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Series: When Things Were Rotten
Once upon a time when things were rotten,
Not just food, but also kings and cotton,
Everybody kicked the peasants,
Things were bad and that ain't good,
Then came Robin Hood!

Soon a band of merry men he'd gotten,
They wore outfits made of plain green cotton,
Helping victims was their business,
Boy oh boy was business good,
Good for Robin Hood!

They laughed, they loved, they fought, they drank,
They jumped a lot of fences,

They robbed the rich, gave to the poor,
Except what they kept for expenses!

So when other legends are forgotten,
We'll remember back when things were rotten,
Yay for Robin Hood!
Theme Song

Starring Richard Gautier as folk hero Robin Hood, David Sabin as Little John, Dick Van Patten as Friar Tuck, Bernie Kopell as Alan-a-Dale, Misty Row as Maid Marian, Henry Polic II as Sheriff of Nottingham and Ron Rifkin as Prince John, When Things Were Rotten was a 1975 American situation comedy series parodying the Robin Hood legend created by Mel Brooks, airing on ABC.

Much of the show’s style were hallmarked with one-liners, sight gags and literal humor the humor being anachronistic and lampooning of the of 1970s social concerns, the show ran on one-linters, sight gags and literal humor being anachronistic as well as the show’s use of lampooning.

Despite critical acclaim, the series full of rapid-fire Mel Brooks style of comedy was out of place on network television and was canceled after thirteen episode when it failed to find an audience.


  • Acting for Two: Richard Dimitri played identical twin brothers Renaldo and Bertram, the former a Merry Man and the latter is the Sheriff’s right-hand man.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: One such episode had accusing Little John interrogate Renaldo:
    Little John: Are you ready to tell that to your maker?
    Renaldo: Mel! I didn’t do it!
  • Cut Short
  • Shout-Out: To Prudential Insurance's successful slogan "Get a piece of the Rock."

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