The Nutt House

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The Nutt House
The Nutt House.jpg
Created byMel Brooks
Alan Spencer
Written byBruce Bilson
Mel Brooks
Alicia Marie Schudt
Alan Spencer
Directed byGary Nelson
StarringCloris Leachman
Harvey Korman
Brian McNamara
Molly Hagan
Gregory Itzin
Mark Blankfield
Theme music composerLance Rubin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (5 unaired in U.S.)
Executive producerAlan Spencer
ProducerMel Brooks
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesBrooksfilms Television
Alan Spencer Productions
Touchstone Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 20 (1989-09-20) –
October 25, 1989 (1989-10-25)

The Nutt House is an American sitcom television series that aired for five episodes on NBC from September 20 to October 25, 1989.[1]


The Nutt House was the creation of executive producers Mel Brooks and Alan Spencer and was a broad farce about a once-prestigious New York City hotel, which had of late fallen on hard times, due in part, no doubt, to it being named for the proprietress, Edwina Nutt (Cloris Leachman). Other characters included manager Reginald Tarkington (Harvey Korman), and head of housekeeping Ms. Frick (also portrayed by Leachman). Frick, a more pleasant version of Leachman's Frau Blucher character from Brooks' Young Frankenstein, appeared in every episode, Mrs. Nutt only in the pilot.

The Nutt House was a very broad satire in which the main story was periodically interrupted by short, unrelated, and often surreal background gags,[citation needed] not unlike those of Police Squad!. Its audience was quite a narrow one, as the single-camera show was intensely visual, and it was cancelled within 6 weeks of its premiere. However, all 11 of the produced episodes were broadcast on BBC 2 in the United Kingdom, where Police Squad! was making a comeback due to the success of The Naked Gun. It became a moderate success being shown on Saturday evening following Clive James' Saturday Night Clive. Brooks appeared on this programme to promote the first episode of The Nutt House on 14 October 1989. However, to the dismay of viewers, the BBC did not give the show a fixed airtime. Usually shown around 23.00 hours (but sometimes as late as 23.30), the final episode inexplicably aired at 19.30 on 16 December 1989.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date Viewers
"Pilot"Gary NelsonMel Brooks & Alan SpencerSeptember 20, 1989 (1989-09-20)23.0[citation needed]
When Big Jake Herder (David Huddleston) of the powerful Texplex hotel chain announces his intention to purchase the failing Nutt House hotel, proprietress Edwina Nutt calls on her ne'er-do-well grandson, Charles Nutt III, to intervene. Upon his arrival, Charles finds a female guest stuck in a phone booth, a nearly-blind elevator operator, and discovers that hotel manager Reginald Tarkington has a fake guest list with 600 names on it -- a list he's been fudging for the past several years. Meanwhile, Big Jake's top buyer, Shrike (John de Lancie), gets more than he bargained for when he pays the Nutt House a visit.
3"The Accidental Groom"Bill BixbyAlan SpencerSeptember 27, 1989 (1989-09-27)18.3[citation needed]
Agent Flynn (Mark L. Taylor), an immigration officer, informs Ms. Frick that she will be deported to Germany, unless she can marry a U.S. citizen within 24 hours. When it appears that Tarkington is the only available suitor, he and Frick set out to prove her first husband was an American.
4"A Frick Called Wanda"Bruce BilsonJim GeoghanOctober 11, 1989 (1989-10-11)15.6[citation needed]
A younger woman named Gwen Goode (Beth Broderick) tries to seduce Tarkington, sending him into full mid-life crisis mode. A jealous Ms. Frick discovers that Gwen is working for the infamous criminal mastermind, Hans Grueblik (Michael Harris).
5"21 Men and a Baby"Bruce BilsonAlicia Marie SchudtOctober 18, 1989 (1989-10-18)20.7[citation needed]
Tarkington's favorite baseball team is in town, and their manager chooses the nearly-empty Nutt House for his team's accommodations in the hope that it is the quietest place in the city. Instead, a crying baby keeps the team's 21 players up all night. When the baby's mother leaves her child in Ms. Frick's care, Frick's long-suppressed motherly instincts are awakened.
6"Suites, Lies and Videotape"Roger DuchownyRichard DayOctober 25, 1989 (1989-10-25)17.2[citation needed]
The President of the United States is in town to make an appearance at the Gentile Haberdashers conference, and Charles hopes to lure him into staying in the presidential suite at The Nutt House. To do so, he asks the employees to produce and star in a promotional video for the hotel.
7"When Charles Met Sally"Bruce BilsonAlan SpencerUnairedTBD
Newly-hired public relations manager, Marla (Beverly Leech), becomes Sally's rival for Charles' affections. When Marla makes Charles the star of a fashion show to be hosted at the hotel, Freddy and Ms. Frick intervene on behalf of Sally.
8"A Night at the Reunion"Art WolffTBAUnairedTBD
Tarkington's Roosevelt High Class of '49 is staying at the Nutt House while in town for a reunion. Reginald tries to hide the fact that he is the hotel's manager, instead pretending to be into big business to impress his high school rival and classmates, which include Pope John Paul II.
9"To Tell the Truth"Art WolffMark Curtiss, Rod AshUnairedTBD
Sally needs to raise $7,000 to get her mother's damaged nose fixed. Just as Tarkington announces he's won some cash, an acrobatic burglar and her brutish assistant rob The Nutt House's till.
10"My Man Tarkington"TBATBAUnairedTBD
Stuffy Englishman Alec Creed (Paxton Whitehead) supplants Tarkington as manager just in time for pay raise day. Creed fires Freddy, but the rest of the staff conspires against him to get Freddy's job back.
11"The Nutt Cracker Suite"TBATBAUnairedTBD
To further the growing peace between the USA and USSR, Sally invites the Kiev Ballet to stay at The Nutt House. But Sally has ulterior motives, as she's really longing to meet handsome Soviet dancer Mikael Nabokov.


  1. ^ Cotter, Bill (1997). The Wonderful World of Disney Television. Hyperion Books. pp. 373–374. ISBN 0-7868-6359-5.

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