The Tony Randall Show (1976–1978)

TV Series   |    |  Comedy


Episode Guide
The Tony Randall Show (1976) Poster

Fastidious Philadelphia Judge Walter Franklin has a plummy housekeeper, a sloppy court clerk, an icy secretary, and an obnoxiously ingratiating Assistant District Attorney.

TIP
Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.

7.5/10
86

Photos

  • The Tony Randall Show (1976)
  • "Tony Randall Show,The" Tony Randall 1976 ABC
  • "The Tony Randall Show" Tony Randall
  • The Tony Randall Show
  • Diana Muldaur and Tony Randall in The Tony Randall Show (1976)
  • "Tony Randall Show,The" Tony Randall 1976 ABC

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Series Cast



Creators:

Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


15 September 2006 | rcj5365
The Tony Randall Show
This comedy concerned the courtroom and home life of a middle-aged Philadelphia judge. "The Tony Randall Show",was without a doubt very funny in its own way,since it did star Tony Randall(his second television series after his successful and Emmy winning five year-run as Felix Unger on the television series,"The Odd Couple" opposite Jack Klugman)and was created by the same producers who brought you "The Bob Newhart Show",and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"(under the company called MTM Productions). The series ran for two seasons on ABC-TV from its premiered episode on September 23,1976 until the final installment of the series on March 25,1978. Only 45 episodes were produced of this series,with great writing from Gary David Goldberg and Michael Zinberg and directed by some of the best in the business.

The story was basically on the same premise as "The Bob Newhart Show",but with some of the strangest and most ordinary looking people you'll ever come in contact with. It was like Bob Newhart's show,but this time around instead of a psychiatry desk its in a courtroom,and this time our lead character is a middle-aged widower with two kids and a housekeeper to boot. Court of Common Pleas Judge Walter Franklin (Tony Randall)was serious about his work,sometimes a bit stuffy,but kind at heart and always had a twinkle in his eye. After two years as a widower Walter was ready for a little romance,and his attempts to both keep his dignity and charm his dates provided much of the humor. Walter played the field,although Judge Eleanor Hooper(Diana Muldaur)was a recurring love interest.

Our characters included that slob of a court clerk,Jack Terwilliger (Barney Martin)who was Walter's longtime,ultra-accurate and no so bright court reporter;his icy secretary and sharp-tongued Miss Reubner (Allyn Ann McLerie)who was overbearing and motherly;the judge's plummy and about as nutty as a fruitcake housekeeper Mrs. McClellan(Rachel Roberts);and the strangest,weirdest,funniest person of them all---the obnoxiously ingratiating assistant to the assistant District Attorney Mario Lanza(Zane Lasky). Others included Walter's liberal-minded and conservative father Wyatt Franklin(Hans Conried) who considered his son to be something of a stuffed shirt with it came to important matters,and his other members of the family,which consisted of his 18-year old daughter "Bobby",aka Roberta Franklin(played by two actresses: Season One by Devon Scott,and Second Two by Penny Peyser)who was very much involved with current issues,and Walter's annoying,repulsive,and precocious 11-year old son Oliver(Brad Savage). Great show if Tony Randall could have gotten another sidekick to join him for this series. When production started on this series,they really wanted to team Randall and his co-star from his other series "The Odd Couple" Jack Klugman for this,but at the time Klugman was unavailable. Klugman went on to star in another series called "Quincy" for a rival network,leaving Tony Randall to carry on. And with this series,it could have lasted longer.

Featured on IMDb

See what movies and TV series IMDb editors are excited about this month and check out our guide to superheroes, horror movies, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com