King of Kensington

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 23

    Movin' On

    Aired 3/13/80

  • S 5 : Ep 22

    Purple Passion

    Aired 3/6/80

  • S 5 : Ep 21

    Green Eyed Monster

    Aired 2/28/80

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    Counter Attack

    Aired 2/21/80

  • S 5 : Ep 19

    War and Peace

    Aired 2/7/80

  • Cast & Crew
  • Al Waxman

    Larry King

  • Helene Winston

    Gladys

  • Fiona Reid

    Cathy

  • Rosemary Radcliffe

    Tina Olsen [4]

  • Jayne Eastwood

    Gwen Twining [ 5 ]

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  • Welcome to the King of Kensington guide at TV.com. King of Kensington was a Canadian sitcom that revolved around the character of Larry King, a small convenience store owner who lived with his mother. Each episode revolved around King's interaction with the different people in the nighborhood as well as his own family. One thing that stood as a central issue was King's willingness to stand up for the downtrodden and disadvantaged.moreless

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  • Quotes (203)

    • Ashok: How is our dinner coming along? Gladys: I think it's ready. When I stirred it, the ladle started to melt.

    • (talking about Larry's financial problems) Nestor: King's five years ahead of Canada. Duke: What do you mean? Nestor: He's broke now.

    • Gladys: Chucky, I've told you a hundred times you shouldn't read Playboy. Larry: Ma, leave him alone. He's reading Sports Illustrated. Gladys: (holding up Playboy that was inside the Sports Illustrated) Since when does Sports Illustrated have a centerfold of Raquel Welch?

    • Larry: Well, if it isn't the honourable and revered Alderman Slawchuk. Slawchuk: Good morning, Larry. Good morning, Mrs. Maltby (extends hand to shake hands with the woman) Maltby: Save it for the suckers, Slawchuk! I never voted for you!

    • Larry: My mother gets upset when Johnny Carson has a substitute host.

    • Cathy: Ma, Old George is a tree. You make him sound like he's a member of the family. Gladys: He's better than family. He's honest.

    • Gladys: (referring to Cathy and Larry fighting over strippers appearing at local club) Oh, I've never seen those kids like this. Torturing themselves and for what? A couple of naked strangers.

    • Gladys: (referring to idea of prisons reforming inmates) You wanna change people? Bring back the noose!

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    Notes (27)

    • Mina E. Mina is credited under the name Mina Mina.

    • Leslie Carlson is credited under the name Les Carlson.

    • Kenneth Wickes is credited under the name Ken Wickes.

    • Other Credit: Hockey Telecast courtesy Hockey Night In Canada.

    • Mike Myers is credited under the name Michael Myers.

    • The closing credits for this episode start with Merry Christmas followed by nine versions in different languages and the cast/crew who worked on this episode (no titles/roles are associated with the names)

    • Siobhan Quinlan is credited as a Special Guest Star.

    • Other Credit: Hockey Telecast courtesy of HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA.

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    Trivia (19)

    • In the court scene, it is mentioned that Larry's real name is Larry Kinitsky.

    • Jerry mentions that he played cards with Larry's father as a child.

    • Gladys mentions that Larry and Cathy have been married for seven years.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Larry is seen reading a Captain Canuck comic. Captain Canuck was an independently produced comic featuring a Canadian superhero that ran for three issues in 1976 before going on hiatus.

    • Larry learns that the person living above Max plays the piano but knows only two songs: "Oh Canada" and "As Time Goes By".

    • Judging by The Kid's statement at one point, he has won, at most, seventy five fights in a total of two hundred and three fights.

    • The Kid is referred to as a middleweight and heavyweight boxer during the episode.

    • In the theater lobby, one can see a poster advertising the movie The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Kojak When the police arrive to arrest Larry and his friends, Gladys makes a reference to the television show as she watches what happens. Kojak was a seventies police drama series starring Telly Savalas as a tough talking New York police detective.

    • King Kong (1976)

      Freddie repeatedly refers to this movie when he talks about drawing a bigger audience in his theater. King Kong was a 1976 action/drama film that tells the the story of a giant ape found on a remote island that is brought to New York and what happens after it gets loose from its captors.

    • Let's Make A Deal Tiny mentions that he was picked out of the audience to play on the popular show. Let's Make A Deal was a game show that aired in the sixties and seventies in which audience members would dress up in wild costumes and hoped that the show's host Monty Hall would choose them to play games for cash and prizes.

    • Hockey Night in Canada The episode title is a reference to the long running CBC program Hockey Night in Canada, a hockey game shown every Saturday night during the NHL season with a Canadian team usually involved.

    • The Waltons The Olsens, Tina and Larry call out good nights with Tina jokingly saying 'Good night, John Boy! ' to Larry. The Waltons was a family drama set during the depression with each episode ending with family members calling out good nights to each other and John Boy being the last.

    • Johnny Carson At one point, Larry says that Tina has more late night night guests than Johnny Carson. Johhny Carson was a late night talk show that ran from the 60's to the early 80's. Host Johnny Carson would welcome a wide range of people each night to chat that ranged from popular celebrities to pet trainers and other interesting people.

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  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Hello, Leona Macri was in this show. This was the second time she was ona King Of Kensingtontv show. In this ending show she played the woman (who was the Italian wife) of the couple who buy from the King Of Kensington.

    By hatshepsut100, Aug 11, 2011

  • Larry King lives with his mother & they run a variety store back in the 70's. Very good, clean comedy. Mike Meyers made his TV Show debut on this show.

    By WestonWitch, Dec 13, 2005

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