Mr. Merlin

CBS (ended 1982)
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  • show Description
  • Merlin the Magician is alive and well and owns an auto shop in San Francisco, where he uses his magics to help people. But the higher powers say he's overworked and falling behind, so he's ordered to take on an apprentice. Enter Zach, a bumbling 15-year-old who gets the job by effortlessly pulling a crowbar from a bucket of hardened cement. The 1600-year-old and the teenager become friends as well as teacher and student. Assisting Mr. Merlin is Alexandria ("Alex"), a blonde fellow magician and the only other person who knows his secret.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 22

    I Was a Teenage Loser

    Aired 3/22/82

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    Arrivederci, Dink

    Aired 3/15/82

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    An Absence of Amulets

    Aired 3/1/82

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    Change of Venue (2)

    Aired 2/22/82

  • S 1 : Ep 18

    Change of Venue (1)

    Aired 2/22/82

  • Cast & Crew
  • Barnard Hughes

    Max Merlin

  • Clark Brandon

    Zachary Rogers

  • Elaine Joyce


  • Jonathan Prince

    Leo Samuels

  • Woodrow Parfrey

  • Photos (1)
  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Alex: You're going to teach him to be a selfless and giving person in 24 hours? It can't be done. Mr. Merlin: Did I teach Attilla the Hun to brush his teeth?

    • Zach: The Merlin? You'd have to be over sixteen hundred years old! Mr. Merlin: I do thirty pushups a day and I don't eat fried food.

    • Alex: Merlin, you're a sorcerer, a magician of the highest order. Don't tell me you can't find an apprentice. Mr. Merlin: 1600 years, I've never needed an apprentice, why now? Alex: You're overworked and you're falling behind. Mr. Merlin: And what if I said no? Alex: You accept mortality and lose all your powers. Mr. Merlin: A lousy retirement plan. Alex: Find somebody!

    • Merlin: The last one who used it was Arthur. Zach: King Arthur? Merlin: Well, before he was king. As a boy, you know, he was a terrible bedwetter. Zach: I didn't know that. Merlin: Oh, chronic. He used starsand all the time. Zach: Well, what for? Merlin: Change the sheets.

    • (Zach can't stop the cloning spell) Zach: Okay, so I needed 90 bucks. To rent a motorcycle. Alex: Well, you could turn it off now. You have enough to buy a Kawasaki factory.

    • Zac: Mr. Merlin, you've seen me make my last mistake! (Zac opens the garage door and the water cooler behind it falls to the floor and breaks)

    • Leo: Mr. Merlin, thanks a lot, you made us famous. You must feel like Da Vinci at his first showing. Mr. Merlin: More like Judas, at the Last Supper.

    • Zac: Hi Mr. Merlin, have you got my check yet? Mr. Merlin: Yeah, I've got it right here. Zac: I really wanna thank you for paying me a day early. Life was a whole lot cheaper when I wasn't in love. Mr. Merlin: So I noticed. Where do you find the strength? Zac: My sex-ed teacher says males reach their peak at 17. Mr. Merlin: If you don't get some rest, you'll be too pooped to peak.

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    Notes (2)

    • The show moved to Mondays at 8:00 p.m.

    • This episode is the only one in the series that featured computer-generated effects by Excalibur Video Systems Inc., which is an appropriate name for a company working on a show featuring Merlin.

    Trivia (4)

    • The classical music playing as Zac is driving his van to the club meeting is "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

    • This episode is the only one in the series not to feature any guest stars.

    • This episode had no "writer" credit, only a "story consultant" one for Tom Chehak.

    • DieHard Battery DieHard is a Sears brand of battery, introduced in 1967.

    Allusions (2)

    • Mr. Merlin refers to Leo as Mr. Knievel, referencing legendary motorcyclist Evel Knievel.

    • When Max says to Alex that she's been "popping more than Orville Redenbacher" he's alluding to the well-known maker of "Gourmet Popping Corn".

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Merlin the wizard is living in San Francisco and working as a car mechanic. He is told he has to find an apprentice and he finds Zac.

    By expatriot, Apr 10, 2009