Open All Night (TV series)

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Open All Night
Genre sitcom
Created by Tom Patchett
Jay Tarses
Starring George Dzundza
Susan Tyrrell
Sam Whipple
Jay Tarses
Composer(s) Tom Wells
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (2 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Bernie Brillstein
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Freeway Productions
Original network ABC
Original release November 28, 1981 – March 5, 1982

Open All Night is an American sitcom that aired on ABC[1] from November 28, 1981[2] to March 5, 1982. The show centered on Gordon Feester (George Dzundza) and his oddball family who lived and worked in a convenience store.[3][4] Despite a similar title and a similar setting of an all-night grocery store, it has no connection to the British series Open All Hours. Jay Tarses was co-creator, writer, co-star and occasional director of the show.[5]

Cassandra Peterson (better known for her Elvira persona) made a guest appearance on one episode. David Letterman also made a guest appearance, and made a sly reference to his daytime talk show, which was canceled a year before.




  • Clyde Phillip Taylor as Dr. Cavanaugh, an eccentric regular customer
  • Joe Mantegna appeared occasionally as an unnamed regular customer who only ever seemed to ask for change


  1. ^ "Television comedy for the 80's?". The Bryan Times. Bryan, OH. United Press International. December 11, 1981. p. 7. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Flander, Judy (November 28, 1981). "'Open All Night'". Wilmington Morning Star. Wilmington, NC. p. 5C. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Dan (January 22, 1982). "All-night grocery could close soon". The Leader-Post. Regina, SK. p. B14. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Handler, David (March 3, 1982). "'Open All Night' is weird -- but good". The Madison Courier. Madison, IN. p. B7. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Holsopple, Barbara (November 29, 1981). "'Open All Night' Needs Its Shelves Restocked". Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, PA. p. B10. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "New ABC Series Doomed?". The Albany Herald. Albany, GA. January 16, 1982. p. 10B. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 

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