Lewis & Clark (TV series)

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Lewis & Clark
Lewis & Clark (TV series).jpg
Guich Koock (left) and Gabe Kaplan (right) as Lewis and Clark
Genre Sitcom
Created by Gabe Kaplan
Written by Hank Bradford
Richard Gurman
Gabe Kaplan
Starring Gabe Kaplan
Guich Koock
Ilene Graff
Aaron Fletcher
Wendy Holcombe
Clifton James
Amy Linker
David Hollander
Michael McManus
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) George Shapiro
Tom Tenowich
Producer(s) Ed Scharlach
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 mins.
Production company(s) Carson Productions
Distributor MCA TV
Universal Television Enterprises
Release
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 29, 1981 (1981-10-29) – July 30, 1982 (1982-07-30)

Lewis & Clark is an American sitcom that aired on NBC for one season from October 29, 1981 to July 30, 1982. The series stars Gabe Kaplan (who also created the series) and Guich Koock.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

For a naive New Yorker, Stewart Lewis (Gabe Kaplan) has a strange—some would say twisted—ambition: he wants to own a country-music club. His wife and kids hate the idea. Despite their misgivings, Stewart moves his family to Luckenbach, Texas, where he bought the Nassau County Cafe, a joint that has had nine owners in the last six years and sports a sign that says "Always Under New Management". While his sidekick Roscoe Clark (Guich Koock) stands by, Stewart lets fly one-liners and bad puns.

The series featured an episode with guest appearances by Robert Hegyes and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, who were two of Kaplan's co-stars on Welcome Back, Kotter. At one point during the episode, Hegyes' character tells Lewis, "You should have been a teacher."

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The series was intended to be a comeback vehicle for Kaplan after the cancellation of the popular series Welcome Back, Kotter. Ratings for the series, however, were low and NBC canceled the series in January 1982 after eight episodes. The remaining five episodes were burned off in July 1982.[2]

Broadcast history[edit]

The first four episodes aired Thursdays at 8:30-9:00 on NBC. The next four episodes aired Saturdays at 9:30-10:00. The last five episodes aired Fridays at 8:00-8:30.

Episodes[edit]

Title Written by: Original air date
1"Welcome to Luckenbach"*October 29, 1981 (1981-10-29)
Stewart aims to fire the saloon manager, Roscoe Clark.
2"Opposites Attract"Ed Scharlach,
Tom Tenowich
November 5, 1981 (1981-11-05)
Roscoe falls for Alicia's friend, a fashion model from Paris.
3"The Horse's Tale"Richard GurmanNovember 12, 1981 (1981-11-12)
Stu does not know what to tell Roscoe when his prize-winning rodeo horse dies — with Stu in the saddle.
4"Alicia's New York Night"Hank BradfordNovember 19, 1981 (1981-11-19)
Roscoe turns the club into a slice of the Big Apple when Stu and Alicia have to cancel their trip to New York for their wedding anniversary.
5"The Uptight End"Gabe KaplanDecember 12, 1981 (1981-12-12)
Stu is the host of a luncheon for a Heisman trophy candidate (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs). Robert Hegyes also guest-stars.
6"The Family Affair"Richard GurmanDecember 19, 1981 (1981-12-19)
Roscoe's father aims to remarry, but when Roscoe learns of the woman's past, he's dead set against it.
7"Your Cheatin' Heart"Laura LevineDecember 26, 1981 (1981-12-26)
Roscoe suspects Stu and Wendy are having an affair.
8"Oil!"Hank Bradford,
Richard Gurman
January 2, 1982 (1982-01-02)
A millionaire (Jay Garner) wants to buy Stu's club, believing it sits on top of a gusher.
9"Dear John"Jerry RossJuly 2, 1982 (1982-07-02)
10"Friends"Gabe KaplanJuly 9, 1982 (1982-07-09)
Kelly has to choose between her best friend and the girls on the cheerleading squad.
11"Yellow Stu of Texas"Bob BaublitzJuly 16, 1982 (1982-07-16)
Stu gets pressed into a public match with Silas after Keith loses a fight to Silas's son.
12"In Charm's Way"Alan MyersonJuly 23, 1982 (1982-07-23)
Roscoe's feelings are hurt when Stu tells him he is spending too much time around the Lewis house.
13"Tex Hex"*July 30, 1982 (1982-07-30)
The crew at the Nassau County Cafe gets to perform when they lend the bar to a disc jockey for a live radio broadcast.

* Unknown

Production notes[edit]

The series was created by series star Gabe Kaplan, and produced by Johnny Carson's Carson Productions.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 784. ISBN 0-345-49773-2. 
  2. ^ a b McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide To Programming From 1948 To the Present (4 ed.). Penguin Books. p. 477. ISBN 0-140-24916-8. 
  3. ^ Beck, Marilyn (April 16, 1982). "Networks fight 'Battle Royal'". The Victoria Advocate. p. 7D. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 

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