Marblehead Manor

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Marblehead Manor
Created by Bob Fraser
Rob Dames
Starring Paxton Whitehead
Linda Thorson
Phil Morris
Michael Richards
Bob Fraser
Dyana Ortelli
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel Syndicated
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19) – May 28, 1988 (1988-05-28)

Marblehead Manor is an American television sitcom that originally ran from 1987 to 1988 in first run syndication. It stars British comic actor Paxton Whitehead, American actor Phil Morris, Canadian actress Linda Thorson, American actor and screenwriter Bob Fraser and Michael Richards. The series was a Dames-Fraser Production in association with Paramount Television.

The plot concerned the goings on at the estate of the wealthy, eccentric Randolf Stonehill, heir to a corn oil fortune, and involved long-suffering butler and head of the household staff Albert, who'd known Randolf when they were children, groundskeeper Rick who had eyes for maid Lupe, chauffeur Jerry, handyman Dwayne, and Randolfs materialistic, yet good-hearted wife Hlllary. Rounding out the cast was Lupes mischievous son Elvis.

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Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 "Diamond in the Roughage" Shelley Jensen Paul K. Taylor 19 September 1987 (1987-09-19)
Randolph buys a diamond ring to give to his wife on her birthday. He asks Albert to keep to it out of her sight, and Albert misplaces it. The staff must find it before Randolph asks for it.
2 "Puppy Love" Rob Dames * 26 September 1987 (1987-09-26)
Rick secretly gives Hilary a puppy named Albert, and soon the staff think Hilary is having a love affair with Albert the butler.
3 "Madame Butterfat" Rob Dames * 3 October 1987 (1987-10-03)
A visiting opera singer mistakenly believes Albert has a crush on her after she receives an anonymous love letter. The letter was not from Albert, but he must play along.
4 "Safe at Home" Rob Dames * 10 October 1987 (1987-10-10)
Albert hears a rumor that he is about to be fired, so he writes and gives a caustic letter of resignation to the Stonehills. When he finds out the rumor was false, he must get the letter back before anyone reads it.
5 "Good Impressions" Rob Dames * 17 October 1987 (1987-10-17)
To entertain an unexpected guest Albert impersonates Randolph, unaware of the fact that the man is a potential business associate of Randolph. Everyone at the manor becomes someone else.
6 "The Fondle Workout" Rene Auberjonois * 24 October 1987 (1987-10-24)
Lupe learns that Hillary wants to have a baby. She becomes convinced that Jerry is the chosen father.
7 "Full Dress" Bill Foster Steven Kunes 31 October 1987 (1987-10-31)
The body of Randolph's recently deceased cousin is delivered to the manor just as the staff is preparing for the Stonehills' anniversary party. Albert must oversee the party and a funeral.
8 "I Led Three Wives" Whitney J. LeBlanc Barbara Azrialy,
Ken Eulo
7 November 1987 (1987-11-07)
Having led the Stonehills into believing he is married, Dwayne talks Jerry into becoming his pretend wife when they ask to meet her.
9 "All in a Knight's Work" Rob Dames * 14 November 1987 (1987-11-14)
In order to impress Hilary, Randolph decides to stage a burglary in which he will catch the crooks and save the day. Things don't go as planned, and Hillary ends up saving the day.
10 "Egg MacGuffin" Rob Dames * 21 November 1987 (1987-11-21)
Randolph decides to auction off a jeweled egg which Albert gave him as collateral for a loan he never paid back. The egg is part of the Dudley family.
11 "An Aunt Hill for Hillary" Rob Dames * 28 November 1987 (1987-11-28)
After a business venture fails, Randolph asks Hillary and Albert to play host to his hostile aunt. Her visit comes the same time a new pet llama arrives. The staff must keep the aunt happy or Randolph will lose his company.
12 "Ballet Ruse" Rob Dames * 5 December 1987 (1987-12-05)
KGB agents attempt to capture Rick, who is the exact double of a defecting Soviet ballet dancer. The KGB have orders to bring the dancer back to the USSR.
13 "Tea for Tuba" Lee Shallat * 30 January 1988 (1988-01-30)
While the Stonehills are on vacation, someone on the staff breaks a valuable urn. The staff decide to turn the manor into a hotel in order to raise enough money to replace the urn.
14 "Star Struck" Rob Dames * 6 February 1988 (1988-02-06)
A jealous Randolph arranges to chaperon a dinner that Hillary is having with an old flame of hers. The old flame is now a Hollywood hunk.
15 "The Lady's Not for Spurning" Rob Dames Paul K. Taylor 13 February 1988 (1988-02-13)
Albert finds himself pursued by a vamp whom he once had a brief encounter with while on holiday in Hawaii.
16 "Baby on Board" Rob Dames Don Hart 20 February 1988 (1988-02-20)
Rick is mystified by a toddler that Lupe had agreed to baby sit. He finds the child wandering around the manor, but thinks it's an alien.
17 "Now, for a Re-Butle" Shelley Jensen Chip Hayes 27 February 1988 (1988-02-27)
With the Stonehills expecting important guests, Albert asks Jerry to fill in as butler so he can attend a wedding. Jerry does a great job, leaving Albert worried he may be replaced.
18 "Chinny Chin Chum" Rob Dames Rob Dames,
Bob Fraser
5 March 1988 (1988-03-05)
Randolph sends Rick out to pick up lunch for his guests, but Rick returns with a pig that was stolen from a local college.The pig turns out to be the college mascot.
19 "Randolph's Mom" Shelley Jensen Florence Peluso 23 April 1988 (1988-04-23)
The entire staff must think of a plan to prevent Randolph's mother from selling the manor.
20 "Come Flu with Me" Shelley Jensen Patt Shea,
Harriett Weiss
30 April 1988 (1988-04-30)
Hilary and Albert must run the entire manor themselves when everybody else has come down with the flu.
21 "Amusing Grace" Rob Dames Rob Dames,
Bob Fraser
7 May 1988 (1988-05-07)
Rick decides to withdraw himself from high society after once again embarrassing Hilary in public.
22 "Button Your Beau" Bill Foster Ronald J. Fields 7 May 1988 (1988-05-07)
An old lover of Lupe's shows up at the manor, and it turns out he was involved at one time with Hilary.
23 "Gorilla My Dreams" Rene Auberjonois Courtney Burr,
Frank Rehwaldt
21 May 1988 (1988-05-21)
Rick takes Randolph's place in an ape suit to attend the Stonehills' masquerade party, there is a real ape that escaped also hanging around the manor.
24 "If You Knew Sushi" Shelley Jensen Nick Gore,
Jerry Jacobius,
Patt Shea,
Harriett Weiss
28 May 1988 (1988-05-28)
Albert plays the part of a Geisha girl when the manor is turned into a Japanese tea house for one of Randolph's clients.

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Reception[edit]

This show was part of NBC's much-hyped "Prime Time Begins at 7:30" campaign, in which the network's owned-and-operated stations would run first-run sitcoms in the 7:30-8 pm time slot to counter program competing stations' game shows, sitcom reruns and other offerings. The experiment turned out to be a largely unsuccessful one, as only one of the series was a hit while three of the remaining four were canceled after their only season. Marblehead Manor was one of the three that failed to make it to a second season.

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