1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 8 (Canada)
66 x 30 minute episodes
This dire Canadian sitcom starred Don Adams – best known as either Maxwell Smart or the voice of Inspector Gadget, depending on your age – as Howard Bannister, the harried manager of (the fictional) Cobb’s supermarket in Ontario.
Dinah Christie co-starred as Howard’s secretary, Elsie, and his stereotypical employees included a punk girl and a gay man.
Despite the presence of the comedy veteran, the show – based on the superior British series Tripper’s Day – suffered from mediocre writing, corny dialogue, groan-inducing jokes and cardboard sets. It just looked cheap.
I guess Don had bills to pay like the rest of us . . .