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Series / George & Leo

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George & Leo is a sitcom that ran for one season (1997–98) on CBS, starring Bob Newhart (in his second series for Paramount, after Bob) as George Stoody, an uptight bookstore owner in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Judd Hirsch (in his third series for Paramount, after Taxi and Dear John) as Leo Waggonman, a small-time crook and magician from Las Vegas who comes to town when their respective children, George's son Ted and Leo's daughter Casey, get married. Leo had been estranged from Casey for years but was invited to the wedding by Ted, and ends up staying, much to the annoyance of George.

The show also featured an early role for Jason Bateman as Ted.


Includes examples of:

  • Brick Joke: "The Cameo Episode" begins with a pilot (Bill Daily) going into the book store looking for a book on flying a plane, which he needs to learn because he's about to fly soon. Later in the episode, after Dr. Harris' patients walk out on him, he says that his only remaining patient is a man who thinks he's a pilot.
  • Disappeared Dad: Leo was this to his daughter Casey for many years before coming back into her life in time for the wedding.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In "The Thanksgiving Show", George notices Leo's tie. During the episode, he asks Leo not to be involved with his recently-divorced niece, which Leo promises but doesn't keep. At the end, George informs Leo that he found his tie in the guest bedroom where she was sleeping. But subverted in that that scene ended up being a dream.
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  • Expy: "The Cameo Show" features cameos by many of Bob Newhart and Judd Hirch's former co-stars from their previous sitcoms, many of them basically playing expies of the characters they'd played on those shows.
  • Fake Video Camera View: "The Nanny" begins with this when Leo video records what's going on in the waiting room at the hospital where his grandchild is being born.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode title starts with "the".
  • Malicious Misnaming: In "The Cameo Episode", when George goes to group therapy, Jack (the expy of Mr. Carlin from The Bob Newhart Show) calls George Stoody "Mr. Snoody". When the therapist asks how he felt about his name being made fun of, George says he was called a number of things in school, with the other patients asking about a variety of names that sound similar to Stoody.
  • Odd Couple: George, the uptight bookseller, and Leo, the obnoxious ex-hoodlum.
  • Oh, Crap!: George at the end of the first episode when he mentions to Leo that the bookstore used to be a home and still has a bedroom, upon realizing that Leo will want to move into that bedroom.
  • Slipping a Mickey: In one episode, George throws a party, seeing that he's been a little uptight, Leo decides to pour some alcohol into the punch bowl, only for George to decide to do the same, and Ambrose also spikes the punch, all three of them unaware of the others doing it.
  • Wrong-Name Outburst: In one episode, Leo is involved with a woman who mistakenly shouts George's name during sex. And in the next episode, when they set out to get married, she mistakenly does it again during the wedding.