FACTOID # 2: Puerto Rico has roughly the same gross state product as Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Mr. Belvedere
Mr. Belvedere
Genre Sitcom
Created by Gwen Davenport
Developed by Frank Dungan
Jeff Stein
Starring Christopher Walken
Ilene Graff
Rob Stone
Tracy Wells
Brice Beckham
Bob Uecker
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 117
Production
Produced by Patricia Rickey
Executive producer(s) Frank Dungan
Jeff Stein
Tony Sheehan
Running time 30 minutes
(with commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run March 15, 1985July 8, 1990
Links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Mr. Belvedere is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the ABC network from March 15, 1985 until July 8, 1990. A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Gwen Davenport was A writer whose 1947 novel Belvedere was adapted into no less than three feature films as well as a television sitcom, Gwen Leys Davenport also found success with such works as The Bachelors Baby and Candy for Breakfast. ... Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken on March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... Brooklyn, New York born actress Ilene Graff (b. ... Brice Beckham (1976-) is an actor most famous for his role as Wesley T. Owens in the television sitcom Mr. ... Robert George Uecker ((IPA pronunciation: [], a homophone of the card game Euchre)(born January 26, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American former Major League Baseball player, later an award-winning sportscaster, comedian and actor. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in leap years). ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 176 days remaining. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in leap years). ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 176 days remaining. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ...

Contents

Format

The premise of the 1980s era program was that a middle-class family in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, takes in an English butler after he emigrates to the United States. Beaver Falls is a city located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, Steel Town, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... // For other uses see Butler (disambiguation) The butler is a senior servant in a large household . ...


The posh butler, Lynn Belvedere, struggled to adapt to the Owens household. The breadwinner, George, was a sportswriter. His wife Marsha was attending law school. At the time the show started, Kevin attended high school, Heather was in junior high, and Wesley was in elementary school. Over time, Marsha graduated from law school and started a career as a lawyer, Kevin went off to college, and Heather moved on to high school. Sportswriting is a form of journalism who writes and reports on sports topics and events. ...


Several episodes dealt with Belvedere and Wesley, with whom he shared a close relationship. In one of many very special episodes, one of Wesley's classmates contracted HIV via a blood transfusion, not unlike what happened to the real-life teenager Ryan White. When all of Wesley's classmates shunned him for still associating with his friend, Belvedere was there for him and the child, and he helped the other students befriend the boy. In another episode, Wesley confronts a scout leader who had touched him inappropriately. Mr. Belvedere served as a mentor to Wesley any time he had trouble, and also helped the other children whenever they needed help. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... Donating blood Blood transfusion is the process of transferring blood or blood-based products from one person into the circulatory system of another. ... Ryan Wayne White (December 6, 1971 – April 8, 1990) was a young man with AIDS from Kokomo, Indiana. ...

Mr. Belvedere, thinking about the day's events in the "diary scene" that ended each episode

Each episode ended with Mr. Belvedere writing in his diary about the day in the Owens home. Image File history File links Mrbelvedere. ... Image File history File links Mrbelvedere. ...


A frequent gag on the show involved Heather's best friend Angela Chatsikovich, played by Melissa Matheson, often mispronouncing Mr. Belvedere's name as Mr. Velveeta, similar to how Big Bird often mispronounced Mr. Hooper's name as "Mr. Looper" on Sesame Street. Big Bird finds Ernie in a game of Journey to Ernie. ... Mr. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ...


Another frequent gag involved Mr. Belvedere making fun of Wesley's best friend Miles Knobnoster, played by Casey Ellison, because of his "headgear" (braces). In addition to his role as Miles Knobnoster, Ellison simultaneously played Allen Anderson on Punky Brewster. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Punky Brewster was a popular sitcom in the 1980s. ...


The show's theme song was performed by popular ragtime singer Leon Redbone. It was written by the husband-and-wife team of Judy Hart Angelo and Gary Portnoy, who had previously written the theme songs to Cheers and Punky Brewster. A never before heard full length version of the theme was recently released by Gary Portnoy on his latest CD, "Destiny". This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gary Portnoy (born January 1, 1956) co-wrote and sang the Cheers theme, and the Punky Brewster theme. ... Cheers was an American situation comedy produced by Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with Paramount Television for NBC. Cheers was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. ... Punky Brewster was a popular sitcom in the 1980s. ... Gary Portnoy (born January 1, 1956) co-wrote and sang the Cheers theme, and the Punky Brewster theme. ...


