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When Things Were Rotten 

Comedy in the Mel Brooks style about Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, along with Maid Marion. Set in Sherwood Forest, they struggle against Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham.






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Complete series cast summary:
Dick Gautier ...  Robin Hood 13 episodes, 1975
Dick Van Patten ...  Friar Tuck 13 episodes, 1975
Bernie Kopell ...  Alan-A-Dale 13 episodes, 1975
Richard Dimitri Richard Dimitri ...  Bertram / ... 13 episodes, 1975
Henry Polic II ...  The Sheriff of Nottingham 13 episodes, 1975
Misty Rowe ...  Maid Marian 13 episodes, 1975
David Sabin David Sabin ...  Little John 13 episodes, 1975
Ron Rifkin ...  Prince John 9 episodes, 1975


Comedy in the Mel Brooks style about Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, along with Maid Marion. Set in Sherwood Forest, they struggle against Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Written by anonymous

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Adventure | Comedy







Release Date:

10 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kdyz je vsechno jinak See more »

Company Credits

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Paramount Television See more »
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(13 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The theme song was written by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, who wrote the famous opening theme for "All in the Family," as well as musicals such as "Annie" and "Bye Bye Birdie" (which is mentioned in one of the early chapters). See more »


Version of The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) See more »


When Things Were Rotten
Performed by Charles Strouse
Music by Artie Butler
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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great show
9 May 2004 | by hillary1See all my reviews

Created by Mel Brooks, this comedy was actually a spoof on Robin Hood and his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest. Instead of the brave and heroic Robin of legend, he was portrayed as a complete moron, and his band were nothing but a bunch of boobs who only succeed because of the utter incompetence of Prince John and his henchman - the Sheriff of Nottingham. Maid Marian was Robin's cute but brainless love interest. Critics loved this show but Mel Brooks probably doesn't have enough mass appeal to sustain a weekly run and it was cancelled after a few months. I, for one, loved this show. I was about 12 during its' run, and even then I recognized a good farce when I saw it and was very disappointed when it ended. Thirty years later, I still remember it and am so glad to find out other people do too! Let's hope for a TV land run in the future! Hooray for cable!

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