Carol & Company

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For the 1979 comedy-variety series, see Carol Burnett & Company.
Carol & Company
Carol & Company.jpg
Genre Comedy anthology
Written by Marilyn Anderson
Dana Coen
Directed by Will Mackenzie
Marian Deaton
Andrew D. Weyman
Starring Carol Burnett
Anita Barone
Meagen Fay
Richard Kind
Terry Kiser
Peter Krause
Jeremy Piven
Theme music composer Howard Pearl
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 33
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Touchstone Television
Wind Dancer Productions
Kalola Productions
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network NBC
Original release March 31, 1990 – July 20, 1991

Carol & Company is an American comedy anthology series starring Carol Burnett, Jeremy Piven, Meagen Fay, Terry Kiser, Anita Barone, Richard Kind and Peter Krause which aired on NBC from March 31, 1990 to July 20, 1991.

Overview[edit]

Carol & Company began as a mid-season replacement from March 31 to June 2, 1990 and was subsequently picked up for a full season which ran from September 22, 1990 until July 20, 1991.

Unlike Carol Burnett's previous variety shows, Carol & Company was an anthology series which applied an unusual repertory approach to television comedy. Every week, Burnett and her fellow players (Krause, Piven, Fay, Kiser, Barone and Kind) performed a different half-hour comedy playlet. Only the performers remained the same from week to week; there were no ongoing characters or plots, although there were guest stars from time to time including Betty White, Christopher Reeve, Swoosie Kurtz and Burnett's daughter Carrie Hamilton. In 1991, Burnett's cohort, Tim Conway, made a cameo appearance as an audience member in the episode, "That Little Extra Something."

Shortly after the series' cancellation, Burnett switched back to her former network CBS to star in a short-lived revival of The Carol Burnett Show which aired from November 1 to December 27, 1991. It featured a new ensemble cast, including two Carol & Company players (Meagen Fay and Richard Kind) along with Jessica Lundy, Rick Aviles, Chris Barnes, Roger Kabler and weekly guest stars such as Vicki Lawrence, Martin Short, B.B. King and Jim Nabors. However, the series failed to catch on with the public and only nine episodes of this revival were aired.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1990)[edit]

Title Airdate
1 "Bump in the Night" March 31, 1990
Lois Carlyle (Burnett) is a wife fed up with her cold, sexist philandering husband (Kind) who hires a hit-man named Brian Beckworth (Kiser) out of the phone book to kill him.
2 "Reunion" April 7, 1990
Georgette (Burnett) is a woman attending the 30th reunion at her high school, where before her sex-change operation she had been "George", the quarterback on the football team. Swoosie Kurtz guest stars as "George's" ex-girlfriend from school.
3 "Mother from Hell" April 14, 1990
4 "In-Laws Should Be Outlawed" April 21, 1990
5 "Battle of the Exes" April 28, 1990
Dr. Elaine Daniels (Burnett) learns that her ex-husband/co-worker, Dr. Arthur Daniels (Alex Rocco), is dating a younger woman and to make him jealous, she flaunts a much younger man under Arthur's nose.
6 "Soap Gets in Your Eyes" May 5, 1990
Barbara (Burnett), a fading soap opera star who feels threatened by an up-and-coming actress, learns a painful truth from Sam (Robert Guillaume) the security guard.
7 "Myna and the Messenger" May 12, 1990
Myna Bouleray (Burnett), a small town resident, heeds advice from an angel (Howie Mandel) who suggests that she gamble her life's savings in Atlantic City to save her nearly bankrupt church.
8 "The Fabulous Bicker Girls" May 26, 1990
Babe and Baby Bicker (Burnett and daughter Carrie Hamilton), a mother/daughter singing duo, feel their act may be threatened when Bobby (Robert Urich) comes between them.
9 "Kruber Alert" June 2, 1990
Sally Trickleson (Burnett) is an irate, love-sick listener who storms into a radio station and confronts the pop psychologist announcer Dr. Doris Kruber (Glenda Jackson) during a live call-in program.

