Carlton Your Doorman

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Carlton Your Doorman
Based on "Carlton, the Doorman" created by James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, David Davis and Lorenzo Music
Written by Lorenzo Music
Barton Dean
Directed by Charles Swenson
Fred Wolf
Voices of Lorenzo Music
Jack Somack
Lucille Meredith
Lurene Tuttle
Music by Stephen Cohn
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Lorenzo Music
Barton Dean
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) MTM Enterprises
Distributor 20th Television
Original network CBS
Original release May 21, 1980
Related shows Rhoda

Carlton Your Doorman is a 1980 animated pilot episode for a spin-off of the live-action sitcom Rhoda (1974–78) produced by MTM Enterprises and starring the previously off-screen character Carlton, the Doorman (voiced by Lorenzo Music). This was the only animated production from MTM Enterprises (although The Duck Factory – a sitcom set in an animation production company – included cartoon segments, and the closing credits of many MTM series included animated clothing and accessories superimposed on Mimsie the Cat).

The episode served as a pilot for a proposed weekly animated spin-off of Rhoda that was never picked up by CBS as a series. It originally aired as a "CBS Special Presentation" on May 21, 1980 and has never been rebroadcast.


The adventures of Carlton, a New York City doorman and a misfit who seeks to better himself and his position in society. In the pilot episode, which presents viewers with a first look at Carlton (who was only heard but never seen on Rhoda), Carlton seeks a replacement for his boss's wife's dog, Punkin, who died while in his care.[1]

It was revealed in this episode that Carlton was a relatively young man, with shoulder-length blond hair and mustache. It is also one of the last animated pilots to use a laugh track, which was a common practice in the 1960s and 1970s.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Lorenzo Music as Carlton the Doorman
  • Jack Somack as Charles Shaftman, Carlton's boss
  • Lucille Meredith as Mrs. Shaftman, Charles's wife
  • Lurene Tuttle as Carlton's mother
  • Kay Cole as Darlene, Carlton's girlfriend


Primetime Emmy Award


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