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Davis Rules
Genre Sitcom
Created by Danny Jacobson
Norma Safford Vela
Written by Kim C. Friese
Danny Jacobson
Frank Mula
Fredi Towbin
Norma Safford Vela
Directed by John Bowab
Ellen Falcon
James Widdoes
Starring Randy Quaid
Jonathan Winters
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 29 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Marcy Carsey
Danny Jacobson
Caryn Mandabach
Tom Werner
Norma Safford Vela
Douglas Wyman
Producer(s) Dale McRaven
Frank Mula
Jon Spector
Fredi Towbin
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Original network ABC (1991)
CBS (1992)
Original release January 27, 1991 (1991-01-27) – May 13, 1992 (1992-05-13)

Davis Rules is an American sitcom broadcast on ABC in 1991 and on CBS in 1992. The series was produced by Carsey-Werner Productions.



The series stars Randy Quaid as Dwight Davis, a widowed elementary school principal who is raising his three sons (Robbie, Charlie, and Ben) with the help of his wacky father Gunny Davis (Jonathan Winters). Winters won an Emmy for his role as Gunny Davis,[1] while Trevor Bullock and Robin Lynn Heath also won Young Artist Awards for their roles in the series.[2]

Davis Rules was canceled by ABC after less than one season despite having premiered after Super Bowl XXV. ABC retained the rights to the series and planned to use it as a midseason replacement. When the series wasn't used in ABC's lineup, CBS bought the series in November 1991.[3][4]

CBS retooled the series, adding Bonnie Hunt and Giovanni Ribisi, but canceled it after 16 episodes.[3]


Actor Role
Randy Quaid Dwight Davis
Jonathan Winters Gunny Davis
Trevor Bullock Robbie Davis
Luke Edwards Charlie Davis
Nathan Watt Ben Davis
Patricia Clarkson Cosmo Yeargin
Bonnie Hunt Gwen Davis
Debra Jo Rupp Ms. Higgins
Giovanni Ribisi Skinner Buckley
Tamayo Otsuki Mrs. Elaine Yamagami
Rigoberto Jimenez Rigo

Episode listEdit

Season 1Edit

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "A Man for All Reasons" January 27, 1991
2 "Rules of the Game" January 29, 1991
3 "The Trouble With Women" February 5, 1991
4 "Guys and Dolls" February 12, 1991
5 "Pomahac Day Massacre" February 19, 1991
6 "Yes, I'm The Great Pretender" February 26, 1991
7 "Gimme The Ball" March 5, 1991
8 "Twisted Sister" March 5, 1991
9 "Take This Job and Love It" March 12, 1991
10 "Sign of the Times" March 19, 1991
11 "Habla Espanol?" March 26, 1991
12 "Mission: Improbable" April 2, 1991
13 "Soap" April 9, 1991

Season 2Edit

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "They're Writing Songs of Love, But Nun for Me" December 30, 1991
2 "A Father Makes All the Difference" January 1, 1992
3 "Writing a Wrong" January 8, 1992
4 "The Moment of Youth" January 15, 1992
5 "Love at First Sighting (Part 1)" January 22, 1992
6 "Love at First Sighting (Part 2)" January 29, 1992
7 "Gunny's Ex" February 5, 1992
8 "Happy as a Clam" February 26, 1992
9 "Someone to Watch Over Them" March 4, 1992
10 "Bells, Bells, Bells" March 11, 1992
11 "Strike Down the Band" March 18, 1992
12 "Everybody Comes to Nick's" March 25, 1992
13 "A Foggy Day on Puget Sound" April 8, 1992
14 "Ferry Tale" April 22, 1992
15 "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" May 6, 1992
16 "The Girl with Someone Extra" May 13, 1992

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Result Award Category Recipient
1991 Winner Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Jonathan Winters
1992 Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series Jo Mayer (Lighting designer) (For episode "A Foggy Day On Puget Sound")
1992 Nominated Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series Rigoberto Jimenez
Nominated Best New Family Television Series
Won Best Young Actress Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series Robin Lynn Heath
Won Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series Trevor Bullock


  1. ^ Emmy Database Archived 2011-02-15 at WebCite
  2. ^ Young Artists Awards site
  3. ^ a b Davidson, Casey (February 12, 1993). "Super Bowl Bump". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 
  4. ^ Carter, Bill (November 19, 1991). "CBS Buys Show From ABC". The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 

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