1 9 7 9 (USA)
7 x 30 minute episodes
This NBC comedy starred David Huddleston as Michael Cooper, the much-adored, rather conservative yet open-minded mayor of a small, unnamed Midwestern town.
He was an honest, jovial, decent man, dedicated to carrying out the promises he made in his campaign speeches: make his city a better place to live and assist people in need.
“Hizzonner” adored the townspeople but wasn’t above doing a few underhanded things for political gain. He also had an explosive temper and loved to sing barbershop quartet harmony as a release when stressed.
He was a widower and had his hands full raising two kids: a feminist, very liberal 24-year-old daughter Annie (Kathy Cronkite, daughter of the legendary news anchor) – who was also a civil rights attorney – and free-spirited 18-year-old James (Will Seltzer) who was part of a hippie commune called The Wilderness Cult.
“Uncle” Donald Timmons (Don Galloway) was his chief of staff; Ginny Linden (Diana Muldaur) was his private secretary; Melanie (Gina Hecht) was another city hall secretary with a heart of gold; and the klutzy Nails Doyle (Mickey Deems) was Hizzoner’s childhood friend, bodyguard, chauffeur and foil.
Mayor Michael Cooper
“Uncle” Donald Timmons