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Webster (TV Series 1983–1989) Poster

(1983–1989)

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The change of the title to "Webster" caused a major rift between Alex Karras, his wife Susan Clark, and ABC. The shows original focus was on an ensemble cast, but quickly Emmanuel Lewis' character became the primary and sole focus.
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Emmanuel Lewis's mother became aggravated with crew members who continually picked him up to carry him to filming. Eventually the head of Paramount Television had to tell the cast to stop.
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Emmanuel Lewis's character Webster was ages 5 to 8 throughout the show's run, but Lewis himself actually played Webster from ages 12 to 16.
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Original title was "Another Ballgame" and then "Then Came You" before it was called "Webster".
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Webster always referred Katherine Calder-Young Papadapolis as "Ma'am" because she wasn't his Mom, but that was the closest sounding to "Mom".
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Paramount Television agreed that the show would continue in first-run syndication if it was canceled by ABC before it passed 100 shows; when ABC dropped the show in 1987, it had exactly that number of shows. Similar contractual agreements were made by Paramount for Cheers (1982) and Family Ties (1982).
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Jerry Seinfeld was employed as a staff writer for exactly one week. None of his material made it to the air.
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Emmanuel Lewis was trampled by a horse during filming of one episode on a ranch in California.
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Stu Silver's original idea for the series was as a modern variation on Woman of the Year (1942).
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Billy Sands's final role.
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