Ivan the Terrible (TV series)

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Ivan the Terrible
Genre Sitcom
Starring Lou Jacobi
Christopher Hewett
Nana Visitor
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) King-Hitzig Productions
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run 21 August 1976 – 18 September 1976

Ivan the Terrible is an American sitcom that aired on CBS for five episodes during 1976.

The short-lived series parodied American attitudes toward the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. Set in Moscow, the sitcom starred Lou Jacobi as a Russian hotel waiter named Ivan Petrovsky, and the day-to-day misadventures of Ivan's family and their Cuban exchange student boarder, all of whom live in a cramped, one-bedroom apartment. (The one bedroom being occupied by the family's extremely vicious and feral Russian wolfhound, "Rasputin", who was frequently heard barking and growling, despite the fact that this is almost unheard of behavior for that breed of dog, but never seen.)

Also appearing in this series were Christopher Hewett, Phil Leeds, Alan Cauldwell and, in her TV series debut, Nana Visitor (here billed under her birth name, Nana Tucker). Harvey Korman appeared as a Soviet bureaucrat in an uncredited cameo at the close of each episode.

The executive producer of this series was noted comic Alan King.

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