The Duck Factory

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The Duck Factory
The Duck Factory VHS Cover.jpg
The Duck Factory cover
Format Sitcom
Created by Allan Burns
Herbert Klynn
Starring Jim Carrey
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 13
Running time 30 min (per episode)
Original channel NBC
Original run April 12, 1984 – July 11, 1984

The Duck Factory is a 1984 NBC television series produced by MTM Enterprises that is perhaps most notable for being Jim Carrey's first lead role in a Hollywood production.

The show was co-created by Allan Burns. The premiere episode introduces Skip Tarkenton (Carrey), a somewhat naive and optimistic young man who has come to Hollywood looking for a job as a cartoonist. When he arrives at a low-budget animation company called Buddy Winkler Productions, he finds out Buddy Winkler has just died, and the company desperately needs new blood. So Skip gets an animation job at the firm, which is nicknamed "The Duck Factory" as their main cartoon is "The Dippy Duck Show".

Other Duck Factory employees seen regularly on the show were man-of-a-thousand-cartoon voices Wally Wooster (played by real-life cartoon voice artist Don Messick); comedy writer Marty Fenneman (played by real-life comedy writer Jay Tarses); artists Brooks Carmichael and Roland Culp, editor Andrea Lewin, and business manager Aggie Aylesworth. Buddy Winkler Productions was now owned by his young, ditzy widow, Mrs Sheree Winkler (Teresa Ganzel), who had been married to Buddy for all of three weeks before his death.

The Duck Factory lasted thirteen episodes; it premiered April 12, 1984. The show initially aired at 9:30 on Thursday nights, directly after Cheers, and replaced Buffalo Bill on NBC's schedule. Jay Tarses, an actor on The Duck Factory, had been the co-creator and executive producer of Buffalo Bill, which had its final network telecast on Thursday, April 5, 1984.

The show changed timeslots in June, moving to Wednesdays at 9:30. The last original episode of The Duck Factory was broadcast on July 11, 1984.


Home video[edit]

In 1995, two VHS videocassettes were released in the United States, one containing the first three episodes, the other the last three episodes. The two volumes were released in the United Kingdom in 1997(Pictured above), slightly expanded to the first four and the last four episodes of the series (which had never been broadcast in the UK). A full-season VHS or DVD set has yet to be released.

Episode guide[edit]

  • Goodbye Buddy, Hello Skip (April 12, 1984)
  • Filling Buddy's Shoes (April 19, 1984)
  • The Annies (April 26, 1984)
  • No Good Deed (May 3, 1984)
  • The Way We Weren't (May 10, 1984)
  • Can We Talk? (May 17, 1984)
  • The Education of Mrs. Winkler (a.k.a. The Education of S*h*e*r*e*e W*i*n*k*l*e*r) (May 24, 1984)
  • Ordinary People, Too (June 6, 1984)
  • It Didn't Happen One Night (June 13, 1984)
  • The Duck Stops Here (June 20, 1984)
  • The Children's Half Hour (June 27, 1984)
  • You Always Love the One You Hurt (July 4, 1984)
  • Call Me Responsible (July 11, 1984)

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