1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (USA)
6 x 30 minute episodes
The pilot episode of The Harvey Korman Show aired in 1977 and varied slightly from the actual series. In the pilot, Harvey played Francis Kavanaugh, who ran acting classes from his home.
The first episode of the actual series didn’t air until early in 1978 and Harvey now portrayed hammy, out-of-work actor Harvey Kavanaugh, who lived in a big, old house with his daughter Maggie (Christine Lahti), who worked at the Friendly Community Bank.
Her boyfriend and co-worker was Stuart Stafford (Barry Van Dyke, son of Dick). Harvey’s hard-working agent, Jake Winkelman, was played by Milton Selzer.
The show was doomed from the start as it was scheduled extremely erratically on ABC.
Earlier in his career, Harvey Korman had been the voice of the Great Gazoo on The Flintstones and made many guest appearances on sitcoms such as Glynis, I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster and The Munsters.
He received some deserved attention as a semi-regular on The Danny Kaye Show, which, in turn, led to a decade of inspired fun on The Carol Burnett Show.
Korman died on 29 May 2008 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles as the result of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm he had suffered four months earlier. He was 81.
Harvey Kavanaugh/Francis Kavanaugh
Barry Van Dyke
Pilot | The one where Harvey Gets a Job as an Escort | The one where Stuart Moves In | The one where Harvey Won’t Change | The one where There’s a Hold-up | The one where Harvey Goes On a Kid’s Show