Davis Rules

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Davis Rules
Genre Sitcom
Created by Danny Jacobson
Norma Safford Vela
Written by Kim C. Friese
Danny Jacobson
Frank Mula
Fredi Towbin
Norma Safford Vela
Directed by John Bowab
Ellen Falcon
James Widdoes
Starring Randy Quaid
Jonathan Winters
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 29 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Marcy Carsey
Danny Jacobson
Caryn Mandabach
Tom Werner
Norma Safford Vela
Douglas Wyman
Producer(s) Dale McRaven
Frank Mula
Jon Spector
Fredi Towbin
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Release
Original network ABC (1991)
CBS (1992)
Original release January 27, 1991 (1991-01-27) – May 13, 1992 (1992-05-13)

Davis Rules is an American sitcom broadcast on ABC in 1991 and on CBS in 1992.[1] The series was produced by Carsey-Werner Productions.

Synopsis[edit]

The series stars Randy Quaid as Dwight Davis, a widowed elementary school principal who is raising his three sons (Robbie, Charlie, and Ben) with the help of his wacky father Gunny Davis (Jonathan Winters).

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Davis Rules was canceled by ABC after less than one season despite having premiered after Super Bowl XXV. ABC retained the rights to the series and planned to use it as a midseason replacement. When the series wasn't used in ABC's lineup, CBS bought the series in November 1991.[2][3]

CBS retooled the series, adding Bonnie Hunt and Giovanni Ribisi (credited as Vonni Ribisi), but canceled it after 16 episodes.[2]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 January 27, 1991 (1991-01-27) April 9, 1991 (1991-04-09)
2 16 December 30, 1991 (1991-12-30) May 13, 1992 (1992-05-13)

Season 1 (1991)[edit]

Every episode of season 1 was directed by Ellen Falcon.[4]

List of Davis Rules season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4] Original air date Prod.
code [4]
1 1 "A Man for All Reasons" January 27, 1991 (1991-01-27) 101
2 2 "Rules of the Game" January 29, 1991 (1991-01-29) 105
3 3 "The Trouble with Women" February 5, 1991 (1991-02-05) 106
4 4 "Guys and Dolls" February 12, 1991 (1991-02-12) 107
5 5 "Pomahac Day Massacre" February 19, 1991 (1991-02-19) 108
6 6 "Yes, I'm The Great Pretender" February 26, 1991 (1991-02-26) 109
7 7 "Gimme The Ball" March 5, 1991 (1991-03-05) 110
8 8 "Twisted Sister" March 5, 1991 (1991-03-05) 112
9 9 "Take This Job and Love It" March 12, 1991 (1991-03-12) 102
10 10 "Sign of the Times" March 19, 1991 (1991-03-19) 111
11 11 "Habla Espanol?" March 26, 1991 (1991-03-26) 103
12 12 "Mission: Improbable" April 2, 1991 (1991-04-02) 113
13 13 "Soap" April 9, 1991 (1991-04-09) 104

Season 2 (1991–92)[edit]

The first thirteen episodes of season 2 were directed by James Widdoes, while the final three episodes were directed by John Bowab.[4]

List of Davis Rules season 2 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4] Original air date Prod.
code [4]
14 1 "They're Writing Songs of Love, But Nun for Me" December 30, 1991 (1991-12-30) 201
15 2 "A Father Makes All the Difference" January 1, 1992 (1992-01-01) 204
16 3 "Writing a Wrong" January 8, 1992 (1992-01-08) 202
17 4 "The Moment of Youth" January 15, 1992 (1992-01-15) 211
18 5 "Love at First Sighting (Part 1)" January 22, 1992 (1992-01-22) 207
19 6 "Love at First Sighting (Part 2)" January 29, 1992 (1992-01-29) 208
20 7 "Gunny's Ex" February 5, 1992 (1992-02-05) 205
21 8 "Happy as a Clam" February 26, 1992 (1992-02-26) 209
22 9 "Someone to Watch Over Them" March 4, 1992 (1992-03-04) 212
23 10 "Bells, Bells, Bells" March 11, 1992 (1992-03-11) 206
24 11 "Strike Down the Band" March 18, 1992 (1992-03-18) 210
25 12 "Everybody Comes to Nick's" March 25, 1992 (1992-03-25) 213
26 13 "A Foggy Day on Puget Sound" April 8, 1992 (1992-04-08) 203
27 14 "Ferry Tale" April 22, 1992 (1992-04-22) 214
28 15 "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" May 6, 1992 (1992-05-06) 215
29 16 "The Girl with Someone Extra" May 13, 1992 (1992-05-13) 216

Awards and nominations[edit]

Winters won an Emmy for his role as Gunny Davis,[5] while Trevor Bullock and Robin Lynn Heath also won Young Artist Awards for their roles in the series.[6]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1991 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Jonathan Winters Won
1992 Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series Jo Mayer (Lighting designer)
(for episode "A Foggy Day On Puget Sound")
Nominated
Young Artist Award Best New Family Television Series Davis Rules Nominated
Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series Trevor Bullock Won
Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series Rigoberto Jimenez Nominated
Best Young Actress Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series Robin Lynn Heath Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). "Davis Rules (Situation Comedy)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. pp. 285–286. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0. 
  2. ^ a b Casey Davidson (February 12, 1993). "Super Bowl Bump". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 
  3. ^ Bill Carter (November 19, 1991). "CBS Buys Show From ABC". The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Davis Rules"]".". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ Emmy Database Archived 2011-02-15 at WebCite
  6. ^ Young Artists Awards site[dead link]

External links[edit]


Preceded by
Grand Slam
1990
Davis Rules
Super Bowl lead-out program
1991
Succeeded by
60 Minutes
and
48 Hours
1992