Mr. Sunshine (1986 TV series)

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Mr. Sunshine
Genre Situation comedy
Written by David Lloyd
Peter Noah
Emily Marshall
Directed by John Rich
Starring Jeffrey Tambor
Barbara Babcock
Leonard Frey
Cecilia Hart
Nan Martin
Theme music composer Randy Edelman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11
Executive producer(s) John Rich
Henry Winkler
Editor(s) Marco Zappia
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Henry Winkler/John Rich Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Original release March 28 (1986-03-28) – May 24, 1986 (1986-05-24)

Mr. Sunshine is an American sitcom that aired on the ABC network for a season in 1986.

The series followed the trials and tribulations of Paul Stark (played by Jeffrey Tambor), a blind university professor. Co-stars were Barbara Babcock and Leonard Frey.

The series was controversial during its run, attracting criticism from interest groups claiming that Mr. Sunshine poked fun at the visually impaired by using the lead character's disability as a focus for much of the show's humor. Supporters of the series said the show treated the character and the disability respectfully.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" John Rich David Lloyd March 28, 1986 (1986-03-28)
2 "Mrs. Swinford Takes the Plunge" John Rich David Lloyd April 4, 1986 (1986-04-04)
3 "The Evaluation" John Rich Bob Ellison April 11, 1986 (1986-04-11)
4 "Strictly Personal" John Rich Emily Marshall April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18)
5 "Educating Swinford" John Rich Bruce David,
Bruce Helford
April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18)
6 "The Theater Calls Grace" John Rich David Lloyd April 25, 1986 (1986-04-25)
7 "Too Many Cooks" John Rich Peter Noah May 2, 1986 (1986-05-02)
Paul takes a gourmet kitchen course and becomes overly confident. He invites Janice over for a meal, but his newly-found kitchen skills are not up to the job.
8 "Fear of Falling" John Rich Emily Marshall May 3, 1986 (1986-05-03)
9 "Leftwich in Love" John Rich Peter Noah May 10, 1986 (1986-05-10)
10 "Great Expectations" John Rich David Lloyd May 17, 1986 (1986-05-17)
11 "Take My Ex-Wife, Please!" John Rich Peter Noah May 24, 1986 (1986-05-24)

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