Mr. Belvedere

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Mr. Belvedere

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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.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Sleeper hit comedy show of the 1980's.

    10
    Mr. Belvedere is indeed a sleeper hit in the 1980's. I love this show very much. The story is simple. Mr. Belvedere is a professional housekeeper (or butler) who traveled all over the world and finally landed in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. He happens to be a great problem solver too. I love this show very much. In fact this show was going to be cancelled but the people have spoken and ran from 1985 to 1990. Here is an interesting fact: Three cast members appeared in all of the episodes. Ilene Graff, Christopher Hewitt and Brice Beckham. Please forgive me if I spell their names incorrectly. I love all the cast members. The DVDs are extremely popular, well...at least in my mind. I have all four seasons so far. I highly recommend everyone to get all four seasons of Mr. Belvedere. I hope that seasons five and six come out soon.moreless
  • A funny show

    7.6
    Though the show had some humorous part to it, it seemed to be a take off on one show or another. The humor was good at times but not outstanding. It may have been the time frame it was in as there were many show's of it's kind. The theory would be an interesting concept to try again now when there are not so many shows of it's kind airing.
  • can a horse talk?

    7.6
    Can a horse talk? Of course not. But in this show the creators had you believing that a horse could talk. The show was interesting and entertaining but to unrealistic to have a long running series. The funniest part of the show was the interaction between the horse and the humans and his thoughts that remained unheard by them. Not a real block buster but still it had some funny parts.moreless
  • This show rocked the Casbah!

    9.8
    I loved the character of Lynn Belvedere. He brought so much class and statliness to the family he patiently worked for and mentored. I loved Wesley's relationship with him - tense and rebellious, yet loving, as he grew to appreciate Mr. B's old-world, austere disciplinary ways. Everyone needed Mr. B, and way down deep inside, Mr. B needed to be needed. The shows were creative and funny with good plots and resolutions. The character of Mr. B contrasted with that of Bull in a China Shop dad George was priceless.moreless
  • 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.moreless

    6.2
    There was a reason why I ended up seeing every show aired though. I thought this show was mildly entertaining when I was in school, and it was on at a convenient time as well every day on one of our local stations.



    Sure, the show didn't have alot of substance and it CERTAINLY didn't have any stars in it. That is, unless you include Bob Uecker in the "star" category. Anybody who is a baseball fan (like me) or a fan of the movie Major League (Again, like me) may think he's a valuable addition to a show. He had his moments and generally did a good job portraying the role of the father. Christopher Hewitt also did pretty well in the role of the butler, Mr. Belvedere. The rest of the cast was pretty much throwaways. The little kid Wesley was a pretty annoying character actually, and the "very special" episode with him getting touched in some very private places was pretty cheesy as well.



    I remember watching this show in syndication fondly and I have wished they would bring it back. I don't think that'll happen since this show never was really popular when it was in first run episodes, and certainly not in syndication. I suppose it just didn' thave the star power, nor the appeal of other 80s sitcoms. However, I still found it to be mildly funny, albiet not outrageously funny, and hope to see it again sometime.



    (Don't hold your breath for a Mr. Belvedere DVD set any time soon.)moreless
  • THIS WEEK, IT'S A SMORGASBORD OF COMEDY, DRAMA, AND CLASSIC OLDIES. PREPARE TO BE SCARED OUT OF YOUR MIND BY WATCHING GHOST HUNTERS: SEASON FOUR OR LAUGH THE WEEK OFF WITH MARRIED WITH CHILDREN: THE COMPLETE TENTH SEASON. LET YOURSELF GO BACK FOR SECONDS.

    March 17th, 2009 DVD Releases

    • Season 4 Now Available on DVD!
      If you haven't already, pick up Season 4 right now. If sales don't pick up than we will not be getting Seasons 5 & 6 on DVD. It is...
      07/06/10
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    • Season Three coming to DVD
      Season Three will be released on DVD on September 8th. Source: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Mr-Belvedere-Season-3/11989
      05/28/09
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    • First and Second Seasons Coming to DVD
      Shout Factory is releasing Seasons One and Two of Mr. Belvedere on March 17, 2009. Source: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Mr-Bel...
      12/12/08
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      In order for people of sound mind to deal with the Belvedere scourge, it is important to assess it's hold on the population of the...
      06/11/07
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    • Kevin's nudity
      Do you all remember the episode which "Kevin" posed nude for a class?I remember when the episode first aired.  Some scenes actual...
      05/09/07
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