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  • Next to Police Squad, this classic (and truly impossible to find) sitcom was the best of the best. Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman were in rare form on screen, and brought this comedy classic to life. Sight gags, sarcastic dialog, and just an aura of insane situations make this Mel Brooks best. Although it aired for only one month back in 1989, this show should be immortalized in the sitcom library of truly underrated classics.
  • vs66196622 January 2006
    "The Nutt House" with Cloris Leachman (Phyllis from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and Harvey Korman (from "The Carol Burnett Show") is truly an underrated gem. It was broadcast on ABC for about one month in 1989. If you blinked, you missed it. This show was full of funny and witty dialogue, zany sight gags and screwball antics. I think its humor was way ahead of its time, but unfortunately it was never given a chance to find an audience.

    A DVD release would be wonderful. Or maybe a mini-marathon on TV Land. This might help to get the word out on this great, hilarious Mel Brooks series!
  • This hilarious comedy series, which lasted only 6 episodes, is great fun. Mel Brooks' best work since HIGH ANXIETY back in 1977. Slapstick, puns and sight-gags galore, this makes the best use of its good cast (Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, Mark Blankfield, Brian MacNamara) and has great art direction (its lavish Nutt hotel). This is really hard to find, but is worth it for comedy and Mel Brooks fans.
  • I want to find out whether the complete 1989 TV series 'The Nutt House' is likely to be released on DVD. If anyone out there knows of any way to get this actioned PLEASE email me (or just go ahead and do it). This was one of the funniest and most under-rated TV series in the whole of the last 20 years. That good! We need to nag whoever to get this DVD. The highly-sexed, crazy housekeeper, Mrs Frick (played so perfectly by the delightful Beverly Leech) who took every opportunity to entice men into her private room. Then there was the untrustworthy hotel lift that, without warning, would stop short of the floor causing everyone to have to jump, or squeeze themselves, out of it to safety...solid gold stuff. The series featured a New York hotel which had fallen on hard times. It was run by the Nutt family and involved short sitcom style programmes about the day to day lives of the staff and (rare) guests in the Nutt House world. The opening credits came up as the viewer was taken on a rickety old wooden roller-coaster ride. For some unknown reason the series was not fully aired to its end. The series was (allegedly) not as well received in the US as it was by the crazy British audience who adored it and were distraught when it ended so abruptly. Many Brits have sought to get the series made available on DVD. As more and more old classic films and series are being released on DVDE nowadays, the huge fan club of The Nutt House sit and wait in trepidation in the hope that this will be included.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    How does one appreciate one of televisions best comedians who never succeeded in the lead role of a comedy series? Harvey Korman was always a positive element in any comic (and some dramatic) shows and films he appeared in. From his days as "Gazoo" in "The Flintstones" to his first appearance in weekly variety on Danny Kaye's variety show to his glory days as part of the weekly ensemble on Carol Burnett's variety show (who can forget him as Eunice's husband, or as "Rhett Butler" or in the Charles Dingle part in the spoof of "The Little Foxes" - using the word "chitlins" as a minced oath), to his long association with Mel Brooks...Korman carved a nice niche for himself, frequently as partner to Tim Conway. And he did prove he could play drama as well. Just recall his performance opposite Buddy Hackett in the television film about Abbott and Costello, "Bud And Lou". The devils and turmoils that destroyed those comic giants came through with the two unexpected performances.

    With such a record I felt it necessary to try to recall some unexpected work done by Korman that was just as good as the rest, but overlooked. One work was Korman as "Baron Hinterstoise" on "The Wild West", a Bismarckian German schemer planning to destroy America's reputation so as to open up the western hemisphere to European colonization. There was also his performance as "Von Zeppel" the fanatical aviation pioneer on "F-Troop", who gets Corporal Agarn to wear a Prussian military outfit complete with pointed helmet. But I noted the current obituaries brought in the long work with Mel Brooks, in the films "Blazing Saddles", "High Anxiety", "History Of The World Part I", and "Dracula: Dead And Loving It". Interestingly enough the obituaries failed to note how Korman and fellow Brooks' alumni Cloris Leachman were stars of this short lived comedy series, "The Nutt House".

    Except for "Get Smart" Mel Brooks has not had great success on television (or any further great success - "Get Smart" being in a class by itself). His 1970s series, "When Things Were Rotten" was his first attack on the Robin Hood myth (later revisited in one of his movie spoofs), and despite some decent scripts did not succeed. Yet it lasted longer (by about four months) than "The Nutt House". "The Nutt House" lasted a big month, and (apparently) was so poorly received by the public that the last two episodes never were aired. Yet it was better than the public and the critics gave it credit for. "The Nutt House" was a type of spoof on novels or stories or movies like "Hotel" or "Grand Hotel" or "Weekend At The Waldorf" or "Plaza Suite". Set in a famous hostelry owned by Leachman, with Korman as her hotel manager, each week's episode dealt with some problem facing the hotel that threatened it's existence or had to be overcome. Korman, trying to follow the instructions of his employer (who was also his would-be girlfriend - something Korman is constantly trying to avoid). It actually worked quite nicely, although sometimes it actually left comedy and again showed Korman's handling of drama.

