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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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Good idea and well structured, but the pilot was redone. Why? See more (3 total) »


 (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)
Cami 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Entourage: Dramedy (#7.3)" (2010)See more »


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1 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Good idea and well structured, but the pilot was redone. Why?, 10 November 2002
Author: richard.fuller1

The Famous Teddy Z, about a young man who works in the mailroom of a HOllywood agency, then punches out a star and becomes the celebrity's agent, was alleged to be based on an actual incident with Marlon Brando. When the actor would show up in later episodes, he would even be similar to Brando. Jane Sibbett would be the agency's secretary, who Teddy (Jon Cryer) was in love with, but she couldn't stand him. Alex Rocco would be an incompetent agent who also worked in the office. Now here is where this show went odd. There was a pilot that had Sibbett as Cryer's main antagonist. She would use him for her own benefit when she learned he was now an agent. Rocco ran through, said his lines a la Ted Baxter of "Mary Tyler Moore" or Herb Tarlek of "WKRP in Cincinnati", then vacated. Then the Marlon Brando actor appeared in an episode, got his laughs. Then the pilot was redone, showing the Marlon Brando actor again, but this time instilling Alex Rocco more in the show's plotline. He would work alongside Teddy Z, the agent of a big client. Hugh Wilson, who made Mary Tyler Moore and WKRP, also made this show. His only show NOT to have the bumbler in it was Frank's PLace, with Tim Reid. Yet the notion that the idiot here had to be center stage, as Ted and Herb eventually became, ruined the show. Al Floss, the agent Rocco portrayed, worked better in the background, such as when he kept getting a good deal for a dead actor. And this show suffered for the need of having Rocco up front. Alex Rocco would win the Emmy for Supporting Actor for this show, obviously because all actors knew an agent like Al Floss. The Al Floss character was superbly spineless and weak, out to please the clients (The Sean Penn character who appears is decked by Teddy's aunt, played by LIz Torres. Teddy gets the actor to behave by threatening to tell the tabloids the tough guy was hit by a woman. "Hey, good going, kid" Al Floss says, then he and another agent tear after the actor like lap dogs to do his bidding. it was all hilarious!)

But there was no need for Al Floss to be pushed up to the front like that. This is the only show I know of with two separate pilots. My brother teases me about the actual pilot all the time.

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