Welcome to The Captain

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Welcome to the Captain
Welcome to the captain poster.jpg
Created byJohn Hamburg
StarringFran Kranz
Chris Klein
Joanna Garcia
Al Madrigal
Valerie Azlynn
Raquel Welch
Jeffrey Tambor
Narrated byAl Madrigal
Composer(s)Tree Adams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Executive producer(s)John Hamburg
Ted Cohen
Andrew Reich
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Bernard Gayle Productions
CBS Paramount Network Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 4 –
March 3, 2008 (2008-03-03)

Welcome to The Captain (previously known as The Captain) is an American sitcom created, executive produced and directed by John Hamburg. Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen also serve as executive producers. The show is about a young writer (Fran Kranz) whose life changes when he moves into a legendary old Hollywood apartment building.

Produced by CBS Paramount Network Television and John & Anders, the series was greenlit and given a six-episode order in June 2007.[1]

Welcome to The Captain premiered on February 4, 2008 airing on Monday nights at 8:30 PM Eastern Time on CBS in the United States and CTV in Canada.[2] On CBS it was a mid-season replacement for The Big Bang Theory,[3] but the show was halted after its fifth episode aired due to poor ratings. Fran Kranz eventually signed on to the upcoming Fox series Dollhouse, effectively canceling the CBS sitcom.[4] On May 14, 2008, the series was officially canceled.[5]


Guest stars[edit]

Actor/Actress Character
Michael Weston (Episode 2) Brad
Christine Woods (Episode 2) Claire
Joey Fatone (Episode 3) as himself
Shiri Appleby (Episode 4) Heather
Nicole Lyn (Episode 4) Melanie


No. Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Prod.
1"Pilot"John HamburgJohn HamburgFebruary 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)101
Josh Flug, a one-time Hollywood hot shot, is persuaded by his friend, Marty, to move into the El Capitan apartment building, dubbed "The Captain" by its residents. With its eccentric group of tenants, he realizes this is the fresh start he needs.
2"Weekend at Saul's"Mark MylodAndrew Reich & Ted CohenFebruary 11, 2008 (2008-02-11)102
When Josh invites Hope to stay at his apartment for the weekend, Uncle Saul convinces him that it is a bad move, and persuades him to stay at his weekend retreat in order to make her jealous.
3"The Letter"John HamburgJohn HamburgFebruary 18, 2008 (2008-02-18)103
With help from Jesus and Uncle Saul, Josh tries to plan the perfect dinner for Hope. Meanwhile, Marty shacks up with Josh after being kicked out of his apartment by his live-in girlfriend.
4"The Wrecking Crew"Beth McCarthy-MillerSherry Bilsing & Ellen PlummerFebruary 25, 2008 (2008-02-25)104
Marty and Josh are joined by Uncle Saul and Jesus for a guys' night out, while Hope tries to make girlfriends in the building so she is not alone on a Friday night.
5"Mr. Big Meeting"John HamburgTucker CawleyMarch 3, 2008 (2008-03-03)105
After Marty lands Josh a meeting with the president of Paramount, Uncle Saul insists on helping him with his pitch. Also, while Jesus is busy checking the building's smoke detectors, Astrid stands in for him at the front desk.

U.S. Nielsen Ratings[edit]


# Episode Air Date Timeslot Households (Rating/Share)[6] 18-49 (Rating/Share)[6] Viewers (m)[6] Weekly Rank (#)
1 "Pilot" February 4, 2008 8:30 P.M. 5.1/8 2.7/7 8.14 35
2 "Weekend at Saul's" February 11, 2008 4.5/7 2.6/7 7.13 30
3 "The Letter" February 18, 2008 3.4/5 2.0/5 5.45 42
4 "The Wrecking Crew" February 25, 2008 3.1/5 1.8/5 5.34 N/A
5 "Mr. Big Meeting" March 3, 2008 3.6/5 1.8/5 5.63 59


Season Time slot Premiere Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
1 Monday 8:30 P.M. February 4, 2008 March 3, 2008 2007-2008 #112 6.3


  1. ^ DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: WEEK OF JUNE 4-8, The Futon Critic
  2. ^ "'Jericho' joins CTV primetime schedule".
  3. ^ Welcome to The Captain at The Futon Critic
  4. ^ "Dollhouse Casting Alert".
  5. ^ CBS Announces Their 2008-09 Schedule. Who’s Been Cancelled?
  6. ^ a b c "Your Entertainment Now Blog". Word Press.

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