Trivia / Mr. Belvedere

  • Absentee Actor: Bob Uecker was not seen in the last three episodes of Season 5 (except for clips during the season finale), as he was recovering from a heart attack suffered on set.
    • Likewise, Rob Stone was not seen in the first half of the series finale as he was co-directing the episode, and 20th Century Fox would not pay him for both directing and acting at the same time.
  • All-Star Cast: Twice, in "Separation" in season 3, and in "The Field" in season 6.
  • The Cast Showoff: Occasionally on the show, Marsha would sing a song. In real life, Ilene Graff is a well known singer who previously co-starred as Sandy Dumbrowski in the Broadway musical Grease, working alongside future husband Ben Lanzarone, who was the production's musical director and would later write incidental music for Mr. Belvedere from the third season on, as well as guest starring in the season 3 episode, "Debut", in which George quits his job and decides to become a lounge singer as a result of almost getting electrocuted in the bathtub, and the season 4 episode, "Heather's Monk", in which Heather and Angela join the school chorus, and Heather falls in love with a fellow chorus member who's actually planning on becoming a priest and is looking for a night of passion before joining the seminary.
    • But in "Marsha's Secret" in season 5, Ilene and two other singing waitresses were lip-synching to someone's else's singing voices.
  • Cast the Expert: The actor who played Tony Hopper, the host of "Brain Busters", the game show Wesley and Mr. Belvedere appear on in the episode of the same name, Michael Burger, is an actual game show host in real life (most notably for the 1998 reboot of Match Game). At the time he appeared on the show, he was working as the show's studio audience warm up comedian.
  • Casting Gag: Bob Uecker is a sportscaster for the Milwaukee Brewers in real life.
  • Directed by Cast Member: As mentioned above, Rob Stone co-directed the first half of the series finale.
  • Edited for Syndication: In early Syndication repeats, the episodes were often cut by over 2 minutes, and a short version of season 4 & 5's opening was used on every episode, with the exception of season 6.
  • Making Use of the Twin: Because of California's Child Labor laws, Baby Nelson in season 6's "The Baby" was played by twin brothers Dylan and Samuel Gosland.
  • Missing Episode: 10 episodes. 2 from season 5, and 8 from season 6 to be more precise. You may have seen them in syndication, however.
  • Old Shame: Not surprisingly, "The Counselor". Co-developer and co-executive producer Jeff Stein said "Watching it today makes my skin crawl."
  • Playing Their Own Twin: Ilene Graff as Marsha and Sharon in "Bad Marsha".
  • Schedule Slip: In season 3, the three remaining episodes were shelved in favor of the first season of The Charmings. They were shown in May. Also in season 4, two episodes were shelved, and didn't air until season 5. Finally, there were 10 unaired episodes (2 from season 5, and 8 from season 6).
  • Screwed by the Network: Though never a top 30 hit, it won its timeslot, many times, and was brought back for a 4th season in 1987, due to fan protests, and even pummeled a formerly super-popular competitor, The A-Team on NBC, into submission. But ABC would soon begin tinkering with their Friday night schedule, by making sure it was dominated by Miller-Boyett programs. It began in 1987 with Full House as the lead-in for the show. Then a year later, in 1988, ABC moved Perfect Strangers to Friday nights. Finally, a year later, ABC moved Mr. Belvedere to Saturday nights, to make way for Family Matters. Only Just The Ten Of Us remained. By the end of the 1989-1990 television season, Mr. Belvedere and Just The Ten of Us were cancelled, and there were no more non-Miller-Boyett shows in Friday nights for the time being.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally, the role of Marsha was conceived with Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond fame, in mind. Amusingly, Doris Roberts, who also co-starred on Raymond as Heaton's on-screen mother-in-law, guest starred in the season 3 two-part episode, "Deportation", as Judge Westphall, the judge presiding over Mr. Belvedere's deportation hearing.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • In between his appearances as Miles, Casey Ellison appeared in the season 2 episode, "The Prize", in which Wesley sells cookies door to door to win a trip to Walt Disney World, only to give the ticket away, playing Ben, a sick kid in the hospital who's the recipient of Wesley's ticket.
    • Prior to being cast as Skip Hollings, one of George's co-workers at the TV station, Norman Bartold appeared as a hotel desk clerk in the season 3 episode, "Reunion", in which George goes to a high school reunion with Mr. Belvedere, and meets up with an old friend he once had a crush on.
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