Bob Patterson (TV series)
Bob Patterson was an American television sitcom starring Jason Alexander, produced by Ira Steven Behr. It was directed by Robby Benson and Barnet Kellman. The show debuted on ABC on October 2, 2001 and the final episode aired October 31 of that year. The show was cancelled in November 2001 after five of the ten episodes aired.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (5 unaired)|
Ira Steven Behr
|Running time||30 minutes|
Angel Ark Productions|
20th Century Fox Television
Buena Vista Television|
|Original release||October 2 – October 31, 2001|
The show revolves around fictitious motivational speaker Bob Patterson, "America's #3 Self Help Guru," who is popular with millions of people across America, thanks to his books I Know More Than You, I Still Know More Than You and the To the Top! franchise. Friction between his job and family occurs due in part to Bob's self-absorbed but insecure nature and complete lack of self-awareness, ironic qualities for someone whose job is supposed to be selflessly motivating others to improve their lives.
After the show's cancellation, Alexander used the concept behind Patterson to create a similar fictional character named Donny Clay, "America's #4 Self Help Guru." Alexander has toured the United States in character as Clay.
The character of Bob Patterson had a series of catchphrases:
- "No is only yes to a different question."
- "The only thing between you and your goals is you.......and your goals."
- "You are the U in the Universe."
- "To the top!"
|No.||Title||Directed by ||Written by ||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Barnet Kellman||Teleplay by: Jason Alexander, Ira Steven Behr, Tim Doyle & Peter Tilden|
Story by: Jason Alexander, Michael Markowitz & Peter Tilden
|October 2, 2001||1AFY79|
|2||"Honest Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Ira Steven Behr & Peter Tilden||October 9, 2001||1AFY03|
|3||"Naked Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Barbie Feldman||October 16, 2001||1AFY02|
|4||"Awards Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Hayes Jackson||October 24, 2001||1AFY05|
|5||"Bathroom Bob"||Robby Benson||Brian Scully||October 31, 2001||1AFY07|
|6||"Family Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Brian Scully||Unaired||1AFY01|
|7||"Paranoid Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Justin Adler||Unaired||1AFY04|
|8||"Clown Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Barbie Feldman||Unaired||1AFY06|
|Barnet Kellman||Justin Adler||Unaired||1AFY08|
|10||"Wheelchair Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Hayes Jackson||Unaired||1AFY09|
The series received poor reviews. The New York Times critic Caryn James wrote that "the series may be the season's biggest disappointment... Robert Klein yells while Mr. Alexander screeches." In a one-and-a-half-star review for USA Today, Robert Bianco called Chandra Wilson "the only person in the show you can imagine wanting to see again." Los Angeles Times reviewer Howard Rosenberg wrote: "The only character here that's amusingly written is Bob's new assistant, Claudia (Chandra Wilson)."
- Brian Lowry (November 3, 2001). "ABC Takes 'Patterson' Off Lineup". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
- Rich Place (July 30, 2009). "Donny Clay coming to Chautauqua". The Post-Journal. Jamestown, New York. Archived from the original on 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
- From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Bob Patterson"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
- Caryn James (October 2, 2001). "TELEVISION REVIEWS; A Hopeless And Helpless Self-Help Specialist". The New York Times.
- Robert Bianco (October 2, 2001). "Alexander's sitcom lacks character". USA Today.
- Howard Rosenberg (October 2, 2001). "Comic Timing Can't Save 'Bob Patterson'". Los Angeles Times.
- Matt Haber (March 26, 2006). "DIRECTIONS; Sorry, Newman: There May Not Be A Seinfeld Curse". The New York Times.