The Duck Factory
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|The Duck Factory|
The Duck Factory cover
|Created by||Allan Burns|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||30 min (per episode)|
|Production company(s)||MTM Productions|
|Original release||April 12 –|
July 11, 1984
The show was co-created by Allan Burns. The premiere episode introduces Skip Tarkenton (Carrey), a somewhat naive and optimistic young man who has come to Hollywood looking for a job as a cartoonist. When he arrives at a low-budget animation company called Buddy Winkler Productions, he finds out Buddy Winkler has just died, and the company desperately needs new blood. So Skip gets an animation job at the firm, which is nicknamed "The Duck Factory" as their main cartoon is "The Dippy Duck Show".
Other Duck Factory employees seen regularly on the show were man-of-a-thousand-cartoon voices Wally Wooster (played by real-life cartoon voice artist Don Messick); comedy writer Marty Fenneman (played by real-life comedy writer Jay Tarses); artists Brooks Carmichael and Roland Culp, editor Andrea Lewin, and business manager Aggie Aylesworth. Buddy Winkler Productions was now owned by his young, ditzy widow, Mrs Sheree Winkler (Teresa Ganzel), who had been married to Buddy for all of three weeks before his death.
The Duck Factory lasted thirteen episodes; it premiered April 12, 1984. It was directed primarily by Gene Reynolds, Rod Daniel, and Victor Lobel, who each did three episodes. The show initially aired at 9:30 on Thursday nights, directly after Cheers, and replaced Buffalo Bill on NBC's schedule. Jay Tarses, an actor on The Duck Factory, had been the co-creator and executive producer of Buffalo Bill, which had its final network telecast on Thursday, April 5, 1984.
The show changed timeslots in June, moving to Wednesdays at 9:30. The last original episode of The Duck Factory was broadcast on July 11, 1984.
- Jim Carrey as Skip Tarkenton
- Jack Gilford as Brooks Carmichael
- Nancy Lane as Andrea Lewin
- Jay Tarses as Marty Fenneman
- Don Messick as Wally Wooster/Voice of Dippy Duck
- Julie Payne as Aggie Aylesworth
- Clarence Gilyard Jr as Roland Culp
- Teresa Ganzel as Mrs. Sheree Winkler
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Goodbye Buddy, Hello Skip"||Gene Reynolds||Allan Burns||April 12, 1984|
|Skip Tarkenton finds his dream of becoming an animator coming true a lot sooner than he expected when he arrives L.A.|
|2||"Filling Buddy's Shoes"||Rod Daniel||John Steven Owen||April 19, 1984|
|Someone must fill Buddy's shoes as the Dippy Duck showrunner. But who?|
|3||"The Annies"||Victor Lobl||Barbara Hall||April 26, 1984|
|A series of mishaps arise when the staff attend the Annies, where Buddy is to receive a posthumous award.|
|4||"No Good Deed"||Harry Winer||Steve Kline||May 3, 1984|
|Skip learns that no good deed goes unpunished when he gives Ginger a job she doesn't deserve and Marty's script a kinder review than it deserves.|
|5||"The Way We Weren't"||Victor Lobl||Katherine Green||May 10, 1984|
|Aggie plans to attend a reunion with her old Navy pals, but when she can't scrounge a date, she asks Skip to accompany her.|
|6||"Can We Talk?"||Peter Baldwin||John Steven Owen||May 17, 1984|
|Marty's plagiarism becomes Skip's problem.|
|7||"The Education of Mrs. Winkler"|
"The Education of S*h*e*r*e*e W*i*n*k*l*e*r"
|Rod Daniel||Jordan Moffet||May 24, 1984|
|In hopes of being smarter, Sheree decides to finally get her high school diploma, and Brooks gives her a helping hand — and a little something extra.|
|8||"Ordinary People, Too"||Kim Friedman||Bob Stevens||June 6, 1984|
|Skip helps come up with the cash to fund Andrea's film project, yet doesn't get the thanks one might think.|
|9||"It Didn't Happen One Night"||Burt Brinckerhoff||Jordan Moffet||June 13, 1984|
|The gang begin to suspect that Skip and Andrea are romantically involved. Meanwhile, Marty isn't happy about his friend's new girlfriend — Sheree.|
|10||"The Duck Stops Here"||Victor Lobl||John Steven Owen||June 20, 1984|
|Wally decides to throw his hat into the Shakespeare ring after his Dippy Duck voice escapes him. Frank Welker guest stars as a rival voice actor for Dippy Duck; ironically both Messick and Welker were voice actors for The Scooby-Doo cartoon show.|
|11||"The Children's Half-Hour"||Rod Daniel||Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox||June 27, 1984|
|It's Children's Night at the Apollo when Brooks' son and Wally's daughter both want to further their artistic careers — to the joy of Brooks and the dismay of Wally.|
|12||"You Always Love the One You Hurt"||Jim Drake||Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox||July 4, 1984|
|Roland is pressured to quit the animation business and follow in his father's footsteps — as a dentist. Meanwhile, the staff consider changing the show when a parents group vote it one of the most violent kids' programs on TV.|
|13||"Call Me Responsible"||Gene Reynolds||Stuart Silverman||July 11, 1984|
|The ball is in Skip's hands when the show needs someone to fight for it at the network, or it will be cancelled.|
US television ratings
|Season||Episodes||Start Date||End Date||Nielsen Rank||Nielsen Rating||Tied With|
|1983-84||13||April 12, 1984||July 11, 1984||64||13.8||N/A|
In 1995, two VHS videocassettes were released in the United States, one containing the first three episodes, the other the last three episodes. The two volumes were released in the United Kingdom in 1997 (Pictured above), slightly expanded to the first four and the last four episodes of the series (which had never been broadcast in the UK). A full-season VHS or DVD set has yet to be released.
- "The Duck Factory (TV)". jimcareyonline.com. Jim Carrey Online. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
- "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".