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Mr. Belvedere 

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The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Christopher Hewett ...  Mr. Lynn Aloysius Belvedere 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Ilene Graff ...  Marsha Cameron Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Rob Stone Rob Stone ...  Kevin Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Tracy Wells ...  Heather Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Brice Beckham ...  Wesley T. Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
Bob Uecker ...  George Owens 118 episodes, 1985-1990
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Popular 1980s sitcom based on the Gwen Davenport novel "Belvedere," which in turn was thrice adapted to the big screen. Like its earlier novel and big-screen brethren, "Mr. Belvedere" featured British butler Lynn Belvedere, who takes a job as a live-in nanny for a typical American family and records their everyday experiences in his diary for future use in writing a novel. In the 1985 small-screen version, the Owens family served as that "typical American family" and the source of fodder for Belvedere, who had previously worked as a gentry for Winston Churchill and had connections to British royalty. Family patriarch George (played by sportscaster Bob Uecker) was, in an example of art imitating life, a sportswriter; the matriarch was Marsha, a law student. The couple, who had settled in suburban Pittsburgh, had three children: awkward teenager Kevin; precocious, easily-embarrassed Heather; and mischievous prankster Wesley. George was initially uncomfortable hiring the worldly ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

15 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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| (117 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

The 1985 series was the fourth attempt to adapt the 1947 novel Belvedere by Gwen Davenport and subsequent film series starring Clifton Webb for television. In 1956, a pilot was produced but was rejected by the networks. In 1959, a second pilot starring Hans Conried was also rejected. In 1965, a third pilot starring Victor Buono also failed to sell. See more »

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There are three clocks on the same wall in the living room, but none of them show the same time. See more »

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Mr. Lynn Aloysius Belvedere: [In the back yard, lustily humming 'Ride of the Valkyries,' and beating a rug in time to the music] Kill da wabbit! Kill da wabbit! Kill da WABbit! Da-da-daaah!
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Alternate Versions

In syndication, the episodes were edited from 23-24 minutes to 21-22 minutes. The episodes on Shout! Factory's DVD releases are the original full-length versions. See more »

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The Best Housekeeper Of All Time
13 September 2013 | by Camelot_2000See all my reviews

I recently got familiar again with this 1980s sitcom after watching several episodes in the past week. The middle-class Owens family from 'Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania' couldn't have scored a better housekeeper than a former British butler. After all, he served the Queen of England and was the personal valet to Winston Churchill.

While the wife Marsha studies to be a lawyer, Mr. Belvedere cooks, cleans, grocery shops and meddles in family affairs and always, without fail, manages to give the right advice to help set things straight. As cultured and upper crust as he was, he carried the ability to relate to the family and rightfully so. The hilarious conflict and equally hilarious exchanges between him and his nemesis, the youngest child, Wesley Owens, was a treat.

The show, you have to admit, had excellent casting. Bob Uecker as the dad was perfect for locking horns with the 'big guy' and Rob Stone and Brice Beckham have such a strong resemblance to each other that you can't help, but think they're really brothers.

When watching this sitcom, you can easily see that Mr. Belvedere is there to help out and to help out in more ways than he can. He was so perfect that you can't help, but see how much he spoiled the Owens family with his servitude:

Marsha once complained that he didn't bring her the 'right type' of coffee. The family also sits at the table first thing in the morning, expecting to be served right away. Mr. Belvedere also served an elegant Thanksgiving dinner, but after Grace is said, bows out and wishes everyone a 'happy feast'.

They expected service and got it. Not only that, but Mr. Belvedere was a source to turn to whenever they had their troubles and they always got it without fail.

All that clearly shows what a 100% ideal employee he was. I wish I had a Mr.Belvedere in my household. He had the solutions to everything. The most unforgettable moment was when it was time for him to leave and Wesley said, "I'm losing my best friend." He couldn't have been more right.


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