Carlton Your Doorman
|Carlton Your Doorman|
|Written by||Lorenzo Music
|Directed by||Charles Swenson
|Voices of||Lorenzo Music
|Music by||Stephen Cohn|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||MTM Enterprises|
|Original release||May 21, 1980|
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.
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.
- 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
- 1980: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program – Carlton Your Doorman
- Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937–2012, retrieved August 23, 2015.