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The George Carlin Show is an American sitcom that aired Sunday at 9:30 pm on the Fox network from January 1994 to July 1995. It was created jointly by Sam Simon and the show's namesake, comedian George Carlin.[citation needed]

The George Carlin Show
The cast sitting on stairs outside a door
Promotional image of the cast members from The George Carlin Show
GenreSitcom
Created byGeorge Carlin
Sam Simon
Written bySam Simon
Directed byJeffrey Melman
Rob Schiller
Sam Simon
StarringGeorge Carlin
Alex Rocco
Paige French
Anthony Starke
Christopher Rich
Susan Sullivan
Mike Hagerty
Theme music composerChandler Travis
Composer(s)Roger Boyce
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes27
Production
Executive producer(s)George Carlin
Sam Simon
Jerry Hamza
Producer(s)Michael Stanislavsky
CinematographyGregg Heschong
Editor(s)Brian K. Roberts
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Sweet Freedom Productions
Main Sequence
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseJanuary 16, 1994 (1994-01-16) –
July 16, 1995 (1995-07-16)

Contents

SynopsisEdit

The series centers on George O'Grady (George Carlin), a taxicab driver living in New York City. The show, for the most part, took place in The Moylan Bar, run by bartender Jack Donahue (Anthony Starke). The setting's real-life basis was the now-defunct Moylan Tavern, a younger Carlin's neighborhood bar on Broadway between La Salle Street and Tiemann Place in the Morningside Heights neighborhood, and owned by the grandparents of film critic and author Maitland McDonagh.[1] As Carlin recalled in 1994, "The Moylan Tavern. It was where I saw Oswald shot. It was where I headed during the [1965] blackout. The Moylan is where I came of age."[2] The name of the show's bartender character, Jack Donahue, was taken from that of real-life owner Jimmy Donahue, who bought the bar from the original owners.[2] The set itself, however, resembled another upper-Broadway bar, Carlin said: "Cannon's—where my father used to drink."[2]

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • George Carlin as George O'Grady, a New York city cabdriver and regular patron of The Moylan Bar
  • Alex Rocco as Harry Rossetti, George's best friend, an ex-con bookie
  • Paige French as Sydney Paris, waitress at The Moylan, and aspiring actress/model
  • Anthony Starke as Jack Donahue, owner/bartender of The Moylan
  • Christopher Rich as Dr. Neil Beck, a yuppie plastic surgeon who is very unlike the other Moylan regulars
  • Mike Hagerty as Frank MacNamara, a working-class Moylan's regular

RecurringEdit

The following characters appeared in at least 5 episodes:

  • Susan Sullivan as Kathleen Rachowski, a pet store owner and George's girlfriend
  • Phil LaMarr as Bob Brown, a friend of George's during season 1
  • Matt Landers as Larry Pinkerton, who lives in George's building and hangs out with George there and at The Moylan
  • Iqbal Theba as Inzamamulhaq Siddiqui, a fellow cabdriver of George's

Note that while Sullivan appeared in publicity photos as a cast member, she only appeared in 7 episodes, and was not billed as a regular on the show itself.

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1994)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"When Unexpected Things Happen to George"Sam SimonTeleplay by: George Carlin & Sam Simon
Story by: Sam Simon
January 16, 1994 (1994-01-16)
A newcomer to George O'Grady's local bar, the upper-class Dr. Neil Beck, loses a bet to George. Unable to come up with the cash on-the-spot, he gives George his dog, who he takes an immediate dislike to.
22"George Sees an Airplane"Sam SimonSam SimonJanuary 23, 1994 (1994-01-23)
Driving Dr. Beck to his house in Connecticut, George sees what looks like a U.F.O. in the sky. He tries to convince the customers of his local bar that he saw it, only to have his sanity questioned.
33"George Goes on a Date: Part 1"Sam SimonSam SimonFebruary 6, 1994 (1994-02-06)
George decides to ask out pet-shop owner Kathleen Rachowski out on a date, despite the fact that he's never been in a relationship in over 8 years. To be continued...
44"George Goes on a Date: Part 2"Sam SimonSam SimonFebruary 13, 1994 (1994-02-13)
Continuing on from the events from the previous episode, George's date with the pet store owner Kathleen is interrupted when he discovers his dog, Miles, has run away.
55"George Helps Sidney"Steve ZuckermanHeide Perlman & Sam SimonFebruary 20, 1994 (1994-02-20)
The bar gets a new pool table and Sydney gets an opportunity to audition for a modeling agency. The day before her audition, George accidentally hits her in the nose with a billiard ball.
66"George Expresses Himself"Rob SchillerTeleplay by: George Carlin & Sam Simon
Story by: Sam Simon
February 27, 1994 (1994-02-27)
George gets a chance to appear on a talk show, to respond to the stereotypes of cab drivers he feels is hurting all cabbies' careers.
77"George Gets Some Money"Sam SimonMaria SempleMarch 6, 1994 (1994-03-06)
88"George Destroys a Way of Life"Jeff MelmanBrian Pollack & Mert RichMarch 20, 1994 (1994-03-20)
99"George Loses His Thermos"Rob SchillerJim McCoulfMarch 27, 1994 (1994-03-27)
George can't find his thermos, and to their dismay accuses his friends at the bar of stealing it from him.
1010"George Digs Rock ‘n’ Roll Music"Rob SchillerBrian Pollack & Mert RichApril 10, 1994 (1994-04-10)
George helps out a musician named Tommy Rawlins to get back on his feet.
1111"George Speaks His Mind"Rob SchillerJim McCoulfApril 24, 1994 (1994-04-24)
1212"George Looks Down the Wrong End of a .38"Jeff MelmanRobert Rabinowitz & Ronald WinterMay 1, 1994 (1994-05-01)
A criminal hijacks George's taxi as he and Dr. Beck are driving to the Moylan bar.
1313"George Plays a Mean Pinball"Jeff MelmanDennis Carlin & Patrick CarlinMay 8, 1994 (1994-05-08)
After beating his girlfriend Kathleen at multiple games of pinball, George begins insisting to her that women are inferior to men.
1414"George Lifts the Holy Spirit"Sam SimonAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersMay 15, 1994 (1994-05-15)
Harry steals a truck which has a statue of Jesus in the cargo bed. George tries to help him return it to the church.