Ratings

Mr. Belvedere had an average-sized ratings base, but it was never a phenomenally popular show; the show did not rate in the Top 30 shows in any of its six seasons. In fact, the show was canceled in 1987, only to be renewed after much fan protest.


In late 1989, in the middle of its sixth season, Mr. Belvedere was shelved and no episodes aired for the rest of the season. Speculation emerged that the show had been abruptly canceled, so ABC aired the final two episodes (the two-parter series finale, in which Mr. Belvedere marries and moves to Africa) in the summer of 1990. The show was seen in syndication for a time, but has since dissappeared from the air. A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


Cast

Christopher Hewett, (April 5, 1922 – August 3, 2001), was an English actor who was perhaps best known for his role as Mr. ... Brooklyn, New York born actress Ilene Graff (b. ... Brice Beckham (1976-) is an actor most famous for his role as Wesley T. Owens in the television sitcom Mr. ... Robert George Uecker ((IPA pronunciation: [], a homophone of the card game Euchre)(born January 26, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American former Major League Baseball player, later an award-winning sportscaster, comedian and actor. ...

Recurring Characters

There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Jack Dodson (May 16, 1931 - September 16, 1994) was an American television actor best remembered for the character Howard Sprague in The Andy Griffith Show. ... Robert Gerard Goulet (b. ...

Similar programs

The character of Mr. Belvedere was created by Gwen Davenport in her novel Belvedere, and was originally portrayed by Clifton Webb in a series of theatrical films in the late 1940s and early 1950s. There was also a television pilot in 1965 starring Victor Buono in the title role. Gwen Davenport was A writer whose 1947 novel Belvedere was adapted into no less than three feature films as well as a television sitcom, Gwen Leys Davenport also found success with such works as The Bachelors Baby and Candy for Breakfast. ... Mark Stevens and Clifton Webb in The Dark Corner Clifton Webb (November 19, 1889 – October 13, 1966) was an American actor. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Victor Buono Victor Buono (February 3, 1938 - January 1, 1982) was an American actor. ... The title role is the role (or position) of the character after whom a literary work (e. ...


References in other media

In 1991, Saturday Night Live did a sketch entitled "The Guy Who Played Mr. Belvedere Fan Club." In the sketch, a group of the actor's fans are meeting to discuss their mutual love for "Mr. Belvedere" (no mention of Christopher Hewett's actual name is ever made). As the meeting progresses, it quickly becomes evident that most or all of the fan club members are insane. The first order of business the fans undertake is to vote on a nickname for Mr. Belvedere. Several ridiculous ideas are brought forth until they finally settle on one: Brocktoon [1]. Tim Meadows plays a stand-up comic who shows up in the middle of their meeting, intending to wait for his show later in the day. The chairman (played by Tom Hanks) promptly asks him if he is a fan of "Brocktoon" (an odd question, considering they had just created the name). Tim Meadows sits and observes the fans and the many abhorrent ideas they present as to what they would like to do with "Mr. Belvedere" if they ever meet him (one wants to kill him, which is promptly dismissed, until another member interjects that they "usually vote"). Chris Farley states that he wants to "keep him in a big jar" in his basement. Tim Meadows finally interjects, shouting that what they are doing is wrong. The sketch ends with a cut to a shot of Meadows inside a giant glass jar, screaming for help. The sketch eventually appeared on the DVD Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks. This is a list of television-related events in 1991. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast live by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ... Christopher Hewett, (April 5, 1922 – August 3, 2001), was an English actor who was perhaps best known for his role as Mr. ... Inmates at Bedlam Asylum, as portrayed by William Hogarth Insanity, or madness, is a general term for a semi-permanent, severe mental disorder. ... Tim Meadows (born February 5, 1961 in Highland Park, Michigan) is an American actor. ... Thomas Tom Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor, Emmy winning director, voice-over artist and movie producer who starred in family-friendly and screwball comedies before achieving notable success as a dramatic actor in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. ... Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. ... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


The "Mr. Belvedere" character was later parodied on the MTV animated series Clone High in which a mad scientist creates electronic butler named "Mr. Butlertron", who refers to everyone as "Wesley" (originally, the creators wanted to name it Mr. Belvetron, but did not for legal reasons). MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Clone High is an animated series that aired for one season (November 2002 - April 2003) on MTV and Teletoon. ... Mr. ...


