Billy (1992 TV series)

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For the 1979 series of the same name, see Billy (1979 TV series) .
Billy
Genre Sitcom
Created by Michael Elias
Rich Eustis
Written by Philip Chapin
Michael Elias
Rich Eustis
Directed by John Bowab
Robert Berlinger
Howard Storm
Sam Weisman
Starring Billy Connolly
Marie Marshall
Johnny Galecki
Natanya Ross
Clara Bryant
Theme music composer Jerome Kern
Oscar Hammerstein II
Opening theme "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star"
Composer(s) Ed Alton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Elias
Rich Eustis
Producer(s) Ray Jessel
Frank Pace
Rebecca Parr
Ehrich Von Lowe
Editor(s) Jimmy B. Frazier
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run January 31, 1992 (1992-01-31) – July 4, 1992 (1992-07-04)
Chronology
Preceded by Head of the Class

Billy is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC for half a season from January to May 1992. A spin-off of Head of the Class, the series stars Billy Connolly as Billy MacGregor, a Scottish teacher who moves to America in order to build a new life for himself.

Synopsis[edit]

Following the end of the Head of the Class series, Billy moves to Berkeley, California, where he marries Mary Springer (played by Marie Marshall), a single mom with several children, so he could get his green card. The marriage is arranged in order to prevent Billy from being deported back to the UK. Billy becomes Mary's boarder, living in her basement apartment with the strictest of rules: no drinking, no smoking, no pets, and no sex.

The series follows Billy's misadventures as he adjusts to life in California while staying one step ahead of immigration officials seeking to prove his marriage is a sham. Meanwhile, his relationship with Mary's children, 14-year-old David, 10-year-old Laure, and 5-year-old Annie, (played by Johnny Galecki, Natanya Ross, and Clara Bryant) deepens to a parental level, and Billy and Mary likewise find themselves drawing closer together, although the series was cancelled before this subplot could be carried out.

Scheduling and cancellation[edit]

Billy premiered as the sitcom that completed ABC's TGIF lineup, Fridays at 9:30/8:30c. After two months in this time period, the show moved to Saturday night (just one week after ABC abruptly ended the failed TGIF sister lineup, I Love Saturday Night), at 8:30/7:30c. While on Saturdays, the program would switch time slots a few more times, but none of the moves heralded better ratings; Billy folded after one season.

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 Pilot January 31, 1992
1-2 "Hot Stuff" February 7, 1992
1-3 "Parenting 101" February 14, 1992
1-4 "Poker Face" February 21, 1992
1-5 "Billy Gets the Bird" February 28, 1992
1-6 "Gimme Some Credit" March 6, 1992
1-7 "Futile Attraction" March 13, 1992
1-8 "Billy Flunks Mary" March 21, 1992
1-9 "Out All Night" March 28, 1992
1-10 "Home Alone, Almost" April 4, 1992
1-11 "Love Me, or Leave Me (Part 1)" April 11, 1992
1-12 "Love Me, or Leave Me (Part 2)" April 18, 1992
1-13 "Thunder from Down Under" May 30, 1992

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