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Phyllis 

Mary Richards' landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, moves back to her hometown of San Francisco with her teenage daughter Bess following the sudden death of her husband, Lars. She intends to make a... See full summary »
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1977   1976   1975  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Cloris Leachman ...  Phyllis Lindstrom 48 episodes, 1975-1977
Henry Jones ...  Judge Jonathan Dexter 48 episodes, 1975-1977
Jane Rose Jane Rose ...  Audrey Dexter 48 episodes, 1975-1977
Carmine Caridi ...  Dan Valenti / ... 25 episodes, 1975-1977
John Lawlor ...  Leonard Marsh / ... 25 episodes, 1976-1977
Lisa Gerritsen ...  Bess Lindstrom / ... 24 episodes, 1975-1977
Garn Stephens Garn Stephens ...  Harriet Hastings 24 episodes, 1976-1977
Judith Lowry ...  Sally 'Mother' Dexter 23 episodes, 1975-1977
Richard Schaal ...  Leo Heatherton 23 episodes, 1975-1976
Liz Torres ...  Julie Erskine 20 episodes, 1975-1976
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Storyline

Mary Richards' landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, moves back to her hometown of San Francisco with her teenage daughter Bess following the sudden death of her husband, Lars. She intends to make a new life for herself and her daughter by moving in with Lars' scatterbrained mother, Audrey and her second husband Judge Dexter and getting a new job as an assistant to Julie Erskine, the CEO of a photography studio.

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Goodbye Minneapolis, Hello San Francisco! Mary Tyler Moore's former neighbor starts a new life but she's the same monomaniacal kook with a genius for triggering mayhem (season 1)

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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Runtime:

(48 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Colby played Julie Erskine in the first three episodes of this show. She was murdered not long after season one, episode three, "Up For Grabs", was in the can. See more »

Crazy Credits

The pictures used in the opening credits (Phyllis hugging the fur coat, Phyllis rocking in the chair whistling, etc) were taken from segments of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" See more »

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Referenced in Simon (1980) See more »

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Phyllis
Words and Music by Stan Daniels
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A funny, memorable show with a great theme-song sequence.
1 February 2006 | by rswanson-6See all my reviews

This was a funny spin off, not the best ever, but certainly memorable, and enjoyable. (The theme-song sequence is one of the best in TV history.) The show allowed the wonderful Cloris Leachman to really flesh out the Phyllis Lindstrom character. Unfortunately, despite good ratings, the show was canceled just when it was blossoming.

Phylllis was the flip side of Mary Richards. She didn't so much embrace her liberation as slip on it like a banana peel. In many ways her character and this show were precursors of the dysfunctional survivor school of situation comedy. Marge Simpson, Peg Bundy, Malcolm's mom, Lois, and many others owe a little tip of the hat to Cloris Leachman's put-upon Phyllis.


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