1 9 9 2 – 1 9 9 5 (USA)
54 x 30 minute episodes
John Ritter (Three’s Company) returned to TV in this genial sitcom as John Hartman, an aide to senile conservative Senator Strobe Smithers (George Gaynes) in Washington DC.
John was divorced from Diandra (who left him for another woman) and the father of Ben (Justin Burnette) and Elliot (Clark Duke). Ther dog was called Rugboy.
The senator’s speechwriter, Georgie Lahti (Markie Post), had a father (Ed Asner) who was a disbarred attorney and had spent two years in prison for financial impropriety.
Receptionist Dee Dee Starr (Beth Broderick) had previously been a beautician but headed for DC when she decided she was meant for better things. Motivated by patriotism and a love of country, Dee Dee’s wild sexual activities earned her the name “the Last Bimbo on the Hill”.
As the series progressed, John and Georgie fell in love and married. The political aspect of the series was dropped when John, Georgie, Elliot, and Ben moved to John’s hometown in Clay County to begin new lives.
Here, John and his friend Billy Bob Davis (Billy Bob Thornton) took over the local weekly newspaper, the Courier, which was located on Main Street.
Billy Bob was married to Mavis Davis (Wendie Jo Sperber) and the father of Carson Lee (Doreen Fein). Mavis was Strobe’s office secretary and left Billy Bob to get her masters degree at New York University.
John became the paper’s editor, Georgie the news reporter and Billy Bob the society editor. Madeline Sossinger (Conchata Ferrell) – a psychologist who rented space in the paper’s building – joined the staff as the advice columnist (“Dear Madeline”).
The paper later became the Daily Beacon and Georgie gave birth to a girl named Amelia Rose as the series ended.
Georgia “Georgie” Anne Lahti/Hartman
Senator Strobe Smithers
Dee Dee Starr
J. Skylar Testa
Billy Bob Davis
Billy Bob Thornton
Wendie Jo Sperber
Carson Lee Davis
Dr Madeline Stoessinger