Open All Night (TV series)

Open All Night is an American sitcom that aired on ABC[1] from November 28, 1981[2] to March 5, 1982. The show centered on Gordon Feester (George Dzundza) and his oddball family work in an all-night chain grocery store named 364 Store[3] that is open everyday except Christmas.[4] Store manager Feester lives in an apartment above the store with his wife, Gretchen, and his teenaged step-son, Terry.[5]

Open All Night
Created byTom Patchett
Jay Tarses
StarringGeorge Dzundza
Susan Tyrrell
Sam Whipple
Jay Tarses
ComposerTom Wells
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (2 unaired)
Executive producerBernie Brillstein
Running time30 minutes
Production companyFreeway Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 28, 1981 (1981-11-28) –
March 5, 1982 (1982-03-05)

Robin is the tall (6 foot 7 inches (2.01 m)) night manager, and officers Steve and Edie often stop by for coffee and doughnuts, but are never able to catch shoplifters or other criminals.[4]

Despite a similar title and a setting, it has no connection to the British series Open All Hours. Jay Tarses was co-creator, writer, co-star and occasional director of the show.[6]

Cassandra Peterson (better known for her Elvira persona) made a guest appearance on one episode. David Letterman also made a guest appearance, and made a sly reference to his daytime talk show, which was canceled a year before.




  • Clyde Phillip Taylor as Dr. Cavanaugh, an eccentric regular customer
  • Joe Mantegna appeared occasionally as an unnamed regular customer who only ever seemed to ask for change


  1. ^ "Television comedy for the 80's?". The Bryan Times. Bryan, OH. United Press International. December 11, 1981. p. 7. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Flander, Judy (November 28, 1981). "'Open All Night'". Wilmington Morning Star. Wilmington, NC. p. 5C. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Lewis, Dan (January 22, 1982). "All-night grocery could close soon". The Leader-Post. Regina, SK. p. B14. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime-Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946 - Present (7th Edition), page 763, Ballantine Books, 1999
  5. ^ Handler, David (March 3, 1982). "'Open All Night' is weird -- but good". The Madison Courier. Madison, IN. p. B7. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  6. ^ Holsopple, Barbara (November 29, 1981). "'Open All Night' Needs Its Shelves Restocked". Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, PA. p. B10. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "New ABC Series Doomed?". The Albany Herald. Albany, GA. January 16, 1982. p. 10B. Retrieved November 16, 2012.

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