Madame's Place

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Madame's Place
Stage placard for Madame's Place talk show
Directed byDon Barnhart
Paul Miller
StarringWayland Flowers
Susan Tolsky
Johnny Haymer
Judy Landers
Corey Feldman
Music byMichael K. Miller
Monica Riordan
Opening theme"Madame's Place" performed by Denise De Caro
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes74 (plus unaired pilot)[1]
Executive producerBrad Lachman
ProducersDon Van Atta
Bob Sand
EditorsJoe Bella
Ken Denisoff
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companiesBrad Lachman Productions
Madame, Inc.
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 20, 1982 (1982-09-20) –
February 25, 1983 (1983-02-25)

Madame's Place is an American sitcom based on the ribald, acerbic, aging-celebrity diva Madame, a puppet character portrayed by Wayland Flowers.[2] A single season of 74 episodes was produced for weekday broadcasts in first-run syndication, originally aired from September 1982 to February 1983.[3][4] Initial syndication also featured hour-long composites created for weekend broadcasts.


Created by puppeteer Wayland Flowers, Madame gained a significant following in the 1970s with her witty double entendres, sharp comebacks, and penchant for celebrity name-dropping. The Madame character was often elegantly attired in glamorous gowns adorned with splendid jewels, poking fun at the opulence of Hollywood's Golden era.

Wayland Flowers and Madame became regular fixtures on talk shows, variety programs, and game shows in the mid-1970s, notably holding the center square on the popular Hollywood Squares. Concurrent with the production of Madame's Place, Madame made recurring appearances as a presenter on Solid Gold, also produced by Brad Lachman.


Madame lives in a plush Hollywood mansion surrounded by devoted butler Pinkerton, attentive secretary Bernadette, and beautiful niece Sara Joy. The domestic comedy antics of Madame's household are supplemented by Madame's eponymous talk show within-the-show, a revolving door for stand-up comedy, variety show performers, and celebrity guests.

As the series opens, the popular Madame's Place talk show has long been broadcasting reruns, prompting her fans to demand new episodes. Madame successfully negotiates a revival of the show from her home studio.

In an unusual departure from comedies of its era, the show adopts a serialized format, occasionally featuring storylines that span multiple episodes. To accommodate viewers who may have missed previous episodes, a character routinely refers to the previous day's events.

The series offers multiple mentions regarding Madame writing her autobiography. Nine months after the show concluded its run, Flowers published Madame: My Misbegotten Memoirs,[5] a book delving into Madame's backstory without reflecting on the television series or its characters.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Wayland Flowers as Madame - Madame has enjoyed a storied career in stage, radio, film, and television. She currently resides in a lavish Beverly Hills mansion, where she hosts a late-night talk show. Despite her age, Madame exudes childlike behavior, shamelessly pursuing younger men and often greeting female peers with verbal barbs.
  • Johnny Haymer as Walter Pinkerton - "Pinky," as he is affectionately called by the staff, is a former boxer, stunt-man, and stand-in. He met Madame on the set of the 1957 film Gone with the Milkman while standing in for her costar, and the two carried on a torrid affair behind the back of Madame's then-husband. When Pinky fell on hard times, Madame hired him as her butler. Their deep friendship prevails, although Pinky grapples with his role as a butler in his 50s and stifles feelings of jealousy towards the various men who frequent Madame's bed.
  • Susan Tolsky as Bernadette Van Gilder - Bernie initially came to Hollywood with dreams of becoming an actress. However, she encountered the unsavory aspects of the industry and opted for a more conservative path as Madame's secretary. Bernie manages administrative tasks, answers phone calls, and ensures the household runs smoothly. She carries the weight of her husband Bart's tragic death in 1962, as he choked on a dove during a magic show.
  • Judy Landers as Sara Joy Pitts - Sara Joy, the naive and curvaceous daughter of Madame's sister, fled her unhappy life in Georgia to seek fame in Hollywood. Her Auntie Madame extended her protection and guidance. Sara Joy aspires to be an actress and often showcases her gymnastic abilities.


  • Corey Feldman as Buzzy St. James - Buzzy is the snarky 11-year-old son of a pretentious writer and actress who are seldom home, leaving the boy to run amuck. His hobby is taxidermy, he is a super-fan of Madame's, he gleans delight from annoying Bernadette, and has a not-so-secret crush on Sara Joy.
  • Ty Henderson as Barney Wolfe - Barney is the black producer and director of Madame's talk show, who's frequently exasperated because she does whatever she pleases.
  • Edie McClurg as Solaria - Solaria is an eccentric psychic medium who shares her bed with an extensive family of felines. Despite her peculiarities, Solaria possesses uncanny psychic abilities, as well as supernatural gifts that she unleashes on those who cross her.
  • Don Sparks as Mister Honest - Eric Honest is Madame's most frequent TV guest, a send up of Mister Rogers. He is known for his unwavering commitment to telling the unvarnished truth, regardless of how inappropriate it may be. In an early episode, he sings about his disdain for his wealthy wife, but his marriage is later disregarded.
  • John Moschitta Jr. as Larry Lunch - Larry is Madame's fast-talking and unscrupulous agent, who communicates in rapid double-talk, firing off a million words per minute.
  • Chandler Garrison as R. Ray Randall - "No face," as he is referred to by Madame, is the sinister, disembodied voice of the TV network owner.
  • Hector Elias as Roland Esperanza - Although he is seldom seen, Roland is generally announced at the top of Madame's talk show. He is a widower bandleader who conducts "the middle-aged sounds of Madame's All-Divorced Orchestra."


Guests were frequent and ranged widely, often appearing as themselves; notables include Peggy Gilbert, Debbie Reynolds, Betty White, Phyllis Diller, Tab Hunter, William Shatner, Charles Nelson Reilly, Rip Taylor, Charles Pierce, Frankie Avalon, Marty Allen, Foster Brooks, Paul Reubens (as Pee-wee Herman), Alice Ghostley, Scatman Crothers, John Schneider, Robert Culp, Jay Leno, and Arsenio Hall, as well as various members of The Groundlings comedy troupe, who appeared as an assortment of characters and provided stand-up comedy bits.


In 1980, Madame landed a recurring gig as a guest on Solid Gold, a weekly series that featured countdowns of the top Billboard hits, musical performances, and dancing galore. Madame was extremely popular with the youth market, and soon Wayland Flowers began coming up with ideas for her own show. His initial concept involved Madame launching into space on a rocket at the start of each episode, followed by her unexpected appearances in various TV shows.[6] However, this idea proved to be impractical. He then proposed a scenario in which he would share a mansion with Madame,[7] but this was shot down by the producers because Flowers was no ventriloquist, visibly voicing Madame.[8]

Ultimately, a pilot was produced and made available to the press and distributors in January 1982.[9][10] This pilot featured the diminutive Patty Maloney as Madame's secretary, Alan Young as her English butler, and included additional puppets like Jiffy, Crazy Mary, Mr. Mackelroy, and Baby Smedley in supporting roles.[11][12] Although the pilot was instrumental in pitching the show, Paramount believed that the inclusion of all these puppets made it appear "too cartoonish".[13] Consequently, it was decided that the show would be more distinctive with Madame as the sole puppet star.[14]


Production commenced in August 1982,[15] at the KTLA studio.[16] with the cast and crew working at a breakneck pace to create 74 half-hour episodes within 26 weeks.[4] They had already produced 30 episodes before the show's September debut.[17] It was touted as the most expensive comedy ever produced for syndication,[18] costing $250,000 per week (adjusted for inflation, nearly $800,000) for five 30-minute episodes and one hour-long recap.[19] The show was shot without a studio audience, necessitating the use of a laugh track. Flowers expressed his preference for having an audience, remarking that it was the one thing he disliked about the TV show. "I'm used to hearing the laughter, only now it's not there."[20]

A team of 12 writers[21] collaborated to develop the show's stories[22] and bounced around ideas in the room.[23] Flowers, who had an intimate understanding of the Madame character, often revised her dialogue,[24] noting, "There's a way to deliver a line for Madame. I call it putting a button on it. And I'm good at buttoning up."[25] At times, Flowers would improvise new lines during filming, and the script would be swiftly adjusted on the teleprompter.[26]

