Bob Patterson (TV series)
|Created by||Jason Alexander
Ira Steven Behr
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||10 (5 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ira Steven Behr|
|Running time||22 min.|
|Original run||October 2, 2001 – October 31, 2001|
Bob Patterson is a 2001 television sitcom starring and written by Jason Alexander and Ira Steven Behr. It was directed by Robby Benson and Barnet Kellman. The show debuted on ABC on October 2, 2001 and the final episode aired October 31, 2001. The show was cancelled after five episodes aired.
The show revolves around fictitious motivational speaker Bob Patterson, "America's #3 Self Help Guru," who is popular with millions of people across America, thanks to his books I Know More Than You, I Still Know More Than You and the To the Top! franchise. Friction between his job and family occurs due in part to Bob's self-absorbed but insecure nature and complete lack of self-awareness, ironic qualities for someone whose job is supposed to be selflessly motivating others to improve their lives.
After the show's cancellation, Alexander used the concept behind Patterson to create a similar fictional character named Donny Clay, "America's #4 Self Help Guru." Alexander tours the United States in character as Donny Clay.
- Jason Alexander (Bob Patterson)
- Robert Klein (Landau)
- Phil Buckman (Vic)
- Jennifer Aspen (Janet Patterson)
- Chandra Wilson (Claudia)
- James Guidice (Jeffrey Patterson)
The show received very poor reviews and ratings were disappointing. The New York Times said "the series may be the season's biggest disappointment...Robert Klein yells while Mr. Alexander screeches".
In a one-and-a-half-star review for USA Today Robert Bianco called Chandra Wilson "the only person in the show you can imagine wanting to see again".
Similarly, the Los Angeles Times said, "The only character here that's amusingly written is Bob's new assistant, Claudia (Chandra Wilson)".
- "Pilot" (10/2/01)
- "Honest Bob" (10/9/01)
- "Naked Bob" (10/16/01)
- "Awards Bob" (10/24/01)
- "Bathroom Bob" (10/31/01)
- "Family Bob" (UNAIRED)
- "Paranoid Bob" (UNAIRED)
- "Clown Bob" (UNAIRED)
- "Mentor Bob" (UNAIRED)
- "Wheelchair Bob" (UNAIRED)
- "No is only yes to a different question."
- "The only thing between you and your goals is you.......and your goals."
- "You are the U in the Universe."
- "To the top!"
Premiere: 9.8 million
Last episode: 7.8 million 
- Donny Clay coming to Chautauqua. The Post-Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
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