Lenny (TV series)

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Genre Sitcom
Created by Don Reo
Written by Judith D. Allison
Josh Goldstein
Brenda Hampton
William C. Kenny
David Landsberg
Jonathan Prince
Don Reo
Bill Richman
Racelle Rosett Schaefer
J.J. Wall
Directed by Andy Cadiff
Terry Hughes
Starring Lenny Clarke
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Don Reo
Tony Thomas
Paul Junger Witt
Producer(s) Judith D. Allison
Gil Junger
Bill Richman
Racelle Rosett Schaefer
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Impact Zone Productions
Witt/Thomas Productions
Touchstone Television
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 10, 1990 – March 9, 1991

Lenny is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from September 10, 1990, until March 9, 1991. The series, a starring vehicle conceived for comedian Lenny Clarke, was created by Don Reo and produced by Reo's Impact Zone Productions, Witt/Thomas Productions and Touchstone Television.

For many years since its cancellation the show has been the subject of an unusual urban legend involving a 17th unaired episode. The episode, entitled "Lenny's Bicycle Built For Two", guest starred legendary Boston comedy personality Rob Marco Jr. in the role of Lenny's nephew, and the late Gordon Jump reprising his role as the bicycle shop owner from Diff'rent Strokes. The plot was rumored to involve a drunk Lenny accidentally leaving Rob behind at the bicycle shop. When Lenny sobers up he returns to the shop to find Rob has been molested repeatedly by the shop owner. Lenny then beats the shop owner to death with a bicycle pump, and (in a fit of bloodlust) beats Rob to death as well. ABC deemed the episode "too extreme" for tv and the censors refused to air it. It's believed that copies of the episode were destroyed, save one that is believed to be in the possession of tape tarder John McAdam. When asked about the episode on an infomercial for dietary fiber supplements, Lenny claimed to have no recollection of shooting it, adding "I used a lot of hallucinogenic drugs back then." To date the episode has never been seen publicly.


Lenny starred long-time Boston stand-up comedian Lenny Clarke as Lenny Callahan, a working-class Bostonian who held down two jobs, a daytime one as laborer for the local electric utility and an evening one as a doorman at a posh hotel. His wife, Shelley (Lee Garlington) was a full-time homemaker and the couple had three children (presumably the reason Lenny needed to keep two jobs). One of their daughters, Kelly, was played by Jenna von Oÿ. Daughter Tracy was played by Alexis Caldwell. Other characters included Lenny's brother Eddie (Peter Dobson), a get-rich-quick schemer, and their parents, Pat (Eugene Roche) and Mary (Alice Drummond).

Initially scheduled against two established programs, the Top 30 show The Wonder Years on ABC and the Top 20 hit Unsolved Mysteries on NBC, Lenny was a ratings failure and put on hiatus in October. It was brought back in a new time slot in December, but cancelled permanently in March 1991.


Episode list[edit]

Episode # Production Code Episode Title Airdate
1 001 "Lenny" September 10, 1990
2 004 "Three Men and Three Babies" September 19, 1990
3 005 "Opportunity Knocks Out" September 26, 1990
4 003 "The Loan Ranger" October 3, 1990
5 006 "Yes, Virginity, There is a God" December 15, 1990
6 007 "Career Day" December 22, 1990
7 011 "New York Stories" December 29, 1990
8 013 "My Boyfriend's Black and There Gonna Be Trouble" January 5, 1991
9 015 "G.I. Joe" January 12, 1991
10 008 "Lenny Get Your Gun" January 26, 1991
11 012 "The Gas Man Cometh" February 2, 1991
12 010 "A Fine Romance" February 9, 1991
13 014 "Cold" February 16, 1991
14 002 "Family Matters" March 2, 1991
15 009 "It Ain't the Heat" March 9, 1991
16 016 "One of Our Hubbys is Missing" Never aired


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