Billy (1979 TV series)
|Based on||Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse &
|Directed by||John Rich|
|Opening theme||"You Could Be The Only One"
performed by Ray Kennedy
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||John Rich Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|Original release||February 26– April 28, 1979|
Billy stars Steve Guttenberg as Billy Fisher, a mortician's clerk with a tendency to daydream. His Walter Mitty-like tendency would have him imagining that he was a famous surgeon, a rock superstar, a disk jockey, a television network executive, or a football star. Each episode of Billy had at least two of his fantasies, which included appearances by Don Adams, Suzanne Somers, Larry Csonka, Merv Griffin, and Lou Ferrigno.
Peggy Pope and James Gallery portray Billy's often-frustrated parents (she thought Billy had a vivid imagination; he viewed Billy as a chronic, compulsive liar). Paula Trueman played his grandmother, who believed that Billy was insane, and Bruce Talkington played Billy's friend Arthur Milliken, a fellow worker at Shadrack and Shadrack funeral home.
Billy replaced Co-Ed Fever in CBS' Monday night lineup in February 1979. It did not fare much better as Billy was cancelled two months later. Its last episode was broadcast by CBS on April 28, 1979.
|1||Pilot||February 26, 1979|
|2||"My Son the Doctor"||March 5, 1979|
|3||"Showbiz"||March 12, 1979|
|4||"Computer Dating"||March 24, 1979|
|5||"Camping Trip"||March 31, 1979|
|6||"Disco"||April 21, 1979|
|7||"Dream Date"||April 28, 1979|
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