never completed to fulfill the contract. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) See more »

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A delightful show that was cut short
1 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

One of the best shows of the late 1970's. Jack Albertson was a delight, as the caring old man who went to Washington. While it has been over 22 years since I have seen it, I have long wished I could see this show again. Sadly, with a run of only 1 season, it has never made it into syndication.

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