Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: October 28, 1981

Last Telecast: August 29, 1983

Broadcast History:

October 1981 – September 1982, Wednesday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

October 1982 – December 1982, Saturday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

March 1983 – August 1983, Monday 8:00-8:30 on NBC


Sidney Shorr..... Tony Randall

Laurie Morgan..... Swoosie Kurtz

Patti Morgan..... Kaleena Kiff

Judge Mort Harris (1981-1982)..... Alan North

Jason Stoller..... Chip Zien

Mrs. Gaffney (1982-1983)..... Barbara Byrne

Nancy (1982-1983)..... Lynne Thigpen


Series star Tony Randall’s role of Sidney Shorr bore a certain resemblance to both Felix Unger from The Odd Couple and Judge Walter Franklin from The Tony Randall Show. They were all prim, proper, and meticulous to a fault. However, in the made-for-television film on which this series was based, Sidney did have one distinctive trait. In that film, Sidney Shorr, which aired a few weeks before the series premiered, Sidney was a homosexual. In the series, although homosexuality could have been inferred, it was never mentioned.

Sidney was a middle-aged commercial artist who had been living alone for years when. Into his bachelor life had come a perky young actress, Laurie Morgan, who was pregnant and unmarried. Laurie had considered an abortion until Sidney talked her out of it. Now, a few years later, a grateful Laurie and her cute young daughter Patti had moved into Sidney's eight-room Manhattan apartment, and Sidney was in seventh Heaven. Into his lonely life, scarred by memories of a domineering mother, had come someone he could love. The relationship between Sidney and Laurie was that of a close brother and sister, and he doted on the precocious Patti like an indulgent uncle. To those who saw Laurie as the nymphomaniac Gloria Trenell on the inane daytime soap opera As Thus We Are, her real-life role of loving mother would have come as a surprise.

Jason Stoller was the art director for the Graham and Ludwig Advertising Agency, Sidney's biggest account. Nancy was Jason's secretary, Judge Harris was one of Sidney's neighbors, and Mrs. Gaffney his superintendent's nosy wife, who was romantically attracted to an uninterested and unresponsive Sidney.