The show featured one primary Madame puppet and nine "stand-ins"[27] each painted with slight variations, including one intentionally made to appear evil. Flowers could distinguish between the puppets[28] and switched them as needed for different scenes. Together with costume designer Minta Manning, he scoured magazines for wardrobe ideas for the dolls,[29] resulting in a collection of over 100 custom outfits.[27]

To prevent erecting scaffolding sets for the puppeteer as they did on The Muppet Show, Flowers devised a small black vinyl stool with six wheels. This allowed him to roll around the set,[30][31] propelling himself with his legs[32] while holding the puppet over his head.[33] This innovative approach enabled a recurring gag in which Madame would be sent flying across the room after getting smacked, punched, or blown by a hairdryer. However, it caused issues for some of the guest stars, who found it challenging to focus on Madame instead of looking down at Wayland.[34][35] Co-star Judy Landers remarked that "After the initial shock, you begin to feel she's not a puppet anymore. She becomes a whole person because Wayland Flowers is so talented."[36] For scenes set in the bedroom and bathtub, Flowers had to manipulate Madame's movements through a crevice while watching one monitor and tracking the script on a separate teleprompter.[37] "You have to be a contortionist," he remarked.[38]

Corey Feldman recalled being enamored by both Wayland and Madame, so Flowers borrowed a plush monkey from the boy and fitted it with rods so he could puppeteer it.[39] Feldman was thrilled, but his mother was unimpressed, telling him, "Wayland Flowers is gay." The boy wasn't even sure what "gay" meant.[40] Feldman was eventually dropped from the show due to the studio's concerns that the material was too risqué for a child actor.[41]

Judy Landers' agent encouraged her to stick to dramatic roles, but she had a preference for comedic parts and eagerly accepted the opportunity to co-star in the series.[42] Her character, Sara Joy, incorporated her real-life passion for gymnastics, which she had pursued since the age of 9[43] and excelled in by winning the New York state championships at 16.[44] To maintain her fitness during filming, she adhered to a low-carb, high-protein diet.[45] Landers addressed her portrayal of the ditsy character, explaining, "We're both extremely determined and ambitious, [but] I'm a very serious-mind person. I can be silly and that's what I do for Sara Joy. I take that silly side of myself and just extend on it."[36] She also responded to critics who questioned her repeated portrayals of dumb characters in sitcoms by stating, "I think laughter is God's hand on the shoulder of a troubled world."[46]

The demanding five-day-a-week shooting schedule began to take its toll on Flowers, leading to strain on his voice, which he described as making him "sound like a frog".[47] He expressed regret about committing to a daily show,"[48] describing the set as chaotic and even referring to it as "Casa Tastrophe".[48] In addition to the weekday shoots, Madame retained her regular gig on Solid Gold,[49] which was shot every two weeks over the course of four days.[50] There have been allegations that Flowers developed a significant cocaine habit during production in an effort to cope with the demanding pace.[51][52][53] In an interview on the set of Madame's Place, Armistead Maupin commented on Flowers's noticeable weight loss,[54] and during the same interview, "Madame" made a humorous remark about Hollywood's rampant drug issue, stating, "I never do cocaine. I don't want to get that close to a mirror."[49]

Theme song[edit]

Michael K. Miller of Solid Gold composed the theme song, with lyrics by Monica Riordan, and assistance from Alan Satchwell:[55]

Her outrageous charm fills this funny farm that we call Madame's Place.

An initial attempt to record George Burns and Ethel Merman performing the song proved unsuccessful.[56]


Intended for late-night broadcasts aimed at adults in the 18-49 range,[57] the show secured deals in 110 markets, making it the largest sale for a first-run syndicated show up to that point, reaching 83% of households in the USA.[58] In addition to the standard 30-minute episodes, Paramount also created hour-long compilations of the week's shows[19] for stations to broadcast on the weekends. [59]

Madame's Place was a huge hit in Atlanta, where the hour-long Saturday edition topped the ratings for WATL,[60] but many stations only licensed the hour-long version,[61] weekday distributors complained that inexpensive reruns of The Twilight Zone pulled in higher ratings,[62] and it was dealt a death-blow when New York's WWOR-TV and another major RKO network decided to drop it from their schedule.[63] The cost of maintaining the five-shows-a-week pace became unsustainable when a significant portion of the country wasn't even airing the episodes,[61] leading to the show's cancellation in January 1983.[64]

The show went on to be rerun on the USA Network from 1986 to 1991,[65] alternating between daytime[66] and late-night[67] timeslots. Throughout 1999, episodes infrequently aired on TV Land.[68] In the UK, it aired on The Paramount Channel from 1995[69]-1996[70]


The show received generally positive reviews. TV Host's Wayne Miller gushed that "the show is not only original, but more often than not, it's downright funny."[71] He continued, "The supporting cast sparkles as an ensemble foil to the luscivious Madame." Tom Hopkins of The Dayton Daily News stated, "It's funny stuff, with some sharp writing and some skillful work by Flowers. At a time when TV is mired in spinoffs and regrinds, Madame's Place is a bright new concept."[72] Bob Curtright of The Witchita Eagle-Beacon noted, "The talk-show format allows numerous guest celebrities, giving it the feel of The Muppet Show. The home front provides the kookiness of Soap. The combination is hilarious, but obviously not for everyone."[73] Michael Dougan of The San Francisco Examiner dubbed it "the randiest show on commercial television,"[74] concluding, "I know a lot of people do find Madame funny and, to them only, Madame's Place comes recommended."

James Brown of The Los Angeles Times commented, "Liking this show depends on one's tolerance for the campy utterings of Wayland Flowers' sassy puppet, Madame. Since mine is extremely low, 'Madame's Place' is a long 30-minutes."[75] He concluded, "As sitcoms go,'Madame's Place' is probably no better or worse than, say, Joanie Loves Chachi. It's just that I have a hard time warming up to puppets. Even Kermit gives me the chills." Rick Malaspena of The Oakland Tribune called it "a harmless piece of camp," concluding, that "it's not always truly funny, and it might wear thin when the novelty fades."[76]


There has been considerable confusion regarding the episode count, largely due to misinformation from the studio, compounded by the long unavailability of the show. Shortly after the series concluded, a multi-page Paramount trade ad in Television/Radio Age magazine stated there were "75 half-hours" available,[77] a count that is accurate only if you include the unaired pilot.[3] Later in the same issue, it mentions "150 half-hours" (the show was canceled halfway through the season,[78] so it's probable that someone didn't get the memo), and this number continued to appear in trade magazines for over a year.[79] Adding further to the confusion, a subsequent revision to the trade ads listed 93 shows,[80] and fans have mistakenly presumed that the episodes that were uploaded to YouTube constitute the complete series.[81] [82]

