Lotsa Luck

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Lotsa Luck
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Created byCarl Reiner
Bill Persky
Sam Denoff
StarringDom DeLuise
Kathleen Freeman
Beverly Sanders
Wynn Irwin
Jack Knight
Composer(s)Jack Elliott
Allyn Ferguson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Concept II Productions
DistributorSFM Entertainment
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1973 (1973-09-10) –
March 15, 1974 (1974-03-15)
Related showsOn the Buses

Lotsa Luck is an American sitcom that aired during the 1973–74 television season on the NBC Friday evening schedule. The series stars Dom DeLuise as bachelor Stanley Belmont who lives with his bossy mother (Kathleen Freeman), his sister Olive (Beverly Sanders) and her unemployed husband, Arthur (Wynn Irwin). Jack Knight stars as Stanley's best friend, Bummy.

Lotsa Luck is based on the British London Weekend Television series On the Buses.


The show centers around Stanley's frustration with his lazy, mooching brother-in-law, Arthur, who refuses to get a job, dresses like a slob (usually unshaven and wearing a bathrobe), is constantly smoking and eats like a horse. Stanley works at the lost-and-found department of the city bus company, supporting the entire family. The program can currently be seen in syndication on Antenna TV.

Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
0"The Family Flu"[1]Bill PerskySam Denoff,
Bill Persky
Olive shares her flu bug with the family.
1"Olive's Present"[1]Bill PerskySam Denoff,
Bill Persky
September 10, 1973 (1973-09-10)
Olive's foot gets stuck in the toilet tank.
2"The Bare Facts"Alan RafkinSaul TurteltaubSeptember 17, 1973 (1973-09-17)
Stanley suspects that Arthur is seeing another woman.
3"Trial Separation"Alan RafkinNorman Barasch,
Carroll Moore
September 24, 1973 (1973-09-24)
Arthur and Olive decide to separate... in the same house!
4"Stanley and the Librarian"Alan RafkinNorman Barasch,
Carroll Moore
October 1, 1973 (1973-10-01)
Mom hooks Stanley up with a real knockout who is a librarian. Jackie Joseph guest-stars.
5"The Suit"Alan RafkinNorman Barasch,
Carroll Moore
October 8, 1973 (1973-10-08)
Stanley is elated when his brother-in-law agrees to apply for a job.
6"Mom's Secret"Alan RafkinNorman Barasch,
Carroll Moore
October 15, 1973 (1973-10-15)
Stanley gets suspicious when mom goes to the laundromat every night. Does she have a date? Harold Gould guest-stars.
7"The Winning Purse"Alan RafkinSaul TurteltaubOctober 19, 1973 (1973-10-19)
Stanley needs money as bills start to pile up. How will he get it?
8"The Family Plot"Bill PerskySam Denoff,
Bill Persky
October 29, 1973 (1973-10-29)
The family deals with a windfall after the city pays for moving Dad's grave. Henry Corden guest-stars.
9"The Psychiatrist"Bill PerskyRoy KammermanNovember 5, 1973 (1973-11-05)
Stanley sees the company shrink when insomnia disrupts his life. The solution? Make nice with Arthur.
10"The New Stan"Alan RafkinNorman Barasch,
Carroll Moore
November 12, 1973 (1973-11-12)
Stanley tries to improve himself to be more attractive to the opposite sex.
11"Arthur's Inheritance"Alan RafkinBill ManhoffNovember 26, 1973 (1973-11-26)
Arthur's rich Uncle Elroy dies, and Arthur may be coming into money as a result. Alvy Moore guest-stars.
12"The Belmont Connection"Alan RafkinJohn BoniDecember 3, 1973 (1973-12-03)
The lost-and-found is being used as a drop for criminals, and the police want to use Stanley in the sting operation to catch them.
13"Will You Marry Me?"Alan RafkinSteve GordonDecember 10, 1973 (1973-12-10)
Stanley's mother is suspicious of his new girlfriend because she lives alone. Pat Finley guest-stars.
14"Do Me a Favor"Alan RafkinSaul TurteltaubJanuary 11, 1974 (1974-01-11)
Stanley's family wants him to cash in a favor from a childhood friend who is now famous. Alex Rocco guest-stars.
15"Stan and the Wealthy Widow"Alan RafkinNorman Barasch,
Carroll Moore
January 18, 1974 (1974-01-18)
Stanley's family tries to fix him up with a woman that he went to school with. Ruth Buzzi guest-stars.
16"The Talent Show"Alan RafkinArnie KogenJanuary 25, 1974 (1974-01-25)
Stanley's and Bummy's friendship suffers in a battle over a possible talent show prize. Johnny Brown and Louisa Moritz guest-star.
17"A Little Order of Law and Order"Alan RafkinRon FriedmanFebruary 1, 1974 (1974-02-01)
The Belmonts get burglarized.
18"You Oughta Be in Pictures"Alan RafkinGordon Farr,
Arnold Kane
February 8, 1974 (1974-02-08)
Stanley tries out to be "Driver Dan" in the bus company ads. Ronnie Schell guest-stars.
19"Stan's Assistant"Alan RafkinRoy KammermanFebruary 15, 1974 (1974-02-15)
Stanley needs an assistant, so he has the bus company hire Arthur. Stuart Nisbet guest-stars.
20"Arthur Makes His Move"Bill FosterSteve GordonFebruary 22, 1974 (1974-02-22)
Arthur invites a fellow freeloading friend over for dinner. Alan Oppenheimer guest-stars.
Starting with this episode, each episode opens with Stanley storming into the house with a funny story about it being "a jungle out there" before the opening credits.
21"Bummy's Girl"Alan RafkinSteve GordonMarch 8, 1974 (1974-03-08)
Bummy needs Stanley to keep an eye on his girl while Bummy is in Boston. Suzanne Somers guest-stars.
22"Get Off My Back"Alan RafkinSaul TurteltaubMarch 15, 1974 (1974-03-15)
Stanley fixes a hole in the ceiling after Arthur overflows the bathtub.

Home media[edit]

On November 29, 2005, S'More Entertainment released all 22 episodes on DVD in Region 1 in a 4-disc set entitled Lotsa Luck – The Complete Series.[2]


  1. ^ a b Lotsa Luck at the Classic TV Archive
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2012-10-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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