Carlton Your Doorman

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Carlton Your Doorman
Written by Lorenzo Music
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
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 television special starring the previously unseen Carlton the doorman (voiced by Lorenzo Music) from the 1974–1978 sitcom Rhoda. 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).

It also served as a proposed pilot for a weekly animated spin-off of Rhoda which never materialized. The half-hour special aired on CBS on May 21, 1980, piggybacking the Chuck Jones special Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over.


The story of Carlton, a New York City doorman, a misfit who seeks to better himself and his position in society. In the pilot episode, Carlton seeks a replacement for his boss's wife's dog, Punkin, who died while in his care.[1]

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

Voice cast[edit]

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


Primetime Emmy Award


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