Billy (1992 TV series)
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
Ehrich Von Lowe
|Editor(s)||Jimmy B. Frazier|
|Running time||30 minutes|
Warner Bros. Television
|Original release||January 31– July 4, 1992|
|Preceded by||Head of the Class|
Billy is an American sitcom and a spin-off of Head of the Class that aired on ABC for half a season from January 31 to May 30, 1992. The series starred Billy Connolly as Billy MacGregor, a Scottish teacher who moves to America in order to build a new life for himself.
Following the end of Head of the Class, Billy moves to Berkeley, California, where he marries Mary Springer (played by Marie Marshall), a single mom with several children, so he could get his green card. The marriage is arranged in order to prevent Billy from being deported back to the UK. Billy becomes Mary's boarder, living in her basement apartment with the strictest of rules: no drinking, no smoking, no pets, and no sex.
The series follows Billy's misadventures as he adjusts to life in California while staying one step ahead of immigration officials seeking to prove his marriage is a sham. Meanwhile, his relationship with Mary's children, 14-year-old David, 10-year-old Laura and 5-year-old Annie, (played by Johnny Galecki, Natanya Ross, and Clara Bryant) deepens to a parental level, and Billy and Mary likewise find themselves drawing closer together, although the series was cancelled before this subplot could be carried out.
- Billy Connolly as Billy MacGregor
- Marie Marshall as Mary Springer MacGregor
- Johnny Galecki as David MacGregor
- Natanya Ross as Laura MacGregor
- Clara Bryant as Annie MacGregor
Scheduling and cancellation
Billy premiered as part of ABC's TGIF lineup, Fridays at 9:30/8:30c. After two months in this time period, the show moved to Saturday night (just one week after ABC abruptly ended the failed TGIF sister lineup, I Love Saturday Night), at 8:30/7:30c. While on Saturdays, the program would switch time slots a few more times, but none of the moves produced better ratings; Billy folded after one season.
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||Matthew Diamond||TBA||January 31, 1992|
|2||"Hot Stuff"||Howard Storm||Rebecca Parr, David Hurwitz & Erich Von Lowe||February 7, 1992|
|3||"Parenting 101"||TBA||TBA||February 14, 1992|
|4||"Poker Face"||TBA||TBA||February 21, 1992|
|5||"Billy Gets the Bird"||John Bowab||Erich Von Lowe||February 28, 1992|
|6||"Gimme Some Credit"||Robert Berlinger||Teleplay by: Bill Lawrence & Ray Jessel|
Story by: Ehrich Von Lowe
|March 6, 1992|
|7||"Futile Attraction"||John Bowab||Diane Wilk||March 13, 1992|
|8||"Billy Flunks Mary"||Howard Storm||David Hurwitz||March 21, 1992|
|9||"Out All Night"||Richard Kline||John Boni||March 28, 1992|
|10||"Home Alone, Almost"||John Bowab||April Kelly||April 4, 1992|
|11||"Love Me or Leave Me: Part 1"||TBA||TBA||April 11, 1992|
|12||"Love Me or Leave Me: Part 2"||John Bowab||Rebecca Parr||April 18, 1993|
|13||"Thunder from Down Under"||Howard Storm||Geoff Gilbert & Gregg Sherman||May 30, 1993|
- From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Billy : episode"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present ISBN 0-345-45542-8
- TV Guide Guide to TV (2006) ISBN 0-7607-7572-9