Airdates are fairly consistent, but since the show was syndicated to independent stations, they varied. In some markets, it aired after midnight, while in others, the premiere was delayed by a week or more. American copyright records simply list the episodes by numbers. The titles below possibly originated in a German episode guide,[3] but they're also utilized on IMDb.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Patty Maloney stars as Patty, Madame's pint-sized secretary, Alan Young is Ridgley, Madame's stuffy English butler, and Wayland Flowers' puppets Jiffy, Crazy Mary, and Mr. Mackelhoney costar.
NOTE: A few images and some vague information about the pilot were released in an early trade ad,[83] and a brief shot of the opening titles was featured in a story on Entertainment Tonight.[84]
1"The Successful Comeback"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tom Moore, Greg Fields, Frank Mula, Tony Garofalo, Bob Howard, Carter Crocker, George Atkins, Marc Warren, Dennis RinslerSeptember 20, 1982 (1982-09-20)
Madame revives her talk show; Sara Joy arrives and asks to stay.
2"This is Her Past"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tony Garofalo, Greg Fields, Peggy GoldmanSeptember 21, 1982 (1982-09-21)
Sara joy tries to find a job; Madame is surprised when she ends up stuck on a variation of This is Your Life hosted by Biff Willis (real-life game show host Geoff Edwards).
3"A Bath for Eddie"Paul MillerBob Sand, Bob Howard, Tony Garofalo, Greg Fields, Tom Moore,September 22, 1982 (1982-09-22)
Madame decides to throw herself at a boy she used to babysit, unaware that he has grown to become a televangelist.
4"Pinky's Diary"Paul MillerBob Sand, Carter Crocker, Tony Garofalo, Greg Fields, Tom Moore, Bob HowardSeptember 23, 1982 (1982-09-23)
Buzzy and Sara Joy submit Pinkerton's steamy diary for publication. Bernadette and Madame spar when Bernie books a ladies' marching band on the show.
5"The Big Cage"Paul MillerBob Sand, George Atkins, Tom Moore, Tony GarofaloSeptember 24, 1982 (1982-09-24)
After the mansion is robbed, Madame has a cheap security system installed to trap intruders, but she is the one who ends up caged.
6"Not Even in a Dream"Paul MillerBob Sand, Bob Howard, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Peggy Goldman, Tony Garofalo, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersSeptember 27, 1982 (1982-09-27)
Madame has nightmares after Solaria tells her that she is going to have a baby, and then a bundle of joy turns up on the doorstep.
7"Movie Stars and Producers"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tom Moore, Tony Garofalo, George Atkins, Peggy Goldman, Greg Fields, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersSeptember 28, 1982 (1982-09-28)
Desperate to raise money to care for the baby that she admits she put on the doorstep, Sara Joy unwittingly signs a contract to star in a porno; Debbie Reynolds appears on the show and does an impersonation of Madame.
NOTE: Debbie Reynolds' friendship with Wayland Flowers pre-dated his fame, and his associates created the mask and gown, which she sometimes used in her live act.[85][86]
8"One Catastrophe Follows the Other"Paul MillerBob Sand, George Atkins, Greg Fields, Peggy Goldman, Tom Moore, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersSeptember 29, 1982 (1982-09-29)
Solaria holds a seance, a plane crashes into the mansion, Bernadette quits, and Madame learns that Sara Joy isn't actually the baby's mother.
9"Naked All-Star Bowling Competition"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tony Garofalo, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Tom Moore, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersSeptember 30, 1982 (1982-09-30)
Madame becomes desperate to lure Bernie away from her nemesis, host of a naked bowling show. Also, the baby's real mother returns to Georgia, and Lynne Marie Stewart appears as a politically-incorrect Japanese impressionist.
10"Intimate and Embarrassing"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tony Garafalo, Bob Howard, Tom Moore, Peggy Goldman, Wayland FlowersOctober 1, 1982 (1982-10-01)
Madame is under the weather and Bernadette can't find a celebrity to guest host, so she takes on the duty, embarrassing both herself and a US senator in the process.
11"Buzzy's Puberty"Paul MillerBob Sand, George Atkins, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Bob Howard, Wayland FlowersOctober 4, 1982 (1982-10-04)
After Buzzy comes on the Sara Joy, Madame talks to his parents, and then Buzzy vanishes. Also, actor/composer Anthony Newley appears on the show and duets his hit The Candy Man with Madame.
12"A Divine Diva"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tom Moore, Dennis Rinsler, Marc Warren, Greg Fields, Tony Garofalo, Bob Howard, Frank Mula, Wayland FlowersOctober 5, 1982 (1982-10-05)
When Cora Flarp (Monica Ganas), a homeless woman who won the lottery, moves into the mansion next door, Madame decides to give her a makeover. Also, Bette Midler seems to appear on the show, but Madame ultimately reveals that it's impersonator Kenny Sacha.
NOTE: Sacha not only appeared in Midler's movie The Rose, but he impersonated her again in a 1984 episode of Simon & Simon titled "Double Play".
13"The Blushing Bride"Paul MillerBob Sand, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Bob Howard, Tom Moore, Tony Garofalo, Carter Crocker, George Atkins, Wayland FlowersOctober 6, 1982 (1982-10-06)
Madame decides to hold a contest to choose her next husband, and the finalists are a hunky podiatrist Dr. Carl Treadwell (Raymond Lynch) and a dorky Dwayne Kellogg (William Bogert). Also, Charles Nelson Reilly appears on the show and won't stop running his mouth.
14"In Love, Engaged, Crazy"Paul MillerBob Sand, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Peggy Goldman, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Bob Howard, Frank Mula, Wayland FlowersOctober 7, 1982 (1982-10-07)
Dwayne puts the moves on Bernadette, Madame's 4th ex-husband (Stuart Nisbet) comes to town for a convention of her exes and to warn her that Dwayne is a con-man, and Jay Leno appears on the show.
15"The Barbarian in the Boudoir"Paul MillerBob Sand, Frank Mula, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Bob Howard, Greg Fields, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersOctober 8, 1982 (1982-10-08)
Bernadette's proof of Dwayne's intentions seems to be useless since he and Madame have gone to Mexico to elope. Mister Honest fills in as host on Madame's show and John Paragon guests.
16"The Prey of Madness"Paul MillerBob Sand, Carter Crocker, Greg Fields, Frank Mula, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Bob Howard, Wayland FlowersOctober 11, 1982 (1982-10-11)
Bernadette gets Dr. Joyce Brothers to consult with Madame after her failed engagement. Also, Fred Willard guests on Madame's show and tries to get Sara Joy to prepare him a meal.
17"Duck Good, All Good"Paul MillerBob Sand, Frank Mula, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, George Atkins, Carter Crocker, Bob Howard, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersOctober 12, 1982 (1982-10-12)
Madame's gone quacking mad, Pinkerton confesses his feelings for her, Dr. Joyce Brothers appears on Madame's show, and Dale Gonyea extols his love for pianos.
18"Who Laughs Last?"Paul MillerBob Sand, George Atkins, Tom Moore, Greg Fields, Bob Howard, Tony Garofalo, Carter Crocker, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Frank Mula, Wayland FlowersOctober 13, 1982 (1982-10-13)
Madame ignores Bernadette's advice and appears on Star Probe, then is surprised when they do a smear piece. Also a drunken Foster Brooks interrupts Madame's show, and comedian Brian Seff performs a song.
19"I Am What I Am"Paul MillerBob Sand, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Frank Mula, Tom Moore, Bob Howard, Greg Fields, Tony Garofalo, George Atkins, Wayland FlowersOctober 14, 1982 (1982-10-14)
When Italian director Federino Felluci (Ronnie Schell) asks Madame to appear in his new movie, she assumes he wants her to play the lead. Betty White appears on the show and verbally spars with Madame.
20"Come Fly with Me"Paul MillerBob Sand, Frank Mula, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Greg Fields, Bob Howard, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, George Atkins, Wayland FlowersOctober 15, 1982 (1982-10-15)
Madame has a senior moment when Tab Hunter appears on her show. A mentally ill fan (Archie Hahn) breaks into the mansion posing as the grocery delivery boy.
21"The Golden Mousetrap"Paul MillerBob Sand, Bob Howard, Tom Moore, Tony Garofalo, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersOctober 18, 1982 (1982-10-18)
A condescending neighbor (Ruth Gillette) starts a petition to prohibit Madame from broadcasting her show from the mansion. The deciding vote comes down to a dorky inventor (Gary Allen), so Madame goes out of her way to befriend him. Mickey Jones appears as Madame's biker buddy.
22"Barbra Streisand's Nose"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tony Garofalo, Peggy Goldman, Mar Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Bob Howard, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersOctober 19, 1982 (1982-10-19)
Madame recalls her younger days and thinks she has lost touch with the youth market, so she teams up with a punk band called Drool.
NOTE: The episode title is the name of the song that Madame performs, a parody of "Bette Davis Eyes", the popular Kim Carnes single.
23"The Caviar Poisoning"Don BarnhartBob Sand, Tom Moore, Tony Garofalo, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersOctober 20, 1982 (1982-10-20)
Madame schedules plastic surgery and uses a rash of food poisonings as a cover story for her recuperation. Pinkerton knows the truth, but everyone else thinks she is at death's door.
24"Hypnosis is Fun"Don BarnhartBob Sand, George Atkins, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Greg Fields, Bob Howard, Wayland FlowersOctober 21, 1982 (1982-10-21)
Solaria hypnotizes Madame to deal with a bout of insomnia, which causes Madame to behave erratically whenever anyone snaps their fingers.
25"Other People's Garbage"Don BarnhartBob Sand, Carter Crocker, Greg Fields, Peggy Goldman, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Tom Moore, George Atkins, Tony Garofalo, Bob Howard, Wayland FlowersOctober 22, 1982 (1982-10-22)
Barney is replaced by Tony Tessier (Robert Hanley), a sleazy TV producer.
26"My Best Friend"Paul MillerBob Sand, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersOctober 25, 1982 (1982-10-25)
When Madame's old friend Bobbie Tremain comes for a visit, everyone grows concerned that she is a freeloader. Also, Madame interviews Toni Tennille but can't stop asking questions about her husband.
27"But Please, No Jokes"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tom Moore, Tony Garofalo, Bob Howard, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersOctober 26, 1982 (1982-10-26)
Sara Joy spends her life's savings on a demo recording, which raises the ire of her Auntie Madame. Also, Madame can't help but crack jokes when Phyllis Diller appears on the show.
28"I Am the Star!"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tony Garofalo, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Tom Moore, Greg Fields, Bob Howard, Wayland FlowersOctober 27, 1982 (1982-10-27)
Everyone knows that Madame is about to be honored as the Woman of the Year except the recipient herself, who jeopardizes the honor by getting arrested at Club Zooland.
29"Everyone Has Their Dream Role"Paul MillerBob Sand, Frank Mula, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Carter Crocker, Greg Fields, Tony Garofalo, Wayland FlowersOctober 28, 1982 (1982-10-28)
Madame agrees to finance a show for Sara Joy and her pretentious new boyfriend (John Sanderford), which drives a wedge between the young lovers. Also, Eva Gabor appears on Madame's show and declares she wants to play the title role in a sequel to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
