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->''"The last miracle I did was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea."''
-->-- '''God'''

A series of movies starring Creator/GeorgeBurns as {{God}}.

The first movie, ''Oh, God!'' (1977) was directed by Carl Reiner, based on a novel by Avery Corman. John Denver plays Jerry Landers, an assistant manager at a supermarket who is chosen by God to spread His message. Though reluctant at first, Jerry eventually believes in his cause, and his efforts strains his marriage, endangers his job, and puts him in the path of a popular televangelist. It briefly ended ''Film/ANewHope''[='s=] reign as the #1 box office in October 1977, and was nominated for a Best Writer Oscar.

The sequel, ''Oh, God! Book II'' (1980), essentially recycled the plot of the first, but with eleven-year-old Tracy Richards (Louanne Sirota) as His messenger. Tracy is inspired to start a "Think God" campaign at her school, but her divorced parents think she's crazy and plot to halt her mission.

Recognizing that the appeal of the series was Creator/GeorgeBurns himself, the third movie ''Oh, God! You Devil'' (1984) [[ActingForTwo has him play both God and Satan]]. In a straightforward DealWithTheDevil plot, a struggling musician named Bobby Shelton (Ted Wass) sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for fame and fortune. Trapped by Satan, he seeks help from God (who has been watching over him), and the two nemeses face off for God's list of protected souls.

Several attempts to remake the movie have ended up in DevelopmentHell[[note]]No pun intended[[/note]], most recently with Ellen Degeneres or Creator/BettyWhite in the lead role.

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!! This series demonstrates the following tropes:

