Mr. Belvedere

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  • S 6 : Ep 22

    Mr. Belvedere's Wedding (2)

    Aired 7/8/90

  • S 6 : Ep 21

    Mr. Belvedere's Wedding (1)

    Aired 7/1/90

  • S 6 : Ep 20

    Mumsy

    Aired

  • S 6 : Ep 19

    Home

    Aired

  • S 6 : Ep 18

    Bad Marsha

    Aired

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christopher Hewett

    Mr. Lynn Belvedere

  • Ilene Graff

    Marsha Owens

  • Rob Stone

    Kevin Owens

  • Tracy Wells

    Heather Owens

  • Brice Beckham

    Wesley Owens

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  • Mr. Belvedere began in March of 1985 and aired on ABC. It was a spring replacement series and yet another family sitcoms from the 80's joining the ranks of The Cosby Show, Family Ties and Who's the Boss?. Mr. Belvedere centered around the Owens family who lived in suburban Pittsburgh. George Owens was a sports writer and his wife, Marsha was a homemaker/law-student. They had three children, 16 year old Kevin, 14 year old Heather and 8 year old Wesley. The series began when it got to the point where Marsha couldn't handle the household anymore with her studying so she placed an ad for a housekeeper. This is where Mr. Lynn Belvedere steps in. Mr. Belvedere was an English housekeeper whose previous employers include Winston Churchill. Although hesitant, George and Marsha hired him and he instantly becomes one of the family, even giving the kids advice on how to solve their problems when they need it. At the end of each episode, Belvedere would write an entry in his journal concerning the situations that occurred in each episode. The series lasted five years and was even canceled in 1987 only to be renewed by ABC. The series followed Marsha through law school and into her first job as a lawyer, Kevin through high-school and into college and Heather and Wesley through puberty. In 1990, the series was canceled and in the finale, Mr. Belvedere leaves the Owens household after getting married. The series was based on the novel Belvedere written by Gwen Davenport which was later turned into three movies of the late 40's and early 50's, in which Clifton Webb portrayed Mr. Belvedere. ABC Broadcast History March-April 1985----Fridays----8:30 p.m. August 1985-March 1987----Fridays----8:30 p.m. May-September 1987----Fridays----8:30 p.m. October 1987-January 1988----Fridays----9:00 p.m. January-February 1988----Fridays----8:30 p.m. March 1988-July 1989----Fridays----9:00 p.m. August-September 1989----Fridays----8:30 p.m. September-December 1989----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. July 1990----Sundays----8:30 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 35 or Better) #37 in the 1984-1985 Season First Telecast: March 15, 1985 Last Telecast: July 8, 1990 Episodes: 117 Color Episodes Theme Song: "According to Our New Arrivals" Written by: Judy Hart Angelo and Gary Portnoy Sung by: Leon Redbone Streaks on the china, never mattered before, who cares. When you dropped kicked your jacket, as you came through the door, no one glared. But sometimes things get turned around and no one spared. All hands look out below. There's a change in the status quo. Gonna need all the help that we can get. According to our new arrival, Life is more than mere survival, and we just might live the good life yet.moreless

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    • Mr. Belvedere: (to Wesley's party guests) Punch and cookies? Wayne: No thank you, I ate before I came. Mr. Belvedere: Ms.? Rona: Yes please, everything looks so delicious. (Mr. Belvedere hands her a glass of punch) Rona: Don't spill!! Mr. Belvedere: Young lady, I wouldn't think of spoiling such a lovely party dress. Rona: Don't patronize me, Hazel! Mr. Belvedere: (about her dress) Is this flammable?

    • Wesley: I remember this kid at school that kept picking on me, and I wished something would happen to him, and he fell off the monkey bars and broke his arm. Mr. Belvedere: Wesley. Wesley: Then I had this teacher that kept calling on me, and I wished something would happen to her, and she got pregnant. Mr. Belvedere: Wesley, I'm certain you had nothing to do with that... Wesley: But I have this power! Mr. Belvedere: Wesley, this is Beaver Falls, not the Twilight Zone.