30"Striptease Sensational"Paul MillerBob Sand, George Atkins, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Bob Howard, Wayland FlowersOctober 29, 1982 (1982-10-29)
A freak snowstorm has prevented Madame's guests from arriving, forcing her friends to perform on the show.
31"My Lawyer, Please!"Don BarnhartBob Sand, Frank Mula, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Bob Howard, Carter Crocker, Wayland FlowersNovember 1, 1982 (1982-11-01)
Madame is unconcerned when Tony Tessier files a wrongful termination suit against her, not realizing that Tessier is friends with the judge and her lawyer has lost his mind. Meanwhile, Sara Joy hopes to compete in the Olympics.
32"In Court on Friday"Don BarnhartBob Sand, Frank Mula, Tony Garofalo, Greg Fields, Tom Moore, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersNovember 2, 1982 (1982-11-02)
A lawyer states his intent to admit an old porn movie starring Madame into evidence. Sara Joy tries to boost the career of a street juggler.
33"Inga's Spicy Meatballs"Don BarnhartBob Sand, Carter Crocker, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Bob Howard, Wayland FlowersNovember 3, 1982 (1982-11-03)
Solaria provides a strange clue to help Madame in her trial, and Sara Joy takes the stand.
34"Naked Lou From Malibu"Don BarnhartBob Sand, Bob Howard, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersNovember 4, 1982 (1982-11-04)
To help Sara Joy get over the nude model she was dating, Solaria sets her up with her nephew, Pee-Wee Herman.
NOTE: The announcer prophetically declares, "Future kiddie show host, Pee-Wee Herman!"
35"The Cousin Who Was Bette Davis"Paul MillerBob Sand, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Bob Howard, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersNovember 5, 1982 (1982-11-05)
Madame's strange cousin Charley (Charles Pierce) comes for a visit and transforms into Bette Davis every time he hears the word "trash". Pinkerton returns from vacation and falls for Charley in drag.
NOTE: Pierce was an acclaimed female impersonator, and Davis was his signature character.
36"The Common Fighting Machine"Paul MillerBob Sand, Carter Crocker, Greg Fields, Tom Moore, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Tony Garofalo, Wayland FlowersNovember 8, 1982 (1982-11-08)
Madame's drill sergeant nephew (Colby Chester) comes for a visit and puts everyone in the house through training. Meanwhile, a kissing bandit terrorizes the neighborhood, and Frankie Avalon appears on Madame's show.
37"The Dressman"Paul MillerBob Sand, Carter Crocker, Bob Howard, Tom Moore, Wayland FlowersNovember 9, 1982 (1982-11-09)
When R. Ray Randall demands that Madame hires a sidekick, she ignores his picks and chooses Lance Lane (Raymond Lynch), a handsome tuxedo model.
NOTE: Lynch previously appeared as Madame's potential suitor, Dr. Carl Treadwell.
38"No Fun Without Practice"Paul MillerBob Sand, George Atkins, Tony Garofalo, Bob Howard, Wayland FlowersNovember 10, 1982 (1982-11-10)
Madame invites her ex-husband, Roy Boy McCullough (James Weston) and his new fiancee (Julie Payne) to lunch. Later, she humiliates William Shatner on her show. Dale Gonyea returns to sing "The Ronnie Reagan Rag".
39"The Man is an Artist"Paul MillerBob Sand, Bob Howard, Tom Moore, George Atkins, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersNovember 11, 1982 (1982-11-11)
Madame hires a pretentious interior decorator (Ken Olfson) who manipulates Bernadette.
40"Between Delusion and Reality"Paul MillerBob Sand, Frank Mula, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Bob Howard, Wayland FlowersNovember 12, 1982 (1982-11-12)
A loony spiritualist (Anita Dangler) is brought in to cleanse the mansion of the ghosts of Groucho Marx (Alan Feiman) and Harpo Marx (Richmond Shepard). George Gobel appears on Madame's show.
NOTE: Because a new storyline was established right before the weekend, this episode ends with a teaser and the next picks up with a recap.
41"It's the Ghosts!"Paul MillerBob Sand, Frank Mula, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Greg Fields, George Atkins, Wayland FlowersNovember 15, 1982 (1982-11-15)
The Marx Brothers continue to play practical jokes. John Schneider appears on Madame's show.
42"Pinky's Shock"Paul MillerBob Sand, George Atkins, Tony Garofalo, Bob Howard, Tom Moore, Wayland FlowersNovember 16, 1982 (1982-11-16)
Pinkerton's old girlfriend (Ruta Lee) stops by to inform him that he has a 22-year-old son (Robbie Haymer). Dick Shawn appears on Madame's show.
NOTE: Johnny Haymer's real-life son portrays Walter Pinkerton Jr.
43"Fans and Fanatics"Paul MillerBob Sand, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Greg Fields, Frank Mula, Wayland FlowersNovember 17, 1982 (1982-11-17)
Cindy and Mindy (Lissa Negrin & Hillary Carlip), a pair of obsessed teenage fans, run away from home and break into Madame's mansion. Marty Allen guest stars on Madame's show.
NOTE: Negrin and Carlip were improv comediennes who had a strange act portraying Cindy & Mindy, greeting people at restaurants and airports, posing as their biggest fans.[84]
44"Comedy, Sex and Pathos"Paul MillerBob Sand, Bob Howard, Tom Moore, George Atkins, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Tony Garofalo, Wayland FlowersNovember 18, 1982 (1982-11-18)
Feeling defeated after trying to revive her movie career, Madame decides to quit showbiz. Lance Lane takes over her show and has to contend with drunken chef Julia Chives (Madame's puppeteer, Wayland Flowers, in drag).
45"Arlene Hoffman Arrives"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tony Garofalo, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersNovember 19, 1982 (1982-11-19)
Pinkerton becomes addicted to a soap opera, "The Filthy Itch," that stars Madame's condescending friend Arlene Hoffman (Brooke Bundy). Rip Taylor appears on Madame's show.
46"Fallow Talents"Paul MillerBob Sand, Carter Crocker, Dennis Rinsler, Marc Warren, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, Wayland FlowersNovember 22, 1982 (1982-11-22)
Sara Joy's ego balloons when she is hypnotized into becoming more assertive. Arsenio Hall makes one of his earliest TV appearances on Madame's show.
47"Do You Have Problem Areas?"Paul MillerBob Sand, Bob Howard, Tony Garofalo, Tom Moore, George Atkins, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersNovember 23, 1982 (1982-11-23)
Madame hires an expensive makeup consultant (Fern Fitzgerald). Fred Travalena appears on Madame's show.
48"Bankrupt and Suicidal"Paul MillerBob Sand, Frank Mula, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersNovember 24, 1982 (1982-11-24)
Madame learns from the press that her business manager has fled with all her money. Scatman Crothers appears on her show.
49"Do You Want to Meld With Me?"Paull MillerBob Sand, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersNovember 25, 1982 (1982-11-25)
An alien from outer space (Michael Lee Gogin) pays a visit to the mansion. Comedian Anthony Russell appears on the show.
NOTE: This episode was an attempt to cash in on the recent popularity of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
50"The Stolen Portrait"Paul MillerBob Sand, Bob Howard, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersNovember 26, 1982 (1982-11-26)
When the portrait is stolen from Madame's living room, a bumbling inspector (Vito Scotti) arrives to solve the crime. Julie Budd appears on the show.
51"Chopper the Shocker"Paul MillerBob Sand, Tom Moore, Frank Mula, Wayland FlowersNovember 29, 1982 (1982-11-29)
While Pinkerton is away on vacation, his biker brother shows up. Jerry Reed appears on Madame's show.
52"A Poor Old Lady"Paul MillerBob Sand, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersNovember 30, 1982 (1982-11-30)
Madame's IRS audit is sabotaged by Mister Honest.
53"The Nice Bernadette"Paul MillerBob Sand, Carter Crocker, Frank Mula, Tom Moore, Tony Garofalo, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersDecember 1, 1982 (1982-12-01)
Mister Honest learns that Bernadette is his secret admirer. Also, Alice Ghostley spars with Madame when she appears on the show.
54"His Biggest Dream"Paul MillerBob Sand, George Atkins, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Frank Mula, Greg Fields, Wayland FlowersDecember 2, 1982 (1982-12-02)
Pinkerton trains a female prizefighter (Donna Ponterotto).
55"What Bliss, a Nun"Paul MillerUnknownDecember 5, 1982 (1982-12-05)
When nuns move into the neighborhood, one becomes determined to sing on Madame's show.
56"The Diet Guru is Coming"Paul MillerUnknownDecember 6, 1982 (1982-12-06)
Madame hires a dietician to curb the junk-food habit in the mansion.
57"Candidates for Hollywood"Paul MillerUnknownDecember 7, 1982 (1982-12-07)
Madame runs for city council. Donna Mills appears on the show.
58"War of the Star Employees"Paul MillerUnknownDecember 8, 1982 (1982-12-08)
Madame and her staff compete on the game show "Celebrity Staff Battle".
NOTE: The show went into reruns until February after this episode. Confusingly, the hour-long recap version continued to air.
59"Between Two Lovers"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 4, 1983 (1983-02-04)
When Sara Joy is forced to choose between two men, she instead picks Pinkerton.
60"Son of the Great Magician"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 7, 1983 (1983-02-07)
Madame gives a young magician a break. However, Bernadette sabotages his act, blaming the young man's father for her beloved husband's death.
61"The Old Liar"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 8, 1983 (1983-02-08)
Mister Honest is kidnapped.
62"From the Fast Squad"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 9, 1983 (1983-02-09)
Larry Lunch decides to quit showbiz after he is hit with divorce papers, so Pinkerton is forced to take over as Madame's agent.
63"No Place in Heaven"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 10, 1983 (1983-02-10)
Madame's musical conductor, Ronald Espiranza, is visited by the ghost of his dead wife, who materializes in front of a freaked-out Madame.
64"Bitten by the Vampire"Paul MillerBob Sand, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, Wayland FlowersFebruary 11, 1983 (1983-02-11)
Madame is transformed into a vampire by her new neighbor, Baron Von Leer (Bill Kirchenbauer).
65"Kiki, the Competition"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 14, 1983 (1983-02-14)
Madame learns that she has an impersonator (Louise Williams). Also, Chad Everett appears on the show.
66"The Insect Affair"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 15, 1983 (1983-02-15)
Madame schemes to get Larry Lunch booked onto a rival's TV show.
67"A Royal Visit"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 16, 1983 (1983-02-16)
Madame is visited by Queen Dorianna.
68"Surfboard of the Gods"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 17, 1983 (1983-02-17)
The city wants to tear down Madame's mansion to make room for a new highway. Steve Allen appears on Madame's show.
69"We Need the Antidote"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 18, 1983 (1983-02-18)
Madame's houseguest is transformed into a houseplant.
70"The Exterminator is Coming"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 21, 1983 (1983-02-21)
Lonesome Pinkerton decides to live the life of a swinging single, which results in disaster.
71"Call Me Foxy"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 22, 1983 (1983-02-22)
Sara Joy is offered the opportunity to become a nude centerfold.
NOTE: Judy Landers (Sara Joy) and her sister, Audrey Landers, graced the January 1983 cover of Playboy, appearing partially nude for the photo shoot.
72"On a Hot Mission"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 23, 1983 (1983-02-23)
The CIA recruits Madame to acquire a secret chemical from a Russian diplomat.
73"Piggy on Duty"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 24, 1983 (1983-02-24)
Sara Joy gets fed up with Hollywood and joins the army.
74"Worse Than Jail"Paul MillerUnknownFebruary 25, 1983 (1983-02-25)
Sara Joy's new army sergeant (Sarina C. Grant) mistakes Madame for an AWOL recruit and forces her to enlist.

