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 (Series Cast [8])

Paxton Whitehead ... Albert Dudley (24 episodes, 1987-1988)

Linda Thorson ... Hillary Stonehill (24 episodes, 1987-1988)

Phil Morris ... Jerry Stockton (24 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rodney Scott Hudson ... Dwayne Stockton (24 episodes, 1987-1988)

Bob Fraser ... Randolf Stonehill (24 episodes, 1987-1988)

Dyana Ortelli ... Lupe (24 episodes, 1987-1988)
Humberto Ortiz ... Elvis (24 episodes, 1987-1988)

Michael Richards ... Rick (11 episodes, 1987-1988)

Series Directed by
Rob Dames (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Shelley Jensen (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rene Auberjonois (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Bill Foster (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Writing credits
Ronald J. Fields (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Don Hart (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Paul K. Taylor (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rob Dames (2 episodes, 1988)
Bob Fraser (2 episodes, 1988)
Patt Shea (2 episodes, 1988)
Harriett Weiss (2 episodes, 1988)

Rod Burton (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Rob Dames .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Bob Fraser .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Marie Connolly .... associate producer (1 episode, 1987)
Chip Hayes .... producer (1 episode, 1987)
Gary Nardino .... executive producer (1 episode, 1987)
Series Original Music by
Howard Pearl (24 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dan Foliart (1 episode, 1987)
Series Cinematography by
Donald A. Morgan (1 episode, 1987)
Series Film Editing by
Richard S. Kaufman (1 episode, 1987)
Michael Sachs (1 episode, 1987)

Jefferey Bass (unknown episodes)
Ron Boder (unknown episodes)
Debbie E. Hill (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Randy Stone (1 episode, 1987)
Series Art Direction by
Randall McIlvain (1 episode, 1987)
Series Set Decoration by
Lynne Albright (1 episode, 1987)
Series Makeup Department
Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1987)
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1987)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terri McCoy .... associate director (24 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Art Department
Gaines T. Johnston .... property chief (1 episode, 1987)

Stephen Adler .... assistant props (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Robert Crosby .... audio (1 episode, 1987)

Mike Clark .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Marti D. Humphrey .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Bob Lowe .... sound (unknown episodes)
Neal Weinstein .... sound (unknown episodes)
Don Worsham .... sound (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Robert W. King .... special effects (1 episode, 1988)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Bushner .... camera operator (1 episode, 1987)
John Gillis .... camera operator (1 episode, 1987)
Ray Gonzales .... camera operator (1 episode, 1987)
David Irete .... camera operator (1 episode, 1987)
Randy Johnson .... video (1 episode, 1987)

Paul C. Babin .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Paul Basta .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Diane Biederbeck .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Rick Caswell .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Greg Cook .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Rocky Danielson .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Kieran Hughes .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
John Lee .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Irv Waitsman .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucinda Campbell .... supervising costumer (1 episode, 1987)
Kimberley J. Thompson .... assistant costumer (1 episode, 1987)
Series Music Department
Judy Hart-Angelo .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1987)
Gary Portnoy .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1987)

Tim Boyle .... score mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Brian Conn .... stage manager (1 episode, 1987)
Ray Conners .... technical director (1 episode, 1987)
Janet Kagan .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
Corkey Lee .... show manager (1 episode, 1987)
Jeff Meyers .... stage manager (1 episode, 1987)

Peter Barth .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Lisa Bell .... assistant to producers (unknown episodes)
Courtney Burr .... assistant to producers (unknown episodes)
Eric Clay .... video (unknown episodes)
Karen Crist .... assistant to producers (unknown episodes)
Jim Engelhardt .... assistant to producers (unknown episodes)
Ken Eulo .... production consultant (unknown episodes)
Tracy Foster .... assistant to producers (unknown episodes)
Wendell Johnson .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Bob Jones .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Sheila Lauder .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Connie McAloney .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Teena M. Meim .... assistant to producers (unknown episodes)
Jeff Meyer .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
John Palacio .... video (unknown episodes)
David Pascal .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Sandra Pearson .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Parker Roe .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Patt Shea .... executive story consultant (unknown episodes)
Dean Terrell .... video (unknown episodes)
Carlos M. Torres .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Harriett Weiss .... executive story consultant (unknown episodes)
Maggie Zeigler .... assistant to producers (unknown episodes)

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30 min | UK:30 min (24 episodes)
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Dyana Ortelli and Humberto Ortiz are mother and son in real life.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A short but well-done farce, 20 March 2014
Author: q_leo_rahman from Zambia

This show is pretty much a farce set in an upper-class New England estate, where the owners and servants go about their daily lives and deal with various predicaments. It's nothing too serious or heavy- handed; the theme song itself spells out that "it's a grand, fairytale land life" at Marblehead Manor, where most of the occurrences that happen are fairly comical and fluffy for the most part quickly resolved, though not without comical developments.

This show is more or less a light-hearted comedy, but one that combines the best of UK and US humour. British and American comedies have a fundamental difference: with the British it's about subtlety and farce and more or less fumbling through embarrassing situations; meanwhile American comedies are in-your-face slapstick gags and vulgarity. Fusing the two would be a difficult and delicately balanced task, but this series pulls it off with flair and style.

What really counts are the performances: Paxton Whitehead and Bob Fraser do a masterful job as the butler and socialite who try to keep on top of situations even as they fall apart. Whitehead slides immaculately from competent servant to comically cracking up as he tries to keep stock of situations, while Fraser simply rides each situation with wonderful disregard and egotism (he wrote and produced the show, but his acting is also quite wonderful). The rest of the cast do quite well in their roles (keep an eye out for Phil Morris and Michael Richards), but the show belongs to Whitehead and Fraser. As I said, a great mix of British and American talent and comedy.

This show sadly didn't last too long, as around the time it came out America was switching away from shows like BENSON and towards blue- collar working-class comedies. If given another chance, this very entertaining sitcom could be enjoyed quite a lot.

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