1 9 7 8 (USA)
6 x 30 minute episodes
Ted Knight, the empty-headed newscaster on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, landed his own Saturday night CBS series with this frothy short-lived comedy about an escort service in New York City.
Dennis Escorts was a strictly high-class outfit, located in a posh Manhattan apartment building. It was staffed by some lovely young ladies, and headed by the suave, middle-aged Roger Dennis (Knight), who clucked over his brood like a mother hen.
Complicating matters was Roger’s no-nonsense businessman brother, Burt (Normann Burton), who had financed the enterprise and saddled it with his irascible, wisecracking sister-in-law Dottie (Iris Adrian) who served as the receptionist.
The escorts included Joy (Deborah Harmon); airheaded Graziella (Cissy Colpitts); the company’s only African American escort Phil Brown (Tanya Boyd); the floozy Cheryl (Janice Kent); the timid Irma (Ellen Regan); and the “take charge” Honey (Fawne Harriman).
Other regular characters were Roger’s easily-distracted college-age son, Winston (Thomas Leopold), who was trying to break into the business – and make time with the girls – and the mailman, Hobart (Claude Stroud), who had his eye on Dottie.
The show was a spin-off of sorts from Busting Loose (1977) which starred Alan Arkin.
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