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Working Stiffs 

Short lived (three weeks) slapstick comedy about Ernie and Mike who are janitors, but attempting to work their way up in a Chicago office building owned by their uncle.
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Complete series cast summary:
Jim Belushi ...  Ernie O'Rourke 9 episodes, 1979
Michael Keaton ...  Mike O'Rourke 9 episodes, 1979
Val Bisoglio ...  Al Steckler 8 episodes, 1979
Allan Arbus ...  Mitch Hannigan 8 episodes, 1979
Lorna Patterson ...  Nikki Evashevsky 8 episodes, 1979
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Short lived (three weeks) slapstick comedy about Ernie and Mike who are janitors, but attempting to work their way up in a Chicago office building owned by their uncle. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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USA

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English

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15 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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Mike et Ernie See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Nine episodes were produced, but the show was cancelled after four episodes aired. See more »

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Featured in Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005) See more »

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Working Stiffs
(theme song)
Composed by Jack Carone
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It had potential
25 December 2011 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Working Stiffs" was one of the first television programs to be cancelled in the 1979-1980 television season, being terminated after just four episodes had been aired. I never saw the show when it was first aired, and today I just watched the first three episodes after finding a videotape that Paramount put out of the show in the mid '80s. After seeing those episodes, I felt that the show had potential. Yes, it's very uneven, having some dumb attempts at humor and maybe a bit too much slapstick. On the other hand, stars Michael Keaton and Jim Belushi are very good, giving very enthusiastic performances and having great chemistry together. And there were a number of very funny moments sprinkled throughout the episodes. Many shows get off to a rough start before finding their groove, and I think had the show been given a chance it might have soon hit its stride. It makes you wonder about all the hundreds of early cancelled shows that might have become popular had they been given more of a chance to prove themselves.


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