Weekend version[edit]

Paramount created hour-long edits to give the show wider exposure, but it backfired, with more stations opting to run the weekend edition than the standard weekday episodes.[61] It was reported that these edits combined two episodes "with extra material,"[19] but TV listings sometimes indicated storylines from only one to up to four shows. This version aired straight through Christmas, so several episodes debuted in this format before the stand-alone weekday versions were broadcast in February. None are available on YouTube, they were last broadcast in the United States in 1983,[87] and specifics are scarce.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1TBAPaul MillerUnknownSeptember 25, 1982 (1982-09-25)
"The Successful Comeback" and "A Bath for Eddie".
2TBAPaul MillerUnknownOctober 2, 1982 (1982-10-02)
"Movie Stars and Producers,"[88] the other half is unknown.
3TBAPaul MillerUnknownOctober 9, 1982 (1982-10-09)
"Buzzy's Puberty;"[89] the other half is unknown.
4TBAPaul MillerUnknownOctober 16, 1982 (1982-10-16)
"I Am What I Am;"[90] the other half is unknown.
5TBAPaul MillerUnknownOctober 23, 1982 (1982-10-23)
"The Golden Mousetrap," "Barbra Streisand's Nose" "Hypnosis is Fun," and "Other People's Garbage".[91]
6TBADon BarnhartUnknownOctober 30, 1982 (1982-10-30)
"Inga's Spicy Meatballs" and "Naked Lou From Malibu[92]
7TBAPaul MillerUnknownNovember 6, 1982 (1982-11-06)
"Everyone Has a Dream Role" and "Striptease Sensational".[93]
8TBAPaul MillerUnknownNovember 13, 1982 (1982-11-13)
"The Common Fighting Machine" and "No Fun Without Practice".[94]
9TBAPaul MillerUnknownNovember 20, 1982 (1982-11-20)
"Between Delusion and Reality" and "It's the Ghosts".[95]
10TBAPaul MillerUnknownNovember 27, 1982 (1982-11-27)
"Fallow Talents" and "Do You Want to Meld with Me?"[96]
11TBAPaul MillerUnknownDecember 4, 1982 (1982-12-04)
"The Stolen Portrait" and "His Biggest Dream".[97]
12TBAPaul MillerUnknownDecember 11, 1982 (1982-12-11)
"Candidates for Hollywood" and "War of the Star Employees".[98]
13TBAPaul MillerUnknownDecember 18, 1982 (1982-12-18)
"From the Fast Squad" and "Bitten By the Vampire".[99]
14TBAPaul MillerUnknownDecember 25, 1982 (1982-12-25)
"Kiki, the Competition" and "Surfboard of the Gods".[100]
15TBAPaul MillerUnknownJanuary 1, 1983 (1983-01-01)
"Piggy on Duty" and "Worse Than Jail".[101]


