The Mr. Belvedere TV show was a 30 minute family comedy series on ABC about the perfect English butler who became a maid, cook, cleaning person, and nanny for a typical middle-class American family. While they obviously cared for each other, the conflict between the way that the "stiff upper lip" butler and the "not so structured" Owen family presented lots of opportunity for funny situations.
Mr. Belvedere Cast
Christopher Hewett .... Mr. Lynn Belvedere
Bob Uecker .... George Owens
Ilene Graff .... Marsha Owens
Tracy Wells .... Heather Owens
Rob Stone .... Kevin Owens
Brice Beckham .... Wesley Owens
Michele Matheson .... Angela
Mr. Belvedere Theme Song
Title: "According to Our New Arrivals"
By: "Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart-Angelo"
Streaks on the china,
never mattered before,
When you dropped kicked your jacket
As you came through the door,
No one glared.
But sometimes things get turned around
And no one's spared.
All hands look out below
here'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
We just might live the good life yet.
Mr. Belvedere Trivia
The basis for Mr. Belvedere was a novel, "Belvedere", written by Gwen Davenport. There were also three Mr. Belvedere theatrical movies titled, "Sitting Pretty (1948)", "Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)", and "Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)".
Three Mr. Belvedere pilots were produced during the 1950s and 60s in an effort to get a TV version of the novel and movies but no one bought any of them.
George Spiro Dibie was Mr. Belvedere's director of photography. He won the only Emmy for the show in 1985 for the pilot episode, "Strangers in the Night". The other shows nominated in the "Outstanding Lighting Direction" category were "Night Court" and "Solid Gold".
The Mr. Belvedere TV show took place in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania named, "Beaver Falls".
Mr. Belvedere didn't work for the Owens family just to get a paycheck. At the end of every episode, he wrote down the Owens' life events every day in a "diary". He intended to eventually write a novel about them.
Mr. Belvedere was actually canceled after its third season. The series had never made it into the top 30 shows in the ratings, but fans found out and ABC felt that there was possibly enough interest in the show to bring it back for a fourth season. The ratings never really improved so it's surprising that Mr. Belvedere was allowed to live for 5 1/2 seasons!
When Mr. Belvedere was finally canceled for good, it was again done abruptly so there were eight episodes that were produced but were not broadcast. Their titles were: "Love Fest", "Donuts", "Runaways", "The Pageant", "The Baby", "Bad Marsha", "Home", and "Mumsy".
Maybe ABC gave some credit to Mr. Belvedere due to the stiff competition that it had in its time slot. They included series like "The Twilight Zone", "The A-Team", and "Knight Rider".
Fans were pretty upset about the sudden disappearance of their show. In order to "throw the fans a bone", ABC aired a two-part finale that wrapped up the series. It aired seven months after Mr. Belvedere's last episode was broadcast. Fans got to see Mr. Belvedere get married and move away to Africa!
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
Belvedere's Wedding - Part 1 (7/1/1990)
Belvedere's Wedding - Part 2 (7/8/1990)
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