    • (George cooking breakfast) George: Okay folks, how do we want our eggs? Kevin: Scrambled. Wesley: Poached. Heather: Fried. Mr. Belvedere: Florentined.

    • Angela: Hi, Mr. Velveeta. Mr. Belvedere: Hello Angela. And it's Belvedere.

    • Mr. Belvedere: Hello Angela. Angela: Hello Mr. Belafonte.

    • Kevin: (to Mr. Belvedere and Marsha) Oh hey, are you guys planning on using the house tonight? Mr. Belvedere: No Kevin. Tonight's the night your mother and I usually go sit in the gutter.

    • Wesley: I'm not going to any stupid Swedish movie. It's probably Pippi Longstocking. I hate that broad. Mr. Belvedere: WESLEY!

    • Mr. Belvedere: (coming into Heather's room) Sorry ladies, I just came in to change the linen. Angela: Oh, it's okay Mr. Bellbottom.

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    Notes (24)

    • The series begins its run, airing on Fridays.

    • Casey Ellison makes his first appearance in the recurring role of Miles Knobnoster.

    • Winifred Freedman makes her first appearance in the recurring role as Wendy.

    • This may have been one of the first sitcoms to deal with the AIDS epidemic that erupted in the early to mid-80's.

    • Willie Garson makes his first appearance in the recurring role of Carl.

    • ABC aired a Parental Advisory prior to this episode airing.

    • Tracy Wells does not appear in this episode.

    • Final episode directed by Noam Pitlik.

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    Trivia (15)

    • Tricia Cast is better known for her role on The Young and the Restless.

    • Albert Hague is better known for his role as Benjamin Shorofsky on Fame.

    • Instead of ending the episode with Mr. Belvedere writing in his journal in his bedroom, this episode ends with him writing in it as George puts everyone to sleep with his speech at the award ceremony.

    • Brian Robbins is better known for his role as Eric Mardian on Head of the Class.

    • Jason Bateman is better known for his roles as Michael Bluth on Arrested Development and David Hogan on Valerie (a.k.a.) The Hogan Family.

    • Danny Cooksey is better known for his role as Sam McKinney on Diff'rent Strokes, which aired its final episode a few weeks before this episode originally aired.

    • James Gregory was a prolific character actor who was probably best known for his role as Inspector Frank Luger on Barney Miller, the show which nearly all of the production staff of Mr. Belvedere had worked on previously.  This was his final credited acting role.

    • Doris Roberts is best known for her role as Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond.

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    Allusions (4)

    • The name of this episode is also the same name of the 1961 Tokens song The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

    • (Mr. Belvedere answers the phone) "Owen's Residence, Mary Poppins speaking". Mr. Belvedere mentions Mary Poppins, a British nanny (played by Julie Andrews) who takes care of a family (played by David Tomlinson and Glynnis Johns) and their kids (played by Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). The movie was released in 1964.

    • The episode title is also the name of the 1988 movie Big, a movie (directed by Penny Marshall) that a 12 year old boy makes a wish at a carnival to be big and gets more than he bargained for.  He turns into a 35 year old man (Played by Tom Banks) who has a cool job with a toy company and a girlfriend (played by Elizabeth Perkins).

    • George tells Keith:  "Who taught you to do that, Freddy Krueger?"  George was talking about Freddy Krueger, a character created by Wes Cravens and the 1984 horror film Nightmare On Elm Street (that starred Robert Englund, Heather Lagencamp and Johnny Depp) as Freddy Krueger, a stalker who kills teenage kids in their dreams and has to survive.  The film went on to have more sequels in the 1980s.

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Sleeper hit comedy show of the 1980's.

    By piccolomaster, Jun 30, 2010

  • A funny show

    By angelsxo, Jan 31, 2006

  • can a horse talk?

    By angelsxo, Jan 31, 2006

  • This show rocked the Casbah!

    By KCCopperhead, Jul 08, 2005

  • This was a show that I watched mostly in syndication a couple years after it stopped airing in first run episodes, and I think I ended up seeing every last episode of it too.

    By NODAK1979, Jun 18, 2005

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