The Robert Guillaume Show

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The Robert Guillaume Show
Created bySy Rosen
StarringRobert Guillaume
Wendy Phillips
Marc Joseph
Ali Yurtseven
Kelsey Scott
Hank Rolike
Composer(s)Kevin Guillaume
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)Dean Zanetos
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Guillaume-Margo Productions
New World Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseApril 5 –
August 1, 1989

The Robert Guillaume Show is an American sitcom starring Robert Guillaume that aired on ABC from April 5 to August 1, 1989.


The series starred Guillaume as Edward Sawyer, a single father with two children who begins an interracial relationship with Ann (Wendy Phillips), his white secretary[1] who has a daughter of her own.

According to Guillaume's autobiography, he conceived the series with the intent of exploring racial complexities in a family situation in a comedic way, but was warned by ABC that the American public needed time to get used to the idea of an interracial romance. Guillaume maintained that ABC deliberately sabotaged the series by airing episodes out of order and showed a kiss between Edward and Ann on the second episode instead of the intended eighth. The series was soon canceled lasting only thirteen episodes.[2]


  • Robert Guillaume as Edward Sawyer
  • Marc Joseph as William Sawyer[3]
  • Kelsey Scott as Pamela Sawyer
  • Hank Rolike as Henry Sawyer
  • Wendy Phillips as Ann Sherr

Episode list[edit]

Series # Title Notes Original air date Prod. code
1 "Pilot" No synopsis available. April 5, 1989 B88209
2 "Hello Again" No synopsis available. April 5, 1989 B88201
3 "Together Again" No synopsis available. Apr 12, 1989 B88205
4 "Drive, He Said" No synopsis available. April 19, 1989 B88210
5 "Guaranteed Not to Shrink" No synopsis available. April 26, 1989 B88209
6 "Educating Ann" No synopsis available. May 3, 1989 B88212
7 "Fast Friends" No synopsis available. May 17, 1989 B88203
8 "All That Shimmers" No synopsis available. June 7, 1989 B88206
9 "They're Here" No synopsis available. June 14, 1989 B88204
10 "You Win Some, You Lose Some" No synopsis available. June 21, 1989 B88202
11 "First Date" No synopsis available. July 5, 1989 B88208
12 "The Day After the Night Before" No synopsis available. July 12, 1989 B88207
13 "A Piece of the Rock" No synopsis available. July 19, 1989 B88211


  1. ^ Finke, Nikki (April 5, 1989). "It's Not Just Another Sitcom : Robert Guillaume Says New Show's Interracial Romance 'No Big Deal'". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Guillaume, Robert; Ritz, David (2002). Guillaume: A Life. University of Missouri Press. pp. 181–184. ISBN 0-8262-1426-6.
  3. ^ Schmader, David (June 18, 2009). "Edutainment". The Stranger.

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