    In one of the episodes a master jewel thief is at work in the hotel, and the staff from Korman down is aware of this. But Korman is also aware of pressures on himself because he is the manager that are beginning to make him doubt his abilities or his courage. But the conclusion of the episode was not funny but actually heroic. With the jewel thief holding several of the cast at bay with a pistol, Korman stumbles into the scene by chance to talk to a young woman who has been attracting him (actually a frightened partner of the jewel thief). The situation suddenly brings out Korman's total frustration and anger at the jewel thief, whom he rightly calls a phony and coward who pretends to be clever and brilliant but actually is so frightened he needs a gun to force a poor woman to protect him. This flusters the jewel thief enough to make him lose his edge and get captured though he manages to fire his gun before being rushed. Korman starts leaving when he realizes what his indignation almost cause happen. He faints as a result, thus reminding us that it is a comedy show.

    The episodes had neat tricks in them. In one episode Leachman thinks she has manipulated events so that Korman will end up marrying her. But he gets knocked out before he can answer "I do!" at the ceremony. Leachman looks at various cast members about whether Korman's body language said the critical words or not. They all just shake their heads "No". At the end she looks at the camera beseechingly at the audience for their support. The camera shakes it's "head" "No!" too.

    Korman and Leachman gave the show all they could as did Brooks, and it should have succeeded. Instead, it is in that select group of shows like "He And She" that were not successful, but ended being fondly remembered by those who caught them - and who now wish they were available on DVD or Video.

    And it represented another proof of Harvey Korman's best work...for which he'll be remembered by his myriads of fans.
  • First off one of the reviewers suggest that the Nutt House was on ABC it wasn't it was on NBC after Night Court.I would also like to add had it been a sitcom with 3 cameras the jokes/premise of the plots would have worked better.IMy father Harvey Korman who was a exceptional comedian/actor on Burnett worked better with the immediacy of having the audience react naturally.When you do a 1 camera sitcom like say Sledge Hammer another Alan Spencer production the actors are forced to have to take a beat venture a guess how long a laugh would normally take had there been a audience there. Site gags and physical comedy only works when there is a immediate response from the audience.The only thing I can say about my fathers deft comedic talents and Cloris's was they range every laugh they could out of those scripts because they had a inate ability to know how long to wait for a laugh to desolve in their heads because speaking.Again this show would have been more successfull had it been done infront of a studio audience.
  • I think this ran for 6 or 7 episodes, and I laughed through all of them. As good as Cloris Leachman is as the head of housekeeping she is even better as old Mrs. Nutt. The character is kind of similar to Tim Conway's old man routine from Carol Burnett, but that routine never made me laugh, the Cloris version cracked me up. I vaguely remember her jumping her support hose. Whenever I see Gregory Itzen as President Logan on 24 I remember him as the Dennis the player bell hop, and smile. Harvey Korman is good as well. I'd love to see the 3 or 4 episodes that did not air in the U.S. (the U.K. aired all of them), and I wish this was available on DVD.
  • until I looked at the description here. I saw this when it was shown in the UK (I think) and I thought it was really funny(but then I was only about 11), I recorded it, but then recorded over it, damn. Wish I could see it again to see if it was really funny, but they only showed it once I think, like Maniac Mansion(cept I recorded that).
  • ncuxo_naTok12 November 2020
    Its funny, its interesting and the actors are simply amazing. I am surprised it did not go for a longer period. 11 episodes only, but all great in typical Mel Brooks style.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Even with a powerhouse like Mel Brooks at the helm as one of the producers, this briefly aired sitcom (only 10 episodes including the pilot) seems like a sure thing with leads Cloris Leachman and Harvey Korman. What is had in talented stars, it lacked in a charismatic supporting cast, and just seemed to be another rip-off of British sitcom "Fawlty Towers" which had already flopped as the Bea Arthur series "Amanda's by the Sea".

    The pilot featured Leachman in a dual role as Ms. Frick, the severe looking manager of housekeeping and Mrs. Nutt, the elderly hotel owner. Mrs. Nutt was dropped after the first aired episode, handing over the reins to grandson Brian McNamara, a preppy playboy type easy on the eyes but not really interesting as a continuing character. Korman, as the hotel manager, seemed very strict in the pilot, but in the remainder episodes, revealed himself to be a complete pussycat. Leachman got to be a little bit zanier, insinuated to be a bit of a nymphomaniac and similar in strength and dominance as her "High Anxiety" character Nurse Diesel. The bulk of the episodes surround the two veterans of several Mel Brooks films, with a little bit of story thrown to McNamara and hotel secretary Molly Hagen who had the potential to be an interesting character but was never fully developed.

    There was also a nearly blind elevator operator and an assistant manager who did nothing but operate the reception desk and ogle the ladies. In the first two episodes, there was an elderly porter outside the hotel, and there was also two maids seen on occasion who did nothing but stand around and gossip. Obviously, Leachman and Korman could not dominate every episode, but they did get the bulk of the slapstick and funny lines. Everybody gave their all, but as the episodes flowed by, it was obvious that this hotel would end up being closed up shortly, following in the footsteps of "Amanda's" and later unintentionally imitated again as "The Golden Palace".
  • Hey Everyone, I found it from a video warehouse in Pennsylvania. Has all the episodes that didn't air in the US. Hopefully it'll be in good shape when it comes in. Me and my little sister used to rematch the same 6 episodes over and over again on VHS recordings when we were kids, hopefully the quality will be okay. Okay so the minimum is 10 lines of text.... well okay so like i said I sure hope the quality is good, not just good, but really really really great. I mean super duper. its been over 20 plus years since I've seen one of these episodes, so I don't even know if it'll be as funny as I thought it was when I was a kid. I remember laughing my butt off at old Police Files shows, so hopefully it'll be as funny as those were. these are the types of shows I wish that Hulu would pick up. It would be good I think to show the kids that not all 80's programming was grossly overly formulaic.