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The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.
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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 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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Country:

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English

Release Date:

15 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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| (117 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Two ABC family comedy and weekly shows, Mr. Belvedere (1985) and The Brady Bunch (1969), each contain 117 episodes total, 111 solo episodes apiece and six of them, from each show are multi-part episodes. There are six, apiece. The Brady Bunch (1969) has two three-part special episode sets and Mr. Belvedere (1985) has three two-part special episode sets. Mr. Belvedere (1985)'s three two-part shows, First, Mr. Belvedere: Deportation: Part 1 (1986). Mr. Belvedere: Deportation: Part 2 (1986). Second, Mr. Belvedere: The Trip: Part 1 (1988) Mr. Belvedere: The Trip: Part 2 (1988). Third, Mr. Belvedere: Mr. Belvedere's Wedding: Part 1 (1990) and Mr. Belvedere: Mr. Belvedere's Wedding: Part 2 (1990). The Brady Bunch (1969)'s two three-part special episode shows were season opening trips to the Grand Canyon and Hawaii, the next year. Grand Canyon's special 3 part set is The Brady Bunch: Ghost Town, U.S.A. (1971), The Brady Bunch: Grand Canyon or Bust (1971) and The Brady Bunch: The Brady Braves (1971). Hawaii's three-part episode set are The Brady Bunch: Hawaii Bound (1972), The Brady Bunch: Pass the Tabu (1972) and The Brady Bunch: The Tiki Caves (1972). See more »

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There are three clocks on the same wall in the living room, but none of them show the same time. See more »

Quotes

George Owens: Who are these from?
Marsha Cameron Owens: They're from Robbie Rogers.
George Owens: Robbie Rogers? You mean that wimp you met before you met me?
Marsha Cameron Owens: He was not a wimp. He was sweet and kind and I'm not throwing these away.
George Owens: Okay, then I will.
[George throws out Marsha's mash letters]
Marsha Cameron Owens: George!
[Marsha throws out George's girlie magazines]
George Owens: Hey, those are collector's items!
Marsha Cameron Owens: Yeah, the trash collector.
[...]
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Written by Judy Hart-Angelo and Gary Portnoy
Performed by Leon Redbone
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The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com - @tss5078
9 March 2016 | by Tss5078See all my reviews

Now days, most people only recognize Mr. Belvedere as a frequent butt of Family Guy jokes. On the surface, it was just another 80s sitcom, one of the founding members of ABC's classic TGIF line-up, but for those of us who have come to love this show, we realize that it was so much more.

Mr. Belvedere is an English butler, who was created in a 1947 novel, starred in a 1948 movie, and modernized for television in 1985. The show centers on Lynn Belvedere (Christopher Hewitt), a British Royal butler, who has been hired to work for a middle class family in suburban Pittsburgh. Most of the time, it's your every day run of the mill sitcom, but what made this show extremely different, was it's very special episodes, which occurred several times a season.

The show ran from 1985-1990, yet it still managed to be the first television show to tackle issues such as AIDS, bullying, stranger danger, elder rights, and even homosexuality. Often times the family would come into conflict and face three choice, Mrs. Owens, who always does the right things, Mr. Owens, who never does the right thing, and Mr. Belvedere the voice of reason that lies somewhere in the middle.

As for the cast, they are as unique and strange a mix as ever seen on television. The main sources of comedy come from Mr. Belvedere (played by Christopher Hewitt, between known for his performances on Broadway than anything else) and his dealings with Wesley T. Owens (Brice Beckham), who is as twisted and psychotic as any sitcom child could ever be. Mr. Belvedere has frequent run-ins' and a contentious relation with head of the household, George (played by Bob Uecker, a former baseball player), which usually lead to some quick one liners, and even more laughs.

Mr. Belvedere was really ahead of it's time and extremely underrated as far as television history is concerned. It may forever be remembered as that show with the butler, that led into Full House, but for it me, it has always been an image of how the not so perfect family should function and work together. It is a mixture of laughter, tears, and life lessons that is as relevant today as it was back then.


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