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The Tony Randall Show 

Fastidious Philadelphia Judge Walter Franklin has a plummy housekeeper, a sloppy court clerk, an icy secretary, and an obnoxiously ingratiating Assistant District Attorney.
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1978   1977   1976  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Tony Randall ...  Judge Walter Franklin 44 episodes, 1976-1978
Barney Martin ...  Jack Terwilliger 38 episodes, 1976-1978
Allyn Ann McLerie ...  Miss Janet Reubner 37 episodes, 1976-1978
Rachel Roberts ...  Mrs. Bonnie McClellen 32 episodes, 1976-1978
Brad Savage ...  Oliver Wendell Franklin 25 episodes, 1976-1978
Devon Scott Devon Scott ...  Roberta Franklin 18 episodes, 1976-1977
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Fastidious Philadelphia Judge Walter Franklin has a plummy housekeeper, a sloppy court clerk, an icy secretary, and an obnoxiously ingratiating Assistant District Attorney.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De rechter is linker See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(44 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Tony Randall, ABC offered a second season for thirteen shows, with an option for nine more. Grant Tinker asked for the full twenty-two shows. ABC then offered a second season for twenty-two shows with an option to drop nine shows after the first thirteen. CBS offered all twenty-two shows, so they moved to CBS. See more »

Quotes

Judge Walter Franklin: Your name is Mario Lanza? Any relation?
Mario Lanza: To who?
Judge Walter Franklin: To Mario Lanza.
Mario Lanza: I *am* Mario Lanza.
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Connections

Referenced in The Brady Bunch Variety Hour: Pilot (1976) See more »

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The Tony Randall Show
15 September 2006 | by rcj5365See all my reviews

This comedy concerned the courtroom and home life of a middle-aged Philadelphia judge. "The Tony Randall Show",was without a doubt very funny in its own way,since it did star Tony Randall(his second television series after his successful and Emmy winning five year-run as Felix Unger on the television series,"The Odd Couple" opposite Jack Klugman)and was created by the same producers who brought you "The Bob Newhart Show",and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"(under the company called MTM Productions). The series ran for two seasons on ABC-TV from its premiered episode on September 23,1976 until the final installment of the series on March 25,1978. Only 45 episodes were produced of this series,with great writing from Gary David Goldberg and Michael Zinberg and directed by some of the best in the business.

The story was basically on the same premise as "The Bob Newhart Show",but with some of the strangest and most ordinary looking people you'll ever come in contact with. It was like Bob Newhart's show,but this time around instead of a psychiatry desk its in a courtroom,and this time our lead character is a middle-aged widower with two kids and a housekeeper to boot. Court of Common Pleas Judge Walter Franklin (Tony Randall)was serious about his work,sometimes a bit stuffy,but kind at heart and always had a twinkle in his eye. After two years as a widower Walter was ready for a little romance,and his attempts to both keep his dignity and charm his dates provided much of the humor. Walter played the field,although Judge Eleanor Hooper(Diana Muldaur)was a recurring love interest.

Our characters included that slob of a court clerk,Jack Terwilliger (Barney Martin)who was Walter's longtime,ultra-accurate and no so bright court reporter;his icy secretary and sharp-tongued Miss Reubner (Allyn Ann McLerie)who was overbearing and motherly;the judge's plummy and about as nutty as a fruitcake housekeeper Mrs. McClellan(Rachel Roberts);and the strangest,weirdest,funniest person of them all---the obnoxiously ingratiating assistant to the assistant District Attorney Mario Lanza(Zane Lasky). Others included Walter's liberal-minded and conservative father Wyatt Franklin(Hans Conried) who considered his son to be something of a stuffed shirt with it came to important matters,and his other members of the family,which consisted of his 18-year old daughter "Bobby",aka Roberta Franklin(played by two actresses: Season One by Devon Scott,and Second Two by Penny Peyser)who was very much involved with current issues,and Walter's annoying,repulsive,and precocious 11-year old son Oliver(Brad Savage). Great show if Tony Randall could have gotten another sidekick to join him for this series. When production started on this series,they really wanted to team Randall and his co-star from his other series "The Odd Couple" Jack Klugman for this,but at the time Klugman was unavailable. Klugman went on to star in another series called "Quincy" for a rival network,leaving Tony Randall to carry on. And with this series,it could have lasted longer.


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