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Mr. Merlin

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Mr. Merlin
Mr. Merlin Title Card
GenreSituation comedy, Fantasy
Created byLarry Rosen
Larry Tucker
Written byLarry Rosen
Larry Tucker
Tom Chehak
Directed byBill Bixby
Harry Winer
James Frawley
StarringBarnard Hughes
Clark Brandon
Elaine Joyce
Jonathan Prince
Phil Morris
ComposerKen Harrison
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producersLarry Rosen
Larry Tucker
ProducerJoel Rogosin
CinematographyChuck Arnold
Ronald W. Browne
EditorsRobert F. Shugrue
John Farrell
Kenneth R. Koch
Running time30 minutes
Production companyLarry Larry Productions
Original release
ReleaseOctober 7, 1981 (1981-10-07) –
March 22, 1982 (1982-03-22)

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 Alexandria ("Alex"), Max's equally magical liaison with an unseen "council" (who insisted Merlin take on an apprentice or lose both his powers and immortality).[citation needed]





Guest cast




Note: A Mr. Merlin strip ran briefly in the British TV Comic.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
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1"Pilot"John AstinLarry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
October 7, 1981 (1981-10-07)TBA
2"The Cloning of the Green"Bill BixbyLarry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
October 14, 1981 (1981-10-14)TBA
3"Starsand"Herbert KenwithLarry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
October 21, 1981 (1981-10-21)TBA
4"The Music's in Me"Harry WinerTom ChehakOctober 28, 1981 (1981-10-28)183402
5"All About Sheila"Harry WinerLarry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
November 4, 1981 (1981-11-04)183401
6"The Two Faces of Zac"Bill BixbyTim MaschlerNovember 11, 1981 (1981-11-11)183403
7"A Moment in Camelot"Harry WinerWilliam J. KeenanNovember 18, 1981 (1981-11-18)TBA
8"A Message from Wallshime"Alan MyersonJeffrey ScottDecember 2, 1981 (1981-12-02)TBA
9"Take My Tonsils... Please"Bill BixbyParke PerineDecember 9, 1981 (1981-12-09)TBA
10"The Ache"Larry ElikannStephanie Garman,
Hollace White
December 23, 1981 (1981-12-23)TBA
11"Not So Sweet Sixteen"Alan MyersonTom ChehakDecember 30, 1981 (1981-12-30)TBA
12"Romeo and Dreidelwood"James FrawleyLarry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
January 6, 1982 (1982-01-06)183419
13"Getting to Know You"Leo PennAnn Woodall,
Paula Lintz
January 18, 1982 (1982-01-18)TBA
14"Alex Goes Popless"James FrawleyTom ChehakJanuary 25, 1982 (1982-01-25)183420
15"Everything's Coming Up Daisies"Jeffrey HaydenDon TaitFebruary 1, 1982 (1982-02-01)183421
16"The Egg and Us"Howard StormGeorge GeigerFebruary 8, 1982 (1982-02-08)183417
17"How to Help a Gymnast in a Foreign Country"Leo PennMartin DonovanFebruary 15, 1982 (1982-02-15)183416
18–19"Change of Venue: Parts 1 & 2"Bill BixbyTim MaschlerFebruary 22, 1982 (1982-02-22)TBA
Originally presented as an hour-long episode.
20"An Absence of Amulets"Harry WinerPaul Haggis,
Michael Mauer
March 1, 1982 (1982-03-01)183413
21"Arrivederci, Dink"Alan MyersonJulie Kirgo,
Dinah Kirgo
March 15, 1982 (1982-03-15)183424
22"I Was a Teenage Loser"Bill BixbyTom ChehakMarch 22, 1982 (1982-03-22)183425


  1. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Mister Merlin"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved May 22, 2017.