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Series / When Things Were Rotten

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Once upon a time when things were rotten,
Not just food, but also kings were rotten,
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!
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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 Rowe 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.

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.

Nearly 20 years later, Brooks would spoof Robin Hood again with his penultimate film, Robin Hood: Men in Tights.