1 9 8 3 (USA)
6 x 30 minute episodes
This 1983 sitcom from ABC/Fox starring Soap star Richard Mulligan as Reggie Potter, was an unsuccessful adaptation of the brilliant 70s UK series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
Middle-aged Reggie worked at the Funtime Ice Cream Company in Little Neck, Long Island, and was completely unhappy with his lot – especially with his incredibly overbearing young boss, C.J. (Chip Zien), and his luscious secretary, Joan (Jean Smart) – about whom he had been having sexual fantasies for years. Unknown to Reggie, she had been having the same fantasies about him.
He worried about his sexual prowess with his wife, Elizabeth (Barbara Barrie), worried about his daughter, Linda (Dianne Kay), and her obnoxious husband, Tom (Timothy Stack), lusted for his son Mark’s (Tim Busfield) girlfriend, and confided his darkest secrets to Monty, a large stuffed toy fox attired in English hunting garb.
Unfortunately, the humour did not translate well across the Atlantic, and the show flopped.
Linda Potter Lockett