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  4. ^ a b Warren, Steve (1988-11-04). "Wayland 'Madame' Flowers dies in the closet". Montrose Voice. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Madame's Place [was taped] on a furious schedule [of] 75 half-hour shows in 26 weeks.
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    The book was initially promoted as Madame: The First Hundred Years:
  6. ^ Belcher, Walt (1982-10-24). "Madame Knows Her Place". The Tampa Tribune. My original idea was to have Madame shot off into space in a rocket. And from there, she would break into TV shows unexpectedly," he said. "But there were compromises, and this is the format we settled on.
  7. ^ Maupin, Armistead (1982-12-01). "Madame". Interview Magazine. Vol 12 Iss 12, p.48. Retrieved 2023-08-30. I had an idea for a show very much like this one, but I was to live in the house with Madame so we wouldn't have all the problems with me not being seen.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  8. ^ Kleiner, Dick (1983-02-27). "Alas, the de-Flowering of Madame". The Sunday Columbian. Retrieved 2023-08-30. I'm not appearing on the show at all," said Flowers. "That wasn't the way I wanted it at first, but now I think it's good. My mouth moves -- I'm not a ventriloquist -- and the producers didn't want that.
  9. ^ Madame's Place Trade Ad, February 1982
  10. ^ Maksian, George (1982-01-24). "Untitled". The Arizona Republic TV Digest. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Wayland Flowers is no dummy. He and his favorite puppet, Madame, have been signed to head a new half-hour comedy series for Paramount Television called Madame's Place.
  11. ^ Maksian, George (1982-01-24). "Untitled". The Arizona Republic TV Digest. Retrieved 2023-08-30. The show will feature Madame's... friends Jiffy, Crazy Mary, Baby Smedley, and Mr. Mackelhoney.... There'll be some "real" people, including Madame's houseboy and her friend, the nightclub bouncer, plus others.
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  13. ^ Manna, Sal (1982-10-12). "Puppet Evades Censors on TV's 'Madame's Place'". Lafayette Advertiser. Retrieved 2023-08-30. The pilot, which featured the star and a number of Flowers' other inananimate creations, just didn't work. "The strength of Madame is that she's highly adult," explained [Paramount senior Vice-President of Programming, John] Goldhammer. "She relates better to humans than to puppets. This is not a puppet show, but it has a puppet as its star. The pilot was too cartoonish."
  14. ^ Maupin, Armistead (1982-12-01). "Madame". Interview Magazine. Vol 12 Iss 12, p.48. Retrieved 2023-08-30. We did a pilot with Mary and Jiffy, but it's better just with Madame. She's such a strong character, and just having one puppet character in the show makes it different than anything that's been done before.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
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  16. ^ Lee, Luaine (1982-09-27). "Madame: Salty Puppet Solos in Her Own Show". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Flowers is nowhere to be seen on the elaborate sets at KTLA studios, where Madame is taped for TV.
  17. ^ Wilkinson, Bud (1982-11-07). "Bawdy 'Madame's Place' gathers cult audience". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Said Flowers, "We had 30 (episodes) shot and in the can before it ever ran."
  18. ^ Lee, Luaine (1982-09-27). "Madame: Salty Puppet Solos in Her Own Show". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Touted to be the most expensive syndicated comedy show in history, the sets seem to bear that out. With a complete bedroom, living room, office, courtroom, and ornate bathroom, Madame really seems to have it made.
  19. ^ a b c Manna, Sal (1982-10-12). "Puppet Evades Censors on TV's 'Madame's Place'". Lafayette Advertiser. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Each week's product -- five half-hour shows plus a one-hour weekend episodes that combines two already shown segments with extra material -- is costing Paramount $250,000, which makes it the most expensive comedy ever produced for syndication.
  20. ^ Stanley, John (1982-09-26). "Manipulate Madame? She's No Dummy". The San Francisco Examiner. p. 50.
  21. ^ Belcher, Walt (1982-10-24). "Madame Knows Her Place". The Tampa Tribune. Flowers said there were 12 writers working on the series. But he also contributes a lot of his own material.
  22. ^ "Madame cleans up her act, starts Sept. 19 on Ch. 8". Akron Beacon Journal. 1982-09-02. Retrieved 2023-08-23. The writers are writing the material," Flowers said, "But I have to change it a little.
  23. ^ Wilkinson, Bud (1982-11-07). "Bawdy 'Madame's Place' gathers cult audience". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2023-08-30. "When I'm writing, I like to be in a room with writers. You start with an idea and it bounces around the room like a pingpong ball," said Flowers.
  24. ^ Warren, Steve (1982-09-16). "The Best Little "Place" on TV". Bay Area Reporter. p. 21. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Madame's Place has 12 writers, Flowers says, but he does a lot of instant rewriting as they shoot.
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  26. ^ Maupin, Armistead (1982-12-01). "Madame". Interview Magazine. Vol 12 Iss 12, p.48. Retrieved 2023-08-30. The writing has been good. I change some lines right out there on the floor, because we have a computer system instead of cue cards that can type changes in right there.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  27. ^ a b Belcher, Walt (1982-10-24). "Madame Knows Her Place". The Tampa Tribune. Flowers said Madame has more than 100 custom-designed outfits and nine stand-ins for the TV series.
  28. ^ Kleiner, Dick (1983-02-27). "Alas, the de-Flowering of Madame". The Sunday Columbian. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Today, he has Madame who, physically, is one of some eight or nine puppets, all virtually the same. But there are differences. Flowers has painted them all, and he can tell them apart. "They have different looks," he said. "The is one that even has an evil look."
  29. ^ Lee, Luaine (1982-10-11). "Madame is the star of the show by Wayland Flowers is pulling the strings". York Daily Record. Retrieved 2023-08-30. For this show, she has 33 costumes so far, a lot of mix-and-match," he said. He and designer Minta Manning go through magazines, searching for the right "look" for the over-sexed octogenarian.
  30. ^ Stanley, John (1982-09-26). "Manipulate Madame? She's No Dummy". The San Francisco Examiner. p. 50. Flowers had watched 'The Muppets' enough times to conclude "that all the sets had to be built up to give the actors a place to hide, and that left a tiny amount of room for the human guest stars to move in. So I've designed a skateboard with six wheels on the bottom which allows me to roll around the set down out of sight, a few inches off the floor. This gives Madame and the actors great mobility.
  31. ^ Maupin, Armistead (1982-12-01). "Madame". Interview Magazine. Vol 12 Iss 12, p.48. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
    MAUPIN: Did it take you long to learn to operate that dolly... that thing you roll around on?
    FLOWERS: I kind of devised that. I'd always noticed in movies that are made with puppets, they build their stages up, but the actors can't move much; they have to stand still while the puppets dance around them and all. I just wheel all around the floor.
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  32. ^ Lee, Luaine (1982-10-11). "Madame is the star of the show by Wayland Flowers is pulling the strings". York Daily Record. Retrieved 2023-08-30. For Madame's Place, Flowers has designed a low-slung black vinyl stool with wheels. He crouches on the stool, propelling himself with his legs as he moves Madame about, keeping himself out of the camera's range.
  33. ^ Wilkinson, Bud (1982-11-07). "Bawdy 'Madame's Place' gathers cult audience". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Flowers operates Madame by sitting below her, 4 inches off the ground on a board that has wheels to allow him to move her around the room when necessary.
  34. ^ Jones, Will (1982-09-09). "Actress Following a trail of laughs". Minneapolis Star and Tribune. Retrieved 2023-08-30. I just couldn't get used to playing to the dummy, or the puppet, or whatever you call her. I just kept talking down toward the floor at Wayland, 'cause that's where the noise was coming from. But gradually, I got accustomed to the notion that the puppet really is Madame, and now I'm playing right to her, and very comfortable with it.