* ActingForTwo: The third movie, of course.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When Bobby sees God, he thinks it's Tophet. When he realizes who it is, he apologizes.
-->'''Bobby:''' You look like the Devil.
-->'''God:''' I know. I haven't been feeling well lately.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: God specifically tells His prophets that he could have appeared in any other form, but chose one that they could understand.
-->"I don't like to brag, but if I appeared to you just as God - how I really am - what I really am - [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm your mind couldn't grasp it]]."
* AlmightyJanitor: At one point, God appears as a litter-cleaner in a park.
* AnswersToTheNameOfGod: In ''Oh God! Book II'', God messes with the heads of several psychologists by [[RealityWarper toying with whether it was day or night]]. When He finally seems to have stopped and departed, one sighs, "Thank God!" and His voice responds, "You're welcome."
** Another example occurs in ''Oh God! You Devil'':
-->'''Bobby Shelton''': Who are you?
--->''*[[FingerSnapLighter The Devil sticks up his thumb, and a flame comes out of it, like a cigarette lighter.]] He lights a cigar with the flame, then extinguishes the flame by blowing on his thumb. Bobby Shelton's reaction is a mixture of shock and disgust.*''
-->'''Bobby Shelton''': My God!
-->'''Devil''': ''*wry smile*'' Guess again.
* ArtisticLicenseTraditionalChristianity: It was kind of inevitable that the movie's interpretation of God would deviate a bit from the typical theological view. One of the most blatant instances is the page quote; it appears that God has a really lousy memory, because he did a ''lot'' of miracles after the Red Sea thing.
** FridgeLogic: Who says He's the Christian god?
* BookEnds: ''Oh, God! You Devil'' starts and ends with a father praying over, and singing to, a sick child.
--> [[Theater/GuysAndDolls "I've got a horse right here, his name is Paul Revere..."]]
* CreatorCameo: In the first movie, director Carl Reiner appears as the guest on the ''Dinah Shore Show'' before Jerry's segment.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: God's voice cannot be recorded.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: The third movie.
* DisasterDominoes: In ''Oh God! You Devil'', when [[{{Satan}} Harry Tophet]] first introduces himself to Bobby during the wedding reception, Tophet's "I can make things happen" sales pitch is seemingly no different from that of any other agent. Tophet proves otherwise when he uses a bit of his demonic mojo to turn a woman's escargot back into [[{{Squick}} live snails]]. The woman's panicked rush to get away from her plate causes a series of mishaps--including one of the tents being brought down--ending with the newlyweds themselves taking an unwilling dip in the swimming pool.
* DivineRaceLift: Among God's other forms are a black woman and a Hispanic busboy.
* ElderlyImmortal: George Burns, a classic Type D.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Devil believes there's no way God would put untold thousands of souls on the line just to save one man. He is proven wrong during the poker showdown in Oh God! You Devil.
* EvilIsPetty: The Devil delights himself by bringing the gypsy moth back to New England.
* GiveMeASign[=/=]GodTest: To prove His divinity, Jerry asks God to make it rain. He does so... inside Jerry's moving car.
-->'''God:''' "Why should I spoil everybody's day?"
* GodInHumanForm
* GodIsFlawed: Played mildly for laughs. God readily admits His mistakes, such as the goofy design of ostriches and the oversized avocado pits.
* GodIsGood
-->"If it's hard to have faith in me, maybe it will help to know that I have faith in you."
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Invoked repeatedly by God; whenever He is asked why He doesn't solve the world's problems with his omnipotence, He simply handwaves it as something people must do for themselves.
* GodWasMyCopilot: The main plot of the first two movies.
* GrandpaGod: Granted, he's a lot less majestic than the usual use of this trope...
* HoldYourHippogriffs: At the climax of ''Oh God! You Devil'', when the Devil lost his nerve in a poker showdown with God, God commented, "I put the fear of Me into you."
** In the first movie, God is sworn into court testimony by pledging "...so help me Me."
* InvisibleToNormals: God cannot be seen, heard, or recorded by humans unless He allows it. This even extends to transcripts, such as a stenotype paper record of His testimony.
* JerkassGod: A borderline case; while God is not particularly malicious, He also doesn't seem to care about the difficulties that Jerry (or his family) goes through in delivering His message.
-->'''Jerry:''' "I lost my job, you know."
-->'''God:''' "Lose a job, save a world. Not a bad deal."
* JesusTaboo: Played with; when asked, God admits that Jesus was His son but then also counts Moses, Mohammed, Buddha, and various other spiritual leaders as His children as well.
* KingOfAllCosmos
* LenoDevice: Jerry doesn't get a lot of attention for his claims of talking to God until after he appears on the ''[[TalkShow Dinah Shore Show]]''.
* LouisCypher: In ''Oh, God! You Devil'', Satan visits Bobby Shelton with the name Harry O. Tophet, a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tophet the Canaanite sacrificial city and a euphemism for Hell.]]
* TheMagicPokerEquation: Averted in the ending of ''Oh, God! You Devil''. [[spoiler:God beats the Devil in a hand of poker when the Devil decides to fold. And what was God's downright amazing hand? Complete garbage.]]
* MissingFloor[=/=]StrangeSecretEntrance: Jerry Landers first talks to God on the 27th floor of a building that has only 17 floors.
* MissionFromGod: Done literally in the first two films.
* NewscasterCameo: [[Series/TwentyTwenty Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters]] appear in the second movie to discuss Tracy's "Think God" campaign.
* NotSoOmniscientAfterAll
-->'''Jerry:''' "...I thought you could tell the future."
-->'''God:''' "Absolutely, I can tell the future -- the minute it becomes the past."
* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: In ''Oh God! You Devil'', Bobby Shelton, at the end of his rope following yet another boring, low-paying, dead-end gig, says aloud to himself, "I'd sell my soul to the Devil to make it in this business. Just for the chance." Unfortunately for him, those words didn't go unnoticed.
* {{Satan}}: As seen in the third movie, using the name "Harry O. Tophet"
* SecondFaceSmoke: In ''Oh God! You Devil'', the Devil does this to Bobby, before vanishing in the cloud of cigar smoke.
* SinisterMinister: Played mildly in ''Oh, God!'', with money-grubbing televangelist Willie Williams.
* StopTrick: Done in the final courtroom scene of the first movie, when God repeatedly makes a deck of cards appear and disappear.
* StopWorshippingMe: Happens briefly in the first film. After Jerry appears on the ''Dinah Shore Show'' and talks about his visits with God, his home is mobbed by groupies and visitors who want his time, his blessing, and his divine seed.
-->"I went to take out the garbage today and two people blessed me! And one of them blessed the ''garbage!''"
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Just after the DisasterDominoes event at the wedding reception (see above), Bobby is startled to notice that Tophet has [[StealthHiBye suddenly disappeared]], leaving only his still-lit cigar behind. He's also shocked to hear Tophet's disembodied voice wrap up his sales pitch, telling Bobby to keep in touch. After the voice falls silent, Bobby talks aloud to himself.
-->'''Bobby Shelton''': I'm flipping out!
--->''*looks at the reverse side of [[LouisCypher Harry Tophet's]] business card, which was previously blank*''
-->'''Tophet's Card''': [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: You're not flipping out. ]]

* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WordOfGod[[note]]AccidentalPun[[/note]] is that the first movie was originally planned with Creator/MelBrooks as God and Creator/WoodyAllen playing Jerry.
** Had the famous last episode twist of the sitcom ''{{Newhart}}'' been spoiled by being leaked to the press too early, an alternate ending had been filmed in which Bob Newhart's Dick Loudon goes to heaven and meets Creator/GeorgeBurns as God.
* WhatWereYouThinking: In ''Oh God! You Devil'', God gives Bobby this sort of rebuke when Bobby begs for His help.
--> '''God''': You made a deal with the Devil. How dumb could you be?
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In ''Oh God!'', Jerry is given a series of tests for God to perform. God notes they are in Aramaic and the tests play no further part in the movie. In the original book, God revealed his presence by solving all the tests, not personally appearing.
* [[YourTelevisionHatesYou Your Radio Hates You]]: At one point, Jerry turns on the radio only to hear nothing but songs that involve the word "rain."