Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 15, 1977

Last Telecast: August 23, 1979

Broadcast History:

September 1977 - March 1978, Thursday 9:30-10:00 on ABC

May 1978 - August 1978, Tuesday 9:30-10:00 on ABC

September 1978, Saturday 8:00-8:30 on ABC

October 1978 - January 1979, Saturday 8:30-9:00 on ABC

March 1979 - August 1979, Thursday 9:30-10:00 on ABC


Chief Roy Mobey..... Victor French

Sergeant Curtis Baker..... Kene Holliday

Mayor Teddy Burnside..... Richard Paul

Deputy Jasper DeWitt, Jr. ..... Harvey Vernon

Deputy Harley Puckett..... Guich Koock

Cloris Phebus..... Barbara Cason

Lucille Banks..... Vernee Watson

Tracy Quinn (1978-1979)..... Melanie Griffith

Julia Mobey (1978-1979)..... Amzie Strickland


This racial comedy was set in the small Georgia town of Clinton Corners, "just down the road from Plains." (home of President Jimmy Carter). Chief Roy Mobey was the lovable redneck police chief and Sgt. Curtis Baker was his ultra-sharp black deputy, who had been trained in big-city police methods in New York. Despite the obvious points of conflict - black vs. white, big-city vs. backwoods - the two had a basic respect for each other. Also on the force was Cloris Phebus, a man-hungry policewoman; young Harley; and "good ole boy" Jasper. Teddy Burnside was the chubby, weak-willed mayor, a mama's boy who was elected because nobody else wanted the job. He also ran the local bank, Burnside Savings & Loan, though he usually preferred to pass the buck; and his favorite departing words were "Handle it!" Curtis was always trying to make time with the mayor's secretary, Lucille, and finally, in May 1979, they were married.

Added to the cast in the second season were Tracy Quinn, a cub reporter and Roy's mother, Julie Mobey.