Madame's Place

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Madame's Place
Directed byDon Barnhart
Paul Miller
StarringJohnny Haymer
Susan Tolsky
Judy Landers
Corey Feldman
Wayland Flowers
Music byMichael K. Miller
Monica Riordan
Opening theme"Madame's Place" performed by Denise De Caro
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes150
Executive producer(s)Brad Lachman
Producer(s)Don Van Atta
Bob Sand
Editor(s)Joe Bella
Ken Denisoff
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Brad Lachman Productions
Madame, Inc.
Paramount Domestic Television
DistributorParamount Domestic Television
CBS Television Distribution
Original networkSyndication
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1982 (1982-09-20) –
February 23, 1983 (1983-02-23)

Madame's Place is an American sitcom that featured the misadventures of Madame, a puppet in the form of a bawdy old movie star with a naughty sense of humor. Madame's Place aired for one first-run season[1] from September 20, 1982 until February 25, 1983, although the actual number of episodes produced is disputed (some references say 75, some say[1] 150). The show was unusual for a sitcom in that it was produced for first-run syndication to air five days a week.


The series centers around the puppet Madame, who was a huge hit with audiences in the 1970s and 1980s with American puppeteer Wayland Flowers as her creator.

Madame is an "outrageous old broad" who entertains with double entendres and witty comebacks. Bedecked in fabulous eveningwear and summer diamonds ("Some are diamonds; some are not"), Madame's look is based on movie stars such as Gloria Swanson. Madame lived in a plush mansion with her butler, ex-boxer Pinkerton (Johnny Haymer); they interacted with nerdy day planner Bernadette (Susan Tolsky), Madame's beautiful, IQ-challenged, southern-belle niece Sara Joy (Judy Landers), and nosy kid neighbor Buzzy (Corey Feldman).

Madame's Place covered all of the bases from an abandoned baby on the doorstep to an outrageous fortune teller (played by guest star Edie McClurg) peddling her theories.

Within the series, Madame had a talk show featuring guests including Debbie Reynolds, Foster Brooks, and William Shatner.

The theme song for the show was composed by Michael Miller, with lyrics by Monica Riordan.



  1. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007), The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, 9th ed., Random House, Inc., p. 831, ISBN 0-345-49773-2

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