Billy (1979 TV series)

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This article is about the 1979 TV series Billy. For the 1992 series of the same name starring Billy Connolly, see Billy (1992 TV series).
Billy
Genre Sitcom
Directed by John Rich
Starring Steve Guttenberg
Peggy Pope
James Gallery
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Producer(s) John Rich
Running time 22–24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run February 26, 1979 (1979-02-26) – April 28, 1979 (1979-04-28)

Billy is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from February to April 1979. The series was based on Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's 1960 British play Billy Liar.

Synopsis[edit]

Billy stars Steve Guttenberg as Billy Fisher, a mortician's clerk with a tendency to daydream. His Walter Mitty-like tendency would have him imagining that he was a famous surgeon, a rock superstar, a disk jockey, a television network executive, or a football star. Each episode of Billy had at least two of his fantasies, which included appearances by Don Adams, Suzanne Somers, Larry Csonka, Merv Griffin, and Lou Ferrigno.

Peggy Pope and James Gallery portray Billy's often-frustrated parents (she thought Billy had a vivid imagination; he viewed Billy as a chronic, compulsive liar). Paula Trueman played his grandmother, who believed that Billy was insane, and Bruce Talkington played Billy's friend Arthur Milliken, a fellow worker at Shadrack and Shadrack funeral home.

Reception[edit]

Billy replaced the ill-fated Co-Ed Fever in CBS' Monday night lineup in February 1979. It didn't fare much better as Billy was cancelled two months later. Its last episode was broadcast by CBS on April 28, 1979.

Episode list[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
1 Pilot February 26, 1979
2 "My Son the Doctor" March 5, 1979
3 "Showbiz" March 12, 1979
4 "Computer Dating" March 24, 1979
5 "Camping Trip" March 31, 1979
6 "Disco" April 21, 1979
7 "Dream Date" April 28, 1979

References[edit]

  • Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  • Ausiello, Michael (2006). TV Guide Guide to TV. ISBN 0-7607-7572-9. 

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