Season 2 (1990–91)[edit]

Title Airdate
10 "Grandma Gets It On" September 22, 1990
Lillian Preskin (Burnett) is a frisky 82-year-old senior citizen who still has an eye for the gentlemen at her nursing home, much to the consternation of her daughter (Fay) who threatens to send her mother to a home run by nuns if she engages once more in sex with the residents.
11 "Diary of a Really, Really Mad Housewife" September 29, 1990
12 "Goin' to the Chapel" October 6, 1990
Evelyn Sweets (Burnett) is featured in two separate episodes about her "Chapel of Romance": Evelyn is approached by a woman with a ventriloquist's dummy who pleads with her to marry them in "Dummy Dearest"; Evelyn is approached by Chester Neff, who assumes that her ad's tag I'll marry anyone means that she will become his wife in "Being Out There".
13 "Guns and Rosie" October 13, 1990
14 "Stiff Competition" October 20, 1990
15 "Here's to You, Mrs. Baldwin" October 27, 1990
Lisa Baldwin (Burnett), a successful single businesswoman, is enchanted but unnerved when her son's college roommate, Patrick (Krause), expresses his admiration for her.
16 "Trisha Springs Eternal" November 3, 1990
Trisha Durant (Betty White) is a college friend of Rosalind "Roz" Burke (Burnett) who comes to town and announces that she's taken the apartment next door to Roz – but Roz can't stand her.
17 "Mom and Dad Day Afternoon" November 10, 1990
Frank and Julia Miller (Kiser and Burnett) are a bickering couple applying for a loan who witness an unusual robbery – the bank is being held up by their son (Krause).
18 "Driving Miss Crazy" November 17, 1990
19 "The Jingle Belles" November 24, 1990
Arlene Harvey and Kate Benton (Burnett and Bernadette Peters) are songwriters who strike a sour note when Kate alone is offered an audition with a record producer.
20 "Teacher, Teacher!" December 1, 1990
Daisy Kornfeld (Burnett), a teacher, tries to talk her way out of a speeding ticket from a cop (Krause), her former student in whom she instilled a value system that doesn't bend the rules.
21 "Spudnik" December 8, 1990
Veta Mae Klybocker (Burnett) is a spaced-out woman who prepares to rendezvous with aliens at a fishing dock and confronts Dakota (Nell Carter), a fisherwoman who resents having her solitude disturbed.
22 "No News Is Bad News" January 15, 1991
A former game-show producer (Barone) turns a newscast into a circus, and its once-respected anchor Christine Hayward (Burnett) into a clown.
23 "Turning Tables" January 19, 1991
24 "That Little Extra Something" January 26, 1991
A spoof of an old-fashioned murder mystery but complications ensue when Richard Kind's Aunt Wanda (Burnett) comes for a visit. Tim Conway makes a cameo appearance.
25 "A Fall from Grace" February 2, 1991
26 "Suture Self" February 9, 1991
Eminent surgeon Hoogie Dowser (Neil Patrick Harris in a spoof of his TV show Doogie Howser, M.D.) is called in for a splinter removal from the toe of a recovering patient (Burnett).
27 "High on Life" February 16, 1991
A free-spirited man (Kiser) begs Margaret (Burnett) to live life on the edge – moments before her marriage to Herb (Kind).
28 "Momma Needs a New Pair of Shoes" March 2, 1991
29 "Jewel of Denial" March 9, 1991
30 "Intimate Behavior" March 16, 1991
Hal Linden guest stars in a series of vignettes that take a musical look at intimate behavior in a café, an elevator, a support-group meeting, a dentist's office and an alley.
31 "Noah's Place" April 13, 1991
32 "Overnight Male" April 27, 1991
Myrna Fallows (Burnett), a postal worker, dreams that she gets to date her fantasy mailman (Christopher Reeve), but they are often interrupted by a co-worker (Kind).
33 "For Love or Money" May 4, 1991
In a sendup of 1940s gangster films, wealthy Agnes Pringle (Burnett) contemplates a lover's revenge while "Lefty" Malone (Kind) and "Dollface" (Barone) join in on the scheming on a cruise ship. A one-hour season finale.

Guest stars[edit]

Broadcast history[edit]

  • March 1990 – April 1990: NBC Saturday, 9:30–10:00 PM
  • April 1990 – June 1990: NBC Saturday, 10:00–10:30 PM
  • August 1990 – March 1991: NBC Saturday, 10:00–10:30 PM
  • March 1991 – May 1991: NBC Saturday, 10:00-11:00 PM
  • July 1991: NBC Saturday, 10:30–11:00 PM

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Name Result
1990
Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Carol Burnett Nominated
1990
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Swoosie Kurtz Won
1990
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Dan Foliart, Howard Pearl Nominated
1991
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program Ret Turner, Bob Mackie Won
1991
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program David Sackeroff, Portia Iversen Nominated

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