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Rodney is an American television sitcom that was shown on ABC from September 21, 2004, to June 6, 2006. Ric Swartzlander was the creator and executive producer of the comedy series. David Himelfarb was the executive producer. This was also Rodney Dangerfield's last role in a Television Series.

Rodney
Created by Don Reo
Damon Wayans
Ric Swartzlander
Starring Rodney Carrington
Jennifer Aspen
Amy Pietz
Nick Searcy
Oliver Davis
Matthew Josten
Jon Reep
Mac Davis
Composer(s) Steve Dorff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44 (6 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Ric Swartzlander
David Himelfarb
Michael Goldstein
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Rude Mood Productions
Himmel Films
Touchstone Television
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 21, 2004 (2004-09-21) – June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)

Contents

PremiseEdit

The show's story revolves around the character Rodney Hamilton (Rodney Carrington) who wishes to leave his horrible job in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to become a stand-up comedian.

Rodney's life revolves around his family - his wife Trina (Jennifer Aspen) and his sons Jack (Oliver Davis) and Bo (Matthew Josten). He also spends a lot of time with his best friend Barry Martin (Nick Searcy) who constantly tries to escape his wife Genie, and with his crazy sister-in-law Charlie (Amy Pietz).

One recurring character is Trina's father, Carl (Mac Davis), who is constantly lending or giving them money, much to Rodney's dismay.

Another recurring character is police officer Gerald Bob (Jon Reep), who has a sexual relationship with Charlie.

Cast and charactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

Recurring charactersEdit

  • Gerald Bob (Jon Reep) – local law enforcement officer
  • Carl (Mac Davis) – Trina's father

EpisodesEdit

Season 1: 2004–05Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"Robert BerlingerTeleplay by: Ric Swartzlander
Story by: Don Reo, Damon Wayans & Ric Swartzlander
September 21, 2004 (2004-09-21)
22"Superhero"Robert BerlingerGayle AbramsSeptember 28, 2004 (2004-09-28)
33"Teacher"Robert BerlingerBob MyerOctober 12, 2004 (2004-10-12)
44"Reacquisition Engineer"Robert BerlingerSteve Joe & Greg SchafferOctober 19, 2004 (2004-10-19)
55"Halloween"Robert BerlingerJim GerkinOctober 26, 2004 (2004-10-26)
66"Rodney's Mom"Robert BerlingerDon WoodardNovember 9, 2004 (2004-11-09)
77"Keep on Truckin'"Robert BerlingerPhil Baker and Drew VaupenNovember 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)
88"Thanksgiving"Robert BerlingerGayle AbramsNovember 23, 2004 (2004-11-23)
99"Dream Lover"Robert BerlingerBob MyerNovember 30, 2004 (2004-11-30)
1010"It's Up, It's Good"Robert BerlingerSteve Joe & Greg SchafferDecember 7, 2004 (2004-12-07)
1111"Talent Show"Gil JungerMaisha Closson & Jim GerkinJanuary 11, 2005 (2005-01-11)
1212"Charity Ball"John WhitesellPhil Baker & Drew VaupenJanuary 18, 2005 (2005-01-18)
1313"Sorry Charlie"Robert BerlingerMaisha ClossonJanuary 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
1414"Hell Week"John WhitesellMark GrossFebruary 1, 2005 (2005-02-01)
1515"Tassels"Gail MancusoSteve Joe & Greg SchafferFebruary 8, 2005 (2005-02-08)
1616"The Ring"Gail MancusoGayle AbramsFebruary 15, 2005 (2005-02-15)
1717"Rodney's Affair"Shelley JensenReid HarrisonMarch 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)
1818"We Day"Robert BerlingerPhil Baker & Drew VaupenMarch 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
1919"Rodney Takes a Ship"Gil JungerMark KunerthApril 5, 2005 (2005-04-05)
2020"Rodney Moonlights"Sean MulcahyJim ReynoldsApril 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)
2121"Rodney Gets Robbed"Gil JungerDavid Baldy & Maisha ClossonApril 19, 2005 (2005-04-19)
2222"Rodney's Big Shot"Gail MancusoGlenn Ellis & Daniel Hsia & Craig PetersApril 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)

Season 2: 2005–06Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
231"To Hell and Back"Gil JungerMike LarsenOctober 4, 2005 (2005-10-04)
242"Question Mark Hamilton"Shelley JensenGayle AbramsOctober 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
253"Who's the Man?"Shelley JensenMark GrossOctober 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)
264"Halloween and Javier"Gil JungerMaisha ClossonNovember 1, 2005 (2005-11-01)
275"Keith"Gil JungerDon WoodardNovember 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)
286"Rodney Comes Out"Gil JungerDavid SacksNovember 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)
297"O Christmas Tree"Shelley JensenPhil Baker & Drew VaupenDecember 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
308"The Sleepover"Shelley JensenGlenn EllisJanuary 10, 2006 (2006-01-10)
319"Welcome Ho"TBATBAJanuary 17, 2006 (2006-01-17)
3210"A Tisket, A Casket"TBATBAJanuary 24, 2006 (2006-01-24)
3311"When Rodney Comes Marching Home"Sean MulcahyMike LarsenFebruary 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)
3412"Love is in the Air"Shelley JensenPhil Baker & Drew VaupenFebruary 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)
3513"Rodney Gets a Leg Up"Gil JungerJim GerkinFebruary 21, 2006 (2006-02-21)
3614"Where the Rubber Meets the Road"TBATBAFebruary 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
3715"Celebrity"TBATBAMay 30, 2006 (2006-05-30)
3816"The Best Little Pie Shop in Tulsa"Shelley JensenGlenn Ellis & Ed BrownJune 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)
3917"Rodney's Biggest Fan"TBATBAUNAIRED
4018"Waiting for Himelfarb"TBATBAUNAIRED
4119"Tulsa, Florida"TBATBAUNAIRED
4220"Hot Tub Blues"Shelley JensenDon Woodard & David SacksUNAIRED
4321"Potty Mouth"TBATBAUNAIRED
4422"Finale"TBATBAUNAIRED

AiringsEdit

Other than in the US, the show also began broadcasting in the UK on ABC1 on May 31, 2005, in Australia on the Seven Network on August 17, 2006, and in the Netherlands on June 9, 2008. The final six episodes were not aired in the United States, however they were shown in Australia on the Seven network in October 2006 and on ABC1 in the UK (before that channel closed in 2007). In Poland it premiered on Comedy Central Family (former VH1) on May 14, 2011.

American ratingsEdit

Season Episodes Premiere Season finale U.S. ratings
1 2004–2005 22 September 21, 2004 April 26, 2005 9.0 million (56th place) [1]
2 2005–2006 22 (6 unaired) October 4, 2005 June 6, 2006 6.6 million (93rd place) [2]

DVD releasesEdit

Season 1 of the series was released exclusively to Wal-Mart on May 5, 2009. The set included all 22 episodes and presented in widescreen. The second and final season DVD-Box was released on October 6, 2009 and includes all 22 episodes, even those not aired by ABC.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2004-2005 TV Ratings". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  2. ^ "2005-2006 TV Ratings". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 

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