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The Tony Randall Show

The Tony Randall Show
From left:Tony Randall, Rachel Roberts, and Barney Martin, 1976.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Tom Patchett
Jay Tarses
Written by Gary David Goldberg
Hugh Wilson
Ken Levine
David Isaacs
Patricia Jones
Tom Patchett
Donald Reiker
Jay Tarses
Michael Zinberg
Directed by Tony Mordente
Starring Tony Randall
Barney Martin
Rachel Roberts
Allyn Ann McLerie
Penny Peyser
Hans Conried
Devon Scott
Brad Savage
Diana Muldaur
Composer(s) Patrick Williams
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Tom Patchett
Jay Tarses
Producer(s) Hugh Wilson
Gary David Goldberg
Michael Zinberg
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1976-1977)
CBS (1977-1978)
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 23, 1976 – March 25, 1978

The Tony Randall Show is an American television sitcom that debuted on September 23, 1976 and aired on ABC during its first season and on CBS for its second and final season.

Synopsis

The series starred Tony Randall as Walter Franklin, a middle-aged widowed judge, and took place in Philadelphia. The show followed the reserved Franklin dealing with being a single parent, raising his teenage daughter (Devon Scott) and preteen son (Brad Savage). At times he also had to play surrogate parent to his daffy English housekeeper (Rachel Roberts), whose inedible cooking was a frequent source of humor. At work, Judge Franklin had to contend with his dour and proper secretary, Miss Reubner (Allyn Ann McLerie), and his court reporter, Jack Terwilliger (Barney Martin), as well as presiding over court cases. Actor Zane Lasky played the recurring role of Mario Lanza, a nerdy, overbearing assistant whom Judge Franklin despised, but who kept getting rehired by Miss Reubner. Other recurring roles were played by Michael Keaton (the third film role of his career), Annette O'Toole, and Michael Durrell. In the show's second season, Devon Scott was replaced by Penny Peyser, and Hans Conried joined the cast as Walter's irascible father.

The show was produced by MTM Enterprises and aired for one season on ABC. For its second season, the series moved to CBS where it aired for one more season before being canceled. Writer/producer Gary David Goldberg discusses behind-the-scenes stories in his autobiography, Sit, Ubu, Sit.

Syndication and DVD release

The series has been seen in syndication, but was never officially released on VHS or DVD.

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1977 Golden Globes Nominated Best TV Actor - Musical/Comedy Tony Randall

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
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