Season 2 (1994–95)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
151"George Gets a Big Surprise"Jeff MelmanAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersOctober 16, 1994 (1994-10-16)
162"George Runs Into an Old Friend"Jeff MelmanJonathan Aibel & Glenn BergerOctober 23, 1994 (1994-10-23)
173"George Goes Too Far"Jeff MelmanSpike FerestenOctober 30, 1994 (1994-10-30)
184"George Gets Hoist by His Own Petard"Jeff MelmanJim McCoulf & Jeff LowellNovember 6, 1994 (1994-11-06)
195"George Pulls the Plug"Jeff MelmanKelly Carlin-McCall & Bob McCallNovember 13, 1994 (1994-11-13)
206"George Gets Caught in the Middle"Jeff MelmanJim McCoulf & Jeff LowellNovember 27, 1994 (1994-11-27)
217"George Really Does It This Time"Jeff MelmanRobert BordenDecember 6, 1994 (1994-12-06)
228"George Shoots Himself in the Foot"Brian K. RobertsJim McCoulf & Jeff LowellDecember 11, 1994 (1994-12-11)
239"George Does a Bad Thing"Rob SchillerTeleplay by: Jim McCoulf & Jeff Lowell
Story by: Roger Garrett
December 18, 1994 (1994-12-18)
2410"George Puts On a Happy Face"Jeff MelmanRick CunninghamDecember 25, 1994 (1994-12-25)
2511"George Helps a Friend"Rob SchillerPatrick CarlinJanuary 1, 1995 (1995-01-01)
2612"George Tells the Truth"Jeff MelmanJeff LowellJuly 9, 1995 (1995-07-09)
2713"George Likes a Good War"Jeff MelmanJim McCoulfJuly 16, 1995 (1995-07-16)

CriticismEdit

As Carlin noted on his website:

January, 1994 - "The George Carlin Show" premieres on Fox Television. Lasts 27 episodes. Lesson learned: always check mental health of creative partner beforehand. Loved the actors, loved the crew. Had a great time. Couldn't wait to get the fuck out of there. Canceled December, 1995.[3]

He later elaborated in his posthumously published autobiography Last Words:

I had a great time. I never laughed so much, so often, so hard as I did with cast members Alex Rocco, Chris Rich, Tony Starke. There was a very strange, very good sense of humor on that stage...The biggest problem, though, was that Sam Simon was a fucking horrible person to be around. Very, very funny, extremely bright and brilliant, but an unhappy person who treated other people poorly...I was incredibly happy when the show was canceled. I was frustrated that it had taken me away from my true work.[4]

He went on to speak in the book of not enjoying the committee-style writer's room, which he felt alienated anyone who was not a professional television writer.

Simon in 2013 addressed Carlin's comments, saying:

I think the cancellation [of the show] affected George's attitude towards the work in retrospect, because he was always just a complete doll [to work with], and I know that he had some bitterness... that I heard later on. Which made me feel really bad, because we got along really well, I loved him, and I consider it a very special period of my life... He was just fantastic.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pollak, Michael. "F.Y.I." (Sunday "The City" section), The New York Times, December 30, 2007
  2. ^ a b c Lovece, Frank (February 16, 1994). "Going, Going, Gone? Carlin goes for home run with comedy series that resembles his real life". Newspaper Enterprise Association via the Reading Eagle.
  3. ^ "1990-1999". GeorgeCarlin.com. Archived from the original on 2009-01-30.
  4. ^ Carlin, George, with Tony Hendra (2009). Last Words. Free Press / Simon & Schuster. p. ??.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Simon in Herman, Karen (April 13, 2013). "Sam Simon: Writer, Producer". Archive of American Television. Retrieved 2013-12-22.

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