Bob Patterson (TV series)

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Bob Patterson
Created by Jason Alexander
Michael Markowitz
Peter Tilden
Starring Jason Alexander
Chandra Wilson
Jennifer Aspen
Robert Klein
James Guidice
Composer(s) Michael Skloff
Giorgio Bertuccelli
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (5 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Peter Tilden
Ira Steven Behr
Jason Alexander
Tim Doyle
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Angel Ark Productions
Touchstone Television
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Original network ABC
Original release October 2 – October 31, 2001

Bob Patterson is an American television sitcom starring Jason Alexander, produced by Ira Steven Behr. It was directed by Robby Benson and Barnet Kellman. The show debuted on ABC on October 2, 2001 and the final episode aired October 31 of that year. The show was cancelled after five episodes aired.


The show revolves around fictitious motivational speaker Bob Patterson, "America's #3 Self Help Guru," who is popular with millions of people across America, thanks to his books I Know More Than You, I Still Know More Than You and the To the Top! franchise. Friction between his job and family occurs due in part to Bob's self-absorbed but insecure nature and complete lack of self-awareness, ironic qualities for someone whose job is supposed to be selflessly motivating others to improve their lives.

After the show's cancellation, Alexander used the concept behind Patterson to create a similar fictional character named Donny Clay, "America's #4 Self Help Guru." Alexander has toured the United States in character as Clay.[1]



The show received poor reviews and ratings were disappointing. A New York Times critic wrote that "the series may be the season's biggest disappointment...Robert Klein yells while Mr. Alexander screeches."[2]

In a one-and-a-half-star review for USA Today, Robert Bianco called Chandra Wilson "the only person in the show you can imagine wanting to see again."[3]

A Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote: "The only character here that's amusingly written is Bob's new assistant, Claudia (Chandra Wilson)."[4]


  1. "Pilot" (10/2/01)
  2. "Honest Bob" (10/9/01)
  3. "Naked Bob" (10/16/01)
  4. "Awards Bob" (10/24/01)
  5. "Bathroom Bob" (10/31/01)
  6. "Family Bob" (UNAIRED)
  7. "Paranoid Bob" (UNAIRED)
  8. "Clown Bob" (UNAIRED)
  9. "Mentor Bob" (UNAIRED)
  10. "Wheelchair Bob" (UNAIRED)


  • "No is only yes to a different question."
  • "The only thing between you and your goals is you.......and your goals."
  • "You are the U in the Universe."
  • "To the top!"


Premiere: 9.8 million

Last episode: 7.8 million [5]


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