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Betty White's Off Their Rockers

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Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Based onBenidorm Bastards
Developed byTim Van Aelst
Written byKevin Healey
Directed by
  • Tim Gibbons
  • Guy Shalem
Presented byBetty White
  • Reatha Grey
  • Michael Yama
  • Nick De Mauro
  • Ann Benson
  • Michael Alaimo
  • Richard Reicheg
  • Lou Beatty, Jr.
  • Melanie Seacat
Narrated by
  • Jennifer DuMont
  • Dorian Frankel
Theme music composerDee Snider
Opening theme"We're Not Gonna Take It"
Ending theme"We're Not Gonna Take It"
ComposerVanacore Music
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes46 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Chris Coelen
  • Lee Hupfield
  • Emma Conway
  • Betty White
  • Tim Van Aelst
  • Eli Lehrer
  • Mary Donahue
  • Paul Hardy
Running time21 minutes
Production companies
  • Kinetic Content
  • Albert Enterprises Inc.
  • Hallock-Healey Entertainment (season 1)
Original release
(Seasons 1 & 2)
(Season 3)
ReleaseJanuary 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) –
September 12, 2017 (2017-09-12)

Betty White's Off Their Rockers is an American comedy television series launched in 2012, that broadcast on NBC for its first two seasons and Lifetime for its third. The series is hosted by Betty White, and is based on the Belgian television format Benidorm Bastards.


A sneak preview was released on January 16, 2012, in tribute to Betty White's 90th birthday.[1] The show officially premiered April 4, 2012.[2][3] White hosts the series, and also serves as an executive producer for the show.

On May 13, 2012, NBC renewed the series for a second season in the mid-season schedule.[4] On July 11, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that NBC had canceled the series, citing a drop-off in ratings and low DVR viewership.[5][6][7][8]

It was announced on October 18, 2013, that Lifetime had revived the series for a twenty episode third season.[9][10] Season 3 premiered on February 28, 2014 and was confirmed for 20 episodes,[11] but, in mid-season, the series took a three-year hiatus and resumed broadcast in September 2017.


The elderly play pranks on members of the younger generation, in the manner of Candid Camera, Trigger Happy TV, or Punk'd. It is based on the Belgian television format Benidorm Bastards.


Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale Network
1 12 January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16) May 23, 2012 (2012-05-23) NBC
2 14 January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08) July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)
3 20 February 28, 2014 (2014-02-28) September 12, 2017 (2017-09-12) Lifetime

International broadcasts[edit]

In Canada, the series began broadcasting on CTV on January 16, 2012, in the Monday 8:00 p.m. timeslot, as a special preview, but moved to Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. on the CTV Two television system on April 4, 2012, after airing the first special preview episode.[12] Since 2017, the series has run on CHCH.

In Norway, it started running on TVNorge on July 4, 2012.

In Germany, it started running on Prosieben.

In Australia, the program airs on the Comedy Channel, with a local version that premiered in 2012.[13]

In New Zealand, the program aired on TVNZ 2 Sundays at 7.30pm, later shifted to Saturdays at 6pm.[14][15]

In Finland, the program airs on TV5.[16]

In the United Kingdom, ITV announced its own adaptation of the show. Following the American adaptation, it was also entitled Off Their Rockers but with different characters.[17] The first episode aired April 7, 2013.[18] The UKTV channel Watch began airing the US version on 13 August 2014.

In Serbia, the program airs on Prva Plus.[19]

In the Netherlands, the program airs on RTL4 but is renamed Benidorm Bastards USA.

In Ireland, the program airs on TV3.

In Brazil, the original show airs on paid channel Multishow from Mondays to Fridays, and the local version airs on Sundays by SBT.

In India, the original show was aired on 10 September 2015 on Comedy Central India on Monday to Friday at 10:00 p.m.

Online media[edit]

In the United States, users could watch full episodes of the NBC season on the network's official website. In Canada, people could watch full episodes on the CTV official website.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Betty White Nominated
2013 65th Primetime Emmy Awards
2014 66th Primetime Emmy Awards


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  2. ^ Villarreal, Yvonne (February 21, 2012). "NBC announces return of 'Community,' gives new comedies premiere dates". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Ng, Philiana (February 21, 2012). "NBC Announces Return Date for 'Community,' Premieres for Three New Series". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 13, 2012). "NBC 2012–13 Season Schedule Announced: Includes Fall Cycle of 'The Voice,' 'Community' on Friday & More". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 11, 2013). "NBC Cancels Betty White's 'Off Their Rockers'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ Marechal, AJ (July 11, 2013). "NBC Cancels 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers'". Variety.
  7. ^ Masters, Megan (July 11, 2013). "NBC Cancels Betty White's Off Their Rockers". TV Line.
  8. ^ Lisa de Moraes (July 11, 2013). "NBC Dumps Betty White". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 18, 2013). "Betty White's 'Off Their Rockers' Revived at Lifetime". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ Snierson, Dan (October 18, 2013). "Lifetime rescues 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers'". Entertainment Weekly.
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 22, 2014). "'Betty White's Off Their Rockers' Season 3 to Premiere Friday, February 28 on Lifetime". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  12. ^ "CTV Acquires Hidden-Camera Comedy BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS, Premiering Jan. 16". CNW. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  13. ^ Knox, David (June 19, 2012). "Airdate: Betty White's Off Their Rockers". TV tonight. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  14. ^ "Betty White's Off Their Rockers". tvnz.co.nz. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  15. ^ "Betty White's Off Their Rockers | Television New Zealand | Entertainment | TV One, TV2". July 15, 2016. Archived from the original on July 15, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  16. ^ "BETTY WHITE HURMAA TV5:N UUTUUSSARJASSA". tvviisi.fi (in Finnish). Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  17. ^ ITV: Off Their Rockers Archived June 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Off Their Rockers at TVGuide.co.uk". Archived from the original on March 3, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  19. ^ "Beti Vajt i otkačeni matorci". prvaplus.prva.rs. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.

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