  35. ^ Wilkinson, Bud (1982-11-07). "Bawdy 'Madame's Place' gathers cult audience". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2023-08-30. He explained that guests do sometimes fail to pay attention to the host. "Some will look down at me and I'll look up and say, 'Keep the eyes on the doll.'"
  36. ^ a b McGinnis, Reoma (1982-11-21). "Judy Landers Shares a Spot with 'Madame'". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  37. ^ "Madame cleans up her act, starts Sept. 19 on Ch. 8". Akron Beacon Journal. 1982-09-02. Retrieved 2023-08-23. For Madame's bedroom scenes, Flowers must lie on his stomach, extending his right arm through a crevice between the bed and pillow to operate Madame. He must watch a monitor to orchestrate Madame's movements, as well as a teleprompter.
  38. ^ Wilkinson, Bud (1982-11-07). "Bawdy 'Madame's Place' gathers cult audience". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  39. ^ Feldman, Corey (2013-10-29). Coreography: A Memoir. St. Martin's Press. p. 56. ISBN 9780312609337. I had a stuffed monkey with Velcro hands and feet. It reminded me of Madame, so one day I decided to bring it in to show off to my new friend. "Can I borrow that?" he asked me. A few days later, he brought it back to the set, completely restyled to look like one of his puppets, complete with the little sticks to move the monkey's hands and feet.
  40. ^ Feldman, Corey (2013-10-29). Coreography: A Memoir. St. Martin's Press. p. 56. ISBN 9780312609337. I was elated. The great Wayland Flowers had made me a puppet. But when I showed it to my mother, she harrumphed. "Wayland Flowers is gay," she told me. I didn't know what that meant, of course... "How do you know he's gay?" I asked. "Trust me," she said, "I just know."
  41. ^ Southington, John (1982-12-02). "Video Waves". Daily Record (Morristown, NJ). p. 46. The raunchy series starring Wayland Flowers and the puppet Madame as a famous star lost one of its regulars recently in the form of Corey Feldman, who played neighborhood kid Buzzy St. James. Feldman was dropped because Madame's dialogue and one-liners are considered so blue that the execs felt the boy wasn't in the right company.
  42. ^ McGinnis, Reoma (1982-11-21). "Judy Landers Shares a Spot with 'Madame'". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2023-08-30. My agent wanted me to do dramatic roles instead of comedy, but I enjoy comedy and when this role in Madame's Place came along I couldn't resist.
  43. ^ "Judy Landers Trivia". IMDb. n.d. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Owes some of her great shape to the fact that she began gymnastics at age 9 and has remained a devotee to fitness ever since.
  44. ^ "How Sexy Judy Stays Taut & Trim". Your Health. 1983-06-21. Retrieved 2023-08-30. She was a premier gymnast who conquered all comers at the New York State Championships at the age of 16.
  45. ^ "How Sexy Judy Stays Taut & Trim". Your Health. 1983-06-21. Retrieved 2023-08-30. While working on Madame's Place, she'd usually order Japanese shushi or a California combination of avocado and crabmeat wrapped in seaweed and topped with white rice. "Besides being low in, calories and high in protein, it's simply great with a little horseradish to give it that added zip," she says.
  46. ^ Geringer, Dan (1984-02-21). "Making the Most of Their Assets". Philadelphia Daily News. p. 35. I have just asked the bosomy Judy if she never felt just a little bit weird about building her TV career by playing a succession of incredibly dumb blondes, like... Sara Joy Pitts on the odiferous 'Madame's Place,' and in reply, Judy tells me with a straight face, "I think laughter is God's hand on the shoulder of a troubled world," and things suddenly get real quiet at La Terrasse.
  47. ^ Belcher, Walt (1982-10-24). "Madame Knows Her Place". The Tampa Tribune. Madame's voice was flawless. But when Flowers was speaking in his own Southern drawl, the voice was raspy. "I sound like a frog," he said. "We've done 50 shows in 10 weeks and Madame is in just about every scene."
  48. ^ a b Wilkinson, Bud (1982-11-07). "Bawdy 'Madame's Place' gathers cult audience". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Doing a five-day-a-week comedy is not an easy assignment. "It's like an asylum, not unlike my home. I call it Casa Tastrophe," said Flowers, adding, "I would rather not have done a strip show."
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  50. ^ "Solid Gold: Trivia". IMDb. Retrieved 2023-08-29. Two episodes were taped every two weeks over the course of four days and nights.
  51. ^ "Wayland Flowers and Madame". Find a Death. n.d. Retrieved 2023-08-30. It was during this time that Wayland started using drugs. Rumor around the set was that he had to be jacked up on coke just to handle being on a dolly for hours on end while shooting.
  52. ^ "True stories of the Fringe". The Scotsman. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2023-08-30. The difficulties started when he began doing the television show five days a week. He had so much money so quickly, he was working so hard and it was just too much for him. He was taking cocaine just to keep going.
  53. ^ "IF: puppet". Josh Pincus is Crying. 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2023-08-23. Over the years, Wayland developed a heavy cocaine habit. His drug habit worsened and, to make things even worse, he was diagnosed with HIV.
  54. ^ Maupin, Armistead (1982-12-01). "Madame". Interview Magazine. Vol 12 Iss 12, p.48. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
    WAYLAND FLOWERS: We're doing five shows a week, and Solid Gold at night.
    ARMISTEAD MAUPIN: You've lost weight. Is that why?
    WAYLAND FLOWERS: Yes, of course. I do love to work, but Jesus. I say, call the union; there's got to be something in the slave labor clause.
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  55. ^ "Madame's Place sheet music". Addax Music. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  56. ^ Michael Miller (bigeyezzzzzzz) (2021). "Madame's Place Michael Miller - Comments". YouTube. Retrieved 2023-08-30. We originally tried to get George Burns and Ethel Merman to sing the theme, but they both were already booked when we needed them.
  57. ^ "New Programs". Television/Radio Age. 1982-02-08. p. 106. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Speaking of the audience that Madame's Place will be aimed at [W. Randolph] Reiss [senior vice president of Paramount Television Domestic Distribution] comments, "The show is primarily for young adults. The difference between programming in the late night and programming in the early evening is that, in the late fringe, you lose the kids and many of the teenagers and 50-plus audience. You lose those, and what you have left is 18-49."
  58. ^ "Syndication Shorts". Television/Radio Age. 1982-09-06. p. 72. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Paramount Television Domestic Distribution has sold Madame's Place in more than 110 markets, giving the comedy the largest lineup ever for a first-run syndicated strip, according to Paramount. The show has been sold to all of the top 10 markets, 18 or the top 20, and 41 of the top 50, representing more than 83 per cent of the U.S. households.
  59. ^ "INTV becomes a 'screenland' for major syndicators". Television/Radio Age. 1982-01-25. p. 79. Retrieved 2023-08-30. At Paramount, a half-hour nighttime comedy/variety strip, Madame's Place, will be one of the centerpieces of the company's new offerings. Developed and produced by PTDD, it stars Wayland Flowers and is being sold as a strip program with availability of a special weekend edition in a one-hour form, according to W. Randolph Reiss, senior vice president.
  60. ^ Greppi, Michele (1982-11-26). "The Brain and the Bawdy". The Atlanta Constitution. Retrieved 2023-08-30. In the October Neilsen ratings, her Saturday show (a composite of the previous week's episodes) proved to be the highest rated show for Atalanta's Channel 36, one of the 120 stations which had bought the series by its fall debut.
