The trials and misadventures of a US citizenship teacher and his class of recent immigrants.




1987   1986  


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Complete series cast summary:
...  Taylor Brown 26 episodes, 1986-1987
...  Ali Nadeem 26 episodes, 1986-1987
...  Laslo Gabov 26 episodes, 1986-1987
Harry Waters Jr. ...  Robert Muboto 26 episodes, 1986-1987
...  Maria Conchita Lopez 26 episodes, 1986-1987
Julian Reyes ...  Victor Ortega 26 episodes, 1986-1987
Leila Lee Olsen ...  Yung Hee 26 episodes, 1986-1987
...  Nikolai Rostapovich / ... 26 episodes, 1986-1987
...  Principal Joan Courtney 11 episodes, 1986-1987


26 episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1986 to 1987 debuting in September 1986. Taylor Brown teaches a night school course to recent immigrants trying to pass the citizenship test. The class consists of Nikolai, a Russian taxi driver; Laslo, a retired Hungarian doctor; Ali, a Pakistani; Robert the son of a deposed African king; Maria, the housekeeper working for a rich Beverly Hills family; Victor, a Hispanic in love with maria; and Yung Hi, a shy Chinese woman. Joan Courtney was the principal of the school in the first year but wa replaced by Bud McPherson early in 1987. Written by J.E. McKillop <>

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27 September 1986 (USA)  »

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What a Country!  »

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1.33 : 1
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Could have been better! Could have been worse!
13 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

What a Country was shown on syndication rather than network. It was one of those shows that was never going to succeed there. It was not that bad. Yakov proved his comedic talents about himself as a Russian immigrant trying to learn English in class with other immigrants. The appeal was there but it never launched into madcap humor or anything to be unforgettable. Yakov was a regular face on comedy shows at the time and he deserved a chance like so many comics to have his own show. Clearly, this show only lasted a season probably 20 more episodes than they would on network. That was the difference between syndication and network was that syndication was a place more for independent comedies like What a Country and Mama's Family. No, they weren't big budget but they were on a half-hour every Saturday. Now those half-hours are replaced by info-mercials. I wouldn't mind sitcoms (good or bad) because at least, they try to entertain us instead of infomercials with the exception of the Dean Martin Roasts and Carol Burnett Shows. The infomercials should get cancelled because they put me to sleep. So if I had a choice between a syndicated comedy like What A Country or an infomercial, you can probably guess that I wouldn't mind watching What A Country. As for the infomercial, I just change the channel or shut it off.

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