The Stewie Griffin character (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) attempts to watch the program in an episode of Family Guy and is forced to loudly sing the theme song aloud when characters in the background drown out the TV volume. Another one of MacFarlane's shows, American Dad, also references Mr. Belvedere. Roger mentions that he is a fan of the show. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (born October 26, 1973) is a two-time Emmy-winning American animator, screenwriter, producer, director, and voice actor. ... Family Guy is an American animated television series about a nuclear family in the suburb of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... The Smiths, from left to right: Roger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley, and Steve. ...


Hewett also portrayed the character in a special tribute episode of the FOX sitcom Ned and Stacey. Ned and Stacey was a US television sitcom that aired on the FOX network from 1995 to 1997. ...


In the Family Guy Video Game!, Mr. Belvedere is Peter Griffin's nemesis. Peter gets hit on the head throughout the game and constantly thinks that Belvedere is real and has kidnapped his family. Peter destroys half of Quahog looking for his family and revenge on Mr. Belvedere. He follows this spotlight in the sky that has an outline of Belvedere. Family Guy Video Game! is a 2006 video game released by 2K Games. ...


In the bachelor party scene of American Wedding, Bear comes up with the name Belvedere when asked by Mrs. Flaherty. American Wedding (also known as American Pie: The Wedding outside of America or American Pie 3) is the 2003 sequel to the comedy films American Pie (1999) and American Pie 2 (2001). ...


In the song "8 Millions Stories" by early 1990s hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, a lyric is "Who the hell do you think I am, Mr. Belvedere?" A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip-hop group of the 1990s, formed in 1988. ...


In an episode of Futurama, entitled "A Leela of Her Own," the head of Bob Uecker (voiced by Bob Uecker) is announcing a blernsball game when he comments, "This is the most bizarre thing I've ever seen, and I've seen Mr. Belvedere naked. Woooo." Futurama is an Emmy Award-winning animated sitcom created by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen for the Fox Network, and will resume airing in 2008 on Comedy Central. ... Robert George Uecker ((IPA pronunciation: [], a homophone of the card game Euchre)(born January 26, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American former Major League Baseball player, later an award-winning sportscaster, comedian and actor. ... Blernsball is a game from the Futurama fictional universe. ...


In the musical adaptation of The Wedding Singer, Robbie Hart wakes up with a hangover and says, "It feels like Mr. Belvedere sat on my skull." The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci that stars Adam Sandler as Robbie Hart, a wedding singer, and Drew Barrymore as Julia Sullivan, the object of his affections. ... A hangover (veisalgia) describes the sum of unpleasant physiological effects following heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages. ... It has been suggested that temporal fenestra be merged into this article or section. ...


Pop-punk band Nerf Herder mentions Mr. Belvedere in the songs "Love Sandwich" and "Welcome to My World." Nerf Herder is a punk rock band formed in 1994. ...


Trivia

  • Mr. Belvedere, alongside Full House, Perfect Strangers, and Just the Ten of Us, was a charter show for TGIF, which was a popular programming block on ABC.
  • Noam Pitlik was a frequent director for the show. Pitlik was a noted character actor who played many guest roles on TV shows, including the recurring role of Officer "Swanny" Swanhouser during the first season of Sanford and Son.

Full House is a popular American television sitcom that ran from 1987 to 1995 on the ABC network. ... Perfect Strangers was an American sitcom which ran for eight seasons from 1986 through 1993 on ABC. The show was moved around in the prime time lineup and eventually landed on Fridays as part of TGIF. It is about Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker), a high-strung Chicago resident, sharing... Just the Ten of Us is a situation comedy that aired on ABC, most notably as part of, what would become, that networks TGIF programming block. ... TGIF was the slogan of a prime time programming block on the ABC TV network. ... Noam Pitlik (November 4, 1932 – February 18, 1999) was a television director and character actor. ... Sanford and Son is an American television sitcom, the U.S. remake of the British sitcom Steptoe and Son. ...

External links


 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m