Mr. Merlin Title Card
|Genre||Situation comedy, Fantasy|
|Created by||Larry Rosen
|Written by||Larry Rosen (5 episodes)
Larry Tucker (5 episodes)
Tom Chehak (4 episodes)
|Directed by||Bill Bixby (6 episodes)
Harry Winer (4 episodes)
James Frawley (2 episodes)
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Executive producer(s)||Larry Rosen
Ronald W. Browne
|Editor(s)||Robert F. Shugrue
Kenneth R. Koch
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Larry Larry Productions|
|Distributor||Columbia Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television
|Original release||October 7, 1981 – March 22, 1982|
Mr. Merlin is an American sitcom that ran for one season, from 1981 to 1982, about Merlin the wizard (played by Barnard Hughes), who is immortal, living in modern-day San Francisco, and disguised as Max Merlin, a mechanic. Mr. Merlin was produced by Larry Rosen and Larry Tucker, working as the Larry Larry Company, in association with Columbia Pictures Television.
Merlin hires Zachary Rogers (Clark Brandon) to work in his garage, and when Zac pulls a crowbar out of a bucket of cement, the crowbar is revealed to be Arthur's sword Excalibur and Merlin must reveal himself to Zac and make him an apprentice. Leo Samuels (Jonathan Prince) is Zac's best friend, who naturally has no idea his best buddy is a "wizard in training". Elaine Joyce is Alexandra ("Alex"), Max's equally magical liaison with an unseen "council" (who insisted Merlin take on an apprentice or lose both his powers and immortality).
- Barnard Hughes as Max Merlin, Merlin the Magician who now works as a mechanic in San Francisco.
- Clark Brandon as Zachary Rogers, Merlin's apprentice.
- Jonathan Prince as Leo Samuels, Zac's best friend.
- Elaine Joyce as Alexandra, Merlin's fellow magician.
- Phil Morris as the Kid.
- DeAnna Robbins in "Pilot" (Episode 1)
- Richard Basehart in "A Moment in Camelot" (Episode 7)
- Stacy Keach, Sr. in "Take My Tonsils... Please!" (Episode 9)
- Scott McGinnis in "Not So Sweet Sixteen" (Episode 11)
- Mel Stewart in "Alex Goes Popless" (Episode 14)
- Catherine Mary Stewart and Rita Wilson in "Everything's Coming Up Daisies " (Episode 15)
- Eugene Roche in "Change of Venue: Part 1" (Episode 18)
- Holly Gagnier in "I Was a Teenage Loser" (Episode 22)
|Nº||Title||Directed by||Written by||Air date|
|1||"Pilot"||John Astin||Larry Tucker,
|2||"The Cloning of the Green"||Bill Bixby||Larry Tucker,
|3||"Starsand"||Herbert Kenwith||Larry Tucker,
|4||"The Music's in Me"||Harry Winer||Tom Chehak||1981.10.28|
|5||"All About Sheila"||Harry Winer||Larry Tucker,
|6||"The Two Faces of Zac"||Bill Bixby||Tim Maschler||1981.11.11|
|7||"A Moment in Camelot"||Harry Winer||William J. Keenan||1981.11.18|
|8||"A Message from Wallshime"||Alan Myerson||Jeffrey Scott||1981.12.02|
|9||"Take My Tonsils... Please|"||Bill Bixby||Parke Perine||1981.12.09|
|10||"The Ache"||Larry Elikann||Stephanie Garman,
|11||"Not So Sweet Sixteen"||Alan Myerson||Tom Chehak||1981.12.30|
|12||"Romeo and Dreidelwood"||James Frawley||Larry Tucker,
|13||"Getting to Know You"||Leo Penn||Ann Woodall,
|14||"Alex Goes Popless"||James Frawley||Tom Chehak||1982.01.25|
|15||"Everything's Coming Up Daisies"||Jeffrey Hayden||Don Tait||1982.02.01|
|16||"The Egg and Us"||Howard Storm||George Geiger||1982.02.08|
|17||"How to Help a Gymnast in a Foreign Country"||Leo Penn||Martin Donovan||1982.02.15|
|18||"Change of Venue: Part 1" *||Bill Bixby||Tim Maschler||1982.02.22|
|19||"Change of Venue: Part 2" *||Bill Bixby||Tim Maschler||1982.02.22|
|20||"An Absence of Amulets"||Harry Winer||Paul Haggis,
|21||"Arrivederci, Dink"||Alan Myerson||Julie Kirgo,
|22||"I Was a Teenage Loser"||Bill Bixby||Tom Chehak||1982.03.22|
* Originally presented as an hour-long episode.
Note: a Mr. Merlin strip ran briefly in the British TV Comic.