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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 10)

Garrett M. Brown ... Taylor Brown (26 episodes, 1986-1987)

Vijay Amritraj ... Ali Nadeem (26 episodes, 1986-1987)

George Murdock ... Laslo Gabov (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Harry Waters Jr. ... Robert Muboto (26 episodes, 1986-1987)

Ada Maris ... Maria Conchita Lopez (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Julian Reyes ... Victor Ortega (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Leila Lee Olsen ... Yung Hee (26 episodes, 1986-1987)

Yakov Smirnoff ... Nikolai Rostapovich / ... (26 episodes, 1986-1987)

Gail Strickland ... Principal Joan Courtney (11 episodes, 1986-1987)

Series Directed by
Russ Petranto (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Writing credits
Martin Rips (1 episode, 1986)
Joseph Staretski (1 episode, 1986)
Frank Mula (1 episode, 1987)
Leonard Ripps (1 episode, 1987)
Mike Scully (1 episode, 1987)
Bernard West (1 episode, 1987)

Series Produced by
Wendy Blair .... producer (1 episode, 1987)
Eric Cohen .... supervising producer (1 episode, 1987)
Marilyn Larson .... associate producer (1 episode, 1987)
Leonard Ripps .... supervising producer (1 episode, 1987)
Martin Rips .... executive producer (1 episode, 1987)
Joseph Staretski .... executive producer (1 episode, 1987)
George Yanok .... supervising producer (1 episode, 1987)
Series Film Editing by
Michael Weitzman (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Casting by
Deborah Barylski (1 episode, 1987)

Jerold Franks (unknown episodes)
Al Onorato (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Don Roberts (1 episode, 1987)
Series Set Decoration by
Laura Richarz (1 episode, 1987)
Series Makeup Department
Carrey Gibbons .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Cox .... associate director (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Art Department
Thomas Butsch .... assistant art director (1 episode, 1987)
Jode S. Mann .... prop mistress (1 episode, 1987)
Series Sound Department
J. Mark King .... audio (1 episode, 1987)

Val Stulman .... boom push (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Purdy .... camera operator (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Series Casting Department
Jerold Franks .... original casting (1 episode, 1987)
Al Onorato .... original casting (1 episode, 1987)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Fox-Kramer .... costume supervisor (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Series Music Department
Dick DeBenedictis .... theme written and performed by (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Series Other crew
Bruce Bryant .... main title (1 episode, 1987)
James Castle .... main title (1 episode, 1987)
Connie Cockrell .... production associate (1 episode, 1987)
Rick Edwards .... technical director (1 episode, 1987)
Carol Johnsen .... main title (1 episode, 1987)
Deborah Jones .... stage manager (1 episode, 1987)
Janice Minsberg .... production coordinator (1 episode, 1987)
Frank Mula .... story editor (1 episode, 1987)
Mark K. Samuels .... stage manager (1 episode, 1987)
Mike Scully .... story editor (1 episode, 1987)

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Viacom (1986) (USA) (all media)

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Could have been better! Could have been worse!, 13 October 2006
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What a Country was shown on syndication rather than network. It was one of those shows that was never going to succeed there. It was not that bad. Yakov proved his comedic talents about himself as a Russian immigrant trying to learn English in class with other immigrants. The appeal was there but it never launched into madcap humor or anything to be unforgettable. Yakov was a regular face on comedy shows at the time and he deserved a chance like so many comics to have his own show. Clearly, this show only lasted a season probably 20 more episodes than they would on network. That was the difference between syndication and network was that syndication was a place more for independent comedies like What a Country and Mama's Family. No, they weren't big budget but they were on a half-hour every Saturday. Now those half-hours are replaced by info-mercials. I wouldn't mind sitcoms (good or bad) because at least, they try to entertain us instead of infomercials with the exception of the Dean Martin Roasts and Carol Burnett Shows. The infomercials should get cancelled because they put me to sleep. So if I had a choice between a syndicated comedy like What A Country or an infomercial, you can probably guess that I wouldn't mind watching What A Country. As for the infomercial, I just change the channel or shut it off.

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