  61. ^ a b c Greppi, Michele (1983-04-10). "Feedback". The Atlanta Journal. Retrieved 2023-08-23. Although Madame proved to be a consistent ratings performer for Atlanta independent station WATL, more stations nationwide carried the hour-long weekend programs than carried the weeknight strips from which the weekend composites were edited. However, the interest in the weekend programs was not high enough to make Paramount want to spend the money necessary to keep producing them.
  62. ^ "New shows and revivals". Television/Radio Age. 1983-02-28. p. 114. Retrieved 2023-08-30. In recent months, WSBK has been running The Twilight Zone at 11 p.m., followed by Madame's Place, followed by feature films. "We have been getting our best ratings with Twilight Zone," reports Judy Jurisch, programming manager for the station.
  63. ^ Greppi, Michele (1983-04-10). "Feedback". The Atlanta Journal. Retrieved 2023-08-23. Madame lost her own place in the television world when she was not renewed by two RKO stations carrying her (one of them was New York "superstation" WOR).
  64. ^ Duffy, Mike (1983-01-27). "Channel 2 Gets Ready for a Workout". Detroit Free Press. Canceled: "Madame's Place," the raunchy syndicated sitcom that appears at 11:30 weeknights on Channel 2, has shut down production and will leave the air after the backlog of pre-taped episodes runs out in late February.
  65. ^ "Madame's Place: Trivia". IMDb. n.d. Retrieved 2023-08-30. It began airing on USA on June 30, 1986, and had a permanent home on the station until 1991.
  66. ^ "Madame' joins USA Daytime". South Bend Tribune. 1986-06-27. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Madame's Place, a situation comedy about an aging show business veteran who hosts a television talk show from her Hollywood mansion, will join the USA Network at 11:30 a.m. EST daily, beginning Monday.
  67. ^ "It Was a Thing on TV: Episode 354--Madame's Place". YouTube. 2023-03-12. Retrieved 2023-09-01. USA reran this at 11:30 in the morning, back around 1986. And amazingly enough, this reran on USA as late as 1990. It reran at 2 in the morning, but it was still airing on USA.
  68. ^ Bianculli, David (1999-10-04). "TV Land Mines Celebrity Gold". New York Daily News. The "Spin City" supporting players present an episode of "Madame's Place"... Later in the month, Jenny Jones also serves up a "Madame's Place" episode.
  69. ^ "TV Thursday Viewing". Herald Express. 1995-11-23. p. 4.
  70. ^ "Weekend Television". Leicester Mercury. 1996-07-06. p. 28.
  71. ^ Miller, Wayne (1982-11-06). "Changing the Channels". TV Host, Harrisburg/West Shore Edition. Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  72. ^ Hopkins, Tom (1982-09-23). "'Madame's Place' is a sweet show, but sort of tart". The Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2023-08-23.
  73. ^ Curtright, Bob (1982-10-01). "Kids' Show Voyager, a Tongue-in-Cheek History Lesson". The Witchita Eagle-Beacon. 11C. .{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  74. ^ Dougan, Michael (1982-09-16). "Madame Camps Out". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2023-08-20.
  75. ^ Brown, James (1982-09-17). "The New Season: Previews of Syndicated Shows". Los Angeles Times. p. 14.
  76. ^ Malaspena, Rick (1982-09-20). "Tonight, a classy, sassy doll and other delights". The Okland Tribune. Retrieved 2023-08-20.
  77. ^ TV Radio Age, 1983-03-14, pp.14, 204
  78. ^ "Programming 1984: scarcity in some time periods; continued eye on acquisition costs" (PDF). Broadcasting. 1984-01-16. p. 70. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Madame's Place lasted only half the season.
  79. ^ Broadcasting Magazine, 1984-04-23, p.144
  80. ^ Broadcasting Magazine, 1985-01-14
  81. ^ McPlane, Jett (2023-05-27). "Obscure Puppet Media: The Dame, The Myth, The Legendary Madame". YouTube. There were 54 episodes, of which, 53 are available online thanks to the incredible preservation powers of Tav's Television.
  82. ^ "It Was a Thing on TV: Episode 354--Madame's Place". YouTube. 2023-03-12. Retrieved 2023-09-01. Every episode, presumably, is on YouTube, because some intrepid viewer, around 1989-90, recorded almost every episode of Madame's Place. There appear to be two episodes this person didn't record.
  83. ^ Madame's Place trade ad
  84. ^ a b 4lissa Madame's Place and ET
  85. ^ Reynolds, Debbie (2010-11-15). Make 'Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends. William Morrow. pp. 157–158. ISBN 9780062416636. I was lucky to meet Wayland in his early days, before he truly became famous, when he was still performing in clubs... Wayland and I became fast friends... I loved Madame so much that I decided to become her in my act. I hired two of his writers to work on my Madame material, and his puppeteer to create a Madame mask. Madame's seamstress designed my sequined gown. I found a small, blond doll to represent Wayland that we dressed in a little suit.
  86. ^ "Wayland Flowers "madame" authentic replica full-size figure". Heritage Auctions. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2023-08-30. Custom-crafted "Madame" full-size ventriloquist figure, personally made by her creator and operator Wayland Flowers for Debbie Reynolds' Las Vegas stage show. Fully dressed and decorated as her original "twin-sister" version that appeared in Flowers' arms for many television and stage appearances before his untimely death at 48 in 1988.
  87. ^ "Madame's Place: Trivia". IMDb. n.d. Retrieved 2023-08-30. The 30-minute version subsequently aired for 5 years on the USA network, but the 15 hour-long weekend edits haven't been seen since their original run in syndication.
  88. ^ Curtright, Bob (1982-10-01). "Kids' Show Voyager, a Tongue-in-Cheek History Lesson". The Witchita Eagle-Beacon. 11C. The talk-show format allows numerous guest celebrities (this weekend, it's Debbie Reynolds).{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  89. ^ "TV Scout". The Knoxville News Sentinel. 1982-10-09. p. 4. A neighborhood boy falls in love with Madame's niece, Sara Joy.
  90. ^ "TV Week". The San Bernardino County Sun. 1982-10-17. p. 12. Madame has visions of a big movie comeback when she is approached by director Federino Felluci.
  91. ^ "TV Sunday". Mansfield, Ohio News Journal. 10-E. 1982-10-24. Madame contends with a stuffy neighbor, a punk rock group, insomnia and a new producer.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  92. ^ "TV Sunday". Stevens Point Journal. 1982-11-03. Madame decides to endorse a new product on her TV show, and Sara Joy falls for a kid's show host hopeful. Guest: Pee Wee Herman.
  93. ^ "TV Sunday". Mansfield, Ohio News Journal. 8-E. 1982-10-31. A playwright tries to get Madame to produce his play and a freak snowstorm forces Madame to have amateur night on her show. Guest: Eva Gabor.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  94. ^ "TV/Cable". Mansfield, OH News Journal. 2E. 1982-11-14. Madame's Marine sergeant nephew, her ex-husband and his new fiancee visit.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  95. ^ "TV Sunday". Mansfield, Ohio News Journal. 12-E. 1982-11-21. The ghosts of Groucho and Harpo Marx haunt the mansion.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  96. ^ "TV Sunday". Mansfield, Ohio News Journal. 10-D. 1982-11-28. Sara Joy's visit to a hypnotist makes her overly assertive and a comedian from outer space visits Madame.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  97. ^ "TV Sunday". Mansfield, Ohio News Journal. 2-F. 1982-12-05. Madame calls Inspector Putzeau to help recover her stolen portrait and Pinkerton turns the mansion into a training camp for the next world champion.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  98. ^ "Saturday". TV Guide. A-22. 1982-12-11. Donna Mills is a guest; Madame runs for city council; the staff competes on "Celebrity Staff Battle". (60 min.){{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  99. ^ "Saturday". Kingsport Times-News TV. 1982-12-24. p. 32. Pinkerton takes over when Madame's agent quits, and a new neighbor turns out to be a vampire.
  100. ^ "TV Sunday". Mansfield, Ohio News Journal. 10-D. 1982-12-26. A Madame imitator decides she's as good as the original, and the city orders the mansion destroyed to make room for a new highway. Guests: Chad Everett, Steve Allen.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  101. ^ "TV Sunday". Mansfield, Ohio News Journal. 10-D. 1983-01-02. A case of mistaken identity finds Madame in the army.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)

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