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Off the Rack

1 9 8 5 (USA)
7 x 30 minute episodes

This US comedy series set in the Los Angeles garment industry aired on ABC. Episodes were recorded at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.

When his business partner died, Sam Waltman (Ed Asner), the gruff co-owner of the near-bankrupt H&W Garment Company, suddenly found himself with a new partner – Kate Halloran (Eileen Brennan), his late partner’s wife.

Episodes related the mishaps that occurred as the incompatible Sam and Kate attempted to run the business together.

Regular characters included Sam’s secretary, Brenda (Pamela Brull); designer Skip Wagner (Sandy Simpson); office assistant Cletus (Dennis Haysbert); and Kate’s kids, Shannon (Claudia Wells) and Timothy (Cory Yothers).

The critics were kind to the show, lauding the comic chemistry between Asner and Brennan, but after airing seven episodes on Friday night opposite the second half of Dallas in its prime, Off the Rack died a quick death.

Sam Waltman
Edward Asner
Kate Halloran
Eileen Brennan
Brenda Patagorski
Pamela Brull
Cletus Maxwell
Dennis Haysbert
Skip Wagner
Sandy Simpson
Shannon Halloran
Claudia Wells
Timothy Halloran
Cory ‘Bumper’ Yothers


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