Arnie (TV series)

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Herschel Bernardi as Arnie 1970.JPG
Herschel Bernardi as Arnie.
Created byDavid Swift
Developed byE. Duke Vincent
StarringHerschel Bernardi
Sue Ane Langdon
Roger Bowen
Herb Voland
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes48
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1970 – March 6, 1972

Arnie is an American television sitcom that ran for two seasons (1970–72) on CBS. It starred Herschel Bernardi, Sue Ane Langdon, and Roger Bowen.

Bernardi played the title character, Arnie Nuvo, a longtime blue collar employee at the fictitious Continental Flange Company, who overnight was promoted to an executive position. The story lines mainly focused on this fish-out-of-water situation, and on Arnie's sometimes-problematic relationship with his well-meaning but wealthy and eccentric boss, Hamilton Majors Jr. (Bowen). Because he still held his union card, Arnie could negotiate tricky management/labor situations that no one else could. Arnie's surname was presumably a pun on nouveau riche (which his promotion effectively made him), and possibly also on Art Nouveau.

In addition to Bernardi, Bowen, and Langdon (as Arnie's wife Lilian), cast members included Del Russel and Stephanie Steele as Arnie's son and daughter, Richard and Andrea; Elaine Shore as Arnie's secretary, Felicia; Herb Voland as sour-tempered vice-president Neil Ogilvie, and Tom Pedi as Arnie's loading dock friend, Julius. Olan Soule appeared occasionally as Fred Springer, another vice-president.

In its first season, despite being the lead-in to The Mary Tyler Moore Show on Saturday nights and winning an Emmy nomination as best comedy series, Arnie received only fair Nielsen ratings. For its second season, in order to increase its viewership, CBS made a major cast change in the show's format. Dick Van Patten was dropped as the Nuvos' next door neighbor, and Charles Nelson Reilly joined the cast as Randy Robinson, a TV chef who called himself "The Giddyap Gourmet", apparently a reference to The Galloping Gourmet.[1]

Also, the network decided to move the show to Monday nights at 10:00 P.M. followed at 10:30 P.M. by a new sitcom that had debuted in January, 1971 on Tuesday nights to mediocre ratings, All In The Family. At the last minute, a switch was made and My Three Sons left its comfortable Saturday night time slot and took over the 10:00 P.M. slot on Mondays with Arnie slotted at 10:30 P.M. Both shows sank in the ratings. All In The Family was moved to Saturday nights at 8:00 P.M. where it became the number one show for five consecutive years. At mid-season, My Three Sons was moved to Thursday nights and Arnie returned to the Saturday night prime-time schedule. The changes did not help. Both shows were canceled at the end of the 1971–1972 season.



Season 1 (1970–71)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"David SwiftDavid SwiftSeptember 19, 1970 (1970-09-19)
22"An Urge to Splurge"Allen BaronTBASeptember 26, 1970 (1970-09-26)
33"Change of a Lifetime"Jay SandrichTBAOctober 3, 1970 (1970-10-03)
44"Wife vs. Secretary"Allen BaronTBAOctober 10, 1970 (1970-10-10)
55"The Friendship Gap"Allen BaronTBAOctober 17, 1970 (1970-10-17)
66"Swinging Sixties"Russ MayberryTBAOctober 24, 1970 (1970-10-24)
77"Trouble in the Air"Gary NelsonBetty BonaduceOctober 31, 1970 (1970-10-31)
88"Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"Don RichardsonTBANovember 7, 1970 (1970-11-07)
99"Why Spy?"Don RichardsonTBANovember 14, 1970 (1970-11-14)
1010"For Whom the Whistle Blows"Don RichardsonTBANovember 21, 1970 (1970-11-21)
1111"One Strike and You're Out"Gary NelsonTBANovember 28, 1970 (1970-11-28)
1212"Sell Mates"TBATBADecember 5, 1970 (1970-12-05)
1313"Let Them Eat Cookies"TBATBADecember 12, 1970 (1970-12-12)
1414"To Buy or Not to Buy?"TBATBADecember 19, 1970 (1970-12-19)

Season 2 (1971–72)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
251"Nuvo Richie"TBATBASeptember 13, 1971 (1971-09-13)
262"Well There Goes the Neighborhood"TBATBASeptember 20, 1971 (1971-09-20)
273"Honey, I'm Sorry But..."TBATBASeptember 27, 1971 (1971-09-27)


  1. ^, Retrieved 2009-03-28.

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