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18 September 1989 (USA) See more »
Ted Zakalokis' family has a bakery and it has always been assumed that he would one day work there. But that's not what he wants to do... See more »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 16)

Jon Cryer ... Teddy Zakalokis (20 episodes, 1989-1990)

Jane Sibbett ... Laurie Parr (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Milton Selzer ... Abe Werkfinder (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Erica Yohn ... Deena Zakalokis (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tom La Grua ... Richie Herby (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Josh Blake ... Aristotle Zakalokis (20 episodes, 1989-1990)

Alex Rocco ... Al Floss (20 episodes, 1989-1990)

Series Directed by
Max Tash (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
Richard Dubin (3 episodes, 1989)
Hugh Wilson (3 episodes, 1989)
Frank Bonner (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Writing credits
Hugh Wilson (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Wilcox (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Wayne Lemon (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sid O. Smith (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Craig Nelson (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Richard Dubin (2 episodes, 1989)

Series Produced by
Freddye Chapman .... associate producer (1 episode, 1989)
Richard Dubin .... supervising producer (1 episode, 1989)
Jon Spector .... associate producer (1 episode, 1989)
Hugh Wilson .... executive producer (1 episode, 1989)
Series Original Music by
Steve Tyrell (1 episode, 1989)

Guy Moon (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Richard Hissong (1 episode, 1989)

Kieran 'KC' Illes (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Robert Souders (1 episode, 1989)
Series Casting by
Deborah Barylski (1 episode, 1989)
Camille H. Patton (1 episode, 1989)
Series Production Design by
Don Roberts (1 episode, 1989)
Series Art Direction by
Scott Heineman (1 episode, 1989)
Chris Idoine (1 episode, 1989)
Series Costume Design by
Pat Welch (1 episode, 1989)
Series Makeup Department
Elizabeth Cooper Smokler .... makeup department head (20 episodes, 1989-1990)

Faye Woods .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Fran McConnell .... production supervisor (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ginger Grigg .... associate director (1 episode, 1989)
Series Art Department
Carlos Acosta .... property master (1 episode, 1989)
Series Sound Department
Michael Ballin .... audio (1 episode, 1989)
Marti D. Humphrey .... re-recording (1 episode, 1989)
Series Visual Effects by
Louie Schwartzberg .... main title design (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Casting Department
Rick Jacobs .... executive in charge of casting (1 episode, 1989)
Series Music Department
Guy Moon .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Stephanie Tyrell .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steve Tyrell .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Other crew
Robert Sexson Garth .... production assistant (19 episodes, 1989-1990)

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30 min (13 episodes)

Did You Know?

The character of Teddy Z was based on an anecdote about Jay Kanter, who was a mail-room clerk at Music Corp. of America sent to pick up Marlon Brando and drive him to the agency. Impressed by the young man, Brando promptly appointed him his agent.See more »
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Referenced in "Entourage: Dramedy (#7.3)" (2010)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
It Wasn't Amazing but It was Good!, 13 May 2007
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This show had legs and an interesting plot. Jon Cryer plays Teddy Z, a guy who doesn't want to work in the family business, a Greek bakery. Instead, he would rather work in show business. he gets a job in the mail room and gets the attention of a film star who wants him as his agent. With little or no experience, Teddy Z gets the most unlikely promotion. I remember Alex Rocco as the old time agent without a heart or conscience who is Teddy's mentor. I remember Jane Sibbett as the cold, ruthless woman working to get to where Teddy is. Teddy got there by being himself and not some determined, egotistical college graduate who start by working in the mailroom and hope to be secretaries with a promotion to agents. Too bad, they cancelled it after a year.

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