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Year:
Duration:
30 min (93 episodes)
Genres:
Comedy
IMDB rate:
8.2
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 18 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1977-09-13
Filming Locations: Columbia/Sunset Gower Studios - 1438 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Jimmy Baio
Jimmy Baio
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Ted Wass
Ted Wass
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Rod Roddy
Announcer (84 episodes, 1977-1981)
Katherine Helmond
Jessica Tate
Richard Mulligan
Burt Campbell
Cathryn Damon
Mary Campbell
Robert Mandan
Chester Tate
Jennifer Salt
Eunice Tate
Diana Canova
Corinne Tate-Flotsky
Arthur Peterson
The Major
Jay Johnson
Bob Campbell
Robert Guillaume
Benson DuBois
Donnelly Rhodes
Dutch Leitner
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Trivia
Jay Johnson had recently signed a contract to become the spokesman for a yogurt company when he stumbled upon an ad in Variety seeking a ventriloquist for a sitcom. Johnson auditioned on a whim and was shocked to land the role, so his spokesman gig was temporarily postponed. Halfway through the first season of the show, the yogurt company backed out of the deal and paid off his contract.
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One of the first American TV series to feature an openly gay character as a regular cast member (Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas).
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The series ended with several cliffhangers unresolved, including Jessica about to be executed by a communist firing squad. A 1983 episode of spin-off series Benson (1979) mentions Jessica's disappearance, noting the Tate family is seeking to have her declared legally dead. In this episode, Jessica appears as an apparition whom only Benson can see or hear, revealing to Benson that she is not dead, but in a coma somewhere in South America. The other cliffhangers are not referenced, leaving it to the viewers' imagination as to what might have happened.
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Quotes
Mallu: Do you have any secrets.
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Danny: Ah, leave it. It's probably swollen.
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Danny: Women can't be gay. Because if men were gay and women were gay they'd cancel each other out.
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Faq
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A NOTE ABOUT SPOILERS
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. It is assumed that no one who is diligently avoiding spoilers will be visiting this page in the first place.
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List: Ventriloquists who have disturbing relationships with their dummies
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See: this FAQ entry
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Photos from cast
Billy Crystal Jimmy Baio Jane Daly Martin Ferrero John Terry Ted Wass