Hey, Landlord

Hey, Landlord is an American sitcom that appeared on NBC during the 1966-1967 season, sponsored by Procter & Gamble in the 8:30-9pm Eastern time period on Sunday nights. It is notable for its casting director Fred Roos, who later became a producer for Francis Ford Coppola. Roos discovered the counterculture sketch group The Committee in San Francisco and cast all members in bit parts in Hey, Landlord.[1] It also served as the first TV show for writer-director-producer Garry Marshall.

Hey, Landlord
Will Hutchins and Chanin Hale, 1966.
GenreSituation comedy
Created byGarry Marshall
Jerry Belson
StarringWill Hutchins
Sandy Baron
Michael Constantine
Ann Morgan Guilbert
Kathryn Minner
Pamela Rodgers
Miko Mayama
Theme music composerQuincy Jones
Composer(s)Quincy Jones
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes31
Production
Executive producer(s)Lee Rich
Producer(s)Garry Marshall
Jerry Belson
Production company(s)Mirisch-Rich Television Productions, in association with United Artists Television
DistributorUnited Artists Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatcolor
Original releaseSeptember 11, 1966 
April 23, 1967

Plot, cast, and characters

This series stars Will Hutchins as Woody Banner, who learns that his uncle has died and that he has inherited from him a New York City brownstone apartment building in Manhattan's East 30s as its landlord. Other tenants in the building are Sandy Baron as comedian Chuck Hookstratten, Jack (Michael Constantine) who was a photographer, glamorous Theresa (Pamela Rodgers) and her roommate and best friend Kyoto (Miko Mayama), who frequently yells, "Hey, Landlord!" thus giving the show its title. Other co-stars are Ann Morgan Guilbert, and Kathryn Minner, who at the time specialized in playing little old ladies. Sally Field later appeared in four episodes as Woody's visiting sister Bonnie.

Plots from a few episodes of the show were believed to have been later used on Marshall's series Laverne and Shirley.

Production

The series lasted one season of 31 episodes; the last episode aired on April 23, 1967.

Episode list

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pursuit of a Dream"TBATBASeptember 11, 1966 (1966-09-11)
2"If She Catches the Bouquet, I'll Die"TBATBASeptember 18, 1966 (1966-09-18)
3"From Out of the Past Comes the Thundering Hoofbeats"TBATBASeptember 25, 1966 (1966-09-25)
4"The Daring Duo vs. the Incredible Captain Kill"TBATBAOctober 2, 1966 (1966-10-02)
5"Instant Family"Jerry ParisJerry Belson & Garry MarshallOctober 9, 1966 (1966-10-09)
6"The Shapes of Wrath"Jerry ParisJerry Belson & Garry MarshallOctober 16, 1966 (1966-10-16)
7"Chuck Nobody"TBATBAOctober 23, 1966 (1966-10-23)
8"The Long Hot Bus"TBATBAOctober 30, 1966 (1966-10-30)
9"Safari"Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt & Dale McRavenNovember 13, 1966 (1966-11-13)
10"When You Need a Hidden Room, You Can Never Find One"Jerry ParisArnold Margolin & Jim ParkerNovember 20, 1966 (1966-11-20)
11"Divorce, Bachelor Style"Jerry ParisJerry Belson & Garry MarshallNovember 27, 1966 (1966-11-27)
12"Sizzling Sidney"Jerry ParisArnold Margolin & Jim ParkerDecember 4, 1966 (1966-12-04)
13"The Big Fumble"Jerry ParisJerry Belson & Garry MarshallDecember 11, 1966 (1966-12-11)
14"By the Sea, or at Least Rent It"Jerry ParisPeggy Elliott & Ed ScharlachDecember 18, 1966 (1966-12-18)
15"How You Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm, After They've Seen the Rug?"TBATBADecember 25, 1966 (1966-12-25)
16"Go Directly to Jail"Jerry ParisDale McRaven & Carl KleinschmittJanuary 1, 1967 (1967-01-01)
17"Roommate, Stay Away from My Door"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1967 (1967-01-08)
18"A Legend Dies"Jerry ParisArnold Margolin & Jim ParkerJanuary 15, 1967 (1967-01-15)
19"Oh, How We Danced"TBATBAJanuary 22, 1967 (1967-01-22)
20"Same Time, Same Station, Same Girl a.k.a. The Screen Queen Quiz"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1967 (1967-01-29)
21"Stranger in the Night, Than in the Morning"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1967 (1967-02-05)
22"How Do You Follow Hi-Lites from Hamlet?"Jerry ParisJim Parker & Arnold MargolinFebruary 12, 1967 (1967-02-12)
23"Woody, Can You Spare a Sister?"TBATBAFebruary 19, 1967 (1967-02-19)
24"Sharin' Sharon"TBATBAFebruary 26, 1967 (1967-02-26)
25"Big Brother is Watching You"TBATBAMarch 5, 1967 (1967-03-05)
26"A Little Off the Top"TBATBAMarch 12, 1967 (1967-03-12)
27"Testing 1 - 2 - 3..."John RichJack WinterMarch 26, 1967 (1967-03-26)
28"Swingle City East"John RichRick MittlemanApril 2, 1967 (1967-04-02)
29"Czech Your Wife, Sir?"Garry MarshallPeggy Elliott & Ed ScharlachApril 9, 1967 (1967-04-09)
30"The Dinner Who Came to Man"TBATBAApril 16, 1967 (1967-04-16)
31"Aunt Harriet Wants You"TBATBAApril 23, 1967 (1967-04-23)


References

Kliph Nesteroff interview with Carl Gottlieb, April 2013


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