The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Christopher Hewett ...  Mr. Lynn Aloysius Belvedere 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Ilene Graff ...  Marsha Cameron Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Rob Stone ...  Kevin Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Tracy Wells ...  Heather Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Brice Beckham ...  Wesley T. Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Bob Uecker ...  George Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
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Popular 1980s sitcom based on the Gwen Davenport novel "Belvedere," which in turn was thrice adapted to the big screen. Like its earlier novel and big-screen brethren, "Mr. Belvedere" featured British butler Lynn Belvedere, who takes a job as a live-in nanny for a typical American family and records their everyday experiences in his diary for future use in writing a novel. In the 1985 small-screen version, the Owens family served as that "typical American family" and the source of fodder for Belvedere, who had previously worked as a gentry for Winston Churchill and had connections to British royalty. Family patriarch George (played by sportscaster Bob Uecker) was, in an example of art imitating life, a sportswriter; the matriarch was Marsha, a law student. The couple, who had settled in suburban Pittsburgh, had three children: awkward teenager Kevin; precocious, easily-embarrassed Heather; and mischievous prankster Wesley. George was initially uncomfortable hiring the worldly ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Family

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The series' theme song, "According to Our New Arrival", was written by Judy Hart-Angelo and Gary Portnoy and was originally intended for a series entitled Help that was eventually scrapped by ABC. In 1985, an unnamed studio singer performed the song for the pilot episode of Mr. Belvedere. When the series was picked up by ABC, a re-recorded version performed by blues singer Leon Redbone was used as the theme (varying instrumental version of the song were used during the closing credits). In 2007, Gary Portnoy released a previously unheard version of "According to Our New Arrival" on his album, Destiny. See more »

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Kevin Owens: What is that? You can't eat that. That's a cookie.
Mr. Lynn Aloysius Belvedere: What? It's a graham cracker.
Heather Owens: You're cheating on your diet.
Wesley T. Owens: You're eating it with milk so that makes it a cookie.
Heather Owens: He's right, you know.
Wesley T. Owens: Neener, neener, neener.
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Alternate Versions

In syndication, the episodes were edited from 23-24 minutes to 21-22 minutes. The episodes on Shout! Factory's DVD releases are the original full-length versions. See more »


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According To Our New Arrivals
Written by Judy Hart-Angelo and Gary Portnoy
Performed by Leon Redbone
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Had its moments and it had its moments.
8 December 2011 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

I caught this show and was a fan for a bit of time. It was one of those sitcom shows of the 80's that was not really a huge success or a big flop. It had limited success and was able to last for six seasons and it was sort of a funny show. It featured an English butler living with an American family and it most certainly had some funny moments. It also had some very disturbing moments in the form of very bad jokes or subject matter. I remember one where the daughter was just about raped or something and another where the youngest child made a completely inappropriate joke about his teacher. Mr. Belvedere for the most part did not really do any of the more off kilter jokes and was the highlight of the show. This show is also a source of the rumor that one of the two male children was Marilyn Manson, but of course those rumors are completely untrue, I am not sure if it was the older boy or younger one that supposedly grew up to be everyone's most favorite satanist. Bob Uecker played the father of he household, I find it bizarre that they got a baseball play by play man to star in their sitcom, but he does an okay job and the man playing Mr. Belvedere did good too, the mother was unmemorable and all the children were very iffy. Still, this show had some funny moments and perhaps could have thrived longer and been more successful with better writers who know what is funny and what isn't.


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English

Release Date:

15 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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4:3
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