Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: February 10, 1983

Last Telecast: May 26, 1983

Broadcast History:

February 1983-March 1983, Thursday 8:30-9:00 on ABC

May 1983, Thursday 9:30-10:00 on ABC


Amanda Cartwright..... Bea Arthur

Marty Cartwright..... Fred McCarren

Arlene Cartwright..... Simone Griffeth

Earl Nash..... Rick Hurst

Aldo..... Tony Rosato

Clifford Mundy..... Keene Curtis

Zack Cartwright..... Kevin McCarthy


Bea Arthur returned briefly to series television in this obvious (though unacknowledged) copy of the popular British series Fawlty Towers.

Amanda was the formidable owner of "Amanda's By The Sea," a homey little hotel overlooking the Pacific. Her fractious staff included Marty, her hotel-management-graduate son; Arlene, his spoiled and citified wife; Earl, the excitable chef, and Aldo, the confused bellhop of indeterminate foreign extraction.

Stories concerned burnt steaks, fussy guests, travel-guide writers who had to be impressed, and the threatening banker, Mr. Mundy, who was always about to foreclose. In the last few episodes, brother-in-law Zack showed up to meddle and to woo Amanda.