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Ivan the Terrible is an American sitcom that aired on CBS for five episodes during the summer of 1976. [1]

Ivan the Terrible
Created byHerbert Sargent
StarringLou Jacobi
Christopher Hewett
Nana Visitor
Theme music composerJoe Raposo
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Executive producer(s)Alan King
Producer(s)Rupert Hitzig
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)King-Hitzig Productions
Original networkCBS
Original release21 August –
18 September 1976

The series parodied American attitudes toward the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. Set in Moscow, the sitcom starred Lou Jacobi as a Russian hotel waiter named Ivan Petrovsky and the day-to-day misadventures of Ivan's family plus their Cuban exchange student boarder; all of whom live in a cramped, one-bedroom apartment. (The one bedroom being occupied by the family's extremely vicious and feral Russian wolfhound, "Rasputin", who was frequently heard barking and growling, despite the fact that this is almost unheard of behavior for that breed of dog, but never seen.)

Also appearing in this series were Christopher Hewett, Phil Leeds, Alan Cauldwell and, in her TV series debut, Nana Visitor (here billed under her birth name, Nana Tucker). Harvey Korman appeared as a Soviet bureaucrat in an uncredited cameo at the close of each episode.

The executive producer of this series was Alan King.


  1. ^ "Do you remember these 6 obscure sitcoms from 1976?". Me TV. Retrieved 2018-10-21.

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