Carter Country

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Carter Country
Victor French Kene Holliday Carter Country.JPG
Victor French and Kene Holliday.
Created byPhil Doran
Douglas Arango
Developed byBud Yorkin
Saul Turteltaub
Bernie Orenstein
Written byDouglas Arango
Phil Doran
David Garber
Kevin Hartigan
Barry Meadow
Directed byPeter Baldwin
Bud Yorkin
StarringVictor French
Kene Holliday
Richard Paul
Harvey Vernon
Barbara Cason
Vernee Watson
Composer(s)Pete Rugolo
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44
Executive producer(s)Austin Kalish
Irma Kalish
Bernie Orenstein
Saul Turteltaub
Bud Yorkin
Producer(s)Douglas Arango
Running time30 mins.
Production company(s)Turteltaub-Orenstein-Yorkin Productions (TOY)
DistributorColumbia Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1977 –
August 23, 1979

Carter Country is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 15, 1977 to August 23, 1979.


Carter Country is set in the fictional small town of Clinton Corners in Georgia (presumably near the part of the state from which U.S. President Jimmy Carter hailed, thus the title) and features Victor French as police chief Roy Mobey and Kene Holliday as city-bred, college-educated, black Sergeant Curtis Baker.

It also features Richard Paul as Mayor Teddy Burnside, Harvey Vernon as racist officer Jasper DeWitt, and Barbara Cason as town employee Cloris Phebus. DeWitt was shown to be a member of the local branch of the Ku Klux Klan and he often made disparaging comments against minorities, but was still a loyal and honest law enforcement officer. In several episodes it is hinted that his racist attitude is an act and that he joined the KKK in order to keep an eye on their activities. Additional comic support was provided by Texas-born actor Guich Koock who played the part of goofy deputy Harley. Vernee Watson rounded out the cast as the mayor's educated secretary and a love interest for Baker. The plot centered around the stereotypical racism of the Deep South, and was often characterized as being an irreverent, comedic version of the movie In the Heat of the Night, especially with the aspect of an educated, African American man coming to the small town South to work as a police officer.[1]

The character of Mayor Burnside coined a minor catchphrase with his manic "Handle it, Roy, handle it!", used when delegating various details to Chief Mobey such as fixing a parking ticket. If Mobey protested or asked any further questions, Burnside would stifle further discussion with a dismissive hand gesture and a further "Handle it, handle it, handle it!"

Burnside often introduced himself to members of the public as "Teddy Burnside, your mayor by a landslide."


Season 1: 1977–78[edit]

Ep Title Original air date
11"Hail to the Chief"September 15, 1977 (1977-09-15)
22"Beating the Pounds"September 22, 1977 (1977-09-22)
33"Out of the Closet"September 29, 1977 (1977-09-29)
44"The Fireside Burnside Budget Chat"October 6, 1977 (1977-10-06)
55"Baker Buys a House: Part 1"October 20, 1977 (1977-10-20)
66"Baker Buys a House: Part 2"October 27, 1977 (1977-10-27)
77"Bye, Bye Baker"November 3, 1977 (1977-11-03)
88"Senior Citizen Siege"November 17, 1977 (1977-11-17)
99"Chicks and Turkeys"November 24, 1977 (1977-11-24)
1010"Chief to Chief"December 1, 1977 (1977-12-01)
1111"Union vs. the Confederacy"December 8, 1977 (1977-12-08)
1212"A-Hunting We Will Go"December 15, 1977 (1977-12-15)
1313"By the Light of the Moonlight"December 22, 1977 (1977-12-22)
1414"The Physical"January 5, 1978 (1978-01-05)
1515"Roy's Separation"January 12, 1978 (1978-01-12)
1616"Red Armstrong, Goodbye"January 19, 1978 (1978-01-19)
1717"Ballots for Burnside"January 26, 1978 (1978-01-26)
1818"The Chief's Dressing Down"February 2, 1978 (1978-02-02)
1919"All About Floyd"February 9, 1978 (1978-02-09)
2020"Roy Pays His Taxes"February 23, 1978 (1978-02-23)
2121"Roy's Encounter"May 9, 1978 (1978-05-09)
2222"Baker Saves a Life"May 16, 1978 (1978-05-16)

Season 2: 1978–79[edit]

Ep Title Original air date
231"One of Our Chiefs Is Missing"September 23, 1978 (1978-09-23)
242"The Tracy Report"September 30, 1978 (1978-09-30)
253"The Selling of the Mayor: Part 1"October 21, 1978 (1978-10-21)
264"The Selling of the Mayor: Part 2"October 28, 1978 (1978-10-28)
275"Poor Butterfly"November 11, 1978 (1978-11-11)
286"Gambler's Unanimous"November 25, 1978 (1978-11-25)
297"Roy Makes the Grade"December 2, 1978 (1978-12-02)
308"Hurricane Jasper"December 16, 1978 (1978-12-16)
319"Firing of a Harley"December 23, 1978 (1978-12-23)
3210"Owed to Billy Joe"January 6, 1979 (1979-01-06)
3311"The Russians Are Coming"January 13, 1979 (1979-01-13)
3412"Happy Anniversary"March 29, 1979 (1979-03-29)
3513"Teddy the Tiger"April 5, 1979 (1979-04-05)
3614"New Kid in Town"April 12, 1979 (1979-04-12)
3715"Baker's First Day"April 19, 1979 (1979-04-19)
3816"The Last Dinosaur"April 26, 1979 (1979-04-26)
3917"The Big Move: Part 1"May 10, 1979 (1979-05-10)
4018"The Big Move: Part 2"May 17, 1979 (1979-05-17)
4119"The Big Move: Part 3"May 24, 1979 (1979-05-24)
4220"Teddy's Folly"May 31, 1979 (1979-05-31)
4321"The Prisoner of Clinton Corners"June 7, 1979 (1979-06-07)
4422"The Abominable Showman"June 21, 1979 (1979-06-21)


  1. ^ "Carter Country". TV Guide. OpenGate Capital(magazine) CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 15, 2015.

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