The Good Guys (1968 TV series)
|The Good Guys|
From left: Bob Denver, Herb Edelman, Joyce Van Patten
|Created by||Jack Rose|
|Written by||Arnold Horwitt
|Directed by||Charles R. Rondeau|
Joyce Van Patten
|Theme music composer||Ray Evans
|Opening theme||"Two Good Guys"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||42|
|Executive producer(s)||Leonard B. Stern|
|Cinematography||William T. Cline
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Talent Associates|
|Original release||September 25, 1968 – January 23, 1970|
The Good Guys is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from September 25, 1968, to January 23, 1970. Forty-two color episodes were filmed in all. As with The Governor & J.J. and Get Smart, it was produced by Talent Associates.
The main character is Rufus Butterworth (Bob Denver), the driver of a customized 1924 Lincoln turned taxi, and his childhood friend Bert Gramus, played by Herb Edelman, owner of a local diner and neighborhood hangout called "Bert's Place", which Butterworth advertised on the taxi's fender-mount spare tire covers. Plots usually revolved around "get rich quick" schemes that invariably backfired. In the second season (1969-1970), Rufus gave up driving the cab and became a partner with Bert in the diner, which moved to a beach location. Other characters included Bert's schoolteacher wife, Claudia (Joyce Van Patten), and diner regulars Mr. Bender, Hal Dawson, and truck driver Big Tom (played by Alan Hale, Jr.).
Never a hit with viewers, The Good Guys failed to finish in the Nielsen Top 30 and was canceled after its second season.
The first several episodes of the first season were filmed before a live studio audience (unusual at the time), with an accompanying laugh track to sweeten the laughs during post-production. Due to production changes, the majority of Season One episodes and all of Season Two were filmed without a studio audience: episodes were fitted with a laugh track-only afterwards.
Denver later recalled of the show's negative reception: "I still had some animus at how CBS threw us in the dumper. Herb Edelman and I'd done The Good Guys…but sour critics said it should have been just called 'Guys'."
The Good Guys has never been shown in reruns in the United States. In his autobiography, Gilligan, Maynard and Me, Bob Denver related that poor-quality prints of the show were shown for a time in South America. TV Land considered showing episodes of the show in 1998 but opted instead to air episodes of another "lost" sitcom that was also produced by Talent Associates, He & She.
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- KDKA radio interview May 12, 1989
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