The comic misadventures of a misfit Little League baseball team.
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 Morris Buttermaker (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
J. Brennan Smith ...
 Mike Engelberg (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Amanda Wurlitzer (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Rudi Stein (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
Sparky Marcus ...
 Leslie Ogilvie (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Regi Tower (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Tanner Boyle (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Ahmad Abdul Rahim (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Timmy Lupus (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Dr. Emily Rappant (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
Phillip R. Allen ...
 Roy Turner (20 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Josh (15 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bill Lazarus ...
 Frosty (14 episodes, 1979-1980)
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To avoid a year in jail, swimming pool cleaner Morris Buttermaker agrees to coach a Little League baseball team called the Bears. Unfortunately, the Bears are the worst team in the league, boasting a roster of the most inept and least disciplined players in school. Buttermaker, with the help of principal Rappant, eventually wins the respect of the Bears, and they even win a few games along the way. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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24 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Die Bären sind los  »

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Some changes were made in adapting the premise for television. The ages of the kids were moved back slightly, the language was cleaned up (though Tanner continued to call the coach "Buttercrud"), alcoholic beverages all but disappeared, and Amanda changed from Buttermaker's would-be stepdaughter to his granddaughter. The essence of each character remained the same. See more »

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A Great Sitcom That Was Never Given A Chance To Become Popular.
25 February 1999 | by (Brea, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

Jack Warden, one of our great character actors, plays Morris Buttermaker, a pool cleaner who loses his temper and drives a customer's car into same. A judge gives him a choice of jail or the chance to manage a junior high school's baseball team. Warden takes the job but soon realizes that jail might have been a better choice. This team had some great characters, not the least of which was a very young Corey Feldman. They were loveable and endearing and you cared about all of them. Why wasn't it given more time to catch on? I have no idea, but I'm sorry that it didn't get that chance. This TV version was better than the movie in my opinion. Not enough episodes were made for it to have a chance in reruns. "Bad News"


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